Nev has always loved horses. The oldest of seven, he was raised in Bath, New Brunswick. His father Ralph Giberson made a living raising & racing Standard Bred Horses. Nev has many stories to tell about travelling up & down the eastern seaboard with his father racing the trotters & pacers. Needless to say I think the horse business is in his blood.
When I met & married Nev in Calgary, he always said he would not buy a house in the city, so I compromised and we finally bought an acreage just south of Pine Lake, Alberta.
Nothing against Calgary but now you could not pay me to move back to the city.
When we moved here in 1995 our daughter Laura was 8 years old & also shared her fathers love of horses so we had to get a horse for Laura. We got Sissy, a 20 year old well broke buckskin quarter horse mare. She was perfect for Laura but now we needed to get another horse so Nev could go riding with her as well. Then we had to get a few more because Sean, our son may want to ride as well. Do you see where I'm going with this? It really is like the saying "Horses are like potato chips, you can't just have one."
Over the years we have owned many wonderful beautiful horses. Laura was in the pony club for a year & then decided she really liked western riding so she went to 4H for the next 3 years. She had an accident when she was thirteen. She was riding Chance, a 5 year old quarter horse, to her her friends house when he slipped into the ditch & landed on her leg. Thank God she was wearing a helmet because her foot went through the stirup & she was dragged across the field when he got up. She had shattered her leg & the helmet had many scuff marks where his hoofs clipped her head. Laura to my amazement got back on that horse as soon as she had a half cast & is one of the best riders I have ever seen.
Not that I'm biased or anything but she really does seem to have a natural seat and the horses all respond well to her. She trained a horse named Duke for Western Pleasure & Reining competitions with the Central Alberta Light Horse Association in Olds & did fairly well with it.
We should never have gone to watch the Open Bridal Competition at the Canadian Supreme because Nev was hooked. He began to look for a prospect to train & compete at the Supreme. Hence Fletch who we purchased from Heather McLevin & Jim Dobler of Thunderstruck Ranch. Thankyou for selling him to us!
Geoff Hoar trained Fletch & rode him to the 2007 Canadian Supreme Open Championship, Ltd Open Championship, and the ApHC World Championship for Jr Working Cow Horse 2007 in Texas. Great Job Geoff!
Thankyou to all the Friends & Family that have helped us along the way!
Laura on Emily August 2008
Laura on Fletch January 2008