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From the desk of the RAFTER KP OUTFIT/TIMBERLINE MUSIC/LARRY KRAUSE To the Good Folks at Alpine Stables, I had the extremely good fortune in being Emcee/Camp Wrangler for 2 weeks of trail rides with Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies, this past August. The opportunity to meet like minded Riders from all over the world, and discover new places and sights together, will be a time and experience I will never forget.
But, most certainly the aspects of the time I spent at Waterton that had the greatest impact on me, were the people, horses, and manner in which Alpine Stables operated.
Being a novice rider, despite my hat, my confidence was built starting with my initial meeting with Josh and Dee. The manner in which they worked with everyone on the rides, ensuring that the Riders got the most from the experience, was indeed a pleasure to watch, and comforting to receive.
We went on trails that challenged me, at many levels, and helped me find things within myself that I believed were lost. I cannot stress enough the confidence that was built in me, allowing me to go places and see things on horseback that I would never have considered an option a week before.
The manner in which your family operates the stables is a shining example of how things should be done in your industry. I am glad I had the chance to meet and be guided by Josh. His manner and demeanour in working with riders is a positive testament to his raising. As well, I look back to my time visiting with Dee on the trail. I believe I am better having made his acquaintance.
Thanks again for the experience, and I look forward to seein' ya down the trail. Larry Krause
As I wrote on Alpine Stable's Facebook page, I have had the immense pleasure of being part of a group of 5 women (now members of the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies - trailridevacations dot com) which Josh & his grandfather Dee (plus, on our first day, a couple whose names escape me, sorry) led along trails and up some stunning heights five days in a row. Two of us were experienced riders, the other 3, including myself, not at all, yet we all rode with confidence and delight, but were also put at ease to acknowledge any need for accommodation, should it arise. The quality of the horses, combined with Josh and Dee's in-depth knowledge of the history, geography, fauna and flora of the area, their patience and their gallantry, and the entire family's contagious passion for these rides made for a truly unforgettable experience.
We went up to Bertha Falls with our guide Natalie on June 14, 2017. The staff and the horses were wonderful and Natalie was a very knowledgeable, kind and helpful guide. The views were amazing and it was a fabulous afternoon. We would highly recommend going on a trail ride with Alpine.