The Painted Warriors

Equine Training Program

Join us at Painted Warriors to learn specialized hunting skills and gain more knowledge for your career or for personal hunting experiences.

Training with Painted Warriors instructors is fuelled by our our passion for the outdoors along with decades of experience as competitors, wilderness guides and outdoor instructors.

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Trainer Spotlight

Owners Tracey Klettl and Tim Mearn are highly qualified Outdoor Council of Canada instructors with additional diverse certifications including: Hunger Education instructors; Outdoor Council of Canada instructors, Interpretative Guide Association certification; Archery Intermediate Archery Canada; Level 3 Wilderness Guide Instructors; Certified Equine Canada Nationally certified riding instructor; Equine first aid instructor.

Painted Warriors is an accredited training facility and is certified through the International Wilderness Guides Association.

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“Our relationship with horses is something that developed very naturally within our culture, for a long time, we have studied and understood how important this intricate connection with animals was and still is for our survival. We have maintained this important relationship today using horses as our greatest teachers, it is important for us to preserve and teach the skills to work with horses through this lens and we incorporate this in all of our equestrian programs.” - Tracey Klettl

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“Our relationship with horses is something that developed very naturally within our culture, for a long time, we have studied and understood how important this intricate connection with animals was and still is for our survival. We have maintained this important relationship today using horses as our greatest teachers, it is important for us to preserve and teach the skills to work with horses through this lens and we incorporate this in all of our equestrian programs.”

Our Training Programs

We offer comprehensive equine training from beginner to advanced—no matter what level you are at, we encourage you to explore our programs to find the right fit for your training needs.

All equine training programs at Painted Warriors require you have a riding helmet and proper riding boots to participate. Before coming out to the ranch, we will send you detailed information about preparing for your course.

Training Levels 1-2
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Our beginner levels are focused on providing the student with a solid foundation with ample time given to achieve very good riding basics. After achieving level 2, students may wish to continue working towards a career in equestrian tourism, or they may be happy with skills that give them a more safe and enjoyable trail riding ability.
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Training Levels 3-4
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Levels 3 and 4 concentrate on skill development, allowing the student to become more proficient in technical riding and back country skills. For people who seek to improve their recreational trail riding, these next levels will provide them with the skills they need to have a safe trip on uncomplicated terrain. In addition, these levels provide a solid foundation for those interested in working in the industry as an equestrian-tourism guide.
*Please note that if you have prior experience equal to levels 1 and 2 you may take levels 3-4).

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Level 5 and Trail Leader
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Level 5 and Trail leader prepares the students to work with clients, these basic levels will provide skills to safely take a group for shorter rides on easy well-marked terrain.

These qualifications will also provide skills to act as an assistant guide on longer more complicated rides.

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Guide Level 1 & 2
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Experience is built into the upper levels; this program requires a certain amount of “dirt” time working in the capacity before moving on. For example, a level 2 guide must have at least 5 years experience guiding clients to even enter the level 2 program.
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Guide Level 3
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The last program to complete is level 3 guide, which prepares the student to act as a manager or to set up his or her own business. Any of the levels of this program may be challenged if the individual has experience.
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Our Horses

Each of our horses is a like a family member and each of them has a unique personality and spirit. Get to know who you’re riding with!
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