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This is a common question that horse breeders encounter from prospective buyers. While some breeders do breed for a specific discipline, Jacquie McArthur was looking for a versatile horse breed that suited all types of riders and disciplines.

"Our interest in equestrian sports remains very diversified. We desire to own competitive show ring quality horses with the genetics and form to compete various equestrian sports at a high level. These same horses have to have the temperament and intelligence to adjust, allowing our children to ride these same horses safely and confidently. We knew this was a tall order.” says Jacquie. 


Windy Coulee Canadian Horses is situated on 160 acres of native grassland, 50 of which has been reclaimed, in beautiful Pincher Creek, Alberta. Heidi Eijgel has lived on the picturesque farm with her husband David Glass since 1996.

When the time came to buy some land, they wanted to seek out native grassland that they could protect. “Native prairie grassland outperforms tameAnnabell_and_strydr_foal_sm grasses as a year-round forage giving our horse herd an advantage.  Drought tolerant, diverse and tasty, the mixed grass prairie of SW Alberta is our secret ingredient to raising healthy and strong Canadian horses,” says Heidi.

Native grasslands go hand-in-hand with the national horse: the Canadian. Heidi had horses since the age of 10 and her intention had always been to raise Canadians. So, in 1992, she bought a Canadian yearling from Quebec.


Since Eric Lamaze and Hickstead won the individual gold medal at the 2008 Olympics, Hickstead’s semen has been available for North AmericanaTelfords_-_July_2_2011sm_-_702 breeders. Many breeders balked at the price tag, which was $5500 for one dose, but Sharon and Bruce Telford at Woodlawn Farms jumped at the chance.

“I had been watching Hickstead from the time that Eric first showed him at Spruce Meadows, and had called Torrey Pines Stables yearly asking when they would have him available for stud. I was very excited when that day came,” says Sharon.

In the few years that Hickstead’s semen was available, less than 100 foals were sired by him, and only a handful of them were bred in North America.


Today, Rocking Heart Ranch Ltd. is located near Waterton Lake National Park, Alberta. The Garner family breeds quarter horses and the whole family and their traditions, which were passed down from three previous generations, are involved in the operation.

Marc Garner comments about the horses his family currently breeds, “We believe most people want that same kind of horse that my granddad Bill, andaGuns_n_Pep_and_RW_Ames_Blu_sm my dad Jim used for almost everything. They want the ability to work cattle one day, go for a trail ride the next, and then even show their horse the next day. Wouldn’t you know it, for over 100 years the Garner’s and Rocking Heart Ranch have not altered the core foundation of what we believe is important in a good horse.”

The Garner family has a long history with horses and western Canada dating back over 100 years. The current generations involved in the operation are comprised of parents Angel and Jim and sons and daughter Marc, Brad and Melody as well as their children. They all recognize the long standing history from which their ranch evolved and live their ranches motto: “Where Foundation and Reputation Matter.”



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