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The Official Member Magazine of Horse Council BC


Fall/Winter 2015

Equine Lifestyle


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President’s Message

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HCBC Affiliate Directory HCBC Club Directory

NEWS 11 Changes to the HCBC Zones 11 2016 Zone AGM Dates 12 2014 Sherman Olson Lifetime Achievement Award - Bob Grimshaw 13 2015 HCBC Awards - Nominate Someone! 13 2015 HCBC Scholarship Recipients 14 Horse Day 2015 At The PNE! 16 High School Credits Program 16 Thank You To Our Partners

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26 55+ BC Games - 2015 Results 27 Have You Declared for the 2016 BC Summer Games in Abbotsford Yet? 28 Photos From the BC Heritage Championships!


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UPCOMING PUBLICATION DATES Spring/Summer 2016 | April 2016 Fall/Winter 2016 | October 2016

FUNDING 17 2015 Core Funding Recipients 17 BC Equestrian Trails Fund Donations

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 18 Dressage BC - Not Your Average Organization 19 Riding To Hounds With The Fraser Valley Hunt Club

INDUSTRY & AGRICULTURE 21 ISES Conference Review 22 Boarding Facilities - Making the Right Choice!

TRAILS & RECREATION 30 Online Trail Database - Submit Your Photos! 30 Road Safety - Fact VS Fiction

About The Cover: Western competitor at this years BC Heritage Championships at Maple Ridge Equi-Sport Centre in Maple Ridge, BC. Official photos from the BC Heritage Championships were taken by Marion Cox of Marion Photography in Maple Ridge, BC | 3


As President, I have really come to appreciate the work done by our Horse Council staff. They have their fingers on the pulse of things going on both at the Provincial and the National level. Their expert knowledge means they sit on various committees at both levels and besides their regular daily workloads they also organize and run several major events including Horse Day at the PNE and the Heritage Championships. To the HCBC Staff - Thank you all for your dedication!

Photo: HCBC President Liz Saunders and Penny Welcome equine enthusiasts to the 2015 Fall/Winter edition of BC’s “Equine Lifestyle.” This is a publication for everyone (HCBC member or non-member) with an interest in things equine and is intended to provide information on the large variety of services, programs and events offered by Horse Council BC as well as articles on issues and items of general interest. What an amazing animal that so many of us enjoy! There are the kids who dream of horses, occasional riders, owners, those that have a business involving horses, occasional competitors, high performance competitors, recreational riders/drivers, those who discover the therapeutic magic of a horse, those who practice natural horsemanship, and everyone that is directly or indirectly involved with horses, the list goes on… a common bond. I find myself continually returning to the quote, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man”. This often pops into my mind as I am greeted by soft nickers of “feed me please” each morning or the louder demand of “hurry up, I’m hungry”. While I have my daily routine around the stables at home, as President of Horse Council BC I have spent considerable time travelling. In March I travelled to Ottawa where I attended my first Equine Canada Convention as BC’s Provincial Representative. I also represent the recreational interests for all the Provinces and Territories. I made another trip to Ottawa for meetings in June and then helped out at the very successful BC Heritage Championships at Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre in July. 4 | Equine Lifestyles Fall/Winter 2015

I find it hard to believe that we are now headed into Fall. I’m sure many of us are grateful for the recent life renewing rains. The grass has gone from brown to green, the horses seem to be more relaxed and the wildfire hazard has at last been reduced. It has been a long, hot, dry summer and while it has been enjoyable it has also had its downfalls. For many it has been a difficult and stress filled period. Wildfires have been part of many lives this summer. For some people things happened so quickly that there was no time to prepare for evacuation of personal property or to move animals, just open gates, hope for the best, and flee quickly; for others there has been the stress of possible evacuation at any time (living under the stress of immediate evacuation for a period of two weeks takes its toll mentally and physically). Then there has been the acrid smoke which affected so many communities, some of which were far away from immediate threat. Yes, the smoke affected humans but also the horses and other animals. Our condolences go out to those that have lost everything in the fires. The one positive side to the fire situation has been the way communities have pulled together to help in a time of stress and need. The other result of the prolonged hot weather is the lack of hay and the resulting increase in the price of hay. This is a problem all across southern BC and Alberta with farmers/ranchers reporting a 30% drop in hay production. I hope you have been able to obtain the feed that you require. Here’s hoping for more modified weather patterns next year. As always, this is your organization so please contact us by e-mail or phone with any feedback, requests, comments etc.

Liz Saunders HCBC President


HCBC Club & Affiliate Directory HCBC AFFILIATES

BC Hunter Jumper Association -

BC 4-H Provincial Council -

BC Carriage Driving Society - BC Carriage Driving Fraser Valley Chapter BC Carriage Driving Vancouver Island Cariboo Country Carriage Club

Back Country Horsemen Society of BC Alberni Valley Back Country Horsemen Aldergrove Back Country Horsemen East Kootenay Back Country Horsemen Kamloops Back Country Horsemen Kootenay Boundary Back Country Horsemen Merritt Back Country Horsemen North Cariboo Back Country Horsemen North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association North Okanagan Back Country Horsemen North Thompson Back Country Horsemen North West Back Country Horsemen Okanagan Back Country Horsemen Powell River Back Country Horsemen Robson Valley Back Country Horsemen Shuswap Back Country Horsemen Skeena Stikine Back Country Horsemen South Cariboo Back Country Horsemen Vancouver Island Central Back Country Horsemen Vancouver Island North Back Country Horsemen Vancouver Island South Back Country Horsemen Vermillion Forks Back Country Horsemen Yarrow Back Country Horsemen

BC Quarter Horse Association - Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association Northern BC Quarter Horse Association Vancouver Island Quarter Horse Association BC Therapeutic Riding Association - Cariboo Hoofbeats Assisted Activity Program (Chaaps) Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association Creston & District Society For Commmunity Living Therapuetic - Freedom Reins Equine Connections Golden Maples Farm Nick Memorial Therapeutic Riding Association North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities (PRDA) Langley & Chilliwack - Pony Pals Therapeutic Riding Association Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association BC Welsh Pony And Cob Association Bulkley Valley Welsh Pony and Cob Cariboo Welsh Pony and Cob North Okanagan Welsh Pony and Cob | 5

DIRECTORIES Canadian Pony Club BC Division BC Island Comox Valley Pony Club BC Islands Campbell River Pony Club BC Islands Cowichan Valley Pony Club BC Islands Metchosin Pony Club BC Islands P’s & Q’s Pony Club BC Islands Salt Spring Island Pony Club BCIN Armstrong Pony Club BCIN Kelowna Pony Club BCIN Lakes District Pony Club BCIN North Thompson Pony Club BCIN Omineca Pony Club BCIN Penticton Pony Club BCIN Quesnel Pony Club BCIN Sage & Sands Pony Club BCIN Shuswap Pony Club BCIN South Thompson Pony Club BCIN Spruceridge Pony Club BCIN Summerland Pony Club BCIN Terrace Pony Club BCIN Thompson Valley Pony Club BCIN Vernon & District Pony Club BCIN West Kootenay Pony Club BCLM Alouette Pony Club BCLM Boundary Bay Pony Club BCLM Burnaby Lake Pony Club BCLM Campbell Valley Pony Club BCLM East Maple Ridge Pony Club BCLM Glen Valley Pony Club 6 | Equine Lifestyles Fall/Winter 2015

BCLM Hazelmere Pony Club BCLM Langley Pony Club BCLM Mission Hills Pony Club BCLM Mount Cheam Pony Club BCLM Richmond Pony Club BCLM Vancouver Pony Club Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (BC Division) Dressage BC - Endurance Riders Association of BC - Equestrian Vaulting Association of BC Airborn Vaulters Cheam Vaulters/Freedom Acrobatics Fusion Vaulters Kelowna Vaulters Koot-Neigh Vaulters Manestream Vaulters Mt. Arrowsmith Vaulters NorthLight Vaulters Triple M Vaulters Harness Racing BC Society - Horse Trials BC - Western Canadian Farriers Association - Western Canadian Reining Association - Fraser Valley Reining Peninsula Reining

Thompson River Reiners River Reiners.htm Williams Lake Reiners


HCBC CLUBS 100 Mile & District Outriders Club

BC Team Roping Association

100 Mile Agriplex Society

BC Young Riders Dressage Program


Agriplex Riders Club

Bit-A-Bling Grand Entry

Alex Fraser Park Society

Borsos Torzs Horse Archery Club

All Arabians Horse Association Of BC

Bouchie Lake Gymkhana Club 2

American Saddlebred Horse Association Of BC

Boundary Horse Association

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club Arrow Lakes Saddle Club


Bowen Island Horse Owners And Riders Association British Columbia Interior Morgan Horse Club

Baker Creek Gymkhana Club

British Columbia Miniature Horse Club

Barnhartvale Horse & Hiker Trail Preservation Society

Burnaby Horsemen’s Association

Barriere & District Riding Club BBQ Ranchers Community Club BC Competitive Trail Riders Association BC Cutting Horse Association BC Draft Under Saddle Club


Cadora British Columbia Association Campbell River Trail Riders Organization Campbell Valley Equestrian Society Canadian Horse Heritage & Preservation Society Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association BC

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association

Cariboo Draft Horse & Driving Club

BC Interior Hunter Jumper Association

Cedar Horse Club

BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association

Central BC Team Cattle Penning Association

BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group

Chetwynd Gymkhana Club

BC Standardbred Horse Adoption Society BC Team Cattle Penning Association

Chilliwack Riding Club Country Dressage | 7

DIRECTORIES Courtenay Cadora

Git Along Horse Club

Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association of BC

Git Er Done Gymkhana Club

Cowichan District Riding Club Creston Valley Horse Association Creston Valley Team Ropers



Haney Horsemen Association Highlands Horse Club Hope for Horses

Dawson Creek & District Stables & Arena Association

Horse Association Of Central Kootenay

Dawson Creek Horse Club

Horse Protection Society of BC

Delta Riding Club Denman/Hornby Island Equines Association Desert Park Exhibition Society Doe River Gymkhana Club Dusty Trail Riders Club


Elk-Beaver Lake Equestrian Society


First Lower Mainland Donkey and Mule Club Foothills Team Roping Club Fraser Lake Saddle Club Fraser Valley Equestrian Society Fraser Valley Hunt Society


Garden City Horsemen’s Club Garnett Valley Gang 8 | Equine Lifestyles Fall/Winter 2015


Inland Draft & Teamsters Association Interior Cutting Horse Association Island 22 Equestrian Park Society Island Barrel Racing


Kelowna Gymkhana Club Kelowna Riding Club Kersley Horse Club


Lakes Community Horse Club Lakes District Cattle Penning Association Langley Horse and Farm Federation Langley Riders Society Lower Island Equestrian Club Lower Mainland Ranch Sorting Association

DIRECTORIES Luxton Equestrian Association


Maverick Riding Club Metchosin Equestrian Society Mid Island Cadora

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club Okanagan Polo Club Old Friends Canada Society


Pacific Coast Team Penners Association

Mile Zero Roping Club

Panorama Ridge Riding Club

Mission Horse Club

Pass Creek Regional Exhibition Society


Nanaimo Equestrian Association

Peace Country Horse & Rider Association

Nazko Rodeo Club

Peace River Cutting Horse Association


Peachland Riding Club

Nelson & District Riding Club

Pemberton Valley Trails Association

New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society

Pinantan Equestrian Club

Nicola Valley Riding Club

Pine Tree Riding Club

North Cariboo Draft Horse and Mule Association

Pineridge Roping Club

North Cariboo Gymkhana Society

Pipsqueak Paddocks Miniature Horse Haven Society

North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association

Pleasant Valley Horse Club

North Peace Light Horse Association

Powell River Therapeutic Riding Association

North Peace Ride For The Disabled

Powell River Trail Riders Club

North Vancouver Island Horse Association

Prince George Horse Society

Northern Horse And Mule Harness Association

Prince George Rodeo Association

Northern Saddle Club

Prince George Therapeutic Riding



Oceanside Hunter Jumpers Association

Quesnel & District Riding Club | 9

DIRECTORIES Quesnel Barrel Racers Association


Reinforest Riders Richmond Therapeutic Riding Association Rising Stars Youth Dressage


Salmon Valley Gymkhana Club Selkirk Saddle Club Silver Spur Riding Club Slocan Valley Outriders Association Smithers Rodeo Club Smokey River Team Roping Association Sointula Horse Club Sooke Saddle Club Southern Interior Dressage Association Southlands Riding Club Southlands Therapeutic Riding Society Squamish Valley Equestrian Association Strathcona Therapeutic Horsemanship Society

Telegraph Trail Saddle Club The Great Cariboo Ride Society Three In One Open Breed Show Society Timberline Riders Gymkhana Club Tiny Tales Pony Rescue Society Totem Saddle Club Trail Horsemen’s Society Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club


Valley Riders - Sparwood Society Vancouver Island Appaloosa Horse Club Vancouver Island Arabian Horse Association Vancouver Island Hunter Jumper Association Vernon District Riding Club Victoria Polo Club Victoria Saanich Cadora Vintage Riders Equestrian Club


Wells Gray Riders Association

Sunnyside Saddle Club

West Coast Thunder Drill Team

Sunshine Bay Riding Club

Wild West Riders

Sunshine Coast Equestrian Club

Willoughby Saddle Club



Tabor Mountain Recreation Society 10 | Equine Lifestyles Fall/Winter 2015

Zajac Ranch For Children


Changes To The There have been changes to zones 3, 4, and 5! Starting in the 2016 membership year. This is keeping in line with what the BC Games Society enacted earlier in 2015. Here is a brief summary of the changes: Moved from Zone 3 to Zone 4 • • • • • • •

Anmore Belcarra Cloverdale Coquitlam Crescent Beach Port Coquitlam Port Moody

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South Surrey Surrey White Rock

HCBC Zones

Moved from Zone 4 to Zone 5 • • • • • •

Delta Ladner North Delta Richmond Steveston Tsawwassen

Go online to to check out the new zone map!

2016 Zone

AGM Dates





Due To Elect Position: East Kootenay - Arlene Ridge Time: 10:00 Pacific Time / 11:00 Mountain Time Date: Sunday, February 7, 2016 Location: Teleconference - Phone numbers to come later

Due To Elect Position: Carolyn Farris Time: 1:00 PM Date: Sunday, February 21, 2016 Location: Kelowna Riding Club - Clubhouse Gordon Road, Kelowna, BC


Due To Elect Position: Alicia Harper Time: 7:00 PM Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2015 Location: Teleconference - Phone numbers to come later


Due To Elect Position: Both. 1 year term and 2 year term. Time: 7:00PM Date: Monday, January 25th, 2016 Location: Teleconference - Phone numbers to come later

Due To Elect Position: Allison Warren Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016 Time: 7:00 PM Location: Teleconference - Phone numbers to come later

Due To Elect Position: Dorothy Kirby Time: 1:00 PM Date: Sunday February 28, 2016 Location: Cowichan Exhibition Park Contact: Susan Harrison 250 701-1350


Due To Elect Position: Leslie Flint Time: 7:00 PM Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Location: Alpenhorn Bistro, 1261 Main Street, Smithers, BC


Due To Elect Position: Steven Dubas Time: 1:00 PM Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016 Location: Civic Centre - Prince George, 808 Civic Plaza Teleconference - Phone numbers to come later | 11


2014 Sherman Olson

Lifetime Achievement Award Bob was a founding member of the BC Quarter Horse Association and by 1965, turned to horse training as a profession. The Grimshaw’s were heavily involved in many prestigious events, including the World and Police Fire Games, World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, USET Festival of Champions in Gladstone, New Jersey and made many successful trips to Oklahoma City and the AQHA World Championship Show.

Horse Council BC Board Member Carolyn Farris presented the HCBC 2014 Sherman Olson Lifetime Achievement Award to local horseman, Bob Grimshaw at a special dinner celebration arranged by Anna Green and Janet and Buck Critch in Armstrong on July 18th. Horse Council BC’s Sherman Olson Lifetime Achievement Award was established and first presented in 1981 to honour individuals who have made exceptional contributions to BC’s equestrian community. These contributions, whether they have been through education, mentoring or leadership, have made a lasting footprint demonstrating a lifetime of commitment and dedication to the on-going progression of the equine industry. Each recipient of this prestigious award is a BC resident having achieved prominence through commitment and hard work, in turn positively impacting BC’s equine industry and inspiring others. This award is only awarded when warranted and is not necessarily awarded every year. The Lifetime Achievement Award is considered the premier award of Horse Council BC. Bob Grimshaw received the 2014 Sherman Olson Lifetime Achievement Award for not only being on the ground floor of the development of the Quarter Horse industry in British Columbia and Alberta with more than 40 years of hard work and dedication, but for a series of accomplishments while mentoring riders and raising the level of competition. He has impacted the horse industry both locally, provincially, nationally, as well as internationally. Bob Grimshaw has a lifetime of involvement with the horse industry. Born in Victoria, BC, Bob was active in the local horse clubs and competed throughout Vancouver Island. His quest for knowledge soon saw him travelling and showing throughout the Northwest, working and learning from the area’s top reinsmen and cutters. 12 | Equine Lifestyles Fall/Winter 2015

Apart from the overseas adventures, Bob added many National and International titles to his credit, including training 13 AQHA Champions, AQHA World Show Top Ten placing’s in Halter, Western Riding, Working Cow Horse and Trail. He was APHA World Champion Working Cow Horse, APHA Reserve World Champion Reining Horse, and the High Point Working Cowhorse of the Nation in 1979, 1980, 1981, Canadian National Championships in Halter, Cutting, Working Cowhorse, and Western Riding. He was two time winner of the Calgary International $10,000 Hackamore Working Cowhorse Championship on two different horses, Canadian Reined Cowhorse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, Canadian Reined Cowhorse Association Open Bridle Champion with multiple futurity champions in Halter, Western Pleasure, Reining, and Cowhorse. In addition, Bob acted on the screening committee for the American Quarter Horse Association. There is no better way to begin to reflect on the life and long equestrian career of Bob Grimshaw than by talking about his life as it is today. Now approaching 80, the man who has had so much involvement and influence on the Quarter Horse world is still riding horses, although he seems to have a growing fondness for warm climates and the herd now stand at two steady horses. He continues to guide and influence yet another generation of riders. Bob will also always be happy to sit you down and tell a tale of how it was and the fun that was had. He was one of the originals on the AQHA circuit on Vancouver Island taking his family on the road from show to show with their youth riders. He was there when HYPP was yet a mystery. Their training barn stood some of the most influential stallions and he rode some of the best horses around. He has seen how horses have changed, witnessed trends and participated in the trial and error of developing horsemanship.


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).


2015 ScholarshipRecipients!

applicants must have a minimum B average on their high school transcripts, participation in equestrian events, volunteer experience at equestrian events within their community and proven leadership skills with an emphasis on contribution to equestrian sport.

The HCBC Scholarship program awards five $1000 scholarships to current HCBC members in good standing each year. The students that apply live all around the province, are BC graduates from grade 12 and are entering into accredited Colleges or University Study programs. Each year we receive more and more applications to the scholarship program, making the decision to choose only 5 all the more difficult for the Education Committee. Successful

This year Horse Council BC would like to congratulate the following 5 scholarship recipients:

Natalie Alves - Mission, BC Nicole Ketter - Kamloops, BC Sophie Kirk - Sooke, BC Arora Peters - Aldergrove, BC Kirsten Wiklund - Kelowna, BC | 13


At The Fair At The PNE!

We had an awesome time at Horse Day this year! The barn was filled with horses and the arena was filled with riding demos; we showed Vancouver why horses are the best!

from Friesians, Thoroughbreds, and a Connemara Pony to Mini Donkeys, an Icelandic, a Canadian, a Highland Pony and much more!

Horse Day is a specific day each year that Horse Council BC organizes to reach out to the public and invite new participation into the world of horses and horseback riding. This year we had over 170 volunteers help make Horse Day the success that it was. Many clubs who joined us on August 29th were with us at the PNE last year and we had a lot of new clubs excited to take part this time around as well. Everyone set up fantastic booths and showcased their love of horses in a fun, informative way. The riders were superb in demonstrating different styles of riding and how to have fun with horses. Horse Council BC brought our cool new Photo Boards for people to take pictures of themselves “jumping” or “racing” and we loved seeing everyone have a blast with those! If you took a photo with those boards, we’d love for you to send us your pic!

Our Horse Day Extravaganza was a colourful showcase of some of the exciting things you can do with horses. The Langley Riders Drill Team exploded into the arena as the opening act, putting on such an exhilarating display for the audience; Fusion Vaulters wowed the audience with their impressive and elegant movements; Thundering Impact demonstrated the beauty and control of draught horses under saddle; Academie Duello targeted the combat-minded with a demonstration of mounted combat; Natalie Vonk danced her way into the hearts of the audience with a spectacular and out-of-the-ordinary demonstration of the traditional art of Garrocha; and the BC Lower Mainland Pony Clubs teamed together to put on a jumping demonstration to give the audience a better understanding of a familiar activity.

In addition to the amazing booths our volunteers designed, our breed aisle was filled with an eclectic and diverse range of horses! PNE guests got to meet and interact with everything

The weather didn’t put a damper on any of the PNE guests, but we did get a bit of a scare with the high winds and falling trees. We almost had to call it quits, but with a great show of horsemen resilience we were able to keep the day in full swing! What was our favorite part of Horse Day? Why, the mini donuts, of course! That, and sharing our day with such a wonderful group of people and horses and introducing the public to such an amazing sport. The goal of Horse Day is to share the enjoyment of horses with the public and introduce newcomers to the beauty of favourite horse breeds and the fun of equestrian activities. This years’ Horse Day surpassed all our expectations for meeting those goals. Horse Council BC would like to extend a heart-felt Thank You to all the volunteers for putting on such a fantastic event. We couldn’t have done it without everyone! Thank you!

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Photo credits: Philip Choi, BCLM Pony Clubs, HCBC Left: Dr. Sarah Squinas from Clover Valley Veterinary Hospital in Langley, BC teaches kids how to listen to Mini horse, Buster’s heartbeat and gurgling tummy.


Thank You To The PNE & All Of Our Horse Day 2015 Volunteers! 1st Mainland Donkey & Mule Club Academie Duello Ayri Wylie Back Country Horsemen of BC BC Lower Mainland Pony Clubs Burnaby Horsemen’s Association Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Clover Valley Veterinary Hospital Crescent Stables Endurance Riders Association of BC Fusion Vaulters Harness Racing BC Langley Riders Drill Team Natalie Vonk - Horseplay Your Way New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society North Shore Equestrian Otter Co-Op Richmond Therapeutic Riding Association Susan Balcom The Mane Event Thundering Impact Drill Team Vander Kooi Friesians | 15

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.

The Ministry of Education is responsible for the External Credentials Program and the review of the programs is monitored by the Sport Branch of the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts.

Students who have been certified in one or more of the following programs are eligible to receive graduation credits.

Students who have been certified in the approved courses before they reach grade 10 can receive credit for their past learning by providing the certificate of course completion to their high school counsellor.

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English Rider Preparation 1 - 2 of the 1-8 program (2 Grade 10 credits) English Rider Preparation 3 - 6 of the 1-8 program (4 Grade 11 credits) English Rider Preparation 7 - 8 of the 1-8 program (4 Grade 12 credits) Western Rider Preparation 1 (2 Grade 10 credits) Western Rider Preparation 2 (2 Grade 10 credits) Western Rider Preparation 3 (4 Grade 11 credits) Western Rider Preparation 4 (4 Grade 12 credits)


Obtain the appropriate Rider Level with an Equine Canada Certified Coach. Provide the certificate of course completion to your school counsellor.

For more information, visit

Thank You GOLD

To Our Partners SILVER


Horse Council BC gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. 16 | Equine Lifestyles Fall/Winter 2015


2015 Core Funding In 2015, Horse Council BC approved $18,800 to go to HCBC clubs all over the province. This funding is part of HCBC’s Core Funding Program for HCBC Clubs and Affiliates. Core funds are provincial funds targeted for events or projects that support sport growth and development. An approved event or project is open to all qualified participants in an area. An approved event or project supports the goals of HCBC for developing sport within the province. Congratulations to all successful applicants!


Armstrong Enderby Riding Club - $3000 Storage facilities for the club. Creston Valley Horse Association - $3000 Revitalization and rebuilding of Canyon Park. Langley Riders - $3000 Revitalization and rebuilding of Langley Riders public facilities. Maverick Riding Club - $300 Gymkhana equipment for local shows.

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Metchosin Equestrian Society - $410 Revitalization and rebuilding of grandstands on public facility. Nelson & District Riding Club - $1490 Revitalization and rebuilding of fence posts at public facility. Pleasant Valley Horse Club - $3000 Completion of show stabling facility gates for horse pens. Silver Spur Riding Club - $2000 Arena footing upgrade, new coat of paint for the barn, and gravel driveway added to make trailer access available during BC’s wet months. Southern Interior Dressage Association - $600 Ring conditioner for Salmon Arm Fairgrounds to improve the footing conditions. Totem Saddle Club - $1000 Motion sensor timers with override switches for public use indoor arena. Vernon District Riding Club - $1000 Building of an equipment shelter and viewing/ entertainment area for public facility.

BC Equestrian Trails Fund Donations Thank you to everyone who has donated in the past to the BC Equestrian Trails Fund and to the clubs who have put in so many hours of hard work to keep BC’s equestrian trails rideable. As 2016 approaches, we’re hoping to be able to provide funding to even more HCBC Clubs next year. Your donation to the BC Equestrian Trails Fund will go directly to trail and campground projects throughout BC, including projects

focusing on taking measures to increase safety on roads between destinations. As a result of grants being given out to clubs who are working with public land managers, these areas will continue to remain open to horses. By donating, you’re continuing to save equestrian access to public land. Learn more at under Membership! | 17


Dressage BC

Not Your Average Organization! Dressage BC can assist your club to set up clinics in your area. Through Dressage BC, you can also hold mock show days with funding provided by Dressage Canada.

This Fall, Dressage BC will hold a developing high performance clinic with Karen Pavicic and Wendy Christoff, both Canadian Equestrian Team riders and Level III coaches. This clinic will be funded by Dressage BC. Criteria will be posted. Our Awards program has great prizes sponsored by Bates Tack Shop and The Dog & Pony Shop for riders who have achieved top competition results. For deserving coaches and volunteers, we are providing more awards sponsored by Asmar Equestrian and N2 Saddlery. Dressage BC is a grassroots provincial program that promotes and supports the education and development of dressage riders of both Classical and Western pursuits. It provides educational opportunities and a network that helps riders develop and progress through the levels within their geographic area. Dressage BC collaborates with organizations such as Horse Council BC, BC Young Riders Dressage program, and CADORA. For everyone with goals of improving your riding skills, help is available when you are a member of Dressage BC, the new Dressage Affiliate of HCBC. For just a small fee of $15.00 added to your HCBC membership renewal, we are providing huge benefits. If you live in a remote region, you can video your test ride and have it judged privately online using the instructions on the Dressage BC website ( We also provide “Ask an Expert� (Level 3 coaches) free online.

We have Grant funding! This year, we are providing funding in a number of areas due to the generosity of many people. A BC Young Rider Dressage Clinic ran free of charge sponsored by Duncan Murray. Other important Grants have been made available for Amateurs (Jane Macdonald), Developing FEI riders (Nancy Olson, Wendy Christoff), FEI Amateur (Sandra Nissen) and other grants for youth competition travel expenses (Laura Card Hall), post secondary education (Pat and Mark Dumont) and proven improvement in competition (Scott Hayes). Stabling Grants have also been provided through High Point Equestrian Centre. Members also enjoy business discounts: Bates Tack Shop and Scott Hayes Productions. We are very appreciative of the enormous support that allows us to run these programs. Take a good look at Dressage BC. We offer a lot for a very modest annual fee and we have the ability to help everyone in every corner of the province from all eight regions. Come and join our network. You and your horse will be glad you did!

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Riding to Hounds

With The Fraser Valley Hunt Club

The Fraser Valley Hunt Club has been meeting weekly September through April for over 40 years.

As in all of Canada and most of Continental Europe, ours is a ‘drag hunt’; the hounds follow an artificial scent laid from horseback; no foxes are endangered, yet the horsemanship, hound handling, camaraderie and excitement of the sport are wonderfully preserved. Since the course taken can be predicted, the integrity of the farmlands loaned for the purpose is preserved, and the safety of the horse and rider is emphasized. Most ‘hunts’ last 1 ½ to 3 hours, riding over varying terrain in spectacular countryside not usually available to the public.

WHY HUNT? Horses love, thrive, and benefit from the opportunity to gallop freely, exercising their jumping skills while riders revel in this uncompetitive sport. It is ideal for conditioning eventers and jumpers, and builds confidence for any trail horse. The hunt is divided into groups, called ‘fields’, according to the speed ridden, so riders from all walks of life and from any age group can enjoy the experience.

New riders or green horses need not jump or fast gallop; they can start in the “hill-topping” field with their own Fieldmaster travelling at a sedate pace at the back, and move up to the Second Field which travels at a quick trot or easy canter as they build confidence. Advanced riders can challenge themselves to both manmade and natural jumps in First Field (‘First Flight’) immediately behind the Huntsman and hounds and pursuing at a full gallop. In all cases, fences and obstacles can be jumped or avoided at the rider’s discretion.

For the riding enthusiast, nothing can compare to galloping a fine horse, eager to meet his fences, across open country on a crisp fall morning with hounds in full cry. To cap off the morning’s excitement is the opportunity to socialize, relax and swap stories at the traditional hunt breakfast which follows. The camaraderie and good sport experienced by the Fraser Valley Hunt would be impossible without an eclectic mix of members. We invite one and all to join us for a chance to participate in the unique and timeless tradition of riding to the hounds. For details go to and find us on Facebook! Submitted by: Fraser Valley Hunt Club | 19

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Equitation Science Conference

Held in BC August 5 - 8th 2015 Another excellent presentation was by Dr. Gemma Pearson. “The understanding of Learning Theory by Equine Veterinarians” reported that the extremely high rate of injuries in equine veterinarians could be lowered with a better understanding of how horses learn. Veterinary schools in the UK have now made this topic part of their regular curriculum. Sophie Colley of Hartbury College presented “A preliminary investigation of competition performance linked to duration and frequency of nocturnal sleep“.This preliminary research indicated that horses’ sleep patterns may have an effect on their performance in line with sleep research in humans.

After a year of preparation, a small group of horsewomen dedicated to the welfare of horses brought Equitation Science to BC. The International Society of Equitation Science (ISES) conference came to Canada for the first time in its 11 year history. This science based welfare oriented not-for-profit organization aims to facilitate research into the training of horses to enhance equine well-being and improve the horserider relationship. The annual conference delivers this research to the horse community. Our generous sponsors (listed below) and many volunteers made it a huge success with over two hundred attendees from Europe, Australia, South America and the United States. The scientific program was held at University of British Columbia and the practical sessions at Southlands Riding Club. One of the 27 papers presented was ”Hyperflexion of Horses Necks - meta-analysis and cost benefit evaluation“ by Dr.Paul McGreevy. 55 studies on head and neck position were reviewed and the proposed gymnastic benefit (higher dressage scores, larger range of motion in the back or legs) was by far outweighed by the undesirable effects and reduced equine welfare. The ISES position statement on hyperflexion is as follows: ISES recommends that: riders, trainers and sports officials must be aware that psychological compromise (due to perceived vulnerability as a result of vision impairment and/or stress as a result of enforcing head and neck posture) occurs well before physiological compromise. ISES recommends that: The FEI dressage rules emphasizing the maintenance of a cranio­facial profile at or in front of the vertical at all times are prioritized (in FEI­and non­regulated shows)

The positive energy and the passionate conversation that took place during coffee breaks and lunch hour made it apparent that the equitation science movement is a positive and powerful networking tool to bring scientific experts together with horsemen and women. Equitation Science involves improving training methodologies and it was important for us to have a practical day for demonstrations. Thanks to our local riders and coaches Lynne Larsen, Wendy Christoff, Marion Weisskopf, Hermen Geertsema, Janine Davies, Pam Nezil, Adiva Murphy, Emily Corrie and Jennifer McKenzie we were able to do this. The 10 Principles of Horse Training advocated by ISES were demonstrated through 4 mock lessons. Angelo Telatin demonstrated how the seat aids are just another form of negative reinforcement and also had Lynne Larsen jumping her horse bridleless for the first time! Jody Hartstone of New Zealand (Grand Prix dressage rider that practices and teaches equitation science) gave an excellent demo of how she starts young horses using learning theory. Her methods are extremely efficient, calm and low stress. The final demonstration of the day was aimed at dressage judging. Dr. Andrew Mclean has proposed a new judging scale for dressage which not only rewards good training of the horse but is an objective scalar system that is easy to understand for anyone, be it judges, riders, coaches or spectators. The equitation science training scale could be merged with the current FEI training scale to create a more scalar objective system. This scale would then mirror the training process and the judge’s marks would reflect the actual training error. Trainers would have a better idea of where the training had gone wrong and what elements need to be re-trained, improved or refined for each response or movement. By emphasizing the importance of lightness and self- carriage in all movements, a scale like this would also align good judging with good welfare. (Continued on next page) | 21

INDUSTRY & AGRICULTURE To read the full conference proceedings visit the website: Thank you to our sponsors that allowed this fantastic event to take place: Merial Zoetis Horse Council BC

UBC Animal Welfare Program Hermen Geertsema Equine Veterinary Services

Paper Horse Photography Topline Stables Gaitpost Magazine Equine Guelph Compassionate Equestrian Core X Schleese Saddlery Reitenright Equestrian Handy Hay Nets

Deep Creek Veterinary Services Sabine Presch Equala Kamloops Large Animal Clinic Submitted by Susi Cienciala

Boarding Facilities

Making the Right Choice!

DOES YOUR BOARDING FACILITY MEET THE NEEDS OF BOTH YOU & YOUR HORSE? When searching for the perfect place to board your horse, you should ask plenty of questions to make sure both yourself and your horse are comfortable. Here is a list of a few good questions that you can ask:

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Is the facility discipline specific? What is the typical feeding schedule? What is the typical turn-out schedule? Does turn-out vary due to weather conditions? Is there a variance in the feeding schedule? Is there a bio-security plan in place? How does my horse get water? Is there a riding ring/round pen/trails near by? Are there specific access hours for the riding ring? What kind of fencing do you have? Is there pasture turn-out? If so, are the fields rotated? If my horse isn’t always in the same paddock/pasture, will I be kept abreast of where it is kept? What will my horse be fed? Do you limit the amount of feed given and charge extra for a high consuming horse? If I provide supplements will you feed them? Is there an extra charge? Will my horse be turned out alone or in a group? What kind of bedding do you use? Is there an extra fee if I want additional bedding added? Is there lockable storage space available for supplies, hay, grain, tack? Are there instructors and/or trainers on site? Can I bring my own? Do you have trailer parking? If so, is there an additional fee for it? May I use my own vet/farrier?

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What kind of footing is used in the arena? Do you take blankets/fly masks on/off? Do you have a deworming program? Are friends permitted to come to the facility and ride my horse? Are dogs allowed on the facility? If so, must they be leashed? Are you expected to provide your own stall picks/ wheelbarrows etc? Are helmets required when I ride on the premise? What kind of turnover do you have? If conflict arises between boarders how is this resolved? Do you have waivers and boarding contracts? What are the facilities hours of operation? Is there an on site manager and/or around the clock care?

WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR • Take the time to visit a prospective facility and meet the

owner/manager, ask questions and get a feel of the place and people currently boarding there. Well run facilities

INDUSTRY & AGRICULTURE Ensure your staff and boarders are aware of it.

• Keep employees informed on individual horse’s needs and on special concerns.

• Keep an updated and accurate incident log. It is the responsibility of the facility operator to ensure that the facility is well maintained and is a safe, clean, and organized environment. The facility operators should be experienced with livestock, capable and professional.

TYPES OF BOARD Full Board Usually includes hay, grain, turn in/out, stall cleaning and blanketing; some supplements may be fed

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may not be fancy but should be clean and well maintained. Check where the hay and grain is stored. It should be in dry secure area. Feed should be of good quality free of molds and excessive dust. Inspect the pastures and paddocks there should be no debris, garbage or equipment stored where horses are loose. Look for safe well maintained fencing and an adequate water source. The stalls/shelters should be well built with no hazards and adequate space for a horse to move around and lay down without touching any walls or ceilings. View the horses. They should appear in good health and relaxed.

To choose the best facility evaluate your horses needs with your needs as a rider/owner and try to find the best fit for you and your horse.

FACILITY OWNERS - BEST PRACTICES • Ensure you have a clear boarding contract that specifies • •

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what the facility is responsible for and what the boarder is responsible for. Have the BC Livestock Lien Act posted in clear view. The Act is available to download at: Have a good liability insurance plan in place and require your boarders have liability insurance in the event of damages incurred to your property or other boarders/ horses. Practice good bio-security and inform your boarders what protocols are in place. Establish clear lines of communication for your boarders and staff. Ensure they understand who to take their concerns to. Post rules of etiquette and “do’s and don’t’s” that are expected at your facility. Have an emergency contact list (such as vets, managers, maintenance, owners) and the barn address posted in clear view. Have a disaster plan and fire emergency plan in place.

Semi-Board The boarder usually provides their own hay/grain; facility will do turn in/out and stall cleaning. If arranged blanketing may take place. Self-Board The boarder is fully responsible for the care of their horses and will provide all feed, clean own stall and turn in/out and blanketing etc. of their horse. Sometimes one is able to do chores in exchange for morning turn out. All options are guidelines only and many facilities are willing to work with you to satisfy your needs.

RESOURCES The Equine Code of Practice is a good place to start. This outlines the industry accepted care of horses and is available online at or call the HCBC office for a free hardcopy. The Basic Horse Care Booklet is a free HCBC publication that will help you understand what your horses needs are to be in good health. Check the HCBC online directory for a list of facilities, certified coaches and horse clubs in your area. Also printed at the start of this publication. The HCBC bookstore has a good selection of books on horse care, training and riding. All HCBC members get a 10% percent discount on purchases. Come in to the store located in our office or go online to browse and order. is an excellent online resource covering horse health and welfare. | 23


NCCP Transfer of


Are you a certified Level 1, 2 or 3 coach? Equine Canada will be providing all certified coaches with the opportunity to transfer to the new coaching certification system. In order to remain an active coach, you will need to complete the transfer by December 31st, 2017. The transfer requirements are listed below and you will get professional development points for completing these requirements. Please contact your provincial/ territorial equestrian federation to start your transfer today!

Certified Western Coach 1 can become a Certified Instructor by:


Certified English or Western Coach 1 can become a Certified Competition Coach by:

You will attain status as a “Trained” Instructor, Instructor with Jump or Competition Coach. To become certified you must:

Completing Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation – Competition Introduction

Certified English Coach 1 can become a Certified Instructor with Jump by: Completing Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation – Instruction Stream or Competition Introduction Completing Making Head Way in Sport module Submitting an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) 24 | Equine Lifestyles Fall/Winter 2015

Completing Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation – Instruction Stream or Competition Introduction Completing Making Head Way in Sport module Submitting an Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

Completing Making Head Way in Sport module Submitting an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) Attending a Competition Coach Transfer Update from an Master Evaluator (ME), Evaluator (E), Master Learning Facilitator (MLF), or Learning Facilitator (LF)

COACHES CORNER Certified English or Western Coach 2 can become a Certified Competition Coach by: Completing Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation – Competition Introduction Completing Making Head Way in Sport module Submitting an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) Attending a Competition Coach Transfer Update from an Master Evaluator (ME), Evaluator (E), Master Learning Facilitator (MLF), or Learning Facilitator (LF) Certified English or Western Coach 2 can become a Certified Competition Coach Specialist by:

CERTIFIED LEVEL 2 COACH: You will attain status as a “Trained” Instructor, Competition Coach or Competition Coach Specialist. To become certified you must:

Completing Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation – Competition Introduction Completing Making Head Way in Sport module Submitting an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) Submitting a Yearly Training Plan (YTP) Completing an in-competition evaluation

Certified English Coach 2 can become Certified Instructor with Jump by: Completing Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation – Instruction Stream or Competition Introduction Completing Making Head Way in Sport module Submitting an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) Certified Western Coach 2 can become Certified Instructor by: Completing Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation – Instruction Stream or Competition Introduction Completing Making Head Way in Sport module Submitting an Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

CERTIFIED LEVEL 3 COACH: You will attain status as a “Trained” High Performance 1 Coach. To become certified you must: Certified Coach 3 can become Certified High Performance 1 by: Completing Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation – Competition Development Attending a High Performance 1 Transfer Update from an Master Evaluator (ME), Evaluator (E), Master Learning Facilitator (MLF), or Learning Facilitator (LF) Photo credits: Marion Photography | 25


55 + BC Games

2015 Results

BC equestrians were able to be part of the 2015 55+ BC Games hosted by North Vancouver. This was a very successful Games with all regions of the province coming to compete in 24 different sports with over 3,300 participants and 1000 volunteers. The equestrian portion of the games was held at North Shore Equestrian Centre and ran on Thursday, August 27th and Friday, August 28th. Dressage and Western Dressage riders got to show their stuff under mostly sunny skies at a great venue. A huge thank you to the owners and staff of North Shore Equestrian Centre, who did a wonderful job of looking after the competitors and their horses.

RESULTS FOR 2015: WESTERN DRESSAGE WALK/JOG GOLD Lydia Cameron - 63.3% WESTERN DRESSAGE TRAINING LEVEL GOLD Alastair Buchanan - 73.8% SILVER Deborah Murry - 62.2% BRONZE Linda Dieno - 61.2% WESTERN DRESSAGE FIRST LEVEL GOLD Alastair Buchanan - 69.2% SILVER Kathy Lifton - 65.8%

Volunteering to deliver equestrian as part of a multi-sport Games is no small undertaking and Horse Council BC would like to give an extra thank you to the amazing volunteers who helped make the Games a success!

DRESSAGE TRAINING LEVEL GOLD Alastair Buchanan - 68.8% SILVER Fionna Christensen - 62.0% BRONZE Barb Taylor - 61.3%

The judges and officials came out and also volunteered their time and expertise to help make the 55+ BC Games the successful event it was. Thank you to Dressage & Western Dressage Judges Cat Armitage and Elizabeth Brown, Horse Council BC is proud to be a supporter of the 55+ BC Games and we wish to thank and congratulate all who participated.

DRESSAGE FIRST LEVEL GOLD Norma Neudoeffer - 67.5% SILVER Elena Bonar - 61.4% BRONZE Cathie Whitman - 60.2%

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Team Age: A minimum of 11 years of age and a maximum of 18 years of age as of January 1, 2016. Zone Team Composition: 4 Athletes per zone - 8 Zones in total. Wildcards: 16 wildcard spots Maximum Athletes: 48 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE BC SUMMER GAMES, VISIT WWW.HCBC.CA Horse Council BC 27336 Fraser Hwy., Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 tf: 1.800.345.8055 p: 604.856.4304 f: 604.856.4302


BC Heritage Championships Photos from 2015!

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QUALIFY FOR THE 2016 BC HERITAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS To qualify for the 2016 BC Heritage Championships competitors must compete at a minimum of two (2) BC Heritage Qualifier competitions from June 25, 2015 to June 25, 2016. NO LOGBOOKS are required! Qualified competitors must list 2 Qualifier shows attended on the BC Heritage Championship Entry Form, including name, date, and location attended from the current qualifying period. They may then enter any of the divisions or classes offered at the BC Heritage Circuit Championship. Get more details and a list of qualifier shows in your area online at All photos credit: Marion Photography | 29


Online Trail Database

Photo credit: 108 Trails

Submit Your Photos!

Our list of equestrian trails is growing and we’re excited about that! This year HCBC’s Online Trail Database has grown to include more provincial parks and new trails on public land, but we need your help to make sure our database is as informative to trail riders as possible.

complete listing of equestrian trails in BC and with your help we’re sure it will be!

Have a peek and see if you can give us more information on your favorite trails; send us pictures of the most scenic viewpoints; let us know if we’re missing any trails that you frequent. We’re hoping that our trail database will be the most

Checkout the Online Trail Database at:

Road Safety “Horses have the right-of-way over cars.”

FALSE! The law that stated such has long since been repealed. In B.C., anyone who uses a public road is considered a “road user”, so the days of ultimate right-of-way are gone! “I have every bit as much right to be on that road as those cars do!”

TRUE! but every road user has a specific set of responsibilities to ensure their own safety and that of other road users. Being able to properly control their horse is the principal responsibility of every rider. 30 | Equine Lifestyles Fall/Winter 2015

To send in information, suggestions, or pictures, please email

Happy Trails!

Fact V.S. Fiction

“Horses cannot be controlled as well as cars can, so cars should be made to yield to horses”

FALSE! Riders have every bit as much responsibility to control their horses as drivers are required to control their vehicles. Good manners and manageability under saddle are imperative for any horse, but those lessons become critical whenever we expose our equine friends to greater risks such as those likely to be encountered on the road. For more road safety information, visit our website at:


Rachel has an

Environmental Farm Plan. Meet Rachel Drennan, a horse breeder from Chilliwack, B.C., who is passionate about environmental sustainability. With the guidance of an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Planning Advisor, Rachel took part in a straight-forward process that resulted in an action plan of sustainable farm practices to improve on-farm environmental sustainability. “I still find a lot of farmers are reluctant to invite someone onto their farm, that they may not know, to help them identify potential risks and opportunities to become more efficient. I think we need to get over this notion and realize that we need to do the right thing when it comes to the environment. We all want clean water, clean air, and clean soil. Sometimes we need help to know how to ensure we have that.” As a no cost, and confidential solution to identify and reduce on-farm environmental risk, the EFP program has already been adopted by over 4,500 B.C. farmers and ranchers. With her EFP complete, Rachel was eligible to apply for and receive cost-share funding that covered 60% of the riparian project that she voluntarily chose to complete. She also completed a nutrient management plan for her farm which included soil and manure tests, and recommendations for how to best manage pasture areas. Rachel is proud to have an Environmental Farm Plan and is well on her way to being fully implemented. Her next EFP project is to build a manure composter.

It was nice to learn that I was already doing a lot of things right, and I appreciated learning about opportunities to do even better.

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