The Horse Event

November 24 th. & 25 th.

Foundation to Finish

Medicine Hat, Alberta 

 Ian Zoerb
“Keeping horses sound is simply balancing a horse to its natural bone structure.”
Farrier with over 30 years experience.
Master Farrier with a certificate as The Outstanding Student of the Class at the
Oklahoma Farrier College in 1979.
Specializing in lameness issues.
Knowledge of equine anatomy in relation to the movement of the horse.

Lee Finstad along with his daughter Casey will be doing a stock whip clinic this year.  Lee first started braiding whips close to 25 years ago, with a good friend who was able to him with kangaroo leather.  His braiding techique and styles have been heavily influenced by the Australian traditions.  Casey has followed in his footsteps with working on whips both in braiding and cracking.  She even worked on a 4-H presentation on whip cracking that earned her a berth at the provincial level of competition.  Currently Casey is attending Lakeland College majoring in animal science technology while her dad continues to ranch.

2016 Trainers & Presenters

​Dale Montgomery

​Welcome Rod Olsen, the Owner of “Olsen Horses” and “Rod Olsen Horse Training.”
    Rod grew up following in the footsteps of his Father, Dee Olsen who trained horses. Rod started his first colt at the age of 8, and from there his interest and passion for developing good horses grew. In the early 1970’s, Dee Olsen invited Ray Hunt to Canada to do clinics on horsemanship, and Rod learned on that there was a better way. Following in the manner of Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance, Rod disciplined himself when working with horses, to gain respect, patience, and a gentle hand.  Those attributes go a long way in developing a trusting, confident and willing partner. As a husband, and the father of 6, these qualities have carried over into his family life.
     Rod has developed his own training program that is based on helping horses and riders reach their greatest potential. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise through clinics and one on one training sessions. He’s an accomplished farrier and horseman, and trains horses for a variety of disciplines. There’s one thing that all horses Rod works with have in common, and that’s a great start, and from there the sky’s the limit.
     Rod is the 2011 and 2013 Winner of the Canadian Natural Horse Training Competition,  as well as the 2014 Winner of the Rocking Heart Ranch Colt Starting Competition. The following year he had the privilege of co-judging that competition. ​

​Rod Olsen.

​Welcome Jamie-Lee Reinbolt as one of the colt starting trainers.  Jamie-Lee was raised on a beef ranch in the heart of cattle country, Maple Creek Saskatchewan.  Her passion for horses started early and continued to grow as she learned to use horses for every day ranch work.  She also participated in 4-H Light Horse for many years.  After high school, Jamie-Lee decided to further her education in a field she was familiar with.  She is an Olds College graduate from the Equine Science, Western Horsemanship Diploma, and also is a Certified Equine Canada Coach - Instructor of Beginners.  Jamie-Lee has had the opportunity to ride under professional reining trainer Cheryl Mitchell and was an assistant trainer for professional reiner Jesse Beckley.  Jamie-Lee believes having an all around ranch horse the entire family can ride is essential, and portrays that through her training methods.  She loves the challenge of getting on a horse for the first time, and helping it progress with the guidance of her training.  Jamie-Lee moved to Milk River in 2014 and started her own business, 'Prairie Performance Horse', training horses, and specializing in starting young horses.  She also continues to coach western riders.  Jamie-Lee was chosen to compete as one of the ten trainers in the 2014 Rocking Heart Ranch Colt Starting Challenge and she went home with the third place trophy buckle.  She also competed in the 2015 RHR Challenge and was just recently hand-picked as the only woman to compete in the MacGregor Quarter Horses first annual Colt Starting Challenge in Ponoka AB on May 23, 2016.  

    Born and raised in southern Alberta, Jim has spent his life with horses; Team Roping, starting colts and taking clinics with Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt as a youngster, progressing to Reining and Cow Horse Events where he has NRHA earnings over $130,000 and Lifetime earnings in excess of $200,000 total including other events.
     In Canada he has won the Canadian Supreme Reining futurity 3 times, along with a multitude of other championships at various other Reining venues. With his background of training in so many different areas of horsemanship, he was excited when invited to participate in the Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge in 2011. This was his first competition in this sport, and he was awarded the Reserve Championship. One year later, in 2012, Jim returned to win the Championship at that event, and then carried on to win the Pro Final in the World Championship at the 2012 Extreme Cowboy Association World Championships in Hamilton, Texas in November. Once again in 2013, Jim won the Cowboy Challenge at the Calgary Stampede!
2014 Road to the Horse first ever Wild Card Champion, Fan Favourite… AND the 2014 Colt Starting WORLD CHAMPION! Jim has numerous awards and trophies in his horsemanship career in many disciplines, but has excelled as a reining horse trainer, cowboy up challenge horse trainer and competitor as well as being an incredible clinician!
    Jimmy Anderson Horsemanship is run by Jim and his wife Andrea Anderson

Welcome Dale and Dawn Montgomery.  Dale is one of Canada’s most revered stock dog handlers.  In teaching clinics he has shown livestock producers the principles of low-stress handling for sheep and cattle.  Born and raised on a cattle operation near Golden Prairie, the family later moved to a feedlot north of Maple Creek, and that’s where Dale attended high school.  His passion has always been with animals.

In the late 1980’s Dale’s life changed because of a young renegade border collie Dale obtained from a friend.  Dale recognized the amazing instinct and abilities of the pup in handling stock, and this is what drew Dale into a life training dogs, competitions, and breeding border collies.  Dale and his dogs have a long list of accomplishments, some of which include:  8 X Canadian Western Agribition winners, 7 X Calgary Stamped winners, 5 X Northlands Farm Fair winners, and the Continental competition in Winnipeg in 2014 winning both the sheep and cattle trial.

For several years Dale and Dawn grazed more than 1000 sheep as part of a program to control a noxious weed called leafy spurge.  It was a perfect setting for on-the-job training of stock dogs.  Dale and Dawn have sold some of their dogs as distant as Austria and Japan.

Jimmy Anderson Horsemanship

Jamie-Lee Reinbolt

​Lee Finstad

Ela Misuno DVM  MVSc

     Ela Misuno received her DVM from Warsaw Agricultural University in Poland in 2007. Following graduation she moved to Denmark where she worked as a general equine practitioner in two private practices over 1.5 years. In 2012 she successfully completed a 3 year residency program in Large Animal Internal Medicine combined with Masters of Vet Science at the WCVM, University of Saskatchewan. She passed her  ACVIM board exams. She's been with Vetoquinol for over 3 years and her current positions are within our equine product line as: Technical Service Veterinarian, Key Account Manager and supporting Product Manager.