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.

Mitchell Andrew Backcountry Lodge Supervisor at Banff Trail Riders

Mitchell Andrew

Backcountry Lodge Supervisor

Origin: Mackay, Queensland, Australia
How long have you worked here? 3 years
Favorite location on the trail? Spending time in the Halfway mule pen
Favorite 4-legged employee? Jackpot
Standout moment you will never forget? Stopping Sundance Lodge from burning to the ground.

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Mike Beerwald

Front Country Manager

Origin: Ardrossan, Alberta
How long have you worked here? 7 years
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.

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 Flint’s Camp
Favorite 4-legged employee? Norquay
Standout moment you will never forget? Watching the shooting stars from the porch at Halfway Lodge.

Oliver Dobson Staff

Oliver Dobson

Carriage & Wagon Manager

Origin: Watford, UK
How long have you worked here? Collectively, I’ve worked here for 5+ years
Favorite location on the trail? The 15 minute downtown carriage ride! (of course)
Favorite 4-legged employee? Crockett
Standout moment you will never forget? Unintentionally herding hundreds of elk with a horse drawn sleigh.

Katie Garner Front Country Manager with Banff Trail Riders

Katie Garner

Front Country Manager

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 on my first day at the corrals.

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James Gaudry

General Manager

Origin: Calgary, Alberta
How long have you worked here? Over 10 years
Favorite location on the trail? Luellen Lake up Johnson Creek trail
Favorite 4-legged employee? Spike
Standout moment you will never forget? Rounding up our horses from winter pastures.

Katie I Backcountry Guide and Sleigh Driver with Banff Trail Riders

Katie Irwin

Front Country Manager

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.

Amanda Office Manager and Store Manager with Banff Trail Riders

Amanda Markey

Office Manager

Origin: Woodstock, NB
How long have you worked here? Since April 2008
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.

Alyson Back of Horse Foreman with Banff Trail Riders

Alyson McFarlane

Back of House & HR Manager

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 Cabin.

Alex Shaw Head Farrier at Banff Trail Riders

Alex Shaw

Head Farrier

Origin: Born and raised on Manitoulin Island in Ontario
How long have you worked here? I have been shoeing at BTR for 3 years
Favorite location on the trail? Sitting on the front porch at Halfway Lodge looking out across the valley into God’s Country, so beautiful
Favorite 4-legged employee? I actually have two favourite horses, John and Wayne
Standout moment you will never forget? The day that Luke Farmer and Dave Farley helped me out with a bad case of White Line Disease. We got Felix all patched up with a special hoof packing to rebuild his hoof, corrective shoe, and a vettec equipack, he was good as new in no time, it’s great to have friends you can count on no matter where in the world they may be!

Jonathan Welsh

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.