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8 industry news Show Jumper Todd Minikus Secures Sponsorship with Horseware Ireland

11 Vet’s View Can We Trust Our Horse? 30 on coaching assessing a Competency-Based System

ON THE COVER: Congratulations to all the riders, coaches, grooms, and show Moms & Dads for all your hard work in 2015! Photo by Cara Grimshaw.

14 Behind Barn doors: kennedy equestrian park by Jessica Lefroy

18 eventing in Bc by Ron Trickett

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headline news equestrian properties sales catalogue BchJa news ontario equestrian Federation news Jump alberta news horse Trials Bc news noticeboard advertisers’ index

“I feel proud and honoured as a member of HTBC and supporter of HTs in BC over many years to be able to add a bit of historical background to a family that has committed so many years to the sport of Eventing.” — Ron Trickett, on Holmes-Smith family’s contribution to Eventing in BC. See page 18. 4

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HEADLINEnews Bit by Bit Her MaJesty queen eliZaBetH ii surPrises Margaret duPrey at royal MeWs In October, Brooke USA ambassador margaret Duprey received a once-in-a-lifetime invitation from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, to travel to the Royal mews, Buckingham Palace, for a tea and reception honoring Brooke donors. Under the impression that the highlight would be meeting the Duchess and horse-whisperer monty Roberts, Duprey was in for a shock as Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II stole the show with a surprise appearance. After touring the carriages at the Royal mews, Duprey, among only 25 other VIP guests, was seated in the ornate Riding Hall for an exclusive monty Roberts exhibition. just before he began, the Queen herself strolled in and took a seat in the front row. The guests rose as the Queen entered the room, stifling their surprise with the display of respect. “It was really admirable to see Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II taking an interest and attending the Brooke event. Her appearance and her time spent with the

guests and monty Roberts was not only a wonderful surprise, but extremely meaningful to such an inspirational organization,” Duprey said. Shortly after, Roberts revealed that he wrote a book on his horsemanship techniques at Her majesty’s urging. The book was recently published, and guests were gifted a copy after the demonstration. Roberts and Her majesty chatted for a few minutes after the exhibition, and at the conclusion, the guests rose again, and the Queen was on her way, leaving every attendee feeling inspired and appreciative of her interest in the Brooke. During the tea that followed, the Duchess made her rounds, chatting with all of the guests in attendance. Duprey took the opportunity to thank the Duchess for extending the invitation and explained her role as an ambassador for the Brooke USA. rutgers equine science center announces 2016 Horse ManageMent seMinar toPic “Why Do They Do That? Behavior and Training of Horses” is the over-arching theme of the upcoming Horse management Seminar hosted by the Rutgers

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Headline News continued from page 5 Equine Science Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. The seminar, scheduled from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 14, 2016, will feature presentations by several equine industry experts. “Horse training is an often-requested but tricky theme for this seminar because there are so many methods out there, so we will instead explain how horses learn and how that knowledge can be applied to training,” says Dr. Carey Williams, Extension Equine Specialist and Associate Director of Extension for the Equine Science Center. “Our goal in presenting this workshop is to give our audience an understanding of the concepts behind equine learning which are present regardless of discipline or training method and provide some of the research techniques that can be applied.” Williams has assembled presenters who are recognized as experts in their field to offer background and advice. The morning will start with topics including “Normal/Natural Behavior of Horses” by Dr. Carissa Wickens from University of Florida, “Using Learning Theory to Train Horses” by Angelo Telatin from Delaware Valley Univer-

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Headline News continued from page 6 sity, and “Psychological Stress and Welfare of Horses” by Dr. Betsy Greene from University of Vermont. The afternoon will continue the behavior theme, including “Problem Solving Using Learning Theory” by Angelo Telatin, “Stereotypic Behaviors: Understanding Cribbing, Weaving, and Other Behaviors” by Dr. Carissa Wickens, and “How Nutrition Can Affect Behavior” by Dr. Carey Williams. The day will conclude with a panel of each of the speakers for additional question and answer opportunities.

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odd Minikus, member of the 2015 bronze medal winning U.S Pan American Games Show Jumping Team and 2014 USHJA Rider of the Year, has recently partnered with leading equestrian company Horseware Ireland. Minikus, who is well known for his ability to “think like a horse,” is a perfect fit for Horseware Ireland, a company that made its international reputation by creating products that are in-tune with horses’ needs and comfort. Horseware Ireland offers equine blankets that not only protect horses from the elements, but also fit comfortably as well as a full line of clothing and outerwear for riders. “I am extremely happy to represent Horseware Ireland and all of the brands that are affiliated with them,” said Minikus. “Horseware’s philosophy matches my ideals with the products


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VET’SVIEW Needle-shy horses can be reconditioned to accept them safely.

can we trust our horse? A s a person who was raised around cattle and horses, I feel I have inherited a large dose of “horse sense” when it comes to working with our equine partners. I am compelled to write this article as issues related to horse behaviour must be taken seriously. In recent months, and certainly over the years, we have all heard of or known someone who has been seriously injured or even killed during horse activities. Horses can be described as being anything from green to bombproof but they all have one thing in common. They are big, strong animals who have the potential to inadvertently or purposefully cause us serious harm. In 37 years of practice, I feel fortunate that, aside from the normal wear and tear of horse practice, I have escaped with

minimal harm. Oops, I forgot that 25 years ago, I got nailed by the hind foot of a maiden mare that had turned savage after foaling. The wellplaced kick ruptured my spleen and I nearly bled to death. Veterinarians often get put into potentially or often very real dangerous positions. Who would guess that most veterinarians get injured when dealing with a very non-threatening or seemingly safe situation. I know of veterinarians who have sustained concussions while jogging horses, another while doing a routine bandage change. Recently a veterinarian sustained a very serious fracture (shatter) of the leg just above the ankle after being bumped sideways by a very quiet well-broke horse. The horse had

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Keep your vet (and yourself) safe — minimize everyone’s risk in day-to-day activities.

Vet’s View continued from page 11 turned quickly, bumped the veterinarian who stumbled, and the horse miss-stepped, stepping on the vet’s leg with disastrous consequences. In the last three weeks I have had two clients whose horses for reasons unknown took to bucking. In both instances the rider came off, one with serious life-threatening injury, the other with a few bruises and a big scare. All of us who ride or work around horses need to stay focused on the dangers associated with our profession or hobby. It is not the intent of this article to get into an in-depth dissertation about horse training. Let it be said that there are teaching techniques and professionals whose job it is to get a horse started on a positive note. This process starts as a foal and continues through life. In basic terms, the more things that a horse is exposed to with positive reinforcement, the better the chances 12

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of this horse being a good citizen and a safe and useful companion. Whatever the breed, horses can learn good behaviour, and unfortunately some learn that they can get away with bad behaviour. A premise that I learned a long time ago is that horses don’t rationalize but they sure never forget! An example of this might be a foal/horse that got off to a bad start with needle injections. In most instances, we manage to “get the job done” but it is never pleasant or safe for the handler or veterinarian. There are horses out there that would rather kill you than let you give it an injection. So what happens to these horses when they have some sort of medical issue and need intensive care or lifesaving injections? This might be said for certain other procedures as well, that range from bridling to body clipping. Basic good behaviour from being quiet when being tacked or mounted to being relaxed when ridden or exposed to new situations is a must. So what are our options for a horse that is giving us trouble? Well, from my perspective, avoiding this issue is not the answer. Dr. Sue McDonnell, a well-known and well-respected animal behaviorist, gives an excellent lecture entitled “Is it Medical or is it Behavioral?” This is a very important distinction. Horses that have developed abnormal behavior issues have been found to have various medical conditions ranging from bowel and bladder stones to chronic infections and soundness issues. That said, some bad behaviour results from something in a horses’ repertoire that may have been ingrained in their memory bank many years previous. Veterinarians can play a role in both issues but having an educated horse behaviour specialist who understands the big picture and the science of horse behaviour should also be on your call list. There is a long list of folks ranging from over the phone psychics to highly educated and scientifically trained specialists who can claim to help you with some of these issues. I would suggest that, when dealing with issues of safety, a certified Equine Behaviorist and/or a horse trainer might be the first to call. Calling our office for

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I started this article focusing on horses and safety. Equestrian sports are by nature a high risk activity. It is important to realize and perhaps admit that when working with our horses, we need to accept certain risk factors. That being said, we must mitigate risk through proper training, good horse handling and management techniques as well as learning and accepting that we must always know where the safe zone is when working around or riding horses. Dr. David J. Paton, DVM Dr. Paton established the roots of Paton and Martin Veterinary Services Ltd. in Aldergrove in 1979. He is extremely proud to have been instrumental in developing a very progressive state of the art equine practice in the Fraser Valley. Dr. Paton has always believed that service and continuing education are the hallmarks of a successful veterinary practice. David is a long standing FEI Veterinarian and has been very active in veterinary association work. Dr. Paton has a broad interest in equine medicine with a particular interest in dentistry, lameness and prepurchase examinations. David has remained very active in both the veterinary and equestrian community and is also active in riding and competing with his cutting horse, Dualler’s Miss Gem. j. reiter

some recommendations is welcomed. There are some instances where behavior modification is important for certain medical situations. For example, horses on rehab that are having issues with stall/paddock rest or being started back under saddle may need some medication to modify behaviour. In a perfect situation, we like to avoid drugs where possible but in some instances they are necessary. We are excited about a new oral casein (milk protein) based product. It is used and proven in dogs for various behavior issues including fireworks anxiety and post-surgical relaxation. It is now approved for horses and has been used for anxiety issues ranging from trailer loading, young horse training, relaxation in new situations and post-surgical rehab. I have used it with impressive results in a nervous needle-shy older horse. The product called Zylkène Equine is a non-drug product containing the milk protein extract thought to calm nursing animals. Although not a panacea, it may be something that could be of value in many circumstances.

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urrounded by farmland and with the beautiful North Shore mountains as a back-drop, Kennedy Equestrian Park’s location in Ladner, BC, only 30 minutes from Vancouver, is an ideal setting. With some major investments made in the last decade, Kennedy Equestrian Park is the result of a merge between the former Hayden Equestrian Park and Family Equestrian Centre. “My vision was to create a facility that allows our customers to train in an environment that lends itself to achieving great success at top show venues,” says owner Suzanne Kennedy. A boarder at ‘A’ circuit facilities for decades,


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uestrian Park the dream of suzanne kennedy, kennedy equestrian Park has emerged as a beautiful training and show facility with exceptional opportunities for the development of horses and riders.

Kennedy had always kept the idea of boarding her horses at home in the back of her mind. For years she casually browsed properties for sale — until a 10 acre family farm in Ladner caught her eye. “It had a small, seven-stall barn and two houses, a tiny hogfuel riding ring, and the rest was completely undeveloped,” she recalls. “I think it appealed to me because I didn’t want to have to work within the confines of someone else’s vision. I had somewhere to keep my horses right away, and I could develop the rest as I saw fit. A major bonus was the beautiful Family Equestrian centre was right next door, which had

a top Hunter-Jumper trainer in residence.” The farm was purchased in 1998, and work on a three-acre Grand Prix field began almost immediately. “Initially I made the decision to build my Grand Prix field because of my first experience riding at Spruce Meadows,” explains Kennedy. “It was my first time riding out on a huge grass field, and it was of course a whole new adventure in maintaining control and navigating natural obstacles. At that time, the new Thunderbird

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Designed by Robert Jolicoeur, who also designed Thunderbird Show Park, Kennedy Equestrian Park is state of the art, from footing to field and layout.

Behind Barn Doors continued from page 15 Show Park and Twin Oaks facilities were not yet built, and I decided that since there was an indoor ring at the facility next door, I would build a grass field at home and practise here.” Kennedy’s goal was to create a top of the line, multipurpose Grand Prix field that could be utilized for a one-ring horse show. It was with the guidance of Thunderbird’s founder, Dianne Tidball, that Suzanne was introduced to Olympic course designer and footing specialist, Robert Jolicoeur. His influence was a pivotal moment in the design of the new facility. “Robert was amazing and soon redesigned the entire place,” explains Suzanne. “He changed all my preconceived notions of where things would go, and it was the best thing that could have happened to the farm. He told me it would be state-of-the-art and the best in the country.” Kennedy laughs that there was no detail overlooked in the design and construction of the grass field, with even the finer points of specific seed mixtures becoming a lesson in science. “Robert’s specs were followed to the most minute detail when it came to the different layers of material that the field would require to make it serviceable from April to October, even during 16

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BC’s rainy seasons.” A complex drainage and irrigation system was designed to eliminate excess water buildup in the winter and recapture the water for irrigation use in the summer. This required building a reservoir and concrete bunker to house all the pumps, electrical systems, and controls. The irrigation system is fully programmable, and Jolicoeur designed the bunker to be camouflaged into the natural landscape with the construction of a waterfall. In addition to the world class technical aspects of the footing, multiple natural elements were constructed in the field to be duplicates of those found at top venues across the world. There are several banks, a devil’s dyke, and open water — all with several options and varying degrees of difficulty. “With our grass fields our customers have the ability to become very comfortable and knowledgeable training over natural obstacles. I’ve found that often the only time riders can try jumping these are at horse shows in a high pressure environment, and here they can practise in a relaxed atmosphere.” Kennedy did not overlook the aesthetics of the field, which was designed as a bowl to block noise, visual distractions, and the strong wind that is often encountered in the area. “As the field and landscaping have matured,

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The spacious indoor was originally on the neighbouring Family Equestrian Centre, and integrated into Kennedy Equestrian Park with its purchase in 2014.

I have had the pleasure of hosting some of the best riders in North America, including Eric Lamaze, and many visitors from Europe and Mexico. It has been an incredible experience to watch them train their horses, and every single one of them, including many former and current Olympians, have been so gracious and complimentary of the field.” In 2014, the neighbouring Family Equestrian Centre came up for sale, and Kennedy recognized an opportunity to improve and expand on her existing facility that she could not pass up. “I had initially only planned on building an indoor, not purchasing another property,” she laughs. With the addition, the farm doubled in size. Now 20 acres, there are 10 large grass turnout fields, 31 new 30' x 75' sand paddocks, two smaller rehab paddocks, and two round pens. There are 45 completely renovated 12' x 12' stalls with new rubber mats and waterers, three upgraded wash racks, and four grooming stalls. Throughout the barn are security cameras and additional amenities for the two-legged clients that keep everybody happy and comfortable. To upgrade the indoor arena, Thunderbird Footing installed GGT footing. “It is so amazing to ride on,” explains Kennedy of the decision. “The support that horse and rider need is accommodated by this high-end footing, and it also created a much brighter interior than what we had before.” A new overhead sprinkler system and planned upgrade to modern, energy efficient bright LED lighting completed the indoor renovation. For the two-legged customers there is every amenity to ensure comfort in and out of the saddle. The facility has a staff house and

ditional suite on-site and is ready for a resident trainer to make use of the world class training opportunities available. Due to its design and location, Kennedy’s vision of having a facility where horses and riders can train on grass year-round has been achieved. Her future plans include offering the venue up for schooling days. “I want it to be, ‘Cheap Miles’, meaning that I don’t intend to have any haul-in fees, bedding fees, etc.,” she explains, “instead I want to offer just a regular set cost for use of the rings. I want the facility to be a place that green horses and green riders have the opportunity to come and school at minimal expense. A facility of this type is always a work in progress, and a continuous effort, to create the type of home that makes horses and their owners comfortable and happy. It has taken the efforts of a great many of people, and I am grateful to them all — especially the people here at the facility that have participated in all the upgrades. Big shout out to Thunderbird footing, Kennedy Landscaping, John Whipp of Onsite Restoration and my mentor, Laura Balisky.”

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nick Holmes-smith and Country Yucca tearing it up in the ‘70s at the graham ranch in alberta.


t is late in November and I am reviewing the results of Horse Trial BC’s 2015 Banquet and Awards evening. Each competition year, HTBC follows the progress of riders and their horses, recording their results and points accumulation to a final result that recognizes their accomplishments with the awarding of an HTBC perpetual trophy for each division, Intermediate down to Pre-entry. HTBC also has two special awards, presented each year in recognition of exceptional contributions for the advancement of Eventing in BC, and for sportsmanship and being an inspiration to others. For 2015, the HTBC board of directors awarded the Tray of Honour (awarded since 1978) to Nick and Ali Holmes-Smith and the HTBC Young Rider committee awarded the 18

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Young Rider of Distinction trophy to Carmen Holmes-Smith. I am unavoidably drawn into a visit down memory lane as some of the results, accomplishments and people of 2015 so much mirror the results the accomplishments and people of a long time ago when our sport of Eventing was first getting started here in BC. I feel proud and honoured as a member of HTBC and supporter of HTs in BC over many years to be able to add a bit of historical background to a family that has committed so many years to the sport of Eventing. The early years would have been about 1969 to 1970-71. It has been some 45 years, maybe a bit longer, since Eventing came to BC under the guidance of Pip Graham who would later be nick-named ‘Mr. Eventing Canada’. New competition organizers

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Carmen HolmesSmith carrying on the tradition.

petition was the relatively new North American Young Rider Championships (NAYRC) being held in southern Ontario at a place called Jokers Hill. BC’s team was chosen, a large 14 horse semi-trailer van and highway tractor to pull it was rented, and a crew-cab pick-up (Ron’s) was provided. Everything was loaded into these two vehicles: horses, equipment, feed, riders and grooms. Coach and pick-up driver was Pam Arthur, and Chef d’equipe was Ron Trickett. We drove out the driveway from Livingstone Park in Langley (home of the site of the first officially sanctioned Eventing competition in BC) waving good-bye to parents and friends on a road odyssey of over 6500 miles round trip. We were able to help Alberta by picking up one or two of their team horses in Calgary and as well picked up a Saskatchewan horse in Belle Plain, Saskatchewan, then home of Robin Hahn. This road trip was the makings of a full story of its own. Picture 9 or 10 horses, at least 8 or 9 exuberant teen age kids, and two most-of-the-time very tired chaperone/drivers with three overnight lay-overs scheduled on the way — a story for another day. One of the BC Young Rider team members

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were taking up the challenge of putting together the first Cross Country competition courses in BC. It should be noted here that all of these BC courses in the early 1970s initially offered only two divisions, Training and Preliminary, but it was not very long before many Intermediate courses were also showing up here in BC and in Alberta. Competition sites were being worked on in many areas. I remember Victoria working hard with huge support from Pony Club Dads working with chain saws, hammers, pry bars, etc. In this same time frame, another BC course was being built in the South Okanagan in Oliver that desperately needed help to get the course built in time for their first show dates. A crew-cab load of workers and construction tools left Victoria, took the ferry and drove to Oliver to help. I know this happened because I was the truck driver. The organizers we went to help were David and Rosemary Holmes-Smith. BC riders and horses were quickly showing their expertise for this new challenging sport of Eventing. It was David and Rosemary that invited an internationally known coach/clinician to come to Oliver and live on their small tree fruit farm and start a 3 Day Event clinic and coaching business there. Michael Herbert, from England, took up that invitation and for several years, many BC riders learned how to be eventers from Michael at Holmes-Smith’s farm. During that time, Michael Herbert was invited to coach the Canadian Eventing team that went to the 1978 WEG at Lexington, Kentucky, winning team gold for Canada. It was David and Rosemary Holmes-Smith who negotiated a multi year contract with the city of Osoyoos, and built and ran the Osoyoos HTs at Desert Park for many years. BC memberships quickly grew making BC the second largest Eventing province in Canada, a position we continue to hold today. The 1970s was an exciting time as BC riders and horses quickly showed their expertise for this new sport. It was about 1972-73 that the first BC international team effort was put together. This first team was the beginning of BC’s very accomplished Young Rider program. The com-

later wrote a biography dedicated to Country Yucca. A narration of Yucca’s entire life, told in Yucca’s own words was published in 2003 by David and Rosemary. BC came home from that first NAYRC competition with a team silver finish. It should be noted here that this NAYRC competition was run at the Intermediate level. It was another one or two years before NAYRC was reduced to the Preliminary level. 2015 again saw the HTBC Young Rider program prepare and send a BC team to the NAJYRC competition held at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Team coach and one of the drivers was Nick Holmes-Smith and Chef d’equipe was Sara Sellmer. It was to be a BC/ Alberta team with three riders from BC and one from Alberta. Unfortunately a last minute lameness of Carmen Holmes-Smith’s horse caused the team to drop to three members. This was a very disappointing time for Carmen, her Dad the coach, and other team members. Unfortunately with an elimination during competition the hope of a team finish was not to be. Individually Tosca Holmes-Smith, riding Paddington, did finish, bringing home a top 20 finish for Canada and BC. Further, Paddington was awarded the “Horse Power Trophy” that recognizes the outstanding horse that best demonstrated determination, courage, class and heart during NAJYRC 2015 which was truly an honour for Paddy, who was, after this show, officially retired after 16 years of competing. Paddington in so many ways resembles another Holmes-Smith horse who took his rider Nick to so many victories way back in the 1970s. That horse, of course, was Country Yucca. In a very positive way it might be said that what goes around does come around. Certainly for Nick, Ali and family and their horses over so many years, it is an enviable and remarkable family accomplishment, showing as well their enduring dedication to the sport of Eventing.


Tosca Holmes-Smith & Paddington at the NAJYRC

Eventing in BC continued from page 19 was a young fellow called Nick Holmes-Smith with his horse Country Yucca. There are, in fact, two stories that can be attached to this pair, both having a remarkable resemblance to 2015. Nick, even in these early years of his riding career, was a very confident, dedicated and determined event rider. Nick and Country Yucca were asked and attended the national selection trials for the 1978 Canadian WEG team at which they did very well, competing at the advanced level over two courses, one in Calgary and the other in Ontario over a very short period of time but the requirement that the pair complete one more trial competition in the US without, it was argued, sufficient rest period, proved too much, too quick and Yucca went lame, putting him out of contention. History shows Nick’s accomplishments at both Intermediate, Advanced and Olympic competitions over many years on several horses and when asked after XC ‘how did it go,’ his standard answer almost always was “piece of cake”. Nick’s horse Country Yucca was shared with sister Susan in these early years but ridden by Nick up to and including the Advanced level. Yucca was a little guy, barely 14.1 or 2 hands high who more than once, when presented to competition officials, was the object of concern because of his small size and the big courses. Nick rode his first Advanced level course on Country Yucca. This little horse was never known to have stopped or fallen on a XC course, no matter how big the course was, during his entire competition career. Nick’s very talented mum, Rosemary, 20

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Headline News continued from page 7 state of race horses. Many horse owners have found that music has an apparent calming effect on fear, aggression, and overall stress. Race horses, in particular, have demands of increased cardiac activity and speed that may be improved through music exposure. Forty 3-year-old Arabian horses were placed in a barn where they listened to specifically composed music for five hours each day. Their emotional state was assessed by measuring heart rates at rest, saddling, and warm-up walking. Racing performance and number of wins were also recorded. At the end of each month, for three months, data were compared to a control group of horses subjected to the same activity, without having listened to music. Results: The music positively impacted the emotional state and performance of treated horses, compared to the control group. What was so remarkable was that the effect was noticeable throughout every activity, even during the heightened excitement of being ridden at a gallop. Even more noteworthy was the positive influence

the music had after the second and third months, improving with each subsequent month, exhibited by the number of races won. Beyond three months, however, the impact leveled off, presumably because the horses became accustomed to the music. Horses are individuals and respond to stress in a variety of ways. This study offers one approach toward helping your horse calm down and better respond to performance demands. But all horses, not just athletes, can benefit from a relaxed, stress-free environment. Increased amount of stall confinement, often seen with the onset of winter weather, can agitate many horses. Soft music, such as was used in this study, can be a useful tool in helping your horse cope with being indoors, as well as veterinary and farrier visits, travel, and other stressors. Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. is an independent equine nutritionist with a wide U.S. and international following. Her research-based approach optimizes equine health by aligning physiology and instincts with correct feeding and nutrition practices.


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Congratulations to the BCHJA contingent at this year’s Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. To say the girls rocked the Royal is putting it mildly. All three of our CET candidates made the final four ride-off, with Kassidy Keith finishing in first place, Arora Peters, second and Megan Champoux fourth overall! Kassidy added another top placing when she also won the Jump Canada Medal, a very rare double feat! Taylor McManus also had a good placing in the prestigious JC medal. Well done, everyone!

CLINICS It’s been a busy fall for clinics offered to our members. Thanks to Bobbie Reber for her entertaining and informative Explanation of

Hunter and Equitation Judging, and to Roger Friesen for a very interactive clinic on Sports Psychology. Watch the website for upcoming topics and dates.

OTHER DATES TO REMEMBER: December 14th, 2015, the BCHJA AGM is at Southlands Riding club clubhouse; and Our Gala is on January 16th, 2016. Tickets available through the website.

MEMBERSHIP REMINDER Memberships for 2016 are due. Sign up on line. Remember — Rider, Owner and Trainer must all be current members for points to count! Your executive wish everyone a very happy holiday, and a prosperous and successful new year! | 25232 - 80th Avenue, Check the BCHJA website for membership details, Langley, BC V1M 3M9 | Fax: 604-882-0154 show calendar and more:

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Newsletter | January 2016 Jump Alberta Society is a grassroots not-for-profit charitable Alberta corporation. For membership information, contact: JUMP ALBERTA | 197, 132-250 Shawville Blvd. S.E., Calgary, AB T2Y 2Z7,

UPCOMING EVENTS: January 1st - Membership Renewal Indoor horse show points count towards year end awards.

celebrating your efforts and success for the 2015 show season! Awards presented to fourth place. Tickets $60 each, available through Event Brite. Accepting donations for the Silent Auction. Please January 7th, 8th - Casino Fundraiser, Deerfoot contact Caroline Jones: Inn and Casino January 16th - Annual General Meeting Volunteers Needed!! Earn $10 per hour volunteer 1:30-4:00pm, Sheraton Red Deer Hotel, Red Deer credits towards show expenses. Nominations to serve on the board must be January 9th - Year End Awards Gala submitted, in writing, by January 1st, 2016. Visit website for AGM Agenda and Board 6:00-11:30pm, Deerfoot Inn and Casino - Come enjoy a fun filled evening with family and friends Nomination Forms.

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January News Celebrating OEF Members At the Ontario Equestrian Federation, every member matters. Whether you ride or drive recreationally or competitively, our focus is to help you make the most of your equine experience.

OEF Members Get The Royal treatment To thank our members for their loyal patronage, we hosted a member appreciation party at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The party gave members the opportunity to enjoy pizza and light refreshments while catching up with friends in the horse community. Thank you to MAAAX™ Equine Feed for its generous sponsorship of this party.

People Make a Difference Award Recipients Announced Congratulations to the 2015 recipients of the People Make a Difference Awards, which are presented annually by the OEF to equestrians who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes in support of Ontario’s equine community. The 2015 recipients include: Peter Cameron – Arabian Horse Association of Eastern Canada Nancy Codlin – Canadian Pony Club – Central Ontario Region

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HTBC AGM & YEAR END AWARDS This was once again a very successful weekend. A very special thank you is due to the 2015 BC Young Rider team members and grooms who presented such a detailed and professional power point

presentation to the HTBC members and friends attending this years Banquet and Awards evening at Harrison Hotsprings. For a full list of Year End Awards please go to website:

HTBC YEAR END AWARDS 2015 Open Intermediate: Nikki Ayers, Rubicon

Pre-Entry Young Rider: Kyla Mason, Simply Irresistible

Preliminary Young Rider: Marine Kramer, Malibu

Pre-Entry Senior: Merrilyn Mason, Viking

Preliminary Senior: Karen Shimonek, Picture Perfect

Young Rider of Distinction: Carmen Holmes-Smith

Training Young Rider: Allisa Taylor, Good Times

HTBC Tray of Honour: Nick and Ali Holmes-Smith

Training Senior: Lynne Larsen, Lady Antebellum

Horse of the Year: Viking

Pre-training Young Rider: Nicole Kovacik, Fernando Pre-training Senior: Sabrina Glaser, Dolce

HTBC Mary Swanson Memorial Scholarship: Sophie Kirk HTBC High Point Rider: Sara Sellmer

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Assessing A Competency-Based System


ast month we talked about the importance of our coaching system staying current with the times. We stressed that change can be a good thing when it produces good coaches and an up-to-date system — one which will benefit the equestrian community and sport. This month we are going to visit the concept of what “competency-based” means and how it relates to our national coaching system. When this term “Competency-Based” system emerged it sounded good. But what does it really mean? After thinking about this term, I realized that it is very broad and all-encompassing. The sport experts in our country put forward to the horse experts some pertinent questions. They asked what does the equestrian Coach (CC) or Instructor (IOB) really “need to know”. Do they necessarily need to be excellent riders? If not, then what level of riding is necessary within each context? What other skills are needed in order to create safe and successful riders? Using our Learn to Ride program, for an IOB, it was felt that a Rider Level 6 is the standard of

So often these days we emphasize the beginner or the recreational rider. These riders are the backbone of our industry and sometimes are the initial steps to great things to come.


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riding necessary for an Instructor to fully understand how to teach beginner riders how to learn basic skills. In addition to the Rider 6, it was felt that there were equally important skills, such as writing lesson plans, developing an Emergency Action Plan, keeping accurate records, etc. We have read about this in previous articles. For the Competition Coach there were slightly different tasks added (Rider 8 pre-requisite) and for Competition Coach Specialist, several tasks were added. These tasks are what make our system “Competency-Based”. The tasks were often not horse related. Often the tasks related to horse welfare (ie. drugs in sport), rider safety (making headway in sport) and a perspective to looking at our equestrian sport as a whole. This means grass roots to Olympic disciplines. So often these days we emphasize the beginner or the recreational rider. These riders are the backbone of our industry and sometimes are the initial steps to great things to come. However, if great things do not come, that is still ok! This brings us back to the Long Term Equestrian Development model with the various stages. “Active for life” comes to mind. But we must not forget that one aspect of our sport is excellence. This is where High Performance Coaches come into the picture. In a “system” we must not forget these athletes. At one time, there was criticism that too much attention went to these top riders. That might have been true. But nevertheless we need a path to develop all riders and we must keep in mind the big, national picture. Canadians like to see our riders on the podium. A Competency-Based system makes sense. More on this next month… Also how to stay current.

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Congratulates Kassidy Keith & Wallabee on winning the CET & Jump Canada Medal Finals

©Cealy Tetley 2015 Season Wins for Kassidy Keith

Royal West - Champion Greenhawk Junior Amateur Hunter Classic Royal West - Reserve Champion Rocky Mountain Show Jumping Medal ASPCA Maclay National Finals - Competitor 2015 (Qualified Zone 7) Royal Winter Fair - Winner Junior Hunter Stake, Winner Leslie P. Usherwood Memorial Trophy & Winner W. Douglas Memorial Trophy Thunderbird Westcoast Classic - Champion Cobblestone Junior Amateur Hunter Derby Northwest Autumn Classic - Winner WSHJA Hunter Medal Final HITS Thermal Desert Circuit - Reserve Champion Low Junior Jumper & 1st Place Junior Jumper Low Classic

Congratulations QMS Royals Riders! Christine Coels

Royal West - Champion .9m Junior Amateur Jumper Thunderbird Canadian Premier - Winner .85m Jumper Classic

Emily Cake

Thunderbird Canadian Premier - Champion Children’s Jumper & Winner CET Mini Medal Milner Downs Summer Classic - Winner Milner Downs Medal BCHJA - Reserve Champion Year End Children’s Jumper

Kyra Westman

Royal West - Reserve Champion 1.00m Junior Amateur Jumper Saanich Show in the Sun - Reserve Champion .9m Jumper

Lillian Jiang

Thunderbird Canadian Premier - Champion Green Rider

Miranda LeBeuf

Thunderbird Canadian Premier - Reserve Champion.75m Jumper

We would also like to congratulate Tianna Jerome Jerome, Madison Heisterman and Hailey Gascoigne on a great season. Cheryl Keith - QMS Head Coach Jodine Buydens - QMS Equestrian Program Director | 250 746-4185 660 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, BC, CANADA

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