Peter was born March 17, 1964 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Peter was a professional horseman, traveling North America for over 30 years helping students to learn and understand the mental and physical aspects of the horse. “Horses have no use for clocks; time limits are purely for the benefit of the people” Peter Campbell.
He became a student of the horse at the young age of 12 working around the horses, packing, guiding and driving teams into the mountains of the Banff National Park. He furthered his career by cowboying across Western United States and Canada for prestigious ranches such as the A7 and Gang Ranch. His search for helping the horse became very clear after meeting Ray Hunt and then his friend and mentor Tom Dorrance. This is where he began his life long journey of helping horses and students unite with their equine partners to create a “Willing Partnership”, a phrase Peter coined in 1998. Along with his teachings, he authored a 10 part DVD Series called “Willing Partners” and a book, Peter Campbell Talks Horses.
He is survived by his wife Trina (Morris) Campbell of Wheatland, Wyoming; his aunt, Glenys Campbell; his brother and wife, Bruce and Kim Campbell; nephew and wife, Andrew and Remy Campbell; nephew. Brandon Campbell; niece and husband, Megan and Lorne Davey; nephew, Liam Morris; niece, Kash Morris; niece, Dakota Morris; great nieces, Cassidy and McKenna Campbell; great nephews, Walter and Wade Davey.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Audrey (Stone) Campbell; uncle, Bruce Campbell.
A memorial will be held from 2-5pm, Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Van Horne Room, Banff, Alberta. Scott Hardy and Robb Grundy will officiate.
If you'd like to show support, you may send flowers to Simply Creative in Wheatland, Wyoming.
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Peter Campbell is an artist, a student of the horse, one of the very few horse trainers today who actually has made his living on horseback.
Peter Campbell is able to teach people the most effective ways to help your horse become a “Willing Partner” through simple, practical, and essential values that create respect and a strong bond between horse and rider.
Raised on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada, Peter has had experiences that for most of us exist only in dreams and stories. ...
Horsemanship with Peter is so much more than just getting on a horse and riding around......when you truly get on ‘the journey’ it becomes part of who you are, it becomes a way of life. We have been riding with Peter since 2000 and 2006.....travelling to clinics in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta and they are all the same.....the horsemanship is the same, the camaraderie between the students is the same, the family atmosphere is the same. In 2016 we are looking forward to our son joining us and starting to ride with Peter! Peter is forever giving something of himself to his students: To work with them individually when he needs to or to let them work at something on their own. To help them fit another piece of the puzzle into place. To help them help their horses and never wavering in what he learned from his friend Tom. We can’t imagine where we would be, not only with our horses, but in life in general, without the horsemanship from Peter Campbell.
When I first heard the phrase "Willing Partners", I associated it only to my horse since I was already a student of natural horsemanship. But having attended Peter and Trina's clinics for the fourth straight year I know it means more. Peter is also a "Willing Partner"; he is your individual partner in a sense because he is willing to teach you and show you a better way. In doing so, he'll listen to you and your horse's problems. Because if you truly listen, you cannot help but become a better horseman. To me that sounds like a friend who will be my partner in future successes and make the bond/partnership between my horses and myself stronger. Peter has helped my two Morgans be better riding and driving horses through his theory and exercises. Shadow, my nine year old, is driven as a single in combined driving events at the advance level while Teton has gained new confidence under saddle as a feisty five year old. The four days of thoughtful and custom tailored instruction has improved both of my horses, but more importantly me. And you¹ll even like and remember Peter's stories told at opportune times to reinforce what we¹re trying to accomplish. Thus Peter through his "Willing Partners" clinics has shown me that we all must be willing to learn more and in so we become better partners with our horses and with one another. One of my goals in life is to become a better horseman. I know natural horsemanship is the right path and Peter will help get me there.
As a 3EC dressage trainer and coach I have found Peter's methods and techniques extremely useful. I am able to make the horse understand what it is I am asking as well as the student. His concept that we must first get 0 - 1 correct before working on 1 - 10 just reinforces the International training scale that we follow for dressage! Because of Peter's help I have been able to bring my young prospects on very quickly with little to no stress !! One of the horses that I have cliniced with Peter (Rhythmix) will hopeful qualify to the Pan American Games in 2007 in Brazil. He is only 7 but we are very successfully competing at the Prix St. George level and are scoring high and receiving great comments from the FEI judges. I strongly advise anyone that can to take his clinic as Peter is one of the greatest horseman I have ever had the good fortune to meet !!!
Peter has way more skill and creativity when it comes to helping the PEOPLE help the horses. Which is the key, if any change is going to happen for the horses. I trust Peter without hesitation with my horse, and I also trust him with me, I feel safe with him. This is huge, it's the piece that's missing with many "trainers."
I just wanted to pass along some pictures of Samantha and her pony. Hard to believe we bought him about 9 years ago….all he wanted to do was run (among other things, but I had already started my journey with Peter and new this pony had a lot of potential), now thanks to the many clinics I have attended with Peter he has turned out perfect. People who see Carly ride him, never believe the rocky start he had. I rode him for a few years herding cattle etc. with him first. Carly (just turned 12)(she seems to have a better bond with him then I ever did) has rode him for the past few years chasing cows (even on her own), riding in the coulees, crossing creeks, barrel racing, poles, 4-H etc. and not a mishap yet, they can do anything together, whenever. Sammy(6 years old) is just stating to ride him in the pen, but of course wants to go with us every time we chase cows, but is waiting patiently! He responds well to Sammy and just seems so relaxed with both girls. Just wanted to say thanks and I hope you continue with the clinics for many years to come!
My name is MaryAnne Girard. I was riding the Friesian mare (Wilhelmina) owned by Vicki Francis at the clinic in Archie, MO. I already told Peter, but just had to write and again thank him for the most wonderful clinic! He had so much patience while I was trying to learn how to get things done and he never gave up on any of us. He kept it fun and relaxed while everyone advanced in their horsemanship. It was also a special treat to see him ride all the different horses. Watching him work through each different issue was an education in itself. The music helps in keeping relaxed as well as moving with the horse in rhythm. I look forward to working with him again in October in Fremont, NE and until then wish him safe travels. Thanks so much!
My horses are young, big, sometimes pushy and disrespectful! Peter has given me tools on the ground and on horseback that help to turn that attitude and energy into a more relaxed and willing partner. I’ve ridden for years but was in need of a better way to communicate with my two young jumpers. Peter has given me the insight to strive for more feel, timing and balance. My horses and I will be forever grateful!
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A lot of time is taken to properly halter break horses and colts. Handlers get their horses used to being touched, saddled and prepared to ride. When the proper preparation is taken, riding is no problem.
The students gain a new understanding of their horse -- how they move, why and when to direct. This class helps horse and human gain confidence, safety and the ability to understand the horse.
Cow Working & Ranch Roping
Students learn to understand how to get the best out of their horse while working cattle or setting up for a roping shot. Learn over 18 different head and heel shots. See how cattle and horses have so much in common in how you handle them.