The Bigger the dream the more important the team!
Owner of Huckleberry Hollow Horse Co.
Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator
Certified Riding Instructer & Relational Horsemanship Specialist
Personal Development & Empowerment Facilitator
Trained in non-violent Crisis Intervention
Mary’s passion for horses started at a very young age while growing up on a working cattle ranch in the interior of BC, Canada. After moving to Kelowna in 2000, she turn in her spurs and decided to dive head first in to a number of different equestrian pursuits; dressage, jumping, trail guide, polo, trick training and horsemanship. She found her greatest learning and growth came from the blunt, in the moment and straight forward honesty with which horses communicated with. From one passion was born another, as learning to be more present in the moment, also allowed her to see the beauty in people around her; their qualities and flaws a like. This led her into a careers where she could help, motivate and inspire people to be better versions of themselves and learn their true potential! Working with at-risk youth just helped solidify her resolve to pursue her dreams. It became apparent to her that she was destined to find a way to bring the gifts horses can provide from a learning and personal growth stand point to her clients and the public.
“ There is something to be said about people and animals finding you right when you needed them the most. Sometime's it was
obvious and some times I did not discover until much later what a gift I was given by those encounters. Each had purpose and
I am so thankful for every one of them.“
In 2014, after the birth of her second child, Mary decided to leave her government career to jump into the equestrian world full time as a riding instructor and trainer. It became increasingly parent just how important the horse to human relationship was to achieve a complete connection. No matter the sport or style of riding her clients enjoyed, relational horsemanship came to the forefront of her training technique.
In 2016 Mary and her husband, Cody, stumbled upon a serene 10 acre parcel in the Joe Rich Valley of Kelowna, BC. Becoming a certified Facilitator with the Equine Connection was the next logical step. With a diverse background in business, team building and youth programs combined with her life long experience in the equine industry, specializing in relational horsemanship, Mary strives to provide a unique experience for her clients and participants. She greatly enjoys facilitating programs that allow people find their sense of purpose, empower growth and personal development. The doors are always open here at the farm for anyone looking to achieve more in their life, equine passion, school or career.
Owner of Huckleberry Hollow Horse Co.
Facility Maintenance and Equipment Operator
On site First Aid Attendant (Career Fire Fighter)
Cody is and avid outdoorsman and a career fire fighter of over 15 years. He and Mary met in 2008 at which time Cody discovered that horses could help him relax after a long stressful shift. As well as deciding to tackle their combined goal of owning a farm in the future, he was an limitless well of support and encouragement for his wife's horse passion. Cody now finds enjoyment in exploring the back country on his paint mare, Skye, the second most important lady in his life.
After purchasing Huckleberry Hollow in 2016, Cody became immersed in the planning and building of the facility. Putting his diverse skill set to use, he spends his days off from his full time career; designing, building and maintaining the farm. Without his vital contributions, ability to learn and master just about any skill and constant dedication to supporting his wife and building up Huckleberry Hollow Horse Co., This dream would not be a reality.