Saddle Up Dec 2009

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December 2009


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

From the Editor… Features Schooling Down Under Adventures in Trailering Dilgence Herbal Medicine for Horses Great Beginnings Trailer Loading Part 2 Johnnie’s Kid The Winter Bucket List Horsey Ladies Fundraiser The Mane Event Christmas Gift Ideas

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Well another year is almost over with a new one beginning. We’ve had a few days of snow flurries here over the last two weeks, but nothing that has stayed – yet; although skiing has started in our locals hills. I do enjoy the snow; it covers the horse poop most conveniently during my daily poop patrol duty. What did I read once… the average horse poops 16 times per day (24 hours), so times 3 horses = 48 poops per day – which makes one full wheelbarrow load (no we don’t have the super duty dually). Believe it or not, poop patrol is my R&R escape during the ‘working days’. Greg gets it on the weekends… poop patrol that is. For those of you still Christmas shopping don’t miss out on pages 43-52 there’s still time to buy, in person, over the phone or via e-mail – most stores do mail orders.

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Cariboo Chatter


BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc.


Endurance Riders Assoc of BC


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Hope you’ve enjoyed our ‘glossy’ year as much as I have!

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CONTRIBUTORS: Carol Hansson, Lisa Sammartino, Chris Irwin, J.R. Kelly, Cinzia Dei Cont, Holly Baxter, Yvonne Allen, Kevan Garecki, Dr. Britt Mills, Mark McMillan, Paul Dufresne, Mike Puhallo, Greg Roman, marteau, Kal Zurkan. ON THE COVER: Murray Creek Ranch, Langley, BC, MASTHEAD PHOTOS: (regular features) by Rein-Beau Images. OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: BC Quarter Horse Assoc., BC Paint Horse Club, BC Cutting Horse Assoc., BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc., Pine Tree Riding Club, Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC. MAIN OFFICE TOLL FREE 1-866-546-9922 250-546-9922 Fax: 250-546-2629 PUBLISHER/EDITOR Nancy Roman MAILING ADDRESS Saddle Up magazine PO Box 371 Armstrong, BC, V0E 1B0

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Dear Editor... Dear Editor: I have been picking up your magazine at The Paddock Tack Shop every time I visit my son and daughter-in-law in Vernon, BC for the last 4 years. This year was a banner year; I was there two times and my husband was there once so I ended up with three and my son just sent me #4 with some photos they had taken over the summer. I am from Ontario with 5 horses all of Arabian blood and our farm is for sale; hopefully to move to BC so we are closer to our only child and our terrific daughter-in-law. I really enjoy the magazine and what I have always been amazed at is - it is FREE! I find it full of interesting articles that include many breeds and the activities related to horses in the province and the neighbouring one as well. All well written, very informative and simply put ‘a great read’. Today with the arrival of #4 I decided to subscribe to the magazine and receive it here in Ontario until

we move to BC with horses, motorcycles and 12 cats in tow. I feel that through this magazine I already have an insight into the horse industry from shows to trail riding to health issues and everything in between. I look forward to receiving my November issue so I can read the rest of the article on Noel, The Christmas Pony. One more thing, I do not believe there is anything quite like your magazine here in Ontario and my money has been well spent on this publication. - Penny Bearss, Sprucewood Arabians, Ontario

Dear Editor: I just read “Is It Time?” Kevan Garecki’s article in your November issue... and it really hit home for me, after what happened to my horse; but it all rang so true. All the selfish reasons to keep our pets alive when in the wild; well, in their real world it would have

been decided already, whether from prey, or the elements. My horse wouldn’t have survived as long as he did. He certainly wouldn’t have suffered for nearly as long. And as much as I wanted to help him, to save him, to fi x him, it could have gone on for much longer. I am grateful I had the wonderful time with him that I did. He taught me so much, but there is a time to let go, not give up, just let go. And though it was the hardest decision of my life I just had to stop our pain and suffering. He wasn’t the only one suffering. Every time I saw him boney and weak it broke me. The ‘what ifs’, that’s what kept me going so long. But how would you decide to make that decision sooner? It was months of him being sick, months. Thank you for writing that article Kevan, almost felt like it was meant for me. - Cheers, Michelle, Kamloops continued on page 6

COVER FEATURE Shining Spark, Diamonds Sparkle, Smart Little Lena, Doc Bar, Peppy San Badger, Genuine Doc All of these are names of horses that are either World Champions, AQHA Hall of Fame horses, NRHA, NRCHA, NCHA Futurity and Derby Champions, or sires and dams of the same. AND... they are all (and more) found on one local stallion’s pedigree… “SHININ N’ STYLIN” your cover horse. If you’ve ever seen Shining Spark, his sire, you’ll be amazed at how much he looks “just like Dad.” He is one of the few palomino sons standing in Canada, and the only one locally. To those who follow the AQHA performance horse industry, these are the names that are “top of the heap” for desired bloodlines. He’s not only impeccably bred, but well-mannered, very correct, and a talented Reiner. His foals show the same kindness, trainability, and huge talent as their Dad. We’ve been very pleased with the amount of palomino and buckskins that he throws. We also stand 4 other Stallions. An AQHA son of the famous stallion (deceased) “Paid by Chic.” He was hurt as a yearling, and never was shown, but his foals are sensational. 3 APHA Stallions, HG Spark McCue, Jelly Bean, and Barlink Imtuff Too. These 3 APHA Stallions cover the wants and needs for the serious APHA breeder. Colour, beauty and talent, Halter, English, Western and Reining, we have a Stallion for you! All have won top honors in their disciplines. We offer self and full board not only to TB and stockhorse trainers, but approved individuals. We have a 1/2 mile SAND training track, sand pipe roundpen, TWO indoor arenas, an outdoor arena, 170 rubber matted stalls, nine hot water wash racks and ample parking. You never have to miss a day of training. If it’s raining outside, train inside. With 170 stalls, we are pleased to offer you many different services. Want someone to foal out your mare? We can do that in our foaling barn equipped with cameras in each stall. We can even fit him up for the sale for you. Want to have a clinic or event? We can do that too. Need someone to take care of your horse while you’re on holidays? Leave them with us. Just want to haul in and ride in our arenas? Ask about our monthly program. Call us to see what we can do for you. We have a good selection of APHA, AQHA, and Thoroughbred horses started and not, for sale.

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Dear Editor..., cont’d Dear Nancy: Can you send me a rate card for 2010 please along with the months of publication? I am reviewing my advertising for 2010 and in a marketing survey of my students, Saddle Up was in the top 3 magazines cited for seeing my ad! - Thank you! Sidonia McIntyre, Equine Rehab, Ontario

Hello Nancy: As you may know, I do local and regional hauling around the Okanagan. Occasionally I go into Alberta for custom hauls. I was on one of these trips when disaster happened. It could have been worse had it not been for a few very helpful strangers as well as some pre-planning. I was wondering if you could print the story for me. Not only to thank the people that helped us, but to let people know, poo happens. I’ve attached an account of the lovely time we had on the road. Feel free to edit as

you see fit. I just want to make sure that our horse community knows the people in the non-horse community that support us. Thank you so much. Hope you had fun at The Mane Event. We did! - Jme Andrew, Kelowna, BC (See Jme’s story on page 8)

Hi Nancy: I had a fantastic time on Friday, November 20 and really enjoyed being a part of your Horsey Ladies Banquet. I was very impressed with the organization required to put this event on. Kudos to all who participated in the Silent auction, Chinese auction and your dedicated group of volunteers who make it all happen. There were some fantastic prizes and everything was well presented. I was pleased to see that two very deserving groups will benefit from all the hard work that goes into putting on an event of this calibre. It has really grown over the

past 11 years and the venue of Spallumcheen Golf Course definitely seems to be the right one for this awesome fundraiser. The only problem is if it keeps growing you might just have to get a bigger place. The service and food were excellent and for $30 you can’t beat the price. I hope that you will continue this event for years to come and encourage new volunteers to come forward to help fi ll the shoes of Cheryle Hickman who is moving to the Cariboo. Her genuine enthusiasm will be missed. It was a wonderful night and the funds raised will make this world a better place for the chosen charities. Keep up the good work. See you next year. - Kathy Scott, Kelowna (See more on the Horsey Ladies event on page 38)

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did not have a typical childhood. I was never in Girl Guides or ballet classes. Before opening Christmas presents, I got dressed in a snowsuit and walked down the road to feed my horses. I never wanted to be a singer or princess. My dreams were to be an Olympic rider, galloping onto the podium, aboard Big Ben himself. For parents who are now finding themselves with little girls like me, beware. We never grow out of this equine-addiction. My grandmother still breeds ponies and is just as “horse-crazy” as she was as a child. After high school, in an effort to defeat this addiction, I headed off to get a non-horsey education. However, it was not long before I sent for my best equine friend. I continued to ride Merry Christmas & best wishes for a happy & healthy New Year!

By Lisa Sammartino

and study, emerging on the other side of a degree, unemployed and still horse-crazy. I found a job this past summer to support my riding passion. This job left me with time on my hands and unlimited computer access, which, of course, I spent googling Equestrian celebrities. I came across an advertisement for a stable in Australia looking for working students. This began my quest for a new job down under. Although most of my applications received interest, it was the first stable I emailed that grabbed me immediately. Vicki Roycroft, a leading Show Jumper, was willing to give me riding lessons in exchange for barn work. In addition, George Morris was her friend AND the equitation God was coming to stay with her for a month! I accepted her offer almost immediately, pausing only to pinch myself. So here I am, on my way to Australia, and I will be sharing my experiences with everyone from home through this Visit us at Horse Owners & Breeders Conf. Red Deer, AB Jan. 15-17, 2010

article in Saddle Up. My saddle and helmet are packed, along with the words of wisdom from family and friends, as well as coaches and clients (who fit into both categories). Most of these are regarding George Morris, who I have been having dreams, and nightmares, about meeting. My uncle suggests that I “don’t be a smart a$$”; my Grandmother says that I must dress like I’m in a horse show every time I see him. While I do have apprehensions, I am excited about the experience. As a friend once stated, “you are not a real horse person until George Morris yells at you.” At this point I have come to terms with my equine addiction. I know that I may never become a world class rider, but I am getting a world class equestrian education in a beautiful part of the world. And education is the first step to excelling in any profession. (Editor’s note: Good Luck Lisa! We look forwarding to your next report in our February issue… from down under!)

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Adventures in Trailering By Jme Andrew I’d like to share my hauling adventure with other horse people in the community. To make others aware of the things that can go wrong, as well as let people know about the kindness of others when you need a little help.


t started on a beautiful Monday afternoon. I was contracted to haul two very nice horses from Kelowna to Priddis, AB. The trailer, a big six-horse gooseneck, and the truck were in great shape and ready for the possibility of winter driving conditions on the passes. We loaded the horses, topped up the fuel tanks and headed toward the Rocky Mountains. After stopping in Sicamous to make sure the critters were watered and comfy, we started making our way up the mountains. The truck was handling great, the trailer was pulling “light,” and the roads were bare and dry. Looked like it was going to be a great trip.

But… Fift y kilometres west of Golden, BC, we had a problem. A big problem. The truck died with no warning in a place that was hard to coast off the road. We tried to assess the problem so that we may repair and be on our way, but it wasn’t meant to be. The truck was dead. The horses were safe in the trailer with fresh hay and water so there was no worries there. We, on the other hand, were getting a little frustrated at the lack of help from the passing vehicles. Eventually, a very kind driver from Associated Grocers, named Ted, came to our rescue. He pulled in behind us, was able to get a bit of cell reception on his

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phone, and started calling in the cavalry. Not only was Ted able to find us a tow for the truck, he was also able to recruit the help of Cindy Peterson and her brother, Kurt, to come out to us with their pickup to haul the horses and trailer to safety. Cindy set us up in a barn with two stalls, two paddocks, some fresh water and a safe place to keep our trailer. She then recruited a very nice young man to come take us the remaining 20 kilometres into Golden. We were met by the Virk family at a very nice and affordable hotel, the Selkirk Inn. We checked into our room, and went next door to the adjoining restaurant, the Fire Pit. There, we relaxed a little with

Adventures, cont’d some phenomenal food and excellent service by Shauna. Our tow truck arrived in town within a couple hours. Kim from Kim’s Towing was absolutely amazing! He went out of his way to make sure my friend and I were set up for the night, had everything from the truck we needed, and also made sure we could get to the garage in the morning. He even came back to give us a charging cord for the cell phone. Now that is service! In the morning, we hiked across the tracks to the folks at OK Tire. The mechanics there had the problem diagnosed and were working on finding a replacement part quickly so that we could be on our way. Luck would have it that Lordco had what the truck needed. A couple more hours in the shop, and we were set to go! A quick stop at Columbia Vet Services to thank Cindy and her family

for all they had done for us and we were off to go get the trailer and the horses. By 2 p.m. we were back on our trip to deliver the horses to a very happy owner. We arrived safe and sound with no other delays on Tuesday night. For all of the things that could have gone wrong on the road, none did. We were prepared for emergencies on the road with proper equipment and feed for humans and horses. We would sincerely like to thank Cindy and Kurt for their help, Kim for getting us on the road so quickly and for making two girls smile when we were so distressed over the breakdown. OK Tire, for their amazing service, and for bumping us ahead of other work orders. Ted, without you, we may have sat on that road for a very long time. Thank you for

waiting with us until we could get the horses hauled safely.

Without all of these people, the adventure may have been a lot worse. May the kindness be repaid to all of you.

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The Horses Need Our Help

By Cinzia Dei Cont

“Many people have sighed for the ‘good old days’ and regretted the ‘passing of the horse’, but today, when only those who like horses own them, it is a far better time for horses.” C.W. Anderson


adly the above quote doesn’t appear to be true in the modern day of 2009. With 117 horses entered into the BCSPCA system (and the year isn’t over yet!) that is a lot of animals that have not lived in a “far better time for horses.” Of these 117 horses, 59 were seized and 38 were surrendered by owners, 3 were foaled in custody, 4 were strays (makes you wonder how someone could “lose” a horse in the first place!), and 1 admitted by emergency ambulance. To be perfectly clear on “seizures” of the various horses, let it be known that the 59 horses were seized with a court-ordered warrant and are under the Humane Officer Seized category. The owners would have had a complaint made against them, constables investigate, conditions are then stipulated to the owners to be done in a specific set time schedule and if not followed, the animals are seized. They can apply to try and get them back through the court system. Of the 38 that were a case of “owner surrender,” it is when there has been no complaint, no constable visit/ investigation, and the owners (of their own volition) contacted the BCSPCA to give up the animal for whatever reason. There have been 67 horses adopted, 9

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euthanized, 1 died, and 2 were redeemed back to their owners after all the stipulated conditions were followed. These statistics do NOT include llamas, sheep, pigs, goats, donkeys, and all poultry types. This dismal record of statistics illustrates that something must be done with the Livestock division of the BCSPCA in order to provide care, foster homes, and media attention to open up new homes for adoptees. This is where Beez Country Barn comes in to help with this worthy cause to spread public awareness to fellow horse-people and the general public. Belinda March & Sylvia Demsey of Beez Country Barn have a personal interest in this cause. There have now been two SPCA groups of horses brought to Belinda’s barn. “Everyone always says that it is too bad about all the SPCA horses, but no one seems to want to actually do something about it! This is just one of the ways to start doing something about it.” And since Sylvia has adopted “Bronco,” one of the rescues from the first group, she is highly motivated too. “Since adopting Bronco and seeing the horrible condition that he was in, I wouldn’t want other horses to go through what he went through.” Both March and Demsey hope

After 3 months of care

to help horses in the Lower Mainland and perhaps work together with the B.C. Interior Horse Rescue group. Eventually changes in the law will be something to tackle to protect horses and improve the existing Animal Welfare Act right across Canada. They will need a lot of input from fellow horse-people to accomplish this and they are determined to raise public awareness through the media and various equine publications. Beez Country Barn recently held a special Customer Appreciation Day on November 14 with a donation box, silent auction and a display of some adoptees. There are plans to host regular fundraising jam sessions as well as a “Spring Fling” dance in early 2010 with a silent auction, donation box and a display of all of the adoptees and their biographies in order to get them new homes. You can contact Beez Country Barn via their Facebook page which is listed as “Beez Barn” or e-mail to make donations, or if you would like to find out more information on providing stalls for fostering or volunteering your time/services for rescues to help them recover.

Paying It Forward Fundraiser By Yvonne Allen

On behalf of Voice For The Horse and At Ease Horse Care we are pleased to announce that the Paying It Forward For Our Horses Of Tomorrow Fundraiser held at The Mane Event in October was a great success.


ith the amazing contributions made by our sponsors we were able to raise $1,500 through a small silent auction and daily raffle prizes! All proceeds were donated directly to the BC Interior Horse Rescue Society. We also had a fair number of individuals show up with donations of horse blankets, halters, buckets, feed and other items that are very much needed by rescue centres to help provide for horses coming in for care. A big thank you goes out to all our sponsors who promptly responded to our invitation to participate. With only several weeks to coordinate this fundraiser your sponsorships added incredible momentum and we ended up with an almost over abundance of gifts to be raffled off ! As much as we aspired to raise funds for horses in need this winter, it was also our goal to keep the message alive that the

VFTH Pay It Forward Team: (l to r) Vernon Groetchen, Lyla Mackenzie, Yvonne Allen, Levi Huston.

current problem we have today with the vast numbers of horses needing assistance, especially during the winter months has not gone away! However we feel that with continued awareness in the years to come, we will see less horses with the need of rescue. VFTH is a horse lover’s web site dedicated to promoting the equine industry with the focus on the horse and how they enhance our lives. VFTH is a Levi Huston (BCIHR Society) showing off big supporter of brand new halters that were donated directly to us at the event. fundraising for our horses at risk and steps in and helps wherever we can. Our web site covers topics such as children and equine related therapies, rehabilitation, events, stories and heart warmers to real time horse rescues and disaster response teams working across British Columbia and beyond to intervene in otherwise life and death situations for horses and other livestock left to fend on their own. Having had our own personal experience with the Pritchard Fire and the evacuations this past summer, lent us a new perspective of being available and of assistance out of our own back yard which is the Lower Mainland. For those that are interested to learn more about VFTH, we invite you to visit the Voice For The Horse web site at www. Details of the fundraiser are still online as well as our documented experience of the Pritchard Fire. • 11


By Kevan Garecki

The title says it all; even as aware as I have become about watching those places I go by, sometimes I still miss the obvious. I’d gone by this one barn scores of times, often several times a day, never saw much activity around there; the odd horse out front in slipshod paddocks but all seemed to be in fair condition.


othing out of the ordinary for this area; very rundown places, low rent ... maybe that should have been a red flag (if we can’t afford to fi x anything, can we afford to keep horses?). Got the call late one afternoon ... the sort I get way too many of; could I attend for a seizure right away? Seems an officer had struck an order to have four horses released from being kept in a barn 24/7 with no turnout or husbandry/care, and the owner appeared to have complied; trouble is they had not, just added more horses that looked like the ones trapped inside. We got to the place just before

dark, and each of us were stunned at what met us ... the horses had been kept in a rundown barn littered with garbage, debris and every manner of pest. The biggest shock came when I approached the tiny area where three stallions and a mare had been kept. It took a moment to actually comprehend what my eyes saw, because it was just too horrible to imagine; these horses were standing belly deep in a mire of mud and their own feces, which they had of course been eating in that last ditch effort to survive. As if that were not enough, someone had been throwing garbage, old boards, empty bags and debris into the stall with the

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Diligence, cont’d would grow ... they looked more like something one would expect to see on a deformed duck. It amazed me the mare was even still alive but what remains the biggest puzzle - once again - is “WHY?” What reasoning allowed this person to dutifully perform such a calculated reign of abuse on these horses? Had I trusted myself not to bury the human turd in that mire of muck and manure I would have asked them for an explanation ... alas, had they opened their mouth I probably would have shoved a handful of poop into it. The despicable pit that can be the human mind is a mysterious place and one that I’m not sure I want to understand, for that way madness must lay. I was elated at having wrangled those stallions out of the barn, into the trailer, then into their new housing at the shelter - there were more than a few “OH NO!” moments as we watched studs dance across the lot on their hind feet while rearing in what they could only deem as their last defence ... lead lines humming taut while horses wielded their battle cries and thrust pitifully deformed hooves into the darkness, striking at whatever they could in a feeble effort to escape ... I don’t even want to imagine what had been done to those horses to make them THAT terrified of a human.

Upon arriving at the shelter, unloading the horses offered a distinct surprise; the eldest stallion, by far the toughest to handle, was at once alert yet docile. He regarded me warily as I slid carefully into the trailer, and was met with that unmistakable plea in his eyes: “Is it over now? May we just be horses again ... please?” He stood stock still as I slowly reached a hand toward his scarred and matted neck and allowed me to stroke him gently. “Those days are done, my friend,” I answered through clenched teeth and a knotted throat. I tried to apologize for not helping him sooner, knowing I’d been by that place so often, so close to their suffering yet ignorant of their plight; but nothing I could say would ever make up for what happened to them. The best I can hope for is that amazing resilience to flourish, allowing these horses to heal, both physically and spiritually. Doesn’t make me feel any better though, knowing how many times I’d failed them ... One of the most frequent exclamations I receive about this sort of work is how we maintain the fortitude to keep on entering these pits of despair; how we step forth into yet another seizure and scrape the nightmares back to reveal more abandoned souls. I have names for why I do this; Madre, Twister, Falon, Noel, Pride, Lily, BJ, Rosie, Cowboy; the list goes on and on. It’s the ones who make it, and brighten lives other than their own in doing so; the ones who don’t survive, and take a big piece of our hearts with them when they go. Most of all, it’s for the myriad of others out there, waiting. The moral of this all too often repeated story is this: Be ever watchful, take nothing for granted, look deeply; above all, do SOMETHING! The surest way to procreate the suffering these noble animals endure is to stand in apathetic disillusionment and hope someone will make it better. That “someone” is you. Get involved, volunteer at your local SPCA or horse rescue, ask those active in rescue and rehabilitation how you can help.

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Herbal Medicine For Horses

By Dr. Britt Mills, DVM

Herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years and is currently being used by 70% of the world’s population. Many horse owners are becoming more interested in using herbal remedies when their horse has a certain condition, and there are more and more products on the market which claim effectiveness for such conditions.


ome of these products help and some don’t. One short article can’t clear up the confusion, but hopefully it will give you some food for thought. WHY use herbs when we have conventional treatments for many diseases? Most herbalists would agree that if there is a safe

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Herbal Medicine, cont’d or that herbs can’t interact with other medications and cause other issues. For this reason, if you are using herbs medicinally and your horse is on any other medications, consult with someone knowledgeable to avoid any such issues. Also make sure you know the dose range for the herb and what it is supposed to do. There are more and more excellent studies being done on the effectiveness of certain herbs, and some are better researched that others. One of the most common reasons for using herbs is for chronic arthritis or lameness. Some of the herbs used with great results for these two conditions are: Curcumin: Which is the active ingredient in turmeric and has potent anti-inflammatory effects. Devils Claw, White Willow Bark and Hawthorn: One study showed that a mixture of White Willow Bark and Hawthorn was more effective in reducing lameness than phenylbutazone in longterm treatment of arthritis of the hock . Ginger: For horses whose arthritis is worse in winter. Herbs which can help with ulcers are: Peppermint Leaf, Ginger and concentrated Papaya juice, as well as Meadowsweet, Calendula, Slippery Elm and Marshmallow Root. Herbs are also used to prevent and treat non-surgical colics: There are many different herbs for this condition, depending on the type of colic.

Herbs for laminitis: Hawthorn, White Willow Bark, Devil’s Claw, Nettle and Burdoch. Herbs for anxiety: Valerian, Kava Kava and Chamomile. Herbal therapy is also used to speed wound healing: Echinacea, as well there are some essential oils derived from herbs that make excellent wound dressings such as lavender and chamomile. Excessive moodiness during estrus can be treated with Chasteberry, Raspberry Leaves and Chamomile. It is important that you choose the herbal formula carefully - as two horses with the same condition may require quite different herbs, depending on the individual symptoms and constitution. If possible, try to get organic herbs that are not mixed with any fi llers. Please note that the preceding list is not complete – there are hundreds of herbs and often an experienced herbalist is needed to sort out what is best for a specific condition. Remember that some herbs will cause a positive drug test for competition. When your horse is ill, call your vet before you start on herbs - timely intervention of conventional therapies is sometimes critical. However it is my experience that herbs can be very helpful to preserve your horse’s health and to treat chronic disease.

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Great Beginnings

By Chris Irwin

In recent months there has been a great deal of debate regarding the question: “At what age should we start training our horses?”


have tried to promote the message throughout this debate that the answer to the message “how old should a horse be” is actually very subject to the questions “what are the training methods employed and what are the competencies and how consistent is the horse trainer in the application of his or her methods?” In other words, it’s not really a question of “how many years old” should a horse need to be to begin training but actually, define HOW the training is being done. Better yet, define the word “training?”

In photo 1 we see two lovely young fi llies standing curiously at the gate. When this photo was taken during the spring of 2009 the black fi lly, a Friesian/ Hanoverian cross by the name of Ekwa is just turning two years old. The bay fi lly by the name of Avalon is a Westphalian x Trakehner and she is just turning three years old. Now, as I write this column in mid-November for the upcoming December issue of Saddle Up, neither of these fi llies has ever had a saddle or bridle on them, they have never been mounted in any way by a rider and they have never been lunged into contact. However, they have both had LOTS of training, in the form of handling during their brief lives that will pay off in the long run as I proceed to start these young girls under 18 • Saddle Up • December 2009

saddle and harness during the coming months. Now, let’s flash back in time to the winter of 07/08 when Avalon was just a weanling and we see her receiving her first halter. Make no mistake that this is indeed “training.” In photo 2 we notice

that Petra is using her body language to “shape” Avalon while introducing her to her first halter. Notice that Petra is bending her right hip in against Avalon’s girth area, encouraging Avalon to bend her barrel away from Petra, just like bending around the inside leg of a rider! And notice that this has resulted in Avalon bringing her head willingly around to Petra so that Petra did NOT force the issue by presuming to reach and take (capture) the head of this fi lly. I cannot emphasize this enough: In photos 2, 3 and 4 we can see that as Petra is using her hip to bend Avalon from the girth she is also “drawing away” in her solar plexus and her left hip to invite Avalon to willingly bring her head into the open space provided by Petra’s body language. At only a few months of age Avalon is learning from Petra to yield her body being bent at the girth and to willingly flex her head into the “draw” or open space provided which, in fact, is to bring her head into the hands and halter that Petra has now placed on her head for the first time. Her first halter has also introduced her to the concept that her head will not be pulled – her body will be bent and her head will be absorbed into a draw. This is the beginning of the foundation of her work as both a saddle horse and a driving horse. Most importantly, HOW Petra has gone about putting the halter on Avalon for the first time has created a supple, bending spine in Avalon, instead of a high headed inverted spine, so “how” Petra has put the halter on Avalon has resulted in Avalon “feeling good” with the endorphins being created in the biochemistry of a relaxed vertebrae. In other words, as far as Avalon as concerned, her first haltering and giving of her head to the hand of a human didn’t

Great Beginnings, cont’d cause any stress whatsoever. In fact, everything in Avalon’s body language says she is calm and confident knowing that she is “in good hands.” Now, in photo 5 we can flash forward to Avalon at age three, this past summer, in the round pen with Kathryn for the first time. Again, notice how Kathryn is using a “drawing energy” in her body language to ask Avalon to focus on her. How Kathryn is using her body and holding the whip to send the message to Avalon that she can lower her head into Kathryn’s “draw.” The lower whip held by Kathryn as she bends her hips and solar plexus away from Avalon all suggests a very passive frame to Avalon that is “inviting her to come in to Kathryn.” And once again, this frame of body in Kathryn is creating a frame of body in Avalon that is not only respectful and focused but also soft, supple, passive and willing. In photo 6 we now see that Avalon has indeed come to Kathryn and is very respectfully, and with full trust, allowing Kathryn to show her praise and affection by stroking her head and ears. Training? Since the day Avalon and Ekwa have been born they have both only been exposed to people who know how to communicate a message of selfassured respectful body language that is always “a force to be reckoned with – but never to be afraid of.” And when a horse is as soft and focused and truly willing to “give their body” over to people as unconditionally as you see in these photos – then and only then is it realistic to think that training for the first ride or drive can proceed logically and in a nonstressful manner. In the coming months we will watch as both Avalon and Ekwa progress into a process of being prepared for their first rides and drives with a focus on maintaining and building further upon the level of relaxation and willingness that is apparent in these photos.

My goal is to illustrate that a first ride on any horse – be it two or three or older then four years of age, does NOT need to be stressful but just the opposite – the first ride can be just a few minutes of walking around on the back of a horse who is as relaxed and focused and respectful and trusting and willing as you see Avalon in these photos. Remember folks, a good trainer can ride a bucking horse – but a great trainer’s horse does not buck! • 19

2009 Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale By Teresa Bryce Photos by Nollind van Bryce

The annual Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale, held on Oct. 10 and 11 in Olds, AB, continued its successful 15-year run.


igh Selling Section A horse LaFair, consigned by Sharon and Bruce Telford, is heading to Quebec. This Landkoenig daughter, bred to Contendro, received the Sparks Innovations cooler for her new owners, Warmbloods P3R of St. Augustin-de-Desmaures, QC. High Selling Section B horse Caius II received the Anivac cooler for his new owner Zara Schultz of Saskatoon, SK. This tall, talented jumper by Carthago Sun I was consigned by U.N.I.T. Enterprises of Bowden. New innovations at the sale, including streaming live video of the Saturday previews and the opportunity to bid on-line, increased the sale participation and number of registered bidders. The volunteers of the Alberta Chapter of the CWHBA ran a smooth, seamless sale despite a very cold weekend, and consignors brought an exceptional group of well-bred and schooled horses. Overall, averages decreased over high averages in past years, a reflection of the global economic downturn. As a result, many buyers bought exceptional bargains, but only 65% of the horses were sold. It was notable that no horses were sold to the US this year; however horses did sell to Quebec, BC, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Sale’s Gala Evening had some very entertaining events including an all-breed precision driving competition. This was narrowly won by the Hackney pony Kathmorr Duchess driven by Morris Helmig. Many CWHBA year-end awards were presented and 20 • Saddle Up • December 2009

a demonstration of the material class was given by Danya, fouryear-old Material Champion and Déjà vu, three-year-old Material Champion, both mares bred and owned by D & R Ranching. The highlight of the evening was the Calidostar Young Horse 3 Bars. This 3 Bars class for Warmbloods under seven was an incredible class that didn’t eliminate a horse for the first five rounds. Fouryear-old Aflame made the first mistake of the class at 1.50 metres. The class continued for seven rounds and a height of 1.70 metres cleared by six-year-old CWHBA stallion Whirlwind II, ridden by 18-year-old Laura Iversen and owned by MJ Farms, and six-yearold imported Swiss Warmblood mare Carolina, ridden by Beda Wachter and owned by Wachter Farms and Roy Graham. The class was declared a tie for first place. This class exemplified the quality of Warmblood breeding available in Alberta with five of the seven entries bred and raised in the province.

High Selling Section A “LaFair” with (l to r) Allan Sparks Sparks Innovations, Sharon & Bruce Telford - consignors, Joyce Sparks - Sparks Innovations.

High Selling Section B “Caius II” with (l to r) Rebecca Benedict and Paul Devlin – consignors, Zara Schultz – new owner.

The Alberta Chapter of the CWHBA is dedicated to the continued production of a quality Warmblood sale, a sale that allows purchasers plenty of time to try out and view potential horses, and have confidence in the quality of the product.

Laura Iversen and Whirlwind II taking final jump of 3 Bars

New Recognition Program for Canadian Pony Club By Linda Yaciw The Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America (CBHSNA) is excited to announce the initiation of a recognition program for Canadian Pony Club members who participate in Pony Club on a purebred or partbred Cleveland Bay horse for 2009.


abrielle Gordon is the energetic Cleveland Bay/Pony Club promoter and committee head for this project who has worked hard to see this program, in the USA and then in Canada, spring to life. Gordon says, “This is the first CBHSNA program dedicated specifically to Canada. The program is free, and there is only a short time left in the year to submit an application. I am thrilled that we have only just implemented the US and Canadian program and already we have two

inquiries with one full application already received from a US Pony Club member.” Besides receiving a certificate of recognition, the Pony Club member’s name and photo will be published in the BayWatch, the official newsletter of the CBHSNA, and on the CBHSNA’s website. The CBHSNA is actively gathering donations of prizes for the Pony Clubbers, both in the USA and Canada. At this time it is possible for at least three qualifying Canadian applicants to win a $50 gift certificate at a tack store just for signing on to the program. The purebred Cleveland Bay, an endangered breed, has long been recognized as having the heart, stamina and movement to make a winning sport horse. In addition, the purebred Cleveland Bay is noted for its ease of training and wonderful disposition which Mobile Cottages - Horse Barns - Loafing Sheds makes it a sought-

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Better Horsemanship

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TRAILER LOADING, THE SECOND STEP, PART 2 Teaching horses to trailer load is a very challenging event. The following are just a few snapshots into trailer loading. Horses feel safer with a calm, assistive, knowledgeable, leader as a handler. Knowledge is powerful.


n the November issue the article ended discussing step-up trailers. Let’s now look at ramp trailers and more. Ramp trailers – the ramp needs to be firm with no soft stops or rotten wood. You could cover the ramp with a carpet when loading and unloading. This will provide a non-slip surface on the ramp. If the horse starts to slip they get unsure and will not want to move forward and sometimes backward too. The ramp should be on an inviting angle. If the ramp is at a steep angle the horse will have more difficulty approaching and walking toward and up the ramp.

Exit doors should be clear in case of emergency. If there is ever an accident and a horse goes down in a trailer, it’s good to have more than one way to get in and out. If the trailer has more than one ramp the handler can use this to their advantage. The handler can use all the ramps to just continue walking in on one ramp then walking out on another. Then the handler can change entering and exiting on different ramps – this will challenge the horse. Trailer height is important. We don’t want to try putting a 16.2-hand horse into a 6’6” trailer. It’s always better to have more height than you may need.

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Better Horsemanship, cont’d Air flow will be better when the trailer is moving. Loading and unloading are always best on a level piece of ground. If we load uphill or downhill the horse could lose its footing and go down, or end up under the trailer. We must be extra careful when loading on ice, snow or slippery ground. I prefer to load and unload on grass, dirt, sand, or gravel. Pavement is always my last option. Horses sometimes want to leap out of a trailer so grass, dirt, sand or gravel footing is the best option. Some horses that have trailer loading problems are due to the driver of the truck. When driving the rigs we need to take it slower and make our turns a lot wider - make our stops a lot slower and smoother. The horse will feel less stress and will be willing to load next time. Chest bars can be adjustable and be able to drop down. Commercial and straight haul trailers have chest bars or a

part solid wall. Not every trailer will have chest bars. Stock trailers do not have chest bars. If you are loading a fast loading horse in a straight haul trailer, leaving the chest bar up could and will help stop the horse from running the handler over. Enough lighting inside the horse part is great to have so we can see inside the trailer. We want to teach our horses to load at different times of the day and night. So when we do go on a road trip they are not scared by the lights. I don’t like lights that shine in the horse’s eyes if possible. Usually the lights have an on/off switch so we have options. On rainy days we may need the lights on. Just to name a few, different trailers types are: step–up trailers, ramp trailers, commercial horse vans, straight haul and reverse angle haul. Weather conditions can be a big factor when trailer loading. A sunny day may show shadows around a trailer. Windy days usually make a horse more jumpy and spooky. Rainy days they may be a little more reluctant to move Berry Shiny forward. (Sh Shini ining in ini ngg Spa Spark rkk x CCust ustoom us ust om Red Reed Be B rry r y) The horse looks 2200044 AQQHHA So Sorr orrrreell Stall taallllio ioon, n, 14..3H 3HHH up to the handler for assertiveness, calmness, leadership, a friend that will take care of them. The horse will notice our energy and will act according. If we are scared the horse will become scared. Every feeling that we are feeling the horse will Unbeatable Bloodlines be feeling. Great Conformation If we are loading Outstanding Temperament fi llies and mares they Incredible Athleticism… and Gorgeous! may be in season Breeding Fee by Private Treaty or in heat - this can Standing at Copper Leaf Ranch, Vanderhoof, BC be challenging and depends on how

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strong their cycle is. Geldings are usually pretty good to work with. Stallions can be very strong and can scare most people. Never underestimate the horse, no matter what size, breed or how calm they act. The handler must remember every part of a horse can be a weapon; their head, teeth, feet, tail, etc. When the handler is teaching a horse to load the first three or so times, the handler will have to decide on what type of equipment to put on the horse’s head, legs, etc. The handler will have some choices on what’s best for the situation and the horse. These choices will depend on the horse’s age, conditioning, training and history. Every horse will pose different challenges. Teaching a horse how to load into a trailer usually takes one to two hours the first three to five times. Again this all depends on what the horse has done and been through. Trailer loading horses that have been abused, beaten, etc., may take hours to days of handling to build enough good communication, understanding and respect between the horse and handler. Always make sure the trailer is hooked up to a truck when trailer loading. We don’t want the trailer moving or rocking too much when the horse is getting in and out of the trailer. If you have any further questions or comments on loading and hauling, or horsemanship, feel free to contact me – 403-993-0269. www.jeff, e-mail: Jeffrey R. Kelly has been involved in the horse industry for 35-plus years. He has been able to work with some of the best horsemen and horsewomen in the world. In his journey he has worked at all the racetracks in Canada and some in the USA. Jeffrey has been an outrider for five years, a starting gate grounds man for 17 years, a thoroughbred horse trainer for four years, exercise rider for 25 years, equine dentist for 25-plus years and a young horse starter for 20 years. (See his listing in Business Services under Equine Services.) • 23

Canadian Finals Rodeo Wrap-Up The West Turned Wild in Edmonton By Sandra Pksklywyc


ith six action-packed performances over five days and bragging rights on the line, 120 of the world’s best rodeo athletes competed against world-class stock and the clock at Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) for a share of a record $1.27-million. Rodeo fans were treated to exciting white-knuckled action in the dirt as the West turned wild in Edmonton. From Nov. 11 to 15, 83,904 fans kicked up their heels at the 36th CFR at Rexall Place. CFR is considered the pinnacle of the rodeo season and is one of Alberta’s biggest tourism draws in the fall. Ken Knowles, Northlands president, said, “Rodeo fans were treated to a fantastic week at CFR and I would like to salute all those involved in making the event a success.” Knowles added, “We’re absolutely thrilled that the non-stop action of CFR will thrive in Edmonton through 2016, and Northlands is pleased to play our role in bringing the best rodeo action to our city.” One highlight of CFR included a salute to the Canadian Military during the Friday performance as over 200 members

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of the military and their families were in attendance and rodeo fans responded in kind by wearing red as a show of support. The go-round winners also donated their buckles to members of the military. Saturday night’s action included bull riders on Harleys and members of Edmonton Police Service rappelling from the roof in front of a sold-out crowd. Due to a carryover from last year’s 50/50, Wednesday night’s winner took home a record $38, 472. Canadian Finals Rodeo rides back into Edmonton on Nov. 10 to 14, 2010. The following are our 2009 Champions 2009 Canadian Bareback Champion: Kyle Bowers 2009 Canadian Finals Rodeo BB Aggregate Winner: Kyle Bowers 2009 Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion: Cody Cassidy 2009 Canadian Finals Rodeo SW Aggregate Winner: Hunter Cure 2009 Canadian Team Roping Champion (Header): Travis Gallais 2009 Canadian Team Roping Champion (Heeler): Kevin Schreiner 2009 Canadian Finals Rodeo TR Aggregate Winners: Justin McCarroll and Brett McCarroll 2009 Canadian Champion Saddle Bronc Rider: Chet Johnson 2009 Canadian Finals Rodeo SB Aggregate Winner: Alan Bandy 2009 Canadian Champion Tie-Down Roper: Alwin Bouchard 2009 Canadian Finals Rodeo TD Aggregate Winners: Alwin Bouchard, Matt Shiozawa 2009 Canadian Ladies Barrel Racing Champion: Gaylene Buff 2009 Canadian Finals LBR Aggregate Winner: Rana Walter 2009 Canadian Bull Riding Champion: Brett Thompson 2009 Canadian Finals BR Aggregate Winner: Scott Schiffner All-round/High Point Champions 2009 All-round Champion Kyle Thomson 2009 High Point Champion Kyle Thomson 2009 Top Stock Awards Get Smart (Harvey Northcott) Saddle Bronc Horse of CFR Grated Coconut (Calgary Stampede) Bareback Horse of CFR Slash (Vold Rodeo) Bull of CFR

Eight Canadian Champions Named as CFR wraps up 36th Year By Vicki Allen


exall Place was a pressure cooker during the closing performance of the 36th Canadian Finals Rodeo. The tightest race was in the Saddle Bronc riding, the classic event of rodeo. The first five rounds left seven contestants with a real shot at the Canadian championship, and only one taking home the title. After an intense performance

CFR, cont’d Your Horse & Acreage Specialist where every single contestant gave it their all, Chet Johnson of Gilette, WY. Picked up his first Canadian title. Johnson, who’s been rodeoing in Canada for the last five years, rode Outlawbucker’s Miss Congeniality to second place in the final go. His score of 86-points earned him just enough to squeeze ahead of second place finisher Jim Berry (Rocky Mountain House, AB), and third place rider, and go-round winner, Dustin Flundra (Pincher Creek, AB). “It made for a great Sunday,” Johnson grinned. Kyle Bowers clinched the Canadian Bareback championship for the second year in a row after a tight race with Crooked Creek, AB’s Dusty LaValley and Kelly Timberman of Mills, WY. Bowers, from Brooks, AB, who also won the aggregate, won the bareback title in 2005 and 2008. Al Bouchard celebrated his ninth trip to CFR with his first Canadian title. The Tie-Down roper from Scandia, AB, also tied for the aggregate championship, along with Matt Shiozawa of Chubbuck, ID. Reigning Canadian Steer Wrestling champion Cody Cassidy of Donalda, AB, also maintained his lead coming in to the CFR to claim his second consecutive title. In the Ladies Barrel Racing, it was Gaylene Buff all week long as the Westwold, BC, cowgirl placed in every single go-round. Buff came into CFR in sixth place with $26,877, and rides out a champion after more than doubling her season earnings after a tight race that went right down to the wire. But it was the Bull Riding that really had a lot of predictions until the closing ceremonies, where each Canadian champion was named and presented with their championship buckles. After an intense round of alternating buck offs and big scores, it was between Brett Thompson of Medicine Hat, AB, and Scott Schiff ner of Strathmore, AB. The lights were dimmed and the champions were called into the arena one by one when Thompson learned that his 88.75 on the CPRA bull of the year Speed Dial, from the Calgary Stampede, took him for a ride to the top. “I was halfway up the alley and I said, ‘Did I win it?’ And they said, ‘Yeah,’” Thompson laughed, who capped off the 2009 season with earnings of $76,208. After the cowboys and cowgirls were honoured in front of 14,004 rodeo fans, the top bucking stock of the CFR were announced. Saddle bronc horse Get Smart from Harvey Northcott, bareback horse and living legend Grated Coconut of the Calgary Stampede and Slash, a bull from Vold Rodeo pen making his CFR debut, took those honours.

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Cowboy Poetry Cow Country Christmas Memory

A Christmas Bell

Mike Puhallo

A Christmas Bell hangs in our barn in a spot that I thought best. In hopes that Santa’d find me and to put him to the test. I even put some cookies, attached them to a string. So when he goes to take them the bell will surely ring.

The cattle and horses got fed first. That was a tradition at our place. Christmas in Cow Country, without that hectic urban pace. Each of our ponies got an apple, with their morning feed of oats, as we hurried through our morning chores, in feltpack boots and overcoats. Mom served home made eggnog Dad passed the presents out. He did it slow to torment us, of that I have no doubt. From the Christmas of my childhood, many memories linger on, like snowy mittens, fresh sliced apples. feeding cattle before dawn. Pop always insisted that presents wait, until the stock had all been fed. He was sure surprised, first time we got it done, before he got out of bed!


I told my horses all ‘bout him. They looked at me in doubt. They’d heard about this ol’ Santa Claus who’s jolly, red and stout. I rolled up in a blanket, curled up in the hay. Decided that I’d sleep there, till eve became the day. Soon he’ll come, I know he will, he wouldn’t let me down. I’ll close my eyes and dream good things, it’s important that I’m found. It seemed only hours had passed, I heard shuffling in the stalls. Kickin’ doors, snorting sounds was sure my wake-up call. I sprang up like a pogo stick, frozen in my tracks. No ringing bell, I heard no sounds, only crumbs where there were snacks. I crept, tiptoed along the aisle, in hopes he could be near. Perked up ears, inquisitive, yet the horses showed no fear. I threw the barn door open, knelt on snowy ground. I stared in awe and disbelief, of evidence I had found. These aren’t from tiny reindeer hooves! It can’t be what I see? Horseshoe prints led from the barn… that’s proof enough for me. A note hung on a big red bow, pinned just above my head. My eyes filled up, I swallowed hard, this is what it said. “Always will I find you, wherever you may be, cause you sure are my biggest fan, and you believe in me.” Christmas is a magic time and is what you perceive. Santa comes on horseback and that’s what I believe.

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n spite of terrible cattle prices, a worldwide recession, Mountain Pine Beetle attacks and global warming, the outlook for the 2010 Kamloops Cowboy Festival, March 11-14, 2010 is pretty good. Since passes went on sale November 1st, my phone has been ringing steady. We have a new tour bus company on board this year. Carson Tours of Edmonton is offering an all inclusive package for fans from Northern Alberta with accommodation at the Hampton Inn. Once again Parson’s Tours from Lacombe is bringing guests from Lacombe, Red Deer and Olds, with their rooms booked at the Travelodge. Our Host hotel, The Kamloops Towne Lodge already has quite a few weekend packages sold as well. We have a great line-up of entertainers for this year’s Festival with a few new faces and quite a few returning favorites. The 2010 Kamloops Cowboy Festival has received a grant from the Canada Arts Council and we are very grateful for their support as well as the support of all our sponsors. And don’t forget our Cowboy Trade Show with over 50 exhibitors, and The Art of the West Show and Sale.

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Cariboo Chatter

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he cows are all home (the few we have left) and the calves have been shipped. The horses and cows are out on pasture and have lots to eat - unless we get too much snow and ice. They’re happy, healthy and fat! I keep telling Kathy that when she rides her big blue mare she should at least have a wide load sign, if not a pilot car in front - and that’s in the summer when she’s working five day a week. The highlight for us in October? Probably the same as a lot of other folks from all over the country (and other countries, too) - the Mane Event in Chilliwack. A huge congratulations to Ron and Gail Barker for once again putting on a terrific show! We were glued to the bleacher by the round pen watching the Trainer’s Challenge for three days in a row! To watch what those three trainers could do with a basically wild Douglas Lake colt in only four hours total time was definitely well worth the trip to the coast. See Saddle Up’s review on page 40. In my review of Cariboo Country Night in September (October issue) I mentioned that one of our performers was getting married on Oct. 10 and that we were hoping to get a photo or two of their horseback wedding. Gordie West and his bride Gordie and Shirley Wedding Shirley are now - photo by Tim Van Horn hitched - Gordie dressed in black was on a white horse and Shirley dressed in white was on a black horse. The wedding took place in Alberta, and because I know him (many of you Cowboy Festival goers do, too) I would bet that the most colourful part of the wedding was the preacher, Bryn Thiessen. Congratulations Shirley and Gordie! Now speaking of Gordie West, he’s part of the lineup for the Cowboy Christmas Concert put on The minister Bryn Thiessen by the BC Cowboy Heritage Society - photo by Tim Van Horn as a fundraiser for the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. Hopefully you read this in time - it’s Dec. 5 at the Calvary Community Church in Kamloops. See for details. The Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert is celebrating its 10th year on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010. There will once again be two shows in Marten Exeter Hall where the acoustics are next to 28 • Saddle Up • December 2009

Corky Williams - photo by Jerry Stainer

Gary Fjellgaard photo by Jerry Stainer

perfect. There’s a 2 p.m. matinee, for those that have to travel and a 7 p.m. evening show. Tickets are $15 each. The performers will be: Juno Award-winning Gary Fjellgaard, Dave McClure a poet/musician/humourist from Washington State, the hilarious Corky Williams now from Williams Lake, and to help keep all these male performers on track (and improve the looks of the stage), the talented singer, Jessica Noad, from Mission, BC. This concert is one of the main fundraisers for the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. A big thank you to our sponsors, the Wolf Radio in 100 Mile House and the 100 Mile Free Press. See for details.

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Cariboo Coming Events see for details on any of the following: Dec. 5 – Cowboy Christmas at the Calvary Community Church, Kamloops Feb. 13 – 100 Mile Cowboy Concert: Gary Fjellgaard, Dave McClure, Jessica Noad and Corky Williams March 11 to 14 – the 14th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please e-mail Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Cariboo Chatter, cont’d What’s This? In the November issue we had another photo taken at our Meadow Springs museum. It should have been an easier one this time - so I thought anyway. This 30-pound cast-iron weight was called a Tether Weight, Hitching Weight, or sometimes a Pester. It was carried under the seat of a horse-drawn buggy and used to tie the horse (and buggy or wagon) to while deliveries were made. Now the history part: The name on this particular Tether Weight is Norris & Sons. Some of you Victoria folks might remember “Peanuts,” the grey horse in the window of Shanks Saddlery when it was at the corner of Market and Douglas (yes I’m dating myself here). Before Shanks, Peanuts belonged to Morris Kersey who owned Kersey Peanut Butter, where he got his name in a promotional contest for kids. Norris brothers owned Peanuts before Kersey - Bob Shanks became interested in Peanuts in the 1920s when he took his motorcycle leathers in to be repaired. Many years later (around 1950) he convinced the new owner (now Kersey) that Peanuts would look better modelling a saddle than sitting out front as a statue, and in modelling saddles he would also be preserved (Kersey was going to cover Peanuts in automobile underseal so he could keep him outside). Wades Saddlery and Harness Store on Johnson originally purchased this life size model horse around the turn of the century. It was a wooden frame covered in burlap and then a form of plaster (all my life I was led to believe that it was a real horse that had been stuffed). My Uncle, Pete Greig, owned Peanuts and Norris Leather Goods in the late 1940s and early 1950s (before my time!). Peanuts retired to the BC Forest Museum, now the BC Forest

Discovery Centre, in Duncan in 1977, where he still lives today, at over 100 years old.

Our readers’ answers: I would think this is a “Hud,” used by delivery people, such as milkmen, to “park” their horses, when deliveries were done by horse and cart. We have one made of lead for our driving minis; you carry it on the cart, and then just place it on the ground in front of the horse, and clip the lead rope to it. As to Norris and Sons, I have not been able to find anything, unless it refers to the newspaper “Norris” who founded the Nanaimo Free press...??

I was told it was familiarly known as a frog” but was also called a “horse anchor.” I can’t recall the weight, but it sure felt heavy to a five year old child. In the late 1940’s and early 19’50’s my uncle had a Dairy in Stratford ON. The company used horses and milk wagons for the city’s dairy deliveries, and if the driver had a horse who didn’t yet know the route, he’d take out this device which had a rope and ‘snap’ attached, place the weight on the ground near the horse’s feet and fasten the top end of the rope/snap to the bit ring when he stopped to do a delivery, effectively ‘tying’ the horse to the spot until he returned. - Cheers, Lauren Spilsbury, Lindell Beach, BC

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I have a weight like the one in your picture. It came from my family. I don’t know what they were called but they were taken in the horse-drawn buggies and when you got to where you were going, you took it out of the buggy and tied your horse to it. A portable hitching rail. - Chrystine Steele, Horsefly, BC

We don’t know the name, but we have one minus the Norris & Sons, ours has a 2 and 5 stamped on it and it feels like 25 pounds. We believe it was used to ground tie the wagon horses, which were on this farm. Looking forward to December’s issue.

WHAT’S THIS?? Readers do you know what this is? Your guess and the correct answer will be printed in the next issue. This month – there are two different cast iron tools in the photo although they both do the same job. They are about seven inches high and the rounder one is about 3.5 inches in diameter. The rounder version was built around the 1870s and the other in the very early 1900s. Good luck!

- Mario and Karen Anderlini, Aldergrove, BC

I know! It is a ground hitching post for a carriage or buggy horse that is hitched up. Very useful if you are driving alone and have to go through gates! - Jan Kidston, 100 Mile House, BC

This is the weight that was tied to the halter shank to keep the horse from wandering off. Usually used for the milk delivery horse; probably mail, etc. as well. - Don Church, Red Deer, AB

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Christmas at Jandana By Kal Zurkan Winter came early again this year, we won’t see the earth till the spring. In thick fuzzy coats the horses just loaf their breath hangs above them in steam. They walk and they visit, heads bob up and down. They talk about hay and the weather. Then the mares start to plan, as they usually do, for the horses’ Noel get-together. First on the list and not to be missed, for a Christmastime down on the farm. Each horse would contribute their own special touch to decorate part of the barn. Missy and Lady got streamers and tape and hung them the length of the hall. Then Monty and Chance added tinsel and lace, it shimmered on rough wooden walls. Tara and Dancer brushed dust from the hearth, and made sure of a tack for each horse. Then Stanliegh and Sidney hung stockings of jute, each one with a name on of course. Big Bud and big Harley put their two heads together, stretching higher than ever before. They suspended a beautiful Christmas bell from the eve, right over the door.

Justin and Shasta and Taz in the morn, ran around and rolled in the snow. They nuzzled their stockings hanging full on the hearth, and munched on the treats that were stowed. Horse cookies with molasses and small sugar cubes, dried apples and peppermints too. Save some for later, the mature horses said, eat some hay, it’s better for you. The young horses played and the old horses lazed, at the party they’d planned in advance. The whole day was spent with everyone happy, it was Christmas at the Jandana Ranch.

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Joker and Cedric were running around, with Copper and Beau on their tails. Get over here, Reba said, give us a hand (a hoof), to sort through the Christmas mail. There were oat cakes and sweet grass and soft curry combs, and cosmetics to make them all pretty. There were greetings from horse friends at previous homes that they couldn’t be here was a pity. The night before Christmas was frosty and still, and the sky was crystal and dark. Outlined in the doorway was the bell they had hung, and behind it the Christmas Star. Quincy and Dolly with Sam by their side, looked over the peaceful scene. Albert reflected his best years had gone by, and that Astron would be the new king.

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he Banquet, held on Saturday, November 21st at Hazelmere Country Club in Surrey, BC, was the social event of the year full of fun, entertainment and social networking. Special guests included: Deputy Mayor, Kim Richter; Mike Gallagher, President, Equine Canada Board of Directors; Richard Mongeau, Executive Director, Federation Equestre du Quebec; Chester Gillan, Chair, PEI Board of Directors; Bob Miller, General Manager, Owner Identification Inc.; and Sherman Olson, Honorary Member of Horse Council BC. The purpose of the Horse Council BC Annual Awards Banquet is to bring equine enthusiasts together for an evening to honour individuals that have made outstanding contributions to BC’s equine community.

Congratulations to the following award winners: Lifetime Achievement: Jacqui Oldham, Langley, BC Horse Industry Professional of the Year: Ali Buchanan, Abbotsford, BC Bob James Award: Sharon Hall, Aldergrove, BC Coach of the Year: Nikki Ayers, Surrey, BC Athlete of the Year: Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch, Summerland, BC Horse Person of the Year: Randy Brodoway, 100 Mile House, BC Horse of the Year: Dakota Sunrise, Rosedale, BC Alf Fletcher Youth Sportsmanship: Nina Sylvester 2009 Best Show: Hot August Hooves Trophy Show • 31

Johnnie’s Kids

By Holly Baxter

I rode at Johnnie’s stable when I was a kid. The adults called it Tuxedo Riding Academy, but all of us kids simply called it Johnnie’s. The place was comprised of a long, narrow barn, badly in need of repair, one turnout field, and a ring.


he railway tracks ran in front of it, and the living quarters where Johnnie lived were attached to the barn. When I first Holly Baxter and her clapped eyes darling Corgi, Meghan on the place, I thought I’d hit paradise. There were no adults at all; the place was entirely run by kids, with Johnnie loosely supervising. We ranged in the ages of eight to late teens, and there was a hierarchy that was observed within the barn. All the kids who were serious were immediately conscripted to work. The understanding was that Johnnie had broken his back from a fall off a horse and couldn’t lift even a bucket. So, at the tender age of 11 I began to learn the reality of horsemanship… hard work! I learned how to feed 25 horses of varying characters, some in boxes, most in tie stalls. Saturday mornings, an army of children descended to muck out, myself included, no one rode until it was done. I found out how to put harness on Moody Maid, the barn’s Draft horse, who pulled the stone boat, and how to drive that stone boat out to the manure pile. But the biggest part of coming to Johnnie’s was learning how to ride. Riding lessons were 10 for $25. There were only three saddles and the beginners got them. My first lesson was on Gay Lady and my teacher was a kid younger than me named Heather, who rode Tuxedo King. Gay was a large grade pony, bay with a mass of untamable mane. She taught me a lot over the next few years about how to stay on a smart 32 • Saddle Up • December 2009

pony who is sick of kids. My first time out, Heather decided it was time for a trot on the Wireless, which was a huge field nearby. We started out OK, but I noticed Gay’s speed picking up, and eventually we were going full tilt in what I suspected was a runaway. I remember not feeling frightened, just thinking how to stop her. Up ahead were some dense bushes, and I had just enough strength to turn her into them. We crashed into them at a dead run, went about 25 feet in and she stopped. I felt real good about

staying on and here ended my first lesson. Throughout the next five years, I lived at that barn. I was there six days a week at least, and would have moved in if Johnnie had allowed it. Johnnie Macleod was the kind of person kids naturally loved. He had a commanding voice and there was an aura about him all the kids felt. We absolutely looked up to him. He was mysterious, so anything we could find out about him was shared. We knew he had been a show rider before the war and had met his wife Peggy on the circuit. They had split long since, but their daughter Tannis lived with him at the barn. Peggy was a trainer at the tracks, and we would see her once in a while at the barn. Johnnie rarely gave lessons, but a friend of his, Laura,

would give weekly jumping lessons on Saturdays. All the kids who were getting to be better riders would line up to get in. It all depended on the number of saddles and what horses were available. It didn’t seem to matter if they were Western or English saddles. The two Shetlands always came in Westerns, because they could get most any kid off in a flash, so you needed the horn. The bigger kids, who by now had rank, got the English saddles, and if you wanted to go in really badly, there was always bareback. I rode bareback more than with saddles for the first three years. It made sense when it was –20 F and the wind was howling. We would go out onto the trails with our faces wrapped up with six-foot scarves, toques and mitts, snowmobile suits and thick boots, and ride through the diamond snow, with the sun glistening off it. Once when I was riding a good mare named Zipper in a borrowed saddle, I got cocky and pushed her into a drift thinking she would jump out of it. I learned a new lesson. Zipper lowered herself, and rolled with me, saddle and all, to sensibly clear her feet. Then she got up, shook herself off and walked out! I was left in the drift, with a terrific fear that the tree had just been broken on that saddle. The call of the stable had me going to extremes. I had my bicycle in the mild seasons and would cycle out after school. Often I would be bringing tack back that I had cycled home the night before. I would bring the freshly cleaned saddle to school, having balanced it on the cross bar of the bike, with a pack of my riding clothes on my back. Then, I would jam the entire load into my locker at school, change after school, and peddle out in my jodphurs and boots and the saddle another four miles to Johnnie’s. Occasionally I had a bridle as well, which would be slung

Johnnie’s Kids, cont’d across my chest. I always loved rounding the corner of trees, and seeing the old, white barn, the exciting jumps, and a welcoming bark from one of the two resident dogs. Winter was a different story in Canada, when getting there became a real challenge. What parent wants to start a car up at 7 a.m. on a freezing Saturday morning? My dad, that’s who! He would run a pickup service going to and back. He was one of the few parents who would drive. The barn was only mucked out once a week. Can you imagine loading seven stinky kids into your car in the morning and picking up an even stinkier batch of them at night? When you opened the door into the stables, there was the overpowering odour of an unmucked stable full of horses. I realize now, that it was the deep litter system, and it kept the horses off the cold surface and acted as insulation for them to lie on. We had few cases of thrush, and even though the

barn was unheated, it was always warm. The one place where there was heat was in the tack room. On days when it was below –25 F. and no one was allowed to ride, we would spend all day in there, cleaning tack, laughing, and planning our adventures. For the kids who couldn’t get a lift home, there was always Moody Maid. We would hitch her up to the stone boat, throw some bales of straw on, and drive out to the main road and drop them off at the bus stop. I did this many times, and enjoyed the solitary drive back along the road the two miles home to the barn. As the years progressed, and I became a better rider, I graduated to being one of the big kids. That meant I gave lessons, got to ride the better horses, went in every jumping lesson with a saddle, and refined my horsemanship. I began to go to local shows, and was even allowed to attend the local hunt’s opening meet on Zipper. When I was 15, I left Johnnie’s to go to a stable with

an indoor riding arena. I have ridden at many facilities since, but none influenced me like his place did. It was at Johnnie’s I learned how much work horses really were, the amount of dedication they required to understand and communicate with. The years of bareback riding gave me a balanced seat which was an asset in my future career with hunter/jumpers. The exposure to so many horses taught me to respect all of them and build a relationship based on teamwork. A surprising number of Johnnie’s kids went onto careers with horses. The love that was instilled in us for horses at such an early age meant we couldn’t imagine life without them. Holly Baxter has her BHSAI from Crabbet Park, England, and has worked in the horse industry for over 30 years as an instructor, trainer and stable manager. Currently she can be found at The Paddock, Vernon, BC.

On to Greener Pastures… Sonitas S sC Cadillac June 2, 1991 - November 4, 2009 “Caddy” got his start June 2, 1991 and was peacefully laid to rest November 4, 2009. Owned by cutting horse trainer Jimmy McDonnell, Caddy no longer suffers his chronic knee injury. The two will now be joined in Cowboy Heaven; hope there’s lots of fresh cows up there!! For the last ten years after Jimmy passed away Caddy was shown and cared for by Jimmy’s daughter Barbie and her husband Will at their ranch in Clearwater. He had the best love and care that any stud horse could have wanted. He was playful, smart and you best have a deep seat when that cow turned back. An absolute dream to be around and like Jimmy, he was always a gentleman. Caddy enjoyed the best of well bred mares every spring to fl irt with. Those that knew him all have their own stories about the old man. So in the Photo by Brenda Blair meantime I would like to thank some very special people on Caddy’s behalf: Ken and Kathy Manuel for giving Caddy a home after Dad passed; my husband Will for being there at the end; Colin Mikkelsen for his caring and kindness over the years; and Walt McKirdy for keeping Caddy on his feet as long as he did. Finally to my friends in Clearwater for being there in this time of sorrow, you know who you are… “Rest in Peace Mister.” - Barbie McDonnell • 33

The Winter Bucket List

By Paul Dufresne

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rock to return forward

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Wow - winter is almost upon us. This is always a more difficult time for training experiences with horses. Looking at the prospect of cooler weather and slippery conditions not conducive to serious collection, I thought it was time to make a Bucket List of FUN things that I would like to do with my horse.


inter is a good time to get into more laidback adventures with our horse. We could learn to drive and snowboard behind our

horse or water ski in some weird cases, we could tube, we could go develop some snow caveletti with a big trot and canter. However, when I think about it, there is no better time of the year to teach TRICKS (I hate the word “tricks” as it is so much more than that). Tricks can be taught any time of the year but in most cases these skills are low intensity and less dependent on good footing. So in my bucket I put as examples things like, head mount, Jambette, Spanish Walk, Bow, Kneel, Obeisance, down-flat, deer-down, sit-up, sit-down, rear, peek-a-boo tarp tricks and dribbling a ball. The first I will discuss here is the bow. This move is also a first step on the way to the kneel and down, so therefore a good building block – never mind being quite a useful method for this vertically challenged Frenchman to mount a horse.

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Teaching the bow can be done once a leader has decent respect from their horses. You should have all the basic yields light, be able to lead your horse by the front and hind legs with a rope and you should also be able to get the emotional feel good in your horse. An anxious horse is not safe. There are many different approaches to teaching the bow. Some folks like to lure with a treat between the front legs, but I prefer not to. Luring in this way causes the horse to put its head between the front legs. With the head in this position, the horse necessarily leans all of its weight forward, making it less able to balance itself properly for mounting. To start the bow I position myself beside the horse’s girth area. I have the lead line tied to each side of the halter like a set of reins. While standing beside the horse I say the verbal cue bow, then tap the upper forearm of the horse and then


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rock back using wrap on pastern with line over horn

also tap the back of the hoof with my foot so they lift the hoof. I could then reward the horse unweighting the foot. When the horse starts to understand lift ing the foot, I can then pick it up with my hand and raise it parallel to the ground. From this position I slowly draw the horse backward with my rein hand above the withers, while keeping my hip against the side of the horse and taking a bent knee lunge step backward with my inside foot. Then I push the horse forward slowly to the original position, releasing the foot back to the ground on the sway forward. The key is, as soon as the horse makes a try, to say “good” (you should have a word that tells your horse that he/ she is on the right track). Remember to reward only after the horse has come back to the original position otherwise they may be popping the leg out of your hand before you come back to the finish position - making it more awkward and possibly somewhat dangerous. I might recommend using a soft cotton rope or marine rope with a double wrap around the horse’s pastern and then with a twist so it doesn’t slip out. This can give a better grip if the pastern area is too large for a smaller hand to hold. Another method, if you have a Western saddle on your horse, is to loop one end of the line over the horn and just squeeze the two ends of the rope together. This would give you leverage but also allow a quick release if your horse got too worried.

all the way to bow with line and keeping horse straight

Hurrican cued at finish of performance, reverse of the bow to mount, could dismount.

The key is to develop a slow draw may be putting your horse’s confidence at and never get greedy. A slow, balanced risk along with your health. bow is always better and safer. A centred As the horse becomes more position of the head is best for balance comfortable with the exercise, I will ask if you have the desire to use the bow to them to lift and hold their own leg into mount your horse. You can expect the the bow. This part requires more time horse to move the hindquarter out behind and diligence from the leader. It is a it somewhat to better balance itself. fun skill to have. It isn’t rocket science The horse has to be able to hold the anybody can do it with patience and good bow in a balanced position reliably, then planning. we have to teach the horse to hold the Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer bow while leaning on the horse but not and clinician in Kelowna, BC, who educates in putting it off balance. Once the horse is Natural Horsemanship; Classical Arts; Liberty reliable with this, you can push the horse and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to slightly sideways to and fro. When the understand horses, but more importantly how to horse can be steady in its balance then tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able step into the stirrup - putting weight on to guide people in creative experiences where and then stepping out. the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. When the horse can handle all of The horse learns to be more emotionally secure that, I then ask it to rise as I step into the and will respectfully follow while developing saddle using my step up and his upward athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they motion to ease the motion. A strong and affect each other. balanced horse can hold the bow until after you mount, but if a horse is less sure, you are better to step in and have them stand * Horse Treks * Cabin Rentals up as you step up into the saddle in one Join us on one of our Exciting Adventures... motion. Make sure you Cattle Drives on the Ranch have good strength in Riding on the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail. your step up (practice Check out our 2010 Schedule on our website. stepping up on a step Dale & Yvonne Dunn ladder or stairs a 403-799 3454 satellite phone or 250-991-2408 couple of feet from the ground) otherwise you 2/10 • 35

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Rebecca Howard of Salmon Arm, BC, was the top foreign rider in both the CCI 3* and the CCI 2* divisions at the rain soaked Dansko Fair Hill International Three Day Event held Oct. 15–18, 2009, in Elkon, MD, USA. Howard finished in ninth place in the CCI 3* division with Riddle Master, the eight-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding, owned by Caroline Bazley. Howard was also the top Canadian rider in the CCI 2*competition with Roquefort, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Howard and Mrs. Mary Clague. Howard and Roquefort were also recognized for the achieving the best dressage score in the CCI 2* division. Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch of Summerland, BC, rode her 11-year-old Selle Français gelding, Port Authority to 12th place.

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By Julie Cull

Dressage Canada Hall of Fame

Margie Gayford Lindsay Hitchner Francois Lamontagne Margot Lefebvre Melissandre Lincourt Heather MacInnis Brian Morton

Showgirl Sharon, ON Quipa LS High River, AB Anton St-Eustache, QC Mister Cash van der Veldmolen Stittsville, ON Noveko’s Rebelle Rosemere, QC Shine of Light Burlington, ON Spitfire Langley, BC

Dressage Canada has established the Dressage Canada Hall of Fame. Through the Hall of Fame, Dressage Canada will share, celebrate and appreciate the all significant Canadian contributors to the sport of dressage. The following categories have been established for the Dressage Canada Hall of Fame. More categories may be added in the future. In any year, there will not necessarily be an induction in any or all categories. Builder — Individual Builder — Organization Horse or pony Rider Sponsor Media Official Trainer/Coach Team/Event Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations for candidates to be considered for acceptance into the Hall of Fame are welcomed and encouraged. For additional information on the Dressage Canada Hall of Fame and nomination forms, please visit the Dressage Canada section of the Equine Canada website at www.equinecanada/dressage.

The Equine Canada Canadian Reining Committee (CRC) is inviting proposals from show committees interested in hosting the World Equestrian Games Canadian Reining Committee Selection Finals. All proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. ET, on Dec. 18, 2009. Any proposals received after that time will not be considered. The Equine Canada CRC Competitions Committee will consider all properly submitted proposals and shall reach a decision concerning them no later than Jan. 15, 2010. This process is not a formal tender and the decision regarding which proposal to accept rests solely with the Equine Canada CRC. The complete Equine Canada CRC Selection Finals request for proposals may be found on the CRC section of the Equine Canada website at www.

Jump Canada Announces 2010 Talent Squad

Lauren Gue Wins Running Fox CET Medal Final

Jump Canada is pleased to announce the members of the 2010 Jump Canada Talent Squad. During the 2009 season, 11 Talent Squad qualifying competitions were held in the Eastern Division while 9 qualifying competitions comprised the Western Division. The best five riders from each division form the 2010 Jump Canada Talent Squad.Rider (listed alphabetically) Rider Gary Brewster Jaclyn Duff Joelle Froese

Horse Countdown Air Time Condor

Hometown West Vancouver, BC Edmonton, ON Abbotsford, BC

Canadian Reining Committee Seeks Competition Committees

Lauren Gue of Vancouver, BC, emerged the winner of the Running Fox CET Medal Final on Thursday, November 12, at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON. Riding her horse Toronto, a nineyear-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Gue won the CET Medal Final which was held over two days and included three Phases— Flat/Gymnastic, Jumping and a Final Four test. Running Fox CET Medal Final overall results:

Equine Canada, cont’d 1. Lauren Gue; Vancouver, BC 2. Cassandra Kahle; Langley, BC 3. Lanie Thomas; Kingston, ON 4. Miranda Travers-Cavill; Claremont, ON 5. Ally Franczak; Calgary, AB 6. Anne-Sophie Milette; Montreal, QC 7. Jessica Rooks; Pitt Meadows, BC 8. Jordan Wilson; Okotoks, AB 9. Laurence Addison; Lorraine, QC 10. Angelica Edward Jones; Calgary, AB

CFIA Modifies Import Restrictions for Horses from Texas The Breeds & Industry Division of Equine Canada would like to inform all stakeholders that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has modified the import requirements which will now allow horses to enter Canada from the state of Texas. When the most recent

outbreak of equine piroplasmosis occurred, the CFIA had asked the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to suspend the issuance or endorsement of export certificates for horses and other equines originating from the state of Texas. Current import requirements for horses entering Canada may be found using the CFIA Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) at To determine specific import requirements for each horse, specific parameters that refer to each horse’s circumstances will need to be entered and customized import requirements will be provided.

Lauren Gue of Vancouver, BC at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON. Photo Credit — Cealy Tetley

On to Greener Pastures…

On October 18, 2009 my beloved Jimmy (Five Sails) chose to join up with his Creator leaving me to run with others of his kind, wild and free up in the sky. Jimmy nearly made it to the sweet age of 22 but could not bear to go through another difficult winter. On October 17th, I arrived at the barn to visit him; my car fi lled with special senior feed to see him through the winter. Jimmy had already decided that he was choosing to depart this world with no appetite for any of the food I offered. This was the last time I was greeted by his soft nicker. Jimmy was both an amazing teacher and friend to me during the 18 years we spent together. Being the sensitive Thoroughbred he was gave me every reason in the book to study equine therapy which I gladly did. My first lessons came early on when I learned the power of massage and acupressure therapy. I did not look back after seeing the amazing results of this special touch, I was hooked. I never considered Jimmy to play a full role in my business, Voice For The Horse, until this day, however if it had not been for him this project never would have come about. He gave me many reasons to

learn about the equine industry as a whole from the elaborate show world to that of the hard. I will never forget the last ride he took me on this past September. From the flying barefooted gallop up Duck Range Road in Pritchard, to the mountain trails where he jumped every tree and log that crossed our path, he carried me boldly until his last steps. This one horse transformed my life while never ceasing to amaze me... I will never forget him. I knew the day would come that I would have to deal with the loss of this beautiful horse if his time came before mine. I could never spend much time in this thought though as I was challenged on how to handle it. Several years ago I heard in a song sung by Faith Hill, You’re Still Here, these very meaningful lyrics, “And I woke up wondering what was real, is it what you see and touch or what you feel?” I know today that what is true most certainly is what you feel. Whether it be the miles that have ever separated us or as it is now, the clouds in the sky… he is still here. - Yvonne Allen • 37

Horsey Ladies Raise $8,800 at Sold Out Event


he 12th Annual North Okanagan Horsey Ladies Charity Auction took place at Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club in Vernon, BC on November 20. Horsey gals of all ages attended this popular fundraising event coming from all over the North Okanagan, Shuswap and Kamloops and enjoyed a fabulous Christmas Buffet Dinner. The North Okanagan Horsey Ladies is not a club, nor a registered society; they are just a group of gals that gather once a year to celebrate Christmas and their love of horses. Any woman is invited to attend – there is no Charities presented with $8,800. Nancy Roman, Kim Stinson (BCIHR), membership as some seem to think. Dani Goldenthal (NOTRA), Amy Vaughan, Cheryle Hickman What started years ago with just a few gals going out for a Christmas dinner of 8 has blossomed into a sold out event of 132 each year. This is the eighth year that they have made it a fundraising event, of which all proceeds are given to a local registered charity that the horsey gals vote on that evening. The 2009 Charity of Choice was tied with votes for B.C. Interior Horse Rescue and North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association; which will split the proceeds of $8,800; a record-breaking year!. As of this date, the Horsey Ladies have raised over $33,400.00 through Silent and Chinese (loonie) Auctions. Previous recipients have included: Equine Assisted Therapy (Kelowna); North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association; Vernon SPCA; Shuswap SPCA, and Vernon Women’s Transition House - Equine Assisted Therapy (2008 recipient of over $6,300.00). It is through the numerous donations and sponsorships of the businesses and individuals that have made this event a success each year. A big thank you goes out to all the contributors; your generosity is very much appreciated. New this year, we’ve created a Horsey Ladies logo and if you purchase an item with our logo on it at Diana’s Monogramming in Armstrong; they will donate 20% of the purchase price towards our charity of choice tallied up in September 2010. Thank you to the stores that sell the tickets for us each year; The Paddock Tack & Togs (Vernon), Country West Supply (Armstrong) and Touch A Texas (Salmon Arm). They sell for us, they donate, and their (horsey gals) staff attend. - 2009 Banquet Committee: Cheryle Hickman, Amy Vaughan, Trudy Schweb, Ruby Edwards, Elspeth Manning, Ester Gerlof, Denice Berlinski, Anne Downie, Carma Clarke and Nancy Roman.

Our New Logo!

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Thank You So Much To Our 2009 Sponsors AJ’s Pets & Things Rae Allan (Healthy Hooves) All Season Bobcat Anchor Inn Pub Armstrong Flower Shop Armstrong Inn Armstrong/Spallumcheen Chamber Armstrong Therapeutics Armstrong Veterinary Clinic Ashton Creek General Store Askew’s Foods At Ease Natural Scents Auntie Karen’s Horse Kookies AVVAA World Health Care Products Ltd Bar Nunn Cappuccino & Grill Holly Baxter Big Bar Guest Ranch Big M Saddles & Tack Boutique Canadiana Brown Derby Restaurant Café des Amies Canoe Creek Golf Course Capri Insurance Kelowna Cariboo Outback Carriage House Miniature Horse Tack & Harness CD Plus (Vernon) Central Hardware Century 21 – Steve Campbell Century 21 – Ester Gerlof Century 21 (Vernon) Champion Engraving Chester’s House of Cinnamon Chilcotin Holidays City Furniture Salmon Arm Coldstream Willows Nursery Community Homesellers Correale’s Winery Country West Supply Creekside Studio, Joan Larson Creekside Veterinary Crescent Falls Veterinary Critters & Supplies Susan Cross (Mary Kay) Crystal Waters Guest Ranch DairySource Mike Damen (Farrier) Deep Creek General Store Deep Creek Veterinary Services Diamond H Tack Diana’s Monogramming Enderby Jewellers Enhance Studio Jonathan Field Final Touch Custom Framing

FisherGirl (Burlington, ON) Fisherman Direct Seafood Fix-It Renos Flack’s Bakerview Kelp Products Inc. Four Foot Farm Free Spirit Boutique Gilbert’s Auto Parts (Armstrong) Gertie Glen (in memory of) Great Wall Restaurant Greenhawk (Kamloops) Grey Wolf Metal Art Hanoverian Sport Horse Farm Heritage Andalusians Heritage Creek Gifts Hills Health Ranch Hour Glass Studio Ltd. Horse Barn Horse Council of BC Horsepower Productions (Chris Irwin) HUB Int’l Barton Insurance (Armstrong) IDA Pharmacy Enderby Interior Provincial Exhibition Jandana Ranch Jimmy D’s Auto Parts & Service Kamloops Cowboy Festival Katsz Ketchen, Susan (Oolichan Books) Lammle’s Western Wear Leather Lady (Sherri DeBoer) Little City Fashions Scott Livingstone Farrier Service Longhorn Rope Creations Lordco Parts Ltd. (Armstrong) Lordco Auto Parts Ltd. (Vernon) Mable Lake Golf & Country Mane Event MarketPlace IGA Meadow Springs Ranch Nathalie Merrill Mills Veterinary Service Doug Mills, Training Thru Trust Morning Star Gayle Mortenson Adiva Murphy NAPA Auto Parts (Vernon) Nelson’s Glass Gordon Niehaus Noble Tractor North of 50 Lifestyle Newsmagazine North Okanagan Physiotherapist Corp. Nor-Val Rentals Okanagan Advertiser Okanagan Forge, Craig Nunn The Paddock Tack & Togs

Passion Parties Patricia Paterson – C.A. Pedro Gonzales Fruit & Produce Picasso Hair Company Pinnacle Pellet Armstrong Inc. Pleasant Valley Fruit & Trailer Sales Pleasant Valley Quilting Pronto Esso Quilting For You Ray’s Saddlery Reimer’s Farm Service Rein-Beau Images Remax – V. Charlette Lavik Remedy Animal Health Riva’s Remedies Rodeo Roost BB&B Roger’s Foods Rossworn Henderson Royal Lepage (Armstrong) Royal Lepage – Elspeth Manning Royal York Golf Course Rusty Spur Tack & Feed Saddle Up magazine Sew Equine (Naomi McGeachy) Shadowdancer (Helen Russell) Jacquie Sharpe Shepherd’s Home Hardware Shuswap Veterinary Sorensen Hay Sales South Thompson Inn & GR Spallumcheen Golf Course Streamers Party Rentals Sure Crop Feeds Tack M Up Stables The Meating Place Thompson Okanagan Classified ads Tolko Industries Tony O’s Outfitters Total Pet Touch A Texas Town Centre Dry Cleaners TTEAM/Icelandic Horse Farm Twin Heart Photo Production Valley Farrier & Equine Services Valley First Credit Union (Armstrong) Valley First Insurance (Armstrong) Tony Verbeeten Farrier Services Vernon & District Performing Arts Vernon Veterinary Clinic Vernon Water Store Wendy Elrick Counselling Services Western Canada Fire Protection Maureen Wills Wine Anyone Wonderful World of Sheepskin • 39

Mane Event Wraps Up Another Photos By Mane Event, Jan Mans

Bruce Logan, Nancy Roman, Martin Black, Ken McNabb

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The 22,000 people that attended The Mane Eve exhibitors saying that this was their best year sinc news that despite the current economy attendees we items that they hav The equine trade show had quite a number of n displaying new products and services. The trade sh had in Chilliwack expanding the trade show booth The clinics this year were outstanding with industry, including Dressage Olympian Debbie Mc and meeting with attendees,” was extremely please future. Attendees said that Debbie was On Friday night it was very interesting for Fr GiGi Bailey, a Horsemanship clinic when the pow front of Heritage Park. Frankie and GiGi kept go crowd stayed as long as they could before the Exp management that power would not The presentations by Jonathan Field, including very popular with lots of interesting information an even train peop If you had questions before the expo on Bits an of the best in the business, Dale Myler. Dale is on Missouri. Dale provided some great informa Another first time participant at the expo, R Cowboy Dressage throughout the weekend and du many of the attendees stating it was un The Equine Experience was again packed to th teams and breed demos. The Icelandics gave a liv Ruben Villasenor providing examp This year’s Trainers Challenge, with a newly e with Ken McNabb fi lling in for Josh Lyons who w emergency. Martin Black who had his leg broken in participated while Bruce Logan fi lled in for Jon Ensi a mule and was unable to attend. It seems that this y when all of the dust settled Martin Black was crown All three participants received beautiful bronzes f handcrafted silver spurs from Frank Principe, a lo trainers can make starting a colt look, but don’t be f America and some of the best bred colts from the D tried at The Mane Event returns next spring to West Watch their website

r Successful Event In Chilliwack

sfield, Mark Mcmillan, Saddle Up

ent this year were in the buying mood with many ce the event’s inception six years ago. It was great ere willing to open the wallets and spend on those ve been saving for. new exhibitors from all over Canada and the USA how was also the largest The Mane Event has ever hs along the front of the Morand Industries arena. h information given by some of the best in the cDonald. Debbie, who said “she enjoyed the expo ed with the crowds and hopes to come back in the incredible and so easy to understand. rankie Chesler-Ortiz giving a Jumping clinic and wer went out due to some downed power lines in oing with only the use of emergency lights. The po was forced to close as the BC Hydro informed t be restored for a couple of hours. a joint session with Dale Myler, of Myler Bits were nd even attendees acting like a horse, Jonathan can ple… I guess! nd Bitting they should have been answered by one ne of the brothers that founded Myler Bits out of ation at his presentations over the weekend. Ruben Villasenor, entertained the crowd with his uring the Saturday Night Equine Experience, with nlike anything they had seen before. he rafters with eager attendees watching the drill ely demonstration as well as Jonathan Field and ples of outstanding horsemanship. expanded larger seating area, had its own drama was not able to attend due to a last minute family n July and is still on the mend “cowboyed up” and ign who had his leg broken when he was kicked by year was a challenge for the Trainers Challenge but ned the Champion of the 2009 Trainers Challenge. from Tymarc Art Studio of Alberta and gorgeous ocal BC silversmith. It is amazing how easy these fooled these are some of the best trainers in North Douglas Lake Ranch, not something that should be home. terner Park in Red Deer, AB April 23 – 25, 2010. om for clinicians to be announced shortly. • 41

Langley Riders Drill Team

By Amber Gambling

Langley Riders Mounted Drill Team is a family orientated drill team that originated in 1966 and has been going strong ever since. They originated in the Fraser Valley but travel all over BC to perform a synchronized pattern of beauty on horseback.


he pace is anywhere from a trot to a flat-out gallop, and no one is forced to do something that they are not comfortable doing. The team is comprised of many families aging from 16 and up, and the thing is everyone loves it. They could be splashing in mud or getting burnt in the sun, but it never seems to bother them. You can’t go to one of their shows without seeing every person around smiling. They practice year-round, and in all kinds of weather. Without this kind of support I doubt the team would exist. On the team they love all the acquired talents. One of their riders sang her little heart out in Merritt when the rodeo needed a person to sing both the Canadian and American anthems. It’s a team where not only the riders can profit from the experience but the horses can too. They get used to the crowds, loud noises and get better connected to their riders. No horse is ever discriminated. They truly put the wow into rodeo. They perform these majestic dances on horseback through practice and commitment. It’s a team that truly brings 42 • Saddle Up • December 2009

the community together. Langley Riders can be seen at many events including the Langley Airport Canada Day Celebration, the P.N.E., Pemberton Equifest, Hastings Raceway, Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo and many others. Everyone on the team is truly happy to contend with the travelling and teamwork that produce great results. The main fact is that they are a team, coming up with new ideas as they go along. Any new ones and new members are always welcomed to our circle of friends. Some of the members have been on the team for up to nine years, and they still love it. Through this team everyone gets to see kids grow up and never break fully away from their families, why? Because the Langley Riders Drill Team holds them together and makes memories that they will never forget! Everyone on the team is thrilled to have the perfect fast-paced performance but even at their worst moments; they stick together and will continue to hold together in the future. Flags flying proudly in the wind, the sound of thundering hooves and there they are a team of love, learning and

spirit. Through the good and the bad. Now imagine if you were with them. All you need is a Western saddle. They even had some girls out that had ridden English all their lives and borrowed the saddle and joined. Now they enjoy both parts of the horse world. If you are interested in joining or getting involved we are holding open houses now. If you want to come see them, you won’t regret it, trust me. For information contact our director at Krystina Kowalik - langleyridersdrill@ or visit our website at

Amber Gambling and Whinnie

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas... everywhere you go... Saddle Up presents gift ideas from our advertisers on the following pages. All kinds of ideas for our horsey readers.


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Heading out on the trail? Got identification tucked into a pocket, just in case? Which pocket? Remember, if you’re injured and unconscious, whoever fi nds you shouldn’t move you until paramedics arrive, in case you have a spinal cord injury. Isn’t there someone you’d like notified immediately? And what about your horse? Where’ll they take ol’ Blaze if you’re headed to hospital? Or what if you’re okay but Sundance bolts way down the trail? Will whoever finds Midnight know who to call? Paramedics always look at your wrists, because that’s where they fi nd medic alert bracelets for people on vital medication. So what better place to keep your ID, including emergency contact phone numbers, than on your wrist? That’s the idea behind the Emergency Rider ID wristband, available exclusively through Horse Council BC. The eye catching ID wristband has premium 3M reflective tape, and a special waterproof ID card that you fi ll out with your emergency contact and vital medical information, and tuck into a pocket underneath the Velcro strip. The Emergency Horse ID has a similar waterproof card tucked inside a Velcro strip, where you can write in emergency contact information (cell number, address, maybe your veterinarian’s number). It’s also reflective and waterproof, and has a flexible nitrile rubber ring at each end so it can be

threaded onto a bridle or halter strap, and comes with a carabiner clip in case you want to snap it onto a D-ring on your saddle. Just a little extra insurance, which we hope you’ll never need. Order when you pay your 2010 Horse Council BC membership fees to save GST and postage. Visit www. or call HCBC at 1-800-345-8055 or 604-856-4304. Rider ID only: $16.95. Horse ID only: $15.95. Horse & Rider set: $29.95

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Ray’s Saddlery Say it with Leather! Give your favourite rider a custom gift they will cherish forever. Custom belts in various designs or design your own. Personalize it with initials or farm name... custom tack, knife sheaths, gun cases, guitar straps, wallets or even a custom made saddle. We do repairs as well... and Gift Certificates are available for that ‘hard to shop for’ person in your life!


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We have a great selection of purses and wallets from American West, Western Trenditions, and Lou-Ella for that someone special in your life. And we offer a huge inventory of saddles, including this Irvine Barrel Racer with a 14” Purple/Blue Stingray Seat. A very Classy Saddle for the competitor in your family offered at $2399.95.

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Merry Christmas to all our customers - from the staff at The Dog & Pony

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Santa Shops At Dog & Pony! Christmas is a great time to shop at B.C.’s favourite tack shop - The Dog & Pony. They have a great selection of Breyer collectable toys, fun equestrian theme decorations, calendars, books, tack, and of course their famous Fashion Department. The staff ’s favourite items this year are Eskadron coolers, saddle club Breyers, European calendars in Jumper, Dressage & Eventing, Stud Muffins and anything from Eurostar or Pikeur!

All Round Outfitters Being a Sears outlet - it’s not just tack offered here - shopping for the entire family! But if it has to be horsey... what about some Montana Silver? Whether it’s for him or her... always sure to please. And we carry Courts Saddles which are a hit with the barrels racers - just ask Bonnie!

We carry all these lines and more: Professional’s Choice GREAT SELECTION OF Weaver Leather MONTANA SILVER Courts Saddles INCLUDING MENS AND LADIES Classic Equine WATCHES, BUCKLES, EARRINGS Dale Martin AND NECKLACES Impact Gel Sergio Lub Handcrafted Copper Magnetic Bracelets (for the whole family) We also carry Hunting Equipment and Supplies. This and more is all tucked into the back of the Oliver Appliance store and NOW the Oliver Greyhound Bus Depot. Log onto or call 1-800-26-SEARS

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COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT Thank you all for your generous and outpouring support during my hospital stay. We’re back at work and the shop is open. Come on by for coffee. The Best of the Season to you all!

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Get Carhartt for Christmas at Country West Supply How about a textured polyester fleece jacket? This jacket has grid-textured fleece to increase durability and decrease pilling. Made of 9.5-ounce polyester fleece, it features a heavy-duty zipper, adjustable drawcord hem and two large front pockets. It also has a left-chest map pocket with covered zip closure for security. Available in Men’s and Ladies at $109.99 (various colours available) Also Available in a Vest at $94.99.

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Be comfy with Cariboo Outback The Copperfield is a great looking 3/4 length Oilskin Jacket. Full shoulder cape, zip-up styling with snap-over storm front and draw string waist. Cargo and hand warmer pockets add to your total enjoyment; and only $129.00. Add the walkabout lined Oilskin Pants for complete protection from the elements; on at $85.00 (reg. $95.00). Keep your feet warm and comfy this winter with Mi Woolies Sheepskin Boots. We have a few styles, all with reinforced toe, solid sole, and the best of all... New Zealand Merino Wool. All on sale until the end of December.

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Shop on over at Stampede Tack Christmas is all about the giving and there’s no better place to start your Christmas shopping than at Stampede Tack & Western Wear. Whether you’re looking to spoil your loved ones, your horse or even yourself, stop by Stampede Tack to check out all their great Christmas Gift Ideas. A great example is the Fun & Fancy English Saddle Pads offered in a wide range of colours and patterns starting from $39.95. And maybe something for that person who loves the horsey décor in their home why not a beautiful looking Cutting Board with an equestrian theme to it for only $24.95.

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Pincher Creek Co-op Offers a good selection of Bernie Brown Gift ware at 20% off for Christmas. Now’s the time to put Bernie under your tree. Or start a friend on a collection of thier own! Many other gift items on sale as well. Come check us out!

Ride N Drive Horse Supplies Has the ultimate in Christmas ambiance, Jingling Sleigh Bells. Use with your harness or hang on your saddle horn. Lots of colours and sizes. Use them anywhere jingling is required. Keep a warm but safe head with a Winter Helmet Cover. Ride N Drive Horse Supplies has lots of stylish and fun colours. Fits most helmets. Keeps the wind from whistling through the vents and your neck cozy and warm. English & Western Tack Specializing in Light Pleasure Driving Harness and Equipment for Miniature Horses and Donkeys, Ponies and Light Horses. Horse Care Products, English Riding Clothing. Tucker Trail Saddles, Charles Owen Helmets and Safety Vests, Horka Helmets and Breeches, Wintec English Saddles

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

The Paddock Tack & Togs can help fill anyone’s wish list. Get your “Groove” on this Christmas with a great selection of Bags and Boots from Classic Equine. The new 2010 Designer patterns are available just in time for Santa’s Sleigh ride. Choose from four great patterns – Groovy Blooms, Venom Vibe, Rad Plaid and Crazy Paisley. Give your special angel a matching set of Accessory Bags or add extra “bling” to your horse with Designer Bells and Boots.

BodyBase by Airowear To work effectively, BodyBase should be worn next to the skin. The high tech fabric wicks and evaporates moisture away from the skin at a faster rate compared to natural fibers, such as cotton. Worn under a body protector or as a stand alone garment, BodyBase conserves energy by regulating the body temperature and ensuring the rider is not carrying around any excess moisture. The rider can then concentrate on performing at their best. Black or white. Sizes XSmall to XLarge. Contact Janet at Janian Imports for a supplier near you. • 49

WHOAS Yearly Fundraising Calendar features several herds and individual wild horses of Alberta, which are nestled in the scenic foothills of the Rocky Mountains, depicting the four seasons. Proceeds going towards an aerial census of the horses this winter, lobbying, educating the public of their existance and their plight. Along with these projects, funding also covers office and promotional products and materials. Veterinary care and training of rescued wild horses, that were otherwise doomed to the slaugher house is also covered by our yearly fundraiser. Discounts may apply to those wishing to order calendars in bulk of 50 or more.


Storewide Sale December 23-24 25% OFF Entire Inventory* (open until 9 pm Dec 23rd)

Wild Horses of Alberta Society 2010 Calendar

Our Annual Fundraising Calendar features wild herds and individual horses in their natural environment in the scenic foothills West of Sundre, Alberta. Please send a cheque/money order for $25 per calendar to: WHOAS, Box 70022, Olds, AB T4H 0A3 More info: or call 403-556-6167

The best financial advice we’ve read this year to survive these tough economic times, is to spend more time with animals... works for us! Some of our favourite things to stay toasty are Mountain Horse’s Winter Boots and Jackets; they’re warm, waterproof and styl’n! We also love Irideon’s Winter Clothing, especially Windpro Breeches and boot-cut Pants, and Fleece Tops. Under the helmet Balaclavas are made of lightweight technical fabrics that are tough, warm, flattering and feel like you’re wearing luxurious lingerie. We’ve brought in lots of beautiful and fun gifts to celebrate horses. Should your horse lover’s ‘celebration’ of horses be out of hand... the best gift of all is a content horse - help where you can! Season’s Greetings from Horses Rock and may the Horse be with You in 2010.

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High Horse Tack Is full of wonderful presents for everyone on your list. Warm tall Winter Boots and SSG Gloves will keep hands and toes toasty warm. For your horse friends, nothing is better than a cozy Bucas Blanket and your dogs will appreciate a Waterproof Blanket on those winter days. Beautiful western and english Saddle Pads are great gifts and no one can resist fun Horsey Socks. If you have a little girl on your list you do not want to miss the pink horse theme Raincoats, Boots, Hats and Umbrellas from Foxfire.

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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS Puzzles, Tins, Address Books, Mousepads, Ornaments, Gift Wrap, Stickers, Western Cards

Last chance to get retired Painted Ponies that are no longer available! Some are first editions.

BLANKETS Smart Choice $85. (winter blanket; 1200 denier)

Treadstone $119.95

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Smart Choice Blankets $55. (waterproof & breathable; 600 denier)

SADDLES 15” ALAMO Barrel Saddle $1099. (tax incl) 16” CIRCLE M Roper Saddle $1125. (tax incl)

CHECK OUT OUR BACK ROOM Full of used Tools, Bolts, Neck Yokes, old Washer, Antique Tubs and much more.

You’ve seen us at Horse Shows and Trade Fairs. Free Spirit Boutique has a beautiful and unique collection of mainly one of a kind jewelry, purses, cell phone holders, belts and gifts that cater to horse lovers and lovers of fine things; including over 150 Painted Ponies. To keep within your Christmas budget, our prices range from $5 to $180; providing quality and affordability. We can also come to you for individual home or barn parties.

• Sky of Enchantment (figurines and busts) • Cow Pony • Go Van Gogh • Big Red • Fallen Heroes • Happy Trails • Year of the Horse • Saguaro Stallion • Willing • Anasazi Spirit Horse • Ghost Horse (figurines and bust) • Apple-oosa • War Pony • Rodeo Dreams • Horse Power to Burn • Kokopelli Pony

CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS • Big Red • Deck the Halls • Happy Holidays • Caballo Brillante • Reindeer Roundup • Crystal PINS • Ghost Horse • Motorcycle Mustang • Thunderbird Suite • Happy Trails *Many others not listed* BELTS TOO Great Assortment We know what’s riding on it.

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All your Horse wants for Christmas is a Bitless Bridle! Happy Horseback Saddles carries a full line of Bitless Bridles and Side Pull combinations. Check out the reinstraps that cross under the jaw. They are rounded, so they slide well and provide a smooth release. We also offer different styles of Saddle Pads with accessories to ensure a good saddle fit and comfortable ‘Happy’ horse.

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Has everything on your Christmas Wish list. Western Wear, Boots, Hats, Jewelry, Tack, Toys, Music and more! Visit one of our 25 locations throughout Alberta and BC for that perfect gift. Everything Western! Visit for more information.

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Another good year for the Canadian Horse!

Suzie Barrio from Prince George and Pippa at Pacific Show. Photo by Ruth Donald.

Swallowfield Eno Kelbeck. Photo courtesy of Totem Photography.

The Canadian Horse Heritage & Preservation Society (CHHAPS) just passed its 7th anniversary with new members from Canada and the US. Our season started in June, when Lois Shaw and Jen Waterston organized another successful Island Canadian Dressage Show in Nanaimo. The show committee was delighted to have the walk/trot division won by little Gillian DeLure at her first show, riding Woodmont Eno Florine. Canadian Horse classes were included in the 2009 BC Sporthorse Shows in Cloverdale and Roxanne Salinas of Legacy Canadians’ stallion, Swallowfield Eno Kelbeck, ridden by Sarah Roadhouse, placed first and earned hi-point in the Canadian Horse performance, and also won the Open Senior Show Hack and Open Dressage Suitability at the June show. Betty Baxter with Cherry Creek Tonnerre Monty placed second in the open all breed equitation. At the September BC Sporthorse show, Swallowfield Eno Kelbeck and Wendy Stadt, in their first show together, looked great in the Stallion Parade and won all six of their classes, including Open Dressage Suitability and Open Show Hack. Kelbeck again took Hi-point Canadian Horse. Betty Baxter and Monty placed second both in the Canadian classes and in the well-fi lled Dressage 54 • Saddle Up • December 2009

Isabella Smith from Armstrong and Pistachio at Pacific Show. Photo by Ruth Donald.

Suitability, Amateur Owner to ride class. Roxanne’s stallion Kelbeck also showed what the breed can do this year with a win at Level 2 Dressage in a Gold Show. The CHHAPS Pacific Canadian Horse Show in July, in spite of reduced turnout, was attended by some enthusiastic first-time competitors including Julie Hickie of Cache Canadians in Alberta and her stallion, Delavoye Heros Phenom, who captured many first place ribbons. Erin Mudry of Chase, BC, who arrived without her mare due to trailering problems, won the Sportsmanship award and tied for Senior Hi-Point when she stepped up to the plate and rode Liesa Smith’s mare, Maya, as Liesa was unable to ride. Another good job by show chairs Sarah Lindsay and Betty Baxter! In August, a CHHAPS team led by Lois Shaw coordinated the warm-

Lois Shaw and Willow. Photo submitted.

By Ruth Donald

Gillian DeLure and Woodmont Eno Florine. Photo by Leila Tremblay.

up show before an appearance of the RCMP Musical Ride in Nanaimo. Lois and her mare, Willowview Dawn Nikko (“Willow”), proudly carried the Canadian flag when she entered the arena along with fellow CHHAPS member KerriLynne Wilson on her young gelding Reveille to the cheers of a sellout crowd. Willow tried to join the RCMP musical ride but, sadly, was told she was too small and the wrong colour! Congratulation to Jen Waterston, Sarah Schmidt, Lorraine Burley and Leila Tremblay for organizing a great show! The CHHAPS Performance Award Program now has 15 horses registered, and is a great vehicle for isolated Canadian Horses competing in open shows against other breeds to gain recognition for their horses in the Canadian Horse community. Among the Bronze Medal winners are Delavoye Heros Phenom in English and Western (Julie Hickie of Cache Canadians in Alberta), Gaudali Black Gyco in Dressage (Jen Waterston of Evergreen Valley Stable), Ranch D-5 Vulcain Gamine in Driving (Richard & Susan Arthur of Elk River Canadians), Roval Xno Fancy in English (Jim & Yvonne Hillsden of Cherry Creek Canadians). Swallowfield Eno Kelbeck won both a Bronze Medal in Dressage and is our first Silver Medal for English (Roxanne Salinas of Legacy Canadians).

Canadian Horse, cont’d The CHHAPS Versatility Award Program now has 27 horses earning points every year, for everything from trail rides and farm work to competitions and parades. CHHAPS has produced a Canadian Horse Calendar for 2010, an extremely attractive and high quality endeavor which is proving very popular. (Info on how to order is at The CHHAPS schedule for 2010 includes a booth and demo at the North West Horse Fair & Expo in Albany, Oregon, another Vancouver Island Dressage day, and the BC Sport Horse Show, as well as plans to revisit the site of several successful shows in previous years, the historic O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon, BC. CHHAPS welcomes and appreciates the participation of members from all over, whether geographically isolated Canadian Horse owners or fans who are only able to connect and volunteer electronically, or a group who are motivated to put on a Canadian Horse event in a new geographic location. Visit our website at www.chhaps. org or contact one of our directors for more information.

BC Miniature Horse Club News If you did not make it to The Mane Event you missed a great expo, but most of all you missed seeing the cutest minis in the world on display in our booth! This event just keeps getting bigger and bigger which means our booth gets more and more crowded. But our minis and members just love it. Hmmm… constant petting for the minis and people who want to listen to you talk about your mini… wow what more could you ask for! Lots of information was given out, many people took our brochures for later contact, and many were just glad to get a chance to pet one of the little guys. Our demos were well attended and enjoyed by many. However, the Drill Team performance during the Equine Experience was an absolute hit. I believe we received a standing ovation. It was a tough job for the little guys since the ground was really deep but most of them just ‘dug in’ and pushed on thru. Real Troopers these guys! The Drill Team is now officially called the BC Mighty Minis. Looks like we are gonna be pretty busy in 2010. Already we have several venues asking us to appear for their events. Practice, practice, practice makes us better and better and we are having fun too! By the time you read this we will have held our yearly AGM. New executives will have been elected and will already be hard at work. Each year more and more members bring diversity to our club. It used to be just AMHA showing or playing with them. Now we have AMHA showing, AMHR showing, Drill team, TREC, CDE, Arena trials and yes still just playing with them. The avenues for showing and using your minis seem to be getting endless. Take some time to join us and check out the possibilities. Our activities committee has already met and is beginning the plans for next year. We are looking at a Driving clinic with Patti Cloke in March and an In-hand clinic with Barb

Calendar: Cover photo by Leila Tremblay

By Margaret Walmsley

Our booth at The Mane Event.

MacDonald in April. We are already working out what will best help us all out with our minis. Most importantly will be a clinic in February that will cover Foaling and what to expect and how to handle the unexpected. This overview is excellent for the new breeder or long time breeder as well. Joanne Ross brings a wealth of information to the table. She is knowledgeable and informative and covers a multitude of areas around the whole ‘mystery’ of birth. This clinic is open to all horse folk - mini and big horse alike. Wishing all of you mini folk a Merry Christmas and may your New Year’s begin with a barn full of happy horses. For any information on these events or about minis, contact Margaret Walmsley 604-856-1419. • 55


Horse as Teacher: The Path to Relationship, the second book in a revolutionary new series, featuring three women from British Columbia, inspires readers to see not only the beauty of horses, but to understand the horse’s natural ability to transform lives. This powerful and engaging book will be released end of November. The second publication in the Horse as Teacher book series, brings together a herd of 10 horsewomen from around the world who have taken the path of creating truly connected relationships with the horses in their lives. These women are soul collaborators who share their joy, their sorrow, and the powerful life-changing teaching of their horses. They want the world to understand the beautiful sentient nature of horse as each

story holds the reader captive through the pages of words that envelop the soul. The Path to Relationship explores a new kind of horsemanship; one that delves into the incredible capacity of horses to teach us about heart connection, emotional balance, authenticity and truly empowered relationships. As Barbara Rector, Director of Adventures in Awareness, and a pioneer in working with horse consciousness and the horse/human relationship writes, in her Foreword, “The appeal of these stories from persistent, patient women is in their authentic voices. Listening to and allowing the expression of the healing gifts horses offer through relationship deepens awareness and develops consciousness. This collection of stories offers us the opportunity to step into that world and experience what horses can

teach us about relationship. Be ready to see relationships in a whole new way!” This book will be available November 23rd, 2009 for $19.95 + tax, shipping and handling, and can be ordered from our three Canadian contributing authors: Linda Ann Bowling (Langley) at www.; Helen Amanda Russell (Armstrong) at www.; and Sandra Wallin (Maple Ridge) at

Tails to be Told …A treasure chest of memories. We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, and share your photos and memories with us. This is not a contest – it is your moment to share with our readers anything from days gone by. The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you.

Nancy Roman, 1970

STORIES MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PHOTO Send Saddle Up one photo and your memoirs (up to 250 words maximum please). Memoirs will be printed as space allows each month. Please include your phone number and location for our files and verification if needed. We would like to print your name (or initials) and location with your submission. You are welcome to send one or more in the months ahead as well. This will be a regular monthly feature… so start looking through those photo albums and share your stories with us. Photos will only be returned if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. See page 4 for contact information.

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Okanagan Miniature Horse Club Update This summer I discovered why Louellen Rempel cries during the happiest moments of her life… Her chapter on horses started with her Mom, Dad and a Welsh Pony named, Bambi. Louellen was three. She rode with her sister their whole childhood, while Mom, the best camp cook, fed family and tag-along friends, while Dad, their number one groom, polished everyone’s shoes. Every show, he’d be at the gate with a dust rag in his back pocket and brush in hand. To the pony they added Arabs and a Thoroughbred. When the mare she’d had for 21 years, died in 1995, Louellen decided to close the chapter… for a while. In 2004, her Dad’s dream was to own another horse after they moved to the Okanagan. Sadly, he never lived in the deluxe suite Scott and Louellen built for him. Soon after Louellen bought Belle, a Quarter Horse mare, her Mom started to consider Miniature horses. Joy, at the Paddock, directed them to Joan Cunningham who led them to Vista Valley Colour by Request. Anyone ever heard the phrase “one mini just wasn’t enough?” “Dee Dee’s” full sister, Vista Valley Triple Play became number two. Number three came into their lives shortly after Louellen met another special person at an OMHC Fun day. Sandra Frank was “hilarious.” When Sandra introduced her to Silver Birchs Caught by Surprise, Louellen knew this was an exceptional horse, full of potential. Scott’s Valentine Day’s card contained the message that Surprise was hers. As a four month old, Surprise won her colour class at the IPE and has been winning ever since. There’s another filly, a stallion, new friends and more to the story, but as this article is supposed to be limited in length, that chapter will have to be told as it unfolds. For someone who wins as often as she does, Louellen is one of the most thankful people I know. She reminds her “adopted” daughters, Raphaela and Michela, “In all our daily activities, remember to say thank-you to the people who have helped you along the way.” When she is recognized for the hard work she has invested in her horses, she thinks of her parents, her husband and her friends and the hard work they’ve invested in her. Next time Louellen wins something special and you see her crying, follow her gaze to the gate. You might just see her dad standing next to all the other people she’s grateful for.

Thank you to Pat Goodliffe for organizing the windup Fun Day in September at the Vernon District Riding Club. Anna Dewolf summed it up eloquently, “Last Sunday was an absolutely delightful day in so many ways... good company, happy people, beautiful weather, lovely scenery, good food, and grateful to be there ... heaven on earth.”

By Melanie Russo

Four ladies that inspire each other; Raphaela Russo & Dee Dee, Louellen Rempel & Surprise, Joan Cunningham & TP, Michela Russo & Pearl at the Wild Rose Show, Olds AB. Photo by Rick Kroll Photography

Louellen & Silver Birchs Caught by Surprise winning the 3-year-old Driving Futurity. Scott and Louellen donated the cart and harness to a young lady they hope will remember to be thankful as she pursues showing miniature horses. Photo by Rick Kroll Photography

Three-Armed, Twelve-Legged Races, OMHC Funday at VDRC. Photo by Melanie Russo • 57

Kelowna Gymkhana Club

By Amanda Blamire

The Kelowna Gymkhana Club had its year-end Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 14. An awesome potluck and turnout of almost 100 people. Results were as follows: Masters: 1. Donna Hinchliffe on Tellee 2. Debbie Wright on Lily 3. Linda Lamberton on Ali 4. Liz Gibbs on Patch 5. Brent Sedore on Fireball 6. Gord Wight on Rebel 7. Chris Robinson on Diego 8. Heather Robson on Flash Senior: 1. Amanda Blamire on Leo 2. Amanda Blamire on Lightning 3. Amanda Verkerk on Chinook 4. Tarja McLean on Willow 5. Jennifer Bennet on Scotch 6. Ashley Robinson on Classie and Lissa Quinlan on Champagne, Coors, and Whisky 7. Jade Schleppe on Honey 8. Kyra Caorso on Misty Youth: 1. Jessie Tarr on Chanook 2. Vickie Jeffrey on Cosmos 3. Kristen Bransfield on Tiki and Amy Russo on Mya 4. Kayla Stromsten on Skittles 5. George Raye on In the Mood 6. Shauna Mailey on Pallas 7. Asia Cole on Oakley 8. Jessie Tarr on Highwood Lady and Cola Junior: 1. Raija McLean on Mikey 2. Hannah Prive on Shadow 3. Ryan Moffat on Rooh 4. Karly Roth on Niska 5. Emily Allen on Shalina and Shiloh Peewee: 1. Steven Robson on Connie 2. Kordell Bennett on Scotch 3. Ashley Robson on Shinga 4. Bobbi-Jo Macmillan on Rusty 5. Parker McLean on Chicky 6. Paivi McLean on Willow 7. Daylce Russo on Willow, Mya and Spring 8. Madison Shanks on Lulu and Honey 9. Tristan Shanks on Honey

Rod Macmillan Memorial Sportsmanship trophy presented by Debbie Wright (holding photo) to Brent Sedore

Amanda Blamire with Simone Blamire

Kristen Bransfield

Steven Robson Kyra Casorso

Most Improved - Jennifer Bennett Rod Macmillan Memorial Most Sportsmanlike - Brent Sedore

Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors for making 2009 such a huge success. See you in 2010.

Panorama Veterinary Services Alex Wales and Susan Wales

Season’s Greetings

thank you for

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your patronage in 2009 and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 1818 Davidson Rd., Winfield, BC • 250-766-4310 58 • Saddle Up • December 2009

Karly Roth


To our clients past, present and future and to the many friends we have made over the years. May you all have a joyous holiday season and a prosperous new year! The Delichte Family 250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC

Totem Saddle Club’s Great Year End The Terrace Totem Saddle Club held the most delicious year-end banquet Oct 24. The pot luck brought out the great cooks as well as great riders. Awards were given out for the Gymkhanas and Cattle Sorting.

2009 Gymkhana Year End Awards Participation Awards for Lead Line: Colby Bowles, Meghan Bowles, Justin Rempel and Tatum Long High Point Jr. D Denver Long and Tabbu High Point Jr. C Cassie Penfold and Tabbu High Point Jr. B Isabelle Heaman and Jock Amanda Stella and Tequila Freddy Merkel and Lily High Point Jr. A Chelsea Chilibeck and Maggie Michalla Heighington and Triton High Point Senior Lyn Rempel and Whisper Jason Rempel and DJ Jocelyn Benoit and Cheeki High Point Master Dan Muller and Marsh Vera Heaman and KD Carolyn Stella and Rain

By Marty Cox

Penfold; announcer – Sue Roberts; office help – Bev Carmichael, Martha Swinn

Cattle Sorting Year End Results Fastest time: 57.65 seconds, team: Jocelyn Benoit, Isabelle Heaman, Cindy Reed Premade team: 68 cows, team: Isabelle Heaman, Cassie Penfold, Craig Penfold Seniors Lyn Rempel, 85 cows Vera Heaman, 82 cows Jocelyn Benoit, 75 cows Juniors Isabelle Heaman, 82 cows Freddy Merkel, 72 cows Melanie Koopmans, 55 cows Little Britches Jennifer Rempel, 61 cows

Dan Muller and Marsh High Point Masters

We’re looking forward to next year and hope to have more riders and more fun. Hope to get Clear Rounds and Percentage Days up and running again. Have a great winter. Chelsea Chilibeck and Maggie High Point Horse and Rider plus many fastest times

Fastest times Keyhole: Chelsea Chilibeck, 8.822 Ring spearing: Chelsea Chilibeck, 9.060 Figure 8: Chelsea Chilibeck, 19.115 Pole bending: Chelsea Chilibeck, 23.691 Scurries: Chelsea Chilibeck, 9.283 Flag picking: Isabelle Heaman, 10.309 Barrels: Cassie Penfold, 16.645 High Point Horse: Maggie High Point Rider: Chelsea Chilibeck

Congratulations to our riders and thanks to all who participated. Also a very BIG thank you to the helpers who may it all work: Judge Audra Johnson; ground crew - Elaine Rempel, Cam

Jennifer Rempel and Pixie Second High Point Jr. C

Cassie Penfold and Tabu: Fastest time barrels and High Point Jr. C

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“Thanks for keeping “us” in your feed buckets this past year. Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2010.” Dr. Reed’s Supplements Phone/email for information or a dealer nearest you:

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Denver Long and Tabbu High Point Jr. D • 59

Hot August Hooves Trophy Show

By Pam Malekow

I must apologize for the delay in writing the results for the show, but busy schedules seem to take over my life! Since the show, Hot August Hooves Trophy Show was voted the best show in 2009 by HCBC. We are so excited about this accomplishment! On Aug. 20-22, 2009, the Horse Association of Central Kootenay held the fourth Annual Hot August Hooves Trophy Show. What an amazing weekend it was. The best turnout since running the show. We had competitors come from Penticton, Summerland, Rock Creek, Grand Forks, Christina Linda Smith & My Spirit Brother Lake, Castlegar, Slocan Park, Crescent Valley, Fruitvale, Salmo, Rossland and Cranbrook. Western 19 and Over: The weather was amazing! A bit hot on Friday Jackie Pollard riding Tivios Sweet Candace for the Dressage and Jumping, but it cooled down a bit for the Catie Hinchcliffe - Overall Reserve Weekend Reserve: Merna Boltz riding Bambi Champion English on Saturday and the Western on Sunday. Overall, it was Tivio Western 18 and Under: an amazing weekend. Catie Hinchcliffe riding Eartha Our judges, Cindy and Tanya Ryan, from the Horizon Reserve: Jesse Horkoff riding Star Western Walk/Jog: Equine Facility in Cranbrook, put us through our paces for the Jory Pollard riding Royal King Jackson Reserve: Janine Issel riding Patience weekend! They were terrific! Tanya set up some challenging Halter Champion: trail courses for the competitors to test their skills, and Cindy Jackie Smolinski with Valhalla Gold Showmanship Champion: made everyone work for those gorgeous rosettes and prizes! We Pam Malekow with Tejonas Gold Sierra English 19 and Over: all enjoyed a very fun potluck supper on Saturday night, which Janette Lauritzen riding Beyond Sensational hailed some great eats for all! Reserve: Sam Levick riding Evan A very special thank you to the many volunteers who helped English 18 and Under: Catie Hinchcliffe riding Eartha at the show, especially Barb MacOrmond, who is our amazing Reserve: Claire Samulak riding CSR Forcaster Pam Malekow & Tejonas Gold Sierra English Walk/Trot: show secretary! Also HUGE hats off to the many sponsors of Jory Pollard riding Royal King Jackson Reserve: Melissa Reimche riding Classadala the show. Without both the volunteers and sponsors, the show Dressage High Score: would not go on! Wendy Price riding Ima Painted Skeeters Reserve: Vicki Pether riding Clydescope The champion results for the weekend: Jumping Champion: Overall Champion of the Weekend: Jory Pollard riding Royal King Jackson Reserve: Catie Hinchcliffe riding Eartha

OOPS - Correction! Hi Nancy - I was very happy to see the spread about Canadian Pony Club Quiz in the November issue! We always need more exposure. I was the first placed A/B individual. I would like to make a correction though. I realize that it came from Pony Club itself because it was posted incorrectly on the website and throughout the competition, but I am from B.C. Islands Region, not B.C. Interior North. The third placed A/B team that I was on was also from B.C. Islands. I hope you can post a correction in December’s issue. Thanks! - Emily Harris

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Mikhaela Bakakas riding Lacey Reserve: Megan McTeer riding Quaker Paint Horse Champion: Sasha Hopp riding Norfleet’s Indy Pop

Seasons Greetings from Saddle Up to all of you. Enjoy the Holidays!

South Okanagan Horse Association News Winter is hinting at its impending arrival, even though we try to deny it. The frost has been very heavy the past few mornings and just the other day we awoke to (gasp) a light dusting of the other kind of white stuff. By the time Christmas comes, most of us will welcome some seasonal and traditional snow, and of course the skiers will be delighted. For myself, I am no longer a winter fan. I used to ride through the deep and fluff y white stuff for hours, and in fact once had a 16 hand paint horse stuck in a snow drift. That came about by riding through an area where I had been through only a few days before. My gelding Paleface, (bald face and 2 blue eyes) stopped between some trees, not wanting to go forward. I inspected the area with my limited human senses and decreed that it was quite safe to proceed. Paleface almost gave a shrug, as if to say “you’re the boss” and took a great leap and lunge forward. He came to a stop in a huge drift with the snow belly deep and covering my toes in the stirrups. He turned his head and gave me a really dirty look. I had to decide what to do next. I thought about getting off and trying to lead him but realized that the snow drift

would be waist deep and Paleface would no doubt leave and go home alone. I hiked my feet as high as I could, took a good hold and encouraged him to get us out of there, which he did with a bit of struggle and lots of flying snow. I trust my horse’s instincts much more as I get older and hopefully wiser. On a more serious note we had our AGM and elections on November 10 with the following results: President - M. Edna Hugo; Vice President - Melanie Gutsell; Secretary – Alex MacRae; Treasurer - Sherry Ripplinger; and Directors - Jana Hill, Auggi Ripplinger, Diana Huva, Tera-lee Caverly, Elsen den Boer. We wish all of you a very Happy Holiday season and a health, happy, and successful New Year in all your endeavours. Keep on “horsin’ around.”

By Janice Goodman

English line-up


Photos from our seasons final Heritage Show.

Mac Tebbutt in Trail Class

South OK Horsewomen’s Dinner The South Okanagan Horsewomen’s Dinner is being held Friday, January 29 at the Ramada Inn in Penticton. Tickets are $25 and available after January 1st at the Ramada Inn front desk (advance purchase only). Happy Hour begins at 6 p.m. and the Buffet Dinner ready at 7 p.m. This year Horses Rock is presenting a Fashion Show with the newest head-to-toe fashions, practical and fancy. Nickers Saddlery will be showcasing items from their large stock of wares for both horse and rider and Dana’s great Sensation saddles. Sheila Ehmann will have a table of beautiful Silpada Design jewellery. Western artist Janice Blackie-Goodine will be here showing her work of images of western life, historical and modern, on leather and canvas.

After the dinner and fashion show, there will be “entertainment” in keeping with the main aim of our dinner FUN! Open mic available for anyone who wants to speak up. Any monies raised as a result of our evening’s antics will be donated to the B.C. Interior Horse Rescue. There will be a box ready to receive usable (but no longer wanted) halters, grooming items, blankets, feed pans, etc. that one may wish to donate to the Horse Rescue cause. A little help goes a long way! Come and enjoy an evening with a bunch of great women! - Submitted by Maryan Dennison, Audra Moir, and some very able helpers. • 61

Alberta Donkey and Mule News

By Marlene Quiring

Our Semi Annual meeting held near Devon, AB. in October was a very positive afternoon with a good turnout of enthusiastic members. A potluck lunch was enjoyed by all and after the meeting, Doug Moran gave us a very interesting presentation on insulin resistance in our stock and then answered a variety of questions relating to this and other topics including tack fit. Doug and his wife Sue operate Poplar Ridge Tack, west of Wetaskiwin, and Doug is also a Certified Equine Sports Therapist. Congratulations go out to our own Russ Shandro for his 3rd place win at the Working Mountain Horse Open Competition on his mule Ruger in September. When Russ started the course on Ruger, the announcer stated that “mules usually weren’t good at this.” I think Ruger may have convinced the judges and a few others that that statement was not true! Trail Riders at the Rust Campout in Sept.(l to r) Brian Sutherland of It’s a little early to have all our dates nailed down for all Blackfalds, Ray MacNeil of Clive and Roy Quiring of Ponoka. the events that were proposed at the meeting, but I want to give you a heads up on what’s in the planning stages for 2010! * Annual General Meeting, Sunday, March 7, Ponoka, AB. Potluck Dinner. * The Mane Event, April 23 –25, club booth and hopefully demo critters. Jerry Tindell from California has been invited back so we look forward to his presentations again. Workers will be needed for the booth. Call Paul or Vicki 780-987-3746. * A Driving Clinic is being planned for the spring. Date TBA. Contact Colleen Campbell 780-672-6105. * Doug Moran is willing to do a clinic for us in the spring on Therapeutic Massage and Saddle Fitting. Date for that also TBA. Dave and Winnie Badgerow of Debolt and their team of mules participating at the Rust ride in Ponoka. * Fort Assiniboine Wildland Park Trail Ride, May 21-23. * Teacher/Trainer, Jerry Tindell will be back for a series of Clinics running from around June 22-July 5. Contact Marlene Quiring 403-783-5210. * Donalda Trail Ride, Date TBA. * Hummingbird Trail Ride, July 27–29. * Tees Longears Days, August 21–22. * Sept. 8–12, Spruce Meadows Battle of the Breeds, Showcase and Equi Fair. * Pembina Trail Ride, Date TBA. I may have missed some events, but this will give you a good start to planning your New Year! Christmas is a great time of the year to take stock of how things have progressed [or not!] with your stock. Why not consider signing up for a clinic in 2010 or giving it as a Christmas gift to your spouse? If you can help with, or are interested in, any of our events, please contact a club member or check out our site to get more information. Members… if you have a story or article to contribute to our newsletter, we would very much appreciate hearing from you. Please contact me at 403-783-5210 or e-mail We also need your photos! That’s all for this month. From our house to yours, may you have a safe, happy and blessed Christmas and make sure that your critters are also safe, happy and healthy. 62 • Saddle Up • December 2009

Yours truly and Smokin’ Joe - 26 years young!

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association Hello and Happy Holidays! I hope everyone is having a President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz wonderful holiday season! Have Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 you got your wish lists ready? I Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 Secretary / Webpage Editor: Sean Newton 250-546-8088 usually give mine to the ladies at my favorite tack shop... ha ha. Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-832-4111 This way all my husband has to Flying Carpet: Deborah Mikkelsen 250-548-3899 do is go in and pick out a couple Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 of the things I have chosen and and/or Cheryl Johnson the ladies have it all ready. Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 He loves doing this because they spoil him in there. They give him hot chocolate and a comfy place to sit and visit. Hmm, wish my shopping was that easy… Here’s wishing you all many horse hugs this Holiday season and many more in the New Year! - Cheers, Alaina BC Interior Arabian Horse Association

Dawn Heppner & BG Khaliff.

LEGION OF HONOUR “AHA’s premier recognition program for horses that actively compete.” Achievement Awards symbols printed behind a horse’s name provide a visible sign of honour and prestige. Horses earn points for competing and placing in AHA-recognized events. This unique program may be the only one in the equine industry that adds achievement symbols that become a permanent part of a horse’s name. Neyonlites+, owned by Cathy Southwell, has achieved his Legion of Honour. It has been not just a journey in the show ring but a journey in life to achieve this milestone. Cathy and Neyon have acquired every point needed for this award as a team. Cathy would like to thank all the wonderful people she has met in the Arabian horse world and especially her trainer Dawn Heppner and Damarhe Training. This year Regionals were held at Thunderbird Show Park, in Langley. Cathy and Neyonlites+ achieved Top Five in - Arabian Sport Under Saddle ATR, Arabian Sport Horse Show Hack, Arabian Sport Horse Show Hack ATR, Arabian Hunter Pleasure AATR 40+, and Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 40+. These were large classes and they worked very hard and looked great! “Thank you Dawn, for helping Neyon and I reach this dream, and for making it so much fun along the way!” Cathy. BG Khaliff also went to Regionals where he showed very well and he won the pre show! This stunning colt, sired by Piaff is truly one to look for as a future breeding stallion. He has very straight legs, correct conformation, and beautiful flowing movement. “Romeo” as he is lovingly called, brings a lot to the table. REIMER’S FARM SERVICE “Thank you to Bob and Gail Williams of Stony Serving the Okanagan since 1988 Plain, AB for asking me * Shavings * Sawdust * Bark Mulch to present this great colt! I really enjoyed him. All the Thank you for your support over the years. best to you! - Dawn and Wishing you all a Damarhe Training.

Safe and Happy Holiday Season! - Kevin Reimer and team Cathy Southwell & Neyonlites+

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Endurance Riders Association of BC 2009 Year End Award Winners Officers & Directors 2009 President - Brenda VP - Ruth Moorby Secretary - Pat Carnegie Treasurer - Louise Abbott Directors: Madeline Bateman Brenna Mayer Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Karen Ellis June Melhuish Lynn Wallden

The Endurance Riders Association of BC met in Merritt for their annual general meeting on Nov. 14 to deal with the business of the club, election of officers and recognize the successes of its members in 2009 with an awards banquet. The new slate of officers is as follows: President: June Melhuish Vice-president: Ruth Moorby Treasurer: Lynn Wallden Secretary: Lori Bewza Directors – Brenda Miskimmin, Louise Abbott, Madeline Bateman, Brenna Mayer, Elaine Bessuille, Terre O’Brennan, Karen Ellis, Garry Forde, Cheryl Dzida A tremendous thank you goes to the retiring executive of Brenda Miskimmin, Louise Abbott, and Pat Carnegie – you left gigantic shoes to fi ll! Thanks also to the directors who have volunteered to try! And welcome to new directors Garry and Cheryl! Following the business of the club, Dr. Mike Peterson shared the high points and insights of a lecture he recently attended on Equine Behaviour, which was given by Dr. Robert Miller Following that, we heard from the club’s Tevis Cup participants – Danny Grant, Karen Ellis, and Kim Hoffmarks, and watched their slide and video presentations. (Tevis is reputed to be the toughest 100-mile endurance ride in North America.) 64 • Saddle Up • December 2009

Generously sponsored by BC Gaming Commission, The Horse Barn, Elroy Karius and Gail Jewell Grand Champion and Top Ten (BC rides only) (Accumulated points by mileage and placing) 1. Bewza, Lori (Grand Champion) with Black Majik 2. Miskimmin, Brenda with MC Penny Too 3. Mackenzie, Bianca with Cupdio 4. Karius, Elroy with Jolly Holiday 5. Ellis, Karen with SS Electra 6. Jewell, Gail with KD Colonel 7. Roukema, Nellie with MS Harrison Bey 8. Mackenzie, Murray with Atomic 9. Hart, Barbara with Kool as Ice 10. Dzida, Cheryl with RP Zubayadas Nthn Thunder Overall High Mileage, Any Number of Horses: Gail Jewell 930 miles High Point Junior Top 5 Macleod, Makayla with Driftwoods Bellanca Gutsell, Justin with Ford Moorby, Teri Lynn with Mystique Knight Levermann, Katya with Jamil Bey Rhys Levermann, Anya with Jamil Bey Rhys Overall High Mileage Junior: Ariel Macleod Limited Distance Mileage Award: Leisa Hlushko Partners Award (In recognition of the extraordinary bond between horse and rider) Lori Bewza and Black Majik ERABC Best Condition Award: Lil Schmidt Memorial (sponsored by Elroy Karius and Gayle Jewell): Murray and Bianca Mackenzie – riding Atomic and Cupidio Morgan High Point Award: Lori Bewza & Black Majik True Endurance Award - “For someone who picks himself up and gets back in the saddle, every time” - Garry Forde

At the end of this ride season, the call went out to members to help with this article by sharing their answers to the question “Why do you ride endurance?” Sometimes a sport can be best understood by becoming aware of just what it is that the participants “get” from it. Here are some of the answers – to be continued next month! (Maybe those of other disciplines could write in to Saddle Up and share their thoughts on their own sport.) “I find that endurance gives the perfect time to really partner up with my horse. You need to think out every move you make to ensure your horse comes through both happy and sound. My idea of a successful ride is when I come in from a 50-mile ride and my horse pulses down right and she still feels good to go on another loop.” Lynn Paul, Westbridge “We like endurance for several reasons. I like to trail ride at a somewhat accelerated speed and to experience

Brenda Miskimmin presents Grand Champion Award to Lori Bewza

Madeline Bateman presents Partners Award to Lori Bewza

Nora Hudson and Tory

new trails. I get to know my horse and what it is capable of under veterinary supervision. I need marked trails and competitors to improve my horsemanship and knowledge. I also enjoy horse camping in good weather.” Fred and Christine in Maple Ridge “My reasons are the challenges: challenges against the trail; challenges to accumulate the points; challenges in bringing happy horses along to do

Endurance Riders, cont’d

At the water tub - Katrin Levermann and Anya.

4,500-plus miles of competition with long-lasting endurance in the forefront; challenges to see those successful miles building; challenges to keep going despite soreness, age and financial challenges; challenges in learning more and more about equine physiology, physical makeup and health; challenges to…” Barbara in Westbank

Roman Ramblings

“The reason I love riding endurance is you can do it with your family, different trails, scenery, fresh air - and the horses enjoy the trails as well. Wonderful company, love the volunteers and vets.” Melanie in Penticton “I love to ride endurance because I love to see incredible scenery between the ears of my horse and I love 100 milers best of all because when it comes to riding the trail, more is better. Besides, endurance people are the best. A little crazy.... but fun-loving and supportive. Nothing like having crew, friends, and ride management wait up all night to feed you and your horse, congratulate you and hand you a glass of bubbly at the finish line at 4 a.m.” Karen in Courtenay

John Eigler and Comet

Greg’s column

I harrowed the arena last Saturday and by Sunday afternoon you couldn’t see a single line. It looked like the horses had walked around the entire area and had crossed out all the lines on purpose. My plan was to harrow it again except it is now pouring rain and doesn’t look like it is going to stop anytime soon. Where was this rain in August???? Digging trenches to re-route the excess water from a few areas in the arena will be this horse husband’s afternoon activity. Nancy calls it “my playing in the mud time” and I agree. Childhood memories come back when I am playing with water levels and seeing how many channels I have to make in order to re-direct the water flow to drain areas around the barn. [Maybe, it‘s a guy thing??] If you make it fun then it is not as much of a chore to do. The horses are really good at helping me out by coming over and standing in the channels that I

had just finished making and sometimes dropping a fresh one right in the middle of a narrow furrow thus creating a dam. I hope that Santa gets my e-mail and brings this horse husband a tractor this year. I use my GMC Tracker to pull my homemade harrow unit and it does the job but it isn’t big enough to put a plow or bucket on the front. Hand shoveling is good exercise but being able to pick up a load of whatever you need to move using a tractor instead of a shovel and a wheelbarrow is a heck of a lot quicker and it sure saves your back. With the amount of rain we have had lately the area around the front of the barn will suck your rubber boots off in three steps if you aren’t careful. Shoveling muck is not my idea of a good time but it is all part of having horses and looking after their wellbeing. If they were in the wild they would have gone to higher ground to get away from the mud but since we

“In my dreams.” humans have them fenced in then we have to ensure their health and wellbeing and part of that is ensuring some dry land to stand on. Those of you who are looking at getting horses along with your acreage I strongly suggest that you figure in the cost of a good tractor with a blade and a bucket in the deal. Maybe Santa will leave one in the driveway if you were good all year?? • 65

Pine Tree Riding Club KAMLOOPS, BC Newsletter contact: Meghan, Club contact: Debi 250-851-9256

On Nov. 7, our 2009 year-end banquet was held at the Barnhartvale Hall. A great time was had by all, with the Candy Table being the biggest hit of the night. Thank you to all our sponsors and congratulations to our winners. English High Point Junior D: Sponsored by the Gatien Family Brodie Daburger English High Point Junior C: Sponsored by the Jennings Family Meghan Daly Runner up: Sponsored by the Gatien Family Amanda Daly English High Point Junior B: Sponsored by and Judy Gilgan Lauren Miller Runner up: Sponsored by Linda Loshuk Judy Wyers English High Point Senior Advanced Rider: Sponsored by the Pine Tree Riding Club TJ Drake Runner up: Sponsored by TW Injury Assessment Center and Tina Williams Jeanette Brandt English High Point Beginner Rider: Sponsored by the Pierce Family Bryson Daburger Western High Point Junior D: Sponsored by Top View Acres and the Wyers Family Brodie Daburger Runner up: Sponsored by the Gregory Family Allison Crawford Western High Point Junior C: Sponsored by the Gatien Family Amanda Daly Runner up: Sponsored by the Gatien Family Meghan Daly Western High Point Junior B: Sponsored by TD Excavating Judy Wyers Runner up: Sponsored by TD Excavating Lauren Miller Western High Point Senior (Beginner/ Intermediate): Sponsored by Southgate Electric Jo Wyers Runner up: Sponsored by Linda Loshuk Shawn Reed

Western High Point Senior (Advanced): Sponsored by Circle W Quarter Horses Jeanette Brandt Western High Point Beginner Rider: Sponsored by Jerray Ball Mackenna Fink Runner up: Sponsored by Southgate Electric Bryson Daburger Trail High Point Junior D: Sponsored by Brandt Ranch Brodie Daburger Runner up: Sponsored by the Pierce Family Allison Crawford Trail High Point Junior C: Sponsored by Top Rail 4H Club Meghan Daly Runner up: Sponsored by Brandt Ranch Amanda Daly Trail High Point Junior B: Sponsored by Campbell Creek Plumbing & Heating Ltd Judy Wyers Runner up: Sponsored by Top Rail 4H Club Lauren Miller Trail High Point Senior (Beginner/ Intermediate): Sponsored by Campbell Creek Plunbing & Heating Ltd Shawn Reed Runner up: Sponsored by the Horse Barn Jo Wyers Trail High Point Senior (Advanced): Sponsored by Trish and Lyle Flint Jeanette Brandt Runner up: Sponsored by the Horse Barn Linda Loshuk Trail High Point Beginner Rider: Sponsored by Southgate Electric Bryson Daburger Runner up: Sponsored by the Horse Barn Mackenna Fink Showmanship High Point Junior D: Sponsored by 4H Junior Council Brodie Daburger Runner up: Sponsored by the Crawford Family Allison Crawford Showmanship High Point Junior C: Sponsored by the Blackford Family Katie Miller Runner up: Sponsored by the Horse Barn Meghan Daly Showmanship High Point Junior B: Sponsored by TW Injury Assessment Center Judy Wyers Runner up: Sponsored by Pine Tree Riding Club Lauren Miller Showmanship High Point Senior (Beginner/Intermediate): Sponsored by Pine Tree Riding Club Jo Wyers

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Runner up: Sponsored by the Horse Barn Krista Blades Showmanship High Point Senior (Advanced): Sponsored by the Fink Family Ernie Bourgeois Memorial Showmanship Champion: Jeanette Brandt Judy Wyers (C) with Julia Baker and Quinna Solowan Showmanship High Point 2009 Princess Beginner Handler: Sponsored by the Rebinsky Family Mackenna Fink Runner up: Sponsored by the Horse Barn Bryson Daburger Gymkhana High Point 12 years and under: Sponsored by TW Injury Assessment Center Meghan Daly Runner up: Sponsored by the Horse Barn Amanda Daly Gymkhana High Point 13 years and older: Sponsored by Pine Tree Riding Club Lauren Miller Presidents Gold Star Runner up: Award: Beth Reed Sponsored by the Fink Family Beth Reed Small Fry Walk-Trot Winners: Awesome Team Award: Sponsored by the Sample Family, Bryson Daburger the Crawford Family, the Pierce Family, Hermitage Forest Products Ltd 1. Calley Sample 2. Braden Daburger 3. Alicia Blackford 4. Hailey Sample 5. Cole Fink 6. Eric Crawford 7. Jordan Mariona 8. Matthew Mariona 9. Elsie Rawlings Leadline Winners: Sponsored by the Eppinger Family, Nathan Sharp Equine Services, Brenda Rac, Jaffray Contracting, TS Machining, Rainor Irrigation & Repairs Ben Sample, Tatiana Mueller, Matthew Ernie Bourgeois Reserve Champion: Lauren House, Kelsey Voss, Julia Blackford, Saylor Miller (L) with Julie Baker & Quinna Solowan Mayer, Gage Rawlings, Oscar Bennett, Bart Bennett, Dalton Fink, Dagen Markel, 2009 Princess Kennedy Bennett Presidents Gold Star Award: Beth Reed Awesome Team Award: Bryson Daburger Rising Star Award: Mackenna Fink Ernie Bourgeois Memorial Showmanship Champion: Judy Wyers Reserve Champion: Lauren Miller

Congratulations to all our winners. Happy trails! Rising Star Award: Mackenna Fink

British Columbia Quarter Horse Association BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S3 * President: Darhl Paley, 250-546-6083, Vice President: Gordie McEachen, 250-337-5958 AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson 604-530-6875, Fax 604-608-9174, AQHA Director Emeritus: Gen Matheson Ph/Fax 604-534-5137 Membership Secretary /Media Liaison: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 Fax 604-806-9052,

2010 Calendar of Events February 7: SCQHA AGM, People Place, Vernon BC at 1:00 p.m. March 21: LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC April: BCQHA AGM, Prince George

MEMBERSHIP – It’s time to RENEW your memberships! Don’t let this be your last issue of Saddle Up! Forms can be downloaded at Questions? Contact Lynne at

AQHA Region 1 Experience – Haidee Landry Our AQHA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS are coming to BC in 2010! BCQHA will be hosting the Regional Championships at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC. July 21-25, 2010. There will be a trade fair, an AQHA Trail Ride, an AQHA Test Ride, Professional Horsemen clinics, fun socials and entertainment. Riders will be competing for over $100,000 in awards in numerous AQHA classes such as Barrel Racing, Cutting, Reining, Western Pleasure, Roping, Ranch Sorting, Working Cow Horse, Hunter U/Saddle and Over fences classes. Sponsorship opportunities are available. More information at The Region One American Quarter Horse Affi liates (R1AQHA) has developed a new website R1AQHA is a non-profit organization developed from a voluntary confederation of AQHA recognized affi liates within Region One. The AQHA recognized Affi liates of Region One are ALASKA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, IDAHO, OREGON and WASHINGTON STATE Quarter Horse Associations.

The purpose of the R1AQHA is to aid its member affi liates in the promoting, developing programs and marketing of the American Quarter Horse at a regional level as a breed in any and all matters such as may pertain to the history, breeding, exhibition, publicity, recreational riding, ownership, sales, racing or improvements of the breed throughout the affi liates compromising the R1AQHA.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – Darhl Paley Winter is nearing for most of us in the Province, so I hope all you horse owners have enough hay and bedding for your 4-legged friends. Horse prices are still low, with some of the horse sales in the Province showing below normal prices for good horses, and even lower prices for those destined for slaughter. Hopefully 2010 will see our industry start to recover, and horse owners will think about breeding again for those World Champion prospects! We are holding our Stallion Service draw again for 2010, with another 300 tickets to be sold for a chance to breed to some really top horses in BC. We will have all classes of Halter and Performance Quarter Horse and Paint stallions in our selection for the lucky winners to choose from. Please make sure you look for the link on our BCQHA website to see where you can purchase tickets as well as view all of our 2009 and 2010 stallion’s links. Our show results are being tabulated now, so BCQHA Highpoint winners will be announced soon. Please stay tuned for those results.

AQHA/CQHA/BCQHA Director - Gayle Pawley-Wilson The Annual AQHA Convention will take place in Kissimmee, Florida March 5-8, 2010. The CQHA Annual General Meeting will take place in Montreal, Quebec along with the Equine Canada Convention on February 5, 2010. AQHA began mailing new registration certificates in November. The new registration certificates incorporate several changes that members have requested which make the certificates a more prestigious document. The horse’s pedigree is displayed on the front of the certificate along with any programs the horse is enrolled in – the Bank of America

Racing Challenge, Incentive Fund, etc. The backs of the certificates contain photos or the actual drawings from the registration application are scanned onto the certificate. To prevent fraud, AQHA has removed AQHA IDs from the members listed on the certificate. American Quarter Horse World Champion Be A Bono has moved to the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions. AQHA is proud to have a true World Champion join the Kentucky Horse Park Hall of Champions. As American Quarter Horses compete at the 2010 World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Be A Bono will be a great ambassador for the breed. Merry Christmas and Happy Trails.

LMQHA Happy Holidays to you all!!! Hopefully everyone is enjoying the winter off-season. As we end this year we want to ensure you that there are many exciting events planned for 2010 including our LMQHA Awards Banquet, as well as our annual LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar. Please keep checking www.bcqha. com/lmqha for further details for all events. Thanks again for a fabulous 2009 and we hope to see you in 2010.

SCQHA Special Thanks and Seasons Greetings to our Sponsors, without you we would not have had the success we enjoyed this year. To our Valued Volunteers. We hope 2010 brings each and everyone Health, Happiness and Prosperity. Dates to mark on your Calendars in 2010: February 7: SCQHA AGM People Place, Vernon BC 1:00 p.m. April 24: Fuzzy Show, Armstrong Fair Grounds April 25: Clinic, Location in Armstrong TBA June 18-20: Show, Armstrong Fair Grounds, more information TBA September 16-19: SC Fall Circuit September 25: AQHA Trail Ride, Barriere, Pending Approval We would also like to wish all our members and directors a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years. Please watch for a special Fall Member’s Newsletter, coming to your e-mail box soon! • 67

BC Paint Horse Club

- Colour Your World - Own A Paint

Pam! Thanks for sharing! Anne Marie Wass and her good Solid Paint Bred mare Truly Smashing of Cobble Pres Position Vacant Hill also had an amazing VP Colleen Schellenberg 604 534-8287 Sec Mary Ratz 604-639-0212 year – they earned their Treas Dianne Rouse 604 530-3366 Certificate of Recognition in Past Pres. Louise Bruce 604-530-8310 Halter, Showmanship, Trail APHADirector (BC & Alaska) and Walk/Trot; earned points Laura Bouchard 250 374-8864 Alt Andrea Aitken 250 498-2240 in Trail, Hunter Under Saddle APHA 817 834-2742 and Western Pleasure; and ended up Reserve High Point Hello for the last time this year. Looking Solid Paint Bred for Zone 1! out the window at all the rain sure makes you For a complete listing of results from want spring to come soon! As our thoughts APHA-approved shows held in 2009, click turn from riding and training to more festive on the NWCC link from the BC Paint Horse gatherings, don’t forget to include your horses Club website and you can check out how well in your Christmas plans! members did at the shows this year. Also, the The APHA World Show ran from Nov. 7 NWCC Award Banquet is to be held on Feb. to 14 in Fort Worth, TX. 27, 2010, with the location TBA. It was very interesting to For those of us that are counting the watch the show through days till our first shows of 2010, be sure to the live feed at www. mark March 19 to 21 down. It is the BCPHC/ Taking PNPHC Spring Classic and will be held again notes in case I get to go in Monroe at the Evergreen Fairgrounds Calli Rouse next year! Have to have with a total of six judges! Lots of points and a chat with my gelding prizes available to take home! I believe once about that! Although she showed at the Youth again there will be High Point saddles for World Show this past summer, Calli Rouse of all divisions, and silver halters for the halter Langley certainly deserves another mention of divisions. Also, the class average awards have her accomplishments this year. Not only did been replaced with class random draws so that she get her APHA Championship, but she also everyone has a chance to take home a prize! was Reserve World Champion Novice Youth There will also be the addition of Yearling Western Riding! In-Hand Trail and Yearling Lunge Line classes An omission from last month’s article, for those early babies! Additional jumping due to time constraints, was some results classes have been added for those who JUMP! from the Armstrong show in September. The theme this year will be “the Circus” Blodwyn Bristow and her daughters Ingrid and many special fun events are planned for and Georgina also attended the Armstrong the show! We invite anyone who wishes to show from Langley. Ingrid and Shiny and sponsor the biggest NWCC show of the year Zipped were Overall Open High Point as well (in 2009) to Louise Bruce at as High Point Halter Horse, and Georgina or phone 604-530-8310. Last year the show was and Maximum Intensity were Reserve Overall financially very successful for the club and High Point. Talk about a great weekend! we expect the coming year to be even more Not everyone that showed had the successful. Look for the class list and show opportunity to go to the World Show information NOW on the BCPHC website. this year, but several club members had Additionally, I would also like to very successful seasons nonetheless. Pam officially introduce the Malekow and her good mare Tejonas Gold BCPHC Facebook page. There Sierra achieved their PAC Certificate of is a link on the club’s website Achievement for Showmanship this year ( - just click by earning 36 points for a total of 81 points. on it to visit the page. We This also put them in 10th place in the PAC encourage everyone to join Leader’s List. What a great accomplishment up as a “fan” - members 68 • Saddle Up • December 2009

Anne Marie Wass and Truly Smashing, Reserve High Point SPB Zone 1 2009.

and non-members alike - to share news, photos, results, etc. At the time of writing this article, the BCPHC general meeting (AGM) was scheduled for Nov. 28 in Langley at the new Langley Events Centre. Please check the website for news of the meeting and the new executive for 2010. Andrew Thomas has joined the executive as the interim director of communications at the invitation of the club directors. Andrew comes to the club with much enthusiasm and expertise in communications and has been instrumental in creating the Facebook page for BCPHC as well as joining with Alison Willoughby and Barb Bowerbank to keep the website current and fun to visit! Thanks Andrew and welcome aboard! The yearend Banquet and Awards ceremony will be held in January, 2010. I don’t have an official date yet, but check the website for date, time and place! It has been a Pam Malekow and her pleasure sharing mare Tejonas Gold Sierra. my love of Paint horses with you this year and I look forward to reporting all your news and results next year! Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year!

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BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Tanya Margerison 250-4420209,, Visit for Events 3/10 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Pres: Pat Hayward, 250-395-3472 11/09 BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Wendell Stoltzfus 250-374-8233, or web Area 20 4/10 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 9/10 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 11/10 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Working with the SPCA to help horses in need; foster, adopt, memberships. 250-503-8859 7/10 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Karen Wilkie 250-546-8973 Meeting, Trail Rides/Socials, Fellowship, Newsletter, 12/10 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Pres: Jason Walmsley 604-856-1419 Show June 13-14 Cloverdale 5/10 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB VP Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 3/10 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 or visit 8/10 BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Pres. David Parker 604-462-0304,, 2/10

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ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Pat Carnegie, 250-462-0006 11/10 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, & Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 11/10 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 6/10 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industry. 10/10 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 9/10 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Sue Rath, Secretary 250-376-9443 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397, 11/10 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Barb 250-379-2513 AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics 5/10 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Blair Bates 250-452-6941 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 12/09 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Sec/Treas: Bonnie 250-275-7715 Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders 10/10 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Debi 250-851-9256Monthly Playdays, Annual Show, Activities 5/10 SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSE ASSOC. Janice Goodman (Secretary) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, 9/10 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Sharon 604-856-3348wcra@telus. net, 10/10

Photo by Janzen Morgan Farm

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2010 EVENTS?? Let us know – this is a FREE service. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE: Jan 1-3

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

december 2-6

LAODAS-WAY COLLEGE OF EQUINE KINETICS; 2nd section, Alder Flats, AB, 780-621-0765. Register at

january 2010 4-30 9-10

15-17 29

APPRENTICE CAMP, DOUG MILLS, Arizona, HUMAN APPLIED KINESIOLOGY, Calgary, AB, Laodas-Way 780-621-0765, NON-INVASIVE CHIROPRACTICS, 1st section, Alder Flats, AB, Laodas-Way 780-621-0765, SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSEWOMEN’S DINNER, Ramada Inn, Penticton. Tickets $25 available in January at Ramada Inn.

february 1-27 7


APPRENTICE CAMP, DOUG MILLS, Arizona, WILLOW ACRES DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW, Surrey, BC, Tara 604-531-5159,, NON-INVASIVE CHIROPRACTICS, 2nd section (both classes), Alder Flats, AB, Laodas-Way 780-621-0765,


april 24



june 1-2 2504-6

july 21-25


TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Whitehorse, YT, 250-317-7725, 10TH ANNUAL H.A.C.K. Spring Schooling Show, Trail, BC, Pam 250-359-7097,

TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, (Spirit 4-H) Whitehorse, YT, 317-7725, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Whitehorse, YT, 250-317-7725,

2010 AQHA REGIONAL EXPERIENCE, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, more info at TRAIL HORSEMANS SHOW, Trail, BC, Pam 250-359-7097,


march 7


WILLOW ACRES DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW, Surrey, BC, Tara 604-531-5159,, KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops, 1-888-763-2224,


september 26-Oct 3

SCQHA FUZZY HORSE SHOW, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong BC. Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 or

HOT AUGUST HOOVES Trophy Show, Trail, BC, Pam 250-359-7097,

EQUUS AT SEA CRUISE, Vancouver to San Diego, Rhonda 1-877-851-0903,

C L U B S - S end in your dates to keep readers informed. This is a F R E E service. You can view and download these dates from 70 • Saddle Up • December 2009

Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


ARMSTRONG INN, (Armstrong) 1-866-546-3056, Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 12/10 SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, Minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-877-888-7260,, 3/10

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

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

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

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

Ph: 403-252-1661 • email:


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

Nice Rooms. Great People. 1-800-566-2511 604-792-4240


VALLEY FARRIER & EQUINE SERVICES (North Ok) 250-546-8254 5/10 Bob Johnston & Jim Ferguson; Certified Farrier Service FEED DEALERS


PRONTO ESSO 546-3772


NATURE’S TRIM, Shawn Galloway (Armstrong) 250-308-6293 Barefoot practitioner, Renegade Boot Representative. 3/10

Minutes to Chilliwack’s Heritage Park

Chilliwack, BC



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

100% B.C. Owned and Operated!

ABBOTSFORD34633 Vye Rd/556-7477 DUNCAN5410 Trans Canada Hwy./748-8171 KELOWNA103-1889 Springfield Road/860-2346 NANAIMO1-1277 Island Hwy. S./753-4221 PARKSVILLE587 Alberni Hwy./248-3243 SAANICH1970 Keating Cross Rd./652-9188 SALMON ARM1771 10th Ave. SW/832-8424



BED, BALES & BREAKFAST DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 Great Trails, Boarding, Rehab, Horses For Sale. 5/10

OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS, (Pitt Meadows) 604-465-5651 9/10 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay. TOWN & COUNTRY FEED STORE, (Invermere) 250-342-9433 12/10 Fencing Supplies, Pet Supplies & Fertilizers. Serving you 29 years. FENCING

BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 5/10 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 12/09 ROBERTSON FARMS LTD., (N. Okanagan) 250-833-2581 Shavings, Sawdust, Shavings, Bark Mulch 12/09


Custom built and installed to your needs Alan Cossentine Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 • • 3/10

FOOD CONCESSIONS EQUINE REHABILITATION EQUINE THERAPY & REHAB FACILITY 250-546-3527 4328 Lansdowne Road, Armstrong, BC, V0E 1B3 Fax: 250-546-3528 • Email:


BAR NUNN CAPPUCCINO & GRILL/CATERING, (Okanagan) 250-308-4871 Quality, healthy food created fresh at your event. 6/10 GUEST RANCHES


BLACKWATER SPRUCE RANCH 250-991-2408 Horseback Holidays on the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage trail. 5/10 4/10

J. R. KELLY (Calgary, AB) 403-993-0269, Horse tooth & mouth care, sheath cleaning, etc. 8/10

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Business Services HAY SALES


ALDERGLEN HAY SALES LTD. - Specializing in Hay Sales - Dealer for Otter Co-op Phase Feeds - Full line of Pet and Livestock Supplies 26104 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC • 604-856-7901

Custom Made Saddles & Tack Using only the very best quality materials 10/10 Reg Marek • 250-569-7244 • McBride, BC •


Leghorn Ranch Hay Sales


Hanif Jinnah - 778-886-1343 From Alberta and Washington - Timothy/Alfalfa, Orchard Grass/Alfalfa, Alfalfa, Timothy and Chilliwack Local - Lots of excellent quality. Delivery in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley 11/10 50 to 150 bales and semi loads

Canadian-made treeless saddles and innovative tack! Bitless and shoeless options, nutritional supplements and endurance and trail gear. Repairs + customization. 1.888.492.8225 / 250.492.8225 - Penticton


HORSE SENSE HERBS, (Alberta) 1-800-434-3727 Original Chinese Herbal Formulas for Horses, 0

RAY’S SADDLERY (O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon) Shop cell 250-862-0554, Custom made Saddles, Tack & Repairs, Shop open year round. 12/10 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 7/10 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,




Official Insurance Broker for the Horse Council of BC • “FarmCare” Insurance • “EquiCare” Horse Mortality • Special Programs for Members • CALL TODAY 1-800-670-1877 • 11/10

ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 10/10 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078 9/10 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale.

MASSAGE THERAPY CERTIFIED Equine Massage Therapist & Certified Reiki Master/Teacher offering sessions, seminars/classes, Heather 250-859-4378, Kelowna, BC 10/10 LEARN EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY or chiropractic Massage or adjust your horse safely. 1-888-378-4632 Sidonia McIntyre 2/10 WILD HORSE POWER - Equine Medicine and Massage or 250-484-5601 Stacy Elliot 2/10 PHOTOGRAPHERS


CARRIAGE HOUSE MINIATURE HORSE TACK & HARNESS (Vernon) 250-541-7773. Everything you need for your VSE.


COLE’S COUNTRY STORE (Creston) 250-428-2107 9/10 New & Used Tack, Horse Supplies, Giftware & Jewelry HIGH HORSE TACK, (Victoria) 250-658-0011 6/10 English & Western, New & Used

REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Enderby) 250-838-7904 12/09 Animal Photography,

Rusty Spur

RIBBONS & ROSETTES OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 12/10 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons

Feed & Tack

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


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

Town & Country

Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers! Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm • 250-832-1149 - Bonnie – OVERNIGHT STABLING FACILITY 3/10

WALKER CREEK COUNTRY GOODS LTD. (2 stores serving Vancouver Island) 9/10

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

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



All Makes Service & Repair 3/10

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


TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC., (Vernon) 250-542-5373, 7/10 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 72 • Saddle Up • December 2009

Business Services TRAILER SALES



Quality Horse Transport

(Aluminum & Steel)

We take trades – Call Us, You’ll be glad you did! RPM Automotive 1-888-638-4525, Sundre, AB Automan Trailers, Prince Albert, SK 1-800-252-0840 • Smyl RV, St. Paul, AB 1-800-522-4105 Irvine Tack & Trailers, Crossfield, AB 1-877-946-9494 • Cowboy Living Trailer Sales, Medicine Hat, AB 403-504-6920

TRAINERS/COACHES BLUE MEADOW FARM (Richmond); Yolanda Blommers, EC2 and Katie Andrews, EC1. All English disciplines.



Serving Western Canada Over 30 Years’ Experience

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



GUS EVAGELOPOULOS, AQHA Prof. Horsemen (Armstrong) 250-307-3990 Specialize in Reining. Start-Finish Horses. Lessons. Prospects/finished horses for sale. 12/09 DAN FRANKLIN EQUINE COMMUNICATION ™ (B.C.) 250-620-3420 30 yrs exp. helping problem horses, 10/10 HAYTON CREEK RANCH (Oyama) now offering training with Ashlea Conti, 250-870-1372, 3/10


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

Dana Hokana Quarter Horses Specializing in Western Pleasure Training - Lessons - Clinics DVD Instructional Videos - Performance Horses for Sale 8/10


Kevan Garecki “It’s All About The Horse” • 951.302-9463 •

INSPIRED CONFIDENCE BUILDING (Princeton) 250-295-7432. Private sessions, vacation retreats, clinics, 2/10 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 6/10 LORI LOTHIAN, AQHA Professional Horseman (Aldergrove) 604-309-7262 Training, Lessons, Clinics, Youth & Amateur, 4/10 MISTATIM RANCH (Delta) 604-816-5292 Training/Boarding/Sales. Colt starting to show ring finishing. All disciplines welcome. 2/10 LEE PONCELET PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Vernon) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 8/10 SAWCHUK PERFORMANCE HORSES (Langley) 604-514-3991 Pleasure to Performance. We do it ALL! 2/10

Welcomes All Reining & Western Pleasure Enthusiasts • Training & Lessons • Indoor/Outdoor Arenas • Year Round Boarding Options Resident Trainer • Performance Horses For Sale Carmen Teixeira • Located in Salmon Arm, BC • 250-832-7339


TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 10/10 • TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby) 250-838-0234 Riding Lessons, Clinics, Horses and Tack for Sale 6/10 TRANQUILLE FARMS (Salmon Arm) Lorraine Pilon. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 250-832-0918 or 250-804-8072 8/10 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 5/10 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Peachland) 250-808-1486 Pleasure, Reining, Roping & cowhorse ~ Colts Started ~ Farrier Service 3/10

YOUR OKANAGAN HORSE TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIST Y Commercially Licensed and Insured. Serving all of B.C. Local & Long Distance. Horse on Course 250-379-6847 (North Okanagan) 8/10 VETERINARIANS DEEP CREEK VET. SERVICES, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 3/10 JACOBSON VET SERVICES (Serving Kelowna & Area) 250-862-3435 Dr. Teresa Jacobson, Dr. Deanna Jenner 11/10 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY, 250-374-1486 5/10 Drs. Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Rob Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 12/09 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 9/10 Drs. Alex Wales & Susan Wales PATON & MARTIN VET SERVICES LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-3351 Lameness & Surgical Referral Hospital, Drs David Paton, Eric Martin and Antonio Cruz 12/09 SALMON VALLEY VET SERVICES, (Shuswap/North Ok) 250-833-4217 Dr. Brytann Youngberg Mobile Equine Service 8/10 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 3/10 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller

ADVERTISE HERE FOR THE YEAR $175. 2 lines or $350. Boxed plus GST.

Your Economical Year-Round Rate! • 73

Stallions and Breeders YELLOW MOUNT RANCH

Salty Ole Jack

is proud to present our Stallion Roster for 2009

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

Clumination 1994 Sorrel AQHA HYPP N/N HDF Impressed By Clu 2002 Bay AQHA HYPP N/N Kingofhearts McCue 1997 Red Dun Tovero APHA LWOS negative HDF Brandy Snifter 2003 Sorrel Overo APHA HYPP N/N CBS Legacy 2003 Red Roan Overo APHA (37.5% Yellow Mount) RKR Hearts Sonny Dee 2004 Red Dun Tobiano APHA Breeding Fee: Private Treaty Turin, AB 403-738-4966

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

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


Dorla Malo

K Performance Horses

Pete Dyck Lethbridge, AB 403-634-6723

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

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES For 2009 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502 3/10

Glen Black Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0

DS Boomin Enterprise •


Green Gablespresents Morgan Farm

AQHA/APHA Prospects for Sale Chex Smokin Deal or call 604-308-8669 (Langley, BC) 9/10


Little Peppe Leo 15.3HH APHA Stallion

WF Royal Mist’s Kurik “Roy”

15.1 HH 1994 Black/Brown Stallion

2009 Fee: $500 • Sire of Winners • Bloodlines of APHA Supreme Champions • Homozygous for the Tobiano gene • Guaranteed coloured foal from solid or paint


Stud Fee: $600 Day Fee: $5.00 Classic Type…Well boned… Excellent feet… Awesome athletics… Willing gentle nature

Conformation, Temperament and Awesome Presence, all wrapped up in a Beautiful Black and White package.

Debora Morgan Neufeld

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

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

Standing for the first time in 2010!


Sire: “GUNNER” (Colonels Smoking Gun) NRHA million dollar sire Dam: BH HOLLYWOOD STAR


Rates starting at $70. per issue or $49. per issue (year-round)

2010 Breeding Fee $1500 (includes booking & chute fee) special consideration for proven mares

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2005 AQHA/APHA Stallion NRHA Money Earner

Brian & Jill Hamming Vernon, BC 250-545-0865 3/09 www.BHGUNNERSENTERPRIZ.COM

Visit us at 6/10


Next Deadline: January 15


Stallions and Breeders Advertise your farm here: Only $175 (2 lines) or $350 (Boxed) per year. DALEDODDQUARTERHORSES.COM (Olds, AB) 403-556-2807 Best Bred and Broke Cutting Horses in Canada.

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



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

PEEBLES MINI DONKEY RANCH (Falkland) 250-379-2373 9/10 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. or

EASYGO RANCH (Lac La Hache) 250-396-7556 SS: Haflingers & Quarter Horses,

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


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

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, 3/10

HIGHCREST FARM (Aldergrove) 604-856-3017 3/10 SS: Red Pines Otoe Chant, 2002 AQHA Red Dun, Offspring for Sale Horses for Sale • Stud Service • Riding Lessons • Clinics • Training • Events • Tack Store E-mail: or call Erhard (evenings) 250-838-0234 3/10 • More Gaits - More Fun, just Tolt Away

ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 10/10 •

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

IRISH CREEK RANCH (Vernon) 250-542-7228 2/10 SS: Little Peppe Leo, APHA B/W Homoz. Tobiano, K PERFORMANCE HORSES (Langley) 604-308-8669 SS: AQHA Dun Factored Stallions that Cut, Rein & Work Cows. Prospects for sale. 9/10

YELLOW MOUNT RANCH (Lethbridge, AB) 403-328-5693 SS: 6 AQHA/APHA Stallions, 2/10

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

Quarter Horse Stallions Standing at Stud

Driving - Events - Riding Please call for more information

Peppys Blue Monkey $650. LFG

Playboys Haidaway $650. LFG

Haflinger Stallions Standing at Stud Samson $500. LFG

Benno $500. LFG

Atino $550. LFG

Yearlings to Well Broke - Haflinger, Quarter Horses & Crosses 3872 Hwy 97 South, Lac La Hache, BC • 250-396-7556 • • 75

On The Market

PRIVATE 2.5 ACRE EQUESTRIAN ESTATE in the heart of Vancouver “Southlands.” Impressive 10-stall barn and storage facility with a lovely 3,600 sq. ft. caretaker residence/rider’s lounge. The grounds boast a large pond, open field, paddocks and riding ring; with room to add your dream home to this magnificent setting. Easy access to the Southland Riding Club and UBC trails. MLS# V783174. Contact Stephen Carter 604-261-1220 E-mail:

PAPERED PINTO MARE 10 years old, 15HH. Likes to go. Beautiful. Good with trailer, farrier. $1,500 OR trade for older QH. 250-265-3484 (Nakusp) E-mail

HIGHCOUNTRY FAWN Reg’d APHA Filly born June 3/08. Her sire is OKIE LEO DECK who goes back to POCO BUENO and KING; and the dam is BOBBYS LEO JACK who goes back to TWO EYED JACK and SUGAR BARS. With this impressive breeding you won’t be disappointed. $800. 250-379-2076 (Falkland) E-mail

COLOUR Photo Ads Only

$60. + GST Includes 2000 REG’D AQHA PALOMINO MARE Used as a ranch horse. She’s quiet and gentle. Grandsire is Tivios Lad who goes back to Doc Bar and Poco Tivio. $3,500. Call Shauna 250-446-2070 (Rock Creek) E-mail


2009 CHOCOLATE DAPPLED PALOMINO FILLY Outstanding Filly! World Champion bred. Beautiful head, long neck, long legs, great conformation and will be a colour producer. ALSO Champion bred black-pointed Dun Colt with blue eyes. Both foals are paid up in the Incentive Fund! With their looks and their bloodlines, they will pay for themselves and more! More photos and info at Or call 250-546-3644 (Armstrong)


2006 Reinsman South Fork Trail Saddle in excellent condition! HORSE-FRIENDLY ACREAGE IN MCBRIDE 13 acres, fenced and x-fenced, all set up for horses with new 3-stall barn and heated tack shed with running water. Completely and tastefully renovated 3-bedroom house with all the comfort and warmth that makes a house a home. New 24’ x 32’ garage, insulated, wired 220V, cement floor plus two large storage sheds, great access road. Only 3 kms from McBride, yet completely private with no visible neighbors or highways, magnificent mountain views and sunsets. Your dream home at $580,000 obo. Call 250-569-0270 E-mail for more info and pics. Private sale.

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160 ACRE RANCH NEAR BRIDGE LAKE with its own Lake, 50 acres in hay fields, pastures, 140’ x 230’ riding arena, insulated and heated 200 amp shop. 1,300 sq. ft. log house, 400 sq. ft. log cabin, 120’ x 30’ log post & beam machine shed, old hay barn, and sawmill building. See more at $775,000. Or call 250-593-2262 Patricia & Arnold

17” seat, only 30 lbs, wood fibreglass tree with a 10 year warranty. Hand-stitched horn and binder; relaxed seat with soft conformed padding, basket weave border and wool lined skirt. Only used a couple of times. Asking $1,500. Call Ester 250-803-8814 (Enderby) E-mail

On The Market

2004, 15.1HH, BAY AQHA GELDING DIXIE, 9 YR OLD REG’D QH MARE Beautiful, flashy, friendly, 15.3HH, Bay. Ridden in arenas and trails, over logs. Athletic, willing to learn, likes to go. Some professional training. Intermediate to experienced rider. UTD on everything. To approved home. $2,700. 604-813-4435 (Chilliwack) E-mail

2003 REG`D AQHA MARE 15.2HH She is soft and athletic. Amazing ground manners with no vices. Can be ridden both English and Western and has lots of trail experience. Has been trained professionally. Great for any discipline. Ideal for an experienced rider. $3,500 obo. 604-902-0623 (day) or 604-894-1236 (eves) (Pemberton) E-mail


Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale

Sired By:

By Red Skys x Gallo Del Cieolo out of an Alamitos Bar mare. A kind horse that has huge power and speed, agility and athleticism to get any job done. He would excel in Roping (Heading Horse), Barrel Racing or Penning. With the performance breeding on top and bottom, combined with his pretty head, gentle and quiet disposition, he has a lot to offer. Currently in training. MUST SELL $4,500 obo. 250-803-6003 (Salmon Arm) 12/09,

Goldun Poco Mr Matt


Dun AQHA NFQH 97% Poco Bueno 34% Herda N/N Grandson of Little Steeldust 3rd Open Reining ARCHA 2003 and

LBJ Sierras Blue TE AQHA Blue Roan Te N’Te, Blue Boy Quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines.



Jaz Acero Twist Grullo AQHA, NFQH 100%, Herda N/N Poco Bueno Bloodlines Doublebred grandson of Little Steeldust

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC • ph/fax: 250-843-7337 5/10

Breeders of Registered Miniature Donkeys for Show and Companionship 403-335-4952 Didsbury, AB E-mail: (Associates in Crawford Bay & Aldergrove, BC)


12 yr, 16+HH, Reg’d part-bred Morgan Gelding. Ridden English, Dressage, Eventing. Easygoing, sensible, willing partner. Always in the ribbons, flashy, judges love him. Approved home only. Suits confident youth or amateur. $8,500 obo – must sell. 250-546-9922 (Armstrong)

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Shop & Swap! FOR SALE


ssfield Carri Cro Company Ltd. age

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

A full line of North America’s finest driving vehicles and accessories • Carriage Machine • Smucker’s • Carriage Lamps

• Bell Crown • Zilco • Accessories


1-403-946-5202 • 1-866-946-5202


Rails to Rafters Carrying Work Wear, Work Boots, Clothing and Gloves for all Seasons

1050 30 Street SW Salmon Arm, BC


250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC



Pole Buildings • Barns • Shelters Indoor and Outdoor Arenas Restoration and Repair Bobcat and Compact Grader 25 years experience ~ free estimates Serving the North Okanagan from the ground up.

* 130 x 160' Outdoor Riding Ring * 25 x 60' Pens (with shelters & turnout) * Full Board (3 feedings per day) * Equine Therapist (by appointment)

SCOTT ROSS 250-547-2447

250-546-3447 or 250-260-0273

Loving Care for your prized four-legged companion! 7 minutes from IPE Fairgrounds 12/09

(5073 Schubert Road, Armstrong, BC)


INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or www. (Innisfail, AB) 10/10

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 12/09


Indoor Arena 100 x 200 outdoor ring Spacious paddocks and shelters Easy access to trails Warm, hospitable atmosphere for horse and rider 30 Years experience raising, breeding & handling horses For more information 250-546-6004 2/10


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JOINT CARE FOR YOUR HORSE Glucosamine MSN Chondroitin 250-318-6308 78 • Saddle Up • December 2009

CLASSIFIED AD RATES $25. for 25 words and .50¢ per additional plus GST

QUARTERSPOT RANCH Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

Boarding - Training - Lessons * Covered Arena 80x160 * Outdoor Arena 80x140 * Round Pen * Paddocks with Shelters Certified CHA Coach & Trainer

Cindy Kirschman (Chris Irwin Certified)



Affordable Barns


$17,995. plus delivery Standard Size 36’ x 24’ 4 - 12’ x 12’ Wood Lined Box Stalls 12’ Wide Center Alley

BUY SELL & TRADE Deep Creek General Store 0

Built in your yard ready to use No Cement Required Other sizes and options available Financing OAC

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

1-866-500-2276 •


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

Your Equestrian Professionals for

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

Karen Passmore

Web & Graphic Design 2/10


BLOCK ADS $50. b/w or $100. colour plus GST (Discount on 3 issues or more)

FREE IF IT’S FREE, ADVERTISE IT FOR FREE. 9 YR OLD double reg’d Palomino AQHA Mare. No vices, excellent broodmare, trail broke. Needs time to come back from muscle pull for riding, but ready to breed. Loving home a must. E-mail or call 250-319-1946 (Pritchard) 3 YEAR OLD reg’d AQHA Sorrel Mare. Broodmare sound only due to injury this past winter. Very personable, loves to be with people. Gets along very well with other horses. No vices. Free to good home. E-mail or call 250-319-1946 (Pritchard)

Hi Nancy, Thank you very much for advertising my Tenessee Walker/Thoroughbred cross mare in your free classified section. I found the perfect home for her and on Sunday she was moved there. I had many calls about her... most of them were people who had seen the ad in Saddle Up. Because so many people called, I felt I could be patient and wait until the best suited people came along... and they did... The lucky girl even went to live with an equine bodyworker! I just thought I’d write to let you know that you can remove the ad from your classifieds. I really appreciate you including it in your magazine.

- Thanks again, Vendela Villanueva, Grand Forks

REMEMBER… there is no January issue… NEXT DEADLINE January 15 • 79 RE/MAX Armstrong - North Okanagan Valley Real Estate

to the North Okanagan

V. Charlette Lavik S. M. L. XL! “I sell dreams in all sizes!” Riverfront Acreage


20 Gorgeous acres with your own sandy beach! 6/7 acres hay land and balance is sub-irrigated. Excellent pasture and shelter. 5755 Graham Road, Enderby MLS® 9212153. $599,000

Beautiful Private Setting 46.5 Acres; Approx. 40 fenced, level acres of alfalfa mix hay crop. Charming 4 bedroom country home, barn, studio, hay shed, chicken house. 1597 Pleasant Valley Road, Armstrong MLS® 9215375. $979,000

27 Productive Acres of Flat Farmland Charming 4 bed, 2 bath home; private and great views. 44 x 56 hay storage, 24 x 40 bay machine shop, 24 x 34 4-stall barn, hen house, riding ring, paddocks. 20 Carlin Orchard Road, Enderby MLS® 9223534. $978,000

40 Acres of Country Living Executive 4 bedroom home with vaulted ceilings; open concept design. Approximately 25 cultivated, fenced acres - seeded to hay; 15 acres of treed land. 5306 Lansdowne Road, Armstrong MLS® 9221485. $998,000

Gorgeous Country Estate on 5 Acres


5 bedroom, 3 bath home with in-law suite and cottage Horse set-up, City water, N/G 275 Gunter Ellison Road, Enderby MLS® 9223462 $569,000

Location…Location…Location 9.79 acres fabulous view property. Approximately 6/7 acres of hay with 20x28 hay storage. 3/4 bedroom home, 2 baths. Close to town for your convenience. 4111 Dodds Road, Armstrong MLS® 9221663. $519,000

For further particulars call: 250-546-3119 or 250-307-5588