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All New Pet Lover Show Comes to Abbotsford Tradex


n February 16 and 17 2013, there is an all new family show coming to the Abbotsford Tradex with products and services for lovers of the animals that we share our lives with. The show’s producer Nanette Jacques has always had horses, dogs and cats and has fi lled the show with seminars and features to help with training, nutrition, wellness, and activities to do with your pets and more. The equine seminars will be aimed more towards families who are getting into horsemanship and looking for information to get them started. Sharon WellsAckermans from the Horse Protection Societyy will be talking about getting the right horse for you – or even exploring options like part boarding or leasing. Sharon wants to ensure you have a long and happy experience as a horse owner. Jay 0’Jay will bring his horse and 30 years of cross-discipline experience as a top riding instructor and trainer with his horsemanship foundation clinic. A great foundation is at the heart of successful horsemanship and even very experienced riders will discover information to benefit them. Hoof issues can hold your horse back from performing at its best - Gerard

Laverty from Kwantlen’s Farrier Program will be talking about the proper care of your horse’s hooves and what you can do to make sure your horse has healthy hooves. Colic is the number one killer of horses, so this next seminar is one we hope every new horse owner takes in – Ken Wilkinson, the nutritionist at Otter Co-op will be talking about basic feed and nutrition, foraging and how to reduce the chances that your horse gets colic.

Jay O’Jay will be demonstrating at the show.

Looking for places to ride? Rose Schroeder of the Backcountry Horsemen of BC will be showing you what to carry on a day ride and for longer trips, she will demonstrate how to tie safely to trailers/ trees/hitch rails, etc. and how to highline

overnight. If you have a horse, chances are good you have a dog and/or a cat. Clinics and features will include pet nutrition, eye issues, grooming, training techniques, and lots more. And, if you like animals, it’s a good bet you want to help protect our wild animals – presentations from OWL and Wild Wonders, (featured on the Discovery Channel) and others will introduce your children to some of the wild animals that share our planet and explain how we can help. Go to for more updates as all the clinics and features and prize opportunities are finalized. One prize that all pet owners will want is a beautiful portrait of a beloved pet by award winning animal artist Joey Nash. Go to the Facebook page Pet Lover Show and submit a photo of your pet for your chance to win. There is hardly anyone that doesn’t know someone whose beloved pet has cancer. The Pet Lover Show is a proud supporter of the animal cancer research centre at the University of Guelph and will have a raffle at the show with 100% of the money earned going to support this important work.

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From the Editor… Features All New Pet Lover Show 3 Clicker Training 8 Christmas Ponies 12 Lady Long rider - Bernice Ende 14 Through A Horse’s Eyes 16 Front & Centre with Tami Hutton 21 Passion Still Alive at 80! 22 Fall Classic Breeders Sale 24 Western Style Dressage 27 Christmas gift Guide 32

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inter has not arrived in our (Armstrong) parts yet… although the snow skies are looming, and I’m sure we’ll still have a white Christmas. This is my month to relax (and do jigsaw puzzles! Yeah!) since I don’t have a January issue deadline to contend with (because we don’t print a January issue… remember?). I’ll still be doing a bit of work before Christmas, especially with our Stallion issues coming up next, so some of you may hear from me! Or… you can call (e-mail) me you know! Our rates will be increasing (slightly) for 2013, but if you book and pay before December 31, 2012 we’ll honour the 2012 rates. I hope to see many of you at Horse Council BC’s Equine Education Conference January 19-20 in Kamloops, BC. – there are so many interesting speakers attending, why would you miss it?

Happy Holidays to Everyone! Nancy CONTRIBUTORS: Stephanie Kwok, Monty Gwynne, Luke Walker, Christa Miremadi, Barbra Ann King, Dagmar Funk, Tami Hutton, Mark McMillan, Steven Dubas, Bruce Roy, Lorraine Pelletier, Suzi Vlietstra, Teresa van Bryce. ON THE COVER: “Fisher Pond” of Murray Creek Ranch, Langley BC, www. MASTHEAD PHOTOS: (regular features) By Rein-Beau Images OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Back Country Horsemen of BC, BC Paint Horse Club, BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc., Pine Tree Riding Club, South Central Quarter Horse Assoc., Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC., BC Rodeo Association, Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Assoc. MEDIA PARTNER WITH HORSE COUNCIL BC

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elebrate the holiday season at the farm while they whisk you away on horse-drawn sleighs to discover the ‘true’ tale of how this modern day Santa and holiday traditions came to be. Jingle bells, sleighs and reindeer, and a sack full of goodies are sure to make “Old Nick” an instant Caravan Winter Show Classic for the whole family to enjoy. The Show runs from December 11 to 31st, 2012, at 4, 6 and 8 pm – (no shows Dec. 17, 24 and 25). Groups of 10 or more receive 10% off. Visit or call 1-866-546-8533 for ticket information.

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We are happy to announce the purchase (with partner Donna Huls), of Fisher Pond, (winnings $251,490) an incredibly bred, Stakes winning, Thoroughbred Stallion. Son of Hall of Fame inductee AP Indy x Chipeta Springs. His sire, AP Indy, sold as a yearling at Keenland Sale in Kentucky for $2.9 million, going on to win $2,979,815, then stood for $300,000. His dam, the great “blue hen” mare, Chipeta Springs has also produced Bon Jovi Girl (sold for $950,000, winner of $512,443) and Gio Ponte (winner of 3 Eclipse awards and $6,169,000) ranked #20 in all time North American earnings. Gio Ponte stands for $20,000. Fisher Pond is the real deal, and without a doubt, one of the best bred stallions in Canada. We are starting out with a low introductory Stallion Fee for 2013, with consideration being given for multiple and Stakes winning mares. ALSO STANDING FOR 2013: Dream Leaguers Tune – coal black AQHA stallion Shinin N Stylin – palomino AQHA stallion Paid For A Chic – chestnut AQHA stallion HG Spark McCue – true black/white overo APHA stallion

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Dear Editor… Dear Nancy: AS DE DEUX” - Your November cover is not only an excellent depiction of man and beast working ‘in sync’ but also, maybe more importantly, it is of that horse’s ability to read the cow and match its step with absolute precision. Wow, what an amazing photo! - Michele Gould, Armstrong BC


Dear Editor: hile visiting in the beautiful Robson Valley of BC, a copy of Saddle Up came into my possession. Thumbing through it, I discovered the BC Appaloosa Centre which was near Prince George. Since I was interested in Western riding and the western way of life, I was most pleased to be invited for a ranch stay for a few weeks. My friend Eva met me at Calgary and we attended the famous Calgary Stampede, then it was off to Prince George and the BC Appaloosa Centre. During the twenty minute drive from Prince George to the ranch, Howard Jackson welcomed us and gave us a brief lesson about the main industries of the area being forestry, mining, agriculture, transportation, education, and Appaloosas - not the largest industry, but in his view, the most important. After a short drive down Buckhorn Lake Road, we were greeted by the traditional ranch gate silhouetted against the sky, but this one was especially memorable with its carved figures decorating the overhead bar:


a cowboy herding Appaloosas. As we crept up the driveway (Stallion Avenue), Howard drew our attention to outstanding real Appaloosa stallions in the large pens with mares that were being serviced for 2013. We were amazed by the colour. We quickly settled into the ranch routine and found that every day is about the horses. (Perfect - what a way to live!) Over the days, the Jacksons generously shared their knowledge about Appaloosas and horses in general, particularly as it pertains to breeding horses with sound minds and correct conformation that are easy to train. We also learned how they were able to develop one of the most advanced herds of Appaloosas in the world in less than twenty years. Right away, Eva and I were part of the ranch family, with our duties in the day-to-day care of the horses, but we were also able to monitor the activities of Mackenzie, the horse trainer. We were amazed that, in only a few days, we were set with the task of starting the training of a couple of mares that foaled late and so were not put in foal for 2013. What an opportunity and responsibility for a couple of girls from Germany. I’ve never ridden such quiet and friendly horses. In fact, I was so taken by the kind, willing disposition of the horses raised at the Jacksons that I decided to take one back to Germany! I chose a four-year-old Appaloosa gelding named “King Louie.” My thanks to Saddle Up for helping make this connection! I had planned to holiday in Canada until the end of October, but I wanted to bring King Louie back to Germany as soon as possible, so I had to return home early to work and start saving for his international transport hopefully in the beginning of 2013. King Louie was started last May by Mackenzie, the trainer of BC Appaloosa Centre, and they let me ride him during my stay at the ranch. How exciting is that??!! - Annika Benecken, Germany

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Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge By Brenda Soeder, Volunteer


s you may know, donkeys live to be over 50 years old – a good 20 years more than most horses. As you might expect these donkeys have many homes in their lifetime. Often these donkeys do not receive the medical, dental and farrier care that they require for good health. Rob Miller and Shirley Mainprize have dedicated their lives to ensure that the 39 resident donkeys will heal from their physical and emotional problems and have a secure and safe home. It is a magical place to visit and is located on 80 acres in the beautiful Turtle Valley in Chase BC. Last year the Refuge took in 8 new donkeys and this year they have received 14 new residents. This is a shocking number of animals and if you project a similar increase in the next few years, you can imagine the pressure the Refuge will be under. Why is this happening? As horse owners, we know how much it costs to keep a horse properly. We have all seen ads for herd reduction sales. Some owners are not committed to keeping the animal for its entire life. How many times have you seen an ad

for a free “companion” animal? Yes, our circumstances can change in the blink of an eye and suddenly, we may not be able to care for our animals. We also live in a throw- away society and there is always

That is why Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge and other Refuges need to exist or the life expectancy of these wonderful animals will be cut short. Fundraising for small organizations is difficult and time consuming; trying to fit in between caring for the animals. Animal Welfare Groups were excluded from large granting groups such as Lotteries for a period of time and just last year were included again. For the past 4 years the Refuge counted on proceeds from their main fundraiser – Donkey Days. This year, for the first time, the weather was miserable and a great disappointment for fundraising results. Unfortunately, this leaves the Refuge scrambling to cover costs. If you want to see Refuges for Equines exist – they need your help. I urge you to visit an equine charity in person or on-line and think about giving your time or money to help facilities like Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge continue their commitment to care for the donkeys.

another donkey or horse available, largely due to over breeding and not enough knowledgeable and committed owners.

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy JUST IN TIME FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING LIST

I thought it was a good time to write about clothing for the clicker trainer. Winter is an especially trying time for us to find clothes that allow us to function well in the cold. Everyone knows how hard horse folk are to buy for and I hope to give you some suggestions for your clicker trainer friends that will earn you a click and a treat!


drive my daughters crazy when I shop for clothes and they are with me. They tell me that I am obsessed with pockets. I hate to say this but it is true. As a clicker trainer I covet pockets on clothes, especially pockets that permit smooth, easy, food delivery. Pockets that do this are NOT easy to find and almost never found on clothing in the horse stores. I have taken to “thinking outside the tack shop” to find suitable clothing for clicker training. In this article, I will share with you what to look for in clicker attire and also offer some insights as to how to keep warm while training in the winter. Let’s talk pockets first. There are a lot of useless pockets out there, as far as being good for treat holding and delivery. Bad pockets hinder your ability to smoothly deliver treats or don’t hold enough treats to make it worthwhile or dump the treats out every time you bend over. In the pictures below are examples of good pockets. If you can’t get in and out of your pockets smoothly, you will cause your 8 • Saddle Up • December 2012

horse to become frustrated while you fumble about - this can lead to training problems! I love the sweatshirts with the kangaroo pocket on the front. It allows me to deliver treats with either hand and not worry about being out of treats in the pocket I needed them in. Look for a deep lip on the pocket so the treats stay in when you bend over. These pockets hold lots and lots of treats and are great to ride with as well. Even better are the hoodies with these kinds of pockets that have zippers on them; when you take them off over your head when you get to the house they don’t all fall out on the floor for the dogs! You can find these in snowboarding and ski shops. Yes, if you are over 30 and obviously not a snowboarder, you will get strange looks from the staff in these shops when you go in. Just pretend you are shopping for your son or nephew who is about your size. Actually, for winter wear, I get a size bigger for my hoodie so that it will fit over my other jackets, and I can have on lots of layers to stay warm. You could probably also use a fishing vest in a size large enough to fit over all your winter layers. I use the vest in the summertime to train with as it has lots of pockets, but here again check out the ease of treat delivery as not all fishing vests are created equal! The pocket lining should be silky and smooth, otherwise the treats tend to catch on the fuzz - not so much in the kangaroo pocket style, but in the side pocket styles with the fuzzy polyester lining. I have found that you do need to think “outside the tack shop” when you want functional clothing that is also warm. I don’t think my horse cares if I

am wearing an equestrian designer name jacket, so long as I can get into my pockets easily for the treats and am warm enough to play for a long time! Gloves are just as hard to find. Again, I look in the sporting good shops or the ski shops, but garden gloves from summer work well too in the winter if worn over a thin glove. I usually put one of those hot shot hand warmers between the garden glove and the thin glove on the backside of my hand as that is where the blood flows. The garden gloves (the rubber-palm type) keep my hands dry, which is important if your horse is a drooly treat-taker, and are thin enough to allow me to feel and pick out the treats from my pocket. You do not want gloves that are fuzzy as the treats catch on them and make getting the treat into your palm difficult. Regular winter riding gloves I HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Clicker Training, cont’d are like the fuzzy pockets, the treats tend to stick to the fingers and not get to your palm for good delivery. Some clicker trainers like to use a fanny pack as a treat holder. I find they are awkward and you are constantly zipping and unzipping them as they tend to invite noses in if left open and also dump readily if you bend over. All of this is much more important if you have a “new to clicker training” horse. My ponies, who are old pros at clicker training, know that in the winter mom is a bit slower on the treat delivery but they know it is coming so no issues are caused. Best wishes for the holiday season and a fabulous, positive new year!

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What Message Are You Sending? By Christa Miremadi


hen it comes to leadership with horses, we are all basically trying to send the same message to our horses: “Please follow my directions and leave the decision-making up to me.” That’s what it all boils down to, really. Who’s making the decisions and who’s following whom? But, as everyone knows, everything we do or say has a message behind the message. This message behind the message (otherwise known as our intention) is sometimes not even something we are aware of but it is this intention that the horse can read more clearly. Horses have an incredible ability to read the energy of the people or horses around them. This is how they can get such large reactions from each other from such a seemingly subtle cue. Picture for a moment, four or five horses standing around a feeder, all happily munching away. One slowly lifts her head (Horse A) and bobs it in the direction of another horse (Horse B) eating at her side. Horse B suddenly leaps to the side and blows right through the other two horses that had been peacefully eating only seconds before. All three horses were moved, and pretty effectively too, as a

result of Horse A’s head-bob. It was not the action of Horse A’s head bobbing that created the reaction, but rather the energy or message behind it that Horse B read so clearly. In this case, that message was something along the lines of “in order for you to keep from getting bitten, you had better move.” It is completely natural and comes incredibly easily to our horses to read the intention or the message behind the message whether it be that of another horse or the humans in their lives. We teach cues, and responses to our cues, to make things easier for both the human and the horse and so that folks who may not have a strong control over their own energy can still be successful and safe with their horses; however, those cues are something that each and every horse has to learn. Understanding our cues does not come naturally to our horses and the very same cue might feel quite different coming from two different people. That is why I like to ask myself and my students the question: what is the message behind the message? It is the answer to that question that will help our horses to feel compelled to figure out and follow the cues.

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What Message, cont’d For example, when asking a horse to follow directions there are a few options for what the message behind the message might be: “Please follow my directions so that I can do the things I want to do� or “In order for me to stay safe around you, I need for you to follow my directions� or “In order for me to keep you safe, you’ll need to follow my directions.� These are three of literally thousands of messages behind the message that we could be sending along with our directions. Typically, you will see a different state of mind created with each as well as a different level of motivation to sort out the cues we applied. In the first option, “Please follow my directions so I can do the things I want to do,� the sentiment (or intent) is geared toward personal gain. There is no benefit in this for the horse and it doesn’t even compute as a valid motivation. The horse who receives this message is not likely to feel compelled to decipher or follow the directions given. He may comply, but his heart will not be in it. In the second option, “In order for me to stay safe around you, I need for you to follow my directions,� the horse can understand your motivation and even relate to it; however, it triggers the horse’s sense of self-preservation and does nothing to give them a sense of security. This horse will most likely become more nervous and move from a thinking brain to a reactive brain and a much more insecure

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state of mind. When it comes to option number three, however, “In order for me to keep you safe, you’ll need to follow my directions,� it provides a message that not only acknowledges but also addresses the horse’s largest concern, his own selfpreservation. With this third message, the horse is provided with a real need to follow the directions given and there is a built-in reward: safety and protection. Now, the message behind the message is not all that it takes, obviously. The message itself must be given with clarity, soft ness and accuracy in order for the horse to be able to follow the directions. However, even if the directions are provided accurately and with clarity, if the intention is self-serving or confusing to the horse, he will be likely to resist. Technique and knowledge can only take your horsemanship so far. Self-reflection and an interest in the horse’s mental wellbeing and perspective is what will take you beyond “practicing horsemanship� toward the goal of becoming a good horseman. This ability to read the message behind the message is innate in all horses and comes not only easily but also naturally to them all, without a need to teach it to them. The message behind the message is also present in every application we provide, whether we are aware of it or not. If we can learn to become aware of our own intentions and begin to shape those intentions around




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Christmas Ponies! By Sharon Wells-Ackermans Is there a greater joy than watching a child’s face when they see their new Christmas pony for the first time? And all through the holidays they only want to be at the barn… with their new pony.


he holiday happiness soon diminishes, however, when kids return to school and a hectic winter schedule. For some kids the drive to be at the barn everyday continues, but for many it becomes a passing phase when they face the reality of having to care for their pony EVERY day, even when it’s cold and dark and they really don’t feel like it. That’s when board bills rise, paying for someone else to look after the horse; or parents have to find time in their already busy day to rush out to do chores. And what about the pony? The sensitive equine knows when his people don’t really want to be there. He can feel the difference between someone dashing by with seconds to spare versus the loving care they had in the beginning. So a pony that was wanted, loved and living a useful and rewarding life becomes a burden and a chore. At the Horse Protection Society barn, we see too many ponies and horses that are no longer wanted and are in need of being re-homed. These poor unfortunates, through no fault of their own, are often depressed, their farrier work may have been sporadic, their dental care neglected. Their coats are often dull and their eyes reflect sadness. It can take a year or more of TLC and regular exercise to return these horses to good condition. There are so many horses on the market today that selling them can be difficult. Many people don’t know that with today’s improved nutrition and light work load, horses often live for more than thirty years. Once you’ve taken responsibility for a horse it can be a very long-term commitment, not to mention a large expense. Many of these unwanted horses and 12 • Saddle Up • December 2012

ponies are taken to auction by families who think that they’ll just be purchased by another loving family and looked after for the rest of their days. And so the cycle continues. Being sold for meat is not the only sad end a horse can find at auction. Unfortunately, lots of these horses go to “rescue” places where they can find themselves re-homed over and over. Not all rescue operations are actually rescuing horses; some are simply “flipping” them for a profit. Few children are able to maintain the commitment to a horse all the way through high school. Soon they are off to college with even less time for their horses. So what is the solution? What can we do to offer our kids the joy of horses and also be responsible? Our Horsemanship Program was developed specifically to educate people on responsible horse care. In addition to riding, participants (of all ages) come to the farm and help with chores. They learn to spot potential problems, treat minor issues, handle their horses with safety in mind… for the rider and the horse. Of equal importance, we hope that our students learn that horses are not equipment, they are sensitive, caring, emotional beings; they deserve to be treated with love and respect and cared for like a cherished treasure. We suggest that after completing our four-level program, the next step is to lease a horse; that way if the responsibility becomes too much the horse can simply be returned. We urge people to take a serious look in their own community for a responsible lesson program that addresses the needs of people getting started with horses. Whether you lease or buy, it is of

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utmost importance to match the rider and the horse carefully. In addition, an experienced horse person will be able to spot potential problems that could lead to health or soundness issues. Owning a horse is a privilege, but the return is enormous. This is a decision that should be approached seriously and with responsibility. A gift certificate for a lesson program might be the best Christmas present ever! For more on horse care and buying a first horse, visit our website: www.


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ittle did I know when I woke up on that October day just how amazing the day would be for me. I read the day before on Amber Marshall’s Facebook wall that she was going to be in Okotoks, Alberta, to attend a charity hockey game that the Heartland team was playing in. The TV show “Heartland” is one of my favourites, so I went to the game hoping to meet Amber and the cast that would be there. A few minutes after the game ended, Amber Marshall (who plays Amy), Michelle Morgan (Lou), Jessica Amlee (Mallory), Anne Ferguson (Mrs. Bell Sugarfoot’s owner), Graham Wardle (Ty) and Shaun Johnston (Jack) sat at two tables in the arena to meet the fans. They took the time to sign autographs and chat, had their pictures taken alone and even

posed for pictures with some of the people waiting in line. I felt lucky to be one of the many fans that were there on that day. I left the arena with their signatures on a Heartland picture postcard and individual photos of them that I took and, thanks to the help of a woman who is an extra on the show, I also had pictures of me posing with each of the cast as well. When I got back to Medicine Hat, I put a book of my poetry together that I called “A White Stallion” and dedicated it to the cast; I included the pictures of them inside the book. I gave six colour copies of the book to Ken at CBC in Calgary who said he would arrange for them to be sent to the actors on my behalf. At another Heartland event in High River recently, I found out that Shaun had his copy and also knew from Graham on

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Facebook that he had received his, so I hope the rest of them have theirs as well. The day that I met the cast in Okotoks was an experience I won’t soon forget, and I am sure that if any of you (that love them as much as I do) ever have the same chance to get to a meet-and-greet that you will not be disappointed. If there are any of you that have not seen the show Heartland, I highly recommend that you do tune in. I am sure that you will soon become a true and devoted fan of the show and love the cast in it along with the rest of us in Canada, the USA and around the world. The television show Heartland is still one of the best family shows on CBC, with a wonderful cast that works so well together to make the show the outstanding success that it is.

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Lady Long Rider: Bernice Ende By Stephanie Kwok, Photos courtesy of Dagmar Funk


n a recent blog entry about her first long-distance trek into Canada, Bernice Ende writes, “I am having probably the best ride I have ever had.” Coming from a woman who has ridden over 17,000 miles across the vast and varied landscape of the United States since 2005, that is quite the compliment! Each year, Bernice embarks on a long ride - a very long ride. The distances she covers in each ride have ranged from 2000 miles to 6000 miles, with the exception of her “vacation” ride in summer of 2011, which was “only” 600 miles. She has ridden horses all her life, having been raised on a dairy farm in Montana, but only began “long riding” when she retired in 2003. The independence and adventure of the open road appeals to her; she travels alone with her horses (a Paint gelding named Hart and two Norwegian Fjord mares, Montana Spirit and Essie-Pearl, who carry her supplies) and her dog, Claire, who rides in a basket. Bernice began her 2012 Canadian Ride in April. She travelled a 2000-mile route that took her north of her winter camp in Montana, through Saskatchewan as far north as Prince Albert, then west to Alberta. She crossed into Alberta in midJune, marvelling at the “Special Area” of the

eastern part of the province (“like a true Garden of Eden”), then headed west as far as Fernie, BC, before turning south and heading home along the eastern slopes of the Rockies. Her planned route changed many times during her trip, as she heeded advice from residents along the way about a better path. Some of her stops during her long ride were: Mankota, SK Swift Current, SK Kindersley, SK Canadian Grasslands National Park, SK Kerrobert, SK Esther, AB Youngstown, AB Sheerness, AB Huxley, AB Three Hills, AB Water Valley, AB Bragg Creek, AB Fernie, BC Bernice will tell you that she cannot do her rides without the generosity of the people she meets along the way. Many of the communities she visits in her travels are very remote, yet at every bend in the

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road, she encounters wonderful people curious, kind and helpful folk - who offer to share a meal, or provide a spot to camp, or ask to hear stories, or give shelter from foul weather. “Canada is delightful and the people are friendly, gracious and very interested in the ride. And although I have not been able to give many talks, I have been treated with such kindness that it has me already thinking of where I shall ride next in Canada.”

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Lady Long Rider, cont’d B is what is in between.” Bernice and her horses safely reached the end of their 2000-mile Canadian ride on October 22, when they arrived home to Fortine, Montana, amidst sleet and snow. You can learn more about her recent Canadian ride from her blog on her website (www.endeoft, along with details of her previous adventures, and information about long riding and the Long Riders Guild. Reading Bernice’s blog entries, it is easy to understand what draws her to long riding and keeps her out there on the trail. She doesn’t spend much time talking about herself or how many miles she has logged. Instead, her entries focus on the interesting little details about the places and the people she has met along the “road less-travelled.” In her words, if long riding has taught her one lesson, it is this: “the most important thing about travelling from Point A to Point

Comments by Dagmar Funk (photographer): We were traveling along a dusty gravel Alberta road on our way back from Drumheller in August when we came across Bernice. She was plodding with her horses and her rescue dog, Claire, in a home-made basket on top of one of the horses. Bernice was on her way to Didsbury to fi ll up on supplies when we saw her walking. It was quite a surprise to see this lady all alone way out in the Alberta countryside miles from Didsbury. Needless to say it was late afternoon and she was not going to make the 12 miles to town. Our daughter, Karla Fruson, suggested that she come over to her place

for supper, have a shower, and let her horses have a good run around in her horse pasture… and of course a good munch on some very nice grass along the creek. Bernice was very happy of the invite as it was only a few miles away. Bernice had a nice visit with Karla’s family, telling them about her many trips travelling around through many states and several provinces in Canada. Bernice declined the offer of using a comfortable bed and slept in her pup tent. At 6 am when Karla rose to make breakfast, guess what? Bernice had left a note on the door thanking them for their hospitality and was long gone down the road. Karla had given her some groceries so she would have some food till she reached Didsbury. Bernice was a very interesting lady to meet, we enjoyed spending the time on the road with her. I must say… one of a kind! THE TEAM Hart, a big 16-year-old paint gelding from “The Hart of Texas” Essie Pearl, a 9-year-old Norwegian Fjord, the trusty and sturdy packhorse Montana Spirit, a 4-year-old Fjord/draft cross, and new addition to the team this year Claire, long riding dog extraordinaire; “a rare breed of unknown origin”


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Through a Horse’s Eyes, Part 3 By Luke Walker This month we’ll explore the third instinctual learning style shared by horses of all breeds. Ethology is an animal science that outlines these basic learning styles and focuses on the questions of when, why, and where a variety of animal behaviours occur. The word ethology can be broken down into two Greek words, “ethos” meaning “character” and “logia” meaning “the study of.”


n plain English, it is a science studying the instinctual character of animals. It’s been agreed in science that all animals share a few main learning styles which help them learn about and adapt to their surroundings. Learning by imitation is one of them. We typically think of learning by imitation as happening mostly for our horses while they are young foals. After all, it’s certainly most recognizable in them at a young age. We can witness a foal learning from its mother by following her around and copying or mirroring her actions until, finally, we see the foal doing the same behaviours even when mom isn’t present anymore. Right across the animal kingdom we can find where one generation learns something from another through imitation and the mimicking of actions. Learning and teaching is not, however, the only purpose of imitation. Mimicking is also a form of communication between members of an animal group. Horses, too, learn from each other and communicate through forms of imitation. Early in life, horses learn about their environment primarily through imitation but they do continue to practice it in herd life throughout adulthood. Mimicking starts out as a completely subconscious way for them to learn by observing and repeating actions but, early on in adolescence, who and what they mimic becomes more of a conscious decision. Although horses continue to stay receptive to learning in this way as they age, imitation and mimicking takes on a dual purpose as they mature. Imitation is a huge part of communication in adult horse culture.

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Consider for a moment how many times you’ve seen one horse mirroring the movements of another to manoeuvre or force the other to do something, like leave the herd. When a herd of horses run together, whether it is out of fear or play, they can be seen responding to the lead horse’s direction changes almost simultaneously, with as much precision as a flock of birds would have. Horses are fluent in communicating through various forms of imitation. Our horses figure out at a young age that to willingly mimic or follow another horse’s action sends a submissive message; on the other hand, they quickly figure out they can communicate a dominant message by forcing a playmate to react to their movements/advances. The mimicking game between foals becomes all about who can control the mirror between them i.e. who leads and who follows, or who acts and who is made to react. Their competitive side continues to develop as they become fluent in the “verbal” jousting that imitation represents to them. Its uses are many; take mutual grooming, for instance, where we see two horses nibbling or grooming each other. They face opposite directions and essentially mirror each other, grooming the same area of one another simultaneously. Now think of all the ways your horse mimics your motions... When we teach our horses to lead, we are essentially asking them to imitate us. We ask them to walk when we walk, turn when we turn and stop when we stop. It is relatively easy to teach a horse to lead because imitation is an instinctual learning and communication style that is already built into them before they were ever introduced to us. If your horse is “in tune with you” while leading, you may not even have to touch the lead rope to direct him through a maze of obstacles. On the other hoof, if a horse is challenging your leadership, he opposes your instruction by doing the opposite of what you asked... when you go right, he pulls left, when you pull ahead, he may stop. Even though these examples have opposite outcomes, they are still both mirrored responses. The cooperative response is an example of a duplicate mirror where the horse has consciously imitated exactly the action you led with. Meanwhile, the obstinate response is an example of an opposite mirroring of the actions you led with. While both examples are different mirroring variations of the same action, both are also a direct response to the action you suggested. You started the conversation when you asked them to go with you; horse A continued the conversation by complying and traversing the obstacle course, and horse B attempted to take the lead in the conversation you initiated and force a response from you. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Through a Horse’s Eyes, cont’d Either way, the “talking rock” was passed back to you... Horses continuously communicate through some form of imitation or mirroring, as we are also communicating with them by asking for some form of imitation. Horses can learn how to manipulate situations with humans by repeatedly causing a person to react to the things they do, therefore controlling the conversation. A horse may take to manipulating the conversation when he can plainly see the person handling him is not fluent in a language that is natural to horses. The conversation, through subtle forms of imitation and mirroring, can get out of hand for the person and the horse may actually assume the role of teaching or training his owner. The person who ignores this interaction and denies the ongoing power struggle taking place often attributes the horse’s behaviour as being “just the way that horse is.” Another owner may recognize the power struggle but be perplexed about why the horse “isn’t listening” when, in fact, it is the owner who is not listening to the horse. Our human response to these not-so-uncommon problems is to try to teach the misbehaving horse more of our language to regain some of our ability to handle the situation. We might want them to learn what “No” means so that, when they do something we don’t like or understand again, we can use some of our language to instruct them not to do that again. Yes, horses are wonderfully

adaptable and can learn our cues and verbal commands and it may even help some, but it is little more than a bandage for the bigger communication problem going on. Our effectiveness with the horse is minimized if we don’t take into account the existing learning and communication styles they’ve always had. The significance of their instinctual perspective and perception is all-encompassing when it comes to their interpretation of communication. Learning to lead one of these imitation-based conversations more fluently may include learning more about our horses’ natural perspective and the fi lters through which they process all incoming information. Whether we realize it or not, we are always whispering something to our horses, despite our level of awareness of the conversation at hand or how it’s being received. Luke Walker derived much from liberty work with wild horses. His work exploring instinct and related horse culture recently won first place as a Knowledge Network documentary proposal. Walker’s program assists both parts of a riding duo. Walker develops willing response by offering horses continued choice throughout training. His talent for identifying and working through horses’ barriers, coupled with attention to educating owners, opens doors that were once closed. His program successfully connects owners with horses of all breeds in all disciplines.


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Life in a Box? By E.J. MacDonald Every morning you wake up in a room, yet are able to leave the room whenever you please. Now imagine waking up one morning and not being able to leave the room when you want to. This is often the case for our horses, aside from the time they are allowed out during turnout.


f given the choice, our horses would stay out all the time, through all kinds of weather. “Just give me a good turnout blanket and I’ll be fine” is the horse’s way of thinking. I have successfully kept horses outdoors for the past 15 years without any real incident. The odd nip from the horse in the next paddock, marked by a bit of missing hair, is about the worst my horses have endured. And the benefits have far outweighed any advantages of keeping them housed indoors in stalls. Sure, an indoor arena is great for working in the cold winter months, but I kept the comfort of my horses in

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mind over what I would have wanted for my own comfort. Before we humans established our relationship with our equine friends, they lived outdoors, with no blankets or shelters. They sought out coulees and tree lines when things got tough, or stood with their backs to the wind and cold. Sure, they are undoubtedly happy to have food service, but if they had a menu in front of them, they’d most likely want the full-service all-you-caneat hay buffet, rather than the usual two (sometimes three) feedings a day. And most would leave the dry stall for a life in an open field if we offered it to them. This is only my way of doing things

(so you don’t have to follow any of the words on this page as Gospel), but I have found that, when I replicated the natural way of feeding and outdoor living, not only does it result in lower stress on their digestive systems, but they have better dental health, fewer hoof issues, and better


Life in a Box?, cont’d overall well-being. For feeding options, in a word: roughage. And lots of it - just good quality hay. I tend to avoid the pellets and grains, except as a reward for a job well done. As we already know, corn and other grains turn to sugar, which can exacerbate existing ulcers, cause new ulcers to form, imbalance the digestive system, contribute to uneven tooth wear and, over time, wreak havoc within your horse’s guts. It’s best to talk to our veterinarians about this one, read a few good books or talk to someone who keeps horses exclusively outdoors, if only for some new insight. We are often the cause of our horses’ health problems. So let’s examine how to lessen the effects. If the horse is stalled for long periods of time, it can be devastating to his health, physically and mentally. A stall can be like a prison cell - long hours spent without movement and his stomach continuously secreting stomach acid (24 hours a day). So it really helps him to be able to graze all the time and have free choice food. We wouldn’t want to be locked in a room, so why do we feel the need to do this to our horses? This question has had me in a quandary since

I was a horse-crazy kid. Why does this seem normal to us, to keep a horse in a box? Since they can’t read books, draw on the walls with chalk or go out for exercise whenever they feel like it to alleviate their boredom, they often develop vices as a way to cope; ironically, these vices may prompt us to sell them later on. I admit I had once kept a horse in a stall, when I got my first horse, because back then I thought it was what we (as people) were supposed to do with a horse. The horse did not agree, because he promptly started to eat the stall, much to the chagrin of my parents. They were worried about paying for damages to the barn. Turning him outside 24/7 was the answer, as there was no longer a stall for him to eat for his amusement, and the fresh air and constant hay supply sure didn’t hurt him either. Since then, keeping a horse in a stall

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Just Got a New Horse... Now What? By Barbra Ann King The process of acquiring a new horse can be a long, tedious one or it can be a spur-ofthe-moment, inspired one. Either way, when you finally get your new horse and bring him home, what’s the next step?


o you start riding him right away after letting him settle for a day or so? When do you start his training? Can you take him to a local competition, just a small one to see how he does? Will he be okay on a trail ride? Or maybe you can take him to that clinic you booked three months ago? In order to answer any of these questions, we need to consider the horse’s point of view.

New Home Being a horse means your environment can change quickly and often. Sometimes you get to live outside with all of your friends, which makes you feel safe and happy. Other times you are confined in a small space inside with no fresh air and no other horses to interact with. You can spend your whole day in confinement and hardly get to move at all. There are days when you go back outside and all your herd mates are different and other days when you can see your herd mates running around but you can’t join them unless you are willing to jump the fence that separates you. So, when you bring your new horse home, there is a lot of adjusting that takes place before the horse can say “Ah, I’m safe and happy in this environment.” It takes a full year for a horse to let out a big sigh and feel at home, as long as his living environment doesn’t change constantly during that time. The horse needs to go through all four seasons in order to know that he will have food, water, shelter, safety and the company of other horses all year round. That makes him feel safe and happy. I am not suggesting that you don’t do anything with your horse for a full year, but I am saying to keep that in the back of your mind. Also, when you are near the one-year mark, see if you notice a difference in your horse. Does he seem calmer, more adjusted and confident?

Time to Ride Before getting on any horse, I make sure they see me as a potential True Equine Leader. I say “potential” because leadership is a herd position that is earned. No matter how much we decide that we are leaders and have that position, the horse is the only one to decide if you are a true equine leader or not. 20 • Saddle Up • December 2012

No matter how anxious and excited I am about riding my new horse (yes, I also get giddy when I get a new horse!), I will not get on that horse’s back until there is some level of trust and understanding between us. There are six exercises that I use to show my horses that I have the qualities to be a True Equine Leader, just like their own herd leader. These groundwork exercises are: • Round Pen Conversation • Take My Space • Food Trials • Grooming • Cleaning Feet • Leading Around I do not need to do these in any particular order, nor do I have to do them all at once, but each one will give me a good indication of how my horse sees me. When I succeed in doing all the above exercises and my horse trusts me as a leader, I can take it a step further and start riding if the horse is already started and has no issues with riding. In many cases, I restart them slowly to allow any issues they may have to emerge. I do need to establish myself as a True Equine Leader in the saddle also, which I will explain how to do in future articles. In next month’s article, I will explain how to do the Round Pen Conversation the Relationship Riding way. Barbra Ann King is an internationally known horse behaviour specialist, founder of the Relationship Riding© method and a published author living in Alberta. She specializes in rehabilitating horses and optimizing performance. She travels year-round sharing her passion with like-minded horse owners and offers video consultations for troubleshooting through her website (See her listing in the Business Services Section under Trainers.)


Front and Centre with Tami Hutton HUTTON PERFORMANCE HORSES What is your horse experience? I started riding when I was three, and have been showing at the AQHA level for 14 years. I was raised with horses and learned to ride on all ages of horses under my father’s guidance. My family has raised Quarter Horses for about 20 years. Training them has always been a part of my life. What kind of training do you do? I specialize in training for all around show ring events, including Halter, Showmanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Trail, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship and Western Riding. I have horses and students of all ages and levels. What made you want to be a horse trainer? I’ve always had a passion for riding, training and showing. I can’t imagine it not being a part of my life. I can’t think of anything I would rather do every day. What are your accomplishments and which are you most proud of? Trail has always been my favourite class. When I was younger, I made a personal goal to earn a Superior Trail Award. I earned the Youth Superior Trail Horse with my mare, Dancing The Dream, on September 17, 2005. That was definitely a proud moment. Another accomplishment was when our family’s stallion, Heza Poised Dreamer, earned his AQHA Championship on July 13, 2008. Our family planned to earn his AQHA Championship from the day we bought him. It’s an achievement that truly proves a horse’s versatility. Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years? I plan to stay in the Lower Mainland to train. I’d like to see my students competing at the World and/or Congress levels. Some of your students had successes this year, can you tell Saddle Up readers about them... Our barn had a fantastic 2012, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

winning many highpoints and all around awards. A few stand out: Tina Maynard, riding Oughta Be Western, won All Around Amateur and the Reserve All Around Novice Amateur at the Region One Championships. Mackenzie Inksater, riding 4-year-old Bow Tie N Dreams, had an exceptional show at the Canadian Nationals winning All Around Youth 13 & under. She also won class highpoints in 13 & under Halter, Showmanship, Hunt Seat Equitation, Trail and Western Pleasure and was Reserve in 13 & under Hunter Under Saddle and Western Horsemanship. Also, 2-year-old Rock N Roll Dreamer was the 2-year-old Gelding Halter Champion at the Novice Championship show in Novice Amateur, at Canadian Nationals in Open and Amateur and at the Region One Championships in Amateur and Novice Amateur. If you could change anything in the horse industry what would it be? It was nice to see the recent AQHA rule changes regarding certain training equipment being used incorrectly and causing discomfort to the horses. I believe that some training equipment was created to be used as an aid in training horses, and unfortunately there are many people using this equipment incorrectly. I believe the best way to train a horse is through gentle repetition and consistency in technique. At Hutton Performance Horses, we are dedicated to producing Quarter Horses with competitive halter conformation along with the movement and athletic ability to compete in all-around events. We offer breeding to our stallion, Heza Poised Dreamer, the true all-around QH, successfully competing in Halter, English, Western

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Passion Still Alive at 80! By Steven Dubas In 1989, Pat Ebert won all of the competitions he entered and did so for the next two years. This month, he turns 80. I don’t want to say “years old” because his passion for heavy horse pulling is the same now as it was when he began. Pat has been working with heavy horses ever since he retired from CN Rail 25 years ago at the age of 55.


orn in Smithers, he and his family later moved to Pitt Meadows; as a teenager, Pat started working for CN Rail. He moved to Prince George in 1970 for the railroad, making the city his home base and taking on various jobs with CN. After working for 39 years for the railroad, Pat decided to retire and take up a different career, horse logging. In 1983, he purchased his first team of Percherons, Brutus and Cesar. In 1984, he bought Chip and Dale, a pair of Belgians. Next were a couple of Percheron mares, Freddy and Eddy; from the mares he got Itchy and Scratchy, a pair of Percheron crosses. However, due to an unfortunate accident, Itchy was replaced by Bill; making up the team he presently competes with. After a few years of horse logging, access to marketable timber for horse loggers disappeared, which caused the demise of the profession. There are few jobs where horses can still be used; the majority of jobs that horses are capable of performing have been taken over my machines; machines that can produce more and are capable of working with little or no down time. Some people still use horses for their own farms, going back to traditional farming and using the

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activity as therapy in some cases - getting away from the noise of machines and reconnecting with nature and taking on a more holistic way of farming. In 1988, Pat began competing, attending events at Endako, Prince George, Vanderhoof, Smithers, Quesnel, Armstrong, Luxton and Kamloops; a very demanding schedule considering the travel time to the competition, especially to the island. In 1988-90, Pat took first place in all of the competitions he entered as well as earning “all around teamster” quite a feat for someone who is supposed to be retired. Horse Pulling is a sport where conditioning the athletes - the horses is truly important to avert muscle and tendon injuries. During the pulling season, Pat works the team five to six days per week, in the six to eight weeks preceding the first competition; a very demanding training schedule for a man in his seventies. Not only does Pat compete in the pulling events, but he also enters plowing competitions with his team. In his off-time, sleigh and wagon rides for local events give him a break from a gruelling training and conditioning schedule. The team needs to be exercised to keep them in good condition in

Logging with Chip and Dale

anticipation for the next season. If you attend a competition and you pay attention to the teams behind the actual pull, you will notice that the competition is not like any you have witnessed before. There is a sense of camaraderie amongst the teamsters; people are helping other people. I had asked Pat at one of the competitions how he was feeling. He replied that he doesn’t get around as well as he used to. For a man who will be turning 80 and is still training, conditioning, travelling and competing, he’s getting around quite well in my view. He may be a little slower, but the passion is still very much alive. Steve Dubas started riding late in life and got involved in endurance riding in the Prince George area. He has an Arabian, Jimmy, who’s been with him for 12 years. He is a recreational rider and very involved in trail development in Prince George. Steven has been a director of Horse Council BC for a number of years and is very active in the Zone. Photography is a passionate hobby, as well as writing!

Competing at the PGX; the horse on the left is Bill and Scratchy is on right


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n October 27-28, I helped organize Laughing Stock Ranch’s 1st (hope to be) Annual event called “Halloween Spooktacular,” along with owner Cynthia Pelletier, her family, and close friends Angela Morgan and Jessica Jeffery. Our goal was to raise $2,000 for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. We started early collecting silent The Wine Tree was raffled off and made over $300; along with some of the other auction auction items from many local merchants. items. We had tons of volunteers that helped over the 2-day event and we would love to thank them all. Shayla Girvan who has Jelly Beans Custom Cakes & Cookies donated some unbelievable baked goods. Shayla’s daughter Faith also helped lead ponies all day Saturday. Faith spent many of her years traveling back and forth from Children’s Hospital; she knows how important this charity is. Thank you The ’spooky’ indoor graveyard. Shayla and Faith. The JR 93.7FM Fun Crew were on site Saturday and thanks to them getting the word out I do believe it made this event a smashing success. Saturday was very rainy but it was all indoors so the children had fun. On Sunday it wasn’t raining as much so pony rides were outside in the Haunted Forest trails. There were all kinds of events, needle in a hay stack (finding candy buried in hay), there was a petting zoo, a bouncy castle, raffles at the door, colouring contest for the children and a silent auction. I would like to thank the many people and businesses who donated items to our silent auction, because of you we surpassed our goal and raised over $2,600. If you missed this event please come to the next fundraiser… Laughing Stock Ranch’s “Crazy Christmas Party” on December 15. We would like to raise another $2,500 to bring our total to $5,000 for BC Children’s Hospital. So mark your calendar. There will be a silent auction as well, so last minute Christmas presents can be bid on. Go to www. to find their address. It will be a fun time for your children! It is being held in the indoor arena, so whether snow, rain or shine… the event will be on. The cost is $15 per child (Adults free) or $10 if the child brings at least two Food Bank items. Hope to see you here! Laughing Stock Ranch is a “fun” farm, located in Langley BC, that caters to children and their love for ponies. They have pony parties on site or will bring their ponies to your home along with their bouncing castle. They have been doing this for more than 20 years. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

One of the “Fun Crew girls” from JR FM 93.7FM on Pistol McCue with Jessica Jeffery leading him. Michelle Bloom and one of the ponies used for pony rides.

The yummy baked goods Shayla Girvan made.

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Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale By Teresa van Bryce Photos by Nollind van Bryce horse industry. A total of 35 horses were sold in 2012, which is slightly down from past sales. The gala went a new direction in 2012, with stallion owners presenting Zeno, Tacorde, Cree and newly licensed Lakota to the crowd. It was a great opportunity to see the sires of some of the sale horses with both Tacorde and Zeno having offspring in the sale the following

Chagall sold for $24,000


he 2012 CWHBA Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale had great weather, full stands, and the tryout schedules were jam-packed. There were horses with great pedigrees and good presentation, particularly the foals and performance horses, and the Fall Classic had the honour of selling the NesbittBurns high scoring CWHBA Mare at Inspection for 2012 - Tarifa. Superior dressage breeding captured high selling status in all three sale categories. High selling performance horse was Chagall, a son of Comic Hilltop x Regardez, consigned and bred by Equitop Farms and purchased by Justin Leahy of Galena, Illinois. High selling young prospect was Florida, Furstenreich x Sandro Hit, bred and consigned by Marcy Coelho and purchased by Joey Mann and Katrina & Hans van den Bosch of Alberta. High selling two year old was Dolce and Gabbana, Don Frederico x Royal Senna, bred and consigned by Dr. Heather Lynn Smith-Oberten and purchased by Jessica Kellner of Victoria, BC. Average prices increased in all but one category, ranging from 14 to 32% over 2011, with the biggest gain made in the overall sale average. Perhaps the increases for this sale, and others held this year, are an indication of overall improvement in the health of the 24 • Saddle Up • December 2012

day. Two of the year end awards went to horses consigned to the sale - Alberta Champion mare Tarifa, owned and bred by Ulrika Wikner; and Riding Test Champion for 2012 Chagall, owned and bred by Equitop Farm. The 3-Bar Competition had its moments of great drama, ending with a tie at 5’6” between sale grad MJ Adelaide (VDL Ulando x Fantast) ridden and owned by Shelby Edwards and bred by MJ Farms, and Bachelor (Lupicor H x Ferro) ridden and owned by Jennifer Alliban and bred by Bosch Farms. To wrap up the evening, there was once again ‘dancing in the dirt’ to tunes provided by DJ Lyle Pederman. Thank you to all participants and to the volunteers that made it possible.

Florida sold for $13,250


MJ Adelaide

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Dolce and Gabbana sold for $9,500


TIDBITS Ron Postleb Dressage Clinic a Success On October 26-28, Burgi Rommel Classical Dressage Training hosted a clinic with Ron Postleb from Crown Dressage International in New York. It was a wonderful weekend of learning for riders and auditors alike, and Ron’s passion for horses and dressage was evident throughout the weekend. It was our gain that he had to stay an extra week due to Hurricane Sandy, and many riders took advantage of his knowledge by taking extra lessons throughout the week. I want to take this opportunity to thank HighPoint Equestrian Centre for allowing us use of their beautiful clubhouse for Ron’s Friday evening lecture, and Tara Lumb of Willow Acres for making everyone feel so welcome at her wonderful facility in South Surrey for all the lessons. Thank you to Carol and Adolf Huckschlag from Basic Equine for hosting Ron and his wife Barb throughout the clinic and the extra days they were here, and thank you to all the riders for making this clinic possible. Ron will be back May 10-12, 2013 and registration forms for his next clinic are on my website

Burgi Rommel on Bacchus, a 5 yr old Canadian Warmblood gelding by Sagnol, with Ron Postleb and Tara Lumb (owner of Willow Acres).

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Meadow Springs Ranch in the Fall By Nancy Roman Photos by Mark McMillan and me


had never been to Mark and Kathy McMillan’s Meadow Springs Ranch just north of 70 Mile House. Saddle Up has written articles from other ‘fi llies’ trips here and Mark has been writing Cariboo Chatter for the magazine for years, so I had always heard about the ranch. Well, an opportunity came along, my friend and fellow-fi lly Elspeth invited me for the weekend as she won Meadow Springs’ Gift Certificate from the Horsey Ladies Banquet in November 2011. We were put up in the Cowboy Bunkhouse (a refurbished and modified mobile home) complete with all amenities needed for a quiet weekend. It was a nice time of year to go as you could see all the fall colours while sitting on the deck overlooking the pastures. Saturday morning the sun came out and we did our own ranch tour looking at the other cabins available and camping areas. It’s all very nicely laid out with each having privacy. There are corrals as well

so you can bring your own horse(s). That afternoon (once we caught our rental horses… waaaaay out in the back forty – thanks Kathy!) we were off for a 2+ hour ride. This is my favourite type of riding… open slopey meadows, logging roads, a bit of brush (but not bushwacking). At one point we were on the Old Cariboo Gold Rush Trail. This fascinated me, as Kathy said it is still an open (rough) road and you could ride all the way from Lillooet to Barkerville. What a trip that would be! Saturday night we joined Mark and Kathy for dinner and talked for hours. They also have a huge outdoor patio set up for big parties and groups!

Elspeth and Nancy

Great hospitality! Thank you both, and thank you Elspeth for the invite. Visit for a great Cariboo getaway.

Takeover at Jandana Ranch By Nancy Roman


t the end of August the “Fillies” took over Jandana Ranch, at Pinantan Lake north east of Kamloops, for their annual getaway. We rented all four cabins and some of the campground. Most brought their own horses and a few chose to rent Jandana’s very well-trained horses. We had some newbies with us this year that had never been before and as part of initiation… they had to sing our ‘Fillies’ song – we got it on video too! Weather was perfect and all of us had some great rides over the 2 ½ days. Some disappeared in pairs and others rode in small groups. But we’d all gather round at cocktail hour to share stories and laughs. Meals were planned in advance and cooked in a group effort. Why do we keep coming back to Jandana year after year? The trails are great, as is the footing. The cabins may be small, but they are very comfortable and warm with all the amenities. The view overlooks the lake offering piece and relaxation. Corrals and pens for our horses are large and most have shelters. The price is right and atmosphere is very laid back. And to top it off… our hosts Janice and Dave Jarvis along with ranch manager Lenox are very gracious and hospitable (although you rarely see Dave when 18+ fi llies take over! Ha!). Never been to Jandana? You are definitely missing out! 26 • Saddle Up • December 2012


Western Style Dressage is Taking Hold! By Babs Hamilton All across the country, Western Style Dressage is piquing the interest of those equestrians who are looking to enhance not only their own riding skills, but also the dexterity, proficiency and aptitude of their horses.


s an informal and practiced discipline for countless years, cowboys recognized the need for their horses to be supple, soft and balanced. In order for their horses to excel and stand out in such fields as reining, roping and show, the techniques used by world-class Dressage riders and trainers was greatly valued. It was through combining these classical training techniques with the western terminology and tradition that the official discipline came to be known as “Western Style Dressage.” Dressage training methods correctly develop the horse, his confidence level and his willingness to perform the basics correctly with little apparent effort. While maintaining the hallmarks of the western lifestyle (use of western tack), WSD encourages and develops a systematic training process that benefits both horse and rider. The ultimate goal is the advancement and enhancement of physical, mental and even spiritual togetherness with your horse through the performance of logical sequences and specific training exercises. Like any partnership journey, realizing this goal takes preparation, practice, dedication and commitment. While WSD does not stipulate that it is mandatory to test, riding patterns that will ultimately increase skill and control are encouraged. Each partnership advances at its own pace. Riders are scored and critiqued by dressage judges to help identify strong/weak points and areas needing improvement. This scoring also allows for healthy competition at shows, if desired, with numerous and challenging patterns available to test one’s skills. In 2011, Canada welcomed a newly organized association that allowed people to become involved as members, coaches, trainers or advocates of this discipline. Known as the Western Style Dressage Association of Canada (a Not-For-Profit corporation), it is the official national association supporting the growth of Western Style Dressage in Canada and is an affi liate of the Western Dressage Association of America. The WSDAC relies on memberships and sponsors to fund its activities and is dedicated to fostering and promoting WSD in Canada. WSDAC Founder and President Elaine Ward, a 30-year veteran in Dressage, brings a high calibre of talent and experience to the association and is very enthusiastic about its future. Her Executive, all of whom are extremely talented and renowned in their own right, volunteer their time and efforts to make the WSDAC a success. Elaine Ward owns and operates Kirkridge Farm ( in Lynden Ontario. They encourage enthusiasts and members to organize regional chapters to help the association and the sport of Western Style Dressage grow. Visit for more information.

Elaine Ward giving a demo

***NOTE: NEW CLUB FORMED! Central Alberta Western Style Dressage Association CAWSDA is pleased to be hosting an Elaine Ward Western Style Dressage Clinic at Good News Riding Centre Ltd. in Leduc, Alberta on February 22-24, 2013. The clinic hours will be Friday, Feb. 22 from 7 to 9 pm; Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9 am to 4 pm; and Sunday, Feb. 9am to 4pm. This new Alberta chapter of WSDAC is welcoming new members of all ages and levels. We plan on meeting the third Wednesday of each month (except for December). If you’d like to join us or have any questions please call Jen at 780-686-3423 (CAWDSA) or Loretta at 780464-0447 (Good News Riding Centre). We have a brand new website too! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 27

Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


ecember - wow! Christmas is here once again… not that I’m complaining - I love Christmas. It’s just that when Christmas comes you know the year’s almost over. There’s still so much to do. But then again, I can hardly wait until January, when we will say goodbye to the snow and cold for a few weeks and head to the Caribbean on the Emerald Princess with Billie and Hugh and the Spirit of the West Annual Cruise. Yippee! We’ll visit seven different places over ten days and probably tour each, at least as far as the beach and that great looking white sand. Hugh says, “walking in the sand at Princess Cays is like walking on silk.” Not sure how he got experience walking on silk, but it sounds awesome. There’s horseback riding at almost every stop, and although we haven’t decided where yet, you can bet we’ll be riding somewhere. We’ll tell you all about it in the February issue. Or, you can follow along and check out the photos on our diary pages at both and www. On October 19-21, we were in Chilliwack thoroughly enjoying the Mane Event. The crowds were bigger again this year, which is understandable as the Mane Event has lots going on for every age and discipline - jumping, extreme and/or mountain trail, dressage, horsemanship, driving, reining, liberty, long reining, trick riding, and if these aren’t enough, they also have the tradeshow with over 150 vendors, the amazing Trainer’s Challenge, and

liberty act. Niki Flundra then teamed up with the Dans for a combination act that brought the house down, in a dark arena, with their line of fire and burning whips! What’s in store for the Mane Event’s 10th anniversary next year? Guess we’ll have to wait and see, but I can assure you, it will be a weekend you won’t want to miss: Chilliwack, October 25-27, 2013. (l to r) Kyle Mills, Jenny Sherbo and Dan Steers, the three trainers in the Trainers Challenge.

Some of the ladies in Wildman’s beautiful log building.

Niki Flundra teamed up with the two Dans with a line of fire and burning whips.

the Saturday night Equine Experience! Dan Steers from Australia took home the silver trophy spurs after he won the Trainers Challenge. Jenny Sherbo from California did a wonderful job with her colt, and Kyle Mills from Kamloops put on a good show, both in the round pen and in the finals. At the Saturday night Equine Experience, there wasn’t an empty seat to be found. It consisted of drill teams, the breed parades, one of Canada’s top reiners, Niki Flundra trick riding, Jonathan Field, and the Double Dans from Australia put on an amazing

The Chinese auction went over well. Kathy was outbid on the wheelbarrow and the kid’s stirrups.

Friday, November 16, was the 2nd Annual Cariboo Horseyy Ladies Christmas Banquet and Charity Auction. This year it was held in Wildman’s Family Restaurant at Interlakes. My wife Kathy attended and said it was a wonderful

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Joanne Macaluso suggesting that 4-H would be a good cause.

evening with a sold-out crowd of horsey ladies and their friends - good job, Cheryle Hickman! Kathy said, “It’s a great and fun way to meet new people with the same interest… and all for a good cause, too.” The ladies pick a charity for the auction proceeds and this year Joanne Macaluso did a super presentation saying that the money should stay local and that 4-H would be a good cause. 4-H was picked as one of the two charities - way to go, Jo! For more details on the evening event, see Cheryle’s write-up on page 30. It’s not too late to get tickets for the BC Cowboy Heritage Society’s Cowboy Christmas Concert in Kamloops on Thursday, December 13, at the Calvary Church. In fact, there will be tickets available at the door. Alan Moberg, Hugh McLennan, Jeremy Willis, Gordie West, and Santa Claus will all be performing. Start time is 7pm... free photos with Santa from 6pm! Tickets are $20 per person with kids 16 and under free with an adult. They are available at the Horse Barn in Kamloops or by phone at 1-888-763-2221.

The 13th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert will be held in Marten Exeter Hall on February 9, 2013. Once again there will be two shows: a 2 pm matinee, and a 7 pm evening show. This year, the featured entertainers are being brought back by popular demand and include Hugh McLennan, Gordie West, Matt Johnston, and Frank Gleeson. Tickets are still only $15. For information, phone 1-888-763-2221.

Last year Santa joined the entertainers on stage to sing a couple of songs.

Kamloops Cowboy Festival tickets are now on sale; $65 for a weekend pass, $30 for an evening feature show (includes daytime on the same day), $15 for a day pass. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday dinner theatre shows are also available. They’re available at the Horse Barn in Kamloops or by phone at 1-888-763-2221. Don’t miss the early bird packages at the Coast Hotel (until January 15). This year, there will be a Kickoff Cowboy Buffet and Dance, too, with Eli Barsi and Friends, at the Plaza Hotel in Kamloops. See for details. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Linda Puhallo gets her photo with Santa at last year’s Cowboy Christmas Concert.


WHAT’S THIS? Readers do you know what this is? The correct answer will be printed in the next issue.

What’s your guess?

This month’s item is another one that was sold at the 83 Mile Auction! My guess of the size is that it’s about 10 inches high, not including the handle. Sorry no clues again. Good luck. E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please..

Last Month’s What’s This? Last month’s item was supposed to be “a little harder” and I guess it was (no answers). The plow sod cutter was made to fasten behind a plow mouldboard to cut the sod after it had been rolled by the mouldboard, thus making it easier to disc or harrow. This item was given to me by Master Plowman Dave Reid of Chilliwack. • 29

Cariboo Horsey Ladies By Cheryle Hickman Photos by Kathy Gerding


without having made a new friend. I thank all of the ladies for making our evening a total success and on behalf of my horses and myself wishing all of you a great Christmas… for you have given two organizations a surprise Christmas wish come true!

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he raising of hands for the love of horses was confirmation enough to know we were surely in the right room! A count of over 250 horses were represented by the ladies attending our 2nd Annual event held Friday November 16th. There was no shortage of laughter, conversation, or generosity. Seventy-six ‘horsey’ ladies joined together to celebrate Christmas at Wildmans Family Restaurant at Interlakes Corner. We were offered a complete traditional Turkey buffet, and treated later to a flowing chocolate fountain and an array of other yummy desserts. A total of $4,100.00 was raised through our Auction, and will be divided between three local 4-H groups (Highland Club 100 Mile House, Clinton, Canim Valley) and Mixed Up Mutts Rescue Society of 100 Mile House. I was truly honoured to share an evening with, and recognize how lucky we are to have, so many dedicated, talented women that share the love of horses. It was almost impossible to have left the event

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Horsey Ladies – Okanagan By Nancy Roman Photos by Patti Thomas and Elspeth Manning



n Friday November 16 our 15th Annual event took place at the Spallumcheen Golf Course. As usual Kelli and her staff did a fabulous job with the buffet dinner, Christmas decorations and top-notch service to all 128 Horsey Ladies! With over 100 items on the auction tables – thanks to our generous sponsors – the Ladies were able to raise $6,400. Many community groups attended and spoke of their cause hoping to win the charity vote; including Vernon’s Community Dental Access Centre, Equine Assisted Therapy (at Vernon Women’s Transition House), BC Interior Horse Rescue, Vernon 4-H Young Riders, and Kindale Developmental Association. But it was Armstrong’s Caravan Farm Theatre as well as Merritt’s Angel’s Animal Rescue Society that were the two top votegetters and each will receive $3,200. Caravan’s executive director, Courtenay Dobbie, explained that they need to buy a new team of horses for their productions, as their senior horses are being retired and a fundraising campaign for $5,000 had begun. Her first time to the charity event, she was thrilled hearing Caravan was one of the recipients. Angel’s Animal Rescue Society (located in Merritt) had previously won $3,000 from the Horsey Ladies in 2010, although that did not stop them from getting top votes again. To date the (Okanagan) Horsey Ladies have raised over $50,000 and given back to local charities! See their Facebook page, Horsey Ladies Okanagan, for more photos from the evening, a bit of their history and some great comments!

Committee members: Sheila Sperling, Ruby Edwards, Michele Gould, Ester Gerlof, Nancy Roman, Elspeth Manning, Val Dacyk, Amy Vaughan (sitting).

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Happy Ho Ho Holidays! COLDSTREAM LEATHER CORNER Our products are hand-made, and in this age of obsolescence these leather products are made to last, and not surprising if they are handed down to future generations, with the same usefulness as when they were initially purchased. One of our bestsellers is this leather belt and is on sale now at $74.50 (reg. $90), made with classic workmanship, in the tradition of durability and function. You can browse our products and buy on our website!

THE PADDOCK TACK & TOGS Do you have a dedicated rider to buy for this Christmas? Do they ride even in the cold weather? Well we can help you make them cozy and warm with a couple of great products from Cashel Company. How about a “Fleece Tush Cush” or some “Cosy Toes” LOL! Yes we have these to help you make even the toughest winter rider happy! Also don’t forget to fill out our Wish Book so you get exactly what you want under the tree.


Happy Ho Ho Holidays! Slow Feeder Saver * keeps hay out of dirt and bedding * maintains natural grazing position * keeps nose out of dusty hay * slows hay consumption * durable, use inside/outside * portable, folds flat - take it with you Video at 250-495-4919

HEALTHY HORSES Two years ago Tahn Towns called High Country Plastics to see if they would make her slow feeder design from plastic. The wooden ones she’d been making for several years, worked great, but didn’t hold up to the horses or the weather - and were not portable. Slow Feeder Savers were released this past spring and are rapidly gaining favour across Canada and USA. Feedback from enthusiastic and happy horse owners say, “They work!” for Video and Dealers.

HAPPY HORSEBACK SADDLES The Barefoot Bitless Bridle provides a gentle alternative for all riding styles, distributing pressure lightly and evenly over the nasal bone, cheeks and poll, without punctual pressure in just one spot. Provides pain free and safe rein aids, increasing the trust between horse and rider. The throat latch is the extension of the reins. Noseband and browband are nicely padded. The crown piece is extra wide and has a thick padding to reduce pressure behind the ears. Matching reins available. Comes in full and cob size, black or brown.

THE COUNTRY OUTPOST A family run business serving working class families for over 20 years, specializing in Western and English Tack with a huge inventory! They have a lifetime of experience working with horses for riding, racing, packing, driving and showing. Haul your horse over for on-site saddle fitting; trades are welcome too! In-store are many brand names to choose from, including Justin Cowboy and Muck Boots – stay dry this winter! Visit them on Facebook.

The Country Outpost CruzFire Roping Dummy Improve your techniques from a novice to a pro! Auto release system once you rope the head or heel the feet. Pull with your Horse or with your Quad.

Our Specialty JUST TACK

Christmas Special $2,095. (reg. g $2,995.))

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Happy Ho Ho Holidays! Keep your Fences in Good Shape this Winter! err!

FERRIS FENCING Offering fencing for all reasons – through the seasons. Why not have Santa put a Gift Certificate under the tree for you? You might need fencing accessories, energizers, insulators, portable fencing‌ or? Leave it up to Santa to get you exactly what you need! Visit our website for a catalogue of options.

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AT STAMPEDE TACK & WESTERN WEAR‌ We’ve just finished helping Santa with his list for all the good cowboys and cowgirls on the ranch and now we’re all set and ready to help y’all do the same! Come on in and let us help you find that perfect gift for the ones (and horses too!) on your list including Western and English clothing, Saddles, Tack and equipment, plus a huge selection of gift items and jewelry and so much more. We are a Destination!

RICHARD TENISCH SILVERSMITH Working in silver and gold, handcrafted pieces are uniquely created one at a time. Specializing in one-of-a-kind trophy rodeo buckles, money clips, earrings, bracelets, pendants, rings, barrettes, customized saddle and bridle silver and unique headstalls. “My promise is to put all my knowledge, experience and love into every piece I produce.� We offer Gift Certificates towards making that ‘unique’ item for your special someone.


Richard Tenisch Western Silversmith

~ specializing in one of a kind custom creations ~

We helped Santa with his list‌ Let us help with yours too!

Tack, Grooming Supplies, Saddles, Horse Blankets, Bits, English, Western, Jeans & Clothing, Outerwear, Cowboy Boots, Cowboy Hats, Jewellery

“Everything for the Horse & Rider at Christmas� Located in Cloverdale at the corner of #10 Hwy. & 180th Street since 1966 s Ph: 250-378-0936 or Cell: 250-315-7567 Merritt BC


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Happy Ho Ho Holidays! NAG BAGS

1” & 1.5” knotless netting available in all sizes and feeders

SLOW FEEDER HAY NETS Many different styles & sizes of slow feeding nets available

Slow feeder bags for many grazing animals. Veterinarians and equine health professionals, stable managers, equine teaching facilities and owners are all seeing the benefits of using a N.A.G. Bag slow feeding system. Horses should have access to hay at all times, as they would if they were grazing naturally. We have bags for large/small round bales, hands free, large/ small squares, flakes, stall or fence feeding, 1” mesh for ponies or miniature animals, or just a bag for your horse to push around his pen to alleviate boredom. See our online specials for December!

RIDE N DRIVE HORSE SUPPLIES Safe, horse friendly poly rings ( never rust ) Poly rings & slow feeder nets (all in one)

So easy! No tractor needed.

Slow Feeding... Aids in prevention of digestive issues, colic, ulcers, stall vices, cribbing and boredom. Our nets are recommended & used by veterinarians.

Keep everything organized with a Necessity Tote. Put all of your grooming needs in an easy-to-carry tote that can be hung on the fence or trailer for easy access. Great for your own use to hold toiletries and makeup when you travel. Lots of jazzy colours. We have other great gift ideas in our store for the rider or driver in your life!

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Ez-fill Nets


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These work great - just throw the hay through the opening and you are done! Great for all stables, stalls and paddocks.

Slow-feeding gives your equines optimal health & well being



Everything for your Mini Horses, Mini Donkeys and Ponies! Driving Equipment for your full size Horses too! English & Western Tack Horse Care Products & English Riding Clothing Tucker Trail Saddles, Charles Owen Helmets and Safety Vests, Horka Helmets and Breeches, Wintec English Saddles Used tack, clothing and equipment on Consignment

Drive Away In Style with Ride-N-Drive 7.5 km East of Airdrie, AB (on Hwy 567) 1-877-821-9745 38 • Saddle Up • December 2012


Happy Ho Ho Holidays! Amanda Look


403-994-6552 Didsbury, AB Canada

Get the “Ah” your horse has always wanted. Back on Track Quick Wraps rejuvenate tired tendons and soft tissue, by using the amazing Welltex Technology, which is proven to increase circulation and reduce inflammation. Helping your horse go from “ouch” to “Ah” after every ride. Visit our website for a complete Product listing for you, your horse and your best dog! Also offering Equine Massage by a certified E.B.W to the horses of Central Alberta.

Christmas Sale on Now! Back on Track Products: People Horses and Dogs Equine Massage by Certified Equine Body Worker Pegasus Air Boots Recovery EQ, SA and Human AQHA STUD SERVICE: OH TAO TIE (WhiteTie x Shimmery Glow “Pass Em Up”) 2003 Grey AQHA Stallion

SMITHBILT HATS Smithbilt is proud to be Canada’s only full service and custom hat company left. Our hats are made from either wool or fur felt and we source this felt from selected manufacturers throughout the world. We fashion Smithbilt felt hats in our Calgary factory, using time-honored processes and tools. We aren’t here to just sell a hat… it’s the hat experience; we create a hat you’ll want to wear! Come in to our store and allow us to customize a hat specifically for you.

ROSE POINT FARMS “A simple no nonsense design offers the protection both performance and trail horses need for safe rides and injury reduced competition.” Pegasus Air Boots, are a one size fits all. They have a single Velcro closure, providing even tension down the leg. The Pegasus boot does not slide, twist or fill with dirt! You and your horse will LOVE them! Visit our website for all the trendy colors (17) and various other products.

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Calgary C all Stampede Centennial Hat C One-of-a-kind!! and only 30 left! t!! Order NOW in time for Christmas! 100% Pure Beaver ver and comees with a custom Sterling Silver hat buckle! Your luxurious Hatt will be custom fitted and hand shaped h d to t your specification! ifi ti ! Personalized P with your name and Special Edition Number printed on the inside leather sweat band. Comes with your own custom Executive Hat Case for easy travel and storage along with a natural horse hair brush for light cleaning and a Certificate of Authenticity. Authenticity Smithbilt Hats will provide one complimentary cleaning and shaping to your Centennial Hat every year for Life! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own this special “Limited Edition” Hat.

ON SALE NOW! Western Hats ~ Dress Hats ~ Straw Hats ~ White Hats Restoration and Cleaning Toll Free 11-800-661-1354 800 661 1354 or 403-244-9131 403 244 9131 • 39

Happy Ho Ho Holidays! FRINGE WESTERN WEAR & LEATHERWORK I apprenticed with Don Loewen in Merritt a few years ago. Don taught me how to make chaps and saddles. I started making chaps for family and friends, then for customers at the store. This fall I started my own business called FRINGE, specializing in hand made, good quality chaps for working cowboys and cowgirls, trail riders, and competitive riders. For a CHRISTMAS SPECIAL all the stamping on my chap belts will be FREE when you order a pair of chaps this December!

CRESCENDO More than just an outstanding source of premium quality vinegars, oils and spices. For everyone on your list, we offer an amazing array of innovative specialty food gifts. Whether you choose from our wide range of excellent oils, exotic balsamic vinegars, wholesome salts, seasonings and spices, CRESCENDO can create that distinctive gift for you! Our gifts are meaningful, tasteful and last long after the wrapping is gone. Two locations to serve you!

R & E SADDLE AND TACK REPAIR Our latest custom creation is an overnight Tote/Duffle bag in a rich brown leather with brown crocodile inlays and engraved brass trim. This bag is the perfect size as a carry-on for the frequent flyer! We can personalize it and make it your own! We also create photo album and day timer covers, belts, key fobs, wrist bands and scarf slides. Custom tack too… for the ranch or the show ring!

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Happy Ho Ho Holidays! VALOUR FARMS Irideon Wind Pro 3-Season Jacket: Truly the staple of any winter riding wardrobe, Wind Pro provides warmth without the weight and bulk of traditional insulating fabrics. Contrasting thumbhole cuffs and zipper lining are made from super soft silhouette fabric. This jacket fits every shape thanks to body sculpting panels with 4-way stretch and no-chafe edge stitched seams. Keep the essentials with you when you ride with no-chatter zipper pockets and extra interior pockets. Only $169.95.

BLUE CREEK OUTFITTING NEW for May 2013! Our two week ‘THE COMPLETE GUIDE’ Program, a comprehensive, hands-on program covering all of the knowledge and skills required to become a guide for a variety of fields, for employment or personal use. Topics include trail riding and packing, firearms and shooting, archery and bowhunting, GPS use, photography, map reading, skinning and caring for game, backpacking, dog packing, clothing and footgear, camping, hunting and fishing methods, animal study, and much more!

R & E Saddle and Tack Repair Aldergrove, BC 604-856-2350 Custom Creations of Tack & Leatherwork English & Western Tack Repairs Blanket Repairs Give them the right gift... An R & E Gift Certificate (just in time for Christmas)

Seasons Greetings from Rick and Edith!

ONE WEEK CLINIC for trail riders and those interested in Packing, Guiding and Training the ‘trail’ horse. Great horses. Excellent instruction. Beautiful country and includes a 2-3 day Pack Trip. Accommodation provided. Call us for a brochure or visit our website. *The Right Horse *Training the Trail Horse *Riding & Packing Skills *Packing Horses (hitching & knots) *Horse Care *Medical *Feeding *Wilderness Travel (trail trips & safe travel) *Wrangling *Guiding *Shoeing & Trimming *Camping… and more!

NEW For Spring of 2013 “THE COMPLETE GUIDE” (2 week) Program.

mas Everyone! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BLUE CREEK Outfitting Corp. 1-250-569-3423 • 41

Picking the Right Class or Trainer By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP


ow that the colder weather and shorter days are here, many of us are looking for different ways to keep our dogs happy and active. Why not take a class? Maybe try something new? Participating in a class has many benefits. In addition to the social experience it provides, you’ll have some new skills to work on that will allow you to spend quality time together and give your dog a dose of mental stimulation. These days, dog training classes go well beyond obedience. Why not look around your area for some new dog sport to participate in? Rally-O, Musical Freestyle, Agility, Flyball, Treibball, Lure Coursing, K9 Nose Work, Scent Tracking, Carting, Search and Rescue, or more winter-specific sports like Skijoring, Dog Sledding or Kick Sledding, just to name a few! Your decision about picking a class goes beyond just choosing the type of class. Training styles and methods vary widely. Dog training is not a regulated profession so the onus is on you to make sure you’re getting into a good class. Recommendations or referrals from friends or veterinary professionals can get you started, but some additional checking will pay off. So what separates an ordinary class from a great class, one that both you and your dog will enjoy and benefit from? Although there are a number of factors that contribute to a well-run class, perhaps the most important is the experience and qualifications of the instructor. Beyond the caliber and 42 • Saddle Up • December 2012

quality of the teaching it will influence how the class is set up and run. More about that in a bit… So how can you tell whether a trainer is qualified to be running a class? A common approach is to examine someone’s credentials. There are lots of ways to get ‘certified’ in the dog training world. Unfortunately, depending on who’s doing the certifying, it may or may not have any merit at all. It’s pretty common for a person having had a few dogs, to do some self-study (usually on-line) and then be able to say that they’re a dog trainer or even that they’re “certified.” There are many internet dog training ‘schools’ that offer certification after only 4-6 weeks of study. Many include outdated information and methods as the foundation of their programs, barely touch on the critical aspects of working with dogs and may require little or no hands-on time with dogs to graduate. Another all-too-common scenario, are trainers (who may or may not be ‘certified’ themselves) that decide to open training schools and begin certifying students after completing a course. For a certification to really have any value, it is imperative that there be a widely recognized body that is involved in the testing process, to ensure a standardized level of knowledge and expertise. For more information, go to Even for trainers who have a recognized certification behind them, there is no substitute for the addition of experience. Trainers who have worked with other trainers and lots of dogs will be able to recognize and point

out things that less experienced eyes may not see. Good trainers should have experience with a variety of tools and techniques to accommodate the different needs of the dogs and people present. Trainers lacking experience and education will often blame the dog or parent if they aren’t responding to the limited techniques at their disposal. Another sign of a good trainer is how they continue to educate themselves and keep up to date with changing trends, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

information and research related to their field. There have been many advances in our understanding of learning theory and dog psychology over the last 2 decades. The information and methods used in a training class should reflect these. Once you have found a few trainers that interest you, ask if you can observe a class. The trainer should be happy to have you sit in a class without your dog to watch how they’re run and to make sure you’re comfortable with the methods used. They should have nothing to hide and should be able to clearly and openly explain the equipment and methods they use. If they can’t do this during a preliminary phone call, you may want to explore other options. When you’re observing a class, make a point of watching the demeanor of the participants in class. Both dogs and parents should be enjoying the training and be progressing during class. The dogs should not appear to be overly stressed or worried and the class itself should be structured so the dogs can work without getting into the space of the other dogs. The dogs should be in control in class without too much noise or distraction. By taking a little time and using some discretion in choosing a class, it will help ensure both you and your dog have a great

experience and learn lots! Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers; they have been training together for over seven years and have a combined 25 years of experience working with dogs. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using truly dog-friendly methods, they offer hipPUPS, an early socializing program for pups, babyBRATS, an impulsecontrol and skill-building program for adolescent dogs and the Partnership Program, a non-traditional obedience series for dogs of all ages. In addition to group classes, they also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specific needs of any dog. In October 2012, they each received a new designation from the Karen Pryor Academy, as Certified Training Partner. (See their listing ‘In Partnership With Dogs’ in Pet Central)

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Emma is a 4-yearold Yorkshire Terrier. She loves to ride on the back of our Harley when we travel. She is such a loveable character! - Doug & Marni Foster, Victoria, BC

Send us a photo of your favourite pooch! Tell us dog’s name, breed, and up to 50 words about him/her. We will print your first name (or initials) and your city/province. Email to and put in subject line: TOP DOG OF THE MONTH Photos will be printed on a first come first serve basis. • 43

Animal Biosa® - New Product By Mona Illerbrun Animal Biosa is an organic molasses fermented with a proprietary blend of beneficial probiotic bacteria that is now available in Canada. It is used by the top elite stables across Europe (Biofedora). Benefits include better food conversion, support for lean muscle growth, increased endurance, improved attitude, and healthy skin, hair and hooves; it aids respiratory function and reduces parasite loads, resulting in better health, decreased fly populations and a decline in odour. Animal Biosa is beneficial for all animals and birds.

My Personal Experience with Animal Biosa Horses: Both our horses love it! We have seen an increase in their endurance - they are covering the same amount of ground in a little over half the time. They maintain the pace for the entire five to eight-hour ride. We have also noticed an increase in lean muscle - one of our horses (17 years old) has always had a raised spine and was ribby and angular. Since starting the Animal Biosa, he has fi lled in and no longer has a raised spine, showing definite musculature where there was none before. The other horse has really developed in the hind end and shoulders. No matter the incline, he now just powers up from the bottom to the top. Both horses also had very little coat fade even though we rinse their backs after every ride and they are not blanketed. The runny nose and eyes that used to occur at different times throughout the year (allergies) has been eliminated. Our population of face flies was only a quarter of the norm. Even in the hottest part of the year, the manure was still very active in its biodigesting (composting). Chickens: I used 13 less bags of feed. I had 60% of my birds over 5.5 pounds and 40% under 5 pounds, whereas normally that would be reversed. No smell in the coop. No losses. There was no visible fat on the carcasses. There was absolutely no smell - no meat smell - nothing on the butchered carcasses. When shake-and-baked, there was very little oil that was in the pan. A chicken breast left in the fridge for five days had no odour and had not released any moisture into the container. The meat was very tasty. The best birds I have ever raised, and I am known for my tasty, consistent chicken. Dogs: We have a Great Pyrenees that had digestive upset, regardless of the food, which resulted in sometimes severe diarrhoea. One week on the Animal Biosa and no more problems. He is also less nervous. Animal Biosa has been used to successfully treat colic, wounds, equine motor neuron disease and skin disorders without compromising the horses’ health and safety. For more information and specific dosage rates, please contact me (Mona Illerbrun) at 250-395-7758, or e-mail 44 • Saddle Up • December 2012

Clubs & Associations You can advertise your club or non-profit group here. Only $90 for 2 lines or $180 Boxed per year (12 issues). Includes a FREE link on our website. Call 1-1-866-546-9922 or e-mail

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It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation you? r se? o e r h a r u e r o he hy Ki d s. . . w you d o i ng wi t out YOU! re ab What a tu r n to tel l u s R It’ s YOU This is my horse Charley. He is a 28-year-old Standardbred gelding. He took me to my first Little Britches Rodeo last summer. He is very fast! - Logan, age 5, Langley, BC

My 4 y ea r old n iece wh en A b by we rou is ju st nd ed u we p u h o r se p ou r y t h er u cra ea rl in p on a ex pla in g s at m zy! Th is fa ll h o r se ed th e y folk s a nd s h e im po r you r ta ’ ra n c had a ta n ce h ck, a n b a ll . Aft o f b ru d put t th e d a er, we s ing a w h ing, p y. I ca a y you u t ting n’ t wa ow n h a wa y r h o r se it u ntil o r se! a s t h th e e n e is old - Fro m d of e n ou g Au nt A h to h a n na , D ve h e r id sbu r y, AB

This is our new pony named Zena. She is a Welsh cross and 13 years old. This picture was taken on the day we picked her up. We love leading her around, brushing her and riding her. - Marshall, Ryder and Colter (triplets at age 3), Armstrong, BC

Send in your photo w with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. Email to Put in the subject line “KIDS”


Equine Canada Update By Julie Cull DRESSAGE Some of Canada’s top Dressage riders travelled to the renowned Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. This year’s Royal featured an invitational CDI3* Dressage competition consisting of a Grand Prix and a Grand Prix Freestyle. Jacqueline Brooks of Cedar Valley, ON, Ashley Holzer (a Toronto, ON native who currently resides in New York, NY, USA), Jaimey Irwin from Stouff ville, ON, and David Marcus of Campbellville, ON delighted the crowds with beautiful performances. For results, visit Canadian Dressage rider Pia Fortmuller (a Vancouver, BC native currently living and training in Germany) competed at the CDI-W / CDI 4* Stuttgart in Germany over the November 17-18 weekend. Riding Orion, her 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, she took on the Grand Prix division, earning: FEI Grand Prix – 13th with 67.489% and CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle – 14th with 64.375%. For full results, visit EVENTING Canadian Eventing riders recently contested the Galway Downs International Three Day Event, which took place in Temecula, CA, USA from November 1-4. Hawley Bennett-Awad of Langley, BC, and her 2012 London Olympics partner Gin & Juice (a 12-yearold Thoroughbred mare she co-owns with Linda Paine) displayed that they have recovered nicely from their unfortunate fall at the Olympics back in August, finishing seventh on a score of 72.0 in the CCI3* against a tough field of seasoned competitors. For complete results, visit www. JUMPING On November 1, 2012 Jim Ifko and Peninsula Vertigo Jim Ifko of Calgary, AB, and Photo by Briarwood Photography, Peninsula Vertigo, Marilyn Dawson-Dixon’s 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood Stallion, emerged the Western Division winner of the 2012 Jump Canada National Talent Squad Series while Susan Horn of Bolton, ON, won the standings in the Eastern Division. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CSI4*-W kicked off on November 2. In the Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships, which consisted Yann Candele riding Game Ready. of two rounds of competition, Photo by Cealy Tetley. Yann Candele of Caledon, ON 46 • Saddle Up • December 2012

made history by becoming the first rider to take the Canadian Championship title three years in a row. And on November 13 Yann Candele also won the 2012 Jump Canada Cup riding Game Ready, Susan Grange’s 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding The 2012 National Talent Squad Series also came to a close at The Royal last weekend. Jaclyn Duff, 25, of Edmonton, AB Jaclyn Duff riding Pater Noster. emerged as the overall winner of Photo by Cealy Tetley. the series, while Karina Aziz of Hamilton, ON claimed Reserve Champion. Full results at Ben Asselin, Francois Lamontagne, Tamie Phillips and Jenn Serek made their Canadian senior team debut at the Nations’ Cup in Buenos Aires, ARG, and the CSIO4*-W Buenos Aires at Haras El Capricho, from November 7-11, 2012. Competing in the Nations’ Cup held on November 10, the Canadian rookies finished tied for second, with a two-round total of 12 faults, with Team Argentina 2. On November 8 Ali Ramsay of Victoria, BC, emerged the winner of the Running Fox CET Medal Final at the 2012 Royal Horse Show. Riding her own 10-yearold Hanoverian gelding, Alonzo, Ramsay won the CET Medal Final which was held over two days and included three phases - Flat/Gymnastic, Jumping and a Final Four test.

Winner Ali Ramsay of Victoria, BC (l to r): Beth Underhill, Debra Smith, John Anderson, Joanne Orchard and Ali Ramsay. Photo by Cealy Tetley.

Jump Canada is pleased to announce the young athletes who have been named recipients of the Jump Canada Bursary for 2012. The following young athletes were awarded $2,000 each. Cynthia Malouin, 16, Calgary, AB Madison McDougall, 18, Langley, BC Natalie Nahirney, 16, Langley, BC Jacqueline Steffens, 18, Harriston, ON Sarah Wallace, 20, Calgary, AB For additional details regarding the Bursary Program, please visit the Jump Canada website at jumpcanada. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Notes from the Office HORSE COUNCIL BC

Join Us In Kamloops For The 3rd Annual Equine Education Conference & Awards Gala! January 18 – 20, 2013

FRIDAY – JANUARY 18 Come early on Friday and you can attend one of three great pre-conference events! There is pre-registration for all these events as tickets will not be sold at the door. Share the Trails Workshop is a free event! • Coaches Professional Development Day with Heather Gentles from Equine Guelph • Officials Education Day with Dr. Dennis Sigler from Texas A&M University • Share the Trails Workshop with trail enthusiasts and user groups from around BC

SATURDAY EVENING – AWARDS GALA – JANUARY 19 Announcing our Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Equestrian Paralympian Ashely Gowanlock! Get the chance to meet one of BC’s own Paralympic Athletes! Our ‘can’t miss’ Awards Gala honours outstanding achievement within BC’s equine community. These awards acknowledge those who stand out from the crowd and have made a positive impact on the equestrian community in BC. Please help us to recognize and congratulate these outstanding equine enthusiasts at our annual Awards Gala! Cost: $125 + HST until December 3rd for a Full Weekend Pass! Cost After Early Bird Deadline: $175 + HST for a Full Weekend Pass! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

SATURDAY & SUNDAY – JANUARY 19 – 20 Join your peers for a full weekend of learning and networking! This exciting weekend conference hosts an internationally recognized line up of equine industry professionals including: • Dr. Deb Bennett o Conformation Principles o The Secret to Understanding What Makes Horses Tick • Dr. Dennis Sigler o Conditioning the Equine Athlete • April Clay, M.Ed o “Riding Out Of Your Mind” – Sport Psychology • Western College of Veterinary Medicine – Dr. Chris Clark o Parasite Control • Dr. Sid Gustafson o The Language of Horses • Andrea Blair o Equine Photography • Dr. Juan Samper o Broodmare Management • Back Country Horsemen of BC – Kamloops Chapter o Camping and Trail Riding with Your Horse Worried about driving to Kamloops? We have chartered a bus to pick up attendees throughout the lower mainland (including the Tsawwassen ferry terminal) as well as collaborated with WestJet to provide affordable airfare to Kamloops for our event. Find out more here: accommodations/html WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE IN KAMLOOPS! For more information please visit or contact

How to Reach Us HCBC office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 Fax: 604-856-4302 • 47

BC Interior Horse Rescue - Oh, What A Year! By Lauri Meyers


his past year has had some ups and some downs. We’ve had extremely happy days and some very sad ones as


Our year started with the miracle of a couple of old friends being reunited through pure coincidence. That would be Tower and Fiona, who is now known as Spirit. February saw us participating in the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade, complete with our minis in cow costumes and junior member Vienna Meyers riding a pony at the back. We all had such a good time; we vowed that parades would definitely be in our future plans. February also was our first clinic of the year, hosted by Quarter Spot Ranch in Lumby. Spring started with four very thin new arrivals at the Hub from the Princeton area - Petra (Peddy), Johnny Cash, Buckshot and RockStar. Next came our “star” surrender - who created quite a stir - a one-month-old orphaned Belgian/Quarter Horse fi lly. She was surrendered to us by her owner mere hours after her mom passed away. The June rain didn’t stop our volunteers from participating in the Lumby Days Parade. We also held a bottle drive and garage sale at the Hub in Kelowna, to help raise funds for the

Rescue. Summer started with an unofficial meeting between the SPCA and the BCIHRS. A well-meaning and concerned citizen saw the Princeton horses in the field (they were still fairly thin) and called the SPCA. It was a blessing in disguise, as the SPCA now knows where we keep the surrendered horses and somebody cared enough to call the SPCA about their concerns. Our beautiful girl Peddy has been adopted, just as Peaches and Junior had to be “released” from the confines of their failing bodies. We held a contest to get submissions to give our little orphaned fi lly a name; Mystic was the winning entry. One of our very first surrenders, Misty, found a forever home with Chris and Kristi. Our first “Volunteer Meet and Greet” was held at the Hub, with several people attending and having fun. We finished out the summer participating in the IPE Parade; all the horses were dressed in their finest yellow and black. A couple of weeks later was our Hoofs ‘n’ Hearts dinner and dance. Finally, September finished with a weekend of camping and trail riding at Timber Ridge in Lumby. Goldie, Ellie and Rusty arrived from the North Okanagan just as Buckshot was returned back to the Rescue.

Beau seeing all the food when she first arrived.

Fall started on a sad note as Hope was allowed to leave her earthly confines. But as one hope leaves us, another arrives in the form of an abandoned mare that we call Beau(ty). We are finishing the year with our first Christmas get together for all of the volunteers and members. A winter supply of hay is being sought and stockpiled. We will make sure that everyone eats well this holiday season.

DVDs with Dana Hokana “Beyond Western Pleasure”

“Connecting The Quadrants”

Together world-renowned horsemen, Dana Hokana and Al Dunning, bring you information to go “Beyond Western Pleasure.” This DVD gives you timeless techniques to help you maximize your horse’s all around abilities. Dana’s champion horses, Invested Dimension and Dimensionally Rosita, are taken off the rail to expand their training and discover the horses’ potential for other events. It is a great DVD to help perfect your horse for Western Pleasure, get it ready for all around events, or just learn ideas to get him off the rail! Get your horse more broke for any style of riding. - Maximize Movement: exercises to improve your horse’s flexibility; - Teach your horse lead changes; - Get your horse correctly balanced; - Use natural terrain for obstacle work

- Secrets to Perfecting Your Ride Knowledge is Power! - Revolutionary new techniques to become the rider that you always wanted to be; - Never before taught concepts; - Take away the barriers in communication between you and your horse; - Help your horse to be the best he can be; - Learn to use all your body parts and unlock your horse by uncovering his weak areas; - A MUST have for every rider! In this DVD, Dana teaches how to become knowledgeable and aware of your horse’s body, how he is moving and how you can use your body to train your horse. By using your body correctly you can get your horse better balanced, softer and more broke.

DVDs are only $39.95 each and can be ordered off the website BETTER HURRY IF YOU WANT IT IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS! And do mention you saw it in Saddle Up! 48 • Saddle Up • December 2012


Stroke Survivor, Stroke Provider By Daphne Davey


troke! What an odd word, with two very different meanings but an important and beneficial connection. We all know a little about stroke, a disease in which brain damage results when a blood clot interrupts blood flow to the brain. We also know the calming and relaxing effect that stroking has on animals – horses included. We even “stroke” our friends with kind words to help them weather a crisis. What then happens when a person recovering from a stroke takes up horseback riding for therapy? And who is stroking whom? Jennifer Barnes Van Elk, Executive Director of Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association in British Columbia (www.ctra. ca), takes up the story: Horseback riding is an excellent form of therapy for stroke survivors. The benefits are multifaceted and dynamic. On the physical side, therapeutic riding encourages flexibility; improves strength and coordination, and contributes to the normalization of muscle tone. For stroke survivors in particular, it helps develop balance and movement and increases stamina. The three-dimensional patterning of the horse’s movement closely resembles the human walk – making therapeutic riding an excellent tool in regaining mobility.

The special relationship that develops between a participant and their equine partner is a major factor in the success of therapeutic riding programs. The incredible power of the human-equine bond has played a major role in the healing and personal growth of countless individuals. The emotional value of this relationship has helped many people overcome feelings of anxiety, depression and fear, as well as stimulating a sense of freedom, independence, and self esteem. At the Cowichan program, participants are paired up with a suitable therapy horse, and a plan is developed with the client, their support network, our medical committee, and program staff. Volunteers (trained horse handlers and side-walkers) will help the rider if needed. As greater independence is achieved, riders may progress to riding independently. In addition to being a proven physical therapy, therapeutic riding is an excellent recreational activity and can provide a gateway to participation in para-equestrian sport. Each rider is unique and the highly individualized approach to the services at Cowichan reflects this. It is a place of inclusion and community.

Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at

Thanks to Jennifer Barnes Van Elk for reprint permission.

Tip of the Month!

Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach

How Equine Canada Certified Coaches focus on 10 key factors influencing Long-term Equestrian Development (LTED). Continuing from last month’s tip in Saddle Up… FACTOR #3: EQUESTRIAN EARLY START AND LATE SPECIALIZATION Comparing vaulting to gymnastics and figure skating: this requires athletes to learn very complex skills before they mature. They start at an age when they are able to maximize their flexibility. Vaulting, therefore, is an early specialization discipline. Riders need an early start so they can learn to sit and follow the horse in balance while they are developing suppleness, which means before the age of 10. Between the ages of 8 and 14, riders need to develop their overall motor control in the contact of riding. As teenagers, they develop the level of intellectual and emotional maturity required by the rider-horse relationship and can then begin HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Brian Light, a stroke survivor, enjoys his fair share of strokes from equine companion Ginger at Cowichan’s therapeutic riding program. Photo courtesy of Cowichan TRA.

the ‘Learning and Training to Compete’ stage. Riders should not specialize in a particular discipline until they are at least 12 to 16 years old. Specializing too early may lead to deficits in the fundamental movement and sports skills, injuries, physical and mental burnout, and/or early retirement from training and competition. Quotes from Developing Equestrians in Canada. Be Safe and have fun! See the next issue: Factor #4. For more information, contact Lorraine Pelletier at 250-766-1975 or visit Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics at the Kelowna Riding Club and will travel to all clubs and 4-H groups. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, rescued or abused horses. All disciplines welcome; experience Intrinsic Training. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under “Trainers”) • 49

Alberta Equestrian Awareness Society By Lynn Danyluk


HE AEAS is hosting the 1st Annual 2012 Equestrian Award Banquet. This is a moment and opportunity for the Equine Industry to acknowledge those in their communities to recognize their unsung heroes. People who have gone the extra mile, had heart and offered services of care and when needed. Every community has one, two or three parties that deserve to be noticed for all their hard work, kindness and efforts towards making the equine world a better place. This will encourage those to move forward and appreciate the support of their peers. To bring forth good, positive response among the many different areas of the Equestrian Industry in hopes that no matter the breed preferences we work together as a whole. Bringing those together with their services, skills and talents. This will also encourage our future riders and professionals in this industry. This will ensure that the roads are paved with successful people here within Alberta. To be recognized by your peers will allow those people to know that they have achieved and bless them with fulfi llment. Anyone can nominate a person and encourage further votes

through Face Book, emails or faxing a named person and we also need to know why. What makes this person(s) stand out – stories of what they have done will indeed bring an understanding to why they should/have been chosen over and above the rest. On February 9, 2013 at St. Albert Inn, St. Albert, Alberta we will be honouring the chosen parties with their Awards and further celebrating the Alberta Equine Industry. To honour those with formal wear - suits, cocktail dresses, gowns, or Cowboy Formal are welcome. Cocktails start after 4:00 pm; dinner shortly after 6:00 pm, followed by the Awards and dancing. Bar tickets will be available. Tickets are $80 each and must be purchased in advance (not ad door) by February 1st, 2013 12:00 midnight. Please contact the Alberta Equestrian Awareness Society, Lynn Danyluk 780-3582388, e-mail: or visit http://www.facebook. com/home.php?#!/events/162669527190740

Alberta’s Royal Clydesdale Coup By Bruce Roy


he Clydesdales shown at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair are one of the Toronto show’s popular features. This year was no exception, for the female classes in particular drew considerable spectator praise. Steve Westgate of Hinton, AB, had Grand Champion Clydesdale Mare. His winner, T.F.C. Fusilier’s Spice, lifted the coveted purple ribbon after she led the yearling fi llies and was Junior Champion Mare. A massive fi lly, bred by Richard and Sharlene Pasko of Burlington, Wisconsin, T.F.C. Fusilier’s Spice is no nervous novice in a show-ring. Campaigned by Jim Goodfellow of Desboro, ON, as a foal, she placed first at the National Clydesdale Show (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), second at the Michigan Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show (Lansing, Michigan) and first at the World Clydesdale Show (Madison, Wisconsin). She was voted Reserve All American Filly Foal at the year’s end. Since arriving in Alberta, T.F.C. 50 • Saddle Up • December 2012

Fusilier’s Spice has continued to show with success. Reserve Grand Champion Mare at the 2012 Central Alberta Draft Horse Classic (Olds), she was Reserve Junior Champion Mare at the Calgary Stampede’s 2012 Heavy Horse Show. On each occasion, Willow Way Jolie was her nemesis. Bred and owned by Wes Gordeyko of Ohaton, AB, Willow Way Jolie was Grand Champion Clydesdale Mare at Olds; Best of Show, Supreme Champion Clydesdale and Grand Champion Mare at Calgary. Shown at Madison, Wisconsin’s 2011 World Clydesdale Show, Willow Way Jolie, then a 2-year-old, had been World Champion Clydesdale Mare, defeating the 223 American, Canadian, English, Irish and Scottish-bred Clydesdale females that contested the honours. Shown at this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, both Willow Way Jolie and T.F.C. Fusilier’s Spice ended the day in the final line-up. The judge, Tom Fountain of Cheshire, England, had

T.F.C. Fusilier’s Spice. Photo by Lynn Cassells-Caldwell.

each Alberta-owned Clydesdale move a second time. Then he eyeballed the females yet again, before calling T.F.C. Fusilier’s Spice forward, as the Grand Champion Clydesdale Mare. Willow Way Jolie was Reserve Grand Champion Mare and Champion Canadian Bred Mare. Both Alberta Clydesdales left the show-ring to ringside applause. Steve Westgate was as elated as a kid in a candy shop!


Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Donna Quick


e held our semi-annual meeting in Ponoka on October 28 where plans were discussed for 2013 activities. Members will once again take part in demos at the Mane Event in Red Deer, the Strathcona Showcase near Sherwood Park, the Bruce Stampede and the Calgary Stampede. For the second year, the very popular combined horse/mule/donkey show will take place in Nanton, on June 15-16. This show gives horse owners in the area another chance to compete and to see mules and donkeys in action at the same time. The 24th annual Longears Days will be held on August 17-18 at Tees, just east of Lacombe. With winter here once again, here’s hoping all mule, donkey, and horse owners are providing the extra care their equines need over the frigid months to

come. Although mules and donkeys are usually considered “tougher” than horses, there’s no way they should be in a pasture or corral without an adequate windbreak and hopefully a roof to keep off rain and snow. Donkeys in particular are very deceptive. While their coats may look shaggier than that of a mule or horse, they actually lack the undercoat of the other equines and can suffer more from the cold. Rain and melted snow will penetrate to their skin more easily and not run off, chilling the donkey. Be sure to avoid alfalfa as your winter feed for donkeys – their systems aren’t built to handle rich hays. Even though hooves grow more slowly over the winter, don’t forget to check and clean them out periodically to catch any problems before they develop.

Donna Quick on her standard donkey Spider, competing in the Trail Class at the annual Tees Longears Days.

We often hear how equines can get along without water if the snow is adequate. In many cases they do, but if you’ve ever stood in a snowy field in the freezing cold watching a veterinarian trying to treat an impacted horse, you’ll know that it’s not worth the risk. And remember – think spring!

Alberta Paint Horse Club By Angela Webb


how season wrapped up for the Alberta Paint Horse Club the last weekend of September. This ‘Fall Classic’ had record attendance, beautiful horses, and stiff competition! It’s always an exciting time of the year when the weanlings come out to be shown in their halter futurity classes. 15 colts and 28 fi llies… wow! Early weanling colt champion is ‘BC One Tuff Macho Fella’, owned by Darby and Jane Lewis. Late weanling colt champion is ‘Imagined’, owned by Betty Ann Vivian and exhibited by Rich Zenner Miller. Early weanling fi lly champion is ‘Ima Major Priority’, also owned by Betty Anne Vivian and exhibited by Rich Zenner Miller. Late weanling fi lly champion is ‘BC Little Miss Macho Two’, owned by Darby and Jane Lewis. CCF Longeline championship was awarded to Henry and Nicole Gauthier and their sweet mare ‘LP Silent Chip’. The 2010-2012 Grand Aggregate 2 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

year old Champion is ‘Mabe She’s Born Withit, owned by Jordanna Nellis and exhibited by Chris Miller. A very exciting win for this excellent team! Jordanna is the recipient for a one year lease of a beautiful Hart trailer. Thanks goes out to Airdrie Trailer Sales for proudly sponsoring this award! For more CCF standings/Highpoint awards please be sure to check out the APHC website. As the snow settles in, we can look forward to the AGM and Awards banquet which will take place January 26, 2013. Once again this event will be held at the Black Knight Inn in Red Deer. Look forward to seeing everyone there!


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Totem Saddle Club By Marty Cox SHAKIN’ BANQUET FOR TSC


hat a way to end a season - the ground starts moving! Yep, we were in the middle of our Year-end Awards when there was an earthquake. We all went outside while it continued to rock and roll, and later returned to the arena, but then we were told to evacuate it, so they could check out the building. Isabelle Heaman put on a “rockin’” good banquet: thank you! Unfortunately, we were only able to hand out the awards for our Schooling Show Series. There were lots of winners, lots of prizes and, thanks to Terri Cameron, lots of ribbons. From the results for the series it looks like it will carry on next year. We had many entries and hopefully they learned a lot from our judges. We were fortunate to have Carolyn Dobbs from 100 Mile, Sherry Kirsch from Smithers, and Molly McColgan, Tara Freeman and Candace Cameron from Terrace do an excellent job for us. We are looking forward to next year with four in our series, and again the Timberland Horse Show. The Gymkhana, Clear Rounds, Percentage Days and Best Cross Dresser awards were handed out to the winners as they left the banquet. It was in such a hurry that we never got to the 50/50 draw or the rest of the door prizes. Some prizes will be held over until next year’s banquet, and we tracked some of the winners down to get their prizes to them. But it was a great banquet with a large turnout and we did get some pictures.

Schooling Show Winners Terri Cameron and Pip Crosby

Schooling Show Winners Kylie Tremblatt, Ariel Evans, Madisyn Alexander, and Marleigh Kaye

Schooling Show Winners Patti Dougan, Diana Alexander, and Alice Sexton

Danielle Sexton and Tally High Point Junior, CRD

Here is a list of some of the winners: Gymkhanas High Point Horse and Rider: Lyn Rempel and Whisper Masters: Lyn Rempel and Whisper Seniors: Jocelyn Benoit and Cheeki Junior A: Isabelle Heaman and Newt Junior B: Jennifer Rempel and Pixie Junior C: Meagan Glawe and Whimsy Junior D: Justin Rempel and Gizmo Lead Line: Aidan Beaulieu

High Point Horse and Rider - Lyn Rempel and Whisper

Clear Rounds Days Senior: Jocelyn Benoit and Cheeki Junior: Danielle Sexton and Tally Highest Jump: Danielle Sexton and Tally High Point Percentage Days Senior: Carolyn Stella and Rain Junior: Danielle Sexton and Hayden Highest % Senior: Pip Crosby and Tom Highest % Junior: Crimzon LeBlond and Minka Best Cross Dresser (Combination of Gym, CRD and %): Danielle Sexton

Pip Crosby and Tom - Highest % Senior, Percentage Days

A BIG thank you to all our participants and congratulations to all of our riders for a great year. Looking forward to a big season next year. 52 • Saddle Up • December 2012


Oliver Riding Club Update By Kathy Malmberg


adly, our Halloween Show was rained out this year. The riding ring was mush. It would have been difficult to out-do last year’s amazing show, but we can all start planning for next year! We did have a dressage show Test Day in October, but entries were down due to it falling on Thanksgiving Day - note for next year! Carolyn Tipler was the organizer (and also the teacher for many of the riders). She was delighted to arrive early in the morning to D Bar K to find the ring harrowed and all of the dressage ring sections hosed off and propped up to dry. Thanks, Ken! Dorothy McLaughlin, Ken MacRae and Kenny Gimblett set up the arena in a jiff y. Katia Heines skilfully judged the show assisted by her friend, Sarah. Many thanks to both of those ladies for their time and expertise. Eunice Farnham did a great job at her first time scoring. Dorothy was super at Gate Steward duties. Many thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers. Carolyn hopes to be able to plan together with other groups in the south to have a series of test days that are affordable and within reasonable proximity. Suggestions are welcome. The results are as follows: Walk/Trot 1st Debbie House - 60.22% (High Score for the day!) 2nd Verla Strawn - 58.86% 3rd Kristi Kambeitz - 58.40% Training Level 1st Melissa Reimche - 56.15% 2nd Kristi Kambeitz - 53.46% 3rd Debbie House - 53.07%

Congratulations and a heart-felt thank-you to our new executive for the coming year: President: Max Alexander Debbie House on her horse, Scout Vice President: Maggie Strong Secretary: Debbie House Treasurer: Trish Osland Events: Dawn MacRae Membership: Margie Fisher They did such an amazing job last year that we wouldn’t let them leave. We are all very delighted to have our unofficial club historian, Carol Lydiatt, made a life member! She has been an active member of the club for well over 20 Kristi Kambeitz on D Bar K’s years - she’s not saying just exactly how many years! stallion, Smokey Congratulations, Carol - now you can’t leave us! Plans are in the works for our Christmas party in early December; thanks to Verla Strawn for hosting once again. We are also looking forward to another “Quiz Night” in January. This is always a fun time. The winner of each quiz has to make up the questions for the next (l to r) Dawn MacRae, Maggie Strong, Max Alexander, Debbie House and Trish Osland one. It makes for a good get-together and is a welcome chance to socialize during the winter break. We always welcome new members. So, if you would like to come check us out anytime, please call our membership person, Margie Fisher, at 250-498-4579. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Ask Suzi! TRAILER ETIQUETTE Hi Suzi: Which stall should I use when hauling just one horse in my twohorse trailer? - From Marti Hi Marti: Opinions will vary on your question, but here are some things to think about: If you buy a new horse, ask the former owners if the horse has any hauling ‘issues’ and respect them. If not, a few experimental trips around the block will let you know if Dobbin likes to watch oncoming traffic or billboards. If you have a traditional two-horse trailer, many horsemen prefer hauling one horse on the left, or driver’s side. They feel the weight of the horse closer to the crown of the road (the higher domed center of the road) helps the trailer rider more level and smoother. If you have a slant-load trailer, most folks recommend loading up front, so there is more weight over or in front of the axles. Th is is a slight hassle hauling one horse in a 4- or 6- horse trailer, as you have a lot of dividers to move around, but is generally deemed to be safer than plunking your lone passenger in the last stall next to the ramp or door. Also, horses up front may have a quieter or drier ride. Do make sure you pin all the unused dividers so they don’t swing and rattle. No matter how you haul your horse, remember that good drivers make good passengers: corner slowly, brake gently and early, and keep in mind your horse has no fi ngers to hold on with a white-knuckle deathgrip to the trailer. Always use the tallest and widest trailer you can, as horses will be happier in a larger stall, and don’t forget to open the vents. Two horses in a small trailer create lots of heat, even in chilly weather. Good question - Thanks! Suzi V Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable. • 53

Barriere & District Riding Club By Patti Aldrich


embers of the Barriere & District Riding Club get ready for the winter season after a fun fi lled season of all things horsey. October 14th was the last gymkhana and the last opportunity for those riders competing for the High–Point Winners Circle. Fun was had by all at our Awards Night, bringing a record number of club members out for a great dinner and presentations. AND THE WINNERS ARE… Lead Line: Gabriel Poleck Pee Wee Novice: Jake Bradley Pee Wee Adv: Kamryn Cousins Intermediate Novice: Sarah Pringle Intermediate Adv: Catrina Daniels Senior Novice: Chantal Holt Senior Adv: Wendy Sabyan Jack Benny Novice: Jill Dunbar Jack Benny Adv: Cat Elliott

horse crazy women and a few cowboys to create some great memories… the load on the bus ride home was a bit more as there was a whole lot of shopping going on, including, and I am not joking a “bull on wheels”!! He stayed safely tucked into the luggage compartment until we released him at the end of the journey. Next year, who knows, maybe two busloads?! Our AGM for the club was held on November 25th – details to follow in next issue. A special thanks from BDRC, to all of our volunteers and sponsors! From our club members Happy Holidays! And remember, your horse believes in Santa Claus too!

This year, for the first time, the club organized a “Mane Event Road Trip” in October with a group of enthusiasts who were eager to enjoy one of the greatest of horse shows held in Chilliwack. Let me tell you, there is nothing like a bus load of

Katie H. ~ giving it all she’s got!!

Katie E. ~ showing us how it’s done!!

Club members take a break after final Gymkhana for the year.

Wild West Riders Rodeo Update By Pat Coster


he Wild West Riders from Williams Lake, BC would like to thank Randy Brodoway of Lazy B Tack and the 100 Mile House BC Rodeo Association for trusting in us and helping the Wild West Riders to become established. The Wild West Riders performed the Grand Entry and anthem duties at the 100 Mile House BCRA Rodeo, the Billy Barker Days BCRA Rodeo and the BCRA Finals. It has been a great pleasure working with these hard working volunteer rodeo committees. WOW! What a rush to enter the arena showcasing the sponsor and anthem flags to a cheering and supportive audience. These ladies have big plans for the 2013 Rodeo season and you can find the Wild West Riders on Face Book for future updates. Thank you to Johanna Oosthuizen and the Williams Lake Stampede Association for the donated arena time. We would like to thank our coach Brenda Phillips, Bobbi Bell our photographer, and our hard working ground crew. And a BIG THANK YOU to all of our sponsors! Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and the Best in the New Year. We hope to see everyone down the 2013 Rodeo Trail. 54 • Saddle Up • December 2012

Our coach, Brenda Phillips


CHHAPS Celebrates 10th Anniversary! By Ruth Donald


t was ten years ago in October, just six months after the ‘Canadian’ was officially named the National Horse of Canada in April of 2002, that the Canadian Horse Heritage & Preservation Society (CHHAPS) began its work promoting the breed. In those ten years, the question most often asked the owner of a Canadian Horse in British Columbia has gone from “What kind of horse is that?” to “Is that a Canadian?” From a handful of founding members in British Columbia, CHHAPS has grown to an organization with members located across Canada and in the United States, including a strong contingent in Oregon. We’re happy to see that Canada’s heritage horse breed is becoming well known, but the breed isn’t yet out of the woods. With the downturn in the horse market overall, many Canadian Horse breeders have had to reduce or eliminate their breeding programs with the result that horses past breeding age are not being replaced by an equivalent number

of new foals. Hopefully the downturn is temporary and we will not see the breed back on the endangered list. This year, CHHAPS members gave demos at three exhibitions, starting with the Northwest Horse Expo in Albany, Oregon. Canadian demos returned to The Mane Event in Chilliwack, and for the first time were also shown at the Prince George Exhibition. There were regional anniversary celebrations, including a horse camping weekend at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby, where members from both the Lower Mainland and Interior went trail riding, and enjoyed a reunion with special guests Stan Field and Bob Campbell of Vernon and their families. Also in 2012, members’ horses continue to rack up points in the CHHAPS Versatility and Performance Awards programs. CHHAPS welcomes new members and looks forward to another successful decade promoting and preserving Canada’s Petit Cheval de Fer, or Little Iron Horse. More information at

Yvonne Hillsden on Merit, Canadian stallion and Gilbert Roy on Gina, Canadian mare. Photo by Ruth Donald.

Suzie Barrio on Teaka at the Prince George Exhibition preparing for “Eye of the Tiger” pas de deux. Photo by Linda Smith.

VSE Harvest Poker Drive By Heather Dolemo


he approaching rain clouds and cooler temperatures did not deter the drivers in the VSE Harvest Poker Drive held at Dave and Deb Gardner’s in Armstrong, on Saturday, October 27. Fortunately the rain did hold off until the last driver had finished the 4.5 km drive, which contained some obstacles as well as an interesting cone section. All the driver’s had a good time and more importantly so did the horses. They could walk, trot or canter at their discretion. Dave had mowed us an interesting course through the hay field that kept us on our toes, and held our attention right to the end. The drivers had the option of entering the Mad Hatter Contest and the talent of entries (over and above their driving expertise) was amazing. Deb put on a delicious hot pasta lunch for us all, which was a welcomed sight for all the drivers. After fi lling ourselves on pasta and dessert, prizes were picked by the drivers, according to the hand they had collected out on the course. Everyone went home with a prize and a big smile on their face. A very big thank you to Dave and Deb Gardner for letting us use their home and property for a satisfying day of driving HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

and socializing with others who also love to get out and drive no matter what the weather brings. All the horses did us proud and definitely contributed to making this Poker Drive a huge success. We have convinced Dave and Deb to let us do it again in the spring! So all you, Pony and Mini Drivers watch the Saddle Up for the dates. The $10 entry fee was well worth all the fun we had and knowing that it will be donated to the Armstrong Food Bank makes it money well spent.

Winning Hat!

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Fraser Valley Hunt Travels By Nick McDonald, Governor Photos by ART EQUIDAE, Diana Jensen Vestergaard


n many households around the Lower Mainland and on the Sunshine Coast the buzz started early, somewhere around 5:30 am, as final preparations were underway for the Opening Meet of the Fraser Valley Hunt on Saturday, November 3. As Nick and Lynn loaded their final tack and sleepy mount into the trailer, they were joined by Aar Koeman, the Hunt Secretary who was trailering with them. They were first through the ticket booth at Horseshoe Bay with FVH Master and Huntsman Karen Hatch, her hounds and horses, shortly thereafter. Soon, many other horse trailers arrived for the 45-minute trip to Langdale, followed by a 20-minute drive to the destination in Roberts Creek. Kenan and Lynn McKenzie were our gracious hosts for another year. All riders were mounted on their horses by 11 am, with a few introductions and distribution of the stirrup cup. Esther North blessed the hounds with a touching ceremony and final instructions were issued. There was a quick change of fox as the mare originally chosen took great offence to the same saddlebags (which hold the scent) she had carried so well last year, and all 40 or more riders moved off. The first run was fast and furious for the field as a great pace was set by the hounds, Huntsman and staff. There were ample jumps for those who wished as well as clear routes around them. The fox turned wily for the second run with many twists and turns. There was a brief hold where we could hear the baying of the hounds, eerie in the damp misty woods, as they searched for the scent. The Huntsman heard them catch the line and off the riders went again. Runs three and four went by in a blur with puddles and streams, jumps and single track, testing riders’ and horses’ skills. Many photographers were set up in great locations to get wonderful shots as the first field thundered towards them at speed over jumps. Everyone is really looking forward to seeing the results. The final run finished in Kenan and Lynn’s front yard. Aar Koeman came to grief at the second to last jump and had to miss breakfast. This was a tragedy, as Virginia Mills has continued over the years to provide the most sumptuous of breakfasts imaginable. Baby carrots, Brussels sprouts, freshly mashed potatoes, mini Yorkshire puddings and a baron of beef topped off with a wonderful au jus. A few other treats, wine, punch, hot chocolate and a delectable fruit cake or English trifle. Time intervened and after many fond farewells everyone piled into their transport replete with food and the warmth of the hosts, hostesses and the Roberts Creek community who always turn out in force to support and spectate. This is a day jam-packed with the celebration of horse, rider and friends in the pursuit of a passion. Karen Hatch, ably assisted 56 • Saddle Up • December 2012

by her staff, Erin, Hanne, Adrienne, Loretta and Michelle provided excellent sport having trained the FVH pack to a superb standard. Details about upcoming hunts are available on the website at or on the HCBC Forum under the Events tab. If you can only choose one to attend in December, the BOXING DAY HUNT is highly recommended. It is really something to see, but you do not get to feel the adrenaline, the excitement of you and your horse, unless you take part. The FVH loves having people come out and someone will always buddy up with you to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.


Kelowna Gymkhana Club By Kayla Stromsten


he Kelowna Gymkhana Club awards banquet was held on Saturday, November 10, with 70 people attending. There were some awesome door prizes collected by riders and their families. Thanks for the great year - can barely wait for next year’s startup! RESULTS Master 1 (TIE) Lisa Flan on Tellee and Liz Gibbs on Patch 2 Debbie Wright on Lily 3 Chris Robinson on Diego 4 Linda Lamberton on Jag and Ali 5 Donna Hinchliffe on Clay 6 Tammy Reynolds on Cash 7 Dan Gibbs on Comet 8 Jackie Schleppe on Buddy 9 Debbie Wright on Lily Senior 1 Amy Russo on Mya 2 Amanda Lamberton on Paycheck and Lightning 3 Amy Russo on Hoden 4 Jessie Tarr on Chanook 5 Brooke Halldorsen on Shae 6 Ashley Robinson on Classie and Diego Youth 1 Kayla Stromsten on Skittles 2 Tori Reynolds on Dakota 3 Melanie Price on Sahib 4 Tori Reynolds on Cash

Junior 1 Ayla Schwartz on Gypsy 2 Kathleen Egeland on Penny Mae 3 Keira Bennett on Bongo and Topaz 4 Mya Geiger on Stitch and Trigger 5 Kiara Redlick on Pixie Peewee 1 Dalyce Davis on Odie 2 Simone Lamberton-Blamire on Roly Poly Olie 3 Mya Tarr on Chanook Fastest Times: Flags: 13.069 - Liz Gibbs on Patch Keyhole: 7.894 - Liz Gibbs on Patch Barrels: 16.918 - Linda Lamberton on Jag Stakes: 17.289 - Tori Reynolds on Dakota Poles: 23.179 - Tori Reynolds on Cash Rod Macmillan Sportsmanlike Award: Chris Robinson Most Improved Award: Dan Gibbs

Thanks to our volunteers: Amanda Lamberton, Brooke Halldorsen, Linda Lamberton, Jim Hinchliffe, Liz Gibbs, Mike Gosselin, Dan Gibbs, Dick Lamberton, Kayla Stromsten, Rick Froment, Gord Wright, Jenny Lamberton, Darcy Egeland, Debbie Wright. See you next year!

(l to r) Simone Lamberton-Blamire, Amanda Lamberton (President), Dalyce Davis, Amy Russo

Lisa Flan (left) and Liz Gibbs (right) - Tie for Masters High Point

Halloween of a Time at Quarterspot By Cindy Kirschman


ince not enough teams were registered for their annual Horsetacular (battle of the breeds)… Quarterspot Ranch in Lumby, BC decided instead to host a Halloween Funday on October 14. It was great to see everyone dressed up and have a spookin’ good time. We set up an ‘extreme’ obstacle course, including scary trick or treating, and skeleton poles, just to name a few. There were so many good costumes to choose from. Thank you to our volunteers for all your help. We hope to see everyone pop by over the winter months. Riding still rules! No matter the weather! For winter riding times, clinics or lessons, call Cindy or Bob at 250547-9277 or e-mail Congratulations to our Funday winners! Wendy Cuddeback (the Bee), our senior class winner Kierra Newman (the Ghost Rider) our junior class winner HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 57

Kelowna Riding Club By Jill Veitch


ppreciating all that has happened in 2012 and looking forward to lucky 2013! Our heartfelt congratulations and appreciation to all of the 2012 High Point Award winners and our crew of KRC volunteers. A listing of award winners is posted on our website, www. Thank you to all who participated in this year’s AGM or “Year-end Celebration” as we prefer to call it! We tried a potluck-style approach and had some wonderful silent auction prizes donated. 2012 was a year of growth. The season started off with a major project led by board director Cindy Eeckhout-Foster. Our huge jump arena was scraped down to its base and 49 truckloads of fresh new sand were delivered and spread. That was a huge job, and our thanks go to AG Appel, who went above and beyond in support of the club. The new Nike footing was groomed into the sand, thanks largely to Daryl Ramsay of Mission Creek Ranch, and some drainage was added to the corners. Our spring clean-up day saw volunteers create a berm around the ring to help protect irrigation lines, in addition to the many hours of annual painting that happen just before our big April event. As always, our caretaker Tony Joplin was behind us all the way. He continues to provide us with fantastic grounds and we greatly appreciate his commitment and passion for the job. Considering the truly challenging weather conditions just prior to and during the start of the Spring Classic in April, we have to be pleased with the success of our annual major event. KRC’s Laurie Lazorko and her team of volunteers, most especially Carol Marson, and Caroline Jones and her team from Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, pulled off

a well-run event despite significant and unavoidable challenges. We had some new sponsors who delivered a terrific welcome party – thank you so much! Our KRC Spring Sebastien and Katinka Classic Dressage Festival took place during much better conditions the previous weekend. It was fully subscribed again and was a good team effort by KRC board members Sherri and Cindy. New this year were our Flat Shows. Thank you, Sherri Paiement, for creating an event accessible to all levels of riders. Planning is underway for 2013. We welcome all new sponsors and volunteers. Please contact us through our website. We have some new faces on the board for this coming year, including Natalie Murdoch, horse mom extraordinaire, who already spends most of her time at the club, and Katinka and Sebastien Devrainne. This couple bring international show jumping experience to Kelowna and KRC is thrilled to have this proficient, dynamic duo involved on the board in 2013. We feel lucky already! Thank you to Saddle Up magazine, too, for your continued support. We are pleased to be involved in something that helps our equine community grow and connect and strengthen.

Canadian Horse Agility Club BC News by Adiva Murphy


ur club hosts at least one event per month on the third Saturday which includes a horsemanship clinic followed by a fun competition. We have all levels of horsemanship and all sizes of horses, so don’t hesitate to come on out to any of the following upcoming events: Dec 1-2 Beben Park, Nanaimo Dec 15 Heron Bay Stables, Delta Dec 16 Aldergrove Jan 19 Heron Bay Stables, Delta Feb 16 Heron Bay Stables, Delta

Congratulations to Canadians Beth Smith and Dawn Westcott on their Equine Tourism Good Horsemanship Awards. Well deserved!

Sally and Rowdy

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Adiva, Suzanne and Tessa

International League standings - we have four (BC) Canadians in the top ten: 1st place Susan Randall 5th place Suzanne Parsons 7th place Laurel Plimley 10th place Sally Warner Interested in learning more? canada or ‘like’ Horse Agility Club Canada Facebook page. For information on Adiva Murphy NEW: Horse Agility DVD. North American edition will be available from Trafalgar Square Books in the New Year. Horse Agility book is available now.

Laurel and Fancy

Susan and Adios


Vernon District Riding Club By Judith Olson


he VDRC members celebrated another eventful and successful year at their AGM on October 26. The Coldstream Women’s Institute Hall was the perfect venue and we had a fabulous buffet of potluck salads, entrees and desserts. Vice President, Linda Edwards, presented the Annual Awards and the recipients are: Senior High Point 1st Calle Mirkowsky on Charlotte 2nd Sandra Marbry on Sambucca Blue 3rd Sara Jackson on Zuccaro tied with Beth Regehr on Juliette Junior High Point 1st Chloe Boisvert on Handy Bar Gun 2nd Emma Watts on Gowabunga 3rd Laurel Demetrick on Classic Affair Youth High Point 1st Hayden Marbry on Picture Perfect 2nd Jordan Krywonos on Borderline Corner Pocket 3rd Talitha Parker on Jack tied with Zoe Urban on Jade

Kim Nasipayko-Shippam and Talitha Parker.

Kim Nasipayko-Shippam (Caufields Engraving) presented the Volunteer of the Year award, in honour of her late mother, Liza Shippam. Kim generously donated two awards as both Linda Sjoman, a senior member volunteer, and Talitha Parker, a junior member volunteer, went well beyond the call of duty with their efforts. Valdine Woida was there to present Megan Creel with the Horse on Course Horsemanship trophy. Valdine also sponsored a new award this year, the Kim Heinrichs memorial trophy for Sportsmanship. Amy Scovil came from Kelowna to speak about this accomplished and popular young equestrienne who tragically lost her life in a riding accident. This award went to Hayden Marbry. A new Executive has been elected and starting a two year term as President is Julia Bostock. Linda Edwards continues as Vice President, Nathalie Merrill as Treasurer and Colleen Nestor was elected as our new recording Secretary. Kelly MacIntosh has retired from the

Our new mounting ramp.

VDRC Board, hopefully not forever, and her extrasecretarial responsibilities are being divided up by the small army that will be required to replace her. The VDRC thanks Kelly for all her hard work over the last two years. We also lost the talented Roxanne Ronan from the VP Linda Edwards and Board this year and she will be sorely missed. Hayden Marbry. The other Directors include Amber Hahn and Linda Parker Fisk, Judy Olson was re-elected for a further two year term and joining the team are Bonnie Derry, Shauna Naka and Megan Creel. The free Family Membership draw went to the Marbrys, and Nathalie Merrill won the free individual membership. The silent auction table was graced with beautiful gift baskets, thanks goes out to all who contributed. Our handicap mounting block is now complete and we, once again, want to thank the Funtastic Sports Society for contributing to this project, and the installation of our rider height, rider friendly, arena gates.

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


ocal Morgan horse owners met on Saturday November 3rd at Yan’s Restaurant in Salmon Arm (great lunch!) to plan our upcoming Christmas party and 2013 events. Member Debbie Miyashita has invited our group to her house in Canoe for the Saturday December 8th Christmas party. Please RSVP to Rachael as soon as possible at A turkey and stuffing will be provided, but the rest is pot-luck – so please bring some fabulous yummy dishes to accompany. AND there will be a gift exchange, so please bring a new wrapped gift $10-20 range. Plans for 2013 start with our Annual General Meeting on Saturday, February 2nd at the Armstrong Inn (formerly the Saxon). Starting at 10:30 am, followed by lunch. Everyone who attends will get their name in the draw for a FREE lunch! Craig Nunn of Bar Nunn Therapy will give a talk and presentation on saddle fitting and equine massage/therapy. Then the BC/Yukon zone’s AGM will follow. Remember… a club is only as strong as its members… please join us! Other 2013 events in the works include: a Riding/Driving Show open to other breeds; some Trail Rides in Chase Creek, Revelstoke and ?; another Poker Ride at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby; a Horsemanship and/or Driving Clinic; and a Fun Day open to all in the Salmon Arm area. Sounds like we’re going to be busy! Hope to see you all at the Christmas Party and our AGM. Happy Holidays! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 59

Langley Riders Society By Bethany Gildemeister Photos by Ron McCarthy


ell another year has raced by at Langley Riders and I must say it was a blast! Games Days, English and Western Shows, Jumper Days, the Little Britches Rodeo, Royalty and the Drill Team… I think everyone had a great season. Many thanks to all the directors, sponsors and volunteers that make it all possible, we couldn’t do it without you! A special thank you to Ron McCarthy for all the Wendy London and Durango, wonderful pictures he captures all year. at Games Days December 1st we will be having our 2012 Awards Banquet which is always Emma one of the highlights of the year! Getting to see everybody’s hard work pay Gildemeister and off with all the awesome prizes that are given out, as well as visiting with Scooter at Jumper all the horsey friends that you might not have seen since the last show in Days September, makes for a great time!!! Our AGM will be held on December 5th and there we will elect our 2013 Directors and vote on any rule changes the members bring forward, then we can start planning for next season! Enjoy the Christmas Season everybody, see you next year.

LRS 2012 Royalty: Sr Princess Brianna; Queen Haley; Jr Princess (runner up) Summer; Jr Princess Ashley; with the Royalty Directors Sian and Debbie.

Rachel Fortier, Breakaway Roping at the LRS LBR

BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association Story and Photos By Janice Reiter CUTTIN’ LOOSE!


he BCRCHA held its last show of the 2012 season on October 27 at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. Several months ago the club directors boldly took on the challenge to create an extra special event to wind up the season. Sponsors were found - Super Save Group, $10,000 - San Man Shorty Traveland RV and Sunrise Trailers ridden by Travis Rempel each generously donated $500.00 that was added to the Open, Non Pro and $10,000 Novice Horse classes. Monogrammed sheets and halters were awarded to first and second place in every class. A top judge, Joe Jones (NCHA AAAA) of Roy, Washington, sat in the chair above the pen and adjudicated the day’s events. One exhibitor was overheard saying that the show reminded her of the movie, Field of Dreams… “build it and they will come.” And, boy, did they come. The 105 works far exceeded the organizers’ wildest dreams. Class winners were: Open: San Tule Boonshine, ridden by Julie Wilson Non-Pro: Sally Rees, riding Savannah Day $10,000 Novice Horse: San Man Shorty, ridden by Travis Rempel $3,000 Novice Horse: Ricquets Lil Kitty, ridden by Cayley Wilson $2,000 Limit Rider: Shari Gallagher, riding SDP Ace Of Clubs $750 Progressive Horse: One Smooth Bobcat, ridden by Joan Gibson $500 Limit Rider: Fred Wein, riding Fletch

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OPEN - Julie Wilson and San Tule Boonshine

NONPRO - Sally Rees and Savannah Day

$500 Ranch Horse: Fletch, ridden by Fred Wein Novice/Novice: Carrie Murray riding Lena Dunn Me Too Youth: 3-way tie between Jessica May riding Betty, Logan McCulloch riding Docs Monkey Shine and Ryley-Ray Wilson riding Little CD Date.

As the afternoon wore on, a tantalizing aroma began to waft through the arena - steaks on the barbecue, courtesy of the Keg. The great eats boosted everyone’s energy levels in preparation for the last class of the day, the Bridleless. The seven riders were brought into the arena and auctioned off to the highest bidder; when the gavel fell, over $2,800 had been raised, all of which was donated to BC Children’s Hospital. Perennial favourite, Cliff White, did not disappoint and gave everyone the show they came to see. For the date and location of the BCRCHA Annual General Meeting, please check the website


Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Cathy Glover Officers & Directors 2012 President: Michelle Charleston, VP: Denise Hill, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:

Pub crawl It’s the season to celebrate and so the LMQHA is pairing celebration with a fundraiser at the Dublin Crossing Irish Pub on Sunday, December 9 and you’re invited! It gets underway at 6 pm at the pub at 10118789 Fraser Hwy. For $20, you get a fabulous burger and beer (or beverage of your choice), an opportunity to bid on a great selection of silent auction prizes and a chance to hang out with your Quarter Horse buds – just in time for the holidays! For more information, or if you have something to contribute to the silent auction, contact Terri Brown at 778-549-1297.

Full steam ahead Terri Brown is also the powerhouse behind next spring’s Quarter Horse Bazaar. Well, she is one of among several awesome team members who have been pedal to the metal all fall in an effort to make this next event one of the best ever! Fraser Amusements is signed, sealed and delivered as an exhibitor. They’ll be bringing a handful or so of amusement rides for the kids (and a couple for those no longer heightchallenged), which will all be inside one of Thunderbird’s many indoors. The bake table is undergoing a significant overhaul – Mama’s Home Baking will feature gourmet treats from

Travis Rempel will be demo-ing Working Cow Horse at the 2013 Bazaar. (A. MacNeish photo)

the kitchens of a local school! There are exciting plans for a Working Cow Horse demonstration-come-goodtime-competition with Langley-based trainer Travis Rempel leading the way. This past summer at the Calgary Stampede, Travis captured the Limited Open Hackamore category with a two-day aggregate of 565.5 aboard Sheza Roan Star, owned by Langley’s Amanda Fill. Terri’s lined up a mounted archery demonstration, as well, and natural horsemanship guru Jay O Jay will be back to mesmerize audiences with his special training skills. You’ll also have an opportunity to “ride with a pro.” We noted last month that Terri and Mellissa Buckley have come up with a rewrite of LMQHA’s sponsorship program, reaping big and new benefits, especially for corporate sponsors. That effort is paying off. Greg Cummings Trailers is signed up to sponsor the trade fair arena, while Stampede Tack and Western Wear, first timers at the event this past year, are lending their name to the main horse demo arena. Time to get that 2013 calendar out and circle March 17! That’s when you’ll want to be joining us at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley for the 39th annual LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair.

Show dates Kathie MacKenzie from Alberta has been signed on as LMQHA’s 2013 show secretary. She’s busy lining up judges for the three circuits on LMQHA’s schedule: May 2-5 (four judges), July 18-21 (four judges) and August 30-September 1 (3 judges). The May and August circuits are also APHA approved for our Paint Horse friends. Last we heard, Janine Evans was scouting locations and dates for the 2012 year end awards banquet. That’s likely to be held in January or early February and members will be advised by email; information will also be available on the website by going to www. then clicking on LMQHA news. It’s that time of year to wish all our Quarter Horse friends and family a very merry Christmas, and all the best for a successful New Year!

Peachland Riding Club By Jesse Capp


he moment we’ve all been waiting for… the results of our Year-end Gymkhana Point standings!!

Nervous Novice: Buckle Champion - Susan Shaw on Apache Reserve Champion - Jesse Capp on Bud 3rd Place - Hanna Currie on Bugsie 4th Place - Darlene Pappas on Crimson Senior Division: Buckle Champion - Amanda Capuano on Easter Reserve Champion - Asia Cole on Oakley 3rd Place - Loree Currie on Weiner


4th Place - Darrel James on Quick 5th Place - Yvonne James on Tank 6th place - Lisa Nowell on Hot Tamale Youth Division: Buckle Champion - Jacey McQueen on Rio Reserve Champion - Tori Cheyne on Bo Junior Division: Buckle Champion - Keianna James on Sparky Reserve Champion - Darby Ensign on Cutter 3rd Place - Laatya James on Quick 4th Place - Laatya James on Tank Peewee Division: Buckle Champion - Dylan Capp on Bugsie Reserve Champion - Cash James on Barney

Congratulations to all our award winners!! Great job boys and girls!! We wish everyone a happy and safe Holiday Season and look forward to seeing you again in the New Year!! • 61

South Central Quarter Horse Association, Candid photos from our SCQHA Fall Circuit – photography by Krista Kay

2012/13 SCQHA Board of Directors: President: Marion Szepat-Tait 250-459-2050, Vice President: Cathie Cross 250-546-8538 Secretary: Karla Dewhurst 250-459-2050 Treasurer: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Past President: Carolyn Farris

SCQHA - BCQHA Representatives: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Directors: Jessica Eli 250-318-3119 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228

New SCQHA Logo ATTENTION: Calling all amateur graphic artists and budding designers! SCQHA is considering developing a new Association Logo and we want your input. All logos submitted will be approved and then our members will be able to vote for the logo of their choice. To get in on the “action” and fun please submit your logo suggestions before December 15th, 2012… to: MARK YOUR 2013 CALENDARS May 11-12 in Armstrong - Fuzzy Clinic Weekend (further information to follow) September 13-15 in Armstrong - SCQHA Fall AQHA Show Circuit (keep checking our Calendar of Events here in Saddle Up and on our website for events that are ‘in the works’)

AQHA Show Council approves – Ranch Horse Pleasure SCQHA will be adding this newly approved class to our AQHA Fall Show for 2013. The AQHA Ranch Horse Pleasure class makes its debut as one combined class with open, amateur and youth exhibitors. The judged class will have three to five suggested patterns, which will be based on a score sheet. Points earned in the class are eligible for the AQHA Incentive Fund payouts for horses. No horse may cross-enter in another pleasure class offered at the show (i.e. a Junior/Senior Western Pleasure horse shown in a Western Pleasure class is not eligible to show in the Ranch Pleasure class at the same show; the same applies for Youth, Amateur and Select Western Pleasure class horses, they are not eligible to cross enter in Ranch Pleasure). The Ranch Horse Pleasure horse should reflect the versatility, attitude and movement of a working horse. The horse’s performance should simulate a horse riding outside the confines of an arena and that of a working ranch horse. Each horse will work individually and will be scored from 0 to 100 with 70 denoting an average performance. Each horse will be required to walk, jog and lope in both directions, the extended jog and lope in at least one direction; stop and turn to change

South Central Quarter Horse Association Would like to thank all of our sponsors for the 2012 Show Season – you made the difference! PLATINUM


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and wish you the very best over the holidays!

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South Central, cont’d directions and perform three of the following maneuvers… side pass; turns of 360 degrees or more; change of lead (simple or flying), walk, jog or lope over pole(s); or any other reasonable combination of maneuvers that a ranch horse would perform. Emphasis will be on forward movement, free flowing and ground covering at all gaits. Other Ranch Horse classes will be offered as well next year to encourage our local famous working Ranch Horses to come and join in on the fun at our shows.

countless miles riding on the ranch checking, sorting, and/or herding cattle. Over the past several years she was one of my schooling horses at my riding facility, Bridlewood Riding Centre. She is now retired living out her golden years on the ranch. Allan and Ella are here on the Woodsdale Ranch as well and still riding in their spare time.

OLD TIMERS CORNER – from Meghan McFarlane, Oyama, BC A’Le San Tari registration # is 2363590, foaled March 21, 1985. She is the half sister to ‘Tari Fury’ the ‘Oldest Living AQHA Horse’ featured in the June issue of Saddle Up. A’Le is sired by San Tari Eagle out of Le Chi Bar sired by King A’Le Bar. A’Le was bred and born on Allan and Ella Macdonnell’s Ranch (Woodsdale Ranch) in Oyama BC. She was sold in 1991 to Terry McDonagh. After A’Le had more training under her belt she was bought back for me (Allan and Ella’s granddaughter) by my mom Nancy McFarlane in 1992, when I was 6 years old. A’Le put on countless number of miles in the show ring and on our ranch. She’s done several disciplines over the years including english pleasure, trail, hunter jumpers, dressage, cattle penning, and gymkhanas. A’Le really excelled in the western pleasure show ring that included winning BC Bred High Point AQHA Award. Together with my grandparents, Allan and Ella, A’Le and I put on

WHATCHA DOIN? AQHA horses are used in all types of events and venues… we invite you to tell us about some of the things you are doing with your AQHA horse. Dressage, roping, cutting, trail riding, jumping, driving, hunting - you name it… tell us about it. If you send us a photo and share a special story we will feature it here in Saddle Up. Help us show the World why the American Quarter Horse is considered the World’s most versatile horse! Send photos and stories to:

On To Greener Pastures “Locked Into Low” My beloved show partner, friend, and teacher, Locked Into Low #3509694 (aka Webster) passed on April 22, 2012. With Webster, I was able to enter the exclusive world of AQHA showing. After a rough first year of showing with Web, learning how to ride him was so tough as he was so sensitive, and as I found out later he was known by many as a very tough horse to ride. After asking several trainers including two of Web’s former trainers, who all refused to help me as they had given up on Web a long time ago, but they would be happy to sell me another horse and help me out then, I persevered with Web. I couldn’t give up on him, he was such a happy go lucky guy, he was my big dork at the barn. I then met Sally Saur, and after a 2 day clinic she showed me Web’s buttons so to speak. He was severely spur trained and as I had never rode a spur-broke horse before I did not know how to ride him. Sally was able to explain away half of my frustrations with Webster. After finding he was also navicular, I had surgery done to ease HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

his pain, and the difference was phenomenal! He would move out easily now, almost too much for western pleasure lol! But in the hunter ring we held our own against the very people who had given up on Web. Web still had a few “off ” days when his attention was elsewhere but he taught me patience. We never looked back to those rough beginning days though! I won several high points, and AQHA overall award, and qualified for this year’s first Novice Am world show. Web was working his way to being a superb all around horse, competing in hunter, equitation, showmanship (his favourite class), reining, trail, and even barrels and poles (which he really enjoyed!) He even received a .5 point in halter; you could not get me off cloud 9 that day. After showing Web for the second year I had several people approach me and say “Wow!” what a difference in Webster, he looks great. I had some problems arise this spring and I was forced to lease Web out to some people who ignored what I asked to feed him and they drastically changed his feed regiment. I picked him back up after only two weeks but the damage had been done. I tried to reacquaint him with his old routine but at a schooling show just a few short weeks later his abdomen ruptured and there was nothing the vets could do to save him. I thank all the wonderful people from the BCQHA club for their time, support and waiting with me and Web for the vet to come, Mellissa Buckley and Janet Crich especially. - Amber Crutchley, Monte Lake, BC • 63

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THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING FOR CONTRIBUTING TO OUR SILENT AUCTION AT THE 2012 BCRA AWARDS BANQUET. IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED! • Holistic Horsemanship - R. Kerner • Williams Lake Stampede Association • Bar E Contracting • T & L Designs, Quesnel • Cowpoke Creations • Gord and Diana Puhallo • Mike Gill • Gus and Nita Cameron • Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Association • Cariboo GM - Williams Lake • Regency Chrysler - Quesnel

• Carey Price • Lazy B - Randy Broadoway • Liz Twan • Behind the Lens with Sami - S. Ilnicki • Debbie Graham • P3 Creations - L. Ilnicki • Billyboy Family • Michelle Antoine • Rae-Lynn Lytton • Tyron Hunlin and Brianna Billy

A big Thank You to the following people for volunteering their time to help me with the banquet: Barb Swampy, Carmen Ross, Rob and Allison Everett, Diana Puhallo, Court Smith and Trish Kohorst; with bartending Ole Timers Hockey Team, Dave and Taryn Carnes; with clean-up/door - Williams Lake High School Rodeo Club; and with the Fashion Show - The Log House, 100 Mile House and Bob’s Shoe Repair, Williams Lake. Congratulations to the following 2012 BCRA Award Winners: 2012 Season Leaders (Saddles by Master Saddles) Bareback ~ Cash Kerner, Pritchard Saddle Bronc ~ Steve Hohmann, Quesnel Bull Riding ~ Mike Gill, Merritt Tie Down Roping ~ Riley Isnardy, Cache Creek Steer Wrestling ~ Wade McNolty, 150 Mile House Breakaway Roping ~ Katrina Ilnicki, Riske Creek Ladies’ Barrel Racing ~ Laura James, Monte Creek Team Roping - Header ~ Ryan MacNaughton, Quesnel Team Roping - Heeler ~ Carey Isnardy, Cache Creek Junior Barrel Racing ~ Lane Wills, Quesnel Junior Steer Riding ~ Clay Waterhouse, Quesnel Junior Breakaway Roping ~ Jake Gardner, Fort St John Pee Wee Barrel Racing ~ Tyler Cherry, Quesnel 2012 All Around Award Winners ($500 Hat Gift Certificate & Breast Collar) Men’s All Around ~ Mike Gill, Merritt Ladies’ All Around ~ Laura James, Monte Creek Junior All Around ~ Jake Gardner, Fort St John 2012 BCRA Finals Champions (Buckles made by Troy Fischer Silverworks) Bareback ~ Cash Kerner, Pritchard Saddle Bronc ~ Wacey Marr, Gang Ranch Bull Riding ~ Jeff Roney, Houtson Tie Down Roping ~ Derek Mobbs, Merritt Steer Wrestling ~ Cohord Mason, Kamloops Breakaway Roping ~ Katrina Ilnicki, Riske Creek Ladies Barrels ~ Vanessa Leggett, Kamloops Team Roping - Header ~ Russell Glassford, Quesnel Team Roping - Heeler ~ Richard Glassford, Quesnel Junior Barrel Racing ~ Bacardi Zimmerlee, Clinton Junior Steer Riding ~ Clay Waterhouse, Quesnel Junior Breakaway Roping ~ Kyle Bell, Houston Pee Wee Barrel Racing ~ Tyler Cherry, Quesnel

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2012 BCRA Chilcotin Series Champions (Awards supplied by Diamond K Marketing) Bareback (Camo Gear Bag) ~ Jared Marshall, Prince George Saddle Bronc (Knife) ~ Garrett Madley, Alexis Creek Bull Riding (Camo Gear Bag) ~ Ryan Jasper, Riske Creek Tie Down Roping (Won pad) ~ Riley Isnardy, Cache Creek Steer Wrestling (Won pad) ~ Wade McNolty, 150 Mile House Breakaway Roping (Won pad) ~ Kristin Bell, Houston Ladies Barrel Racing (Breast Collar) ~ Susanne Hutnyk, Quesnel Team Roping - Open Header (Rope Bag) ~ Ryan MacNaughton, Quesnel Team Roping - Open Heeler (Rope Bag) ~ Carey Isnardy, Cache Creek #8 Team Roping Header (Rope Bag) ~ Gary Nicholson, Quesnel #8 Team Roping Heeler (Rope Bag) ~ John Hancock, Quesnel Ladies Goat Tying (Gear Bag) ~ Norma Macdonald, Williams Lake Junior Barrel Racing (Breast Collar) ~ Taylor Cherry, Quesnel Junior Steer Riding (Camo gear bag) ~ Wendel William, Williams Lake Junior Breakaway Roping (Won pad) ~ Troy Gerard, Savona Junior Goat Tying (Gear bag) ~ Taylor Cherry, Quesnel Junior Pole Bending (Hay bag) ~ Jennifer Schuk, Tatla Lake Pee Wee Barrel Racing (Breast Collar) ~ Brianna Billy, Williams Lake Pee Wee Poles (Hay bags) ~ Sydney Schuk / Dyson Leneve Pee Wee Goats (Gear Bag) ~ Tyler Cherry, Quesnel 2012 BCRA Horse & Roughstock of the Year Winners (Awards supplied by Irvine’s Tack and Trailers, Crossfield, AB) Bareback Horse of the Year ~ CY 47 GINGER; C+ Rodeos Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year ~ W27 HOLLYWOOD; WWE Rodeo Co.

Bull of the Year ~ P66 WOLVERINE; C+ Rodeos Tie Down Roping Horse of the Year ~ WINSTON; Owner: Brock Herman, Chase Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year ~ JAKE; Owner: Rob Everett, 150 Mile House Breakaway Horse of the Year ~ JOEY; Owner: Ilnicki Girls, Riske Creek Team Roping Horse of the Year: Heading ~ WOODWARD; Owner: Greg Wilson; Rider: Josh Cahill Heeling ~ FLASH; Owner: Kyle MacNaughton, Quesnel Barrel Horse of the Year ~ ICE; Owner: Julie Leggett, Kamloops Junior Breakaway Horse of the Year ~ PEPPER; Owner: Kyle Bell, Houston Junior Barrel Horse of the Year ~ FLICK; Owner: Lane Wills, Quesnel Pee Wee Barrel Horse of the Year ~ CADDY; Owner: Rob Everett; Rider: Gracie Antoine 2012 Rookie Rough Horse Rider Award - Olsen Buckle (Gene and Joy Allen) TYRONE HUNLIN, WILLIAMS LAKE 2012 BCRA Rookie of the Year - Buckle (Troy Fischer Silverworks) RYLAND DEROSE, KAMLOOPS 2012 BCRA Most Sportsmanlike Cowboy/Cowgirl Bronze/Buckle, LAURA JAMES, MONTE CREEK 2012 BCRA Rodeo Person of the Year - Plaque/Buckle TRISH KOHORST, VANDERHOOF 2012 BCRA Lifetime Achievement Award - Plaque/ Buckle DON MACDONALD, WILLIAMS LAKE


The Back Country Horsemen of BC By Kassandra Hawes, Yarrow Chapter BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Ybo Plante, - 250-743-3356 Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 Vice President: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442 Vice President: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Secretary: Catherine Davidson, - 250-337-4085 Treasurer & HCBC Director: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730

MY FIRST PACK TRIP My name is Kassandra Hawes, I am eleven years old, and have been a member of Back Country Horsemen since I was five. This story is about my first pack trip. Early that day, we loaded up the horses and drove off into the misty morning. The day I had waited for and anticipated such a long time was finally here. I was so excited to finally go on a trip that I had heard so much about from other Back Country Horsemen members but never actually been on. We met up with Melanie, my mom’s friend, and we set off for Paradise Valley, a land of beauty and wonder, or so I hoped. When we got there and tacked up it was already sunny and nice out, none of the ominous fog of before was left. Before we set off with Gene (my stepfather) riding Calypso and ponying Echo (our packhorse), my mom riding Shimmer, Melanie riding Mickey, and me riding Montana, we met this nice German couple. They were very curious, fascinated, and interested in the horses and where we were going. They took pictures of us; we talked a bit, mostly Gene was talking German with them, and then went our separate ways. We set off in the forest along the historic Dewdney Trail, made in 1865, and rode for four hours through rivers, fields, rocky landscapes, beautiful and amazing valleys fi lled with lush green and bright colors, over many fallen trees and rocks, and through a ton of overgrown bushes, plants, and branches. When we arrived at the Tulameen “Hilton” we were all sore and tired. We untacked our horses, put them out to graze a little down the trail with bells and hobbles on, then set up camp by the fire pit. With camp set up and having successfully cut up potatoes and onions for dinner, I went to investigate why the cloud of squawking crows in the field next to us were there in the first place. Gene had said he had already looked at it and there was nothing to see but I didn’t believe him. When I walked over to where the crows were crowded, I made a shocking discovery. I found a red, white, and bone carcass of some animal that had its pelt ripped off. There were a whole lot of flies and it smelled funny, presumably from the bacteria festering on it. I raced back and told my mom who said she and Gene would look at it after I gave a toddy to Melanie, who was watching the horses after a fight broke out between two of them. After we had looked at the carcass and decided it was an elk a hunter had killed, we made dinner over the fire and stove. We ate our fi ll of steak and potatoes under the stars that night and I could barely HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

see what I was eating. We used flashlights to round up the horses and put them in their corrals. At last, we put away the food where the mice and bears wouldn’t get it, then went to sleep in our two tents. That night sucked because I needed to go to the washroom badly, but was too scared to risk going out in the pitch black, armed only with a flashlight, to walk all the way to the outhouse. So, I waited and waited, drift ing in and out of sleep, until the sun broke the horizon and dawn came; I raced outside in the freezing cold, to go to the washroom, then went back to sleep. In the morning, we put out the horses to graze and ate a hearty breakfast of pancakes, potatoes, eggs, and bacon. Afterwards, we tacked up the horses and went on a three-hour, enjoyable, but otherwise uneventful, trail ride down the Blackeyes Trail, where we had lunch. When we got back, we let the horses graze and chillaxed by the fire while we talked and read magazines. We had dinner, put away the horses and food, then talked under the stars as we revelled at the beauty of the wilderness at night. The next morning, we had another breakfast like yesterday, then packed up all our stuff in the pack boxes and cleaned up camp. We made sure to “leave no trace” as our back country motto says, then set off with considerably lighter pack boxes - especially for Montana, because my saddle bags had to carry all the grain. We went along the beaten path, riding to Burr Lake with some trial and error, where we ate lunch. We went to Warburton cabin after that and explored the cabin which was so old there were plants growing on the roof. The woman who first made the cabin did so in the 1920s. When we set out again and made it to the crossroads that would take us home, I got to lead the rest of the way back to our trailers. Like before, we rode for four hours and I had to constantly remember to slow Montana down because she knew we were going home and was travelling at a much faster pace than the other horses. When we got back from our amazing trip, I was happy I had gone on it - it was a trip I will never forget. • 65

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


uge congratulations to Dr. Colleen Kramer of Fruitvale, BC. This local rider and equine enthusiast has earned The Rider of Honor Champion Award. This very prestigious Amateur Achievement Award from the Arabian Horse Association is in recognition of the points earned from an extensive list of qualified events. Rising above the thousands of other competitions, Colleen Kramer’s outstanding achievement comes from a wide variety of disciplines. This award was earned with the help of two special horses; almost exactly half and half. Zakiyya El Bey (AKA Zak) who was a wonderful purebred Arabian gelding, whose personality coloured Colleen’s life with lots of love and laughter. After his passing, Colleen embarked on the difficult task of finding a new partner to continue her love of 66 • Saddle Up • December 2012

equine competition. After extensive searching, Kadalac Kolors (AKA Splash) presented himself with his inspiring, fun and quirky personality. No one can take the place of Zak, but Splash has made his own place in Colleen’s heart and in the hearts of those who care for him. Congratulations Colleen. Your hard work and caring personality has meant you not only won this deserving and prestigious award, you have earned the admiration of your friends and family

who support you and your love for horses. If Zak and Splash could talk, they’d say “Congratulations Mom!” Go to the BCIAHA web page to read more. Back in the saddle again and what should I choose but an Arabian. I couldn’t resist, I love everything about them. My first Arabian came into my life at the age of 16. Everyone around me rode Arabians and after a very brief time without a horse by my side the choice was clear. Then Maverick came into my life June of this year. He is all Bay not a hair of white, and a gelding. He is a bit cheeky and loves people. We are in the process of ironing out a few issues regarding work ethics and boundaries. Like anything, once we work it all out with the help of Dawn, I know that we will be bonded for life... riding for years on the trails and perhaps a bit of Mountain Trail courses. Keep me honest, I am so excited for

the adventures to come! ~ Barb Cooper Damarhe Training welcomes Barb and her new horse ‘Maverick’ into the training barn. Damarhe Training will be offering Mountain Trail sessions all winter long. We have a great course set up inside. Great cross training for you and your horse to help both of you slow down and appreciate the job of the other. We will also be working off ground work and

flat classes. Contact Dawn Heppner 250808-0738 for further information. Find out next month who else got a new horse! You will be so surprised. Congratulations to Heather Redman (age 11) and her 18-year-old purebred Arabian gelding CC Baker. This photo was taken at their first Arabian show and will be on the cover for the 2013 BCHAA Spring Show Program.


BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Own a Paint By Cathy Glover Pres Cathy Glover Vice Pres. Natalie Hall Sec Marilyn Griffin APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore

BC bred wins World Champion title We have a new world champion among us! Early last month, BC Paint Horse Club treasurer Dianne Rouse rode Ima Special Delivery to a spectacular first place finish in Novice Western Riding at the APHA World Championship Show in Fort Worth, Texas. With APHA’s live-stream, many of us were watching as Dianne and “Isaac” won both the APHA and NSBA world titles. But they weren’t finished. They later placed first under one judge and second under four others in a tough Masters Amateur Western Riding class, ultimately winning the Reserve World Champion title, followed by a second equally impressive reserve world title in Masters Amateur Trail. Dianne’s daughter, Calli, later rode Isaac to a 14th place finish out of 50 entries in a challenging Senior Trail class. Ima Special Delivery is a homegrown 1999 gelding bred by Kari Scott, of Coldstream. By The Corn Husker and out of San Dal Specialdee, this fetching Overo is no stranger to the winner’s circle, or the World Show for that matter. Calli rode him to a reserve world championship in Novice Youth Western Riding in 2009 and he’s won several significant NWCC year ends over the years. Last year, he was BC Paint’s high point senior horse. These latest APHA world champion buckles will find themselves in good company among the many awards Dianne and Calli have accumulated on Isaac and are feathers in the caps of Washington trainers Sally Saur and Kip Larson, both of whom can share credit for Isaac’s success in the show ring. Dianne has been working with Isaac and Kip since the beginning of the year to perfect their Western Riding skills. It has most certainly paid off !

A very Good Year Of course, Dianne’s impromptu decision to head south meant she missed the BC Paint HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Trainer Kip Larson and Bob and Calli Rouse with Dianne Rouse and 2012 APHA World Champion Ima Special Delivery.

Horse Club’s annual meeting in Langley, November 3. Even so, her financial reports show the club is in excellent health. Colleen Schellenberg made good her promise to step down from the president’s chair this year – on a high note. “It is my intention to support the club in an ongoing basis but not in a leadership role,” she told members. Colleen was powerhouse behind a very successful hospitality supper at LMQ’s Evergreen circuit this year, as well as the banquet last February at High Point and our Purdy’s Chocolate fundraiser which raised over $500 for the club last season. “You’ve done an admirable job,” former BCPHC president Louise Bruce told her, noting she was leaving the club “in very good shape.” Stepping up to the president’s chair is Cathy Glover, no stranger to the position. Cathy was president of the club in the late 90s/ early 2000’s when membership peaked and the club’s Open Show and Competition and Free Trophy programs were launched in an effort to be more inclusive to members who didn’t have access to APHA-approved shows in the province. And while those programs continue to be successful, there is a new one on the horizon. APHA director and well-known show horse trainer Jodie Moore has suggested BC develop a program similar to APHA’s “Ride America,” in which the club recognizes members who don’t show for the time they spend in the saddle on their APHA-registered horses. APHA has determined that 92 percent of their membership do not compete and at their convention in October urged directors, like Jodie, to think of ways we can retain and provide value to those members. It’s an idea we’ll start pursuing at our first directors

meeting, December 5. Our membership roster is up 20 percent over the previous year, reported new vice president Natalie Hall. Membership dues in 2013 will remain the same as this year, and Natalie will be using her position as membership chair to “open up the lines of communication” between the board and the membership. It’s really important, she notes, that members let her know when they change their phone, email and mailing addresses. NWCC is getting ready to publish a new directory, which is distributed to Paint Horse owners throughout the Pacific Northwest. It’s important that your contact information is correct. BCPHC’s 2013 membership form is now up on the website []. Colleen Ebner and Margo Murray are new directors on the board, joining Marilyn Griffin and Kerry Sawyer for two year terms. (Blodwyn Bristow and Dianne, as well as Cathy, Colleen and Natalie all have one year terms.) Devon Smith is expected to be appointed to the board soon after she turns 19. The 2012 year end awards will be presented at High Point Equestrian on February 2. One judge has already been hired for the “Back-to-Basics” show somewhere in the Fraser Valley, July 28, and we’ll have big news on the “Back-to-Basics Okanagan” show on the website. As we head into the holiday season, best wishes to all our Painted friends and family! Thank you for your support! • 67

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


ur annual banquet and awards dinner was held on Friday, November 2, and we were honoured to have Mrs. Alice Bourgeois-Haynes as well as Doug and Lois Bett in attendance. The Betts as well as Mrs. Bourgeois-Haynes were among the original families participating in Pine Tree Riding Club in its inception in 1964. Thank you to our sponsors who make this possible, including Kamloops Greenhawk, Brent Miller/RE-Max, KLAV Clinic, TD Excavating, The Horse Barn, Southgate Electric, Ric’s Grill, Tombe Herrinton Accountants, Sun Rivers, Northern Trailer, Kamloops Lammles, Kinder Morgan, Corinne Lebourdais and North Kamloops Lions. Thank you to the crew who put the banquet and dinner together, to all who supplied donations to the silent auction at the banquet and to EVERY person who in some way contributed to the functioning/smoothrunning of the events all year - and there were a lot of you. Over the course of the evening, PTRC members were recognized and awarded for their achievements. PTRC tips its hat to all members - what a year of growth and achievement. Small fry, leadline, beginner rider, junior E, D, C, B and senior riders were recognized over the course of the evening. Small fry and leadline members all received a trophy and gift. Gymkhana events as well as Performance Playdays recognized the top two scores. Here are the results: Our website has been resurrected - check it out at The results of our AGM held on November 18 will be posted there. Minutes will be emailed out as well. That’s all folks. Warm wishes and happy trails to you and your families this Holiday Season.

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GYMKHANA EVENTS Poles JUNIOR E 1st Elsie Rawlings 2nd Kelcie Voss JUNIOR D 1st Alicia Blackford 2nd Emalee Higgins JUNIOR C 1st Alana Higgins 2nd Casey Race JUNIOR B 1st Beth Reed SENIOR 1st Shawn Reed 2nd Kayse Allen Stakes JUNIOR E 1st Kelcie Voss 2nd Elsie Rawlings JUNIOR D 1st Emalee Higgins 2nd Alicia Blackford JUNIOR C 1st Alana Higgins 2nd Casey Race JUNIOR B 1st Beth Reed SENIOR 1st Shawn Reed 2nd Kayse Allen Barrels JUNIOR E 1st Kelcie Voss 2nd Aubree Higgins JUNIOR D 1st Emalee Higgins 2nd Alicia Blackford JUNIOR C 1st Alana Higgins 2nd Bailey Gamache JUNIOR B 1st Beth Reed SENIOR 1st Shawn Reed 2nd Kayse Allen Keyhole JUNIOR E 1st Elsie Rawlings 2nd Kelcie Voss JUNIOR D 1st Emalee Higgins 2nd Cally Sample/Naomi Willms JUNIOR C 1st Alana Higgins 2nd Casey Race JUNIOR B 1st Beth Reed SENIOR 1st Shawn Reed 2nd Kayse Allen PEFORMANCE EVENTS English Pleasure JUNIOR D 1st Alicia Blackford JUNIOR C 1st Ally Crawford JUNIOR B 1st Meagan Daly 2nd Amanda Daly

SENIOR 1st Jan Daly 2nd Kayse Allen English Equitation JUNIOR D 1st Alicia Blackford JUNIOR C 1st Ally Crawford JUNIOR B 1st Amanda Daly 2nd Meagan Daly SENIOR 1st Jan Daly 2nd Kayse Allen Roadhack/Hunterhack JUNIOR D 1st Alicia Blackford JUNIOR C 1st Ally Crawford 2nd Bailey Gamache JUNIOR B 1st Meagan Daly 2nd Amanda Daly SENIOR 1st Kayse Allen 2nd Shawn Reed Showmanship BEGINNER RIDER 1st Lexi Hay 2nd Eric Crawford JUNIOR D 1st Cally Sample 2nd Emalee Higgins JUNIOR C 1st Ally Crawford JUNIOR B 1st Meagan Daly SENIOR 1st Jan Daly Trail BEGINNER RIDER 1st Eric Crawford 2nd Kennedy Bennett JUNIOR D 1st Cally Sample 2nd Emalee Higgins JUNIOR C 1st Ally Crawford JUNIOR B 1st Amanda Daly 2nd Beth Reed SENIOR 1st Jan Daly 2nd Stephanie Brawn Western Pleasure BEGINNER RIDER 1st Eric Crawford 2nd Lexi Hay JUNIOR D 1st Cally Sample 2nd Emalee Higgins JUNIOR C 1st Ally Crawford JUNIOR B 1st Amanda Daly 2nd Beth Reed SENIOR 1st Jan Daly 2nd Stephanie Brawn Western Equitation BEGINNER RIDER 1st Eric Crawford 2nd Lexi Hay

JUNIOR D Beginner riders, leadliners and small fry 1st Cally Sample celebrate their achievements. 2nd Emalee Higgins JUNIOR C 1st Ally Crawford JUNIOR B 1st Amanda Daly 2nd Beth Reed SENIOR 1st Jan Daly 2nd Stephanie Brawn Command BEGINNER RIDER Ally Crawford accepting the Ernie 1st Eric Crawford Bourgeois Showmanship trophy from 2nd Owen McGivern Mrs. Alice Bourgeois-Haynes. JUNIOR D 1st Cally Sample 2nd Emalee Higgins JUNIOR C 1st Ally Crawford JUNIOR B 1st Amanda Daly 2nd Beth Reed SENIOR 1st Stephanie Brawn

Junior C members

OVERALLS JUNIOR E/ BEGINNER RIDER 1st Eric Crawford 2nd Kelcie Voss JUNIOR D 1st Cally Sample 2nd Emalee Higgins JUNIOR C 1st Ally Crawford 2nd Alana Higgins JUNIOR B 1st Beth Reed 2nd Amanda Daly SENIOR 1st Shawn Reed 2nd Jan Daly

Lauren Miller accepting the Sportsmanship Trophy.

High Point Gymkhana 1st Beth Reed 2nd Shawn Reed High Point Performance 1st Ally Crawford 2nd Amanda Daly Overall High Point 1st Ally Crawford 2nd Beth Reed

Junior D members

Horses Butt Shawn Reed Sportsmanship Award Lauren Miller Most Improved Rider Cally Sample Ernie Bourgeois Showmanship Ally Crawford

Junior B members


Endurance Riders Association of BC


he 2012 endurance riding season on the President -June Melhuish trails of beautiful VP - Ruth Moorby British Columbia was Secretaryy - Lori Bewza officially celebrated at the Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: ERABC Annual General Louise Abbott Meeting and Awards dinner Elaine Bessuille held again in Kamloops Terre O’Brennan Cory Anthony on November 10. The Ride Brenda Miskimmin Managers Meeting started Fred Dzida, the day’s schedule at 8 am, Christine Voglmaier, and a calendar for 2013 was drafted. Please note Rock Creek Roundup needs new ride management - the date is still reserved, the trails are there... can we get a new team together for this site? Officers & Directors 2011

2013 Events Calendar June 15: Iron Horse; 25/50 Miles; Peachland June 29: Mountain Magic FEI; 25/50 Miles; Merritt July 15: Un-named/New Ride; 25/50 Miles; Cache Creek August 24: Skimikin; 25/50 Miles; Tappen Sept 14: Last Chance Mountain; 25/50 Miles; Westbank The Annual General Meeting followed the Ride Managers meeting, and the business of the club was presented and discussed and concluded on time! The minutes of the meeting will be available on the ERABC website ( in due course. Elections re-instated President June Melhuish, and a new board member, Katrin Levermann, was added to the Board - welcome, Katrin... and thanks for stepping up! Sadly left vacant was the position of Vice-President. We need this position fi lled by a member willing to job shadow the President, and step into that position in the future. Please consider if that could be you! The Ramada Inn continues to provide an excellent buffet, and the dinner was followed by the Presentation of Annual Awards. First and foremost, each Ride Manager received an Appreciation award for enabling the main purpose of this club. We can’t thank them enough for their year-round work in organizing events for us. Also most important to our activity are volunteers, and this year Scott Hudson and Elaine Bessuille were singled out as Special Volunteers for their amazing support in 2012. The Good Samaritan Award is equally significant, recognizing the extra mile our members have been known to go to help fellow members and the horse community. Fred and Cheryl Dzida were “right there” following Katrin Levermann’s devastating trailer accident this summer, and helped in every way possible to ensure that Katrin received the help she needed, and her family and her horses finally made Katrin Levermann, Elaine Bessuille, presenting Partners Award to Terre it home safely. Good O’Brennan job! The Levermanns HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

were presented with the ERABC True Grit award - a first aid kit - acknowledging their troubles, and their determined return to competition asap. The Levermanns also received the Family Award for the participation of mom Katrin and daughters Anya and Katya. ERABC High Mileage award was achieved by Kim Hofmarks and Indy with 250 miles this season - it should be noted that Elroy Karius and Gail Jewell also achieved 250 miles, but switched up horses occasionally. The tie-breaker was Kim and Indy riding the whole way together. The Limited Distance Mileage Award was earned by Barb HolmesBalmer, who rode events of less than 50 miles and totalled 116 miles. Rookie of the Year - an ERABC member in the first year of competition - was Marie Gauthier, who started her career with 144 miles this year. Top Three ERABC High Point Juniors were Grace Logie (300 points), Karalee Anderson (235 points) and Katya Levermann (150 points). Congratulations to you all! Kim Hofmarks, ERABC The ERABC Top Ten for 2012 - points High Mileage Award from all BC rides of any distance and must be same horse and rider combination - are as follows, from the top: 1. Elroy Karius and Apache Eclipse - also achieving ERABC Grand Champion 2. Gail Jewell and NL Temptation Grace Logie with 3. Murray Mackenzie and Ransom High Point Junior 4. Bianca Mackenzie and Divine Award 5. Julius Bloomfield and Kismet 6. Fred Voglmaier and My Dance 7. Lori Bewza and Trubadors Al Jazaan 8. Kim Hofmarks and Indy 9. Terrie LaPorte and Madison’s Montana 10. Lynn Wallden and CJ Mohawk

Many of these horse and rider teams have been together many years - congrats to you all! The Overall High Mileage Senior Award - all endurance rides, all distances, including out of province - was earned by Terrie LaPorte and Montana with 850 miles together - WOW! The Junior Overall High Mileage Award was earned by Katya Levermann with 757 miles - look out, Terrie! Finally, by nomination of the membership, the Partners Award was presented to Terre O’Brennan and her long-time partner Koszaar, recognizing their mutual bond and their consistent display of good spirits and good sportsmanship at all events. Although the end of the ride season is not something we look forward to, it gives us all a chance to re-group and consider our experience of the last year, assess our strategies, equipment, feed, nutrition, and horsekeeping with an eye to learning and improving in the upcoming season. Elroy Karius, 2012 ERABC See ya on the trails! Grand Champion • 69

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2013 EVENTS?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE: Jan 1-3

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


SUNDAYS CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan or Jeanette 250-577-3156 1 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Awards Banquet, info Linda Damm, 604-865-6558, 1 FRASER VALLEY HUNT Whatcom County, 11:00 am, Lynden, WA contact for further info or a ride to the event 8 FRASER VALLEY HUNT Teresa’s, 11:00 am, Aldergrove, BC, contact for further info or a ride to the event 9 TACK & SWAP SALE, 10-4, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna, BC, 13 COWBOY CHRISTMAS CONCERT, Calvary Church, Kamloops, tickets at the Horse Barn in Kamloops or 1-888-763-2221, for details 15 FRASER VALLEY HUNT Seabird Island, 11:00 am Agassiz, BC, contact for further info or a ride to the event 15 FUNDRAISER for BC Children’s Hospital, Laughing Stock Ranch, Langley, BC, 16 TWISTED HORSEPLAY WINTER SERIES, Horseplay Your Way, Aldergrove, BC, Natalie Vonk,, 26 FRASER VALLEY HUNT *BOXING DAY MEET*, 12:00 pm, Agassiz, BC, contact for further info or a ride to the event 31 NY EVE GAMES ON HORSEBACK, Starts 5 pm, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan or Jeanette 250-577-3156

2013 january

SUNDAYS CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan or Jeanette 250-577-3156 15-26 SPIRIT OF THE WEST CRUISE, Caribbean, for details 20 TWISTED HORSEPLAY WINTER SERIES, Horseplay Your Way, Aldergrove, BC, Natalie Vonk,,


SUNDAYS CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan or Jeanette 250-577-3156 2 AGM, BC Interior Morgan Horse Club & CMHA BC/Yukon Zone, 10:30 am Armstrong Inn, Armstrong, BC, 9 ALBERTA EQUESTRIAN AWARENESS SOCIETY Y Awards Banquet, St. Albert, AB. Info Lynn 780-358-2388, 16-17 PET LOVER SHOW, Tradex, Abbotsford, 22-24 WESTERN STYLE DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Elaine Ward, Leduc, AB, Loretta 780-464-0447 24 TWISTED HORSEPLAY WINTER SERIES, Horseplay Your Way, Aldergrove, BC, Natalie Vonk,,


SUNDAYS CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan or Jeanette 250-577-3156 7-10 17TH ANNUAL KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops, 1-888-763-2221 or for details 9-10 TAMI HUTTON CLINIC, Briarwood Stable, Kelowna, BC, Tami 604-799-5562 10-13 BRANDON, MB, Vertebral Realignment Course, Learn to adjust without mallets! Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 16-22 EDMONTON, AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 17 HORSEMAN’S BAZAAR & COUNTRY FAIR, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC, Terri 778-549-1297 or Mellissa 604-729-6616 21-24 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course One, Field Horsemanship Center, Abbotsford, BC. Info contact Angie Field 1-888-533-4353 23-24 TWISTED HORSEPLAY WINTER SERIES, Horseplay Your Way, Aldergrove, BC, Natalie Vonk,,

EDMONTON, AB, Vertebral Realignment Course. Learn to adjust without mallets! Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 30-May 01 REGINA, SK, Extended 25 day Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 23-26

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JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course One, Saanich Fair Grounds Agriplex, Victoria, BC. Info contact Roma Allen 1-877-573-4018 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course Two, Field Horsemanship Center, Abbotsford, BC. Info contact Angie Field 1-888-533-435 CDN MORGAN HORSE ASSOC. Annual Mtg & Nat’l Awards, Best Western, Leduc AB, Karen, 3-DAY CLINIC & CHALLENGE PACKAGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park,Hope, BC, Horseplay Your Way, MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSE CHALLENGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Canadian Mountain Trail Horse Society, THE MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red AB, GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course One, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK. Info contact Janice Ford 306-653-8829 SCQHA FUZZY CLINIC, mini-clinics and fun show, Armstrong Fairgrounds, LADYSMITH (Vanc. Island), BC, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course Two, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK. Info contact Janice Ford 306-653-8829 KAMLOOPS, BC, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 3-DAY CLINIC & CHALLENGE PACKAGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Horseplay Your Way, MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSE CHALLENGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Canadian Mountain Trail Horse Society, REGINA, SK, Vertebral Realignment Course. Learn to adjust without mallets! Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course Two & Beyond Camp, Michael Lake Equest. Ctr., Ladysmith, BC. Info Roma Allen 1-877-573-4018 3-DAY CLINIC & CHALLENGE PACKAGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Horseplay Your Way, MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSE CHALLENGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Canadian Mountain Trail Horse Society, JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course One Camp, James Creek Ranch, Merritt, BC. Info contact Angie FIeld 1-888-533-4353 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course Two Camp w/Karen Rohlf, James Creek Ranch, Merritt, BC. Info Angie FIeld 1-888-533-4353 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course One, Field Horsemanship Center, Abbotsford, BC. Info contact Angie Field 1-888-533-4353 MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Christa Miremadi, 3-DAY CLINIC & CHALLENGE PACKAGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Horseplay Your Way, MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSE CHALLENGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Canadian Mountain Trail Horse Society,

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


Our members love their LONGEARS S and want to share information with those interested. Club events: Clinics, Demonstrations, Trail Rides, Equine Shows and the famous ‘Tees Longears Show’ that has been running for over 20 years. or contact Alice Todd 403-646-2624 We welcome members from all provinces and the U.S. 10/13

BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 5/13 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 4/13 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 6/13 CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid.,, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0

Alberta Equestrian Federation


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


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site:, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, President 604-530-8051 or q @ 8/13

Alberta Trail Riding Association ATRA is a vibrant club for recreational riders and drivers of all ages and horse breeds. 8/13 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 12/12

DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-328-3814 4/13 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 2/13

ASHCROFT RODEO ASSOCIATION BCRA Rodeo June 15 & 16, 2013 Starts 1 pm. Dance on June 15 From 9 pm to 1 am 2/13

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EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 6/13

The Back Country Horsemen of B.C.


BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Ybo Plante 250-743-3356 or 2/13

Meeting weekly during the hunting season for over 40 years 604.856.6170 or BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 4/13 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 9/13 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 3/13 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 12/13 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 2/13 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-260-5344 10/13 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 8/13 Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB 8/13 Info Margaret 604-856-1419, AMHR/AMHA Show June 8-10, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB APHA Shows, Open Show & Competition Program, Free Trophy Program, PAC. President: 6/13 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138,


GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154, 9/13 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industryy 12/12 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 12/13 INLAND DRAFT & TEAMSTERS ASSOC. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 5/13 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Lamberton 250-878-6062,, 2/13 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 7/13 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 2/13 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Michelle Charleston, 604-857-2333,, 4/13

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



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n memory of my beloved blood bay Polish Arabian “Kahlil” who went to heaven on October 3, 2012, at the age of 24 years. A lipoma strangled his small intestines and took him quickly. I got him when he was one year old, and from the age of three onward we rode the trails of the greater Maple Ridge

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area, Golden Ears Park, the Mission area and the Alouette Lake region. In my 46 years of riding, the bond we developed in the 23 years I had him was incomparable. One just gets used to that fluid Arabian rhythm, style and power. He taught himself to be a gaited horse while we boarded at a barn with Tennessee Walkers - he copied their moves. I had to teach myself to ask for the gait from him and then all was good. I will always remember his good manners, his affections, his beauty, his grace and the way he would repeatedly take care of me during riding misfortunes. He knew when things were amiss and would transfer his concern to my need. On one such occasion, we had been running full out when my shoulder rammed into a fir tree - he stopped on a dime and then slowly took me home, with no effort on my part. (We rode by that tree a month later, and found that it had fallen over in the direction of the impact. I like to think I had something to do with that.) Kal, I will always remember you - forever. I will always remember your last two powerful exhales, and that twister stirring up the leaves and sand as your spirit left. I know you are far away, so be good. Love and thoughts ~ Mike Barker



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