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Following The Pulse of Alberta Show Jumping

March/April 2016

On the Cover: Mr. Albert Kley and Mr. Ron Southern Cansport Photo

Remembering Mr Joe Selinger Life Lessons from Mr Albert Kley


Mr Southern: A Giant of a Man

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Alberta Show Jumpers Following the pulse of Alberta Show Jumping

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Crooked Legs in Foals

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Evaluating the Jump

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Sales Video Tips

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Young Horse Class Rules for 2016 Alexander Grayton

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How Does Bill 6 Affect Me? Alexander Grayton

Thank you for picking up the March issue of our magazine. In recent weeks, our community of local and international sport lost three interesting and exceptional men. It is fair to say the development of our sport drew rare depth and strength from each of them. Even if you didn’t know them, we are uniquely joined by our love of horses and sport. With their passing, be reminded of your blessings and strengths; tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and live your life so you enjoy it. In some way your life most likely was affected by one of these brilliant men. Take a moment if you will to pray or acknowledge this loss if not for yourself then for the families they leave behind. With respect and love, please rest in peace Mr. Ron Southern, Mr. Joe Selinger, and Mr. Albert Kley.

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Show Schedule March

March 4-6 RMSJ Winter Training March 5 SM Dressage Welcome March 6 Amberlea March 10-13 Spruce Meadows March 17-20 Spruce Meadows

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April 1-3 RMSJ Winter Training April 2-3 Amberlea April 23-24 Tailwind Show April 29-May 1 Amberlea April 30- May 1 Spruce Meadows


May 7-8 Spruce Meadows May 13-15 RMSJ May 20-23 Caledonia Classic May 21-22 EquiCup West May 18-22 RMSJ May 25-29 Tbird May 29 Paramount Novice Rider Show

SPRING 2016 San Juan Capistrano, California OAKS Horse Show Spring Classic I

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Spring Classic III

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Spring Classic IV

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Crooked Legs in Foals By Dr. Jennifer Fowlie, DVM, MSc, BSc, DACVS

As springtime approaches many horse breeders are waiting, with fingers crossed, hoping for foals with nice straight legs. Angular Limb Deformity (ALD) is the term used to describe legs that appear crooked when viewed from the front or back. The term “valgus” is used when the lower part of the leg is angled outwards (as pictured), and “varus” when the lower part of the leg is angled inwards. There are a couple of reasons why a foal’s legs may be crooked, which will be discussed herein. Laxity of Periarticular Structures. This is the reason for the classic appearance of a “windswept” newborn foal. Newborn foals may have laxity in the collateral ligaments and joint capsules during the first few days of life, and thus they look crooked in multiple joints and multiple legs.

There is some evidence that this may be due to hormonal imbalance or intrauterine positioning. The good news is that generally these crooked legs improve within days without specific treatment.

Asymmetrical growth of the growth plate. There are growth plates in the end of the long bones in the radius (just above the carpus) and the cannon bone (just above the fetlock) that can grow asymmetrically. Sometimes the bone can correct itself overtime, especially with supportive care. However, in some cases surgical intervention is required to correct the assymmetry. Surgery most commonly consists of placement of a screw across the growth plate to stop growth of the one side, and allow the other side to catch up. Photo Credit Dr fowlie

The growth plate above the fetlock is closed by roughly 3 months of age, so if the foal is still crooked from the fetlock region at roughly 1 month of age, surgery is recommended to correct. The growth plate above the carpus is open longer, therefore if the foal is still crooked from the carpus region at roughly 4-5 months of age surgery is recommended. If they are quite severely crooked surgery may be recommended earlier. Incomplete Ossification of the carpal or tarsal bones. The small bones in the carpus and tarsus start out as cartilage templates and by the time the foal is born they should be fully turned into bone. In certain scenarios (i.e. premature foals, hypothyroid foals, placentitis), the bones have not matured properly and are susceptible to becoming “crushed”. As they can crush asymmetrically, this can cause the leg to become crooked. Incomplete ossification is a very severe problem, but fortunately is not very common!

With all types of crooked legs veterinarians may recommend rasping the foot and/or applying a shoe with an extension to help hold the foot straighter and to prevent uneven wear of the foot.

Additionally, it is very important to keep crooked legged foals confined to a small area to decrease risk of the damaging asymmetrical loads on their joints. Don’t hesitate to contact your local veterinarian if you have any questions about your foal’s legs. The good news is that the majority of foals with crooked legs are treatable when the managed correctly within the appropriate time line!

References: Auer, J.A. (2012) Angular Limb Deformities. In: Equine Surgery 4th Ed, Eds: J.A. Auer, J.A. Stick. WB Saunders Co, Philadelphia. pp 1201-1220. Bramlage, L.R. and Auer, J.A. (2006) Diagnosis, assessment, and treatment strategies for angular limb deformities in the foal. Clinical Techniques in Equine Practice. 5(4) 259-269. Roberts, B. L., Railton, D., and Adkins, A.R. (2009). A single screw technique compared to a two screw and wire technique as a temporary transphyseal bridge for correction of fetlock varus deformities. Equine Veterinary Education. 21(12) 666-670.


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Hitchcock Van Overis is an athletic young stallion demonstrating top level scope, carefulness and rideability. As a 7-yr-old, Hitchcock made his FEI debut jumping and placing in the FEI 7- and 8-yr-old classes at the Dublin International horse show. 2015 marked Hitchcock’s first season in North America where he had good results at international venues such as Spruce Meadows and Thunderbird Show Park.

Messenger VF is the genetic combination of two successful competitors on the international show jumping scene. Like his lineage dictates, Messenger VF exhibits impeccable technique, good bascule and limitless scope through the chute. In terms of type, this expressive, modern young stallion is short coupled, displaying a well developed neck, good length of forearm and substance. Messenger maintains a kind demeanor and great willingness to work. Stony Plain, AB

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Balance Is The Key To Success

Sandra Sokoloski BScPT, FCAMPT, CGIMS Developing young horses is challenging, as it requires the rider to have both a good feel of balance and the strength to keep it without tension. Feeling if balance is optimal and the body symmetrical is one thing, the strength to maintain it with a wiggly, and possibly leaping, horse under you is another.

Being able to stand/kneel on one leg (both sides equally well) on a stable/unstable surface (foam pillow, bosu, wobble board, narrow stick), with eyes open or closed, is a good start. Kneeling on an exercise ball is good too.

Having the strength to stay in balance when loads are added to your body is the best judge of your riding balance. Add to the above exercises,

catching a heavy ball that is thrown to you from various directions, passing a heavy weight from hand to hand with arms straight in front or overhead, having someone push you around (with the best of intentions of course) and sideways or downward hopping are great additions. For the hopping down, jump forward off an 1824” surface and stick the landing (start and finish on one leg). For sideways hopping, stand on one foot in a simulated riding position. Jump as far to one side as you can and land without losing balance or collapsing body sideways. Then jump back again without putting the other foot down. For symmetrical balance both legs must be equally adept. The arms cannot flail around to help with the balance and the free leg must stay hanging beside the other without touching it (hint: hips must fold back to absorb landing).

Happy hopping and sticking all your two and four-footed ‘landings’!

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Evaluating the Jump Photo Credit Grayt Designs

Bob Henselwood

I think it’s wonderful to be able to see a horse jumping in slow motion. This horse shows you in detail all the different aspects of the jumping effort. This mare comes to the jump with good intent off the right lead. The second image reveals that she is not jumping off both hind legs equally. Her right leg is slightly ahead of her left. This is minor, but will usually result in a stronger push off the right leg than the left and thus give her a left drift. Ideally the takeoff should be with both hind legs pushing equally and hind legs side by side.

She is obviously very careful and quite scopy. She is jumping up well with her withers. Although she is showing good technique with her front end, she is behind with the left forearm when compared with the right forearm. She is using her neck well and looks to be quite relaxed through her back.

She is showing great technique with her hind legs over the jump. She has opened her hip angle and is looking quite athletic. Over the pole on the ground, you can see just how much pressure we put on the hind pasterns. It’s amazing how much flexion they have to have in their pasterns to be able to stand up to jumping for ten years or more. That is why we look for a good angle on the pastern when standing and not straight up pasterns.

The second jump in this gymnastic shows us great front end technique and scope and carefulness. Her facial expression shows enthusiasm for her job. I believe this horse is very flexible and a young horse with a very interesting future ahead of her. This is a good example of being able to evaluate a horse without jumping big jumps. This can even be done with a three year or four year old.


Remembering Joe Alex Grayton

Like many people who grew up show jumping in the Calgary area, I spent several important years of my riding development at St. George’s Stables, just over the hill to the south of Spruce Meadows.

This place is a mainstay of the equestrian scene. Most everyone will know the owner of St George’s, Frank Selinger, or at least heard about him: he is a top-level trainer, breeder, and until more recently when he took a step back from riding competitively, he was a remarkably successful rider in his own right.

But Frank didn’t start St. George’s Stables, way back in 1954. As a matter of fact, he wasn’t even born yet. His father, Josef Selinger, moved to the farm, opened up shop, and began to revolutionize the sport in western Canada as we know it.

Joe was the first to bring German-bred horses into Western Canada, which led to the development of Spruce Meadows’ affiliation with the Hanoverian Horse, as well as the gradual overtaking of locally bred Thoroughbred and Quarter Horses by the European-bred Warmbloods that were better suited for the growing sport of show jumping. It’s hard to imagine a world without a place called Spruce Meadows – maybe because it was founded and already a magical place by the time I was born. Nancy Southern rode and trained with Joe from


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a young age, and had great success riding horses that Joe sourced and imported from Europe. Joe’s mentorship of Nancy over the years helped shape the Southern family’s dedication and commitment to the sport of show jumping. This person, of course, was Albert Kley, the Riding Master of Spruce Meadows from its very beginning. Joe brought Albert to Canada from Germany for a one-year trial, and the rest, really, is history. Albert was so important to Spruce Meadows, the Southern family, and so many more people. And Joe’s vision and guidance is a major part of this amazing story.

He was the first to bring German-bred horses into western Canada, which led to the development of Spruce Meadows’ affiliation with the Hanoverian Horse, as well as the gradual overtaking of locally bred Thoroughbred and Quarter Horses by the European-bred Warmbloods that were better suited for the growing sport of show jumping. Joe had many notable horses on his reference list

over the years, even some who went on to compete at Olympic Games. But his passion particularly in his later years became breeding. Frank took over St George’s Stables’ training operations, and Joe created J.E.S. Breeding together with his wife Edda. Their operation has produced so many quality horses, for every level, through the thoughtful selection of top broodmares and their selection of stallions including their own Carthago Sun I.

I met Joe and Edda shortly after I arrived at St. George’s, and as time passed I had the opportunity to ride a few of the young horses they had bred. It started as a chance to just ride another horse to practice, and I realized it was really an opportunity to learn about training, raising, and developing young horses. When I was through riding for the day and I walked the last horse back to the barn, I was always greeted warmly by Joe with a big smile and a Ritter chocolate bar (if you haven’t had these, you must). Often Joe would already have his accordion out and he would be playing and singing outside, near their sun room. Many days I would sit with Joe and he would tell a story: about horses, breeding, Frank, German castles, or history. As I remember Joe now, I know how important he was to the sport. He changed everything for show jumping in western Canada – Spruce Meadows and international competitions, breeding, importing horses, top level training programs, competing internationally, and the list goes on.

The beginning of 2016 has been difficult for the horse community in Alberta, with the passing of Mr Ronald Southern, Mr Albert Kley, and Mr Josef Selinger. The three amigos of show jumping, if you will. I hope that everyone may find the way to appreciate not just the incredible achievements Joe has made, but his infectious smile and caring demeanor too. I know I will be remembering Joe.


As a young girl growing up in Ontario I had always been horse crazy, so when the opportunity to tour Spruce Meadows on the way to the Calgary airport arose, I was thrilled.

It was early January 1988, and after spending Christmas with family and skiing at Fernie (back when they only had T–bars) my family had some time to kill before our flight home.

My father and I walked, awestruck, into the Riding Hall. We were politely greeted by a lovely German gentleman mounted on one of the most stunning specimens of horseflesh I had ever seen in all of my 18 years. Of course I am referring to Spruce Meadows Riding Master Albert Kley.

That day Albert graciously introduced us to the horses of Spruce Meadows and showed us both East and West Meadows. During our all-too-brief visit (I was in heaven), Albert mentioned I should apply for a job, as they were hiring. As luck would have it I was due for early graduation and was only a few exams from completing high school. I took Albert’s advice, applied for the job and was on my way back to Alberta in a matter of weeks to start “living the dream”. Now, please understand, I had owned horses for years. I thought I knew a thing or two. I thought I knew what hard work was. (Did I mention I was 18 years old?) As it turns out, I knew nothing. I had no idea what hard work was. Albert Kley would teach me a thing or two. Albert Kley would teach me what hard work was. These lessons were taught in the barn and the arena but have applied to my entire life. The following are my Life Lessons From Albert Kley.

Good Morning. Good Morning. Good Morning. For those of us lucky enough to work in East Meadows, we were greeted each morning by Albert’s chipper salutation. “Good morning! Good morning Good morning!” (Those of you who have had the pleasure can surely hear his accent resonating in your ears.) Albert greeted us all – grooms, office staff, and riders alike – everyday. This greeting was polite and


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dignified, and brought these qualities to the barn. (Many horse people will understand that politeness and dignity are not always abundant in the barn.) This greeting made us feel like we belonged to something great. We belonged, we were included, and we were respected. In my life and my business, I want people around me to feel that way. I try to instill in my family, friends, staff and clients that same feeling of belonging, inclusion and respect. One simple step toward this is a cheerful greeting. Just like Albert… without the accent. This is not a Mickey Mouse Operation! Albert taught me how to sweep.

Anyone who has been to Spruce Meadows, let alone worked there, has seen the standard of excellence to which the facility is held. During my time at Spruce Meadows, Albert expected nothing short of 110% from all of us. From sweeping the barn alleys, to cleaning tack, to grooming and riding those magnificent horses, Albert would accept nothing less.

He had a very colorful way of expressing his displeasure if anyone slacked or goofed off. He would


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remind us that Spruce Meadows was “not a Mickey Mouse Operation!” He needed us to understand his vision for Spruce Meadows, his vision for excellence. This was not to be taken lightly. Those of us who took Albert’s message to heart would never sweep the same again. I took his message to heart. My barn alley is clean. I have strived to reach a standard of excellence in my life and business. A standard of excellence instilled in me by Albert Kley. I can’t say that I have reached Albert’s standard. I continue to strive. I truly believe that I will always be able to hear him tell me “This is not a Mickey Mouse Operation”… definitely with the accent. You Must Jump the Jumps! “Stop your continued circling and pulling up! Looking for ‘something perfect’. There is no such thing! You must jump the jumps!” (Insert accent here.)

When I rode with Albert, he had no patience for indecision on the way to the jump. Always over, never around, never stop. Life lesson translation: running circles waiting for perfection will get you nowhere. You have to

move forward with impulsion. Sometimes you just have to screw up your courage and kick on. Make a decision and stick with it. Generally the problems you see on the front side aren’t nearly as bad as they seemed when you are galloping away from them on the backside.

You think this is a Kindergarten? Juvenile, ridiculous behaviour was never acceptable in the barn. He would ask; “Do you think this is a kindergarten and I am here to babysit you?”

The long and the short of it is to grow the heck up. There is a time and a place for fun and games, but not at the expense of your future. This is particularly poignant in this day and age of social media. There isn’t always going to be an Albert looking over your shoulder to scold you when you are about to make a stupid mistake. Whole Arena! Use the whole arena! Nothing bothered Albert more than incessant circling during a ride. “Use the whole arena. Go places. Do things.” Albert wanted to see diversity in each workout, not a thousand circles in one corner of the arena. Develop the horse to be well rounded and well versed in everything. That is good advice to follow for the rider too. Go explore. Ride different horses. Ride in different saddles (dressage, western). I don’t know, move to the States for a decade. Use the whole arena. Even after I had left Spruce Meadows, Albert continued to influence my life.

Do you have a beer for me? Back in the day, Spruce Meadows used to hold a sport horse auction. After one such auction a group of consigners, myself included, were decompressing over a cold one in North Meadows. The auctions can be grueling. The walls of North Meadows are not sound proof. I was doing my very best Albert Kley imitation and it was being very well received by all those in attendance. Suddenly there was a strange hush in the Continued on page 18


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room. The eyes of the consigner across from me told me that Albert was standing right behind me. Why me? Why me? Slowly I turned.

There, standing right in front of me was a man I deeply respected but had just been mimicking.

Without missing a beat Albert asked “Do you have a beer for me?”

Never lose the ability to laugh at yourself. Always take the opportunity to have a cold one with old friends. Albert stayed for a beer and visited with everyone and congratulated us for our hard work. He appreciated everything we had put into making the sale a success and he wanted us to know that. Respect. Pass it around. You are always welcome. Years later when my grandfather’s health was deteriorating I took him for a road trip. He had always been a horseman. I got the disease from him. The horse disease: no known cure. I took him to Spruce Meadows to see the magnificent horses there. We went midweek when there were no tournaments under way. Grandpa was in a wheel chair. We entered just the way my father and I had years earlier. Albert was riding, just as he was years earlier. Once again our gracious host invited us to enjoy the magic that is Spruce Meadows. “You are always welcome”, he said. My grandfather spoke of those horses and the German man often.

Take an interest in the people involved in your life. Show them you are interested and care about them. An unexpected visit. Probably the most profound memory I have of Albert is the day he stopped in at my barn. In 1996 Chris, my husband, and I had just purchased Foothills EquiPlex. (Yes, before The Equi-Plex of Spruce Meadows was built, that was our business name.) Before we had officially opened for business, but after we were all set up and ready to go, we were working away in the barn when the door opened. In stepped a familiar silhouette. I had told Albert that we had bought a little barn, but hadn’t really elaborated. It was a very pleasant surprise. He didn’t stay long, just long enough to take a polite look around and wish us luck in business. It makes me proud to this day to say the first person through the doors of our little business was the Riding Master from Spruce Meadows, Albert Kley. I have to say that I don’t think Albert came to check out the competition. This was a courteous call to a past employee. I am not sure he knew how much it meant to me, but it meant a lot.

Be encouraging to others. Show them that you are interested in their success. Be happy for their accomplishments. You never know what affect you will have on their lives.

Be gracious. Invite your friends in. Remember who your friends are.

In Conclusion To be completely honest, Albert was not an easy man to work for in the eighties. He was extremely strict and at time relentless in his tactics to get us and the horses to reach our full potential. There were times that I really did not care for the man.

Do I really believe that Albert Kley lay awake at night worrying about me and my relationship status? No. However, the fact that he cared enough to remember a past employee years later and show enough interest in my life to even be aware of my relationship status speaks to his compassion and the respect he held for those that worked for him.

Thank you Albert. Your voice has been in my head for years and it always will be. Now get on and ride. You must jump the jumps. (With the accent.)

Are you married yet? Each time I saw Albert, at horse shows primarily, he would great me politely and then ask, “Are you married yet?” For a long time the answer was no. But one fantastic day I was able to introduce him to my fiancé (Now husband of 18 years). To this he replied, “Good now I can stop worrying about you.”


Today when I heard of his passing, I cried. A lot. If you had told me that I was going to cry when he passed the day he hit me in the butt with a lunge whip for circling out one more time, I would have laughed in your face. I know what he was doing now. When I look back I can see clearly that he was invested in the lives of his employees, riders, grooms and horses. He wanted the very best for any one that could see his vision. His vision of excellence. He gave me that vision and I will continue to strive to reach it because, where there is no vision, people perish.

“A dream is newver just a dream. It’s the wish to change your world. A dream shapes reality to suit your wishes and transfers your tastes, ideas and the things you love, to the world around you. That’s how to change the world.’ - R.D. Southern 1930-2016

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Sales Video Tips Holly Grayton

Surely you have already read ‘Video Taping Your Round’ in our September 2015 print. But in case you haven’t, here is a quick refresher: Get a proper video camera (i.e. not an iPad), and USE YOUR ZOOM!

Now it’s time to make the sales video you are going to publish and share online. If nothing else, remember this: Put your horse’s best or most impressive moment of the video first! This is your hook. If you put three minutes of walk at the beginning, you risk boring your viewer and losing the sale right there. Not that the walk can’t be included, just move it later in the clip. If you have a jumping horse that has exceptional show footage, put that in first. Then follow up

with your chute jumping and/or flat video. If your horse’s best trait is its beautiful canter, then by all means put the canter in first. Once the viewer is intrigued by the horse’s best qualities, follow up with the other fundamentals to include in the video; by this point the viewer will want to know more.

If you have a program like iMovie, or something similar, it is a good idea to put your trainer’s name and contact at the beginning and end. Include brief (3-4 seconds) text screens detailing the horse’s age, competition height, and breeding at the beginning. This way if the viewer is watching videos of several horses, they will be reminded of the pertinent details and contact information.

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Young horse Class Rules for 2016 Alexander Grayton

The Jump Alberta Young Horse Series is heading into its second year in 2016, looking to build upon the initial year’s adjustments and changes.

Since Jump Canada stopped the National Young Horse Program a few years ago, Jump Alberta took it upon themselves to implement a program to fill the void. The objective of the Jump Alberta program is to provide a standardized series of competitions that will enable horse owners, breeders, and riders to develop their young horses to the best of their potential in sport.

In order to do that, the Young Horse committee from the Jump Alberta board, consisting of Alex Grayton, Beda Wachter, and Caroline Jones, created a structure and a series of guidelines and regulations. For each age group, from 4-7 years old, competition heights are clearly defined, as are expectations of the course.

standard jumper scoring (faults and time).

The purpose of the scoresheet is to help breeders, trainers, owners and riders in their development of competition horses. The scoresheet provides feedback for each horse with respect to five categories: Technique, Scope, Rideability, Bravery, and Overall Impression. The subjective score from these five categories is combined with a performance score (faults and time) to give the overall score used to rank the competition. Riders will be handed their scoresheets after each competition to view the commentary and marks to see where they may wish to direct their training or efforts for future. A comprehensive package, including further regulations about equipment, is available online (on the ABSJ website!) and in tournament offices. The Young Horse Series competitions take place at every Jump Alberta-sanctioned horse show throughout the year, with discounted rates for young horse owners.

For example the 4 year olds will compete over a course of jumps from 0.80-0.90m up until July 15, and from 0.90-1.00m from July 16 through the end of the year; courses will have an optional liverpool obstacle for the first half of the year, and the liverpool is mandatory for the remainder of the year; ground poles will be at every jump, and courses will not have a combination until the second half of the year. This framework is adjusted and difficulty increased accordingly for older horses.

The 4 and 5 year olds will be subjectively scored by a panel of judges, according to a scoresheet, while the 6 and 7 year olds compete under


EXCELLENCE ‘Going far beyond the call of duty. Doing more than others expect. This is what excellence is all about. It comes from striving for and maintaining the highest standards, looking after the smallest detail and going the extra mile. Excellence means caring. It means making a special effort to do more.� - R.D. Southern 1930-2016 Photo Credit Grayt Designs


‘A Giant of a Man’

If you think because you didn’t meet Ron Southern you weren’t affected by him.. think again.. Lynne Burns

The spirit of “good friendship, good commerce and good sport” has been alive at Spruce Meadows since 1975, it’s hard to believe we’ve bid farewell to Mr. Southern. The ‘everyone’s welcome’ atmosphere at a sporting facility ranked #1 in the world is quite unusual. Often, during the presentation ceremony in the International ring, Mr. Southern would say how much he and Marg wanted fans to enjoy the facility and watch the top riders in the world compete. These principles of welcoming all, providing excellence and trusting all who came to treat it with respect are uniquely ‘Southern’ in the horse world. Community and helping others, is at the heart of his legacy. One fan remembers her first visit to the Masters in the mid-nineties and hurrying to the grandstand when one of Spruce Meadows staff pulled alongside in a golf cart and said, “You look like you’re in a hurry, hop in I think I’m going your way.” What a nice place she thought, so friendly. Back to the stands she went with a thank you, and an, enjoy the show exchange with her driver. Sometime later, the crowd cheered for the winner and to our fan’s astonishment Ron Southern began the accolades of the horse, rider and sponsor and the gratefulness of he and Marg to the fans… including a fan he had driven back to the stands with all the kindness and efficiency of a man just doing his job. Another person recalls as a new employee at Spruce Meadows in the eighties having to ask for time off to attend to a family member. Barely out

of high school and just in her early days at the prestigious facility, this young girl received a call from family to say she needed to go immediately and look after an elderly relative who lived some ways out of the city. Feeling she would surely be let go for making this request for an undetermined amount of time off, she made her way to the office. Expecting to speak to someone in HR, imagine her amazement when she had to make her plea directly to Ron and Marg. She blurted out her problem, the phone call, the struggling relative and the unknowns about how long it would take to sort this all out… and then stopped for their reaction. “OK, she needs a car, and some cash, do you need gas money, here’s $300, someone get her a car!” This was Ron and Marg putting family first and wheels in motion to help someone, sincerely and with good friendship.

I’m certain everyone reading this can connect with someone who has a story to share or a fond remembrance. The influence and affect creating Spruce Meadows has had on our sport and community is widespread and far reaching. The influence of a kindness for one or for many finds its way to affect us all. You can be certain that somehow this man has affected your life because he and Marg didn’t create Spruce Meadows for themselves, in a way we all have entered from under the clock tower to represent excellence.





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1 yr old MINT condition Prestige Meridith. 17 inch. Medium tree. Wool flocking and calf skin options. involved Contact Liam Buckley 403.968.5867



Eloquence (Electra)6 year old registered KWPN mare. This striking mare is black with plenty of chrome and a very sweet and willing disposition. She is a great mover, with lovely form over fences. Natural balance, sweet personality. Inquiries:

Wilanka – 2003 KWPN mare Orion Fortuna x Casimir. Perfect first Grand Prix horse, Junior Young Riders, High Jr/ Am, or Equitation horse. Extensive show record including many wins in Grand Prix, top placings in World Cup competitions. Offered for sale or lease. Grayton Farms Sales Group 403.616.7993

Kingston K Very versatile 7 year old warmblood gelding with show miles to 1.0m. Eventing, dressage, and jumper experience, potential crossover horse for mini medals, equitations and even some hunters. Nice uphill balance, soft mouth, auto changes, no vices. Sadly outgrown. $25k Inquiries: huntequestrian@gmail. com

Leonardo – 2002 KWPN gelding Marino x Cantanis. Extensive show record with amateur rider in hunter derbies and up to 1.20m. Nice blood, brave and honest. Excellent Mini Medal horse or Jumper to move up with. Contact Grayton Farms Sales Group 403.616.7993

16.2hh jet black 5yr old mare, lots of chrome. Quick off her feet, big jumper prospect, quite refined. Contact for more info 1-780-399-7757 12K neg.

2010 16.1hh TB Gelding. Successfully shown in the .9m Jumpers. Extremely brave, schooled 1m, 1.10m courses at home. Extremely adjustable, flying changes, no stop and tons of jump. Would excel in cross country or jumper derbies. Loads, clips and ties. Contact Julie Allen at Bow Canyon Equestrian 403 461 9487




Zazu – 2009 Oldenburg gelding Zurich x Quickstar. Scopey, beautiful and very athletic. Top Grand Prix prospect, also could be top equitation horse. He has already competed at Spruce Meadows with clear rounds. We have many youg horses for all disciplines. Grayton Farms Sales Group 403.616.7993

Alaska is a 16’2hh 13 year old imported Irish Sport Horse Gelding. From Ireland where he evented at a national level across Europe. Has shown in hunters, jumpers and equitations with a junior since arrival up to 1.15m. This is a very kind and useful horse! Ideal horse for junior/amateur to move up on, gain confidence and get experience in any ring. He is very simple and low maintenance. Lindsay 403-3366147

Hellboy – 2012 KWPN gelding Quasimodo Z x Numero Uno. Well balanced, super technique over jumps, terrific mind. Serious prospect for top sport, straight forward for a junior or amateur. Contact We have many youg horses for all disciplines. Grayton Farms Sales Group 403.616.7993

O.Evangeline - 2009 mare 16.3hh, Ikoon x MJ Fusion, Big mare that will go to any ring and excel. Just started jumping. Has had 2 foals already, explaining her later start. Hacks out and is lovely to handle. $15k Katrina van den Bosch 403.302.2270

Idanga 2013 CWB mare Talme x Mermus R mature height 16+hh Idanga is a lovely young mare who has been very lightly backed displaying excellent trainability and an aptitude for the hunter ring. Price $12,500 Contact Lorri 403.358.0487

Jester 2014 CWB gelding Zeno x Talme mature height 16.2hh Jester has an excellent mind and jumps in classic hunter form to excel as a hunter derby horse or a top amateur hunter. Price $18,000 Contact Lorri 403.358.0487

Bryton a 4 year old warmblood excellent mover and scope and style for hunter or jumper. 30 days under saddle he is sweet and simple 16.1hh Contact Cathy Chalack 403.669.9108

O.Roberto - 2011 gelding, 16.1hh, Regardez x Recruut Great mover, could do the hunter ring or dressage. Super disposition and work ethic. Aptitude for learning, just started over fences. Hacks out. Suitable for good junior or amateur. $10k Katrina van den Bosch 403.302.2270

Quidam Royce Beautiful 5 year old registered Canadian Warmblood gelding by Quidam Bleu. Royce has an adorable expression, great mind, easy balance, and appears to have ample scope! Talent for the ring of your choice. Priced to sell. Inquiries:



Great show pony! Stardust has won championships in the pony hunters/ jumpers. She is 14.2 h and has pony card. This 14 year old mare can start a beginner in x-rail division to regular ponies! Super kind and safe. Contact Cody Peach 14039681480

Red Storm. 2005 Welsh Gelding. 14.1hh. Excellent pony with extensive show ring success. Ready to take his next rider to the winner’s circle. Contact Donna Ferguson 403-915-2252.

2011 16hh Palomino Gelding sired by Snowy River. Schooled up to 3’ courses, flying lead changes, and good lateral work. Free jumped 1.20m. Located at Bow Canyon Equestrian, Calgary AB. Contact Julie Allen 403 461 9487

Not Yet Riding Stallion

Romeo is a 13’2hh carded 10 year old gelding pony. Has 3 day evented for 5 years prior to current owner. Shown in hunters, jumpers and equitations , picking up 6 year end championships in that time. This pony will jump anything in his path, and in good form. Owners on very self sufficient program, hauling in for lessons and shows, so he is easy to handle and low maintenance. Lindsay 403-336-6147

2 year old filly. Sire Cabrio van de Heffinck, winner of the SM million dollar Grand Prix in 2012. Dam, Kaprice (Kilian x Athlet Z x Lord), is an imported Holsteiner mare that produced the approved jumping stallion, Caribbean. This filly is stunning, sporty and sound! A 10 canter! $14k

Casparo (Coupe de Coeur x Wogenbrecher) The new generation… We are excited to present this licensed Hanoverian stallion in Canada for his first breeding season. Visit for breeding inquiries.

Portland L (Pilot x Ramiro) A proven performance sire and himself an international show jumper under former rider Marco Kutscher. Visit www. for breeding, or offspring inquiries – yearlings to performance horses for sale.

Salvatore (Cavalier x Leandro) competed at the 1.50m Grand Prix level. He has a natural uphill carriage, enormous scope, and excellent technique in front and behind. Registered KWPN, fresh semen available Check out: www.salvatorekwpnstallion. com Maddy Riddle at maddymriddle@

Quidam Blue (Quidam’s Rubin x Come On II) Currently competing at 1.60m Grand Prix level with Olympian Jill Henselwood. Top results include Bronze medal win in Nations Cup Team Bratislava. Visit for breeding, or offspring inquiries.



goes in for ribbons or just walking back to the barn after a class. He doesn’t like it when you are late feeding him grain and he doesn’t like his face brushed – only a towel for that. He doesn’t like it if I walk for too long when I get on!

16yr old, Gelding

What personality traits does he have that sets him apart as a competitor?

Tom Tom

Competitive Height: Grand Prix Rider: Femke Courchaine

How would personality?




He would be that boy skipping along the street with a lollipop and a balloon. His drive to work and succeed in his love for jumping.

What does he eat? How often?

He gets lots of oats, and good quality hay all day.

What is a normal day like for your What is your exercise regime to keep horse? your horse fit? He goes in the walker for an hour in the morning and gets ridden in the afternoon.

What does he like and not like?

He loves his cookies and likes to gallop in the field! He loves to work, and gets excited when he

Making sure he gets out twice a day every day.

Where did you purchase him?

We got Tom Tom in Holland as a 4 year old.


How Does Bill 6 Affect Me? Alexander Grayton

Over the last several months, farm and ranch owners have been talking about Bill 6 – what is it, whose idea is it, when does it come into effect, and how does this affect me? This of course includes people in the show jumping world, as barn owners and operators. This bill was passed in the Alberta Legislature on December 10, 2015, and came into effect on January 1, 2016. The legislation applies only to farms and ranches that employ paid workers. That is to say, unpaid family workers, neighbors that volunteer, and children doing chores or taking part in 4-H are not affected. The premise of Bill 6 is to provide a framework for safe workplaces and for paid employees to have insurance coverage from the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). As of January 1, 2016, all workers on farms and Canada’s Equestrian University-Preparatory Boarding School for Girls

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ranches with paid employees will be covered by WCB, and employers will have until April 30, 2016 to register with WCB. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) standards will apply to farms and ranches, which means employers must provide safe workplaces, workers can refuse to perform tasks they feel are unsafe, and OHS will investigate work-related injuries and fatalities. Opponents of the bill are adamant that current OHS and employment standards do not transfer to farm and ranch work as they do to many other industries, given the nature of the work (live animals, breeding, calving/foaling schedules, and many inherent dangers). Though the bill has passed and is currently in effect, farms and ranches are still exempted from several employment standards regulations while the provincial government consults with stakeholders about how these regulations can be shaped to apply specifically to farm and ranch work. This process is expected to last another 18 months. For more information visit: farm-and-ranch.cfm or contact your MLA.

Young horse growth Tina Watkins

When I ask riders when it is that young horses are ready to be ridden, I hear a lot of different opinions. Some talk about of the lineage and development rate, some talk about the fact that there is a futurity that the baby needs to get to and the amount of training the horse will need to get there. All of these thoughts have validity, but not many talk about the bones and joints, and when a horse is truly physically mature. Let us consider some of the factors. Dr Deb Bennett is a world-renowned expert in the field of conformation analysis, and specifically how conformation relates to performance ability. I encourage everyone to pursue further reading about the closure of growth plates from Dr Bennett by visiting and browsing through her catalogue of articles on the subject.

According to the research Dr Bennett and her team have done over the last 40 years, all breeds of horses are on a similar timeline as far as the closure of the growth plates on their bones. Generally speaking, growth plates in a horse convert to bone (i.e. close or fuse) starting at the lowest part of their anatomy, and work their way up towards the back.

The growth plate at the coffin bone, at the bottom end of the horse’s leg in the hoof, fuses at birth; this means the coffin bone will not get any taller after birth, though it does of course enlarge as the horse grows. The growth plates at the hock fuse when the horse is approximately 3 years old, which make the hocks a significantly weaker point in the horse’s early development and workload. Finally, the vertebral column is one of the last to fuse, when the horse is nearly 5.5 years old for an average horse; the larger the horse, the longer this process will take, and male horses take longer yet. It is possible for a very large Warmblood horse’s vertebral column to

only finish fusing as late as 8 years of age.

Unlike the growth plates in the legs that are generally perpendicular to the ground, growth plates in the spine are not. The forces in the legs generally come up and through most growth plates in the legs, making it a little easier to take the forces incurred during work. The plates in the spine, however, undergo a shearing force from the weight of the rider and the viscera pulling down on them in work. The spine also does a lot of direct work to support the rider’s weight as well as any jumping, collection, or flexibility.

So should we wait until a horse is 6 years old to start him? Would he have a mind of his own by then that would not allow us to turn him into the performance animal that we are all hoping to have? Would we then run out of time to make it to the top of his game before he was too old to perform? These are all questions that deserve some serious thought.

In my opinion there is a happy medium between starting the young horse, working his body to aid the athleticism, teaching his core tissue how to support the back and allowing the body to move in way that helps him be his best. Notably the bones also need some challenge to build correctly and become hard and strong. The information we have from research makes me want to keep the rides on a young horse short and consider more groundwork. But most of all, it really spurs me on to have a wellness team that peropdically evaluates what that horse is doing in the body, and to ask myself how can I help my young horse’s body grow correctly and in a way to allow him a long sound life in the performance ring.


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