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Trish Mrakawa

Specialties

Trish is the owner of Willow Grove Stables, which was established in 1982 and has been at its present location since 1984. She found it necessary to ‘take the plunge’ to own her own facility so that she could assure the proper care and well-being of her horses and students alike. While Willow Grove is a successful, competitive stable, Trish promotes a friendly ‘family’ atmosphere amongst all her clients. She is proud of the fact that many of them have been with her for several years. Trish holds a Pony Club “A” Certificate and is one of a select group who has attained a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Level 3 Certificate in Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation. She is often heard to say, “I love to teach all levels and am grateful for being able to do what I love every day. Not all people are so lucky.” After successfully competing in both hunters and jumpers as a junior rider on the North American circuit, Trish switched to Three-Day Eventing and represented Alberta many times in the Continental Young Riders Championships. Returning to her first love of show jumping, she began riding and teaching professionally in 1982. Trish's students have competed at shows from Novice level to the international ring at Spruce Meadows. The riders at Willow Grove travel to competitions regionally, nationally and into the USA. The many milestones her students have reached in their riding careers include CET Regional winners, CEF Zone Awards and representation on such team competitions as the North American Young Riders Championships. As a testament to her ability to ‘empower others’, over 100 of her former students still remain active in the horse industry. Half of these students have become professional riders and coaches, with their own students finding success in many disciplines. In 2002, Trish became the Master Course Conductor for English Coaching in Alberta. She was then appointed Chairman of the Equine Canada English Coaching Committee that has been instrumental in developing coaching programs for evaluating and training of coaches in Canada along with the Equine Canada ‘Learn to Ride’ program. Although remaining a member of this committee, Trish stepped aside as Chairman in 2009 to focus on her responsibilities for a position she received in 2008, Chairman of Coaching for Jump Canada. A Certified Mentor and Evaluator for the NCCP/Equine Canada Coaching Programs, she was accredited in 2008 by the Coaching Association of Canada as a Learning Facilitator for the NCCP/Equine Canada Equestrian Theory course. Trish has used her vast experience in the horse industry to establish a focused program in the development of young horses. In 2001, she partnered with her longtime friend Janine Olson to establish Two Willows Equine Development Centers to raise warmblood horses and ponies for the North American market. The program has been very successful and continues to grow. When she is able to take time away from her busy schedule of training and coaching at shows, Trish judges Equine Canada recognized hunter and jumper competitions and conducts riding clinics across Canada. In 1999, she expanded her vision of helping people by becoming involved in the wellness industry where she provides consulting for those who are interested in preventative and alternative methods of health and reducing the stress in their lives. After years of raising Jack Russell Terriers, Trish and her fiancé Bill have now embarked on breeding Golden Retriever puppies and successfully welcomed their first litter in 2009.

Stable Information

Willow Grove Stables

Stable Location: De Winton

Arena Type: Indoor and Outdoor.

Description

Willow Grove Stable first began in Millarville, Alberta. Operations expanded, and we moved to our present DeWinton location in 1985. The barn features 26 large box stalls, with soft stalls and rubber mats throughout. We accommodate our outside boarders in spacious paddocks with shelters. Horses boarded inside can either enjoy daily turnout in large individual paddocks or field group turnout if they need a good play. With a 70’ x 190’ indoor arena that has a combination of sand and rubber footing, two outdoor sand rings and an outdoor grass ring, we are able to train for all competition scenarios. The coaches and staff at Willow Grove ensure that all horses are treated as ‘elite athletes’ and part of the family. With our vast educational backgrounds and practical experience, we know it is important for each horse to have a personalized program tailored to his or her individual nutritional and exercise needs. Stabled horses receive their feed four times daily. Paddock horses have the choice of feed schedules of three or four times per day or round baled hay for those hard keepers. Willow Grove Stable manages five horse shows per year (three on site) as well as summer riding and training camps. Lessons and training take place weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. All tournaments are open to the public, and Willow Grove welcomes visitors to their day-to-day working environment to meet the horses, coaches, staff and clients. It is important to us that the individuals riding and training here are comfortable with our philosophy and safety standards for both horses and students. We look forward to discussing how we can best accommodate your needs.

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