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s I write this the smoke has taken over our valley with the sun nowhere to be found. BC Wildfire Service says a total of 657 fires have been documented since April 1, 2017; estimating 1,880 square kilometres have burned. Watching the updates on TV and seeing posts on Facebook are heart-wrenching – and I hope we all make it through safely. We have the 118th Interior Provincial Exhibition & Stampede coming up at the end of the month here in Armstrong, over the Labour Day long weekend. Five days of events, food galore, exhibits, horse shows, animals of every type, rides, games and a Pro Rodeo. Don’t miss out! I was recently at the Canadian Bluemoon Elvis Festival in Barriere BC with my buddy Cheryle Hickman – but that is a whole other story to tell!

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FEATURES Shades of Grey 6 Biometrics of Forward Motion 8 Cowboy Mounted Shooters 10 No Kicking! 12 Jessie Austen, Barrel Racer 13 Middle of the Road 14 Wildfire Smoke and Horses 16 Wild West Cowboy Dinner Show 17 WD: The 3-Loop Serpentine 18 Gobi Gallop 2017 20 EQuisdom 24

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CQHA Seeking Team Canada Youth Members for 2018 By Marnie Somers


major initiative of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) is to co-ordinate and field a team to represent Canada at biennial American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Youth World Cup competitions. Each participating country may select up to five youth team competing riders, two alternate riders and three noncompeting youth to represent their country. The host country provides a pool of horses of various ability levels and the teams draw to determine the horses to be ridden. Two to three members of each team compete in Western Horsemanship, Ranch Riding, Western Riding, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Showmanship, Trail, Reining and Cutting classes. Funding for travel expenses for Team Canada is cost-shared by AQHA/CQHA, provincial/ regional Quarter Horse Associations, corporate and/or individual sponsors, and team members’ families. Team Canada was one of 13 countries who participated at the 2016 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup held in Australia. We were

very proud of Team Canada, as they brought home individual silver medals - one each in Cutting and Reining - and an individual bronze medal in Western Horsemanship, and as a team finished fourth overall. Our 2016 Team Canada Youth members were: Hanna Buijs, Lisle ON, Ruth Enns, Schanzenfeld MB, Haley Franc, Prince Albert SK, James Heitzner, St. Clements ON, Madison Holmes, New Glasgow NS, Mackenzie Inksater, Roberts Creek BC, Cheyanne Izon, Acton ON, Megan Komori Kennedy, Merville BC, and Melanie Trolley, Bancroft ON. The 2016 Team Canada Coach and Team Manager were Christine Little, Brandon MB, and Donna Sagin of Carberry MB, respectively. The next AQHA Youth World Cup is to be held in Bryant College Station, Texas, June 28-July 8, 2018. The CQHA is actively seeking qualified youth from all across Canada. Application deadline is August 31, 2017 (postmark). The 2018 Team Canada Members Qualifying Criteria and the 2018 Team Canada Members Application Form are available on our website, at

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August 2017


Shades of

Grey By Christa Miremadi Photos by Kristina Belkina

Having a close relationship with a graceful, powerful, noble creature such as a horse can be a romantic notion.

These photos show a young mare who had been used to a lot of grey areas learning about black and white boundaries.


ost of us have, at one time or another, imagined ourselves riding barefoot through low tide surf on the back of a galloping horse, hair and mane flowing in the wind. Or maybe it was lying in a soft green meadow in the late afternoon sun while the horse grazed on fresh clover between our toes. I’ll admit, these fantasies do create an intriguing image but more often than not, the reality is somewhat less idyllic. Although these goals are possible to reach, they are end results not starting points; and, they’re achieved, not through care-free, Disney-like free love but rather through hard work, a realistic understanding of a horse’s nature and a black and white foundation. The more time I spend with horses, the clearer it becomes how much happier, more relaxed and more confident they can become when they’re not left stumbling through unclear boundaries and various shades of grey. Perhaps even clearer is just how insecure, pushy and sometimes dangerous horses can become when they’re not sure what’s expected of them. Too many options make most horses question their role in the relationship and in turn, their safety. 6 • August 2017


Unfortunately, this is a phenomenon I see quite often. I tend to see horses and humans who are struggling more than I get to see those with functional relationships, although I’m lucky to have the privilege of supporting quite a few very inspiring partnerships as well! This contrast allows me to observe the practices and the habits common to both the high functioning partnerships and the ones that may be less than ideal. What I’ve observed has supported my belief that horses prefer boundaries laid down in black and white to those in shades of grey. Just one example of this was Storm. Storm was a young mare, recently brought in for training, who had been given a good start and close to a year with a reputable trainer who’d put a good foundation in place. After a solid start, she was sold to a couple who, although eager, lacked experience. Not knowing how to maintain young horses (who are considerably more dependent on guidance and boundaries for their self-confidence) the couple did very little to stimulate her mind or body. Without being stimulated physically, Storm found herself buzzing with an excess of nervous energy and looking for playful interactions as an outlet to her building anxiety. Storm began looking for boundaries, as many young horses do, as a way to reassure herself and provide herself with a sense of guidance from reliable sources of support. Feeling insecure themselves, the couple found that they’d become unsure of what to do about the young mare’s pushiness and began backing off, both literally and figuratively. Each time Storm was able to intimidate the couple into moving out of her space or letting her eat grass or not picking up her feet, she became a little more anxious and as she became more anxious, the couple became more intimidated and the black and white areas began to shrink, giving way to vast areas full of a variety of shades of grey and less and less physical and emotional stimulation. Eventually Storm became so insecure that the couple decided she was too much horse for them and sold her. My client found herself the proud owner of an absolutely stunning young mare who was given a great start but was currently quite far from where she’d begun. She recognized quickly that she and Storm were in need of help and not knowing how to provide her with the guidance and boundaries she needed to return her to being a safe, enjoyable horse, she began looking for help. When I met Storm, she was so insecure and so confused about her role and where she fit in that she was, quite literally, dangerous to be near. She’d been turning up the volume on her need for support

for close to three years and, at this point, she was very loud! Her head was extremely high, her back was hollow and inverted, she would push through your space or pull on her rope while leading and she’d kick out, buck and bolt when she was asked to move her feet. It was clear that she didn’t know what was expected of her and didn’t think it mattered. As far as she was concerned, although she was confined, she was in charge and she didn’t know how to cope with being a prey animal held captive in a human’s world. The first thing I did was to give her the space to react the way she felt she needed to by letting her move at liberty in my large round pen. This allowed her to drain some of that excess nervous energy that had been building up for quite some time. I then began to paint a new picture for her, one that was entirely black and white leaving no boundaries vague or unclear. It seems the more insecure and anxious a horse is, the less grey areas they can handle. As I helped her understand that my space was NEVER accessible without an invitation and that an invitation would ONLY be extended to a quiet mind and body, and as her excess energy began to dissipate, Storm began to experiment with her own temperament. Finding positive results in the form of an invitation to rest in the center with me, to a lowered head and giving me her focus, she began to develop the self-control she needed to create an environment she felt safe in. This part is key! She began to develop the self-control she needed. I didn’t make her behave or force her to do my will, that’s not what I mean by black and white. Rather I gave her very clear list of expectations, consequences and support and she chose the outcome that made her feel most comfortable. She began to relax over her back, breathe deeply and watch me for signals about where she should stand, how fast she should move her feet and in which direction and most of all,

she began to feel safer and more comfortable. As time goes on and Storm matures, as long as she continues to receive the clear boundaries she needs, she will become more and more confident, both in herself and in a human’s ability to communicate expectations with her. She’ll understand her role as a partner to a confident human in a human’s world and begin to challenge that position less and less often. I’ve come to recognize those challenges as a request for guidance and support that will help a horse to feel more comfortable. Rather than feeling frustrated by the challenge, I now (usually) feel encouraged to provide a clearer picture and reminded to eliminate any grey areas I may have left vague. Our horses provide us with the most accurate and reliable success barometer available to us and if we watch them, they’ll show us when they are on the right track and when they’re not. Recognising which track you’re on will be the easy part. Learning to recognize where you show up in black and white and what you’ve left as grey areas is the challenge and for this, you may need an objective, experienced horseperson to watch you and offer support. As you develop clarity, eventually, the picture will be so clear that those once-distant fantasies could become reality. Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in our Business Services section under ‘Trainers’)

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Biometrics of Forward Motion While Riding By Shantel Perreal, Canadian Equine Therapy Institute

We all know that if we want our horses to be fit and sound, they need to have a proper training program to keep them healthy and happy for competition.

Let’s walk through how that should look.


s we know, horses are built in a way that allows both forward and upward movement. To do so, they have a five-way spring system. Let me explain that in detail. If we begin by looking at the hind legs, the first set of springs start at the ilium down to the hip and stifle and then follow through to the hock, fetlock, and into the hoof. This spring system is strong and works to hold the limb together like a universal joint (the pelvic girdle). Keep in mind there are two legs which means there are two springs. The second set of springs, or front springs, are in the shoulder and begin at the top of the scapula and follow down to the point of the shoulder then over to the elbow and down to the knee, fetlock, and then to the hoof. This spring system is held together by connective

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tissue and muscle; therefore, it is lighter than the hind limb springs that are held together by the bones as well. Our fifth or middle spring will travel the length of the horse starting from the tip of the tail to the tip of the nose. Beginning at the tail, the spring follows the topline of the horse from the croup over the spine, withers, neck, poll, and down to the nose. See picture for clarification. This spring works in conjunction with the other four springs to lift the back. This five-way spring system allows the horse to move freely, but does not compensate for activities such as weight bearing or riding, yet these wonderful animals seem to love and forgive us for doing so.

If horses are not naturally designed to carry us and perform the daily tasks we ask of them, then how do we go about keeping them strong and fit? Before we can explore exercise options, it is important to fully understand this system. Many great trainers understand from an anatomical point of view how this five-way spring system applies to their riding and should be approached, however, not everyone has access to educated trainers. Some trainers may not know what this means or how it should be carried out. I will explain this further. Given that horses have five springs (two front legs, two hind legs, and a spring attaching the four legs together) and we aim to ride them, what is the first thing we do? We put a saddle

in the middle of that moving system and tightly cinch it down. This is where we need to be aware of how balanced and fitted our saddle really is. Saddle fit is VERY important and finding a TRAINED saddle fitter is key! So now that we understand we are essentially riding a five-way spring system where the hind springs are the strongest and most efficient, we can assume that the hind legs are designed for driving the horse forward. To do so, the hind limbs must reach under the barrel of the horse towards the front limbs and lift the fifth spring along the topline. With a saddle and rider placed over that spring, it interferes with the ability of the horse to carry out such an action. Let me further explain how common riding scenarios inhibit the spring system from working. While riding a horse, we place an average extra weight of 200lbs on the middle spring and, depending on the discipline or scenario, squeeze our legs around the horse. Then we tighten our reins either pulling the horse’s nose closer to its chest or creating resistance causing the horse to throw its head up. If we look into the scenario where the rider has pulled the horse’s head up and keep in mind where we are sitting on the horse’s back, what would you infer will happen to the front spring located in the front legs? If you answer that the horse will brace, you are correct. So, if the horse is bracing in the front two springs we are causing interference and compensation within the front limb muscle structures. What does that mean? Well, if I get you to

take a dumbbell and put it on the back of your head and ask you to lift your head you will start to develop muscle on your lower neck and shoulders. This is essentially what happens to your horse. The horse’s back begins to hollow and weaken and then it starts to rotate the back springs forward. Now those back springs can no longer stretch to the front nor are they as strong. This means the impulsion must now come from the front. So again, the two springs in the front begin to get larger. This is all wrong. As discussed earlier, the back two springs need to be the strongest and be the driving force of the horse. They have a universal joint with it being the pelvis and hip all connected. The muscles connecting the springs allowing the lift in the back begin at the back two springs at the universal joint apparatus. When these muscles contract they shorten hence the lifting the back. Riding a horse inverted with its head up disrupts the entire function of the horse just as riding the horse over-flexed with its nose to its chest can. Now, let’s look at the situation when the horse is ridden with its head down, but nose tucked into the chest. A horse is not designed to be ridden with its head in the sky or to its chest. How does an over-flexed neck disrupt the normal movement of a horse? If the driving force of the horse comes from the hind end coming forward and creating lift throughout the middle spring and front springs, it will be hindered by a hyperflexed neck and nose to the chest. Let’s think of it in another way. Grab a partner and have one pretend that they are the horse and get down on all fours. Use a piece of string to mimic reins.

The other person will sit on the partner’s back who is acting as the horse. Careful not to hurt one another! Place the string in the mouth of the partner who is the horse and the rider will hold on to the other end. The rider will ask the other partner to lower their head as they would a horse. The partner acting as the horse will put their chin to their chest. Now the rider feels like they have lost their contact and will pull on the reins a little more. How does the horse feel? Now horse, try to extend your front legs as far forward as you can. Does it feel easy and free? No, I didn’t think so. So now you have lost the mobility in your front legs and this will have a ripple effect throughout the whole spring apparatus. Now rider, sit tall in your seat and have some pressure on the ground like it was a stirrup. Let the reins go and allow the horse to relax his/her neck. Horse, how does that feel? Do you feel that your front is free to move and your back is strong enough to round and carry the rider? This is because you are not being restricted and can balance yourself in a way that enables your body to move freely preventing potential soreness. There are many structures and muscles that are at play and we could go into deeper detail about the anatomical and physiological points to support these theories, but that would be a whole new book! The goal in this article is to get our minds as riders thinking about how we ride our horses and what we can do to improve the life of our equine friends. So, looking at your own horse as a fiveway spring system that includes the function of the neck, how is your horse developed?

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By Pamela Sabo • Photos courtesy of Janice Storch Photography


MSABC is nearing the second anniversary of the creation of this non-profit society and this was the very first CMSA-sanctioned event ever held in this province. Horses of various breeds and their riders, ranging in age from 10 years to 65+, participated in this exciting, fast-paced and noisy sport on Saturday, May 27, at Creston Flats Stables in the heart of the beautiful Kootenays! Members of our local CMSABC, along with competitors from Alberta, Saskatchewan and the USA, were able to indulge in the enjoyment of fast horses, gunpowder, and bursting balloons. Within their various skill levels/classes, participants attempted to achieve the fastest time, with fewest missed balloons, in their efforts to accumulate points, awards and prizes! The day began with the Cowboy Prayer read by John Solly, our excellent announcer for the day. This was followed by a lovely rendition of O Canada, beautifully sung by some lovely young ladies and the playing of the US anthem while two young gentlemen rode the Canadian and American colours through the arena. The competition kicked off with Wranglers (youth under 18) ground firing at their targets, while under direct supervision of an appropriately-licenced adult. This was followed by the Main Match, consisting of three stages, where competitors individually ride a specific pattern while addressing the balloon targets with their revolvers. Youth competitors also ride the pattern for timed scores. They do not shoot from the horses, but they “address” the target with cap guns. One of the highlights of the day is the exciting Shotgun and Rifle matches! In these classes, the competitors ride and shoot the first half of the pattern with revolver, then holster the revolver and, with both hands on either the rifle or shotgun, and their horse often running with only the guidance of their legs, shoot the remaining balloons in the “rundown.” Firearms used are replicas of pre-1890s 45-calibre six shooters, which requires users to have completed specific firearms training, testing and licencing for restricted firearms. There are, however, NO projectiles permitted in this sport, and balloon targets are burst ONLY by the hot embers from blank ammunition. Horsemanship and safety are of the utmost importance in developing the skills required by both horse and rider. Horses are desensitized and carefully trained to become skilled partners in the sport and are highly valued. Their comfort and safety is of primary importance and both horses and riders wear hearing protection. CMSABC would like to express our deep appreciation to all our members who worked endless hours to create this event; the tireless help and support of members of Alberta’s CCMSA (Canadian Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association) who guided our efforts to produce this event; the competitors who travelled long distances to support our efforts; Janice Storch Photography for travelling from Alberta to capture the event in photos; Horse Council of BC for making grants available that have helped us to purchase equipment necessary to produce this event; RDCK and Area Directors Larry Binks and Tanya Wall for grants in support; all our wonderful volunteers for their support and hard work; all the wonderful businesses and sponsors who donated prizes and funds for all the awards and Creston Flats Stables for maintaining an excellent facility that makes it possible to hold events like this here in the Creston Valley. Interested in learning more about this exciting equine sport? Check out our Facebook page at Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association of BC.

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Carlotta and I exploring the property when we first moved to our new home, The Rock’n Star Ranch, back in 2006. Photo by Zahra Miremadi.

August 2017


No Kicking! By Glenn Stewart

I am sure if you have been around horses very long your horse or someone else’s horse has tried to kick. It is natural for horses to kick one another and they do it often in the herd as a way of establishing dominance and to protect themselves.

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owever, when people are around it is very dangerous and we don’t handle a kick as well as another horse can. A good rule, for safety’s sake: when the horse is with you on the ground, tied to a fence or being ridden, there is no kicking allowed. We are responsible for our horses and their behaviour. Other people are responsible for their horses and shouldn’t allow their horses to stick their noses on or threaten other horses. If they do allow it, there will usually be a squeal, strike or kick from one or both horses very soon and a person can end up being the target. If you watch your horse you can see signs of warning that he is thinking about kicking or biting. He looks at the target, his eye changes to something not so friendly, his tail swishes at the other horse and then he shifts his weight in preparation for the kick if he isn’t already in position. At the first sign of trouble, that is when it is your job to give him something productive to do with his feet and mind, and make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult. For example, if you are riding past someone and your horse shows a sign that is threatening in any way to another horse, give his feet something to do, side pass, hindquarter yield, stop, back up - whatever is appropriate for the situation. Some horses are just as happy to use their teeth as their feet and the same reasoning applies. I like to move the part of the horse that is doing the threatening. If it is the mouth, then redirect the horse’s head; if it is the hind feet, move his hindquarters. Before he moved his hip towards the other horse, he would have shown some body language, forecasting his plan and the sooner you act on it the less it will take to correct it. Horses kick for various reasons. Some out of fear, lacking in confidence around other horses. Others are trying to assert themselves and let the other horses know they think they should be at the top of the pecking order. If they kick out of fear, you can help by riding the horse that is unconfident near another horse and then have the rider of the other horse rub the scared horse. It’s usually easier to ride the scared horse up, rather than have it be the one ridden up to. I like to use a horseman stick to do SADDLEUP.CA

the rubbing so I don’t get kicked until it’s safer to stand close and the horse realizes there isn’t anything to worry about. Then you will have to do the same procedure moving and with many horses. You are probably thinking this could take forever, but it doesn’t at all. You will generally see results the moment you start the rubbing. No matter why a horse thinks to kick, the handler or rider needs to have enough respect and confidence earned with that horse that it will not kick. The horse needs to know it is unacceptable and that the handler will look after it and keep it from being kicked by other horses and that the handler is at the top of the pecking order. You want your horses to look to you for guidance and not be doing their own thing. If you are riding or leading your horse and all of a sudden it is kicking and squealing at another horse, then your horse is not with you mentally. You are not in charge; he is not looking to you for guidance, direction or leadership. It is our job to have enough respect built into our relationship with our horses that they stay mentally with us and not be looking for other horses to kick. Pay close attention to the early signs and do something productive with the horse’s mind and feet to get him back with you. You must consistently make the wrong thing difficult until the poor behaviour is changed to a better one. If your horse is deciding what he will do with his feet when you are around, then you are not really there as far as the horse is concerned. Glenn offers year-round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort Saint John and is available to travel for clinics, demonstrations, events and corporate leadership. Long-term study and professional programs are also available. We have 24 inspirational and/or educational videos available to you for free. For more information visit (See his listing in our Business Services section under ‘Trainers’)

Ladies Barrel Racing By Elaine Taschuk

At the Princeton Rodeo on June 11th, her second BCRA rodeo this year, 22-year-old Jessie Austen of Langley waited for her turn to compete in the Ladies Barrel Racing.


he announcer called Jessie to the arena, the gate-keeper pulled the heavy steel gate open, and a sound like a thousand sledge hammers pounding the ground turned heads in the stands to see Jessie come flying through the entrance at full speed headed for the first barrel. Her eyes riveted on the arena and the three barrels, Jessie was determined. Today was her day and April, her horse, was in for a ride like no other. This was Jessie’s dream and she was going to make it happen. Jessie and April rode like a team. They made each turning of the barrels look easy. After rounding the third and last barrel, Jessie gave April a kick. April lined up and took off. For one split second, Jessie cracked a smile for she knew she had this. Not one to take anything for granted, though, Jessie kicked again, sat forward in her saddle and they flew to the finish line with an amazing 17.202 seconds. The fastest time at the Princeton Rodeo. Jessie had won first place! We all arrived home safely, and immediately found ourselves on Facebook discussing the day’s events. Tom, her loving husband, had proudly posted his wife’s accomplishment and the community responded with congratulations; it was a welldeserved win for this dedicated, hard-working young woman, wife and mother. Jessie and I talked about her struggle with another horse during the previous Friday night barrel run. They had started off on the wrong lead, miscommunicated around the first two barrels and cut off just before the third barrel, missing it completely. Handling the situation like a pro, Jessie brought her horse back quietly with hopes for a better run next time. She asked if I had taken any pictures. “Of course!” I said, and sent a couple so she could review them.

She thanked me and then said, “Awesome, I need to lay off the Cheetos a bit, but I’m loving ‘em!” Go ahead, have some Cheetos! Congratulations to you, Jessie! Elaine Taschuk is an avid photographer, based in Langley, who enjoys all aspects of equine sports shooting events, sports, people, horses, barrel racing and rodeo. She recently received awards for photographic and artistic landscape imagery. Email her at; see her work at

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Having COOL thoughts!

Middle of the Road By Paul Dufresne

When people own a horse, they usually wish to have a partnership where they do fun things together. In saying this, I assume that most owners agree they should be the leader in this relationship.


any people lack experience in understanding horses and how to be a leader that is firm, but kind. They need to find a balance in their leadership so that their partnership can progress positively. This is developed through positive experiences, gaining courage and building trust so that growth happens in the partnership. That narrow, middle road is what people need to identify for themselves. How do you find the middle of the road? To be effective as a leader of horses we need to be more horse-like. We are challenged just understanding other humans and getting along, but understanding another species can be tough! People think ahead (sometimes) and have ulterior motives. Horses just live in the moment. We need to be simple, clear, and fair with horses. This is easier said than done while communicating in entirely different languages. You can lavish horses with treats, caresses, and rubs but this does not mean they will see you as a leader or respect you. It does not mean it will have that “sure I can do that for you” attitude. If a horse doesn’t respect you he may not care to comply. He will happily accept

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treats and love then ignore you or give you attitude when it comes to what you might like to try. This can be a tough pill for folks to swallow - that, after all the loving you’ve lavished on him, the horse would not try for you. People may think it must be something else bothering their horse - sometimes looking for answers everywhere but themselves. Some owners overuse pressure and others don’t use enough. Some owners hate the very word, but pressure can be positive. To move forward with a task, there needs to be a positive pressure that tells the horse he should go ahead and investigate - to try something even if he’s unsure. The pressure necessary for any task needs to be modified to the point where any horse could start to succeed doing it. To lead, you have to become responsible for ensuring you are understandable but also ensuring the horse makes a sincere attempt at trying for you. This can be where the waters get muddy. A demand may feel scary or odd to a horse or maybe he thinks, “I am not subordinate to you in the herd so why should I do that for you?” Most people would agree that their horse needs to be able to accomplish certain tasks with their guidance… SAFELY. If the guidance

is poorly presented, the horse may simply ignore the pressure of the demand or he may try to get away. The leader needs to be fair and understandable so that a demand is presented as something worth trying. This is the middle of the road. A leader needs to know how to break down a task into easily achievable steps and how to recognize when the horse is making a try, however small. Some have trouble recognizing a small try that they should reward. Some reward a nontry. Recognizing and rewarding a small try is crucial in training but repeatedly rewarding the non-tries may set up road blocks in more challenging situations. Some people have no idea whether their lead is understandable or whether they actually have the horse’s undivided attention. Not everyone knows how to achieve a safe and trusting relationship with a horse. Leaders need to be positively assertive. Of course, it might help to know how assertiveness looks and feels and how a horse can find your approach acceptable and understandable. It’s hard to find the middle of the road when you are not sure where the road is. This is where good teachers can help. They are there to help you find the middle of the road. They will take you through incremental exercises that are designed to establish you as the leader and your horse as the follower while maintaining a safe environment for both. They can help you learn to lead correctly and give you feedback before the horse decides to take over! Horses will try for you if they feel they should. There needs to be incentive there and a recognition of you as the leader - especially as the tasks become more challenging. A fair leadership role can develop a far stronger bond than simply lavishing them with praise/love.

Horses are born followers IF they have a leader they trust. A calm horse that follows your lead is quite simply happier, is safer to be around, has few (if any) destructive behaviors and is less expensive to own. Farriers are happier working on horses that don’t fight when having their feet picked up. Vet appointments are faster and less expensive if your horse doesn’t have to be sedated for simple procedures. Heck, if your horse should get injured and you have to do basic emergency treatment, the treatment shouldn’t become secondary to trying to control your horse. This is why we train for these situations. The horse owner has to first learn basic leadership skills to find the middle of the road. Being a proactive leader means becoming educated in the way of the horse. Lessons or clinics are a great way to learn these skills. You can always read books or watch videos but it’s rarely as effective as working with your horse and getting feedback from a professional in real time. Every time you interact with your horse you are training, so watch what you train for! The choice is yours. Choose to become a responsible leader. Find the middle of the road with your horse. You can develop that extraordinary relationship with your horse if you take the steps necessary to become better educated and be a better leader/trainer. Paul Dufresne is a clinician/trainer educating people for over 25 years to develop safe, creative relationships with their horses. His approach is a blend of the classical but also using methods that make sense to the horse. Helping owners develop their leadership skills by using techniques that are modified to the needs of the horse and its leader. One of the key ingredients is the development of relaxation cues that are based on the horse’s natural reflexes, to relax and to produce a calm follow and enhanced performance.

August 2017


Wildfire Smoke and Horses The severe fires in southern California exposed humans and animals to unhealthy air containing wildfire smoke and particulates.


hese particulates can build up in the respiratory system, causing a number of health problems including burning eyes, runny noses and illnesses such as bronchitis. They can also aggravate heart and lung diseases such as congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema and asthma. Because little information is available to horse owners and even equine veterinarians on the effects on horses of breathing air laden with particulates, some suggestions are offered here to serve as a general guide. What’s in Smoke? Smoke is made up of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, soot, hydrocarbons and other organic substances including nitrogen oxides and trace minerals. The composition of smoke depends on what is burned; different types of wood, vegetation, plastics, house materials, and other combustibles all produce different compounds when burned. Carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that is produced in the greatest quantity during the smoldering stages of the fire, can be fatal in high doses. In general, particulate matter is the major pollutant of concern in wildfire smoke. Particulate is a general term used for a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air. Particulates from smoke tend to be very small (less than one micron in diameter), which allows them to reach the deepest airways within the lung. Consequently, particulates in smoke are more of a health concern than the coarser particles that typically make up road dust. How Smoke Affects Horses The effects of smoke on horses are similar to effects on humans: irritation of the eyes and respiratory tract, aggravation of conditions like heaves (recurrent airway obstruction), and reduced lung function. High concentrations of particulates can cause persistent cough, increased nasal discharge, wheezing and increased physical effort in breathing. Particulates can also alter the immune system and reduce the ability of the lungs to remove foreign materials, such as pollen and bacteria, to which horses are normally exposed.

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The following information is provided by Dr. John Madigan and Dr. David Wilson, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis – as circulated on Facebook (Editor’s note: This pertains to anyone, anywhere, exposed to fire situations)

Protecting Horses from Air Pollution Limit exercise when smoke is visible. Don’t have your horse do activities that increase the airflow in and out of the lungs. This can trigger bronchoconstriction (narrowing of the small airways in the lungs). Provide plenty of fresh water close to where your horse eats. Horses drink most of their water within 2 hours of eating hay, so having water close to the feeder increases water consumption. Water keeps the airways moist and facilitates clearance of inhaled particulate matter. This means the windpipe (trachea), large airways (bronchi), and small airways (bronchioles) can move the particulate material breathed in with the smoke. Dry airways make particulate matter stay in the lung and air passages. Limit dust exposure by feeding dust-free hay or soak hay before feeding. This reduces the particles in the dust such as mold, fungi, pollens and bacteria that may have difficulty being cleared from the lungs. If your horse is coughing or having difficulty breathing, have your horse examined by a veterinarian. A veterinarian can help determine the difference between a reactive airway from smoke and dust versus a bacterial infection and bronchitis or pneumonia. If your horse has a history of having heaves or recurrent airway problems, there is a greater risk of secondary problems such as bacterial pneumonia. Give your horse ample time to recover from smoke-induced airway insult. Airway damage resulting from wildfire smoke takes 4 to 6 weeks to heal. Therefore, plan on giving your horse 4 to 6 weeks off from the time when the air quality returns to normal. Attempting exercise may aggravate the condition, delay the healing process, and compromise your horse’s performance for many weeks or months. If your horse has primary or secondary problems with smoke-induced respiratory injury, you should contact your veterinarian. He/She can prescribe specific treatments such as intravenous fluids, bronchodilator drugs, nebulization, or other measures to facilitate hydration of the airway passages. Your veterinarian may also recommend blood tests or other tests to determine whether a secondary bacterial infection has arisen and is contributing to the current respiratory problem.

“Canada’s Wild West” Cowboy Dinner Show The show is back for its 9th season at the O’Keefe Ranch north of Vernon BC, as this year Canada and the O’Keefe Ranch both celebrate 150 years in existence.


he Cowboy Dinner Show will take guests back to Canada’s Wild West and Rob Dinwoodie and his western musical trio “Open Range” will capture the image of the cowboy in song and story, while the ever-popular Ken Mather, historian, author and cowboy poet, will recollect the exciting events leading up to the establishment of the Historic O’Keefe Ranch. “What do cowboys, gold, railways, bandits and Mounties have to do with celebrating a birthday? These were just a few milestones that formed our province and the great nation we live in, and we’ll touch on these topics in the show,” says Rob Dinwoodie. With the 150th anniversary of O’Keefe Ranch occurring just before Canada’s 150th, stories and songs will retell how wild this part of the world really was in 1867. “Cornelius O’Keefe was not only a rancher but was the first Post Master in the Okanagan, and little known fact, the first cattle to enter Alberta were actually from British Columbia.” A highlight for guests is to ride in the horse drawn BC Express stagecoach - a replica of the stagecoaches that travelled the Cariboo road during BC’s gold rush days. Guests can also try their hand at roping, as Dinwoodie teaches this fine art, after which there is a fun competition for the honour of ‘Top Roping Cowpuncher’. The O’Keefe Ranch pavilion used for the Cowboy Dinner Show has recently been expanded allowing for more guests, with a new stage, and the seating arrangement ensures there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Dinwoodie is in the process of finishing a new recording of songs that will be part of the show. His passion for the west began 25 years ago, when he first told the historic story of the cowboy in song to bus

Ken Mather, Rob Dinwoodie, Dixon Zalit, Julia Zalit

tours. Since then he and his band, which this year includes Dixon Zalit and his daughter Julia, have taken these songs to new musical levels. During the show guests will enjoy a cowboy feast of sizzling steaks with all the trimmings served up by Cattlemen’s Club Restaurant. The evening will conclude under the stars singing songs around a cowboy campfire. The ‘family friendly’ show runs every Friday night from July 7 to September 1. To purchase tickets visit or call the O’Keefe Ranch at 250-542-7868. The O’Keefe Ranch tells the story of early BC Ranching and endeavors to preserve the history and culture of the early ranching era for future generations.

2017 FALL HORSE SALE Friday, September 22 @ 6:00 pm & Saturday, September 23 @ 11:00 am Catalogue Deadline: September 5

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August 2017


Riding the half circle

The moment of straightness before changing bend

Western Dressage -- The Three By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz • Photos by Lisa Wieben

In this month’s article, we are discussing a schooling exercise which we call “the 3-loop serpentine with a few steps of leg yield at each straight section.”


he 3-loop exercise is a schooling exercise to prepare the horse and rider for the serpentine that is performed from Basic Level up. A serpentine is a series of half circles connected by straight lines through the centre of the arena. This variation of the 3-loop serpentine is not only a great suppling exercise, but also a great exercise for setting the horse up into the new bend. Horses have a tendency to fall into the new bend when changing directions (usually more so in one direction) and many riders new to this exercise can find it difficult to maintain the bending lines

Leg yield steps before the left turn


and prevent the horse from either falling in or out on the turn. The directions we provide in this article will help you ride a serpentine with smooth changes of bend. Before attempting the exercise, the horse and rider pair should already know the spiral in/out exercise as well as the leg yield exercise moving from the quarter line to the wall. Both of these have been discussed in previous articles. When performing a serpentine in a show setting, the rider wouldn’t ask for a leg yield, but would keep the aids in place to prevent the horse from falling into the new direction. How to perform the 3-loop serpentine with a few steps of leg yield crossing the centre line: • Begin the serpentine on the short end of the arena, either at C or A. • Begin on the left rein. • Ride a half circle to the left, straighten the horse, change the bend, and then ask for a couple steps of leg yield to the left away from the new bend. This will prevent the horse from falling into the new direction. Continue onto a half circle to the right. • As the half circle to the right is completed, again straighten the horse, change the bend, and then ask for a couple steps of leg yield to the right away from the new bend. • Continue onto a half circle to the left. • Repeat one more time completing the serpentine. Rider Aids On the half circles, the rider will be using her inside leg to maintain bend and prevent the horse from falling in. The outside leg will maintain impulsion. The inside rein will stay off the neck slightly and maintain the

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bend, without pulling. The outside rein will be supporting the amount of bend needed for the size of the half circle and will also prevent the horse from falling in, when used in conjunction with the inside leg. The rider’s seat will turn in the direction of the half circle - outside hip toward the horse’s inside ear - and then straighten during the moments of straightness. When bringing a horse from a bending line into the moment of straightness (for example: a half circle left into straightness), the rider will use the right leg to begin to ask the horse to straighten, while bringing her seat into straightness along with the hands. Once straight, the rider can then ask the horse to change the bend from the right leg while supporting with the rein aids, all the while maintaining forward with the outside leg. The outside leg and rein will also prevent the horse from drifting. Ask the horse to leg yield a step or two to the left with a press and release pressure with the right leg in timing with the swing of the barrel. The inside rein maintains the bend, without pushing the horse out in the leg yield. Do not cross the inside rein over the horse’s neck. Practicing the leg yield in this manner will teach the horse to keep the inside shoulder up on the turn. When performing this movement in the show ring, the rider will take out the leg yield, but will “think” leg yield, keeping the aids in place to prevent the horse from falling in. Each serpentine loop should be the same size and evenly spaced down the arena. In a 20m x 60m ring, the serpentine will consist of three 20-metre half circles connected by a few strides of straightness crossing the centre line. The exercise can become part of your warmup or cool-down when you ride. Enjoy!

Lisa Wieben is a versatile riding coach and trainer, balancing her skills as a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Western Competition Coach, and Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer. Currently specializing in Western and English Dressage, she trains youth, adult amateurs, and professionals as well as coaching a local 4H group at her facility near Bowden/Olds, AB. Through dressage and foundational training, she helps riders of all disciplines create stronger partnerships with their horses. Also, as a Hanna Somatic Instructor and Practitioner in Training, Lisa works with riders, in class or privately, learning movement exercises that target specific muscle issues in the body brought on by stress, injuries, surgeries, and overuse. Her approach, using Dressage, Centered Riding, Irwin Insights principles, and Somatics, all come together to develop a balanced rider and a balanced horse. Her website is www. Birgit Stutz is an Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer and offers horse training, riding lessons in the English and Western disciplines, horsemanship clinics, mentorship programs, intensive horsemanship courses, workshops, short courses and demonstrations on various topics, as well as working student programs at Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship in Dunster, BC. Birgit’s passion is to help humans have a better relationship with their horses through understanding of equine psychology and body language, biomechanics, as well as fundamental riding skills based on classical dressage. Her website is (See their listings in our Business Services section under ‘Trainers’)

August 2017


Gobi Gallop 2017 –


Our guide Khlavga passing a herd of free ranging sheep

the Mongolian Horse By Julie Veloo

The 5th Annual Gobi Gallop (the longest annual charity horseback ride on the planet) has been successfully completed! Eight riders from five countries, including a local BC rider (me), spent 10 days in the saddle to traverse 705.5 km of Mongolian wilderness in support of Veloo Foundation’s Children of the Peak Sanctuary Project.

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heartier and more determined group you would be hard pressed to find. Surviving the many challenges of the ride, they finished as a tight-knit group of friends, thrilled to have experienced the beauty and challenge of this epic ride and ecstatic to have overcome all the difficulties that this year’s Gobi Gallop offered. While the ride itself always presents challenges, this year the riders and crew faced even more serious and challenging conditions than normal: grass fires, drought, rider illness, swarms of insects, sand storms and even the occasional herd of stampeding camels! We survived a very quick-acting and nasty virus which ran its course through the riders leaving most of them down for the count and in the bus hooked up to IV medication. The devastation from drought out in the countryside was dramatic. The route this year was chosen specifically with the ongoing drought in mind and traversed miles and miles of what should have been lush green valley but was, instead, dry, burnt, and wasted grass. With the lack of food out on the steppe, it was a real challenge for Horse Trek Mongolia to maintain the strength and safety of the horses and a number of horses were trucked home and new horses added to the herd. The ride also included a number of wonderful highlights, stunning scenery and unbelievable events. We had a sheep try to join our free ranging spare horses and were treated to a wild Mongolian bucking bronc show when the herder responsible for the sheep came to collect him. We met dozens of locals and one of our riders had the chance to wrestle a local country boy and share a bit of fun – the local country boy handily outclassed our rider but all in the name of fun. We found lizards and impressive curling big horn sheep skulls in the desert and had the eerie honour of riding past the site of an air burial – a still occasionally-practiced death rite of leaving a loved one exposed on the mountain top rather than burying them after death. There was a spectacular moonlit ride looking for camp well after the sun had gone down (don’t worry – we found it!) and a 4:30am start in horrendously smoky conditions. The arrival back at Saraa’s Ger Camp, home of Horse Trek Mongolia, is always special as we are met by some of the children and staff of the Children of the Peak Sanctuary Kindergarten. It is very poignant to, exhausted and filthy but deliriously happy at having finished, once

Julie Veloo and Grey Wolf, one of the horses that has done the Gobi Gallop every year since its inception.

Our guide and translator Zulaa modelling the amazing sheep’s head skeleton that we found. Left - Jenna Arnett (Australia) logging just one of her 268 kms in the “Original Mongolian Comfort Saddle” that each rider must ride for at least 20 kms. Also, guide and translator Zulaa and rider Ryan Kertanis who rode the entire ride in his own Mongolian Saddle.

Bayaraa, a member of the Gobi Gallop Crew greets one of the children from the Children of the Peak Sanctuary upon our return to Saraa’s Ger Camp.

again see the children you have just ridden for and to know that on top of the amazing achievement you have just completed, you truly have made a difference one child at a time. Already, plans are in the works for Gobi Gallop 2018 which is looking to be (if it’s possible!) even more arduous as we return to Adventure Back Through the Desert to re-experience the roots of the Gobi Gallop and cross at least 700 km of the fifth-largest desert on the planet. Only 10 spots are available – I wonder who will be the lucky ones who get to experience it? I know I’ll be there. Will you? To learn more about Veloo Foundation’s work in Mongolia, please visit For more information on next year’s Gobi Gallop, please visit html. Julie Veloo is Gobi Gallop Chief, Veloo Foundation Vice President and a 5-time Gobi Gallop rider. August 2017


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Club members are home from the Calgary Stampede and BCTCPA took 3 of the 4 Divisions of Team Cattle Penning.

Watch our Champions right here at the Chilliwack Heritage Park on September 16-17 for the BC FINALS Open Class starts at 7:00 a.m. Come on out for the action! Located at 44140 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack, BC

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Spring Fever

By Bruce A. Roy,


Draft horse breeders in Western Canada have enjoyed a great spring. Purportedly, this year’s foal crop Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire, is the largest seen in decades. Excellent weather greeted their arrival. Seemingly, few problems were encountered.

he 2017 NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity at Brandon’s Royal Manitoba Winter Fair brought an enthusiastic crowd ringside. Kent Anderson, Charleswood Percherons of Pilot Mound MB, captured top honours with his 3-year-old Percheron mare, Charleswood Breah. He pocketed a sum of $7,758, plus a $2,235 award offered to the breeder. Minutes after Charleswood Breah’s exit from the show ring Brian Coleman, Eaglesfield Percherons of Didsbury AB, bought the exciting female. This year’s total payout was $38,790. Come 2018, the NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity will offer a total payout of $39,315. Call 502-245-0425 (ext. 203) for details should you consider yourself horseman enough to contest the forthcoming NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurities. Sadly, this year’s NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Yearling Sale was cancelled. Given the appearance of a new Rhino strain in southern Manitoba, officials felt prospective buyers would be hesitant to purchase a futurity prospect. Thanks to area veterinarians, this outbreak was soon contained. However, consignors made the right call. Wes Gordeyko, Willow Way Clydesdales of Ohaton AB, placed the Heavy Horse Performance Classification at Scotland’s 2017 Royal Highland Show. His task was daunting, as turnouts were fielded by 32 exhibitors - 26 single cart horses, 22 teams, 12 unicorn, 8 four and 6 6-horse hitches. Breed enthusiasts ringside included Roger LeClaire, Green Leaf Clydesdales of Didsbury AB; Ron & Laurie Hunter, Lauron Red Angus of Didsbury AB; and Jared Martin of Ituna SK. Surprise was manifest when England’s David Mouland of Fordingbridge, Hampstead, trotted forth with a Belgian 6-horse hitch in a class no breed but Scotland’s Clydesdales traditionally contested. This turnout was purchased from Tom Lane, Creek Side Belgians of Birtle MB, who shipped them across the Atlantic by air. This was an equine cargo like no other ever shipped on a plane. Above: Keeping an eye on her charge, Hattie Gordeyko watches Firestone, Allan & Wes Gordeyko’s Clydesdale stallion eat his breakfast. Left: Charleswood Breah, the 3-year-old, black Percheron mare that won Brandon’s 2017 NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity. August 2017


Have some Horse Fun while making a Big Contribution to your Community!!! Call for: Directors of the Board and Horsemanship Volunteers EQuisdom Therapeutic Horsemanship Association


Quisdom (pronounced EKwisdom) is an emerging, not-forprofit, therapeutic centre for Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) currently based in the Deep Creek Valley of the Columbia-Shuswap Region of British Columbia. The Association is being organized according to the standards of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. PATH International: ~ Was founded in 1969 as a global authority, resource and advocate for EAAT, including our equine partners who inspire and enrich the human spirit in this work ~ Maintains rigorous standards for certification, accreditation and professionalism in all aspects of EAAT ~ Has 870+ member centres, 8,000+ members around the world, 4,800 certified instructors and supports 62,400 people including 5,500 veterans every year ~ Offers fundamental core values that resonate with the EQuisdom team The format and impetus for EQuisdom has been established through the successful implementation of numerous Therapeutic Horsemanship Pilot Projects and Volunteer Training Programs over the last year, conducted by an enthusiastic group of volunteer professionals representing a wide range of Equine Facilitated Learning. Potential sponsors and Client groups have excitedly welcomed the initiative and are ready to participate! Based on this encouragement, EQuisdom’s growth will be nurtured according to Strategic Plans and Funding Strategies over the next five years when it is anticipated that EQuisdom will become a Premier Accredited Centre Program through PATH International. To do so, we need passionate and dedicated volunteers! Does this sound like something you’d enjoy helping to build from scratch?

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Volunteer Opportunities - currently we have openings on our 11-member working Board of Directors for: Secretary Treasurer Director of Marketing/Promotion Director of Facilities Director of Funding/Finance Director of Legal Affairs Are you: ~ Able and eager to help build the vision through short and long-term strategic thinking for a renewable, minimum, 2-year term? ~ Passionate about creating optimal therapeutic horsemanship experiences for individuals with special needs? ~ Skilled in governance (or committed to learn)? ~ Excited to work together, learn and share new knowledge, advocate for success? ~ Available? Each of our Directors leads a Subcommittee of the Board. We also welcome those interested in serving as Committee members. EQuisdom has openings on a growing roster of Horsemanship and Riding Volunteers. Currently, we are looking for: Horse leaders, Sidewalkers, Equine care volunteers, Facility management/maintenance assistants and Volunteer coordinators/assistants. Horsemanship experience is always preferred although all successful applicants will complete a professionally delivered horsemanship training program. These are all volunteer positions with no financial remuneration. Our compensation is regularly enjoying the horses, receiving wholehearted Client appreciation every day, and the personal satisfaction of making an incredibly positive difference for members of our community. Interested? If you have questions, would like more information, or would like to forward an email application outlining availability, interest and background, please contact our Chair: Kenneth W. Buck, at 1-250-832-0503 or

Inspiration Education By Stephen Forbes, on Facebook courtesy of


Contact, oh contact, what does it mean? Trying to figure this out makes me want to scream Too light, too soft, too hard, too strong My instructor yells that it’s always wrong They say it means what’s going on in the back This Dressage thing I can’t seem to get the knack “The hindlegs the hindlegs they are too out behind!” Trying to get this horse straight has got me in a bind I kick and sit and close and I pray There has got to be a much easier way I’m drenched in sweat and haven’t left the walk I felt it, I felt it! I engaged his hock!! Tears of joy stream from my face Until my instructor puts me back in my place His back is round and he’s finally coming through Oh wait, never mind he’s just taking a poo We are trotting now and this is much better The contact is perfect and he’s as light as a feather It’s not so hard, Dressage has become clear Until I trot by and look in the mirror My horse is as long as a two-storey train Why do a sport that drives me insane? I bend I flex I click and I cluck My horse decides that’s the cue for buck We fly through the air in a moment’s flash I swear I felt something leak from my ass I ride it out and act like I’m fine I think the universe just sent me a sign I reposition: legs, seat, check! A little squeeze and he starts to collect! He picks up the cadence and starts to prance Me and my horse are doing a dance! The bills, the pain, the horror all fade I pet my horse for a ride well played I walk back to the barn with a grin far and wide I can’t wait for tomorrow I’m gonna learn how to ride! August 2017




With the recent warm weather and several calls already received by the BC SPCA about animals in hot cars, the animal welfare society is again, reminding people to leave their pets at home if they can’t keep them safe.


ars can become death traps in 10 minutes “People don’t realize just how quickly their cars can become death traps for their pets – it can take as little as 10 minutes for the vehicle to reach temperatures where the animal can suffer irreparable brain damage or death,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA. “We know that if people are taking their pets with them, it’s because they love them and want to spend time with them, but we really do encourage pet guardians to please, leave their pets at home when they’re going out in the car.” What to do if you see a dog in distress in a parked vehicle: • Note the license plate and vehicle information and ask managers of nearby businesses to page the owner to return to their vehicle immediately; • Call to report the hot dog in car situation if no owner is found or when animal is suffering symptoms of heatstroke. During the daytime, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, call the BC SPCA Provincial Call Centre at 1-855-622-7722 and staff will troubleshoot and help connect you with your local animal control agency or police. In an emergency, call 911 for RCMP attendance. Note: It is illegal for members of the public to break a window to access the vehicle themselves; only RCMP and Special Provincial Constables of the BC SPCA can lawfully enter a vehicle. SPCA branch staff and volunteers cannot enter vehicles. • Keep emergency supplies – bottled water, a small bowl, a towel that can be soaked in water - in your car so that you help hydrate an animal (if a window has been left open) while 26 • August 2017


you wait for emergency response; a batterypowered fan from a dollar store also can be handy to circulate air. • Be an advocate! Help spread the word that pets and hot vehicles are a fatal mix. Put up a copy of our “Hot Pets? Not Cool!” infographic in stores, malls and other areas in your community where pets are left unattended in vehicles. Dogs can’t release heat by sweating In just minutes, the temperature in a parked car can climb to well over 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). Dogs have no sweat glands, so they can only cool themselves by panting and by releasing heat through their paws, which they cannot do in a vehicle that has become an oven, she notes. Dogs can withstand high temperatures for only a

very short time – in some cases just minutes – before suffering irreparable brain damage or death. Pet guardians should be alert to heatstroke symptoms, which include: exaggerated panting (or the sudden stopping of panting), rapid or erratic pulse, salivation, anxious or staring expression, weakness and muscle tremors, lack of coordination, convulsions or vomiting, and collapse. If your dog shows symptoms of heatstroke, you should do the following: • Immediately move the animal to a cool, shady place • Wet the dog with cool water • Fan vigorously to promote evaporation. This will cool the blood, which reduces the animal’s core temperature. • Do not apply ice. This constricts blood flow, which will inhibit cooling. • Allow the dog to drink some cool water (or to lick ice cream if no water is available) • Take the dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible for further treatment. “Your dog will be much happier – and safer – at home, with shade and plenty of fresh cool water,” Chortyk says. “It is such a preventable tragedy.” If people see a dog in a hot car who they think is in distress, they should call municipal animal control authorities or local law enforcement immediately.

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4-6 AAC NATIONALS, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, Joanie 5-6 BCSDA Metchosin-Swanwick Ranch SDT, Metchosin BC, 11-13 BHA BARN HUNT TRIALS, Golden BC, Bailey 250-272-1046, 11-13 AIRDOGS DOCK DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP, Quesnel BC, 11-13 CKC AGILITY TRIALS, Saanichton BC, 12-13 CKC OBEDIENCE TRIALS, Maple Ridge BC, 18-20 AAC AGILITY TRIAL, Pitt Meadows BC, 18-20 ALL BREED SHOWS, OBEDIENCE & RALLY TRIALS, Castlegar BC, 19-20 TELLINGTON TTOUCH FOR DOGS, Icelandic Horse Farm, Vernon BC, Robyn 250-545-2336, 20 CKC WORKING CERTIFICATE TEST for Retrievers, Deroche BC, 24 CKC AGILITY TRIAL, Kelowna BC, 25 UKI AGILITY TRIAL, Langley BC, 25-27 SHAUNAVON SHEEP CREEK CLASSIC, Shaunavon SK, 26-27 BCSDA Sandhill Lea Stock Dog Trial, 100 Mile House BC, 26-27 PROTECTION SPORTS ASSOCIATION TRIAL, Langley BC,


1-3 WORKING & HERDING, OBEDIENCE & RALLY TRIALS, Kamloops BC, 1-3 AAC AGILITY TRIAL, Kamloops BC, 8-10 ALL BREED SHOWS, OBEDIENCE & RALLY TRIALS, Summerland BC, 16-17 CKC OBEDIENCE & RALLY TRIALS, Duncan BC, 23 BCSDA R/J Acres Arena Trial Series, Penticton BC, 23-24 DOG ‘O’ POGO, AAC Agility Trial, info tba. 29-Oct 1 PAXTON VALLEY SDT, Falkland BC,

Do you have a WORKING DOG event coming up? Let us know! Call 1-866-546-9922 or email August 2017


Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office Road Safety With summer here, riders can expect to see a lot more vehicles on the road. With the hopes of keeping everyone safe, Horse Council is gearing up for our annual Road Safety campaign. We’re focusing our efforts on reaching as many people as possible, and so we’ll be doing a large-scale media blast in local papers across BC. Keep an eye out for our new ads, and read up about your responsibilities as a rider on the road.

Rules of the Road Here’s what the Motor Vehicle Act has to say about equestrian traffic: Part 3, section 119, paragraph (1) ““Traffic” includes pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, cycles and other conveyances, either singly or together, while using a highway to travel” Part 3, section120, paragraph (1), sub-paragraph (c) “A person riding an animal or driving an animal driven vehicle on a highway has the rights and is subject to the duties of the driver of a vehicle under this Part.”

Fact versus Fiction “Horses have the right-of-way over cars.” FALSE! The law that stated such has long since been repealed. In BC, anyone who uses a public road is considered a “road user,” so the days of ultimate right-of-way are gone! “I have every bit as much right to be on that road as those cars do!” TRUE, but every road user has a specific set of responsibilities to ensure their own safety and that of other road users. Being able to properly control the horse is the principal responsibility of every rider. “Horses cannot be controlled as well as cars can, so cars should be made to yield to horses.” RESPONSIBILITY LIES WITH BOTH RIDER AND MOTORIST! Riders have every bit as much responsibility to control their horses as drivers are required to control their vehicles. Good manners and manageability under saddle are imperative for any horse, but those lessons become critical whenever we expose our equine friends to greater risks such as those likely to be encountered on the road. Liability If you cause an accident, you can be liable, so take all the right precautions. Respect the laws, obey signage, ensure that you and your horse are highly visible, and be sure that your horse has sufficient training to ensure readiness for the different sights and sounds of riding on the roads. Get insurance. Horse Council BC offers third-party liability insurance as part of their membership; this covers members in cases where a lawsuit is brought against an individual for damages that may be caused by a horse that they are in ownership or use of. Don’t leave yourself unprotected!

You should know that: Horses are large, powerful animals that often weigh over 1000 pounds, so a collision with one poses considerable risk to the motor vehicle and its occupants, as well as to the horse and rider. Road or shoulder? Note that when riding on the shoulder of a roadway, riders are signalling to motorists that they are yielding the road (i.e. when a motorist pulls the vehicle over to the right, it means that the other traffic may pass). However, if riders are having difficulty or are unsure of their horses, as with an inexperienced horse, legally they may remain in the roadway indicating their possession of the right-of-way in the right-hand lane, thus encouraging vehicles to pass in the left-hand traffic lane when safe to do so. If riding on the shoulder, stay as far off the roadway as possible.

If you encounter a motorist who poses a danger to horse and rider: It’s tough to think about license plate numbers and descriptions when someone’s trying to run you off the road; as a result, too few people report those near misses and dangerous situations to the police. The more we report, the more aware the authorities will be that a problem exists. In case of emergency: if you carry a cell phone, keep it in your pocket, not on your saddle. Make sure you have identification, a hoof pick and a pocket knife with you. Tell someone where you will be riding and when you expect to return and, whenever possible, ride with a buddy. For more road safety information, visit our website at

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

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Predator Ridge Rodeo Story and Photos by Naomi McGeachy, Sweet Iron Photography


he 2nd Annual Predator Ridge Rodeo, held June 24 at the Lone Pine Ranch Event Centre near Vernon BC, was once again a huge success. This rodeo is exclusively for Predator Ridge’s home owners, members and their guests. While the National Anthem was being sung our own Canadian Clyde Ride’s Clydesdale, 19-year-old “Kiss Me Kate” came out of retirement for one last go under saddle with owner Dee Cristante to showcase the Canadian flag. Cody Snyder, President of Bullbustin’ Inc brought out 12 of the top bull riders in Canada like Lane Cork, Matt O’Flynn who did an 80 point ride, and our winner Marlon Williams riding Your Highness for 85 points. The rodeo’s half time show that thrilled our guests was a performance of Hoop Dancing by First Nation’s Alex Wells.

Tennessee Walking Horse News By Fran Kerik


t the heart of the Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse are the FOALS! Spring is always a very exciting time with the new babies, and although there are not as many breeders as there were a few years ago, we are still recording a nice number of foals every year. The Canadian Registry encourages foals to be registered within their first year by offering the best rate up to a year of age, and each foal’s DNA must be compared with that of the sire and dam to verify parentage, thus guaranteeing our breed’s integrity. Tennessee Walking Horses come in most colours except Appy coat patterns and dun. That can make foaling a very interesting time to see what the baby will look like. Black seems to be the most popular, but there are also a fair amount of sorrels, bays, tobianos and sabinos, champagnes, and the crème dilutes. We also have a few silver dilutions. The next best part of foaling is our fascination with how the foal moves. Shortly after birth they start showing off just how gaited they are. In a 10 metre stretch you may see your foal doing five different gaits—run walk, step pace, rack, trot, and their favourite run just as fast as you can! I’ve collected pictures of some of our CRTWH babies from this year for everyone to enjoy. August 2017


Vernon Young Riders Report By Abby McLuskey


he Vernon Young Riders participated in the 4-H Family Fun Day at Davison Orchards on June 10th. It was a lot of fun with a free pancake breakfast and 4-H Gator Draw. 4-H members from around the Okanagan were encouraged to bring their animals for the “Meet my 4-H Project” promotion. I brought my Morgan gelding Noble-TRemington and the kids were able to get up close and pet and brush him. And Remington got to meet the 4-H mascot Frisco!!!

KIDS! – the nex e h t t t gen bou A era L L tio A s n It ’

ng Hi, my name is Sophie and I’m ridi my in sty Fro se my instructor’s hor the ver y first show! Frosty is one of ms Far many great horses at Foothills where I learned to ride and will continue to learn. - Sophie, age 8, 100 Mile House BC

Kids... where are you?

Hi, my name is Mea dow and I live in Chi lliwack BC. I love my pony Gol die so much, my favourite place to be is with her! I am 3 yea rs old and Gol die is 27. We adopted her from a resc ue 2 yea rs ago. - Mea dow, age 3, Chi lliwack BC

What are you doing with your horse? It’s YOUR turn to tell us about YOU!


Send in ONE photo with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. E-mail to Put in the subject line “KIDS.” 30 • August 2017


CTRA Raises $16,500 for Special Needs Program By Jennifer Barnes van Elk, CTRA Development Officer


wrapped up with a sunny celebration n June, the Cowichan Therapeutic picnic on June 24. Riding Association (CTRA) held its On behalf of CTRA, I would like annual Ride-a-Thon fundraiser to to extend a heartfelt thank you to raise money for its equestrian program everyone who supported our 2017 for persons with special needs. The Ride-a-Thon – whether through Ride-a-Thon generates much-needed sponsorship, pledging an individual revenue to support CTRA’s services or team, raising pledges, or donating which include therapeutic riding, time as a volunteer. It is because of our therapeutic horsemanship, adapted community’s unwavering support that equestrian vaulting, para-equestrian we are able to open our doors each sport, and stable management day. We cannot express our gratitude vocational development. Although enough for this wonderful opportunity CTRA’s program welcomes participants to serve our valley and help change of all ages, the vast majority of users lives for the better. are children. CTRA receives no federal For more information on the 2017 or provincial funding (outside of an Ride-a-Thon fundraiser or the Cowichan annual Community Gaming Grant) and Therapeutic Riding Association, please relies on the support of fundraising visit our website at, or initiatives like the Ride-a-Thon to cover contact us by email at or operational expenses and keep its by phone at 250-746-1028. services accessible for the individuals and families that depend on these Rider Christian Lawson with therapy horse “Ember” tackle therapeutic interventions. the 2017 pirate-themed Ride-a-Thon course. Photo courtesy In honour of Canada’s 150th of CTRA. anniversary, CTRA hoped to raise $15,000 with this year’s Ride-a-Thon. $15,000 reflected a goal of a $100 Thank you to all of our 2017 Ride-a-Thon supporters! Event Sponsors ($500): contribution toward 150 participants – coincidentally the average Alf Pink number of unique users accessing CTRA’s program each year. A&W Restaurant Thanks to the support of individuals, families, businesses, and Cal Kaiser Home Team organizations in the Cowichan Valley, CTRA blew this goal out of the T-Shirt Sponsors ($200): water – raising $16,500 for its charitable program! Mid-Island Ink Depot CTRA relies on the support of its community to make this work Joann and Colin Champoux possible. It is a testament to the generosity of the Cowichan Valley David Couson Design Ltd that we were able to meet and exceed our fundraising goal this year. Buckerfields Duncan It is truly inspiring to see what can be accomplished when people Creative Custom Services come together to support a common cause. Woodworks Renos CTRA plans on using the funds raised by this year’s Ride-a-Thon Shannon Roome Real Estate to help cover the costs of feeding and caring for the association’s Norman Fraser Personal Law Corp therapy horse herd. “These are remarkable service animals that Elmworth Construction give 100% every day,” says CTRA Executive Director Anne Muir. Stone Pacific Contracting Ltd “In order to keep this herd healthy and happy, we need to raise a LMG Insurance Pacific Energy significant amount of money each year to cover the costs of hay, feed, Clement Real Estate horseshoes, and veterinary care required by over a dozen horses.” Lake’s Marine Supply Ltd The Ride-a-Thon generates money through event sponsorships Just Sew Custom Embroidery and pledges raised by participants, families, staff, and volunteers. This Horse Council BC year, each therapy horse was backed by a team of fundraisers that Special Thanks: collected pledges from family members, friends, neighbours, and coTriple O’s Restaurant workers. As the money was brought in by each team, their respective Experience Cycling horses “raced” around a steeplechase scoreboard. This year’s winning RBC Employees horse was “Tonka” with a purse of $2,786 raised in support of the Providence Farms program. The top five individual fundraisers were participants Lisa The Sisters of St. Ann Larsen (collecting $1,135), Traynor Cline ($862), Ayla Worrall ($790), CTRA’s amazing volunteers Taryn Dandurand ($750), and Oliver Findlayson ($710). All of this year’s All those that gave in support participants received prizes for their efforts, and Ride-a-Thon week August 2017


Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Marlene Quiring


LBERTA LONGEARS DAYS happens this month, August 11-13 at Eagle Hill Equine, west of Olds AB. This will be our 2nd year at this beautiful venue and our 28th LONGEARS SHOW! Everyone is welcome to attend for the weekend and the fun begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Camping is free, but no hook-ups. Free admission to spectators, but do bring your lawn chairs as seating is limited. There will be a concession on-site and a catered Saturday evening supper is offered along with a fabulous concert by “The Offramp Boys.” Please call in advance to reserve tickets 403-556-1195. We will also be holding our annual silent and live fun auction and donations towards this are always welcome. All proceeds go towards our educational events. Featured will be fun and performance classes for donkeys and mules at all levels of training. Classes are also offered that are suitable for young or green mules or donkeys or green handlers so that they may gain confidence. We keep things low-key and keep

the fun in showing. It’s our only show for the year, so your support is needed and appreciated. As I write this we are in the middle of our series of Tindell’s Horse and Mule School club-sponsored clinics for the year. So far, many mules, one mammoth donkey and several horses and their handlers have been learning a lot about safety and control on the ground and how that transfers to a safe ride once in the saddle. Building a solid foundation with green equines or going back and rebuilding with those already being ridden requires effort on our part, understanding of how we need to move their feet in order to reach the mind and how important our timing is in releasing them for each try. Learning to be effective in communicating with them, in a positive manner, is generally not something we are born with, so we have to take the time to learn the skills from someone that has studied and worked with mules and horses for his entire life. The results are awesome!

Bronwyn Booth riding Rohan

English Hi Pt Verla Strawn and Green English Hi Pt Kylie Huva

HACK News from the Kootenays


he Horse Association of Central Kootenay (HACK) held its first show of the season on May 27-28 at the Trail Horseman’s Grounds. Thirty-two riders participated in the 17th annual show. “It was a great success,” said organizer Pam Malekow. “It was a gorgeous weekend — bright and sunny.” This year’s judge, Linda Smith, was from Cranbrook. “She was so delightful with everyone,” said Malekow. “Very helpful, kind and encouraging words were said to each and every class.” English and Western Dressage took place on Saturday morning with Longe Line, Handy Horse and Trail classes in the afternoon; English and Western flat classes took place on Sunday. The judge put everyone through their paces with Halter, Showmanship, Equitation, Pleasure, and many more. “We had many new riders this year and all said they had so much fun and they would be back,” said Malekow. “As an organizer, that is so nice to hear people say.” Malekow thanks everyone who helped make the event a success, including Cindy and Danielle Martin, Dana Lebedoff, Charity Ellis, Christy Guiest, Laura Sobkiw, Miguel Legere, Dawn Brazdil-Lust, Wendy Price and Sarah Wyatt. Thanks to the Trail Horseman’s Club,

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especially the grounds crew for making the rings look fabulous and Sarah Wyatt for the photography. “Without the amazing volunteers, the show would not go on,” added Malekow. Champion Results: Overall Champion — Sam Levick riding Jazz Reserve Overall Champion — Miguel Legere riding Southern Bell English Dressage High Score — Wendy Price riding Sir Synerzied Reserve English Dressage High Score — Tammy Peitzsch riding Shilo Western Dressage High Score — Wendy Price riding Sir Synerzied Reserve Western Dressage High Score — Meagan Leslie riding Glassy In-Hand Champion — Kelsey Scott with Diego Tivio Reserve In-Hand Champion — Cara Frew with Willow English Champion Adult — Wendy Price riding Sir Synerzied Reserve English Champion Adult — Tammy Peitzsch riding Shilo English Champion Youth — Suki Simmington riding April and Cheyenne Stevens riding China English Champion Walk/Trot — Arianna Marchi riding Clyde Reserve English Champion Walk/Trot — Miguel Legere riding Southern Bell and Sam Levick riding Jazz Western Champion Adult — Meagan Leslie riding Glassy Reserve Western Champion Adult — Nikki Wieczorek riding Jack Daniels Western Champion Youth — Cheyenne Stevens riding China Western Champion Walk/Jog — Sam Levick riding Jazz Reserve Western Champion Walk/Jog — Zoe Depellegrin riding Smokey and Miguel Legere riding Southern Bell

Celebrating Canada Day in the Beginner/ Intermediate Riding Class.

Mammoth donkey in the Colt Starting class. Learning to come to the fence for mounting and getting them used to seeing you above them.

Working a hard-to-catch and head-shy young mule from the back of another well-trained saddle mule has a lot of advantages.

Oliver Riding Club News By Paddy Head


ummer finally arrived in the Okanagan. The Half Iron marathon was the first event of the year that saw ORC volunteers handing out drinks to the cyclists. There was an extra challenge this year—they had to actually mix the Gatorade in large tubs. Everyone survived the floods and though time was short, riders and horses were able to get in just enough riding time to prepare for the first show of the year. The ORC Summer Horse Show was held on June 25 at Desert Park in Osoyoos. The sun was shining and the temperature was rising with each hour. Horses and riders come from near and far, including Kamloops, Kelowna, Enderby, Summerland and Peachland. A total of 37 classes were included in the program with English in the morning and Western classes in the afternoon. Shari Gurney from Falkland judged the well-turnedout horses and riders.

We were thrilled to see many new riders in the arena. Penticton Trail Breakers 4-H Club riders, Rachel Dunlap, Cassie & Audrey Thomas, Peyton Kulak and Saylor Hoyer - coached by Leann Manuel and Belinda Vloedbeld. Congratulations to Senior English Champion - Verla Strawn and Youth English Champion - Peyton Kulak. Senior Western Champion went to Marylynn Rehbein and Western Youth to Abby McLuskey. A big thank you to Penticton Murray GMC and Kelowna Diamond H Tack for their generous support. We hope to see everyone back again in the fall for our September 10 show. Details of all the classes and prizes are posted on the ORC Facebook page and website.

Top Left: In-Hand Champion — Kelsey Scott with Diego Tivio Bottom Left: The youth studying their pattern Center: Leadline Top Right: Western Senior Class Bottom Right: English Champion Youth — Suki Simmington and Cheyenne Stevens

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Langley Riders Society By Bethany Gildemeister Photos courtesy of Ron McCarthy, RGM Photography


ongratulations to our High Point winners and everyone who rode in the June 2017 Games Day! George Burns - Jeneane Evans Senior - Cassie Glover Intermediate - Cheyenne Grindrod Junior - Marie Peters Thank you to everyone that came out to the Rodeo this year and to all the sponsors, as well as the volunteers and organizers that put in so many hours to make the Rodeo such a success! Congratulations to the High Point winners that each received a new pair of Jama Old West Boots!! Tiny Mite - Ashlyn Wade Junior Girls - Hanna Fitchett Junior Boys - Gage Rawlings Senior Girls - Rayelle Robinson

Gage Rawlings

Rayelle Robinson

Senior Boys - Ryan Spur-Reid The Bud Homan Award for Most Sportsmanship was won by his greatgrand daughter, Taya Hamming. June 18th High Points English: Junior - Brooklyn Gildemeister on Docs Rockin Conclusion Senior - Bethany Hill on Saskia Ut t Westin Western was canceled and we will be doing our September 23th Western classes with double points. Coming up this month we have our Games Day on August 19th; English & Western Show on August 20th; and our Jumping Show on August 26th. For more info and the latest updates, checkout our website www. and like us on Facebook.

Ashlyn Wade

Hanna Fitchett

Ryan Spur-Reid

Chilliwack Riding Club Update By Riesa Kyne


une shaped up to be a busy month for the Chilliwack Riding Club. The talented ladies from our Denim and Diamonds Drill Team closed the Canadian Barrel Racing ‘Kick The Dust Up’ event with a great performance on Sunday June 4th. And on July 1st they and their steeds were patriotically adorned in red and white and rode in the Canada Day Parade in Abbotsford. O Canada! We hosted a well-attended Gymkhana on June 11th at the Heritage Park in Chilliwack, with our next one July 23rd. Summer finally arrived in time for our Pace Race and BBQ/Trail Clean-up held at the Browne Creek Wetlands. Racers rode in teams of two or three to compete for cash prizes. The time to win was 1 hour and 11 minutes and the top finishers were as follows: 1st: Andrea Rostich and Lindsay Price 2nd: Kass Brennen, Penny Boldt, and Christine Jamieson 3rd: Kaitlin Tottenham and Lindsay Adam It was a great time! Look forward to another Pace Ride later in the season. It was a fun event and more entries mean bigger winnings… so sign up when the event is announced! The riding club hosted a fun, and very successful, Pub Night fundraiser at Duke’s Pub in Greendale on June 30th. We sold 63 tickets! Many thanks go out to the fine folks at Duke’s Pub and to the following for donations used in our silent auctions and/or draws: Payton and Buckle, Ponies 4 You, WildWest Produce, Debbie Hughes and Hughes Quarter Horses, Barb Bodholt, Mieka and Bohan Stables, Riesa Kyne,

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Drill Team at Canada Day Parade

Pace Ride BBQ

Galloping at the Pace Ride

Penny learning the Pace Ride route

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out and supported our Pot O Gold Open Show on June 11 at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. We had 38 horses, including minis and ponies, being judged by Karan Moore of Grand Forks, as well as Shari GurneyGalbraith of Falkland at the trail course. Our volunteers were GREAT and they stuck it out for the entire day, Dianne McCulloch as ring steward, Christine Schwartz as announcer, Lynn Higginbotham as our ribbon girl, Laurie Lyons (our club treasurer) at entry desk, ‘moi’ as whipper-in, high school students Jaidan and Chelsea helping at trail and wherever else needed (they earned credits for school), Debbie (club secretary) and her hubby Jim Miyashita for taking on the food concession (which was fabulous!), and our club president Gunther (ring harrowing) and his lovely wife Dagmar Funk for their running around! You are all so appreciated – thank you so much. Thank you to Armstrong’s Hornby Equipment for the use of their tractor and Shepherd’s Home Hardware for coming out and

supporting us with a booth and prize draws – and providing some shade as well! At the last minute Rhonda Bennett of Rustic Elegance By Design presented us with a huge Gift Basket of goodies and we put that as the prize for the Ranch Horse Pleasure class – thank you Rhonda! Winners during the day included Champion Halter (of all breeds) Darlene Trask’s Quarter Horse “Junior” and Reserve Champion Shelley Todd’s Welsh Section A Pony “Limited Editions Sam I Am.” High Point Paint Horse was “Cain Sugar” with Christine Fisher-Gaskell. High Point Quarter Horse went to “Starbucks Drive Thru” with Theresa Tremeer. The Ranch Horse Pleasure class was tied for first, between Theresa Tremeer and MaryLou Barker – after a coin toss, MaryLou and her Quarter Horse “HF Phils Memory” took home the Gift Basket. Thanks again to everyone! Our next event is the annual “Find the Golden Horseshoe Poker Ride” at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby on Saturday, September 23rd. Hope to see you there!

Darlene and Junior

Heather Dolemo and Joker

Jana Lutz and Buddy

Theresa (on left) and MaryLou

Christine and Cain Sugar

Jessica Chappell heading into the Leadline class

Shelley and Limited Editions Sam I Am

Lillian Batten and Noble-T Rosaleta August 2017


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley Novice Show Our 1 day show August 20th at Milner Downs in Langley featuring AQHA Walk Trot Youth and Ammy, Level 1 Youth and Ammy and All Breed! Come join us for this grass roots fun show for all! We are offering AQHA Bronze trophies for high points! AQHA judge will be Mike Edwards. We are offering a low flat rate and very reasonable class fees. We encourage you to try an AQHA show if you have never tried one, or come and enjoy a more laid back atmosphere for those that do show AQHA. This show counts for year-end awards! Visit the LMQHA page of for more info! Interior Fire Evacuee Help By the time this article is printed, hopefully

the wildfires in the interior will be long past, and livestock returned to their owners. However, if sadly they are still displaced and in need, there is a donation centre at Mellissa Buckley’s barn, for what may be needed such as halters, leads, feed, hay, water buckets, feed tubs, hay nets, etc. One of her clients, Alison Satterthwaite and her family are driving the supplies up frequently to those in need. Please email if you would like to contribute. Volunteers Needed Please consider volunteering, many hands make light work. Remember all BCQHA members are eligible for LMQHA year-end awards if you fulfill the volunteer or sponsorship requirements!

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Mellissa Buckley,, 604-729-6616 Website: • Visit our Facebook page

BC Lower Mainland Pony Club By Tracy Carver and Melanie Rupp • Photo by Tracy Carver

Deepest Condolences Heartfelt condolences go out to Tamara Jameson on the loss of her bay gelding Cuz Im Purdy aka Zack. We know he meant so much to you and our hearts go out to you.

Brian Morton and BCLM members


rian Morton is a well-recognized and extremely accomplished rider, known for his numerous successes in the jumper world. What few may know is that he is also an A level graduate former Canadian Pony Club member, one who “got his start” right here in the BC Lower Mainland. Recently, the BCLM Education committee hosted a jumper demo clinic with Brian at the beautiful Grafton Farm in Langley. Our members learned position fundamentals, and how to improve their use of aids and their seat in the jumper ring. While mounted, Brian discussed the establishment of pace, impulsion, balance, and the influence of stride length when jumping, and he demonstrated each aspect for our members. Delving deeper into subtle skills, Brian then continued with an intricate gymnastics course, explaining the purpose behind each of the questions, then concluded with a demonstration of alternating related lines and courses, with tips on how to best utilize each when preparing your horse for the jumper arena. Brian’s passion for his sport was evident from start to finish. His talk both inspired and enlightened our members, many of whom are pursuing their own upper level Pony Club goals and have now gained a greater understanding of tools and training techniques they can bring back to their own barns. Thank you Brian for giving back to an organization that shares your passion for horses. Did you know there is an International Olympic Day to commemorate the founding of the modern Olympic Games that is celebrated with sport-related activities around the world? The Richmond Olympic Oval hosted this event in June to promote Olympic values and participation in sport regardless of age, gender or

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athletic ability. Horse Council BC was invited to participate, and partnered with BCLM region to host an activity station focused on the skill of jumping. Approximately 2,000 students, aged 8-12 roamed freely on the main floor of the Oval; each participant received a physical literacy passport in which they collected stamps after taking part in stations hosted by various sports including fencing, triathlon, snowboarding and speed skating. At the HCBC/BCLM station, students lined up to take their turn over a jumper-style course of miniature-sized equestrian jumps borrowed from Thunderbird Show Park. After completing the course, students raced in pairs down a straight-of-way riding two bouncy ponies with riders receiving actual rosettes at the finish line. Just like in real equestrian events, riders crashed through rails on the jumper course, and experienced the occasional unplanned dismount from the bouncy ponies. International Olympic Day was a great opportunity to introduce students to equestrian sports after the recent International Olympic Committee decision to include show jumping, dressage and eventing in the 2024 Games.

The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Cole Barker, Aldergrove Chapter

Trekking to RV 2017 Under an endless blanket of stars, I slept on a flatbed truck. Horses chewing, frogs singing, and the occasional honk of geese broke the silence. We had made it to Mule Meadows, home of the legendary Jim McCrae. We were to leave the next day and begin our five-day journey to Merritt, home of the BCHBC 2017 Rendezvous. Jim figured roughly one hundred kilometers, but that was not on our minds. All of us were the same, simple people in search of adventure. But, most of all, we craved the wealth of knowledge that Jim was. With our duffle crew (Linda and Dave) unable to make it due to truck issues, we were left to our own devices. This was not our curse, yet our saviour. It freed us from technology and put us out there -- into what Jim would truly call a teachable moment. After a quick repack, we laid our belongings and “necessities” on the worn canvas. The string was made up of seven horses and two mules. Our initial pack up went great despite a couple of green horses and a whole lot of green horns. Our first day consisted of the KVR, which took us through Tulameen, and along the high waters of Otter Lake. We passed a series of small lakes and a swollen creek. The gates were numerous, as were the cattle in spots. Day two consisted of bridges and a swollen river. The heat was intense and riding away from the cool creek was done with trepidation. As we climbed out of the valley, we passed the skeleton of a large animal. “A sign?” we laughed as we rode by. The valley narrowed and the river took half of the steep sided valley. We pondered the

“Good Ol’ Days” as we rode through. Now I was ponying two animals, Tush and Cody, our senior mule. As we rounded a corner, Jim yelled, surprised, “We’re at camp.” It was a nice surprise. Cowboy Camp was an old homestead that shadowed unfinished dreams. There was a lot of grazing and water which made for an enjoyable night. Spaghetti for dinner, and stories for dessert. Jim added his nightly poem. The Nighthawks sang and the frogs croaked as we slept in our grove of cottonwoods. On the third day, I woke early to an eager Mojito (Jim’s green mule) nudging me awake. The sun was up and its rays were already burning. My Quarter Horse gelding, Oskar, had developed a cinch gall so, with some bush ingenuity we rigged the cinch to give relief. We set out at a slowed pace, the early morning heat bugging the horses as much as the gnats and black flies did. Before long, we hit the small town of Brookmere which brought cell service and a chorus of dings from our phones. After town, we hit a canyon and the Coldwater River. Here, we braved bridges high above a raging current. While making our strained mountings after lunch, a pine tree crashed across the trail ten feet ahead. A sign, or fluke. We pressed on, Merritt-bound. After the canyon, we made camp on a roadside by the Coldwater exchange. Dave and Linda, true to their word, drove all the way up from Aldergrove, bringing dinner for all of us. It was a sight to see those two, and we sure were thankful. We laughed regardless of the gusting wind and threatening thunder. Ross, too, joined us, bringing more hay and refreshments. It was a good social. We slept to the rising floodwaters of the Coldwater River, with pack boxes as windbreak. Daybreak on day four, there was no rush to leave. We were enjoying ourselves, and hated the idea of being in town. We were a good group and enjoyed each other’s company. Slowly, but surely, we pattered up a pipeline and over the mountain and kept going on down to Merritt. It was not the destination, but the journey that made all the difference. In the end, I am thankful for the good fortune and safety we had along the way. I’m thankful for knowledge gained and knowledge shared. Cole Barker is a very keen young member of BCHBC, a capable wrangler emerging at the great age of 17. Cole is also the recipient of the high point award (pack panniers) in the packing competition at the 2017 BCHBC Rendezvous, along with his team mate Rose Schroeder.

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive •

President: Brian Wallace,, 250-569-2324 • Vice President: Mary Huntington,, 250-577-3555 Vice President: Lisa Galanov,, 250-672-0099 • Vice President: Catherine Davidson,, 250-337-4085 Secretary: Rose Schroeder,, 604-854-1245 • Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Past President: Ybo Plante,, 250-361-6290

August 2017


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CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: WILLIAMS LAKE & DISTRICT CREDIT UNION WEST FRASER TRUCKERS ASSOCIATION that you will want to see. Local entries are August 1-3 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 250-481-3335. For more information visit SMITHERS FALL FAIR & RODEO Brought to you by the hard working Smithers Rodeo Club and The Bulkley Valley Exhibition on August 25-26. Join us at the Smithers Rodeo for lots of action from bull riding, novice bareback and saddle bronc riding to the cute peewee barrel racers, along with cow milking and wild horse racing. Check out the Fall Fair that is in conjunction with the rodeo, along with all the carnival rides. Local entries are August 1112 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. at 250-847-3816. For more information visit www. Get your BCRA Polaris Raffle tickets at the next BCRA rodeo. Come see us at our Polaris Booth for your chance to win a 2017 Polaris Side by Side!

BC Rodeo Association, Box 71, 2393 Back Valley Road, Cache Creek BC, V0K 1H0 Phone: 250-457-9997 * Fax: 250-457-6265 * * Office Hours Monday to Friday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 2016/2017 BCRA Board of Directors: President: Gord Puhallo 250.394.4034, Vice President: Trish Kohorst 250.613.2633,

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ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. (Region 17) Arabian Clubs in Western Canada, Terry Johnson, Youth activities/Shows/Stallion Auction/Clinics, 2/18 armstrong enderby riding club  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 6/18 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 2/18


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CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 8/17 Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines.

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The Equine Foundation of Canada 7/18

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BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, 8/18 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 7/18, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 12/17 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, 3/18 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-2403250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 4/18 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 10/17 4/18

BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Janice Reiter 604-381-2245 or Penelope Broad 604-513-5985, 9/17 BC RODEO ASSOC., Box 71, Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0, Office 250-457-9997,, 8/17

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Team Cattle Penning is a race against the clock to have 3 riders pen 3 of 30 numbered head of cattle. Each rider is rated to their current abilities and the three riders on a team make up the maximum allowed number for the division they are riding. Example: a 10 Class is made of a 4-rated rider and two 3-rated riders. The herd is on one end of the arena and the foul line is usually 1/3. DON’T BLOW OUT!! YEE HAW!!

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OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres: Paddy Head,, 250-495-4334, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, 2/18

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SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 8/18 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 7/17 8/18

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club is a gathering together of adult riders within the Fraser Valley to explore and enjoy all forms of horsemanship. For more info call 604-309-1003 or visit



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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2017 Events?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE: Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567,


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Buckle Series Race, start 7 pm, 18-20 GABRIEL ARMANDO CLINIC, Sun Meadows, Kamloops BC, 18-20 BC DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS, Southlands, Vancouver BC, 19 BRIDLE SERIES SHOW5, Eng & West, Blackstock Performance Horses & Arena, Chilliwack BC, 19 EXPERIENCE THE HEALING WITH HORSES, Rainbow Spirit Retreat, Bridge Lake BC, Piri de Vries, 250-706-2778, 19-20 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Sagewood Mountain Trail Park at Circle Creek, Kamloops BC, Colleen, 19-20 VDRC SUMMER SHOW, Coldstream BC, 20 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303-208th St. Langley BC, 778-989-4624, 20 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, 22 WTBOA SUMMER SALE, Sales Pavilion, Emerald Downs, Seattle WA, 253-288-7896, 23-Sep 4 PACIFIC SPIRIT HORSE SHOW, Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver BC, 604-252-3581, 25-27 AUGUST CLASSIC H/J SHOW (BC Interior H/J circuit), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, 26 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN JUMPING DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Alicia 604-908-5188, 26 ENDURANCE RIDE 12/25/50, Cowichan Valley Rail Trail, Duncan BC, Miki Dekel 250-213-9817, 26-27 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Quesnel BC (info TBA), Debbie, 26-27 DRESSAGE & MOVEMENT AWARENESS CLINIC, Kamloops BC, & 27 GYMKHANA & SADDLE SERIES, Peachland BC, 30-Sep 3 INTERIOR PROVINCIAL EXHIBITION, Armstrong BC, 31-Sep 3 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Smithers BC, 2 or 4-day Advanced Workshop,

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2-3 SUN MEADOWS DRESSAGE - Bronze/Gold, Sun Meadows, Kamloops BC, 2-3 ENDURANCE RIDE TWO DAY 12/25/50, Two Day 100, Last Chance Mountain, Westbank BC, 778-829-3433, 2-4 NORTH THOMPSON FALL FAIR & RODEO, Barriere BC, 7-10 DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS, Catherine Clinckemaillie, Clinton BC, 9 LRS/CC Barrel & Pole Bending, Heritage Park Indoor, Chilliwack BC, Race starts 9 am, Sherri-lynn Prest, 9-10 THE GLOW SLOT, 4D & Charity Barrel Race Event, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, 604-856-4482, 10 OLIVER RIDING CLUB FALL SHOW, Desert Park, Osoyoos BC, Paddy Head 250-495-4335, e-mail, 10 MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Day, Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or 10 GYMKHANA (Open), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Lisa Hobbs 250-706-3068, 13-15 55+ GAMES (Equestrian), Armstrong BC, or 14-15 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE at 55+ Games, Armstrong BC, 15-17 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Nelson BC, Jocelyn Templeman 250-359-6885, 15-17 AAHABC FALL FROLIC ARABIAN HORSE SHOW, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC,, R17 Qualifier + Open Breed Classes 16-17 TFC FOUNDATION CLINIC w/Paul Dufresne, Kelowna BC, Training For Courage Center,, Paul 250-317-7725​ 16-22 CALGARY (Priddis) AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, 17 LANGLEY RIDERS GAMES DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Ngaire 778-277-0015, 17 LRS/CC Barrel & Pole Bending, Andersen’s Arena,Chilliwack BC, Buckle Series Race, start 11 am, 17 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277, 20-22 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE w/Melanie Bulmahn, Open Clinic, Chase BC, 22-23 FALL HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, 23 POKER RIDE (Find the Golden Horseshoe), Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, BC Interior Morgan Horse Club, Nancy 250-546-9922 23 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN ENGLISH & WESTERN SHOW, LRS Arena, 4303-208th St Langley BC, 778-989-4624, 23-26 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE w/Melanie Bulmahn, Teacher’s Course, Chase BC, 23-29 REGINA SK, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 24 LANGLEY RIDERS OPEN JUMPING DAY, LRS Arena, 4303-208th Street, Langley BC, Alicia 604-908-5188, 24 MISSION HORSE CLUB English, Western & Games, Mission BC, Helen 604-217-1916 or 24 AERC HORSE SHOW, Armstrong BC, 24 RIDE TO MUSIC, D-K Ranch, Oliver BC, Paddy Head 250-495-4335, e-mail, 25-29 MARION WEISSKOPFF- Intensive Horsemanship Clinic Princeton BC, Heather Wade 250-956-2606, 29-Oct 1 PACIFIC REGIONAL DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS 30 EXPERIENCE THE HEALING WITH HORSES, Rainbow Spirit Retreat, Bridge Lake BC, Piri de Vries, 250-706-2778, 30-Oct 1 BC MOUNTAIN TRAIL FINALS, Sagewood Mountain Trail Park at Circle Creek, Kamloops BC, Colleen, 30-Oct 6 EDMONTON AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT,


1 GYMKHANA & SADDLE SERIES, Peachland BC, 1 GYMKHANA (Open), Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Lisa Hobbs 250-706-3068, 6-7 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Courtenay BC, Heather Steward 250-400-0043

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Extraordinary horses that fulfill your dreams and last a lifetime. Standing coloured foundation Morgan stallions. Offspring for sale.


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Situated in a community of horse farms. The property backs onto crown land and is close to lots of riding trails. It has a newer barn with 6 stalls, plenty of hay storage, and heated automatic waterers. About half the property contains several fenced flat pastures. The 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom home was built in 2000. Access is located just off the Falkland Chase Road. Only 40 min to Vernon and 40 min to Kamloops. You will not be disappointed! 3919 Maddox Road, Falkland BC $500,000 MLS®

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WELCOME TO RIVERSIDE RANCH! 1432 feet of river frontage with sandy beach and 36.7 acres. This property is designed for lifestyle. Boating to Grindrod or Shuswap Lake within minutes. Ideal hobby farm with equestrian possibilities. 2008 post and beam home features beautiful hardwood floors, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Outbuildings, garage/shop (200 amp service) with oversized doors. Custom horse shelter, fenced with 2 auto waterers. Chicken coop with automated doors and lights. 22 acres in hay, high yield, 3 cuts per year. Artesian well. For more photos and interior tour visit 42 West Poirier Road, W Mara, V0E 2K0 $1,650,000 MLS® 10134810 BARBIE LEROUX 250-804-9936 Re/Max Vernon

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