BJ Smith

mith – Cowboy Poet Bryan BJ Smith
Phone: 403-317-4918

Bryan (BJ) Smith is an experienced horse trainer, riding coach, packer, mountain guide, clinician, survival expert, and Canadian Ski Patrol instructor.  He has taught wilderness topics at the university and college level and delivered hundreds of hour long safety talks to school students.

Following a full career in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where he experienced years of service in the arctic, BJ supervised criminal investigations for the Government of Alberta, instructed for the Lethbridge College and sat as the President of the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association.

He routinely guides groups of wilderness travellers horseback through the Rockies, often on week long trips of a hundred miles or more.  His skill and knowledge as a packer and horseman has been recognized by the Alberta Trail Riders Association and private equestrian clubs who have enjoyed his clinics.  He consulted with Rafter Six Ranch Resort and the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies.  He developed and instructs ‘The Wilderness Wrangler’ outdoor course at Olds Agricultural College, which focuses on back country horsemanship skills.

Past President of the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association, recipient of the Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Award and National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo Silver Buckle, BJ’s professional and comical performances have been featured at Cowboy Poetry Gatherings and Festivals across western Canada, the USA and on Cruise Liners.  BJ is the author of  three books, two CDs and is often featured on radio and television shows.

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CD – A Cowboy Collaboration
Book – A Legend Of The Nahanni
Book – Mountains, Mounties & Memories