Willow Butte Cattle Company Ltd. operates as a fourth generation mixed grain farm. Situated on 3,000 acres of rolling farmland located between Red Deed and Pine Lake, Alberta, Willow Butte provides the breeding portion of Two Willows Equine.
The beginning of our breeding operation began in 2002. The influence of many of our first mares carries through in the bloodlines we still use today. The initial contribution of the use of Wodan (KWPN), generously given to us By Kip and Caroline Jones, set us on the path we continue to follow. We proudly carry the pedigrees of many great foundation warmbloods, each chosen because they meet the criteria we require in our horses. Our recent addition of the stallion "Centim" has reaffirmed the direction we are heading in our breeding program.
Young stock start their education at Willow Butte being introduced to the workings of a busy farm operation. The exposure to cattle, heavy-duty farm equipment along with the ability to grow up in a large group leads to sound minds and quiet dispositions. Equally important to us is the ability to allow young stock to "just be horses". Small intervals of schooling coupled with time to mature physically and mentally are key components to our program.
Once started our prospects leave the breeding farm to continue their education at Willow Grove Stable with Trish Mrakawa and her team, or through our many professional networks and friends within the equine industry.
Seeing the success of Two Willows bred horses in the show rings with their riders is what leads us forward.
Trish is the owner of Willow Grove Stables that was established in 1982 and has been at its present location since 1984. Trish attained her Pony Club “A” Certificate and is one of a select group to have a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Level 3 Certificate in Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation.
After successfully competing in both hunters and jumpers as a junior rider on the North American circuit, Trish then switched to Three Day Eventing representing Alberta many times in the Continental Young Riders Championships. Returning to her first love of show jumping, she began riding and teaching professionally in 1982.
Trish's students compete at shows from Novice level to Spruce Meadows throughout Alberta, across Western Canada, and often in the USA. Her students have reached many milestones in their riding careers including CET Regional winners, Equine Canada National Awards, and representatives on team competitions such as the North American Young Riders Championships. Over sixty students have moved on to professional careers within the industry with many attaining their own NCCP Coaching certificates.
In 2002, Trish became the Master Course Conductor for English Coaching in Alberta. She was then appointed Chairman of the Equine Canada English Coaching Committee which helps develop coaching programs for evaluating and training coaches in Canada, along with the Equine Canada Learn To Ride Program. Trish is a Master Coach Developer for the NCCP/Equine Canada Coaching Program for Instructor Beginner, Competition Coach and High Performance evaluations. She was Chairman of Coaching for Jump Canada from 2008 to 2015.
She has also been an active senior judge on the Canadian show circuit for hunters, jumpers and equitation.
In 1999, Trish expanded her vision of helping people to the wellness industry where she provides consulting for people who are interested in preventative and alternative methods of health and reducing the stress in their lives.
Janine Olson lives with her husband Kent. Both of their children, now grown, live close and actively participate in the family mixed grain farm.
Janine is a lifelong member of the agriculture community and has been a partner in Willow Bute Cattle Company Ltd. since its inception in 1996.
She is an Alumna of Olds College Equine Management Diploma program with a history of successful breeding, foaling, development and marketing of sport horses in the hunter & jumper disciplines. In 2001 Janine partnered with long-time friend and equestrian Trish Mrakawa to form Two Willows Equine Development Centres. She is responsible for breeding, foaling and schooling young stock in preparation for advanced training.
Sharing her passion for horses Janine holds a NCCP Level One Coaching Certificate and in the past has volunteered as a Coach at Red Deer Pony Club. Her enjoyment of instruction has led her to become a mentor to graduates of Olds College Equine programs. She especially enjoys educating young enthusiasts in Horsemanship, Stable Management, foaling, and the training of young horses in preparation to show careers in the English disciplines.
Currently Janine is a Director of the Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association, she is a junior inspector and is the Alberta Coordinator for Canadian Warmblood Inspections.
A lifetime rider and horse lover Janine currently schools and rides for enjoyment. Her past successes riding competitively in the hunter and jumper disciplines, background in Pony Club and Three Day Eventing have aided her in developing our young horses.
Janine’s passion for creativity has led her to a sideline hobby of horse photography. She is often found camera in hand taking pictures of friends and their mounts. Her photos can be seen throughout the Two Willows website.