History of Wrayton Transport Hay Sales
Eddie and Jamie Wrayton started hay hauling over 20 years ago! In 1986 they started James B. and Co. Feed Sales. At that time they primarily supplied hay, straw, and oats to the horseman at Hastings Park Race Course (back when it was still Exhibition Park). When Jamie decided to move his family to Alberta, the brothers dissolved James B. and Co.
But old habits die hard. Eddie and Tamara started Wrayton Transport in 2005 when looking for a quality supply of hay for their own horses. Eddie thought the easiest thing would be to head to Keremeos to get a load of hay himself. That load of hay never did make it to the barn, it was sold long before the truck arrived back in Langley. And they have not stopped hauling since.
While Wrayton Transport primarily hauls hay, we are also a general freight carrier. We haul lumber and other building materials mainly in BC and Alberta, however we have gone as far afield as Texas, Yellowknife NWT, and Saskatchewan.
Meet the Owners
Eddie grew up on a cattle feedlot in Cloverdale, but his family’s true passion was always race horses. Eddie had a brief but successful career as a jockey, before he outgrew it (literally). He then galloped horses at Exhibition Park for many years as well as breeding, owning and training numerous horses. Eddie has worked for years in the movie industry both as an animal wrangler and a truck driver. In the beginning he did all the long haul driving for the company, but now tries to stay closer to home as his children are still small.
Tamara has been riding since before she could walk. Growing up on a farm in the gulf islands, there was always a pony or two around. She competed as a child in local shows on Vancouver Island, but later discovered the thrill of thoroughbred racing. She too bred, owned, trained, and galloped for years. Tamara juggles the office, answering the phones and helping customers with being a full time mom of three, but still manages to get out riding with her children.
Eddie and Tamara still own horses, there is a collection of pasture ornaments who act as taste testers and well as the childrens’ “ponies”, Mr. Pickles and Tonto, and the mini mule, Salsa, who is also called Minion or Mule Face, depending on the day. Both Devon and Quinn are now vaulting competitively, and now that Mr. Pickles has his own vaulting surcingle, they can practice on him at home.
Meet the Crew
Lynda is from Toronto, and moved to BC in 2006. She has a backround as an Executive Assistant in various environments, including non-profits, pharmaceuticals, venture capital, banking, and post-secondary education. She is also a web and graphic designer and front-end developer. Lynda grew up riding horses in Ontario, showing casually in the provincial dressage circuit, trail riding, and working as a stable hand. Lynda has been with Wrayton Transport since 2014. She has two horses, a thoroughbred mare, Mia, and a morgan/appaloosa gelding, Chip. She is passionate about equine nutrition and welfare, horse training, trimming, and horses in general. She has her own small business selling slow-feeder hay nets, Horse Tuff Equine Stuff.
Drew is the eldest Wrayton child. He’s been bucking hay since he was small. After many years working with his parents’ horses (Drew spent a large portion of his early years on the Hastings Park and Emerald Downs backsides) he has an excellent knowledge of horses and hay. After graduation from high school, he came to work full-time in the family business. However, his real passion is welding and wrenching and he’s already headed off to college to get his welding ticket. He has plans to for a heavy duty mechanics license as well. He was waiting at Driver Services on the morning of his 19th birthday to write his class 1 learners, which he has since passed. We suspect, despite his educational goals, he’ll be around throwing hay for a while yet.
Delivery Driver & Hay Buck
Nolan comes from a horsey family but his real athletic passion lies in competitive rowing. A high school student here in Langley, he works part-time helping with local deliveries.
Kayden has been riding from a young age, his mother having been involved with horses. He is a high school student who works part-time at Wrayton Transport. For years Kayden was an active competitor in vaulting at Triple M Farms and competed across Canada and the US. He has moved on from that to competitive rowing along side his brother Nolan. Kayden helps out around the farm and with local deliveries.
Long-Haul Driver & Hay Buyer