Saddle Up April 2010

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Publications Mail Reg. No. 40045521 Printed in British Columbia, Canada

April 2010


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From the Editor… Features

Wild Pink Yonder Schooling Down Under Dressage Masters Straight From the Horse’s Mouth Training for Courage Gary Hunt Horsemanship Training with Dana Hokana Dave Reid, Master Plowman Down Home with Bonnie Hayes Fashion Feature

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Cariboo Chatter


Cowboy Poetry


Roman Ramblings




Back Country Horsemen of BC


Endurance Riders Assoc of BC


Pine Tree Riding Club


BC Quarter Horse Assoc.


BC Paint Horse Club


BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc.


BC Cutting Horse Assoc.




What’s Happening? Let’s Go!


Stallions & Breeders


Business Services


On the Market (photo ads)


Shop & Swap


Our Regulars

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I think we can all agree this weather is fabulous (at least in the western provinces) – spring is officially here and my Tulips and Daffodils have been telling me that for the last few weeks. I was down in the Fraser Valley as well as Coquitlam two weeks ago for the Quarter Horse Bazaar and things are definitely ‘spring’ing up there. This issue hosts our Annual Fashion Feature, YES for men too! So check out pages 51 to 65 and see what’s new in riding and casual Cheryle Hickman (Rein-Beau Images) and wear (even dressy!) for you and your four me at Mane Event 2009 legged buddies (equine and canine). April will be busy for Saddle Up as we are off to The Mane Event in Red Deer, then the following weekend the Hunter/Jumper Spring Classic at Kelowna Riding Club. Two weekends in a row... that will be rough - so we’d appreciate if you could call or e-mail us by the April 15th deadline to ensure your ad gets in the May issue. CLUBS: can you please send in your news no later than April 18? That would help guarantee your spot. Just a reminder, you (should) know we are a small business, and the manpower is limited... so any help you can give us (me) would be greatly appreciated. As I’ve said before... am looking for a clone... but no one has applied (little pay – great rewards!). See you at the shows! Can hardly wait!


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CONTRIBUTORS: Carol Hansson, Holly Baxter, Dana Hokana, Mark McMillan, Gary Hunt, Kevan Garecki, Chris Irwin, Lisa Sammartino, Paul Dufresne, Colleen Murphy, Bonnie Hayes, Greg Roman, Mike Puhallo, Mag Mawhinney, Marteau. Special acknowledgement to all that contributed to our annual Fashion Feature. ON THE COVER: Old Baldy Ranch, MASTHEAD PHOTOS: (regular features) by Rein-Beau Images. OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Back Country Horsemen of BC, BC Quarter Horse Assoc., BC Paint Horse Club, BC Cutting Horse Assoc., BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc., Pine Tree Riding Club, Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC.

Main Office TOLL FREE 1-866-546-9922 250-546-9922 Fax: 250-546-2629 Publisher/Editor Nancy Roman Mailing Address Saddle Up magazine PO Box 371 Armstrong, BC, V0E 1B0

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“Foundation Quarter Horses... and all that ‘Jaz’!” The Foundation Quarter Horse is a unique individual easily distinguished by it’s bulldog type appearance exhibiting a low centre of gravity (length of legs not exceeding the depth of the heart girth); exceptionally heavy muscling; powerful hindquarters; deep “V” between the forelegs; good bone and foot; a quiet trainable disposition and a high degree of intelligence and natural cow sense. The NFQHA has been a leader in preserving these exceptional horses. To qualify for National Foundation registry your horse must possess 80% Quarter Horse blood and maximum allowable Thoroughbred blood is 20%. NFQHA determines this by researching back 11 generations on each horse to determine eligibility and foundation percentage level. Our foundation program started with GOLDUN POCO MR MATT (97% NFQH 34% Poco Bueno) sired by JAZ GOLDUN POCO BLUE, Reserve World Champion Sire bred by the JAZ RANCH in Oregon. This started a fantastic relationship and friendship with the owners of the Jaz Ranch, Brent Jensen and Gail Zscheile. Thanks partly to their huge support and encouragement of our breeding program, we are now the owners of this gorgeous stallion, JAZ POCO SILVERADO (100% NFQH, 27% Poco Bueno) Silver Grullo, AQHA ROM Reining. SILVERADO’S sire, LITTLE STEEL DUST, a grandson of Poco Bueno, was the horse that launched the Jaz Ranch, and by the time of his death at 29 he had sired 211 babies of which 147 were Jaz Ranch horses reproducing himself in disposition and conformation. It is an honour to own a stallion of this caliber and we look foward to crossing him on daughters of MATT’S that we have kept back, and also to all of the lovely ladies that we have imported over the years from the Jaz Ranch. SILVERADO joins MATT our ARCHA Open Reining winner and AW POCO DURANGO (96% NFQH Red Dun), son of SILVERADO and grandson of MATT, a result of artificial insemination and his dam being a MATT daughter.

LBJ SIERRA’S BLUE TE (“Bandit”) our 16HH true Blue Roan Stallion, double bred Te N Te on top and BlueBoy Quincy, Crimson War on the bottom is producing roping and barrel racing winners. AND because SILVERADO is also double dominant for the Dun gene, crossing him on BANDIT’S blue daughters will only result in four colours; either Blue Roan, Black, Grullo or Grullo Roan. What an exciting future! Many thanks to Robert Dawson, world-renowned Equine Photographer for these beautiful photos of SILVERADO.

Aaron & Colleen Wangler 250-843-7337 Box 2491, Dawson Creek, B.C. E-mail: We are hosting a MARTIN BLACK (Winner of the Trainer’s Challenge at the Mane Event 2009)

Colt Starting and Horsemanship Clinic September 10-12, 2010 at the ranch

Brent and Little Steel Dust

Be sure to attend our

ANNUAL PRODUCTION SALE on September 25, 2010 at VOLD, JONES & VOLD Auction Mart Dawson Creek, B.C. • 5

Wild Pink Yonder Trail Ride Returns


ave you ever felt compelled to give back to “the system”? Me either ... until disaster struck and subsequently I was saved by the fabulous medical system here in Alberta. In February of 2006 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In March they removed “a baseball of breast tissue.” In June they shipped me off to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton for radiation treatment. (Radiation! Ugh! But I survived, and the people at “The Cross” were extraordinary. I’m sure they take happy pills before going to work each day.) So what could I do to help these phenomenal people win the fight against breast cancer? Like many women, I am a horse nut. How about a fundraising ride across the province? Hmmm ... interesting, but what about something bigger and more noticeable? Maybe a wagon train? How

about a wagon train led by a pink-covered wagon and a bunch of outriders! What if the outriders wore pink bandanas and called themselves “The Hole in the Head Gang!” Oh, ho! Now that would get noticed!

Wild Pink Yonder the 325 mile trail ride was born and so began our wild pink adventure! Every time we spoke with “horsey people” they got so excited about it, we knew it would be a winner. So we started collecting the stuff needed: the

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sponsors, the wagon, the pink fabric for a cover, the team of driving horses ... the trucks, the volunteers, the businesses needed to pull this off. It has been a huge undertaking. I mean, if you have 30 people in a wagon train, they don’t want to rough it quite like they did in 1874! They want toilets and showers ... a camp cook to make breakfast, lunch and dinner ... entertainment. The list kept growing! Year one took 18 months of planning! How did we do? How does $55,650 to Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation sound? Not bad for a first year event! But breast cancer is still a reality, so we’re getting ready to roll into year two!

2010 SoUth oKaNaGaN StoCKhoRSe daY “are YoU tough enough to wear pink” * PETROLEUM * BULK fUEL DELIVERY * CARD LOCK * OIL & LUBES *



• Quality Tack • Classic & Wizard Ropes • Pet Supplies • Supplements • Feed, Salt and Minerals • Twister Shelters • CCIA Tags • Biologicals • Calving Supplies • Card Lock • Crop Protection • Hi-Hog Cattle Handling Equipment

By Jane Hurl

In 3 years we’ve raised over $20,000 through this event. Help us raise money towards this great cause! This year’s proceeds benefit the Penticton Regional Hospital Mammography Clinic.


Starts at 10 am at Watt’s Arena in Marron Valley (8 km west of Kaleden junction on Hwy 3a, between Kaleden & Twin Lakes Golf Course)

Watch or Participate in this Fun Day Wear your PINK and enter into team Roping, Barrel Racing, Cattle Penning or Sorting. $45 per entry (max 2 entries) ($20 tax donation receipt per entry)

This event fills up fast. * Buckles for Hi Point in each event * A Prize for Every Competitor * Team Prizes * Silent Auction items * Surprise prizes! * Concession on Site * Evening Entertainment * Buy your team or sponsor another team! We are always looking for donations and sponsors.

SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2010

Morning: Jackpot Team Roping. Afternoon: Jackpot Team Penning Concession on Site * Dry Camping available Call Alan or Dorothy 250-498-0280 or registration: (scroll to bottom of page)

Wild Pink Yonder, cont’d

We know our route: leaves spectacular Waterton Lakes National Park on August 14 to Fort Macleod, then on to Okotoks, followed by Irricana to Stettler to Camrose, ending with one humdinger of a windup party in Sherwood Park on September 4. Wild Pink Yonder has agreements with all sorts of 4-H groups, ag societies and service clubs to hold fundraising barbecues, dances, auctions, antique car shows and what-have-yous in the towns where we stop for the night. Wild Pink Yonder has its own website too (, where we would be delighted if you wanted to

make a pledge to one of our riders so s/he can ride longer. We’ve contacted every horseback riding group and every teamster we can think of in Western Canada. Many riders and teamsters are going to trailer to various stops on our route and join us for a day or two on the trail. Others are planning to join us every weekend. Some intrepid souls are planning to do the entire route. We even have riders coming from out of province to join us! We are riding the pink trail to a cure. What an adventure! What a great bunch of people! Riders are getting pledges from their friends and family. Non-riding

Perlich Bros. Auction Market Ltd Presents… 2 Day Spring Horse Sale Selling over 250 Registered and Non-Registered Horses

Friday, April 30 - 6 pm & Saturday, May 1 - 11 am Horse Entry Deadline April 7, 2010

This sale will feature: Breeding stock * Ranch Horses * Children’s Horses * Pleasure Horses and Much More! All Horses are Catalogued Special Announcement! Ranch Horse Showcase!

adventurers are volunteering to help on the ground – feeding the troops, moving trucks and trailers, taking video, forking hay. Still others are giving financial help What about you? Are you a rider? Has your life been affected by breast cancer? Are you an entertainer looking for an appreciative audience? We’d be thrilled to have you be a part of this amazing event. And it occurs to me that this is not going to be hard work! It’s going to be one big party that starts in Waterton Lakes and doesn’t end ‘til we wind ‘er up in Sherwood Park. This is going to be legendary ... again.

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Annual SADDLE SALE April 30 and May 1

Perlich Bros will be conducting a Ranch Horse Performance and Sale on Saturday at 9 am, auction to follow.

Over 250 Saddles (New and Used)

Note: Space in the showcase is limited. Register now! For details on the Ranch Horse Showcase and our Sale Entry Form visit Perlich Bros. Auction Market Ltd. Box 1057 Lethbridge, AB T1J 4A2 • Phone 403-329-3101 Fax 403-327-2288 •

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Schooling Down Under


was unsure of how to conclude the tales of my travels for this article. After the excitement of George Morris’s visit, the rest of my stay was comparably uneventful (at least in the saddle, I spent a couple weeks on the beach and snorkelling the reef). So, instead of detailing the final moments of my journey, I have compiled a list of tips from my own experience as an international working student. Be open to new experiences. You never know whom you will meet or what you will learn if you step outside your comfort zone. Pony Club is universal. Even my limited theory knowledge was comparable. Ask too many questions. Horse people, amid the politics of our sport, are the most wonderful people you will ever meet. No matter what countries they come from, horse people always have something in common.

BC Mainland May 2 Oliver May 8 Delta/Ladner May 8 Kamloops May 15 Kelowna May 29 Fraser Valley May 30 Williams Lake May 30 Van/Southlands May 30 Salmon Arm June 5 Slocan Valley June TBA Whonnock Arrow Lakes TBA

By Lisa Sammartino

Focus on your strengths; use these to improve your weaknesses. For example, I am good at riding without stirrups, but my hands are terrible. For example, crossing my stirrups over the horse’s withers will help keep my hands raised. Horses can cure homesickness. If you have to eat at a restaurant alone, bring a book. It is also useful on a train ride or at the beach. Wear sunscreen. Farriers are the most interesting people to talk to. They always have great stories about people and horses. The Aussie farrier I worked with gossiped with me about the Canadian team, whom he had the pleasure of travelling to Hong Kong with. He also invited me to Christmas dinner with his family. There is no place like home and no friends like your own horses. I fretted during my fifteen-hour flight to Vancouver about what I was going to

Vicki and me on my last day.

do at home. Luckily, I was greeted by the Okanagan spring weather! It’s not the hot sun, sand and surf of down under, but I’ve started riding my fuzzy ponies on my farm in Coldstream. While schooling my own ponies at home, I’ve noticed how much my riding has changed. When Saddle Up suggested the title “Schooling Down Under,” I wondered how much riding I would actually get to do and if this title would be accurate. Turns out the title would prove itself accurate, but not only because I did get to school horses at Roycroft stables. I was schooling myself.

Come and join us on for the 14th annual Provincial Children’s Wish trail Ride. Christine Seibeck Marilyn Pay Jeanie VanDenHam Carol Wingenbach Mary Neufeld Karla Leclerc Debbie Bailey Rob Sjodin Barb Lindsay Sue Schulze Janet Brown

250-495-4248 604-946-8085 250-573-2206 250-765-6800 604-855-9355 250-989-5526 604-261-3056 250-832-1188 250-355-2397 604-462-7519 250-265-4642

Vancouver Island May 23 Duncan May TBA Oceanside June TBA Courtenay

250-746-8769 250-468-9657 250-338-4610

“Pending ride areas, Merritt, Nelson, Grand Forks and Smithers; Check next issue for up-dates” For information or to host a new ride contact Jennifer Moir at CWF, See website for updates and ride dates in your area

All Proceeds to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, BC/Yukon chapter, for children with high risk, life-threatening illnesses.

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Deborah Flinn Sandi Halvorson Robyn Speck

Pledge sheets at local Tack & Feed stores throughout BC or by calling a ride organizer in your area.

Awarding of prizes following each ride. Free after ride BBQ



The Provincial Wish Trail Ride is the largest donor for the BC/Yukon chapter of the Children’s Wish foundation of Canada

In Memory of Walter White

WIN A TRIP FOR TWO TO EUROPE For every $400 raised your name goes in the draw to win two return air fare tickets, generously donated by Air Transat. The more you raise the more chances you have to win!

Spirit of Life Ride

By Alex MacRae

Five years ago we started the Spirit of Life Ride here in the South Okanagan. In that time we have raised a little over $16,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.


he ride started because it seemed too many equestrians were facing living with cancer or losing the battle to cancer. As an individual who has had close family members pass away from this disease it seemed so impossible that with all that we know in medicine and all that we do and research we continue lose to this disease. There are disease specific fundraising drives such as the work for breast cancer but sometimes the general area of cancer research was being left behind in terms of dollars raised and dollars for necessary budgets.

So the Spirit of Life ride was born out of hope that as equestrians we could make a difference for people living with cancer by contributing funds for research and to strengthen support groups in the Okanagan. This also gives an opportunity for families to come out together, to raise funds together and make a difference in the community together. We strengthen our community of equestrians when we act together to make a difference in the way we support our struggles and celebrate our wins. This is your invitation to come out on Saturday

April 24, 2010 to the Rodeo Grounds in Summerland at 10:00 am to take a leisurely ride in the country with friends and family. Let’s celebrate the wonderful riding in the Okanagan, let’s celebrate life in all its stages, let’s celebrate our joy in horses and celebrate every step we take to conquering cancer. Pledge forms and more information is available on the South Okanagan Horse Association website at www.soha-online. com. Please join us!!! P.S. The South Okanagan Horse Association Fuzzy Horse Show is on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at the Summerland Rodeo Grounds. If the weather is nice you can camp out and we have brand new stalls for your horses. Perhaps you could make it a family weekend. • 9

Mammoth Jennet Arrives Safely in New Zealand

By Sybil Sewell

Photos by Sybil E. Sewell

Sire of W.R.Black Mariah is 14.2hh Windy Ridge Eagle’s Blackhawk, shown here working in hand last fall at just under five years of age.


espite threats of a tsunami closing the Honolulu airport, a planeload of 17 horses that included a rare Mammoth donkey from the Leslieville area landed safely, and was soon on its way to Auckland, New Zealand, after refuelling. Windy Ridge Black Mariah, a rising twoyear-old registered Mammoth jennet (female), arrived safely in New Zealand about 18 hours later courtesy of International Racehorse Transport (IRT), a company experienced in shipping equines to almost all the world. Windy Ridge Black Mariah was bred and raised by Carl and Sybil Sewell who operate Windy Ridge Farm Donkeys two miles south of Leslieville, Alberta where they have lived since 1982. They are long-time members of

Windy Ridge Black Mariah at 16 months

the American Donkey and Mule Society, and founding members of the Canadian Donkey and Mule Association and the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club. While they have bred donkeys for 39 years, their specialty has been Mammoth Jack stock since 1979. Mammoth Jack stock represents the largest size class of donkeys recognized in North America. The Mammoth is on the rare breeds list, and has reached critical status due to low numbers being produced and registered.. According to Ron Black, manager of the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation that keeps the registry for the Canadian Donkey and Mule Association, Windy Ridge Black Mariah is the first registered donkey ever to be exported from Canada to New Zealand.

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The Saddle Shop is in a stand-alone building housing public bathrooms and an O’Keefe display area. Working space covers approx 600 sq. ft. There is highway frontage for public access to the Saddle Shop. This heritage attraction opens May until Thanksgiving with educational programs and tours and for visitors to “explore the ranch.” If you enjoy people, this turnkey operation is an excellent opportunity for a semi or retired individual with a desire to do custom leather work and to work within one’s own timetable; winter hours being optional. Asking $58,000 for assets and inventory. Call Ray at 250-545-8107 for detailed information. Serious enquiries only.

Windy Ridge Black Mariah, with Dr. Pam Barmentloo, equine vet from Rocky Mountain House who supervised all Mariah’s vaccinations and export papers.

US National Halter and Performance champions such as Black Bart, Scott’s Gallant Eagle and Siemon’s Glen appear eight times in Black Mariah’s six generation pedigree. Her sire is five-year-old Windy Ridge Eagle’s Blackhawk, and her dam, a Black Bart daughter, Windy Ridge Marcela. Blackhawk is one of the last two sons of the US National Champion Mammoth Jack the late Scott’s Gallant Eagle, and the only one in Canada. Scott’s Gallant Eagle provided the first export of frozen jack semen from USA to England with multiple mule offspring as the result! Windy Ridge Eagle’s Blackhawk has provided his first daughter as the first export of a registered Mammoth donkey to New Zealand. Black Mariah left Windy Ridge Farm in mid-January, 2010, in order to arrive in plenty of time for the three-week quarantine period in Lexington, KY. She was safely transported the almost 3,000-mile distance by Elliott’s Equine Transport of Okotoks, AB. Due to some delays, that period did not commence until Feb. 4. Both Australia and New Zealand, served by IRT, have very strict livestock import regulations. Upon arrival in New Zealand a further two weeks quarantine will commence at the special IRT facility near Auckland, before Black Mariah is released to her new home by mid-March. Windy Ridge Black Mariah’s new owners are Bryan and Jenny Claussen of Awapuni Donkey Stud in Taupiri. They are looking forward to adding Mariah’s special bloodlines to their small herd of Mammoth Jack stock. Congratulations on a first for Canada and for New Zealand!

Barrel Racer Celebrates Teaching Milestone 2010 is a special year for one of North America’s most renowned barrel racers.


onoka’s Dee Butterfield marks 40 years of holding clinics, and sharing her experience and expertise in horsemanship with students around the world. To mark the occasion,

Butterfield is hosting a special reunion event this summer. Butterfield has built a legendary reputation in the arena, in competition, through instruction, and by raising winners in her horse breeding program. The talented horse woman earned a Canadian barrel racing championship in 1992, in her 10th year of qualifying for Canadian Professional Rodeo’s season end showdown. She was one of the first Canadian barrel racers to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo, in 1975. She’s earned numerous other association championships and futurity titles over four decades of competition. It became clear early on to this B.C.-raised cowgirl that she enjoyed training horses, and sharing her insights with others. Having trained all her own horses from a young age, Butterfield developed a knowledge that is unsurpassed in the sport. Her expertise ranges from breeding and raising barrel prospects through to the highest level of competition. Butterfield’s first barrel racing clinic was held at a little place called Anahim Lake in B.C., a place she describes as “back in the bush.” “There were ten or twelve students, and they passed the hat for me.” That was a lifetime of clinics ago. Butterfield estimates she’s had close to five thousand students over the years. She’s held clinics in Hawaii and Australia, and has helped many a barrel racer along the way to their own championships. Previous students have included 2008 World Barrel Racing Champion Lindsay Sears, two-time Calgary Stampede winner Jill Besplug and her great horse Chick, and newly crowned Canadian Barrel Racing Champion Gaylene Buff. Butterfield’s clinics have drawn a wide range of students, as old as 65 and as young as four years old. Two-time World Champion saddle bronc rider Mel Hyland even took a clinic, as he launched his own horse training career. With such a wide range of interesting participants, it’s no wonder the Ponoka cowgirl is looking forward to this summer’s Dee Butterfield Alumni Classic 40th Anniversary event. She’s hoping it will be a great reunion of her students from over the years. The first-time event in Canada will be a 5 D barrel racing competition, open to all past students of a Dee Butterfield clinic, with a minimum $10,000 total purse. Enthusiasm is already starting to build for the 40th Anniversary Alumni Classic, to be held at the Ponoka Stampede Grounds July 8-10. (Entries close at the end of April, and there are still sponsorship opportunities available.) “I really want it to be a lot of fun for those racing, and even for those who aren’t,” said Butterfield. So along with the barrel racing, there will be a wine and cheese social, a pancake breakfast, a barbecue, and all kinds of awards and prizes for participants. For more information contact Dee Butterfield 403-783-2725, 12 • Saddle Up • April 2010

Where Legends Live On - Four-Hoofed Included By Helen Williams A good guide will choose his lead horse carefully, seeking the older and tried-andtested horse - not the freshly broken horse with spunk, great form, and little experience. Looks have no value in nature’s world.


ranglers put their trust in one another and their horse. So when you hear the legends of Canadian cowboys, none are complete without mentioning their trusted horses - for a cowboy is nothing without his horse. In the Chilcotin Range, Cayuse wild horses still run free and those roped by the wild horseman, and tamed, often become legends like Curly Joe. For nearly 40 years, Curly Joe ruled the South Chilcotin Mountains carrying riders and leading horse packs into the mountains and putting in six months a season in his 30 years of selfless work for a wilderness guest ranch. This strawberry roan gelding knew every mountain trail, committed to memory every shortcut to use, and knew every path to avoid. Although never replaced, you’ll find many of Curly Joe’s relatives following in his hoof prints on the same trails guests travel from

Gold Bridge each year into Big Creek and South Chilcotin Provincial Parks on horse pack trips, guided alpine wilderness hikes (with pack horses carrying hiker’s gear), wildlife viewing trips, and students seeking to become wilderness guides. (Helen Williams - rider of four once-in-alifetime horse riding holidays. Ranch and camp-based trips in spring, summer, fall, and winter are each as equally spectacular and physically rewarding as the other.)

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Western Ranch and Cow Horse Challenges Students If you want a career where you’ll spend most of the day on a horse, Lakeland College’s Western Ranch and Cow Horse program can help you achieve your goal.


ur students are getting the skills they need to find employment where they ride up to eight hours a day,” says instructor Ron Hoffman. He already has a list of more than 30 jobs waiting for this year’s graduates, including positions on ranches, feedlots, community pastures and with horse trainers. Hoffman stresses that if you are interested in being a recreational rider, this one-year certificate program isn’t for you. In addition to classroom work at the college’s Vermilion campus, students spend two hours a day training a horse. In September they start with a green horse and by the end of the program, students have horses ready to use on the job. Some students also ride their horse in Lakeland’s Working Cowboy Competition, completing rollbacks, spins, lead changes, cow work and roping. “We push our students pretty hard. Just when they get comfortable with a skill, we raise the bar and start pushing them again. There’s definitely a courage component to this program,” says Hoffman.

But it’s not just about training a horse – it’s about learning skills that can help them successfully work with horses and with cattle. “There are courses on low stress cattle handling, range and forage crops, agronomy, beef production, cattle diseases and treatment, and equine marketing,” says Hoffman. Craig Onyschak graduated from the program in 2008. He spends about four months a year as a horseback hunting guide in Northern British Columbia. The remainder of the year he works at Highland Feeders near Vegreville where he spends six hours a day on his horse completing pen checks and moving livestock. Onyschak moved from Manitoba to Alberta to take the Lakeland program which was then known as Ranch and Feedlot Rider. It’s a move he’s glad he made. “I had worked with horses before but I was mostly selftaught. I learned a lot of horse-training skills and I became more confident and comfortable working with horses,” says Onyschak. “I also learned about cattle diseases and prevention which, working in a feedlot, I use all the time.” To learn more about Lakeland College’s Western Ranch and Cow Horse program, phone 1-800-661-6490, visit www. The Lakeland College Working Cowboy Competition 2010 is being held April 16. 14 • Saddle Up • April 2010

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Dressage Masters of the 20th Century - Egon von Neindorff By Holly Baxter Egon von Neindorff taught at his private Reitinstitut Egon von Neindorff in Karlsruhe, Germany, for over 50 years until his death in 2004. He is generally regarded as the last of the great classical dressage masters and he left behind a huge legacy that is being carried out by his dedicated students both at his institute and around the world.


t is not too much to say that Egon von Neindorff displayed an affinity with the horse, going so far as to call his horses “his children” that clearly indicates the love he held for these beautiful animals. Growing up in a cavalry family, von Neindorff never remembered a life away from horses. Born in 1923, the young German began competing seriously in dressage at the age of 15. He received his instructor’s certification in driving and during the war years was enlisted in the cavalry. In 1949 he was shown a lovely old riding hall, with grounds and stables in Karlsruhe, which he was able to purchase. He continued to compete at the highest levels in dressage until his last competition in 1954. From that time forward, he devoted himself to the service of classical horsemanship and to being a custodian of riding tradition. German citizens were not permitted to train at the Spanish Riding School in Austria, so von Neindorff travelled to Bavaria to receive lessons from their instructors. A lesson he never forgot was “the hand receives but never works backwards!” followed by “the driving aids must always dominate over the restraining aids.” His philosophy toward his pupils was to have them on “Riding Masters.” These were school horses that had already been successful competitors in dressage and jumping as well as participating in classical performances. “Every horse is an educator in my house; I have teachers who instruct the elementary classes and professors who develop the advanced pupils.” 16 • Saddle Up • April 2010

He felt every rider’s goal is to create a horse with a supple back which can be achieved only through hindquarter engagement and the rider’s correct seat. With this in mind, all students took lunge lessons to learn how to sit correctly. “The supple back of a rider maintains relaxation and unconstrained movement of the horse. These are the first necessary steps in the development of rhythm, suppleness and honest rein contact with impulsion.” “The rider must resist any temptation to shorten or form the horse’s neck with his hands while attempting to increase the level of collection!” A good exercise that von Neindorff used was to have his students relax the inside rein in the direction of the horse’s mouth for one or two strides to see if the horse rushed away or lost impulsion. Many of von Neindorff’s young horses were driven with a light cart, lunged and free jumped as four year olds. He did not start them with a rider until the end of their fourth year, the same age the Spanish Riding School begins their horses. According to each horse’s temperament, their initial training might include walking and trotting poles, and a single caveletti at the lowest point (25 centimetres) when teaching strike off to canter. Small jumps were often used as a valuable tool for relaxation and to loosen a horse’s back. All lessons were ended before the young horse’s mind and muscles became overtaxed. “The young horse should not begin its next schooling session with sore muscles from the last session.” The goal to strive for

was relaxation, suppleness, gentle contact with the horse’s mouth at all gaits while on one hoof track, which is straightness. Just as at the Spanish Riding School, there was an observer on the ground and the riders used the riding hall mirrors to carefully monitor how the young horse moved beneath them. It was this care and attention at the earliest stages

Dressage Masters, cont’d which created the foundation of the true classical dressage horse. As the young horse’s training progressed, collected exercises and loosening exercises were used interchangeably as the preliminary stage for developing collection. The main reason advanced level riders were used by von Neindorff for training young horses was their highly developed sense of feel. “The riders must be able to ascertain which hind hoof is carrying weight and which one is swinging forward. Otherwise the aids given become unclear and misunderstandings begin between horse and rider.” In his book The Art of Classical Horsemanship (2005) published after his death, von Neindorff devotes an entire chapter to the importance of properly ridden corners on one hoof track, which is an area often overlooked

by riders. A correctly executed corner is the foundation on which shoulderin and other lateral movements are developed. “A sensible and well thought out gymnastic education will prepare the horse’s hindquarters for the next step without overtaxing them and producing stress.” And likewise: “The rider who does not have enough time to educate his riding horse carefully in all the basic gaits, will find that he has reduced his horse’s life expectancy.” The Art of Classical Horsemanship takes the reader from the earliest stages of a horse’s training to Haute Ecole. Primarily a training and instructional manual, the book is interspersed with commentary. He discusses the awarding of high marks in competitions to tense horses as they only seem to be exhibiting greater collection. He bemoaned the loss of the cavalry training schools that followed consistent training methods for

horse and rider. The scarcity of School Master horses available today was a serious concern as well, as this limited the number of classically trained riders. The world of dressage owes a great debt to the legacy of Egon von Neindorff and his institute which is still flourishing today. In closing I leave the reader with a challenging comment of von Neindorff ’s: “… the modern day ‘baroque rider’ must ask himself if he is still a servant of classical horsemanship, or just the actor and performer for his highly talented mount.” Holly Baxter has her BHSAI from Crabbet Park, England, and has worked in the horse industry for over 30 years as an instructor, trainer and stable manager. Currently she can be found at The Paddock, Vernon, BC.

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A Day in the Life

By Kevan Garecki

- The Gift

I sat in the truck, viewing what was arguably the most stunning sunrise I had witnessed to date. The colours were richer than ever before, and the frigid mountain air added a clarity and crispness to the moment, etching this scene into my mind.


ittle did I know this was merely the precursor to an event I would not forget for the rest of my life. Three weeks earlier a quiet fellow called me, asking if I would be willing to take part in a “surprise” for his wife. As he offered a summary, I became eager to participate in his plan. So this cold winter morning dawned to find me waiting on the only road leading into a remote ranch nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. As I sat drenched in the azure, ochre and magenta hues spilling forth before me, I smiled at being granted this opportunity. The man’s devotion to his wife was

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touching, wanting to give her a horse as a surprise gift and all. The reverie was broken as my cellphone rang; it was the husband’s call to signal the “all clear” to head the rest of the way into the ranch for the final act of his carefully choreographed play. As I rolled into the ranch proper, the man strode into the driveway to meet me; he directed me to a parking spot behind the main barn, out of sight of the house. I complied, now becoming eager to see the look on his wife’s face when she saw the stunning paint mare I had on board. After I’d parked and killed the engine, the man bade me one more favour; “Would you

mind unloading the mare, and waiting just behind the wall here until I call?” I nodded with a smile, understanding how much he wanted this moment to be just right. As I stood with the mare, she quietly surveyed her new surroundings as both of us breathed in the crisp mountain air. Her ears perked as we heard the man calling my name and we began our walk toward the house. As we rounded the end of the barn I saw the man, but was surprised to see him standing behind a wheelchair in which sat an uncommonly frail woman. I hesitated for a moment, thinking this could not be the wife he spoke of, when suddenly the mare let out a deep nicker. The woman’s gaze had been fixed on the ground in front of her; a hollow, lifeless look, not unlike that of one who has resigned to die soon. On hearing the mare’s call, the woman responded with a medley of expressions. First came confusion, followed closely with disbelief and finally

A Day in the Life, cont’d wonderment as she lifted her head to see us walking toward her. The mare nickered again and quickened her pace as she did so. As we drew closer to the woman, I began to realize this was much more than just a surprise; but a reunion. On reaching the woman in her chair, the mare let out a long, low nicker and I saw that she was trembling in anticipation. The woman stared at the horse, scarcely daring to believe her own eyes. As she reached a frail hand out, the mare sniffed it, then lowered her head and pressed it against the woman’s chest. The woman responded with a small sound and gently caressed what was obviously an old and dear friend. I fought to keep the knot from rising in my throat, but as I looked up and saw relatives, friends and neighbours streaming from the barn and house, all of whom were as misty-eyed as I was, the tears gushed forth. There wasn’t a dry eye in the driveway that morning as we all watched two soul mates immersed in one another’s company. Only after the initial meeting was done and we dared to speak did the rest of the story come out. The woman had witnessed the birth of this mare many years before and had quickly developed a tight bond with the spry filly. She had fallen to a debilitating disease soon afterward and was confined

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Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

By Chris Irwin

I’m too much horse for most people. Not a bad horse, just too honest and direct. I play horse games by horse rules and I never play according to human definitions of political correctness. I just can’t tolerate the games people play because as my author is so fond of saying, horses don’t lie.


horse has a mind of his own.” Most people recognize this and try to establish communication with us through training, schooling, work, or “playing games.” Wow! This beats the old days of working all day in the field or charging into battle. And I must admit, I prefer to be a show horse instead of a plough or war horse. However, on behalf of all my herd mates I really do need to say something. My author has picked up a saying from his Dutch students: “In the land of the blind, the man with one eye is King.” So, here’s the issue. We horses have two perfectly good eyes. We are not blind. We are Zen masters of awareness. We see you. We really see you. Horses are like the innocent child in the fable who honestly admitted that “No, the emperor did not have new clothes – in fact, the truth was that the emperor was naked.” D.H. Lawrence said “far back, in the depths of our soul, a dark horse prances.” I am this author’s dark horse. He conjures me up as the dark horse of industry politics – the one not expected to win but is a significant force to be reckoned with. He summons me also as the symbol

of the warrior who rides upon a dark horse in his battle against evil. And I am the dark horse of his shadow – his intuition and creativity that rises up from the depths of his unconscious mind. I am his animal spirit. And I am here to tell you that he can often forget about me and howl like a foolish coyote on his own.

My author travels the world as a renowned trainer of trainers.

And yet, when he falls off his path he’s just another goofy egomaniac. But on a good day, here’s this semi-hippy from the north woods of Alberta who fancies himself as some kind of horse shaman and more and more people are listening to him. Here’s a sample of what he has to say, in his own words:

“Horses are physiologically hard wired so that their body, mind and spirit work together as one. Simply, the frame of the body of the horse is also the frame of the mind and training any horse should mean that we use our body language and continued on page 22

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Straight From the Horse’s Mouth, cont’d our skills to shape or sculpt our horses into a frame of body that corresponds to their being able to feel good in the mind.” So, folks, each month as my author wanders about the world obsessed with the folly of his entrepreneurial equestrian misadventures, I’ll be prancing around in the arena of his unconscious mind, chompin’ at the bit and hot to trot to spur him into writing home to Saddle Up to share his more controversial thoughts about the state of the horse industry. It can be entertaining as the author quests for raising awareness in the land of the blind. He often begins a clinic by asking people what they hope to achieve with their horses? Ultimately, the unanimous decision is that they desire to develop or refine a “partnership” with their horse. At this point my author sighs and then disillusions them by pointing out that what they are saying is politically correct but they are not being real. They are not being authentic. I usually rear up and kick in at this point and tell them what I feel they need to hear instead of what they think they want to hear. I tell them they are romantic control freaks living in illusions and denial and that their horses are NOT their partners. It is the human who decides when we are to be loaded into horse trailers - it is never discussed with us as partners whether or not we prefer to be transported to a new environment. Our mares and stallions do not choose each

other naturally – people choose for us. And don’t get me started on geldings! First people castrate us and then they attempt to play games with us in the name of creating a partnership? Humans negotiate with their true partners and they decide mutually on a course of action. But when a human presumes to mount a horse they do not ask if he or she is willing to be ridden. We are told where to go - not asked if, and where, we want to go. And if we dare say no to a person then they begin to train, work, school, play games with us and/or break us into submission. We are most often coerced – we are not partners. And when we’re sold - we’re more like foster children bouncing from home to home – wondering guardedly what kind of dysfunctional human condition we’ll find ourselves unloaded into next.

Horses find ourselves face to face with the human illusion that many believe we are having fun with them and that we actually enjoy having people push us around and twirl ropes at our faces and poke us around with spurs and sticks.

This is not a partnership – this is human denial pretending it is a partnership when, in fact, it is servitude. So I ask you – can we be real? Can we be honest? Please don’t be afraid of this horse and try not to get angry with my author. I only speak my mind according to the truth as I see it. Horse racing is sometimes called “a contest of differing opinions” and my author encourages people to come to the races. And if you’re ready to raise your awareness to begin to see the world from the perspective of a horse – then join up with us each month as my author speaks directly from the horse’s mouth. Meanwhile, until we meet again, “may the horse be with you.” Best-selling author and trainer of 18 U.S. National champions in riding and driving events with Wild Mustangs, Chris Irwin is at the forefront of the natural horsemanship movement and also the emerging industry of therapeutic and personal coaching programs with horses. Chris lives with his wife, Kathryn “the Alpha mare,” at their Riversong Retreat in Alberta. For more information about Chris please visit his website at

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Training For Courage

By Paul Dufresne

- Reflections on Discovering Your Lead

Most people owning horses today realize they will have to acquire some type of knowledge in regard to developing a positive relationship with their horses. I believe that there are more quality trained educators in the equine industry than ever before. This is good - it means that more pertinent information is readily available.


efore people decide what kind of horse they should have, they need to take inventory of the type of person they are and the type of leader they are. Unfortunately most people consider this after they have acquired a horse and often a mismatch is the result. When it comes to education, a clinician or instructor also needs to take into consideration the type of leader their student is inclined to be and the type of horse they are partnered with. The discussion below is a reflection of my

opinion based on what I see on a regular basis at clinics. It is always a challenge for me as an educator but participants themselves also find it very difficult to identify their personal inclinations as a leader. For a horse owner that wishes to have a quality relationship, where they and their horse are safe and enjoying each other’s company, the owner has to realize that they have to be the leader. I am assuming that most people know this even if they don’t necessarily act accordingly. It is worth taking the time and making some brief notes on how they see themselves in their relationship with their 1818 Davidson Road, Winfield, BC, V4V 1J8 horse. What type of 250-766-4310 or Toll Free: 1-866-766-4310 leader are they? Authoritative FOR ALL YOUR – willing to earn EQUINE REPRODUCTION NEEDS the lead – educated/ knowledgeable in • A.I. with either fresh chilled knowing how - do or frozen semen they know clearly what they are asking • U.S.A., Canadian and International of the horse? Do they Stallions understand the horse’s • Frozen semen storage and distribution body language or are • Stallion training and semen evaluation they relating to it like • Semen collection and shipping a human? Are they • Semen freezing and storage calm, anxious, fearful, • Embryo transfer a leader or a boss (not the same)? Call for more info and rates Middle Dr. Alex Wales, D.V.M. (authoritiveDr. Susan Wales, D.V.M. submissive), this could 6/10 be a good place to be

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if you are the right one at the right time based on how the horse is behaving. Submissive - coaxing the horse to do things, thinking or hoping that love and possibly treats will overcome any problems. Might have the leadline in hand but not so sure who is leading who. Educated - does the horse owner understand the type of horse he/she has and what position in the herd it is inclined to gravitate too? Dominantaggressive, competitive, calm, middle of the herd, subservient calm or anxious.

Training For Courage, cont’d All of these types of horses will include some level of fearfulness when combined with their placement in a herd hierarchy. Prey animals tend to be naturally apprehensive of anything they are unsure of, eliciting the flight reflex. Humans may be fearful when they realize how powerful that horse is when inspired by the flight reflex. Horses are hard wired to lead or follow. They always want to know where they fit into the hierarchy so they will test. Your answers to those questions will usually determine their ensuing behaviour. An indecisive or insecure leader will be challenged - it is just a matter of time. The horse may be willing to stay and do as you ask until it is more than they care for, then they will let you know where you fit into the horse/ human herd plan in some physical horse expression. Once a person has an idea of what they think they are, they have to learn to look at the horse for the reflection of what they are as the horse sees it. Funny how horses do that, and most people can eventually accept that, but if another human was to tell them the same thing, they would tend to not accept such information as favourably. We don’t always like the reflection we see because it is usually different than what we had thought. Horses don’t lie or have any agenda, they live for the moment of comfort! Once a person has honestly identified what they are in the relationship, as a clinician, I have to assist them in behaving like a leader and not a submissive follower in ways that work for them. As an educator in a clinic setting, I have to consider the questions posed above and figure out where that participant is coming from, what they are comfortable expressing in their leadership and also their understanding of training principles and the horse’s body language. Some techniques, however good, may not be that effective if a learning participant tries to be too much like the instructor

(which might be impossible) as opposed to just being the best lead they can be. When teaching I do not want participants to feel like they need to be a Paul Dufresne clone. This is not healthy for these participants as they do not come to the learning environment with the same attributes and experience. The best thing I can do is to help people express themselves effectively, within their abilities, and help them modify their lead to their horse’s needs in a way they can be successful. It is my opinion that any good teacher of people or horses will take the time to feel out and test the student - whether equine or human - to see where they need help the most to be happy and safe in the partnership. Confidence is a big stumbling block and as a teacher we need to help people understand the horse so they know when the horse feels ok or not and how to cause it, when they are safe or not and

how to stay there, and then how they can change the situation so it is positive for both of them. This is such a great opportunity to learn about understanding, knowing and improving ourselves. Give it some thought, and enjoy the journey in discovering yourself and your horse in becoming part of the herd. Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Kelowna, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship; Classical Arts; Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses, but 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. • 25


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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame to induct Jerri Duce Phillips

Ten individuals have been named for induction this year into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, and include nine-time Canadian barrel racing champion and well-known trick rider Jerri Duce Phillips. Phillips started her domination of the Canadian barrel racing circuit in 1964, and won her first Canadian championship when she was just 12 years old. She was also the first Canadian to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo in 1973 and competed at the event again in 1976 and 1977. Beginning her trick riding career at the tender age of nine, Phillips and her sister Joy travelled the world as the Flying Duces, even performing at the 1967 International and Universal Exposition (Expo) in Montreal, Que., and at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, AB. As the result of her success as a barrel racer and trick rider, she was the first woman to be honoured by the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, and was inducted in 1997. These days, Jerri runs a trick riding school near Carseland, AB, which she established in 2003. She also trains barrel horses and occasionally works as a stunt performer in the film industry


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Jerri Duce Phillips

She will be inducted at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame’s annual ceremony later this spring. Canadian Rodeo News will have more on this story in their April issue.

Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Announces 2010 Inductees

This year’s inductees to the Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame (CPRHF) are Floyd Peters, Phil Doan, Gordon Doan, Everett Vold, Clayton Hines, Edith Malesh and saddle bronc horse Wyatt Earp. Peters was a tie-down roper and steer decorator from Cardston, AB. He won the Canadian steer decorating championship in 1945, and three consecutive Canadian tie-down roping championships from 1945 to 1947. Gordon Doan competed alongside his brothers Melvin and Urban, and was well known as a bareback rider. He picked up his first Canadian bareback championship in 1945, and again in 1946. Doan’s nephew Phil, from Consort, AB, was named Cowboy of the Year in 1971, and was the second recipient to ever receive the award. He also won the Canadian steer wrestling championship in 1973. Hailing originally from Ponoka, AB, Everett Vold was a bareback rider and the 1949 Canadian steer decorating champion. Clayton Hines of Drayton Valley, AB, known as Low Tone by his peers, secured the Canadian saddle bronc champion in 1981 and again in 1985. Edith Malesh was named Committee Person of the Year in 1991 for all her hard work as director of the Assiniboia, SK, South Country Roundup committee. At that time, she had already served the rodeo committee for 18 years. . Owned by Harvey Northcott Rodeo, and ranch-raised out near Caroline, AB, Wyatt Earp was one of the most formidable broncs a cowboy could draw. The stallion won many awards, including the Canadian Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year award.

13th Season for All Gaited Breeds Fun Show


ith horse show season coming upon us once again, it brings the inevitable anticipation as well as anxiety. Is my horse good enough to go up against ones that are in training most of the year? Do I have a catchy outfit to wear or is mine getting a little dated in style and colour? Maybe this year is the one I have to invest in some cool new duds. Oh, oh… that means I have to co-ordinate my saddle pad and maybe some other tack as well. And then there are those pricey show fees to plan for. On top of that, I get reminded over and over to ‘not be so serious’ and remember to keep smiling in the ring. It’s supposed to be fun I am told (why do I need Gravol then?). I wonder if my calm horse who does everything perfectly at the arena at home will spazz out again this year, for no apparent reason of course (it was so embarrassing). There’s a group of horse owners out there who decided a few years ago to lighten up and have more fun with their horses. Maybe take some of the snobbery out of

breed ownership and get to know and appreciate each other’s horses and actually enjoy talking to each other. No special tack or clothes required. Shoes or no shoes. These people are already a little weird anyway – they ride smooth gaited horses! That includes Icelandics, Peruvians, Rocky Mountain or Kentucky Mountain horses, Tennessee Walkers, Missouri Foxtrotters, Paso Finos and even gaited Mules! People who only had a part-gaited horse were encouraged to join in as well. Well, the tradition has continued. The Interior All Gaited Fun Horse Show has evolved into an event that has been Rated #1 for Fun by its exhibitors. With classes such as Ring-a-ding-a-ling and Birdie, Bogie or Sand Trap – Golf Anyone?, along with the Mismatched Pairs and Gone Fishin’, who can resist? There are also individual breed classes, featuring pleasure, equitation, or gait. The show fees are a real bargain and everyone gets ribbons and/or prizes. The combinations of entry options for the 45


classes offered are numerous, i.e. one class, one day, whole week-end, unlimited entries. The idea is to get people out, give the horses a challenge and have a whole lot of laughs at yourself or someone else. Guaranteed there is no tension at this show. Every age is out there riding in the style in which they are most comfortable So, if you have a gaited or part-gaited Horse or Mule and want to be in a show to remember and talk about with your friends, be sure to register and get in on the fun. If you don’t have a gaited horse but just want to check out the show, come on down to the Armstrong Agriplex on June 12-13. Saturday runs from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m., while Sunday starts early at 8:30 am. Admission is free and there will be a full concession available. For entry or stabling info, contact: Brenda Mason, or 250-546-6048 or John McMillan,

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“Sack-out” = to take all the spookiness out of your horse.

I believe ‘sacking out’ your colt or horse is a very important step in training. Over the years, I have found that if you don’t sack your colts out, they never completely overcome some of the spookiness. The animal has to trust you and realize that when you are working with them, you will not harm them. They must be completely comfortable with you being around him. Horses cannot think or learn properly if they are afraid of every movement you make. It doesn’t matter if I am starting a colt or working with an older horse, I always sack him out first, to gain his trust. I use my Easy Start Rope, which is a soft 30’ oil based rope. There is a proper way to put it on so that it will not fall off, and yet will easily release to pressure. My DVD demonstrates how to build the head rope and put it on.

Q&A with Gary Hunt

Question: How old should my colt be before I start him? Answer: That is a very important question. You may think that working with colts at a younger age makes them easier to start. I believe that a 2-year-old is a nice age to start your colt. From my experience, the mind of a colt that is younger than two is not ready for that kind of pressure. Let them be 28 • Saddle Up • April 2010

I begin by warming up the horse both ways in the round pen until I have some connection with the horse. That means when I have eye contact; then I start by bringing the colt up to me and sacking him out with my hands. I rub him all over and once he accepts this, I begin sacking him out with my sack-out blanket until he also accepts this and simply stands there with no worry and nervousness. The horse will always try to get away from the pressure, but I keep bringing him back to me using a steady pull on the rope. I like to walk out behind him and throw the blanket at him from both sides until he iscomfortable. Then, at this point, I am confident that I can saddle him with no problem. After Gary Hunt retired from his rodeo career and training race horses, he directed his energy to the creation of his Colt Starting DVD and his passion for solving horses’ problems. He has done clinics and demonstrations throughout the U.S. and Canada and is now managing a Thoroughbred farm outside of Calgary and continues to work passionately starting and training horses. Gary believes it is important for every horse to have ‘Ground Manners’ and to know how to stop, turn both ways and back up BEFORE getting on him. (For contact info see his listing in Business Services under Trainer/Coaches.)

babies. Even 2-year-olds are still developing and their knees are open; so they can’t be rode too hard. You can put 90 days on a 2-year-old with only light riding and then turn them out until they are three.

Uwe Jourdain Comes to BC


ed Willow Ranch, located in Lone Butte, BC, welcomes Uwe Jourdain to the ranch for one week June 29 to July 7 for clinic instruction. A European favourite (horse trainer), Red Willow welcomes Uwe to Canada. During the week, 2-day courses with 8 people will be offered, or single lessons are available for individual teaching. Uwe will start with the basics; first an introduction and get to know who is there, and determining participant’s training level with their horse. Uwe’s teaching methods are more about ground work and gymnastics with your horse, building up trust, as well as dominance behaviour. Muscles and body parts of the horse will be discussed in order to understand more about your training and to ensure you are not doing the wrong exercises. Information and study will enable you to go on with the same exercises at home. Not only will you gain hands-on experience, but you will also learn from other members of your group by watching and listening.

A happy participant comments...

It started on Saturday morning with a “get to know each other” breakfast where we heard about the basics of Uwe’s course; what age you can start a horse, what you have to take care of, and not to overwork or wrongly train. Uwe believes that you should have the knowledge of the horse’s body parts first. Then the training can begin. The horse needs preparation with moderate muscling exercises; then to increase as fitness level improves. As in humans, you cannot be a high level sportsperson from the beginning.

Warming up of the muscles is of most importance; as well to get them relaxed. To achieve that Uwe showed us how to bend the head, neck and back. Uwe then gave us tips in horsemanship. The Zirsensik flections are influencing confidence and dominance behaviour in the horse. The exercises where the horse has to bend down (works near the ground) are asking for trust and giving up the dominant position; while the work on the pedestal gives the horse confidence; which must be treated carefully, as it can lead for an already dominant horse to be over confident. This showed us that these flections are demanding work, which requires knowledge in horsemanship and anatomy of the horse. Our questions in between the exercises quite often gave reasons for a good laugh. The afternoon session had single exercises introduced. First exercise is called “Plie” – the horse has to bend his head between his front feet; ideal training for the back, but needs steady training, as it cannot be reached at the first attempt. The description of different exercises goes on in great detail throughout the afternoon. The Zirsensik is fun, but the exercises should be taken seriously. Ensure that you are doing it correctly and not harming your horse. If you are serious about horsemanship, join the course. It is your money well-invested, even as a spectator. I can recommend Uwe Jourdain as the course lecturer... he is competent, patient, knowledgeable, and best of all it is fun! See the ad below for contact information.

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Red Willow Ranch June 29 to July 7, 2010 12 years ago, Uwe Jourdain began his remarkable work with horses. He is famous for his special courses in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands and Andalusia, and many have been televised. The following are the basics of Uwe Jourdain’s teaching: Horsemanship Trust between rider and horse Gymnastics for horses Sensitization for horses Dominance training Trailer training Understanding your horse It’s always fun to work with horses. It’s also very interesting to see how the relationship and communication between you and your horse improves and the work gets easier. You can bring your own horse or train with one of our horses. For info or to reserve your spot contact: Red Willow Ranch Watch Lake Road, Lone Butte, B.C. 250-395-3017 • • 29


I have noticed that many people these days are trying to get more years out of their horse. In the past, people would show a horse for a year or two and then sell him and upgrade or start over with a young horse.


believe that there are many reasons why people are holding on to their horses longer. First of all, some people just don’t have the extra money they used to have, and they don’t want to gamble by starting over with a new horse. Better training techniques have been developed that promote longevity in horse’s show careers. People are also better educated about soundness and maintaining that soundness. Last but not least, many people do a lot of events with their horses and this can inspire people to keep teaching their horse new events, which can promote longevity in their horses.

Step 3: Build A Relationship With Your Horse!

Step 1: Take a Fresh Look at Your Horse

A. Learn the Principal of Conditioned Response

I have outlined some steps that you can use to get more good years from your horse! By following these steps, I have taken horses that other people were done with, and horses that have quit winning and made them into fresh, outstanding performers!

I recommend that you honestly evaluate your horse. Start by evaluating where he is now and compare that to where he was when you first started showing him. What are the positives and the negatives? Write them down. Are the negatives things that you can change? We often get in a habit or a routine with our horse and we may be accepting bad habits or deterioration in his movement that we just don’t have to! When we get too close to something we may not see the whole picture as clearly as if we step outside of the situation and take a fresh look! Do just that. Look at it as if you were an outsider and be very objective as you evaluate. What would make your horse better? List those things and see if any of them can be improved upon! Also list the positives. How can you make the positives better? Build a case for or against keeping your horse. Doing this has motivated me to change things that I may have lived with before. Putting some thought into each aspect of your horse may help you to turn the negative around and into a positive!

Step 2: Look at his Physical Soundness

Enlist the help of your veterinarian and have him check your horse’s teeth and perform a soundness exam on your horse. Most horses that go up and down the road have some areas of unsoundness, especially if you see their movement deteriorating in any way. I have my older horses evaluated routinely. I also give all of my show horses an ultimate supplement that contains oral joint supplements. Most of my show horses also get Adaquan and Legend shots. I will usually do 30 • Saddle Up • April 2010

a series once or twice a year. On some horses, I have seen great results with Adaquan and Legend. Your horse may also need a joint injection to help a painful joint. I also recommend that the veterinarian you use to evaluate your horse’s soundness is a vet with a specialty or emphasis in legs, and soundness. A comfortable horse will move better, show better and be happier! Our horses work hard for us; let’s give back to them by investing in their comfort.

I do exercises and maneuvers that build acceptance to my cues and I am constantly looking at my horse’s reaction and body language.

If you’ve had your horse for a while, you may think “Well, I already have a relationship with my horse, what could you mean?” But in the same way, while you are relooking at every area of your horse; I encourage you to relook at the relationship between you and your horse! Here are some tips to improve your relationship with your horse. Horses learn by conditioned response. That means any habits, quirks, or areas of disobedience most likely were conditioned in your horse. An example of this is if your horse cheats in the Western Pleasure class by trying to go into the centre to line up after the class has reversed, he learned this by conditioned response. That means he went into many classes and the routine was the same. Start out in the counter clockwise direction, then reverse to the clockwise direction, then go into the centre to line up. He heard that announcer say lineup over and over. You are probably trying to look poised and confident and you line up when they call the lineup. After a while, he learns the routine. It becomes conditioned to him and the act of lining up is a response, even when you don’t want him to line up. He may be lining up all on his own! Unfortunately, he may try to line up before they call the gait and he may get fussy or irritated if you require him to wait. Now he has learned to cheat in the show pen and you have a problem. By understanding your horse and how problems can start, you can do things to avoid him learning to cheat. Such as, don’t line up the second they call you in to the lineup, or find some small schooling shows and ask him to keep walking a long time, or recondition him to pay better attention to your leg cue or rein cue. Unfortunately, once the cheating has started you will most likely have to go to some schooling shows and school him, but that is how you can rebuild your relationship with him. Change his routine enough to stop conditioned response from backfiring on you!

Training with Dana Hokana, cont’d B. School Him Often In the Show Pen

I recommend you find small shows and school your horse if need be! This can stop the cheats from starting and stop the cheats from continuing. When you school him in the show pen, I recommend that you are firm but do not overdo and scare him. People that snatch their horses behind the judges’ back often condition the horse to be afraid, and they lose that relaxed pretty profile. The horse can learn to be reactive anticipating the punishment. I recommend you be firm but clear.

C. Give a Clear Message

Often problems get started because the rider is not clear enough. Horses like black and white, clear training techniques. Be firm and clear. Reward the good, correct the bad, and your horse will last longer!

D. Punish the Body Part That Disobeys You Learn to diagnose your horse’s response to your cues. Often an angry, sour horse is just mad at your leg or mad or afraid in the face. I do exercises and maneuvers that build acceptance to my cues and I am constantly looking at my horse’s reaction and body language. Their body language tells you volumes! You may need to maintain his acceptance. It is very diagnostic. I have taken many older horses and remade them by chipping away at their resistance by repeating and practicing going in with my cue until they accept it. This is building a conditioned response and turning around a negative situation into a positive. I also respect the horse enough to listen to what he is telling me and to evaluate whether or not I need to change something. Sometimes your horse has gotten cranky or disobedient because his work ethic needs to be revamped. If my horses get mad at the simple routine, I make the routine harder or more challenging for him. Your horse can be conditioned to dislike the workout by getting angry and cranky and his reaction is never dealt with. Sometimes this starts by short workouts that don’t get the job done. If you choose to dig in and change some things with your horse, allow enough time to go through to the other side in each of your workouts and you will change his conditioned response!

Step 4: Recondition or Re-Make Your Horse Good physical condition is a huge step toward remaking your horse. Remember older people and older horses often get shorter and choppier in their movement. I do a series of calisthenics to stretch, limber and condition all of my show horses, especially the older ones. Older horses benefit by a lot of medium trotting. I like to do a lot of driving forward with collection to keep that pure movement that the horse started out with. Every time we shut our horse’s movement down and lose that forward motion, we run the risk of deteriorating his movement. Good, pure, natural movement will help your horse to compete at a higher level in any event, and at any discipline. Build your horse up slowly to a level of conditioning that will enable him to perform his event with ease. Also vary his routine.

Every day, work on different components of his training. Remember, pay close attention to his response and acceptance to your cues. Often a little refusal can turn into Zip My Blue Jeans is an example of an older show mare that I spent the time to remake. a big cheat! Have fun “Boog” and my daughter Brook won circuits remaking your horse to all over the nation. be the best that he can be! My DVDs also offer more help on this subject. Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry training Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving top 10 placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. Dana’s video series, the Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at thigh levels in the show arena. (For contact info see listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.)

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Dave Reid, Master Plowman

By Mark McMillan

Master horse plowman Dave Reid, from Sardis, BC, has just published an amazing book called “Fields of Seams and Dreams - Plowing in the {Fraser}Valley.” In my eyes, though, a good chunk of the history in this book would not have even existed if it hadn’t been for Dave. He put in endless hours over the years organizing plowing matches, rebuilding plows for others and for public display, and coaching and teaching others the art of plowing with horses.


first met Dave in the 1980s when I was involved with the Vancouver Island Draft Horse Club and the events that we put on all over the Island Dave with Queen and Mindy including plowing matches. In the end I don’t think there was a horse plowman on the Island that didn’t take part in a clinic, or private lesson, put on by Dave. If anyone was having trouble Dave would give his time to help - whether verbally, or in his shop pounding out a new hand-forged plow share or coulter. Dave himself started plowing in 1936 or 37, at the age of 8 or 9, between the handles of his dad’s plow. At 10 he was plowing on his own, on their own farm, and in 1939, at 11 years old, he entered his first plowing match. He plowed until 1944 when his dad sold the farm. It was 43 years later, in 1987, that Dave took to the handles of a walking plow again - coincidently on the same field that he had plowed on in 1944. By the time 2003 rolled around he had plowed in 38 plowing matches - amazingly winning 37 of them. Now having said that, it actually isn’t that amazing if you know Dave, or if you’d seen him plow before - he is a perfectionist and his plowing showed it. Heck even his yard, his hay fields at home, his equipment, and especially the restored antique plows and farm implements, all show perfection. Now speaking of perfection, the brass spotted harness that Dave used on Queen and Mindy, his Belgian Percheron cross team, was Eldon Burnside with Reed and Breaker Dan completely handmade by 32 • Saddle Up • April 2010

himself, all hand sewn! Dave also handmade his work harness. He credits Mindy and Queen for enabling him to compete so successfully as he used them for 17 years, sadly having to put them both down in December 2003, at the age of 22 and 23. If you see a competition walking plow being used today, chances are that Dave rebuilt it. Over the years he has rebuilt 42 of them – two-thirds completely, and one-third rebuilding the shares and coulters. In one plowing match recently, there were four or five walking plows entered - all rebuilt by Dave and two of the three sulky plows were also his work. He did a lot of teaching, too, helping plowmen from all over BC. I asked him if he had taught most of the horse plowmen that were competing today and his answer was “I don’t say most” - I wouldn’t take any bets on this though. He doesn’t do clinics any more as he prefers a one on one - coaching he calls it - “now that I’m retired from plowing I coach and take pictures.” He has judged a lot of horse plowing matches over the years, too, and probably still would if asked He credits his dad for most of what he learned way back when. “Dad quit in 1950 saying 70 was too old to plow - I proved that wrong as I competed till I was 75,” says Dave. As for the history of plowing, in 1939 Dave said he and two brothers plowed in their different categories at one plowing match - all with horses. He figures this was the only time that has ever happened. His book took him 22 years to collect all the information and it took five years to put it all together but I think he feels it was worth it. As he says no one else was going to do it no one else could do it. The information, pictures, posters,

Dave Reid, Master Plowman, cont’d score sheets, etc., are truly incredible. Of the 219 pages it’s hard to find a page, other than the index or list of plowmen, that doesn’t have at least one picture on it. There’s an intro explaining horse plowing and then the history starts with the origins and the first plowing match in 1873. First, second and third prizes were given of $2.50, $2.00 and $1.00 respectively. The first actual chapter starts in 1923 and after that it goes through the decades covering an 85-year span. Dave calls it a compilation of the history of the Chilliwack Plowing Society from 1923 to 2007 with a few comments thrown in by him. Fresh off the press, Dave’s book “Fields of Seams and Dreams - Plowing in the {Fraser}Valley” will be available any time after the book signing on March 27 (his 82nd birthday). If you want a copy they’re $30 each, plus shipping, or you could save the $11 shipping charge by visiting with Dave at the Inland Draft & Teamsters Association annual horse plowing match near Rayleigh, off Highway No. 5, just north of Kamloops, on April 24. Dave will be looking after the plow in the “Try a walking plow” furrows as someone pulls the plow with a tractor. • 33

Cariboo Chatter

By Mark McMillan

the Festival is leaving a bigger impression every year. A couple of the highlights were the award presentations. The Joe Marten Memorial Award for the preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC went to Andy Knight, a saddlemaker from Merritt. The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees were; the Lauder Ranch, Clarence Jules, and Frank Gleeson. You can The talented young Belinda Gail giving words of advice to find a full review and photos on the talented younger Naomi Bristow the Kamloops Cowboy Festival on page 36. See his might be wishful thinking for more information. but it seems that spring is indeed If you’re involved in the cattle here! Now having said that, last industry keep in mind the Cariboo year we had to plow over two feet of Cattlemen will be hosting the 82nd snow in April so that the new born calves Annual BC Cattlemen’s Convention could follow their mummies. Spring is in the Cariboo Memorial Recreation such an enjoyable time, not just because Center, in Williams Lake, May 27-29. of the better weather, but more because The meetings are a great place to find it’s so enjoyable watching the little calves out what’s happening in the industry as … right from their first step, or their there will be some very interesting and attempts at steps, to their first suck, and then on to bouncing and running around educational speakers on hand. The trade show will be open to the public from 8 and playing. Even after all these years it still amazes me that they can be up and at a.m.till 6 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. till 3 p.m. Saturday. The meetings are also open it so quickly! to the public and tickets can be purchased The Kamloops Cowboy Festival for meals and the dance. Details and - what can I say? It was, once again, a registration information can be found on terrific event. It was great to have the their web site at: downtown businesses involved this year Book now if you want to take part and the fact that the City of Kamloops in the upcoming clinics with the famous declared “Cowboy Heritage Week” German clinician Uwe Jourdain! Between leading into the Festival just proves that


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Frank Gleeson posing with the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame plaque

June 29 and July 7 he will be at the Red Willow Ranch, between Lone Butte and Watch Lake. There will be 2-day courses as well as private lessons - not so much on riding, but more on ground work and gymnastics with your horse. Understand the muscle structure of your horse and how to do exercises properly, without injury. Uwe Jourdain does courses in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Andalusia, and now Canada! See page 29 for more info. The guy that taught me how to plow with horses and a walking plow has just compiled a book on the history of plowing in the Fraser Valley (Chilliwack). It is an

Cariboo Chatter, cont’d amazing book and worth the read if you are interested in history and/or plowing. Read the article on master horse plowman Dave Reid on page 32.

Last Month’s What’s This?

WHAT’S THIS?? Readers do you know what this is?

Cariboo Coming Events:

April 16-18: Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo April 17-18: in 100 Mile House - Show Etiquette April 18: BC Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo April 23-25: in 100 Mile House - Dena Millard Clinic (tentative), contact Jen 250-791-6207 April 30-May 2: in 100 Mile House - Ali Buchanan Dressage Clinic May 8-9: in 100 Mile House - Wild and Woolly Schooling Show May 21-24: in 100 Mile House - Farm and Ranch Show May 22 - in 100 Mile House - Little Britches Rodeo May 23: in 100 Mile House - Rough Stock Rodeo May 24: in 100 Mile House - Gymkhana May 27-29: BC Cattlemen’s Convention and AGM - Williams Lake May 28: Clinton Grad Class fund raiser Cowboy Concert May 29-30: in 100 Mile House - Jumping Clinic

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

Your guess and the correct answer will be printed in the next issue.

What’s your guess? In the March issue there was a photo of a screen looking object - I think most people knew that it was a muzzle for horses but we were looking for a little more specific use of this item … more along the lines of something used for working horses. Anyone that’s ridden a horse through tall grass knows it can be tough to keep a horse moving. Well then, imagine trying to cut hay with a team of horses and keep them moving … so that’s when the muzzle was put to work. It also worked well to keep the flies out of the horses’ noses.

Correct answers:

Shel Wessell, Vernon, BC Tamora Davy, Penticton, BC Linda Holland and Ernie Dobson, Cache Creek, BC Frank Fidyk, Saanichton B.C. Lloyd Jeck, Clearwater, BC. Jim Shank, Rocky Mountain House, AB


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The 14th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival

By Mark McMillan


John and Jean Lauder of the Lauder Ranch receive the plaque for Century Ranch

think the Festival itself deserves what every entertainer was hoping for at the end of their performance - a standing ovation! It was once again an outstanding success and folks from far and wide went home happy! The March 11-14 weekend’s entertainment was on par with any of the past 13 Festivals thoroughly enjoyed by all. The cowboy poets and western singers re-created the cowboy way of life on stage, in rhyme, in song, in stories, and in music.

1st place sculpture, Photo by Donna Smith

The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame saw three inductions Friday night. Frank Gleeson

Rising Star Contestants

was inducted in the “Artistic Achievements” category for his many years of promoting BC’s cowboy and ranching history in the form of stories in 1st place photo, rhyme. The Lauder Photo by Jerry Stainer Ranch in the Nicola Whistler! Valley, was inducted in the “Century Ranch” category, and Clarence Jules received his plaque as he was inducted in the “Working Cowboy” category. The Joe Marten Memorial Award is presented annually to someone that has helped to preserve cowboy heritage in BC. This year the award was given to the very deserving Merritt saddlemaker Andy Knight. Andy also proved his abilities as a saddlemaker by winner both first and second place in the saddle competition in the Art of the West Show and Sale.

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Other ribbons in the Canadian Cowboy Country sponsored Art of the West Show went to: Flat Art: Shannon Lawlor took 1st place in both the judge’s

choice and the people’s choice. With Gordon Manson 2nd; and Gena LaCosta 3rd. Lyn Melnechenko took 2nd for the people’s choice. Photography: Liz Twan took the blue ribbon, Kim Taylor 2nd, and Krista Kay 3rd. Sculptures: 1st place Linda Kelly, 2nd David Maldaner, and 3rd Nancy McMinn. Best Amateur Saddlemaker: 1st was Shane Pittman, 2nd Codey Tippe, and Jody Christie took 3rd.

Cowboy Festival, cont’d

By Mark McMillan

Shane Pittman with his 1st place ribbon for Amateur Saddlemaker presented by Terri Mason, Sponsor Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine - David Ciriani Art Show Chairman on the right

Dusty Dee Litchfield, Photo by Jerry Stainer

Professional Saddlemaker was Andy Knight who also received 2nd; with Ryan Cope 3rd. The BC Cowboy Heritage Society $500 student scholarships were awarded to: Jessica Jorgensen for art work, Sarah Roland for written work, and the best cowboy craft was made by Tamara Turner.

The Country 103 Rising Star Showcase saw some local talent entered, but there were also performers from Alberta, all over BC, and even as far away as Arizona. The winners were: Lynda Thurston was the top poet; with Lyn Melnechenko and Don “Doc” Howlett as runners up. Dusty Dee Litchfield won the musician 1st place; and Scott Laitre and Ed Wahl took home the runner up cheques. The Festival Trade Show added another 50 or so booths for the public to browse. These booths were selling western type products including saddles, art, home décor, tack, photos, and even real estate. A HUGE THANKS to all the volunteers and supporters, that helped make the 14th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival one of the best yet. We’re already trying to figure out how we can make next Cowboy Poet, Lynda Thurston, year’s Festival even bigger and better. Photo by Jerry Stainer • 37

Cowboy Poetry Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy Mike Puhallo

I unloaded my horse at the gravel pit. It snowed three inches overnight. If them “lost boys” are in the area, I should find some tracks alright. So I head off through the jack pine, on a wandering cattle trail. The weather is still undecided, a little snow, some rain, then hail. The leaves ain’t off the alders yet, and every spruce and jack pine tree, is trying to shed its load of snow, and dump it all on me. But I found their trail in last night’s snow, and tracked them to their bed. Fresh tracks lead off through an alder patch, three lost bulls are just ahead.


Mag Mawhinney Old Pete was a big black draft horse, a strong and dependable Clyde. He had legs as sturdy as tree stumps and a chest about an axe handle wide. One day he sneaked in from the barnyard and sidled up to a bin full of oats. By the time we’d discovered his folly, old Pete was beginnin’ to bloat. He looked much like the Goodyear blimp with his hide stretched as tight as a drum. And when we trotted him around the corral, his tail was lifted high off his bum. He sounded like a John Deere tractor, startin’ up on a cold winter’s morn, and I’ll bet if you knew what his thoughts were, Pete was wishin’ that he’d never been born. Though his oat-stealin’ antics were over, he had to pay for the time that he’d sinned. So he spent a good part of that night just putterin’ around, passin’ wind. 38 • Saddle Up • April 2010

A Miracle to Me Marteau

The Vet has checked her heart, and done an ultrasound. She’s healthy as a horse, no complications found. A year to wait less a month, give or take a day. Our favourite mare will be a Mom, a healthy girl I pray. Seasons passed, it’s almost time, we all kept well aware that exercise, good diet, helped ensure a healthy mare. This day she seemed quite normal, kept to her routine. No peculiar gestures, not that I had seen. Suppertime was over, we’ll walk her for a while. From our barn down the road - it was bout a half a mile. But when we went to get her to take her from her stall, a glance from her sure told us that nature’d made her call. Haltered, hugged her, wrapped the tail, left her for a while. We stood there by the tack room ‘n showed a nervous smile. “Call the Vet,” my husband said, “we’re gonna need a hand, never thought of this one, looks like she’s gonna stand.’’ I ran to the house and made the call, my nerves a total wreck. Tripped and fell, hit the ground, damn near broke my neck. The Vet’s behind her with my Hon’ – “he says were doin’ fine.” Hooves appear! Here it comes! One contraction at a time. Holy cats! A filly! Colourful and tall… Mom’s ok, but looks surprised, “Who’s this in my stall?” All our other critters, stared silent and in awe at this newborn ‘something’ lay helpless in the straw. Now her wobbly lanky legs struggle to her feet. A gentle nudge from her Mom was encouragement to eat. Champagne on ice is open! The men receive cigars. Roses for the ladies, huge pink bows on the stall bars. Excited? Yup, you betcha, but lucky to have seen a little life enter ours, to lots would be a dream. Two years have passed, we ask ourselves “Do we breed again?” Oh she’ll be fine –she’ll handle it! But wonder -- if I can!

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or the past 12 years we have always had three or more horses on our property. We are now down to just two since last month when we sent our youngest to camp for the summer. And boy does it ever make a difference having only two to pick up after. (I sound like a parent.) When Nancy had delivered Guy and returned home with an empty trailer both Gem and Bobbi ran over to the trailer and were quite upset when they saw it was empty. They hung around it for a few hours waiting for a horse to walk out of it. Bobbi, Nancy’s mare has been suffering from separation anxiety and has been visibly depressed since her son, Guy, had left. Even my favourite Arab, Gem, the one that Guy picked on all the time, misses him. Every time a pick-up truck hauling a horse trailer goes by on the road below our property, he neighs to it. Possibly he is thinking that maybe it is

Guy coming back? Bobbi now stands in the far end of the arena looking down the driveway and mopes and every once in a while she will call out to him. The first few times when Gem walked over and tried to chin rub her back like Guy used to; he got sneered at and just about bitten. It took Bobbi a couple of days to semi cheer up and finally accept the caring rubs from her long time buddy and pasture mate, Gem. Anyone who says that animals are not capable of feeling real emotions should only ever have fish in an aquarium and nothing with fur or hair and a personality to look after. Ride safe and return safe. And remember that this time of year when you are brushing your horse, to breathe through your nose. There is nothing worse than coughing up a hair ball. Just ask your cat.




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My First Horse

By Bill Frohlick

I’d like to add my two cents worth on a thing I’ve learned that caused me some consternation as a late blooming horse owner and the training I brought to my own horses. I’m going to make a short story long as a way of describing where I’m coming from.


was a full blown alcoholic by the age of 14 which prevented me from pursuing my childhood ambition, my love of horses. I was diagnosed as a youngster a manic depressive and tried for years to self medicate with my drug of choice alcohol, which of course made things worse. One of the results of this lifestyle was my propensity to anger which I used and abused to achieve my own way. After a 31 ½ year job as a miner in northern Ontario I retired at the age of 49 and moved to B.C. Upon moving here I noticed an ad for volunteers for the Therapeutic Riding Association. Although having no contact with horses, I used this as a springboard for learning about these majestic animals which to me were a gift from God. I’d been sober and in recovery for 6 years by then. And this rekindled my desire to own and breed a few horses with no knowledge of what was a foreign process. My first horse was a solid bay Paint mare of breeding stock in the Paint Registry. My very own horse, I was 52 years of age and began the most pleasurable adventure of my life. As per my ways, I chose

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a horse who had been spoiled rotten by two females in a family and I believe seriously abused by a drunkard husband, which made her very distrustful of men and showed signs of discomfort being around anyone smelling of alcohol or drunk. Being so ignorant of horses I began by showing her all the love I was capable of. Now comes the meaning of this discourse. When my attempts to reach a particular goal in what I was trying to achieve and not getting there, my old nemesis would rear its ugly head and frustration and anger would take over. Absolutely nothing was achieved except making the horse take two steps backwards, and destroying any advances that may have been made. It took a while for these emotions began to bring me to the awareness that if angry, I trained myself to stay away from her except to feed and water and tend to her needs. It didn’t take long to gain some of that trust back. Being an independent type I was very slow to seek help. A couple of local clinics and minimal one on one teachings helped me to realize that knowledge and perseverance would have to be realized. So I hit the books from many different authors each teaching their own brand of techniques in the training of horses without having to break the bounds of independence and do the best I could with what little I picked up from others. I made a conscious decision that no matter what happened I would make every ride fun. I logged hundreds of hours in arenas, and hundreds of hours trail riding. That through trial and error we were to become of one mind wanting to be with each other in love and harmony. We did everything; no obstacle too great, riding club events and fundays, and rounding up cattle on drives with my other best friend tagging along, my trusty black Lab. I don’t know who enjoyed it the most, my dog or the horse and I. A medical problem of arthritis became my nemesis and I got rid of my beloved horses; a sad time for sure. Just another period to add to my precious memories. I implore anyone with a desire to follow their dreams and take up horses to get professional coaching to help you decide if in fact this is what you want. The more lessons the better. If you decide this is the life for you, ask your coach or someone with the knowledge to seek out a reputable breeder and to help assess an animal for you. Keep in mind that the adventure you are about to take cannot be measured; God brought us horses and they should be treated as one of God’s children. By the way, I’ll soon be celebrating 24 years of sobriety. A large part of that was the love they (horses) taught me, and to carry me through the rough times. Happy trails and good luck. Have fun. We only get one chance.

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Down Home with… Bonnie Hayes, All ‘Round Outfitters When did horses first come into your life?

I have always had horses in my life. My first horse my Dad bought me when I was 3 and we were living in Oliver. She was a black Quarter Horse cross mare, “Maggie McGee.” She was a great horse - once you caught her! I learned every trick there was to catching a horse that didn’t want to be caught! Because of her black colour, the RCMP used her for several years to lead parades throughout the Okanagan and even Washington state. I did everything with her, from western pleasure and barrel racing to jumping.

Who has been the most influential horse person in your life and why? My Dad, Ed Wiens. We both loved horses and I was the only one out of 4 kids to be horse crazy, so we had a special bond. He was a guide outfitter and had horses most of his life. He took my horse and me to many events and always had lots of encouragement. We spent lots of time riding in the mountains, with some of my best memories riding horses from one camp to another. We would ride cross country on trails he had cut and we were in the middle of nowhere! He passed away when I was 14 but left many fond memories.

How long have you operated All ‘Round Outfitters? And what do you offer?

I have owned and operated All ‘Round Outfitters in Oliver for 4 years this May. We offer a wide variety of tack, saddles, and horse care products. We carry many popular brands, such as Professional’s Choice, Weaver Leather, Montana Silver, Courts Saddles and much more. We also carry a great selection of hunting supplies.

How does your business differ from other tack stores? We are combined with a Sears Appliance store and a Greyhound Bus depot. This gives us great exposure and 42 • Saddle Up • April 2010

allows us to keep our prices competitive. We are always looking for ways to improve our store and find new items. We do special orders too. Our store isn’t really big, so we can’t carry everything but do our best to find an item and bring it in. We carry the Courts brand of saddles and are one of their only dealers in our area. They have saddles endorsed by Barrel Racer, Sharon Camarillo and Roper, Dee Picket. They are a well made saddle at a very reasonable price. We also carry other saddles and always a have a selection of consignment saddles and tack.

You also Barrel Race. How long have you been doing that and which circuit (if any) do you follow? I used to Barrel race as a kid and have started competing again the last few years. I compete on the BCBRA and CBRA circuits. Last year I won a saddle at the CBRA finals in Chilliwack and was in a run off for a horse trailer. The fun and excitement was unbelievable and I had never imagined doing either. To win the trailer, your run had to be closest to your fastest time of the weekend. I was 0.048 seconds faster... the winner was 0.017 seconds faster! I also like to go team penning and try to get out every other weekend from spring to fall to the Watt’s in Kaleden, BC.

How do you manage riding and operating your business?

Riding and operating a business and having a 7-year-old son can be tough! During the longer days with the time change, I try and ride after work as much as I can. Luckily my mom works at my store and will look after things when I want a day or weekend off.

What horse memory still gives you a good laugh?

Makes me think of some of the crazy things my horsey friends and I did as kids. My friend, Nikki and I used to take our horses, pack a lunch and be gone most of the day. We would stop at an

old homestead and unsaddle our horses and have lunch. One day we decided to try riding our horses without bridles or saddles... she managed to jump off when our horses first started running... my horse came to the end of the pen, slid to a stop and did a perfect roll back while launching me into the fence. I didn’t laugh at the time, but Nikki sure did!

If you won the lottery, what would you do?

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525 head exclusive range permit (adjacent to the ranch), turn out March 25th til November the 25th. Then into deeded property tied to the range. This holds them 2 more weeks then home to graze the hayfields. This is a ranchers ranch and the cadillac of the ranching industry that gives good value for the price and comfortable easy living. $3,980,000. Call J.Barrie Cline 250-371-7222,

This is a beautiful, private 165 acre parcel of land that has approximately ½ mile frontage on Murch Lake which has a picturesque setting for the log home and gardens. The property is ideal for a getaway retreat, riding stables or outdoor recreational activities both summer and winter. Don’t miss this rare opportunity. $475,000. Call Bob Granholm today 250-983-3372 250-249-0004,

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Tidbits Earn Points in the FEI North American League West

Thunderbird Show Park will host two FEI World Cup show jumping classes this season - the $55,000 CS12* -W BC Open World Cup Grand Prix on June 5th and the $55,000 CS12* -W Thunderbird Legacy World Cup Grand Prix on August 28th. Both classes provide the opportunity for competitors to take home a share of the purse while also earning points in the FEI North American League. The Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping series serves as a showcase for the best in individual FEI Jumping and international competition. The North American League was recently split into two main zones, west and east. For Thunderbird Show Park, now in it’s 37th season, hosting a second FEI class will continue to draw some of the best riders in the world.

Northlands Farm & Ranch Show

This year’s Northlands Farm & Ranch Show, April 8-10, has an exciting line-up. Some familiar favourites are the Envirotech Showcase, Women in Agriculture and Alberta Grows as well as new features such as expanded equine programming, a Seeding Technology Clinic and Farm/ Ranch Management workshops. They offer a broad cross-section of industry events, displays and seminars; with over 400 exhibitors, new programs and clinics. The

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equine programming includes Tina Kaven, World Champion Western Pleasure and Western Riding with a horsemanship Clinic that will run all three days. Other activities include round pen demonstrations with Stephanie Clarke and Backcountry Packing and Adventure Tourism with Wild Deuce Outfitters and Packers. There are also a number of activities for the beef sector. Returning is the Northlands Performance Horse Sale which features performance horses geared to ranch work, rodeo arena, and other arena events. New this year, Northlands presents 4-H day on Saturday, April 10. Members will receive complimentary admission to the show by showing their membership card at the door and will have the opportunity to take part in a great selection of beef and equine activities. For more info visit or call 1-877-471-7472.

Upcoming TREC Events

May 8, June 19 and July 10 we’ll be at the Nelson & District Riding Club grounds. Open to members and non-members of the club. Contact Jocelyn 250-304-2247, Please also contact Jocelyn if you are interested in a TREC clinic or introduction session in the Kootenays. May 9 is yet to be confirmed, but will be held in the North Okanagan area. This is a fun, friendly way to dust off your skills after a winter break or test new skills acquired through the winter – skills used

Tidbits, cont’d in all riding disciplines. Check to find out more. Discovery and Novice Levels (depending on number and level required of entries). There will be lots of opportunity for those wishing to learn about TREC and for Continuing Ed points. Contact Brenda 250-546-2867, or Barb 250-8385678, On June 5 come on over to Twincreeks in Glenora on Vancouver Island. Some of you might like to get a head start and come the night before. Camping, B&B and stalls/paddocks are available. Contact Deborah 250-746-8769, TREC competitions at Kikkuli Farm in Chilliwack are to be confirmed. Visit and click on the ‘Equestrian’ link for entry forms and information.

North American Challenge 2010 USA vs Canada

In this Olympic year, it makes sense to hold a challenge between the USA and Canada in the sport of Barrel Racing to determine the Best of the Best. This challenge is quickly turning into one of the most exciting barrel racing events in recent memory with plans of becoming an annual event. The USA will host 5 qualifying races and Canada will host 4 qualifying races to determine Team USA and Team Canada. Team USA will consist of 24 open riders and 25 youth riders along with their preselected captain, Brittany Pozzi. Team Canada will consist of 24 open

riders and 25 youth riders along with their pre-selected captain, Rayelle Robinson. The semi-finals and finals will be held in Brandon, Manitoba, September 5-6, 2010. Team USA and Team Canada will go head to head for the final spots. Quesnel, BC will be the venue for one of the four North American Challenge qualifying races to be held in Canada. The race will be held June 6th at Alex Fraser Park. Six open and six youth semi-finalists will be chosen from the best of two runs. Regency Chrysler is proud to have come on board as one of the main sponsors. They will be giving each contestant at the Quesnel Qualifier a gift upon signing in at the office before the start of the race. Galloway’s Arena, Ponoka, AB has also been confirmed as a Qualifier on June 5, 2010. If you want to be part of Canada’s Top 25, send your name, location and e-mail address to Perry at or Mary at When all the venues are booked for the qualifying rounds, invitations will be sent out.

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Equine Canada Update

By Julie Cull

Inaugural Dressage Canada Hall of Fame Inductees Dressage Canada has announced the first five inductees to its new Hall of Fame. The inaugural Hall of Fame Gala celebrating these dressage icons is set for Sunday, April 25, 2010, at Toronto’s Eglinton Grand Theatre. The first inductees into Dressage Canada’s Hall of Fame from the various categories are horse - Dynasty; rider – Christilot Boyleyn; trainer – Dietrich von Hopffgarten; builder individual – Hans Pracht; builder organization – CADORA. Canadian Sharon Merkel-Beattie Wins Grand Prix Special Sharon Merkel-Beattie of Sturgeon County, AB, rode Essence of Glory, a 14-year-old Hanoverian mare to win the Grand Prix Special at the CDI 3* Y/J Burbank Mid Winter Dressage, held Feb. 26-28, 2010, at Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA. Lorraine Chappell of Aldergrove, BC, and her horse Carpatino, a 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding, placed third in the Grand Prix Special. In the Grand Prix test, Wendy Christoff of Delta, BC, riding Pfalstaff, her 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding sired by Palladium, finished in third. Christoff and Pfalstaff also placed second in the Grand Prix Freestyle. In the Intermediaire I test, Lindsey Stroh of Camrose, AB, rode Lancelot, a 10-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, to sixth place.

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Young rider Jennifer Wood of Nanoose Bay, BC, and her horse Mister, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, finished third in both the Young Riders Team and Individual tests. Recipients of 2009 Athlete Development Scholarships The Canadian Eventing Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009 Canadian Eventing Athlete Development Scholarships. Emily Daigneault, Gatineau QC, and her horse Misty Vale Bacardi, her 15-year-old Morgan gelding, were selected as members of Team Canada - British Columbia/Quebec/Ontario Combined team in the CH-2* division at the 2009 North American Junior Young Riders’ Championships (NAJYCs). Micheline Jordan, Ottawa, ON, was the top-placed Canadian rider in the 2009 CCI2* Three Day Event in Allentown New Jersey. Leahona Rowland of Mississauga, ON, topped the leaderboard at the CCI 1* Florida Three Day Event. Jump Canada Announces Bursary Recipients for 2009 Jump Canada has provided young athletes who have been named recipients of the Jump Canada Bursary for 2009. The athletes will receive $2,000 each. Taylor Brooks, 18, of Vars, ON, currently has her sights set on qualifying for the FEI North American Junior and Young Riders’ Championship.

Equine Canada, cont’d Brie Etcheverry, 21, of Calgary, AB, is attending the University of Calgary and hopes to earn a future place on the Canadian Equestrian Team. Quincy Hayes, 18, of Aurora, ON, is attending the University of Guelph and will compete while simultaneously pursuing her Bachelor of Arts. Katherine Macoun, 15, is a grade 10 student from Calgary, AB. Her future goals include being named to the Junior Team for the NAJYRC. Karley Skaret, 15, is from Calgary, AB; Skaret plans on qualifying for the Alberta Select Rider Team in 2010. Three Canadian Para-Equestrians Carry 2010 Paralympic Flame Paralympians Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove, Karen Brain of Saanichton, and Jennifer McKenzie of Maple Ridge, BC were selected as torchbearers for the 2010 Paralympic Games. All three athletes were members of the Canadian Equestrian Team at the 2008 Paralympics in Hong Kong in para-dressage, where Barwick was a double medalist - individual gold and silver. Both Barwick and Brain also represented Canada at the 2004 Paralympic in Athens, Greece.

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Canadian Eventing Committee Announces 2010 Talent Squad The Canadian Eventing High Performance Committee (HPC) has announced the 2010 Talent Squad: Mathieu Bosselier, FRA, and Menza d’Hulm; Sarah Green, AB, and Wondaree Penelope; Rebecca Lee, AB, and Gold Twist; Nicole Parkin, ON, and Lexus; Lindsay Pearce, ON, and Tangle Top; Penny Rowland, ON, and Amazing Grace and Flying Finn; and Wendy Southam, ON, and Ruba Z. Horse Week 2010 - Start Planning Your Events! Equine Canada is pleased to announce that Horse Week 2010 will begin Saturday, May 29, 2010, and run until Sunday, June 6, 2010. Horse Week is held annually to promote and celebrate Canada’s thriving horse industry. A wide range of activities are held across the country, including trail rides, horse shows, charity events and open houses to allow horse enthusiasts and the public alike to celebrate horses! Everyone is encouraged to participate. For more information visit:




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started to feed E3Live to his horses after he personally benefited from it himself. He found that it worked on the entire health of the horse and led to remarkable regeneration of the hoof. Encouraged by the results, the Brotherhood of Working Farriers Association (BWFA) performed case studies through the Farrier’s National Research Center, announcing in 2004 at the BWFA convention that of all products tested for increased hoof growth, E3Live for Horses was by far the best. E3Live for Horses is 100 per cent blue-green algae (Aphanizomenon flosaquae or AFA), an aquatic plant found in pristine Klamath Lake, OR, which is rich in naturally occurring micronutrients including vitamins, minerals and amino acids. As E3Live for Horses is a complete, single-ingredient supplement, the majority of horses need only two teaspoons twice a day for maintenance. At a cost of $1 per day, it is more economical than most other supplements with a three-month supply costing only $75.95 (U.S.) (plus shipping) and covered by a one-year money-back guarantee.

Some of the horse world’s most renowned professionals have endorsed E3Live for Horses. Among them is Canadian-born Linda Tellington-Jones, internationally acclaimed authority on animal behaviour, training and healing and founder of TTEAM - the Tellington TTouch who has been taking E3Live’s blue-green algae herself for 20 years. “I’m thrilled with E3Live, and I feel it’s an important part of my energy source and cellular health,” says TellingtonJones. “I have trusted friends who are giving their horses E3Live for Horses and have reported that the results are incredible; the hoof material is stronger and more consistent, the animal’s overall health has improved, and several even had some serious hoof problems literally disappear after feeding E3Live for Horses.” For more information on E3Live for Horses or to order on-line, go to www. or call 877-357-7187 in U.S. or 877-433-3412 in Canada.

BC SPCA Report 2009 was Year of the Ox, but it could have been Year of the Horse, as far as the BC SPCA is concerned. Last year, the notfor-profit animal protection agency took in 125 horses. That was more than triple the 38 horses that came into care in 2008 and the 34 in 2007. “There are a number of factors (that) could be influencing this increase in seized, surrendered and abandoned horses,” says Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations for the BC SPCA. “We suspect it’s most likely the downturn in the economy coupled with a surplus of animals.” The majority of horses that come into care are the result of cruelty complaints and investigations. In all cases, the society’s special provincial constables will try to make contact with an owner to address a horse’s immediate and also long-term care needs, but if an owner refuses to remedy a neglectful situation, or an owner cannot be located, the horse is seized and taken into custody. On March 2, the BC SPCA rescued 7 abandoned horses and 1 donkey from a property in Cedar, on Vancouver Island. The animals were emaciated and suffering from a wide range of medical problems, including parasites, oozing untreated wounds, dental issues, diarrhea and severe rain scald. “The animal owner was not providing even minimal care for these poor animals, whom she left in terrible condition,” said Moriarty. The animals removed from the property include a 3-year-old Paint stallion, two 7-month-old Shetland pony foals, a 3-year-old bay Grade mare, a geriatric Quarter Horse mare, a 2-year-old Shetland pony gelding, a 10-year-old Saddlebred gelding and a Miniature Donkey. The Cedar horses are in foster care and are not currently available for adoption. In the meantime, the society has plenty of other horses in all corners of the province awaiting forever homes. “A horse isn’t for everyone, and the fact that we have as many horses as we do in the first place is evidence of that,” says Moriarty. “But with an experienced guardian, or even a new guardian who has done the research and made the effort to familiarize themselves with all aspects of horse care, these horses can flourish and live the life they were meant to.

“Some of them have been through significant ordeals and finding them suitable, permanent homes is a priority.”


A horse of course… Horses available for adoption from the BC SPCA:

Tayazaa - 20-something Arab mare with a zest for life. Seized from a neglectful owner. Giraffe - 5-year-old male Arab cross 14HH. Halter broke, smart, good disposition. Seized from a neglectful owner. Khaz - 8-year-old Arab gelding 14.2HH. Loves to show off. Seized from a neglectful owner. Gnu - 3-year-old Arab gelding. Shy but sweet. Seized from a neglectful owner. Bailey - 12-year-old Arab cross mare who loves being groomed as much as she loves her treats. Seized because she wasn’t getting basic care. Joe - 13-year-old Welsh Mountain pony. Surrendered by an owner who was unable to care for him. Lady Di - 13-year-old Shetland pony cross. Confident and no longer afraid of people. Surrendered by an owner who was unable to care for her. Dexter – 2.5-year-old Paint gelding about 15HH. Not yet halter broke. Surrendered by an owner who was unable to care for him. Navarone - 10-month-old Paint colt who is halter broke and loves to be brushed. Seized from an owner who could not give him basic care. Flirt - 3-year-old Thoroughbred filly who is halter broke but has never been ridden. Seized from a neglectful owner. Lori - 18-year-old Thoroughbred mare who was skinny when she was seized from an owner who was neglecting her. Now on the mend, she loves attention and treats. Foggy - 10-year-old Thoroughbred mare. Halter broke but not ridden. Seized from a neglectful owner. Amy - 17-year-old Thoroughbred mare who is halter broke and easy to handle. Seized from a neglectful owner.

Anyone interested in donating funds to assist with the care of the horses should contact the society at 604-681-7271. If you want to see the horses available for adoption, visit, click “adopt,” then click “adoptable animal listings,” and select “horse” as the pet type. Do not select a location as the animals are being cared for in foster homes and shelter properties throughout the province.

Navarone Flirt


Madam Justice Ker provided oral reasons for judgement in the BC Supreme Court case brought forward by Christman to dispute the validity of the seizure and the procedural fairness and reasonableness of the decision of the BC SPCA not to return her animals. Madam Justice Ker concluded that the search warrant was properly issued, the BC SPCA acted in good faith and according to the evidence provided when they made a determination that the animals (with the exception of the pig) were in distress. That the BC SPCA acted appropriately in seizing the animals (with the exception of the pig). In addition, Madam Justice Ker ruled that the decision of the Society not to return the animals was reasonable. As a result, the BC SPCA is now free to adopt out the horses and dogs. The issue of the amount of costs owed by Ms. Christman will be determined at a later date. This was a huge win for the BC SPCA and the animals! This case took many months and significant resources to defend, however, we always stood by the fact that our actions were appropriate, that these animals needed rescuing and that they should not be returned to Ms. Christman. The judge agreed! • 49

Body Protectors by Janet Cox


uring competition body protectors are compulsory in certain events. Outside of this it is the riders option. Body protectors are gaining popularity, as safety becomes an important issue. Modern day body protectors are flexible, stylish and lightweight. A Body protector is a vest type garment, consisting of separate back and front panels fastened with Velcro fittings over the shoulder and on each side to ensure a snug fit. The outer fabric provides the “look” whilst the inner foam type material performs like the bumpers on a vehicle. This material is designed to absorb and spread impact, thereby lessening or reducing the injury sustained from a fall or kick to the chest and back area. Injuries cannot be entirely prevented, but the body protector has proven undoubtedly to reduce the severity. Their aim is to prevent minor bruising, reduce soft tissue injuries and in some instances can help prevent rib and collar bone fractures. Some include attached shoulder pads, whilst others include Velcro fittings, so that shoulder protection pads can be added as an optional extra. Shoulder pads offer protection to the point of the shoulder and collarbone.

Body protectors have the tabard style front or a zip up front. The zip up tends to be more conforming to

the female figure, but they can prove to be a little more awkward for children and run the risk of the child failing to zip up. Getting the correct fit is crucial to ensure the maximum amount of protection. The body protector should be reasonably tight and secure around the body with no contrast stitching on the Velcro fastenings showing. When fitting children it is not a good idea to purchase a body protector that is too big, with the intent of the child growing into it!

Body protectors come in many sizes. Airowear includes regular and slim torso fittings and three different back lengths. This extensive size range offers a perfect fit, without a custom made price. Airowear also offers replacement outer shells and custom cross-country colors.

After an accident the body protector should be examined for dents or thin, compressed areas. The foam will expand back to its original shape within approximately 30 minutes. However, if the fault can still be seen and felt, it is indicative that this part of the garment has lost its impact absorption properties and should be replaced. This same

THE BODY PROTECTOR for Women and Children of all shapes and sizes STYLISH FLEXIBLE PROTECTION OUTLYNE by AIROWEAR BETA 2009 LEVEL 3; EN 13158 2009 Mens styles are also available. Contact: Janian Imports 604-462-9238 For other styles, products and sizing charts visit 50 • Saddle Up • April 2010


examination applies to second hand body protectors.

Not all body protectors are certified. This should

be a consideration prior to investing in a body protector. Manufactures can opt to pay for their garment to be subjected to the rigorous testing performed by the recognized test facility. This offers an assurance to the equestrian that everything has been done to present the best protection possible. Test procedures include materials used, construction, extent and form of the protective material, body coverage, attachments, design, high and low temperature, padding separation, closures and of course, shock absorption and penetration.

Shoulder protectors are also tested for both similar and different criteria.

The testing facilities are: - ASTM. (American), EN (European) and BETA (British)

A certified vest will have a sewn in label identifying the test facility, plus a swing ticket for BETA. (BETA 2000 and BETA 2009 are acceptable today). BETA insists on annual testing and garments are subject to continuous review.

BETA certification consists of three levels. The

equestrian should carefully consider the nature of their activity as to determine the level of protection required.

BETA Level 1. (Black label) The lowest level of protection and only considered suitable for licensed jockeys while racing. BETA Level 2. (Brown label) A lower level of protection for low risk situations. BETA Level 3. (Purple label) Highly recommended and offers the maximum amount of protection. Riders should choose level 3 if they are riding on hard surfaces and or roads. Jumping. Riding young, spooky or nervous horses. Competitive horse riding, working with and or around horses. When shopping for body protection look for a retail outlet where the staff are knowledgeable about the product and correct fitting procedure. For any further information see our ad below. Janian Imports - Canadian distributor for Airowear UK. body protectors and all Airowear products.

Annual Fashion Feature We hope you enjoy the many fashions for women and men on the following pages. Thank you to our advertisers and the businesses that provided us with their latest styles and designs.

frantisi In 1977 the Bassin Family of Barrie, Ontario started their new business Frantisi Inc. Their clothing line caters to the equestrian seeking top quality riding jackets, offering fit, fashion and function. Their close association with many of the world’s leading riders allows them to obtain input to develop products with superior function and durability. Working directly with fabric mills has allowed Frantisi to constantly be at the forefront of both fashion and fabric quality and technology. Grand Prix Riding Jackets are still proudly produced in Canada. Frantisi also supplies all new members of the Canadian Show Jumping Team with a Canadian Team riding jacket. Just

recently Equine Canada announced Frantisi Inc. as the Jump Canada 'Sponsor of the Year' for 2009. Contact Frantisi Inc. for a dealer near you 705-7217277. The soft-shell fabric we use is a premium quality Swiss made fabric. It is highly water and stain resistant, very breathable and very elastic. It is very light weight and comfortable to wear. This is a radical departure from the traditional wool used in hunt coats. Several models are available. The Classic is styled the same as a tradiThis is our Soft Shell Riding Jacket, tional 3-button hunt coat. model - Jumper sport. We also do a European Sport which is the same as pictured but without a waist seam. The Profi Sport is for Dressage and is styled the same as pictured but a little longer. We offer a Dry Clean only version in Navy, Black, Dark Teal Green, and Medium Grey. A new washable version is available in Black and Navy. (The washable fabric is slightly heavier than the dry clean fabric.) Grand Prix offers more sizes and fits than any other manufacture. Here is a picture of an option on Customized collars and the Soft Shell jackets, with a suede collar. piping are also available. • 51

Rocky Mountain Clothing Company is excited for another great summer season!

Cinch, Cruel Girl, and Rockies present the latest in fashion trends with classic, clean patterns, phenomenal plaids and cool gradients in the hottest colors for summer. It’s competition season, which means it’s time to strut your stuff and look your best in the arena. CINCH® jeans offer premium denim in fabulous fits and finishes and every man who steps in to a pair of CINCH® jeans is instantly gratified with the quality and fit. Like that of a great horse, much time and careful attention goes into every piece, whether it is a pair of jeans or a button down shirt. Every new shirt is a CINCH® original and has been complimented with consistently fresh and new colours and patterns. Cruel Girl® sits on the front lines of the fashion industry, bringing consumers the latest and greatest season after season. Cruel Girl® jeans combine necessary function with essential fashion to create the best of both worlds, in the arena and out on the town.

Cinch and Cruel Girl Kids rock the youth scene! She is wearing the great Georgia jean paired with a floral print longsleeve with pink rhinestone snaps. The boys are both wearing Black Label jeans with classic Cinch shirts.

The long-sleeve wovens, with the Arena Fit styling, are favourites among competitors with the trim torso silhouette, long sleeves, and ample shirt tails. Whether your style is among the tried-and-true, fashion-friendly plaids or the edgier foil-embellished, studded styles with custom hardware, Cruel Girl® has you covered.

Gradient khaki long-sleeve button-down shirt with bold hibiscus pattern, complimented with a striking striped tank.

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Rockies® knows how to compliment the sophisticated woman looking for classic styling and flattering colours and patterns. Rockies® shirts are inspired by the same western lifestyles and values that inspire our jeans. Timeless colour palettes and design, combined with construction that produces refined, becoming and functional fits, make Rockies ® shirts an essential for the traditional western woman. For more information or a dealer near you contact 303-428-5696 or visit

FastbackDark Side: A favorite CINCH® jean, the Fastback, is available in a bold, eye-catching dark finish for the season.

Stretch poplin buttondown shirt accented with western back yoke and brass rimmed tortoise buttons.

Clean snaffle-bit print on cotton button-down shirt with western yokes.

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Drive Away In Style with Ride-N-Drive CINCH® endorsee Andrea Fappani sports a classic gold patterned shirt with turquoise accents and logo.

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Ariat Springs into Warm Weather with New Fashions!

Ariat International, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of innovative performance equestrian footwear, apparel and belts. Featuring a patented technology designed to deliver stability, durability and comfort, Ariat made its mark by pioneering the application of advanced athletic shoe technology into English riding boots and authentic Western boots. It is in this same spirit that we’ve also created the most advanced performance apparel for the world’s top equestrian athletes.

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New for spring are a variety of performance wovens to keep you cool, dry and comfortable whether you’re riding, working around the barn or going out on the town. We’re also excited to announce the debut of Ariat Denim, a natural progression of our commitment to quality and innovation. Ariat Denim is expertly constructed from the inside out, offering a lived-in comfort without sacrificing style. Ariat tapped Stefano Aldighieri and Dan DiSanto, formerly of 7 for All Mankind and Levi’s Premium, to create an ideal mix of fit and fashion for both in the saddle and on the street.

Ariat Denim is now available nationally at select stores, with an expanded launch planned for fall 2010. Men’s styles retail for $54.95 to $59.95, and women’s styles retail for $64.95 to $69.95. And in anticipation of this fall’s World Equestrian Games, Ariat has created a line of apparel to celebrate the debut of the Games in North America. We’re the official footwear and apparel sponsor, plus the title sponsor of the volunteer program – and now you can show your pride and WEG support with pieces from this eye-catching line of coordinating jackets, vests, polos and t-shirts. Ariat products are sold in a network of retail outlets throughout the world. For more information about Ariat products or for the Ariat retailer nearest you, contact Ariat at 800.899.8141 or visit

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NEWS from Arista

There are a lot of great new things happening at Arista Equestrian this spring. Now under new ownership and relocated to Victoria, BC, the Arista brand has many great new styles to offer both in, and out of, the show ring.

A FRESH NEW LOOK FOR SHOW SHIRTS Arista show shirts have earned the reputation of being fashion forward while maintaining a classical elegance. They are manufactured with quality fabrics that offer a high degree of elasticity and an attention to detail that ensures a perfect fit every time.

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Ride in comfort and style in this printed shirt made from 100% polyester cool plus wicking fabric. If you are showing Dressage, we also make this style in white and offer a matching cool plus stock tie to complete your show day look.


Protect your skin and stay dry in the breathable Sunblocker shirt from Arista, which absorbs sweat from the skin surface to the outer layer of the fabric within 1 second!

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Spring is in the air and the combination of this great fitting vest and stunning plaid fabric creates the best look of the season.


The Aristacrat front zip breeches and Kangaroo side zip breeches are back and have been restyled for a more current look. There are also several new Arista plaids available for sale this spring.

For more information or a dealer near you contact 1-877-944-0016 or visit

Horse ManUwear News

If you are not wearing Horse ManUwear, you have probably seen their pants with the WHOA on the bum or their horse motif hoodies around. After less than 3 years in the market, Horse ManUwear is now a popular brand among girls aged 15-25 and is available in 100 stores across Canada and the United States. The tongue in cheek name, the tag line “Step into Some,” and the constant injection of exciting new styles and prints make Horse ManUwear a great brand for young horse lovers. Horse ManUwear is proudly made in Canada.


– Horse hair and hay resistant fabric


Show the world you love horses in these beautiful t-shirts from Horse ManUwear. Made in Canada from soft, pre-shrunk cotton.

Horse ManUwear Sportfab fabric is breathable, wicks moisture, and best of all - horse hair and hay resistant. Horse ManUwear has two new Sportfab jackets this spring and 3 pairs of Sportfab yogas, perfect for hanging around the barn or wearing over show breeches.

WHOA Sweatpants

The newest in the family of Horse ManUwear fleece WHOA pants, these sweats are the ultimate in comfort.

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Custom Buckaroo Gear Yes some of you may call it tack from yesteryear!

But it's always been alive and popular in the real working cowboy's life. The shape of a cowboy's hat or how he wears his boots; the style of his chaps or armitas he is wearing – they define him or her in someway. Custom Buckaroo Gear is upholding some of the more traditional Vaquero styles, with cowboy's cuffs, armitas, chinks and stylish bridles as well as the great fitting yoke breast collars. Many want something special for themselves and their horse to stand out; that little extra twist that makes it their own... that’s the statement we want Custom Buckaroo Gear to make for you! Top quality work that will last a life time. Come with an idea or see some of ours. Let us help you make YOUR Statement! We will do all types of leather work and repairs as well. For more information call 250-308-6293 in Armstrong, BC, or E-mail:

Custom Buckaroo Gear

Traditional Vaquero Styles Armitas, Chaps, Chinks, Bridles & Cowboy Cuffs Custom made for You and Your Horse ALSO: LEATHERWORK AND REPAIRS

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Incorporated in 1987, the Kactus line was developed in 1990.

Custom orders have been a specialty with sizes ranging from XXS to 7X. Their huge selection of jackets and vests are all 100% made in Alberta, and styles are available in canvas, 100% cotton or wool. Kactus strives to make a useable, wearable, functional, eyeappealing garment, made with quality and durability in mind. Products include ladies and men's styles of Jackets, Bombers, Wool Vests and Canvas Vests.

Don Loewen of Cowboy Classic Equipment, Merritt, BC

Don is wearing a Stockman Jacket in beige. Trim is chocolate brown cloth with brown fleece lining. Stockman Jackets are made from various types of canvas and many colours. Yokes on the front and back, and comes with side snaps. Two pockets, front side pocket and top pocket with flap over. Two-way zipper for safety, inside string. Cuff has two snaps on sleeves. Lining is optional with choice of fabric and an inside pocket. Trim – can be cloth or leather. Don is holding a Harvest Gold Stockman Vest.

Dana Hinsche of 150 Mile Realty, Remax. 150 Mile House, BC.

Dana is wearing a Stockman Vest in red. Made from various types of canvas and commander. Also available in many colours. This vest has a black leather collar and black fleece lining. Yokes on front and back, with side snaps. Two-way zipper for safety, inside string. Two pockets in front. Lining is optional with choice of fabric and an inside pocket. Trim – can be cloth or leather.

Bob and Deborah Kaufman of Bob Kaufman Custom Saddlery, Stone Hill Ranch, Irvine, AB. Bob is wearing a Trail Boss Vest in royal blue; and is only made in wool. Yokes front and back; 3 leather pocket welts. Wind flap – snapped; waist band made loose. Lining – fleece lined or quilt lined. Trim – leather collar. The Trail Boss Vest also comes in a Trail Boss Jacket Deborah is wearing a National Jacket in royal blue, custom ordered in wool. This ladies ¾ length jacket is very stylish. Two large front pockets; 1 smaller zipper pocket top left. Two-way zipper for safety; large cape front and back; two snaps on sleeve cuffs Lining is nylon or polyester unless ordered with fleece Trim is tapestry, leaning towards the Aztec patterns, unless custom ordered. The National Jacket is usually made from canvas, denim brushed twill Saddle Up and Kactus Wear gratefully acknowledge our models who took time out from their booths at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival to participate in this photo shoot. See Kactus Wear at The Mane Event in Red Deer, April 23-25. “We would like to thank our customers for your tremendous support behind our products. We will endeavour to supply the wants and needs for horsemen in the horse industry and the cattlemen and the ranchers.” - Julie Thoreson • 59

Paragon Clothing LTD. is a family owned and operated business founded in 1962, located in the heart of Montreal's historically well-known clothing industry. Our garments can be located at quality menswear retailers across Canada. Paragon is happy to produce many new Rancher Style sport jackets for the 2010 collection. Our hugely popular jacket styles are largely due to our leadership in Stone and Enzyme washed fabrics, which produce a distinct and superbly stylish sport jacket that is as ideal for a night on the town, as it is for a family gathering! We also have a number of houndstooth and herringbone design jackets that are great for day to day wearing as well as that special occasion. Lastly – there is the “Every man’s” Black sport jacket that is perfect for the office, dinners, or a nice evening stroll.

These are only a few of the immensely popular styles produced by Paragon Clothing that are ideal for Saddle Up magazine’s readers. We will be happy to direct you to a retailer in your area. Call us toll free at 1-800-361-1144 or via e-mail: Each jacket has split front and back yokes, as well as Byswing back. For maximum comfortability, inside lining is tailored with stretch shoulder inserts.

Bankers Grey Herringbone sport jacket

Traditional Twill sport jacket. Cognac “Leather-touch” sport jacket.

Black & White Houndstooth with subdued windowpane sport jacket. Traditional Poly/Wool Hopsack “all occasion” sport jacket. Fashion shade Houndstooth sport jacket

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Ultimate Show Apparel,

What’s new for 2010? What's the new colour? What's the new trend? Yes, there are trends and new ways of decorating show clothing. But to me there’s other important factors in putting together a show wardrobe. Your clothes have to fit well and be appropriate for the class you’re showing in. The clothes have to be proper for the level of competition for which you are showing. Colours need to match you and your horse rather than be the “in” colour of the season. Finally, your overall look needs to be neat in appearance. Clothes that fit look fabulous. Not only does your outfit need to be comfortably snug, it also needs to be the correct length. If your show wardrobe is not long enough it looks like you’re wearing something you’ve outgrown. This includes pants, chaps and jackets. Each event has a style of jacket or shirt that is figure flattering and event appropriate. Showmanship is a 2-piece suit usually cut longer than a pleasure jacket. Pants are fitted with clean front and back and fit over western boots that match in colour. Horsemanship is

a posture event so riders usually choose to dress in one colour from head to toe with some colour accents in the design. A horsemanship top usually zips in the back like a body suit and is worn tucked in with a belt and buckle. Pleasure horse riders wear jackets or blouses and sometimes choose to match their saddle blanket with their jacket colours. Trail and western riding outfits are similar to pleasure although some riders will choose a western look for trail with a vest or southwest look. A small local show is a great place for riders to learn about showing and not have to purchase expensive custom clothing in order to compete. Breed organizations have weekend shows where most riders will dress in appropriate outfits for each event and have their clothing custom made and fitted. The dress code is at its highest for National and World shows as well as futurity classes; wearing custom one of a kind outfits that are usually specifically made for one horse and rider. Sorrel horses look good in greens and earth tones. Bay horses look fabulous in red and blue. I like to see blues, greys and silver on a grey horse. Palominos and Buckskins look good in camel, green brown or gold. I love to dress an owner with a black horse, they look good in most bright colours that go with black chaps. Youth riders go for bright colours while amateurs tend to dress in darker colours and earth tones. Most professional riders that I dress choose black chaps and hat and have some colour in their jacket or blouse. Finally, the overall look needs to be neat in appearance. Hair needs to be sprayed so that loose ends are neatly tucked under the hat. Buns are good to keep hair neat if it's long. It's important for riders to have their hats cleaned and shaped at the beginning of each show

by Diane Olsen

season and keep it in a box to maintain its shape. A bad hat can ruin the look of a nice outfit. Earrings are acceptable if they’re small and tasteful. Boots need to be clean as well as the bottom of chaps. I don’t think it's important to have a lot of show clothing; it's better to have one or two great pieces than a whole lot of mediocre clothing. Quality is far more important than quantity. Invest in wellfitted, good quality apparel and you’ll enter the ring not only in style but with confidence as well. Happy showing and if I can be of help please don’t hesitate to call me at 250-546-2860. • 61

Carhartt has really stepped up to the plate in terms of meeting both the fashion and function needs of today's women and has surpassed that need by introducing a huge line of kids clothing that goes way beyond the traditional bib overalls we're all used to seeing. Whether you're a woman that's an excavator operator, gardener, home project do it your selfer or a discerning casual clothing wearer, there are Carhartt garments for you and most importantly they fit women in all the places they need to. That doesn't mean that they've forgotten about the Men or the Kids, those lines have just gotten bigger and better and we carry them all. For anyone who hasn't tried the "Work Dry" garments from Carhartt they are a must. You won't believe the "on the job" comfort and breathability. In order to serve the North Okanagan better Diana's Monogramming is opening a second location in Vernon in June of this year. We will have all the same promotional product services as the Armstrong store, i.e. embroidery, silk screening and promotional product hard goods, as well as the store itself featuring Carhartt, Red Wing Boots, Dawgs Footwear and a variety of active wear of high quality at reasonable prices. We look forward to seeing you in the near future to share the newest styles with you.

Whether It’s Work, Around The Farm, Casual Wear Or Kids Clothing... CARHARTT Makes It and DIANA’S


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Glover grandkids with Miniature and Pony cotton sheets

Glover Equine Products started in 1982... which totals up to 28 years. Back then they built a 4,000 sq. ft. plant near their acreage in Boissevain, Manitoba. Boissevain is a small rural town about 16 miles from the USA border. It is ideal for shipping across the country and also into the USA. They have a dedicated staff of seamstresses; including one that has been there all 28 years. Glover Equine has travelled to trade shows in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Denver, Reno and Philadelphia. Expanding in 1995, the business now has 7,000 sq. ft. of sewing machines and inventory. They have since diversified into distributing other than only their own manufactured products. Glover Equine is the Canadian Distributor of Awst International and Windhorse (known as Sleazy Sleepwear for Horses); with over 500 dealers in total between Canada and the USA. A large part of Glover Equine's business is custom orders and embroidery on awards for Horse Shows. They also make a lot of dog blankets and can personalize dog collars with owners phone numbers in case of runaways.

Their blankets come in all sizes and shapes... for Donkeys, Sheep, Goats, and every size of horse from newborn Miniatures to large Draft horses. To add to that, they make bags for all your horse gear and for people's weekends away. See the inventory at The Glover family also raises registered Miniature horses; with a herd of 30 and 10 foals expected this year. The family also has Quarter Horses, Appaloosas and Ponies for showing and trail riding which provides the business with a lot of models for trying on horse blankets! Purse with embroidered handles

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Horse jewellery, bags, gifts, purses and home decor... Lycra hoods, shoulder guards and full bodies; all sizes in 23 colours, solid and print. Remember us for Horse Show Awards! Call for your nearest dealer or check out the web site Glover’s makes four styles and 12 sizes of dog blankets



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2010 Fashion Forecast

Start your fashion planning by evaluating your current tack and wardrobe. If anything is out of style, doesn’t fit, or is damaged, either fix it or forward the item to someone who needs it. Space and budgets are too tight to hang on to things that have lost their usefulness– recycle your unneeded tack and apparel via eBay, Craigslist, tack swaps, consignment racks, or a donation to a local horse charity that can use your discards More than 75% of western show riders still choose black as their base colour because of its versatility and ease of matching, but consider a contrasting hat to lighten up that black outfit. Other deep and flattering chap colours, like dark blues, deep greens, and natural tones from sand to caramel to chocolate take a little more planning to accessorize but the more unusual finished look can be well-worth the effort. Think of your horse’s primary coat colour as either brunette (black, bay, white) or redheaded (sorrel, chestnut, dun, red roan) and then consider jewel tone accents like purple, red, and bright blue for the brunette horses and earth tones like caramel, peach, and blue/greens on those redheaded horses. Drape a towel or other large swatch of colour over your saddled horse for a quick preview of colour impressions, and try to limit your wardrobe to a chap or base colour with one or at most two predominant accents. Many fabrics continue to be dramatically decorated with masses of rhinestones, tiny sequins, and large jewels added for theatrical flair. Base fabrics usually stretch for in-the-saddle comfort, or have stretch panels for ease paired with more delicate non-stretch fabrics. Look for sheer accents in sleeves and metallic thread and foil treatments as glitzy accents paired with more sturdy fabrics, and expect bold prints in high-contrast colours that don’t die from a distance to add fun to the show apparel mix. Regardless of the fabric used, show apparel should be carefully constructed and fitted close to the body for an attractive, slim silhouette. Older and wider riders should consider

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their proportions when shopping and use supporting undergarments to create a prettier riding profile. Head to toe, hats start the western show presentation and are generally higher quality than in years past. Boutique hatters are stealing market share from the megahatters for good reason: quality hats, hand-finished and often made to the owners exacting specifications, can last for many years and justify their higher initial cost. Inexpensive hats in white make sense because they’ll soon yellow and need replacing, but all other hats are seeing a rise in price, quality, and customization across the western spectrum. Expect a sharper brim curve creating steeper sides for felt hat shapes, and consider alternatives to predictable black in quality fur felts like versatile caramel and cool and warm pale neutrals like smoke and sand. Women’s tops for western events have two important characteristics this year: waist details and a tails-out silhouette. Called tunics, rail shirts, or pleasure shirts, hip-length tops offer cool comfort and a longer bodice to decorate with an assortment of interesting trims down the front and around the hips or waist. Large collars topped with elaborate appliqué and stonework remain a focal point; contrasting decorated cuffs are still seen on many riders but often are removeable to create a more tailored impression. Whether your new show top is made from a border print fabric that rings the hips with contrast colour (often matching the rider’s chaps) or features sewn-on belt effects, it’s important to consider your figure when top shopping. If you’re thick through the waist, be careful about decorating that area and be sure to try on your intended show garment when you’re sitting in a saddle to make sure the design is flattering. For halter class exhibitors, you’ll still see blazers and short jackets worn with contrast colour slacks or show pants, though at all but local shows, a suit or dressier top is suggested for showmanship. Bright colours and bold geometric trims combine to create showmanship looks that add interest to this up-close performance

Lillyana SwitchIt! Jacket

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class, and reflective fabrics including brocades and sequined looks work well for this division. Western boots coloured to match pants add a nice touch; hats remain neutral for the most part but a few trendies are sporting coloured hats or hats with discrete brim decorations. With tails-out tops being the most popular riding look, belts take a backseat this season as they don’t show under the longer tops–in fact, belts need not be worn at all in most breeds. However, chaps remain as important as ever as they still cover half a rider’s body and are the largest piece of shape and colour that the judge will see from center ring. Like a high-quality hat and saddle, great chaps are a great investment. They must fit perfectly: trim and smooth through the waist, hip, and thigh, then gently flaring below the knee down over the boot top with enough length to cover the heels when riding. Chap waist details are simple, again because they are often covered by tailsout tops. Western boots, barely visible in most western show presentations, should blend in colour with the pants, chaps, or horse’s shoulder. A good cobbler can change the colour of last year’s boots for another season’s use, but if you buy new, consider square or semisquare toes as a modern look. Heavy crepe soles are best left for work boots as they look clunky and distracting in the show ring; plain leather soles are both safer and more attractive in a stirrup. Accessories are playful and sparkling. Though the higher necklines and larger collars on many show tops make it difficult to showcase a lovely necklace, big, glittery earrings add attractive interest around a rider’s face. Hair styles run the gamut from neat buns to big pony tails, but whatever you choose, make sure your 'do' doesn’t distract from your rail presentation. Gloves, though always correct, are rarely seen in the stock breed western classes, yet are always part of the same rider’s hunt seat wardrobe. Makeup needs to be bolder than everyday style to carry from the rail and add drama under a western hat’s large, shadowy brim. Younger riders will tend to mirror their older role models, but with more bold colour. Lead-liners, often with grandparents at the shank, can use colour in leader and leadee tops coordinated with a saddle blanket for a simple but effective presentation. With so many boldly-patterned show tops being seen, simply bordered or solid colour show blankets are often a better choice than complex patterns that might clash with a garment. Show men continue to have a short shopping list as in years past: perfectly starched button-down shirts in solids or checks, pressed jeans, classic chaps and a handsome traditional leather belt, with a squared-brim hat making a bookend to their square-toed boots. Today’s western gentleman will wear this look with a saddle blanket that mirrors the colour from his shirt for colour-coordinated appeal. (c) 2010 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.

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Alberta Donkey And Mule News Spring is here and it’s time to get out there and get going with your mules and donkeys. If you are not lucky enough to own a mule or a donkey yet, we would still love to have you join us with your horse! See our list of events below. Coming up we have a hands on seminar planned for Sunday, April 11 at the Lakedell Arena, Westerose, AB. Club member Doug Moran has willingly consented to spend a day with us sharing his vast knowledge gained from the BC College of Equine Therapy. Doug has extensive training in many areas including Acupressure, Magnet Therapy, Injury/Lameness assessment techniques, Nutrition, basic Chiropractics through muscle manipulation, Anatomy and Saddle Fitting. Doug has always loved equines and after retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces and meeting his partner Susan, they established their own tack store, Poplar Ridge Tack, and now also run an Equine Therapy business. The clinic starts at 9 a.m. and is free and open to the public! Call Doug at 780-362–3395 for more information.

At our recent AGM we elected our 2010 Executive: President - Roy Quiring 403-783-5210, Vice-president - Ken Quick 780-962-5933, Treasurer - Twyla Daly 780-696-3892 Secretary - Ethel Hollihan 403-783-3083, Directors: Colleen Campbell 780-672-6105, myfitness@ Paul Barrow 780-987-3746, Blaine Johnson 780-696-3892 Alice Todd 403-646-2624, ratodd@xplornet. com Press Coordinator - Marlene Quiring 403783-5210, Promotions - Paul and Vicki Barrow, Alice Todd, Russ Shandro AEF rep - Kaite Skeels 66 • Saddle Up • April 2010

By Marlene Quiring

COMING EVENTS: Please Note that ALL of our events except for Tees Longears Days, are Open to All Equines.

April 23–25: Mane Event, Red Deer. We are excited to be back with our club booth and demonstrations. We are also extremely pleased that the Mane Event has invited back, Jerry Tindell, horse and mule trainer from California as one of their featured guests. Jerry is not only a great horse and mule trainer but is a gifted teacher and communicator. You won’t want to miss his presentations! Look for our booth and keeps your eyes and ears peeled for the many donkeys and mules that will be participating each day in the demos and clinics. Stop by the Club booth or Jerry’s booth to register for his clinics we are sponsoring in June and July. May 8-9: Driving Clinic in central AB. Co-sponsored by the ADMC and the Stonebridge Driving Club. Instructor is Cheryl Fothingham, Driving Coach. For more info contact Colleen Campbell 780-672-6105. May 21-23: Ft. Assiniboine Wildland Park Trail Ride. This is a great ride in some gorgeous sand hills so no shoes required. Lots of wildlife and history on the trail. Contact Fred Godberson 780674-5775. June 25–27: Jerry Tindell Ground Work Clinic. Clinic is geared for young stock or problem stock or for those not feeling ready to ride. June 28–30: Jerry Tindell Colt Starting Clinic. Jerry safely guides you along the steps to taking your first ride on your animal. July 2–4: Jerry Tindell Basic Mule/Horsemanship. Geared to those that have not taken one of Jerry’s clinics yet. July 5–7: Jerry Tindell Intermediate Mule/ Horsemanship. Clinic is set up to progress for those that have previously taken a Tindell clinic. All Jerry Tindell clinics will be held at the Lakedell Arena, Westerose. AB. All clinics are open to mules, donkeys and horses. You do not have to be a club member. Contact Marlene Quiring 403783-5210, E-mail or check Jerry’s website at July 27–29: Hummingbird Trail Ride. Contact Keith Kendrew 403-843-3293. August 21-22: Tees Longears Days, Donkey and Mule Show. Contact Colleen Campbell 780-6726105 September 8–12: Spruce Meadows Battle of the Breeds, Showcase and Equi-Fair.

Keep checking our website for more information and registration forms for the clinics.

Bob Leggette and his mule Jessie, another member that will be participating in the Mane Event and in our donkey and mule demos. Jessie rides and drives and Bob will be showing her on his 4 wheel buggy.

Don Fossum and his team of Miniature Donkeys, Berry Ridge Bruno and Berry Ridge Freckles participating in the club demos at Spruce Meadows. Watch for them in our demos at the Mane Event.

The Mane Event 2008, Clinician, Jerry Tindell with participant Colleen Campbell and her donkey, Blossom.

The Future is Bright for North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association By Val Heuman The executive, staff, volunteers and riders of our dynamic organization are eager to begin the 2010 season in our very special location at the Historic O’Keefe Ranch at 9380 Hwy 97 just outside Vernon. Once again, the generous support of the Vernon Schubert Centre providing a bus and the contribution of volunteer bus drivers will again allow our school riders to participate. In addition, a donation of $2,500 from the Shriners will allow us to purchase a new “bicycle western” saddle which will facilitate the participation of even more students in our program. As our spring session begins early in April and the fall session runs until the end of October, the participants, volunteers and instructors have often found it a rather chilling proposition to spend the day outdoors. This year they will have a wonderful new Volunteer Lounge to warm up in thanks to the generous donation of a building by the Fieldstone Mill just outside Armstrong. We invite everyone to stop by, have a coffee and watch a riding session through the big viewing window. One of our biggest new initiatives is to become a Can TRA Provisional Member Centre by next year. Everyone is working hard to fulfill all the requirements for this significant step in our growth. NOTRA will again be participating at the Okanagan Breeders Group Equine Affair at the Armstrong Fairgrounds on April 10th and 11th. We will have our own booth set up and some used tack for sale. We hope you will drop by and investigate the great savings. All the profits we realize from our table will go directly toward our riding programs. We are looking forward with anticipation to the Spring Session beginning April 12th and running until June 4th. Our spring 42 Poirier Road West, Mara, BC volunteer orientation will be on Saturday, April 10th at 2 p.m. and as always, we can never have too many volunteers, so spread the word or call our coordinator yourself at 250-549-0105 or our secretary Val Heuman at 250-308-4830. If you miss this training session don’t worry as we will welcome you at any time and additional training will take place as new volunteers sign on.

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AERC Excited about 2010 Events Armstrong Enderby Riding Club's two Winter Indoor Ride events were big successes, with many riders of all ages coming out to ride at the Armstrong IPE Agriplex. A big thank you to director Rebecca Hilbrander for being an amazing hostess, providing coffee, home baked cookies, and juice for the kids. She also had the arena open and the lights on, ready for riders. We had many new members join up at the Winter Rides! Riders came from Westbank, Vernon, Lavington, Enderby, Salmon Arm and Armstrong. Everyone enjoyed riding and socializing! Contact club member Gabriela Sladkova if you’d like to take part in English and Western lessons with instructor Cera Bollo

By Tammy Thielman

of Armstrong. English and Western lessons are available for kids and adults. Two dates are available. Lessons will be held at Bolynn Stables on Salmon River Road, just minutes out of Armstrong. We’d like to have about 12 riders to take part in the lessons, which are semi-private. Contact Gabriela at straussb@ to sign up. Thank you Gabriela for organizing this event! Our first Fun Day of 2010 is May 30, organized by director Lorraine Pilon. Fun Days offer a full day of showing: Halter, English, Western, Trail, and Games for only $10/day for members. You can take part in all the classes, or choose the ones you most want

to go in. Riders can also choose to come after lunch, for games. Everyone is welcome! AERC membership is only $40/family or $20/individual. We keep the club fees low thanks to volunteers making fun things happen! Club members must have HCBC. AERC, est. 1966, offers a fun, no-pressure environment for individuals and families to ride and show their horses. To receive club e-news, contact Tammy 250-832-3409, E-mail Check out for more info!

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club Update By Melanie Russo Sometimes it’s nice to know that you’re so important to a club that your job doesn’t get done if you’re not there to do it. Sometimes it’s a burden and a recipe for burnout. For me, for now, a break Snorty & is nice, but I’m Joan McNaughton glad to be home, healthy and looking forward to the year ahead! As the new show season approaches, first, we need to look back and recognize five members in particular. No one can measure the labour, time and energy they have contributed for free! When it comes to Barb and Joe Aschenmeier, Joy Viel, and Joan and Bruce Cunningham, I’m actually speechless! Nothing we do will ever be enough to properly show our appreciation for all they have done and continue to do. All I can suggest is that as a club and as individuals we follow their example and continue to give of ourselves for the benefit of others. “Pay it forward” as it were and when they have a particular need for something or for some help, somehow, the solution will present itself in some surprising 68 • Saddle Up • April 2010

way. Thanks also to Elizabeth Albrecht for her quiet diligence on the newsletter and Dan and Laura McInroy for their zealous efforts on behalf of the youth. Best of luck to you in your future endeavours. Alas, so many other volunteers deserving of thanks, but space is limited! Looking forward to the year ahead, a few words from our new President, Scott Rempel are appropriate. “I want to take this opportunity to thank our membership for their nomination and confirmation as President for 2010... I was like many OMHC members in that I wanted to make a positive contribution to our club, the Miniature Horse breed and our community. Thank you for your trust and support.” The President’s full message, tips on vaccinations, equine dental issues, gelding incentive and contact information can be found in the OMHC Newsletter at www.

2010 OMHC Mini-Related Important Dates: April 17 - Spring Warm Up Clinic: Melanie Russo (250-767-2322) Apr 17 – Club Meeting, Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong: Scott Rempel (250-542-3433) May 15 – Clipping Demo, Vernon: Louellen Rempel (250-542-3433) May 23 – Fundraiser & Clinic, Judge & Clinician TBA, VDRC: Melanie Russo (250-767-2322)

Hey, so I’m a little fuzzy... it’s still winter here! Jun 19 – Club Meeting, Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong: Scott Rempel (250-542-3433) Jul 2 – OMHC AMHR Sanctioned Show, Armstrong: Joan McNaughton (250-992-7485) Jul 3-4 – OMHC AMHA Sanctioned Show, Armstrong: Joan McNaughton (250-992-7485) Aug 21 – Club Meeting, Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong: Scott Rempel (250-542-3433) Sep 1-5 - IPE, Armstrong: Anne Iceton (250-5460998) Sep 10-12 - Salmon Arm Fair: Anna Dewolff (250832-9832) Oct 16 - Wrap Up Fun Day & AGM, VDRC: Joy Viel (250-545-2168) Nov 13 – OMHC Formal Dinner & Year End Awards, Vernon: Louellen Rempel (250-542-3433)

BC Miniature Horse Club News Cool Runnings had its first go round the beginning of this month. Cool Runnings holds 3 different Arena Driving Trials (ADT). ADT includes Dressage, Cone Course and a Marathon Obstacle course. It is open to all sizes of equine but the Miniature horse and Donkey seem to be the dominant ones in this sport. At this event, 4 BCMHC members competed with 6 Miniature horses. Congratulations to Shirley, Karen, Tammy and Margaret on their scores. For those of you who are showing CDE, TREC, or ADT with a Miniature horse, BCMHC now has a year-end High Point award for their members. Here is another good reason to become a member. On March 13-14, Patty Cloke came up from Washington to conduct a driving clinic. Patty is an incredible clinician. Whether you audit or participate with your horse, Patty makes sure you understand fully what she is talking about. Patty took time to work with each individual person and by the time she was done you could visibly see a difference in every horse. She has a wonderful way of really making it easy to accomplish what you need to with your horse. I personally can attest to this

By Margaret Walmsley

because I had been trying for months to get my horse to do a full circle pivot and was unable to get him to do it without him getting upset. Within 5 minutes the 9-year-old girl, Sunny, who was driving him; with Patty's help, had him doing pivots in both directions with no issues. And yes, she showed me the "secret." Our activities committee has set up the following clinic: April 10-11 in Langley. Barb MacDonald, Halter and In Hand Clinic. Barb MacDonald has been successfully training and showing Miniature horses for many years. Barb will cover prepping your horse for halter, presenting to the judge, working with obstacles and jumping. Auditing is available at this clinic. For info contact Shirley Bradbury 604-530-5754. Also don't forget about our great Spring Classic at the Cloverdale Agriplex on June 12-13. This is a great AMHA show to watch or show your mini at. For more info contact Margaret Walmsley 604-8561419 or E-mail Knightwoman@

BC Competitive Trail Riders Association With April comes the official start to the competitive season for the BC Competitive Trail Riders Association. As we have done for the last five years, the first rides of the season are educational rides geared towards those people intrigued by the sport and wanting to see if it’s a good fit for them and their horse. The North Island Schooling Ride, held in Qualicum Bay, offers a morning session of theory and info, a mock up of a ride, boxed lunch, prizes and of course lots of fun. This ride will be capped so get your registration in early to Tammy Mercer at

In addition to a schooling ride aimed at new riders on the 24th of April, the club is also offering a schooling ride of a different sort on April 18th. On the 18th, the Spring Ahead Ride held in Nanaimo, will be the very first ride to help riders and horses prepare for moving up in the levels. So if you are a previous competitor who is looking to make the jump from level 1 to level 2 or 3, then this is the ride for you! For more information contact Nicole Vaugeois at Then in May we will be having the first ever 2-day event in CTR on the Island! The Sasquatch Scurry Ride will be held in Courtenay May 22-23, will be for levels 1,

Sunny showing LJ how it is done

Silver and Margaret on course

By Shannon Mayer 2 & 3, and will be capped so get your ride entries in early! John and Karen Eigler will be hosting this ride from their property and as National level competitors, this couple brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to the ride prep and overall layout of a ride, as well as a gorgeous trail system. This is a huge task that John and Karen have taken on, one that we hope for only the greatest success and many years of annual 2-day rides. For more information about the Sasquatch Scurry Ride contact John and Karen at and for more information about the sport of CTR or upcoming events go to • 69

B.C. Sporthorse - Sportpony News

By Ulli Dargel

A WEDDING ON HORSEBACK Jim & Sylvia – February 21, 2010 at Burnaby Horsemen’s Association

BC Sporthorse – Sportpony Breeders Group extend their best wishes to one of their members Sylvia Baur. Since Sylvia is also a member at Burnaby Horsemen’s Association, John & Ulli Dargel decided with Burnaby members, on very short notice (3 days), to help make this day a memorable one for Sylvia and Jim. The plan was that they would both enter on horseback to start their lives together witnessed by approximately 60 people. The barn perimeter area was beautifully decorated with the Canadian and BC Flag. It added colour and a special touch to their facility. It was befitting, that her two horses one of which is her show horse “All That Jazz,” were beautifully braided for this occasion. What a great entrance by the bride and groom on horseback – something Sylvia has always wished for – like a fairy tale. Debbie Rogal and Rhonda Ennis, the honour guards, were leading the

horses, Meagan as Bridesmaid and Melanie as flower girl. They created a spectacular entrance to a festive function. Sylvia and Jim were speechless and could not thank everyone enough for having come out in such great numbers and created this memorable day for them, something they will always cherish and members at Burnaby Horsemen’s Association will talk about for a long time to come.

Kelowna Gymkhana Club News By Amy Russo and Kayla Stormsten Come out and join us for a day of fun, safe, family events. New members welcome anytime, both Novice and Beginner riders. We are BC Heritage Circuit Qualifiers. The KGC AGM was held February 18th. Join us for another great season of fun, buckle series, for every age group, and hang out with horsey people. We offer a relaxing but fun atmosphere. Any horse and rider is welcome. Our events include flags, keyhole, barrels, stakes, poles, surprises and jackpots!

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Dates are: May 9, June 6, June 27, July 25, August 8, August 22 and September 12. Come out and support! Tough Enough to Wear Pink will be on July 25. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Kelowna Chapter of the BC Cancer agency. Again this year we will be having a Spooktacular Fun Day in October. Dress you and your horse up in Halloween costumes! This date will be announced later in the year.

Our 2010 Executive:

President - Amanda Blamire Vice President - Tarji Mclean, Brooke Halldorsen Secretary - Linda Lamberton Treasurer - Jim Hinchliffe For more information call Amanda at 250-764-1397 or check out our website at Let's have another great year Kelowna!

South Okanagan Horse Assoc. Well spring isn't officially here until March 20th but it was l5+ today and I saw the first tree in full bloom. Beautiful weather, but it is also time to start using the curry comb and brush. The other day I was brushing my mare and I think I had more hair on me that she did, but with a little effort they are really shedding so the job is not so difficult and without the wind thanks. On Sunday, March l4, 40 people turned up for the Daryl Gibb Clinic at Woodgate Farms. Three horses were used to demo horsemanship, safety on and around the horse, and reading your horse. There was a question and answer period during the lunch break. Woodgate provided coffee, hot chocolate and hot apple cider, with home made cookies supplied by Lori Gordon and Elsen den Boer. Daryl had donated one of his home made rope halters which was won by Anne-Maria Robinson. A bottle of wine was donated by Lynne Lucas and won by Dorothy McLaughlin. And a Christmas tape donated by Barb den Boer was won by Diana Huva. A very informative day was had by all and we are all looking to further clinics. The Marion Weisskopff Clinic on April 10-11, and May 10-11 are full. The June 9-10 Clinic has limited space available and will be held at Parkway Stables in Penticton.

By SOHA el presidanti

April 25th, the Fuzzy Horse Show programs are now out. Remember... no post entries. For show information contact the Show Secretary, Sherry Ripplinger, 250490-0397 or sherryripplinger@hotmail. com. Happy trails and I look forward to seeing you at our first event of the season, the Spirit of Life Ride, for a good cause. Pledge forms are available on the SOHA website

Daryl and Sundance owned by Janice Goodman

Daryl and 3 yr old stallion Shimmeriena Twosmart owned by Elsen den Boer

Daryl and 2 yr old Flash owned by Jackie Sullivan

Attentive spectators

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Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H Club News By Emily Allen, Ashley Robson and Jasmine Williams


On February 15 we did our club speeches. As always, there was a variety of interesting topics. We always learn something new about each member by what they choose to talk about. Our placings were as follows: Junior 1st - Ryan Moffat 2nd - Raija Mclean and Parker Mclean 3rd - Emily Allen and Ewan Murray Senior 1st - Kristen Bransfield 2nd - Megan Moffat 3rd - Emma Klassen

programs. In the near future we hope to meet some of the people who are benefiting from the program. What 2010 will bring for our Club We are looking forward to another busy year with riding lessons, Prince Phillip games, fundraisers, Stock Show and Summer Sizzler.

Marty Kalousek

Laser Tag

In February our 4-H club went to Planet Lazer to play laser tag. Most of our members came and we had tons of fun. The entire club had fun shooting light beams at each other and just playing around. We did two games and each was 17 minutes long.

Guest Speaker

On March 1st we had a guest speaker come and talk to our club. Her name was Heather Henderson and she owns Arion Therapeutic Farm in Kelowna. We learned that at Arion Farm there is a therapeutic riding program for people with physical, mental or emotional challenges. Heather Henderson showed us a slide show presentation with photos and information about the farm. She also brought two special saddles she uses for therapeutic riding. It was very inspiring to learn that people with a variety of challenges can learn to work with and ride horses. There are other services provided at Arion such as arts and crafts, tutoring and social

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Members who did speeches.

Bobbie-Jo MacMillan

The kids at laser tag.

4-H Season is Underway!

By Brandon Archer

What a busy past 4 weeks the Trail Dusters 4-H club has had! We would like to welcome our new members for 2010. They are Kayleigh Seibel, Reanne Rebus and Hannah Whitehead. As with all the other 4-H clubs in the Salmon Arm area we started the season with public speaking. This year the members spoke about some very interesting subjects. Ranging from the dream of becoming a junior World Reining Champion, the history of the Olympics, sleep disorders, life in small town Nicaragua, best friends, purchasing a first horse, and heart disease. What an amazing range of subjects! Some of the senior members did demonstrations with subjects of how to bake fresh brownies and how to train a dog. Thank you to our volunteer judges for this year's speeches. The 4-H members were graded for their efforts and here are the results. Junior: 1st place Madison Archer, 2nd place Reanne Rebus, 3rd Kayleigh Seibel, 4th Hayley Poroznuk. Senior: 1st place Lauren Jackobsen, 2nd place Brandi Howard, 3rd place Madeline Uhlenberg. Senior demonstration: 1st place Breanna Howard and Jesse Dawn, 2nd place Meighen Rees and Whitney Watson-Wilson.

Once the speeches were out of the way we brushed up on our horse riding skills. On March 19-21 we had our spring riding clinic that was hosted by Teixeira Performance Stables (www. located in Canoe. The members had three days of instruction from Carmen Teixeira, the resident trainer at the stables. Any youth interested in joining a horse 4-H club is encouraged to call Selena at 250-833-0194. We always welcome new members! Google search Salmon Arm 4-H and check out our facebook page! • 73

The Back Country Horsemen of BC By Diana Von Ratenberg, South Vancouver Island Chapter BACKCOUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730 Vice President: Carol Creasy, IT & Membership, - 250 835-8587 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): Rose Schroeder, - 604 854-1245 Horse Council Director: Isabel Pritchard, - 250 764-4533 Education: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442

Learning from the Herd

I started trail riding two years ago. I looked forward to gentle ambles through peaceful forested trails with like-minded horsemen, stunning views atop mountain peaks and a camaraderie that only comes with the shared love of horses. I got all of that and more. Little did I know, that trail riding would bring with it an increased understanding of the relationship I have with my horse. My experience prior to trail riding was mostly set in a riding ring – equitation, flat work, jumping. To round this out my chestnut QH gelding, Scooter, and I had done some natural horsemanship work with Jonathan Field. Regardless, all of our previous experience had been as a couple - horse and woman - learning, riding, training, and facing obstacles together. I thought our solid partnership would be enough to take us easily into the world of trail riding. What I didn’t fully appreciate was that we were no longer alone! In our previous context, Scooter and I had worked hard toward increased leadership and partnership. I had come a long way in convincing this dominant, self-sufficient gelding that I was in charge. The trail riding experience revealed several new nuances that shifted the perception of our partnership. When riding in the ring the rider/coach systematically introduces new obstacles and challenges. Each is mastered before moving onto the next. Trail riding, on the other hand, infuses the unknown, unexpected, and unconquered – and it does so arbitrarily and indiscriminately. These sudden and unfamiliar situations can be daunting, or at least surprising to a ring-trained horse. Trail riding taught me a lot about herd dynamics. On my first ride I was expecting that we would all head out as a cohesive, 74 • Saddle Up • April 2010

content herd to enjoy the pleasures nature had to offer. Instead I found out that every ride had to begin with determining riding order – who goes first, which mare can’t ride in front of which gelding, which horse needed to be out front, which one preferred to be toward the end of the queue, and which horse can go anywhere in the line (Blood Type ‘O’ of the horse riding hierarchy). Each ride brought together a new herd and required a new review of the horse dynamics. Sometimes the sequence had to change midway through the ride as a result of increase anxiety on the part of one horse or strengthened confidence by another. What I learned, over my first few rides, was the value of enlisting the services of the herd. Our first water crossing (a puddle really) was a challenge to Scooter who did not think he should tread where he could not see. He wanted to listen to my aids to go forward but he wasn’t fully convinced he would survive the deep dark recess of the water (as I said … a puddle). After several false starts a more seasoned member of the group suggested I walk behind her and her horse through the water. Once Scooter saw first-handed that the puddle of water would not consume him, he bravely went forward (with some encouragement from me). The second water crossing was less fraught with anxiety and by the end of the ride Scooter was a “water crossing superstar.” On a subsequent ride, involving a river crossing, I placed Scooter behind another trail riding veteran and pushed him forward, leg securely letting him know that I was there for him, that he had to trust both me and the

horse in front of him. He plowed through that water like an Olympian. There have been many other trail riding circumstances where we made use of the solid experience of other riders and their horses (steep ascents, vertical descents, bushwhacking, rocky footing). I did not have the luxury of time to coach Scooter progressively through these obstacles, as I would normally do in the ring environment. But with the help of the herd we bravely moved through each with only some minor hesitation. With each new trail ride my confidence in my instincts and in my horse’s ability grew. Sensing this, Scooter trusted that what I asked of him was, indeed, possible to accomplish and his confidence flourished as well. Our partnership has been strengthened by our trail riding experience and the lessons we’ve learned and the trust we’ve shared has been positively reflected in the work we do in the ring. Trail riding is not simply a group sport by means of the numbers involved. It is an impromptu alliance of horses and people, working together to meet the unexpected (or expected but new) challenges. It is a means to foster a common understanding and an increased trust between horse and rider. It is a vehicle to access the dynamics of the herd to achieve unusual results. And yes, it is also affords the opportunity to view the breathtaking mountain top vistas and sweeping meadow visions that we seek.

Endurance Riders Association of BC First Ride Officers & Directors 2010 President -June Melhuish VP - Ruth Moorby Secretary - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Madeline Bateman Brenna Mayer Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Karen Ellis Gary Forde Brenda Miskimmin Cheryl Dzida

Whether it's your first endurance ride of the season, or your first ride ever, it's always helpful to have a check list to help you get back on track or get you to and through your first ride. The bare essentials are a fit horse, complete with tack, feed, and some means of getting him to and keeping him at the ride site; the rider, complete with

clothing, feed, and somewhere to sleep. Simple, so far, right? To flesh those out a bit, let's start with the horse – six weeks of conditioning, starting slow and, over time, adding distance, speed, and hills will generally bring an experienced horse back into shape, or condition a mature horse such that he could safely complete an entry level distance at a comfortable pace. If it's your first ride you're preparing for, how does your horse look after a conditioning ride – heart rate high (get a stethoscope!), panting, glad to be home, or invigorated, with good heart and respiration rate recovery? During the ride was he able to easily maintain your pace, or did he need to slow down or rest? Part of endurance riding is knowing your horse, and it can be as uncomplicated as recognizing these outward basic signs of fatigue – and you'll need to govern your pace at a ride with the understanding of how fit your horse is. When you're not on the trail together, your horse will be hanging out at your campsite and trailer – make sure he's comfortable being tied to the trailer, high-lined or picketed, or in a portable corral. Getting to the ride requires directions to the camp, a roadworthy truck with a horse box on the back or a trailer on the hitch, or a kind soul with room in their trailer for your trusty steed – don't be afraid to ask ERABC's yahoo group ERAofBC/ to see if that could work for you! Otherwise check your equipment before you load – lights, brakes, and general sturdiness. Next is tack – saddle, pads, bridle, halter, blankets. A goodfitting saddle of any type is a thing of beauty. Try to bring spares of everything else if you have them – it's nice to change pads halfway through, and who knows what misstep or mishap will snap your reins, lead rope, or halter? A cool night or a rainstorm makes a weatherproof blanket or two a necessity, even if you normally don't use them at home. Don't forget your grooming tools and hoof picks. Don't use anything brand new to you for the first time at a ride – try them out at home first. What to feed a horse at a competition can also be pretty simple – or a closely guarded secret to success! Feed your horse what you feed him at home – just more! Good quality grass hay is the staple for any activity, and can safely be offered free choice, even if your horse would get a little chubby at home on that diet. Soaked beet pulp is standard for endurance horses – they like it, it's easy to digest, and it holds a

lot of water. And you can throw in some electrolytes, or salt... along with chopped apples and carrots to make sure your horse is interested in recharging himself. Bring at least 3 or 4 buckets for drinking water, sponging water, extra water, and maybe feed mixing. And what about the rider? Have boots that you can ride in and walk in too; pants that won't rub your Louise Abbott, also Ride inner leg raw, or ride up on your Manager calves – stretch leggings with no inner seam is the standard, but comfort is the main thing. Bring lots of layers to wear on top – t-shirt, long-sleeved shirt, vest, and jacket as well as rain gear and a change of everything! Endurance is the most helmet-wearing discipline out there – you and your horse just might Lynn Paul, Ride Manager with daughter and granddaughter. be surprised by what's around that next bend in the trail, or a stumble over a root could send you both head over heels! A little first aid kit for you both is handy too. Bring yourself sports drinks and a power bar or two to keep you going on the trail. At ride camp, there may be a pot luck or even a catered dinner one night, but you'll need at least one dinner, lunch, and a couple of breakfasts before you head home. A cool, relaxing beverage and some snacks is always a nice reward at trails end in a comfy lawn chair. Sleeping accommodations range from tents, truck boxes, horse trailers, to campers and luxury goose-neck living quarters. More information and details can be found at http://www.erabc. com/html/information.html. ERABC's first ride of the season is at Rock Creek in the Boundary/ Kootenay Region, Sunday, May 23rd and offers 3 levels 15/30/50 miles, complete with water, showers, and pot luck dinner – what a great way to open the season! See full information on the ride/events calendar at as well as your entry form. If you can't make it to Rock Creek, plan for Golden Ears 22/50 in Maple Ridge on June 12th – world famous catered meal...and a great ride, too! Although our previous articles on 'Why I Ride Endurance' didn't mention prizes and awards, they are offered annually, and at each ride. Lisa Hlusko and her horse, Tina, won first place prize in the 2009 Westbank Rocker Limited Distance level – a portrait painting of her horse by Okanagan artist Susan Priest! And Lisa has shared a picture to inspire us on in 2010. See you on the trails! • 75

Pine Tree Riding Club KAMLOOPS, BC Newsletter contact: Bert, Club contact: Jodi Daburger 250-675-4588

We now have a round pen! Thanks to Brandt Tractor who donated a machine to excavate the area, Gerry Dichrow of Upcott Enterprises who donated his flatbed to get the machine to and from the grounds, Ray Bibeau for his time and use of his machine and trailer, and PrairieCoast Equipment who once again lent us their tractor and post pounder. We also need to thank McLean’s Rock Products for the great deal on the sand for the footings, and Monte Lake Forest Products for the bargain prices on the posts and rails. James Fink, who is forever calling in favours on our behalf also managed to get E-Quip Trading to donate use of their loader which allowed us to get some bark mulch to tidy up the area around the round pen. Thanks to these sponsors, as well as James Fink, Brent Miller, Trevor Vreeland and Ray Bibeau not only do we have a round pen, but all 20 of the day stalls are in great shape!

Warm-up Round Pen

Check our website for New Playday Class Schedule Playday Class Schedule and Entry Forms Calendar of Events 2010 Playdays include May 9th, June 6th, August 15th, and September 12th

Upgraded riding arenas (above)

Work Day Party

Bring your wheelbarrows, rakes, and work gloves and help get the grounds cleaned up and ready for the season! We’ll finish with a pot luck lunch. When: April 10, 2010 at 10:00 am Call Brent or Alison Miller to sign up for Work Day party 250-573-5468

Board of Directors for 2010:

Past President - Debi Eppinger President - Jodi Daburger Vice President - Alison Miller Secretary - Linda Loshuk Treasurer - Annette Gregory

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Thanks to The Horse Barn, we now have a great logo ready for any of your clothing! Just check upstairs at The Horse Barn, Mount Paul Way in Kamloops.

British Columbia Quarter Horse Association BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S3 * President: Darhl Paley, 250-546-6083, Vice President: Gordie McEachen, 250-337-5958 AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson 604-323-4418, AQHA Director Emeritus: Gen Matheson Ph/Fax 604-534-5137 Membership Secretary /Media Liaison: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 Fax 604-806-9052,

2010 Calendar of Events

April 9: NBCQHA Pub Night, Prince George, Carlina April 10: BCQHA AGM – Prince George April 11: LMQHA Schooling Show April 24: SCQHA “Fuzzy” Show, Armstrong Agriplex, Cheri 250-573-2541, April 25: SCQHA Clinic, Armstrong Agriplex, Carolyn 250-546-6083 May 7- 9: LMQHA Spring Circuit, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, Margaret 604-856-1419, May 16: VIQHA Open Show, Duncan Fairgrounds, Tamsin 250-743-1735, June 5-6: VIQHA Mount Arrowsmith Summer Circuit (Tentative), Port Alberni, Margaret 604- 8561419, June 10-13: VIQHA North - Glacier Valley Classic, Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds, Courtney, Laureen 250-546-3527,


Please remember to attend the BCQHA AQM April 10th in Prince George. There are some constitutional resolutions on the agenda that will perhaps change as to how BCQHA does business for its membership. You can find these to view on the BCQHA website. As we are a Society, we would like more membership say, as to the way we do business on your behalf. The 2010 Stallion service raffle is once again in progress. Buy your tickets, as only 100 are being sold. Some great stallions are on the list which is also available on our website. A big THANKS to the stallion owners who generously allowed their stallions to be part of this fundraiser.

AQHA Region One Championship FIRST TIME IN CANADA!

The AQHA Regional Championships will be held July 21-25 at the prestigious Thunderbird Equestrian Show Park in Langley. Watch Championship competition, attend the many educational clinics offered by AQHA Professional Horsemen and women, test ride

an American Quarter Horse and stroll the Equine Trade Fair. 4-H Horse members are invited to the SUMMER SPECTACULAR held in conjunction with the AQHA Regional Championships. For the 4-H information contact TESS RILEY at region1jets@hotmail. com. If you ride an AQHA or Appendix registered horse, you’re invited to compete for your share of over $130,000 in awards. AQHA Cutting, Jumping, Ranch Sorting, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Heading, Healing, Reining, Halter, Working Cow Horse, Western Pleasure, Trail, Hunter under Saddle and many more AQHA classes will be offered. AQHA eligibility rules apply and you must be an AQHA member. Go to WWW.R1AQHA.COM for a full class list, contact information and the event and clinic schedules.


At the AQHA Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Florida the AQHA Executive Committee was named. Johannes Orgeldinger of Germany was elected President and is the first person outside United States to serve as President of AQHA. First Vice President Peter Cofrancesco 111, New Jersey, and Second Vice President, Gene Graves, Nebraska. New members elected were Johne Dobbs, Illinois becoming the second woman to be elected to the AQHA Executive Committee and Johnny Trotter, Texas. The other item that received a lot of attention was Region One Championships taking place in Langley, BC July 21-25. This will be the first time the Championships will be held in Canada and after the great coverage of the 2010 Olympics in BC, many people are excited to come to our beautiful Province this summer. The CQHA has released the new Canadian Quarter Horse Directory. We will have them available with the BCQHA Booth and supplied to your BCQHA Zones reps over the next few months.


On February 27, we held our annual Awards Banquet. Thank you to all those that brought food, volunteered and attended the event. Congratulations to all of our winners! Halter Mare – Craven The Finest - Graham Tobias Halter Gelding – Mysterious Romance – Avry Fisher Halter Stallion – Got Em A Fella – Sherry Sulz All Around Amateur – Muddys Mr Diamond – Norma Siebert All Around Amateur Select – Chip In The Dark – Phyllis MacDonald All Around Novice Amateur – Zips Classical Image – Catharine Esson All Around Youth 13 & Under – Dee Dees Danny – Devon May All Around Youth 14 – 18 – Hez Talk Of The Town – Yelaina May All Around Youth – Hez Talk Of The Town – Yelaina May All Around Novice Youth – Investing Potential – Sarah Hill All Around Sr Horse – Hez Talk Of The Town – Yelaina May BC Bred – Skip To My Image – Janet Crich


Remember to attend the 13th Annual Fuzzy Horse Show being held in Armstrong at the Agriplex on Saturday April 24th. Join us for a fun day and some great prizes. Visit our website at www.bcqha/scqha for the Fuzzy program and entry information or contact Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 or A Clinic will be held at the Agriplex on Sunday April 25th aimed towards 4-H, Youth and Novice riders. For details on how to register please contact Carolyn Farris 250-5466083.


The AGM was held Feb. 27 in Nanaimo. After a good discussion of business items the members voted for their new board members. The following people were elected: President - Roseanna Locke Past President - Tamsin Bland Vice President - Gordon McEachen Treasurer - Cherie Corrigan Secretary - Beverly Anderson Director - Kirk Walton Congratulations to the Board! • 77

BC Paint Horse Club

- Colour Your World - Own A Paint

to provide a fun, informative and friendly environment to encourage riders to challenge Pres Colleen Schellenberg 604 534-8287 themselves at the next level. VP vacant There will be High Point and Sec Mary Ratz 604-639-0212 Reserve High Point awards as Treas Dianne Rouse 604 530-3366 Past Pres. Louise Bruce 604-530-8310 well as random prize draws. A APHADirector (BC & Alaska) big thank you to the sponsors Jodie Moore 604-532-9305 that have signed up already: Alt Andrea Aitken 250 498-2240 APHA 817 834-2742 Mistatim Ranch, Silver Dollar Paints & Pintos, Salty’s Fish & Hello everyone. With the start of show Chips, Laughing Stock Ranch, season virtually days away, I can imagine that Bates Tack, and the Coast Tsawwassen Inn. all the barns are abuzz with clipping, cleaning For more information, forms or questions, and last minute lessons! you can check out or email Our first official show of the season was March 19-21 in Monroe, Washington, a joint Not too far into show season will be the venture between the BC Paint Horse Club 3rd APHA-approved show of the year, the and the Pacific Northwest Paint Horse Club. Three-In-One Breed and Open Horse Show With 6 judges and double sets of points up on July 9th, 10th and 11th in Smithers, BC. for grabs, it was a great show! Many BC Paint They are offering classes for APHA, AQHA Horse Club members made the journey down and ApHCC with Open, Amateur and Youth to the show and boy did they do well! Tallie classes. They are also offering futurity and Letourneau won the Walk/Trot High Point stakes classes. For those of you who live up saddle; Emma Schellenberg was Reserve High north, this is a great show to promote your Point for 13 & Under as well as the High Point good Paint horse and hopefully come home BC Owner/Rider; Giorgina Libera was Reserve with some great prizes and points! For more High Point Novice Youth; Calli Rouse was information, you can visit High Point 14-18. and follow the links, or email Barb at barb@ We had some wonderful member volunteers that trekked down to the show The BC Paint Horse Club’s Open Show to offer their services: Rick Nissen was our and Competition Program will soon be in wonderful out-gate person; Andy Helqvist full swing. If you love to show your Paint, but expertly scribed for trail; and Barbara Binns can’t make it to an APHA-approved event, was outstanding doing the hospitality! Many this is the perfect way to earn recognition, members donated time where they could prizes and awards for all of your hard work! and it was nice to see people helping out! The This program is available to any BCPHC show attracted BC members from many areas Member showing a registered Paint Horse in apart from the Mainland; Stefanie Forester almost any Western or English Class. This from Mara Lake and Anne Marie Wass from includes flat classes as well as competing in Vancouver Island. Everyone had a wonderful events like barrels, roping, cattle, jumping, time, we had great weather and another dressage, and other approved events at Open successful show! I will have complete details Shows and Competitions (including out-ofin next month’s issue. province events). The next show on the agenda is the West “Open Shows" include organized Coast Colours Horse Club Paint, Pinto and competitions at local riding Clubs and Stables All Breed show being held at K&L Ranch in as well as "Open" classes at Breed Shows. Delta, BC on June 6 with Doug LaSota from Please note that in order to qualify for the Arizona judging. There has been tons of Program, the competition must keep records interest in this one-day show, so the turnout and have a Show Organizer or Secretary who is expected to be very good! The intention of can verify results. There are a total of seven this show is to introduce riders that show on categories to compete in: the local level to the breed level and prove 1. In Hand Division that it’s not so scary after all! They are hoping 2. English Division 78 • Saddle Up • April 2010

Showmanship: Emma Schellenberg and All Reddy Smoke N receiving many firsts under 6 judges in three different classes.

3. Western Division 4. Performance Division 5. Youth Division - 18 years or younger 6. Amateur Division - 19 years and older 7. Open Division - for professionals. If you would like enrolment or performance reports or just more information, please visit Our first PAC accomplishments have been reported by Kelly Allen and Ron Stolp of Canoa Farms. Ron won the 2’9” Jr/Amateur jumper class and the 2’6” Jr/Amateur class, with as many as 30 entries per class, on his 1999 APHA gelding Winddancers Cimaron, racking up a whopping 20+ PAC points in one show! Their new stallion, “The Huntsman,” placed 2nd in the very competitive Hunter Under Saddle class. As foaling season also gets in full swing, don’t forget to send me an email with pictures and details about your new bundle of joy to Our 1st General Meeting of the year will be April 6 at Adrian’s at the Airport in Langley at 7:00 pm. For those of you who would like to eat first, dinner will be available between 6:00 and 6:30. Well I guess that’s all for now – till next time…. Anne Marie Wass

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: Sean Newton 250-546-8088 Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-832-4111 Flying Carpet: Deborah Mikkelsen 250-548-3899 Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 and/or Cheryl Johnson Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145

Welcome to Spring everyone! Time to make plans for another great year of riding and spending time with friends. I love this time of year, I’m always happy to see the spring flowers and new buds on the trees. The hay field turns from yellow to green and we start getting ready for a new crop of corn. My horses are considerably more cheerful as they watch the grass in the pasture turn a tantalizing green again. It is so nice to watch their excitement when tasting that first mouthful of sweet spring grass. They nearly collapse with glee as I scratch their bellies and scrub off the last of that itchy winter hair. I hope everyone else is enjoying the spring weather as we are! Enjoy your ride! Cheers Alaina. Copper Hills Equestrian, Ann and Rick Wallin, are in the process of re-building their barn and arena that they lost in a lightning strike caused fire last June. The arena is 200 feet by 72 feet and has springy, cushiony footing supplied by Footings Unlimited at Thunderbird. The new barn has heated tack rooms, wash rack, heated lounge and comfort for horses and humans. They are looking forward to having it complete within the next two months - one year later! An open house is planned for June 12.


Congratulations on a successful comeback Ann and Rick! Pictures of the new barn will be posted on the BCIAHA web site.

Had a nice letter from Dawn and she had this to say…

At Damarhe Training we have been busy doing in-hand clinics. This is where horses and their humans get on the same page. We start off our day walking with our horse and telling them where to go we use words and our body. Safety is a huge issue and understanding the importance of having your horse watch for you and then actually see it is quite thrilling. Horses become more relaxed and confident in their humans and humans become quite empowered when they discover their feel. We incorporate obstacles and those that ride, ride later. It is quite fun and many people take the clinic a couple of times. Anyway if anyone from the club wants to join in on the fun or host one at their place let me know. A riding clinic is scheduled later this month as well, Spring Tune Up for both Horse and Rider. Getting on the same page is always fun. Happy Trails, Damarhe Training. Sheila and Wally Goertz just returned from their ten day trip to the Scottsdale Arabian show in Arizona. They earned a top ten in Country English Pleasure 55 and over with their gelding Bright City Lights. Sheila and Wally wanted to thank trainer, Carla Jackson for all her hard work.


~ Heritage Qualifier Armstrong Fairgrounds, 8:00 am Start Included will be classes for all ages, riding levels and lots of fun for everyone! This year we will have leadline, walk trot and maiden classes. As well we will have all of last year’s favourites, such as, Reining Jr and Sr, Hunter Pleasure, flat classes and much more! Our judge this year will be Sheila Neumann. Check out our BCIAHA web site for more details and entry forms or call Michelle Sewell at 250-517-7251.

June 26-27 West Kootenay BCIAHA Community Horse Show

Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds Please contact Holley Campbell for entries or information, 250-2659065 or This is sure to be a fun filled weekend for all horse lovers. You can also get an entry form by visiting

On March 13 the Region 17 meeting was held at Holliday Park Resort in Winfield. Thank you to all that attended, it was a great success!


Send us your news by April 18th Please. (for the May issue). • 79

BC Cutting Horse Association PHOTOS by Robert Magrath,

2010 Board of Directors President: Kevin Tienkamp 250-546-9156 Vice Pres: Ken Hartley 250-573-2328 Secretary: Lynn Graham 250-374-8882 Directors: Mary Lynn Zirnhelt Les Timmons Sue Majeau Robin Hay Roger Smeeton Bob Zirnhelt Val Martin Wendell Stoltzfus Area 20


April 3-4: Zirnhelt Spring Cutting – BCCHA, CCHA, NCHA April 9-11: CCHA Finals April 24-25: Coast Show, Chilliwack – BCCHA, CCHA, NCHA May 1-2: Deleeuw Ranch Jackpot – BCCHA May 15-16: Stump Lake Ranch - BCCHA, CCHA May 22-24: Susan Stewart Clinic, Kamloops June 5-6: NCHA Days, Kamloops BCCHA, CCHA, NCHA June 24-27: BCCHA Maturity, Classic/ Challenge LAE & CCHA Days - BCCHA, CCHA, NCHA Aug 7-8: Williams Lake Cutting – BCCHA, CCHA Aug 14-15: Cloverdale Cutting - BCCHA, CCHA, NCHA At our Awards Banquet in January the BCCHA received a Thank You from the Williams Lake committee that hosted the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals for the past two years. Ian Robertson presented Wendell Stoltzfus with a signed picture of all the kids that participated in 2009. The BCCHA produced two shows in conjunction with the finals to help the kids who had qualified in Cutting. It was great to see all the enthusiasm from these young cutters and their parents. There were some real good cuts from these kids and it has caught the interest of some other High School competitors. So we wish the best to all you young cutters and 80 • Saddle Up • April 2010

good luck in Manitoba where the finals will be held in 2010. Also at our Awards Banquet the Dave Whittall Memorial Award was given out to none other than Pat Gormley. Pat and his partner Shirley are fairly new to the BCCHA. While Shirley cuts up a storm, Pat has become an indispensable volunteer for our Association. Pat has taken on the job of looking after, repairing and sprucing up our Koop Mobile (this is our judge’s stand, announcer, timer and secretary booth on wheels). Pat also runs the timer machine for every show – rain or shine, and always with a smile or a story to give. Pat is the latest of many great volunteers this association has as you can see by the list of past recipients of this award. Thanks to all our volunteers.

SPONSOR RECOGNITION: Wendell Stoltzfus presenting to Ian Robertson

CCHA Affiliate Buckle - Dave Whittall Memorial Award

This award is presented by the CCHA to each affiliate to honour a member of their association (usually a non cutter) who has gone beyond the call of duty, and has in some special way promoted cutting. Past recipients as follows: 1973 Barry Cline 1975 Al Stuart 1976 Diane Donnelly 1977 Wanda Hook 1978 Steve Strong 1979 Bob Zirnhelt 1980 Sandy Cook 1981 Pam Morrison 1982 Chuck Magrath 1983 Doug Haggart 1984 Betty Manuel 1985 Andy Kosmino 1986 Dan Morrison 1987 John Koop 1988 Heidi Hapalo 1989 June & Ken Hartley 1990 Audrey Long 1991 Dan Gunderson & Stan Mark 1998 Judy Thom 1999 Raymond Kerr

CCHA AFFILIATE BUCKLE: Kevin Tienkamp presenting to Pat Gormley

2000 Carol Whittall 2001 Craig Cook 2002 Mark Littke 2003 Dan Eaton 2004 Bob Magrath 2005 Joan Monical 2006 Andrea Delwo 2007 Denise Hill

Clubs & Associations The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) certifies riding coaches and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals and hosts regional and international conferences. Visit or call 1-800-399-0138 To find a certified riding coach or accredited equine facility near you, 5/10 visit

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


THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 7/10 armstrong/enderby riding club  Tammy Thielman 250-832-3409, Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, Battle Royal. 10/10

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 11/10

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Tanya Margerison 250-4420209,, Visit for Events 4/11 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Shannon 250-751-4685 12/10 BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Kevin Tienkamp 250-546-9156, or web Area 20 3/11 BC Draft under saddle club.  Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 9/10 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance  11/10 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Working with the SPCA to help horses in need; foster, adopt, memberships. 250-503-8859 7/10 BC Interior Morgan Horse Club  Sect’y: Karen Wilkie 250-546-8973 Meeting, Trail Rides/Socials, Fellowship, Newsletter,  12/10 BC Miniature Horse Club Pres: Melissa Schryvers 604-202-3024. Show June 12-13 Cloverdale  5/10 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB  President: Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 4/11 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION  Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 or visit 8/10 BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Pres. David Parker 604-462-0304,, 3/11

ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Pat Carnegie, 250-462-0006 11/10 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, & Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 11/10 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 6/10 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industry. 10/10 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 9/10 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Sue Rath, Secretary 250-376-9443 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB  Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397,  11/10 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC.  250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled  0 Okanagan Miniature Horse Club Barb 250-379-2513 AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics 5/10 Peachland riding club  Blair Bates 250-452-6941 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 2/11 Peruvian Horse club of BC Sec/Treas: Bonnie 250-275-7715 Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders 10/10 Pine tree riding club (Kamloops) Debi 250-851-9256 Monthly Playdays, Annual Show, Activities 5/10 South Okanagan Horse Assoc.  Edna Hugo (Pres.) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,  9/10 western canadian reining assoc. Sharon 604-856-3348,  10/10

BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS gROUP Our aim is to promote, showcase and market our breeding and show stock by organizing shows with futurities, line and under saddle classes for horses and ponies. Equine Canada Bronze, BC Heritage Circuit and PAC Qualifier Shows. Contact: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782 or

British Columbia Team Cattle Penning Association Team Cattle Penning is a fast and exciting sport! The BCTCPA supports and promotes good horsemanship and sportsmanship and is an affiliate of the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association. This sport is open to almost any level and age of rider. For more info, visit us at or contact Bill Klop (Pres) 604-796-9127 3/11

Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team (CDART)  Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 or 250-809-7152,  0 Canadian Horse Heritage & Preservation Society  Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772  3/11


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, President 204-834-2479 or 5/10

Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada Official Canadian Registry for the Appaloosa Breed

~ Integrity ~ Quality. The Best Ingredients in the Recipe for Success ApHCC Box 940, Claresholm AB T0L 0T0

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

RANCH ROPING CLINIC, Gully Pavilion, Hudson’s Hope, Jason 250-783-5527, COLT STARTING CLINIC at Mills Ranch, Barnhartvale/Kamloops, 250-573-5442, JONATHAN FIELD Course 1 Clinic, Saanich Fair Grounds, Victoria. or Roma 1-877-573-4018 EASTER TRAIL RIDE at Mills Ranch, Barnhartvale/Kamloops, 250-573-5442, CHILLIWACK PLOWING MATCH, Chilliwack, Frances Sache 604-798-1668 CHANDRA MCNAMARA “for the love of the horse...” Custom Riding & Horsemanship Lessons, Powell River, Bev 604-487-9182, EASTER PARTY at Mills Ranch, Barnhartvale/Kamloops, 250-573-5442, CANADIAN NAT’L COLLEGE FINALS RODEO, Northlands EXPO Ctr, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Kelowna, Anne 250-860-2785, NORTHLANDS PERFORMANCE HORSE SALE, Northlands EXPO Ctr, Select top-quality horses. USED TACK SALE, Ride N Drive Supplies, Airdrie, AB 1-877-821-9745 100 MILE SLIDERS GROUP CLINIC with Lynda Smith, 100 Mile House, Mandy 250-397-2960 YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Rock Creek, Yvonne 250-446-2523 OKANAGAN BREEDERS SHOWCASE, Armstrong Fairgrounds, BCMHC BARB MACDONALD In-Hand Clinic, Halter, Obstacle, Jumping, Location TBD, Shirley 604-530-5754, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Penticton, Sherry 250-490-0397, BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Deadmans Creek (Pending), PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, AN EQUINE EXPERIENCE, Fundraiser for NVIHA, Bear Creek Ranch, Black Creek, or Margaret 250-337-2334, EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Ladysmith, BC,, 1-888-378-4632 EQUINE NATURAL MEDICINE & NUTRITION, Ponoka, Alberta, Marijke van de Water 1-800-405-6643, OK CHAPTER Back Country Horsemen, 7 p.m. Rocky Mt Transport Office, 2906- 41st Ave, Vernon, Ralph 250-764-4482, HEALING WITH KINESIOLOGY, Ponoka, Alberta, Marijke van de Water 1-800-405-6643, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Coombs, Contact TBA EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Ladysmith, BC,, 1-888-378-4632 ANIMAL COMMUNICATION, Ponoka, Alberta, Marijke van de Water 1-800-405-6643, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Black Creek-Campbell River, Lindy 250-337-8747 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP W/GLENN STEWART, Fall Fair Grounds, Smithers,, Anika 250-846 5494 or TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Bear Creek, BC, 250-573-5442, TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Sorrento, 250-573-5442, BC HALF ARABIAN (All Breed Classes), AHA & EC Appr., Cloverdale Agriplex, Surrey, or Mia 604-833-4113 ONE DAY HEALING INTENSIVE, Ponoka, Alberta, Marijke van de Water 1-800-405-6643, GARAGE SALE, Diamond H Tack, Kelowna, 250-762-5631

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HORSE SALE, BC Livestock, Okanagan Falls, call 250-490-5809 to consign TTouch for You and Your Horse w/Robyn Hood & Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, MORE GAITS – MORE FUN, Riding the Icelandic Horse, Tolt Away Farm, Enderby,, Erhard 250-838-0234 AEVA SPRING FEST, Olds Agricultural Society Megadome, Olds, AB, Janet 403-637-2206 BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Fort St. John, Babcock’s Arena, REINING & WP CLINIC w/Carmen Teixeira, Salmon Arm, Leslie 250-307-4757 or INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOC., 8 Mile Ranch, Merritt, Sue Rath (Sect’y),, 250-376-9443 EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Kamloops, BC,, 1-888-378-4632 GYMKHANA FUN DAY, 10 am start, Quarterspot Ranch, 137 Horner Rd., Lumby, Cindy 250-547-9277 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Cobble Hill, John & Nancy 250-743-1268 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Victoria-Metchosin, Kristina 250-478-2051, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Abbotsford, Rose 604-854-1245, HORSE SALE, BC Livestock, Kamloops, call 250-573-3939 to consign MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB,, 250-578-7518 BARREL CLINIC at Mills Ranch, Barnhartvale/Kamloops, 250-573-5442, YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Trail Horsemens Society, Margit 250-362-7679 SCQHA FUZZY HORSE SHOW, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong BC. Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 or BHA GYMKHANA (all ages & riding levels welcome), Grand Forks, SPIRIT OF LIFE RIDE Fundraiser for Cancer, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, Sherry 250-490-0397, TACK SWAP & SALE and Open House, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, PLOWING MATCH Inland Draft & Teamsters Association, Dennis Ryan 250-375-2425 BC FARM MACHINERY SALE, KXA Kamloops, Viewing Friday, 12-Dusk, Sale Saturday at 9:30 am, M BAR QUARTER HORSES SALE, Calavori Pavillion, Olds, AB, Chuck 403-335-8819, MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB HORSE TRIALS, Island 22, Chilliwack, Janice 604-858-4951,, EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Smithers, BC,, 1-888-378-4632 SOHA FUZZY SHOW, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, Sherry 250-490-0397, BUCKLE SERIES TEAM ROPING, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong, Doug Henry,, 250-546-6494 SCQHA CLINIC, Armstrong, Carolyn Farris 250-546-6083 NVIHA Open Western Performance Point Show, Courtenay, Entries or Margaret 250-337-2334, BARREL RACE 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland Sandy 250-718-2761 EQUINE CHIROPRACTIC Course, Smithers, BC,, 1-888-378-4632 SPRING HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros.Auction Market, Lethbridge, AB, 403-329-3101, BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Williams Lake,

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PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, SPRING TRAINING, Exercises to Limber/Rebalance Horse/Rider w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, JINGLIN’ SPURS SPRING SHOW, Paradise Exhibition Grounds, Powell River, BC, Valerie 604-485-7025, TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Williams Lake, 250-573-5442, YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Round Pen, Trail, Janine 250-367-2157 Steve Rother Horsemanship Clinic, Edmonton, AB, Linda 780-914-2936,, RIDE THE TRAIL DAY, Ride with us at Skimikin (Shuswap), numbering & clear-up of trails our goal., Leah 250-832-4943 eve. CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Oliver, Christine 250-495-4248, ICELANDIC HORSE Breed Introduction, Tolt Away Farm, Enderby,, Erhard 250-838-0234 EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Peachland, BC,, 1-888-378-4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Slocan Valley-Silverton, Jenny 250-358-7105, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Nelson, Teresa 250-229-4203, TOPLINE SPRING FLING Hack, Hunter & Jumper Show, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669; PACKING CLINC w/Jim McCrae, The Ranch, Pritchard, BC, 250-577-3366, DRIVING CLINIC (Draft & Light Horse), The Ranch, Pritchard, BC, 250-577-3366, BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Armstrong, EQUINE TOUCH LEVEL 1 and 2, Chase, BC CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Delta/Ladner, Marily 604-946-8085, CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Kamloops, Jeanie 250-573-2206, NORTHERN TRAILS SHOW - Crossfield, AB, Eng/Western, info & entries TREC, Open to members & non-members, Nelson, Jocelyn 250-304-2247,, ROPE N RUN HORSE SALE, Prospect to Performance, KXA Grounds, Kamloops, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Grand Forks, Joanne 250-442-0275, BHA SPRING POKER RIDE & POTLUCK (any age welcome must be able to ride without assistance), Grand Forks, TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Armstrong, 250-573-5442, TENNESSEE WALKER OWNERS! Trail Ride, Larch Hills Ski Trails, Salmon Arm. Contact Bill Roy 250-838-2066 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOC., Haughton’s Southland Ranch, Knutsford, Sue Rath (Sect’y),, 250-376-9443 BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Prince George (Pending), TTEAM Connect Icelandic Riding Clinic w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, Steve Rother Horsemanship Clinic, Cochrane, AB, Mike 403-851-9896,, PTRC Playday, Kamloops, or Alison Miller 250-573-5468 TREC COMPETITION (Tent), Armstrong, Brenda 250-546-2867, or Barb 250-838-5678, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Penticton, Sherry 250-490-0397, BARREL RACE 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland Sandy 250-718-2761 OK CHAPTER Back Country Horsemen, 7 p.m. Kelowna Riding Club, 3745 Gordon Drive, Ralph 250-764-4482, BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Merritt, TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Smithers, 250-573-5442,

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TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Sorrento, 250-573-5442, YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Rock Creek, Yvonne 250-446-2523 PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, ALL BREED SCHOOLING SHOW, Victoria Trail Ag Arena, Waskatenau, AB, 780-656-0406, CENTERED RIDING CLINIC, Cochrane, AB, Kathy@p-standardbreds, Full & Half Day Participation available along with auditing. CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Kelowna, Carol 250-765-6800, OK MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Clipping Demo, Vernon, Louellen Rempel 250-542-3433 MARION WEISSKOPFF DEMO, Nanaimo-Beban Park, Alexa 250-746-0314, TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Merritt, 250-573-5442, LONGHOUSE INTERIOR DERBY Series #1, Robin Hahn and Kelly Law, SOHA SHOW (BCHC Qualifier) Summerland Rodeo Grounds, Sherry 250-490-0397,, Ride the Trail Day, Ride with us at Skimikin (Shuswap), numbering & clear-up of trails our goal., Leah 250-832-4943 eve. SPEND A DAY with the Icelandic Horse, Tolt Away Farm, Enderby,, Erhard 250-838-0234 NON-INVASIVE CHIROPRACTICS Level 1&2, Alder Flats, AB, contact Laodas-Way, or 780-621-0765 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Port McNeill, Liz 250-956-8223, EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Saskatoon, SK,, 1-888-378-4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Port Alberni, Doris 250-724-4645, WRANGLER DIVISION BC Finals Rodeo, Quesnel, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Cobble Hill, John & Nancy 250-743 1268 NVIHA Open Western Performance Point Show, Courtenay, Entries or Margaret 250-337-2334, TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Quesnel, 250-573-5442, INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOC., Brandt’s Ranch, Pritchard, Sue Rath (Sect’y),, 250-376-9443 BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Quesnel, JOHVALE HORSE TRIALS, Pritchard, Heather Blomgren, PETER CAMPBELL “Willing Partners” Horsemanship Clinic, Kelowna, Chandra McNamara 250-491-8314, CHILDREN’S WISH TRAIL RIDE, Duncan, Deborah 250-746-8769, Kettle River Trails Association, 4th Annual Endurance Ride, Rock Creek, or contact 250-446-2415 ALL BREED OPEN SHOW, Heritage Qualifier, Armstrong Fairgrounds, for entry forms. OK MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Fundraiser & Clinic, Vernon Riding Club, Melanie Russo 250-767-2322 EQUINE CHIROPRACTIC Course, Saskatoon, SK,, 1-888-378-4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Victoria-Metchosin, Kristina 250-478-2051, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Abbotsford, Rose 604-854-1245, BARREL RACE 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland Sandy 250-718-2761 BHA SPRING HORSE SHOW (BC Heritage Qualifier), Grand Forks, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Whitehorse, YT, 250-317-7725, 10TH ANNUAL H.A.C.K. Spring Schooling Show, Trail, BC, Pam 250-359-7097, BACKCOUNTRY ASSOC. RENDEZVOUS 2010, Rock Creek Fair Grounds, Carol 250-835-8587,

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Stallions and Breeders www.appaloosacentre.COM “Appaloosas for today and the future.” 250-963-9779 Ranch. 2/11

Peebles mini donkey ranch (Falkland) 250-379-2373  9/10 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. or

DALEDODDQUARTERHORSES.COM (Olds, AB) 403-556-2807 Best Bred and Broke Cutting Horses in Canada.

www.radicalfrenchgold.COM 2004 AQHA Perlino Stallion, APHA listed WFQHA. $850 stud fee, Money Earner, LTD book. LCFG. 604-823-4666 2/11


DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Jasper/Brule, AB) 780-865-4021 5/10

SALMON VALLEY RANCH (Salmon Arm) 250-833-4217  8/10 SS: SVR Royal Checkmate, AQHA Perlino; Okies Last Chance, APHA Black Tobiano

GREEN GABLES MORGAN FARM (Armstrong) 250-546-8058 6/10 SS: WF Royal Mist’s Kurik, Black/Brown, 15.1HH,

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, 4/11

icelandic horse farm (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336  10/10 • Horses for Sale • Stud Service • Riding Lessons • Clinics • Training • Events • Tack Store E-mail: or call Erhard (evenings) 250-838-0234 5/10 • More Gaits - More Fun, just Tolt Away

IRISH CREEK RANCH (Vernon) 250-542-7228  3/11 SS: Little Peppe Leo, APHA B/W Homoz. Tobiano, K PERFORMANCE HORSES (Langley) 604-308-8669 SS: AQHA Dun Factored Stallions that Cut, Rein & Work Cows. Prospects for sale. 9/10

WHITEVALE BACKHOE (Lumby) 250-547-9729  8/10 SS: Zeniths Lucky Logan, ‘91 AQHA Black, 15.2HH,

L&L QUARTER HORSES (Vernon, BC) 250-545-9014 8/10 SS: Dunit N Red, 2006 AQHA Red Roan,

WARREN CREEK RANCH (Falkland) 250-275-2717 or 250-379-2128 4/11 SS: Parr for Jack, AQHA. Prospects for sale. Training/Lessons avail.

OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 Offspring available by: Goldun Poco Mr Matt, AQHA/NFQH 97%, LBJ Sierras Blue Te, AQHA Blue Roan

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YELLOW MOUNT RANCH (Brooks, AB) 403-317-0558 SS: 6 AQHA/APHA Stallions, 3/11


Stallion Station 1161 Salmon River Rd. Salmon Arm, BC • Phantom/stallion training & management • Semen collection, evaluation, processing & shipment • Receiving of shipped cooled & frozen semen • Foaling services, around the clock surveillance • Safe, horse-friendly facility/experienced staff

2010 STALLION ROSTER Stud Fees $800 LFG (Incl. Chute Fee) OKIES LAST CHANCE - APHA 2002 Homozygous Black Tobiano Live Colour Foal Guarantee SVR ROYAL CHECKMATE - AQHA 1996 Perlino - 100% dilute colour guarantee BANDITOS GOLD DIGGER - AQHA 2000 Buckskin - Dual Pep grandson For further details and information visit our website

or call Dr. Brytann Youngberg, 250-833-4217 FOR SALE: QUALITY OFFSPRING/FUTURITY PROSPECTS


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Stallions and Breeders 2004 Aqha Perlino Stallion

Radical French GOLD


Stallions Standing for 2010

Specializing in Dun factored AQHA Horses that Rein, Cut and Work Cows.

Standing: DS BOOMIN ENTERPRISE Dun AQHA Stallion CHEX SMOKIN DEAL Silver Grullo Stallion

TW Smok N Hawk 2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

If you are looking for Colour, Temperament and Athletic Ability... come meet our main man. We’d love to introduce you. Money Earner 2010 FEE: $850

ALSO STANDING: TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano Hesa Special Otoe 1996 AQHA by Otoes Not Dun Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding) HORSES FOR SALE 250-499-5397; 4/10





K Performance Horses

Your Stallion SHOULD BE HERE

DS Boomin Enterprise AQHA/APHA Prospects for Sale


Chex Smokin Deal or call 604-308-8669 (Langley, BC) 9/10

Painted Coos

2010 Stud Fee: $650

available to limited mares

TRIPLE COLOUR GUARANTEE OFFERED! This stallion will never give you a solid or red-based foal. If you breed and do not get a BLACK Tobiano or Tovero foal you get a FREE BREEDING.


We’ve moved to 4674 Bates Rd, Abbotsford, BC 604-746-7630 (House) or 604-816-9930 (Barn) 7/10

Little Hickory Too

Sire: Doc’s Hickory by Doc Bar Dam: Dear Little Lena by Doc O’Lena Sire and Dam’s Offspring LTE NCHA over $22,000,000.00 US Unshown due to injury! Exquisite example of Foundation Breeding, Gorgeous, Good-Minded, Athletic. Sire of Yippee Ki Yay Pep: Champion Working Cowhorse, 2007 Region Two (Rapid City, SD) 2010 Fee: $800 + GST. Booking Fee: $300

Shipped Semen available on request. Fee: Regular Fee plus SS at cost!

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We’ve moved to 4674 Bates Rd. Abbotsford, BC 604-746-7630 (House) or 604-816-9930 (Barn) 7/10

Friesian Stallion


is the new home of

1994 AQHA #3327114 HERDA FREE N/N #HRD2731

Lazy L Performance Horses

for our “Reasonable Rates”

‘97 Black Tobiano APHA & PtHA Stallion 16.1HH HYPP N/N Champion and Champion producer of Halter, Colour and Futurity Winners. 2010 FEE: $750. Live or AI (plus collection fees) 100% Conception! COLOUR GUARANTEE If you get a solid foal you get a FREE BREEDING.

Colour V Ranch

First time Standing to Public...!

Gordon & Louise Garrard, Hanceville, BC 250-394-7822, 4/10

Call 1-866-546-9922


Imperial Reign

of Dragonfly Acres 2004 16HH FPS Registered Star

2005 APHA Grulla Tobiano Stallion

Modern styled athletic and willing. Excellent conformation and temperament.

A Legend in the Making...

Live cover/cooled shipped. LFG

Introductory Breeding Fee for 2010: $500 reg’d / $400 grade

ALSO STANDING: ($100 Booking Fee Applies to all breedings.)

* Kid Lena AQHA Homozygous Black Stallion

2010 FEE: $450 reg’d / $400 grade * Nifty TC AQHA Palomino Stallion (throws 95% colour) 2010 FEE: $400 reg’d / $350 grade For more info and coloured pictures visit: 250-296-0186, 7/10

Foals for Sale

Contact: Lisa 604-539-8108 Langley, BC 4/10 For pictures, info and video link, visit us at:

Stallions and Breeders Little Peppe Leo


Salty Ole Jack

15.3HH APHA Stallion

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut


2010 Fee: $500


REINING: AQHA ROM 17.5 OPEN-7 AMATEUR 2.5 NOV-AMATEUR * NRHA & NRCHA Money Earner * Proven Sire of Pt and Money Earners

• Sire of Winners • Bloodlines of APHA Supreme Champions • Homozygous for the Tobiano gene • Guaranteed coloured foal from solid or paint Conformation, Temperament and Awesome Presence, all wrapped up in a Beautiful Black and White package.

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

Irish Creek Ranch, Vernon, BC 250-542-7228

Saltyolejack quarter horses For 2010 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502

Glen Black

Visit us at

“The Shining Spark bloodline is your Ticket To Success”

Standing at Stud: $1,000 LFG



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Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0



His outstanding 2008 & 2009 foals are FOR SALE (approved mares only)

Sire: “YK Dark Danilo” EAFS Dam: “Catootje” Star (Karel 370) KFPS

Excellent conformation, lovely movement and quiet temperaments


Cody’s gold

Palomino, Reg. American Quarter Pony • 250-546-3157


Green Gablespresents Morgan Farm 15.1 HH 1994 Black/Brown Stallion

golden gifts Iwannago Grey, Reg. Welsh-Anglo Arabian Pony ALSO golden gifts Sunstar Surprize

Smoky Black, Reg. Sec A Welsh Pony (not pictured)

2010 foals arriving in early April 250-577-3526 Pritchard, BC


Standing in Williams Lake, B.C. 15.3HH 2002 Sorrel AQHA Stallion

Half Brother to 2009 CFR Champion Barrel Horse!


WF Royal Mist’s Kurik “Roy”


“colourful” performance ponies and horses

What’s this? These ads appear on IN COLOUR

Stud Fee: $1000. Live cover & AI available

turning Point Ranch


2004 Arabo Friesian Stallion



The only AQHA Silver Stallion breeding in Canada!

* Bay Point Offspring * 50% Silver * DNA: AA, EE, NZ Stud Fee: $600 Day Fee: $5.00 Classic Type…Well boned… Excellent feet… Awesome athletics… Willing gentle nature

World Champion Pedigree * Freckles Playboy * Doc Bar

Debora Morgan Neufeld

4684 Back Enderby Rd., Armstrong, BC 250-546-8058



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BARREL RACERS! This is your opportunity to design your future champion. OFFERING: a running horse pedigree, extraordinary disposition, athletic conformation & flash (throwing silver & chrome). Speed Indexes over 100 on his papers! Zumo Dat Cash, Dash for Cash, Lady Juno, Triple Chick, Top Moon & Chicado V. APHA approved. Foals will be CBHI eligible. ALSO: Yearlings to 4-year-olds sired by ‘Caz’ for Sale.

Stud Fee: $600 + $150 breeding fee, LFG 250-392-2584 (Lori) or 250-296-4327 (Heather)

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Armstrong inn, (Armstrong) 1-866-546-3056, Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 12/10 PENTICTON RAMADA INN & SUITES. 1-800 665 4966. Resort Style Hotel with Poolside Service & Full Convention Services. 2/11 SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, Minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-877-888-7260,, 4/11

J. R. KELLY (Calgary, AB) 403-993-0269, Horse tooth & mouth care, sheath cleaning, etc. 8/10 RICOCHET ALPINE ENTERPRISES. Dog & Horse Grooming and Veterinary Hauls. Large 3 horse angle. Reasonable rates. 250-938-1217 (Enderby). 2/11

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

EVA’S BAREFOOT HOOF CARE, 250-644-1320, 8/10 Experienced, patient, willing to travel. Lower Mainland, Cariboo and Beyond. Healthy Hooves, Rae Allan 250-547-2034 6/10 Barefoot Trimming Service. Serving Okanagan and surrounding areas.

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



Nice Rooms. Great People. Minutes to Chilliwack’s Heritage Park

Your #1 supplier of horseshoes, farrier tools & hoof care products.

1-800-566-2511 604-792-4240

Chilliwack, BC

Ph: 403-252-1661 • email:

#3, 343 Forge Rd. SE, Calgary, AB 3/11


Pronto esso 546-3772

sAme LoCAtion

inteGrA tire 546-3781

Full Mechanical - Tires BIG or SMALL - We Sell All Leigh & Darlene Taylor Proudly Serving Armstrong for 21 years • Gas • Diesel • Propane • Lotto • C-Store




VALLEY FARRIER & EQUINE SERVICES (North Ok) 250-546-8254 5/10 Bob Johnston & Jim Ferguson; Certified Farrier Service FEED DEALERS Trans Canada Hwy. / 748-8171 DUNCAN Abbotsford34633 Vye5410 Rd/556-7477 Duncan5410 Trans Canada Hwy./748-8171 KELOWNA 103-1889 Springfield Road / 860-2346 Kelowna103-1889 Springfield Road/860-2346 NANAIMO Island Hwy. S. / 753-4221 Nanaimo1-1277 Island1-1277 Hwy. S./753-4221 Parksville587 Alberni 587 Hwy./248-3243 Alberni Hwy. / 248-3243 PARKSVILLE 100% Saanich1970 Keating Cross Rd./652-9188 7/10 B.C. Owned and Operated! SAANICH Cross Rd. / 652-9188 Salmon Arm1771 10th1970 Ave. Keating SW/832-8424

otter co-op at pitt meadows, (Pitt Meadows) 604-465-5651  9/10 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay. Town & Country feed Store, (Invermere) 250-342-9433  12/10 Fencing Supplies, Pet Supplies & Fertilizers. Serving you 29 years.

DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 Great Trails, Boarding, Rehab, Horses For Sale. 5/10 KAL PARK FARMS (Vernon) 250-308-8138. Log cabin (sleeps 6) on 8 acres adjoining Kal Lake Prov. Park. Quiet location. 10 min. from downtown Vernon.


Minutes from Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB Accommodation for you, your family, your horse(s) 3 Bedrooms in B&B or complete privacy in The Homestead guest cabin. 1-877-607-3840 4/11



Custom built and installed to your needs

BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS David Beerstra Trucking, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324  5/10 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch  2/11 ROBERTSON FARMS LTD., (N. Okanagan) 250-833-2581 Shavings, Sawdust, Shavings, Bark Mulch  2/11 CONSTRUCTION Fixit renovations, Hans van der Stel (North Ok./Shuswap) 250-804-6662 (Vibrating) post pounding, excavating, shelters, reno’s and upgrades. 3/11 DEAD STOCK REMOVAL GREENWAVE FARMS (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250 Providing prompt dead stock removal service. 2/11

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GRK Fasteners Dealer for your Construction needs • Customized Bale Spikes for your Farm Equipment • Custom Welding & Horse Trailer Repairs

Alan & Dorothy, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 •


FOOD CONCESSIONS BAR NUNN CAPPUCCINO & GRILL/CATERING, (Okanagan) 250-308-4871 Quality, healthy food created fresh at your event. 6/10 GUEST RANCHES BLACKWATER SPRUCE RANCH 250-991-2408 Horseback Holidays on the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage trail. 5/10

Business Services GUEST RANCHES

SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS 4/10 We know what’s riding on it. 2/11

CARIBOO SADDLERY, (Williams Lake) 250-392-3735 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs  12/10 CK CLASSIC LEATHERWORK (BC) 250-573-4355 English Saddle Fitting & Repairs, 6/10


Leghorn Ranch Hay Sales Hanif Jinnah - 778-886-1343

From Alberta and Washington - Timothy/Alfalfa, Orchard Grass/Alfalfa, Alfalfa, Timothy and Chilliwack Local - Lots of excellent quality. Delivery in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley 11/10 50 to 150 bales and semi loads

g Leatherwork g Custom Orders g Leather Goods g Repairs Al Cossentine, 250-498-0280


HORSE SENSE HERBS, (Alberta) 1-800-434-3727 Original Chinese Herbal Formulas for Horses,  12/10

COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) 250-378-9263 Don Loewen, Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs




Kamloops Saddlery

Official Insurance Broker for the Horse Council of BC • “FarmCare” Insurance • “EquiCare” Horse Mortality • Special Programs for Members

Custom Saddlemaker, Bob Goudreault Custom Horse Gear & Repairs 1-877-493-8881 • 250-573-5496 • 617 Durango Drive, Kamloops, BC (near BC Livestock Co-op) 3/11

• CALL TODAY 1-800-670-1877 • 11/10

Custom Made Saddles & Tack Using only the very best quality materials 10/10

MASSAGE THERAPY Certified Equine Massage Therapist & Certified Reiki Master/Teacher offering sessions, seminars/classes, Heather 250-826-6979, Kelowna, BC 10/10 Learn equine massage therapy or chiropractic Massage or adjust your horse safely. 1-888-378-4632 Sidonia McIntyre 8/10

Reg Marek • 250-569-7244 • McBride, BC •

knight’s saddlery (Merritt) 250-378-5733 Master Saddle and Tree Maker,



NiCKeRS SaddleRY ltd…

Rein-beau images, (Enderby) 250-838-7904  12/10 Animal Photography,

Canadian-made treeless saddles and innovative tack! Bitless and shoeless options, nutritional supplements and endurance and trail gear. Repairs + customization.

RETIREMENT 1.888.492.8225 / 250.492.8225 - Penticton


retirement home for horses

600 acres of lush open pasture and woodland shelter in a herd dynamic. Ideal horse haven is situated 1/2 hour from Kamloops. Regular boarding also available.

Suniva Bronson, 250-573-4581 Pinantan Lake, BC 2/11 Equine Retirement Centre

2080 Mile 108 Road, Horsefly, BC


Stevie Pearson, 1-866-447-6355

RIBBONS & ROSETTES dikor ribbon technologies, 1-866-503-2510 ph/fax 1st Place for Award Ribbons, 3/11 OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 12/10 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons

RAY’S SADDLERY (O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon) Shop cell 250-862-0554, Custom made Saddles, Tack & Repairs, Shop open year round. 12/10 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 7/10 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, (Clinton, BC) 250-459-7772 Horse tack, hunting gear, custom leather products, repairs. 3/11


ALL ‘Round Outfitters for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 10/10 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078  9/10 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 4/11 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food

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CARRIAGE HOUSE MINIATURE HORSE TACK & HARNESS (Vernon) 250-541-7773. Everything you need for your VSE. COLE’S COUNTRY STORE (Creston) 250-428-2107 9/10 New & Used Tack, Horse Supplies, Giftware & Jewelry HIGH HORSE TACK, (Victoria) 250-658-0011  6/10 English & Western, New & Used

Rusty Spur


Dealer for Proform / Natures Mix Health Supplements & Minerals Tack / Giftware / Consignments Lumby BC 250-547-9506

Feed & Tack


venkat saddlery (20110 Stewart Cres., Maple Ridge) 1-866-465-8883 English & Western Tack & Saddles. 3/11 WALKER CREEK COUNTRY GOODS LTD. (2 stores serving Vancouver Island) 9/10 TRAILER REPairs

All Makes Service & Repair • Electric Brake Specialist • Aluminum & Steel Welding • ICBC Claims Welcome 604-533-4209 Langley, BC


Trans National Trailer INC., (Vernon) 250-542-5373, 7/10 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist TRAINERS/coaches BLUE MEADOW FARM (Richmond); Yolanda Blommers, EC2 and Katie Andrews, EC1. All English disciplines. 4/10 Gus Evagelopoulos, AQHA Prof. Horsemen (Armstrong) 250-307-3990 Specialize in Reining. Start-Finish Horses. Lessons. Prospects/finished horses for sale. 2/11

An EQUESTRIAN CENTRE LIKE NO OTHER in the world Barefoot Program •Connected Riding® • Classical Dressage Natural Horsemanship • Holistic Equine Management Equine Bodywork • Equine Rehabilitation and Re-Training 3/11

DAN FRANKLIN EQUINE COMMUNICATION ™ (B.C.) 250-620-3420 30 yrs exp. helping problem horses, 10/10

Jumping lessons Michael Rabe

Training and Boarding Preparation for sales, starting young horses 250-838-7051 or Cell 250-308-6024 • Enderby, BC • 9/10

Dana Hokana Quarter Horses Specializing in Western Pleasure Training - Lessons - Clinics

DVD Instructional Videos - Performance Horses for Sale 8/10 • 951.302-9463 •

GARY HUNT HORSEMANSHIP, 2/11 940-255-3641 (Alberta) * Problem Solving * Clinics * Colt Starting CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 6/10

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LORI LOTHIAN, AQHA Professional Horseman (Aldergrove) 604-309-7262 Training, Lessons, Clinics, Youth & Amateur, 4/10 NATHALIE MERRILL (Vernon) 250-308-8138. High Level Dressage & Western rider. Starting young horses for all disciplines. Lessons available. References available. 4/11 MISTATIM RANCH (Delta) 604-816-5292 Training/Boarding/Sales. Colt starting to show ring finishing. All disciplines welcome. 3/11 Lee Poncelet Performance Horses, (Vernon) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 8/10 RIVERSIDE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE (Prince George) 250-612-4770 2/11 Developing Horses & Riders to their potential.


Tellington TTouch training, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336  10/10 • TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby) 250-838-0234 Riding Lessons, Clinics, Horses and Tack for Sale 6/10 TRANQUILLE FARMS (Salmon Arm) Lorraine Pilon. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 250-832-0918 or 250-804-8072 8/10 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 5/10 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Peachland) 250-808-1486 Pleasure, Reining, Roping & cowhorse ~ Colts Started ~ Farrier Service 4/11 transport/hauling

Quality Horse Transport


Kevan Garecki “It’s All About The Horse”


Serving Western Canada Over 30 Years’ Experience

HOOVES ‘N’ HOUNDS TRANSPORT 1-888-436-0662. Serving most Canadian provinces, Fully licensed/Insured.


YOUR OKANAgAN HORSE TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIST Commercially Licensed and Insured. Serving all of B.C. Local & Long Distance. horse on Course 250-379-6847 (north okanagan) 8/10 VETERINARIANS Deep Creek Vet. Services, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 4/11 JACOBSON VET SERVICES (Serving Kelowna & Area) 250-862-3435 Dr. Teresa Jacobson, Dr. Deanna Jenner 11/10 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY, 250-374-1486  5/10 Drs. Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Rob Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 2/11 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099  9/10 Drs. Alex Wales & Susan Wales SALMON VALLEY VET SERVICES, (Shuswap/North Ok) 250-833-4217 Dr. Brytann Youngberg Mobile Equine Service  8/10 Vernon VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707  4/11 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller

On The Market GLACIAL KNIGHTHAWK “Kit” 8-year-old Double Reg’d Morgan Gelding 14.1HH. Shown both English & Western and also has many trail miles. Trained with Chris Irwin methodology. Gorgeous, friendly, loves attention and has a willing attitude. Looking for a confident rider for trail and maybe some easy arena work. Has Endurance or Competitive Trail potential. $2,800. Julia 250-344-6077 (Golden) E-mail:

CRIMSON FIRE (“Firefly”)

4-year-old Reg’d APHA Bay Tobiano, 15+HH. Sire: JR Colord Crimson. Dam: SDL Unique. Been started in Reining. Great potential. $3,500. 250-395-2804 (100 Mile House)



This little 4-year-old Reg’d AQHA Filly has Smart Chic Olena as a grandfather, plus Peppy San Badger, Dry Doc, Doc O’ Lena, Haida Little Pep to Doc’s Haida and Ace’s Dot all on her papers.

She has great conformation and movement and would make a good jumper or endurance horse.

She can be bred to Texas Stray for no extra cost.

Can e-mail more pix. Will also deliver. $1,500 obo. 250-358-2486 or 250-358-2385 (New Denver)

She has loud colour, is easygoing, ties and hauls without issue and I would be willing to deliver. $2,500. 250-358-2486 or 250-358-2385 (New Denver)



3 Horse Trailer with awning and change room. Air conditioner, feed mangers, under manger storage, back tack, new tires. $13,500. Wildwood Ranches 250-497-8452 (Okanagan Falls)

16.2HH Palomino Gelding. Awesome head roping horse. Great on trails. $5,700. 250-546-0169 (Armstrong) E-mail:


Brown/White Tobiano, 15.1HH. Goes English/Western. Easygoing and quiet, sound, sane, no vices. Take her any direction you want. Show saddle comes with her for free. Moving must sell. Asking $2,900. 250-819-3431 (Salmon Arm) E-mail:



Very well bred, flashy Grulla colour, 20 years young, about 14HH. Has been shown, had some very lovely foals, beautifully trained, “push button.” She knows what you want her to do before you even ask. A dream to ride, total pleasure, not spooky or nervous. Great on trails too and the smoothest ride on earth! Loads easily. We have moved, and I’d like to find the ideal home for her. Price can be discussed depending on what you have to offer her. 250-547-2283 (Lumby)

Very friendly, sound and ready to start training. She is turning 4 years old and definitely the pet of the farm. Sadly no time.

Both were professionally started and are being used on the trails, but need you to put on the finishing miles. Good natures and ground manners. All farrier work and innoculations up-to-date. Paint Mare 14.3HH, $1,800. Appaloosa Mare 15.3HH, $3,200. 250-547-9277 (Lumby) • 91

On The Market



2 Horse Weekender LQ. Fridge, microwave, porta pottie, Red Oak cabinets, 10 foot short wall. Large awning 2 years old. LOTs of storage, sleeps 4. Light weight; easy to tow. Purchased new, excellent shape. Original tires; 90% tread left. $22,000. 250-833-1993 (Salmon Arm) E-mail:

“Lukka” is a black and white, 13.1HH. Suitable for kids or the less experienced rider. Lukka would be perfect for you or your family! She is easygoing and super easy to deal with. This mare has been out on trails a lot. She is also used for riding lessons and responds very nicely in Dressage work. Smaller kids are already able to show the sidepass with her. Lukka brings a big smile on kids faces. $7,500. Please contact Erhard at 250-838-0234 (Enderby) More info at


Foaled May 19, 2000 ApHCC 41456 (F1) ApHC 616529 Enhance your breeding operation with this beautiful Stallion. He has a gold star pedigree, World Champions top and bottom. Good ground manners, has been ridden but very little. We have discontinued our breeding operation and need to get him started on his career. Don’t miss out on this fine Stallion! 250-838-0852 (Enderby)

Cover Feature Old Baldy Ranch

Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado

Offspring for Sale

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

Goldun Poco Mr Matt

AQHA/NFQH 97%, Poco Bueno 34% Dun, Herda N/N Grandson of Little Steel Dust, 3rd Open Reining Archa 2003 Grandson of Little Steeldust


Aw Poco Durango

AQHA/NFQH 96% Red Dun, Herda N/N Son Of Jaz Poco Silverado, Grandson of Little Steel Dust and Goldun Poco Mr Matt

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

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

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

Ph/fax: 250-843-7337

Sire: Hopalong Hickory x Doc’s Hickory. Dam: JBS Badges Kory x Peppy Badge Olena (1989 Canadian Supreme Cutting Derby Champion). Professionally started with 5 months training by Jim Anderson, Strathmore AB. Excellent show prospect, sweet disposition, ready to go forward in any discipline. Canadian Supreme nominated, NRHA licenced. YouTube video at com/watch?v=SKdEathl-6U, and more photos available. Asking $7,200 obo. Call 250-866-5749 (Wynndel) E-mail:


3 Horse Angle Haul. Nicely appointed, full living quarters, 10’ short wall. Large fridge and microwave, 3 burner stove, and big bathroom. Less than 5000 miles, and can be towed with a 1-ton truck. Excellent value at $27,500. Barb 604-886-9470 or Amanda 604-886-9477 (Roberts Creek) 6/10


2001 16HH SORREL

Incentive Fund AQHA Gelding. Excels in Showmanship and the pattern classes. A great all-around horse for the youth or amateur rider. A very handsome horse with the perfect size to do all the events. $6,500. 250-895-9677 (Campbell River) E-mail:

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Want to get somewhere in a day? We breed Tennessee Walking Horses; especially for trail riding. Call us at 403-931-3575 or Visit us on the web at


Dark Bay 17HH, coming 6 years. Lots of potential. Great gaits and easy changes. Natural horsemanship training methods used. Goes nicely in a Bitless bridle. To the right home price negotiable. $15,000. Mandy 250-308-6208 (Armstrong)

On The Market PHOTO ADS only $60. + GST includes

Can be viewed at Topline Stables, Salmon Arm 13 yr, 16+HH, Reg’d part-bred Morgan Gelding. Ridden English, Dressage, Eventing. Easy going, sensible, willing partner. Always in the ribbons, flashy, judges love him. Approved home only. Suits confident youth or amateur. $7,500 obo – must sell. Video online 250-546-9922 (Armstrong)

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Elegant long neck, gorgeous baby doll head with the most beautiful blue eyes. Wide dark line on his back and tiger striping on his legs. “Blue” is very correct and muscular. WE ALSO HAVE an outstanding World Champion Bred, Chocolate Dappled Palomino Filly. Both Foals are paid up in the AQHA Incentive! Asking $3,000 each.

On to Greener Pastures…

Cotton Candy 1975 – February 22, 2010 It is with our deepest sadness we announce Candy’s passing after an accident. Candy came to us 6 years ago, on a cool November day, a willing, noble, patient and agile older riding lesson horse. She was a gift for our 8-year-old (horse lover from birth) daughter Alanna. She ended up being a gift for all of us.

From her first day here, she was a very vocal, social horse. She was such an easy keeper she roamed our backyard along with the three dogs. She would sneak chips if they were left on the bbq table. She would stand next to us, while we sat quietly at the firepit, or socializing, sharing friends and music. She loved to hang out with us. On occasion a guest would be startled as this dark horse would slowly appear out of the darkness over a shoulder as you sat by the fire. She didn’t require tack; at times Alanna would ride with just a dress, flip flops and the biggest smile… she allowed Alanna to ride her with just an open heart and a will to ride. Alanna had so much fun running around the yard with grain or apples in hand, to see who could run faster… we will miss seeing Alanna rippin’ around the yard, wondering what the heck; till we realized she had treats and Candy was not far behind!

Candy loved to have children dote over her. She would stand for more than an hour as the little girls would braid her hair, groom her or just hug and kiss her. She loved to have little ones ride her, her youngest rider being baby Jacob, just over 1 year old. She has made future cowgirls and cowboys out of them, I’m sure. She was such a huge part of our everyday life. She was present during all our backyard projects. Now we know why she wanted the corn planted so close to the fence, so she could lean over and eat it! You always knew it was feeding time; her 5:30 am whinny not a minute later and her 5 pm call for dinner will forever be missed. You are now free Candy, to sun yourself like you always did. - Susan and Alanna Weeks, Armstrong, BC • 93

Shop & Swap! FOR SALE INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or (Innisfail, AB) 10/10

Affordable Barns

We don’t give estimates we give you the price!

13 YR OLD AQHA Broodmare by DFL. Dam’s sire: Peppys Formula. $1,000. 4 YR OLD AQHA Broodmare by Red Skys. Dam’s Sire: Peppys Formula, Bueno Chex on bottom. $1,000. More Horses for Sale. Ian Robertson 250-296-4467 (Williams Lake) 5/10

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Gymkhana Fun Days It’s that time again!

3rd Sunday of every month 1st one of the year

Clapperton Ranch

Sunday, April 18th Covered Arena

7620 Hwy 8

Off Hwy 1 near Spences Bridge, BC

9:30 a.m. Registration; 10 a.m. Start $15 Per Person. Concession on-site 137 Horner Rd, Lumby For more info 250-547-9277



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The Horse Gate Trailer Sales, your Gateway to unbelievable savings and service!

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 4/10

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Timber Ridge Trails Back Country Horseback Riding Experience

Glucosamine MSN Chondroitin

Hey! Round Up your Friends and Horses!


Maverick SD 3H Angle Haul ,Tackroom with swing out saddle rack, bridle hooks, brush bag, Drop down windows and sliding windows passenger side, rubber matts and bumper, one-piece fibreglass roof and more! Maverick Lite All Aluminum Full Tackroom, swing out saddle rack, padded dividers, rubber matts 2H ! $9600 The Horse gate Trailer Sales 250-379-2790 • Falkland, BC

ssfield Carriage o r C Company Ltd. A full line of North America’s finest driving vehicles and accessories • Carriage Machine • Smucker’s • Carriage Lamps



Quality Interior


Also Offering Barns Suitable for Mini Horses

• Bell Crown • Zilco • Accessories

1-403-946-5202 • 1-866-946-5202


Come and experience awesome trail riding in British Columbia’s Okanagan back country ~ just 20 minutes from Vernon. Stay at a secluded, peaceful and affordable campsite with corrals; set up for trucks and horse trailers; backing onto hundreds of miles of crown land trails for every level of rider, from beginner to endurance. After a day in the saddle, relax around a crackling campfire and watch the sun go down while you savour the flavours of a succulent fire grilled steak or delicious slow cooked Dutch oven dinner (optional). For more information or to reserve your campsite and corral: or call Darlene 250-309-3544

Shop & Swap! BOARDING



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

250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC


Leather & Stitches


Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs

Deep Creek General Store 0

Top Quality Australian Saddles

250-546-3955 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong

The Leather Lady

Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 5/10


EZC RANCH * 130 x 160' Outdoor Riding Ring * 25 x 60' Pens (with shelters & turnout) * Full Board (3 feedings per day) * Equine Therapist (by appointment) Loving Care for your prized four-legged companion! 7 minutes from IPE Fairgrounds

250-546-3447 or 250-260-0273


(5073 Schubert Road, Armstrong, BC) 9/10



SHARED ACCOMMODATION or Board and Room for Senior Female in rural Armstrong/Enderby area. Am healthy, non-dependent and capable. Info 250-231-2542, 6/10

Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

Boarding - Training - Lessons * Covered Arena 80x160 * Outdoor Arena 80x140 * Round Pen * Paddocks with Shelters

FREE FREE HORSE MANURE and lots of it. Great for fields and gardens. You load. North Armstrong. 250-546-9922

Certified CHA Coach & Trainer

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

Cindy Kirschman

(Chris Irwin Certified)


L & L Quarter Horses Horse Boarding in Vernon • Offering Full Board • 25 x 250 Paddocks with Shelters • 100 x 200 Outdoor Sand Arena • Access to Trails • Heated Automatic Waterers

Classified Ad Rates

Located on East Vernon Road in the BX 5 minutes to Vernon, BC

250-545-9014 or 250-558-8289

BACK ISSUES of Arabian horse magazines. Archival material! International Arabian Horse from 1964; Arab Horse Society News (Great Britain) from 1976; Canadian Arabian Horse News from 1977; Australian Arab Horse News from 1977; Arabian Horse World from 1978. Must go to a good home. You will be screened. Barbara 250- 838-6101, (Enderby)


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DAWSON CREEK Douglas Lake Equipment 250-782-5281 DUNCAN Island Tractor & Supply Ltd. 250-746-1755 KAMLOOPS Douglas Lake Equipment 250-851-2044

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QUESNEL Douglas Lake Equipment 250-991-0406 VERNON Avenue Machinery Corp. 250-545-3355