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Saluting BC’s Veterans: The Ride Across Canada

By Stephanie Kwok

On April 13, from the steps of the BC Legislative Building in Victoria, Canadian Army veteran Paul Nichols started his cross-country journey on horseback to the Atlantic coast.


upported by the Communities For Veterans Foundation, “The Ride Across Canada” is a 200-day horseback ride across the country with veterans and for veterans. Nichols aims to bring awareness to the contributions that our veterans have made, share their stories and also encourage discussion of the challenges that our veterans can face upon returning home. “The purpose of our ride is to shine a light on our Canadian veterans who have made many sacrifices for the greater good, and yet live invisible among us. Canadians need to know what the veterans living quietly in their communities have done for our country and many other countries as well,” writes Nichols, a former Calgary Highlander who served with 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in the UN mission in the former Yugoslavia in 1993. “I want fellow veterans and serving members to come out and ride with me through their home towns, [so that their] communities will have an opportunity to show their appreciation.” The route for The Ride Across Canada winds its way across the country from Victoria, BC, to Saint John’s, NL, passing through over fifty cities and covering over 11,000 km; the riders will use trails as much as possible, hauling past dangerous sections or obstacles when necessary. Paul writes, “My wife Terry will lead an advance party with trucks, trailers, several horses and a small crew. She will co-ordinate with communities to find our veterans... [they will] join the ride with me for either a half or part day as we pass through, or close to their own

Paul Nichols with his horse Zoe. communities. As we travel across the country on horseback accompanied by these other riders, we will document their stories which will then be organized and shared with the people of Canada.” Events are planned in each community on the route -- check the page “Our Route” on the Foundation’s website ( to see if your hometown is among the scheduled stops. In BC, the veterans will be riding through Victoria, Vancouver, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, Princeton, Summerland, Kelowna, Vernon and Armstrong, before crossing into Alberta in early May. Contact the Event Coordinator, Cathleen, at cvf-events@mmgrp. ca to learn about Ride events along the route,


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ur first Hummingbird of the year arrived just the other day! Spring has officially arrived and the show season has begun! I’ll have a report on my trip to Red Deer’s Mane Event in the next issue. We have two very adventurous rides across Canada happening; one in appreciation of our Veterans (page 3) and the other of a man seeking ‘his gold’ by heading west to BC (page 25). Good news for racing enthusiasts… Century Downs is now OPEN! See page 14 for that story. Does your horse have Sweet Itch? Mine does – and there is a new product on the market that I am trying out – see page 21 for more details. I’ll keep you posted on my horse’s progress. Looking for something different Photo by Pam Montgomery to do for yourself or your visiting family or guests? Take a look at our “Getaway” feature on pages 26-31. Enjoy the ride (or drive)!


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HCBC 2015 Equine Education Summit By Stephanie Kwok


CBC was once again a gracious host for the Equine Education Summit, held this year in Richmond over the weekend of March 14/15. It was a tremendous opportunity for learning from experts in the fields of equine nutrition, equine dentistry, hoof health and biomechanics, sport conditioning, saddle fitting and emergency preparedness. Veterinarian and equine surgeon Dr. Antonio Cruz, DVM MVM, spoke on the subject of equine sport conditioning which is the preparation of the entire body to optimize performance and minimize injury. We learned that, in order The attentive audience at the HCBC Equine Education Summit to decrease risk of injury, we must avoid fatigue. factor affecting the horse’s back health; proper fit is necessary to avoid Fatigue can occur when we overtrain, whether it is by working at too high of an exercise intensity level too soon, or neg- long-term, irreparable damage to the nerves, spine and shoulder cartilecting to warm up properly, or failing to provide sufficient rest days. His lage. But, as Certified Master Saddler and Equine Ergonomist Jochen key message was that “everything starts with the training of the cardio- Schleese showed during his presentation, saddle fit for the rider is vascular system.” Conditioning for the requirements of a specific disci- equally important. Improper fit for the rider can lead to back, joint and pelvic pain and recurring bladder infections. Women riders, in particular, pline comes AFTER that, whether it is for speed, strength or stamina. We cannot be reminded enough that saddle fit is an important suffer these effects as many ride in saddles designed for men; as a continued on page 6

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HCBC Cont’d protein, vitamins and minerals result, they find themselves can be met. We must be aware struggling with symptoms of that our local hays, while adpoor saddle fit: “fighting the equate in protein, are very high saddle,” feeling out of balin sugars and deficient in minance, falling into a “chair seat,” erals; we should ask suppliers swinging legs and knees/toes for test results and/or get our turned out 45 degrees. Saddles hay tested. She suggests mixing designed for women will have grass hays and legume hays to a narrow twist, a wide seat and achieve nutrient RDAs as one almore cantle support. ternative to the use of fortified Equine nutritionist Dr. feeds, aiming for a high percent Tania Cubitt, PhD, spoke on of Lysine, as it is the first limitthe topic of hay and hay qualing amino acid. Lastly, Dr. Cubitt ity in the modern equine diet. advises that we make an effort Current equine management to match hay quality (digestpractices are at odds with what ibility and palatability) and hay the horse’s digestive system nutritional value to the specific evolved to expect, and thereneeds of the individual horse. fore are responsible for most of Dr. Robert Bowker, the stomach and gastric ulcers DVM PhD, shared a wealth of that plague performance horsknowledge about the struces. The natural equine diet inDr. James Carmalt spoke about Equine Dentistry ture and function of the hoof, volves continuous grazing over a wide variety of high-fibre forages so that nutritional needs for energy, along with details about his 10+ years of research on the equine foot at Michigan State University. He is adamant that equine management practices must change, as the man-made problem of peripheral loading (i.e. the hoof wall bearing the horse’s weight, instead of the sole and frog) is preventing the energy-dissipating structures in the hoof from functioning as they evolved to do. Instead, vibration from movement is transmitting into the ligaments and microvessels of the frog and digital DEALER cushion, damaging them, which in turn constricts blood flow and leads FOR to deterioration of the coffin bone. He likened the effect (navicular syndrome) to the human connective tissue disorders suffered by jackhamSouthland, Rainbow, mirage & marlon Trailers mer operators. As a specialist in equine dentistry, Dr. James Carmalt, MA VetMB Dump TRAiLER MVetSc, spoke about the fundamental differences between the horse’s ROunD pEn upper and lower jaws and teeth. He emphasized the importance of preserving the tooth surface angles between the upper and lower jaws, as removal of these angles through improper floating hinders the function of the highly-specialized cheek teeth. Dr. Carmalt also shared his re15 mESh 4x7 pAnELS + REg. $8,595 search into how the pain from inflammation of the Temporomandibular 5’ mESh gATE AT Joint (TMJ) may affect jaw function and chewing pattern. SALE $7,895 $835 On the topic of emergency preparedness, Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, PhD, shared some very practical tips for handling not just horses in an emergency situation but also people. She says that the biggest probpAnELS lems in a rescue situation are the owners, bystanders and well-inten15 pAnELS + TE tioned but ill-prepared helpers who crowd around the horse (like a gA u R Th 4’ RiDEpack of predators, stressing the horse further) and place themselves in $899 dangerous positions, like in the line of fire from a hind kick. Her recommendation is to let the professionals, such as the fire department, do the AT $54 EAch rescue and keep “helpers” out of the way. Anyone involved in a technical rescue must use safety equipment (gloves, footwear, HELMET) and be 250-545-2000 • 7885 Highway 97, Vernon, BC trained in proper procedures; courses in large animal rescue are able through Equine Guelph.

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hope you will consider printing this as I want to publically thank Maureen Logan for gifting me her lovely horse ‘Special Endeavour’. Thank you Maureen! I will name him ‘Dev’, and I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him ... and feed him cookies and care for him always. – Calle, Vernon BC Dear Nancy: felt I must make comment on the article by Ken Cameron in the March issue. I strongly disagree with his comments on Misconceptions items #1, 2, 4 and 7. I am sure if you were to check with any qualified coach either English or Western they would not recommend riding with your foot all the way into the stirrup or Quote: “tipping your toe down on one side and heel down on the other to stay in sync with a horse’s lead change and rider balance.” Unless you walk with your toes seriously pointing out (toed out if you were a horse) the rider’s leg will fall naturally with their toes pointing more or less ahead. Riding on the balls of my feet, aka metatarsal arch does not make me or anyone else I know brace against the cantle in either an english saddle or a stock saddle. It means that your weight is over the strongest part of your foot, the area of your foot you push off as you walk, weight down thru your heel you are in the ideal position to give aids effectively and sit deep when needed, e.g. downhill, a spook or to control forward impulsion with your body. At age 68, still riding most days I need neither knee or hip replacement, possibly I would if I rode with my toes turned out!  Quote: “So why are clinicians giving instruction to the contrary and merchants selling angled stirrups?” Maybe because they are more knowledgeable than Ken Cameron is? Check out


photos of good Western instructors. I think you will find they do not have their feet rammed into the stirrups. Barrel Racers and Cutters possibly when really in action. #4 - The implication that people are wearing helmets and body protectors because they expect to fall off is asinine. Helmets prevent brain injuries, that is why people wear them to ride, bike, ski, snowboard, skateboard, etc. Same goes for body protectors, now required to compete in horse trials, for jockeys and by many others who want to avoid injury should a fall happen.  #7 is hardly an intelligent answer to the question – western stirrups can be adjusted just as those on an english saddle can be, you just can’t switch them from one side to the other as most english riders do to prevent stretching. A horse will only develop uneven muscles on shoulders if he has not been suppled on both sides during his training. Whilst I may not wholeheartedly agree with all articles I read in Saddle Up it is nevertheless interesting to check out another perspective on subjects relating to riding, training, equipment, etc. This is the first article which has contained so much bad info (misinformation!) I felt compelled to comment.  Thanks again for Saddle Up, looking forward to the April issue. - Sincerely, Retired Coach.

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Don’t Block the Brilliance

By Christa Miremadi

Have you ever been speaking to a friend, trying to remember the name of a book or film that you’ve seen, only to draw a blank until moments after you’ve hung up the phone or parted ways? Have you ever found yourself at a loss trying to remember whatever it was that you told yourself over and over not to forget at the supermarket, only to remember exactly what it was the second you get home?


ave you ever noticed how, in these moments, it doesn’t quite feel as though the information you’re looking for is missing but rather hiding or being blocked somehow? Relax… it will

come. Sometimes, the best way to achieve a goal you’ve been striving for is to stop trying to reach it. I know that sounds absolutely ridiculous, but it’s true! Recently, I’ve spent a lot of time exploring, learning, refining and sharing the art of working in the hackamore using the balance and signal system of the early Californios. This is a rich, sophisticated system that requires a deep physical understanding of both balance and feel -- two things that are nowhere near as simple as they sound. I’d been riding in a rawhide hackamore for 15 years or more when I decided it was time to learn more about them and although I knew it was a pretty intricate piece of equipment, I wasn’t totally sure what made it so different from riding in a snaffle bit. Not only could I not find anyone who had much experience riding with a hackamore, but it also seemed as though anyone who did simply rode in it the way they would any other direct pressure system. I may not have known what they should have been doing differently, but I knew enough to realize that this was not the way a hackamore was designed to be used and so I simply put my bosal back on the shelf and waited. My Mustang, Cisco, nicely balanced in his hackamore. A few years back, I was fortunate enough to meet a few incredibly talented, dedicated individuals who’ve put a great deal of effort and time into developing their understanding and skill with hackamores and bridle horse development. At first, I simply dabbled, listening to what these people had to say and opening myself up to their interpretation of the Californio method of horsemanship. But it wasn’t long before I became obsessively curious and found myself developing a bit of a fascination with this beautiful, compassionate and considerate system. 8 • Saddle Up • May 2015

To sum up: giving the horse time to mature both physically and emotionally and working through balance and signal, this system fully prepares a horse for the job he’ll be required to perform without the use of bit. Using a simple yet sophisticated braided rawhide loop around the horse’s nose and a 22-ft braided mane hair rope called a mecate, the vaqueros would stay out of the young horse’s mouth as they Fire in his “two-rein” set up. grew and shed teeth. A young horse’s face is very sensitive during this growth phase. The use of balance and signal with a bosal preserves the young horse’s sensitive mouth and face as they learn. As the horse learns, the size of the bosal/hackamore will be reduced. In the early stages of training, a horse may be in a 5/8-inch hackamore but, as he progresses, he’ll work his way down to a more delicate bosalita of 3/8-inch or even ¼-inch. By the time the horse is working in a ¼-inch, he’ll be ready for the “two-rein.” At first, the bridle is placed over the bosalita and the rider continues to ride with the bosalita and mecate, simply carrying the bridle reins as the horse grows accustomed to the bit. Slowly, the rider will begin to pick up on the bridle reins more and more, however the bosalita and mecate are still available to help correct or direct the green bridle horse as he learns. In this way, that beautiful, sensitive, velvet mouth is preserved. The whole system can take upwards of five years! A far cry from today’s 30-day crash courses that so many horses are expected to come away from “broke.” The amount of time, effort, respect and care that’s put into both developing this system of horsemanship and the horses themselves was so refreshing and so inspiring to me. I was hooked! It became very important to me to learn as much as I could about this system and to really understand how the use of balance and signal was different from the method I was so familiar with: pressure and release. Explaining the differences between the two systems is an entire article by itself, so I won’t even start that, but what I will say is the more I “tried” to get it, the more confused I became, and the harder I pushed myself to “do it right” the more frustrated I was. One day, as a way to take the pressure off of us both, I took my gelding “Fire” down to my round pen, pulled off all his tack and just hopped on him “naked.” As we moseyed around, taking a break from the pressures of “getting it,” I began to notice him noticing me. If I got a little off-centre (which happens every now and then), he’d respond HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year

Don’t Block cont’d by moving away from the side I was heavy on. If I shifted my centre of gravity forward a hair and then returned to the middle, drawing up at my centre, he’d stop. If I rocked myself from one side across his centre, he would actually pivot on the spot to stay lined up with my balance from the slightest signal! That was it! All this time I’d been trying to “do” something that was already happening! I couldn’t see the forest for the trees. As soon as I took a break, decided to let loose and just have a little fun again, rather than trying so hard to do something I didn’t fully understand, it was right there waiting for me. We’re all using our balance and signal 100% of the time that we are with our horses and Aynsley Cairns and her 5-year-old Canadian gelding, just like so many asJasper, as they work on feeling each other’s balance pects of horsemanship, points. Photo by Anthony Scardillo. our horses are aware of it, even if we’re not. In many cases, our horses have actually been trying to respond to us and we’ve corrected or even reprimanded them for it. Sometimes, we can be so busy trying to “do” something or trying to figure something out that we’ll miss it completely. It seems to me that the busier our minds get trying to “make” something happen or trying to “get it,” the more blocked and insensitive we become to our feel. The sooner we learn to let go, relax and become open, the sooner whatever we are chasing comes flooding back to us. Just like the memory of the forgotten item at the grocery store that comes rushing back to us as soon as we get home, that little, illusive nugget of brilliance will come shining through as soon as we can get out of our own way and allow it to shine. Relax… it will come!

Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS) HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year


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Geometry of the Hoof and the Hoof Print Trim, Part 2 By Kristi Luehr, Okanagan School of Natural Hoof Care In last month’s article, I explained the steps we use when trimming to achieve a balanced hoof. The method we teach at the Okanagan School of Natural Hoof Care is called the Hoof Print Trim. This method allows us to trim the hoof to align the internal structures.


ast month, we discussed finding the baseline which is the starting point for our trim. The baseline determines heel height and is our starting point to find our balance, heel to toe. We also talked about finding the fulcrum, the widest point of the hoof, usually located just behind the apex of the frog. This trim style is not a cookie-cutter approach as these measurements are just a guideline that we use when evaluating where to trim. We must also “read” the clues on the hoof to establish our cut lines. It always amazes me that, even on the most distorted hooves, the clues we look for almost always line up with the measurements and gauges that we use. After establishing the baseline and the heel height, we must determine the length of the toe. We do not use the white line as a determining factor as it can stretch and migrate forward giving a false location for the toe length. In order to determine the proper length, we measure the fulcrum width from white line to white line on either side of the hoof. A front hoof should be the same width as length. So if the fulcrum is 4 ½ inches from white line to white line then our measurement from the baseline at the rear of the hoof to the toe would be 4 ½ inches. This is not a cut line though; we still have to add the thickness of the hoof wall to this measurement. A lot of times, in a run-forward hoof, the white line can stretch forward and this measurement can seem extreme. However, even though the wall flares forward and the white line stretches, the internal structures do not move or migrate. The coffin bone can rotate and sink lower in the hoof capsule in a laminitic or foundered horse but, even in those cases, the geometrical mapping will establish the location of the coffin bone before we start to trim and we can work to bring balance back to the hoof. 10 • Saddle Up • May 2015

aging forces on the hoof wall and to create a smoother breakover. The mustang roll is one of the defining differences between a barefoot trim and a traditional farrier trim. Healthy white line and a stretched white line comparison

Another factor we have to consider when aligning the bones of the hoof and A mustang roll and a lower limb is the hairline angle. All hooved traditional pasture trim animals have a 30 degree hairline in their natural environment (barring rare genetic defects) and the horse is only an exception when trimmed and managed ineffectively. Kristi Luehr is a natural trimmer and founder Studies of wild horses in the US Great Basin of the Okanagan School of Natural Hoof have shown that, when allowed to natur- Care ( She holds certificaally wear their hooves in their wild environ- tion with the Canadian Farrier School as well ment, they almost always have a 30 degree as the Oregon School of Natural Hoof Care. hairline. The few horses with this exception Her focus is to educate horse owners about have a genetic defect of a club foot. A club hoof anatomy, hoof mechanism, and the imfoot is a coffin bone with a steeper dorsal portance of a natural trim based on the wild angle and therefore creates a hoof with a horse model. steeper dorsal hoof wall angle and a higher heel. Both of these pathologies will affect (See their listing in our Business Services secthe hairline angle. tion under FARRIERS & SUPPLIES) After evaluating the baseline, the fulcrum, the toe length and the hairline angle, we finish our trim by defining and trimming the bars and putting the mustang roll on the front of the hoof. The bars’ function is for support in the rear of the hoof and it is important A career with horsepower that they are not over trimmed; however, Take your horsemanship and they must also not be livestock skills from good to left to grow over the job-ready with the Western sole as they can cause Ranch and Cow Horse program bruising and abscessing. A mustang roll Program offered is a rounding of the at Vermilion Campus hoof wall at the toe to remove any lever10/14 5/15


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Hooves and Muddy Conditions By Scott Gravlee, DVM, CNS, Equine Nutrition Consultant, Life Data Labs, Inc.


he mud and muck that comes along with the rainy season can wreak havoc on horse’s hooves. The resulting softening of the hoof capsule not only leads to increased wear and tear but also creates an ideal environment for the invasion of “hoof eating” microbes that cause thrush and crumbling hoof horn. The temptation is to apply a hoof product to kill the microbes and seal out the moisture; however you should not use products on your horse’s hooves you would not use on your hands. Horse’s

hooves, as well as human skin, have a layer of dermal tissue that contains compounds called phospholipids. These compounds have a segment that repels water and a segment that attracts water. These compounds also allow the penetration of oxygen. Therefore, instead of using products that seal out moisture, a product that contains phospholipids to allow the hoof to repel water in wet conditions and conserve water in dry conditions is recommended. Do not use products that prevent oxygen from passing through the hoof wall. When oxygen is ‘sealed out’ from a non-sterile area, it creates an environment for hoof destroying anaerobic micro-organisms to thrive. Avoid caustic materials such as formalin (formaldehyde), iodine crystals, copper sulfate and solvents such as acetone and turpentine. Greasy products which block oxygen should also be avoided. HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year • 11

Common Misconceptions By Ken Cameron, K.C. Saddlery The Art of Lead Changes Why do chuck wagon racers do the figure 8 barrels before they hit the track? This causes 12-16 horses on the track to all be in a left lead as they approach the first turn. This will prevent horses running wide, obviously preventing a serious wreck. Why do cutters work a flag? This is to condition their horse to be even in both the left and right leads. Events like working cow horse, to fence a cow, the horse absolutely could not turn if it was in the wrong lead. In cutting, one soon finds out which side your horse is weak on. The cow will double duck your horse to find out what side your horse is short on, so the next move is to run down your weak side.

Next time you watch the warm-up at a cutting, you will see most doing a counter-clockwise long trot or slow lope; most comfortable for the horse.

Studies like what Dr. Pat Harris of Cambridge Veterinary School should take into account is the lead change.

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Normally the lunge line is 24-26’ in length. This gives your horse about a 50’ circle. Working your horse in both directions allows conditioning on both leads. Horses are typically left leaded. This is why race tracks are run counterclockwise. Most horse events have in the back of their mind this pre-condition of left leads. This is why they have obstacles that require right leads.

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Horse Racing Returns to Calgary Area By Doug Vaessen, Global News The $24-million Century Downs Racetrack and Casino is slated to open to the public at the end of April, and the harness racing industry is calling it a “lifesaver” that industry experts hope will revive the sport.

Standardbred racing will return to Calgary with the opening of Century Downs racetrack. (Associated Press)


t Cenalta Stables, north of Olds, Gordon Empey has been raising standard-bred pacers for much of the past two decades.

Casino will open on Dwight McLellan Trail near Cross Iron Mills. The hope is that it will inject $7 to $9 million annually into an industry that’s been starving for a major venue. “We are a casino and off-track betting site for 364 days of the year, but for 100 days we will race live– something unique to Calgary now,”

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year deal last week to provide the track with horses. Ryneveld said they’re about two weeks away from opening the building, and another two weeks from horses on the track. They expect to be open to the public for live racing April 25. After a seven-year hiatus, this is great news! The entertainment complex will feature a 0.7 mile racetrack, 550 gaming machines, a restaurant, bars and an off-track betting lounge. Fans of the sport have since had no option other than to watch racing online or make the trek north to Edmonton to Northlands Park Racetrack and Casino for live events. The racetrack-casino was first proposed to open in 2007, but has been  plagued over the years by financial uncertainty and delays. Now, with only finishing touches left to be done on the site, the Century Downs casino will open April 1, with the first horse races set to take place April 25. Thoroughbred racing  will begin in 2016, and by that point, Century Downs’ barns will be able to accommodate 300 horses on any given race day.

Photo Courtesy of Century Downs

“It’s always the time of year we look forward to the most because another two weeks the foals will start to come—just look forward to what we will have then, and two years down the road.” But this year is special: for the first time in almost a decade, Empey’s horses will race in Calgary. “It’s probably the lifesaver for us. We all have been just hanging on by the skin of our teeth the last years, every year getting tougher. And finally the light is going to show up at the end of the tunnel – and without it we are all finished.” Empey explained that horse people are glad that Standardbred racing is back in the Calgary market because “Really, we don’t have a circuit because we’ve been jumping around from Timbuktu to everywhere else.” After fits and false starts for years, Century Downs Racetrack and

Drivers pose on the soon-to-be finished racetrack at the Century Downs Casino north of Calgary. (CBC)

Photo Courtesy of Century Downs

said Paul Ryneveld, the general manager at Century Downs. The track still needs 20 cm of rock dust, but in a few weeks, horses will be running. The Alberta Standardbred Horse Association signed a fiveHCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year

Alberta Wish Ride Heads for Corn Country in 2015


ith the winter all but a less than fond memory, riders are thinking of new places to take their horses and once again the Alberta Wish Ride is providing that variety. The Alberta Wish Ride had another successful year in 2014 raising $28,700 and bringing the total donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation to over $200,000. There were rides at Sierra West Ranch and the Historic Reesor Ranch and both were well attended. This year the ride returns to Reesor’s on September 12th with Theresa and Scott ready to host the event for the fourth year. They put on a great day and riders respond with their attendance and their pledges. As usual there will be breakfast and supper, places to camp, rooms to rent and horses available. The new scenery in 2015 will be courtesy of a new volunteer committee chaired by Leslie Olson who is pulling out all the stops for an event in the corn capital of the world, Taber Alberta, on August 22nd. The event will stage out of the rodeo grounds in Taber which offers lots of room for trailers and camping. Leslie and her group are planning entertainment on both Friday and Saturday nights as well as breakfast and supper for riders and non-riders alike on Saturday. A custom saddle will be offered as a prize at both rides. For every $25 in pledges, you receive one ticket in the draw for the

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King George Masonic Temple sponsored the saddle at Reesor Ranch in 2014. Presenting the saddle to Sonja Waeckerlin are ride co-founders Roger Matas and Irene White and King George board members Steve Kennard and Dave Murray.

saddle. Both rides will also feature a silent auction, draws and prizes. All riders are welcome to participate at either or both rides. Register on line at and start collecting pledges. There is even a way to collect pledges on line which makes fundraising easy and gets a tax receipt sent out right away. Check the web site frequently for schedules and updates on both rides. • 15

Canadian Quarter Horse Association By Marnie Somers NRCHA - THREE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS EARNED BY CANADIANS


he National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions was held in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 20. Although the event took place in February 2015, it was held to determine the 2014 Champions. At this event, three World Championships were earned by Canadians. John Swales, of Millarville AB, worked first in the draw in the Open Bridle Finals. Sliding hard and turning

the NRCHA Celebration of Champions. Madelyn owns and rode Shiners Little Peppy, sired by Shining Spark and out of Little Jalapeppy, to a composite of score of 431.5. She earned $1,050 for the win.

Madelyn Gosselin was crowned 2014 World Champion in the Youth Limited division (Photo by Western Horse Review) John Swales won 2014 Open Bridle World Champion (Photo by Larri Jo Starkey/AQHA Journal)

fast on Maximum Echo, John earned a 220 in the reined work and a 232 in the cow work for a monster 452 that left all the other exhibitors struggling to catch up. Here is a link to their winning run on YouTube: http://youtu. be/0ZUVGUhlQxM. Maximum Echo is a 2004 sorrel stallion by Playboys Remedy and out of Dry Sans Echo by Dry San. He was bred by Twisted L Ranch of Greenville TX and is owned by Flo Houlton of Caroline AB. “He’s very aggressive,” John said. “Everything he does, he tries 110 percent all the time, and he’s easy to show, especially for as much as he has been shown.” It took John 30 hours to drive from his home in Alberta to Fort Worth, but he said the trip was well worth it. “Max” has $25,748 in NRCHA earnings and the win in Open Bridle added $7,912.50 to that total. Madelyn Gosselin, of Abbotsford BC, was crowned 2014 World Champion in the Youth Limited division of 16 • Saddle Up • May 2015

CQHA extends our sincere congratulations to these three talented Canadians on their recent World Championship titles!

2015 AQHA CONVENTION FORT WORTH TEXAS The CQHA Board of Directors holds a face-to-face meeting prior to the start of each annual AQHA Convention. This year’s meeting, to conduct CQHA business for the upcoming year, was held on Friday, March 6, at the Omni Hotel, in Fort Worth, Texas. See for highlights of the meeting. Upon conclusion of the meeting, AQHA Directors, members and guests participated in the many activities, events and meetings on the AQHA Convention schedule March 6-8.

Deborah Anderson, of Vancouver BC, owns and rode Signed Prescription to a World Championship win in the Novice Non-Pro Bridle division of the NRCHA 2014 Celebration of Champions. Deborah marked a 429 aboard her Appaloosa, sired by High Sign Nugget and out of Ima Docs Dolly, to mark a 429 score. She earned $2,693.75 for her win.

CQHA President Haidee Landry

Deborah Anderson earned 2014 World Champion in the Novice Non-Pro Bridle division (Photo by Western Horse Review) CQHA Secretary Gayle Pawley-Wilson HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year

Strathcona Ventures sponsors Olympian with EquiCrown


aly Fisher, head groom to 2012 Olympian Ben Maher contacted Strathcona Ventures in January to learn more about EquiCrown, the innovative compression wrap for horses. Strathcona Ventures is the Canadian distributor for EquiCrown products. “We recognized the potential of working with one of the top world combinations of horse, groom and rider,” says Donna von Hauff, CFO of Strathcona Ventures. “We made the decision to work closely with Daly to benchmark the efficacy of EquiCrown with this winning team.” Strathcona Ventures is an Alberta company which works with all caliber of horses, and from private to FEI event facilities like Rocky Mountain Show Jumping. Worldrenowned Canadian breeding and training facilities like Wingberry Farms, Carousel Ridge, Top Notch Performance Horses, Canada’s national police force and Cavalia/ Odysseo are part of Strathcona’s client roster

for EquiCrown and other products. “Travel, stalling and competitions are hard on a horse’s legs,” says Fisher. “EquiCrown keeps legs tight without heat.” EquiCrown were used consistently with Maher’s horses during the 2015 Wellington Equestrian Festival (WEF). “EquiCrown proved extremely effective. There’s no swelling, legs are cool, and the horses are comfortable. This is critical to keep the horses in top form.” EquiCrown compression bandages are used to support lymphatic flow and blood circulation through the application of external pressure – similar to the human compression stockings. The bandages are anatomically designed to perfectly fit the horse leg. Fisher used EquiCrownFIT with Diva II during the 2015 WEF. Maher and Diva II won Week 9’s $372,000 FEI World Cup CSI 5*-W Grand Prix. This win coupled with their second place finish in the $372,000 FEI World Cup CSI 5*-W Grand Prix during Week 6, both World Cup events, made Diva II the top prize winner of the 12 week event. Mr. Fisher is expanding his use of

EquiCrown with the horses he oversees. “Diva II is very restless during travel. We are going to equip her with EquiCrown full hind leg compression bandages to keep her legs protected, fit and tight.” Strathcona Ventures represents a new generation of products for horse health, comfort and safety. The Canadian company distributes EquiCrown Compression bandages in addition to Kentucky Komfort 100% pine bedding, WHOA Dust to control arena dust and improve footing texture, high quality stall and barn mat solutions, Aegis Microbial surface protection, Sirocco bedding treatment, and NAG bags. For further information about the company’s products and consulting services visit or


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Spruce Meadows Celebrates 40 years!


rom very modest beginnings in April of 1975, Spruce Meadows officially launched its 40th Anniversary season on April 1 with a day-long program that encompassed the past, present and future. An invited audience of nearly 1000 guests celebrated the remarkable Spruce Meadows story that has been authored over the last 40 years at the world-famous show jumping facility just outside of Calgary, AB. Guests in attendance included corporate partners, media, officials, volunteers and athletes, many of whom travelled great distances to celebrate the occasion designed to pay special tribute to Spruce Meadows founders, Ron and Marg Southern. The Spruce Meadows 40th Anniversary project team designed and executed the event as a surprise celebration for the founders, with a special focus on what has happened, against all odds, on this 550-acre former cattle feedlot. “It has been an amazing day for us here at Spruce Meadows,” said Spruce Meadows President Linda Southern Heathcott. “The horse is really what has made all of this possible. The horse spans all cultures, all walks of life, and brings people together like nothing else. When Spruce Meadows first started I think my parents recognized that while the horse was no longer used as it was in former times, for agricultural and military purposes, it still had a place in our lives. That has certainly been proved out over the last 40

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By Caroline Weilinger

years here at Spruce Meadows.” Since Spruce Meadows opened, athletes from 57 nations have competed before nearly 10 million fans. Through the decades, those athletes have been awarded more than $110 million in prize money made available through the commitment and support of its corporate partners, many of which have been involved with Spruce Meadows since 1975. Spruce Meadows recognized from the start that, in order for the venue to be more than a regional entity, television would play an important role. Indeed it has since the very beginning. Starting with 12 minutes of television from the first Spruce Meadows tournament in June 1976, today more than 130 hours of production is distributed around the world. Spruce Meadows and its long-time domestic and host broadcast partner, CBC Sports, also announced on April 1 the continuation of their decades-long partnership. Spruce Meadows has a full slate of 40th Anniversary initiatives that it will be announcing over the next few weeks in advance of the 2015 season of international sport. For a complete tournament schedule, visit the Spruce Meadows website at

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What’s Lying Around Your Farm?

By Jesse Jorgensen, 17, Maple Ridge, BC

Growing up, my Grandma’s farm has been my favourite place to be. On the long summer days, when the bluest skies and the greenest grass meet under the sunset, I would relax on the balcony and watch the miniature donkeys graze. When they aren’t meandering through the fields, they are being brushed and pampered by somebody.


mean, what’s not to like about donkeys? They are cute, scruffy and like to cuddle, even though they can be a bit dusty sometimes! I like to call them the “little ragamuffins.” But, after being brushed in the springtime, shedding enough hair to make another donkey and enough dust to fill the Grand Canyon, with my adornment of little braids in their manes, I think they are worthy of a first-place prize! My mom recently received a phone call from my grandma. I could tell by the tone that something wasn’t right. It turned out that something was terribly wrong with one of the donkeys. She was refusing to eat and drink. We all know of that panic when something like this happens. My grandma immediately called the veterinarian (Dr. Stefanie Jeanneret), who checked the donkey and performed a rectal examination. To our surprise, the vet pulled out small pieces of chewed-up plastic. And even worse, she could feel a larger obstruction. They immediately put the donkey on intravenous fluids, antibiotics and painkillers. The vet pumped oil into her stomach through her nose, and my grandma monitored the intravenous fluids throughout the night. To our astonishment, the little donkey passed a huge, twisted plastic bag with blocked manure. It was about 13 by 16 inches. The vet was actually amazed that the donkey had not choked. This was a complete shock. How could this have happened? My grandparent’s farm is immaculate, and that is being modest. There is a place for everything and everything has a place. I think this has imprinted on me very high standards for the conditions of farms. I have been witness to many farms that do not provide a healthy environment for people or for animals. How could this have happened at a place where it should be least likely to? Well, I guess donkeys will eat anything, given the chance. Was the plastic in the baled hay? Or was it blown in by the wind from a neighbour’s yard? We will never know. I wanted to share this with you in hopes of highlighting the danger of having debris lying around. Something like this can happen at the most unlikely of times and places. Donkeys eat anything, so it is important to take the time to check that nothing on the property poses any sort of threat This is the piece of plastic. It measures to humans or animals, approximately 13 by 16 inches. HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year

The donkeys enjoying a snack as it can have dire consequences. The vet did an amazing job of dealing with the situation, and we are all very thankful for her expertise. As of now, the donkey is on the mend, and we are very glad that she is okay.

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Gaited Horses Back at Armstrong By IGHS Committee. Photos courtesy of Loretta Leblanc

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he 18th Annual Interior Gaited Fun Show rides again on June 13-14 in Armstrong BC. Although some gaited breeds have their own shows, this is the only ALL BREED ‘gaited’ event in the province. The show is unique in its class mixture of Games, Equitation and Gait - 42 classes in all. The emphasis is on casual fun for both horse and rider - a chance to get together and enjoy good company, good horses, and celebrate the wonderful comfort of smooth riding.

Our judge this year will be Patti Amos Thomas from Armstrong, who is carded for gaited horses and has done a great job at previous shows. There will be a parade of breeds during the lunch hour break on Saturday. Our special demo this year will feature the national horse of Brazil the Mangalarga Marchador, owned, trained and shown by Dana Johnsen


of Nickers Saddlery in Penticton. All the info you need about the show is at www.interiorgaitedhorseshow.weebly. com. Looking forward to seeing our returning participants and to welcoming new ones. As the saying goes: “there are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.”

On a Gaited Horse ------ 18th Annual Interior Gaited Fun Show -----June 13-14, 2015 • Armstrong Agriplex

All Gaited Horses Welcome! Participants tend to travel from far and wide. On a local level, our esteemed (Saddle Up) editor is having too much fun trying a different gaited breed each year: Peruvian, TWH, Rocky Mountain and this year an Icelandic! If you don’t show, this is THE ONE you should go to! Come and be your natural self. It’s a great learning opportunity for green horses to get some experience. Peruvians can earn single points in some classes. 20 • Saddle Up • May 2015

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weet Itch is one of the most common skin diseases seen in the horse. Most horses first start showing signs when they are between 1 and 4 years of age and the condition generally worsens with each summer. All too often ponies purchased during the winter months prove to have Sweet Itch the following summer! Certain breeds are particularly prone to the disease; Icelandic horses, Friesians, Shetland ponies, Shires, Hackneys and Welsh ponies have all been suggested as susceptible breeds. Sweet Itch is caused by hypersensitivity to the bite of the tiny Culicoides midge. The fly is active from March to October but peaks in numbers in May to September. Culicoides are very small and can pass through conventional mosquito netting. They are most active at dawn and dusk. The midges breed in aquatic habitats; any standing water, decaying vegetation and even manure is sufficient. The worst affected sites are usually the tail head, under the mane and underneath the horse’s abdomen. Sometimes the sensation is so strong that horses will cause severe damage to themselves  or their environment, while in extreme cases, horses cannot tolerate tack on their skin, let alone a rider.

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Signs of Sweet Itch in horses: Mild to severe itching and rubbing, usually along the mane, back and tail; loss of tail and mane hair; bald patches, which can look ugly and grey due to permanent hair loss and skin damage; areas of sore, open, broken skin which tend to bleed; and in some cases, itching along the legs and under the belly.

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A good midge repellent is essential. Many horses can be controlled by being  moved to a hilltop field. Small midge breeding areas, such as water troughs, need to be cleaned often. Stable your horse  from about 4 pm to 8 am when midges are at their worst. Using insect-proof mesh on the windows and doors of stables may help.

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No Sugared Coating

By E.J. MacDonald

We humans are a weird bunch, having all kinds of different likes, dislikes, habits, interests, etc. And, while our social schedules, activities, food intake levels and times vary greatly (which for people is totally fine), forcing our horses into that same box isn’t.


ike it or not, horses absolutely NEED to have hay around 24/7. As I have said in a previously written article, their very lives and health depends on this fact. To have a two to four meal per day ration not only marks humans as insensitive but it also shows us that we are overstepping the rules nature laid out. Horses produce stomach acid 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Imagine having heartburn for that duration and ulcers so bad you feel like you just want to pack it in. Without that roughage in his gut, this is exactly how it is for your horse. And those equine gastric discomforts often lead to us having a lot of meetings with teeth, hooves and the ground. Acid splashing up against one’s stomach walls would put anyone into a bad mood, and your equine pal is no exception. Only he can’t pop Gaviscon or Zantac for it, and those ulcer medications are only masking the issue. The issue would likely not be an issue if only we fed them the way they eat naturally. Sorry, but I have to go on. Bits are another issue that humankind has imposed on equinekind. With so many people NOT using bits and getting incredible results and solid relationships with their horses, it makes me wonder why there are

hardly any bitless classes at breed shows. Take the time to do a little poking around on the Internet, and you might just find that bitless is the way to go. Not only do many horses respond better without bits, but many dental issues very often disappear. Still, get your horse a dental checkup every year. Shoes are great for some horses, and some horses do need them. Corrective issues, lameness, riding on hard terrain. Valid reasons. But please take the time to talk to your farrier, and if he/she only pushes for shoes, get a second opinion. You may well find that your horse is a barefoot candidate. Feet (our own included) flex when they meet pressure surfaces, as we know, and that flexion is nature’s way of providing traction. Someone once told me the frog is the “heart” of the hoof and acts like a pump to send blood throughout the hoof. Given that it also acts as a shock absorber, it would seem that shoeing would cause the loss of that give and take of energy the leg naturally uses. Running shoes meet the demands of our legs and feet, so perhaps consider hoof boots instead of shoes. Not only will you save money on metal shoes, but they do come in different colours, so you can accessorize to match tack. Who doesn’t like doing that? None of this (aside from the way horses were designed by nature to eat) is set in stone, so experiment a little. Your horse’s attitude could amaze you, and having a happy horse can mean more trophies and ribbons, or a more relaxing trail ride; for all of us -- a better relationship with our horses all around. With the nicer weather coming around more often, isn’t it time we really got to enjoying our time with our horses? In future, let us remember, “For the good of the horse,” and ask ourselves if it’s for them or for us. E.J MacDonald is an artist, an author, and active in the racing industry since 1997. Active in the equine industry since 1989, she is an advocate of bitless riding and natural horsemanship.

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What is a Red Bag Delivery?

By Dr. Heather Pedersen BVSc, Kamloops Large Animal Clinic

Let’s start at the beginning…


ithin the uterus the foal is surrounded by a thin white sac (the amnion), and then a thicker red membrane (the chorioallantios). This red membrane is smooth on the inside (toward the foal) and has a velvety texture on the outer surface where it is firmly attached to the uterus. At the cervix, the red membrane does not have this velvety appearance, instead it has a smoother appearance, this area is called the cervical star.

oxygen from the placenta. The red bag must be opened so the foal can be delivered. Open the red bag immediately - with scissors or by tearing it. Once the membrane has been cut, deliver the foal as soon as possible. Once the foal has been delivered it should receive oxygen if available. Because the foal will have been deprived of oxygen for a period of time it may develop problems due to this period of decreased oxygen. A red bag delivery increases the chances that the foal will develop neonatal maladjustment syndrome (dummy foal syndrome). Have the foal examined by a veterinarian within the first few hours of birth. (Editor’s note: I was most curious about this and asked Dr. Pedersen more questions… How often does this happen to mares? Is it more apt to happen with a maiden mare or broodmares? What might cause the red membrane to separate prematurely? Her response…

Normal presentation

The velvety surface of the red membrane is actually millions of Velcro-like attachments, this close attachment allows transfer of oxygen and nutrients across the placenta and to the foal. In the uterus the foal relies on this attachment for oxygen, once the foal is born it will rely on environmental air. In a normal foaling when the cervix relaxes and the uterus starts to contract, the pressure at the cervix breaks the red membrane at the cervical star. This is when the ‘water breaks’. This happens inside the mare so you will see the fluid but you don’t see the red membrane at all until after the foal is born and she passes the placenta (afterbirth). After the ‘water breaks’ the thin white sac (amnion) will protrude through the vulva within 5-10 minutes with the foal’s nose and two front feet inside it. The foal is then delivered within 15-30 minutes.

“Red bag is more likely if the placenta is thickened from infection or inflammation, a condition called “placentitis.” Mares exposed to fescue grass in late pregnancy can also have a thickened placenta. However often there is no obvious cause. Although no exact statistics are available, thankfully it is very rare. It is not any more likely in maiden vs second or third foals.”)

Abnormal ‘red bag’ presentation

In a red bag delivery the red membrane (chorioallantois) separates prematurely and it does not break open at the cervical star. It is then pushed out through the vulva intact and presents as a ‘red bag’ at the vulva. This is a true emergency. Because the placenta has separated, the foal is not receiving HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year • 23

2015 NAERIC Futurity and Sale By Bruce Roy, Photos by Brenda Hunter Pundits ringside in the Westoba Arena at Brandon’s 2015 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair were right. The entry at this year’s North American Equine Ranching Information Council’s Draft Horse Classic Yearling Sale exhibited greater quality than in previous years. at the NAERIC Sale as a yearling by Kent and Marnie Anderson who pocketed the $6,030.90 awarded this year’s Futurity Winner. The Breeder’s Award of $1,857.50 was pocketed by Cameron and Julie Roy, SanLan Percherons of Markerville, AB. This year’s judges were Aaron Freitag (New Castle, Indiana), Steve Gregg (Cargill, ON) and Tim Sparrow (Jordan, Minnesota). But one entry surfaced in the $2,500 Lady Driver Division. This was Tracey Bickford, Prairie Percherons of Marquis, SK, who collected $1,000 with her entry. The Futurity payout was $30,154.20. No draft horse entered went home with less than $500.


3-year-old grey Percheron Mare, SanLan Montana.

he consignment of 24 Belgians, Clydesdales, Percherons and Shires sold for a $3,783.35 average price. Rose Hill Usher was the sale high. This Percheron colt won an $8,500 bid placed by Gord Ruzicka, Rose Hill Percherons of Viking, AB. From the last foal crop by the Iowa-bred sire, L.D.’s Shiawass’e Ozzie, he has the size and stretch Percheron breeders seek today. His honour-laden dam, Rose Hill Nicole II, is a daughter of Lucasia Colonel. Gardiner’s Vegas topped the Belgians consigned. Red sorrel in colour, this lofty colt sparked a bidding war. Bred by Rob Gardiner, Gardiners Belgians of Virden, MB, he was purchased by Tom Lane, Creekside Belgians of Birtle, MB. The paternal grandson of Korry’s Captain won a final bid of $7,500. Evergreen Acres Baxter was the high-selling Clydesdale. Consigned by Robert D. Campbell, Riverside Clydesdales of Fawcett, AB, this handsome bay colt, marked picture perfect, was bought by Zane Pickering, Falcon Clydesdales of Prince George. A son of North Country Limited Edition, he sold for $5,000. The Express Ranch Clydesdales of Yukon, Oklahoma, purchased Windcharger Chance. This exciting black colt, bred by Dale and Maxine Campbell, Windcharger Shires of Dawson Creek, is a Providence Flynn son. When fully developed, he will take a position in the widely-campaigned six horse hitch of black geldings shown by Express Ranches. Winner of the 2015 NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity was SanLan Montana. Fielded by Kent and Marnie Anderson and Sons, Charleswood Percheron of Pilot Mound, MB, this powerful, dark grey Percheron mare was bred by Cameron and Julie Roy, SanLan Percherons at Markerville, AB. Purchased as a yearling at the NAERIC Sale for $3,700, all three judges placed her first shown on halter; two judges placed her second Pattern Driving, the third judge placed her fourth. While two judges placed her second in the Cart Class, the third judge placed her third. SanLan Montana was purchased 24 • Saddle Up • May 2015

The sorrel Belgian Gelding, Duhaime’s Tanner, driven by Gord Ruzicka, won the Rail Cart Class, one of the three divisions of the NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity. All three judges placed him first in this division.

Belgian Gelding Creek Side Xenos.

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This Man is Heading West! Pierre Cloutier, at age 40, is a self-described “Quebec cowboy.” He packed up all his belongings and with his 2-year-old dog, Eska, he is heading west to build a new life in the Okanagan of BC. Pierre is driving his team of Belgians pulling a tandem of two covered wagons which he built himself.


is trip began November 6th leaving from Saint Barnabe-Sud (east of Montreal, Quebec). He estimates the trip to take him 8 months to reach his destination. His girlfriend of the last five years broke up with him, and after spending that period driving truck for 16-plus hours a day, he quit that job two weeks before she left him. He also worked as an auctioneer and a farrier, but decided as the time seemed right, to sell off all of his farm equipment and put everything left from his life into the wagons and hit the road. His other goal is, as a songwriter, to start up a country band once he gets settled in BC, and hopes that some of his experiences on the road will provide him with downhome song material. The brother-and-sister pair of December 2014 – near Almonte Ontario. Note the rear view mirrors on the horses and the solar panels at the back of the Belgians (Bobby, 12 and Kelly, 11) are second wagon. The panels power caution lights on the wagons. Photo courtesy of used to working and pulling a load, and Pierre is able to make about 25 to ago; heading out to BC to look for gold. And I’m looking for 30 km a day with them currently. While he’s in Alberta, he gold too, just not the same as those people. I’m looking for hopes to buy another pair of trained draft horses to get him my gold. I believe everyone has their own gold they go out over the Rocky Mountains. and look for.” With all the plans he has made for his journey, Cloutier At press time Pierre just left the Zentner Ranch in Cyadmits that many things have been working out for him that press Hills at the Alberta/Saskatchewan border. If you can he never would have predicted, in particular the hospitality provide a rest spot for this group along their route call of Canadians along his journey, as people all along the way Pierre at 819-996-2999 or keep in touch through his Facehave invited him to stay overnight for a meal, and often they book page “Pierre Cloutier, Traversée du Canada a cheval.” will help feed his horses and put them up for the night. We look forward to welcoming him to the Okanagan! “I’m doing this exactly the way people would have 200 years

Pierre and Eska.

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Pierre Cloutier is re-enacting how pioneers would have travelled across the prairies. Here he smiles as the new and old meet at the Dickinson’s farm where he stayed on March 5 in Carlyle SK. Photo: Kelly Running, Carlyle Observer.

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Getaway and Play! Looking for something different to do?

Riding? Fishing? Hunting? Or just want some peace and quiet? Sit back, relax and take a look at some Getaway places for you over the next few pages.

Brewster Adventures Legends in the Canadian Rockies, Banff’s Brewster family has helped the past stay alive. For six generations the family has been sharing the spectacular nature of the Rockies and its remarkable surroundings with visitors from all over the world. Brewster Mountain Pack Trains offers backcountry horseback trips through the awe-inspiring magnificence of the Ghost River area, bordering Banff National Park. Explore Black Rock Mountain, climb the shoulders of Yamnuska Mountain and wonder at the vista of Orient Peak. Overnight in rustic log cabins at Meadow Creek and the old Hussey’s campsite. Horses, guides, home cooked meals, cabin accommodations and sleeping bags

are provided. Guests can simply relax and enjoy the scenery. The trips leave from the Kananaskis Ranch and are offered for 2 days (overnight) or 4 days (three nights). Trips of longer duration can also be accommodated as well as larger corporate or family groups. Brewster’s century old riding stable in Lake Louise, offers daily trips to famed locations such as the Plain of Six Glaciers and Lake Agnes Tea Houses, Paradise Valley, and the Giant Steps. There is no better way to experience the Canadian Rockies than on horseback. Rides range from two to seven hours. Reservations Recommended.

Live the Lore of the West Log Cabins, Hospitality, Historical Trails, Famous Lake Louise Tea House Rides, Backcountry Horseback Rides, Century Old Outfitters

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Getaway and Play! A.P. Guest Ranch Susan and Andre Patry extend an invitation to you, a reader of Saddle Up magazine, to visit and enjoy our unique guest ranch. We are located between Merritt and Princeton, in the heart of BC’s ranching country and close to BC’s famous fruit belt and wine country. The rustic log lodge (1911) has intriguing western décor and hand-crafted furniture as well as all the amenities for comfort. Delicious and abundant homemade ranchstyle meals top up the ecstatic experiences. We also offer Bed & Bales to horsemen and welcome campers. Activities include: guided horseback riding; wagon and sleigh rides pulled by a Suffolk/Belgian team; browse Website: through our Western Treasures Gift Shop with displays of artistic artworks (by Andre) including glass-etchings, original plasmacut antique cross cut saws, horseshoe-nail jewelry; riding lessons – all ages; youth horsemanship camps; pack trips; BBQs, dinners and country/western dances; hiking and mountain biking trails; easy access to fishing lakes; special occasion events (weddings, reunions, meetings); lawn games for all ages AND abundant memorable experiences – including our 5 Star Hospitality for FREE!

Jandana Ranch Inspiration, Education, Fun. Jandana Ranch, owned by Dave and Janice Jarvis, is nestled in the mountains 30 minutes northeast of Kamloops at beautiful Pinantan Lake. We pride ourselves in offering an affordable, peaceful holiday for individuals, couples and families. Our 500 acre facility overlooks beautiful Pinantan and the vistas beyond. We have four fully equipped guest cottages, a small campground and great accommodation for your horse as well. 45 horses reside here, living in a natural setting and roaming the hills in herds. Coyotes, bear, deer, moose and many 30 minutes from Kamloops at Pinantan Lake species of predatory birds are frequently seen Inspiration, Education, Fun as they live in harmony with our horses.  At Learn to develop a partnership with horses as you could never imagine. Jandana Ranch we offer a different type of Our Natural Horsemanship principles are based on developing Trust, ranch experience. Many folks come to enjoy Compassion, Language and Leadership on the ground and in the saddle. All ages from pony riders to Baby Boomers and Beyond. the ranch, and its easy hospitality, in a setting Non-competitive. alive with wildlife, beautiful country, friendly animals and people. For people interested in Lake view Guest Cottages and Campground learning about the horse, we offer to increase Your Horse is Welcome! your knowledge in a way that is presented Horsemanship Camps, Art Workshops in very few places. Our philosophy focuses Dressage Naturally on safety and education allowing people Please go to our website for added information: of all ages to enter the wondrous world of horse psychology and to learn about Natural Visitors always welcome. Horsemanship. Prepare to be pleasantly Registration and enquiries: (250) 573-5800 surprised! Jandana  provides a  special  BC email: Guest Ranch experience.

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Getaway and Play! Visit Us! A Working Guest Ranch! At the heart of the Chilcotin in B.C. chen Wir spre ts u e D ch A completely unobstructed view to the Coast Mountains First Class Guest Rooms & Chalets • Great Riding Experiences, Fishing … or just time off!

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Big Creek Lodge The Big Creek Lodge is a working guest ranch hidden in the heart of BC’s beautiful Chilcotin region. Rated a Canada Select Four Star accommodation, the lodge provides great European comfort, combined with wilderness, adventure and untouched nature. The cedar log home has infloor-heated rooms, a large dining room which overlooks the Big Creek and surrounding landscapes, an uninhibited view of the Coast Mountains, a cozy fireplace and a large wrap around deck. Two cabins, nestled on the river, have their own cowboy-style living room, bathroom, and a large veranda with beautiful views to the Big Creek providing even more silence during your stay. We offer great horseback riding on one of our 30 horses, chosen personally for each guest for the duration of his/her stay. Every June, there is a big Cattle Drive with over 700 head of cows/calves brought up into the mountains. And the Lodge is a great base for a visit to the world famous Williams Lake Stampede - the second largest Rodeo in Canada. In addition to our horse adventures, you can also enjoy fishing, hiking and mountain biking, or just relax in the hot tub under the stars at night. It is truly a vacation experience you have always dreamed of! Double Star Ranch Double Star Ranch offers trail rides from May through to September. We’re a smaller, more personal operation where the horses are treated like family. Our horses live in a natural herd environment, are kept barefoot for optimal hoof health, receive regular massage therapy, and are never overworked. We work to ensure all of the horses enjoy their jobs. We even take in horses in need to care for and rehabilitate them so that they may have a better future. Horses are selected for each individual rider so that every guest, whether a beginner or more experienced receive the best experience possible. While offering fantastic trail rides is the main focus, Double Star Ranch also hosts several special events including kid’s day camps, an adult horsemanship weekend, and our opening day fundraiser on May 2, to benefit the family of Richard Smith who was severely injured in a snowmobile accident. Children between the ages of 6-16 years old can learn about the care of horses, improve their riding skills and more, all while having a fantastic time making new friends and being with the horses during the kid’s day camps, and adults can enjoy a similar experience during the adult weekend. 

Double Star Ranch Trail Rides 1740 Agate Bay Road, Louis Creek BC

Less than one hour from Kamloops and 30 minutes from Barriere

Excellent horses, friendly staff, and awesome trails. Horses and trails for all levels of riders from beginners to experienced. A variety of trails available, including custom options and Pony Rides for younger riders. We also offer Kid’s Day Camps & more. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Happy and Healthy Horses.

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Getaway and Play! Kayanara Guest Ranch & Resort We offer our guests personalized holidays in an exclusive, beautiful setting in one of the most magnificent regions of BC. One of our guests wrote: “If you don’t know after the second day, where you came from and if you don’t know after the third day, where you wanted to go, that’s KAYANARA. One of the nicest guest ranches in BC.” Stay in one of our very unique log cabins, our cozy full hookup campsite or B&B. Relax in the quiet and explore the freedom of the wilderness. Take advantage of Kayanara Run on Eagle Creek or horseback rides in exceptional terrain. Come with your own horse and stay with bale & breakfast or visit us as a day guest. We provide paddocks and hay for your horse. We offer a free shuttle to the beach at Canim Lake (5 min) for swimming, boating and fishing in the lake. We also bring you with our rental boats to other pristine lakes. Summer: Playground, multipurpose room for events, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, wildlife viewing, boating, catamaran, lake & river fishing. Winter: snowshoeing, ice fishing, x-country skiing, dogsledding, snowmobiling. The best thing, KAYANARA is very reasonable!

One Eye Outfit Box 9, Kleena Kleene, B.C. V0L 1M0 • 250-981-4270 •

We are excited to offer 3, 5, 7 & 10 day Wilderness Adventures Traditional Mountain Pack Trips Fly-in Alpine Adventures Professionally guided Fishing Trips Our primary base camp is located on Charlotte Lake. In addition we operate five other camps giving our guests access to the vast, pristine alpine area of the Charlotte Lake Alplands - the unique and beautiful area bordering south Tweedsmuir Park - the largest park in British Columbia. Under New Ownership

Our exclusive area covers 650 square miles Provincially certified Guide Outfitting Service 30 year member of the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C.

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Under new ownership, Jessib Padgett and Annalee McCoy are happy to announce they are the proud new owners of One Eye Outfit. Both Jessib and Annalee grew up in the Bella Coola and West Chilcotin area, and are now the proud parents of a one year old son. We are excited to offer traditional mountain pack trips, fly-in alpine adventures, and professionally guided fishing trips. Fly-in Alpine Adventure: Our experienced guide will meet you with the horses at the float-plane landing for an adventure of a lifetime. You will tour the rolling alpine country on quiet, surefooted horses, fish pristine lakes and streams, view and photograph wildlife and alpine wildflowers. This is truly a holiday you will remember! The Three Sisters Pack Trip: An authentic pack trip in true western style, pack up and ride into the beautiful remote alpine area of the Three Sisters Lakes. A fun filled adventure where you’ll camp well above timber line, explore the area for exquisite flora, observe wildlife and enjoy learning mountain horsemanship skills from our experienced guides. Fly-in Fishing: Professionally guided, float plane access only, this is a unique opportunity for the fishing enthusiast to experience some of the most outstanding remote fishing spots in Canada. Charlotte Lake Base Camp Fishing Excursion: An angling adventure in authentic western style, this adventure is suitable for all ages and abilities, as well as a great adventure for the avid fisherman or woman. • 29

Getaway and Play! Located at Tyax Resort & Spa Goldbridge, BC

Chilcotin Mountain Pack Horse Tours Multi-day tours between our comfy back-country camps and cabins.

Tel: 250-238-0177

photo credit: Andrew Doran

Toll free 1-888-892-9288 Canada Only E-mail:

Tyax Adventures The majestic South Chilcotin mountains of BC are a unique wilderness paradise. Experiencing this spectacular area on horseback is, quite simply, a recipe to rejuvenate the soul. Tyax Adventures is an expert in horseback adventure in the South Chilcotins. Operating in both the South Chilcotin Mountain and Big Creek Provincial Parks, Tyax Adventures offers single and multi-day trips designed to experience the best of this incredible region, while catering to your skills and needs. Your trip departs from the luxurious Tyax Wilderness Resort. You’ll soon surrender to the soothing rhythm of the horse’s gait, as you wind through a network of packhorse routes and alpine trails. Riding from camp to camp, your expert wrangler will ensure not only your safety and comfort, but that you see the very finest of the area. You’ll explore lush forests, crest stunning mountain passes and revel in pristine alpine meadows. Each day finishes in a comfortable, wellmaintained mountain camp where your ravenous hunger will be satisfied with delicious food prepared by welcoming camp hosts. Then, before climbing into bed and succumbing to a well-earned sleep, you’ll take in the night sky and listen to the peace of the wilderness. And, finally, you’ll return home, revitalized, to savour the memories of this remarkable experience.

Get ready for The Wilderness Way Adventure Resort It’s not often that something brand new comes along in the travel world, but The Wilderness Way Adventure Resort outside of Ashcroft BC, is just that. Imagine you’re here… Thrill to a day of adventure – ziplining, ATV touring, archery arena, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking. Freshen up in your luxurious cabin or tipi with views of the Thompson River and Cascade Mountains; then join your fellow adventurers for a delicious gourmet dinner in the intimate lodge. Swap stories by the campfire or snuggle under a blanket of stars with your only one. THAT is The Wilderness Way. The Wilderness Way Adventure Resort is an all-inclusive luxury adventure resort featuring unique first class accommodation, exceptional dining and a huge diversity of guided experiences on site so that you can personalize your own adventure holiday. You can choose from luxury hand-crafted log cabins, all with unique custom designs, or authentic tipis, perfect for families. Your stay includes all meals plus snacks, select beverages, and all on site activities led by Wilderness Way trained guides. The Wilderness Way Adventure Resort is the perfect destination resort for active family holidays, couples romantic weekend, outdoor adventure vacation with pals, and corporate retreats. Get your Wild on this year! 30 • Saddle Up • May 2015

located near Ashcroft, BC

wild at heart, exclusive in nature

adventure play luxury all-inclusive

• zipline • horseback • ATV • biking & hiking ... and more! | 250.453.0033

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Getaway and Play! The Castle at Swan Lake The anticipated opening of the Castle has finally happened. After 10 long years of setbacks and sitting vacant three partners, Bob Pomeroy, Jacqueline Brooks and UMC Financial, bought the majestic castle and created a unique resort hotel for vacationers to the area. Jacqueline Brooks, manager and co-partner, says it’s now fit for royalty. Each suite boasts a full kitchen with all the luxuries and a private balcony. Even the mattresses by Hypnos are labeled ‘by appointment to her majesty Queen Elizabeth II’. There are a total of 44 suites separated by a courtyard with a heated swimming pool and hot tub which will also boast a pool bar. The hotel will be home to a full restaurant and banquet room (under construction until June 2015) in the top of south turret of the Castle offering incredible views. “One of the features that sets us apart is that we are the only hotel in Vernon to offer a lake view and the quality of construction effectively negates any noise from the highway separating our hotel from the lake. A grand opening is being planned for summer, but meanwhile the Castle is open to the curious for tours and is already taking guests,” says Jacqueline.

A beautiful 44 suite resort offering luxurious amenities. Just minutes from Vernon and Armstrong, on Hwy 97 overlooking Swan Lake. Whether it’s business or pleasure The Castle will exceed your expectations.

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Tails to be Told

. . .A treasure chest of memories .

We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, and share your photos and memories with us. This is not a contest - it is your moment to share with our readers anything from days gone by. The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you. Send Saddle up one or two photos and your memoirs (up to 250 words maximum please). Memoirs will be printed as space allows each month. Please include your phone number and location for our files and verification if needed. We would like to print your name (or initials) and location with your submission. You are welcome to send one or more in the months ahead as well. This will be a regular monthly feature... So start looking through those photo albums and share your stories with us. Photos will only be returned if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. See page 4 for contact information.

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Cariboo Chatter

By Mark McMillan


s you read this month’s issue of Saddle Up, we’ll be a long way from the Cariboo... on May 1, we left home for France! We’ll spend five or six days in the Strasbourg area, actually in an area known as Route de Vin, in Alsace; the name means “wine route,” which sounds awesome to us! From there, we hop down to Barcelona, Spain, where we’ll board the Emerald Princess for a seven-day Mediterranean cruise. We’ll have stops and excursions in Spain, France, Italy, Montenegro, and Greece. So far, I haven’t been able to find much on the Internet about horses and/ or horseback riding, but I’m sure we’ll find something and, hopefully, we’ll be able to send in some photos for the June Cariboo Chatter.

(Knutsford) and Lloyd Creek Ranch (Pinantan) as Century Ranches, and the Louis family (Vernon) as a Family. On Saturday night, Ken Mather received the Joe Marten Memorial Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC. At the 25th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo on April 19, BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees were Coldwell Ranch (Jesmond) as a Century Ranch, Charlie Coldwell as a Working Cowboy,

Lloyd Creek Ranch (Janette and Vic Piva) was inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame as a Century Ranch.

Haughton Ranch was inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame as a Century Ranch.

Another awesome weekend in Kamloops has come and gone and many folks left with smiles on their faces and a “see you next year” as they waved goodbye -- after pre-booking their hotel room for next year and the 20th Anniversary of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. We were thrilled to once again have the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC, open the show Friday night at the Calvary Church and congratulate the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees: Haughton Ranch

The Louis family was inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame as a Family.

Bob Kjos (Fort St John) for Artistic and Competitive Achievements and Tom Desmond (Alkali/Dog Creek) as a Working Cowboy. I’ll have a photo or two for you in the June Cariboo Chatter. The Wild and Woolly Spring Schooling Show will be held by the 100 Mile House Outriders on May 10.

Ken Mather received the Joe Marten Memorial Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC.

See for information. There will be a dressage clinic in Clinton with Catherine Clinckemaillie at Skookumhorse Ranch on May 15-17. Phone 250-459-7772 for information. On that same weekend, May 16-17, the Little Britches Rodeo will be hosted by the 100 Mile House Outriders. They’ll also have a Farm and Ranch Show on the grounds and the Outriders Jackpot Gymkhana will be held on May 18. Also happening that weekend (May 15-18) is the annual BS and Drive Weekend at the Huber Farm in 70 Mile House. They’ll have lessons, country drives, a field driving trial and heritage pleasure driving classes on Sunday. Phone Ken Huber at 250-456-6050 for more information, and ask him about the Cariboo Trails CDE and Driving Clinic on July 17-19, too. We’ll return to Canada on May 18, just in time to head to Merritt for the BC Cattlemen’s Convention and AGM on May 21-23. The next Outrider Gymkhana will be in 100 Mile House on May 30 and there’s an Armitage Clinic on May 2931. See for information.

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Last Month’s What’s This?

Cariboo Chatter cont’d Some more dates for your calendar are: June 13-14: Annual Fun and Frolic Spring Schooling Show (100 Mile House) June 28: Outriders Gymkhana (Outriders arena, 100 Mile House) July 1: Canada Day Celebration, a great day of family entertainment (108 Heritage Site, 108 Mile Ranch) July 11: Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana July 17-19: Cariboo Trails CDE and Driving Ellen Hockley navigates through “Huber Town” Clinic at Huber Farm (70 Mile House) at last year’s Cariboo Trails CDE. July 17-19: Dressage Clinic at Skookumhorse Ranch (Clinton) July 24-26: Cariboo Turn ‘n’ Burn Barrel Racing (Outriders arena, 100 Mile House) August 8: Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana Check out the websites and or contact Joanne at for more information on the Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) which will be held August 8 at the Hills Health Ranch at 108 Mile House. This year, this event will include a 50-mile endurance ride! This will be the first time on the mainland that a CTR and an endurance event will be held on the same day at the same location. The CTR will include a level one distance (approximately 18 miles) and a level two (approximately 28 miles). Entries for each event will be capped at 25 (total of 50 riders).

The April issue’s item is owned by John Maxwell of Green Lake. It’s a fireplace screen; it folds up when not in use (as in the April photo) and is simply unfolded when the fire is lit. Note the shape, as older fireplaces often were built with rounded tops. We had no correct answers at press time. For the March issue’s item, the Dry Plates, there were a few correct answers that didn’t make it to print: Les Skinner, Kamloops BC Ryan Chapman, Kamloops BC Walter Furlong, Sherwood Park, AB


If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

ReadeRs -

do you know what this is?

Shirley Bradbury and her 4-up made super time as they navigated the Lollipops at last year’s Cariboo Trails CDE.

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The correct answer will be printed in the next issue. What’s your guess? Post your guess on Saddle Up magazine’s Facebook page. The correct answers will be printed in the next issue and acknowledged on Facebook. This month’s item comes from the Meadow Springs Museum and should be an easier one. It’s about 2 inches high and 1¼ inches in diameter. A clue: it’s not as old as the March issue’s item. Good luck! Post your guess on our Facebook page or email Mark at msprings@ and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please. • 33

Vaquero Horsemanship with Jason Hicks By Kathleen Comstock

Cowyboy(girl) Poetry

he modern day greats such as Bill and Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman are strongly influenced by the long traditions of the California Vaqueros. To trace Vaquero horsemanship as we know it today, we have to return all the way back to medieval Europe. When we look at the function of the war horses in medieval Europe, you will see a parallel to the skills we see in a modern day reined working cow horse – a turn on the forehand, spin, stop and roll back. The modern day cow horses all owe their existence to the methods used by the old time vaqueros. Today, we can see these maneuvers used in two distinct disciplines, dressage and the reined working cow horse. The philosophies adopted from the wisdom of the past put the horse’s mind, body and dignity first. It allows the horse to think and be an active part of the horse/rider team, creating a confident mind.



By Corrina Dickens

I recently had a bad fall and shattered my arm. My confidence is basically zero so I wrote a little something to think about now that I’m back in the saddle - just thought it’s worth sharing if I can give someone else a little confidence.

Who needs the bottle when you’re down and in pain? When I’m unsteady and waiver I reach down and grab mane. When forecasts are hazy and I’m unsure in my wander I place my hand to warm hide and we laugh through the thunder. Laced through your fingers hold tight and sit up. Don’t get mad when they stumble or give quite a buck. Understand when they’re uneasy and above all be kind. Then when you’re off by a stride your horse won’t leave you behind.

The Nelson Riding Club has had Jason Hicks (of Rathdrum Idaho) coming to our area for 4 years; starting horses, riding seasoned horses and teaching clinics and lessons. We are pleased to welcome him back this year for clinics on May 15-18, July 10-12 and September 18-20. His style and methods have always remained true to the dignity of the horse and many of us who ride with him have learned that there is usually a deeper meaning to everything he teaches than what is obvious. “I have been riding horses for the public about 15 years. I’ve worked with and started just about every breed. I am a student of Buck Brannaman, but have also rode in a Ray Hunt clinic and have rode with many others. I’ve spent my entire adult life studying horsemanship and learning bridle horse type movements, reining, very heavy into dressage, and lots of roping including calf roping. I put more focus on the horse’s mind, feel, timing and balance more than anything. What I have to offer can be applied to any discipline or horse activity. But a big thing of mine is getting the horse to where you can truly use the horse’s athletic abilities.” - Jason Hicks (on Facebook) For information on the upcoming clinics and/or our club, please contact Leah Hope 250-368-2002 or e-mail: 34 • Saddle Up • May 2015

So if you feel about to fall, if hand slips from rein, know you’re in this together… just reach down and grab mane!

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Top Dog! Dog Obesity

By Emily Corrie, Deep Creek Veterinary Services Ltd.


ome studies have shown that 1 in 3 dogs seen by veterinarians today are obese. This is a very real problem, especially when we consider that obesity can have grave consequences including tracheal collapse, hypothyroidism, diabetes, osteoarthritis, kidney disease, cancer, an increased anesthetic risk, and a reduced life span. Certain factors may make your dog more prone to obesity. Specific breeds—such as Cairn Terriers, West Highland Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Shetland Sheepdogs, Basset Hounds, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Daschunds, Beagles, Cocker Spaniels, Pugs, and Labrador Retrievers— have a higher chance of becoming obese. Older dogs, too, often become obese because their owners do not adjust their caloric intake to reflect the older dog’s reduced energy needs. The number of meals, snacks, and table scraps a dog receives throughout the day generally correlates to its weight. Carefully analyzing your dog’s weight on a regular basis is key to keeping him healthy. To judge this with an impartial eye, use these guidelines: 15-25% Body Fat (Low Risk): Ribs easily felt under a thin layer of fat. Abdominal tuck present when viewed from the side. Clear muscle definition when viewed from behind. Tail base bones easily felt under a thin fat cover. 25-35% Body Fat (Moderate Risk): Ribs can be felt but under moderate fat cover. Slight abdominal tuck when viewed from the side. Round appearance when viewed from behind. Tail base bones can be felt but under a moderate fat cover. 35-45% Body Fat (High Risk): Ribs very difficult to feel; thick fat cover. Flat/bulging abdomen (no abdominal tuck). Rounded appearance when viewed from behind. Tail base bones very difficult to feel under a thick fat cover and may have fat dimple. 45-55% Body Fat (Serious Risk): Ribs extremely difficult to feel with very thick fat cover. Abdominal bulge when viewed from the side. Square shape to hind quarters when viewed from behind. Tail base bones extremely difficult to feel due to a thick fat cover; fat dimple/ fold present. HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year

Are you concerned your dog may be obese? Make an appointment with your veterinarian to discuss a fitness and nutrition plan that is right for your pet.

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Top Dog! Dog Parks - A Good Choice for Your Dog? Part 1 By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP

For many people, going to the dog park is part of the fun of having a dog. It’s an opportunity for their dogs to socialize, play, exercise and burn off some steam without a lot of effort. It seems like a win-win situation. Dog parks, in concept, are a nice idea. In practice, however, they often create more problems than they are worth.


ost people with young pups know to stay clear of dog parks until early vaccinations have been completed. From a health perspective, parks aren’t safe until a proper level of protection is in place. The risks go far beyond health issues however, and it’s not just puppies that you need to worry about. The atmosphere at a dog park can present social and behavioural risks as well. For young or immature dogs, “social immunity” needs to be carefully developed through pleasant and appropriate experiences. As youngsters, dogs, like humans, need role models to teach them good lessons and help develop good skills. For this to happen, appropriate play opportunities have to be set up with proper supervision by a knowledgeable human. Without this, inexperienced or insecure dogs will learn that other dogs can be scary and it may result in them becoming reactive as a means to protect themselves. Without the proper choice of playmates and adequate supervision, young dogs can also learn that being rough and ignoring other dogs’ signals to back off is okay. This is how bullies get created. During adolescence, increased size, confidence and hormones can often lead to rough and inappropriate play. To discourage these behaviours from being reinforced and becoming a habit, it is important that your young dog has play time with dogs that have great play and social skills. Just as with puppies, it is vital that they have good role models and appropriate supervision. Even adult dogs can be at risk at the park. Dogs often group themselves and multiple dogs can “gang up” on one dog. Small dogs are often placed in danger when they mix with bigger dogs in an uncontrolled setting. Aroused play can quickly turn into something dangerous. Park guidelines (if there even are any) usually indicate that dogs must be “well36 • Saddle Up • May 2015

behaved” to be allowed. This leaves a lot of room for interpretation, as most dog owners don’t know what inappropriate behaviour looks like. Many don’t think there’s a problem unless a dog is obviously aggressive or one is traumatized to an extreme extent. It’s unfortunate that sometimes the only way you realize that any particular dog should not be present is after there has been a problem and some poor dog gets injured or traumatized. Unfortunately, most parks have no supervision, leaving no one regulating the dogs that are allowed to be there. Additionally, dogs at parks are typically left to play for too long. Skilled play involves lots of breaks. They may not be long - just time enough for a shake off, sniff, a piddle or drink of water, but they allow for one or both of the dogs to calm down or recover and keep the play at an appropriate level. Dogs that just keep going until they drop are not learning the subtleties of good social interaction. Over time, these dogs will often ignore their playmates’ signals to ease up, only paying attention when the other dog finally has to lose his temper to get a break. Remember, socializing and play isn’t a benefit in your young dog’s life unless it is done well. Even if you are well-schooled in understanding body language and the nuances of dog interactions, that still doesn’t mean your dog will be safe. It’s common practice for dogs to be unsupervised while at the park, with parents collected somewhere in the distance, busy chit-chatting or having a latte. Many parks are too big to allow parents to stay near their dogs and be ready to step in,

if necessary. We’ve even seen parents let their dogs out of their vehicle at one end of a park, then drive to the other end and wait to pick the dog up. Some dogs are let out of the vehicle to run free and out of sight while the parent stays in the vehicle. This lack of supervision may leave you having to step in unassisted to split up a tussle with another dog to keep yours safe or comfortable. Are you confident that you can manage unfamiliar dogs that are aroused or aggressing? You might have the impression that we’re not big fans of dog parks. There are safer, more appropriate ways to socialize and exercise dogs, so we don’t recommend them to clients. It’s interesting that most professional dog people don’t go near dog parks with their own dogs. Considerations for health and safety, HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year

Top Dog! Dog Parks cont’d along with social and behavioural well-being (for dogs of all ages) are typically compromised there. If you are not convinced and choose to take your dog to a dog park, check out our article in the next issue. We will discuss three key things to keep in mind that can help lower the risks at dog parks. Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers with a combined 30 years of experience. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using force-free methods, they hold hipPUPS, babyBRATS and Partnership classes. They also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specifics needs of any dog. They are Certified Training Partners of the Karen Pryor Academy and members of The Pet Professional Guild.

“PAW”etry FOR HOOCH With love from Diane

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He left us just the other day, his doggie duties done. He shared himself with gentle trust and now his race is run. Dear Hooch, your place is safe with us; there’s no forgetting you. You are a dog who well could ask “Who was it rescued who?” HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year contact Holly at Surrey BC, Val 604-309-5747, Edmonton AB, 12-14


EC Junior Equestrian of the Year - Natalie Alves On March 27, 2015, Natalie Alves, a 17-year-old equestrian from Mission BC, was awarded the title of the 2014 Equine Canada Junior Equestrian of the Year at the Equine Canada Gala held in Gatineau, Quebec.


atalie is a multi-regional, national and Scottsdale champion, and a passionate advocate of the Arabian horse. She competes with her mare Shake It Up Baby+// who was honoured in 2013 with the title of Equine Canada Half-Arabian Horse of the Year. In addition to her equestrian accomplishments, Natalie is an avid volunteer. She graduated in January 2015 with five years of honour roll status and finished grade 12 with A’s in all of her classes. Natalie will be attending university in the fall and plans to study Graphic Design and Professional Communications. This award was first presented in 1993 in honour of Gillian Wilson who served as technical director of the Canadian Equestrian Federation for more than 15 years. The EC Junior Equestrian of the Year Award is given to a junior equestrian athlete who has excelled in equestrian competition for the current year while demonstrating exceptional talent, horsemanship, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport, vision and mission of EC. Each winner holds the award for one year, retains a trophy and receives $1,000.

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Photo by Ferrara Photography Below is the thank you speech she shared at the Gala. “I feel incredibly honoured to be named the Equine Canada Junior Equestrian of the Year. Arabian horses have been a huge part of my life ever since I can remember. Riding and competing have brought about many of my fondest memories, greatest challenges and proudest moments. From early 4-H shows with the pony my parents bred for me, to international championships with my oncein-a-lifetime mare, Shake It Up Baby, every lesson, ride, win and loss has shaped me into the rider I am today. My trainer, Brenda Driediger of Driediger Farms in Langley, has mentored me for the past five years. During this time, she has pushed me so much further than I ever thought possible. Her strength has built my confidence and made it possible for me to be so successful in a highly-competitive circuit. I would like to thank all of the coaches and trainers that have helped me along my journey, but Brenda has taught me in a way that has created an independence that I can

Natalie with her trainer Brenda Driediger. Photo by Tamara Alves. solely thank her for. My family has given me so much more than simply just supporting my dreams as an equestrian. I was born into a family that cherished horses, so it is equally as much their dream as it is mine. I cannot express how lucky I am to share my passion with my parents, Antonio and Tamara, and my sister Rebecca. I began training with my mare Shake It Up Baby, also known as Stella, in 2011. She has surpassed every expectation we have set for her. In 2013, Stella was named the Equine Canada Half-Arabian Horse of the Year. She has heart beyond measure and I cannot imagine this journey without her. I will be eternally grateful that she came into my life. Thank you to my nominator, Lorne Robertson, and my supporters, Michelle Sebring, Ashley Toye and Kathy Fergusson for your encouragement, and thank you to Equine Canada, for this incredible honour. I am ecstatic to share this milestone tonight with my family, the Arabian horse community, my club, the All Arabian Horse Association of British Columbia, my trainer Brenda and my barn family at Driediger Farms. Thank you.” HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year

A Girl and Her Mule!

Submitted by Marlene Quiring


egan Jagersma is 15 years old and lives in Coaldale Alberta. She has been riding since she was 4 and started competing on horses when she was 5. Megan got her first mule “Ned” when she was 6. She has been a member of her local Pony Club for over 7 years and competes everywhere with her mule “Jesse.” Jesse is a papered mule that was bought from Missouri in November 2010. After only owning Jesse for about a week he slipped on the ice and broke his left hock, completely shattering it. He wasn’t able to put pressure on that leg for over 9 months.  Now after lots of pampering, Jesse has fully recovered and is being shown everywhere. Jesse enjoys ear scratches, treats and doing dressage freestyles. He is 19 years old, but acts like he’s 5. It’s a ‘mule’ thing!  Megan and Jesse compete in dressage and have been at the Calgary Stampede, The Mane Event, The Equine Expo, and even the World Mule Show in Bishop California. After winning a title of 4th in the World, Megan wants to go back to California in May 2016.  With the support from the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club, Megan continues to compete, participate in demos, attend clinics and more!

the KIDS! – the next generation t u o b A L L A s ’ It


his is me on my new lesson horse ‘Julio’. He is an American Quarter Horse. I love him so much! I am too tall to ride Berry now, so my Grandma and Miss Karan are teaching her to drive. I still love Berry a lot. I am really excited to be riding Julio! He is a very good boy and he loves cookies. Marijane, almost eight years old, Grand Forks BC


eet Pete! Pete is my 20-year-old crossbred horse. My great aunt bought him at an auction when he was a foal  because he has pretty eyes. I love to go on trail rides with Pete. Pete and I both love jelly beans! Megan, age 10, Grand Forks BC

Send in ONE photo with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. E-mail to Put in the subject line “KIDS.” HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year • 39

Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office How to Reach Us HCBC office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 Fax: 604-856-4302 •

Share The Trails Workshop 2015 Review


CBC’s annual Share the Trails workshop was a smashing success, thanks to the entertaining, engaging, and educational feature presentation of the Powell River Experience. Speakers Hugh Prichard, Paul Kamon, and Eagle Walz brought the audience along with them as they toured the Sunshine Coast Trail, exploring the different infrastructure along the way and looking at the communities that the trail runs through. Hugh offered us his experience as a wilderness guide and Outdoor Educator by acting as our workshop guide; navigating us through the combination of presentations, dialogues, and audience activities. Using the tool of audience participation, he encouraged everyone to explore what trails and amenities were available in their own community and then discuss those opportunities with people they only just met.

Lots of positive discussion (and cake!) during the round table portion of the Workshop. Paul inspired the audience with his presentation of the Powell River Story and what the region has to offer. We went on a guided virtual tour of the Upper Sunshine Coast trails and learned of the different trail users that travel this region. Eagle brought to our audience the perspective of the ‘Champion’ of the world class Sunshine Coast Trail. He discussed where the vision came from, what goals they set out for themselves, what challenges and opportunities they faced, and what the best solutions to those challenges have been. A particularly poignant part of the workshop was the 1-degree talk. Hugh spoke of how at 211 degrees Fahrenheit water is super-hot. Add one more degree and it begins to boil. The steam produced from boiling water can power a locomotive, showing us how just that 1 extra 40 • Saddle Up • May 2015

Hugh Prichard acting as the “workshop guide” and speaking about his experiences as a wilderness guide and outdoor educator. degree of effort can have an effect more powerful than we can imagine and can make all the difference in anything we focus our energies on. John Hawkings, newly appointed Director of Recreation Sites and Trails BC, dedicated the afternoon session to the discussion of the Provincial Trails Advisory Body and the recent policy changes regarding BC’s rail trails. The audience broke off into groups and discussed how these changes would affect rail trails near their community. During the discussion everyone was encouraged to come up with questions or concerns to present to John. After an enthusiastic breakout session, John was able to answer each question in turn. Horse Council BC wants to thank the contributions of Hugh Prichard, Paul Kamon, Eagle Walz, and John Hawkings, and a special thank you to Eagle Walz talked about building the Jeremy McCall and Sunshine Coast Trail the Executive at the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC for sponsoring this workshop for a third year in a row and for the incalculable planning and hosting support that made this workshop our most successful Share the Trails workshop thus far. We look forward to planning for next year! If you would like to find out more about this workshop, please visit: or e-mail:

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Tiny Tales Pony Rescue


iny Tales Pony Rescue Society began as a dream 10 years ago, with a mother/ daughter duo looking to find their niche

Here is my stepdaughter riding one of our ponies who came so emaciated we thought he wouldn’t make the trip. He now lives on a backyard farm, loved very much and ridden lightly by two little kids. in the horse world. In 2012 the dream became a reality and has been gaining speed as a registered charity ever since. Tiny Tales has chosen to keep our intake on a smaller scale; ensuring we always have the funds to offer quality vet, farrier and nutritional care at all times. It is our belief ‘mini’ is mighty! The rescue has been fortunate enough to find some exceptional homes for our surrenders. The process to adopt begins through an application and follows with reference checks and an adoption contract, which includes a first right of refusal clause to ensure the ponies and horses adopted will always have a home for life. Tiny Tales has had its share of heartache. Two of the surrenders have had to be laid to

By Marilyn Pay

rest based on vet recommendation. But we have had many successes as well, including finding a home for a very nervous pony that had been physically abused with a 2x4 piece of wood. It is a sad, dark area of the horse world that many find hard to believe funnels into the world of “cute and adorable” ponies. Abuse, however, is not always the case with these rescues. In some instances lack of knowledge, time or money or life changes, force the surrender of these ponies and horses. We rely entirely on the generosity of the public to care for these ponies and horses. With greater funding we can offer even more opportunities to ponies and horses in need. We currently have a handful of fantastic volunteers who donate their time and energy to the rehabilitation of our rescues. Donations are greatly appreciated in the form of monetary, gifts or time. Tax receipts can be issued where applicable. We have been fortunate enough to just find wonderful homes for 2 of our ponies. This has We currently have up for adoption: left space for Tiny Tales to take in 2 Memphis the Morgan, and Dallas the Appy. more equines in need. Our rescue is located in Ladner BC but we are of anybody - or you would like to find out lucky enough to have professional haulers more about Tiny Tales Pony Rescue Society, to help us haul equines from all over BC to please contact us at or the farm. Should you need to surrender a follow us on Facebook pony/horse for any reason - or if you know ponyrescue. Thank you for your support!

Dogwood Appaloosa Club of BC

By Ruth Shaw


group of Appaloosa owners and breeders in British Columbia have worked hard to start an affiliated regional club in BC with the ApHC [the international Appaloosa registry]. I appreciate all the support, positive comments and encouragement from Appaloosa enthusiasts from across the province. The following is a list of the 2015 board of directors for the Dogwood Appaloosa Club of BC.

President: Karen Macleod, Clinton BC, Vice-President: Roxy Bullock, Topley BC Secretary: Deb Nasby, Lone Butte BC, 250-395-4773 Treasurer: Ruth Shaw, Williams Lake BC, 250-392-3649

Directors: Rachel Muller, Terrace BC; Meghan Walker, Qualicum Beach BC; Jenny Griffiths, Vernon BC; Renee Mckeown, Williams Lake BC [Youth Director] Point Keeper: Deb Nasby

Club information can be found on our Facebook page B.C. Appaloosa Owners and Breeders. HCBC 2010 2010 Business Business of of tHe tHe Year Year HCBC • • 41 41

Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala

By Jessie Christie


quine Canada (EC) was pleased to honour some of Canada’s best and brightest equestrians and supporters at the prestigious EC Annual Awards Gala at the Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa in Gatineau, Que. on Friday, March 27. Held in conjunction with the EC Annual Convention, March 25-29, the national awards gala celebrates outstanding achievements within the equestrian community. “We’re delighted to be able to recognize this phenomenal group of individuals, organizations and horses,” said EC President, Al Patterson. “This year’s recipients are true ambassadors of the sport, both here at home and abroad. Congratulations to all of the 2014 winners and thank you for your service and dedication.” The following award recipients were recognized for their outstanding dedication, talent and enthusiasm in support of equestrianism in Canada.


Volunteer of the Year - Dr. Mary Bell Lifetime Achievement Award - Mary Anne Laframboise Equestrian of the Year - Lauren Barwick Junior Equestrian of the Year - Natalie Alves Canadian Breeder of the Year - Charlotte Schickedanz Canadian Bred Horse of the Year - Intimidate Boeringer Ingleheim Equine Canada Health and Welfare Award - Galahad-Association Quebecoise de protection des chevaux

Canadian Bred Horse of the Year - Intimidate. (Photo by Lisa)


Equine Canada/NCCP Competitive Coach of the Year - Roberta Byng-Morris Equine Canada/NCCP Community Coach of the Year - Katelynn Marshall Equine Canada/NCCP Coach Developer Award for Program Delivery - Danielle Yaghijdan Equine Canada/NCCP Coach Developer Award for Program Development - Mary-Clare McLaren


Morgan Horse of the Year - HSH Smooth Operator (Photo courtesy of Emily Gaynor)

Arabian Horse of the Year - Sur Teddy’s Magna (Photo courtesy of Lorraine Prowse)

Half Arabian Horse of the Year - Sweet and Saucy (Photo courtesy of Wanda Leubner)

Welsh Pony of the Year - Barkway Topaz (Photo courtesy of Kirsten Brunner)

Junior Equestrian of the Year - Natalie Alves presented by Peggy Hambly. (Photo courtesy of Cealy Tetley) 42 • Saddle Up • May 2015

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hirty-five years ago, a group of determined people launched a Canadian national organization to develop and promote therapeutic riding across the country. In 1980, CanTRA was born. In 2015, we celebrate our thirty-fifth anniversary. We are in party mood! A series of regional 35th Anniversary workshops will take place throughout the year, each one encouraged to top off the occasion with an anniversary cake. For details, visit our website at I am sure a celebration cake will also materialize at our 2015 annual general meeting on Sunday, May 31, hosted by SARI (Special Ability Riding Institute) in London, Ontario. SARI was a founding member centre of CanTRA. The AGM will follow on from a 35th Anniversary workshop. All are welcome. In the continuing absence of any government regulations covering therapeutic riding and related fields, CanTRA has not only stepped into the breach but aimed

Bear Valley Rescue

By Daphne Davey from the outset for excellence. The standards developed over the years for instructor certification, centre accreditation, and -- the newest horse in the stable -- equine-facilitated wellness, are acknowledged internationally. CanTRA is recognized by Equine Canada and HETI (Horses in Education and Therapy International) as the national body for therapeutic riding in Canada. CanTRA was a founding member of HETI. What gives CanTRA’s work such credibility is that, throughout its history, members who have served on the national board or its program committees have themselves been movers and shakers at the grass-roots level. Many have been founders or key people in local therapeutic riding centres. The standards they developed were ones they were willing to live by at their own centres. Over the years, medical and therapeutic research, coupled with field experience, has revealed new insights into best practices

in horse-human interaction programs. This is especially true of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), about which little was known until recently. Now there is an explosion of available information centres that instructors and therapists can tap into for the benefit of their clients. As this field constantly evolves, CanTRA adjusts its standards and programs to accommodate the new knowledge. To all the pioneers of those early days (a few of whom are still going strong!), to everyone in the intervening years, and to the newest generation carrying the torch forward, congratulations on your contribution to therapeutic riding in Canada. Let’s celebrate this year! For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit or email Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at or CanadaHelps. org.

By Kelly Principe



uentin is a 2012 dun gelding rescued from a feedlot as a weanling. He attended summer school last year, so he has been sacked out, saddled, haltered, and has had his feet done. He’s a nice solid horse; he’s still got some growing to do but should be a good size. He will be 3 this Spring - the perfect age to finish his groundwork! Bear Valley Rescue is excited to announce we will be hosting a charity event at Horse In Hand Ranch Ltd. (located just off Hwy 2 at the Blackfalds exit) on Saturday, July 4, 2015!! Funds raised will be used by the rescue to help continue caring for the many animals in need at the rescue. The final details of the event will be released at a later date, so please stay tuned! Riley is a 2010 gelding who hasn’t had much handling but definitely has a ton of potential for an experienced equestrienne! He is very nicely put together with a sweet temperament. He has been at the rescue since early 2012, but keeps getting passed by as every year it seems, there are more and more youngsters arriving! This beautiful chestnut horse would be a great little ranch hand if given the chance! Mike and Kathy Bartley have been rescuing horses from dire straits for over 10 years. Though heart wrenching at times, they have successfully adopted out over 500 horses. LIKE us on Facebook! Keep tabs on Quentin, Riley, and over 100 more horses at Bear Valley Rescue: You can e-mail: or call 403-637-2708 in Sundre, Alberta. HCBC HCBC 2010 2010 Business Business of of tHe tHe Year Year •• 43 43

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club

By Ally LeBel


he excitement is in the air! Our club held its first meeting of the year and discussed some really fabulous events that we will be hosting. May 8-10 we have a 3-day clinic planned with clinician Tiffany Porter of Avante Stables from the USA. Tiffany is known throughout the world for her expertise in training miniatures. She will be teaching grooming for the show arena, driving for beginners and advanced, as well as in-hand techniques. These classes are almost full so be sure to call if you are interested. June 27 we have booked the Vernon District Riding Club for our Summer Drive Show (all sizes of driving horses) and the following day (28th) we will be hosting a clinic with 45 minute private sessions with Elisa Marocchi. Elisa is an Equine Canada certified driving coach from Wildwood Farms, located in the beautiful Cariboo region of BC. Elisa works with beginners, seasoned drivers and all levels in between. Instruction is offered in a safe and supportive environment, with an emphasis on having fun with your

BC Miniature Horse Club


pril has been very busy for the little guys! BCMHC hosted our first clinic of the year, learning everything from preparing for the show ring with some grooming secrets, everything one would need to practice in-hand, and then the afternoon was specially aimed at improving driving skills. Cindy and Chelsea Morris tagged team the clinic and the mother/daughter duo were inspiring to say the least. Thank You to Mellissa Buckley of PB Stables in Langley for

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equine partner. Also planned is the club to attend an event at Historic O’Keefe Ranch where there will be driving and in-hand demos with these wonderful little miniature friends! Our club has several fun days throughout the year where members mentor one another and an afternoon of BBQ and laughs follow. These are just a few of our plans for the year and we welcome you to join our group whether you are a member or not. Having fun and learning with our miniatures is what we are all about! For more details on our upcoming events call Ally 250-542-6739 or check out our web link @

By Terri Brown

letting us little ones invade your indoor. I’m sure the big horses enjoyed watching the minis in action. Next on the list was our youth agility clinic on April 26 put on by the ever gracious Adiva Murphy. The clinic was held at PRDA and Adiva had those kids and their minis working through a variety of obstacles. Always a pleasure to watch as big moments are achieved! Adiva has a kind and effective way of communication with both horses and humans alike and as always everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thank you Shirley Bradbury for organizing this fun event. You are such a good ambassador for our youth and we are lucky to have you. Did you know that even if your mini is not registered you can still come out and show at our Jun 12-14 weekend. On Friday, June 12 we offer in-hand classes as well as one driving class open to any mini as long as it’s 38” or under. What a wonderful opportunity to come out and see what showing miniature horses is all about regardless of registration. Everyone really is welcome at BCMHC!!

Thank you Lisa Mangles for showing us that even minis celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!! Let’s not forget about sponsorship members. This is the time of year that your club needs your help. If every member could make an effort to secure at least one sponsor (more is okay too) - the success of our show will be a guarantee. We offer lots of sponsor opportunities so please check out our website for details at HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year


By Lauri Meyers

tablish a scholarship fund that would be awarded to all club members when they graduate from high school and attend post-secondary. The award will be presented at their graduation ceremony. We are seeking community support to help fund this ambitious endeavor. The club is willing to work for donations - yard clean-up, raking, painting fences, etc.   You can contact the Club at  or  Facebook - HOOF ‘N BOOTS - 4H  Horse


Showmanship lessons at IPE fairgrounds

rmstrong Enderby’s newest 4-H Horse Club, Hoof ‘N Boots, started January 2015 with an opportunity to give back to the community that has shown great support for this club. Club Leaders, Cathy Forster and Lauri Meyers lead the girls in a 10km walk for the “Coldest Night of the Year” fundraiser on February 21 raising over $600 for the charity. Club members have also completed 4-H speeches, a couple of riding lessons, a fund raising tack/garage sale and some spring cleaning at a local business. Upcoming events include a concession stand at the Paint Horse Show in Armstrong on May 30 and 31, a fundraising bottle drive on July 4 and a 4-H horse show and concession at the Armstrong IPE grounds in July. Other activities include Summer Sizzler in August, Salmon Arm Fall Fair in September, a year-end Banquet and a winter sleigh ride are just some of the activities the girls are looking forward to. We raise money to subsidize our 4-H activities and offset costs for some of our less fortunate members. One of our goals this year is to es-

Oliver Riding Club


e have an exciting program stored up for the year but will we start on time and will we have enough interest for the events we have planned? Well guess what? We have a record number of people in the club (a record as far as recent times are concerned anyway), over seventy at our last count, and our program has taken off as planned and we are also firming up the events for later in the year. The first big news is that we have ar-

Chrissie Seibeck HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year

Coldest Night of the year fundraiser

By Max Alexander rangements in place for our second clinic this year and it is a new departure for the club - we are going to have a go at a Garrocha Clinic set for July 10-12. Now that will be fun to do or to watch. We are also fully booked for the Paul Dufresne Clinic at Improve Your Skills clinic with instructor Leanne Pitman (yellow cap), the end of May. Annette Glover, Verla Strawn, and Chrissie Seibeck. Our first Improve Helen Russell coming to talk to us about how Your Skills went well. We have three categories, Western Horse- being “horsecentred” has and can help to enmanship, English and Jumping. The plan is to rich our lives. If you are reading this and would run this event through eight sessions and we like to come and give the club a presentation will finish up with a competition day to show please contact Max at 250-497-5199 and we the progress that riders and their horses have can discuss the possibilities. Anyway the trail beckons and the sun is achieved over the year. Something else that we are introducing shining in the South Okanagan so finish reading this year is to combine our monthly meetings Saddle Up and then hit the trail with your horse. with a talk by a guest speaker. In April we have Happy Trails to all from the Oliver Riding Club. • 45

Vernon Young Riders

By Abby McLuskey

ride up in the mountains and back down to camp for lunch. Come and join us if you can! Check out their website Everybody welcome. Hope to see you there. We just had our 4-H Club Communications Night and we had 2 “Speak and Show;” Gabrielle Heiss and me, Abby McLuskey. And the rest were speeches. Even some of our CLOVERBUDS did speeches: Ben, Ashley, Oceana, Georgia and Gabe. And here are our placings:


e are super excited to be hosting our annual “POKER RIDE” again on June 6th. Last year was super fun and we are inviting everyone to come and join us this year. We had lots of riders last year, lots of prizes!!! It’s being held at TIMBER RIDGE TRAILS at 81 Kerby Road in Lumby. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the ride beginning at 10 a.m. Cost is $15 to ride and lunch is $5. It’s a beautiful

Kelowna Riding Club


he KRC held our first Spring Cleanup on March 21st. Thank you to all the volunteers and in particular the Back Country Horsemen Okanagan Chapter. As usual, Back Country Horsemen provided a great turnout of their members to help our club get ready for the season. In addition to the regular cleanup, new footing was packed into the old hunter stalls. We are also going to be amending the footing in our dressage ring in the next few weeks in preparation for our Dressage Festival.

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1st. Abby McLuskey 2nd. Lillian Batten 3rd. Carolyn Currie

1st. Georgia Currie 2nd. Jyssica Heiss 3rd. Alicia Fair and Morgan Sengotta

I think everyone had a lot of fun preparing and presenting. We would also like to thank our four judges for an amazing job: Thelma Desimone, Laura Johnstone, Teresa Morgan, and Elspeth Manning.

By Sarah Hayes

The Dressage Festival is coming up soon May 16-17. Prize list and entry forms are online at the Kelowna Riding Club website. We are in need of volunteers for the show and we require an announcer. If you are able to help out, please contact Ashton at ashtyn_@ KRC does ask that all members volunteer their time in some way to help our club. There are always volunteering opportunities and we have created a new page on our website for Volunteering. We ask that all members give six hours of their time to the club each year, or pay a volunteer fee (this does not include out of town members living more than 50km from the club). Our volunteer coordinators, Tracy and Kate, will also be able to direct you if you are looking for volunteering opportunities. Volunteering for your club not only fosters camaraderie with your fellow club members but provides you with a sense of accomplishment and pride. And that leads us to our annual Adult Camp. We are in search of a volunteer to help organize and coordinate the Adult Camp scheduled for

July 31-August 3. Organizing will include sourcing and contracting clinicians (generally one dressage and one jumping) as well as a food caterer. If you are interested, please contact Ashton or any of our directors. Ashton will be able to provide tips and information for organizing. This is a great event and will require some time and effort but is so worth it as the participants are always grateful for a fun-filled horsey weekend! Be sure to check out the website www. for all contacts and event information. Happy riding ~ as always, stay safe and in the tack!

HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club


few of our members attended the Canadian Morgan Horse Association AGM in Kamloops at the end of March. It was nice to meet the directors who travelled from across Canada including New Brunswick! The BCIMHC held their AGM on February 28th and by acclamation the board continues on: Gunther Funk – President, Nancy Roman – Vice President, Debbie Miyashita – Secretary, Laurie Lyons – Treasurer. At our April meeting we discussed possible events to host this year, such as, a summer Open House/BBQ, a CDART clinic, a photo or video contest, and a membership drive (as we know there are many Morgans out there, they just don’t belong to our club). This has been a constant concern of our board as to why Morgan owners aren’t joining us in helping to promote our versatile breed. We are all excited about the upcoming Pot O Gold Open Horse Show on Saturday, May 23rd at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. This show

By Nancy Roman

offers Halter classes, Showmanship, Driving, Trail, English and Western Performance classes. Our main judge is Jodie Moore from the coast, and Doug Henry will judge the Trail classes. We’ll also have a ROADSTER demo over the lunch hour. Any (size) horse is welcome to be in the demo (providing they are already entered in the show). See the prize list on our Facebook page or We’re still needing some volunteers, so please contact me (Nancy 250-546-9922) if you are interested to help out. Our next meeting is Friday, June 5th at Yan’s Chinese Restaurant in Salmon Arm starting at 6 p.m.

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Update


ur Events Committee members are full steam ahead with plans for the TCSC Round Robin Jackpot Cattle Sorting to be held at Eagle Creek Fairgrounds on May 30th. The posters didn’t even get put up and the event was already full with a waiting list! Once the snow is off the grounds, the work bees begin – May 11 and May 26, any time after 4 p.m. We’ll be prepping the rodeo ring for the Cattle Sorting, and working in the TCSC arenas as well. Our “Parking for Ponies and Pals” project gets underway in May or June – we are pretty excited to see that moving forward! The High Point trophies have already been ordered for the TCSC Annual Gymkhana on July 25. Where else can you win trophies for entry fees of $5 or less per class?!?! Stay tuned for a class list and more info about our annual speed event.

By Kristi Rensby

Even better news is the chance to practice up on your showing skills immediately before the show – Level 2 Coach Christine Hassell will be helping riders prep their horses for two full days of instruction right before the Fair. This TCSC Pre-Show Clinic will be open first to TCSC members at a reduced rate – be sure to get your name on the list early!

Senior Western Pleasure Class – TCSC Fall Fair Light Horse Show

Halters Mares Class – TCSC Fall Fair Light Horse Show Our judge has been booked for the Fall Fair Light Horse Show on September 12th – we are excited to have Darhl Paley come back to Burns Lake, bringing his watchful eye to critique the Halter, Showmanship, English flat, Western flat, Trail and Reining classes in our one day show. There will be several added money classes, awards for the Halter Mares and Halter Geldings classes, and High Points for Youth and Senior divisions in both English and Western. This is the show that people travel all the way from Prince George through Smithers to attend – see you at the Fair! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year

Our Annual TCSC Poker Ride offers beautiful scenic trails, cash prizes, and numerous door prizes. Scheduled for September 19th, this ride is always popular! More details to come. Next Saddle Club meeting will be May 12th – hope to see you there! Meeting starts at 6:30 pm at the Forestry Office in Burns Lake. For more info on the TCSC or its events, contact Kristi 250-692-5721 or e-mail, check us out on Facebook, or our website

Walk-Jog Class – TCSC Fall Fair Light Horse Show••47 47

On to Greener Pastures

“Ronnie” approximately 15-16 years of age


ur hearts are broken over the sudden loss of our little man, Ronnie. He blessed us with 3 amazing years and was taken far too soon, but he fought a hard battle to stay with us. Ronnie was a gift from my Aunt for our (at the time sex unknown) daughter Blaire. He was a typical pony, that was until Blaire was anywhere around him. It was with her that he truly shined. He could be running around wild with our dog, bucking and flashing around that amazing mane, yet in walks with Blaire - not a foot went out of place, he was as solid as they come. He would follow her around everywhere. Ronnie was a “first pony” for all our friends’ kids; he was called on for birthday parties and first horse shows. There wasn’t a kid he didn’t love, but Blaire was his girl. Ronnie was also my boy; he never missed a ride with me and my mare. If I went for a walk with a newborn Blaire (who I couldn’t settle) Ronnie came too. I want to thank Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic for doing everything they could and putting up with my unrealistic suggestions as I grasped for anything that would save him, and to Warner Rentals for helping with his final resting place. He truly was a real life, “My Little Pony.” Thank-you, Kimberly Hickey

Kelowna Hoofbeats Update


he Hoofbeats all had the 2 weeks off for spring break in March so we are slowly getting back into the swing of things. But we were very happy to welcome Alex Wales to the Hollywood Road Education Center on March 30. He did an amazing talk on dental exams and horse’s teeth, lameness and pre-purchase exams. It was interesting to learn that a horse can pick up one single oat and put it in their mouth and know where it is at all times while they are chewing on it. Some of the things that Alex mentioned for the most common dental issues were baby teeth that haven’t fallen out, discomfort by the bit touching the furthest hind teeth, wolf teeth, broken teeth, and in older horses, excessive worn teeth and too long teeth. It was interesting to learn that sometimes tossing of the head, failing to turn or even bucking can be signs of mouth discomfort. For the lameness talk Alex did an amazing job highlighting what lameness was and how they treat it. Alex said that the most common place the horse owner will say their horse is lame is in the shoulder but the feet is where 95% of lameness calls are that Alex treats. When Alex gets called out he wants to know the story and then he starts with his examination. He first feels for heat, and puts the hoof testers on. Then he will do flexion tests starting low and then working his way up the leg getting the owner to walk the horse out after every test. If the horse at any point pulls away from the flex or gets tense that could be an indicator of lameness in that spot. If there is nothing then he will try a different technique called join block. This is where he puts local anesthetic in the nerve and then walks the horse out and if there is no head bobbing and the gait which the horse was lame in before is no longer then he knows that’s where the lameness is and can give the owner a diagnosis. If there is still nothing after these steps then he will have to try x-ray or ultra sounds; these usually 48 • Saddle Up • May 2015

By Ashley Robson and Lauren McGee solve 80% of the issues he sees. But if he needs to there are now CT and MRI scans available for horses. The final thing Alex talked to us about was the pre-purchase exam. He asks questions to both the buyer of the horse and the seller; things like what they will be using the horse for, blemishes on the horse, temperament and concerns the buyer might have about the horse. They also ask the owner what they were doing with the horse while it was in their care and what they did with it after they bought it. When he does the check he determines the general health of the horse in the eyes and mouth then feels the horse and checks for soundness and conformation faults as well as good conformation. We held club Demos and Speaking Shows on April 13; then attended the Diamond H Tack sale on April 18 with a food concession to fundraise for our club to send some of our members to 4-H trips, host clinics, plus many more things. As well as starting to ride in May!! Happy Riding!

HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year

BC Paint Horse Club - Colour your World - ride a Paint By Cathy Glover

President & APHA Director: Cathy Glover, Past President: Colleen Schellenberg,

Gearing Up

We’ve just learned that the Bulkley Valley Exhibition, August 27-30, in Smithers will be a single judged APHA and BC Paint-approved horse show again this year! My good pal Geri Brown tells me Lita Hottel will be judging. She comes all the way from Minnesota and has

Wendy Price done a few shows in BC’s Central Interior. They keep asking her back so she must be good, eh? BVF also hosts an all breed show as part of the fair, as does the Three-in-One Show in Smithers (July 10-12) and both open shows will offer a high point Paint Horse award sponsored by BC Paint and Otter Co-op. BC Paint members registered for our Open Show & Competition Program (OSCP) will also be able to use points earned in the open show toward OSCP yearend awards, which is a pretty efficient way to spend a horse show weekend! We should also note that this year, exhibitors at the Three-in-One show will be earning double BC Paint points towards year-ends. We really want to encourage new (and veteran) Paint Horse exhibitors to get out and support the shows this season. Show committees go to a lot of work (and expense) to bring these show opportunities to you. Support them if you can! HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year

B2B Plus!

The “Back-to-Basics” Show in Armstrong, May 30-31, will also offer double points to members competing for year-end awards this year. You’ll be showing to three judges – Sally Jo Freund from Washington, and Jim Muir and Mike Tucker from Ontario -- at Armstrong Fairgrounds over two full days. We’ve added the new two year old Longe Line class, as well as Ranch Horse Pleasure division and we’re forging ahead with three added money “versatility” competitions, open to all breeds. We have some all breed classes two (again, OSCPfriendly) to help pay the bills and provide an opportunity to our Quarter Horse friends to ride to approved judges at a familiar and popular facility. My good friend, Barb Bowerbank, is doing the secretary duties this year. It’s important that you get your entries in early to save the late fee. Make sure all your paperwork is in order, too. APHA memberships are required not only for exhibitors but horse owners this year (for the breed classes) and you’ll need your youth and amateur cards. APHA assesses a $25 rush fee if you order those at the show, and $25 US is like $1000 Cdn these days! (Slight exaggeration, but you get the drift!) The Armstrong Hoof N Boots 4-H Club will be pre-filling your stalls and doing the concession for us. We hope to have a silent auction (we’ll see how that goes) and we have a fabulous photographer, Naomi McGeachy, to help create lasting memories for our exhibitors. Even though we’ve ramped up the B2B

Entourage concept, the same exhibitor-friendly, easygoing approach that has become the signature of our B2B shows will still be first and foremost as we try to make this a great experience for all exhibitors. If you’re new the show ring or returning after some time away, don’t be afraid to ask for help; we are all more than happy to share our experiences! The show bill is available to download from our website [], and you can stay up to date with last minute news on our Facebook group [BC Paint Horse Club]. Speaking of help, we will need volunteers to make this show a success. One of the reasons we can keep this show “affordable” is because of the support we get from our volunteers. We’ll be calling on those who aren’t showing to help us whip, ring steward, scribe, work in the office, announce – all those jobs that make a show run seamlessly. It’s a great way to enjoy the show while feeling useful! And you get to know some great people while you’re doing it! I can’t even tell you which job I enjoy more! Please contact me if you’re able to lend a hand. It will mean a lot!

Kirby Kozek • 49

BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B Oliver Street, Williams Lake BC V2G 1L8 Phone: 250-398-4104 ~ Fax: 250-398-4101 ~ Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2015 BCRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS: President: Trish Kohorst 250-961-9005, Vice President: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710, board of Directors: Bernie Rivet 250-305-6280, Gord Puhallo 250-394-4034, Neal Antoine 250-457-3025, Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725, Luke Simonin 250-462-5853, Allison Everett 250-296-4778, Brenda Ferguson 250-567-0605, Jay Savage 250-421-3712, Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, Shaun Oxtoby 250-398-9061, Tyler Lang 250-567-0605,

BCRA 2015 TENTATIVE RODEO SCHEDULE May 8-9: May 17-18: May 23-24: June 6-7: June 13-14: June 20-21 June 20-21: June 27-28: July 4-5: July 11-12: July 11-12: July 17-19: July 25-26: August 1-2: August 7-9: August 15-16: August 28-29: Sept. 4-7: Sept. 11-13:

PWRA/BCRA Colorama Rodeo, Grand Coulee, WA Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton 68th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox Princeton Rodeo, Princeton Louis Estates Rodeo, Vernon 54th Ashcroft & District Stampede 30th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake Valemount Rodeo Pritchard Rodeo Quesnel Rodeo Esket Rodeo, Alkali Lake Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Redstone Rodeo, Redstone Reserve Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel



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Jepson Petroleum Ltd.

Otter Co-Op (Armstrong, Vanderhoof) Regency Chrysler Quesnel

Nechako Valley Rodeo Association


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BRONZE SPONSORS: Cache Creek Veterinary Clinic Fountain Tire, Prince George BC Gus & Nita Cameron Williams Lake Stampede Association ~ June 26-29, 2015 White Ranches Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic Vision Quest - Jay Savage 50 • Saddle Up • May 2015

SILVER SPONSORS: DNB Rodeo Stock Little Fort Herefords Twilight Ranch – G & D. Puhallo Bces – B. Swampy Williams Lake Log Haulers Association Gene & Joy Allen

CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: Pinnacle Pellet Williams Lake & District Credit Union

HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year

The Back Country Horsemen of BC BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Brian Wallace,, 250-569-2324 Vice President: Mary Huntington,, 250-577-3555 Vice President: Lisa Galanov,, 250-672-0099 Vice President: Catherine Davidson,, 250-337-4085 Secretary: Rose Schroeder,, 604-854-1245 Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Past President: Ybo Plante,, 250-361-6290

South Langley Regional Trail:

From CVP to Aldergrove Park... Almost! By Sheila Sowerby


iding my horse east from 256th Street in Langley, along the 8th Avenue trail, up and down a gravel pathway, over two beautiful boardwalks, through the trees, and up the switchback to 264th Street, it is hard to believe that not long ago this was a barely-penetrable mess of swamp, ravine and blackberry bushes. Begun in 1995, the South Langley Regional Trail heads east out of Campbell Valley Park (CVP), roughly along 8th Avenue (with a few zigzags; see the map) on quiet road shoulders and scenic easements through the gorgeous farmlands of South Langley for about 11 kilometers. It was supposed to connect two beautiful parks in our Township, CVP and Aldergrove, but lurched to a halt at 256th Street and stayed that way for years. Early in 2012, a small group of determined horsemen from the Vintage Riders, Langley Horse and Farm Federation, and the Back Country Horsemen of BC Aldergrove Chapter rallied fellow horsemen to go to Township Hall to ask council to PLEEEASE approve funds to finish the “Park-to-Park Connector.” Although heavily used by equestrians, pedestrians, joggers, dog walkers and cyclists, its completion remained stagnant on a Township “to-do list” for many years until hundreds of horsemen and other user groups descended on Township hall in support of finishing the trail. It worked. Mayor Jack Froese and council saw the economic wisdom of investing in recreational trails and approved a small beginning ($50,000) in 2012 and we, the Back Country Horsemen of BC, began applying for grants and enlisting volunteers. Horse Council BC has been very supportive of the trail and awarded us grants in 2013 and 2014. We were also able to obtain funds from BCHBC Provincial and Valley Gravel offered us a discount on material. Working closely with the Township of Langley staff, primarily Al Neufeld and Ritti Suvilai, Back Country Horsemen volunteers HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year

logged 621 hours; 339 of those were machine hours (excavator and tractor). Our volunteer work has been estimated at $34,260. In addition, we were able to procure grants totalling $11,600 and our chapter kicked in about $1000 for machine fuel and a tractor tire repair (figures are from 2013 and 2014; we have been at work this year already). Our final workbee of 2014 took place on November 22. We had four tractors and two excavators busily building ramps to the boardwalks and spreading gravel, five guys on chainsaws, a quad with a dump trailer and a bunch of volunteers removing debris. We had more volunteers on foot with rakes, shovels and pruning shears, for a total of about 25 hard-working trail lovers. After a great day filled with sweat, sunshine and quite a few laughs, we toodled over to our clubhouse for a well-deserved pizza celebration. Many a glass was raised to toast our beautiful new trail. This section of trail will officially open on March 14. There is still work ahead. Soon, we hope construction will commence on the east side of 264th Street and continue to Aldergrove Park. In January, the Back Country Horsemen of BC Aldergrove Chapter sent a delegation to Township Hall to request continuation of this community trail. If you ride the trails in our area, please consider showing your support by attending the upcoming budget open house for the Township of Langley and voicing your enthusiasm in seeing the trail completed. Check our website, www. or Friends of the South Langley Regional Trail on Facebook for dates. As I sit on my horse at 264th Street peering east towards Aldergrove Park (so close... a kilometer and a half!), I cannot wait to begin the final stage of this endeavour and make the Park-to-Park Connector a reality! • 51

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley • Photos courtesy of Ron McCarthy bronze and Frank Principe spurs for Superhorse. All-Breed classes your style? We are offering iPods for those High Points! Visit the LMQHA page at for more details.

Officers & Directors 2015

President: Mellissa Buckley, Vice President: Mary Ratz-Zachanowiz, Treasurer: Pia Petersen, Secretary: Haley Russell, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:

Breeders Incentive Program

Horseman’s Bazaar

Well, it was another wet and rainy Bazaar Day, but we still had about 1500 people there! We had great entertainment and demonstrations of the horse, llama and dog variety as well as a “Queen Elsa” and a clown! People seemed to enjoy themselves and stay longer throughout the day. A heartfelt thank you to all of our volunteers and sponsors for making our main fundraiser and community event possible. You are all awesome! A huge thank you to our amazing Bazaar Team for their months of dedication, planning and hours put in getting the day put together... you are all an inspiration!

Jodie Moore being presented her Horse Industry Professional of the Year award from HCBC

Schooling Show

We had quite a few horses for the Schooling Show held April 4 at Thunderbird Show Park. Exhibitors seemed to have a good time showing to fantastic judge Jodie Moore while getting their horses out to prepare them for the upcoming season. Thank you to Jeneane Evans for organizing the event and the volunteers who pitched in. Thank you also to the exhibitors who chose to spend their holiday Saturday with us!

We are so excited to announce the inaugural year of this innovative new program! We had 20 stallion owners donate breedings to their quality boys and sold them through an online auction as both a fundraiser and to develop a new closed futurity program to promote and encourage the industry in BC. There will be approximately $3000 added to the Yearling Tri-Challenge Futurity to be held in 2017. All foals from the resulting breedings purchased through the auction receive a free entry; however, ALL get of participating stallions born in 2016 are eligible to enter. There was an incredible amount of enthusiasm for this program from mare and stallion owners alike; we already have interest from potential participants for next year! To view the 2015 participating stallions, please go to the LMQHA page of If you have any inquiries, please contact Mellissa at


Llama agility

Pub Nights

LMQHA hosted its first Pub Night of the year March 26 at Duke’s Pub in the valley. From all accounts, it was well received and a good time was had by all. Our next Pub Night will be May 8 at the Artful Dodger in Langley. No babysitter? No problem! With the licencing at the Dodger, the kids can come along too. Sure to be a fantastic time with Silent Auction, good food and great company. Have a night out and support the club at the same time! Contact Haley at for information and tickets. 52 • Saddle Up • May 2015

Things are sure shaping up for a weekend of trail riding at the upcoming AQHA Ride in Lumby, June 19-21. All the paddocks are booked at this time but don’t worry, there is a huge meadow for you to camp in -- bring your panels, etc. for your horse. There is plenty of room. Cabins are available for rent also. Should be a super weekend with prizes (such as a roughout saddle!) and more. Please contact Jeneane at

July Circuit

At the distribution of this issue of Saddle Up, our May circuit will be but a fond memory; stay tuned next issue for a recap. Our July Circuit is next on deck which is our “Big Prize Show.” We have sponsored saddles for High Points, hats by Brim Styles for Reserve, a Halter Champion of Champions

Paul Dufresne HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year

Clubs & Associations CQHA 12/15

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, President 604-530-8051 or 11/15


CanTRA promotes the benefits of Therapeutic Riding across Canada by raising awareness, providing education, and setting national standards for instructor certification, centre accreditation, and other programs. 5/15

AMERICAN SADDLEBRED HORSE ASSOC. Of CANADA, Breed promo/regulation, registration. , Pres: Lynne Dorcas, 6/15 ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 4/16

Contact: Website:


CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION Of BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 4/15





In partnership of classroom and barn; a credited course in Horsemanship. Robert Bateman Secondary School, Abbotsford BC. Contact Ruth Neveu, Visit our Facebook page: Bateman Equestrian Education 7/15

BEAR VALLEY RESCUE SOCIETY (Sundre AB) 403-637-2708 11/15 Check our website for info on adoption & available horses, BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 4/16 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Elisa Marocchi 250-397-2979,, from Minis to Draft, 11/15 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 5/15 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, find us on Facebook 6/15 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-240-3250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 2/16 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 10/15 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 8/15


BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) David Parker 604-462-0304, 7/15 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 6/15 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 8/15 BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC., Meetings, socials, shows, driving events. Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 4/16

INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 4/16 New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 3/16 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 9/15 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 5/16 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison,, 6/15


Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 604-910-3523 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 5/15

NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults with disabilities 3/16 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Join us on Facebook 4/16 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, 11/15

100 Mile & District Outriders


Promoting equine activities and knowledge in the south Cariboo with Shows, Clinics, Gymkhanas and more.

President: Denise Little E-mail:

PACIfIC ASSOC. Of THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH);; 250-992-1168 3/16 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 6/15

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Clubs & Associations Peruvian Horse Club of BC

Visit our website for upcoming events, trail rides, clinics & additional contact information. We welcome everyone from the recreational rider to the serious show rider. President: Don Noltner 250-835-8472, 3/16

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

Box Stalls and Paddocks ~ Scenic Trail riding New Covered Arena 60’ x 120’ ~ Outdoor Arena 300’ ×100’ 75’ Round Pen ~ outdoor Play Ring For info or bookings call Dianna 250-837-5009

SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 5/15 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 8/15 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 5/15 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 5/16


CLUBS: Do any of you want old trophies and show ribbons? We get inquiries from people wanting to donate them. Call Nancy at 1-866-546-9922

NEW BOOK LAUNCH The Horse Watcher

(The ultimate field guide to equine behaviour) By Linda Finstad


his is not another book about ‘Natural Horsemanship’. There are no tips or tricks on training, riding or even stable management. The focus of this book is equine behaviour and discovering why horses do the things they do. Linda Finstad, author and photographer, has spent the last 2 years hanging out with herds of horses both wild and domestic observing and documenting their behaviour. To unravel the mysteries of how they communicate with each other and why they do what they do. The goal was to be completely objective and not to jump to any conclusions. Her “Horse Watching” research was truly enlightening. However it also posed some interesting questions like: Are horses self-aware? Why do they form close friendships? Do stallions have a preference when it comes to mares? How wild stallions “steal” a mare from an existing herd? Are horses capable of creating a “game plan” to get what they want? Can horses count? Can horses smell fear? What smells are horses either attracted to or repulsed by? Do horses see in colour and if so which colours do they react to? How do mares teach their foals what is good to eat and what to avoid? To answer these questions and many more Linda has designed a number of experiments. The results of which will be revealed in her book, “The Horse Watcher.” Even the most seasoned of horsemen are surprised by the results.

Copyright 2015 Linda Finstad, all rights reserved. Paperback: $26.00, 110 pages, 7” x 10” Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 16, 2015) ISBN-10: 1505548535 ISBN-13: 978-1505548532

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2015 EVENTS?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE:

Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567,

may 1-2 1-2 1-3 2 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 3 6-7 6-8 7-10 7-12 8-9 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-11 9 9-10 9-10 10 10 10-11

10-12 SPRING HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, WILD ROSE DRAfT HORSE SALE , Olds AB, Barb 403-933-5765, JONATHAN fIELD HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Course 1, Stony Plain AB, Tamara 780-720-5198, OPEN HOUSE AND TACK SWAP (11-3), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, Janice Jarvis 250-573-5800,  TRAINING fOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Kelowna BC, TFC Center, Paul,, 250-317-7725 GYMKHANA/HORSE SHOW, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops BC, Michelle 250-574-0740, TRISH HYATT WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC, Remuda Ranch, Chase BC, 250-679-2815, CLEAR ROUND JUMPING & DRESSAGE PRACTICE, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, WOMEN’S WORKSHOP w/Birgit Stutz & Kathryn Kincannon, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, BHA PLAY DAY/GYMKHANA, Grand Forks BC, Madalene 250-443-3191, MARION WEISSKOPff CLINIC, Port Alberni, Chloe Wangler 250-720-6658  JONATHAN fIELD HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Course 1, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon SK, Janice 306-221-1697, BUSHCRAfT COURSE, Survival Canada,, 250-668-3078, LADYSMITH, BC, Learn equine massage therapy - Certification course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, MARION WEISSKOPff CLINIC, Ladysmith, Jill Sampson 250-245-2829  WCRA ROCKSLIDE, Saanich Fair Grounds, Saanichton BC,, WEEKEND DRIVING CLINIC w/Judy Newbert, Water Valley AB. See for details OK MINIATURE HORSE CLUB, Clinic w/Tiffany Porter, Ally 250-542-6739, SPRING fLING HACK & H/J SHOW Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC,, Sonya 250-833-2669 VPC DALE IRWIN CLINIC (open to all), Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, TRAINING fOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Spur Valley BC, Brisco Riding Club, Cheryl,, 250-688-0280 SUMMER fESTIVAL SCHOOLING SHOW, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, Ashton 780-486-2099, ROPING SCHOOL (INTERMEDIATE), Armstrong BC, Doug 250-307-3430 or 250-546-6494, fUNDAMENTALS Of ENDURANCE CLINIC, Pritchard BC, Stephany, or visit AERC SCHOOLING SHOW, Armstrong BC, EXTREME TRAIL CLINIC, Hayton Creek Ranch, Oyama BC, Michelle 250-803-6984, MARION WEISSKOPff CLINIC, Victoria/Metchosin, Kristina Millar 250-589-5981

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15-17 15-17 15-18 16-17 16-17 16-17 16-17 16-18 17 17 18-19 18-30 19 20 21- 24 22-24 22-24 23 23 23 23-24 23-24

JONATHAN fIELD HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Course 2 Advanced, Saskatoon SK, Janice 306-221-1697, GARY STRIKER JUMPING CLINIC, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, JONATHAN fIELD HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Course 2, Blackfalds AB, Tamara 780-720-5198, VAQUERO HORSEMANSHIP w/Jason Hicks, Nelson & District Riding Club, Nelson BC, contact Leah Hope at CHRIS IRWIN HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Remuda Ranch, Chase BC, 250-679-2815, TRAINING fOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Saskatoon SK, Desiree,, 306-520-2789 SPRING DRESSAGE fESTIVAL , Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, Ashton 250-862-0616, WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Adiva Murphy, Enderby BC, sponsored by BC Paint, MARION WEISSKOPff CLINIC, Nelson, Teresa Precious 250-229-4203 CRC GYMKHANA, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, Sharon 604-847-9404 fUN DAY (10 AM START), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277 JONATHAN fIELD HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Course 2 Advanced Continuation, Blackfalds AB, Tamara 780-720-5198 2 WEEK WILDERNESS GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC, MARION WEISSKOPff CLINIC, Kelowna, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785 MARION WEISSKOPff CLINIC, Summerland Meadow Valley, Denise Gorman 250-494-3447 SURVIVAL COURSE, Survival Canada,, 250-668-3078, JONATHAN fIELD HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Course 2, Cochrane AB, Tamara 780-720-5198, MILES KINGDON APPLIED HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, BBQ & Dance, AP Guest Ranch, Merritt BC, 250-378-6520, CRC SHOW, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, Sharon 604-847-9404 POT O GOLD OPEN SHOW, Halter, Driving, Trail, E/W Performance, Armstrong BC, Nancy 250-546-9922, CLINTON PARADE, Clinton BC, Wayne 250-459-2737, TRAINING fOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, St. Andrews MB, Last Chance Ranch, Francine, , 204-771-5335 TEAM SELECTION fOR 2016 MARTIAL ART “OLYMPICS” SEOUL KOREA,

Mount Currie BC,




GAMES, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Ngaire(Ny-ree)


JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Forestburg AB. Intro, Round Pen, Ground


Vernon BC, Robyn 250-545-2336,,,

Work & Ridden. Cheryl 780-385-1811, MARION WEISSKOPff CLINIC, Port McNeill, Liz Gachter 250-956-8223,

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Fairgrounds, Victoria BC, Roma 1-877-573-4018 ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Tracey,, GYMKHANA, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops BC, Michelle 250-574-0740, OCEAN VISTA ENDURANCE & CTR, South Nanaimo BC, Nancy, or visit COURAGE CANADA TRAIL RIDE, Innisfree AB, Curtis Anderson 780-581-4802, TRAINING fOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Oliver BC, D BAR K Ranch, Annette,, 250-497-5199 BCPHC BACK TO BASICS SHOW (3 JUDGES), Armstrong BC, BHA ANNUAL SPRING SHOW & GYMKHANA (HERITAGE QUALIfIER),

Grand Forks BC, Madalene 250-443-3191, TACK, TRAILER & GARAGE SALE, Langley Riders Arena, Langley BC, Karen 604-219-8982, BARREL RACING & HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (YOUTH AGES 8-16),

Foothills Arena, 100 Mile House BC, Claire 250-593-4178 31-Jun 6 1 WEEK WILDERNESS GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC,

june MARION WEISSKOPff CLINIC, Ladysmith, Jill Sampson


MARION WEISSKOPff CLINIC, Victoria/Metchosin, Kristina Millar


JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Saskatoon SK. Intro, Round Pen, Ground

5-7 5–7 6 6 6-7 6-7 6-7 7 7 7 7 8-20 9-11

12-14 12-14 12-15 13 13-14 13-14 13-14 13-15 13-16 14-15 16 16








Work & Ridden. Info: Mark 306-373-4438 or cell 306-715-0823 LARRY NELLES HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Dreamscape Ranch, Knutsford BC, 250-372-2928, BCHBC RENDEZVOUS & AGM, Nicola Valley Rodeo Grounds, Merritt BC, BUSHCRAfT COURSE, Survival Canada,, 250-668-3078, POKER RIDE – ALL INVITED, Vernon Young Riders 4-H Fundraiser, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, HIGH SAGE ENDURANCE RIDE, Cache Creek BC, June 250-256-7035, or visit MARION WEISSKOPff CLINIC, BCHBC Rendezvous demo & lessons (tentative) BARREL RACING & HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (ADULTS), Foothills Arena, 100 Mile House BC, Claire 250-593-4178 TRAINING fOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, T&B Equine Centre, Chilliwack BC, Becky Kendall, 604-824-6250 AERC SCHOOLING SHOW, Armstrong BC, JUMPING SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Alicia HORSE SHOW, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops BC, Michelle 250-574-0740, CRC GYMKHANA , Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, Sharon 604-847-9404 2 WEEK WILDERNESS GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC, JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Lakedell Arena, Westerose AB. Colt Starting. Info: Jo Anne 780-586-2879,

20 20-21

VDRC HUNTER/JUMPER SPRING SHOW, Vernon District Riding Club,

Vernon BC, BCMHC AMHA & AMHR SHOW, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, Tina, TRAINING fOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Strathmore AB, Wheatland Equestrian, Cailin 403-669-9303 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Lakedell Arena, Westerose AB. Interm/Adv Ridden. Info: Marlene 403-783-5210 or cell 403-783-1723 GAMES, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Ngaire(Ny-ree), MARION WEISSKOPff CLINIC, Smithers, Eileen Shorter 250-847-3165 INTERIOR GAITED fUN SHOW, Armstrong BC, Brenda 250-546-6048, BHA YOUTH EXTRAVAGANZA, Grand Forks BC, Madalene 250-443-3191, JONATHAN fIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 2, Langley BC, Call Andrea at 1-888-533-4353, SURVIVAL COURSE, Survival Canada,, 250-668-3078, HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Centered Riding instructor Lisa Wieben, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Lakedell Arena, Westerose AB. Riding with Challenges. Info: Marlene 403-783-5210 or cell 403-783-1723 MARION WEISSKOPff CLINIC, Armstrong, Daina Hillson 250-379-2913  MARION WEISSKOPff CLINIC, Kelowna, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Eagle Hill Equine, Olds AB. Intro, Round Pen, Ground Work & Ridden. Kim 403-556-1195, LEARN TO PLAY POLO CLINIC, Kelowna BC, Dan Chailler 250-470-8710, BEGINNER & INTERM. BARREL RACING CLINIC (AGES 8 & UP),

at Back in the Saddle, Ponoka AB, Nicole 403-704-9564 MARION WEISSKOPff CLINIC, Nelson, Teresa Precious 250-229-4203 21 fUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277 21-27 1 WEEK ADVANCED GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC, 22-24 JERRY TINDELL CLINIC, Ya-Ha-Tinda Staging area, Trail ride, The Outpost at Warden Rock. Julie 403-762-2732 23-25 EVENTING CLINIC w/Team Canada Olympic Rider Sandra Connelly, Salmon Arm BC,, Sonya 250-833-2669 26-Jul 2 1 WEEK OUTfITTER GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC, 27 CRC SHOW, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, Sharon 604-847-9404 27 RAINBOW REVISITED ENDURANCE RIDE, Merritt BC, Barb, or visit 27 SUMMER DRIVE SHOW (& clinic Jun 28) Vernon BC, Ally 250-542-6739, 27 EQUINE BEHAVIOUR & BODY LANGUAGE WORKSHOP w/Birgit Stutz, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, 27-29 SUMMER HORSE TRIALS, Salmon Arm BC,, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 28 ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Tracey, 28-Jul 4 1 WEEK ANGLING GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC, 20-22

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Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


Ask for Chilliwack Heritage Park rate LSPECI East of Heritage Park at mall & restaurants


FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150 • Chilliwack, BC 4/15

Ph: 250.238.2274 • Fx: 250.238.2241 •

EQUINE HEALTH Tired of tying & un-tying knots?

D Rings & Snap fix that, now just...


Load, Snap & Go!

Available in Mini & Half bale net sizes.


1-844-326-6387 •


EQUINE WELLNESS & DIGESTIVE SUPPORT (Interior BC & online) 250.368.2002 Products and support for equine digestive health. 3/16 11/15


Building Riding Rings

Footing is the Key!

For Private, Public or Professional Arenas Jack Polo 604-467-5616 or 604-341-1409 9/15

20 years experience serving the Fraser Valley

NATURAL & HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE fOR HORSES Cloverdale Pharmasave 5778-176A Street, Surrey BC, 604-576-2888 8/15 Chloride Free dust Control


BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 10/15 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch WWW.REIMERSfARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 6/15 WILLEMS fOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 2/16



Hansi’s EquinE sports tHErapy * Massage * Healing Touch * Craniofacial * Structural Balance * Acupressure * Magnet Therapy * Saddle Fit ~ Now accepting K-9 clients ~ Hands on for Health (C.E.S.T) ~ 778-378-0460 9/15

BOARDING/RETIREMENT DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 10/15

JEffREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 403-993-0269 8/15 Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVD’s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 7/15


Hand-made Cowboy Boots in Stock sizes & Made to Measure A Quality Boot for a Reasonable Price! 250-373-0065


CAMPING WITH HORSES WWW.HIDDENVALLEYRUSTICHORSECAMP.COM (Merritt BC) 250-378-1848 Creekside Camping w/Corrals, Miles of marked trails, min. to new Cidery 7/15 DEAD STOCK REMOVAL


THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 9/15 HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year • 57

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DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. 10/15 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 6/15 WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse - endless riding. 12/15 WWW.TODMOUNTAINRANCH.COM (Heffley Creek BC) 1-877-488-8881 Unique hands on, all inclusive horseback riding vacations 10/15



Aaron Martin Harness Ltd.


Order Line 1-800-367-0639 or 519-698-2754 Quality Canadian made Harness ~ Pioneer Dealer

OKANAGAN SCHOOL Of NATURAL HOOf CARE 250-8697861, 6 day trimming certification program, private and group clinics. 11/15




SCOTT LIVINGSTONE fARRIER SERVICE (North Okanagan) 12/15 250-550-7495 ~ Certified AFA Journeyman, 30 years experience

FEED DEALERS ASHCROfT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Coop Dealer and Pet Foods, 5/16 BAG’N BLOK AGRI CENTRE (Morinville, AB) 780-939-4600, Pet Supplies, Tack, Animal Health, Feed, Agri Blok, Agri Melc 2000, Equest Products 5/15



5/16 4/15


CHAMPION fEED SERVICES – For All Your Feed & Farm Supplies! Barrhead • Grande Prairie • Westlock, 9/15 FENCING 130MILERANCH.COM (Cariboo) 250-644-7200 Corrals, Gates, Panels, Bale Feeders 9/15

Gates, Panels, Feeders, Continuous FenCe deer & Farm FenCe installations

Custom built and installed to your needs

GRK Fasteners Dealer * Customized Bale Spikes * Custom Welding * Horse Trailer Repairs *Serving BC/AB/WA for over 10 years

Solve Insurance Services Inc. 250-861-3777


PHOTOGRAPHERS REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, 12/15 REALTORS

Alan Cossentine, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 •


WWW.fIXITRENOVATIONS.CA Vibrating Post Pounding, Excavating, Renovations, Call Hans at 250-804-6662 (Okanagan/BC Interior) 4/16




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OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 5/15

HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year



CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 9/15 COLDSTREAM LEATHER CORNER (North Okanagan) 250-275-6224 7/15 Saddlemaker, Western Tack Repairs & Custom, COSSENTINE SADDLERY (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 8/15 fRINGE WESTERN WEAR & LEATHERWORK (Merritt BC) 604-768-6580 Specializing in Custom Made Chaps. See us on Facebook. 8/15 LEATHER MARK SADDLERY (Maple Ridge) 778-994-1580. Custom English, Western Saddles & Tack, Repair & Restore, Saddle Fitting. 8/15 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 2/16 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,

Touch ‘A TexAs Town & Country

FIT. For Back Health 80 point Saddle Fit Analysis Female and Male saddles We help you find answers! 800-225-2242 x 30

Odin Interagro D. Carrano


TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS Work, Casual and Formal attire For the Whole Family. Plus horse taCk and saddles. From Grandpas to Babies! Giftware ~ Footwear ~ Jewelry Come explore Hometown Hospitality at 4924-51 Avenue, High Prairie, AB Hours: 9:30-6:00 Mon-Fri, Sat. 9:30 – 5:00. Two blocks south of main street. ~ see us on Facebook

The most Eclectic Store in the Shuswap for over 22 years! Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers and the Whole Family! We specialize in Ladies Fashions. Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm BC ~ 250-832-1149 Bonnie 9/15

TRIPLE L TROPHIES & ENGRAVING (Quesnel) 250-992-9317 10/15 New & Used Tack, Custom Leatherwork & Repair, Gifts & Engraving WWW.THETRADINGPOSTfEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 10/15 TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 12/15 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 3/16 TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 5/15 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 9/15 REIMER RANCHING SUPPLIES (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8590 Dealers for Exiss/Sooner, Maverick, Royal T, Charmac Trailers, 5/16 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 5/15

VANTAGE TRAILER SALES, INC Quality Trailers for the Long Haul

Owner Teresa Gale Yanishewski ~ 780-523-3800 5/15

ALL ‘ROUND OUTfITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 4/16 BAREfOOT TREELESS SADDLES (Vernon BC) Full line of accessories Toll Free 1-877-542-5091 5/15 DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, farrier, feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 4/16

Dealers for: Lakota ~ Circle J ~ Platinum


Lethbridge, AB 1-855-320-9889

TRAINERS/COACHES BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 4/16



 Trail Riding/Packing/Training Clinic & Complete Guides Program    Great Horses - Excellent Price - Certificate - Employment Opportunity



A Full Service TACK SHOP including horse blanket washing/repairs, saddle fitting, reflocking and leather repair. Introducing FOUR STAR SADDLERY English Tack and Apparel - an exclusive line of saddles from England. Sherwood Park AB • 780-449-2060 Dressage and Jump models available. We ship anywhere! Find us on Facebook! 9/15

CARDINAL RANCH.COM 250-968-4481 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instruction, Horse Sales, Clinics, Student Programs 5/15 CARLWOODSPERfORMANCEHORSES.COM (Kelowna) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 8/15

ROCKY CREEK HILL (BC) 855-295-8825, Treeless Saddles, Bitless Bridles & more, Worldwide Shipping, 8/15 Your BEST Source for Pre-owned Equipment & Clothing for Horse & Rider Showroom/Warehouse #116, 5050 – 106 Ave. SE, Calgary AB 403-719-2154 ~

HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year



CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 11/15 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CINDY KIRSCHMAN (Okanagan) 250-547-9277, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 3/16 • 59

Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES


Dana Hokana Quarter Horses P.O. Box 893369 - Temecula. CA 92589 - (951) 297-1911 - -


DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Horse Training, Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 5/16 JONATHAN fIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 5/16 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 2/16 MARION WEISSKOPff (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, 3/16 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 10/15 TRANQUILLEfARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Coach & Trainer, Therapeutic & Rehabilitation Centre. All disciplines. 250-999-5090 2/16

ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-7473053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan 9/15 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 6/15 DEEP CREEK VET SERVICES Drs. Baker & Cienciala. Small animals & horses. North Okanagan 250-833-8585,, 9/15 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 5/16 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 6/15 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET CLINIC 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 11/15 OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 6/15 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 3/16 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 2/16

YOUR BUSINESS LISTING COULD BE HERE! Starting at only $225 per year • Call 1-866-546-9922

Rural Roots

North okaNagaN horse ProPerty

LARGE HOME AND ACREAGE This cute, cozy and comfortable acreage features many outbuildings/ shops throughout the property perfect for anything; work, hobbies and personal toys. But don’t stop there, this property has approximately 14+ acres of grass field to be used however one desires. The 5 bedroom and 4 bathroom home has a spacious open kitchen leading into the living room where you can relax and enjoy amazing valley views. Beautiful cedar and pine finishing throughout the home makes it open and inviting to everyone. $587,780 MLS ® 10097281 • 3530 Smith Rd, Falkland BC CONTACT THE VASSBERG TEAM 778-212-4663 Royal Lepage Downtown Realty Ltd • E-mail

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Once in a lifetime opportunity for the horse enthusiast. Only 20 minutes east of Kamloops overlooking the river. 70 x 200 indoor riding arena with 13 indoor stalls with runs, 30 paddocks, 12 day stalls, 135 x 200 outdoor arena, and 100’ round pen. 20 acres in hay with water rights. All this and a great 4 bedroom/3 bath 2,200 sq.ft. home.

Listed at $1,490,000 MLS® 125833 RICKY (ULRIKE) HEDRICH 250-572-0828 Riley & Associates Realty Ltd.

Perhaps the best value and most affordable horse acreage in the North Okanagan. Only 2.19 acres but extremely well set up and well utilized. Terrific rail fencing and x-fencing, with ample gates throughout. 60x90’ arena, 50’ round pen, shelters with attached paddock, tack room, workroom, large hay storage and more. Nicely renovated 2 bedroom home with full concrete foundation and basement. Flat, fully fenced, child and pet safe rear yard with deck and patio. Good well. Fabulous location and lifestyle with recreation right at your doorsteps, easily accessible to Crown land with numerous quiet lakes. Rural and private, on school bus route and only 30 min. from either Vernon or Armstrong. More info at our website. $349,500 MLS ® 10095924 • 503 Six Mile Creek Road Vernon BC DeFeo & assoCIates, re/MaX VerNoN 250-260-4711 e-mail:

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Stallions and Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 4/16 BOWERBANKQUARTERHORSES.COM (Burns Lake, BC) 250-692-3825 SS: Zip Zappen Cool, AQHA/APHA, Grandson of Zippo Pine Bar 2/16 CHERRYCREEKCANADIANS.CA (Kamloops, BC) 250-828-2076 2/16 E-mail:, or DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC) 250-838-0908 10/15 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines,


APHA/PtHA Tobiano Stallion, 100% Colour Guarantee Find him on Facebook or Call 250-378-2346, 11/15


fAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 2/16 GNR MORGANS (Chase BC) 250-679-1175 SS: DM Teacher’s Top Mark, Blk, 14.3, “Live the Adventure of the Morgan”


ICELANDIC HORSES AT TOLT AWAY fARM (Enderby BC) 250-838-0234 Sales, Stud Service, Lessons, Tack, WWW.TOLTAWAY.COM 7/15 JW QUARTER HORSES INC. (Barrhead AB) 780-674-3446 Top Quality Horses for Sale, 6/15 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 11/15 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, ROCKE RIDGE RANCH MANGALARGA MARCHADORS (Penticton BC), Can. contact for “Brazilian Saddle Horse,”, 1-888-492-8225 5/15 WWW.ROPERfORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 SS: AQHA & APHA Stallions, Sales, Training, Clinics 6/15 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 8/15 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 11/15

Year-round Listings Starting at only $225 per year

Call 1-866-546-9922



[CAN]A11877 ~ Section A Welsh

Standing at Winged Hawk K Appaloosa

2013 Rockledge Toswirah TLC Black Leopard Appaloosa Stallion Direct descendant of Ghostwind Stallions EEaa. Five Panel Negative.

2015 STUD FEE: $600 plus mare care 250.574.6908 Phone/Text (Kamloops, BC)

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(Roblyns Fancy Cat x Renner`s Black Beauty)

Your Stallion could be shown here Starting at only $100 (or less).

This fantastic Section A Welsh Stallion will be standing his Introductory Year at Twin Acres Farm and Huber’s Welsh Pony & Cob Farm in 70 Mile House BC.

2015 STUD FEE: $500

includes non- refundable booking fee of $100

Call Kathy at 250-456-7462 or Ken 250-456-6050 05/15 • 61

On The Market

MISTY MEADOWS Located in Pritchard, 35 km of 4-lane freeway on TCH east of Kamloops BC. 22.5 acre Equestrian Property with Architect designed 3 bed, 2 full baths, 2,400 sq. ft. home. Immaculate condition with continuous updating. 4 stall barn with hay loft, water and electricity. Fenced 70 x 180 sand riding ring, and 6 fenced pastures. First domestic and irrigation rights on Desmond Brook. Full landscaped yard. Move in ready! $675,000 • Property information and photo gallery available For more info contact: 250-577-3305 (Pritchard BC) 7/15

MONTANA SAPPHIRE SKY Reg’d 2008 Quarter Horse Mare Beautiful red roan. Great personality. Ridden mostly on trails, introduced to cows, loads, trims, crosses creeks, etc. Intermediate rider suggested. Proven broodmare. $3,500 OBO Call 250-256-4939 (Lillooet BC)

FOR SALE HOUSE AND 35 ACRES Property located on Chase Falkland Road. 2,000 sq. ft. home. Property all fenced and cross-fenced with premium horse fencing! Almost unlimited recreational opportunities only 15 minutes from Chase. More details at 250-679-1175 (Chase BC)

Want To Ride An Appaloosa?


Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado AqhA/Nfqh 100%, Poco Bueno 27% Silver Grullo, herda N/N Son of Little Steel Dust, AqhA Rom Reining

Jaz Ziggy Steel Dust

2005 AQHA MARE For breeding purposes only (maiden), 15HH, seal brown/ black bay. Blazing Hot/DD/Investor bred. Very quiet mare and nice to be around. Shown as a 2-year-old, and won 2 walk/ trot classes, excellent mover. Clips, bathes, hauls. UTD on all health care. Correct and definitely pasture sound. This is a really nice mare, I hate to see her go, but she needs a job! $1,500. Or may trade.  For more information 250-573-2801 (Kamloops BC) 5/15

AqhA/Nfqh 98% Silver Grullo, herda N/N

Visit 250-963-9779

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

“Selling only BCAC ranch raised and trained family friendly Appaloosas”

AqhA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines ALL STALLIONS are tested AQHA 5 GENETIC DISEASE PANEL N/N

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

Ph/fax: 250-843-7337 •


3Winds Ranch

12/15 9/14

Friesian Ranch Breeder of Friesian &

TW Sunsation


1994 Palomino Tobiano APHA Stallion

Peps Smart Quixote

2000 Chestnut AQHA Stallion Smartest Little Pep/daughter Doc Quixote

3Winds Smok N Hawk

2004 Palomino / Blanket Appaloosa Stallion by 5x ApHCC Champion Horses for Sale/Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397;

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Horses HORSES FOR SALE – STALLION SERVICE 250-306-5351 (Armstrong BC) E-mail:


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Shop & Swap! FOR SALE






Complete Electro Rope & Tape Systems



29571 Fraser Hwy., Abbotsford, BC

604 856 1988 • 1 877 856 1988

FERRIS FENCING 1-800-665-3307

Able At


THE Kelowna 1-866-886-6893 • Kamloops 1-888-371-3946 Cart website: 6/15 Parts website:


Sales, service, repairs and parts for all models of golf carts. New and Used available. Trades welcome.

Two locations to meet your needs!

Tel: 250-757-9677 Fax: 250-757-9670




l yo u r F o r a l E d s! h ay n E

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 6/15 MISCELLANEOUS

Leather & Stitches

Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 5/16

Call for more info

250.572.2258 Or Email EVENTS

Specializing in Horse Hay


LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY AnnuAl tAck, truck,trAiler, iler, gArAge g whatever you have for Sale...... Also ROYALTY Bake Sale

NEW & USED TACK English & WEstErn ~ Harness ~ Farrier Supplies ~ Horse/Pet Supplies & Feeds ~ Sure Crop Feed Dealer Deep Creek General Store 0


3455 Pleasant Valley rd., Armstrong

SundAy, MAy 31, 2015 @ 9:00 AM 4303 – 208 Street • LangLey riderS arena

Tel: 604.819.6317 Email:

Come Sell, Sell, Sell and Buy, Buy, Buy! only $15 for a table/spot Barrel Racing All Day • Concession open - great food & drinks!

Contact Karen Steckler @

Call or text 250.219.8982

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