Growing up outside of Elk Point Jeremy has spent his life riding horses and working cattle in community pastures, the rodeo arena and on the family ranch. He has competed as both a team roper and a bareback rider in LRA, WRA and NRA rodeos, qualifying for finals multiple times. He enjoys ranch rodeos, brandings and picking up at rodeos. Jeremy likes to work with problem horses, figuring out what is causing them to act out and helping them overcome the issue for their owners. He has spent many hours turning uncivilized horses into dependable ranch mounts. Having passed on the older geldings to his two kids he is always looking for new problem prospects to re train for our ranch herd.
Mandy started out riding ponies on a hobby farm until she got old enough to start working for different trainers around the Edmonton area. She has started colts for the racetrack, the show pen and the ranch. Having primarily focused on english, jumping and gymkhana, after she graduated she shifted her focus towards working cattle, penning and then riding in the mountains, parades and just for fun. Mandy spent a show season in Florida grooming for a jumper barn before hiring on with a horse hauling company moving horses all over the US and Canada. She then went back to Texas to learn about polo and ride on the beach before coming home and meeting Jeremy at a ranch rodeo.
Our horses are used for every aspect of ranch life and are exposed to numerous different types of equipment. They have all been rode inside and outside. Most of them have even been to town, either in the rodeo arena or along a parade route. We want our horses to be as confident as possible with anything life may present them, creating a horse that can and will work in any situation for us or future owners.
Rafter HJ Ranch is located 20 minutes SE from St Paul and 15 minutes SW from Elk Point.
We ride and train out of Stoney Lake Stables which is owned by Jeremy's parents, giving us access to an indoor arena with complete team roping set up, basic cowboy challenge obstacles and countless miles of groomed trails.