About Swartzy Performance Horses

Dallas and Garry Schwerdt founded Swartzy Performance Horses (SPH) in 2007, shortly after they were married. Right from the start, they had a very good idea what they wanted to produce and show in the reining world, but it took time for the idea of having a first class facility open to the public to move from a dream to a reality.

The area in which Swartzy Performance Horses is located is known as the Peace Country. The Peace Country is in Northern Alberta, and in detail, Swartzy Performance Horses is just east of Fairview. This area does not have an abundance of indoor arenas, which is must, as winter temperatures can drop as low as -45 degrees celcius plus a wind chill. On top of this winter usually arrives in November and doesn't leave until April. The summers can be hot but often wet so keeping dry ground outside isn't easy.

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It is with this in mind that the facilities of Swartzy Performance Horses were developed. In 2007 there were two old wooden corrals. Throughout the next 3 years, pipe fencing replaced the wooden corrals, additional runs were added, two outdoor arenas, an announcers booth, bleachers, a round pen, a 9 stall heated barn and large areas for parking were all built from scratch.
On October 1, 2013 Swartzy Performance Horses had the opportunity to lease Grande Prairie Regional College's equine facilities, also known as the Hawker Pavilion. This change resulted in Hawker Pavilion becoming SPH's base of operations, which is located right in the town of Fairview. The Hawker Pavilion facility offers an indoor heated multi-use arena, stalls, turnout pens, wash racks, large communal board paddocks and finally a large outdoor arena.

Up to date equipment is used for therapy such as Theraplate, Venturion Electromagnetic Blanket, and Equissage. Access to equine dentists, Equine sports medicine vets, mobility experts, osteopaths and excellent barn management allows for Swartzy Performance Horses to provide top of the line service.

Garry starts all of the SPH long yearlings and then either Garry or Dallas continues on with their training. The slow down in the Alberta economy resulted in both Garry and Dallas having to do their own training, as previously horses went to Casey Deary of Deary Performance Horses. Another result of the economy shift was Dallas becoming a NRHA professional in May 2017.

Garry is the only Canadian Non Pro to completely train and show his own horse to the NRHA Level 4 non Pro Futurity Finals. This success came on only the 2nd horse Garry trained from start to finish, Sweet Gunsof Justice (Smokin Ammo x Walla Walla Sweetie). Garry's second trip to the NRHA futurity was in 2017 and the result was a 12th place finish in the L4 Non Pro Futurity. What is even more impressive is that Garry didn't have the oppotunity to ride with a trainer on a regular basis (Dallas, as his wife, does not coach Garry - best way to keep the marriage sound) as the nearest one is 10 hours away. Instead he had NRHA Professional, Locke Duce, come up 5 times throught the year for a 2 day clinic. Locke managed to help keep things on track.

Dallas also had success her first year, 2017, as an NRHA professional with 4 Non Pros qualifying for the NRHA's North American Affiliate Championship and a top 10 finish in the Rookie 2 Class. Due to time constraints and other obligations, Dallas only accepts 2-4 horses monthly for training. Not only does she train reiners she also rides a number of barrel prospects, as previously, Dallas was a competive barrel racer. The reining background is proving to be a very successful cross into the barrel pen.

Swartzy Performance Horses is developing their facility so that the public can enjoy it. Boarding is available both indoor and outdoors with the health and wellness upmost in Garry & Dallas' mind. As such the indoor horses are turned out daily and stalled on comfort mat systems. The arena itself is 80 x 180' and the ground is worked regularly with a Kiser Dragmaster. The public has access to the arena daily from 8 am to 9 pm with exceptions made for lessons/clinics. Multiple clinics of various disciplines are being booked and regular lessons are available on a person's own horse or for more advanced abilities, SPH can provide horses.

Although Swartzy Performance Horses is an important part of Dallas and Garry's life, it isn't their livelihood. They own and operate Swartzy Welding Services which is an oilfield service company that specializes in pipelining and facility construction. It is this business that keeps them busy day in and day out. It allows the dream of Swartzy Performance Horses to become more of a reality day by day.

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