Happy Trails Ranch
Happy Trails Ranch is owned by Linda, Chris and daughter Rhianna. We are centrally located on a mix of pasture and bush on 40 acres just outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba in the heart of horse country and just 2 miles from a provincial park that has miles and miles of trails.
Linda has had horses for the last 34 years. Over the years, they have owned a variety of breeds but were mostly involved with Arabians as Linda was competing in Distance Riding. Daughter Rhianna inherited the horse gene and is an active participant in Pony Club, Hunter/Jumper and Eventing. Linda has volunteered on number of club boards, is a long time member of Manitoba Horse Council and is pursuing an Equine Science Certificate thru the University of Guelph with a focus on Equine Nutrition.
About 14 years ago - Linda attended a clinic and had her first look at a Rocky Mountain horse - the chocolate color drew her in but the quiet temperament and that smooth gait along with the smile on the face of the rider had her hooked. The breed was pretty rare in Canada back then and the Canadian dollar was pretty low so buying a horse from the US was not something they could think of affording. However a few years later, Linda re-connected with that rider from the clinic who lived about 4.5 hours away. She had been matching RM/KM horses with riders for a few years and Linda, Chris & Rhianna were invited to come visit and ride a few. They came home from that trip and their first Rocky - MX Tyson followed shortly thereafter in 2007. He brought the joy of riding back to Linda who re-gained confidence with his steady attitude and his smooth gait helped her knee and hip issues so she could ride pain free. Linda's passion for horses was re-ignited and she began to talk to Chris about pursuing a dream of breeding and raising these amazing horses and promoting them in Manitoba and Western Canada. They are a fantastic family horse with their calm demeanor and tolerant of many levels of riders. Their smooth gait makes them a perfect choice for those suffering from neck, back, knee and hip issues.
Linda starting researching the breed more and purchased a weanling filly with champion bloodlines - Windy Rock's River Xena. Fast forward to January 2013 and Linda & Chris were on their way to Kentucky to look at a horse that had every qualification on their wish list - foundation breeding, trained to ride and drive and with that smooth locked in trail gait they were looking for. By the Fall of 2013, they can see their stallion, Yankee Traveler, from the kitchen window - he arrived home in February. Their second mare, Lucy in Disguise, arrived home in March with a beautiful silver buckskin colt at her side and she was back in foal to Sundown Cowboy. In the summer of 2013, Xena passed the certification process with RMHA and KMSHA and her first foal by Choco Dock Junior was born in 2014. A second Kentucky trip in October 2013 resulted in two new additions - a KMSHA registered grey filly and a bred double registered Champagne mare. 2014 resulted in 4 foals from 3 pregnancies with a surprise set of twins! A few of our horses have made their way to new homes in Manitoba and BC as well as overseas to UK and Sweden!
That dream of raising and promoting the breed in Manitoba is well on it's way. As the future unfolds, Linda, Chris & Rhianna look forward to sharing many Happy Trails with all the wonderful friends they have met and plan to meet as they share their passion for this amazing breed. We have access to horses of all ages for sale and are always happy to share our knowledge and connections. We welcome you to come out and try the smooth gait of these wonderful horses - be careful - owning a gaited Mountain horse is an addiction and you can't have just one!
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