Myterra Ranch is located in the scenic sand hills of East Central Alberta west of Provost, Alberta and just east of the hamlet of Metiskow. It is family owned and operated by myself, my wife Connie and our son Ben. The main ranch yard is located on the quarter of land that was homesteaded by my great grandfather in 1910. Our land base consists of deeded land and leased pasture. In addition to our quarter horses we have a cow/calf enterprise and some years run grass stocker cattle. And if that isn't enough to keep us busy I have a full time job as Director of Training and Program Development for ASTEC Safety Inc. in Provost. ASTEC is a company that provides safety training and services to the oil and gas industry.
I have been involved with horses since I was nine years old when Dad bought us a Shetland pony named Trixie. I learned to ride on her and have been riding horses ever since. Besides using horses for ranch work I started calf roping when I was in my early twenties. That was my main horse related focus for about 12 years as I competed in calf roping on the Lakeland and Canadian Cowboy Rodeo Association circuits. The highlight was competing in the Lakeland Rodeo Association finals in 1984. The main person that taught me how to rope calves was Gary Cooper of Vermilion, Alberta. When he retired from roping he moved on to training and showing cutting horses. It was through Gary that I became exposed to cow horses and the sport of cutting. I bred my first mares to a stallion called Trinas Lena, a Doc O'Lena son that Gary brought into Alberta from California. We still have a daughter of Trinas Lena in our broodmare band and she is one of our top producing mares. I bought my first broodmare, Rocket in 1984 from the Art Busse dispersal sale. She produced some great horses over the years. My main ranch horse is a gelding sired by Pepinics Master and out of Rocket. My big break in the horse breeding business was when Gary and I purchased Pepinics Master in the fall of 1993. Since then our horse enterprise has been based on his genetics and strength as a sire of western performance horses.
Connie's parents, owned riding horses and rode lots, especially her Mom, when Connie was young so she came by her love of horses at a young age. She learned to ride on a Shetland pony named Sundance. Connie was born at Shaunavon, Saskatchewan and lived there until she was ten years old when her family moved to St. Paul, Alberta. I met Connie in 1995 and we married in September of 1996. Connie is the anchor for our family and ranch. She does the ranch chores when I am at work and she does most of the heat detection and all the artificial insemination of mares during breeding season. Her faith in God and how she lives in his grace are an inspiration to Ben and I in our Christian lives. She enjoys working with our young horses and rides as often as she can.
Our son, Ben is 10 years old this year. You would not guess his age by looking at him as he is big for his age, just about as tall as his Mom. We tell Ben he is built to be a football player or a steer wrestler. He is just starting to ride more this summer. His horse is a gelding named Inkster. He is an Appaloosa cross that is an excellent kids horse. He won't run away and when Ben pulls on the reins he stops.
If you would like to know about our horses and what they are capable of accomplishing, please get a hold of us. We also really enjoy hearing about the successes of horses sired by Pepinics Master. So don't be afraid to call us and brag about your horses. I am planning to post some of those achievements on our web page.