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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

At the LMQHA Bazaar - first time this wee girl had ever touched a horse. 44 • Saddle Up • May 2015

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

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