Wendy Nelson Reining and Performance Horses


Practice        Determination        Success


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.  


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About Us

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

Welcome.  Here are some of the highlights of 2014!!!  It has been an incredible year starting with the Cactus Classic in Scottsdale, Arizona in March, Alex Hibberd, Janice Hepburn and myself rode to top 5 rankings in our division and Ron Hall followed closely behind in the top 10 in his division  A huge thank you to my sponsor Lindale Truck Service, Kim and Rhonda Wollen for their support in hauling me down there and getting us all set up at the show.   Also a big thank you to Deb and Stan Simpson for their hospitality the days prior to the show at their Ranch in Arlington to get our horses climatized and provide us with an awesome arena to do some fine tuning as well as a well stocked Gazebo with refreshments! 

More team show highlights...Spring NRHA Silverslate, Alanna Hoeltzel, on That Chics Flashy, Ltd. Non pro and Non Pro Champions.  RA Spring Classic, Carly Ingeveld and Great Whiz N Tag 3rd place finish in the Youth 14-18. Eillen Dann and MLR Wright On Time 5th place finish in the Rookie.   RA Summer Classic, Wendy Nelson and Ella Otie Whiz, Int. Open Champions, Wendy Nelson and Okie Styled Chic, Reserve Champion Novice Horse Open, Cindy Bossee and Sheza Lokota Chic, 9th place in the Rookie L1.  Wildrose Quarter Horse Show, Wendy Nelson and Ella Otie Whiz, Ranch Horse Open Champion, Lena Braun and That Chic's Flashy, Nov. Amateur Ranch Horse Champion.  Big Sky Futurity Montana, Janice Hepburn and My Skirts in the Dirt, Prime Time Reserve Champions, Carly Ingeveld and Great Whiz N Tag, Youth 14-18 Reserve Champion, Ron Hall and Johnnie, 3rd place .  Silverslate Summer Slide and Derby,  Alexandra Hibberd and That Chics Flashy, Rookie Champions, Brenna Lassenba, 9th place finish in Green Reiner, Wendy Nelson and Ella Otie Whiz, Open Derby Reserve Champions.  RA Fall Classic, Wendy Nelson and All Reddy Cash n Chex, 3rd place in the Futurity,  Ron Hall and MA Badges Whiz Kid, Ranch Horse Champion, Wendy Johnston and Whiz'n Tag Chic, Ltd. Open Champion.  Canadian Supreme, Wendy Nelson and All Reddy Cash n Chex, 4th place finish in the CS Futurity.  Congratulations to the rest of the teams success's and support throughout the year, it was a pleasure training your horses and coaching all of you!

May 2014 Jared Leclair joined the team with his expertise for a fun filled weekend of Show pen skills and strategies.  Thanks to Jared and participants for an awesome clinic and to Ron and Shirley Hall of Lonetree Performance Horses for hosting it!

Welcome and thank you to new customers and assistants.. Sandy Corriveau, Donna Holloway, Jay Sibbald and family, Barbara Jo Lutley, Deb Johnston-Simpson, Ivy Berger, Jenna Pethick, Karoline Echterbecker, Stephanie Mahovlic, Jaime Wilson, Kylie Wasuita, Carly Ingeveld, Lena Braun, Jessica Youngs, Hillary Upperton,  Jeanette Peakes-Aucoin, Maxine Whiteside, Maria Cavaliere, Miranda Hassan, Naomi and Eric Kerr, Leah Jackson, Ramona May, Doris Deutschlander, Marion Stromberger,  Rhonda Neilson, Heather Dion and Hannah Pope, Stefani Van Ryswyk, Rebecca Paulsen, Kathleen Mackay, Gary and Shannon Nelson, Liz Wiese, June and Gerald Knobel, Shirley Leew and Alex Kendall....and all your 4 legged friends!....and a big Thank you for the ongoing trust and support to Ron and Shirley Hall, Janice Hepburn, Ron and Trudy Barnes, Wendy Johnston, Eileen Dann, Diane, Alex and Sarah Hibberd, Rick Eden, Cindy Bossee, Mike and Kristen Morlock, Martha Birkett, Alison Sutcliffe,  Kathy Francis and Tracy Uptigrove.

Congratulations to Jeanette Peakes-Aucoin on her purchase of my 3 year old mare, Prime Time Lokota.  Good luck on your adventures in the Cowboy Extreme Trail Pen!

New horses to our team.....Congratulations to Ron Hall on his handsome new purchase Montana Magnum,  Alexandra Hibberd on her cute new mount Mambos TJ Dox, Janice Hepburn on her classy new mare Chromed Romance, and Eileen Dann on her beautiful new paint, Pearl Gun.

Foals arriving in 2015 by "Electric Code"  out of That Chics Flashy, owned by Wendy Nelson and Sol of Hollywood, owned by Alexandra Hibberd. 

A special thank you to my Horse Health expert team, I couldn't do it without you!   David Blouin-Farrier,  Dr. Chad Hewlett, Roger Lewis- Horse Chiropractor and Dr. Ryan Wienkamp.  I am so fortunate to have you all in my life.

I would like to thank everyone who was a part of this amazing year and to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!  With the NRHA Affiliate finals in Red Deer for 2015, Oklahoma is in our sites to show at along with the Cactus Classic, RA Classic shows, NRHA Silverslate Arena shows, the Big Sky Futurity once again in Montana, and the Canadian Supreme.   Looking forward to next years journey with you all!   

Exciting news for 2016, I would like to give a warm welcome to Neacolette Pope as co-trainer to Wendy Nelson Reining and Performance Horses.  Neacolette has mentored under NRHA Professional Jared Leclair of Texas,  NRHA Professionals Francois and Josianne Gauthier of Lucama, North Carolina and myself, Equine Canada certified HP coach and NRHA professional.   She will be specializing in Instruction of Beginners, Breaking colts, and Fundamental Training of Reining and Western Performance horses.   Book your upcoming 2 year olds with Neacolette now for 2016.   

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R.R. 1, Site 8, Box 28, Cochrane, AB.  T4C 1A1 Cell 403-462-6170  wnequine@velocitynetworks