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survived! Twisted Terrain Horse Park and the month of March that is. This past month was unbelievably busy… I attended the Kamloops Cowboy Festival (see pages 3435); the Quarter Horse Bazaar (see page 59); and Twisted Terrain’s event (see pages 60-61). Whew! All events were fun and well worth it! I have been hearing some good reports back about our Top Dog! Section. According to the Saddle Up reader poll on our website, it appears 98% of horse people have dogs. And there are some other great facts about our readers… I just have to get the time and space to coordinate reporting on it. We’ll extend the deadline again for those of you wanting to take part. This issue also includes our Annual Fashion Feature (see pages 51-58) showing what’s new in designs, colours and styles for the 2012 season. See you at The Mane Event in Red Deer!

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Where Will All the Horses Go? By Kevan Garecki Strictly by definition, there are over 100,000 “unwanted� horses who enter the processing end of the industry every year. There are no hard figures for how many others await something better, but the “sighted mouse� theory may apply; if you see one, there are undoubtedly far more hidden from view.


escues turn away exponentially higher numbers of horses than they actually take in. SPCA offices strain their resources to depletion and beyond. Fewer and fewer private individuals are producing viable rescue alternatives, despite the rising head count. In other words, we’re trying harder and getting nowhere faster. It’s time to take a hard look at feasibility and be accountable for what we give. There are too many “unwanted� horses for us to reasonably expect to save all of them. The market is so saturated that this situation is not likely to improve for some time to come. Unscrupulous breeders and sales agents, uneducated buyers and a plethora of other influences will continue to sway the market until the product it offers improves. With 100,000+ horses annually heading to slaughter, the only way we can hope to get a handle on salvation is to elevate education and awareness, and to severely curtail foal crops in years to come.




Prevailing economies are not likely to pass any time soon. Instead of expecting more money to rain from the heavens we What will YOU do? must make more effective use of the resources we have at present, and expect those resources to shrink before they flourish once again. More importantly, we must work smarter - networking to improve availability of resources, fundraising for donations in kind in addition to cash, initiating sponsorship programs for groups instead of individuals, and structuring volunteer programs to maximize results from their efforts; these are but a few areas that need revising. The current rescue landscape must change. We can no longer willy-nilly “rescue� every needy horse we see. We must inject another dimension into the process: looking farther into the future. In essence, we must reinvent rescue, or else “salvation� will become semantically equal to “stockpiling.� Breeders, buyers, trainers, agents, equine service providers and government must now take responsibility for the “bleeding edge� of control over this unacceptable situation. Responsibility (or lack thereof) is a major contributor to the issue. Too many people have neglected to take responsibility, flooding the market with horses that we are now faced with rescuing or, inevitably, slaughtering. I have a series of challenges for the equestrian community, and there are some tangible perks for those who pick up the gauntlet: * Veterinarians are in the soup along with the rest of us; you helped the vast majority of domesticated horses come into this world, you can help us fi x the problem now. I have repeatedly

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Where Will…, cont’d tried to launch gelding programs to prevent marginal stallions from entering breeding programs, and to offer free euthanasia for cash-strapped owners. These efforts have met with disdain from the medical community. You have education on your side; share it with the public, even if it means taking an unpopular stance. Many of you took an oath to actively work towards the greater good of the equestrian communities that support you - those words are knocking... * Breeders are the most oft attacked for the current problem, but those with experience hesitate to share their knowledge. It’s not enough to hold onto a valued breeding philosophy; you need to explain to the masses why you breed the way you do, and take responsibility for your get. If you end up with a foal that fails to further the breed ideal, then do the right thing then and there instead of trying to recover your losses. You owe this and nothing less to the breed you purport to uphold. * Trainers make money training horses, and to do so they must occasionally assume the role of agent, advisor and guide for their clients when the cheque books come out. You want to be in a position of authority? Then act like you deserve it! If you see a horse that is incapable of meeting the clients’ needs, then be the professional we need you to be and pass that horse up rather than shovelling unheard-of sums of money into your bank accounts only to watch the horse be shuffled off from one home, that you know damn well won’t work, to another. * During an era of prosperity, equine service providers flocked to calls for everything from horse-sitting and equine chiropractic to haute couture grooming and dinner parties for stud services. Once the public was suitably fleeced and money drained out faster than gas through a luxury SUV, we were left holding the bag with the bill in it. Now that the barest necessities such as hay and shelter are scarcely affordable, the herd of “unaffordable” horses joins the ranks of the “unwanted.” Yes, some of the more gullible owners may have needed a swift kick in the bank account, but others were just trying to make a dream come true, or help a kid learn to ride, or maybe just make a home for a horse they could barely afford. Still think it was funny to charge $500 for a clipping? * Owners! Instead of discarding that horse because s/he cannot

perform to your expectations or needs, look into retraining for alternate jobs. Look not to the breeder for a shiny new foal, but to the current get for matches to your quest. We recycle metal, glass, forest products and much more to save the planet, but make little effort to find alternate productive service for the horses who serve us. Stewardship assumes many guises, and holds a multitude of responsibilities, not the least of which is that life you took on when you bought that horse. * Education must be the precursor to enforcement, so to those in the echelons of the enforcement community I pose this: if you are not in the position to educate, then you cannot morally enforce. Informed officers are your single best resource to stem the tsunami of neglect and abuse. Teach your officers how to spread the word, be seen as the source for information, and be the “go-to” for help instead of cringing under self-imposed Damoclean legerdemain. There are resources you can tap into. I can, and have, offered this and much more to many SPCA offices. Time to be all you can be. * A tip o’ the hat to the American politicians who waded into battle for the sake of a few influential constituents and laboured long to rescind anti-slaughter legislation in their own states. When the highest power in the land said, “No,” you conspired with other power brokers to create your own island of nepotism! Apparently the wants continued on page 8

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Where Will‌, cont’d of the few outweigh the needs of the many in the Land of the Free. Government is supposed to be of the people, for the people, as I recall from my history classes; or, perhaps that was rewritten along with the outcome of the War of 1812? * If we can’t viably save a horse, then the only moral thing to do is to release him/her from further suffering. Vets, breeders, trainers and owners alike must all accept the very real possibility of having to euthanize a horse if their prospect of adoption or homing is less than ideal. We can’t save them all, so let’s concentrate on the ones we can look after. In order to do that we must educate ourselves in making intelligent choices, and be ready to release the rest so as to prevent them from a life of depravity and neglect. Is “life without possibility of paroleâ€? better or worse than “death row?â€? No one is innocent in this situation; you are either part of the solution or you reside squarely in the realm of the problem. By allowing the problem to persist, you procreate it through inaction. Those who care can only outnumber those who do not because they prove their devotion by working actively towards the solutions. Those who profess to care yet do nothing are little more than agents of the ones who care not. I don’t believe anything constructive comes from posing a problem without offering solutions to it, so here are my attempts at blazing a trail out of the mess: * I am not a fan of regulation, but one look at the flood of

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foals every year proves we cannot be trusted to police our own ranks, so some form of continuity must be enforced upon us. I propose licensing for breeders, and a qualification process to prove fitness. Fees should include a levy that goes directly into a fund administrated for the benefit of rescues and animal welfare. * Breed associations could provide a point system based on breeders’ past crops and performance. Potential buyers could purchase compilations of breeding activity and shortlist based on a breeder’s rating. The higher the quality of foals, the more points a breeders gets. The better their earnings, the more points they get. Breeders should also receive substantial recognition for responsibility towards recovering or recycling horses who may not make the grade and are retrained or otherwise assisted at the breeder’s own expense. In short, good breeders would benefit exponentially, and poor breeders would no longer be able to finance the equine equivalent of “puppy mills.� * Breeders should be required to post a performance bond on their foal crops. Failure to ensure welfare of their get would bring about enforced support, be it in the form of care or euthanasia. * Trainers cannot morally represent their clients in the purchase of new horses. They can advise but ultimately it’s up to the owners to educate themselves when looking at a horse. If you have to ask a barber if you need a haircut, maybe you need to look in the mirror instead. Immerse yourselves in the transaction; make an informed decision based on all available information. Your veterinarian, farrier, chiropractor, trainer or miracle-working cowboy cannot “fi x� a horse that is conformationally unfit, unsound or otherwise debilitated. Buy what you need - buy smart! * Major players must be made accountable for the demands they put on the industry and provide alternatives, such as supporting adoption foundations for these ex-athletes. The racing community places 2-year-old horses into competitive service, but then provides little or no support for the burnt out 4-year-olds that practice creates. * Major venues and breed/discipline associations should donate a percentage of their income to welfare and support. This doesn’t mean you get to raise the rates for next year’s shows or memberships, take the money out of your own pockets, like the rest of us do. Does this anger you? Do my words inspire ire and rage? Good! Then you’re just the person we need, for you have passion and passion is what is needed to chip through the crust of apathy. Albert Einstein said, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.� With 40 years of experience in horse transport and boarding management, Kevan Garecki has seen equine operations from a wide variety of perspectives. He is currently in collaboration with other industry professionals to introduce a unique approach to large-scale rescue operations in BC. His breadth of knowledge and dedication to animal welfare led to an invitation to participate in the federal Certified Livestock Transport program, and to teach the CLT course in BC.

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Island Equine Affair Fundraiser By Yvonne Dekleyne


ope for Horses Society is proudly presenting the 2nd Annual Island Equine Affair, Saturday May 5th, 2012 at the newly renovated Arbutus Meadows, Nanoose Bay, BC on Vancouver Island. The Island Equine Affair is Hope for Horses Society’s annual family friendly fundraiser. The event stresses Education, Awareness and Entertainment. Top Presenters this year are Doug Mills, Adiva Murphy, Trish Hyatt, Gary Toller and Ashley Roe. We have many great equestrian educators including riders from all disciplines, presentations by Veterinarians, Equine Massage Therapists, Chiropractors, the Western Farrier’s Association and to keep you in shape, Rider Fitness! Our Trade Show will be housed in the Main Building right along-side the action so spectators and exhibitors won’t miss a thing. Don’t worry about lunch or dinner; a variety of our local food caterers will be selling your favourites! The day wraps up with the evening grand-finale presenting “The Extravaganza.� There you will find clinicians, Doug Mills, Adiva Murphy, and the Island’s Trish Hyatt, Barrel Racers, the Vaulting Team, and many more surprises. Follow our website at to see what we’re doing and who else is coming. You’re not going to want to miss this, see you there!

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Project Equus By Theresa Nolet


n Friday, February 10, 2012, I received a phone call from June Delisikos in the Oliver area regarding a starving horse on the road leading to Mount Baldy Ski Resort. June felt the horse was in dire need of assistance, so I agreed to pick her and Anna Maria Robinson up so that they could show me where the horse had last been seen. Finding him was not hard, as he had not budged from a small pile of hay that had been left out for the wild horses in the area. At first sight, it was obvious that this horse needed immediate intervention. I always travel with a halter in my car, so with that in hand I slowly walked up to him - he did not budge an inch or bat an eye! I slowly started to rub his neck and after quickly realizing that this was obviously a domesticated horse, I slipped the halter on him. The other two women and I discussed what our next move would be. I had not really expected that I would be doing something immediately, but rather that I was coming to assess a wild horse; so, I was unprepared. Thinking of who was nearby who could trailer the horse to the Critteraid farm in Summerland, the name of Ken MacRae of D-Bar-K ranch immediately came to mind. Using a cell phone - a wonderful invention - we called Ken and he agreed to come almost immediately. It was decided that we needed to move the horse to a better location on the road where it would be safer to load him and for Ken to turn his truck and trailer around. I am not a great judge of distance, but it was maybe 1/8 of a mile at most, so we just started to walk the horse. At first, we all commented that he had a really nice gait, but soon he started to drag his back feet. We stopped for a rest and fed him some grass hay that we had brought with us. When we started off once more, he immediately began dragging his feet again. With a short distance left to go, he was now showing signs of real fatigue 10 • Saddle Up • April 2012

with his back end swaying. I was following them in my car and I was praying, “Please do not go down - we are so close!” Once we were in a safe position it started to rain a little. I just happened to have some clothes for donation in my car, so I dug through them, took out a few and draped them over his back. He did not mind a bit. Briarwood is draped with the clothes. (“All dressed When Ken arrived, the up with somewhere to go!”) Holding the lead is June poor fellow hopped right in as if Delisikos. he had done it a thousand times. We agreed that we would take him to Ken’s place, as we were concerned he was too weak for the 1.5-hour drive to Critteraid’s farm in Summerland. The veterinarian came to examine him and agreed that he was too weak to safely move; Ken and Dawn agreed to let him stay there and that At Ken’s place with Ken, June and Anna Maria Robinson. they would take on the regime of his feeding schedule to get him back to health. He will need small meals often, and to be slowly introduced to some higher fat content food as his system adjusts to once again having consistent food. He was given the name Briarwood; he is a gelding, and it is estimated that he is 17 years old. Once he has regained his health, he will be available for adoption. As of today, February Safety and warmth and food! “Heaven” for this little guy! 14th, Briarwood is doing well although still very weak. He is Anyone wishing to donate to in a nice warm box stall and is Briarwood’s care can do so online at taken for short walks each day to build Please mention that up his strength. Briarwood knickers now when he sees his food coming and his eyes the donation is for Project Equus. Snail mail is Box 235,113-437 Martin Street, are bright and alert. He still has a long Penticton, BC V2A 5L1. way to go before we can be sure he will survive this starvation but, so far, he is doing well.


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BC Interior Horse Rescue Society By Lauri Meyers Rescue Reunion (Joey Tompkins’ story)

Tower and friends


he BCIHRS’ story with Tower started at Diamond H Tack, when one of the girls started to talk to me about a special boy named Tower. She had asked me how the rescue works. After I explained it to her, she told me about Tower. Tower had suffered a cracked hip and did have some lameness issues but, with care, he could come around and have a job. His owner brought him to the Hub. We took pictures and put him in the isolation pen. Tower settled in and made friends in the herd. I got a call from a lady telling me she used to own Tower. She wanted to adopt Tower but, at that time, we already had someone who was interested in adopting him. I told the lady that if it didn’t work

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out, I would let her know. She sent in an adoption application anyways. An assessment by our trainer showed that, due to Tower’s lameness and spirit, he would not be suitable for a green rider; the original applicants agreed and Fiona and Tower withdrew their application. I called the other lady to let her know Tower was available and asked if she wanted me to proceed. “YES!” was the excited answer.

REUNITED (FIONA MCDONALD’S STORY) Tower first came into our family as a pleasure horse. Six months later, our family ran into a crisis and we had to find new homes for the horses, on short notice, and relocate ourselves as well. Tower was tough to re-home as he has soundness issues. We wanted to keep him, however, we just didn’t have the financial means to care for him in an acceptable manner. So, we gave him back to his original owner. As time went by, we managed to recover financially. I decided to start looking for another horse; I looked through all the horse ads and sites in the Lower Mainland. I am an experienced rider, however, I wanted something gentle enough that I could lead my kids around on. One day, sitting at my computer browsing horse rescue sites, I found the BCIHRS site. Imagine my surprise and horror when I saw a photo of Tower right there in front of me. I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach. I ran to the bathroom and cried! It took a long time for the tears and shock to subside, but when they did, I called Joey at the Society and left an urgent message saying that I wanted to adopt my horse! She called back later that afternoon and I told her my story. She had heard about me through Tower’s original owner, and I’m sure she was as astonished to hear from me as I was to find Tower! Going through the formal process, I applied to “rescue” Tower. I found a farm where we could board him and two weeks later, Trevor Mertes delivered him home to us. We were all there waiting. It was like fi xing something that had been broken. It just feels right to have him back in our family. We’d like to thank BC Interior Horse Rescue for taking such good care of our beautiful horse while we were unable to. We are so glad to have him back. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Children’s Wish Ride Update By Kim Antifaeff


t’s almost Wish Trail Ride season in BC and 2012 promises to be a great year. Volunteers and supporters across BC are gearing up for the 2012 Wish Trail Ride season in support of The Children’s Wish Foundation. Throughout its 15 year history, the Wish Trail Rides have raised an amazing $900,000 in support of the BC & Yukon Chapter. The success of the Provincial Wish Trail Ride relies entirely on the time and generosity of volunteers throughout BC and we’re so grateful to be supported by such a fantastic group. Each ride is unique is size and scope, but all share the same goal of having fun out on the trails and raising funds to grant “Wishes” to very special children. Every Wish Trail Ride, no matter how big or small, makes a difference in the lives of local kids with high-risk life-threatening illnesses.

Jessica Palmberg of Kelowna was last year’s winner of the Air Transat trip for two. Jessica was inspired to support Children’s Wish in honour of a classmate and raised over $1,200 for the Kelowna ride. Thank you Jessica and family!

Last year, 12 rides took place in communities across BC and over $65,000 was raised! The Children’s Wish Foundation has had a record number of referrals and wishes this year, and funds raised through the Wish Trail Rides help us ensure that every eligible child receives their most heartfelt wish. Support the 16th Annual Provincial Wish Trail Ride and support Children’s Wish by joining a ride, hosting a ride or making a donation. To get involved with a Wish Trail Ride in your community or for more information about how to start a ride in your area visit www. or contact kim.antifaeff@ See you on the trails! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 13

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Fun at the Coombs Rodeo Grounds! By Sue Sheppard


ack by popular demand! The Third Annual Western Weekend at Coombs on Vancouver Island will be held April 21-22, 2012. You’ll enjoy Ranch Sorting and Team Penning competitions, along with a Ranch Horse Obstacle Course, thrown in for kicks. Whether you are a rider or a spectator, you are guaranteed to have a blast. Come and see what working horses and riders can do. The event is sponsored by Buckerfields Country Stores. If you are not familiar with these events, here is a brief description: in Team Penning, you have 32 numbered cows at one end of the arena and at the opposite end you have a small pen with one open end; in between the two you have a DQ (disqualify) line. Three team members approach the line and a number is yelled out to them. One member goes into the herd to find the number that has been called, times three, and the other two members protect the line, turning back unwanted cows. They have 1.5 minutes to find and bring out all three cows, or as many as they can, get them across the line and into the pen without any others. If one trash cow gets over the line, they have to get him out. If two or more go over it is a DQ. It sounds easy enough, but the cows have a totally different agenda. The team with the highest number of cows in the pen, with the quickest time, wins. If a tiebreaker is needed, the winner would be the team with the first cow over the line in the fastest time. In Team Ranch Sorting, three-member teams compete similarly to Penning but without the pen. Only 12 cows are at the end, numbered 0-9, and two have no number those we call “trash” and they are not welcome anywhere near the line. If they get over it, the team is disqualified. When the team hears the random number called out, one member goes into the herd and cuts the numbered cow out and gets him over the line; then the next member goes in and cuts the remaining cows out in numerical order until 190 seconds is called. The team with the most cows over the line wins. The Ranch Horse Obstacle Course is just that. The horse and rider have two minutes to complete as many obstacles as they can, such as roping a dummy cow, going over a bridge, pulling a log, loading into the trailer, going through the “cowboy shower,” jumping a log, crossing water, and so on. It is a fun event to watch and to do. There will be a BBQ on site if you get hungry. Come on down and cheer on your favourite team and expect to be on the edge of your seat. You are in for a treat - you’ll see great horsemanship and what the working horse and rider know as “a day’s work” on the ranch. This event only happens once a year and we all look forward to it. And if you don’t want the fun to end too early, join us at the Country Dance on Saturday night. If you would like to enter this event or get more information, please contact Hugh or Tammy at A HUGE thank-you to Buckerfields, Whitta Farms and to Hugh and Tammy for organizing this event. Come on down - you will have a hoot!


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n last month’s article on gait development, I mentioned how important the walk is to the performance of our equine partner. We started off with the most fundamental of exercises: the serpentine-roll-over or sweep or quartering (refer to glossary of terms). The horse bends to one side and then crosses under himself with his inside hind leg over the outside hind foot. The correct bend allows the body to move as freely as possible. This is facilitated by asking for a jaw flexion (or rolling of the jaw) once the horse has adequate bend in the neck, nearing 90 degrees. It is important to mention that you bend less than 90 to start with and work your way up to 90 degrees. Many horses are not supple enough to bend the neck to 90 degrees without getting anxious. The vertical jaw flexion is easiest to accomplish with 90 degrees of lateral bend in the neck, but later can be done effectively in all positions on a well-schooled horse. You should remember that any resistance to a relaxed poll should be dealt with by going back to warm-up bends and flexions as we did at the start. The roll-over exercise from Part 1, which is the first part of a good serpentine, is worth reviewing as this lateral bend of 90 degrees with a poll flexion is also the best position to affect the beginning of a shoulder-in or leg yield. When a horse knows how to bend and quarter his inside hind across the outside hind, you can then take this horse on a circle, set him up in this bend and apply inside leg to the rib cage as you travel on the circle, causing the horse to gradually increase the size of the circle. If the horse shows he is sufficiently supple from doing multiple serpentines, travel on a circle and bend the neck to 90 degrees. Elevate the inside rein while looking in the direction of the outside shoulder and you will have the beginning of a shoulder-in. It is important to note that I said “the beginning.” In all lateral movements, when we begin to ask these of the horse, he won’t know exactly what we’re asking. Ask only for one to three steps of a lateral movement and then release with a short break 16 • Saddle Up • April 2012

Leg yield off circle or bend, coming back to the rail

Relaxation phase on looser rein after lateral movement

of forward travel so that the horse will have time to consider that he must be guessing correctly. It is the elevation of the rein toward the wither that causes a poll flexion; the relaxation is often expressed in the break portion of the exercise and usually lightens on the rein aids on the following tries. In French classical dressage, the idea is to effect the change we would like with as little use of the aids or combinations of aids as possible. In most cases, when done correctly, a horse that has correct bend while travelling on an arc will go into a shoulder-in lateral movement merely by using the rein aid. If you set up the same way as above, but add more inside leg to the ribcage at the girth area, the horse will move laterally and cross with not only his hind legs but also his forelimbs, in a lateral movement, as you look to the direction you wish to move too. Should the horse lag on the hindquarters, make sure the bend of the neck is correct and apply a bit of leg aid to the hindquarter and he will be inclined to try harder with the hindquarters. As mentioned in the shoulder-in, ask only for one to three steps of lateral movement and release to a relaxation phase. All horses will be able to accomplish this fairly soon if you take the time to build it. Remember, if the horse gets anxious and stiffens, go back to serpentines until he calms again. I personally teach all of these on the ground first. If your horse is confused in the riding of this exercise, go back to working on the ground where you and your horse can find success, and re-build again. If you want to maximize the gains from this exercise on a circle and your horse understands the basic lateral movement, then, as the horse takes his last lateral step before the release, urge him to walk out forward. You should find that first step on the last cross will often end up being bigger and stronger. This develops extension and power in the stride as the horse softens in the lateral movements with good posture. Practice the circles with shoulder-ins and leg yields over several riding sessions until your horse can easily do four to six HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training for Courage, cont’d strides of either with very light aids. Once this is achieved, you can progress to this next useful classical dressage suppling pattern: As you travel on the rail, bend your horse and move to the inside of the arena for three to four steps on an arc, then elevate your inside rein and look in the direction of the outside shoulder for a shoulder-in for three to four steps, back to the outside rail. Travel straight forward for a few strides (or until you are organized for another repetition) then bend inside again and repeat. This pattern can be done with a shoulder-in or leg yield. When done correctly, horses will soften and relax and some may drool. When done correctly, the lips will whiten with saliva and some will have streamers. They will become lighter to the aids and more relaxed - if you are doing it correctly. Again, the key is keeping it simple and doing it well. Never be afraid to review the serpentine, as this will relax an anxious


horse. If your horse is high energy and/or anxious or difficult to focus, try doing the serpentine at the trot for a while, and then come back to the walk. Have a great time riding your soft, happy horse! Stay patient as you are both figuring it out!

Glossary of Terms Quarter or Quartering: an old Spanish classical dressage term; to cross over with hindquarters. Sweep and or Mini-sweep: a Paul Dufresne term; describes the action of bending a horse laterally and initiating a vertical flexion by elevating the rein towards the front of the withers area, while putting pressure on the ribcage with your other hand (where your leg would hang if you were riding) and then sliding it back towards the hindquarters. This causes the horse to cross over with his inside hind as he bends in a quartering movement. A full sweep will cause the horse to cross over and disengage to a stop. A mini-sweep will cause the horse to cross over and then drive forward, engaging as we urge it.

Roll-over: a term used by Buck Branaman and Ray Hunt; describes the act of bending the horse’s neck to near 90 degrees and initiating rolling of the jaw (jaw flexion) by slightly elevating the rein in the withers area, as you then simultaneously ask the horse with a leg aid behind the girth area to cross over with his hind. Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Pritchard, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship, Classical Arts, Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses and, more importantly, how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. The horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they affect each other. Visit his website at www. • 17



ammy McNally (formerly Keith) operates Horse Basics and Beyond and just recently celebrated her 5 Year Anniversary as a successful business in Williams Lake BC. “I would like to thank all of my clients past and present for their loyalty and dedication to learning; and to my family and friends who have supported me over the years.” The Anniversary Celebration was held on Sunday March 11 at their Enns Road property. It was an Open House with a tack sale and BBQ for everyone to enjoy. Tammy’s husband, Jeff, was cook-for-the-day and gave out BBQ hot dogs, along with hot chocolate and goodies to all in attendance. Throughout the day they had draws for some great horsey door prizes. The lucky winners were: Pauline Brandson (black bling halter and lead rope); Caitlyn Flynn (gift certificate for one free hour horse training); Gerda Knuff (gift certificate for one free riding lesson); Elaine Macdonald (purple brush set); Dennis Gunn (bag of apple horse treats); Tatiana Hill (HBB monogrammed toque); and Jessabelle Atkinson-Trelenberg (HBB monogrammed toque). “It was an awesome sunny day with good friends, good food and horses of course!” says Tammy. Tammy currently competes in cattle sorting, gymkhana and barrel racing but also enjoys riding the nearby picturesque trails. She continues learning new things about horses, and attends seminars and conferences to keep up on the latest trends in health and horsemanship. Having attended a Dee Butterfield barrel racing clinic, and auditing Jonathan Field, Tammy incorporates some of their methods into her own which is based on groundwork, arena work and trail riding. “I feel with my more than 25+ years of experience and understanding of horses and involvement in competition that I can enhance the relationship between many horse and rider combinations.” “Whether it is through lessons or horse training, building that partnership with a horse can be so rewarding,” comments Tammy. Congratulations Tammy on your 5th year! Saddle Up first introduced Tammy and Horse Basics and Beyond in the April 2007 issue.

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In this article, I will teach you why it is important to keep your horse centered and balanced between your legs and reins. I will help you figure out how to tell or diagnose when your horse is drifting or leaning, and I will give you some tips to fix his leaning or drifting.


will also describe what it feels like when your horse is centered and balanced between your reins and legs. Lean can be subtle and vague. It can seem rather unimportant, but I feel that it is very important. If excellence is your goal, then you need all the lean out! It is possible for your horse to appear to track straight but in fact, he is really leaning or drift ing one way or another. Lean can negatively affect anything you do with your horse, but as I train show horses, I see that when a horse is drift ing or leaning his movement especially deteriorates. This happens because when a horse is leaning or drift ing, his energy flow is interrupted or blocked, and excess leg or head and neck action is the result. A horse can lean with just a part of his body by dropping a shoulder or his hip, or he can tip or drop his ribcage and become out of balance. Dropping his body weight forward onto his front end is another form of lean. Knowledge is wonderful, and I want to give you all the knowledge I can! First of all, I want to teach you why it is important to keep your horse centered and balanced between your legs. 1. Leaning or drift ing is a subtle form of a refusal. When a young or green broke horse drifts or leans, it is often the first subtle sign of a refusal. I have seen many young horses drift or lean out of a circle, and then drift towards the gate. Next, they stop at the gate, sull up, and refuse to go forward. The saying, “If you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile,” can often apply to a horse’s leaning. Of course, it also depends upon the horse as to how far they will take it. Some horses go along leaning for years and never become naughty or dangerous, but many will take it to the next level and become very resistant. That small act of disobedience in the form of lean can turn into a big refusal. 2. If your horse is leaning, you won’t have that great ride we all seek. He will not feel as smooth and easy to ride. You may feel like you are begging him to do his job. He may feel unresponsive or dull to your cues. 3. If your horse is drift ing or leaning, it can affect his movement for the show ring because his energy flow is interrupted. His legs will show you that by getting “quick” or appearing “climby.” Many horses will appear to have excessive hock and knee action because their energy flow is interrupted and they are not tracking straight through. Picture this: 20 • Saddle Up • April 2012

if your horse is loping on a right lead, but his body is slightly fading or leaning to the left, or to the outside of the circle, his legs will need to come up and down or he will appear to have more action for him to keep his balance. Rather than his legs moving forward, they will appear to have an up and down motion. Your horse may be leaning only in his hip or possibly his shoulder, but any lean while trying to go forward will deteriorate his movement. 4. When a horse leans, he also tends to drop his back, shoulder, and hips. Horses cannot engage in true collection when they are leaning. How do I tell if my horse is drifting or leaning, and not staying centered and balanced between my legs and reins? 1. One of the best ways to diagnose lean is to ride him on a straight line and release contact on his mouth and see if he fades one way or the other. This sounds very simple but I can’t stress enough how many times I’ve tried this with clients, and even myself, and found my horse fading or veering one way or another. This is lean! 2. If you find that you have to keep correcting him and moving him into position to keep him straight, then he is leaning. 3. If you find that you ride with your hand to the side or you use more of one leg than the other to keep him in position, this is a sign that he is not staying between your reins and legs, and is leaning. 4. He may feel rougher than usual or he may lose definition or crispness to his gaits. This is a sign of lean. 5. He may rock or use his head and neck while he’s moving. If you have ruled out soreness but he still uses his head and neck (some horses will even over bridle and look tight in the head and neck), this may be lean. 6. Have you ever been at a horse show riding in a crowded arena and looked up and saw a rider coming toward you but you had trouble telling if they were going to the inside or the outside of you? They are riding forward looking to the inside, but their horse is heading the other way. I see this all the time and those riders are not realizing that their horse is drifting or leaning to the outside of their circle or track. When a horse travels this way, his energy cannot flow forward through his legs and the quality of his movement will deteriorate. This is another of the many negative results of lean! How do I fix or stop my horse from drifting or leaning? 1. The first step to resolving any problem with your horse, or in life, is to become aware of it! I teach my riders to become mindful, aware riders. It is important to become aware of what your horse is doing underneath you. I want to stress that this is not just a problem that beginners have. I have found that many of the horses that I ride every day have forms of lean that I have missed. This can appear at all levels. You can also see the negative results of a leaning or drift ing horse in every discipline from Western Pleasure, to Reining, Trail, Barrel HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training, cont’d horse that stays in frame and balanced between your reins and legs. You feel a clear definition to your horse’s rhythm. The jog will have a definite two beat gait; the lope will be a three beat gait with a moment of suspension in his stride. The rocking horse effect will be increased because he is balanced between your reins and legs. He should have more lift and self-carriage. You can feel the lift through his back and shoulders. Riding a well-trained horse is worth the effort. So keep up the good work and strive for excellence! Remember, champions pay attention to details! For more information and help, check my website for DVD’s that relate to this subject.

Racing, or Jumping. 2. Check yourself. Check your cues and your body position. Are you sitting in the middle of your horse? Make sure that your weight is balanced evenly in both legs. A rule of thumb is 60% of your weight in your seat and 40% in your legs. Are you centered on your horse’s back? If you are riding one-handed, is your hand centered over the middle of your horse’s neck? If you are riding two-handed, are your hands balanced and centered over the middle of his neck? Pay attention to your riding! Many riders who struggle with a horse drift ing are actually the cause of the problem because they are leaning to one side or another. And once more, don’t think this is exclusive to beginners. I see trainers and riders at every level riding this way! 3. I have an exercise that I do that will help to correct your horse when he leans. It will also help your horse to have more self-carriage. I will set up some cones in the arena in a square. You can change the cones into any pattern for variety and this will help so that your horse does not think ahead of you and get into a routine. Ask your horse to go in a straight line from one cone to the next and see if he is able to go straight or if he leans. If he leans, stop him and turn him the opposite way that he was leaning, and head back off again. Every time he leans or doesn’t stay between your reins, stop him and turn him away from the direction he wants to lean. This will also help with improving your neck reining. You can do this one or two handed. It is a correction for lean and will really help your horse to stop leaning. Next, draw a circle with chalk or paint and ask him to walk, jog, and lope without you fighting him to keep him on the circle. 4. Keep your horse responsive and accepting of your cues. The lighter and more responsive your horse is, the easier it will be to stop the drift ing and the lean. Increase your awareness and pay attention to the small details and eventually you and your horse will develop teamwork! Often, a horse will develop lean and almost wiggle, or duck in and out to avoid driving straight forward to their face. This may have started due to a lack of acceptance or even fear of being collected and asked to stay in that position. If this is the case, take your time with this horse and keep encouraging him to stay in frame and accept your cues. It is a wonderful feeling to ride a responsive, accepting, soft, supple HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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read an article recently by veterinarian and animal behaviourist Dr. Sophia Yin, in which she was talking about a book that she had read. The book was titled, “The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning and Gambling Feel So Good,” by neurologist David Linden. I have to say that is quite the title, and I did wonder how he decided on the order of the list of things! Let’s take the example of the person who loves to eat chocolate. If the chocolate lover eats an entire bar at once, he gets a big hit of pleasure, but can’t do it very often. Meanwhile, the chocolate lover who breaks the bar into many small squares and enjoys them one at a time, throughout the day, receives many small hits of pleasure in his brain. Linden statess that the brain gets more pleasure sensor stimulation overall from the second method of eating chocolate. We can apply this understanding to what’s going on in our horses’ brains during clicker training. In feeding two sets of 20 treats, one at a time, as rewards for desired behaviour in our horse, we have provided 40 hits of pleasure to our horse’s brain. This quantity is very easily reached; in practice, a full day’s training can deliver close to 100 treats! The many small rewards given in a training session repeatedly stimulate the brain’s pleasure centre, leading to a strong desire by the animal to repeat the behaviour that led to the reward and the stimulation of the pleasure centre. What a great thing. Given this scientific explanation of why high rates of reinforcement can help with training, we should practice and reward the behaviours we desire in our horses frequently, keeping the reinforcement rate high enough for them to want to repeat the behaviour. (Note: A horse or any animal trained with negative reinforcement will work only at the level necessary to avoid the negative stimulus.) 22 • Saddle Up • April 2012

Let’s apply this idea of Linden’s to the standing on a mat exercise. When we first begin this exercise, we want to make standing on a mat a really good and pleasurable experience so that the horse wants to do it again. To achieve this, we need to start out with a high rate of reinforcement to stimulate that pleasure centre. entre. This high rate of reward is also called “sequential rewards” (D (Dr. Yin). ). The treats are delivered about every eve 3 se seconds to start with, and that is just about as fast as you can possibly click and treat! (Note: To avoid weight gain from extra calories, take the “treats” you use for clicker training out of your horse’s normal rations.) We will assume that your horse is not afraid of the mat and is willing to walk up to it and put his feet on it. (For a detailed explanation of this foundation exercise, please check back in the archives of Saddle Up.) As soon as your horse’s two front feet land on the mat, start your high rate of reinforcement. Remain aware of where you are feeding him and be prompt with t he treat, but without a rushed feel to it. Click and treat several times, then ask him to move off the mat. If you continue too long on the mat you will get your hor horse “stuck” on the mat. We want him to seek the mat but not ot be stuck to it if we ask him to move off it. All things must be kept in balance, just like any good training. Now ask him to return to the mat, and once again repeat the high rate of reward sequence. Keep doing this loop of “on mat” and then “off mat” until he has the idea that standing on a mat is a great thing to do. Dr. Yin suggests that when the behaviour is reliable we can move to a slightly longer time interval between treats - extend it to 5 seconds at first, and then increase to 7, then 9, 12, 15 seconds, and so on, gradually building longer duration into the behaviour. A point to remember: do not to wait too long to click - you risk causing frustration and a breakdown in the behaviour. Observe

your horse carefully and use your best judgment. Sequential rewards using several small treats will stimulate the pleasure centre multiple times compared to a single stimulation using the same number of treats but given all at once. Dr Yin concluded her article with, “I think the take-home message is clear. Some people may think that rewards are a somewhat weak way to train... however, when the right rewards are used consistently and predictably at a high reinforcement rate, they can become extremely strong.” In other words, the method of giving small, frequent rewards during training iis much more likely to reinforce desired behaviours than providing a large, single b trreat at the end. Perhaps the next time someone co omments about you using treats to train, yo ou can use the chocolate example to help exxplain why clicker training works so w well. For fun, go to YouTube and put in this link - watch?v=as6FrosqND4. Tell me if you think this horse knows what a click means! I think you will recognize the famous pair in the video, too. If you have a training issue that you would like to see covered in a future article, please email me at Until next time, keep it positive. Monty Gwynne is the only Canadian approved instructor for Clicker Training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (the founder of Clicker Training for Horses). She has been clicker training full time now for over 13 years. Monty is based in Cochrane, AB, and has done clinics throughout Canada. She is available for clinics and video coaching. (See The Pony Fairy listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)



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What Language Do You Speak? By Barbra Ann King Horses have many ways of communicating with us. In order to improve our communication with them, we need to change our mind set and the way we think. Too often, we interpret certain reactions from our horses incorrectly, whether it is because of peer pressure, our ego or hundreds of years of tradition.


isted below are some of the qualities that a human needs in order to become a True Equine Leader, as taught in the Relationship Riding method. Consistency Being consistent does not mean never changing your mind about something. Consistency means knowing what you want to do and following through. Some Best friends (Photo by Jazhart Studio) people learn a training method and if they don’t get immediate results, they are off to see another clinician

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What Language, cont’d find that the reasons we did things a certain way no longer exist; for example, we do not need horses to carry our equipment across battlefields, which is one of the reasons why treed saddles were invented. Flexibility is a wonderful quality that enables human beings to grow on a personal level as well as professionally. Flexibility equals adaptability. Nature survives by being flexible. Honesty and Openness Without this hugely important quality, horses will never recognize you as a leader, no matter how many times you push them in the round pen. For human beings, honesty boils down to telling the truth about something as we see it. This is not necessarily the real truth, only our interpretation of it. For a horse, honesty is when human beings reveal themselves, including their weaknesses. By trying to hide or deny our weaknesses, we are lying to ourselves as well as to our horses. The truth, once revealed and unleashed, offers freedom, relief and quietness inside, along with happiness and the confidence necessary to push forward and grow. This, the horse can relate to. Remember the old saying, “the truth will set you free.” All of these definitions can be summarized in one: authenticity. Have you ever seen a horse pretending to be better than he is? How about a horse that is uncertain about which path to walk in the field? Have you ever seen them standing there wondering which trail would be better to walk on? Horses do not doubt themselves and they don’t second-guess their leaders either. They are true, authentic, and they don’t pretend to be anything else. This might sound complicated, but it is actually a very easy state of mind

to be in. The hard part is to believe in it and embrace it on a daily basis. By understanding these definitions, you are allowing yourself to see the world through the horses’ eyes. Man’s way is not necessarily the best and only way to see the world. This is a huge step towards growing as an enlightened human being. Enjoy the journey! Barbra Ann King is an internationally known horse behaviour specialist, founder of the Relationship Riding© method and author of the book, “Opening to Consciousness with Relationship Riding.” She specializes in rehabilitating horses and optimizing performance. She travels year-round sharing her passion with like-minded horse owners and offers video consultations for troubleshooting through her website (See her listing in Business Services under Trainers) 172 ACRES


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Cardinal’s Corner with Devanee Cardinal INTROVERSION IN HORSES

There is something about being around a lot of horses that keeps us on our toes. Those that believe they have “all the answers” will quickly be humbled by some horse they encounter.


think of the issues that come up in clinics. “My horse won’t _____.” People come looking for answers. When people ask horsemanship questions, the answer they should most often get back is, “it depends.” The reason it depends is because we need to ask a better question. This question is, “why?” Why is your horse unconfident, unmotivated, bored, distracted, or confused? A horseman knows that giving a horse what he needs depends on answering the “why” correctly. This is why formulas don’t work and people who are really good with horses are often able to read what the horse needs and make adjustments. Enter the Parelli Program. They came out with this “Horsenalities” thing quite a few years back. Horsenalities, in a nutshell, is a personality profi le for your horse. One axis is Introvert or Extrovert, the other is Right Brained or Left Brained. Intersect these lines and there are four quadrants that result. In a simplified explanation, I would say that the Right Brained horse is more of a “reactive” type and operates primarily out of fear. Left Brained horses are plotters and thinkers, the type of horse that unlatches the gates and lets the herd out for a romp across the yard. The Extrovert is easy to read, and wears his thoughts “on his sleeve.” The introvert has just as much of a range of emotion, but he keeps it on the inside. Right Brained Introverts are the horses that I most often see misread and the type I want to talk about here. They come with descriptions of “unpredictable” or “can’t be trusted.” When the Right Brained Introvert does explode, it is unexpected by us, but it was a problem for the horse long before we notice. There 26 • Saddle Up • April 2012

are all kinds of examples of introversion, but this is a very common one. Think of the horses in your life and see if any of these signs are familiar. During a learning session, does your horse stop blinking, tense their mouth, or freeze on the spot? Do you get the feeling that your horse Looks okay, but is not okay.” In his introverted kind of is there physically, but “no one way, Coop isn’t showing confidence when it comes to bringing in this Christmas tree. is home?” (This happens with husbands, too, by the way, but that’s another topic.) My horse Cooper is innately a Right Brained Introvert - one of the more extreme ones I’ve met. Early on in his development, if he was not “okay” with something, you had better “read between the lines” or you would end up at another GPS location pretty quick. A big mistake you can make is thinking that your Take the time it takes, and it will take less time.” Cooper gains confidence, and it’s back to the ranch. horse “won’t” do something, but really it is because he “can’t.” the “why” question correctly with your By this, I mean that his mind is horse (even with those introverts). Chose paralyzed with fear. In Cooper’s case, he the right strategy for your horse, and start feels unsafe in some way. An unconfident enjoying the safety, fun and performance introvert isn’t trying to hurt anybody you’ve been looking for. he’s just saving his life. He’s not stupid, stubborn, etc. He just can’t figure things Devanee Cardinal is a Parelli Professional out when he’s worried. offering instruction across Western Canada and If your horse is like this, it’s your the US. Devanee was mentored by Canada’s Top job to help him! Learn the right strategies Rated Parelli Instructor, Don Halladay, as well as taught and influenced by Jack Brainard, Craig to help him feel safe and therefore gain Johnson, Walter Zettl and Martin Black. Home is confidence. I can say that, with the with her family at Cardinal Ranch, est. 1996 near support of the Parelli Program, I have Mt. Robson, BC. Horse sales, horse development, the strategies to help Cooper be a great student programs and clinics give her plenty of partner. He’s “Super Cooper” (minus the opportunities to fulfill this vision: To improve the world for horses and humans, one relationship cape and tights)! Sweet, but confident at a time. and playful, too, sometimes. Most importantly, he’s learned to be brave (See her listing in Business Services under because he trusts in our relationship. Trainers) So my advice is to focus on answering HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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The 2011 Great Canadian Mule Race Submitted by Marlene Quiring Bruce is a small town in east central Alberta that, once a year, hosts a very large professional rodeo which lays claim to being the oldest annual professional rodeo in Canada.


he town of Bruce, population 63, swells to 3,500 tourists, former residents and rodeo fans for the two-day stampede, which has been held since 1913. For 27 of those years, a mule race has been a part of the Bruce Stampede. The following account of the 2011 race was written by Russ Shandro, a member of the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club and owner of Ruger. There is always something unique that happens at the Bruce Stampede. And so it was that on the Thursday prior to the Stampede, Richard Schultz called and asked - if he brought his unbroke 5-year-old molly Russ Shandro on his mule Ruger and daughter Jade on Red mule that had thrown his Mullroney son twice and that they were

scared to saddle, would she be allowed to race? The president of the Stampede Association said, “By all means. We’re always looking for entertainment.” The race was scheduled to start at 5pm on Sunday. They showed up at 4pm. The race was rescheduled to 6:30pm, as the rodeo had a few delays. Long-time mule owner Les Gieblehaus looked Rosie over and confirmed that she was a fine-looking mule with a goodlooking eye. Les spent about 10 minutes with her, while the one-inch lead shank stretched out to a one-quarter inch. He got her saddled and suggested snubbing her up to Ruger (a reasonably well broke 13-year-old mule). A few lunges and a few hops, and then she ponied quite well. Time for a rider... but nobody to ride, though. One of the girls who was watching this session said, “I’ll go get my boyfriend. He’s in the army. He’ll ride.” A wiry kid with rock hard muscles, who looked about 15 years old, said, “Here I am.” More respect for the military! Ten minutes of ponying on a short lead followed. Rosie tried a few lunges and locked up a couple of times. I asked Private Kellan William Armstrong, “How much riding have you done?” “None, sir.” Oops. I then asked him if he was a little scared. “Yes, sir.” Even more respect for this young fellow in the military! We continued to pony, working on turns and allowing a little more length in the lead line. So then I asked, “What do you think about this project?” He replied enthusiastically, “Do I qualify for the buckle if I win the race?” Everybody respects men like this. “Yes, you do.” So we continued to pony down to the MIDDAY VALLEY RANCH starting area. As we got close, somebody 320 ACRES Perfect insulated living in quiet solitude only relayed the news of the preceding session to 18 min. from downtown Merritt. Finally you the announcer. As we continued to pony in the can hear yourself think! Beautifully crafted log home. Lots of outbuildings, creek, hay fields. infield, upward of 2,000 spectators listened to Off the grid – solar and propane power. Curthe public address system inform everyone that rently operated for breeding horses, lessons and competing. Artesian well! Opportunity just this mule was going to be ridden for the first knocks – it doesn’t beat down the door! time, not just in a race, but actually for the first $1,649,000 time ever. The announcer then said, “Kellan and Rosie, may the best of you two win! And the rest of you mule racers, are you ready for five-eighths of a mile? Then let’s get ready to race!” Kellan leaned forward in the saddle, unhooked the lead shank 153 ACRES IN PRITCHARD from the halter, and began making his way to 3,400 sq. ft. of quality living with breathtaking views. If you want country living without the starting line. The air horn sounded. compromising on housing or amenities, Dave Simpson on Molly took a very quick you owe it to yourself to look at this! Lots of sweet, clear water; irrigation rights if you want. lead, and that lead only grew. The other mules, Fenced and x-fenced. $929,000. And you couldn’t replace it and Ethyl, took off as expected. Rosie Charlie anywhere near this price! Take a look on the website. and Kellan bolted off as if they had done this

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Mule Race, cont’d routinely. Ruger, the other mule in the race, cut hard left and circled the infield. All his rider could do was wave at the crowd, snub down his hat, and get back on the track. At 100 yards down the track, Private Kellan William Armstrong and the winning Rosie, with Kellan mule Rosie; the Trophy Buckle (insert) amazingly still on board, slowed to a nervous walk, looking back for me and Ruger. As Ruger galloped past, Rosie reloaded and charged forward. No buck - just pure race mode. As Ruger and Rosie reached the halfway point together, we could hear the announcer declare that Molly, with Dave Simpson aboard, had crossed the finish line. Charlie and Ethyl were three-quarters finished the race, but they were slowing down as they apprehensively approached the noisy home stretch. Soon Ruger, with Rosie on his heels and Kellan still aboard, were within five lengths of the 2nd and 3rd place mules, which were neck and neck. Kellan was still masterfully controlling Rosie - or was he just looking in control while along for the ride? Less than 100 yards remained in the race, with Charlie leading Ethyl by a nose and Ruger and Rosie within three lengths of the leader. But then it happened! Something always happens in these stories... The gate to the grounds maintenance area was open and - who would have guessed Rosie was interested in Ford tractors? She did a 90-degree right turn at full gallop with Kellan hanging on, both hands squeezing the oil out of the saddle horn, left foot planted firmly in the stirrup and right foot? Well, his toes were coming through the sole of his right boot as they clung to the rim of the saddle - and Rosie didn’t buck, yet. Ruger crossed the finish line next, ahead by the length of a mule’s nose, followed by Charlie, who was a mule’s ear length in front of Ethyl. When Kellan rode up and crossed the finish line comfortably on Rosie, there were only a few quiet spectators in the bleachers. The rest? They were cheering, laughing, and clapping! The new mount and the new mule had completed the Great Canadian Mule Race of 2011 with no bucks and no falls. You could kind of say, “They both won!” Or, “They were both successful!” It sure is entertaining when a good announcer comments on a race. It becomes even more interesting when that announcer informs the audience and the participants as to who will be receiving the trophy buckle, regardless of the actual placings. Congratulations to Private Kellan William Armstrong on receiving the Ted Holden Memorial Mule Racing Buckle for 2011.

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On a brisk autumn morning in British Columbia a group of eager enthusiasts gather in anticipation for a thrilling adventure. Soon a melodic baying heralds the arrival of our beloved English Foxhounds…


he traditional activity of Foxhunting originated on the farmlands in England and Europe. The Fraser Valley Hunt has continued the winter tradition here in the Fraser Valley for more than forty years, from late September to early April. We do not hunt live quarry; rather, one rider will venture out first as the imaginary fox and lay (drag) a scent on a route unknown to the rest of the riders (known as the field). Through the graciousness of many landowners, we are able to hunt on private lands throughout the Fraser Valley, on the Sunshine Coast and, occasionally, in the Seattle area with our sister hunt, The Woodbrook Hunt. Many volunteer hours go into operating the hunt, and each year we must raise funds over and above those contributed by our

members to cover the direct costs of feeding and caring for the hounds. Our annual Hunt Ball and Silent Auction is a major fundraising event for the Hunt. We invite Saddle Up’s readers to attend the Ball and greatly appreciate contributions to our Silent Auction as well. Items do not have to be horsey, past items have included vacation rentals, event tickets, vet services, gift cards, a balloon ride, a case of wine - the possibilities are endless… cash donations are welcome too. The Ball will be held Saturday, April 21, at Hazelmere Country Club beginning with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, a horn blowing and whip cracking competition, and dancing. The Silent Auction will take place throughout the evening. Dress code is formal. RSVP

to Hanne B. Olsen via email hbo_100@ or phone 604-970-5205. Please register all donations with Hanne as well. All contributors will be recognized at the event and in the event program. Accommodation at a preferred rate is available at the Pacific Inn; quote the Fraser Valley Hunt when reserving. The preferred rate is only available to telephone reservations: 604-535-1432. Please help us continue to offer this unique opportunity to west coast riders, English, Western, young and old for another year. For more information, visit our website, or e-mail

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Desert Park Exhibition Society By Ashley Parker Photo courtesy of Tourism BC


hen most people think of Osoyoos, the image of a beautiful lake surrounded by gorgeous hills covered in silver sagebrush, and hot, dry summer weather comes to mind. If one looks just west of town, the roof of the old Desert Park grandstand sits nestled at the bottom of the mountains alongside a beautiful racetrack, barns, and an incredible outdoor riding arena. Desert Park was, not so long ago, a hub of equestrian activity in the South Okanagan. Race days, general performance horse shows, a Horse Trials event and more, all took place here in the hot spot vacation town of Osoyoos. A new Horse Show and Event Management team has taken over at Desert Park after tedious negotiations and paperwork to sign a new lease of three five-year terms, as well as achieving status as a non-profit society. Hosting rated-level hunter/jumper competitions, a new Horse Trials event, rodeo events for little britches, high school, amateur and professional levels, dressage competitions and much more, are all on the slate of things to do for the new and enthusiastic Management Team. So far this year, Desert Park will be hosting two General Performance shows and a Dressage Day. We are excited to announce that our General Performance shows will be partnered with the Penticton Riding Club for a Combined Series Championship. The PRC will be holding two General Performance shows, on May 5 and June 23, and Desert Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shows will follow on July 14 and August 11. The Series Finale show will be held by the Penticton Riding Club on September 8-9 at Parkway Stables, and year-end Championships and Reserves will be awarded. Desert Park is now going through the process of rebuilding its facilities and equipment, starting first with fundraising for

a complete set of show jumping fences, which Pacific Equine Sport has kindly offered to build. These fences will be built to FEI standards so we can hold any level of competition here without having to upgrade. We also have a full-size rodeo arena setup on our wish list, as well as an electric eye timer and some upgrades to our existing older horse barns. The year of 2012 is promising to be a very big year for us here in Osoyoos, and we would greatly appreciate any help we can get with fundraising opportunities. We have several fundraisers planned, and there are many ways you can help! Remember, we are now a non-profit society and will be giving tax receipts for donations and sponsorships. We hope to see some familiar faces out at our horse shows this summer as well as some new faces, and we hope that we can make 2012 a great kick-off year for Desert Park! If you would like information about any of our 2012 events or sponsorship, please contact Ashley at 778-437-2092 or, or visit our website at


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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


he 16th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival was awesome! We heard no complaints, we received tons of praise, and everything looked and sounded fantastic. See a full Festival review with photos on page 34-35.

Andy Copeland rode broncs for 45 years in competition!

Earl Call Pickup man. and bullfighter (Photo by Kat Nair)

The Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo will be held April 20-22, starting Friday at 6pm and Saturday and Sunday at 1pm. This BCRA-sanctioned rodeo will feature the West Coast Thunder Drill Team this year. Sunday, during the intermission, three cowboys will be inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame: Andy Copeland (competitive), Norman Granberg (working cowboy), and Johnny Wilson (ranching pioneer). Rumour has it that Andy, at 64, may ride a bronc at his induction! See www. for more information on these inductees. The May long weekend, and Western Week, looks like the time to head to 100 Mile House - and for the full weekend, too! The weekend starts off on Saturday, May 19, with the Little Britches Rodeo. That evening, there’ll be a concert by The Louisiana Hayride that you won’t want to miss if you like old-time country with a little Elvis and many others. From what I’ve heard from friends that have gone before, it’s a must-see show! For more information phone: 250833-0003 or e-mail The following day will be the start of the two-day 100 Mile House Rodeo. This will be the first time in over a decade that the 100 Mile House Rodeo is BC Rodeo Association sanctioned. Because it is a BCRA-sanctioned rodeo, they’ll have all the regular rodeo events. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors, and six and under get in free. It will be a 1pm start on both Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21, with the slack starting after the rodeo performances on Sunday. Stock Contractors are C+ Rodeos of 150 Mile and Diamond D Rodeo Bulls of 100 Mile. The announcer will be Keith Dinwoodie, Bull fighters are Earl Call and Dave Atkinson, and the pickup

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d See the Back Country Horsemen article on page 78 for contact info. The Annual Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhanas will be held on July 14 and August 11. These will be taking place on one of the oldest and most picturesque gymkhana grounds in Canada - it’s worth coming for the weekend and there are a lot of resorts and campgrounds close by - see for info. For information on the gymkhanas, phone Dimps at 250-456-7741.

Gordie West will be the entertainment Saturday evening at the Back Country Horsemen Rendezvous in 100 Mile House (Photo by Jerry Stainer)

a plate. This meal is provided by Yummers Restaurant and is for everyone, spectators and contestants alike. The beer garden will be open late to provide refreshments for dinner and slack performances. Sponsors to date include: Yummers, Sunrise Ford, The Log House Western Wear, Regency Chrysler, Sandhill Ranch, Central GM, Brad Paddison Contracting Ltd, Diamond D Rodeo Bulls, and Meadow Springs Guest Ranch. This should be one of the best rodeos 100 Mile House has seen in quite some time! June 1-3 is the Back Country Horsemen Rendezvous. This promises to be a super weekend with tons of fun, including clinics, rides, campfire, and food. It’s all hosted by the South Cariboo Chapter and will be held in 100 Mile House at the rodeo grounds, the curling rink, and the old arena. There’s a dinner and auction followed by entertainment on Saturday night which should be a hoot. Gordie West (www. will be performing, so you know the evening will be a good one!

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The March issue’s photo was taken in the Meadow Springs Museum and must have been a harder guess than I thought. We had a few answers submitted... coffee grinder, cream separator, and a couple got the right answer - a forge blower. By cranking the handle, a blacksmith would force air into the firebox, making the fire hotter and hotter the more he cranked. Congratulations to the following people who had the right answer: Ray Cody, Abbotsford

This month’s photo was taken in the living room at Meadow Springs Ranch. The object itself is not an antique, but for years this brass-bottomed glass case displayed something that belonged to my great grandfather. It’s about 6 inches high and the glass is a little less than 3inches in diameter. E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please..

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16th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival Review By Mark McMillan. Photos by Donna Smith, Jerry Stainer and Saddle Up.


he comments that we received at the Festival and the emails and phone calls received after the fact, all said the same thing - that everyone had a great time and enjoyed the whole Festival. Although attendance was down a bit this year the shows and displays were some of the best ever. In walking around the Festival Trade Show one could find exhibitors with just about everything cowboy/western and the booths all looked “Learning the Ropes” by Charlene Parenteau won the fantastic. There truly was People’s Choice Award in the flat art. something for everyone. Further up the hall one Motivo (Cowboy Coffee) and were well could find the Canadian attended. Cowboy hats, song writing, cowboy Cowboy Country Art of the West Show and Sale. It was very nicely put together and looked poetry, about saddles, BC history, and guitar great with some terrific art, photos, sculptures, picking were some of the topics. There was even one called “Yodeling Don’t Have to Hurt” and saddles on display. put on by 18-year-old Shirley Field (oops got The judges’ results from the Art Show those numbers backwards) that is always really are: Flat work - Arnold Mosley took both popular. 1st place and runner up ribbons; and Charlene Parenteau got the People’s Choice Award. In Sculpture Reg Parsons took both ribbons; and in Photography the judges decided to call the entries by Liz Twan and Kim Taylor a tie for 1st. The Amateur Saddle division was won by Dawn Cummins and the runner up was Kathleen Threlfall. Darcy Kabatoff won both first place and runner up in the Professional Saddle division. The Country 103 Rising Star Show Case had contestants entered from far Liz Twan and Kim Taylor tied, 1st and 2nd place in and wide. In the Music section Tim Ross, the photography section of the Art Show. Al Boehler, and Dale McEachern made the finals and on the Poets’ side there was Jill Gunnarson, Wendy Vaughan, and Vivia Oliver. The results from the judges were all very close and it took a lot of calculator work to pick the winners. The top Poet was Jill Gunnarson and the top Musician was Dale McEachern, each taking home a cheque for $1000.00. All four runners up received $500.00 each. The two winners will get their chance to appear on main stage at the 2013 Festival. The workshops and seminars were sponsored by Country 103 and Café 34 • Saddle Up • April 2012

Louis “Big Rig” McIvor from Country 103 and winner of the Rising Star Singer, Dale McEachern.

Arnold Mosley with both the 1st and 2nd place ribbons in flat art. Committee chair Jane Kerner presented the ribbons.

Louis “Big Rig” McIvor from Country 103 and winner Rising Star Poet, Jill Gunnarson.


Cowboy Festival, cont’d

The Friday evening Saddle Up Dinner Theatre Show was opened by the Les Folles Jambettes Can Can dancers.

PINCHER CREEK Darcy Kabatoff took the 1st place ribbon in the Professional section for this Visalia saddle.


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Dawn Cummins won 1st place for Amateur Saddle.

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As for entertainers I sure couldn’t name anyone in particular that stood out, but with over 45 performers there all weekend you can bet the entertainment was superb. Cowboy Poets and Western musicians came from as far south as Texas, from as far north as Fort St John, and from almost everywhere in between. One of the top shows though, was probably the Saddle Up Dinner Theatre Show on Friday evening! (Editor’s Note… Mark, you’re such a suck-up, I like it! Thank you!) You might want to mark your calendar now on March 7th - 10th, 2013, for the 17th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival.



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Horse Alchemy By Karin Bauer


recently participated in an amazing course in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I had the privilege of meeting the facilitators of Equine Alchemy, Coach Lisa Murrell (on left, in the photo), Kathleen Barry Ingram (centre bottom), and Susan Castaneda (center top); I am on the top right. Since I have read most of Linda Kohanov’s books, such as “The Tao of Equus” and “Riding Between the Worlds,” it was an honour to meet Kathleen Barry Ingram, who co-wrote the books and the Epona Apprenticeship programs. I am presently working in the field of Equine Facilitated Personal Development, so this course was particularly interesting. Community is much like a herd of horses It struck me how important it was to experience “healthy community building.” Every member of the community has something important to contribute, and in this way we are much like a herd of horses. I noted “holding of sacred space of possibility” as a special concept to embrace. We explored meeting the horses through a “body scan” and

journaling the words, feelings, or images that came to us intuitively. Once we finished this exercise, the facilitators shared information about each horse’s history and personality. What touched me was that I intuitively received some of this information from each horse. Horse wisdom applied Another exercise was leading a horse with awareness. I led the same horse four times, each time with a different awareness - with head or heart or gut, and lastly, with an integration of all three. To my delight, I was leading a lovely, wise mare who had a special message for me. Any time we can tune into our awareness, we have an opportunity for personal growth, healing, and moving forward in our life. Horses are skilled masters of communicating to us, if we pay attention. Insights from my horse journey The course was varied with teaching, discussion, and experiential exercises with the herd. As a life coach/counsellor and trainer/ riding instructor offering coaching services to my own clients, I can’t wait to share these

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2012 Mid-America Draft Horse Sale By Bruce A. Roy


he 17th Annual Mid-America Draft Horse Sale at the Gordyville USA Auction Centre in Gifford, Illinois, this past February 22-24, had standing room only. While record-breaking prices paid at this auction have become a broken record, three times record prices were broken again. The trade for the 279 Belgian and Percheron horses sold crackled. The consignment averaged $5,236, which is a new sale record. Buyers from Western Canada were lead bidders. A far-from-vintage Percheron female consignment met a flying trade. Five-figure prices were bid on 13 of the 57 Percheron females sold for an average of $7,086. This, too, was a sale record. Breed enthusiasts, Canadian and American, were ecstatic. Amish Sale Manager, Vernon Yoder, stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew we were going to have a good Percheron sale before the consignment arrived, for the number of enquiries fielded were without precedent.â&#x20AC;? Chad Zubrod of Guthrie, Oklahoma, paid $30,000 for K-View Darvinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ashley. This black 4-year-old mare, bred by Dan A. Raber of Baltic, Ohio, a blood bank of Canadian genetics, was one of two W/H Darvin mares sold. The auctioneerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hammer fell on a $22,500 bid for her paternal sister, W/H Darvinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ina. Two high-priced Percheron females came to Canada. John Northcote of True North Percherons, in Arthur, Ontario, paid $9,900 for KPF Linda. This big, attractive, grey matron, heavy in foal, is well broke. Driven by a wee Amish girl in the Sale Preview, the four Percherons in her two-

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Many of the horsemanship patterns today are using fewer cones in the patterns for marking out the designs. I have started using this practice, especially in the advanced classes, so that I can determine if a rider is able to see the pattern with the peripheral vision that I so often talk about.


think that cones are a necessary part of the pattern for novice, younger or less-experienced riders, but many times, I will design a pattern with one start cone and then let the riders decide where the pattern is to be ridden in relationship to the arena. I always make sure to be as accurate as possible in describing the pattern and then let the exhibitor show me the correct path. Many times, the first few riders will have the best opportunity to ride the pattern and set the standard. In most cases, the arena will be smoothed out and the first few riders will have to set the course. If they do so properly, the others will most likely follow in their hoof steps, so to speak. If the first few riders do not execute the pattern properly, it will be to the advantage of the following exhibitors to ride it properly. This is why it is so

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necessary to always pay attention to the competitors in front of you, and that work after you. Just because one rider rode the pattern completely, does not mean that it has been ridden properly. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a great stop and back. In the vast majority of patterns that I see at the shows, the stop and back is the final maneuver. This is where the thermometer rises and falls on the scorecard; it can make or break the pattern. So many times the exhibitor will ride a great pattern, and then have a below-average stop and back. This is where the pencil is making the final scores and marking down on the sheet. It is hard to make up a good score on this maneuver because of the importance of a good stop and back. The only way to achieve this maneuver correctly is from practicing good habits every time you ride. It is important to ride your horse into a proper stop and back every time that you ride. If you let your horse stop crappy at home from time to time, he will do it at the horse show because that is what he has been allowed to do. In order to achieve a good stop, your horse must be straight. When I say this, I am referring to the body position of your horse for the last few strides going into the stop. If a horse is crooked before the stop, he will most likely stop and back crookedly. The scenario that I see most often is when a horse is over canted with a hip or hock to the inside of the lead leg. This helps him move better, but when he executes the stop with a hip to one side or the other, the rider will most likely have to make an adjustment to straighten out the horse before backing. If a horse stops with his hip to either side, and his hind feet are not in line with the front feet, he will almost always back crookedly. Collection will fall apart when this happens as well. You will want to use the stop and back as the best way to lift your score above the others. One final point that I would like to make in this installment, is to always ride your horse the same at home as HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Trainer of Champions, cont’d Announcing The Ultimate Lead Changes Series! Over two years in the making, this 3 DVD set from AQHA Judge, AQHA Professional Trainer and clinician, Mark Sheridan is now available! Beautifully fi lmed and edited with over four hours of hands on instruction, this series takes the rider through achieving the perfect lead changes from start to finish. These DVD’s are a wonderful tool for all riding disciplines from Western, English, Dressage, Reining, Working Cow horse, Hunters and Jumpers, and more. Mark Sheridan brings a hands-on, easy to understand, step-by-step teaching style that will ensure your success. Lead changes can and should be fun for you and your horse. Don’t miss your chance to finally achieve proper correct and relaxed lead changes from your equine partner. For more information and ordering, visit you do at the shows. The most important thing is to ride your horse with one hand in the “box” that I have described earlier in this series. This is the location above the withers and in front of the horn. It is an area about the size of a 12-inch square box. This is the location from which you will communicate with your horse when you are riding the pattern at the shows. It is necessary that you communicate with him from this area on your daily rides, too. If you go outside of the box, your hands will be out of position for proper execution of maneuvers. This will lead to improper face position and other issues. Your horse should neck rein from this position. Remember that we, as judges, are looking for the most fluid, smooth and correct pattern as possible. Hands out of the box will only tend to make the performance look unfinished. I have more tips scheduled for next month, so stay tuned and feel free to contact me with your thoughts at mark@ I love to teach and give my thoughts to people who are always trying to bring out the best in themselves and their horses.

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How to Negotiate Obstacles in Horse Agility By Vanessa Bee SO NOW IT’S TIME TO TURN LOOSE!

You’ve become really good at leading your horse - you don’t rely on the rope to turn or stop and start. You’re completing some obstacles and you feel it’s time to work your horse free!


TOP! Make sure the space you use is absolutely safe. That means the gates are closed and any obstacles you are using are safe for a loose horse to negotiate. I suggest you start in a small yard, paddock, arena or round pen if you have one and just practice leading in that space until you feel you can unclip the lead rope and do everything just as if the lead rope is still attached. Same hand movements, same vocal cues, same body language... exactly. If the horse leaves, don’t worry. The small space means you can go and get him and figure out why he left. There are five reasons why a horse doesn’t do what you want and not one of them is him being stubborn! Hoop jumping in an open field Start hoop jumping by leading the 1. You need to check that he isn’t in pain. For horse through the hoop instance, he may not be able to climb up the steep A-frame because his back is sore. you to rephrase the question. 2. It could be that he’s tired; you’ve done enough and he needs 5. He may be afraid. People are often amazed that their horse is a rest. initially frightened of say, a football, but it is inbuilt into horses to be 3. It could be the rather lovely little fi lly over the fence or the suspicious of something that moves in that way; he’s just protecting pile of poo is far more interesting than you are, so you’d better make himself and he does that by running away. He’s not being stupid or yourself more important. naughty - he’s afraid. 4. Very simply, he may not understand what you want; it’s up to Consider each of these as you get ready to turn your horse

Canadian Horse Agility Club BC News by Adiva Murphy


e had a lot of new people join us this month from the dressage, jumping, recreational and western disciplines. Our youngest participant was 13 yr old Ren with his mare Blaze. Everyone who came out showed immense respect for their fellow equines and displayed great horsemanship skills. Canadian March high point scores: Starter level high point – Laurel and her mare Fancy, scored 126 out of 140. First level high point - Suzanne and her mare Tessa, scored 92 points out of 100. Well done Laurel and Suzanne who have both moved to the next level! International League standings: We have three Canadians in Sally and Rowdy Jumping the top ten: 40 • Saddle Up • April 2012

1st place Suzanne Parsons; 3rd Laurel Plimley; and 6th Sally Warner (All from BC). Come join us at our next events: April 15th Heron Bay Stables, Delta BC May 27th AMNHC, Delta BC Our club hosts at least one event per month which includes a horsemanship clinic which can be followed with a fun competition. If you are interested in learning more or want to find an event near you visit the International Horse Agility Canada website www. or ‘like’ Horse Agility Club Canada Facebook page. For information on Adiva Murphy see her listing under “Trainers” in Saddle Up’s Suzanne and Adiva in Canadian Arch Business Services. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Horse Agility, cont’d loose. If he leaves you, he does so because of one of the above five reasons. Although you could compete in Horse Agility without ever letting your horse loose, there is a lot of fun in directing a galloping horse around an agility course. There are also a few obstacles for which you cannot have a lead rope, namely big jumps, the hoop and fire pillars. How to teach your horse to jump through a hoop: The hoop that we use is made of water drainage pipe and is made so that the hoop element is in two parts, a top and a bottom. The bottom part comes off if the horse forgets to pick up his feet. Your horse must lead really well on and off the lead rope before you attempt this obstacle. Now start to work with the hoop. Using a head Tie the curtain back so that it is Ricky passes through the curtain safely easy to start with collar and lead rope, lead your horse through the archway without the lower part of the hoop attached at all. When plan, it isn’t a big job to go back and correct it. Horse Agility is about the horse is happy with this add in the lower part of the hoop just off having fun, so ENJOY! the ground. As the horse becomes comfortable with this, raise the lower part of the hoop until you both just start to hop over it. Then Vanessa Bee has been teaching the Safe Handling of Horses on the you will need to stop going through the hoop with him, as he may Ground for ten years, starting the Horse Agility Club in December jump on you. 2009. It now has a worldwide membership with international Because your horse can lead really well without the rope, you competitions and a book published in January 2012. For further can ask him to go through the archway while you go around the information, visit, or http://www. outside. As you both gain confidence, you can start to raise the, or http:// lower part of the hoop and increase the pace. Very soon you will have your horse jumping through the hoop. How to teach your horse to pass through a curtain while he’s loose: This is very similar to the way in which we trained the horse to jump through the hoop but without the jumping element. The main thing that causes problems here is the solid look of the curtain, so start right back at the beginning. The archway we use is made of push-together plastic plumbing pipe about 2 metres high by 1.5 metres wide. At the beginning, make the curtain really easy to walk through by tying it right back out of the way. As he gains confidence drop down one or two lengths of ribbon so he slowly gets used to it. One of the things we’ve found is that many horses don’t like the feel of the ribbons running over their sides and backs as they move through, so really keep yourself out of the way if you feel he’s going to rush. After a few sessions, the horse will have learned that the soft ribbons of the curtain move easily as he pushes through them. Just as with the hoop, once the horse is confident about going through the curtain on the lead rope, go right back to the beginning by tying the curtain back and asking him to go through loose. Don’t be tempted to just let the horse go loose through the full curtain straight from being on the lead rope. One of the keys to being successful in free work is to make it easy for the horse to do what you ask and build on his success. If at any point it all starts to go a bit wrong, just go back a stage. The key to being safe around Horse Agility obstacles is to keep the training sessions short and sweet. If something doesn’t go to HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 41

Tails to be Told

…A treasure chest of memories. We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, r and share your photos and memoriess with us. u This is not a contest – it is your moment to share with our readers anything thing hing from days gone by.

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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. “Silky” Our First Horse

Our family’s first horse was a palomino mare of unknown age and breeding called Silky. It was the mid 60’s and our family had just moved to the Fraser Valley in BC. Initially, my brother, sister and I were against the move, but dad promised to buy a golden horse just like Roy Rogers’ horse Trigger. We were instantly sold on the idea. The country was the place for us! My parents didn’t know much about horses and I don’t know how they found Silky. I was only ten but I remember clearly the day our perfect golden girl was delivered. We were so excited. My younger sister was doing cartwheels on the lawn and the adults were laughing and joking about how fast the seller departed once he had the money in his pocket. That first week Silky tossed my cousin off causing her to tear the ligaments in her knee. Silky threw me off the next week and I broke my leg. She had a few other tricks as well; rearing being one of them. It didn’t take long to realize our perfect horse had a few flaws. Ever optimistic, my parents believed that with care and love Silky would mend her ways. In a way she did or at least she did the best she could. Over the next five years she packed us through lessons, playdays, road rides and up the trails. She never stopped bucking and rearing but did so with less frequency and enthusiasm. That’s me in the photo, around 12 years old, at the old Cloverdale arena. We sold Silky as our family became interested in showing Arabians. I was heartbroken about selling her. We sold Silky to a family that we knew. She collapsed and died the first night. It was tragic for both families. An autopsy showed that she had heart disease and it was thought that the stress of the move was too much for her. I believed that she knew she was not coming home and died of a broken heart. - Dallas Fahy, Vancouver, BC


Send Saddle Up one to 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. 42 • Saddle Up • April 2012


Roman Ramblings Greg s column


y column was not in the last few months’ issues as I couldn’t think of a single thing to write about. I haven’t been on a horse since last fall and all I have been doing are my usual horse husband chores as well as chopping and removing ice around the barn and digging trenches to divert the spring runoff from flooding the barn and the paddocks. Our inquisitive Morgan is usually at my shoulder watching me do my chores and for some reason he was fascinated with the water that was running down the shallow trenches that I had dug behind the barn. Even our Retriever had fun putting her tennis ball in the water and got a kick out of chasing it downstream. They were the only two having fun as playing in the mud is usually something that little kids enjoy. This big kid didn’t have any fun as I had quickly discovered that both my rubber boots had holes in them. The next morning I put on plastic bags before I put on my ‘still wet’ rubber boots as I had to re-trench a few areas due to the fact that the ever curious Morgan had walked through the trench a few times and had diverted the water towards the barn. Luckily for me the temperature had gone down to –3 during the night and the water had become a trickle so there was only a little water diverted to the back of the barn. Last month I had purposely left all the snow-covered frozen poops in the arena and with the nicer weather it was time to do many wheel barrow loads and do a good spring clean-up. During the summer I usually hook up my homemade harrow and pull it behind my GMC Tracker (not tractor) but when I drove into the arena I quickly bogged down and wisely decided to wait for the ground to dry up before I could harrow it. With the warmer weather finally here, it is the time to scoop up all the previously snow-covered frozen poops and not break off a few tines on the plastic manure fork. I had only snapped two of them off during the winter so I figure I did pretty good compared to last year when I broke three in one day and I had to buy a new one at Christmas. I need to get the arena in good shape because horse shows will be starting before you know it and Nancy wants to be riding soon to prepare for some of those upcoming shows. My neighbor, who has Rocky Mountain Horses, asked me if I wanted to ride one of his horses in the Gaited Fun Show. When he told me that the one he wanted me to ride was called Crash Boom Bang, I politely declined and offered to announce at the show instead. I know that I would feel a lot more comfortable up in the announcer’s booth than riding a horse with a name like that. Ride safe and return safe.

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A Summer Camp Cure for the Horse Crazy Girl By Linda Mork


s there a horse-crazy girl in your world who’s looking for a chance to be completely immersed in everything horses? Aspengrove Equestrian Academy in Vernon has been dishing up equestrian summer camps for girls age 8-17 since 1990. Not your average summer camp, owner Hilda Wohlford made a commitment to quality English riding and horsemanship instruction after searching for a suitable summer camp experience for her then-teenage girls. “There was nothing in western Canada that offered a residential summer camp program centered on quality English riding instruction. All of the camps that had horseback riding were western or only offered trail rides. My girls wanted to learn to ride English, not just get packed around on a trail ride,” recalls Hilda. In the 22 years since opening for business, Aspengrove has morphed into a true family-run operation. Daughter Angie, a certified EC Coach, is in charge of the horses and instructional program for the camps. Suitable equine candidates have to pass muster with Angie before they’re purchased or leased for the summer program. As a result, Aspengrove’s horses are a range of breeds, temperaments and ability levels well suited

for a variety of riders, from beginner through advanced. Those fortunate enough to have their own horse are welcome to bring them to camp, too. Lucky beasties! Daughter Alisha is in charge of the kitchen, not a small undertaking with campers and staff to feed three times a day plus snacks. Delicious and home-cooked describe the hearty meals made with fresh, local ingredients. The juice bar is always open with fresh-baked snacks and mouth-smackinggood Okanagan fruit. The next generation isn’t far behind with granddaughter Meagan in charge of the barn, assisting campers and keeping a careful eye out for the horses’ care. The devil, as they say, is in the details, and all the planning and maintenance go to Hilda and her husband, Lorne. Rightfully proud of Aspengrove, their careful and loving attention to the facility is obvious in the condition of the lovely cedar guest cabins, paddocks and beautiful arenas. Aspengrove is available for rent to groups for parties, retreats, weddings and reunions too, either catered or non-catered. The North Okanagan Fillies spent a memorable weekend there a few years ago and last summer Aspengrove’s hospitality was enjoyed by

several generations at a family reunion. In late summer, a trainer from the Vancouver area came complete with clients and horses for a change of pace training camp. Talk about team building! Whether horses are involved or not, the hundred-acre property perched above the Coldstream valley with the jaw-dropping views is a great place for a group to gather and enjoy. To contact – see their listing under CAMPS in Saddle Up’s Business Services.

On To Greener Pastures… THE TONKS – Laid to Rest March 3, 2012 It will happen to the best of horses, from big time show horses to your back yard pony, one day they will go to that greener pasture whether you like it or not, a hard truth, but it’s life. Nothing could have prepared me for the day I would have to put my friend Tonka to rest. He was a unique Appaloosa at 14hh on a good day with a fiery orange mane and tail. When I first got him, found by my auntie Karan McLeod, it was an instant friendship. I was handed the reins and we took off bareback without a single fear. That was my horse. From there we attended many Watch Lake Gymkhanas, Cindy Kirschman’s Fun Days and the odd fundraising ride. He was the horse in the crowd that was sleeping, but you would have to take a second look when he hit the ring running. 44 • Saddle Up • April 2012

We had many miles on the trail for the 6 years we were together. Noble Canyon was our back yard and endless trails were ours to explore. He would try his hardest to keep up to my friends’ hot Arabs and while they tired out he was just getting his second wind. He was just one of those horses; I would ride other horses but would never feel myself until I was on the Tonks! No need for a helmet or saddle, just go! He was a teacher and a friend and was loved by me, family, friends and farriers. He was put to rest on his 6 acre field peacefully with his head facing the trail on March 3rd 2012 at the estimated age of 20. Love you and thank you Tonka; my life won’t be the same getting up for a ride. So if you have a horse, give it a hug and make the best of your time together. Jessie Gottlieb P.S. As we put Tonka to rest in the field, the three horses that were with us performed the strangest thing. All three, one at a time, laid down and rolled beside the spot, got up and waited as the other rolled. Once they were done, they ran up to the top of the field, turned away, and did not look back till Tonka was rested. A horsey farewell ritual or coincidence? HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Western Canadian Farrier Association By Jason Wrubleski, Certified Journeyman Farrier

I put an ad up on Kijiji recently to sell some tires. Afterwards, just for laughs, I searched for “farrier.” About 15 ads popped up within 20km of me and, of those, a dozen or so I have never heard of. One thing they all had in common was that they were “certified.”


fter thinking about it for a while, I got a little frustrated. Some of the schools that they advertised themselves being “certified” by only run a five-day course. There are many of these “puppy mill” types of weekend schools around. Most tell the students that they are not ready to be a full time farrier. But some tell the students that they know more about shoeing than any other course graduate. I took one of these courses when I was younger. It was a smaller investment to find out if I really wanted to do this full time. Our instructor told us that we were not ready to be full time farriers. And so, I continued my education. This winter at a stable we were working at, the barn staff introduced us to a new member of the staff. He said, “Hi, I’m John Doe, and I’m a Certified Farrier, too!” While we were working, he came over for a visit. I asked about his schooling and learned that after just four days, he knew more than 90% of the farriers out there. After some more idle chitchat, I asked him how he would approach a torn medial collateral ligament, of the distal interphalangeal joint. I will never forget his response. “I don’t know, but we were taught to put a wedge pad on anything that is sore.” After some thought, I decided the best reply would be to invite him to a farrier clinic. But he informed me that after four days and $350 of tuition, he knows more than the clinician does. In England, it is illegal to shoe a horse unless you are a Qualified Farrier. Heck, you can’t even buy horseshoes unless you’re a Qualified Farrier. What is a Qualified Farrier? It is a title that is earned. In the late 70’s, the state of shoeing was very bad in England. People were shoeing horses so poorly that the Animal Welfare groups stepped in. To prevent cruelty and suffering to the animals, the British Government enacted the Farriers (Registration) Act. What this meant was that only Qualified Farriers could be hired to shoe horses legally. Becoming a Qualified Farrier entails four years of intense regulated schooling and apprenticeship. Along the way, there are many exams - on anatomy, shoe making, business ethics, business economics, etc. When your final exam is due, you are judged by some of your peer farriers and a veterinarian. Many European countries have followed suit. The AFA Certified

Journeyman Farrier is the minimum equivalent, that I am aware of, if anyone from North America wants to shoe horses legally in England. In England, there is a governing body that oversees the farriers. If there is a complaint lodged, it is seriously investigated. The farriers can face suspensions and even fines. They are held fully accountable for themselves. In North America, there are several “Farrier Associations” and membership is voluntary. The largest one is the American Farriers Association (AFA), and the WCFA is a chapter. A few of these Associations have voluntary testing. The AFA’s testing is the most difficult. There are five levels, which get progressively more difficult to achieve: Intern Farrier - designed for students graduating from an accredited school, the test is basic shoeing and anatomy. Certified Farrier Certified Tradesman Farrier Certified Journeyman Farrier Therapeutic Endorsement/Educators Endorsement - same level, different tests; minimum grade to pass is 80%. The AFA program gives us all the same level of education in anatomy and pathology, the ability to shoe to a recognized standard, and it also gives us a bit of a bond. Many of us have worked very hard to earn our AFA Certification. Yes, there was a large financial commitment but, more importantly, there was also a large commitment of time: over 200 hours spent studying; many days travelling to and attending clinics; well over another 200 hours in the shop. AFA testing standards are very high and it took me three attempts, much persistence, and learning from my mistakes to achieve AFA Certification. I am very sure that many of the farriers’ ads that I stumbled across online have no idea that certification is something you earn, that you don’t buy it with your tuition. However, if we are able, we would like to help them earn a recognized Certification.

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Top Dog! Tracking Dogs by Moira Simmonds, - Moira Simmonds, Whitehawk Clumber Spaniels, Armstrong, BC


he most precious and useful instrument a dog has is his nose. HE CAN NEVER BE BLIND AS LONG AS HE HAS THAT NOSE. When people ask me what I do with my dogs I say “I

track.” “What is TRACK?” The simple answer is, “that it is the start of Search and Rescue training.” The long complicated answer is a description of the exercises involved which is difficult for those unfamiliar with the sport to understand. I have to describe it as a sport as in Canada we are governed by the Canadian Kennel Club rules and tests. In my tracking world the tracking dog must be registered with the Kennel Club (CKC) or have a number saying it looks like a purebred but it has no registration papers. If the dog is spayed or neutered it can be given papers which qualify it to run in CKC tests. There is a move afoot to allow crossbreds into these tests but it has not been clearly defined as yet. When it is defined I will happily welcome them to the tests. To be a tracking dog, in the eyes of the CKC, the dog and handler must track approximately 1/4 mile, turn at least 2 corners and find the concealed glove on a vegetative track. This is laid by a stranger designated as a tracklayer. Tracklayer will walk the mapped track designated by a tracking judge. Then handler and dog must follow the track and find the glove. A tracking dog must honour the track and turn the corners and not cut across the fields. He MUST find the glove. Have I confused you yet? That is just the basic track (TD) and if successfully run there is a wonderful blue rosette and certificate (that is given by the CKC) that designates your dog as a TRACKING DOG. This is a dog sport Understanding the start. and that dog has to have a human with him. The tracking dog in the basic track can wear an approved collar and a long line. I use a long line at least 40’ long and a tracking harness. There is a more complicated test called a TDX (TRACKING DOG EXCELLENT) which is at least a 1/2 mile long and has not just a glove (called an article) BUT HAS 3 ARTICLES along the way. A glove is always an end article. We use leather chunks along the way. He must find at least 2 of the 3 articles. There has to be conflicting tracks along the way and the tracking dog has to ignore them and follow the main track laid by a designated track layer. Another rosette, and another certificate and a lot of accolades to the successful dog. A tracking harness and a long line is necessary. CKC writes the rules and has a designated judge to map out a track and enforce the rules. In our rural areas those articles can be stolen by birds, coyotes and even livestock. 46 • Saddle Up • April 2012

Then there are special tests you can move on to for the URBAN TRACKING DOG. Harder surfaces are used along with the vegetative surfaces. Then URBAN TRACKING DOG EXCELLENT. Once all the 4 tests are achieved by the tracking dog a simple title of CT, meaning Champion Tracker, is Making a corner at the end of her awarded by CKC. We can use leash. schools, government buildings, and city lots for these urban tests. In our area, we are very lucky as the local, generous, farmers donate the use of their fields. Since 2007 we have had the use of hay fields and pastures and the right to trespass on those designated fields twice a year. It takes hundreds of acres to host a test. Many areas have lost their fields and the Urban Test is becoming more common as we lose those fields. The thing is that the tracking dog must do his first test on vegetation and Starting the blind girl. have a TD before he can do an URBAN test. I cannot thank these farms enough for allowing us the use for our tests in the Spallumcheen area. In 2006 we faced the loss of these tests in the Okanagan and we were lucky enough to be able to move them to the Armstrong and Spallumcheen area and carry on. (and, yes, blind dogs have earned titles.) Equipment needed for Tracking: For starters - a collar, if you like the activity you can buy a harness. Please do not buy a harness without speaking to an instructor. A long line, I prefer the 40’ length. I buy on-line but a light weight rope will do. Flags, flags, flags can be made out of coat hangers and trail tape. A few clothespins are helpful for markers (do not forget the trail tape). In a pinch, the trail tape can be swapped for brightly coloured wool or string. One leather glove, does not have to be perfect. A bag of bait. Many people use sliced wieners; I prefer dehydrated liver. Any treat will do. Use of bait or treats is optional. Once you get on to the tracking you will seldom use bait. I like to wear a vest that has a million pockets (maybe a slight exaggeration). Warm clothing that can be peeled off. Comfortable shoes or boots. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Top Dog! Moira has been tracking since 2005, and attended classes and seminars given by Sil Sanders and Ed Presnall. She has run tracking tests in the Okanagan since 2007; been a trainer since 2008; and an instructor and examiner for CGN (Canine Good Neighbour). Moira is also a breeder of Clumber Spaniels and has earned Show Champion many times. She possesses 3 Tracking Dog titles and all of her dogs have CGN certificates. Anyone who wants to track or needing more info can e-mail her at Moira and award winning Kate.

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Gone But Not Forgotten g I guess you could say it all started at a Team Penning Clinic that my daughter Nicole put on at the Wilson Ranch in Little Fort, BC. At the end of the clinic she said to me that she always wanted a blue-eyed Border collie and that the Wilson’s had a pup for sale that she wanted to buy. I thought she was crazy “ICE” because at the time we had 4 of them. I tried to talk her out of it, but she won the battle. Thank god that she did. Nicole’s boyfriend, Ryan, took Ice and made a cow dog out of her. He had trained quite a few cow dogs, most of them great. Ice was a few notches above them all. She was exceptional in every way. She was kind, aggressive on cattle and tender around children. Ice could control a large herd of cattle all on her own. Unfortunately one day in August she was kicked (blindsided) by a cow and never recovered. Once in a lifetime special animals like her come around. Needless to say it was an enormous loss to our entire family. - Cliff Sigouin, Kamloops, BC


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Top Dog! In Partnership With Dogs: Food For Thought By Valerie Barry and Lisa Kerley

In our last article, we discussed some things you and your dog can do together for some fun mental stimulation. Here are some ideas for things you can give your dog to do on his own.


here is a relatively new and rapidly growing category of toys out there – Treat Dispensing Toys or De-Stuffers. Recently, we were in a local feed store and noticed quite a few of our favorite De-stuffers on display but were bemused to note that they were all the dusty ones! As we were looking at them, a colourful old character came over and informed us that, “all they do is chew on ‘em for a few minutes – don’t bother with those things.” Well, we definitely need to let a few more people in on the incredible value of these toys! The basic premise of De-stuffers is pretty simple – you fi ll them with food and your dog has to figure out how to get at the good stuff. Some dogs just naturally take to using Luki working on the Kong Genius De-stuffers because, well, they have food in them and dogs like food! There are some dogs who don’t really want to work that hard, and they may take a bit of convincing but the results are worth the effort. The value of these toys is that they’re very mentally stimulating and, with a bit of creativity, can be as tiring to your dog as a hike in the woods. De-stuffers act almost like a babysitter – while you go off to your job, your dog can settle in to his “job” of figuring out how to empty the toys. Often dogs will work for a while, take a break and then go back to work until the job is done – most dogs have pretty strong work ethics! While they work great as entertainment toys (we’ve stuffed them with everything from leftover chicken to pancakes!) you get

the most value out of these toys when you use them for mealtimes. Put away the food bowls and fi ll up a De-stuffer with dinner. The way to get started is to fi ll 2 or 3 toys with your dog’s meal portion loosely packed so that it’s as easy as possible for your dog to tip over and empty. Once your dog is happily emptying all the toys, increase the difficulty one toy at a time by adding a binder like peanut butter, or moistening kibble with water or broth. If you’re using rubber toys, you can make it harder still by freezing the fi lled toy. Some dogs may not be entirely sure they want to work that hard for dinner, but if you’re persistent, it won’t take many meals to get them hooked on the idea. Once they get working in earnest, we find that dogs very quickly learn to value the benefit of these toys and really enjoy working for dinner. They value them not just as a means to some food, but also as a way to burn off excess energy. We find that most dogs will begin to seek them out when they feel the need for some mental activity. y **Note that for young puppies, it is important that they do

A brief nap during dinner!

Dante and the Kong Wobbler

Tricky Treat Ball - definitely tricky!

Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers; they have been training together for over seven years and have a combined 25 years of experience working with dogs. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using truly dog-friendly methods, they offer hipPUPS, an early socializing program for pups, babyBRATS, an impulsecontrol and skill-building program for adolescent dogs and the Partnership Program, a nontraditional obedience series for dogs of all ages. In addition to group classes, they also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specific needs of any dog. Striving to offer the best and most up-to-date information and methods to their clients, both Valerie and Lisa regularly attend conferences and workshops across North America. For more information please visit and 48 • Saddle Up • April 2012


Top Dog! In Partnership, contâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d eat regularly throughout the day. Monitor the amount that they are able to get out of the De-stuffers, and adjust the difficulty if necessary to ensure they are getting a sufficient amount of food. One of Valerieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dogs, Dante, is a seasoned â&#x20AC;&#x153;De-stuffer Dogâ&#x20AC;? and will happily work until the last morsel of food has been teased out of his toy. He will spend between 1½ to 2 hours eating his raw dinner out of a frozen Kong (weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve timed him!). Despite being a young and very active Doberman, he is always exhausted after all this effort â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wonderful thing! One of our favourites and probably best-known brand of food dispensing toys is Kong. Kong has many types of food dispensing toys for all ages, light to hard chewers and they are available in most pet food stores. A good â&#x20AC;&#x153;getting startedâ&#x20AC;? Destuffer is the rubber Kong Classic which is a conical shape with one large opening. A more difficult choice is the Kong Genius, a brightly coloured rubber toy with more challenging openings. Other favourite options for dry kibble or The Classic Kong just for entertainment using small treats are the Kong Wobbler and the Tricky Treat Ball. The Kong Wobbler is made of hard plastic, comes apart for easy cleaning and has a small opening for food to drop out as your dog â&#x20AC;&#x153;wobblesâ&#x20AC;? it around - itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great for outside use too. The Tricky Treat Ball is softer and has a challenging opening for kibble or small treats to fall out as your dog rolls the ball around â&#x20AC;&#x201C; best used inside. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always fun to watch and see how each dog devises his own method for emptying De-stuffers. Dante likes to â&#x20AC;&#x153;cheatâ&#x20AC;? by rolling his Tricky Treat Ball around inside his bed instead of on the floor


thereby containing the treats and presumably saving on energy! One word of caution - make sure you monitor your dog to ensure he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t chew apart, eat and consume this or any other type of toy before ever leaving him alone with it. Dust off those De-stuffers, give them a try and see if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a secret Kong-addict on your hands!

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Top Dog! AAC National Dog Agility Championships By Jody Shupe


he AAC National Dog Agility Championships 2012 are being held this summer, August 1-5, in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. We are expecting at least 600 dogs from coast to coast to be competing. These are top level teams from across Canada and some from the States. Some of the dog and handler teams have been to or will be going to the world level agility competition. These are truly top dogs! There will be all breeds, shapes and sizes. Some of the dogs competing were picked and bred for the sport of agility; some are weekend warriors with other doggy occupations during the week; some are talented beloved couch surfing pets; and many are rescue dogs turned superstars. All are very talented doggy athletes and much loved by their human team mates. The teams must first qualify at their regional events in order to enter the nationals. Just keeping your readers in the loop. For more info I have included the link

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Annual Fashion Feat ure 2012 Western Fashion Forecast By Suzanne Vlietstra Photos by Hobby Horse Clothing Co., Inc.


t’s 2012 - have you set New Year’s goals for you and your horse? Let’s talk about what’s new and important this year in western show apparel and tack. First, consider the show scene: due to the recent poor economy, entries at all but the very largest national shows have softened. Innovative local shows that offer plenty of walk-trot and jackpot classes seem to be holding their own, but regional shows that don’t bestow national titles or offer lots of fun events and cash-back classes are struggling. For the average show rider - a midlife woman who works it’s becoming easier to pick and choose shows that fit our budgets, not our egos. So planning our tack and apparel purchases is guided by both where we show and by our pocketbooks. For the lady show rider, 2012 brings more color and variety in the show ring, a bit of playful fun with accessories, and more interest than ever in comfort in the saddle. The phenomenon of older-andwider-riders will continue to influence show tack and apparel fashions for years to come with continuing emphasis on quality equipment that offers style and value, and is convenient and comfortable to use. Western show hats continue to be the billboard that creates a frame for your face, so finding a hat that’s comfortable and flattering is paramount. Quality felts can be gently shaped to emphasize your face shape; they’ll need a tune up at the beginning of each season. Hat shapes continue to be square or semi-square along the brim front, with the brim sides rising steeper than in years past. Black hat with black chaps almost always works; neutral felts like platinum and sand are also versatile and add light around your face. White hats are a fashion statement that can add pizzazz to your outfit but plan on replacing them each season as they yellow with exposure to air.

Beautiful Olive green makes its mark in the show ring this year, including the sequined “Sza Sza” tunic from Hobby Horse’s Carousel Collection. Olive works on any horse; especially flattering on sorrels and chestnuts.

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Your show top - whether a blouse, tunic, rail shirt, or vest set sets the pace for your presentation. It should fit trim and smooth with sleeves long enough to cover your wrist bones as you ride. Most show tops are worn tails-out these days, which is very comfortable but can create the illusion of thickness at the waist. If you tuck your top in, be sure your belt and buckle coordinate with the outfit and fit smoothly. In tops, think about being ‘on stage’ with your primary colors in the top coordinating with your saddle blanket and horse to create a theatrical look that makes a dazzling impression from across the arena. Trims on tops should follow vertical lines to suggest a tall, slim figure, with confident use of applique, crystals, and metallic fabrics bringing extra drama to your presentation. Fabrics for show tops range from basic black stretch to heavily embroidered taffetas, but today’s winning looks are all about embellishment: bold, layered, colorful, and reflective with nailheads, rhinestones, metallic inks and overlay fabrics, and very elaborate designs. While some fabrics stretch and some do not, a trim silhouette is paramount for a correct show appearance. Custom show tops in the arena this year will be genuine works of art, and their prices - often thousands of dollars - will reflect their unique attributes. If you’re craft y, consider embellishing a basic top with crystals and applique to make your own one-of-a-kind creation for far less. Customizing takes time and practice, but if you start with a ready-made top, your creativity can take you to the winner’s circle with pride wearing your own unique apparel.

Black basics are beautiful in the show ring when carefully crafted and coordinated. Here, Hobby Horse’s “Karma” blouse in jewel tones pairs with a turquoise saddle blanket for a winning fashion statement.

Color-coordination of horse and rider create a winning team impression. Here, “Charlotte” from Hobby Horse in earth-tone shades pairs with whiskey chaps and a sorrel horse for a striking presentation.


Annual Fashion Feat ure WELCOME BACK THE VEST! After years on the sidelines, vests are back in the spotlight this year with a new longer length that covers the rider’s chap tops and features a gently squared neckline. Tastefully paired with an open-neck crisp cotton blouse and accented with a small scarf at the neck, this hybrid look gives vests a new charm in the show ring, while keeping their comfort and classic western silhouette. For horsemanship classes, a classic starched blouse and scarf is an understated new look for equitation champions, though many will still wear fitted stretch tops that have minimal color contrast at the waist area to create an illusion of perfect poise as they ride. Showmanship stars continue to wear suit looks, with elaborate tops (some of which can also be worn riding) paired with fitted show pants. Those show pants are always trim and hemmed long enough to touch the handler’s boot heels when standing for the judge. Under chaps, wear show pants, simple jeans (no rips/bling/fancy pockets) or stretch riding pants for comfort and a smooth fit in the saddle. Boots only get to peek their toes out from under showmanship pants or chaps, so best to color-coordinate them to their neighboring garment and keep them simple and shined. Chaps cover half your body when you show, so make sure they fit like those proverbial gloves and that they help you look tall and trim in the saddle. Black chaps with fringed legs are far and away the most common look, but consider some colored chaps for a new look. Chaps should be snug but not tight. If yours are a struggle to put on, zip-in extensions hidden under the fringe lend temporary room if your weight fluctuates. Colorful clothing is a western tradition that sometimes disappears in a sea of black in the show ring. Clever use of color can bring interest and originality to your show presentation; coordinate your tops and saddle blankets with your horse’s primary coat color for a winning look, but consider adding colored chaps to your wardrobe for versatility and

Strong visual effects create drama in the show ring. “Abbie” from Hobby Horse’s Carousel Collection pairs a sequined print yoke with metallic black bodice for a stunning statement of western show style.


freshness. Trending colors this year will include jewel-tone shades of turquoise, deep aubergine purple, fuchsia, and indigo blue as great partners with bay, gray, and black horses. Red-based horses including sorrels, chestnuts, and red roans look terrific in sand, chocolate, whiskey, and new olive green. Don’t overlook accessories, the finishing touches that bring sparkle and personality to your presentation. Earrings and neckline pieces may be modern crystals or traditional conchos, but they’ll all enhance your look and make it uniquely yours. Your hairstyle also makes a style statement and should be tidy and trim for a day in the saddle. Whether you prefer a ponytail or a bun, add an interesting hair accent like crystal-topped pins to complete your look. Show men continue to dress conservatively in starched, fitted dress shirts worn with small neckties. Matching your shirt color to your solid or patterned saddle blanket makes an instant, easy show set that works in any western event. Add a blazer for halter events and a few colorful small scarves to tie at your neck and you’re done shopping for the show season… if your hat is pricey, perfectly shaped, and in pristine condition, of course! While show ring trends evolve more slowly than street wear, it’s important to plan, shop, and invest wisely to stretch your budget and create an impression of quiet confidence in the show ring. Study online blogs and magazine sites, as well as show photographer’s proof pages, to see what your competition will be wearing and you’ll get ready to win. Invest in the best within your budget to be stylish, confident, and dressed for success in the show ring in 2012. (c) 2012 Suzanne Vlietstra. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also owns a 50-horse boarding stable.

Show styles in 2012 are elaborate, graphic, and look great from a distance in the show ring. Fanciful flourishes in white and silver dance down “Melody” from Hobby Horse’s Carousel Collection.

Perfect partners in the show ring: beautiful blondes both wear stunning turqua in a fitted fashion-forward presentation. “Gemma” blouse from Hobby Horse has metallic accents; coordinates with saddle blanket. • 53

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orse show apparel has come a long way in the past 10 years. There are a lot of new designers manufacturing horse show apparel. This has opened the market to some fabulous new looks made by very talented seamstresses. The new creative looks are mostly seen at the top level of showing. At a world show breed event there are jackets with airbrush design, crystal fringe, large hand sewn clusters of swarovski crystal. Some jackets have all these elements in one. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real pleasure to sit on the rail at a world show event and admire the beautiful show clothing. When manufacturing a show outfit I believe that fit comes first. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to spend a lot of money on an outfit but it definitely needs to fit well. An outfit that is well sewn, fits to measure and a clean, well-shaped hat make a winning look. Most competitors choose black chaps as a show wardrobe basic. A lot of show jackets, horsemanship

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pringtime and western fashion seem to have a lot in common this year. The ladies are looking for bright colours and brilliance on everything from hatbands, t-shirts, blouses, belts, boots and accessories. Ladies, watch for the new coloured jeans showing up soon – lots of ways to “perk up your rear view.” Trends in women’s jeans favour heavy stitching on the back pockets and glittering rhinestones. Jeans that are distressed i.e. with purposely worn or faded spots on the fabric continue to be a hot item. At The Horse Barn jean styles are “across the board,” with boyfriend, skinny-leg, boot-cut and straight leg styles all selling well. Buyers of men’s jeans are less trendy than the women, but we are seeing more of those jeans with distressed areas and heavy stitching on the back pockets for the guys! While cowboy boots used to be worn only by horsemen (or women), now even your favourite celebrity dons boots with his/her jeans, shorts or skirts (for ladies). Take a look at these cutting edge boots! When you wear these you will get noticed… but isn’t that what Western fashion is all about? With the more traditional footwear, it’s hard to pin down TTHE HE one type of boot that customers favour. Pointed toe, round toe and square (cutter) toe all continue to sell well. “Vintage” treatments on the boot leather – creating a weathered look, continue to appeal to both men and women at The Horse Barn. Jewelry is big, bold and very shiny… not always with a Western theme and not always turquoise and silver. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 57

Annual Fashion Feat ure HISTORY OF CHAPS BY KEN MATHER Photos from Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keefe Ranch collection


panish influence pervades the vocabulary of the cowboy so it is not surprising to learn that the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;chapsâ&#x20AC;? (pronounced â&#x20AC;&#x153;shapsâ&#x20AC;?) comes from the Spanish chaparreras meaning â&#x20AC;&#x153;leg armour.â&#x20AC;? Originally a part of the saddle, they were called armas and came with the vaquero to California where they were adapted to fit over the legs. The California armas eventually came to be called chaparreras, and were quickly adopted by the English-speaking cowboys of California. From there they spread with the Spanish cattle into Oregon where they proved very useful in the sagebrush country of the interior. Their name was soon shortened to â&#x20AC;&#x153;chapsâ&#x20AC;? and some of the early drovers into British Columbia wore them for protection from the brush and thorns found along the narrow trails. The earliest chaps in British Columbia were a closed-leg chap consisting of two long tubes of leather into which the legs were stuck and joined into a belt at the waist. The seam was sewn on the outside of each leg with enough leather left to be cut into a fringe, an adaptation that seems to have been borrowed from the Native legging. The way the two legs tapered down to the ankle reminded the drovers of the two barrels of a shotgun with a choke at the muzzle, so they called them â&#x20AC;&#x153;shotgun chaps.â&#x20AC;? Shotgun chaps were light, warm and waterresistant to a certain extent. But the cowboys found that oiling the chaps to make them more waterproof also made them stiff and uncomfortable in cold Shotgun chaps weather, so they started covering them with pelts ca. 1900 made of various kinds to provide more warmth in cold by Great West Saddlery, weather and more water resistance. Soon the chaps Calgary, Norththemselves were made of the pelts from bear, goat, West Territories. deer and other animals with the hair left on the outside. These â&#x20AC;&#x153;woollies,â&#x20AC;? as they were called, became very popular in the harsh northern climate of British Columbia. They also offered protection from bruises when a rider was thrown against a fence or tree by a mean horse. By the turn of the century, cowboys in British Columbia almost universally wore â&#x20AC;&#x153;woollies,â&#x20AC;? most often made from long, thick-haired Angora goatskins. The main drawback to shotgun chaps and woollies was the difficulty in getting them on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woolyâ&#x20AC;? chaps and off. Since they were tight to the leg, they had worn by Jim to be pulled on over sock feet before the boots â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cougarâ&#x20AC;? Metcalf and spurs were put on. This was awkward and at the Douglas Lake Ranch in the time consuming. Soon a chap was developed that 1940s. buckled over the legs with snaps so the cowboy could simply fasten the belt and then reach down 58 â&#x20AC;˘ Saddle Up â&#x20AC;˘ April 2012

and snap the legs in place. This design allowed for a flap of leather to extend beyond the side of the legs much like wings hanging back from the legs. As this flap became more pronounced, the particular style came to be known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;bat wingâ&#x20AC;? chaps. The plain leather surface could be decorated with silver conchos and leather tooling or overlays, making for a very fancy design. The earliest chaps buckled at the back and were laced together at the front. The Bat-wing chaps worn straight belt with a full lace front proved by Jay Houseman in dangerous if a rider was pitched forward on the Cariboo in the 1930s. the saddle horn. If he was hung up, it was very difficult to extract himself. Over the years the lacing at the front became less and less and chaps were designed with a distinct dip in the front centre. In more recent times the two sides of the chap were joined by a single thin lace, which would break easily if the rider was hung up. Ken Mather is the Curator at the Historic Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keefe Ranch. He has published two books on BC ranching history, Buckaroos and Mud Pups, and Bronc Busters and Hay Sloops.

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he 38th annual Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair has historically meant the official start of spring for horse enthusiasts of every denomination in the Fraser Valley, and this year was no exception. Thousands descended on Thunderbird Show Park March 18 and although the weather was anything but spring-like, it did little to dampen the spirit of those hoping to see the last of winter. Under the direction of bazaar co-chairs Pia Petersen and Terri Brown, planning for this year’s event got underway late last summer and their efforts did not disappoint. “We were so pleased,” says Mellissa Buckley, who managed exhibitor and volunteer services on behalf of the committee. Lynda Harrison and Jody Stasuk assembled an eclectic group of vendors – over 70 in all, fi lling the main arena. Stampede Tack and Western Wear made their first appearance at the show, joining bazaar fi xtures like Rick Davidson’s R & E Saddle & Tack Repair and Frank Principe with his custom crafted bits. There was no shortage of bling on tap as shoppers salivated over jewellery, show clothes, boots, saddlery, t-shirts and even trailers to suit any taste. The list of demos was no less impressive as LMQ’s Marilyn Griffin lined up Jay O’Jay, Daryl Gibb and Mark Bolender, among others, to both entertain and educate audiences throughout the day. And then there was the famous tack sale. Under the watchful eye of Kim Prato and her team, it stretched nearly the entire length of Thunderbird’s main arena. The selection was as good as ever as shoppers went shoulder-to-shoulder searching for bargains. Judith Cavers organized the canine presentations, a new feature sponsored by PetSmart that will no doubt make a return appearance. Mary Ratz orchestrated the Country Fair – a huge hit with the youngsters who had an opportunity to ride ponies and meet members of the Fort Langley Fire Station. No doubt the publicity generated by having JR Country on site attendance, but for most Fraser Valley horse owners, LMQ’s annual bazaar is a pilgrimage – an opportunity not just to shop but to catch up with old friends. It seems LMQ’s bazaar is the one occasion when everyone is in great spirits – even the volunteers parking cars well into the afternoon! Photos by Cathy Glover and Laurie Munsell. ( lcmunsell)


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Wanna Twist? You Betcha! By Nancy Roman Photos (group effort): Lee Sampson, Ruby Edwards, Michelle Gazely, Nancy Roman (To bring you up to speed on Twisted Terrain Horse Park, and not waste space repeating, see Saddle Up’s story in the February issue page 17,, click on ARCHIVE)

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was fortunate enough to be invited to Twisted Terrain Horse Park’s Industry Specialists day on Tuesday, March 20 in Hope, BC. Gracious host and owner Laurie Thompson asked me to come over after the Quarter Horse Bazaar in Langley. She’d put me up; feed me AND wanted me to ride the Mountain Trail course on Monday with Mark Bolender. So what if it was Saddle Up’s deadline – how could I say no? I did have a travel partner, my friend Ruby, and she invited Ruby as well. The two of us had been eagerly looking forward to this day – I was so excited to be a part of it. Upon arrival Monday afternoon, Laurie set us up in the master bedroom of the Guest House (with our own ensuite and separate beds). We then found out that ‘our guest house’ would be hosting dinner that evening and all events the next day. After unpacking, Ruby and I headed over to the 2-acre ‘trail’ course at the edge of the property. WOW! There was Mark Bolender riding his horse Checkers, and his partner Lee Sampson (photographer extraordinaire). Those of you who may have seen Mark at The Mane Event in Chilliwack last October, or just at the Quarter Horse Bazaar, know he has a great sense of humour, and loves to talk (admittedly so). After introductions it was time to ride. “Here Nancy, hop on Checkers,” says Mark. Alright… ready to ride! Mark sent me and Checkers through a lot of the obstacles. We went over the balance beam, the teeter-totter, suspension bridge, trestle bridge, through the log scrabble, the rock pit (that was tough… try not to touch/nick a rock), through the water hazard, the dense brush, the soggy dip pond, the fallen tree tunnel, and finally the hillside. Mark made me go up and down that hillside numerous times (was that for fun or punishment?). He then asked Ruby if she’d like to ride Checkers. And it was her turn. Mark also had us doing 180 and 360 turns on some of these obstacles, as well as backing off. “What a rush!” I said. “What a high!” I found it to be very mentally stimulating for the horse and me; and a refreshing change to ‘just’ a trail ride. You both actually have to think and trust each other. We know that some horses are braver than others, but Lee, Mark and Checkers this course, as far as I am concerned, is the training ground for that bravery in both of you. You want to connect with your horse? Be partners? This course will help you achieve that. I was amazed and absolutely thrilled to experience this with Mark’s horse. It was confidence building challenging, inspirational and very motivating. Back at ‘our house’, trying to wind down with a glass of wine, we meet Laurie’s other half, Fred Fandrich. “How about a tour over Hope?” he asks (with Valley Helicopters). Can this not get any better? Fred, Mark, Lee, Ruby and I take to the skies – we were ‘high’ once again at 6,000 feet! We tipped the mountains, Lee Pettit, Ruby Edwards, Nancy Roman, Mark Bolender on Checkers, clipped the river and hovered over Laurie Thompson and her horse Mac, and hubby Fred Fandrich. Missing: Lee Sampson – she was taking the picture. Twisted Terrain Horse Park. 60 • Saddle Up • April 2012


Wanna Twist? You Betcha!, cont’d Laurie cooked us all a fabulous Lasagna meal that Monday night (in ‘our’ house) and we had some great conversations and many laughs. On Tuesday, invited guests for the Industry Specialists day had about 40 of the province’s more enthusiastic and active horse professionals; including members from Back Country Horsemen, the Hunter/Jumper, Dressage and Eventing disciplines, as well as trainers, coaches, and riders. Bill Cassidy, chairman of the AQHA Recreation Committee and his wife Ann even came up from Washington; as AQHA will be implementing some of these obstacles in their Trail Challenge courses for 2012. Mark and Jonathan going through Log Scrabble After a continental breakfast, our host, Laurie, welcomed everyone and speeches were made by Park Designer Mark Bolender and guest rider, Jonathan Field, about Mountain Trail and Extreme Trail. Clinics, Challenges and Shows are now being offered for this exciting new discipline. Every horse (and rider) can benefit from what Twisted Terrain Horse Park is offering here. We then headed out (into the rain, snow and hail) to watch the demonstrations on the course. The expression on Jonathan’s face, in my opinion, was that he was as excited as Ruby and I were to take part in this. All eyes (and cameras) were on the riders going over and through each obstacle. A lunch buffet followed, welcomed by the wet and cold group. Talk and excitement was abundant in each room with endless comments and questions. Poor Jonathan!

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Ruby on teeter-totter

Ruby on teeter-totter

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Trail Ride for Brain Injury Awareness The 2012 Courage Canada Trail Ride takes place Saturday, May 26th in Vermillion, AB. Registration starts at 9am and the Trail Ride begins at 10am. The first fundraising trail ride was held on Highway 16 from Innisfree to Elk Island Park in May, 2004. Over the years, the trail ride has steadily grown in participation and in donation size. They have added more events with the trail ride including a supper/ dance, cowboy poetry gathering, cowboy “circle” with singing and instrumentals, and a cowboy church service. The event continues to grow and expand. Everyone is invited to attend this weekend of fun and socializing! Contact Curtis Anderson 780-581-4802, e-mail or www.caccanada. com

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season, with a new title sponsor taking the lead. The WPCA Pro Tour is proud to announce GMC and the Alberta GMC dealers as the title sponsor for the GMC Pro Tour. This partnership is a natural fit for both groups, who now look forward to working together to develop sustainable chuckwagon racing in Western Canada. The WPCA has been bringing chuckwagon races to Western Canada for over 30 years, and credits its success to the support of its sponsors enabling them to showcase western heritage and culture in the communities in which they race. The 2012 season looks to be the best yet, with tour stops all across Alberta and northern British Columbia. The 36 best chuckwagon racers in the world are vying for top prize money and their chance at the GMC World Championship Truck and belt buckle, which will be awarded in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta at the end of the season. For a complete 2012 GMC Pro Tour Schedule please visit www.halfmileofhell. com. Photo courtesy of, by Allison Croteau.

Rock Creek Charity Poker Ride Sponsored by the Discover Rock Creek Society, the ride takes place Sunday, June 10th at the campgrounds across from Rock Creek Fairgrounds. Choice of 8km to 12km wellmarked trails (map provided) in beautiful back country. There will be lots of prizes and lunch available. Registration begins at 9am and ride starts between 9:30 and 10am. Camping and water for horses available. Contact Pru Zerny 250-449-5077, pzerny@ or Ann Rexin 250-446-2409,

Horsin’ Around In The Cariboo by Bridget Rosette Mark your calendars! May 26-27, 2012, Eagle View Equestrian Centre located in Williams Lake, BC would like to invite horse lovers of all disciplines to their annual Horsin’ Around In The Cariboo. There will be a sampling of equestrian events throughout the weekend in three different arenas, trade booths, a concession, and a whole lot more. It will be a jam-packed family weekend


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starting at 9:00 am each day. Some of the events include: bridleless working cow, cutting demo, driving demo, show jumping, dressage, freestyle jumping, gymkhana events, cattle sorting, hoof and woof, cart/ wagon rides, kids’ zone activities and a sale barn. Featured this year will be a Versatility Competition featuring both English and Western events with each horse receiving

points for placing in each of four events, accumulating to determine the champion! Schedule of day’s events will follow in the next issue of Saddle Up. So, if you are looking for something for the whole family, you will not want to miss this horse-fi lled weekend. It will not only be fun and educational but you can enter the events going on during the weekend.

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PROSPECT TO PERFORMANCE Catalogue Horse Sale, May 5, 2012 Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC Viewing 5-7 pm: Sale Starts 7:30 pm Held with the 2012 Spring R Rope n Run R May 4-6 For more info and consignment forms visit F HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR •

Book Reviews THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF HORSES THE BODY LANGUAGE OF EQUINE BODIES Author: Heather Dunphy Horses and humans have shared a strong bond for over 5,000 years, and this relationship continues todayy, with millions of people involved in the equine world. THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF HORSES is the book equivalent of feed, stable, and exercise—providing all the basics for horse health and happiness. But it also goes beyond that, helping you truly understand your horse by explaining how to translate what your horse’s actions “say” and, in turn, how it interprets your behaviour. These insights strengthen the bond between you and your horse and enhance all aspects of equine activities, from hacking to competition. In The Secret Language of Horses you’ll learn about horse breeds and types, riding disciplines, horse communication, grooming, care, health maintenance, and more. It’s everything you need to know, and the key to a contented horse and a confident owner. Paperback, 9” x 6.8”, 192 pages Glossy pages, with a lot of colour photos. Good for a beginner or as a refresher. ISBN-10:0887629350 ISBN-13:9780887629358 SRP Price: $14.95 Thomas Allen Publishers,

SMOKE FROM THE BRANDING FIRE Early Ranch History of Western Canada Authors: Hank Pallister with Joyce Pallister Hank Pallister was raised on his father’s ranch, at Turner Valley Alberta, the son of a recognized pioneer family. He lived his early life surrounded by the old-time cowmen and a world of fascinating stories. Later, as Coordinator of Brand Inspection for Alberta, Hank came to know many of the personalities that gave so much to the aura of cowboy life in the Canadian west. His experiences and knowledge of Alberta’s cattle brand registrations and ranching history, its lore and memorable characters are recorded here in rich detail. Hank passed away in 2005 at the age of 79. Paperback, 6” × 9”, 256 pages Black & white photos Alberta History, Brand Information, and Pioneering of Ranching Families. ISBN 979-0-9810034-0-5 SRP $27.95 Pallister Publications 403-652-5643, Distributors:,

BULLS, BRANDS & B.S. History and Humour from Alberta’s Livestock Brand Inspectors Authors: Hank Pallister with Joyce Pallister-Bronsch This second book of the writings of the late Hank Pallister, Supervisor of Alberta’s Brand Inspection system m, captures the characters and the cowmen that played an important part in the marketing of livestock. It includess information on Alberta’s cattle ranching industry as well as stories from other brand inspectors throughout the province. He recounts the many incidents that portray not only the life of the cowboy, but also the dangerous aspects of their job. Here to, are the humorous incidents that were everyday happenings for brand inspectors around the stockyards and auction markets, where Hank worked for 42 years and is told in their engaging “cowboy lingo.” The book is enhanced by the pen and ink sketches of western artist Don Brestler. Paperback, 6” × 9”, 254 pages Black & white photos Brands, Animal Industry, Alberta History ISBN 978-0-9810034-2-9 SRP $26.95 Pallister Publications 403-652-5643, Distributors:,

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It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation a re you? e r e h w . .. s Kid or se? h r u o y h it d oing w u o y e r a t ut YOU! o b Wha a s u ll e r n to t It’ s YOU R tu

Hi my name is Kyra and I am 3 years old and my parents just got me a horse and his name is Mojo. He is 4 years old. I like to lead him around and feed him and pick up after him. I am going to start riding him this summer. Kyra, age 3, Pritchard, BC

Hello, my name is Shelby. I live in Kelowna and this is my pony Penny. I got Penny when I was 5. I call her Penny Pony. And we won our first ribbon last year, 5th place! Shelby, age 10, Kelowna, BC

Just won your first ribbon? Just bought your first horse? Do you give your horse kisses? Send in your 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. Email to Put in the subject line “KIDS”


Notes from the Office HORSE COUNCIL BC Start Planning Your Summer Vacation with Your Horse!

and articles regarding camping with your horse available on our webpage at www.hcbc. ca, under the Recreation and Trails tab. For additional information, please send an email to Coaching for 2012

Chris Bachand and Ryder camping in Lundbom, BC. (Photo by Danielle Udall)

Like trail riding? Like camping? Why not take your horses camping with you? There are some great places to go in BC where you can take your horse camping with you. Many of them are listed on the Horse Council BC Trails Database page. Some areas require you and your horses to be familiar with hobbling and highlining, but there are also many sites that have corrals. If you’ve never camped out with your horses before, you might want to contact a local chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of BC for tips. Many chapters offer clinics to help get you started, and you’ll be able to meet new friends with horse camping experiences to share. If you’re not quite up to horse camping in Provincial Parks or wilderness areas, there are some ranches and farms, adjacent to trails, where you can get overnight accommodations for your horse and yourself. Some will provide you with a campsite, others will put you up in rooms or cabins, and others give you a choice. Contact them before you travel to make sure they have room, and find out their rates. They are all Horse Council BC business members, so they help support services to Horse Council BC members. This is our opportunity to support them back! There is a wide variety of information

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English Competition Coach and Instructor of Beginners Evaluation Dates: April 26-27 - Abbotsford May 12-13 - Vancouver Island October 6-7 - Abbotsford October 27-28 - Kelowna All applications must be in the HCBC office no later than 30 days prior to the evaluation date. Only complete applications will be accepted. For more information contact Equine NCCP Theory - Training for Instructor of Beginners and Competition Coach and Coach updating opportunity: April 7-8 - Langley Pre-registration required for all dates. The new Western Rider handbooks are now in stock and the revised English Rider Manuals are also available from the HCBC bookstore. For more information, check out the Coaching section of the HCBC website or email Weekly Accident Indemnity Insurance Most professional athletes can relax knowing that if they get injured, a pension plan or re-education and guidance plan for life after sports will be provided by their sport organization or franchise. This, however, does not appear to be the case for the horse industry. We are excluded

solely because most professionals within our industry are self-employed. If a trainer or coach suffers an injury such as a concussion and is prevented from doing their job, it can have serious and usually drastic consequences to life and financial obligations. Capri has developed an exclusive Weekly Accident Indemnity (WAI) insurance policy that provides income replacement in the event you are unable to work due to an accident. Coverage is in force 24 hours/day, seven days/week and includes (but is not limited to) injuries arising from an equine-related incident. The policy will provide up to $500/week in income replacement for up to 26 weeks. (Some restrictions apply.) To qualify for this special program and be eligible for benefits, you must meet all of the following minimum requirements: • Be a member in good standing with Horse Council BC, and • Be employed full time (minimum of 25 hours a week with a single employer), and • Be under the age of 70 years old, and • Have filed an income tax return to Canada Revenue Agency in the most recent year. The combined benefit from this policy and all other benefits available to you (WCB/ WSIB/CPP/Employer Group Programs, etc.) cannot exceed 75% of reported gross income to Canadian Revenue Agency in the most recent taxation year. To begin coverage or if you have any questions, contact www.capri. ca and ask for the Equine Department.

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 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Alberta Equestrian Federation Update By Wendy Kemble Olds College Students on AEF 2012 Board At the AGM, held in Red Deer, Alberta, March 17, new board members were elected, including an Olds College student and a graduate. Both Rebecca Munoz, currently a student; and Sarah Torry were nominated to stand for the AEF board, and at the meeting, spoke to the attendees and showed the membership confident, competent and passionate young women who are committed to the AEF and Alberta’s equestrian population. Rebecca Munoz, Olds, AB has 13 years of riding experience in mainly Hunter Jumper. She is interested in showing hunter and dressage. Rebecca worked for Grand Prix Dressage Riders. She is a second year student in the Equine Science program at Olds College. Munoz has volunteered for C.A.R.D (therapeutic riding) as well as a local horse rescue in Ontario. She will soon be a certified I.O.B. (Instructor of Beginners). Sarah Torry, Airdrie, AB graduated from Olds College majoring in English Horsemanship in June of 2011. She spent six weeks in California studying under a well-known Hunter/Jumper trainer. Torry’s dream is to own her own training

facility, but for now, she is working at another job in order to pay off her student loans. Torry wants to become more involved in the horse industry in Alberta and believes that the younger generation needs to have a voice, be able to voice their opinions and share ideas. She feels that her recent knowledge and studies under many established trainers and educators has given her a leg up and has provided her with the inspiration to make changes and be involved. She is very passionate about the equine industry and knows she would be a valuable AEF board member.

2012 AEF Board of Directors: Tara Gamble, President, Ardrossan Kippy Maitland-Smith, Vice-president, Rocky Mountain House Juliet Franke, Secretary, Rimbey Les Oakes, Treasurer, Lyalta Sarah Torry, Chair of Sport, Airdrie Brian Irving, Chair of Recreation, Langdon Trish Mrakawa, Chair of Education, DeWinton Bill deBarres, Chair of Breeds and Industry, Medicine Hat Rebecca Munoz, Chair of Public Relations, Olds

Individual: Lew Hand, Caroline Raylene McWade, Red Deer Alison Douglas, Banff Ken Schmuland, Sherwood Park Laura Stenhouse, Calgary Dixie Crowson, Past President, Vauxhall The AEF would like to thank these individuals for their service to the AEF and the horse industry in Alberta, and tremendous work that they did: Sandy Bell, Patricia McCormack, Cindy Holyoak and Julie Moorcroft. The AEF encourages its members and equine enthusiasts across Alberta, regardless of their disciplines or sectors to contact the board members if you have questions, issues or ideas. The AEF welcomes discussion and feedback to improve its services not only to the membership, but also all equine owners and people passionate about equines. Health, welfare and safety of humans and equines are paramount as is the celebration of success and having fun. For more information on the backgrounds of the new board members, please visit You will find their contact information.

Tip Of The Month What can you expect from a Certified Western Coach? The Western Learn to Ride 1 to 4 Program is used. The Equine Canada Western Learn to Ride Program was developed for those individuals who wish to learn safe horsemanship skills and practices on a national standard under the guidance of a certified Equine Canada Western Coach. The purpose of this program is to provide new riders with a safe and knowledgeable introduction to Western Riding. The Western Learn to Ride Program was developed following definite objectives set forth in order to organize basic western riding skills and to assure a standardization of these same skills. This program is also a pre-requisite in preparation for the Provincial Basic Instructor Western certification and EC Western Coach 1 certification (now transitioning into Competition Coach). At each level the candidate must successfully complete a written, practical and riding test. Only Equine Canada Western Coaches can teach, administer and test these rider levels. Courtesy of EC Certified Western Coach Lorraine Pelletier. Call now, and join today! At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, rescued or abused horses. All disciplines welcome. See the next issue: What is the Rider 1 Program? (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 67

Alberta Paint Horse Club By Angela Webb


he annual “Mane Event” is this month! It runs from April 27 to April 29 in Red Deer, AB. APHC will once again have a booth, and would greatly appreciate individuals to volunteer at this time. Our club is also participating in the breed demos, so volunteer horses are also needed. Such an important event to get those Paint horses noticed! It’s hard to believe that the APHC 2012 show season is creeping closer - time to dust off the show equipment, shine up our horses, and tackle those early season jitters. First on the list, we will travel to Lloydminster, SK, for their Spring Show, May 19-20. Then, on June 9-10 in Olds, AB, there will be the Hay City Classic. CCF classes at this show include yearling halter (stallion/gelding and fi lly), 3-yearold HUS and WP, and conjoined 3-yearold and 4-year-old Reining and Trail classes as well. The plans for this show are coming together very nicely and we expect to see big numbers. I’m excited to announce that foaling

season has arrived. Cathy Schryvers of Pipestone Paints reports a bay spb born to Sassy Sonny San. This cute fi lly is a full sister to PP Sonny Go Lucky Te and PP Chips R All In, all sired by Lucky Diamond Chip. Natalie Hunter of Hunter Paint and Quarter Horses is also thrilled with their newest arrival, sired by the late SHP Jets Ivory Puff - an spb fi lly born to SHP Whimperial Flame. To all other members who are expecting a foal, please send a brief writeup and picture (via email to dj.webb@, once the little one is born. This way everyone can enjoy baby news. If you haven’t done so already, please remember to sign up for your current APHC membership. This makes it a lot easier come show time. Forms can be found online (see our website). As an added bonus, each member is allowed to advertise (for free) two listings of either horses or tack on the “For Sale” page. This can also be found on the APHC website (go to

Natalie Hunter’s newest addition

aphc/), so check it out. That is all for now, look forward to seeing everyone at The Mane Event!

Langley Riders Society By Bethany Gildemeister


ello Saddle Up readers - well it’s finally here! Show season is upon us again! Our first Games Day was the 31st of March; and the first LRS Jumping Clinic will be April 14, with a Jumper Day on be April 15. We’re also gearing up for the first English/Western Show which will be a BCHQ and also the first of our “Select Tack Trunk Series” that will run through the April, May and June shows with the highest point earning horse/rider combination winning a beautiful handmade tack trunk valued at over $400. The LRS 2012 Royalty Contestants will be having their riding challenge, speeches, and crowning this month. So look for the newly crowned Royalty at the Cloverdale Rodeo and Parade next month! 68 • Saddle Up • April 2012

Check out our web site often for updates class lists, and news!

Kate Schoen, Relay Race

Shelby Huish, Handy Horse

Dave Goodwin, Pole Bending


Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Marlene Quiring


lub memberships are due and need to be sent in to our Secretary/Treasurer, Alice Todd. Check our website at for a membership form. Membership is only $20 a year for a family. On March 4, at 2pm, we held our Annual General Meeting in Ponoka, AB. As usual, there was a lot to discuss in regards to firming up our many plans for exciting events for this year. April 27-29: we will again have a booth at the Mane Event in, Red Deer, AB. It’s a great opportunity for us to get information out to the public and to meet other mule and donkey owners and lots of “wannabe” owners. We will have some longears there also for daily demos and for the public to meet if they like. May 4-7: we will again be hosting a clinic, for all equines, with Jerry Tindell. This clinic will concentrate on safety and groundwork working with young, green or problem animals. Limited registration. Then, on May 10-13, Jerry will move into a Riding Clinic, geared for those that can safely walk, trot and lope their stock. Clinics will be held at the Lakedell Arena in Westerose, AB, and run from 9am to approximately 4pm daily. Contact Marlene Quiring at 403-783-5210 or find the form on our club website or at May 26-27: the Strathcona Horse Showcase. Contact Russ Shandro for info at 780-632-7510. We hope to have a booth and some members come out to demo with their mules or donkeys. June 16-17: Equine Show (a NEW show!) in Nanton, AB. This promises to be a fun, exciting event, with classes for mules, horses and donkeys. Come and spend a weekend in Nanton and enjoy all breeds and all sizes in one show! Contact Show Chair, Alice Todd, at 403-646-

Some members like to take to the mountains. (l to r) Steve Potter on Bud with a pack mule, and brother James Potter and José with two pack mules heading from the Summit cabin to the Hardscrabble Pass in the Wilmore Wilderness last summer. (Photo by Tania Millen)

2624 for more info and also our website. For a small club, we seem to be able to get a lot done and the reason for that is we have good members, willing to give a hand when they can and work together. Also, we love and are proud of our longears and really hate it when people totally misunderstand them because they’ve heard too many negative (and untrue) tales about them. For this reason, there is always much work to do, but in doing so, we sure do know how to have a ton of fun while we are at it! Come join us - you don’t even have to own a mule or a donkey, just a willingness to be open to the world of the longears.

Barriere & District Riding Club By Patti Aldrich


f you are a horse enthusiast then you know what a bonus it is to have a horse club to belong to. Our club embraces and represents the impressive, highly experienced riders as much as its green horns (that’d be me!). In Barriere we are very fortunate to have the use of an awesome facility (North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo grounds). Complete with riding rings, performance arenas and just newly constructed last year, an absolutely outstanding covered arena. When we are not in the arena, enjoying clinics, gymkhanas, etc., then many of the members can be found out on the local trails we are lucky enough to have right in our back yards per se. We have a strong executive again this year, led by Darcey Woods (President, 2012), who takes the reins from Ginger Chappell (outgoing 2011 President). Thanks to these hard working people and the committees we have up and running, so much has been accomplished by this club! And for the members, it just keeps getting better and better. Take a look at our website! See what’s happening! www. WHAT’S COMING UP? April 21, 2012 TACK SALE (at the Barriere Fall Fair & Rodeo Grounds).


Fall Fair Parade

The money shot!! Jackpot!

Miss Emily Wall does her 1st Lead Line Event • 69

BC Competitive Trail Riders By Nicole Vaugeois TRAINING SEASON BEGINS


here are many opportunities available to learn about competitive trail riding this year and to get your horse into shape with training events. The calendar is shaping up very nicely with events happening every month in different parts of the province. Many people write and ask us about how they can get their horses conditioned in time for CTR season. This year, we are hosting a series of training rides that are sure to help. Training rides are organized by members of BCCTRA to introduce new and existing riders to different trails and to provide socializing. This year, two rides have already taken place in the mid Vancouver Island area, organized by Nancy Gourlay and Barbara Tammy and Kerri Lynne - listening to the Nancy - offering up her instructions for the St. Patrick’s Day Training homemade muffins on the Smith. While there is no mileage or points collected by members Ride on Vancouver Island St. Patrick’s Day Training at these events, they are a great way to expose your horse to Ride different terrain and paces. Most rides are split into small groups and camping with your horse to information based on people’s interest. on vetting. On Sunday, there will be a mock For those who want to learn about the sport in greater detail in ride where new riders join up with experienced BCCTRA riders to get time for the competition season, a schooling clinic is being organized a feel for what the pacing of a Level One ride would be like. For more by Tammy Mercer, Keir Gervais and Kerri Lynne Wilson, to take place information on this event, contact Tammy Mercer at 250-335-3390 or May 26-27 at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds. This will be a two-day by email at Check out the BCCTRA event with an introduction to Competitive Trail. The event will have a website ( and our blog ( series of education sessions on everything from GPS, trailer navigation

BC Ranch Cutting Horse Update


hough it feels like we are still in the grips of winter it must be spring because the BCRCHA held its first show of the season on March 4. And we want to herald to one and all that it was a huge success. We had trailers crammed into spaces we didn’t know existed, some, by day’s end, had slowly sunk out of sight into the mud. The day provided a wide variety of winter fare, from rain to snow to sun and sleet. With 61 works, all classes were well represented. Our judge for the day, Les Timmons of Kamloops, BC seemed to be oblivious to what was transpiring outside the arena walls, focusing completely on the horses and riders in the cutting pen. Class Winners (complete results are available on the club website): Open: Freckles Pirana (Amanda Fill) Non Pro: Doug Weins (Trava Bob) $10,000 Novice Horse: Silver Boon (Shari Gallagher) $3,000 Novice Horse: San Taris Lena (Heath Stevenson) $2,000 Limit Rider: Shari Gallagher (Silver Boon) 70 • Saddle Up • April 2012

By Janice Reiter

$750 Progressive Horse: Canadian Forces (Janice Reiter) $500 Limit Rider: Karen Popil (DFLS Dunn Playin) $500 Ranch Horse: Sahara Emma Hay (Debbie Hall) Novice/Novice: Sahara Emma Hay & Debbie Hall Youth: Haley Stradling (Boogies Dual Rey) and Hannah Dixon (Rafter HJ) Seeing that Les Timmons is an NCHA AAA judge the BCRCHA decided to take advantage of his wealth of knowledge and held a judge’s seminar on the evening of March 3 at the new High Point Equestrian facility in south Langley. After many hours of fiddling, we finally managed to get the laptop communicating with the wall mounted TV just as the first people started walking thru the doors, to enjoy an informative evening, now complete with video. The seminar was free and well-attended. For 2012 the BCRCHA will once again be having a saddle draw at the end of the

Don Ellis riding Travel My Trail. Photo by Janice Reiter

season. There are no tickets to buy, to earn an entry it is a simple as joining the club and participating in club sponsored events. How easy is that? Next show is Sunday, April 15, check out the club website, for full details.


TSC Getting Ready to Ride By Marty Cox


t Totem Saddle Up, this year is going to be a big one with a new horse show Schooling Series, the Timberland Horse, and hosting the NW Invitational Gymkhana. The club will have its regular events including Clear Rounds, Percentage Days, Gymkhanas and a few clinics. Our new Schooling Show Series includes our 4 schooling shows. Riders will get points in each class and these will go toward year end awards for Hi Point Horse, Hi Point Rider, Dressage, Jumping, Reining and many others. All of the shows this year will be BC Heritage Qualifiers.

Danita Petch will be in charge of putting on the NW Invitational Gymkhana. She already has prizes donated and is planning a really big event. All clubs in the NW are invited to attend, so let her know if your club is interested. The more the merrier. Clinics are planned including Jill O’Neill and a few others. Our big driving force is getting the outdoor arena updated with new footing. Lots of time, effort and money is needed so the club will be doing lots of fundraising and hope to have it in place this summer.

Our new Executive Board is: President - Dan Muller Vice President - Alan Wiese Secretary - Alice Sexton Treasurer - Vera Heaman Directors: Natasha Candelora, Terri Cameron, Marty Cox. Anyone is welcome to join us. We invite you all to attend any of our events. See you next month with some really great pictures and results. Check us out at

Oliver Riding Club News By Kathy Malmberg


e had our first “official” trail ride in early March at the Gillespie Ranch and some of the members have already been riding in the ring at the D Bar K on Wednesday evenings and Sundays. We had amazing spring weather for the first ride, March 4. So sad that it didn’t last. We are now the proud owners of a spiff y new sound system. This will make it much easier on vocal cords – especially on the windy days. I know our guest clinicians and judges will appreciate it. Now if we could just find a nice, reasonably-priced barbecue... The club has also just purchased new dressage markers for the arena. We have quite a few members who are enjoying this discipline and will benefit from the added aids. There are still a couple of openings for the Daryl Gibb camp-out in April and don’t forget that we have several Marion Weiskopff clinics

to look forward to this season. The D Bar K is putting on some low-key shows that are geared for fun. This is a good chance for those of us who are not experienced in showing to have some fun with a new experience for our horse and ourselves. Check this out on their web site: Our new executive (l to r): Debbie House - Vice President, Margie Fisher - Membership, Trish Osland - Treasurer, Maggie Strong There are more trail Secretary, Max Alexander – President. rides planned - April 7 is the next one at Willowbrook Park. We welcome all ages, riding disciplines In May, we have jumping classes and and riding experience. Please contact our more “Improve Your Skills” sessions. We also president, Max, at 250-497-5199 or our have some “mini and baby” classes planned. Membership person, Margie, at 250-498-4579.

Kelowna Gymkhana Club By Kayla Stromsten


elowna Gymkhana Club is for all ages, levels of experience and disciplines. We offer family fun and a Buckle Series for each of the age groups. We’re very excited that our host, the Kelowna Riding Club, has new footing! Our 2012 dates are: May 13, June 3, June 24, July 15, Aug 12, Aug 26, Sept 9, and on Oct 14 our Spooktacular Funday. Each day consists of seven events: Flag Race, Keyhole, Two HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Surprises, Stakes, Barrels, Poles, and Jackpots. We always have lots of fun watching while waiting for our turns. The July 15 gymkhana is our “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” event, with partial proceeds and funds raised for the BC Cancer Agency. We cannot wait for the 2012 season to begin; this club is one of the best clubs on the planet - good people, fast horses, and a lot

of fun! If you are looking for a great place to be and enjoy some friendly competition, we invite all riders and disciplines. Spectators are welcome too! It’s all for the love of horses! See you on May 13! Visit our website for more information (, or add us in Facebook: Kelowna Gymkhana Club. • 71

AERC Club Fun Days Starting! By Tammy Thielman


he Armstrong Enderby Riding Club has two Fun Day dates confirmed, with more planned. Mark down Sunday, April 15 and Sunday, May 20 on your show calendar! Join the AERC and take part in the exciting new Fun Day format, featuring our favourite classes along with new events like Pleasure Pairs and Simple Reining. Fun Days are held at Armstrong IPE grounds, and start at 9 a.m. Come early to register and bring proof of HCBC. We are planning for a great turnout of riders at our first show of the year! At the April 15 Fun Day, AERC member and experienced show person Janet Crich will present “Showing on a Budget” during lunch break! To avoid the heat and long days, gymkhana events are now being held on separate Gymkhana Days at Mountainview Arena. Everyone welcome. Haul in for games then ride in the arena after! Only $10/ person. Dates are: May 27, June 24, July 22, Aug. 19, Sept. 16. New this year is the “Win BLING!” Costume Class, to take place at the July Fun Day (exact date to be announced). Many bling prizes up for grabs, including a beautiful Painted Pony from Enderby Jewellers!

Thanks to director Meighan Rees, the AERC presents a Ground Driving Clinic, Sunday April 29, at O’Keefe Ranch. For only $5 per person, come and watch a demo and instruction by blacksmith and horseman Joe Delisimunovic from 1–3 p.m. Participants can try some ground driving, with help from Joe. Call or e-mail Meighen Rees to register 250-804-9025 or meighenrees93@gmail. Donna Ruth of Salmon Arm Check out club events rides at an AERC Fun Day. Photo by Tammy Thielman. at our new website: www. armstrongenderbyridingclub. com and join the club’s Facebook page! For any other info call President Rebecca Hillbrander 250-5460052.

Vernon District Riding Club Update By Kelly MacIntosh


oin us at the first annual VDRC Fashion Show April 13th at the Vernon Golf and Country Club. We will be featuring this season’s finest in exercise, work, and show clothes from the Cowboy’s Choice, the Paddock Tack and Togs, and Diana’s Monogramming. There will be a buffet dinner, live music, cash bar, and lots of door prizes. Learn to Two Step during intermission with Cheek to Cheek Dance Studio. Tickets are $35 in advance and available at the Paddock Tack and Togs, Cowboy’s Choice, Diamond H Tack, Diana’s Monogramming, and the Rusty Spur. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. As an added bonus, we will be offering our Early Bird Rate on VDRC memberships for this event only. This is your last chance to save on the cost of a 2012 VDRC membership and participate in our Ride with a Friend program. Sponsor a new member on April 13th, and receive a $20 cheque in the mail! This event is expected to sell out, so get your tickets now! E-mail for details. Show managers Ruth Moore and Julia Bostock have a fabulous program planned for our Spring Fling show May 5-6. Saturday morning will include English and Western pleasure/hack classes. In the afternoon riders from all age groups will try their hand at 72 • Saddle Up • April 2012

VDRC member Emma Elders. Photo by Coralie Nairn.

VDRC member Megan Creel. Photo by Mane Media.

games like Egg and Spoon and Ride a Five Buck Bareback. Julia and Amber Hahn will run a Clear Round Jumping day Sunday with professionally designed courses. This is a ticket show – but you can avoid disappointment by sending in your preregistration early. See www.vernonridingclub. com for more information. Don’t forget about the Trailering Clinic April 15th at the VDRC. Clinician Rob Reimer owns and operates TNT Trucks and Trailers. If you’re a nervous Nellie like me when it comes to trailering, rest assured Rob

will provide the knowledge and tools you need to haul your horse safely. E-mail info@ to reserve your spot. Suggested $5 donation. Come and support VDRC educational programs and learn about safe trailering from the best! The Vernon Pony Club presents Dale Irwin April 27-28 at the VDRC. For clinic fees and information, contact Ruth Moore at 250542-2106, or e-mail


BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group By Ulli Dargel


C Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group held their 5th Annual Year-End Award presentation, February 5, 2012, at the Shannon Hall, in Cloverdale. Thanks to our Bowling Social and Silent Auction, we were able to provide our Year-End Award recipients with additional Gift Certificates. To be eligible for Year-End Awards, you must be a member and have attended our two shows held in June and September. Chairing the meeting was Ulli Dargel, who welcomed old and new members. The Show Committee, Mary Kierans, Shelley Fraser, Lisa MacBurney and Ulli Dargel, felt that 2011was another successful year despite the uncertain economy. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our competitors, volunteers and sponsors for their support throughout the year. The 2012 Show Season is ready to go - the Summer Show, June 16-17, and the Fall Classic, September 22-23. We are pleased to welcome Margo Hepner-Hart from Hillsboro, Oregon, for our Summer Show. New to our Summer Show will be the addition of a Coloured Sport-Pony In-Hand Division. If successful, we will continue this Division into our Fall Program. Handlers Jackpot will be divided into Senior, Youth and Junior Classes. Both shows are Horse Council BC Recognized Shows, BC Heritage Circuit and PAC (Paint Alternative Competition) Qualifiers and will be held at the Agriplex in Cloverdale, BC. With the support of all our members we look forward to another exciting year. For photos and further information, please check our website at IN-HAND CHAMPIONS AND RESERVE Prospective To Be A Broodmare Champion BRAVIA (Braveheart x I Be Dutch) Owners: Josephine de Freitas and Angel Robson Prospective To Be A Broodmare Reserve THAT’S ALL JAZZ (Jazzing Around x Runaway Big) Owner: Sylvia Baur Yearling Filly Champion SCARLETTE ROYALE FPF (Bravo Z x Roberta’s Love) Owner: Teresa Longsworth Two Year Old Filly Champion R. ABBA (R. Amadeus x Utopia) Owner: Monika Currier Two Year Old Filly Reserve WI DANCE AGAIN (Westporte x Tiwa’s Kat Dancer) Owner: Shelley Fraser Four Year And Over Mare Champion BRAVIA (Braveheart x I Be Dutch) Owners: Josephine de Freitas and Angel Robson


Four Year and Over Mare Reserve THAT’S ALL JAZZ (Jazzing Around x Runaway Big) Owner: Sylvia Baur Yearling Gelding Champion POLARIS (Privat Dancer x Miss Chatelaine) Owner: Mary Kierans Two Year Old Gelding Champion WATSON DL (Westporte x Diamond Lucille) Owners: Donna Smith and Tanya Perry Three Year Old Gelding Champion PHAROS VOM RAPPENHOF (Platinum V Rappenhof x Panorama Rappenhof) Owner: Amanda Smith Three Year Old Gelding Reserve BRANDALF (Braveheart x Pomerans) Owner: October Farm Four Year and Over Gelding Champion FORREST (Widukind x G’Day) Owner: John Dargel Four Year and Over Gelding Reserve RUBICON (Rubignon x Elixir II) Owner: Andrée Stow Coloured Horse In-Hand Three Years and Under Champion WI DANCE AGAIN (Westporte x Tiwa’s Kat Dancer) Owner: Shelley Fraser Coloured Horse In-Hand Four Years and Over Champion RUBICON (Rubignon x Elixir II) Owner: Andrée Stow Coloured Horse In-Hand Four Years and Over Reserve POCO LITA ROJO (CB Pocodots) Owner: Marianne Warland Thoroughbred In-Hand Three Years and Under Champion STYX AND STONES (Snowbound x Lady Strongheart) Owner: Sarah Fraser Thoroughbred In-Hand Four Years and Over Champion THAT’S ALL JAZZ (Jazzing Around x Runaway Big) Owner: Sylvia Baur Thoroughbred In-Hand Four Years and Over Reserve GO SEBASTIAN (Malmo x Briartic Storm) Owner: Sabrina Mulville Sport-Pony In-Hand Four Years and Over Champion BRAMBLE FAIRY (Braveheart x Si Senior) Owner: October Farm Sport-Pony In-Hand Four Years and Over Reserve STARLIGHT Owner: Alexys Mandziak PERFORMANCE CHAMPIONS AND RESERVE Youth 13 Years and Under Champion POCO LITA ROJO (CB Pocodots) Rider: Eve Grébert Youth 13 Years and Under Reserve BENTLEY Rider: Layla Robson Junior 14 to 18 Years Champion ACE A DIAMONDS (Cedar Creek Diamond Jewel x Angilica) Rider: Krista Pfaff Amateur Rider Champion FORREST (Widukind x G’Day) Rider: John Dargel Amateur Rider Reserve BIT O ECHO (Echo Magnifficoo x Bit O Ellegance) Rider: Bonnie Schneider Junior Horse Champion BRAVEGA (Braveheart x Lou Lou Bell) Owner: October Farm Junior Horse Reserve CREST ZIPPER SAMPSON (Ranch Lac G Fanfaron Zipper x Lambert Heros Fannie) Owner: Andrée Stow Open Pony Champion STARLIGHT Owner: Alexys Mandziak Open Horse Champion BRAVIA (Braveheart x I Be Dutch) Owners: Josephine de Freitas and Angel Robson Open Horse Reserve DIAMOND LUCILLE (Deutschmeister x Belleamira) Owners: Donna Smith and Tanya Perry

Thoroughbred Champion GO SEBASTIAN (Malmo x Briartic Storm) Owner: Sabrina Mulville Thoroughbred Reserve THAT’S ALL JAZZ (Jazzing Around x Runaway Big) Owner: Sylvia Baur Coloured Horse Champion POCO LITA ROJO (CB Pocodots) Owner: Marianne Warland Coloured Horse Reserve RUBICON (Rubignon x Elixir II) Owner: Andrée Stow Canadian Horse Champion CREST ZIPPER SAMPSON (Ranch Lac G Fanfaron Zipper x Lambert Heros Fannie) Owner: Andrée Stow

Andrée Stow, recipient of numerous awards with her two horses, Rubicon and Crest Zipper Sampson.

Proud owner of Poco Lita Rojo, Marianne Warland, with rider Eve Grebert.

October Farm - Mom, Angel, and daughters Sophia and Layla received numerous awards with Grace not too far behind. And we must not forget Dad, Martin, always there to lend a helping hand. Congratulations Robson Family.

Hobbit Hollows Riding School - from left to right: Alexys Mandziak, Sabrina Mulville, Lisa Graham, Teresa Longsworth and Lauren Baker with her Fall Classic Walk/Trot Hi-Point. • 73

Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club Update By Kelly Mezzatesta


hank you! to the members who attended our first Gymkhana meeting of the year. We had a lot of changes on the table and tons of wonderful ideas! First, we are losing the Hall family to Fort St. John at the end of June. Bev is the one who started the club. She has been the glue that held this great club together. Without Bev and her girls, we would not have this club or for so long! So a huge “Thank you!” from everyone in the Git ‘Er Done Club! You guys will be dearly missed by everyone. We welcome both the new members and already-serving members to the 2012 board of directors:

President - Jeanie VanDenHam (Past President: Bev Hall) Vice-President - Kelly Mezzatesta (Past VicePresident: Jeanie VanDenHam) Secretary - Krista Pitman Treasurer - Nancy Scott 2012 Gymkhana Dates: April 21 - (weather/arena conditions permitting) May 5 - Double Run May 27 - Jackpot/Double Run June 3 - Double Run June30 - Jackpot Aug 25 - Gymkhana

Sept 9 - Jackpot Sept23 - Double Run Oct20 - Double Run Nov 3 - Year-End Banquet and Awards We are all looking forward to meeting new members and seeing our members from last year! Our club is very friendly and family oriented, so please come on out and have some fun with us! Feel free to visit our website (www. for more information on the club, fees and contact numbers.

Peachland Riding Club Update By Loree Currie


ith just over a month to go before our first Saddle Series race of the season, the format and entry form can be found on our website under “calendar.” Last year’s saddle winner, Amanda Capuano, will be at the Diamond H annual Tack Sale on April 14th with her saddle on display. Come check it out! April 22 will be our spring clean-up party. Many hands make light work! Come lend a hand and have a pop, hotdog and a social. PRC would like to thank a few of

our sponsors: Carl Wood’s Performance Horses (Peachland); Elite Auto Centre (Kelowna); Labour Unlimited (Kelowna); Natural Alternative Grazers (Armstrong); and Hoff man’s Horse Minerals (Alberta). To view a full list of our sponsors, or to become a sponsor, check out peachlandridingclub. com/sponsors.

Spring is in the air!

Penticton Riding Club By Alex MacRae


ikes - snow! I mean, really, SNOW! This is the South Okanagan... there is not supposed to be snow this late into the spring. My horses are all itching to get working and they have what I call the “spring ya-yas.” Saying they are a little fresh is an understatement. As I look over the show schedule this year, our first show is a mere six weeks away. With the partnership this year between Penticton Riding Club and the Desert Park for a Championship Series, and the two-day Finale in September in Penticton at Parkway Stables, it will be a fabulous year to come out and play. We promise great shows with super judges. Remember, we are practically downtown and on the Channel - it is Penticton 74 • Saddle Up • April 2012

and fun for everyone: BRING YOUR FLOATIES. SHOW DATES Saturday, May 5: BC Heritage Qualifier Sunday, May 6: Traditional and Western Dressage Show Saturday, May 26: Jumper Show Saturday, June 23: BC Heritage Qualifier at Parkway Stables, Penticton Saturday, July 14: BC Heritage Qualifier Saturday, August 11: BC Heritage Qualifier at Desert Park, Osoyoos The BC Heritage Qualifiers are part of a Championship series and competitors must compete in all four shows for the prizes in the Championship Finale in September in Penticton. The Series Finale Show will be

held September 8-9 at Parkway Stables, where Series Championships and Reserves will be presented! We have amazing prizes for all individual class winners, Show Highpoints and Reserves, and you’ll faint when you hear what we’ll be presenting to our Series Champions and Reserves in September! Also, we will have Marion Weisskopff several times this year, beginning in April, and horse soccer. Yup, HORSE SOCCER. For more information, please check out our Facebook page at PentictonRidingClub/ or just look us up. We are always up to date on Facebook. The club’s website is undergoing a major facelift and will be ready soon. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: Office Hours: Winter Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 am – 3 pm March 1st ~ Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2012 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391 Directors: Ty Lytton (250) 396-7710 Wade McNolty (250) 296-9096 Virgil Poffenroth (250) 659-5670 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653

2012 BCRA RODEO SCHEDULE April 20-22: 22nd Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo May 11-12: PWRA/BCRA Grand Coulee, WA May 12-13: Princeton Rodeo, Princeton May 19-20: Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos May 20-21: 100 Mile House Rodeo May 26-27: Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton June 2-3: 65th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox June 16-17: Ashcroft & District Stampede, Ashcroft June 30-July 1: Chilcotin Series (TWO – ONE DAY RODEOS) 27th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo July 7-8: Chilcotin Series, Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake July 14-15: Valemount Rodeo July 20-22: Quesnel Rodeo August 4-5: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake August 4-5: Chilcotin Series, Nemaiah Valley Rodeo, Nemaiah August 10-12: Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo August 11-12: Pritchard Rodeo

August 18-19: Chilcotin Series, Redstone Rodeo, Alexis Creek August 24-25: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Aug 31-Sept 3: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Sept 14-16: BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel

Notes from BCRA Office: Purchase 2012 BCRA Membership Cards before April 9th to be eligible to enter the WL Indoor Rodeo. WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO BCRA CARD HOLDER ENTRIES ENTRIES OPEN: Wednesday, April 11 / 8Am – 2Pm / 250-989-1337 LATE ENTRIES: Wednesday, April 11 / 3Pm To 9Am Thursday, April 12 / 250-9891337/ Leave Message With All Details On Answering Machine / $50 Late Entry Charge Per Entry BCRA Summer Office Secretary Position Office Secretary needed starting May 1st until September 1st. Part time to possibly Full time. General office duties, answering phone, helping customers. Computer, fax, photocopier experience required. Some rodeo experience preferred. Contact BCRA office (250) 398-4104 for a job description. Please mail, e-mail or fax resume to BCRA no later than April 16, 2012.

22ND ANNUAL WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO APRIL 20, 21 & 22, 2012 Location: Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, Williams Lake, BC Performance Times: Friday – 6pm, Saturday & Sunday – 1pm, Slack – 9am Saturday Admission: Family & Weekend Passes Available Adults $15/person Seniors (60+) $8/person Children (6-14) $8/person 5 & Under: Free Special Features: Wild Horse Racing ~ West Coast Thunder Drill Team Inductees To The BC Cowboy Hall Of Fame – Sunday Intermission Pancake Breakfast: Sat & Sun, 8am–11am, Rink 2 Beverage Garden: Friday, Saturday & Sunday Barn Dance: Saturday, April 21, 9pm–1am. Tickets $20/person. Advance tickets only Music by Mosquito Creek Friday evening entertainment in beverage gardens – no charge music provided. LOCAL ENTRIES: April 6, 2012, 10am–4pm, 250-398-3334 Tickets & Merchandise at Indoor Rodeo Office, Boitanio Mall (opening April 5) 250-398-3334,, www.

Welcome back to our past BCRA sponsors! We truly appreciate your dedication to our Association and to the Sport of Rodeo. 2012 MAJOR PLATINUM BCRA SPONSORS

2012 Sponsors of the Team Roping Season Leader Saddles and BCRA Championship Finals Buckles GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Williams Lake, BC, 250-392-4024 Vanderhoof, BC, 250-567-4446 2012 BCRA GOLD SPONSORS: 2012 BCRA Pee Wee Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle PG KLASSIC AUTOBODY Prince George, BC, 1-866-350-5312 2012 BCRA Junior Steer Riding Season Leader Saddle CANART CATTLE CO. - Mark Canart, Kamloops, BC


2012 Sponsors of the Bull Riding Season Leader Saddle and BCRA Championship Finals Buckle REGENCY CHRYSLER Quesnel, BC, 1-888-726-4947 C H R Y S L E R

2012 BCRA SILVER SPONSORS: 2012 BCRA Tie Down Roping Finals Champion Buckle FASTBACK ROPES / ROCKY’S GENERAL STORE - R. Jasper, Quesnel, BC, 250-991-8391 2012 BCRA Breakaway Roping Finals Champion Buckle BCES - BC Entry System, Barb Swampy

2012 BCRA FINALS JACKET SPONSORS: RANCH PROPERTIES - Tim Terepocki, 250-280-7653 2012 BCRA BRONZE SPONSORS: Pee Wee Barrel Horse GRAMMA LAMHA, Ashcroft, BC Tie Down Roping Horse SPECTRUM RESOURCE GROUP, Prince George, BC • 75

South Central Quarter Horse Association

2012/13 SCQHA Board of Directors: President: Wolf Beyer 250-260-4074 Vice President: Cathie Cross 250-546-8538 Secretary: Karla Dewhurst 250-459-2050 Treasurer: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Past President: Carolyn Farris

SCQHA - BCQHA Representatives: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Directors: Jessica Eli 250-318-3119 Marion Szepat-Tait 250-459-2050 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228

Calendar of Events April 21: 15th Annual Fuzzy Horse Show – Armstrong, BC. Contact: Tracy Schell 250-764-7770, May (TBA): General and Board of Directors Meeting, Armstrong, BC Sept 14–16: SCQHA – AQHA Fall Show Circuit, Armstrong, BC Show Secretary – Cheri Corrigan 250-337-5090,

Calling All Old Timers! We are on the hunt to find the “oldest living” AQHA Registered horse in the SCQHA Zone. If you have an Old Timer who you think might be the oldest - please send us a current photo along with a brief biography; and your senior AQHA horse just might be featured in the next issue of Saddle Up! E-mail:

15th Annual Fuzzy Horse Show – April 21 The SCQHA 15th Annual “Fuzzy Horse Show” will be held on Saturday April 21, 2012 at the Armstrong Agriplex in Armstrong, BC. This show is a BC Heritage Circuit Show and is PAC & ACAAP Approved. The Fuzzy show offers a series of classes for many rider levels and will fi ll the need to offer an educational schooling show in our Zone. Competitors of all levels of competence are welcome. This show is also a great opportunity to get your horses warmed up for the upcoming show season. Our Official Judge for this show is Mellissa Buckley who is an All Around trainer of AQHA and APHA horses operating out of Langley BC. Trail Class Judge will be Doug Henry of Armstrong BC. 76 • Saddle Up • April 2012

From 8:00-8:45 Mellissa will be doing a Showmanship demonstration. This will give participants an opportunity to get some great tips on getting their horses prepared for Showmanship classes and proper show pen performance. SCQHA hopes that our exhibitors will take this opportunity to attend this demonstration. Spectators are welcome. Show programs and entry forms can be found in major Tack stores throughout the Zone or by visiting our website at www. bcqha/scqha. For details please contact: Tracy Schell at 250-764-7770, Mail Entries to: Janet Crich, 4365 Round Prairie Road, Armstrong, BC V0E 1B4

SCQHA Fall AQHA Show Circuit – Sept 14 to 16 Armstrong, BC Featuring the return of Halter Mania… through the generosity of STS Quarter Horses and KPM Farms! All Breed Weanling Super Halter Futurity - Combined Colts, Geldings and Fillies … $1500.00 Added All Breed Yearling Super Halter Futurity - Combined Colts, Geldings and Fillies … $1500.00 Added Additional Prizes and Awards too We will also be featuring AQHA Rookie Amateur and Youth Classes in addition to many other Futurities. Our 2012 AQHA Show looks to be one of the best shows we have had yet! Contact Show Secretary – Cheri Corrigan 250-337-5090,

THE BOOT ASSISTANT… Just for fun… “Who can identify these two people?”


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association


f success breeds success, it would appear the Lower Mainland Quarter President: Michelle Charleston, Vice President: Denise Hill, Horse Association Website: (LMQHA) is about to embark on a memorable year! From all appearances, the Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair at Thunderbird, under the direction of co-chairs Pia Petersen and Terri Brown, is headed for the record books as one of the best attended, most diversified and well organized events in its 38 year history. Congratulations to Pia and Terri and their team! Your dedication and countless hours of planning certainly paid off. There’s an abundance of dedicated volunteers at LMQHA this year, notes LMQHA president Michelle Charleston, and they’re bringing some fresh ideas to the table as the group gets ready to kick off the show season with a four day/four judge circuit, May 3-6 at Thunderbird. That’s a departure from previous years when the Spring Circuit was just three judges over three days. Pauline Massey is chairing LMQHA’s show committee this season and after some creative deliberation, they’ve dedicated the Spring circuit’s jackpot classes to green horse competition. (To qualify, the entry may not have more than 10 points in that class.) There are jackpot classes in Green Horse Trail, Western Pleasure and Hunter under Saddle and a Youth Hunt Seat Equitation jackpot open to exhibitors of all breeds. Green Horse Trail and the Hunt Seat Eq jackpot are also buckle classes), and will run during the regular show schedule. (No evening performances have been planned.) The Spring Circuit will also feature APHA-approved Paint Horse classes, hoping to build on the success of 2011’s combined AQHA/ APHA shows. Those Paint classes are also NWCC and BC Paint Horse Club approved for their respective year ends, and a full offering of allbreed classes are PAC-approved and BC Heritage Qualifiers as well. Also new this year, you can cross enter from one division (like novice youth to youth) for just $2 per judge. Youth and amateur exhibitors can cross over to the open division (Amateur Western Pleasure, for instance, to Senior Horse Western Pleasure) for just $2 per judge, as well. Make sure to read LMQHA’s rules for the jackpot classes and the shows in general. You can download them from the website [http://]. Cattle Classes in July The West Coast Summer Classic, July 19-22, is also a four judge/ four day circuit and Haidee Landry has been busy organizing cattle classes (cutting, working cow horse, ranch sorting), building on the momentum we saw last year and the year before at the Region One shows. The Summer Classic will be our “class awards” show and also features jackpot classes for Hunter under Saddle (all ages), two-year-old Western Pleasure walk/jog and novice only Horsemanship (all ages, all breeds). The Evergreen Circuit is another departure from the norm. It’s a two day, three judge circuit (September 1-2) and will feature a yearling halter jackpot, a yearling Tri-Challenge (halter, longe line and in-hand trail) and a Western Pleasure Maturity (5 years and over) jackpot. And, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Pyke and Buckley Performance Horses is sponsoring a saddle for the high point novice amateur or youth Quarter Horse exhibitor. The Paints will be back as well; this show is APHA, BCPHC and NWCC approved. Easter Sunday Schooling Show Terri Brown will hardly have recovered from the Bazaar before she has to put on her “schooling show” hat. LMQHA’s annual All Breeds Schooling Show is Easter Sunday, April 8, and will be prefaced Bazaar co-chair Pia Petersen by the popular “Evening Ride” has every reason to smile as the LMQ Bazaar was one of (and chili social) the night before the most successful in recent at Thunderbird. Barb Hopkins is memory. judging. It’s APHA-PAC approved; stabling is available. Download a class list from the website. Year-end Award Winners Honoured LMQHA honoured its 2011 year-end Award Winners at a wellattended dinner in Surrey, February 18, where Barbara Binns was awarded the Ingrid Callaghan Award for Sportsmanship. Barbara was the muscle behind the Paint collaboration last year and, of course, is renown for her culinary spreads in the barns on show days. 2011 vice president Lynda Harrison was honoured with the Cathy Dumaresq “Volunteer of the Year” award and the board of directors chose Andy Hellqvist for the Margaret Taylor “Greatest Strides” award. (Margaret would be pleased!) Goldey Hourigan won the Youth Sportsmanship award. LMQHA members should remember to start logging their volunteer hours for 2012, if they haven’t already done so. In order to qualify for year- end awards, you need to show under no less than five judges, attend two meetings and accumulate 20 hours of volunteer time. Finally, we’re very pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Nancy Roman and Saddle Up to stay in touch with our members and with horse owners of all breeds throughout BC. Please visit our website for more information, come to the shows (schooling show Easter Sunday!) or email Michelle or Denise for more information about LMQHA. - Cathy Glover

2011 ALL AROUND AWARD WINNERS Novice Amateur He Is Dynamic | LaTaya Prato r/ Coosim Sweet | Marilyn Griffi n Amateur He Is Dynamic | LaTaya Prato r/ Muddys Mr Diamond | Norma Siebert Novice Youth 13 & Under Chip In The Dark | Gabrielle Levy

Halter Gelding Irwins Lil Bit Purdy | Barb Hopkins Halter Mare Craven The Finest | Graham Tobias BC Bred He Is Dynamic | LaTaya Prato • 77

The Back Country Horsemen of BC By Rose Schroeder, Yarrow Chapter BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730 Vice President: Rose Schroeder, - 604-854-1245 Vice President: Jack Breaks, Webmaster, - 604 856 7786 Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 Recording Secretary: Susan Shumey, - 604 856-1396 Treasurer: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Gord MacKenzie, - 250 679-3999 Work Bee Coordinator: Ian Compton, - 250-337-8720 Joint Trail & Access (Horse Council): Brian Wallace 250-569-2324 Horse Council Director: Sharon Pickthorne 250-337-1818 Education: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442



n June 1 and 2, the South Cariboo Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of BC are happy to invite all the other chapters and their guests to 100 Mile House to enjoy a weekend of riding, education and entertainment. The South Cariboo, at one time, was a boiling sea of volcanoes. This changed during the last ice age, when torrents of water cut canyons through layers of lava that has made for some of the most spectacular scenery and makes the Cariboo such a great place to be. From the hundreds of lakes to the beauty of Canim Falls and Painted Chasm to the volcanic core that stands as an ancient sentinel over the tiny town of Lone Butte. In 1862, Billy Barker struck gold on Williams Creek and within a year over 10,000 people passed through 100 Mile House (originally called Bridge Creek) heading north to Barkerville. The original prospectors travelled the Fraser River by steamer up to Fort Yale. This point marks the official beginning of the Gold Rush Trail. The Cariboo Wagon Road started in Yale in 1862 and by 1865 allowed mule trains, freight wagons and stagecoaches to serve central BC. Although Yale was the start of the Cariboo Wagon Road, mile zero starts at Lillooet. There were many roadhouses on the Cariboo Wagon Road but perhaps the most notorious roadhouse was the 108 Roadhouse, which was run by a man called Jim McVee. It was rumoured that Jim would kill the southbound miners and bury their gold in the surrounding area. Gold has turned up at some construction sites, but it is believed that there is a fortune in gold still buried out there.

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Green Lake

We will have trails marked so you may ride at your leisure, and I’m sure we have members who would love to ride along in case you are directionally challenged. We have also set up a trail class course in the warmup arena on the rodeo grounds to challenge rider and horse on different obstacles. Friday morning will see a qualified instructor on site to help you and your horse with the different challenges these obstacles will bring. The course will remain intact for the balance of the day and Saturday morning for practice. Saturday afternoon, there will be a good-natured judging and this is where we want a horse and rider from each chapter to participate, so we can determine which chapter comes out on top and hopefully throw down a challenge for 2013. Driving has become huge in the Cariboo in the last few years, and we have a qualified instructor who will go over what is required to start your horse and make that trail horse a driving horse as well. What would a rendezvous be without a Dutch oven cook off and a packing challenge? Loni Koch, a certified practitioner, will be there to talk about equine sports therapy. Emily Sonntag, who is the invasive plant management coordinator for the Cariboo Regional District, will be there to talk about weeds and also host a ride for a firsthand look at weeds in our area. Doctor Walsh from the Williams Lake Clinic will be there to discuss a variety of equine issues, focusing on how to treat injuries that could occur on the trail. Ron Burfoot will be giving a demonstration on how to get your horse to play teeter-totter. Randy Brodoway will be available to discuss saddle-fitting issues on a one-on-one basis.

Clinton 2011 ride

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Geocaching is one of the fastest growing events worldwide, so bring your GPS and participate. We will have someone available to instruct you on how it works. Mounted cowboy shooting, using real 44s - this should be a demonstration you will not want to miss. We hope to have a hands-on demonstration on how to measure and fit hoof boots, a seminar on equine nutrition and a lawyer to discuss legal issues. We will have games that kids can be involved in as well as adults. There will be a GPS and spot seminar sometime during the weekend. There will be a limit on the number of participants so a method of determining who can attend will have to be worked out. Thursday at 1pm the registration will begin. Friday night will be the outgoing president’s message and then the AGM. Saturday night will be the dinner auction hosted by Jeremy Willis. Sunday will find us hosting a pancake breakfast and, of course, there will be a cowboy church. For information on registration, go to http://, and we will see you there.


Endurance Riders Association of BC “International” Rider By Nora Hudson

Officers & Directors 2011 President -June Melhuish VP - Ruth Moorby Secretaryy - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Toni Bloomfield Brenna Mayer Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Karen Ellis Cory Anthony Brenda Miskimmin


t’s spring, and our first ride is only a month away! Is that good news, or does it make you feel a little anxious? Are you ready? After peering out the windows all winter at snow, rain, fog and high winds, suddenly there is so much to do outdoors. Hopefully, we have all repaired, replaced, or redesigned our equipment over the winter, because it’s time to check it out. Maybe over the winter, riders have taken out their vet cards for the past years and realized, “We’ve gotta work on hydration,” or “Maybe it was our trotout technique that gave us that C+,” and researched the ways to improve. improve Our equine partners may have had some limbering outings over the winter, but are sick to death of checking their footing for icy spots, plodding through rain and soggy ground, and digging that grass from under that darn snow! Let’s go! After a shaky start at last November’s annual general meeting, our calendar of events is fi lling out. Vancouver Island riders have stepped up to present Helldiver Resurrection Ride on May 5 in the Courtenay area – check the BC Ferries website for information about

Chris T. Paisley


you and your horse trailer. Summerland will see the resurrection of the Iron Horse Ride on July 21 - contact if you can help! Before that, on the weekend of June 16-17, an Endurance “Newbie” Clinic is being planned for Summerland Rodeo Grounds, with presentations on conditioning, nutrition, vet checks and more on Saturday, and a fun ride on Sunday. Watch the website for details and registration information... and tell your friends! Another “resurrection” is rumoured for the Merritt ride site and the Golden Ears Park ride is being booked for 2013. Keep watching the Events page at the website for updates and registration information. Already behind us in the season are the first two presentations via webinar of Ride Management 101 - an overview of the requirements and planning ride managers must consider; and 102 - the pre-ride preparation leading up to the event. The interactive webinar format was well received, didn’t cost anyone a cent in travel, food, and accommodation, and was pretty easy to fit into a busy life. Thanks to Terre O’B for her good work bringing this to the club. Future webinars will pursue Ride Management further and deeper... a Timer module is coming along, as well as ride day and postride procedures. Please let your board know if you have suggestions for future topics and, of course, what you can do to help! There has been a wonderful surge of participation generally in the membership, and it’s so important to our overall and individual successes - especially since it leads to more and safer riding! When planning your calendar this year, please keep in mind that pre-registration and pre-payment will be mandatory this year. Each ride or event will have online entries, with an opportunity to pay via PayPal. If you’re not online for this, your planning must allow for snail mail to get your entries and


payment received FIVE DAYS prior to ride date. If you are unable to attend as planned, notice of the change must be received FIVE DAYS prior to ride date for a full refund. If you attend, but fail to vet in successfully, a full refund less $25 will be issued. Any situations of special circumstances will be considered at the Ride Manager’s discretion. This procedure will ill greatly tl reduce d the th Ride Rid Manager M and d volunteers’ work the day before the ride, and will allow better planning for vet and volunteer requirements - anything we can do to help RM’s, right? This year offers great opportunities to learn more, increase your involvement with the club, and see lots of trail! See you out there!

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Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C Newsletter Contact: Cari Crawford, Club contact: Michelle Tondevold,


s the snow finally melts and the weather begins to warm up we turn our attention to preparing our grounds for another fantastic season! Our first cleanup day will be held Saturday, April 7, starting at 10am. We will need to get the grounds ready for mowing and the arenas ready for riding! Feel free to bring something to share potluck style. The club will supply drinks, hamburgers, hotdogs and all the fi xings. We will have a brief general meeting over the lunch break. We look forward to saying hi to friends we haven’t seen over the winter months. We will be picking rocks, pulling weeds, picking up garbage, raking, harrowing the arena, preparing and cleaning up the trail ring and nailing any loose boards. Remember your gloves, rakes and wheelbarrows! We will need at least: * 5 or so people to pick/pull weeds around the round pen and pick rocks out of the round pen. * 5 or so people to pick/pull weeds and rocks out of the trail arena. * 5-10 kids with an adult supervising to pick rocks out of the arenas. * 5 or so people to rake the grass in the holding area. * 5-10 people to pick up garbage and rocks in the parking areas, day stall area, etc. However, the more the merrier! We are looking forward to an action-packed year (six playdays/ gymkhana days planned, an annual show, first annual gymkhana as well as clinics). With our first gymkhana/playday coming up quickly (April 14/15) we are reminding everyone to get their memberships in ASAP. Our club encourages memberships as it significantly reduces the cost of taking part in club events as well as increases opportunities available for clinics and club events. Also, with your PTRC membership you receive by mail your own copy of Saddle Up magazine. To be eligible for year-end awards (which are fantastic!) one needs to be a member. Please get your memberships in to Kesia Werth at kesia. or off the website at Membership forms can be found on the “Forms” link. Important change: in our attempt to entice more members to take part in the various volunteer jobs that are so necessary to run the club, as well as alleviate the overworking of current volunteers, we have added a mandatory volunteer component to this year’s membership. While we originally had posted hours per individual and family, we have reduced this number to 5 hours per individual, 10 per family. For those who just want to attend our annual show, please see the membership form or contact Michelle at or 250-573-5331 for more information. What kind of volunteering can you do? What if you are riding, what if you and your kids are riding? What if you can’t come out for each event? Toddlers and young helpers working alongside earn time as well! Here are some suggestions for how you can help - every little bit helps! 1. There will be at least two cleanup days. Sign up to help out at one! Contact Michelle at or 250-573-5331. 80 • Saddle Up • April 2012

Our day stalls

The empty grounds will soon come alive with riders and spectators

2. Come to a meeting! You will be credited for time spent at meetings. Next general meeting will be held on the day of our grounds cleanup at PTRC grounds on Saturday, April 7, over the lunch break. 3. If you ride only English or only Western, perhaps spend a bit of time volunteering on the half of the day you are not riding. 4. Help with announcing in the booth. 5. Collect and remove garbage and refundables from the grounds at the end of each day that events are held. 6. Ribbons need handing out for every class for every playday/ gymkhana and show. 7. Act as Whipper-In (organize next class at incoming gate). 8. Take part in or organize a fundraiser (bottle drive, etc.). 9. Help with year-end banquet. 10. Help set up/take down jumps, help set up and take down games equipment (barrels, poles, etc.) on gymkhana days. 11. Work with our executive to seek grants and apply for funding for continued improvement and upkeep of grounds. 12. Help with grounds maintenance both on event days and over the summer (harrowing, mowing, fence building, mending, etc.). Contact Clint at 250-318-3370 13. Be creative! Share your ideas! What would you like to do or see that would support and enrich our club?! I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for all those who continue to come together to make Pine Tree such a great place. The volunteers who are on your board of directors, as well as the executive, are working hard to ensure Pine Tree Riding Club carries on the tradition of a fun, enriched, safe learning environment for all who take part. Next two General Meetings will both be at the grounds and will coincide with grounds cleanup: April 7 over the lunch break and June 4 at 7 pm. All members welcome.


BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Own a Paint Pres Colleen Schellenberg Sec Marilyn Griffin APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore


re you ready? Show season is upon us and the first NWCC show many BC Paint Horse Club members will be heading to is Easter weekend in Albany, Oregon. Followed by another NWCC show at the end of the month, we will have our first BCPHC show at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley hosted by the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association, May 3-6. We are thrilled to have the Lower Mainland Spring Circuit right here in our backyard for many members. It is a combined AQHA and APHA show which is also NWCC, APHA PAC and BC Heritage approved. It will run as two two day/two judge shows so everything you do Thursday and Friday you repeat to the second set of judges Saturday and Sunday. You can show up for the weekend only if you want! This show has so much to offer! The all breed classes are single judged, equating to a one judge fee for each class. It provides a great opportunity to compete in BCPHC’s Open Show and Competition Program and is close enough to haul in for the day, if that’s what you prefer. Jackpot classes are offered for Green Horse Trail, Green Horse Western Pleasure, Green Horse Hunter Under Saddle and Open Youth Hunt Seat Equitation. Please refer to for all the fee information and show rules under APHA-approved shows.This show is eligible for the BCPHC year end awards and there will be an excellent slate of youth, amateur, open and Solid Paint Bred classes including open walk-trot 11 and under to be tabulated for our walk-trot year end award. We would love to see some BCPHC exhibitors in this division. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a lovely weekend to kick off the show season for the year! On our website, you will also find a list of PAC-approved shows you can consider competing at for OSCP participation. This year, the program has changed. You will need to submit the $25 enrollment fee before you start recording your placings and submitting your results. The new results form for the OSCP is also available to download. Know the rules to avoid disappointment. And be sure to check our website often! In addition to the LMQ Spring Circuit program, we’ve now posted the premium for the much-anticipated “Back-to-Basics” APHA show, July 29 at High Point Equestrian Centre in Langley. There’s a lot of interest in the B2B show – and not only because of the venue! This all-APHA show offers Paint Horse exhibitors an allinclusive day rate of just $175. There is no haul in fee, no office fee and no cross-over fee, and you can compete in as many classes and divisions as you are eligible for. New to the APHA show ring? Show manager Cathy Glover has included APHA Green Horse and Amateur WalkTrot classes at this show and we think these two new-to-us divisions are ideally suited for many of our BC Paint Horse owners who have had limited exposure to APHA shows. Green Horses, for instance, may not have won more than 10 APHA points to enter a class. If Amateur WalkTrot appeals to you, be sure to refer to the 2012 APHA rule book (www. for details on eligibility. Exhibitors must not have competed HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Dianne Rouse, Natalie Hall, and Kerry Sawyer at LMQHA Bazaar. Photo by Cathy Glover.

in a regular (canter/lope) class at a recognized show this year in order to ride in this APHA division. (If you ride in your Amateur class at LMQ’s Spring Circuit, for example, you would be ineligible to ride Amateur Walk-Trot at B2B.) There’s more information in the B2B show program, but do check your APHA rule book. Back-to-Basics exhibitors will also be competing for the Stampede Super Horse Silver Buckle sponsored by Stampede Tack and Western Wear in Cloverdale. B2B sponsors Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies, Lazy 3 Ranch and Traveland are covering the ten high point (and reserve) awards offered. North central Paint Horse owners have no less than three Paint Horse shows to look forward to this summer. The two judge Threein-One APHA/AQHA/ApHCC approved show in Smithers is July 6-8 and is BCPHC approved for year-end awards. We’re also pleased to announce that the double judged Terrace Three Breed Classic will also be seeking BCPHC year-end approval, as will the single judge APHA show during the Buckley Valley Fair, August 23-26 in Smithers. You can find links to those shows (and much more) on our website, as well as the 2012 edition of “Paint Connections,” an advertising directory for BC Paint Horse Club members throughout the province. Don’t forget to stay in touch on our Facebook group page and send in your membership before the show season gets underway and to continue receiving your Saddle Up. (You’ll want to fi ll out your BC bred declaration forms, too.) NWCC declaration forms must be submitted to be eligible for NWCC year-end tabulation and ALL necessary forms can be found on our website. Finally, kudos to a number of our BCPHC members for their participation at the LMQHA Bazaar. The ladies were either demonstrating the skill of their horse, or greeting the many visitors to our booth. Thank-you to Kerry, Cathy, Natalie, Blodwyn, Dianne, Marilyn, Jodie, Jennifer and Tamara for spending your Sunday promoting the beauty and versatility of the Paint Horse. • 81

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association BC Interior Arabian Horse Association President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 Secretary / Webpage Editor: Tamora Davy Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-8324111 Flying Carpet: Alysha Bartlett 778-754-0066 Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 and/or Cheryl Johnson Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145

Exhibitors - Would you be interested in an affordable, one-day, class A Arabian show?

With the downturn in the economy and less money for the average person to put toward showing horses, the Arabian Horse Association (www. has developed a format for “1-Day Class A” shows that give exhibitors the qualifications they need for higher-level shows, but are also affordable for the average person. As a club, BCIAHA is considerin ng hosting a 1-Day Class A show in September, hopefully in either Kelo owna or Vernon. In order for the planning to go forward, the executivee wants to know if there is enough interest out there to run a show that w ill not lose money, as the club is not in a place to take a loss. Are you new to Arabian showin ng? Do you have a registered (or registerable) Arabian or Partbred? Haave you dreamed about showing your horse in an all-Arabian show, bu ut couldn’t afford it? If there is enough interest, the entry fees for thiis show could be as low as $10 per class or $50 per day! Membership requirements are th he usual Horse Council BC and then an AHA Affi liate Membership a nd Competition Card through our club ($110 for adults and $75 for ju uniors) OR a one-day $35.00 Single Event Membership. Equine Canada membership is not required, which is a huge savings! If there is enough interest from people just starting out in breed showing, the club will put on an Arab bian Showing for Beginners clinic in the summer. Learn how to groom for show, what kind of tack is needed, show attire, Arabian rules, ettc., so that you can feel confident to enter the show ring. Have your horse’s papers not beeen transferred into your name? Is your horse a Purebred or Partbred bu ut not registered? Do you not even know where to begin to get your horsse’s registration papers or how to bring them current? Contact Dani at and I’d be happy to help in whatever way posssible. Used to show? Did you used to show at the Arabian Encampment and/or other Class A shows back in th he day, but it just got too expensive? Were you a local Arabian Encampment exhibitor, but now there hasn’t been an Encampment in Armstrong for a few years and you can’t afford to be travelling to thee coast, Alberta or the USA for

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Class A shows? Cl h ? Break B k outt your Arabian A bi native ti costume, t your cutback tb k and saddle suit or your sidesaddle that you thought you wouldn’t have the opportunity to use again and come out and have a whole lot of affordable fun! Serious competitor looking for qualification for Regionals? Are you a serious Arabian competitor looking for easy qualifications? The Region 17 Championships are in our “backyard” in Vancouver for 2013. AHA has also recognized that the point system for qualifying for Regionals was killing the clubs that hosted smaller shows and was making it hard for people out in the more remote areas to qualify, thus reducing the number of horses at Regional shows. To help rectify this, AHA has brought back the old way of qualifying in addition to the existing point system. A first or second placing in a class at a Class A show automatically qualifies you for Regionals, regardless of the number of horses in the class. It’s easy to figure out that your chances of placing first or second in a class is greater at a smaller show. Come out and achieve easier and less expensive qualifications and enjoy the Regional Showing experience in Vancouver 2013! If any of this sounds appealing to you, please send a quick e-mail to or leave a comment on our Facebook wall BC Interior Arabian Horse Association. We are looking for a minimum of 25 horses to make this show a go. This should be an easy number to achieve, but we need to know who is out there and who is interested! HAVE YOU MOVED? Please don’t forget to update your contact information with the club so that you continue to receive your Saddle Up magazine in the mail and the club isn’t charged for magazines “returned to sender.” The same goes for changes of e-mail address - you don’t want to miss out on important information to our club members. We DO NOT share your e-mail address; it is strictly for club communication. The first Debbie Storey Clinic of the year will be held on April 1415, 2012. The format will be: Saturday, April 14, 8am to 2pm: TRAIL CLASS (Limit of 8 riders with individual instruction); Cost: $75.00 Saturday, April 14, 2pm to 6pm: FLAT CLASS PRIVATE LESSONS (Limit of 9 riders); Cost: $150.00/two lessons Sunday April 15, 7:15am to 4:30pm: FLAT CLASS PRIVATE LESSONS (Limit of 9 riders); Cost: $150.00/two lessons We are offering a special rate of $200 if both the Trail Class and the two Flat Class Private Lessons are taken. Please confirm your spot ASAP by contacting Karel at or 250-546-0098. BCIAHA would like to thank Wally and Sheila Goertz for the wonderful pictures they took at the 2012 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Enjoy!


Clubs & Associations “Experience the Real West YOUR WAY” Choose From: Working Ranch - Guest Ranch - Country - Back Country

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Howie Hunt 250-443-4461,, visit for Events 6/12 CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid.,, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0


THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 9/12

Alberta Equestrian Federation


The Voice of Equine Alberta and the premier source for education, information and support for Alberta’s entire equine community. 1-877-463-6222 4/13

CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 4/12

ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 12/12

ASHCROFT RODEO ASSOCIATION BCRA Rodeo June 16 & 17, 2012 Starts 1 pm. Dance on June 16 From 9 pm to 1 am 2/13

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The Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Jonathan, 604-556-6884 or 2/13

BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 4/13 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 8/12 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 3/13 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Ken Hartley 250-573-2328 or web 4/12 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 11/12 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 2/13 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-260-5344 9/12 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 4/12 Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB 7/12 Info Margaret 604-856-1419, AMHR/AMHA Show June 8-10, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB APHA Shows, Open Show & Competition Program, Free Trophy Program, PAC. President: 5/12 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138, 10/12

BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 4/12 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 4/13 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 5/12 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR


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: Marnie Somers, @ p 7/12 President 204-834-2479 or

DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-328-3814 4/13 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 2/13 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 4/12 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154, 8/12 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industryy 12/12 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 11/12 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Lamberton 250-878-6062,, 2/13 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 2/13 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Michelle Charleston, 604-857-2333,, 4/13

LOWER MAINLAND RANCH SORTING ASSOCIATION Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 778-839-8051 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 3/13

MISSION HORSE CLUB (Fraser Valley) Pres: Sherryl Hopkins 604-820-5109 English/Western Shows, Gymkhanas, Trophy Show, 5/12 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics, 7/12 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Debbie House 250-498-4326,, 7/12 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Holly Dickinson 250-870-0601 4/13 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities PENTICTON RIDING CLUB SHOWS, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-03977 3/13 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders, 2/13 continued on page 84 • 83

Clubs & Associations, cont’d PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Alison Miller, Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, 7/12 PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. Contact Theresa Nolet 250-492-4921, 0 SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Cheri 250-573-2541, Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show,


THEHORSEAGILITYCLUB.COM Fun Days, Clinics, Competitions with BC Accr. Trainer Adiva Murphy; or compete/submit video to on-line competitions. 2/13 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 3/13 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. 12/12 Linda 604-856-9574,,

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2012 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,

april Sundays 4–5 6–7 6-7 6-8 6-9 7 7 7-8 10-16 11–12 12-15 13–14 13-14 13-15 13-15 13-15 14 14 14 14

14 CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan and Jeanette 250-577-3156 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Kelowna, Anne Smythe, 250-860-2785, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Armstrong, Daina 250-379-2913, or Mandy 250-308-6208, TRAIL CLINIC w/Colleen Hazeldine, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan and Jeanette 250-577-3156 JONATHAN FIELD Course 2 Clinic, Field Horsemanship Center, Abbotsford, BC, Angie Field 1-888-JFFIELD, EQUANIMITY EDGE Vertebral Realignment Course, Langley, BC, Learn to adjust without mallets!, 1-888-378-4632 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Chilliwack Riding Club, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, PTRC GROUNDS CLEAN UP, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops, 10 am start, Michelle Tondevold 250-573-5331, LMQHA Evening Ride & All Breed Schooling Show, Thunderbird, Langley. Terri 778-549-1297,, EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Chevallier’s, Peachland, BC, Learn equine massage therapy,, 1-888-378-4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Penticton, Sherry Ripplinger 250-490- 0397, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, Teachers’ Course, Chase, www. MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Oliver, Dawn Muller 250-498-0636, GLENN STEWART Advanced Natural Horsemanship Clinic, Stage 3/4 in Smithers, BC, Anika or 250-846-5494 DRIVING CLINIC, Draft or Light, The Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Ellen Hockley 250-577-3366, LEVEL 2/3 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, Devanee Cardinal, Slave Lake, AB,, 250-968-4481 BILL RITCHIE CLINIC, Horse Confidence & De-Spooking, IPE Agriplex, Armstrong, BC, Debbie, 604-858-7724 or Nancy 250-832-0977 OPEN HOUSE, Horse Journey, Equine Facilitated Personal Development, Kelowna, Karin Bauer 250-860-1964, LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Jumping Clinic, info Katrina, PTRC GYMKHANA, Kamloops, or Kesia Werth 250-819-7313 TOPLINE DRESSAGE % DAY, Salmon Arm, BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669,

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TACK CONSIGNMENT & GARAGE SALE, Diamond H Tack, Kelowna, 250-762-5631 CLEAR ROUNDS, 1 pm, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Contact Alice Sexton REINING CLINIC w/The Cruz Team, Foothills Farms, 100 Mile House, Susan or Ron 250-706-2577 CAROLYN DOBBS CLINIC, Grand Forks, BC, Wendy Price 250-442-7706,, Mary Relkov 250-442-2686 DEBBIE STOREY CLINIC, Trail & Flat Class work, Asmara Stables, Armstrong, Karel, or 250-546-0098 FUN DAY Y Games & more, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, BC, 250-547-9277 TOPLINE SCHOOLING JUMPER ROUNDS, Salmon Arm, BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669, PTRC PLAYDAY, Kamloops, or Kesia Werth 250-819-7313 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Jumping, info Katrina, HORSE AGILITY TRAINING/SHOW, Heron Bay Stables, Ladner, BC, Susan, GYMKHANA CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, TRAILERING CLINIC w/Rob Reimer, Vernon & District Riding Club, e-mail to reserve your spot. PERCENTAGE DAY & FUN GYMKHANA, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Contact Marty Cox PATH TO LIGHTNESS RIDING CLINIC, Chase, BC, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Port Alberni, Doris 778-421-1441, or Chloe 250-720-6658, CALGARY STAMPEDE CANADIAN HORSESHOEING CHAMPIONSHIPS, Calgary, AB, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Coombs/Errington, Jodie Bater 250-248-2408, ADIVA MURPHY SPRING HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Twincreeks BB&B, Duncan, BC, Deborah Flinn, SCQHA FUZZY HORSE SHOW, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong, BC, Tracy 250-764-7770,, LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Eng/West, info Nicola Gildemeister 604-746-0344, REINING CLINIC w/Amanda Self, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan and Jeanette 250-577-3156 D BAR K SHOW SERIES, D Bar K Ranch, Oliver, BC, Sasha 250-498-4228,, INTRO TO CLICKER CLINIC, Cochrane, AB, email for info


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COOL RUNNIN’ ARENA DRIVING TRIALS, Thunderbird Park, Langley, BC, Linda Dohl 604-791-2591, BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Open Tack Sale, 10-4 pm, NTFF & Rodeo Grounds, Barriere, Kate FRASER VALLEY HUNT Ball & Silent Auction (Fundraiser), Hazelmere Country Club,,Hanne, or 604-970-5205 ZABRINA BARTEAUX MASSAGE THERAPY Y for horse owners, Jandana Ranch, Kamloops, BC, Zabrina 250-938-7126, JILL O’NEILL CLINIC, All Day, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Contact Tania Millen AEVA SPRING FEST 2012, Equestrian Vaulting Competition, Ponoka Ag-Event Centre, Ponoka, AB, Melanie, 403-559-6877 KELOWNA SPRING DRESSAGE FESTIVAL, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, Sherri 250-863-6494, WESTERN WEEKEND, Ranch Sorting/Team Penning & Ranch Horse Obstacle, Coombs Rodeo Grounds, Vancouver Island, Hugh or Tammy LEVEL 1/2 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, Devanee Cardinal, Prince George, BC,, 250-968-4481 LMRSA SORTING JACKPOT, Ron Pilat’s Arena, Chilliwack, Haidee Landry 778-839-8051, REINING SCHOOLING SHOW, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan and Jeanette 250-577-3156 CALGARY STAMPEDE SPRING EXTREME COWBOY RACE, Calgary, AB,,, 403-261-0127 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Spring Clean-Up, MISSION HORSE CLUB EW SHOW, 9am, Mission, BC, Alicia Harper 604-462-7455, SPIN N SLIDE SCHOOLING SHOW SERIES, Fraser Valley Reining Club, Murray Creek Ranch, Langley, BC, Lynda 604-462-9179 or MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Ladysmith, Mornings, Jill Sampson 250- 245-2829, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Cobble Hill, Afternoons, Nancy Lane 250-743-1268, CONNECTED RIDING & TTOUCH w/ Mandy Pretty, Whitehorse, YT, Violet or BARREL RACE, 6:30pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, or MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Victoria/Metchosin, Kristina Millar 250-478-2051, LEVEL 2/3 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, Devanee Cardinal, Vanderhoof, BC,, 250-968-4481 KELOWNA SPRING H/J CLASSIC, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, Caroline 1-403-333-9338, DALE IRWIN CLINIC (Vernon Pony Club) at Vernon District Riding Club grounds, Ruth 250-542-2106 THE MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB, 250-578-7518, SRGEDC Spring Dressage/Jumper Show, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, Melissa 2 50-488-7527,, INTRO TO CLICKER CLINIC, Cochrane, AB, email for info HUGE TACK SALE, Noon–6pm, Sales & Consignment, Windsum Enterprises, Langley,, Norma 604-789-0150 ROUNDS, 1 pm, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Contact Alice Sexton HOW TO HARNESS & GROUND DRIVING CLINIC, Northern Lights Driving Club, Herb Wells’ Arena, Stony Plain, AB, Info or Registration call Jennifer 780-963-3031 INLAND DRAFT & TEAMSTERS Old Time Field Day (plow, disc, harrow), Kamloops Raleigh Sports Field, Dennis Ryan 250-375-2425 CLAY WEBSTER REINING CLINIC, EasyGo Ranch, Lac La Hache, BC, Elli Meinert 250-396-7556, BILL RITCHIE CLINIC, Horse Confidence & De-spooking, Foothills Farms, 100 Mile House, Susan or Ron 250-706-2577 MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB 2PHASE EVENT, Island 22, Chilliwack, BC, Janice, TEAM ROPING SCHOOL, Beginner & Green Horse, Armstrong, Doug Henry 250-546-6494, HORSEWOMANSHIP CLINIC w/certified Chris Irwin trainers (Birgit Stutz/Kathryn Kincannon), Whitecourt, AB, Connie 1-877-394-6773, EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Grande Prairie, AB, Learn equine massage therapy,, 1-888-378-4632


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SCHOOLING SHOW, Western and English flat classes, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, Cindy 250-547-9277 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Games, info Nagaire Niven 778-277-0015, CROSS-COUNTRY LESSONS (Vernon Pony Club) at Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm, Ruth 250-542-2106 GYMKHANA, 9am, Peachland Riding Club, SADDLE SERIES BARREL RACE, approx 3:30pm, Peachland Riding Club, DELTA RIDING CLUB English/Western Show, Delta, 604-328-3814,, PERCENTAGE DAY & GYMKHANA, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Contact Marty Cox

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CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan and Jeanette 250-577-3156 3RD ANNUAL STALLION AUCTION OPENS, Canadian Pinto Horse Assoc. To support CPtHA and Youth programs. and on FB MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Summerland/Meadow Valley, Denise Gorman 250-494-3447 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Armstrong, Daina 250-379-2913, or Mandy 250-308-6208, LEVEL 1/2 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, Devanee Cardinal, Camrose, AB,, 250-968-4481 LMQHA Spring Circuit, 4-judge AQHA/APHA/All Breed Horse Show, Thunderbird, Langley, Barbara 208-683-1617,, TACK & HORSE SALE, Valley Auction, Armstrong, 250-546-9420, \ MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Kelowna, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785, SPRING HORSE SALE, Ranch Showcase & Sale, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge, AB, 403-329-3101, ALI BUCHANAN CLINIC, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Mike Kidston 250-791-5247, PGRHA SPRING SLIDE, Livestock Arena, Prince George, BC, ROPE N RUN EVENT, Chilliwack Heritage Park, HORSE SALE, Prospect to Performance, in conjunction w/Rope ‘n Run May 4-6, Chilliwack Heritage Park, PENTICTON RIDING CLUB English/Western Show, BC Heritage Qualifier, Parkway Stables, Penticton, BC, Alex CLEAR ROUNDS, 1 pm, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Contact Alice Sexton 2ND ANNUAL ISLAND EQUINE AFFAIR, Arbutus Meadows, Nanaimo, VDRC SPRING SHOW, Vernon District Riding Club, Coldstream, BC, Nathalie Merrill 250-308-8138, INTRO TO TTOUCH FOR YOU & YOUR HORSE w/ Mandy Pretty, Vernon, BC, or 1-800-255-2336 PATH TO LIGHTNESS LIBERTY CLINIC, Chase, BC, LEVEL 2/3 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, P Devanee Cardinal, Edmonton, AB,, 250-968-4481 LONGEARS FUN DAY, Cedar Hill Ranch, Falkland, BC, 250-379-2076 MISSION HORSE CLUB H/J SHOW, 9am, Mission, BC, Alicia Harper 604-462-7455, BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Spring Gymkhana, NTFF & Rodeo Grounds, Barriere. Entry Forms at www.barrieredis DELTA RIDING CLUB Hunter Show, Delta, 604-328-3814,, PERCENTAGE DAY & GYMKHANA, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Contact Marty Cox TACK, HORSE & TRAILER SALE, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Penticton, Sherry Ripplinger 250-490- 0397, EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Medicine Hat, AB, Learn equine massage therapy,, 1-888-378-4632 BARREL RACE, 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, or

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Stallions and Breeders Kid Lena

Letha Dun Olena

Perfect Image Performance Horses

2001 AQHA/FQHA Homozygous Black Stallion (APHA/ApHCC approved)

2008 Buckskin Dun Stallion

SACRED SENSATION 2009 Sorrel Overo Stallion

Proudly offering for the 2012 breeding season

Sire: Lethal Playgun by Playgun by Freckles Playboy Dam: GBL Royal Lena back to Doc Olena and Mr Dry Doc

Grandson of Smart Little Lena, also Dry Doc, Peppy San, Sonny Dee Bar on papers. Proven producer of quiet, athletic, smart all around horses.

Awesome Disposition with a lot of Cow Sense!

Breeding Fee: $400 (reg.mares), $350 (unreg.mares), Booking Fee: $100, Shipped Semen available. Save 10% if booked by March 1, 2012

2012 STUD FEE: $500 Includes 2013 FREE Return Service With Live Foal Guarantee

Standing at: Colour V Ranch


(250) 296-0186 150 Mile House, BC


My Beau Vanzi 2008 Grullo (Classic Dun) Champagne AQHA/FQHA/NFQHA/ICHR There are only a handful of stallions this COLOUR in the world! Grandson of My Skip Vanzi. Halter, Show or Work. Do it in style and in COLOUR! Breeding Fee: $600 (reg.mares), $500 (unreg.mares), Booking Fee: $200, Shipped Semen available Save 10% if booked by March 1, 2012

2012 Introductory breeding fee $750 plus mare care. We offer professional training of AQHA/APHA horses, breeding, sales, training and boarding. Come and see us for your next show prospect! Check us out on Facebook at perfectimageperformancehorses.

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Strideaway Thoroughbreds


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Salty Ole Jack

2008 AQHA Dun Stallion APHA/ApHCC approved Sire: Dun It OK (NRHA money earner) by DeďŹ nitely A Dunit (by Hollywood Dun It) Dam: Bamby Bar Boomernic by Doc Boomernic (aka Hickaboom) AQHA Incentive Funded

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

Zan Parr Bar on top. The Ole Man (SI 100) on bottom Performance bloodlines including roping, cutting and racing Stud Fee $550 includes - 10 day mare care - 5 day LFG

Breeding Fee: $450 (reg. mares); $350 (unreg. mares) Booking Fee: $100. Shipped Semen available Save 10% if booked by March 1, 2012

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES For 2011 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502

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Winner of over $506,000. Passing on his Size, Movement, Conformation, Wonderful Temperament and W$NN$NG Attitude!

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Dunit In Boomtown

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2001 17HH Bay Thoroughbred

2008 APHA Bay tobiano 15.1HH Zippo Pine Bar & Tarzan Dude bloodlines OLWS Negative Homozygous

Enderby BC 250-838-9373, Email: 5/12




Standing at High Arrow Quarter Horses

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Our own son of Multiple APHA world champion â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Sensationâ&#x20AC;? out of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sacred Arrivalâ&#x20AC;? by multiple world champion â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sacred Indianâ&#x20AC;?.

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Stallions and Breeders Smokin Glo Solano B.C. Interiorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Kept Breeding Secret! 2008 AQHA Stallion World Class Breeding at Ranch Horse Prices

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Turning Point Ranch

Turning Point Ranch

Proudly announces the arrival of

is proud to offer the services of

*Rosedale El Senor

Driftwood Zultaan in 2012

YK DARK OTTO 2004 Arabo- Friesian Stallion (EAFS Breeding perm. & CFHA reg.)

82% Friesian & 18% Arabian Blood Registered Section B Welsh Stallion, Imported from Great Britain 13HH Dark Brown (Supreme Champion and Sire of Champions)

This is a rare opportunity to breed to this renowned stallion 2012 stud fee $500.00 to approved mares A select few young and mature individuals are currently available Excellent conformation, lovely movement and quiet temperaments Please contact us for details

Steven and Jennifer Zachary

Ph: 250-577-3526

Pritchard BC

15.1HH Black, Purebred Arabian Stallion SE, Al Khamsa, excellent breeding, conformation and movement. With superior legs and feet, and overall bone and substance, and an unparalleled disposition, Zultaan is the ideal cross for performance horses. Live cover, fee: $500.00. Please enquire early, book limited. His Foals arrive starting March 2012; out of black or black-bred Arabian, Welsh and Hackney mares. Please contact us for details. Steven and Jennifer Zachary

Ph: 250-577-3526

Pritchard BC

$1000. Stud Fee. Live cover & fresh cooled semen

Sire: YK Dark Danilo (EAFS) Dam: Catootje (Star) (Karel 370) KFPS Some of his offspring is FOR SALE at: 250-546-3157 Armstrong, BC

More Stallions on the next pageâ&#x20AC;Ś Jaz Poco Goldun Blue 1994 AQHA Grulla Stallion, Homozygous Dun - all his foals WILL be red dun, dun or grulla, no matter what the mare! HERDA N/N, GBED & PSSM N/N AQHA Registry of Merit (ROM) Reining IBHA Registry of Merit (ROM) Reining 2001 Open Reining Circuit Champion 2001 MHBHA Working Cow Horse 1st Place 2000 NRHA Limited Open Res. Champion Sandhills Slide 2000 NRHA Limited Open Res. Champion High Desert Slide 2000 Working Cow Horse Circuit Champion Colorful Colorado 1998 MHBHA Reining Champion 1998 AQHA Junior Reining Colorful Colorado Circuit Champion 1998 IBHA Open Reining Colorful Colorado Circuit Champion NRHA Money Earner

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OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 8/12 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, PARADISE RANCH (Vernon, BC) 250-558-4743, Peruvian Paso Training Centre, Breeding, Sales, Lessons & Boarding 9/12 PEEBLES MINI DONKEY RANCH (Falkland) 250-379-2373 11/12 Regâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d & Pet Quality babies for sale. or SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack â&#x20AC;&#x2122;96 AQHA, 5/12

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WWW.WHOAANDGOQUARTERHORSES.COM 250-551-4739 SS: Hortons Triple Skip, AQHA/APHA Palomino, 16HH, standing in Fruitvale 6/12

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OKANAGAN EQUISTORE (Vernon) 250-542-5953 9/12 For all Equine Health Needs: Salt, Supplements, Homeopathics, Essential Oils

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ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 12/12 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078 11/12 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 5/12 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food


Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES


GRAND SADDLERY Armstrong BC 250-546-9722 We measure your horse for the best tree ďŹ t. Western saddles for all breeds of horses.


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Jaquima to Freno Elevating Communication and ConďŹ dence with Awareness, Feel and Signal WWWLODESTARHORSEMANSHIPCAs-ERRITT "# s 250-315-1098 12/12

7/12 HORSEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;N AROUND (Red Deer, AB) 403-356-0166 10/12 Consignment for Horse & Rider, Embroidery, Blanket Service, unique items & more


WINDSUM ENTERPRISES LTD (Langley) 604-789-0150 4/13 New & Used Tack & Apparel, English & Western TRAILER REPAIRS

LPPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse10/12 RANDY OPHUS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 or 250-567-8685, Reining, Working Cow, Cutting, 8/12 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, 1 Star Junior Instructor Carolyn McTaggart 250-359-2922, (Kootenays) 9/12 THE PONY FAIRY, MONTY GWYNNE (Alberta) 403-932-4989 Clicker Training Clinics, Lessons and Video coaching, 2/13 RELATIONSHIP RIDING ACADEMY A step forward in the evolution of horsemanship. 403-932-1241 4/13 BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Camps, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 12/12

PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 9/12 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC., (Vernon) 250-308-8980, RVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 9/12 TRAILER SALES


CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 3/13 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 3/13

TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 2/13 â&#x20AC;˘ TRANQUILLE FARMS (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 250-766-1975 10/12



ADIVAMURPHY.COM Nominated HCBC Coach of Year 2010/2011, Cert CHA 2/13 WEST/ENG Instr., Cert Western Dressage & Horse Agility Trainers. Join us on CARDINAL RANCH.COM 250-968-4481 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instruction, Horse Sales, Clinics, Student Programs 2/13 An EQUESTRIAN


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ESTER GERLOF (Enderby) 250-803-8814, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, Training, High School Credits Program,, 3/13 WWW.DARYLGIBBHORSEMANSHIP.COM 250-499-5844 8/12 All Disciplines â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Horsemanship Clinics, Colt Starting, Problem Horses

Time, Patience, Dedication, Consistency, and Love of Horses Training, Clinics, Lessons, and Performance Riding Ruben Villasenor Benton City, WA 1-509-947-4125, 11/12

MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 7/12 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Peachland) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 5/12 TRANSPORT/HAULING

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JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by HorsesÂŽ, 1-888-533-4353 2/13 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 8/12 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford) 604-850-1243 Former Parelli Professional, Clinics/Lessons, 8/12 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR


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Business Services VETERINARIANS DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 5/12 DEEP CREEK VET. SERVICES, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 5/12 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 2/13 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 4/13 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY CLINIC 250-374-1486 8/12 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 4/13 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 11/12 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 10/12 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 5/12 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller, WEBSITE DESIGN


On The Market Did your Horse or Trailer or ? Sell through Saddle Up? We want to know. SUPER CUTE 3 YR APPENDIX QH MARE In training to be shown at the 3 year Futurities this coming Spring and is coming along very nicely. Would make a great all-rounder for Youth or Amateur. Asking $9,500 obo. Cell 250-203-8703 (Campbell River) E-mail:

7 YEAR FRIESIAN X APHA GELDING 15.1HH. Registered with the Friesian Sport Horse Registry. Great feet, UTD shots, teeth. Big Friesian movement. Lunges, free jumps 2’6, ground drives, green broke to saddle. Powerful trot and carriage. Could be trained to harness, cross-country. Lots of power. $2,500 + HST. Dark Horse Ranch 250-375-2310 (Westwold)

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1-866-546-9922 ACPS REGISTERED, INSPECTED & APPROVED CONNEMARA STALLION “Rills Donovan” possesses athletic conformation, large flat bone and flowing movement. He has great type and temperament which is passed on to his offspring. Donovan’s grandsire is an ACPS trophy winner for outstanding achievement. Can be used live cover or for collection. Full pedigree available for viewing on $8,500. For more info 250-497-8288 (Okanagan Falls) E-email:

HERD DISPERSAL 15.3HH, 9 YR OLD WARMBLOOD/QH MARE $4,800. ALSO: 6 more German Warmbloods Hanoverian X QH (Dressage/Eventing) and 16 more Reg’d QH, Paint Horses, and 3 Arabian/Warmblood X QH for sale. See website. 250-315-9087 (Merritt) E-mail:

3 WINDS RANCH OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

TW Smok N Hawk 2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano 3Winds Skippa Treat 2007 Palomino Leopard Appaloosa Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding) Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3/13


On The Market CLASSIC TYPE REG’D MORGAN STALLION Black/Brown, 15HH. “Roy” was shown in-hand at the IPE & OK Breeders Showcase and dubbed by spectators as “The Horse that Floats on Air.” Exceptional Temperament, Athletics and Substance! Producing his likeness and keeping the standard of the Breed. Calm, well-mannered riding horse and breeding stallion. Strongly produces blacks. ALSO FOR SALE: Black Broodmare, excellent combination with Roy. A 5-year-old black Gelding and a black yearling Filly. Package Deals Available. 250-546-8058 (Armstrong)

2005 AQHA BUCKSKIN GELDING Excellent Youth show horse. Done 4-H since he was 2 years old. Shown all Open shows, IPE, AQHA, etc. Asking $12,500. Jessie 250-517-8202 or 250-515-1626 E-mail: (Tappen)

2001 CHARMAC WEEKENDER Professionally customized with Queen size bed, 2-burner stove, fridge and flush toilet. 3-horse converted to two for more storage, or use for 3 horses. Water tank inside tack, and an extra 40 gallon. Large awning and solar panel, good rubber and solid wood floor. Removable swivel arms to tie horses. Great fun trailer! Asking $13,500. Phone 250-547-6967 for more info (Lumby)

PHOTO ADS only $60.

NOBLE-T RED HAIR’D MARY (Ramuls Justin x Mystic Black Ember) 5 year Filly, 14.3HH. Well broke, reining, cutting, trail riding. Very pretty, very balanced. Would make an excellent Western Pleasure horse. $5,000. NOBLE-T WHISKEY JACK (Ramuls Justin x Mystic Black Ember) 2 year Gelding, mature to 15.1HH. Ready to start. Handsome, well-balanced Chestnut with light mane and tail. Could go English or Western. $2,500. NOBLE-T FINNEGAN (Ramuls Justin x El D Bars Kay-Cee) 11 year Chestnut Gelding, 15.1HH. Well broke, been shown cutting. Used for roping and barrel racing. Would make great Penner or Endurance horse. $6,000. NOBLE-T MORGANS - Tom 250-838-2228 (Grindrod)

+ tax

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SADLY OUT GROWN 10-YEAR-OLD BAY REG’D MORGAN GELDING. He goes well on trails or in arena. Sound, no vices. Trailers well and good with farrier. Ryan is kind, super willing and has lots of heart. $3,000. 250-549-2439 (Vernon)

Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale


Sired By:

Ranch Raised Versatile Morgans for Work or Family Fun

Jaz Poco Silverado AQHA/NFQH A 100%, Poco Bueno 27% Silver Grullo, Herda N/N Son of Little Steel Dust, AQHA Rom Reining

Goldun Poco Mr Matt AQHA/NFQH A 97%, Poco Bueno 34% Dun, Herda N/N Grandson of Little Steel Dust, Open Reining Winner Grandson of Little Steeldust

Sired By: JMF La BARON (Black 15HH) ELFONDO’S TIGER (14.2HH Chestnut) FOXTAIL’S TRIPLE THREAT (14.3HH Buckskin)

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

AQHA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy Quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines

Stock For Sale - Stallions Standing Amber Fullerton, Arras, BC 250-843-7186 g HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

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2008 REG’D BAY MORGAN GELDING CM Ever So Clever, 15.2HH. Quiet, great ground manners, finish 15.3HH. Hunter/Dressage, ready to start. No white, great feet, teeth just floated. Pretty, smooth extended gaits. Asking $1,200, unstarted. 250-919-4644 (Cranbrook) • 93

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INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or (Innisfail, AB) 12/12

EXPERIENCED WRANGLER required to supervise our back country packhorse tour operation in Chilcotin Mountains. Full time seasonal position. Please send resume to:

VISIT FINE LINE ARABIANS on Facebook for beautiful Breeding Stock, Pleasure, Show and Endurance prospects. Rare Ferzon-Azraff pedigrees. 250-547-9367 (Cherryville) 4/12

TWO PAIRS OF CAVELLO (GERMAN) DRESSAGE BOOTS size 7.5 in excellent condition, one with zippers ($225) and ($125). Sunbeam Bodyy CLIPPERS $115. Mountain Horse full seat BREECHES, 26” waist $75. Oak Meadowbrook full size CART, used twice $850. Ideal driving HARNESS (Holland), full size, used once $750. 250-833-4830 (Enderby)

GREAT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY – good potential income! Equestrian Centre for lease in south east Kelowna. Large indoor/outdoor arenas, 24 stall/paddocks. Been established as a riding facility for 8 years. Ideal for horse boarding, lessons, clinics and shows. 2 bedroom apartment available. 250 717-5673 or (Kelowna)

Shelters for cattle, calves, horses etc. or for storage Single or double shelters (or more panels to add on) Pick-up panels or delivered on site Different designs and finishes available Call Chris for free quote or view shelters in stock

ATTENTION LEATHERCRAFTERS! Hobby shop for sale, includes lots of weights and colours in veg tanned and chrome tanned leathers, lots of magazines, books and patterns, Bowden saddle tree, all hardware and all parts cut out to build your own Western Saddle. Draw down stand, stamps, tools and more. Selling for health reasons. Happy to sell all together or piecemeal. Also happy to train/ assist someone in learning the trade. Contact me by e-mail or by telephone 604-898-3256


Startting at $1,1995.00 (excl HST)


7’ x 17’9” x 7’6” Tack room, swingg out saddle rack, dropp down windows, butt windows

Specializing in timber frame Barns, Hay Sheds, Pole Barns, covered and enclosed riding arenas

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PORTABLE CORRALS 4 You and Your Horse! LIGHTWEIGHT – only 15 lbs each 8 panels per set = 125 lbs 13’ Round Corral or 10x10’ Square 4’ tall x 5’ long, compacts down to 29” x 36” Jeanie VanDenHam 250-573-2206

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 6/12

L h &S Leather Stitches i h Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles

The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 2/13

FREE If it’s FREE, we’ll run it for FREE POWELL RIVER THERAPEUTIC RIDING needs to retire two of our hard working Reg’d QH Mares (20 & 22 yrs). FREE, easy keepers, need to be together. Lovely to ride at a senior level slow and easy! 604-485-0177, e-mail:

RENTALS 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT on Equestrian Centre in south east Kelowna. Newly built, washer/dryer. $950 inc. utilities. 20 acres on horse country and orchards. Available May 1st. 250-717-5673 or (Kelowna)


NEW 2 BEDROOM RANCHER on scenic acreage. Lumby area. $950 + utilities. Horse boarding with large paddock and run-in available. Borders miles of trails. N/S. Pets negotiable. May 1st. 250-547-2447 (Lumby)

CAMPS GIRLS HORSECAMP, residential OHT (On Horse Training) camp. LOTS of horse time on our well-trained ranch horses. Wildhorse Mountain Ranch, AB 403-729-2910

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Shop & Swap! BOARDING


RETIREMENT HOME FOR YOUR LOYAL HORSE, Vet, Client, Trainer References. BEST CARE - BEST PRICE. Sheila Godfrey 250-679-3940,, (Chase, BC)



Horse Boarding in Salmon Arm New Indoor Arena 70x160 Outdoor Arena 95x220 Heated Automatic Waterers Large Paddocks with Shelters



ROOM TO RIDE, PASTURE TO RENT. Approximately 45 acres in scenic Tappen Valley. Year-round board available. Beautiful walk-out basement suite also available. Phone 250835-8537 or 250-253-4935.



Full Board (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon

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TRAINER WANTED Suite available Lessons and Training available Access to Crown land Close to South Canoe trails Minutes from downtown Salmon Arm Call 250-803-0190 6621 Okanagan Avenue N.E., Salmon Arm


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LEONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FARRIER SERVICE (Relocated from Alberta) 15+ years experience Serving the Lower Mainland Local/Alberta references available

250-838-2066 (eves) 4/12


Capall Acres Full Board Paddock/Group Pasture Indoor and Outdoor Arena, Barn, Box Stalls 6 Minutes from Downtown Vernon Michelle: (250) 306-6527 ,ESSONSs4RAININGs3TARTINGYOUNGHORSES Contact: Holly Baxter BHSAI   sWWWNORTCA â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classical Horsemanship 2/13 for lifelong enjoymentâ&#x20AC;?


Will travel outside area for multiple horses/farms Cell 604-613-5310 or Home 604-758-0811


Armstrong Fairgrounds, Armstrong, BC Functional Conformation Workshop with Judy Wardrope, Auditors $15 per day or $25 both days Evaluation and Mounted Participation with own horse $75

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A N I M A L H E A LT H TECHNOLOGY 2 year diploma offered since 1974. Training with large & small animals! On-site working farm. Fairview, Alberta. 1.888.999.7882 12/12

Jandana Ranch Natural Horsemanship In-Hand Trail Class Demonstration with Dawn Heppner Daryl Gibb Horsemanship Versatility Ranch Horse Competition

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Details and forms available at Stallions, Sale Horses, Demos, Cathie Cross, Trade Fair booth bookings, Nancy Roman 250-546-9922, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR â&#x20AC;˘ 95

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