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Meet the Team

larry.jpgLarry Smid

Larry has been involved within the livestock industry selling and providing vitamins and minerals and their nutritional benefits succesfully for over 40 years.

He worked for Daco Laboratories, who were one of the largest vitamin and pre-mix companies for 30 years and owned his own feed company for 10 years prior to that. Larry is a strong believer that education is the key to helping clients obtain the ultimate nutritional results for their livestock.

In March 2006 Larry and Stephanie Cramphorn  formed a feed and supplement company focusing on equine nutritional products.




stephanie-cramphorn-3.jpgStephanie Cramphorn

Stephanie took on the challenge and chose the name 'First Place Feeds'. She has had a major role in the design, promotion and retail/wholesale marketing of the products in addition to providing nutritional information to horse owners and trainers.

Stephanie left the UK 18 years ago to live and work in Canada and brought with her a successful background in amateur horse competition. She has 3 day evented at BHS intermediate level, show jumped at Foxhunter level (1.20m), drag-hunted and ridden point-to-point racing; to describe some of the disciplines. Stephanie has also bred, started and competed on her own thoroughbreds and warmbloods for many years.

Stephanie is available to assist in the evaluation of your horses, as well as any feeding programs, with knowledgeable recommendations where she feels our products will help. She holds numerous certifications in equine nutrition with course studies that include a Degree in Animal Science; a Diploma in Equine Biotechnology; and certification in Equine Nutrition. Stephanie continually enhances her education and knowledge following all aspects of research and development in equine science. She currently holds 3 Certifications for E.M.S, Insulin Resistance and Cushing's Disease.

Dr. Barry Watson, DVM
Dr. Barry WatsonDr. Barry Watson graduated with a Bsc in agriculture from the U of A, and went on to earn his DVM from the U of S Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

Barry owned a veterinary practice in Portage la Prarie, Manitoba until he moved to Alberta and joined Daco Veterinary Services which provided him with an opportunity to combine his knowledge of veterinary medicine and animal husbandry with his knowledge of nutrition. Barry and his wife who is also a DVM have owned their own very successful veterinary practice in Calgary. Barry now owns a large animal practice in Lethbridge, Alberta. 

Helga Dobbins

Helga joined First Place Feeds October 2015. Helga is one of the friendly helping hands at our store. Helga has been interactive with horses for many years. Helga has history with the Pony Club and 3 Day Eventing. Occasionally you will find Helga helping out at Spruce Meadows where she enjoys spending time with horses and friends.   


Cheri Nelson

Cheri joined First Place Feeds November 2017. Cheri is one of the smiling faces ready to greet and assist you at our store. Cheri grew up on a ranch in the foothills of Alberta and has enjoyed a lifetime with horses which includes barrel racing.. Cheri believes the key to success is to never stop learning. Cheri enjoys spending time with family and friends and competing on her horses.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 cheri-web-picture.jpg





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