Equine Haven

Recovery Care and Equestrian Centre Ltd



Beyond Your Dreams. Within Your Reach...

Our Location

     Equine Haven Ltd is located on 47 acres in Wheatland County, next to a beautiful coulee that feeds into the Bow River Valley.  With large paddocks for private and semi-private turnout, and big fields for group turnout your equine will love the amount of space they have to roam and graze during the summer months.  The property is sheltered from the winds while still maintaining the incredible views of the mountains and far reaching prairies.  All of this is located just 25 minutes East of South Calgary!

Our Philosophy

     At Equine Haven, we believe that every horse, regardless of value, deserves the highest level of care while allowing them to still be a horse. Daily turnout that enables safe interaction with other horses ensures both physical and social enrichment, which greatly contributes to all aspects of their health. Our feed program is designed with consideration to age, level of physical development, nutritional, and athletic needs.  Small, frequent feeds of hay four times daily, and grain twice a day allows their digestive system to work as it was designed to.

     We believe in communicating with our equine partners and handling them with the respect they deserve. This is accomplished by treating them as individuals, and taking time to learn about their unique personalities and needs.  Each horse is loved and cared for as if they were our own.

Our Facilities

Meet Our Team

We Work Best When We Work Together

Sadie Turko

Recovery Care Manager

Coach: Dressage, Mountain Trail, and Western (Pleasure and Dressage)

     Sadie believes in not just teaching a person to ride, but helping the rider and horse develop a relationship based on mutual trust and understanding. In the past her students have excelled in hunter, jumper and equitation classes at the Brandon Winter Fair, Heart of the Continent, Florida Winter Circuit, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, and Spruce Meadows.

Sadie's foray into Equine Recovery Care began with helping her grandmother heal rescued horses in the 1960s. Together they rescued, recovered, and re-homed over 50 horses. Over the last 35 years she has worked with veterinarians from Manitoba, Ontario, Florida, Alberta and BC to treat and heal injured and sick horses. In the veterinary communities where she has lived, Sadie has earned a reputation for being able to bring positive outcomes to seemingly hopeless cases. Many horses that would otherwise be prime candidates for euthanasia have been brought back to full health through her care.

Silke Stubbe

Coach: Hunter Jumper

Silke was born in Meppen, Germany where she loved and helped care for horses from an early age. Her family moved to Canada while she was in Grade school, but after graduating, she returned to Germany to do an apprenticeship with horse. She spent a total of 3 1/2 years working in Germany.

Upon returning to Canada, Silke successfully owned and operated Stubbe Horse Farm in the Ottawa area for many years before making the move out West where she now coaches part-time and operates Calgary PEMF Therapy. She believes in a solid foundation on the flat to improve the horse and riders’ performance over fences. This, along with her instructor certification in equine first-aid make her a perfect fit for Equine Haven.

Crystal Turko

Barn Manager

     Crystal has worked along side her mother, Sadie, in the horse industry for over 25 years. She is a natural choice for barn manager, having managed and cared for horses across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Crystal believes the equines under her care deserve nothing but the best she has to offer, treating them just like she would her own animals.

     With a successful competition background that includes dressage, hunter, equitation, and jumpers up to 1.40m, she understands the extensive care required to keep your equine partner happy and healthy. Crystal has been a working student for Olympic rider Jonathan Asselin, trained extensively with National Judge, Elaine Potter, and was the head groom for International Grand Prix rider Alberto Harari in Spain.

In addition to her showing career, Crystal has past experience as a coach and trainer at Copall Equestrian Center in Manitoba, and at Sunrise Meadows in Alberta before retiring from the professional life to pursue her Amateur status and becoming a full-time horse care specialist for the next ten years; 4 at Sunrise Meadows and 6 at Beckley Reining.

Today at Equine Haven, she continues to care for all our animals with the same dedication and insight that she's shown throughout her career, ensuring that your horse will always have a clean, safe, and enriching environment in which to live and train.

Heidi Pratt

Business Manager

Recovery Care Assistant Manager

     Heidi Pratt has been working with, and riding horses for the past 25 years.  She has successfully shown hunters under the tutelage of Sadie Turko, and has multiple championships to her name.  Despite the setback of being struck by a vehicle in 2019, she successfully made the transition from Hunters to Jumpers with her horse Temeraire and, in their first show season, won a championship in the 0.6m division.  

     Recovery care became a part of Heidi's lifelong passion for horses when her personal horse Temeraire received a potentially career-ending injury as a 2-year old.  During a severe windstorm, he was struck by a large piece of sheet metal debris that lacerated his left knee to the bone and nicked an artery.  The vet was unable to come out due to the severity of the storm but her quick thinking and knowledge of equine first aid allowed her to stop the bleeding and save Temeraire's life.  She has since worked to heal and rehabilitate other equine cases, the most serious belonging to a very close friend.  

Daniel Pratt

Facility Manager

Recovery Care  Assistant

     Daniel Pratt is a Journeyman Electrician with over twenty years experience in the construction industry.  In addition to electrical,  he is an overall handyman with skills in everything from plumbing to mechanics. His true building passion however, lies in woodworking. So, in addition to keeping our facilities maintained and in good repair, he is primarily responsible for our jump construction business.

    Daniel has always had an affinity for horses, but his true experience with the equine industry started when he married his wife, Heidi Pratt.  In an effort to support his wife, he has learned how to work with, train horses on the ground, and ride.  He enjoys riding in parades, and trail riding, and has recently developed an interest in learning dressage which he plans cultivate into the future.

     Though he has always held and intense fascination with all medical science, Daniel's passion for Equine Recovery Care developed as he observed and assisted his wife with the horses that she has attended.

Danielle Ralston

Massage Therapist

Recovery Care Assistant

     Danielle Ralston is a certified Equine Massage Therapist, and the owner of Dreamer's Touch Equine Massage Therapy.  Danielle graduated from The School of Equine Massage and Rehabilitation Therapies at the top of her class in 2019 and has a passion for healing our beloved equine partners.  While administering massage, she practices natural horsemanship; using the request, response, and release approach. This allows the horse to guide her to the areas that require attention.  

Paul Toman

In House Farrier

     Originally from Hayle, England, Paul attended The Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School in California, and now practices his craft in the Calgary area.  He has a wide range of clients, he might be working on miniature donkeys and 18+hh Hanoverian showjumpers one day, and zebras and Przwalski's Horses the next.  No job is too big, too small, or too exotic for Paul.  Beyond trims and shoes, he also has extensive experience treating all manner of foot injuries and rehabilitative care.

     Paul's unique talent for working with "difficult" horses is well known among his clients and comes through exceptional patience and a striving to make any farrier interactions a positive experience for the horse rather that just powering through.  He believes that regardless of where a horse comes from, be it pasture retiree, Police mount, or Calgary Polo pony, every animal deserves the time and care required to get its feet just right.

Richard Turko

Finance Manager

     Rick Turko is an accountant with four years of CGA training who has worked for 36 years in the financial sector.  He was also the bookkeeper, maintenance manager, and part time stable hand at the last facility that Sadie managed.  His experience and contribution to operating Equine Haven is invaluable.