Natural Performance Hoof Care Specialist
I have loved horses as long as I can remember. I was lucky enough to grow up on a farm, and had horses since I was 10yrs old.
After a few years away, horses came back into my life and I haven’t stopped learning since. My journey back started with two, green Arabians, and a Morgan Stud….I soon realized that I needed to learn tons about training green horses. (Nothing like a green/young stallion to humble you!) Nettie Barr of CNH was a god send, and became my main horsemanship mentor. She saved my dream of owning horses. The journey in horsemanship is never a ending one, and learning about these great creatures will be a life long pursuit.
Upon realizing that the entire horse relies on the health of their hooves, I became hoof obsessed, and another adventure began. After studying for several years under various educators, I earned my EQAT certification through Equinextion. Since then the education continues, through other leaders in the Hoof Care world, and of course horses themselves.
At SWH, our main goal is to educate the horse industry/owners, on hoof function & natural performance horses. It is vital that Mother Nature be honored when dealing with all aspects of the horse. Believing that the standard of education/care must raised, I became partners with Connie Challice, and we have founded our own certification program. A two year apprenticeship program has been developed. Upon obtaining your NPHCP certification, the SWH Team will continue to support you in the horse industry.
Birgitta Wilkinson NPHCS
Connie Challice NPHCS
Connie Challice has had a life long passion for horses. She and her partner own a carriage ride company that serves Calgary and area. They have 16 horses including 4 working teams and 1 upcoming young team. They spend a lot of time in the mountains with their horses (riding and driving). All of their horses run barefoot and live a natural healthy lifestyle. The horses get a lot of exercise from pulling wagons and carriages around the city to mountain pack and wagon trips as well as farming with horses at their farm outside of Calgary.
5 Day Pack Trip – Horses barefoot over 100 km – Pulsatilla Pass – 8300′ in the Canadian Rockies
In 2002 Connie started to study, train and apprentice as a farrier. During this time she was introduced to the concept of ‘barefoot horses’. Wanting knowledge on ALL aspects of hoof care she attended a clinic with Christina Cline of the American Association of Natural Hoof Care. This common sense approach to hoof and horse care motivated her to pursue more knowledge and Connie proceeded to study with Christina Cline, Lane Moore (Lazy M Ranch) & Lisa Huhn (Equinextion)
Day 3 of 5 Day Pack Trip – Great traction on the rocks to Badger Pass in the Canadian Rockies
Connie Challice along with Birgitta Wilkinson have formed Success With Horses. They continue to do research on the equine hoof and educate interested horse owners on the positive effects that natural hoof care/horse care has to offer, and how to achieve healthy successful barefoot horses. They have also created an apprenticeship program training interested individuals for a rewarding career in Natural Hoof Care/horse care.
Connie Challice NPHCS
Rachel Gedaliya NPHCP
(Natural Performance Hoof Care Practitioner)
Chiropractic and massage therapy for our equine friends. Every session includes gait analysis, assessment and treatment of misalignment, massage and stretches according to the horse’s prognosis.
Chantal Bushfield NPHCP
(Natural Performance Hoof Care Practitioner)
I moved to Alberta in 1992 and worked for Dr. Ashcroft at the Trochu Veterinary Clinic from 1994 to 2001, assisting him with all large and small animal treatments. I took my first traditional trimming course at Olds College in 1997 and trimmed my own horses. After Dr. Ashcroft retirement I started working feedlots as a pen checker, checking thousands of cattle daily on horseback in pens and in pastures.
Recently realizing that my horses hooves were not improving with traditional trimming and shoeing techniques, I was led to Birgitta & Connie. After taking the Dissection Clinic I was convinced that the NPHC method had to be better than traditional farriery. I took the Intro to trimming workshop, and started trimming my own and many of my friends horses, seeing amazing results not only with the horses hooves but their attitudes as well.
Birgitta & Connie have taken me on as an apprentice and I look forward to learning everything I can to make horses lives more comfortable through the NPHC methods.
Natural Performance Hoof Care Student Practitioner
SWH welcomes an new member to the team! Katie is a very passionate, and enthusiastic about helping horses and owners! Congratulations Katie on your new career!
I have always enjoyed the company of our beloved pets such as my fish, chinchilla, cats, and our dog, but I couldn’t have been more thrilled to welcome horses into my life when I began riding at the age of 12. Before long, I acquired my first horse Samuel to join Pony Club and compete in Eventing. However, within a short period of time, he began to have episodes of lameness with no clear diagnoses, and then followed by early retirement. After many years, we moved out to the acreage and I decided that I would take a break from riding and study at Olds College in the Animal Health Technology program. During this time we were ready to bring Sam and a companion horse home and Birgitta Wilkinson of Success With Horses was made known to us through our search for a new farrier.
After graduation, I purchased my new project horse Louie to continue competing at the higher levels and now schooling Training and Preliminary level, jumping heights of up to 4’ and learning 1st and 2nd level movements in dressage. As a Natural Performance Hoof Care Specialist, Birgitta approached me to consider taking a trim clinic to learn how to provide hoof care for my own horses. I signed up for the 3 day clinic which continued to peak my interest for the holistic approach to equine care and how to create functional barefoot hooves.
I am constantly reminded of the amazing changes that I have witnessed since we implemented the SWH program; Sam has returned to soundness and Louie continues to progress in his competitive training while remaining in good health. With the guidance and support of SWH team, I always feel inspired to achieve my goals. I have subsequently joined the NPHCS apprenticeship program, knowing that I too can make a difference for other equines of all sizes as they have done for my own. Success With Horses continues to provide me with confidence, new skills and opportunities to enhance my abilities to perform as an athlete and horsewoman.
I fell in love with horses at the age of 5. By the age of 7 I began riding and have not stopped since. When I was 8 I asked my parents to buy me a horse. Their answer was- when you grow up and have a job you will be able to earn money and buy your own horse. And so I did.
I own my horse for 10 years now.
Horses are not just a hobby, the quickly became my life.
I am a horse-riding instructor, Western riding as well as Olympic riding. I worked in stables with horses and ponies, children and adults. I am also a therapeutic-riding instructor. I have always seen the beauty of the connection between horses and the human heart.
A few years ago I began studying Chinese Acupuncture for Equines in which I was first introduced to the Barefoot Trimming.
My horse is barefoot for 2-3 years now, and he has never been healthier.
This is my chance to contribute to the well-being of horses all around as they give so much to the human race.
The past 20 years I have for an experience with horses I came to see them as beautiful and magnificent animals.
I become passionate about natural equine health and welfare and learning every day new ways of caring…
Holistic therapist, riding instructor and horse trainer and lately practicing natural performance hoof care, aromatherapy and liberty horsemanship, helping me reaching this animals with more knowledge and wisdom.
All Practitioners listed are Members of AACET in good standing.