A little about us.
Mariposa Sport Horses started with a dream and the dream continues to be built every day. We are located within an hour to the International venues of Spruce Meadows, Rocky Mountain Show Jumping and Anderson Ranch, as well as the Calgary International Airport which offers equine air transport with multiple airlines in and out of Canada.
Carol started riding at a young age. Greatly influenced and encouraged by her great aunt Rosie, who was a breeder and very accomplished horsewoman, Carol had very good success showing her first equine partner, Deodar's Hado, in dressage and eventing all through junior levels, qualifying for the BC Summer Games twice and attaining her Pony Club B level. At 15, she was offered a position at Lakeview Hanoverians, a Hanoverian stud farm, which provided significant opportunities. There, she daily rode, trained, and handled the 3 resident Hanoverian stallions, mares and young foals, as well as attended clinics and showed these horses in competition as well as her own horse. During this time, she had instruction from international show jumping rider and coach, Bill Ulmer (short listed, Canadian Olympic team in 1980 and1984), as well as from eventing rider and coach, Therese Washtock (Atlanta Olympics 1994), and later from Dagmar Fortmuller in Alberta. After completing college and settling into a career, Mariposa Sport Horses was set up near Kelowna, British Columbia, and later moved to the current location near Gleichen, Alberta.
A place where prairie meets sky.
With the premium Hanoverian mare, Granada, the breeding program at Mariposa Sport Horses was begun. More mares were selected, foals were born and sold, until the program is where it is today with some lines now being 2 and 3 generations bred by MSH. Each mare is carefully selected and must conform to our mandate: Superior temperament and behaviour, three good and correct gaits, exceptional rideability and trainability, and the athleticism required to excel in the sport for which they were specifically bred. Owners of the offspring produced by our mares often stay in contact with us sharing their horse's accomplishments. A common theme is how pleasant the horse is to be with, fun to ride, and successful in competition. There are MSH-bred horses showing all around North America with plenty of ribbons to show for it.
Mariposa Sport Horses is located on a 60-acre facility farm with plenty of space for youngsters to play, thus naturally developing their social skills, strength, balance, agility, and healthy development of their bones, ligaments, and joints which is the foundation for durability and soundness. The primary focus of Mariposa Sport Horses is a natural lifestyle for the mares and foals who have access to grazing in large, cross-fenced pastures. In the first few months of a foal's life when they are most vulnerable they are brought in each night to sleep in deeply bedded straw and this is when they learn to be haltered and lead, caught in the pasture, and groomed. Otherwise, they live outside year-round in a natural, family herd setting. At Mariposa Sport Horses, meticulous attention is paid to the nutrition, health, and welfare of our horses which includes regular hoof care from awarded-winning farrier, Chad Lausen, and intuitive veterinary care from TD Equine Veterinary Group led by Dr Dan French. The broodmares and youngsters have excellent care and are very well fed, paying particular attention to their nutrition, vaccination and deworming schedule, hoof care, and veterinary attention as needed.