Meet the Team

Jade Dykstra

Owner, Certified EAL Facilitator, Certified EAPD Coach

Jade grew up riding horses and knowing that she wanted to make a difference in her community.  She starting Lasting Strides in April 2015 after receiving her certifications in the EAL field.  Since then it has grown to be her full-time commitment, and she works hard to ensure you are receiving the best-quality coaching.

Jade is a certified EAL Facilitator through Equine Connection, and is a certified EAPD Coach through Higher Trails.  In June 2017 she became a founding member of EAL Canada.  She has been working with horses since 2002 and continues her personal and professional development every chance she gets.

EAL Associate Team

We have a number of EAL Canada certified associates to help us with our sessions and camps: 

Amberly Jantzi, Camryn Dyck, Cassia Warner, Cheryl Schmalzl, Danielle Roberts, Dawson Schrader, Heather McCarthy, Jaxson Cunning, Kirsten Davidson, Lisa Denyer, Lisa McDonald, Lucie Adams, Maesa Morris, Philip Dykstra, Rachel Anderson, Rebecca Anderson,  Sarah Wells, Shaylynn Thackeray

The Horses

Gem

Gem is a quarter horse mare who was born in spring 2008.  Born at a rescue, Gem was well taken care of from day one.  She has been with Jade since she was a yearling, and is trained under saddle and very well versed in groundwork.  She craves hard work and has the cutest sassy personality.  She takes great care of beginners, and challenges the handlers with a little more confidence to step outside their comfort zones.

Montana

Montana is a paint mare, born some time in 2011.  When she came to us in spring 2014 she had not been handled much by humans.  She is now a wonderful riding horse for kids.  This horse isn't afraid of much at all!  Montana is very sensitive to her handler's emotions and is incredibly expressive.  She's also super goofy and loves to play!

Tango

Tango was born in 2008 and was not handled when she came to us in May 2016.  Her personality and friendliness were evident from the first time we met her, so there was no question that she was meant to come home with us.  She has come a long way since her arrival and is becoming a special part of our programs.  She loves attention, and will do her best to get noticed by greeting everyone who enters the field with a big hug!

Theo

Theo (affectionately known as "little dude") was born in 2012.  He is the youngest - and most curious - member of our equine team!  He is a pony from the Morley reserve.   He loves to follow people around in the pasture looking for attention - more like a big dog!  Little Dude is super smart and really wants to make his handler happy.

Roo

Roo is a lovely little quarter horse mare that joined our herd in November 2017.  She was born on March 22, 1998.  You'd never guess that she's a senior horse just by meeting her!  This little horse has a lot of love in her heart, and she is incredibly well-trained under saddle.  Roo's sweet, motherly nature and her desire to work hard make her a great addition to our herd!

Ayla

Ayla is a beautiful little quarter horse mare born in 2007 that joined our program in July 2018.  This little powerhouse came to us from a jumper home, and she is loving her new career as an EAL horse!  The kids love her strong presence and calm nature.  She is a joy to work with on the ground and very smooth to ride.

Jay

Jay is a 2002 quarter horse mare that joined our herd in the summer of 2018.  If you're looking for a horse that will let you hug her all day long, this is definitely your girl.  She can't get enough cuddles!  Miss Jay is known around here for her sweet nature, her occasional half-hearted sassy moments, and her cute little trot.

Moose

Mr. Moose is a 7 year old registered warmblood gelding that came to us on Thanksgiving 2018.  He is a very big dude, towering over the rest of the herd by a couple feet!  Don't let his size fool you - he is a gentle giant and absolutely loves getting cuddled and brushed!  He is now retired from riding due to advanced arthritis, but he will still take all the attention he can get!

Junior

This tiny little guy joined our herd on New Year's Eve 2018!  At only 11.2hh, he is definitely the smallest pony in our herd - and also the oldest!  His age isn't fully known, but vets assessed him to be born somewhere around 1991.  He is gentle and quiet, and he loves all forms of attention.  His blue eyes make him quite a charmer!  Despite his age and his short little legs, barrel racing and pole bending are Junior's favorite things!

Sage

Meet the sweetest girl around, Sage!  Miss Sage joined us in May 2019.  She was born in the year 2000, but not much else is known about her history!  Sage came from a family who loved her very much and wanted her to find a purpose in life, so they brought her to us!  Our best guess is that she used to be a reining horse way back in the day, and although she hadn't done much under saddle in the 3 years before coming here, she quickly settled in and is a joy to work with and ride!

Tasha

Miss Tasha is a Spanish Mustang born in 1994!  She came to us in June 2019 from an amazing horse camp where she gave trail rides through the hills and rivers for the past 15 years!  Tasha has quickly captured the hearts of everyone at Lasting Strides with her sweet eyes and sassy personality.  Her absolute favorite activities are being pampered with a good brushing, and playing horseback games like Red Light Green Light and Simon Says!

Lasting Strides

Equine Assisted Learning

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Located just east of Calgary, AB

255219 Range Road 281 Rocky View County No. 44 AB

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