A life long horse person, Cathy is a fifth generation Alberta rancher. Her family currently operate multiple livestock and horse businesses: Ultra Livestock a purebred Simmental ranch; Ulterra Equestrian Ltd, a breeding, training and sales entity for Warmblood horses, predominantly jumping disciplines; Ulterra Ranches Ltd, a land and cattle and hay operation; K-C Showjumping, a training, sales and high performance show jumping business.
Currently her horse operation involves 50 head of horses: 12 breeding mares, three stallions/semen sales and 35 performance horses and prospects. She has been involved in breeding thoroughbreds (race and sport), Welsh and sport ponies as well as Warmblood horses. Cathy shares her horse acumen through international sales online connecting sellers/breeders and buyers through a confidential and private forum and has personally imported
15 horses for breeding, sales and herd development since 2014.
A holder of a Bachelor of Education degree, Cathy taught school for 12 years and instructed in the Olds College Equine Science program for 14 years. However it is her volunteer resume that really shows the extent of her commitment to the horse industry. Chair and coordinator for the Alberta Equestrian Federation Coaching program 1999 -2007; at National level with EC worked with Trish Mrakawa starting in 2001, developing the National Coaching program, CWHBA Breeds and Industry Committee representative for several years until 2014.
In her role as president and chair in several organizations including: 4H, educational organizations, coaching association and breed committees, she has spent 40 years in public speaking representing organizations locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.
Besides her position as Alberta Chapter President, Cathy is a senior inspector for CWHBA, and travelled to Denmark for a judging seminar representing Canada; in the interest of the Young Breeders Program. She is designated as a judge for the International Young Breeders Program.
Her volunteerism continues today as one of two community representatives on the Animal Care Committee (ACC) for the University of Calgary Veterinary School; as well as a seat on the University Of Calgary ACC for research.
Cathy has been recognized with a top 200 award in the RBC Women of Influence Entrepreneurship program and an EC coaching award in recognition of her role in the development of that program.
Her interest in the Alberta Chapter and National Association as a breeder, young horse developer, marketer and educator has led her to be a strong supporter of the Fall Classic Sale and SSA as a consignor, buyer and agent.
Her commitment is, in her own words:
“To promote, develop and market Alberta horses and breeders as well as our Canadian herd globally.
To promote and develop young breeders, riders, trainers and horse enthusiasts globally.
To support fellow members breeders trainers and enthusiasts in the endeavour of breeding training sales showing and just ownership and stewardship of the horse
To champion and support our volunteers and supporters of our chapter. To continue to support endeavours to connect with other registries.”