Does anyone have any reco's for trainers in the Calgary, AB area? They do not have to be purely eventing trainers (current trainer is a Dressage/Eventing coach), but needs to be someone who coaches at events...
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Highly recommend Willowgrove Stables and Jen Smart ... went to school with her. Great girl! The farm is great .. friendly and the owner/head trainer (trish) is one of the top certified coaches in canada.
Other farms in area but not sure how much eventing wise they do are:
Anderson Ranch ( home of the Rocky Mountain Show jumping circuit) also John Anderson home farm.... Look up rocky mountain show jumping to find website. They do have some eventing jumps.
Kestrel Ridge Farm - dressage / jumping
Teesedale Farm -- more of a younger kids school string place
Spruce Meadows is right in Calgary .. so 20 mins from all of those farms. They dont do boarding/training but great shows!
There is Kathy Wayne near Millarville, Alan Wedge but Alan doesn't go to all the events. I'm not sure what Sandra's plans are for this year. She's doing some mid week clinics but I think she'll be based back east this summer.
Some of us just meet up with our coaches at events. Rebecca Lee, Tricia Dahms & Sarah Cunningham are all near Edmonton.
Noel Clark is in Cochrane area but again I don't know what his plans are. You can check out the website www.albertahorsetrials.com and click on the links page. If you click on the news tab, there is the latest newsletter and in it is a bunch of clinics that we're having.
You can always email me personally if you want at firstname.lastname@example.org. I do the AHTA newsletter.
Trish is great, and does have an eventing background, but caters more to hunter/jumpers. She is good friends with Richard Keller and he comes up at least a couple of times a year to do clinics at the barn.
Teesdale doesn't just cater to younger kids, they have clients of all ages and abilities.
RMSJ aka Anderson Ranch (John Anderson), Attache Stables (Jonathan Asselin), and St. Georges Stables (Frank Selinger) are some choices too, though I don't know how much they have to do with eventing per se. I'd look at websites and visit farms and see which one feels right to you.
Kathy Wayne is really nice too - I've never ridden with her, so I can't help you there, but she knows her stuff.