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The Official Member Magazine of Horse Council BC

Fall/Winter 2014


Equine Lifestyle



Equine Lifestyle

In This Issue NEWS

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Presidents Message Meet HCBC’s Board Members! Membership Benefits in 2015 2014 HCBC Scholarship Recipients HCBC’s Library Lends Books Across The Province The HCBC Bookstore Awaits You Horse Day Colouring Contest Winners! Ask The Insurance Guy Webinar Series With Horse Council BC & Capri Insurance Back To School With Horse Council BC HCBC 2014 Award Nominations Big Changes For The HCBC Awards Gala Horse Day At The Fair At The PNE 2014 Dressage Symposium 2015 Brand New Education Booklet from HCBC Congratulations To The BC Athletes That Represented Canada At The 2014 FEI WEG BC Equestrian Trails Fund 2014 Update Funding & Grants For HCBC Members Thank You To Our Partners


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Exciting Changes For The BC Heritage Circuit 2014 BC Heritage Finals in Maple Ridge BC Senior Games BC Summer Games Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships In Montreal Oct. 3 - 5, 2014

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 15 Is Canada’s National Horse Endangered Again? 16 All About Endurance

INDUSTRY & AGRICULTURE 17 2015 BC Equine Education Summit 18 Fire Safety For Your Barn

TRAILS & RECREATION 23 Share The Trails Workshop 2015 23 EC Trail Riding & Tourism Certificate Program 23 Ride & Drive Rewards Updated!


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About The Cover: Pacific Prima a.k.a. Emma graces the cover of our Fall/Winter Edition of BC’s Equine Lifestyles. Emma is a 21 year old Westfalen mare owned by Shawn Stone. The photograph is perfectly captured by Marion Cox of Marion Photography | 3

President’s Message To HCBC’s Equine Community, Thank you to the Horse Council BC members for supporting your provincial equestrian organization and to all of the volunteers who participated in a wide variety of equine related activities throughout the year. I look forward to seeing all of your continued success in 2015! This was a busy year for big competitions! The BC Heritage Circuit Finals were held in Maple Ridge at MREC and was a big hit with many people competing in more than one discipline. We also saw competitors from all over the province coming to compete and have fun at the BC Summer Games this year in Nanaimo. There was an incredible show of talent and skill throughout the Summer Games and I was impressed with the professionalism of the riders and vaulters competing. The BC Senior Games took place this year in Langley. As always, the Senior Games proved to be a great experience for all those involved, especially since the weather held out and was beautiful for the days of competition. We still have the Canadian Interprovincial Championships to go in

Montreal, Quebec and I’m excited to see the Team BC results! Thanks to all the people who made and make all these great competitions possible! The very first Horse Day held at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver on August 20, 2014 was a huge success! Kudos to the HCBC staff for facilitating such a great event. I look forward to next year’s Horse Day! In the HCBC office we are busy working on ways to increase our services to members and are pleased to be able to offer our members such great opportunities such as funding and financial aid that you can read all about on pages 13 + 14 in this issue of BC’s Equine Lifestyles. I am confident that with your support we can continue to grow and improve HCBC and the BC equestrian community as a whole. I am looking forward to speaking with members in October at this year’s Mane Event in Chilliwack at the Horse Council BC booth #613! Come on down at see us there. Enjoy the cooler riding weather coming up and have wonderful experiences with your horses! Here’s to an outstanding 2015! Go riding.

Orville Smith HCBC President

Meet HCBC’s Board Members! CAROLYN FARRIS Treasurer Zone 2 Rep.

Carolyn Farris grew up in the Okanagan riding in all the local Okanagan Valley shows with the Okanagan Light Horse Show Association. She then included the newly developing American Quarter Horse Show circuit on her competition roster. After a twenty year career in the Armed Forces, Carolyn returned to her hometown and in partnership with her father they had a successful Quarter horse breeding farm, standing high quality stallions and running a large broodmare band. In conjunction with the horse breeding, a commercial flock of sheep 4 | Equine Lifestyles Fall/Winter 2014

were also raised and sold. Not content with just ranching and working as a teacher, Carolyn proceeded to become a very active volunteer in her community. She joined the Armstrong Riding Club and served as Secretary, Treasurer, and President. South Central Quarter Horse Association was also fortunate enough to have Carolyn volunteering during competitions as Ring Clerk, Show Manager, Announcer, and any job needing done! Carolyn then joined the board of this local club and held the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, and President. Carolyn’s hard work and commitment carried on and she was elected to the BC Quarter Horse Association board and of course went on to serve as President, Secretary, and Treasurer. From this provincial association she was appointed to sit on the Horse Council BC board as the affiliate representative. Carolyn is not one to sit idle and she quickly became an active and enthusiastic director for Horse Council BC. Carolyn has served HCBC as Zone 2 director, and sat on or chaired numerous HCBC working committees including governance, finance, and strategic planning. HCBC has benefited greatly from Carolyn’s hard work, attention to detail and open minded reasoning to help make decisions and direct policy. In the Photo: Carolyn driving her team of mules!


Membership Benefits

In 2015


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$5,000,000 Liability Insurance $30,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance - coverage for each member arising from equine-related activities - under the age of 90. Coverage excludes fracture, dental, and loss of income. Enhanced/Incidental/Emergency liability for the noncommercial care custody of up to 3 non-owned horses . Transportation Insurance for non-owned horses. Access to scholarships for youth, towards education and athlete development Access to Rider, Instructor, Coaching, and Competition Official certification programs as well as providing general education workshops and seminars. Members can shop and save with our Premium Business Members. Access to HCBC’s Lending Library. Discount to HCBC’s online store. Access to funding for projects, clinics, and equestrian events. Special Horse Council BC rates on subscriptions to five different Canadian horse magazines. Optional Add On Insurance packages available for purchase to members.


Advertise your product or service on the HCBC Online Forums. Your business is listed in the HCBC Online Directory, searchable by the over 7,000 people who visit our website each month. 20% discount off all advertising rates with HCBC. Option to add on: Premium Business Membership.

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Collect HCBC membership applications and fees at your event. Apply for Zone, Core, Participation, and BC Equestrian Trails funding. Participate in the Group Commercial Insurance Program through Capri Insurance. Advertise club activities such as fundraiser’s, educational events, clinics and Sanctioned Competitions on the HCBC website. Apply to receive up to 2 HCBC Promo Packs per year! Your club is listed in the HCBC Online Directory, searchable by the over 7,000 people who visit our website each month. Promote your club and events on the HCBC Online Forums. | 5


2014 HCBC Scholarship Recipients We were very excited to receive many applications for our scholarship program this year! Each year HCBC grants up to five $1000.00 scholarships to current Horse Council BC members who are graduating from grade 12 and entering into an accredited College or University study program. This year’s recipients are: •

Megan MacMillian (Chilliwack)

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Mareesa Kelly (Maple Ridge) Kelly Donaldson (North Vancouver) Megan Marshall (South Hazelton) Gillian DeLure (Nanaimo)

Congratulations to all the recipients and good luck in your future endeavours!

HCBC’s Library Lends Books Across The Province HCBC is proud to have the province wide HCBC Lending Library. Opened in September of 2011 the library has proved to be a popular resource for Horse Council BC members.


You can borrow any of the books on the Library List that is available online

Happy Reading!

In order to borrow books from the library, you must be an HCBC member in good standing. You will receive a receipt stating the book that you borrowed and the date it is due back.

The HCBC Online Store Awaits You Horse Council BC has a large online store where you can buy horse related books covering many different topics and disciplines. Many of the books and dvds in stock are hard to find volumes, rare, or very popular titles.

There is no way that you won’t find something you’ll love and with such reasonable shipping costs, it’s definitely worth taking a look! Find the Store through and then the Store menu option.

The store sells more than just books though. HCBC’s high visibility safety vests, medical armbands, horse and rider I.D. tags, hats, t-shirts, hoodies, bumper stickers, and much more are avilable to purchase!


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Horse Day Colouring ! s er n Contest Win

Sophie Pauluzzi

Norine Bao

Age 4

Age 9

Vanessa Caverly Age 12

Part of Horse Council BC’s 2014 Horse Day celebrations included a colouring contest! Entrants were invited to brighten up the Pony Tails mascots Alice & Oliver and boy did they ever deliver! One winner was selected from each of the three age categories; 6 & Under, 7 - 10, and 11 - 13. Congratulations to our winners who submitted the above entries! Each winner receives a Breyers™ Mini Whinnies Surprise and Mystery Foal Surprise model horses!

Ask The Insurance Guy Webinar Series Horse Council BC in partnership with Mike King from Capri Insurance are bringing you a series of Webinars all about the insurance side of Horse Council BC and horses in general. The first session was all about the basic insurance that comes with an individual or family HCBC membership! Mike King was there to explain the details and answered all of the questions asked by attendees. The great partabout this series? It’s a webinar so you can attend from your computer at home, no travel needed and it’s FREE!

You can register for these free webinars by going online to: All session at start at 7:00 PM Pacific Time Tuesday, September 30th Your Basic Horse Council BC Insurance - What is included? Wednesday, October 22nd Horse Council BC Optional Insurance - What Are The Options? Thursday, November 13th HCBC Club Insurance - Liability and General Risk Management Thursday, December 4th The Ins and Outs of Coaches, Officials, and Grooms Insurance | 7


Back To School With Horse Council BC offers a variety of equestrian programs for kids in elementary school and high school! Check out the following great programs to help earn extra credits, achievements, and rider levels.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS The External Credentials Program (ECP) gives students in grade 10, 11, and 12 the opportunity to earn graduation credits for sport learning through approved industrial and occupational courses. Students who have been certified in one or more of the following programs are eligible to receive graduation credits. English Learn To Ride Rider 1 + 2 = 2 Grade 10 credits. Rider 3 + 5 = 4 Grade 11 credits. Rider 6 – 8 = 4 Grade 12 credits. Western Learn To Ride Rider 1 = 2 Grade 10 credits. Rider 2 = 2 Grade 10 credits. Rider 3 = 4 Grade 11 credits. Rider 4 = 4 Grade 12 credits. The Ministry of Education is responsible for the External Credentials program and the review of the programs are monitored by the Sport Branch of the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts. Exams Each exam is $15 (+GST) for both English and Western Rider Levels. Students must be members of HCBC at the time of testing. Testing coaches must be “current” at the time of administering exams. Learn More!

HIGH SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT The premise of this program is to reward high school students who participate in Equestrian Sports outside of school and to recognize their participation. To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:

• Attend a BC high school or be home schooled in an accredited program.

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• Be a current HCBC Member. • One horse and rider combination will be considered, the horse can be owned or borrowed by a student.

Rewards are based on participation at competitions and not on results. The types of awards that can be achieved are: Equestrian Excellence Rider completes 20 hours of EC Certified coached riding plus competes at 4 competitions that are sanctioned by their governing body* (EC, HCBC, Breed, Discipline). Volunteer Achievement Rider achieves Equestrian Excellence and volunteers a minimum of 10 hours at a club event or competition (shows, camps, lessons). Academic Achievement Rider achieves Equestrian Excellence and at least two “A”’s on final school report card. Learn More!

EQUINE CANADA’S LEARN TO RIDE ENGLISH & WESTERN LEVELS This program is self-paced, student directed, and coach driven. The English and Western Rider Programs were developed for individuals who wish to learn safe horsemanship and riding. The purpose of this program is to produce safe and knowledgeable horseman and to assist in the development of future Instructor and Coaches. This program is a National program with National standards that reward all riders, recreational to competitive, by advancing their learning. The Rider program encourages all riders to learn and enjoy the sport of riding. Riders are taught the skill and knowledge required for each level by an Equine Canada current and Certified Coach. Once the student is ready, they will be tested for each level for written knowledge and riding ability. Each level is progressively difficult. Learn More!


DOES SOMEONE YOU KNOW DESERVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION? Nominations are being sought for the following prestigious awards. Athlete of the Year-Senior

Athlete of the Year-Junior

Horse Industry Professional

Awarded to an adult member of HCBC who has shown outstanding athletic performance in a recognized equestrian discipline as part of a team or as an individual at either the provincial, national and/or international level(s) during the year.

Awarded to a Junior member of HCBC who has shown outstanding athletic performance in a recognized equestrian discipline as part of a team or as an individual at either the provincial, national and/or international level(s) during the year.

Presented to a professional individual or equine business that has provided over-and-above service or products to BC's equine community on a one-on-one basis or overall.

Coach Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding professionalism, leadership, and mentoring skills in a coaching role overseeing a team(s) or individual(s) at any level in any recognized equestrian discipline during the year.

Bob James Volunteer Presented to an individual within BC’s equine community who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to their community and/or equestrian sport in any recognized discipline.

Visit the HCBC website for further creiteria for each award listed above.

Horse Competitive & Non-Competitive Awarded to a born in BC horse that has achieved a high level of success in any sanctioned competition in a recognized discipline and also to any horse used in any form of non-competitive activity (i.e. trail horse, therapeutic, school horse, etc).


Big Changes For The

HCBC Awards Gala

The 2014 HCBC Awards brings about some big changes for the annual awards gala. New for 2014 Horse Council BC will be coming to you and your peers! Instead of hosting a gala in one location for an evening of presenting awards to people from all over the province and from all disciplines, we want the awards and the event to be all about YOU!

We want to celebrate with the award winners, their family, their peers, and the clubs they belong to. We will travel to your clubs AGM or special event, your show, your barn, etc. to present you with your special award. These awards should be celebrated by ALL the people who support you in your own community and we want to make that possible! Look for an announcement of award winners on the HCBC website in December 2014 and where we will be presenting each award.


Horse Day 2014 At The Fair At The PNE

the various levels of jumping that they compete in complemented their demo. The interactive booths were well-liked and attended by the crowd! Clover Valley Vet brought out a miniature horse to teach everyone how to take respiration and heart rates and to talk about Horse Health in general. Otter Co-Op had a booth that gave people a chance to see, touch, and smell many of the different horse feed products while learning about the nutritional requirements for horses. Greenhawk was amazing in designing booths to showcase both rider apparel and horse wear, while the BC Lower Mainland Pony Clubs taught everyone how to groom a horse and wrap their legs. Vivian Harder really wowed everyone with her works of art, and it was great to see her work on a pencil sketch throughout the day.

Ashley Walker and Krista Mooney on their Quarter Horses, Scotty and Indy, for the Breed Parade and Barrel Racing demo at Horse Day 2014!

FIRST EVER HORSE DAY AT THE PNE WAS A SMASHING SUCCESS! This was the first year that HCBC held their own stand-alone event to celebrate Horse Day. On Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, HCBC filled the Agrodome at the PNE with over 50 of our horse friends and showed the public what it takes to look after these magnificent creatures. Over 115 amazing volunteers designed, set up, and manned each interactive booth and horse stall. Spectators were treated to a 45 minute spectacle that touched on many different facets of riding. The Langley Riders drill team set the tone with a glittering, flashy show of precision riding. HCBC then showcased many different horse breeds in the breed parade, all of which were viewable in the Horses of the World breed aisle. The Medieval Games, put on by Kendall Campbell of Hazelnut Grove Clydesdales was an exciting demonstration of the power and precision used by knights of old, and the Fusion Vaulters Vaulting demonstration was an elegant display of balance and creativity. Mission Horse Club teamed together with Langley Riders to show off their Barrel Racing moves and then the Langley Riders faced off with the BC Lower Mainland Pony Club to show off the differences between riding in a Gymkhana and the Prince Philip Games! Thundering Impact closed off each show with their artistic and powerful Draft Horse Drill Team! BC Lower Mainland Pony Clubs also put together a half hour jumping demonstration that happened twice during the day. A great commentary about Pony Club and 10 | Equine Lifestyles Fall/Winter 2014

This was the first time Horse Council BC and the PNE were able to reach out to the public, who may never have had the chance to see a horse up close and personal, using Horse Day. Not only did we all show that there is nothing stopping anyone from joining the millions of people who already know the joys of horses, but also how to safely interact with any horse a person may meet on the trails or behind a fence along the road. Horse Council BC would like to send out a special Thank You to the following groups and individuals who made Horse Day 2014 such a success! Ayri Niemi & Family BC Lower Mainland Pony Clubs Canadian Horse Heritage & Preservation Society Clover Valley Veterinary Hospital Footnote Farms Fusion Vaulters Hank Vanderkooi Hazelnut Grove Clydesdales Jessica Church Langley Riders Michelle Meacher – Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities Mission Horse Club New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society Otter Co-Op Thundering Impact Vancouver Greenhawk Vanessa Fraser Vivian Harder – Thunderfoot Studio Christie Kerr and Susannah Lancaster | 11


Save the Dates! January 30, 2015 February 1, 2015

Dressage Symposium WITH:


Ellen Bontje Olympic Silver Medallist

Dr. Gerd Heuschmann Biomechanics

Come to the Horse Council BC Dressage Symposium with Olympic silver medallist, Ellen Bontje and author and veterinarian, Dr. Gerd Heuschmann! Ellen will be coaching dressage riders through the levels and Dr. Heuschmann will be answering the question: “Can the way a horse is trained and ridden translate to unsoundness and a shortened athletic career?” Watch them work together with BC riders and horses in this unique symposium setting! Contact for more details

Brand New Education Booklet From HCBC! Horse Council BC has a brand new booklet for 2014/2015! The “New Riders Handbook” is a collection of information aimed at answering the questions of people who are new to horses in a clear and concise way. The booklet explains why horseback riding is good for you, what some of the different activities you can do with horses are, how to choose a riding facility, why to choose a certified coach, and many, many more tidbits of useful information! It was created to be a starting point for people looking to start their equine adventures and can be requested through the HCBC office by emailing or calling (604)856-4304 or 1-800-345-8055. The book is free to anyone who would like copies. 12 | Equine Lifestyles Fall/Winter 2014


Congratulations To The BC Athletes That Represented Canada At The 2014 FEI WEG! Horse Council BC would like to extend a big Congratulations to all the BC riders who competed as part of Team Canada at this years World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, France!

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Dressage - Karen Pavicic & Don Daiquiri (Langley, BC) Eventing - Hawley Bennett-Awad & Gin & Juice (Langley, BC) Para-Dressage - Lauren Barwick & Off To Paris

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(Aldergrove, BC) Para-Dressage - Ashley Gowanlock & Ferdonia 2 (Surrey, BC) Reining - Lisa Coulter & A Smokin Whiz (Princeton, BC) Vaulting - Alisa Schmidt (Chilliwack, BC) Dressage rider, Karen Pavicic and her horse, Don Daiquiri, achieved some of their personal best scores at the 2014 WEG. Canada placed 13th overall with both of our two medals (silver and bronze) earned by BC’s own Lauren Barwick competing in Para-Dressage. Way to go Lauren!

BC Equestrian Trails Funds... Not Just For Trails! Does your club have a project in mind that would make a nearby trail more accessible or enjoyable, but funds are short?

Horse Council’s BC Equestrian Trails Fund is available to help! Let HCBC help out with expenses that could include surveying; building amenities such as corrals, high lines, toilets, fire rings; new trail construction or rehabilitation of old trails; and trailhead modifications to accommodate horses and horse trailers. The North Thompson Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of BC is a great example in the variety of different ways they were able to use their 2013 BCETF grant. Their project took place at

the Fishtrap Campsite in the Lower North Thompson Valley area.

Their grant money, together with other funds raised, went toward fencing materials for new paddocks; fuel for donated equipment, including a post pounder and tractor; and materials to build a third outhouse. Clean-up of the site was a huge undertaking in and of its own, so funds went toward that, as well as toward the printing of a 4’x8’ aluminum on plywood sign designed and created by Recreation Sites & Trails BC. By working with many partners and using their available funds efficiently, the North Thompson Back Country Horsemen were able to clear enough land to build 8 new horse-friendly campsites, 9 new paddocks, and that new outhouse! Take a look at what projects your club has been wanting to tackle. Perhaps some of them will be eligible for BC Equestrian Trails Fund support! To check out the criteria, visit: | 13


Funding & Grants For HCBC Members CORE GRANTS In 2014, $15,000 was approved in Core Grant funding to spread over 11 applicants. Their projects ranged from competitions, both local and high level, to facility and equpiment upgrades. Core Grant funds are provincial funds targeted for events or projects that support sport growth and development in BC. The guidelines to have a project or event approved are that it:

In 2014, Horse Council BC awarded over $6000 to more than 15 HCBC Clubs from all over the province to host clinics and club events. Apply for a Zone Grant online at!

ZONE GRANTS In 2014, zone grants were given throughout the province and included projects such as:

• Must be open to all qualified participants in your area, not just your club members, • Must support the goals of HCBC for developing sport within the province, • For events, clubs are expected to charge participants reasonable registration fees. Check out for Core Grant applications. Deadline to apply for 2015 Core Funds is April 15, 2015.

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Equipment Clinics and workshops Travel Facility upgrades


Zone funding is dependent on zone requirements and funding reserves. $1.00 from each Horse Council BC membership is given back to the zone from which it came. Traditionally, approval is given for small amounts which benefit HCBC members in that zone.

Participation Grants are available to any current HCBC Club that is organizing and running a clinic or event. Your club can receive $250.00 - $500.00 per event (maximum of two events per calendar year per club) for a clinic or event you put on.

Funding requests are made directly to the Zone rep in your area. To find your zone rep and application forms please visit

Thank You

To Our Partners



Horse Council BC gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. 14 | Equine Lifestyles Fall/Winter 2014



Is Canada’s National Horse Endangered Again? The Canadian Horse has so far been a survivor. These hardy, sensible horses that have been such an integral part of Canada’s history have survived harsh winters, economic depressions, and wars. Since the mid-1600s they’ve pulled ploughs, wagons, and sleighs. They’ve taken farmers and city dwellers alike about their business winter and summer, their families to and from church and school and on the weekends have even been used to race sleighs over ice. Brave and loyal, they died by the thousands carrying soldiers and artillery into battle, especially during the U.S. Civil War. In recognition of the breed’s contribution to the nation’s history, the Canadian was proclaimed the National Horse of Canada by Parliament in 2002. Twenty years or so ago, the breed was all but unknown outside of Quebec and was considered in danger of extinction; it was noted as having “critical” status by the American Livestock Conservancy. In the late 90s and early years of the current century, dedicated breeders worked diligently to get recognition for the breed and preserve the old bloodlines. Most of them saw value in retaining the qualities that had allowed the breed to survive the centuries under harsh conditions instead of letting the modern market dictate a change in what had become known as the “Little Iron Horse”. Even with maintaining its original type over the past 200 years, there is still good variety and versatility within the breed. Different Canadians can be competitive in different disciplines, from driving to trail riding to dressage to English and Western performance. Happily, these days Canadian Horse owners are more likely to hear “Is that a Canadian?” than “What kind of horse is that?” Unfortunately, the economic downturn that has affected all North American horse sales in the last decade has had a disastrous effect on this rare breed that was just starting to make a comeback. Many Canadian breeding farms were forced to cut back on their breeding programs, had to geld their best stallions, and even disperse their herds and stop breeding altogether. In the past five years the number of new Canadian Horse registrations has dropped to less than 200 per year or

less than 40% of what was being registered prior to 2008. This plummet in registrations puts the breed into “Critical” status once again, and reflects the fact that the number of foals being produced now are the lowest that they have been in the past twenty years. Not very good for a breed that still needs help to come back! These numbers are a wake up call for fans of this wonderful and uniquely Canadian breed. With the breed still relatively rare and widely distributed around BC and the Western US, it’s been difficult to muster the numbers required to hold dedicated breed shows in BC. Members of the Canadian Horse Heritage & Preservation Society (CHHAPS) have continued introducing the breed to horse lovers in B.C. and the U.S. by competing them in open shows in a variety of disciplines, riding them on trails, cow work, and participating in drill teams and parades. CHHAPS welcomes new members (horse owning or not) to support the club’s efforts to publicize and promote the Canadian Horse. The hope is that more Canadian Horse owners will soon be motivated to come together to celebrate and have fun with this heritage breed at a variety of events. You may have seen the CHHAPS Canadian Horse displays in the past at the IPE or at the Historic O’Keefe Ranch or more recently at the BC Northern Exhibition in Prince George or the North West Horse Fair in Oregon. This year we’ve also had horses at the PNE for HCBC’s Horse Day. If you’re coming to the Mane Event in Chilliwack this year, be sure to visit the CHHAPS booth and watch for our demos there. We’ll be happy to talk to you about our horses, show you our attractive and popular Canadian Horse calendars and share our enthusiasm for the breed. It just might be time for you to get a Canadian Horse of your own! For a more detailed history of the Canadian Horse, visit Yvonne Hillsden’s well-researched page outlining the history of the Canadian Horse breed at For more information, please see the CHHAPS website at and “LIKE” our CHHAPS Facebook Page for updates and announcements. Submitted by: CHHAPS - Yvonne Hillsden & Ruth Donald | 15


All About Endurance An endurance ride is a timed test of an individual horse/rider team’s ability to traverse a marked, measured cross-county “trail” over natural terrain consisting of a distance up to 100 miles with a set maximum time. During the ride there are scheduled mandatory rest periods and veterinary inspections which include tests for hydration, cardiac recovery, wounds, muscle tone, and soundness. A horse must pass this exam and be declared “fit to continue” before returning to the trail. While all riders in a specific distance start at the same time each can choose to ride in a group, pair, or alone.

The BC Endurance Championships, sponsored in part by HCBC, were held at the Telemark Nordic Center in West Kelowna on Saturday September 13, 2014. There were three Championship distances (25, 50, & 75 miles) and 25 and 50 mile Open distances. Alongside the Championships a 12 mile introductory fun ride was held with 16 rider/horse combinations

participating. Teams went through the same process as the full length classes but were not placed. This class gave newcomers a taste of what distance riding is all about. Championships were won by Terre O’Brennan riding Koszaar in the 75 mile with a ride time of 10:08, Stephany Dean riding Sipping Champagne in the 50 mile with a ride time of 5:02, and Jennifer Szezepaniak riding Maromac Prime Time in the 25 mile with a ride time of 3:40. Open classes were won by Bianca MacKenzie riding Divine in the 50 mile with a ride time of 5:26, and Lynn Wallden riding CJ Mohawk Supreme in the 25 mile with a ride time of 3:40. The Best Condition award is calculated using a formula which considers the ride time, rider’s weight, and vet score which includes points for impulsion, attitude, muscle tone, hydration, wounds, and CRI (Cardiac Recovery Index). Only the top ten placing horses are considered for this award. In the longer distances especially this award is considered to be as important as or more important than placing first as it goes to pre-ride conditioning and preparation as well as strategy during the race. The coveted award of Best Condition was won by Paladin BF, ridden by Brenda Miskimin for the 75 mile Championship, My Dance ridden by Fred Voglemaier for the 50 mile Championship, and Maromac Prime Time ridden by Jennifer Szezepaniak in the 25 mile Championship. In the open division the 50 mile Best Condition went to Divine ridden by Bianca MacKenzie and in the 25 mile CJ Mohawk Supreme ridden by Lynn Wallden. For more information about Endurance Riding in BC please visit or Endurance Riders Association of BC Facebook page.

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Submitted by: ERABC - Lynn Wallden








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Fire Safety For Your Barn A well thought out fire safety plan is the best defense against loss and injury. Develop your plan, put it in writing, and review it regularly.


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Keep barns well maintained, clean, and clear of clutter. Remove everything that isn’t absolutely necessary and could provide fuel for a fire. Be constantly vigilant and aware of fire safety. Incorporate fire prevention measures into your regular barn management. Educate all barn users in fire prevention and safety. Develop a fire safety plan and post emergency evacuation procedures, location of fire extinguishers, and emergency phone numbers, including an emergency veterinary number, in high visibility areas and beside the barn phone. Include a notice listing the number and location of all animals in the barn. Request an inspection by your Fire Department. They can provide fire safety information, identify hazards, and suggest ways to reduce risk. Your address should be clearly visible for emergency

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responders. Your farm name should be prominently displayed at the farm’s entrance and directions to your farm should be posted beside the telephone so emergency responders can be given clear instructions. Electrical problems are the number one cause of barn fires. Improper wiring, unprotected wiring, open electrical boxes, portable heaters, are just a few examples of typical points of origin determined in barn fire investigations. Wiring should be a top priority when building and repairing barns. All wiring should be done to code by a qualified professional. Do not store appliances, machines, or gas powered tools in the barn. Extension cords, portable heaters, and all appliances (coffee machines, kettles, etc.) should be unplugged immediately after use. Never store flammable materials, such as gasoline, turpentine, paint thinners, etc., in or near the barn. Inspect hay bales and wood shavings on delivery and check for heat regularly. Both have the potential to heat internally and spontaneously combust if not managed properly. Use a sturdy thermometer capable of reading temperatures up to 94°C (200°F); at this temperature hay is almost sure to ignite. Create a defensible space around the barn, clear of brush, woodpiles, etc. This is an area that can be kept safe from damage or harm. Clear the area to and around your water source. Post “No Smoking” signs to prohibit cigarettes, matches, lighters, and similar items in your barn and around your property and strictly enfore your no smoking policy. Every barn should have at least two five-pound fire extinguishers, one at each end of the barn. Larger barns may require several extinguishers on each level (i.e. on the main floor and the loft). You should not have to travel more than 75ft to reach one. All fire extinguishers should have a minimum rating of 2A-10BC and all barn employees and boarders should be trained how to use them. Have your fire extingishers serviced regularly. Keep water hoses at the ready. Consider installing a sprinkler system. Install heat or smoke detectors. Program them to set off an alarm inside and outside the barn, as well as in your house. Some can be programmed with a monitoring agency. Consider installing wired-in emergengy light units to come on in the event of a power failure. These are small rechargable battery packs that last about 20 to 30 minutes. Rechargable flashlights that plug in and come on automatically if power goes out in the barn are a less costly alternative. Hang halters and name plates on the appropriate stall doors. Keep extra halters and lead ropes near the exits. Do not lock horses in their stalls. Keep door fastenings easy to open. For escape artists, explore the various types of door latches that are horse-proof, but still easy for people to open.


Call the fire department before you attempt to put out any fire. In case of fire, lead each horse out of the barn to safety. Do not herd them out or they may return to their stall and will create more of a hazard by running in panic. Do some emergency preparedness training with your horses to get them used to being handled during an evacuation. Wear a large coat and hat with a bulky backpack to resemble a firefighter wearing breathing apparatus. Get your horses accustomed to being approached at night with a flashlight and to being led while blindfolded.

For more fire safety resources and disaster preparedness plans, please visit us online at:

Contexts &Coaching Horse Council BC has been administering the Equine Canada (EC)Coaching Programs for over 20 years. As with most programs running this long, there are changes that take place as the program evolves and grows to meet new demands. Some of the biggest changes with the EC programs have taken place in the last 4 years due to new standards and guidelines mandated by the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and the Coaches Association of Canada. These agencies are the umbrella organization for all Canadian Sports with an NCCP coaching program. Sometimes the changes that are made can be hard to follow and we are here to help with that. Just what is an NCCP Competition Coach? What happened to my Coach 1? Which is better? We can start to answer that by looking at the context in which the coach or instructor is certified to work in. A context in relation to coaching refers to the type and level of rider a coach or instructor is certified to work with. The Instructor of Beginners context is working with riders who are new to the sport, are beginners, or just learning how to ride. The Competition Coach context is working with riders who have learned basic skills and are improving on those skills to the point where the rider is able to compete (if they choose to compete). The Competition Coach Specialist context is coaching riders whose skill set has them able to compete on a national level at a specific discipline level. High Performance Coaches are prepared and certified to work with international level riders. A candidate would choose the type of certification context that best suits the type of business, clients, and speciality they want to work in. In the case of Instructor of Beginners, they are specializing in teaching people how to ride safely, correctly, and confidently. At this time there are English, Western, Saddle Seat, and Drive coaching certifications that are available to coach and instructor candidates.

The coaching and instructor programs are in the middle of a rather complicated transition. EC no longer certifies what they call “levels” coaches, ie: Coach 1. However, coaches with the original designations are still certified. There are new designations being used now. Previous certification: Instructor Equivalent designation: Instructor of Beginners Previous certification: Coach 1 Equivalent designation: Competition Coach Previous certification: Coach 2 Equivalent designation: Competition Coach Specialist Previous certification: Coach 3 Equivalent designation: High Performance 1 Which context is better? Actually, none. All contexts (designation) are equal. No one is better or higher than another, but they are different. It is up to the rider, with help from their coach or parents, to decide what context they fit into and which coach or instructor is best suited to them in relation to their skill level and goals. Some riders will never compete, so a High Performance coach would not be a good choice for this rider. A rider with the provincial championships in mind will need a coach certified in the context to get them there. Many recreational riders enjoy working with Instructors. Competition Coach’s work with many levels of riders who again, may or may not ever want to compete. There are even coaches who are particularly skilled at particular disciplines such as hunter or jumper or who specialize in riding after injuries etc. To find out more information about the coaching and instructor programs that HCBC administers, go to the “coaching” section of or contact: | 19


Exciting Changes For The BC Heritage Circuit

We want to make it easier for you to be a part of the BC Heritage Circuit and come to the Finals. No More Log Books! It is no longer necessary to purchase a log book and track your results all year. To enter the Finals just indicate what two qualifying shows you attended and you are eligible to enter all classes and Divisions at the Finals! There are hundreds of BCH Qualifying shows around the province throughout the year. To find a show in your area please go to:

The BC Heritage Circuit is a provincial program designed to preserve the versatility of General Performance across British Columbia by supporting community horse clubs, generating interest, and encouraging riders, coaches, and breeders to achieve personal success. Horse Council BC supports and facilitates the activities that take place at qualifying events to ensure riders of all ages, recreational or competitive, have the opportunity to compete. The annual BC Heritage Finals rewards riders, owners, and trainers for their dedication and training throughout the year.

2014 BC Heritage Finals in Maple Ridge Maple Ridge Equi-sport Centre (MREC) was home for the 2014 BC Heritage Circuit Finals and all the qualified competitors that travelled from around the province to compete for their share of $10,000.00 in prize money. We were fortunate to have decent weather (well, a little rain) for a fantastic weekend that had talented horses and riders taking part in Dressage, Show Jumping, Pleasure Driving, English Performance, Western Performance, and Gymkhana Division. In fact a few very versatile horses and riders participated in almost all of the disciplines! The amazing staff at MREC worked hard to make the Finals run seamlessly; between keeping the rings ready, great camping, and not to forget cooking us up a delicious steak BBQ on Saturday night. The facility, food, and crew are so good we decided to have the Finals there again in 2015! Kudos to the expertise and good team work of two key HCBC volunteers; whipper in – HCBC President Orville Smith and announcer - HCBC Treasurer Carolyn Farris kept the rings running efficiently and even early! Thank you has to go out to our hardworking officials who all did a stellar job in their respective disciplines. Virginia Allen judged our Dressage and English Performance, Phyllis Atrill judged Hunter and Jumper rounds with courses beauti20 | Equine Lifestyles Fall/Winter 2014

fully designed by course designer Lee Walraven, Cat Armitage judged Driving and Handy Horse and Lillian Evaniew-Phelan joined us Sunday for our Western Performance classes. They all did above and beyond to help make this Finals successful. The BC Heritage Circuit qualifying stream continues to grow with the addition of Vaulting and Western Dressage for the 2014/2015 season. The 2014 Finals was the official launch of “Western Dressage” which will now be a fixture for the Finals. HCBC tests were used and the riding was exceptional for this rapidly growing discipline. The Fraser Valley club Fusion Vaulter’s put on an amazing demonstration that I am sure piqued the interest and admiration of all the riders and coaches at Heritage. Thanks to Fusion for a very well done display. We can’t wait to see the vaulters competing at the 2015 Heritage Finals.

All Photos © Marion Photography


2014 BC Senior Games

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BC equestrians were able to be part of the 2014 BC Senior Games hosted by the Township of Langley. This was apparently the largest Games ever with around 4000 participants in over 100 events over the course of one week. The scenic Milner Downs was home for the equestrian competition running on Thursday, September 11th & Friday, September 12th, 2014.


Drivers, Reiners, Dressage riders, Western Dressage riders, and Mountain Trail competitors got to show their stuff under gorgeous sunny skies at a beautiful venue that was easily able to accommodate all the different disciplines. A huge thank you to the owners of Milner Downs, Joanne and Glen Simmie, who did a wonderful job looking after the competitors and their horses.

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Volunteering to deliver equestrian as part of a multi-sport Games is no small undertaking and with the extraordinary efforts of these amazing volunteers it was an awesome Games! Thank you to Sport Chair Natalie Vonk of Horse Play Your Way, Dressage Coordinator Monique Fraser of Rosewyn Stables, Driving Coordinator Cat Armitage, and the numerous other volunteers who put in long hours and hard work but kept smiling through it all!! The judges and officials came out and also volunteered their time and expertise to help make the Senior Games the successful event it was. Thank you to Reining Judge Donna Hawkins, Dressage & Western Dressage Judge Noni Hartvikson, Driving Judge Kathy Stanley, Mountain Trail Judges Brooke Rempel and Christa Miremadi for supporting the athletes at the Games. Horse Council BC is proud to be a supporter of the BC Senior Games and we wish to thank and congratulate all who participated.

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Driving 55-64 GOLD Dina Popaduik SILVER Margaret Cullop DRIVING 65 + GOLD Dave Franklin REINING 55-64 GOLD Dianne Thiessen TIED SILVER Louise Chivers - Vicki Urquahart REINING 65+ GOLD Lynda Holland SILVER Judi Williams DRESSAGE TRAINING LEVEL 55-64 GOLD Shelagh Niblock SILVER Kathy Reimer BRONZE Susan Falk DRESSAGE TRAINING LEVEL 65 + GOLD Mary Anne Muscat DRESSAGE FIRST LEVEL 55-64 GOLD Ruth Lick DRESSAGE FIRST LEVEL 65 + GOLD Carol Lalonde WESTERN DRESSAGE TRAINING LEVEL GOLD Linda Dieno SILVER Laurel Plimley BRONZE Kathy Reimer DRESSAGE FIRST LEVEL GOLD Kathy Lifton MTN TRAIL IN HAND 55-64 GOLD Susan Chaworth – Musters SILVER Patricia Reid BRONZE Sandee Krause MTN TRAIL IN HAND 65+ GOLD Karen MacGregor SILVER Dennis Hooge BRONZE Loretta Rondquist MTN TRAIL MOUNTED 55 -64 GOLD Karen McLean SILVER Susan Chaworth- Musters BRONZE Colleen Nester MTN TRAIL MOUNTED 65+ GOLD Dennis Hooge SILVER Karen MacGregor BRONZE Janice Reid MTN TRAIL COMBINED 55-64 GOLD Susan Chaworth – Musters SILVER Karen MacLean BRONZE Colleen Nester MTN TRAIL COMBINED 65 + GOLD Dennis Hooge SILVER Karen MacGregor BRONZE Lorretta Ronqui The 2015 BC Seniors Games will be held in NORTH VANCOUVER from August 25 to 29, 2015. | 21


2014 BC Summer Games Nanaimo was host to 3182 athletes, coaches, and officials from every corner of the province for the BC Summer Games held from July 17-20, 2014. A three-time host of the BC Summer Games, Nanaimo once again delivered with over 3400 volunteers stepping up to feed, accommodate, transport, entertain, and host the best in BC. It was a memorable weekend of competition and celebration. The collective effort of volunteers, business, government, and organizations working together provided, once again, a first rate BC Summer Games experience for everyone involved. A great time was had by all the participants and volunteers at the BC Summer Games! There was some great camaraderie among the teams as well as strong competition and an excellent display of skills. Horse Council BC would like to send a special Thank You to Susan Harrison who worked tirelessly and above and beyond

as Sport Chair for Equestrian. Susan and her team were instrumental in making the 2014 Games an amazing event for everyone involved. We’d also like to thank Selena Pellizzari who acted as Provincial Chair and helped to make the experience for the participants an outstanding success. A HUGE THANK YOU must go out to all the coaches, assistant coaches, officials, volunteers, and athletes! Congratulations to equestrian athlete Alice Young, who was one of sixteen BC Games Athletes selected from over 350 applicants to receive a Coast Capital Savings Athlete Bursary. Way to go Alice! Get the full results, please go online to: All Photo © BC Games

Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships In Montreal Oct. 3 - 5, 2014

The Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships is a sanctioned Equine Canada competition. This team event offers athletes in the Learning and Training to Compete and the Learning and Training to Win stages within the Long-Term Equestrian Development (LTED) model the opportunity to test their skills against their peers from across Canada.

In addition, it is a platform for talent identification for athletes, coaches and officials.

The CIEC is a collaborative event between the national and provincial sport organizations governing equestrian competition, whereby provincial/territorial sport organizations field teams representing their respective province/territory. It also acts as a key event in the development of equestrian’s next generation of national, international, and world champions.

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2014 TEAM BC Chef d’Equipe - Ali Buchanan, HCBC Dressage Team Certified Coach: Rochelle Kilberg, HP1 Courtney Palleson - Junior Carson Biender-Junior Jessica Vanderhoef - Senior Lisa Schultz - Senior Alternate: Darien Beaumier - Senior

Certified Coach: Brian Morton, L1 Natalie Cinits - Junior Madison Moss - Junior Katz Piller - Senior Jed Hops - Senior Alternate: Casandra Lashmar - Junior


Share The Trails

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Pull out your school supplies and brush up on your study skills! HCBC Recreation is introducing a new format to our annual Share the Trails Workshop, taking place on March 13, 2014 at the Radisson Hotel in Richmond, BC. After hosting our annual workshop as a series of speaker presentations and round table discussions we thought we’d try something new. For 2015, we’ll be holding a 1 day course

geared toward teaching topics that will be applicable to BC Clubs who are active in trail building. Plans are still underway, but keep checking our website for details and course descriptions at: For more information, contact:

EC Trail Riding & Tourism Certificate Program Equine Canada launched their Trail Riding and Tourism training program in the summer of 2014 to great review. This program will certify equestrian tourism guides and/or trail riding instructors, as well as provide basic training to any person wishing to acquire the skills needed for safe trail outings. The recently released book, ‘A

Guide to Basic Horsemanship and Trail Riding in Canada,’ covers material for both the Trail Guide/Instructor evaluations and the Trail Rider levels. Take a peek inside the book in the Horse Council BC online store at The second national evaluation to certify Equine Canada Trail Leaders, Trail Riding Instructors, Guides, and Evaluators is currently being planned. If you are interested in this certification and would like more information visit Equine Canada’s website at or contact Audrey Lapointe at

Ride & Drive Rewards Updated! Did you know? Ride & Drive has some pretty awesome prizes available for people who enroll in the program. We’ve updated the prize list to include great rewards such as fleece coolers, saddle bags, and a first aid kit! All you need to do is keep your HCBC and Ride & Drive memberships current, log the hours that you’re riding

or driving, and then send those hours in. To view a complete list of rewards, check out: | 23

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