About Us

What sets us apart?

There are many choices available when it comes to horse training.  Likely, there are also as many definitions for horsemanship as there are horses.  So what do we do that's different?  

Well...if you have trained with us before, you know the answer :)  Here's a few of our beliefs:

  • We recognise that every horse and rider is a unique combination of ability and experience.  From novice to advanced riders, from colts to experienced competition horses, we're here to help you progress.  We have no levels and no prerequisites.
  • We firmly believe that your success as a rider or trainer is based on the success you bring to your horse.  Learning how to consistently achieve success for your horse will put you a step ahead of the rest.
  • Improving your horsemanship skill starts with learning about the horse: how he moves; how he's put together.  Our clinics feature biomechanics and anatomy components so what you do with your seat, hands and legs makes sense. 
  • Every one of our clinics is structured around 1 on 1 time with you and Scott.  We focus on you and your horse as a team with specific skills and requirements.  The training you do with us is tailored to you.
  • In a word: FUN!  Equine pursuits are meant to be enjoyable.  We cultivate an atmosphere of camaraderie, support and enjoyment of all things equine, regardless of discipline or experience.  The fun doesn't end on the training grounds either - we have pot luck dinners, campfires and offer camping right next to a private stall for your horse.  Perfect for a getaway weekend with friends, family and horses.
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Scott and Spud

Scott Phillips

The owner of Amazing Horse Country, Scott has a wide variety of experience in the horse industry including backcountry/mountain riding, outfitting, training horses and riders, starting wild horses and running the Canadian Cowboy Challenge.  When not teaching, you can usually find Scott training with his own horses.

Scott teaches the fundamentals of horsemanship in an enjoyable and interactive way. Together we work on how to present ourselves in a way that encourages our horses to try for us...because we've shown them, though a solid application of the principles of leadership and athleticism, what it feels like to succeed.

You'll learn to create, shape and inspire the thoughts and motions of a horse, resulting in the horse finding peace, fluidity, balance, confidence, success and pride.

Scott's goals are:

  1. To promote the art of horsemanship by assisting riders in increasing their knowledge of the horse and developing their skills and abilities as horsepeople;
  2. To bring a greater awareness of the potential we can reach when we work with the horse's mind and body together - in all equine pursuits - and the importance of horses in our lives;

  3. To create a world of FUN and EXCITEMENT for riders and their equine partners through creative and challenging obstacle courses, trail riding, mutual encouragement and camaraderie. 

  4. To inspire an awesome world for riders and horses where anything is possible.

History

We've always been about helping people, helping horses and having a great time.  The seeds of Amazing Horse Country were sown in a fundraiser for the non-profit Canadian heli-medevac operation, STARS. Horse trainer Brenda Murdock conceived a game to raise money in conjunction with a horse sale. Teams of riders hunted for items located in a large area; entry fees went to STARS.

Partnering with Scott Phillips, the following year the idea grew into into an online Equine Geocaching fundraiser known as the Amazing Backcountry Race. Caches were hidden over hundreds of miles of trails throughout the Alberta Rocky Mountains. Riders found caches, claimed and traded prizes and and logged their finds, stories and photos online.

With growing interest, the fundraiser evolved into a business. The website grew to allow riders to hide and find caches, access and update a user-built trail database with worldwide coverage. This includes photos and information on trails, staging areas, campgrounds and parks designated for equine use. We also hosted other equine-related fundraisers.

Priorities changed for the creators of Amazing Backcountry. Brenda's focus shifted to her family and her notable involvement with Habitat for Humanity. Scott, who had his own horse training business, became increasingly involved with the Canadian Cowboy Challenge Association as a board member and later as President. He saw an opportunity to integrate obstacles into his horsemanship training regime. With the purchase of new property in 2013, Amazing Horse Country was born.

Today

In 2015 we partnered with Jody Schulze McMann of Broken Spur Equine Therapy to offer a unique clinic series including Equine Biomechanics and Anatomy.  This allowed us to offer our students an exceptionally rounded experience that begins with learning how your horse functions physically and how you can support and integrate that into your groundwork and riding.  Biomechanic components continue to be a part of all of our clinics.

The primary focus of Amazing Horse Country is three-fold:

  1. To offer a unique and supportive style of training for people and horses focusing on solid horsemanship principles;
  2. To pioneer a multi-faceted supportive learning environment including obstacles, games, group activities, Equine Anatomy and Biomechanics, Trail Riding and much more.
  3. To provide an ejoyable venue for all riders and horses, regardless of discipline, age or experience, WORLD-WIDE.

To that end, we currently offer a wide variety of clinics, training and lessons.  See our schedule for all the details.

Scott believes that continuously working to advance his horsemanship is not only an asset to his students but a requirement of a good clinician / trainer. He continues to train annually with Josh Nichol in his Mentorship Program and has studied with Dr. Deb Bennett.

Future

As far as the future is concerned, the sky is really the limit! Amazing Horse Country continues to grow and evolve with fun and exciting events, clinics and training for riders and horses.  We're looking forward to sharing an AMAZING 2018 with you!

Scott's articles appear in several online and print magazines; you can read some of them here.