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ABOUT GREG ALEXANDER, the man behind Just Passing

Greg Alexander demonstrated his natural affinity for horses, cattle and other animals from an early age, growing up on a mixed farm on the northeast edge of Calgary.  He put that experience to work, running his own grain and livestock operation for 30 years.  Off the farm, he also drove as a commercial line-haul truck driver on the Calgary-Vancouver run through the Rockies.

In the late 90's, Greg decided to put his equine knowledge and skills into designing, constructing and operating an 85-horse boarding facility and riding arena near Airdrie. Later, he relocated to the Water Valley area and built a second boarding/ riding facility.  His custom horse transport business grew as a natural extension of these. 

Working with livestock his entire life, Greg has gained extensive experience with a broad scope of veterinary conditions, procedures, and medications. This includes hands-on practical experience with equine first-aid as well as daily treatment and care. 

Greg's calm, competent personality enhances his natural ability in handling all animals, especially horses.  He has also attended numerous natural horsemanship clinics, with well known horsemen like Josh Nichol, Jonathan Field, Pat Parelli, and John Lyons.

In addition, Greg was a longtime volunteer with the Calgary Stampede, serving two years as Committtee Chairman.   He is a former leader of 4-H and the local Pony Club.  He has served as President of the Alberta Sheep Breeders Association and the Western Suffolk Sire Reference Association.

Greg's goal with Just Passing is to provide necessary services for other animal lovers in their time of need.  He is devoted to treating people and animals with dignity, compassion and respect.

In 2014, Greg married Carole Leroux and together they became the proud new owners of Hat Doctor, Alberta's oldest hat business, established in 1902.  For a one-of-a-kind custom western hat made from 100% beaver fur .... or to clean and repair your ol' faithful hat, contact Hat Doctor at 403.936.5090!  Greg and Carole have relocated Hat Doctor to their farm on the southeast edge of Calgary.  Look for the blue Hat Doctor highway signs on 22X.


CONTACT GREG ALEXANDER at JUST PASSING



We now have Authorized Representatives in Northern and Southern Alberta.  Ask if local rates apply in your area!

CHUCK McKINNEY
Authorized Representative of
Just Passing in Northern Alberta

Chuck McKinney joined Just Passing Horse Transport and Bereavement Services in 2018.  He undertook training with Greg on euthanasia and end of life procedures and regulations. He is now our Authorized Representative in Northern Alberta, providing bereavement and transport services as required in the Edmonton area and surrounding communities.

Like Greg, Chuck brings a lifetime of equine experience to
Just Passing.   Together with wife Terri and daughter Taylor, the McKinney family share their love of horses with people from all over the world, operating Wild Deuce Retreats and Outfitting since 2003. 

Every summer, they take groups on the adventure of a lifetime, by horseback and wagon into the wilds southwest of Rocky Mountain House. This requires a remuda of over 35 well-broke mountain ponies. Terri and Chuck often provide guests with special horsemanship training and clinics.

In addition, the McKinneys ranch near Kingman, Alberta, breeding and selling top quality horses and cattle.

Dedicated to the equine industry, Chuck knows how important it is to support both the horse and the rider, especially through tough situations.   McKinney is committed to providing our much-needed service to the Just Passing community in Northern Alberta.

CONTACT CHUCK McKINNEY at JUST PASSING




KENT REPCHIN
Authorized Representative of
Just Passing in Southern Alberta


For Kent Repchin, Freckles was far more than just another horse – a beloved family member, a steadfast companion that had given him so much.  It was the support he received from his family, his friends at the local stable, and most of all, Greg and Carole with Just Passing that helped Kent get through the ordeal of losing this amazing horse.

 

That’s when he realized he wanted to honor the memory of Freckles by paying it forward and the gate opened to a new role in life for Kent.  He became an authorized representative for Just Passing Horse Transport and Bereavement Services, training on euthanasia and end of life services.

Like Greg, Kent’s connection with horses was fostered In his youth, visiting the family farm near Stettler.  Soon it became a driving force and he credits his bond with animals in helping him heal after numerous life-changing events.  It is that personal experience which Kent Repchin brings to Just Passing and enables him to help others and other horses – for Freckles' spirit.

 

CONTACT KENT REPCHIN at JUST PASSING


LUKE BRISSON
Authorized Representative of
Just Passing in Southern Alberta


Luke Brisson brings a lifetime of experience helping people to his work with Just Passing Horses – as the steady rock of support when under pressure.  He has been a firefighter with the Calgary Fire Department since 2006 and a member of the CFD Honor Guard.

Luke is also a volunteer with Canada Task Force 2, an “all-hazards” Disaster Response Team based out of Calgary, and has specialized training in Technical Rescue.  Originally from Newfoundland, he served in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1996 – 1999.  He travelled the world before settling in Alberta, where he first volunteered with Red Deer County Fire. Luke and his wife Becki now reside in Calgary with daughter Katie and a wonderful new addition to the family expected in 2019.  With all that, he still occasionally finds time to play hockey.

That impressive resume says a lot about Brisson, his unique set of skills, and his commitment.  While the Just Passing truck might not be fire engine red, there’s no doubt, when you need him most, you can count on Luke Brisson to get there quickly and complete the job with utmost compassion and competence.

 

 
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