Nation Valley Ranch

Specializing in equestrian performing arts and coaching.
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Experience the Thrill of Horseback Riding

Nation Valley Ranch offers a one-of-a-kind experience in equestrian performing arts.

Owner Jen Byvelds has a strong and diverse background in many equestrian sports, and offers a range of classes, including Western riding lessons, vaulting, and liberty training.

The vaulting program at Nation Valley Ranch is the only one of its kind in the Ottawa region, and the competitive students perform locally at many events, and have seen a lot of success at provincial schooling Shows.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced equestrian, Jen can help you gain confidence, have fun, and experience the thrill of riding and performing on horseback.

Experience the Thrill of Horseback Riding

Nation Valley Ranch offers a one-of-a-kind experience in equestrian performing arts. Owner Jen Byvelds has a strong and diverse background in many equestrian sports, and offers a range of classes, including Western riding lessons, vaulting, and liberty training.

The vaulting program at Nation Valley Ranch is the only one of its kind in the Ottawa region, and the competitive students perform locally at many events, and have seen a lot of success at Vault Canada Shows.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced equestrian, Jen can help you gain confidence, have fun, and experience the thrill of riding and performing on horseback.

Classes & Coaching

Vaulting Classes

Where dance and gymnastics meet on horseback.
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Riding Lessons

Western riding lessons for children aged 5 and up.
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Drill Club

A tamer version of the Capital Cowgirls Drill Team.
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Upcoming Classes & Camps

Fall

Holiday Day Camps

Three Days of Winter Fun at NVR
2022 Fall Semester

Vaulting Classes

2022 Fall Semester

Riding Lessons

& Kinder Club

Testimonials

Whether they're practicing vaulting, lessons, rodeo skills, aerial yoga or silks/hoops—you can see their happiness radiating. They try new things, accept new challenges and become stronger physically and mentally.

As a parent, it is so incredible to watch their confidence soar as they try new things. Nation Valley Ranch has been such a wonderful addition to our lives—we cannot wait to see what's next!

Liz LeCain

After signing our daughter (age 8) up for riding lessons "just for the summer" last year, Nation Valley Ranch has quickly become one of her favourite places. Jen and her team have created an environment that fosters confidence, responsibility, and lasting friendships.

A few lessons into our summer class, we didn't even hesitate—we signed up for TWO fall classes! Since then, we've watched our daughter put her trust in the Nation Valley team time and again as they've supported her in growing and embracing a number of new skills and experiences. We are very grateful for the warm welcome and support we've received at Nation Valley Ranch this past year, and we look forward to growing with them for years to come!

Jen Harper

My daughter's first experience with horses was as a little girl trying Cowgirl Camp at Nation Valley Ranch. Her bestie was attending and horses are cute, so it was something to try.

Fast forward: she's now a young woman who is still "horse crazy" and she's still proud to be part of the Nation Valley Ranch family. From day one, the emphasis at NVR was safety, respect, responsibility and deep love for the horses.

Jen has taught her riding technique, and also horse care and behaviour management. She is a dedicated mentor and teacher, and I love seeing new kids come along, knowing that many of them will be inspired to become lifelong horse people.

Melanie Young

Our Horses are TV & Movie Stars

A Cheerful Christmas

Filmed: 2019

Available On: Hallmark Channels

Horses Starring: Beau, Willow, and Rain

Jen also played polo player #3

View on IMDB

Station 11

Filmed: 2021

Available On: HBO Max

Horses Starring: Willow

View on IMDB

Meet the Capital Cowgirls

The Capital Cowgirls Drill Team is comprised of a group of riders 14 years of age and up. It is a separate group from the Capital Cowgirls recreational club that is held at Nation Valley Ranch.

The team is proud to have appeared throughout Ontario at such equine events as Rawhide Rodeo, Wesley Clover Park, Upper Canada Village and local fairs to name a few.

They were extremely honoured and proud to be the opening act for the 2019 RCMP musical ride Sunset Ceremonies and wowed the crowd of over 10,000 spectators each night.

The team is coached and choreographed by Jen Byvelds.

Are you ready to ride?

Experience the thrill of horseback riding at Nation Valley Ranch. All experience levels are welcome in our Western Riding and Vaulting lessons. Gain confidence, make new friends, and improve your horsemanship skills by joining a class today.