Falling Star Ranch

Academy of Foundational Horsemanship

Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship is a small training and lesson barn in the Robson Valley in north-eastern British Columbia. We offer horse training/colt starting, riding lessons/coaching/groundwork lessons, horsemanship clinics, intensive horsemanship courses, mentorship programs, equine behaviour workshops, short courses, workshops and demos on various topics, natural horsemanship demonstrations, horse whispering demonstrations as well as horse sales. We also offer a limited number of working student positions/internships/apprenticeships every year (we are not offering any positions for the foreseeable future). For more information please click here. We no longer offer kids camps and vaulting clinics.

Our programs and services are based on the non-resistance training methodology of Chris Irwin (Irwin Insights).
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Falling Star Ranch in Dunster, British Columbia, Canada was founded in the spring of 2001. The ranch is owned and run by husband-and-wife team Marc Lavigne and Birgit Stutz. Nestled between two mountain ranges, the majestic Rocky Mountains and the Cariboo Mountains, in British Columbia’s beautiful Robson Valley, Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship is home to a variety of horses: quarter horses, paint horses, Arabians and part-bred Arabians, Morgans and Morgan crosses, as well as a thoroughbred/Warmblood cross. Some horses were born and raised at Falling Star Ranch, others are rescue horses, and some were carefully selected to be added to the Falling Star Ranch herd. You won’t find any dull, shut-down lesson horses at Falling Star Ranch