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Ron Hill

Ron attended Western University in London, Ontario; graduating in 1980, with a BSc Hons Geology. Hired directly out of school, he began his petroleum exploration career, and 36 years of career enjoyment later, is currently working in the role of Vice President Exploration. Ron and his late wife Irene moved to Priddis in 1989; wanting a quieter rural life style, with a few horses. That first horse Harry, aka Eastwood, purchased for $1, proved to be a superior jumper; and led to a ‘horse’ addiction; requiring more and more horses. The original 13 acres was sold, and Ironhill Equestrian was rebuilt bigger and better on the current 301 acres in 2008. The underlying strength and caring of the Alberta horse community and enjoyment watching his niece Irene Jr. develop into an accomplished rider; helped him weather the loss of wife Irene to cancer in 2010. Ironhill Equestrian Centre continued on with its development and today, the facility boasts state-of-the-art design and amenities, the breeding and training of young horses, and provides clinics and sponsorships aimed at furthering the Alberta English horse community.

Ron takes great pride at this point in his life; in helping others to achieve their goals; to be all they can be. However, horses, and the love of them, is special. Ron has been twice blessed in his life; and his new life partner, veterinarian Dr. Heather Mack, shares those same passions, and caring purpose for horses. Heather’s impressive talents as a rider, as a horse doctor, and as a horse whisperer; tremendously enhance the Ironhill vision. Ironhill’s vision is to focus equally on both the equine athlete and the equestrian; to help strengthen that partnership in their pursuit of excellence and wellness.

Ron-bio
Ron Hill

Ron attended Western University in London, Ontario; graduating in 1980, with a BSc Hons Geology. Hired directly out of school, he began his petroleum exploration career, and 36 years of career enjoyment later, is currently working in the role of Vice President Exploration. Ron and his late wife Irene moved to Priddis in 1989; wanting a quieter rural life style, with a few horses. That first horse Harry, aka Eastwood, purchased for $1, proved to be a superior jumper; and led to a ‘horse’ addiction; requiring more and more horses. The original 13 acres was sold, and Ironhill Equestrian was rebuilt bigger and better on the current 301 acres in 2008. The underlying strength and caring of the Alberta horse community and enjoyment watching his niece Irene Jr. develop into an accomplished rider; helped him weather the loss of wife Irene to cancer in 2010. Ironhill Equestrian Centre continued on with its development and today, the facility boasts state-of-the-art design and amenities, the breeding and training of young horses, and provides clinics and sponsorships aimed at furthering the Alberta English horse community.

Ron takes great pride at this point in his life; in helping others to achieve their goals; to be all they can be. However, horses, and the love of them, is special. Ron has been twice blessed in his life; and his new life partner, veterinarian Dr. Heather Mack, shares those same passions, and caring purpose for horses. Heather’s impressive talents as a rider, as a horse doctor, and as a horse whisperer; tremendously enhance the Ironhill vision. Ironhill’s vision is to focus equally on both the equine athlete and the equestrian; to help strengthen that partnership in their pursuit of excellence and wellness.

Heather Mack

Dr. Heather Mack has always loved horses, having dedicated her life to the conscious practice of Holistic Horse Care and Veterinary Practice. Heather has had an international sport horse practice for over a decade, and has visited many beautiful horse clinics all over the world. To read about her education, accomplishments, and practice, you can visit her website at www.balancedequinewellness.ca.

When she started dating Ron Hill in 2013, she really could not see how the relationship could work. She lived in Idaho, had two working ranches, and a sport horse practice predominantly in California. Where does a woman find time for a long distance, international relationship with all of that going on? Ron was persistent and patient, and slowly but surely she blended her life with his, and Ironhill. When he provided her the opportunity to build an equine wellness center on the East end of the barn…she dreamed up exactly what she would want, and together they created a horse clinic like no other. Heather adores how much Ron loves the 4-leggeds, and how much they reciprocate that affection. “Ron is like St. Francis, even when we go for a walk the barn cats come along!”

Heather has always dreamed of a holistic equine wellness and rehab facility, and had a few other opportunities to manage such a thing, even in Australia, but circumstances never allowed it. Heather is beyond joyful working in her clinic; she has spent a great deal of her career traveling all over North America, and abroad, however now she coasts her bicycle to work. If she is not healing horses she is riding them, or playing with them, or singing to them.

This partnership with Ron is beyond her wildest dreams. Now, she has reached the height of her veterinary career. Many good things will happen there, and she hopes to cultivate a happy, healthy balanced relationship with Ron; she says that will be easier when he slows down on work ;)

Heather-bio
Heather Mack

Dr. Heather Mack has always loved horses, having dedicated her life to the conscious practice of Holistic Horse Care and Veterinary Practice. Heather has had an international sport horse practice for over a decade, and has visited many beautiful horse clinics all over the world. To read about her education, accomplishments, and practice, you can visit her website at www.balancedequinewellness.ca.

When she started dating Ron Hill in 2013, she really could not see how the relationship could work. She lived in Idaho, had two working ranches, and a sport horse practice predominantly in California. Where does a woman find time for a long distance, international relationship with all of that going on? Ron was persistent and patient, and slowly but surely she blended her life with his, and Ironhill. When he provided her the opportunity to build an equine wellness center on the East end of the barn…she dreamed up exactly what she would want, and together they created a horse clinic like no other. Heather adores how much Ron loves the 4-leggeds, and how much they reciprocate that affection. “Ron is like St. Francis, even when we go for a walk the barn cats come along!”

Heather has always dreamed of a holistic equine wellness and rehab facility, and had a few other opportunities to manage such a thing, even in Australia, but circumstances never allowed it. Heather is beyond joyful working in her clinic; she has spent a great deal of her career traveling all over North America, and abroad, however now she coasts her bicycle to work. If she is not healing horses she is riding them, or playing with them, or singing to them.

This partnership with Ron is beyond her wildest dreams. Now, she has reached the height of her veterinary career. Many good things will happen there, and she hopes to cultivate a happy, healthy balanced relationship with Ron; she says that will be easier when he slows down on work ;)