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? Why train with us?
Well...if you have trained with us before, you know the answer, but for those of you who haven't yet, here's a short list:
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 have 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.
The primary focus of Amazing Horse Country is three-fold:
To that end, we currently offer a wide variety of clinics and training, from individual lessons to clinics with multiple instructors. See our schedule for all the details.
Partnering with Jody Schulze McMann of Broken Spur Equine Therapy in 2015, Amazing Horse Country now offers a unique clinic series that offers Equine Biomechanics and Anatomy. This allows 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.
Jody and Scott believe that continuously working to advance their horsemanship is not only an asset to their students but a requirement of a good clinician. They both have and continue to train annually with Josh Nichol in his Mentorship Program.
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. Our e-Magazine features articles from veterinarians, therapists, trainers, owners and riders. We're looking forward to sharing an AMAZING 2017 with you!
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