HEART BAR RANCH
Heart Bar Ranch is located in Tofield, Alberta, 45 min south-east of Edmonton. We are a working cattle ranch with many facilities available for practice. The ranch is also a training facility, we offer horse training, ranch roping practice, clinics and have limited boarding options available. We offer a farrier service as well and have a variety of ranch ropes for sale. We are also proud to share our home-raised beef with the community.
ABOUT Jamie Dodds
Jamie is fourth generation cattle- and horseman on the Dodds family ranch near Tofield, Alberta. Jamie started riding at a young age, as horses were an integral part of the ranch. After college, Jamie left the ranch to cowboy at Douglas Lake Ranch. For the next 10 years he worked as a cowboy at several large outfits in the Interior of British Columbia: Nicola Ranch, Ashcroft Ranch and the Gang Ranch, as well as at O RO Ranch in Arizona. An opportunity arose and Jamie went to Texas to start colts for a cutting horse facility. After some time he returned to the ranch to continue ranching, training horses, and to expand his farrier business.
Jamie has been starting colts and training horses for over 25 years, and has a special interest in the vaquero tradition. He starts horses for a variety of disciplines, many of which have become successful in the show pen. Jamie enjoys showing a few of his own horses on occasion in working cowhorse, cutting, and reining, as well as participating in ranch rodeos and ranch roping competitions.
A few of his accomplishments are:
2008: Best Ranch Horse O’keefe Ranch Rodeo
2013: Top Hand Award and first place at the Lazy M Ranch Rodeo in Tofield, AB.
2013: Reserve champion in the working ranch horse competition (rein work, fence work and roping) at the Medicine Tree Ranch Rodeo in Nanton.
2014: NARCHC Open Working Cowhorse Champion
2015: WRRA Open Champion
2015: Top Hand Award at Kevin Hopper Memorial Ranch Rodeo
2016: WRRA Open Champion
2017: Award for best heel loop at the Wildrose Pro Am Ranch Roping
2017: Top Hand Award at the Lazy M Ranch rodeo
Jamie teaches several clinics throughout the year to share his knowledge and experience with other riders. Clinic topics vary from basic cattle work, roping, horsemanship, colt starting, foundational groundwork and trailer loading to the use of traditional vaquero gear. His training and instructional programs are tailored to each individual horse and/or rider. He believes in a common sense approach using fundamental horsemanship methods to achieve a soft, confident and willing partner, built on a solid foundation. All of Jamie’s horses are ridden outside to experience daily ranch work, as well as the arena to improve, refine, and perfect specific maneuvers required for the western event you want to pursue.
His horse are trained so they confidently, willingly and happily take on any job as a partner; whether they rope a cow, go for a trail ride or go to a horse show or competition.