ABOUT US

JOANNE TONNESON


Her no fluff, straightforward, yet encouraging style is getting results. Riders are enjoying their horses more; horses are not so cranky; and competitors are on their game.

From a young age, all Joanne wanted to do was ride and play sports. From riding with her competitive family, Lacombe Light Horse, Gymkhana to 4-H, she began a solid foundation of horsemanship skills. Then at 14, her first student was Janet, a college professor who was so scared of the horses, but had the determination to overcome that fear, who went from her first lesson of just petting a horse, to successfully showing in her local Light Horse club and enjoyed driving classes as well. For years Janet told Joanne that she should teach.

In her 20’s Joanne would attend Pat Wyse Horsemanship and Rene Pipinich reining clinics. The knowledge she gained was enormous and fun. From attending numerous barrel racing clinics and auditing many other disciplines along with dressage lessons, Joanne just wanted to learn all she could. In 1997 she obtained her Alberta Equestrian Federations Western Coaching Certificate.

Being a life-long learner has brought her full circle to helping others. This is more fulfilling for Joanne now, than competing herself. Working through some frustration to making things click, seeing the smiles, pure happiness, hearing the laughs of excitement, and having riders enjoy their horses more, is what Joanne wants for all equestrians.


JOANNE'S SUCCESS IN THE ARENA


Barrel racing has always been a love of Joanne’s. It’s fun and personally rewarding. Although the ‘big prize’ has eluded Joanne, she is thankful for her personal bests and her most successful horse, Pepper. She patterned him on barrels for her daughter to jackpot him. Then Joanne wanted to try cowboy mounted shooting but had other shooters tell her she would never get him trained as a shooting horse. She dug deep in her pockets of patience, little by little, in 2012 they did well in the CCMSA, battling for 1st or 2nd in Ladies Level 1, with one Ladies Overall Championship, and made the cover of the Edmonton Journal at the first Northlands competition.

 
Today Pepper and Jewel Pollock are an explosive team in the Youth barrel races. From Junior High School Rodeo, 4-H Rodeo, CARA, and FCA, they are fabulous.

Joanne had wanted to be in the cutting pen since 1988. In 2014 she had the occasion to ride Playin Dually in the $2000 Limited Rider. What a challenge and even greater learning opportunity it was. Finishing 3rd in ACHA and CCHA, winning a NWB, NCHA’s achievement award and top 15 in world standings, she did ‘pretty darn good’ for her first year.

When Twist came to Joanne he had a head shaking problem. One shooter told the owners he would never make a shooting horse. Once again, Joanne’s patience and knowledge made a difference to this wonderful horse, so much that Joanne wanted to own him. The story isn’t over for this team. Also, Joanne has patterned him on barrels and her 12 year old niece is getting lessons on Twist.


 

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10