2017 Spring Edition

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A Note from your President Calendar of Events A Friend Request from a Former Competitor By Lauren Ross Okotoks Smoke A New Perspective on Qualifications & Local Shows By Isaac Taylor Shoeing Regulations Jibbah Information Sponsorship Letter Sponsorship Form Membership Form

AA H AB C T E AM President: Kimberly Toye Vice President: Nicki Muller Treasurer: Berni Van Lieshout Secretary: Debbie Thompson Board of Directors: Doug Archibald Joan Arnett Tracy Douglas Brenda Driediger Kathrine Gilker Maureen Gough Leslie Harpur Laura Leitch Sandra Mann Linda Picul Bonnie Schneider Lorri Terlecki Sponsorship: Leslie Harpur Jibbah Editor: Ashley Lauren Toye


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Spring has finally arrived. What a long, snowy/rainy/cold winter season. For those who travelled to Scottsdale for February, the rain followed us. It was great to see so many of you and your horses there. Congratulations to our club members. I enjoyed seeing you ‘in the ribbons’ and celebrating your success. Ashley and I recently travelled to Rancho Murieta, California for a Region 2 and 3 Qualifier and Pacific Slopes. The rain followed us there, too! I believe we were the only Canadians who brought horses from BC and with the ‘rainy’ reputation of our province, we were again accused of bringing the rain with us. However, it is true that the day we were heading home, the sun came out and it warmed up.

with an Arabian horse is the best part of your day-where the beauty, athleticism and heart of the oldest pure breed in the world comes to life. Whether you are a show enthusiast, an active trail or distance rider or simply enjoy spending time with horses, the Arabian horse is perfect for every discipline, every age and every adventure.” I agree! I am looking forward to seeing you at our 2017 AAHABC Classic Show held at Thunderbird Show Park, May 4-7. We will be holding our Annual Awards Banquet in Center Ring on Friday evening, May 5. We have 24 High Point categories and will be presenting a Top 5, Reserve Champion and Champion in each category. Our 16 member Board of Directors has worked diligently to plan both the Region 17 and Region 5 Sport Horse and Dressage Qualifiers and the Region 17 main ring Qualifer as well as our Annual Banquet. See you at the Show. Thank you for your generous sponsorship support.

The Arabian Horse Association has designated May as the month of the Arabian Horse. Under the heading “The Arabian Horse: there is no equal”. This paragraph sums up how we feel about our Arabian and Half Arabian equestrian partners: “Enter a world where the time you spend Your President, Kimberly Toye




AHACO May 19-21 Eugene, Oregon

Region 17 Championships July 25-30 Calgary, Alberta

Region 4 Championships June 20-24 Nampa, Idaho

Youth Nationals July 22-29 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Region 2 Championships June 22-25 Santa Barbara, California

Canadian Nationals August 13-19 Brandon, Manitoba

Region 5 Championships July 6-9 Monroe, Washington

Sport Horse Nationals September 5-10 Raleigh, North Carolina

Region 3 Championships July 9-12 Sacramento, California

AAHABC Fall Frolic September 15-17 Langley, British Columbia

Western Canadian Breeders June 22-25 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

US Nationals October 21-29 Tulsa, Oklahoma

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As a kid, horses seemed beautifully authentic. There was something humbling about walking through a dust-filled barn in two-hundreddollar boots only to pick up a shovel the moment your horse’s tail began to rise at the back of the crossties. In an industry concerned with aesthetic presentation and titles, there was always common ground in the small things. The early mornings, the gateholds, trotting into the ring without a number. Sure, you can highlight a nose, clip a face, and dress up in jackets that cost more than most peoples’ cars, but when it comes down to a horse and rider on the rail, you can tell who has put in the work. Even in that brief moment, as you stand along the rail, you know that it took so much more than a hunt cap and a running braid to get there.

a new level, allowing people to be drawn in by beautiful photographs and congratulatory comments. It has strengthened ties between riders, provided a place for trainers to share tips and tricks, and created a forum for feedback. But nothing comes without a price. Too often, confidence increases when our fingers hit a keyboard. People between breeds and disciplines are in constant disagreement, even going as far as to claim cruelty and abuse without a full understanding. Social media, when used well, has the powerful ability to expose issues that have been kept in the dark. More often than not, though, we are quick to judge, comment, and report, without real consideration.

Countless explanations of the Social media has been a platform Arabian circuit are followed with, for incredible change in the horse “You mean, you do all this for ten industry. It has taken marketing to minutes in the ring?” >

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And, on some level, the statement is correct- but it does seem horrendously simplified. Anyone who has shown knows the years of sweat, tears, late nights and early mornings that it takes to get to that victory lap. Social media can be similarly reductive. A Facebook status reduces a moment to a few words or a photograph, and it’s easy to make assumptions without any knowledge beyond the garland and watermark. The Internet is a place where we present the best versions of ourselves —what we want others to see— and as great as it has been for the horse world on many levels, the moments that make our sport great can’t be found online. Don’t let a like replace a smile, a comment with a conversation. “Nothing online will ever measure up, in terms of authenticity, accuracy, and understanding, to the real-life horse community.

Three years after trotting out of the show ring for the last time, I don’t remember what my most-liked Instagram photo was. I don’t care about the controversy that took place on my newsfeed. The moments that I’ll never forget are the ones I was too caught up in to share. It’s leaving the ring in tears and knowing your trainer has your back. Winning your class and seeing your mother’s face light up with pride. Laughing until you cry with your friends in the barn. Waking up at five after falling asleep at two. Tripping over your spurs in showmanship. The moment you realize that the success of your team is your success. You won’t receive a notification for the memories that made you the rider, and the person, you are. I promise. < By Lauren Ross




Why those ears back at me when I just come to see, If you are need of some water or adjust your Big D? Is there a past you are hiding now sharing with me? Were you slapped on the face and checked with a chain? Did they push at your shoulders and pull at your mane? Can we just start over and remove those old scars. Stomping those front feet and running teeth on the bars. No more jokes, no more pokes at you Okotoks Smoke I’m no special horse trainer but learned from good folks I know it will take time and there’s no easy fix Loud voices, heavy hands and whips do not mix But I’m here on your side and will meet you half way. Praying those soft fuzzy ears will be forward one day. By Bonnie Schneider




As we all know we are facing some serious challenges in regards to the Arabian horse show world. While there are many causes and possible solutions, I would like to focus on a few things that I think are easily addressed and could help our industry in a big way. All of these issues are somewhat intertwined, but I will try and keep things as separate as possible. The first thing I have noticed when I speak with new people to the breed, and try and encourage them to attend our local shows, is how many classes we have and how few horses in each class. People in general have short attention spans. It is difficult to sell to someone that our shows start at 8 am and often go to 10 pm. What is the reason for this? We have so many classes that our schedules are jam packed. Not only does this make for long days for owners and trainers, but it does not allow time to spend educating or entertaining new people. So why do we have so many


classes? The short answer is that people need to qualify for regionals or nationals. The unfortunate thing is that we have made Nationals the end all for our industry. Everyone feels like the should go to Nationals. This is nonsense. We cannot complain about empty stands and dying local shows when there is a class for everyone at Nationals. Think about any other sport; what is the National Championship for that sport? Is there a special division for swimming because it’s not fair that Michael Phelps is the best? Do I get to have a special spot for slow, short, white guys on the US National basketball team? Of course not. The Nationals is for the best of the best. It should be hard to get there. Not everyone can be at that level, and that’s ok! We have cheapened the meaning of our local and regional shows by insisting everyone participate at our Nationals. So a couple of fixes that I think could immediately be implemented. >

We must cut classes! Combine classes or age groups when numbers warrant it. I understand that there are some customers who will complain loudly about their class being combined but we must do what is best for the overall health of our breed. This also addresses the issue of scheduling at our shows and would shorten a show schedule enough to give people time to go to dinner, or have a barn party or stallion presentation. There is simply no time in the schedule to fit these things anymore and it is hurting us. I do not claim to have all the answers. I do recognize that as things continue to shrink we add more classes and make it easier for people to qualify. We have completely removed the We must bring back competition. < incentive for people to work their way up the ladder. We have a special By Isaac Taylor class for beginners at Nationals. It’s Nationals!!! If you don’t feel you are ready to compete with the best work at the other shows until you feel you are ready. 1. Qualifications 2. You must attend a Regional show to qualify for a National show. 3. It must be harder to qualify for Regionals 4. If a class at Regionals has had less than 5 entries for 3 consecutive years it is combined with another class where possible. This will drastically reduce the number of classes at Regional and National Shows. 5. End Regional Pre-shows (this has done more to kill local shows than probably anything) 6. Personally; Select (local) Choice (Regional) Elite (National)

How do we add value to our local shows? Larger classes would be a big start. We have to give people a place to move up to. Participation trophies are a huge detriment to the health of our industry. The first thing I am now asked when I list a show record on a sales horse, is “how many horses were in the class?”. This has reduced the value of our shows and our horses.

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R E SO LUTI O N # 5 -16 | SH OEING RU LES EC/ U SE F AR106 Shoeing Regulations, Artificial markings and Appliances 1. Any machine made shoe (keg), or handmade shoe made of magnetic steel, mild steel, aluminum, rubber or other non-metallic shoe is allowed. Shoes made of Tungston Carbide are prohibited. a. No part of the shoe may exceed the dimensions of 3/8 inch thick by 1 1/8 inches wide (nail heads and/ or toe clips are not considered when measuring the shoe). Aluminum, rubber or other non-metallic shoes are exempt from the dimension requirements. b. In the case of a bar shoe, there may be only one bar, which must be either a straight bar, or an egg bar. 1) A straight bar can be located anywhere within the circumference of the shoe. 2) The egg bar is defined as an uninterrupted, oval shaped shoe. 3) A bar is part of the shoe and must not exceed the dimensions of 3/8” thick by 1 1/8” wide, at any point on the shoe, nor may the bar extend below the ground surface of the shoe. c. If a shoe band is used, it may be attached to either the shoe, or the pad if present. 2. Shoeing Restrictions Based on Age of Horse or Class in Which Exhibited a. Horses less than two years of age must be shown barefoot. b. Horses two years of age may be shown with a shoe in accordance with AR106.1 however, the use of a bar shoe, or pad(s) of any type or configuration between hoof and shoe is strictly prohibited. c. Horses three years old, may not have any type of bar shoe. 3. Maximum overall length of toe is a. 43⁄4 inches for purebred Arabians. b. 5 1⁄4 inches for Half-Arabians and Anglo- Arabians. c. The overall length of toe includes shoes and any pad(s) present. 4. Method of Measuring Toe, Shoe and Pad. a. Using a six inch metal ruler, the length of the toe is determined by measuring the front of the hoof, in the center, from the hairline to the ground. Hairline is considered the origin of the hair at coronet band. b. Shoes are measured with an accurate gauge.


5. Pads a. The use of pad(s) (either full or partial, including rim) made of rubber, leather or plastic, is allowed. b. The introduction of a foreign material within or between the pad(s), between the pad and shoe or between the pad and hoof (other than accepted packing material such as oakum, pine tar, silicone, foam rubber, etc.) designed to add additional weight or enhance action is strictly prohibited. c. Material with anti-concussive qualities (such as rubber, silicone, latex, etc.) may be used between the pad and hoof for additional support, provided such material does not extend beyond the inner rim (edge) of the shoe. 6. At the discretion of a judge or a steward officiating at a licensed Arabian competition, or Arabian classes in any Federation licensed competition, or at the request of the Show Committee (See GR1201 License - Operation of Competition.) inspection of shoes, pad(s) and/or hoof length may be required. a. Inspection can include measuring the shoe, measurement of hoof length, and in the case of the presence of a pad, inspection of the pad(s). b. Inspection can include but is not limited to, visual, x-ray, metal scan, or manual separation of pads. c. Shoes and pads, if present, cast after entering or before exiting the arena in any class, not exempt from shoeing regulations, shall be inspected as described above by a licensed steward or judge officiating at the competition.

d. Any trainer, exhibitor and/or agent of a horse subject to the inspection each may request to be present and heard while said inspection is being performed by said licensed official(s). e. Prior to any disqualification and/or other penalties imposed on a horse at a competition, the inspecting officials shall make reasonable efforts to notify and have present, the owner(s) and trainer(s) of said horse, or agent(s) at the inspection. f. The inspecting officials shall take possession of any shoe, and/or pad(s) and measure the shoe with an accurate gauge and inspect pad(s). Measurement of hoof length shall be made in accordance with AR106.4 Method of Measuring Toe and Shoe. g. In the event that the inspecting officials find a violation of the shoe measurement, hoof length and/or pad(s) rules, the horse shall be disqualified for the remainder of the competition, and the owner shall be required to forfeit all prize money, sweepstakes and trophies, entry fees, ribbons, and points won at said competition by said horse. h. Additionally, if any forbidden foreign material is found between the pad and/or shoe, or pad and hoof, within the pad, between any pads, and/or the pad composition is in violation of AR106.4, the steward shall file a charge against the owner(s) and trainer(s) with the Federation Hearing Committee in accordance with GR604 Charges and a hearing shall be held in accordance with General Rules, Ch 6. 1) In the event the Hearing Committee determines a violation has occurred, the trainer, owner and or their agents each shall be subject to any and all penalties imposed by the Hearing Committee at its discretion pursuant to Chapters 6 & 7, including suspensions, fines, and the revocation & redistribution of winnings, notice or notices of which shall be published on Federation’s website. The suggested penalty is a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one-year suspension. Subsequent violations of this rule by any of the individuals/entities shall be subject to such greater penalties as determined at the discretion of the Hearing Committee. 2) The horse and/or the owner may be suspended for any period of time specified by the Hearing Committee. Remainder of the rule not changed.



2017 Dates & Deadlines In the new year we will be publishing three issues of The Jibbah. The first will be in early spring followed by a special edition which will run prior to the Region XVII Championships and again one later in the year. These Jibbah Issues will be of electronic version only. As times are changing we have decided to go digital. The online versions will be sent out via eblast to a 15 000 + subscribers list, posted on AAHABC.com, Facebook and shared amongst others within the Arabian Industry through individual postings. We welcome all submissions of stories, articles, news, jokes, poems, sales ads, farm ads, stallion promotion SPRING EDITION Deadline April 1 SPECIAL EDITION 2017 Regional & National Contenders Deadline July 1


WINTER EDITION Deadline December 1 Cover $70.00 Full Page $50.00 1/2 Page $30.00 Business Card $20.00 If you require ad design please contact our Editor: Ashley Lauren Toye Altogether Design 604 916 1673 | 360 296 3998 ashley@altogether.ca www.altogether.ca Submission: Please send all completed ads as .pdf or .jpeg files to ashley@altogether.ca Payment: Etransfer is accepted or cheques. Please make all cheques payable to AAHABC Treasurer Berni vanLieshout and mail to: Berni vanLieshout, 22570 64 Ave, Langley, BC, V2Y2N8

SPONSORSHIP LETTER To Whom It May Concern: The All Arabians Horse Association of BC (AAHABC) is a registered non-profit Association which is committed to the progressive promotion of programs and activities for Arabian and Half Arabian horses, owners and enthusiasts. For over sixty years, we have been dedicated to providing opportunities for the development of youth and amateur competitors and their horses. AAHABC is a dynamic club with two sanctioned shows scheduled for 2017. These shows draw competitors from BC, AB, SK and the North Western United States. Our members voluntarily work hard to ensure that these events are successful. Our Board of Directors meets regularly to organize these competitions and work on various initiatives including our Awards Program. We provide a variety of classes for Open, Youth and Amateurs in a variety of disciplines including Hunter Pleasure, English, Western Pleasure, Reining, Equitation, Sport Horse and Dressage. We believe the competitions, activities and programs we provide are a major contributor to the future of the Arabian Horse Breed and help to build a strong sense of community with the added benefit of developing and encouraging sportsmanship. In order for these competitions to thrive and continue, we require support and partnership from local businesses and individuals. Your sponsorship will assist in sustaining our programs, providing opportunities for healthy competition and award incentive prizes for youth, amateur and open participants at our Annual Awards Banquet. Details of the sponsorships are available on a separate page for you convenience, below are our show dates: May Classic May 4-7, 2017 Fall Frolic Sept. 15-17, 2017 We also very much appreciate donations of services and/or merchandise for two Silent Auctions per year. Class sponsorships can be assigned to the approximate value of the merchandise when requested. Thank you Kimberly Toye President All Arabians Horse Association of British Columbia


AAHABC SPONSORSHIP FORM Please consider a sponsorship from your family, farm, ranch or business in one of the following categories: Halter & Performance Class Sponsorships One Class $20 Two Classes (one per show) $35 Three Classes $50 Eight Classes $100 Silver Sponsorship $250 Includes: one full page ad in all Show Programs one full page ad in Jibbah Magazine published online 3 times per year ($300 Value) 4 Class Sponsorships per Show Thank You Certificate link on AAHABC website if requested Gold Sponsorship $450 Includes: two full page ads in all Show Programs two full page ads in Jibbah Newsletter published online 3 times per year ($300 Value) 8 Class Sponsorships per show Thank You Certificate Link on AAHABC website if requested Class categories available (in Purebred Arabian and Half Arabian): Halter, Showmanship, Equitation, English, Country, Hunter, Hack, Driving, Western, Trail, Sidesaddle CLASS PREFERENCE: _____________________________________________________________________________ NAME: __________________________________________________________________________________________ PHONE# _________________________________________________________________________________________ FARM/RANCH/BUSINESS: _________________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS: _______________________________________________________________________________________ Please make your cheque payable to: AAHABC Mail To: AAHABC c/o Leslie Harpur 158 - 216 Street Langley, BC V2Z 2C4 Further Information: lharpur@telus.net | 604.341.7181 Your sponsorship will be attached to the requested class(es), announced from Center Ring, as well as printed in our Program, included in the Jibbah Magazine and on our Facebook page. When your chosen class is not running or available, your sponsorship will be reassigned to an available similar class. Our Jibbah Magazine is electronically received by over 15,000 individuals in North America, posted on our AAHABC Website (over 600 local members) and is professionally prepared by Ashley Lauren Toye of Altogether Design Communications.


AAHABC MEMBERSHIP FORM An adult or youth membership with AAHABC gives you automatic membership with AHA, allows you to show in all AHA approved shows, participate in all reqional and national events, participate in Youth Team Tournament, compete in the AHA Sweepstakes program and to have a voice in all AHA and Region XVII issues. You must be a member and you must have received your AHA /Competition card to show. Please Note: If you were a member of another AHA affiliate club last year, you are not considered a new member by AHA, even if you are a new member to the AAHABC. Please note: If you do not own a horse that shows, or do not show yourself, you will not need a competition card. Adult Membership Youth Membership

1 year membership with competition card 1 year membership without competition card 3 year membership with competition card 3 year membership without copetition card 1 year membership with competition card 1 year membership without competition card

$110.00 $65.00 $315.00 $160.00 $70.00 $35.00

YES! I want to receive the AHA magazine please add $15.00 __________________________________________________________________________________________ Please complete and mail to the AAHABC Membership Chair with a cheque made payable to AAHABC Membership Chair: Berni van Lieshout 22570 64 Ave Langley, BC V2Y 2N8 Email: lieshout@telus.net Type of Membership ___________________________________ Total Enclosed $________________________ Name ____________________________________________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________________________________________ City ________________________________Prov ___________________________ Postal Code ________ Phone _________________ email ______________________________________________________________ AHA number ______________________________________________________________________________ Youth Member Date of Birth Day ___________ Month _____________ Year ___________________________ I hereby consent to the possible use of any pictures by AAHABC for promotional purposes. Member signature: __________________________________________________________________________ If you move please contact AHA. Allow 3-5 weeks for AHA to process your membership. No membership will be processed without full payment.