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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.  


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.

“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

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