We are a family owned & operated equestrian business based out of Fairview and Calgary, AB, that was established by Marjorie and Brian Wieben in 2000. The primary focus at Katalac Sport Horses is on producing and training top quality sound athletes for the disciplines of hunter. equitation, show jumping & dressage. Our young horses are raised with care and attention, and for the most part allowed to simply 'be horses' for the first 2-3 years of their life; growing up in a herd environment with 40 acres of grass pasture in the summer months and quality round bales in the winter. Our training philosophy is based on developing mutual trust and respect, both on the ground and in the saddle. We combine natural horsemanship techniques from John Lyons with the principles from the German training scale to develop a well balanced athlete and a healthy partnership between horse and rider. The KSH young horses and client horses all begin with a foundation in the dressage and hunter rings in order to develop proper balance, rhythm and muscle development, before going on to their further careers.
Marjorie is an Equine Canada Certified coach with over 30+ years experience starting and training young horses as well as coaching students across multiple disciplines. She believes in instilling correct basics, flatwork, and groundwork skills in all her students and the young horses she develops. Marjorie herself has had a successful career in the dressage ring with several horses including compaigning our stallion, Arrezzo, in the 4 & 5 year old FEI young horse divisions. Marjorie previously competed in multiple other disciplines including cutting. reining, and trail.
Marjorie does much of the initial ground work and early training with the young ones in addition to maintaining the breeding operation at the home farm in Fairview, AB. While Marjorie previously trained young horses and coached students full-time, she now operates Katalac Sport Horses on a part-time basis managing the breeding farm, young horses and broodmares at the North location while her and Brian run an accounting firm full-time.
Tara is Marjorie's daughter, who followed in her mother's footsteps and caught the "horse bug" from an early age and was in the saddle before she could walk. Under the tutelage of her mother, Tara learned the principles for correctly starting horses under saddle and the skills necessary for riding horses of all types; she started and finished her first sales horse at the age of 14. Since then, Tara has started numerous young horses both those on the farm and for clients; including halter-breaking, doing all of the groundwork and first 30 days on the homebred stallion, Arrezzo.
While Tara began in the dressage ring and competed in eventing in high school, her heart lies with the sport of show jumping where she has been actively competing for over 10 years, up to the 1.30m level. Tara currently competes on her imported gelding Enrique Dwerse Hagen (Encore). She also has extensive experience in the hunter and equitation rings, where she continues to campaign the young sales prospects and our stallion, Arrezzo, in the 3'6 Green division. Like Marjorie, she believes in instilling correct basics, proper flatwork, and excellent ground manners in all training, competition and sales horses.