Our Services

BOARDING

$575 plus GST

HAUL-INS

Monthly - $300 plus GST 

Daily - $60 plus GST

Hourly - $25 plus GST

Haul in w/Lesson - No charge

PADDOCK RENTALS

 $25/day plus GST

Example: Mon from 12:00 pm to Tue at 8:00 am = $50 plus GST.

 LESSONS

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.

BURWASH EQUINE 

Compassionate horse health care by a team of equine veterinarians on the west side of Calgary, near Cochrane Alberta.

EQUINOX HEALTH

I have done my best to surround myself with horses all my life and probably much like yourself was born with the "horse addiction". 

RECOMMENDED Equine SERVICES

Services

INDOOR ARENA

  • 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)

RACETRACK

  • 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

OBSTACLE COURSE 

  • Seasonal

  • 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

ROUND PEN

  • 50' with sand base

  • Monty Roberts Signature Pen

PLACES TO PLAY & ROAM

  • Outdoor grass areas

  • Round Pen

  • Outdoor Obstacle Course

  • Racetrack

  • Outdoor sitting areas to enjoy the picturesque views

ARENA  LOUNGE

  • 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

  • Gas BBQ

  • 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

BOARDER BARN

  • 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

  • Tack lockers

  • Full-size wash rack

  • Overflow tack room

  • Washer & dryer

  • Washrooms

  • 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. 

WELCOME TO
MISSION ACRES
EQUESTRIAN CENTER

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 STATEMENT

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.  

VISION STATEMENT

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.      

GLENN STEWART CLINIC

Glenn has over 30 years of experience in the horse industry having taught thousands of students all across North and South America.  His work and knowledge with horses is diversified; he has taught clinics and given demonstrations for some of the top Lusitano breeders of Brazil,  puts on Colt Starting clinics in the Rocky Mountains 100 miles from the nearest roads, and prepares performance horses for competition and sales.  He also does management consulting for equine facilities, implementing his Horse Development Program for everything from breeding farms, cutting horses, hunter jumpers to working equitation and dressage.

JOSH NICHOL CLINIC

The journey to building a trusting partnership as well as a healthy relationship between horse and rider is intensely personal. Whether you are an Olympic competitor, Dressage devotee, working cow horse enthusiast, or love to escape to the trails on horseback, having a confident horsemanship foundation can transform the way you interact with your horse, as well as your experience in the saddle. Discover how to create a lasting bond that drives the results you want, and forges a healthy relationship between horse and owner with Josh Nichol’s unique Relational Horsemanship method.

CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FUNDRAISER

Mission Acres hosted a fundraiser for Children's Hospital on Sept 26, 2019 

PACESETTER TEAM BUILDING

Mission Acres hosted the Pacesetter Team Building Event with Glenn Stewart 

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MEET OUR TEAM

PAST EVENTS

MEGAN RANDAL

With over 12 years of industry experience, including riding, owning, teaching, and competing show jumping horses, Megan has a focused interest in horsemanship. This includes handling, care, and riding techniques that cater to the riders and horses physical and mental wellbeing.

Megan has taught a variety of ages and skill set of riders. From no horse experience all the way up to competitive show jumpers, Megan structures her lessons to ensure her students are progressively accomplishing their riding goals. To create the most successful outcome for the horse and rider she endeavors to connect horsemanship on the ground to riding and competition. Students find Megan engaging, enthusiastic, positive, and approachable.

COACH, TRAINER,GRAND PRIX JUMPER

Megan has had numerous mentors and coaches over the years including:
Mark Laskin Chef d'Équipe for the Canadian Show Jumping Team
Katie Laurie two-time Olympic show jumper for team Australia
Gail Greenough, the first female and youngest athlete to win the 1986 World Show Jumping Championship.
 
She has worked for numerous barns in Alberta and BC, as a barn manager, groom, rider, and instructor.  Megan learned from and continues to work with some of the best farriers, vets, equine massage therapists and chiropractors, barn managers, and sport psychologists.
 
Megan is working on her Equine Management degree though University of Guelph online. She is currently developing five of her own competition horses all the way from young horses to experienced jumpers and has her eyes set on competing in the U25 Grand Prix and FEI classes for next show season. Two of her horses are experienced ‘school masters’ ready to be her teaching partners with any students.

ARNULF KOEGLER

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’.

HORSE TRAINER


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

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 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.

HORSE TRAINER

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

For more information on our trainers, please contact us.

OUR FACILITY

Virtual Tour

All of our amenities are available for rental. Please contact us for details.

Lorie Duff Horsemanship – “Learn to Ride Together”

Clinic details

Spend two educational filled days with Lorie Duff, of Liberty Lane Farms for a “Foundation Horsemanship Clinic & Equine Experience” that you will never forget!
 

Lorie is an internationally renowned Canadian clinician, equine coach, liberty trainer, and motivational speaker.
 

During the clinic you will develop skills that will improve your confidence and strengthen your partnership with your horse. These skills will create the positive platform for any discipline and is grounded in communication, trust, and respect.
 

What are the benefits of liberty work?

Liberty builds a unique bond and a mental connection between you and your horse. It creates mutual trust and respect through motivation and communication. You will learn how horses in a herd manage their personal space and that will translate into achieving liberty with you and your horse. 

Clinic Outline:

There are 4 groups with three participants in each group. Participants are encouraged to audit the clinic when they are not participating in their scheduled block of time.
•    Group 1 - 8:00 am - 10:00 am
•    Group 2 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
•    Break - Lunch
•    Group 3 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
•    Group 4 - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

What are the benefits of liberty work?

Liberty builds a unique bond and a mental connection between you and your horse. It creates mutual trust and respect through motivation and communication. You will learn how horses in a herd manage their personal space and that will translate into achieving liberty with you and your horse. 

Who should attend this clinic?

This clinic is ideal for any person that is passionate about developing a relationship with their horse that is grounded in trust, respect, and understanding. You will enhance your skill and knowledge in liberty work, groundwork, and in-saddle work. Lorie works on the individual needs of you and your horse so each participant will be provided a unique opportunity of learning.
 
These clinics are for individuals of all ages and breed of horse and discipline.

Clinic Outline:

There are 4 groups with three participants in each group. Participants are encouraged to audit the clinic when they are not participating in their scheduled block of time.
•    Group 1 - 8:00 am - 10:00 am
•    Group 2 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
•    Break - Lunch
•    Group 3 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
•    Group 4 - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Highlights of Lorie's equestrian career:

•    2019 and 2022 - A Canadian Clinician for "Art of the Horseman “online fair
•    2018 - Canadian competitor in the Gobi Desert Cup Endurance Race ~ competitor Mongolia
•    Clinician in Europe, Sweden 
•    2017 - Calgary Stampede Liberty Performance
•    2016 and 2017 - RCMP Sunset Ceremonies, Liberty Performance Ottawa Ontario
•    2016 - Can-Am All Breed Expo, Markham Ontario ~ Clinician

Cost:

•    Participant: $390 for two days
•    Auditing: $30 per day or $50 for both days

Please note the following:
•    A $200 deposit is required to reserve your spot. Please note the clinic date and location when making payment.
•    Payment can be made by e-transfer or credit card
•    E-transfer or online with credit card payment. limited spots available. Deposits are required $200.
•    Participant forms are to be completed at the time the deposit is made.
 

Clinic Outline:

There are 4 groups with three participants in each group. Participants are encouraged to audit the clinic when they are not participating in their scheduled block of time.
•    Group 1 - 8:00 am - 10:00 am
•    Group 2 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
•    Break - Lunch
•    Group 3 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
•    Group 4 - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

To register: Contact 

Email Cynthia Austin at cowhorse2011@gmail.com or call her at 403-836-5900.

Clinic Outline:

There are 4 groups with three participants in each group. Participants are encouraged to audit the clinic when they are not participating in their scheduled block of time.
•    Group 1 - 8:00 am - 10:00 am
•    Group 2 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
•    Break - Lunch
•    Group 3 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
•    Group 4 - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Subjects Generally Covered: 

•    Establishing the basic groundwork
•    Starting horses under saddle
•    Behavior issues with the horse
•    Challenges that riders have and overcoming them

August 19 - August 22, 2022

GLENN STEWART CLINIC

Aug 19 - 20 - Stage 1 & 2 

Aug 21 - 22 - Stage 3 & 4
Mission Acres
Cochrane, Alberta

For more information or to register, please email
sandy@thehorseranch.com or call her at 250-789-3072.

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:

Barn etiquette

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.

 

Boundary setting

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!

February 26 - 27, 2022

Arnulf Koegler (AK Training)

Basic Horsemanship Clinic

Cost of two-day clinic: $300/participant

A $150.00 deposit is required to confirm you spot in the clinic, with the balance due by February 21, 2022. All fees are non-refundable, but you can transfer them to another person, or apply it to a future clinic, if needed.

More info
Lessons from the Heart

For more information or to register for the program, please email us at info@missionacres.ca.

May 28-29, 2022

Lorie Duff Clinic 

Learn to Ride Together

Mission Acres

Cochrane, Alberta


For more information click the button below or call Lorie at 613-867-0776.

To register email Cynthia Austin at cowhorse2011@gmail.com or call her at 403-836-5900.

July 15-17, 2022

Jonathan Field Horsemanship Clinic

Course 1 and Beyond
Mission Acres
Cochrane Alberta
 
For more information or to register, please go to Jonathan Field Course 1 and Beyond Cochrane (jonathanfieldhorsemanship.com) .

UPCOMING EVENTS