Welcome!

Winning Ways helps folks find out more about the world and themselves.  Inner peace, relaxation, connection with nature and your own inner spirit can be found at Winning Ways. It's a gate to a whole new world - all you need to do is walk through. You’re always welcome at Winning Ways.

Looking for directions to the ranch?  Scroll to the bottom of this page!  This website contains a great deal of information and a great number of pictures!  When you check it out for the first time, you may need a little guidance.  Those who would like to learn more about horses and riding can look under the Equine adVentures Horse Activities tab.  If you want to learn more about yourself through interaction with the animals check under the Animal Assisted Learning tab.  Those who would like to have an opportunity to explore experiential learning with the equines review the Equine Assisted Wellness section under the Horse Activities tab.  Those who are looking for a volunteer ranching experience examine all the pages under the Volunteer tab.  Family members, friends and alumni can check out the annual Updates, the Photo Gallery or the Blog Pages.  Of general interest there is commentary on the residents of Winning Ways both Human and Animal.

Re-open Saskatchewan is allowing outdoor individual recreational activities so Winning Ways is now able to provide horseback riding lessons and EAL.

Please check the Horse Activities--Riding Lessons tab for information about Lessons.  Trail Rides tab is also in the Horse Activities section.  The NEW Safety Protocols for all those participating in activities at Winning Ways is posted on both pages.

The world,now, is a different place than it was before we all knew what social distancing means. We at Winning Ways consider ourselves very blessed to be living in an already isolated area and feel safe. We hope that you are also safe!

I hope that all those who love to ride are making plans to get back in the saddle shortly!  The horses and I will be glad to see all our old friends and meet many new ones.

Tagging newborn calves.
Tagging newborn calves.

I know there are friends of the Winning Ways horses who are wondering how the horses are doing.  Pictures and a short biography of the school horses will be posted so you can reacquaint yourself or learn more about the teachers at Winning Ways.

Scooter

Personality: Steady Eddy

 

Rookie Rider Mount

(lunge line horse)

 

 

Scooter is a very friendly horse but also a very lazy horse, so he must be convinced to exercise; he is usually not very motivated, except by treats. Before Scooter came to Winning Ways, he had a terrible accident and broke his left shoulder. Because of his injury he is not equally strong on both sides, with much less muscle on the left side. That is the reason why his body is a bit crooked.  Scooter is not a horse you can use for cattle drives, long rides or rides on difficult ground.  Only very light people are allowed to ride Scooter, so it’s a good thing that he likes children. He is amazing with little riding students, enjoying the attention and affection they give him. He can go steadily and deliberately on the lunge line with no interest in speed.

Dale

Personality Type:

Mucho Rock Star

 

Rookie Rider Mount (lunge line horse)

 

 

 

Dale has been a ranch horse all his life, he likes to GO, the faster the better.  We are having trouble explaining to him that he has reached retirement age and that he should consider taking it easy.  He is a very good horse for stronger riders to learn their position on, his back is wide and his trot is smooth.  However, after more than 20 years of carefully standing still for mounting and dismounting, Dale thinks the humans have lost their minds asking him to keep walking while a rider gets on or off.  Dale is extremely sensitive to the rider’s mood.  If the rider is in pain, upset or worried he will become agitated. If the rider gets impatient with the cows or another human, Dale will be bouncing with impatience as well.  However, if you trust Dale to take care of you and just relax, he will get  the job done with a minimum of fuss and bother and in a timely fashion. Dale is an absolute gentleman about grooming and hoof cleaning.  He appreciates praise but no fussing please.

More bios will be posted to this page and these will be moved to a page under the Animals tab.

PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE OFFER!

 

Horsemanship, Riding Lessons, Trail Rides,

 

Animal / Equine Assisted Learning

 

AND the possibility to volunteer

Winning Ways P'tit Trot program was successful with 4 young ladies earning their bronze and silver certificates.
Winning Ways P'tit Trot program was successful with 4 young ladies earning their bronze and silver certificates.

ISO Adults and children who would love to learn more about  HORSES!

 

Winning Ways, where

 

HORSES do the TEACHING

 

can help YOU!

 

"By managing natural resources in an environmentally sustainable manner we provide for the needs of our family so that we have an opportunity to help others in the larger community."

 

 

Winning Ways is a family owned and operated business located in the Northern Boreal Forest of (north) western Saskatchewan. This grey-wooded soil area was originally forested but now most of the land is cleared. However, Winning Ways has lease land that is a mixture of forest, lake shore, swamp and grassland which provides incredibly beautiful scenes for trail riders. The equine venture consists of several school horses, various types of tack and equipment for equine assisted wellness, lessons and trail rides. The ranch is home to about 100 commercial cows, their calves and about 20 head of horses.

 

Ranching has been a life style in this area for over 100 years, although this land has only been owned by the Friedrich family for about 90 years.  Great-great Grandpa and Grandma Friedrich immigrated to Saskatchewan in the late 1920’s and eventually became farmers in the Morin Creek area in the 1930’s. The ranch historian, Howard Brown, will be glad to entertain visitors with stories of a by-gone era.  Harold and Evangeline had the land as a mixed farm for many years and it was only after they moved to Meadow Lake that the farming enterprises ceased and the ranch was born. Newton and Kelly operated the ranch between them. Since Newton’s passing, Kelly has continued the ranching operation but is moving toward the equine venture becoming the dominant enterprise at Winning Ways.

 

Directions to the ranch

Winning Ways is located southwest of Meadow Lake, between Highway #304 on the south and Highway #55 on the north--the ranch headquarters are located on the east side of the curve in the Range Road 3190/3185 known as the 'cut across road' between Highways #304 & #55.  There is a sign at the gate indicating "Winning Ways"

 

Directions to Winning Ways:

 

Coming from Meadow Lake: south on Hwy 4 to Hwy 304 Junction, turn west (right), 17 km west on Hwy 304, turn north (right) on to RR 3190, 3 km north on RR 3190, turn east (right) into driveway just past road sign “3190 ENDS 3185 BEGINS”

 

Coming from Glaslyn and points south you will be going north on Hwy 4, at the Hwy 304 Junction [Highway to Makwa & Loon Lake] turn west (left), 17 km west on Hwy 304, turn north (right) on to RR 3190, 3 km north on RR 3190, turn east (right) into driveway just past road sign “3190 ENDS 3185 BEGINS”

 

Coming from Meadow Lake Provincial Park via Dorintosh: south on Hwy 4 to the Hwy 55 Junction, turn west (right), 6.4 km west on Hwy 55, turn south (left) on to RR 3185, 9.6 km south on RR 3185, turn east (left) into driveway just past road sign “3185 ENDS 3190 BEGINS”

 

Coming from Makwa, Lloydminster and points south west: 17 km east of Makwa on Hwy 304, turn north (left) on to RR 3190, 3 km north on RR 3190, turn east (right) into driveway just past road sign “3190 ENDS 3185 BEGINS”

 

Coming from Rapid View, Pierceland and points north west you will be going east on Hwy 55, 8 km east of Rapid View, turn south (right) on to RR 3185, 9.6 km south on RR 3185, turn east (left) into driveway just past road sign “3185 ENDS 3190 BEGINS”