The Monea family moved into the Carstairs area in 2015, and were thrilled to see their dream of having their own family farm become a reality!
Brett was born and raised near Wetaskiwin, Alberta on a seedstock farm, where his parents raised Red Angus cattle. His family also shared a passion for showing cattle and team roping, where Brett’s love for competition grew. Showing cattle at Farmfair International in Edmonton as a young man, Brett was always fascinated with rodeo, and when the Canadian Finals Rodeo competitors came through the show barn, he vowed that one day he would get his own jacket.
In 2001, Brett enrolled in his first bullfighting school, and was hooked. Along with close friend Randy Thompson, Brett pursued a career in the sport, offering cowboy protection services as part of the bullriding event, starting in amateur circuits and practice pens. He got his very own CFR jacket in 2012 when he was selected as the Alternate Bull Fighter for the CFR. Since then, he has had many accomplishments, including returning to the CFR as a Bull Fighter, working at the PBR Canada Finals, and working many of the largest rodeos in Canada, including the Ponoka and Calgary Stampedes.
Moving to Carstairs brought Amy closer to her roots in Cochrane, Alberta. She was raised on a commercial cattle ranch where her love for horses was nurtured. She competed in High School Rodeo, which included representing the Alberta High School Rodeo Association as their Rodeo Queen in 2002. Amy pursued a career in Social Work specializing in mental health, and gained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary in 2011.
Her interest in horses along with her passion for facilitating healing for people to step into their own potential led to training as an Equine Gestalt Coach and the creation of Heard Wellness Through Horses.
It was through mutual friends - who actually married each other - that Amy and Brett met. If you ask Amy, it was not love at first sight. In fact, it was a convincing argument from her friend that she agreed to go on one date. Due to no major disasters, Brett and Amy continued dating, became friends, and eventually their relationship grew into what it is today.
In 2013 they welcomed their son Wesley, who is a tractor loving little boy, aspiring to be “just like Dad so that I can drive tractors and go to my Grandma’s whenever I want!” Of course, that is all Brett does nowadays! :)
Kate was born in 2015 with the intensity of her father! Fear is seen as merely a challenge, and falls only temporarily hold her up. She loves horses and animals, often listing everyone by name as “my friend”.
The transition into business owners, ranchers and parents has been a time of incredible change and growth. It is with open minds and hearts that Amy and Brett choose to run their businesses, raise their family and their animals.
It was a series of random events that led to the Monea’s finding this perfect home. In 2014 they began searching for a farm that they could call their own. After numerous showings of beautiful places that just did not fit, they went for a leisurely drive while visiting Amy’s family in Cochrane and came across the ranch in Carstairs.
Like most family farms and ranches, the property and business represents the culmination of dreams and hard work. It is the support of people like Shelly and Dennis Ericson and their dreams of mentoring the next generation in cattle that this farm became a reality. Get-A-Long Stock Farm is a partner in Rafter U7 Ranch and Wellness Centre and the cattle operation, providing the confidence and encouragement for Amy and Brett to step in to their dreams.
Today, Brett runs the cattle with a focus on how to improve their experience, improving efficiencies and nurturing the land to raise healthy animals, which raise healthy people.