Out trails guides need to have more than just equestrian experience – they must be friendly, warm and clever enough to deal with the unexpected.

When bringing new cowboys and cowgirls into the fold, we also make sure they know how to work with both new and experienced riders. If needed, they’ll show you how to ride and will help you out during the trip.

Alyson Back of Horse Foreman with Banff Trail Riders

Alyson McFarlane

Back of House Foreman

Origin: Ontario
How long have you worked here? 5 years
Favorite location on the trail? Anywhere along the Bow River
Favorite 4-legged employee? Baldy
Standout moment you will never forget? Scaring away curious bears from 3 Mile

Amanda Office Manager and Store Manager with Banff Trail Riders

Amanda Markey

Office Manager/Store Manager

Origin: Woodstock, NB
How long have you worked here? Since April 08
Favorite location on the trail? 40 Mile Summit
Favorite 4-legged employees? Tucker
Standout moment you will never forget? Riding in the Cascade Valley in the most spectacular thunderstorm

Ronald Head Farrier with Banff Trail Riders

Ron Baxter

Head Farrier

Origin: Central Alberta
How long have you worked here? 1+year
Favorite location on the trail? Lookout on the way to Sundance Lodge
Favorite 4-legged employee? Butch
Standout moment you will never forget? Bison project at Scotch Cabin

Julie Canning Cowgirl and Operating Partner with Banff Trail Riders

Julie Canning

Cowgirl and Operating Partner

Origin: Canada
How long have you worked here? Lived and worked in Banff for over 15 years
Favorite location on the trail? Route on the way to Flints Camp
Favorite 4-legged employee? Norquay
Standout moment you will never forget? Watching the shooting stars from the porch at Halfway Lodge

Jonathan Cowboy and Operating Partner with Banff Trail Riders

Jonathan Welsh

Operating Partner & Cowboy in training

Origin: UK
How long have you worked here? Lived and worked in Banff for over 23 years
Favorite location on the trail? Halfway Lodge front deck.
Favorite 4-legged employee? Wilson
Standout moment you will never forget? First ride into Flints camp

Tyler Tentside Foreman with Banff Trail Riders

Tyler Ritchie

Tentside Foreman

Origin: Turner Valley, Alberta
How long have you worked here? Over 5 years
Favorite location on the trail? Cuthead hills on the day ride out of Flints Park
Favorite 4-legged employee? Maureen the Mule
Standout moment you will never forget? Floods in 2013

Katie G Corrals Foreman with Banff Trail Riders

Katie Garner

Corrals Foreman

Origin: Ottawa, Ontario
How long have you worked here? 3 years
Favorite location on the trail? Rock slide on the Sulphur Mountain Ride
Favorite 4-legged employee? Browning
Standout moment you will never forget? Cutting my thumb first day at corrals

Jolene Host with Banff Trail Riders

Jolene Brewster

Host

Origin: Bowden, AB
How long have you worked here? 3 years
Favorite location on the trail? Crossing the river just before you arrive at Sundance Lodge
Favorite 4-legged employee? Hollywood
Standout moment you will never forget? Cooking steaks over a campfire for William Shatner

Michael Trail Guide with Banff Trail Riders

Mike Beerwald

Trail Guide

Origin: Ardrossan, Alberta
How long have you worked here? 7 years
Position(s): Barn Foreman
Favorite location on the trail? Cutthead Lake
Favorite 4-legged employee?  Rocky
Standout moment you will never forget? The cougar that trotted past me at Healy Creek when I was packing up for a run to Sundance.

Katie I Backcountry Guide and Sleigh Driver with Banff Trail Riders

Katie Irwin

Backcountry Guide, Sleigh Driver

Origin: Phelpston, Ontario.
How long have you worked here? 2+ years.
Favorite location on the trail? The lookout on the summit of Mystic Pass.
Favorite 4-legged employee? Duke
Standout moment you will never forget? Seeing a grizzly sow with her 2 cubs eating a deer carcass across the creek on the way in to Stoney Camp