$575 plus GST/month
$300 plus GST/month
Lessons are designed for all
age levels. From basic horsemanship to advanced levels, our highly skilled and knowledgeable trainers provide the opportunity for individuals to excel in their horsemanship. Contact our trainers for details.
Elisha Edwards B.Sc., MBA, DHMS (student) is a Natural Horse Health Consultant, scientist, educator, and student of homeopathy.
She began her journey in natural health 25 years ago and since then has guided thousands of horses back to good health using the holistic model of health care from a variety of different health challenges.
She is the creator and instructor of Resolving Equine Metabolic Syndrome Naturally and Healing Horses their Way and teaches horse owners all over the world how to improve their horse's health using diet, lifestyle, nutrition, and natural remedies.
200' x 80' with clay base footing and 5mm of washed sand
Bank of mirrors on the south side wall
Large windows located along the entire length of the north wall, providing an abundance of natural light
OUTDOOR GRASS ARENAS
200' x 90' Arena (Currently under construction)
190' x 80' Arena (Currently under construction)
1/2 mile track with unique sand/soft rock footing that turns into powder as it breaks down
Situated in front of a breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains
Large, fenced in pasture with a variety of obstacles including; barrels, poles, pedestal, rope gate, bridge/teeter-totter, cavalettis, extreme cowboy ball, water box, ramps, etc.
Viewing area with log benches to enjoy the picturesque mountain view
50' with sand base
Monty Roberts Signature Pen
PLACES TO PLAY & ROAM
Outdoor grass areas
Outdoor Obstacle Course
Outdoor sitting areas to enjoy the picturesque views
A spacious, comfortable, and inviting lounge & viewing area
Fully heated in the winter and offering air conditioning in the summer
Full-size kitchen with all the amenities including, washer, dryer, pool table, washroom, 65" TV, which can be used and integrated with clinics that take place in the indoor arena
Large windows and seating overlooking indoor arena
Large, spacious outdoor deck with comfortable seating area and tables to enjoy the breathtaking mountain view
Washrooms that are located in lower lounge entrance and can be accessed when using the indoor arena
Cozy lunchroom with microwave, fridge, sink, table, chairs, water dispenser, and complimentary coffee & tea
Use of a private stall & shavings to groom and tack up your horse
Full-size wash rack
Overflow tack room
Washer & dryer
Blanket storage areas
EXPLORE OUR FACILITY
Set in front of the picturesque Rocky Mountains, Mission Acres is a fully equipped equestrian facility. It has unique amenities which include a large indoor arena with a viewing area, two outdoor arenas, race track, paddocks, large pastures for our horses to roam, generous horse shelters, and well-maintained water feeders.
Our Goal - Provide an environment where the horse and individual thrive
Our Hope - That everyone embraces their horsemanship journey and enhances their skills and knowledge
Our Commitment - Is to the emotional and physical well-being of the horse and to our equine community
INSPIRE, EQUIP, TRANSFORM
Mission Acres is a community grounded in respect and kindness. It fosters personal growth and provides the environment that facilitates healing and learning. Working strategically with our team, individuals have the potential to reach their
personal, spiritual, and business aspirations.
To inspire each person to fulfill their passion with horses; equip them so that they are safe and knowledgeable in all aspects of horsemanship and transform
their horse experience.
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MEET OUR TEAM
Arnulf Koegler lived in Canada for more than 30 years (1978 - 2009) before returning to Europe in 2009. He learned the basics about Western Horses and Horsemanship from Larry Hill, Roger Brazeau and Randy Cutbirth.
For Arnulf the wellbeing of the horse is first and foremost. He considers every horse as an individual, therefore, for Arnulf there is no universal concept to work with horses. One of his most important messages to riders is that we must feel where the horse is at based on its training level and psychological and physiological state. This may vary from day to day - same as it is for us humans, we have good days and better days. To achieve this, Arnulf's work with the horse and the rider is based on a strong foundation of ‘Natural Horsemanship’.
HORSEMAN IN RESIDENCE
Arnulf’s message is guided by examples of the past and present. Amongst those who influenced his thinking and work are Tom and Bill Dorrance, Ray Hunt, Jeff Sanders, Les Vogt and Buck Brannaman. However, do not make the mistake and think that he ‘wants to be a clone’ of this or that trainer or horseman. He has his own clear message to share.
During his clinics Arnulf likes to emphasize that a horse is a horse regardless of the breed. One of his primary messages is that a horse learns from every contact with us humans, both positive and negative. It doesn't know when it's being trained. All training exercises, both on the ground and under the saddle, strive for one goal: to create a harmony between horse and man. This may be achieved by ‘timing’, ‘balance’ and ‘feel’.
Arnulf highly values a solid basic training foundation of the horse and that the horse itself willingly and readily accepts the rider’s aids. His training and horse philosophy has in the past attracted a broad spectrum of riders and horse enthusiasts to seek out his advice and coaching. He has not only successfully worked with Western Show riders, Western recreational riders, but also Hunter-Jumpers and Dressage riders. In the summer of 2019, he worked with a qualified FN Trainer (Level A) and active FN judge and her Warmblood horse.
Arnulf would describe himself as an unusual mixture of the traditional Horse Show World, Natural Horsemanship and the old California Vaquero style of riding and training a horse. He considers himself a lifelong student of the horse and man and the relationship between the two.
Carmen Strabel of CS Training has been dedicated to training horses for the last 30 years. She is an NCCP certified English Competition Coach since 2017, Equestrian Canada Licensed Coach, and an up and coming General Steward through Equine Canada.
Over the years, Carmen has started and trained hundreds of horses. With her quiet approach and love of training, she has had individuals from all disciplines in the industry bring their horses for training and sales. She has a love for training young horses and a big part of her routine is retraining problem horses. Fixing a poor start and giving the horse the tools to succeed in whichever discipline it is meant to be in is a joyful accomplishment for her.
Educational trips to Europe and South America have enhanced her knowledge for training and showing in jumpers, hunters and dressage. As a competitor at the 1.30m level, she has the experience to bring you and your horse the confidence to compete at that level as well.
Always the first person to encourage, support and go beyond being a coach. Carmen exemplifies the commitment to training and coaching as well as reinforcing the values of the Alberta Equestrian Federation and Equine Canada.
The opportunities presented to Carmen throughout her life have solidified her riding and coaching skills, she will influence determination and dedication to take a rider to the next level.
Meet Our Trainers
Lessons from the Heart
Mission Acres is pleased to offer a unique equine journey for individuals ages 4 and up. The program focuses on safety in an environment that is grounded in respect, encouragement, and fun.
The passion for this program evolved from the desire to equip individuals with knowledge, skill, and most importantly awareness in their horsemanship journey. At Mission Acres our highest priority is safety “on the ground” and “in saddle”. Our goal is that every time you meet with your “horse”, you will be a little more equipped than the time before!
Participants will learn the “language of the horse” through exercises and care of the horse. This is crucial for staying safe and it is the foundation for building a relationship with the horse. Throughout the program the participant will gain confidence and their leadership skills will be enhanced as they increase their skill and knowledge. They will also learn the responsibilities involved in caring for a horse.
THE PROGRAM COVERS THE FOLLOWING:
At Mission Acres our motto is "SPREAD KINDNESS WHEREVER YOU GO".
We strive every day to live in a way that is kind, respectful, and encouraging.
This is the foundation of Mission Acres and is taught in all our programs.
This enhances the participants safety around the horse and
promotes a healthy relationship between the participant and the horse.
Use of "tools"
Becoming “handy” with the stick and string, flags, noodles, and other devices that
enhance and support communication with the horse in a respectful and safe manner.
Care of the horse
Grooming and feeding the horses, as well as “lovin” on them! This is an amazing time of connection and enjoyed by both the four legged and two legged critters!”
“Lessons from the Heart” equips the participant with the groundwork skills that promote safety when working with horses. The skills developed by the participant “on the ground” will ALL apply to the work they do “in the saddle”; so, if the participant wants to continue in their horsemanship journey, we have highly skilled trainers to have them realize that dream.
VISION & MISSION STATEMENT
“Lessons from the Heart”
A shared passion between mother and daughter.
Buffy’s passion for children encouraged her to complete her bachelor’s degree at Simon Fraser University in 1996. She specialized in both Learning Disabilities and Early Childhood Education. She began her career working for the Surrey School Board as a resource room teacher. After moving to Alberta, Buffy continued with her teaching career as a resource room teacher for the Calgary Catholic Board of Education. She was also employed by the Calgary Board of Education until the arrival of her first child. Her priority eventually became raising her three children.
In 2018 a new chapter began unfolding for her family. After purchasing the equestrian facility and building their new home on the acreage, “Mission Acres” was established. Buffy’s passion for learning and teaching, quickly grew to include a love and passion for horses as well. This was also true for her daughter, Ireland.
Ireland was given a unique opportunity in 2018 to learn from a Grand Prix level horse named Wieco. His previous owner, a very talented and accomplished trainer, Verena Sonstenes, from California, who also became a cherished family friend, supported Ireland’s passion for riding and her desire to continue learning. Ireland and Wieco’s relationship continue to grow and is beautifully evident in the saddle and on the ground. Currently Ireland is working with her coach, Janet Adams, as she pursues obtaining her instructors certification with Equestrian Canada.
Buffy and Ireland also recently completed their coaching certification with Equine Canada, and both continue enhancing their horsemanship skills with the Glenn Stewart stages program. Glenn’s talent on the ground and in the saddle inspires them both to continue learning and enhancing their own personal horsemanship journey. As they both have learned from Glenn, the possibilities between you and your horse are “limitless”!
This shared love for horses, combined with a passion for learning and teaching is the inspiration that brought “Lessons from the Heart” to life by a mother and a daughter.
“Lessons from the Heart” is a result of all that we love and is genuinely taught from our hearts. It is truly a unique program, that is tailored to individual needs and taught on a “one to one” basis. We enjoy and welcome all ages from young children to seniors. We combine our unique approach with our love for horses, our passion for learning and teaching on the beautiful property of “Mission Acres”. A place we both feel so fortunate and blessed to call our home!
Lessons from the Heart
For more information or to register for the program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.