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Administrator: Kathie MacKenzie
Po Box 10279 Airdrie, AB, T4A 0H6
Your Show Management Team
Administrator & Sponsorship
I came onboard as the Administrator for Reining Alberta in September 2013 and became the show secretary in spring of 2014. I have over 35 years experience in administrative and customer service and have been a show secretary for the 17 years. I started showing QH’s in the early 2000’s and love the pattern classes – showmanship, horsemanship and trail. In the fall of 2015, I showed my gelding to a top 10 finish at the AQHA Novice Championships in Las Vegas, NV. In between Reining AB events this year, I am looking forwarding to showing at both AQHA & APHA shows, with my 4 yr old gelding and yearling filly.
I have been involved with the horse industry for many years. My life involves being a farrier for 25 years, showing horses at different levels and disciplines. I began managing breed shows in 1991 and that has now grown to include AQHA, APHA and NRHA events. I am currently living in Cochrane, and have been employed with an Acoustical Engineering company for the past 11 years.
Show Office Team
Shawna and her partner Geoff (Hoar) live on a cattle ranch with a training facility east of Innisfail. Shawna is the office administrator for the Northern Alberta Reined Cow Horse club and has been part of the cow horse world for over 20 years. Shawna has been showing on the Quarter Horse circuit for 30 years and has a true passion for Hunter Under Saddle. After helping out at a few of the Reining Alberta shows in the past, we welcome Shawna as the newest member of the Reining Alberta Show office.
Your 2023 Board of Directors
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President & Sponsorship
Austin Seelhof resides near Cochrane, Alberta, where he and wife Sara operate Seelhof Performance Horses. Austin began competing in reining events at age 15 and became an NRHA Professional in 2009. He joined the Reining Alberta Board of Directors in 2014 and became president in 2018.
Vice President & Sponsorship
Residing in Lloydminster, Jared brings over twenty years of involvement in the reining world to our Board. Starting out with branch shows, he currently fills the role of Cinderella for his wife and daughter at reining shows here and abroad, while awaiting his turn to get in the pen. His desire is to provide opportunities for the entire membership as he feels it is our grassroots riders and trainers who drive our industry. Never hesitate to bend his ear when you see him, he’s always open to hearing how we can make things better.
Roxy Harbourne currently lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta moving back last year after living in and around Red Deer for the previous 12 years. I began trying to ride seriously in 2009 and with the help of many of our great trainers in Alberta I was able to feel that I knew what I was doing some of the time! Thanks to Mallo, my partner for the last 6 or 7 years and all the great people I have come to know, I was able to really enjoy the sport of Reining! I served on the North Branch Board in 2011/12 and joined the Reining Alberta Board of Directors in 2013. I was treasurer for at least 1 year and was President for 3 years – 2015 to 2017! I am currently the Past President.
Secretary & Website
Christine Lamport, from Rocky View County, started Reining in 2009 with her very first Green Reiner class at a South Branch show in Cochrane, Alberta. She joined the South Branch Committee as Chairperson in 2016 and 2017 as way to give back to Reining Alberta. She has continued to serve the club and been secretary for a few years now while continuing to show at the Classic Shows.
I’m currently the treasurer for the past 6 years for Reining Alberta.
I’m a graduate of the Olds College Program and recently acquired my NRHA show secretary certification.
I’ve lived in the Cochrane area for over 25 years, and most recently moved into the town of Cochrane. Horses and competing, in different disciplines, have been a big part of my life. I’ve been showing reining horses for almost 18 years now and along the way I’ve met many people who have become part of my family. I enjoy raising foals and seeing them in the reining arena.
Taylor Langford resides in Beaverlodge Alberta where he and Olivia Caflisch operate a boarding facility as well as a performance horse breeding program.
Taylor has been a member of Reining Alberta for 3 years. He brings 10 years experience in an executive level position in the oil and gas industry. He hopes to help make a positive impact with his experience, and represent Northern Alberta.
Director & Sponsorship
By education I am a Chemical Engineer and have worked in the energy industry for over 40 years. In 2003, my family and I bought a ranch near Caroline, Alberta and at that point in time we decided we should learn to ride a horse. Our initial introduction to riding was with Clay Webster. You couldn’t find a better person to get introduced to riding. In addition to teaching us to ride and chase buffalo he helped us purchase our first reining horse “Willow”. Both my daughters Emily, Katie and I showed Willow with Reining Alberta until her retirement last year. She is now a broodmare with her first offspring to hopefully enter the RA futurity in two years. Emily has retired from reining, but Katie continues to show in the non-pro classes. We have been members of Reining Alberta since 2005 and currently ride out of PMR and train with Sage and Terry Lee.
As a third generation reining horse trainer, Sage Sapergia, started showing at the age of 9, and by 16, she knew exactly what career path she would take. Becoming an NRHA professional in 2012, Sage is now one of Canada’s top professional trainers.
Sage lives in Didsbury, AB with her daughter Sadie and trains reining horses full time out of Prairie Mountain Ranch near Carstairs. In 2020, Sage became a director on the Board of Reining Alberta. Sage is looking forward to the future – working together with other professionals, non-pros and Reining Alberta Directors, to build the sport of reining.
Director & South Branch Chairperson
Reining started out for me as a “let’s try something different” with my horses, well, here I am 14 years later.
I’ve been fortunate to have some great horses that were patient with me through the pains of learning and show me what a cool sport this really is, I love the connections I’ve built with my equine athletes and the trust we have for each other no matter the situation.
I’ve volunteered on the SB Board in the past, as Vice Chair, Communications and all round whatever was needed. Although I’ve been away from the Branch shows for a couple years, I am passionate about the sport and super excited to join this amazing group to help grow the club and play a part in bringing you an amazing 2023 Season.
Rocky Turel and his wife Christa run a Reining horse training facility West of Olds Alberta in Eagle Hill called CR Equine Services. Rocky has been a Professional Farrier shoeing performance horses in all disciplines since 2000 and has been a part of Reining Alberta alongside his wife since 2003.
Amanda Redden Antifaev
Amanda has been a professional horse trainer since 2007 and had been riding and showing since she was 6.
Currently living in Fort Macleod with Fiancée Tyrell Smith. Both working out of Smiths Training stable near Fort Macleod.
Joined the Reining Alberta board of directors in 2020.
Director & Youth
Shelby has been a professional since 2010.
Right after high school she went and worked for top trainers Jesse Beckley and NRHA 4 million dollar rider Craig Schmersal.
Currently she resides in Cochrane Alberta and works and trains out of Twin Valley Stables in Springbank, Alberta.
I live with my family on our farm West of Olds, AB where we have a small cow/calf and crop operation. I have been involved with Reining Alberta for the past 16 years since my daughter (Maxine) started reining when she was 8 years old.
I have been lucky to have some “First” time experiences like attend different parts of North America with Maxine, and many friends we have made through Reining Alberta, to youth competitions. I took my first trip to Lexington, Kentucky for the North American Junior & amp; Young Riders competition in 2013 where a group of Reining Alberta youth rode at the Kentucky Horse Park brining home Silver in the Junior and Gold in the Young riders Reining division. I also went to Ottawa, ON for the first time to watch Maxine and three other Reining Alberta members ride in the Interprovincial Championships in 2015 where they came home with the Silver Medal in Reining.
After that, I was asked to be the Reining Alberta Youth Director. Since taking the position, I have had an enjoyable time helping other youth in Reining Alberta attend different events throughout the world. Such as sending three youth members to Switzerland to compete in the 2019 World & amp; European Reining Championships.
I have also ran the Western Canada Regional Affiliate Championships Youth Team Tournament for the past several years. I have now given up the Youth Director position but remain on the board as a Director.