Wendy Nelson Reining and Performance Horses, owned and operated by Wendy Nelson, is a training and breeding facility in a picturesque setting 20 minutes NW of Cochrane, Alberta. Situated on 84 acres the training center offers a brand new 80X160 indoor arena, round pen, heated barn, large box stalls, heated wash rack, turn out paddocks, pasture board, boarder tack room, scenic trails, and is set up for stallion collection and A.I. Services.
||The facility has a professional team including excellent vet care, farrier services, on-sight chiropractor for the rider athlete, Dr. Robin Dohlman, specializing in Active Release Technique, and a knowledgeable friendly staff that are all committed to customer satisfaction.|
What We Do
Wendy Specializes in training Western Performance Horses with her main focus being reining. She enjoys giving lessons, coaching, showing and doing Reining Horsemanship clinics from beginner to advanced riders. She is a certified Equine Canada High Performance Reining Coach under the new Equine Canada Competition Coach program. As an Equine Canada Mentor and Facilitator she offers the Western Rider Level 1-4 through to Instructor and Coach Program for learning and certification. She is also a Master Evaluator for the Reining High Performance program. Wendy is a graduate of the highly accredited Equine Program at Olds College, Alberta with additional certification in Artificial Insemination and Advanced Breeding Management from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA. In 2011 Wendy successfully completed her CRC judging course and is now an accredited Equine Canada Reining Judge as well as a NRHA judge.
What is typical of Wendy's style is that her horses present that required rounded frame with a soft appearance "Willingly Guided." Wendy believes in Collaborative Goal Setting for her students and to train the horse in a stress free fashion, to have a solid consistent training program using techniques closest to the way a horse thinks by using a pressure-release-reward system.
Wendy has been an active part of the Equine and Reining Horse Industry for 25 years throughout Canada, Europe and the USA. She has bred, trained, and produced many Reining Horse champions and finalists in Futurities, Derbies and Aged events. Wendy has accomplished year-end championship titles in NRHA Germany, Ontario Reining Horse Association, Reining Alberta, Alberta Reined Cow Horse Association, AQHA, and Reining Canada as well as being in the NRHA 'Top Ten'. Her coaching skills have led many of her Non-Pros and Youth to the same success.
2011 Wendy Nelson Reiner made by Ray Laviolette of Circle R Saddlery, Rockland Ontario. Please contact Wendy for more info and how to order.
News and Events
Robin and I got married September 15, 2012 :-) Thank you to Janice and Shirley for an amazing bridal shower and to all the rest of my friends, family and customers for everything you did to make Robins and my wedding so special and memorable. A special thank you to Harold and Mary Cooper for giving us the most beautiful wedding service and for all the extra work you did to make our reception amazing. I love you all!
Congratulations everyone on another successful year showing in 2012. Welcome Cindy Bossee, Maureen Orr and Kristen Morlock to the team, you gals did a great job showing Reining for the first time. Thank you Janice Hepburn for your trust in me in training and showing your little mare "My Skirt in the Dirt". We finished the year with NRHA money earnings and the Championship title at the AQHA Canadian Nationals in the exciting new Ranch Pleasure class. With 2nd place in the Junior Reining at the Canadian Nationals we also were accredited the 2012 High Point Junior Horse title.
Congratulations also to Sarah Hibberd for her winnings with Way to go Einstein, "Albert" in her very first Non-Pro Futurity at the Silver Slate Arena.
Congratulations to Alex Hibberd and her mare "Solo" for her AQHA Canadian Nationals Championship in the Youth as well as her year end championships with Reining Alberta.
Congratulations to Eileen Dann and her amazing gelding "MRL Wright on Time" for her year end RA Championships in the Ltd. Non Pro and Non Pro.
**News Flash** There is also a prestigious Equine Canada show at Spruce Meadows and the Hepson Arena in Okotoks for the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships. This involves Dressage, Jumping and Reining. Contact Sophie Beaufils at the Alberta Equestrian Federation office or myself for more info and for how to qualify. Only 4 riders can make the team, 2 juniors and 2 seniors. There will be 30 riders and horses coming from across Canada in each discipline to compete at this show in September 2013! Anyone who would like to lease a reining horse for this event for one of the competitors from a far away province to compete on, and the horse has marked over a 68 in the 2012/13 show season, you will be paid $1000 per horse for its use by the AEF. Drug testing is applicable on the lease horses and they will have to pass a jog test to compete.
Welcome Ramona May from Germany to our team this spring to complete her work experience part of her Equine Management program at the University of Holland.
Welcome Miranda Hassan to our team and congratulations on the purchase of "Boom" Boomeremi.
The show season begins early this year with the first one being the middle of April. Off Season is over and we are heading into Pre-competitive Season so it's time to get conditioning our horses and goal set for the year!! It's going to be a great year again with all the RA Branch Shows, NRHA Classic Shows, AQHA Shows and some exciting new NRHA futurity shows at the Silver Slate Arena and Claresholm. Good Luck everyone!