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.

Please check our Horse Activities section for COVID Safety Procautions

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.

Our Stampeder Campers had fun braiding the horses manes on our monsoon day.  Slim and Brandy were very glad to be inside where it was dry!
Our Stampeder Campers had fun braiding the horses manes on our monsoon day. Slim and Brandy were very glad to be inside where it was dry!

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.

One of our many cattle drives Spring 2020.
One of our many cattle drives Spring 2020.

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.

Missy

Personality:

I’m a ROCK STAR what else?

 

Ground Work and Driving Pony

 

 

Missy is a very big personality in a very small body!  She is a busy character and must be doing something or she’s not happy.  Standing still without having something to eat is not likely. Missy would like to be bossy but that is not allowed at Winning Ways, so she must do as she is told.  Her small size makes her manageable by most determined children and all adults who realise they must be the leader and not Missy. She can be groomed and led for Ground Work lessons and she looks very good in harness with a cart.  Oh yes, Missy can do tricks for treats!

 


MR Big

Personality: Just like Mom I’m a ROCK STAR

 

Ground Work and Driving Pony

 

 

MR Big is even more sure than Missy, his Mom, that he is the MOST IMPORTANT critter on the ranch!! He is remarkably busy and very demanding of everyone’s time and energy. MR is not the easiest little pony for children to handle but if he is busy eating, he will stand still to be groomed.  Teaching MR something new keeps his handler busy because he catches on to most ideas very quickly. Like his Mom, MR Big goes well in harness and loves to do tricks.

 


Dharma

Personality: Wall Flower 

 

 

Confidence Builder

 

 

Dharma is the sweetest equine at Winning Ways.  She is also very shy and timid.  However, if MR Big makes her angry enough, she will defend herself. Dharma loves attention and will stop eating to come to a human she trusts and ask for some scratches.  Most children can lead Dharma, and everyone can groom her.  She is kind and gentle and she expects to be treated that way.  If someone breaks her trust, then she has a very long memory for anyone who may have mistreated her.  When Dharma arrived at Winning Ways, she was extremely overweight.  She has lost much of the excess fat, but some fat is still wobbling in the top part of her neck.  It does make Dharma look odd.  But that sweet face and gentle eye captivate all our visitors.  Dharma has a wonderful voice and can be vocal if her friends are not with her or she is hungry.

 

More bios are posted under the Animals tab.  The school horses and the lunge line horses each have a short write-up there.

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”