Our story

Building the dream

In 2009 Lissy was the first of our family going to Valemount. After her first 4  months, she was sold.

In the 2 following years the rest of the family visited this wonderful spot as well. We all agreed: this would be the place to "build" our future.

Combine the love for animals, room to breathe, plenty of space, gorgeous nature and more, mix it with our dream of building a new future ad you have the basic ingredients for Willow Ranch.

After a couple of years of planning, a load of paperwork and lots and lots of talking we started our adventure in 2014.

We all 4 left our country, the Netherlands, came to Valemount, started cutting some brush and trees and planted some sticks in the ground were we thought the barn was going to be. Project Willow Ranch had taken off.

By the end of 2015 we had accomplished what we came to do. Barn, hay barn, tack shed, fields, pens, pastures, cabins etc, it was all build and we were...and are in business and living our dream!

In 2016 Lissy married the love of her life Simon here on the ranch! Simon was already a very valued member of our team before, but since 2016 Claire, Lissy and Simon are managing the ranch together, and are loving it!

Being as we are we've used our 2018 winter to come up with a bunch of exciting new things. We've upgraded our indoor and outdoor seating area and our store, and added a coffee shop. And we continue on with dreaming and making plans, to make sure we can always offer the best service to our guest but also to our horses.

After 2 season of trail rides, lessons and clinics we added Horse Holidays and certification courses with Chris Irwin (Irwin Insights) to our program in 2017, and we are now in 2019 hosting the courses and horse holidays for a 3rd season!

We feel so proud and lucky with everything that has come on our path since we started the ranch and can't wait to see what the future will bring.