"My name is Jade Dykstra and I run a ranch in Delacour, AB, Canada. My ranch is called Lasting Strides and it is where I run my Equine Assisted Wellness business specializing in helping at-risk youth and young adults find healing from their mental illness and trauma. I also have a Young Rider program where the goal is to raise up a new generation of well-rounded, compassionate horse people. The main discipline I ride is western, though in order to raise well-rounded riders I bring in clinicians to learn everything from jumpers, liberty work, medieval riding, and more! I take my Young Riders to local gymkhanas once a month from May-October. We take 7-8 of my horses to each show and are quite well-known in our community for our teamwork, sportsmanship, and top notch horse care. I also plan to start competing in barrel jackpots on my mare in 2021 and attending cow work clinics with her as often as possible.
At the forefront of all my programs is equine health and happiness, which is why I also host regular massage clinics and Equine First Aid certification courses at my ranch. Keeping my herd of 18 in the best shape possible is essential and each of them have unique nutritional needs. I have horses ranging in age from 3 years old to 36 years old, so being able to find a line with products for everyone has been incredible. Watching the difference that Evolve, Builder, and Elite Hemp Oil have made in the muscles, coat shine, and overall health of the herd has been so rewarding - and is regularly commented on by my vets and physical therapists, especially in the case of my 36 year old gelding!"