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Welcome to the New Year! And welcome to the NEW Saddle Up! It was a tough decision to change to a glossy format, particularly with the economy the way it is… but after nine years of publishing… the change was due! And we still boast to be the ‘affordable’ FREE magazine for horse lovers in western Canada. I am sure most of you have heard of the plight of two horses in the northern section of B.C. and the tremendous rescue effort by the citizens of McBride. We have their story on page 8. A great feat indeed and McBride deserves accolades for their huge undertaking, and all just before Christmas! I hope you enjoy our new format.

CONTRIBUTORS: Carol Hansson, Holly Baxter, Birgit Stutz & McBride Volunteers, Ron Hevener, Kevan Garecki, Anna Green, Susan Arkwright, Robyn Hood, Helen Russell, Greg Roman, Mike Puhallo, Drew Pederson, Paul Dufresne, Mark McMillan, Alesia Willard, Marijke van de Water, Brenda Baker. MASTHEAD PHOTOS (regular features) by Rein-Beau Images ON THE COVER: Custom Chrome Sport Horses, see page 5. www. OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: BC Quarter Horse Assoc., BC Paint Horse Club, BC Cutting Horse Assoc., BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc., Pine Tree Riding Club, Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC.

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Dear Editor Nancy: Thank you so much for including our Elkin Creek land purchase appeal in the Nemiah in your November 2008 issue of Saddle Up. It is deeply appreciated and brought us several donations so this means a lot to us. The land is now being transferred to the Valhalla Foundation, so will always be there for the wild horses and the rest of the animal kingdom that roams there like a giant grizzly, and the wonderful large Chinook salmon that return every fall to spawn in the gravels on the property. - Best regards, Wayne McCrory,

Dear Editor: The man who abandoned two horses in the Renshaw (McBride) area to die of starvation wants them back. Frank MacKay, a lawyer from Edmonton, said he made two attempts to retrieve the animals and made “every effort possible” to save them. I am appalled. Volunteers spent a week freeing the emaciated, trapped horses under extreme weather conditions, and he expects to just get them back? I am not blaming MacKay for losing his horses or getting into trouble in the backcountry. Things like that happen. However, not putting in more effort to find the animals, and, when he finally did locate them, leaving them for dead; that to me is completely unacceptable. MacKay abandoned his two pack horses on Sept. 12 after hitting rough terrain and

didn’t come back to look for them until the last week in October, because he was too busy. What about the volunteers’ time who put their lives on hold to rescue the two horses? Is his time more valuable than everybody else’s? And why didn’t MacKay ask locals for help to find his horses? He definitely had enough time to do so, and it would have been a lot easier to get the horses out of the mountains before the snow hit and while the animals were still in decent condition. MacKay said he doubts locals would have helped a stranger. Well, he didn’t even try, and seeing how the community came to the rescue of the two horses, I beg to differ. When MacKay eventually did locate the horses, he left them to die a slow, agonizing death of starvation. MacKay continued on page 6

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Dear Editor, cont’d claims he didn’t go up the mountain to kill the horses and that he didn’t have a gun. That may be so, but that is still no excuse to “let nature take its course.” As well, MacKay’s lack of participation in the rescuing of the horses shows a complete lack of commitment. Where was he when the rescue mission was underway? MacKay claims he was too injured to participate. I am sure he could have helped out in other ways, informing sledders down at the parking lot about the rescue effort, providing hot drinks for the volunteers, or buying them supper. I think I can speak for the majority of the volunteers that we don’t want to see these horses returned to MacKay. He abandoned the two equines, giving up ownership, and left them to die. They are no longer his. - Birgit Stutz, Dunster

Saddle Up Editor: The BC Competitive Trail Riders Association (BCCTRA) would like to thank Saddle Up for your support of our club through 2008. This was a pivotal year for our club as we were implementing changes and working hard at our club becoming more visible in the horse community. With Saddle Up’s help we were able to reach a wider range of the province and bring our perspective on competing with horses to more people. Thank you and we look forward to working with you in 2009. - Best Regards, Shannon Mayer, PR Director for BCCTRA

Dear Nancy: This letter may already be stale news, but I had to voice my opinion (re dogs from your editorial in the November issue). I am so glad that you have brought the subject up. I too, am a dog lover and thrill at seeing well cared for pets and speaking with their owners, but not at Trade Shows. It is already tough enough to move about at the Mane Event 6 • Saddle Up • February 2009

without having to slow the flow even more by having to avoid stepping on the poor beasties. Listen dog owners… trade shows are not the venue to socialize your dogs or show them off, unless, of course, it is a Dog show that you bring them to. Perhaps the excuse for many of the owners is that they have trailered down and don’t want to leave their dog in the trailer. Fair enough. If you have not been able to find a place to board your dogs at home, then bring your business to the local doggy day care facilities. Even the most responsible dog owner can’t watch their dog every moment. I saw a woman looking at merchandise at a corner booth, totally unaware that her dog had rounded the corner of the booth and urinated on the skirting of the table. I also manned a booth at the Spruce Meadows Masters this year. There were dogs everywhere and that translated to dog messes all over the lovely lawns. I suppose that those owners that failed to stoop and scoop must have seen a bit of horse poop around and figured dog poop left on the ground was so much smaller that it could be left where dropped. Big dogs sprawled on the floor were also a problem in crowded aisles of the trade show areas. The problem here may lay with the organizers of these shows. Perhaps they should advertise a No Dogs policy and not allow dogs into the buildings. For those people that would arrive and claim they have nowhere else to leave their dogs, event planners could have an area set aside with some dog crates and a person to oversee the comings and goings. Sort of like a secure coat check, but make it a “Dog Check Station” and charge a small fee that could be used to pay the checking person or donate the money to the SPCA’s Fostering Program that could be earmarked to go towards care and feeding of rescued horses. Thanks for letting me vent. - Sincerely, Anna-Maria Robinson, Oliver, B.C.

Hello there: You obviously are an important magazine to horse people as we get lots of requests, and since we haven’t received your January issue, we want to know when we can expect it. There’s lots of information that we wish to access from your magazine and we thank you for your quick answer, we hope! - Thank you, Gail (temp office staff ) and Christine, office manager, Kamloops Exhibition Association (Editor’s note: That is good to hear and I thank you. Saddle Up does not print a January issue. The next issue out is February.)

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It has made the papers from Prince George to New York, from the Cayman Islands to Taiwan – two horses, abandoned in winter weather as low as -35 C, from mid-September to Dec. 23, 2008. Frank MacKay, a lawyer from Edmonton, AB, took the horses into BC back country near McBride to bring supplies to a friend who was walking the Great Divide Trail, which stretches from the Montana border to near Jasper. The two horses, which MacKay used as pack horses, got stuck in difficult terrain. MacKay left his camping equipment, and the two pack horses, expecting them to walk the four miles back to the road. MacKay says the horses had six weeks to leave before the snow flew. After the snowfall, he made two attempts to retrieve the horses. Local hikers and snowmobilers reported sightings of the horses, but it wasn’t until Logan Jeck and Leif Gunster, both of McBride, came across Belle, a mare, and Sundance, a gelding, trapped in a gully, that a rescue effort was started. Armed with a gun and a bale of hay, Gunster, Jeck, his sister Toni and Matt Elliott, made their way back to the horses to see what could be done, and if the horses were saveable. Sundance and Belle’s eyes were bright and their ears were up – they wanted to live. When found, the horses had a condition of 2 out of 9 – basically near starvation. The mare was missing some hair from frostbite and the gelding’s tail was completely chewed off. Some stories report that originally there were three horses, but the third horse has not been found. Options such as using a helicopter to sling Tim and Monika Brown shovelling (Dec. 18). Tuesday, Dec. 23 Heading down the 1-km long trench that volunteers dug in six feet of snow the week before Christmas

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the horses out were thought of but the veterinarian suggested digging the horses out by hand. They had to dig a onekilometre trail in six feet of snow to free the horses. The call went out – all those who had a snowmobile, or time, or if not time, the money for fuel – please help.

The town of McBride answered. Thirty-seven volunteers laboured during the eight-day trek to free the horses. Nine people spent three to six days digging. Donations poured in for the two horses with more than $6,000 raised to help pay for feed and whatever was needed to bring the horses to safety. A volunteer’s day included an hour-long snowmobile ride up a 30-kilometre-long logging road, then along the mountainside and down two steep hills. Hay was brought to the horses by snowmobile and on skimmers behind sleds; water was melted from snow for the horses to drink; and volunteers brought blankets to keep the horses warm. Birgit Stutz, a volunteer, says although some people got frostbite, it’s a good thing the weather stayed very cold, between 20 and 40 below. If it was warmer, more than likely there would have been more snow which would have hindered the rescue effort.

The two trapped horses and the mare missing big patches of hair (Dec. 18)

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For eight days, Sundance and Belle’s plight in the cold North made the news. Viewers watched the story unfold as the trench was dug longer and longer. The weather got colder. Two days before Christmas, the volunteers broke through. The two horses spent Christmas in a nice warm barn. And the volunteers – and McBride – let out a sigh of relief. McBride is a small town with a 2006 census population of 660. With a true show of Christmas spirit, they banded together and saved two horses that were left to die. The B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has seized the animals while it conducts its investigation. Chief animal protection officer Shawn Eccles told the Canadian Press, “Once our investigation is completed, if the elements of an offence have been met, which by all accounts at this point looks like it has been, charges would be forwarded to Crown.” On Jan. 21, the SPCA has ruled that the horses will not be returned to MacKay – no other details were provided by publication. Sundance and Belle are now happily ensconced in a foster farm in Prince George.

Our Horses and the Tough Economic Times By Yvonne Allen WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

With hay prices sky-rocketing this year, especially in some of our eastern provinces, many more horses are at risk of being shipped to feed lots due to horse owners not being able to afford these high prices.


ven in our beautiful Lower Mainland area of British Columbia, drastic measures have been taken into account for the lack of funds available to maintain our horse population. More and more sound and serviceable horses are finding themselves at auctions while the biggest buyer today of these horses are the “meat buyers.” Recently, an incident in Langley, B.C. involving an emaciated horse hooked up to a car and expected to pull it out of a ditch, has got horse lovers and other concerned citizens outraged. Let me ask; is it not yet time that we put a stop to this insufferable care and neglect of our horses? Dec 23, 2008, two horses were rescued by means of a human digging chain up in the McBride area of British Columbia. It took several days to dig them out but ultimately they were not meant to be left to die, from the hands of the owner who did not care what would happen to them over the long and cold winter months ahead. The compassion of those that dug for many hours endlessly because their hearts were called to do so, to save the lives of two horses, even when to some it did not seem worth the effort. There is definitely something going on here and I dare to call it Global Horse Warming! Not long ago I came across a situation that proved to have a solution to help a number of horses that no longer were able to be provided for. Within just one week, all of these horses had either been sold or adopted out to new and loving homes. Networking with people within friend and family circles saved all of them from going to the auction. Most horse owners I tend to believe, want the very best they can provide for their horses and often sacrifice other things to make this possible. But what about someone

else who is in a position where they can no longer sacrifice and are struggling to pay the bills for the feed and board on their horse, that is also very much loved? Perhaps they have had no other choice but to take them to the auction with the hope that some kind person will take them home, which more than likely in many cases would not happen today. We have so much to be proud of on the beautiful west coast of our province. We are known to be the Horse Capital of British Columbia as we have over 400 farms in our area that have produced well over 5000 horses. There are more horses in the Fraser Valley than in any other community in B.C.! To keep up this strong reputation I would ask individuals that are interested in making a difference for horses at risk, what it is that they could do to help? Perhaps it is to volunteer at a horse rescue centre or even take the required training to become a volunteer for a disabled riding association. If you are an experienced equine therapist, your skills would be welcomed with open arms. Have you ever enjoyed horse racing? Consider sponsoring a horse or supporting one of the several retirement foundations we have in the Fraser Valley for ex-racehorses, both Standardbred and Thoroughbreds. These horses worked very hard but broke down because their bodies could not endure the heavy training and racing. Often times these fine athletes are retired at an age when they are not even yet fully matured as a horse! It should not mean that their lives are over because they can no longer fi ll someone’s pocket book. Perhaps you are able to take in a horse that is in need of a new home. Another way you can help our horses is if you do see a malnourished and or neglected horse, report this to the SPCA and let them determine the situation for the horse. Do not let it continue to

suffer further. We must remember that the horse has enhanced many lives and not just for those that have enjoyed equestrian events either as a spectator or a rider. There are also many children for example that are now reaping the benefits that are autistic. Working with horses has proved to help both children and adults overcome their physical and mental disabilities through the gentle and unspoken language of the horse. Horses today have become valuable assets and teachers in equine facilitated therapies, even in the corporate world! Why does the horse even accept the sometimes almost insane living conditions that we provide for them, which they interestingly enough have quite easily adapted to? They would never choose this lifestyle as a wild horse. They have proven over and over to us they want to be with us, giving us whole-heartedly their unconditional trust and want very much only to please us, while asking for very little in return. Is it not yet the time to give back to these humbling animals that have already suffered and sacrificed so much? I know we can’t save them all but whatever it is YOU can do to help, you can be sure that our most faithful and trusted equine companions will be forever thankful, for helping out some of their own kind, in their time of desperate need! For more information on how you can make a difference please visit the web site. Voice for the Horse • 9

Your Horse is Your Gift

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To have a horse in your life is a gift. In the matter of a few short years, a horse can teach a young girl courage, if she chooses to grab mane and hang on for dear life. Even the smallest of ponies is mightier than the tallest of girls.


o conquer the fear of falling off, having one's toes crushed, or being publicly humiliated at a horse show is an admirable feat for any child. For that, we can be grateful. Horses teach us responsibility. Unlike a bicycle or a computer, a horse needs regular care and most of it requires that you get dirty and smelly and up off the couch. Choosing to leave your cozy kitchen to break the crust of ice off the water buckets is to choose responsibility. When our horses dip their noses and drink heartily; we know we've made the right choice. Learning to care for a horse is both an art and a science. Some are easy keepers, requiring little more than regular turn-out, a flake of hay and a trough of clean water. Others will test

you -- you'll struggle to keep them from being too fat or too thin. You'll have their feet shod regularly only to find shoes gone missing. Some are so accident-prone you'll swear they're intentionally finding new ways to injure themselves. If you weren't raised with horses, you can't know that they have unique personalities. You'd expect this from dogs, but horses? Indeed, there are clever horses, grumpy horses and even horses with a sense of humour. Those prone to humour will test you by finding new ways to escape from the barn when you least expect it. Horses can be timid or brave, lazy or athletic, obstinate or willing. You will hit it off with some horses and others will elude you altogether. There are as many

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"types" of horses as there are people -which make the whole partnership thing all the more interesting. If you've never ridden a horse, you probably assume it's a simple thing you can learn in a weekend. You can, in fact, learn the basics on a Sunday, but to truly ride well takes a lifetime. Working with a living being is far more complex than turning a key in the ignition and putting the car or tractor in "drive." In addition to listening to your instructor, your horse will have a few things to say to you as well. On a good day, he'll be happy to go along with the program and tolerate your mistakes; on a bad day, you'll swear he's trying to kill you. Perhaps he's naughty or perhaps he's fed up with how slowly you're learning his language. Regardless, the

Your Horse, cont’d horse will have an opinion. He may choose to challenge you (which can ultimately make you a better rider) or he may carefully carry you over fences -- if it suits him. It all depends on the partnership -- and partnership is what it's all about. If you face your fears, swallow your pride and are willing to work at it, you'll learn lessons in courage, commitment and compassion in addition to basic survival skills. You'll discover just how hard you're willing to work toward a goal, how little you know and how much you have to learn. And, while some people think the horse “does all the work,” you'll be challenged physically as well as mentally. Your horse may humble you completely. Or, you may find that sitting on his back is the closest you'll get to heaven. You can choose to intimidate your horse, but do you really want to? The

results may come more quickly, but will your work ever be as graceful as that gained through trust? The best partners choose to listen, as well as to tell. When it works, we experience a sweet sense of accomplishment brought about by smarts, hard work, and mutual understanding between horse and rider. These are the days when you know with absolute certainty that your horse is enjoying his work. If we make it to adulthood with horses still in our lives, most of us have to squeeze riding into our oversaturated schedules; balancing our need for things equine with those of our households and employers. There is never enough time to ride, or to ride as well as we'd like. Hours in the barn are stolen pleasures. If it is in your blood to love horses, you share your life with them. Our horses know our secrets; we braid our tears into their manes

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and whisper our hopes into their ears. A barn is a sanctuary in an unsettled world, a sheltered place where life's true priorities are clear: a warm place to sleep, someone who loves us and the luxury of regular meals. Some of us need these reminders. When you step back, it's not just about horses -- it's about love, life and learning. On any given day, a friend is celebrating the birth of a foal, a blue ribbon, or recovery from an illness. That same day, there is also loss: a broken limb, a case of colic, a decision to sustain a life or end it gently. As horse people, we share the accelerated life cycle of horses: the hurried rush of life, love, loss, and death that caring for these animals brings us. When our partners pass, it is more than a moment of sorrow. We mark our loss with words of gratitude for the way our lives have been blessed. Our memories are of joy, awe and wonder. Absolute union. We honour our horses for their brave hearts, courage and willingness to give. To those outside our circle, it must seem strange. To see us in our muddy boots, who would guess such poetry lives in our hearts? We celebrate our companions with praise worthy of heroes. Indeed, horses have the hearts of warriors and often carry us into and out of fields of battle. Listen to stories of that once-ina-lifetime horse; of journeys made and challenges met. The best of horses rise to the challenges we set before them, asking little in return. Those who know them understand how fully a horse can hold a human heart. Together, we share the pain of sudden loss and the lingering taste of long-term illness. We shoulder the burden of deciding when or whether to end the life of a true companion. In the end, we're not certain if God entrusts us to our horses -- or our horses to us. Does it matter? We're grateful God loaned us the horse in the first place. (Thanks ML) • 11

Arrowsmith Search & Rescue

By Joe Kinch

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue (ASAR) is one of only a few search and rescue groups in the province to have an equine search assistance team or ESAT. ESAT is not a "stand-alone unit,” but forms part of and works in conjunction with the ground search team. Most of the team's human members are ground search and rescue qualified or are members in training. As an immediate response team, ESAT can respond day or night to search either back country or urban areas. Working in teams of two, three or four, an equine team can search a large area quickly and effectively using both the rider's and horse's sense of sight, sound and smell. The rider's eyes and ears are quite a bit higher then an unmounted searcher, allowing them to see further and hear better. As a bonus, the equine partner is extremely aware of their surroundings and excels at using their

senses to detect anything out of the ordinary and communicating this to their human partner through body language.

2008 in Review This past year has been the busiest one yet for the equine search assistance team. Besides monthly training and mock searches to keep our skills up to date, ESAT participated in the following. During the weekend of April 11 – 13, we hosted an equine scenting clinic instructed by Terry Nowacki of Minnesota. Terry has developed a way to teach horses to “air scent” for humans in a search and rescue environment. The final exercise saw each team of horse and rider, ride a 2 km trail and mark on a map where the horse "indicated"

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Team members participating in a hasty search

the detection of a human. Concealed off the trail, in separate locations were two people and two shirts that had been worn the previous day, one of which was stained with a small amount of blood. Six of the 11 horses successfully detected all four and the remaining horses detected at least two. The training was extremely successful. In April and May, 2008, we ran a 20-hour equine search assistance course. Four members completed the training and joined the team, raising our numbers to 12. On May 18, ASAR including ESAT was called out to assist the Alberni Valley Search and Rescue Unit. A 27-year-old male on a quad had gone missing in the area between Mount Arrowsmith and Port Alberni. Eight ESAT members and their mounts attended. After searching for only half an hour, the victim was located by the observer in an RCMP helicopter. The victim had ridden his quad off a 125-foot cliff and was severely injured with two broken legs, internal injuries, hypothermia, dehydration and exhaustion. On May 30, 2008, ASAR including ESAT were called to search for a missing 57-year-old male in the area of Englishman River Falls Provincial Park. The two teams searched all the

Arrowsmith, cont’d


It was later learned from the search manager that the girl had been found by two ladies on horseback who were camping at the trail riders grounds, heard of the missing girl and volunteered to help. On Dec. 14, Participants after finding “victim” during a mock search ESAT members provided mounted traffic control for the Silver Spur Riding The future Club's Annual Toy Ride through the city In addition to the normal training, of Parksville. ESAT members, with the the winter and spring of 2009 will see assistance of two vehicles, ensured the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue host an safety of over 50 riders while they rode 80-hour-long ground search and rescue through the city collecting toys for needy course. There are 20 individuals currently children. registered to take the course, nine of them equestrians.


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mountain bike/hiking trails and logging roads southwest of the provincial park, covering over 20 km in 3-1/2 hours. About 45 minutes after the teams arrived back at the command post for lunch, the subject was located by the water rescue team in the bottom of the pool, below the Upper Falls. As the subject was in 45 feet of water, the RCMP dive team was tasked with the recovery. This was ESAT's first search where the subject was found deceased. On June 7, 2008, ASAR including ESAT was called out to assist Campbell River SAR to search for a 2-year-old girl who went missing from a campground. The campground just happened to be located at the entrance to the Campbell River Trail Riders Ring and Grounds. Nine members of the team and their mounts were at the ASAR hall getting equipment prior to proceeding to Campbell River when news came in that the girl had been found, alive and well.

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Seller Beware!

By Brenda Baker

Over the years I have met all kinds of horse buyers for many different horses. I have been fortunate to deal with great horsewomen and horsemen. The people who have bought horses from me have without an exception, been honest people. Most of them are within a 60 mile radius from our farm.


nfortunately there are some hopeful horse buyers who see fit to over estimate their horsemanship skills. Sometimes I think it is only to keep from, “paying too much” for an animal that may be perfectly suited to the rider for whom it would be purchased. Other times it might be an innocent mistake, thinking that horseback riding is just like riding a bike. It is in some ways; my 10 speed bike bucked me off many times while I was learning to ride it and although I rode it steadily for the first 5 years I owned it, this same bike will still buck me off after all these years of inactivity in the tack shed! If a person rode lots as a kid on their uncle's farm and at bible camp, they may have a rudimentary base upon which to build, but they are certainly not an experienced rider, or even an intermediate rider. The best thing for this person to do is to find a reputable horsemanship coach who can help them with their skills both on the ground and in the saddle. This was a hard thing to do 30 years ago, especially in rural areas but it is getting easier as the baby boomers are getting back in the saddle after raising their families and winding up their careers.

The demand for good practical instruction has tapped into another of our great resources… experienced horse trainers who no longer want to ride rough stock for a living and yet have a valuable service to offer riders. It distresses me to hear someone blame the breeder or seller for the unsuitability of a horse that they have purchased. How many of us blame the cashier in a clothing store when we buy a pair of jeans that are simply too small? Or the wrong colour? Whose fault is that? Pre-purchase exams are a good thing but the buyer should know that you will need to use a veterinarian that the seller does not use. The way to do that is either to use your own veterinarian or if the distance is great, to ask your veterinarian to refer you to someone in that area; that will eliminate any conflict of interest. The veterinarian will give an honest opinion to both parties. If the horse does not pass the inspection for the intended use, the seller will often consult with that veterinarian or even have X-rays and reports sent to his/her own veterinarian to decide if the horse will be at all useful for a different job. Not all failures of the pre-purchase exam mean curtains for the horse and/or its career options. Sometimes surgery that will correct a

problem or sometimes a year's worth of rest will do the trick. Let me make myself clear. It is unfair to speculate what has happened to the horse who has failed the vet-check. The seller will be taking their lumps whether they have given the animal away as a companion, put the horse down, or spent the money on surgery. By allowing the buyer to do a pre-purchase exam the seller has behaved in an ethical manner. Please assume that she/he will deal with any health or soundness issues in the same way.

“If you the buyer do not trust the seller, walk away. Find someone you trust, then be prepared to spend some time with them and their horses to be sure you pick the right one for the job you have in mind.” Brenda L. Baker and her husband raise Tennessee Walking Horses on the Triangle B, in the foothills near Millarville, AB. They enjoy a great deal of riding in the Kananaskis Country from April to November as those trails are less than 20 miles away from the farm. • 15

The Mane Event is Ready to Gallop into Red Deer! Planning for the April 24 – 26, 2009, Mane Event in Red Deer is well underway and excitement is building as clinicians are announced. Joining the lineup of clinicians and trainers at this year’s event is well-known and respected Arizona horseman Al Dunning. Al will be presenting clinics such as “So You Want to be a Reiner,” and “Spins and Stops” as well as on lead changes and cutting fundamentals, plus a presentation on stories of great horsemen that have influenced his training career. Al Dunning has been a finalist at the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Contest, a National Reined Cow Horse Open Bridle Champion and a finalist or semi-finalist at every NCHA major event. He was AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year in 1996, as well as an AQHA judge for the past 27 years. He has ridden with such mentors as Jim Paul, John Hoyt and Don Dodge. Al and his students have won 32 World and Reserve World Titles and AQHA World Championships in Reining, Cutting, Working Cow Horse and Western Riding. Al has written a number books on horsemanship such as “The Ultimate Level of Horsemanship,” “Reining” and “Reining, Completely Revised.” Al has authored articles featured in: Quarter Horse Journal, Western Horseman, Performance Horse, Horse and Rider Magazine, Horseman, Western Outfitter, Eastern/Western Journal, and many more. The ever popular Trainers Challenge will feature three-time Chilliwack Mane Event Trainers Challenge Champion, Doug Mills, vying for a new title against

long-time Alberta cowboy and Hall of Famer, Mel Hyland and Oklahoma cowboy Patrick Hooks. BC resident and experienced clinician and trainer, Doug Mills, known for his method of “Training Thru Trust” has shown an uncanny ability to read the young horses in the previous Trainers Challenges, a situation he hopes to repeat in Red Deer. On the inside of the round pen this year experienced cowboy and three-time trainers challenge judge, Mel Hyland, is well-known throughout Canada as a two-time World and fivetime Canadian Champion Bronc Rider and he has been inducted into four Halls of Fame. Mel has studied with some great horsemen, started numerous colts, as well as shown horses in pleasure and cutting. Rounding out the challenge, experienced cowboy Patrick Hooks has been presenting clinics and appearing at expos since the 80s. He is noted for his down-to-earth cowboy demeanor and common sense approach about the horse, cattle, ranching, dogs, or roping. Pat’s latest project is a roping series for beginners presently running monthly in AQHA's America's Horse magazine. Visit the website at www. for a complete list of the 2009 Red Deer clinicians.


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the horse's head, or some may be more comfortable being led with us at their shoulder. Either position is acceptable, so long as you always have an out if the horse spooks. If your horse is used to being led from beside, think about how s/he will feel when we're suddenly facing them hauling on their heads! Doing so sends the horse mixed signals; on one hand we're pulling on the lead rope saying "C'mere!” but the horse sees their human facing directly at their face, which (if the horse has caught on during "Manners 101") means "stay where you are" or even "back away.” While most horses can develop a vocabulary of verbal cues they can understand, they are more attuned to body language and so will often regard those nuances with higher importance than we might think. Always be aware of what your body is telling the horse! When loading, your posture and focus are important too. When leading a horse up to the ramp or step-up, I never look at either. Instead, I'm looking into the trailer at the point where I expect the horse to be in a moment. If we look at the ramp, the horse will either regard that as the destination, or wonder why you're looking at it so intently, figure there must be something wrong and stop right there! You're the one leading that horse, so make

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Trailering, cont’d sure you're an effective leader! Don't be discouraged when Dobbin simply puts on the brakes. S/He may want to test all of those interesting smells; I call this "reading the horsey newspaper!” You can convey your patience and promote a relaxed atmosphere by emulating what horses do when they're relaxed; standing side by side, one leg cocked slightly, head lowered hands at your side. Once I've let a horse check out the entrance and figure it's time to take it to the next step, I won't pull on the lead. I'll simply limit the amount of room the horse has to roam around by holding the loose rope in a fi xed position, either against my leg or chest. The horse can move to the end of the rope, but gets no more. S/he may fight this to some degree at first, but most get the idea pretty quickly that the only place they get away from that rope is when they're looking into the trailer. If at this point the horse begins to resist and tries to turn or spin away, you're better to back him/her straight away from the trailer. I don't turn them and walk them around for another go at the ramp, because in doing so I have to release the pressure on that rope for an instant in order to get into position. This release can and will be misunderstood by the horse. In short, we can inadvertently teach the horse to balk! By backing them instead, we maintain pressure on the lead rope. If the horse wants to seek release, s/ he has to learn to find it for themself and we can provide that by using the method I outlined above.

best bet is to concentrate on compiling This method is OK for the average horse who just needs a moment and some enough experiences for that horse in guidance to move forward into the trailer. which he is not harmed or threatened. In the case of that mare I'm working with, The trick is to recognize when you're what we've done is simply work one step dealing with a horse who does not trust at a time toward "outnumbering" the bad the handler well enough or has simply experience she had with a series of less decided "I don't wanna.” The latter is stressful ones. She will never forget her actually the easier to deal with, as s/he ordeal, but given enough time and the will eventually tire of the game and the sheer number of instances in which she pressure. The first one needs to be taken is not hurt in that trailer, she is slowly back to school, so to speak. Not so much regaining her confidence. to learn to follow, but to learn it's OK to follow that particular handler. That's Kevan has over 35 years experience in where that trust/respect relationship commercial transportation, from 20 years as comes in. The biggest challenge comes a driver to a fleet owner and safety and risk from a horse who is genuinely afraid of manager, and on to commercial driving. He has the trailer, as we are not dealing with a also served on an advisory board for commercial traffic studies, been a road test examiner for rational issue. A horse's fear is seldom a ICBC and is currently operating his own horse "thinking thing.” transport business. I don't believe it's possible to make a horse who is afraid of something (See his listing in Business Services under suddenly overcome his fears. The best we Transport/Hauling.) can achieve in the beginning is to show the horse he can be afraid of something, but still deal with it without turning on the fear response. This takes time, patience and a healthy measure of consideration for what the horse is going through. You and I B. Comm (Marketing) know full well that trailer isn't going to eat him, but Dobbin may not be fully • First Licensed in Langley in 1987 convinced of that. • Working Throughout the North Okanagan/ Since we can't reason Southern Interior area since 1994 with him, our next • Inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame in October 2007 • Former House Builder, Western Store Owner, and a Director/Past President of the B.C. Quarter Horse Association

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Lungeing - Part One (Special Series) By Holly Baxter INTRODUCTION TO LUNGEING

Lungeing is a method of training whereby the horse circles around the trainer on a “lunge line” which is roughly 30 ‘ long.


he term lungeing probably comes from the French word longe – a halter and longer -- to run alongside. For many centuries, the knowledge of lungeing as a form of training was passed down orally, until the Spanish Riding School and various cavalry regiments standardized the method. Today, the art of lungeing holds a widely respected place for the training of young horses, retraining of spoiled horses, exercising a horse that cannot be ridden and the training of riders. In Haute Ecole, it is also used for advanced work in hand. In my own experience, I have used lungeing as a valuable training method for over 30 years. I have found it to be

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foundational for any work with horses whatever their discipline. Preparation for successful lungeing begins with your horse’s obedience on the lead line. He should be able to go actively forward in walk and trot and comfortable with being led from either side. Correct leading means the person is at the shoulder of the horse and the horse is willingly moving forward. At this time, a dressage or driving whip, which is held in the outside hand, can be used to tap the horse gently on the rump if there is slight resistance to moving forward. The actions of your hand on the lead line should mimic the action of your hand when you hold a rein. There should be a steady, light contact, with your body positioned in the way you are

going, which is forward. Avoid looking at the horse or turning your body if you must use the whip. Start the first session with the horse in a halter. Familiarize the animal with the whip, lead line and voice commands. It is vitally important that the commands and the tone of the commands are consistent throughout the entire training process. I use the word “halt” rather than “whoa” as it is too close to the word “walk.” However if your horse is already trained to “whoa” make sure your “walk” command is distinctively different. For upward transitions I use an energized voice with the commands, “walk-on” and “trot-on.” For downward transitions I draw out the words to two syllables “wal-lk” and “trr-ot.” I work my

Lungeing, cont’d horses preferably in a round pen if you are lucky enough to have access to one, or a portion of an enclosed arena or paddock. I avoid open areas and work along the walls or fence lines as it helps to keep the horse straight. These leading sessions, which can be as short as 10 minutes, should also include teaching the horse to yield to pressure. This includes asking for gentle bends on the lead line, rein back and moving over when touched at the girth area by the hand. When the horse is going rhythmically forward from halt to walk to trot and back again according to your voice commands, lungeing can be introduced. To properly outfit your horse for lungeing according to the manuals, it would cost a small fortune. Over the years I have pared it down to the essentials. These are; a snaffle bridle with an ordinary cavesson noseband, a lungeing surcingle or a saddle, a pair of side reins, a 30-foot lunge line and lunge whip. Many books suggest booting the legs which is a good idea if your horse is high spirited or prone to overreaching. One can also purchase a lungeing cavesson, although I have seen more poorly fitted ones than good ones, and they can be expensive. It is more important to make

sure the area where you will be lunging has good footing, preferably an enclosure with absolutely no chance of slipping. There are many methods of attaching the lunge line to the horse. I use a method taught to me by senior dressage judge, Col. H.A. McKibbin. In this illustration, the lunge line is looped around both the cheek piece and cavesson strap, then under the jaw and attached to the cavesson strap only on Photo by Joy Viel the far side. This method Photo of my four-year-old Appendix Quarter Horse Gelding, applies pressure on the It’s Just That Easy. underside of the horse’s jawbone and does not you have one month to work on leading inhibit the action of the and voice training your horses. bit. Next month’s article in Saddle Up will be As we go onto part two and three on basic lungeing. in this series, you will understand more fully why the lunge line should never be Holly Baxter has her BHSAI from Crabbet Park, attached to the bit except under extreme England, and has worked in the horse industry circumstances. for over 30 years as an instructor, trainer and stable manager. Currently she can be found at For those horse people who want to The Paddock Tack & Togs, Vernon, BC. begin preparing their horse for lungeing,

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Our driveway is scary enough during the daytime but at night without a moon to show you the way and a few inches of fresh snow; you better have good rubber and 4x4 capability and sometimes a bit of luck to get up our side of the mountain. It is just a few minutes after dark and it is snowing again and John, our hay guy is trying to make it up our aforementioned strictly 4x4 in the winter driveway in his ole reliable 78 farm truck. The forty or so bales gave him lots of weight to make it up the main hill and around the corner. But the little patch of ice on the final hilly part just past the barn caused him to somehow slide and wedge the rear end of the truck a few inches from the gate. The semi-bald right rear tire may have had something to do with it. I don’t know if it was a Ford or a Chevy but this 3x3 truck was put thru its paces and only conked out twice during the ordeal we put it through in trying to move it. Our horses were in their glory. Here was a whole truckload of hay just inches away and from the looks of it… it was gonna be there all night. The very frustrated humans had tried in vain to get the truck away from the gate but decided it will have to wait till morning. All three horses were happily chomping on the bales they could easily reach. The sounds they were making were strangely similar to the snorting sounds that pigs make when they are at their trough. It was almost disgusting yet funny at the same time. They had just been fed about two hours prior so they were


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Coming out of the Closet!

By Angela Tremblay

I had this preconceived notion about Parelli Natural Horsemanship. I had only been exposed to first level horses and riders and all the ones I experienced seemed “pissy,” ears back, tail swishing and generally looking unhappy. So I thought I wanted none of it. Then I was invited to teach a jumping clinic at the Cardinal Ranch in Robson Valley, for Devanee and Buddy Cardinal and their family. It was here that I came across the happiest most well broke, forgiving horses I have ever seen. I had no appreciation for Parelli but this has changed my opinion. For the first time I was exposed to experienced horse people using this natural horsemanship system. The horses were happy and willing and genuinely trying to please their riders, just like my own horses. Obviously the similarities were there. They are doing something that I'm doing or I'm doing something that they're doing that works. After the clinic I realized that I've been doing natural horsemanship in my own way. I was ignorant about this whole process and admit I wasn't very open to learning more about it in the past. So here I am at this predominantly western style ranch where they don't even own english saddles never mind jumping saddles. Within two days they're jumping gymnastics and courses up to 3 feet high, better than people that have been jumping for years. Something they're doing here is very, very right. So I asked Devanee how she got these horses to be the way they are? Basically we discussed how we each trained our horses and realized I was doing natural horsemanship all along but was not distinguishing the work I do as that. I didn't get involved with the Parelli stuff because the general consensus in the Hunter Jumper world was it wasn't "Approved" so to speak in that discipline. What I find with the horse world is we are so separate and clique it seems hard to accept any new ideas or be open to view from other disciplines. I feel like a Kindergarten teacher saying, "Why can't we all get along and play nicely in the sand box together?" The horse industry is tough enough as it is. If we worked together, the horses and we as trainers and riders will benefit. So I got the lesson, I am committed to being a better listener when new ways or ideas are being presented to me for the success of everyone involved. I have learned techniques and ways of training from western, dressage and pleasure riders that have all gone into my tool box to help me learn to be a better trainer. I worked out of Mountainview Stables in Armstrong with Gus Evagelopoulos who trains reining horses. I learned a tremendous amount from

him about starting young horses that I could incorporate into my program. Gus changed my opinion of western trainers too. His horses just went far more correct. I had experienced western trainers where the horses were trained with their noses in the dirt, not tracking up and not balanced. Contrary to that these horses carried themselves in balance and were trained to be athletes. Basically what I want to say is there is more than one way to train a horse. We can be open to new ways and old ways as long as the horse’s happiness and welfare is our priority. I like to say when I'm teaching a clinic, "Set the horses up for success!" Make doing what's right easy or a natural and more favourable choice. Angela Tremblay is a sport horse trainer and Equine Canada Certified Coach living at the family farm in Grindrod BC. She has many years of experience in starting and preparing young horses for show and sale.

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It’s Happening at Hidden Hills

By Lisa Maynard

Welcome to the first monthly newsletter from Hidden Hills Stables in Vernon. The barn is once again buzzing with the excitement of riding students. From first time beginners to the experienced rider everyone is eager to meet the special horse, Keelly has chosen for his or her lesson. We welcome Keelly Reggelsen, as our Certified Coach, and Riding School Manager. With her, she brings wonderful, youthful exuberance with strong equestrian knowledge. A natural easy way with riding students, Keelly’s accepting and gentle training methods encourage the lesson horses to do their best too. Keelly enjoys instructing the little wee ones, tacking up for the first time, all the way to experienced riders wanting to perfect their methods for show ring competition. Keelly’s credentials are impressive. Born and raised in a horse family, her

mother is a certified coach as well. Progressing up through the levels of Pony Club, Keelly is now a certified Pony Club Examiner. She coaches students at shows and competes in the Hunter, Jumper and Dressage rings as well. Keelly is a proven trainer, starting young horses under saddle to finishing advanced show horses and re-training problem horses for clients. Keelly is pleased to offer special lessons for: - Ladies Only, encouraging a healthy, social way to enjoy getting fit and try something new; - Pony Club Clinics hosted at the barn for stable management and horsemanship topics; - Day Camps for Spring Break, bring your horse or use one of ours. A good time to warm up and sets some goals for the coming year; - Equine Canada Rider Levels. Do you want some recognition for all the hard work and time you put into your chosen sport? Work your way through the Levels and gain knowledge and certificates. Give us a call or email us for more information on riding and training programs. You can follow your dreams and become a better rider with lessons in the friendly, encouraging atmosphere at our barn.

Riding Tips Winter riding can be a lot of fun. Having the use of an indoor arena can be a great asset to your riding and training schedule. But, what can be more exciting then galloping through knee high powdery snow across an open field? Remember safety first, hard hats, gloves, warm winter clothing that lets you move. And don’t forget about your horse, he may not be as fit as he was in the summer… trotting and galloping through the snow is hard work. Just try it on your own two legs!! Be certain that you know the terrain where you are going to ride; snow can make everything look level. Give your horse plenty of gentle warm-up time and a good cool down before you put him away. Once he is cooled down and dry, offer him lukewarm water to drink. Cold water can be a nasty shock to the system and cause serious health concerns. Take the time to be safe and give your horse the care he deserves, you will enjoy winter riding and your horse might like it too!

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Cribbing – Vice or Pain?

By Marijke van de Water, BSc, DHMS

Cribbing is the term we use to describe the behaviour wherein horses grasp stationary objects with their upper teeth, arch their necks and swallow or suck in air.


ribbing, although on occasion is habitual and/or behavioural, is almost always a sign of stomach distress. Horses most often begin to crib in an effort to alleviate stomach discomfort from indigestion, nausea and/or burning. These symptoms are frequently caused by the overfeeding of starches and/or proteins which, over time, creates excess gastric (stomach) fermentation. This hampers both the digestive and buffering capabilities of the stomach and increases levels of unfriendly bacteria and acids damaging the interior of the stomach, resulting in gastritis, gas, acid, nausea and feelings of premature fullness. Not only do horses find the sucked in wind comforting and cooling, but the jaw movement of cribbing buffers and lubricates the upset stomach by inducing saliva production. These gastric cribbers are often observed cribbing during and after eating. Excessive tongue action and licking motions are also signs of stomach discomfort. Remember that horses can be masters at hiding the true reason for their discomfort. Imagine if you will that you were suffering from heartburn, indigestion, nausea or pain and that you were not only unable to communicate your discomfort to anyone, but that you were also unable to find relief. Depending on your level of frustration, you might pace or paw; you might become restless, irritable, and/or tired; you might lick cool objects and/or inhale cool air deeply and frequently. You might even sink your teeth into a piece of wood to steady yourself in an attempt to seek relief through endorphin production. But then again, a well-meaning friend might cover the wood with metal so that all you can do is lick it. Or someone might wrap a tight collar around your neck to stop you from getting relief from the cool air and from the acid buffering effects of jaw movement. These inhumane practices originate from ignorance about the equine digestive process, and from human misinterpretation of equine behaviour, as we fail to understand our horses’ efforts to communicate with us. Many times I have seen cribbing abruptly stop when horse owners eliminate a particular kind of grain, commercial feed, or hay that is too rich in either protein (eg. alfalfa) or sugars from the feeding program. These feeds can precipitate cribbing by overloading the capabilities of the equine digestive system. Positive feed changes combined with the appropriate digestive supplements restore digestive function and give a horse longneeded relief. It is also true that horses can crib as a stress response to stall confinement, boredom, isolation and/or emotional stress. However, since we know that stress is directly linked to digestive disorders, we must question whether behavioural cribbing is an attempt to alleviate maldigestion and gastric pain as caused by stress, or if behavioural cribbing is an attempt to alleviate the stress itself, through endorphin production.

There has been no incidence of cribbing reported in wild horse bands. Amazing what a natural diet and a little freedom can do…

Nutritional cribbing program Discontinue all grain, alfalfa and sugar-rich hay Feed frequently – horses have to chew all day! Reduce stress levels Magnesium citrate – 3,000 mg daily (buffers excess acid, natural pain reliever, calms stress and nervous tension) Pro-Colon (probiotics) – 50,000 – 60,000 billion CFUs daily (replenishes friendly bacteria, supports digestion and immunity) Folic acid – nine mg daily (stimulates stomach digestion; helps to heal stomach membranes) Gastricol (homeopathic medicine) -- one dose (five to 10 pump sprays) – twice daily (treats bloating, gas and colic; supports optimum digestion and liver function) For nervous cribbers add herbal relaxants such as valerian root, skullcap and/or chamomile. This is an excerpt from Marijke’s new book “Healing Horses: Their Way!” To order please call 1-800-405-6643 or e-mail rivas@ More info: Available now from

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A Journey to Kentucky

By Anna Green

On October 31, 2008 Marion Weisskopff of MW Sport Horses, Princeton BC found herself on the road traveling to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky to instruct the first ever Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Driving Clinic. The World Famous Kentucky Horse Park houses the CHA Head Office so when the opportunity came knocking on Marion’s door to be involved at the clinic it was impossible to pass up for a number of reasons. Not only would she participate in the initial driving clinic for CHA certification, it would be at one of the most extraordinary working horse farms in the world boasting 1032 acres and featuring two museums, twin theaters and more than forty different breeds of horses. Kristina Millar of Victoria, BC was on board with Marion for the journey of memories in the making and milestones met. CHA’s mandate is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. This is accomplished by certifying instructors. CHA had recently developed the Driving Certification Program and invitations were sent to CHA Certified Riding

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Instructors to attend the driving clinic. Marion was one of those instructors who received an invitation, having previously achieved CHA Level 4 English, Level 4 Western, Level 4 Trail Guide and Trail Clinic Instructor Status. If that sounds significant, it is. At this time Marion is the highest level of CHA Instructor in Canada. Her CHA status and extensive horse and driving experience led her to this moment in time and the door opened. She was grandfathered in to be one of the two instructors for this inaugural CHA Driving Clinic. Well done Marion! It has been a horse fi lled life for Marion and now another notch has been added to her belt of equine accomplishments. Her driving background includes a German Bronze Driving Medal, running a horse logging outfit, doing wagon and sleigh rides at a ski and summer resort and responsible for the work horse team at the Parelli Natural Horsemanship ranch in Colorado during the summer of 2000. In addition, Marion was the only trainer outside of Proud Meadows, Texas hired to assist in the training of Friesian stallions at the end of their 50 day training in 2001. The stallions were being assessed by a German Judging team for acceptance into the German Friesia registry. The stallions were put through their paces for Dressage riding, Dressage driving, Cross Country jumping and heavy pulling. Kristina Millar, a good friend of Marion’s and her long time riding and driving student, is a CHA Level 2 Western riding instructor, CHA Level 3 English riding instructor and now a CHA Level 1 driving instructor. Three others traveled from British Columbia for this milestone event;

Ellen Hockley and Steve Laughlin from Pritchard, and Bill Elms from the Lower Mainland. In addition, Marion and Kristina participated in a course on Site Evaluation presented prior to the Driving Clinic at the Kentucky Horse Park and became CHA Certified Site Evaluators. It was time for the first participants to become Certified Driving Instructors; demonstrating their teaching skills through theory, harnessing, ground driving, driving one and then two horses in the arena and traffic all while practicing safety, always the most important aspect in any teaching situation. Many of the participants brought their own experience and knowledge to the clinic and everyone went home with lots more than what they arrived with. To wind down their visit to the south, a tour was arranged at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, one of the largest Equine Veterinary and Medical institutions in the world. With all the new certified instructors, CHA is now offering CHA Driving Clinics for people who want to become Certified Driving Instructors. The first event is scheduled for late March in Aldergrove, BC with Ellen Hockley from Pritchard, BC as Assistant Clinic Instructor (ACI) and Marion Weisskopff as Clinic Instructor (CI). Contact Jim McCrae for more info 604-856-5477. From April 23 to 28 there will be a CHA Trail Clinic offered at Marion's ranch in Princeton, BC, organized by the South Okanagan Back Country Horseman of BC with Rose Schroeder as ACI and Marion as CI. Contact Jack Breaks for more info 604-856-7786.

Hoofin’ it with Alesia

By Alesia Willard

Being a horse owner definitely keeps you on your toes. Especially when accidents happen that you never thought you would have to deal with. This past December my 10-monthold fi lly, Lacey, developed stifle lock, also known as locking patella. This can be fairly common in horses, including younger ones. It can also become serious. When a horse has stifle lock, their leg locks up at the knee, making it impossible for the horse to bend that leg at all. Lacey would drag her back leg around behind her if she wanted to get anywhere, or just stand around most of the time. I did some research and found the most common reasons as to why a horse’s leg may lock up. When a horse sleeps in a standing position, their knees will lock so that they do not fall over. Though sometimes the knee may not unlock even when the horse starts to move around.

If the horse bucks too hard or runs too much, they can stretch a muscle too far and that could cause their knee to lock as well. It may also just be something that has to do with the horse’s conformation. If this is the case, then the horse's leg may lock up quite often. When the vet came to take a look at Lacey's leg, he figured that she had stretched some muscles too far. He was concerned that this may cause her problems in the future if it did not heal soon. He advised us to use phenylbutazone, more commonly known as Bute. It is used as an anti-inflammatory, which helps to reduce pain and inflammation. It also helps with such problems as locking patella/stifle lock, arthritis, sprains, muscle and ligament pains.

Make sure to ask a vet first when and how much to give the horse, because dosage will vary depending on the size and age of the horse. After receiving Bute for four days, her leg went back to normal. If, for some reason, the horse’s leg does not unlock, talk to your vet about other options. There is a surgery available that can unlock the leg. If you have any questions at all, speak to your vet. They will know best what to do and they will come take a look at the horse to get a better idea of the severity. Alesia C. Willard has loved horses since she was a kid. Now 17, she's working to become a certified trainer. She currently owns two horses (a once-feral mare and her filly) and three other family horses.

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TTEAM and Colic

By Robyn Hood

There is nothing worse than finding your horse colicking, calling the vet and then having to wait helplessly while your horse is in obvious distress or at least discomfort.


ver the past 40 years Linda Tellington-Jones, worldrenowned horse person and founder of the Tellington TTouch Method or TTEAM, has used a few simple techniques that can relieve a horse’s discomfort, and ease symptoms, in a case of colic or any severe physical distress. Ear stroking, belly lifts and gas release; remembering these three simple exercises can drastically improve recovery and help you stay calm and focused while awaiting veterinarian assistance. If you think your horse is experiencing colic, take his temperature, pulse and respiration; listen for gut sounds; and check the colour of his gums and capillary refi ll time. Determining your horse’s vital signs before calling your veterinarian helps him to evaluate the severity of your horse’s condition and the urgency of his arrival. After calling the vet, start working your horse’s ears. Begin at the base of the ear; fold the ear on itself with your fingers on one side and thumb on the other and slide along the length of the ear. When you reach the tip, rub it between your thumb and forefinger to activate the shock point. Keep repeating. Working each of your horse’s ears individually, rather than both at the same time, is usually more effective. You can stroke an ear while walking the horse if he seems to prefer moving. If the horse is standing or lying and not trying to roll or to thrash, do the TTouch techniques without walking. The horse may be tired from hours of discomfort and might need to rest. Working the ears affects the horse’s entire system – there are over 200 acupuncture points in the ear. Another helpful technique is rubbing the acupressure point for pain either between the nostrils or directly on the gums. 28 • Saddle Up • February 2009

Belly lifts are very helpful for gassy horses. Use a towel (folded six to 12 inches wide). Start near the elbows and work back as far as you can. Support the belly with the towel and lift slowly and gently, hold for six to 10 seconds (sometimes longer if the horse seems relieved) and then release more slowly than you lifted. The progression of each lift can be guided by one of the lifters. For example: “Lift, 2, 3….; Hold, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.; Release 10, 9, 8…..3,2,1. Notice that the release takes longer in order to ensure a soft, gradual lessening of the pressure. Sometimes using material such as velour or polar fleece gives a smoother and more gradual release. Using hot towels has proven effective for some horses especially in cold weather. You could put the towel into the dryer before using or fold a Thermo-pad into the towel. In many cases, gut sounds become more active, and the horse is able to pass gas after a few series of lifts from his elbow to his flank. Always work within the horse’s comfort zone. You won’t know what type of colic the horse is suffering until your veterinarian makes his diagnosis. The lifts cannot harm the horse even if it is more than gas colic, and they can provide relief from pain as well as release gas. If you don’t have another person or a towel you can do belly lifts by yourself. Place your hands and forearms under the horse’s belly and lift, hold and slowly release. A second way of doing belly lifts alone is to use a long towel or blanket. If you are standing on the left side of the horse, with your right hand, hold one end of the towel on the left side about four inches below the top of the horse’s spine. The towel drapes over the spine and down the right side. With your left hand, reach under the horse’s belly and bring the towel to the left side. While holding the

towel, keep your back straight and knees bent and then lift. You need only lift with the lower hand – the upper hand just supports the towel. Caution: In this case, as with all ways of helping a distressed animal, be aware of your safety. Be safe, not sorry. Make sure that you can stay in balance while doing something and that you can move out of the way of danger quickly and quietly. Listen to any small concerns your horse may have and stop or change what you are doing. A horse’s croup may swell in cases of severe colic. Gently work the area using large, soft TTouches with the whole of your hand on the flank and loin and abdomen. You can also gently do slides on the hair at the top of the tail and if the horse is comfortable with it, tail work can bring relief. In acupressure there is a gas release point under the tail above the anus, rub in a circular motion with the finger. This is a useful point to know before the case of colic arises so that you and your horse are familiar with pressure on the quarter sized point. You might wonder what to do first. Since ear work is useful for injury, illness, stress, shock or nervousness, start with the ears if possible. Doing belly lifts on a horse that needs to move or is kicking is out of the question. In each case, you’ll

TTEAM, cont’d find the right combination for that particular horse. You have several tools; better yet, you have a way to help your horse in an emergency. If you have practiced the ear work and belly lifts on your horse before an emergency arises, you will have an idea how he usually reacts to having his ears handled and how tight or loose his belly usually is. Many horses that don’t usually like having their ears worked accept it when they really need it. Many of these suggestions for colic can be applied to other animals as well as people. Dogs, cats, cows, llamas, goats and reptiles can also suffer from gastrointestinal disorders. Using the belly lift, ear work and TTouch bodywork can benefit them when they are in discomfort of almost any kind as it can be as gentle as necessary. As well as giving you a pro-active role in relieving your horse’s discomfort; these tools are especially useful if you are caught off guard and are not able to reach veterinarian assistance quickly. Each year we receive numerous letters recounting stories of these techniques helping horse owners help their horses. From overnight pack trips to Kenyan riding safaris; these tools have given quick thinking horse owners the

possibility of relieving pain with something as simple as their hand and a towel or even a shirt. Important note: TTEAM is never intended to replace the care of a veterinarian. It does, however, give you positive, helpful suggestions you can do while waiting for the vet to arrive or in a situation where it is not possible to reach a veterinarian, such as while packing in the mountains. For more information on the Tellington TTouch method visit • 29

Training For Courage

By Paul Dufresne


The shoulder-in or haunches out is one of the most useful moves that any rider or horse person can learn -- what we often forget is to how to apply it to practical situations.


he shoulder-in can have a positive, “emotionally calming” effect on the horse. We all want a horse that is compliant, courageous and controllably athletic, and the Ljibbe shoulder-in cordeo shoulder-in is a good way to get them in a feel-good zone where they are receptive to whatever suggestions we might have. The easiest way to set up the shoulder-in or leg yield is from a circle. Bending properly on a circle and releasing the poll was covered in previous articles, so it will be briefly reviewed. Circling or bending a horse properly releases negative tension, but also allows the horse to better use its ring of muscles -- effectively increasing athletic ability by decreasing emotional, mental and physical tension. On the ground we can ask our horse to go ahead of us by driving it forward in a circle. When the horse starts to

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understand going forward on a circle with you travelling near it, you can begin to slowly tap it with your hand, elbow, or lead line at the ribcage, where your leg would be if you were riding. Through repetition, the horse will start to shift its weight to the outside shoulder on the circle. Gentle pressure on the lead line or rein will ask it to bring its head down soft ly. Some horses may need a stronger nudge or an energetic tap on the ribs to understand moving away from the pressure to initiate a proper bend. Expect some resistance if they have been worked regularly in a state of negative contraction by moving in circles counterflexed or inverted. With repetition, the horse will begin to respond to lighter pressure. When the horse begins to move away laterally, a small nudge on the lead line or the bit by opening the rein to the inside will further relax the horse and facilitate the bend. Once the horse has acquired a consistent bend in its entire top line from nose to tail we need to pursue the finish. When lateral flexion is achieved, we can ask for vertical flexion. This is where we start to change the angle of pressure with the rein hand. When the horse is responding to us on the circle with a nice bend, we can move the rein or line closer to the shoulder of the horse and give it a slight tinkle or a momentary hold back -- until the horse yields a bit at the poll. This vibration, on only one rein or the lead line, will start to encourage the horse to release the poll. As you repeat this exercise, eventually the horse’s head will appear to dangle on the vertical -- just balancing on the end of its neck -- and the neck will have that soft looking, elegant arch. The pressure on the ribcage combined with the slight pressure on the lead line or rein causes a reflexive relaxation in the horse it cannot control or ignore. Repetition increases the state of well-being. We have a powerful tool to build the well-being of our horse when we can do a shoulder-in or leg yield. The release of the poll facilitates the lateral movements and the lateral movements facilitate the release of the poll -- this creates a more balanced and flexible horse and brings the horse to that rewarding, feelgood zone. Once in this zone, anything you ask of the horse will be received with more compliance, lightness and soft ness. This is the starting point of training for physical performance. Anxious or resistive horses can be persuaded to try more positively by doing a leg yield or a shoulder-in because of the combined relaxing effects of the aids. This will cause the horse to feel good whether it wants to or not! By repeating from one bend to the other with a differential rein or lead line pressure, never bracing the horse, often a very anxious horse will start to dribble from the mouth the second you stop and rest.

Training For Courage, cont’d This technique can even be used on the trail where you might have less space to work with, or in a show situation if your horse becomes anxious.

Ljibbe bend/shoulder-in with extra props

Take it a step further by dragging a scary object inside of the circle while moving your horse bent around it. The horse may want to leave and escape but by circling around the prop it will often go into a shoulder-in or leg yield just because of the position. While riding I do the very same thing but have the prop at a further distance and am always ready to release it if my horse gets too concerned or get back on the ground and prepare further. Again, start from the ground and then try it in the saddle. The physiological changes from being in this positive shape will vary somewhat from horse to horse, but all will start to relax more than before. If you get good at this you will wonder what happened to your chicken on a string.

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1) Taps into the natural relaxation reflexes of the horse. 2) Improves engagement and use of the hindquarters. 3) Makes it difficult for a horse to get sassy and buck. 4) Improves flexibility and balance when practiced from both sides, removing tension on both sides of the spine. 5) Lateral flexion precedes vertical flexion. When we set the lateral bend with our leg and touch the head or mouth of the horse, the horse loosens tension at the poll, allowing vertical flexion. 6) Control of the poll decreases anxiety in novel situations (trail, jumping and show ring).

Padrino showing trail application of shoulder-in road/traffic/prop

7) Foundation movement leading to leg yield, half-pass and lead changes. 8) In competition, a movement enhancer in flat classes, steal it down the rail or in corners. Please check the website for a slide show demonstrating the application of the shoulder-in in practical situations. Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Kelowna, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship; Classical Arts; Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses, but more importantly how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. The horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they affect each other. Horse Properties, Farms, Ranches & Acreage Specialist

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Following My Heart

By Helen Amanda Russell

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In late November of 2008, my husband Ken and I made a long awaited move from central Ontario to the Okanagan Valley, along with 6 horses, 2 dogs and a cat. We were drawn to this area about 2 years ago as the place to truly start a new life. This was living a dream that we couldn’t have conceived 6 year prior, when we first met. Some might say we moved to get away from the past. I think of it more as removing myself from the past to observe how we can stop allowing the past to affect the future. Ken and I met while I was exploring ways to shift the focus of my riding and teaching career, which began in the conventional way 28 years ago with the British Horse Society. This began when I was introduced to natural horsemanship methods by Chris Irwin. Chris teaches

us to think, move and feel like a horse, creating deeper connection and trust. I realized I had unconsciously always worked with horses this way and now had new ways of sharing these abilities with my students. Intuitively, I was still searching for better ways of addressing awareness in riders, rather than altering or training the horse to behave differently. Ken gave me Linda Kohanovs’ second book, “Riding between the Worlds” as a Christmas gift in 2003. As I began reading tears of joy and understanding streamed down my face, I had found the missing link. Linda teaches us how to bring all our interactions with horses back to self awareness, from every level… mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Three years of training and co-facilitating at Linda’s facility, The Epona Centre at Apache Springs Ranch in Sonoita, Arizona, has peeled back layers of my past, creating new found strength and love of life. Ken has been right beside me on this sometimes rocky journey resulting in an incredibly strong bond between us. Our passion for working with the horses in this way comes from our personal experiences of this work; it is truly enlightening. Ken was a skeptic, but after one 4-day workshop, he experienced Young student discovers unbridled trust and connection with his pony. how powerfully effective and fun this Helen Amanda Russell work is. He has since taken a Partnership 250.546.9640 course and Leadership course at the Epona Center so as to be able co-facilitate with me. We have learnt how to work with our emotions rather than suppressing them; we have learnt how spatial proximity to another

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Helen loving her job!

animal or person affects our ability to think and hear; we have learnt about non verbal communication, which is 90% of all communication; horses speak volumes, none of which is through words!! We do too, most of us are simply not aware of it. These are just some of the tools that we share with clients bringing phenomenal awareness and “ah ha moments” for riders of every discipline and level of riding. To come full circle, by observing my past and setting aside old habits and beliefs and following the sometimes illogical, impractical, disruptive calling of my heart, I can truly say that I am happier than I have ever dreamed possible and I love my job! Our six horses, Ken and I will be hosting a variety of workshops, clinics and private consultations at our new property near Armstrong, British Columbia, this coming season, so please check our website for upcoming events at Choose to connect Helen Amanda Russell grew up with horses in the Highlands of Scotland, and trained to become a British Horse Society instructor in 1982. Helen has had a life of competing, training and coaching in Britain and Ontario. She owned and managed a large training facility in Ontario for 15 years, and now through her training in Arizona is an Advanced Epona Approved Instructor living in Armstrong, BC.

Dawson Creek’s Newest Multi-Use Complex

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Dawson Creek, BC is the home of a fantastic multi-use complex, comprised of the Ken Borek Aquatic Centre, Encana Events Centre seating up to 6,500 people to enjoy hockey and big name entertainment and the LAKOTA AGRI CENTRE. With our long cold northern winters the Lakota Agri Centre was a much anticipated and needed facility for our large and enthusiastic horse community with a huge drawing power from all points especially in the north including Prince George, Chetwynd, Fort Nelson and our Alberta neighbours to the east. Coming up on April 11, 2009 the crowds will gather here for the 1st Annual

Stallion Service Auction, Select Horse Sale and Trade Show, hosted by the Peace River Area Quarter Horse Association. See their ad below for more information. The Lakota Agri Centre, so named after a very generous donation from our local Lakota Canada supplier, boasts a 100 x 240 foot heated indoor arena with 450 spectator seats lining one wall. Horses are kept in style with 115 stalls ranging in size


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from 12 x 12 to 12 x 14 accompanied with individual tack lockers. Generous outside pens are supplied for daily turnout. State of the art washing facilities able to handle 15-20 horses at a time with a drying bay keeps everyone in top form. The centre has been open since November 2007 with a well attended Open House celebrating our 1st Anniversary held on December 27, 2008 with numerous groups showcasing their various disciplines including our very own newly established Drill Team! What a thrilling spectacle that was! We host weekly clinics, team roping (the place to be on a Friday night!), barrel racing, cutting, jumping, high school rodeo, AQHA shows and the 2008 Peace Country Beef Congress. Come out and enjoy a day at our beautiful facility located at #3-300 Hwy. 2, Dawson Creek, BC. For more information call 250-7821445. • 33

On With The Show

By Ron Hevener


Every morning, her master left the house and entered the barn at precisely the same time. Every morning, a scoop of grain and several flakes of hay were given to her. Every morning, her water bucket was filled to the top.


very day, the old TV set was left on for her. She liked the TV, although it wasn't the same as having her master there for her. She liked the way it sounded, so very soothing at times and, other times, so very excitable. She liked the little people trapped inside the box … even though she wondered why they never came out and walked around, like her master did. She liked the refrigerator outside the tack room, too, with its friendly purr and the delicious treasures offered to her master. She tried touching the refrigerator once, like her master did; but, for her, it never opened. The radio was an interesting birdcage. Most of the birds she knew, the barn swallows and sparrows fluttering around, made the same sounds day after day. But, the birds in the radio were different. Although she had never seen them for herself, she was sure the radio must contain the most amazing birds anyone had ever known. What did her master feed these birds, she wondered? Did they nest in there; inside the radio with the broken antenna, on the shelf in the feed room? Why didn't they ever escape and fly around the room, she wondered? The water hydrant was an interesting thing. She loved the sound of water. She loved the waterfall that cascaded out of the garden hose and gurgled into her water bucket at her master's touch. Today, unlike other mornings, her master had been in a hurry and her stall was sprinkled with water droplets. She tasted them. Masters were strange sometimes, she decided. It was nice having them around, but who could understand them? Sometimes they were happy, 34 • Saddle Up • February 2009

sometimes they were sad. Sometimes they were singing, sometimes they were crying. They loved talking to their hands. They could do this for hours, talking to their hands as they held a toy named "phone" … Phone seemed to get a lot of attention. Most of the time, her master liked phone more than any of the other pets in the barn; even more than radio, refrigerator, water hydrant or TV. But, lately, her master was hollering at phone and treating him roughly. No matter what her master did, however, it didn't seem to hurt phone. It didn't seem to stop phone from ringing again and again and again. But, lately, her master wasn't always answering. Her job, at least her job as she saw it, was to guard the barn while her master was gone – and this, she did faithfully every day between naps. Her stall, a cozy room just for her, consisted of sturdy wooden walls just high enough for her to look out and see everything around her. In front of her stall, for her master to rest on, was a comfortable sofa that had seen better days. There used to be buttons on the sofa cushions, but they had been just within her reach and had long since become something to chew on. She liked her stall, especially when she was tired, and sought peace and quiet. But, sometimes, it was more fun to press her nose against the door and let herself loose to roam the place. Her master didn't like it when she frisked around the place. But, since she never turned herself loose when anyone was around, how could anyone know? She wondered about that. The other pets in the barn must have told on her. It was probably that blabbermouth, phone. She would take care of him today. Today, she would simply push open her stall door, and

knock phone off his pedestal on the table beside the sofa. He wouldn't like it. No, he wouldn't like it at all. He would make pathetic noises, hoping she would pick him up and put him back on his perch, where he could spy on her and the rest of the barn pets while their master was gone. But, not today. Today, she would show no mercy – even when phone was screaming that horrible, blasted whistle of his, begging and pleading for her to hang him up. It was tough not having any legs. But, having no legs and not being able to get away would make it easier to smash him. Her master would be proud of her for shutting up phone. She loved days like this, although her master was taking longer and longer to come home. Maybe tonight would be different. If she guarded the barn and kept the peace between bird in the radio, refrigerator, TV, water hydrant and phone, maybe her master would be pleased. Maybe, her master would be happy and she would see a smile again. That would be good. As the day wore on, TV and its people laughed and clapped for themselves, driving their little cars and wearing fancy clothes; talking about pills and soft drinks and food. Women with big hair and men with big smiles, hungry dogs scarfing up food, and cats so happy about the fresh smell of their litter trays. Things seemed OK for the little TV people. After pushing phone off the cliff of his table for ringing so often and disturbing the peace, she had savored the sound of him choking on his last words and she had moved on to a nice nap beside the hay stack. What was that noise!

On With The Show, cont’d A heavy, insistent sound startled her out of her dreams and into full alert. The presence of strangers at the barn door whirled through her blood and set her on edge. "Go away!" she ordered, with a threatening whoosh of air through her nostrils, hoping they would understand her meaning – and prepared to carry out her intent even if they didn't. "Go away!" The sound of heavy knocking shook the sanctity of the whole barn into silence, down to every last mouse and spider. Only the little TV people didn't seem to notice or care. Rushing from her stall and into the aisle, she stretched her neck and peered out of the barn window. There were strangers at the house. Why weren't they going away? What were they saying? How dare they pound on the door like that! I'll scare them. I'll bellow and stamp my feet! I'll let them know I can see them! They didn't go away. Instead of leaving more letters for the growing stack of mail at the house for her master, like the mailman did every day, they knocked roughly and rudely called out her master's name. But, he isn't here, she thought. Don't they know that? Horrified, she watched as the strangers removed the doorknob. Choking back her fear, she watched as they pushed their way in to open the door and tramped onto the carpet her master was so careful not to soil. Her heart beating wildly as the TV people laughed, she saw the strangers shut the door – and heard them going through the house, room by room, taking paintings off the wall, taking furniture – taking her master's bed! When they were finished with the house, they looked to the barn. No! Don't come in here! All courage melting from her veins, she rushed to the safety of her stall and stood still. Maybe they won't see me, she thought. They didn't see her. Not really. As if she were nothing – as if she meant nothing at all – they went through the barn, taking anything they wanted. She waited like a statue until there were no more sounds. When, at last, the coast was clear, she held her breath at the sight of a barn she no longer recognized as her own. Gone were the TV people. Gone were the radio birds. Gone were the purring refrigerator and all her delicious treasures. Only water hydrant and phone remained. But, phone wasn't saying much, and water hydrant had no more tears to shed. As darkness settled over the place, they waited. Then, once again, the barn door opened. Once again, a team of strangers entered a place that never would have welcomed their kind. Finding her stall, they carefully walked toward her. Stepping back, defeated and alone, she waited silently as they slipped a halter over her face and snapped a lead rope on it... and led her away.

Where was her master, she wondered? Was all this because she had killed his beloved phone? Was it something the radio birds sang about, or, perhaps, was it something the little TV people had said? The horse didn't know ... and don't you just wonder? www.Fateoft

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Horse Breeders & Owners Conference

By Teresa van Bryce

Photos by N. van Bryce, Horse Industry Association of Alberta

From Jan. 9 to 11, 2009, the horse industry gathered in Red Deer, AB, to take in the 27th annual Horse Breeders & Owners Conference. The exhibit hall hosted over 50 sponsoring businesses and organizations and 650 people were on site for the socializing, seminars and networking opportunities afforded by this annual, midwinter, equine educational event. Friday night was the very popular "Open Barn" welcome reception hosted by the Horse Industry Association of Alberta. The exhibitors had their first opportunity to speak with delegates, and delegates had the chance to catch up with old friends, make some new ones, and explore what's new and exciting in the horse industry. Saturday started early, at least for the brave delegates who joined cutting competitor Marilyn Anderson for a winter morning run. The day saw a dozen sessions opening with returning conference favourite Hilary Clayton on developing strength and flexibility in horses, a session sponsored by Northlands. Athabasca horseman Josh Nichol enlightened delegates on better communication with our horses, Ray Kaplan brought us into the modern era of parasite control and Tara Gamble gave instructors some tips on improving their teaching techniques; and this was all before lunch! The afternoon continued the educational onslaught with equine body worker Van Harding filling the session and leaving them wanting more at the

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in horses and the influence of end of his presentation on saddle fit, and environment. the day wrapped up with a walk down The Horse Industry Association of memory lane with legend Bill Collins as Alberta thanks all who attended, all who well as the popular and informative news sponsored the event and the 20 presenters hour session. who brought their expertise and Saturday night’s presentation experience to Red Deer, AB. In the words of the Alberta horse industry's 10th of a mult-year conference delegate, "I have Distinguished Service Award was to been coming to this event for 10 years. Eldon Bienert and Peggy MacDonald, This year’s sessions were the best ever and owners of Dawnville Farms. Les really held you in your seat.” Burwash took us through the many The Horse Breeders and Owners accomplishments of this pair over a lifetime in the horse industry. In addition Conference is an annual event organized by the Horse Industry Association of to the award presentation, the evening Alberta and sponsored by a generous offered a host bar, desserts and an group of equine organizations and excellent musical presentation of the old businesses. For more information visit West by Jim Reader, all compliments of event sponsor Horse Racing Alberta. Sunday morning started off strong with international jumping expert Linda Allen giving an excellent presentation on equitation over fences. Van Harding was back for a second and longer session and still had to spill into the next room to continue answering questions from the enthusiastic crowd. Rounding out the first time slot of the day, Alberta veterinarian Roxy Bell educated the delegation on equine dentistry. After a coffee break generously sponsored by the Alberta Standardbred Horse Association and the Alberta Equestrian Federation, Dr. Robert Bowker shared his passion for the equine Bill Collins and Peter Fraser hoof with a packed room and, always a favourite at the conference, Lori Warren brought her research and insights on nutrition and the immune system. Wrapping up the day with the very important SPCA Fred Pearce Memorial Lecture dedicated to the welfare of the horse, Dr. Eva Sondergaard of Denmark presented her fascinating Peter Fraser, Eldon Bienert and Peggy McDonald research on temperament

TIDBITS Canadian Morgan Horse Convention Cancelled Due to economic conditions facing Canada at this time, the committee has decided to cancel the 2009 Morgan Convention scheduled for early April in Halifax, Nova Scotia. However, the CMHA Board Meetings, the AGM, the Foundation AGM, the Youth AGM, and an Awards Banquet & Auction WILL take place from April 2-4 in Halifax. Check for further details.

It’s a Boy!! Congratulations to Angie and Jonathan Field on the birth of their second child, a boy, named Mason Larry Field, born December 22 at 6:48 a.m., weighing 7 lbs, 7 oz, and 21” long. A new baby brother for Weston, age 2 ½.

Provincial Wish Trail Rides Still Going Strong The Provincial Wish Trail Ride is gearing up for another exciting and successful year ahead. We have two new rides for 2009 in Merritt and West Vancouver. Jenn Burgoyne, our Vancouver Island organizer, has been busy getting rides up and running on the island. Please visit our website for all ride locations. We would like to thank all our riders and their horses, ride organizers, volunteers, sponsors, supporters, feed and tack stores, other businesses, local horse magazines and newspapers for making our Wish Rides the largest donor to the Children’s Wish Foundation, BC/Yukon Chapter. RIDE A HORSE - GRANT A WISH is our slogan and we have given the CWF

$647,000 over the past twelve years and we are hot on the trail to raise over ONE MILLION DOLLARS FOR CHILDREN’S WISHES! If you would like to join us in any capacity in 2009 please visit our website at or e-mail Mary Neufeld at wishtrailride@ or call 604-855-9355. For Vancouver Island Rides please visit our website or e-mail Jenn Burgoyne at ssiwishtrailride@ or call 250-537-4994.

Hoof N Hearts Dinner/ Dance in Vernon Join us at a fundraiser for The Okanagan Horse Rescue Society. The funds raised will help us determine things such as a permanent residence for the Rescue Society, give us the ability to promote ourselves, help us establish facilities and equipment that will be needed and give us a cash base for future rescues. To be held Valentine’s Day, February 14 at Lone Pine Ranch. Doors open at 6 p.m., Beef on a Bun dinner at 7 p.m., Cash Bar. Live music includes Tom Stinson, Sherri-Anne, and Roger Gabriel and Steelewater. Live and silent auction items will be available including some of the musicians! Tickets are available at the Vernon Winter Carnival website www. – for $25 each. Sponsorships, donations and volunteers are all welcome. We have sponsorship packages available until Feb. 6th. More details on any of this can be obtained by contacting Kim at 250215-0144.

continue to add to it One of its pages is for TREC Events in BC. If you are considering hosting an event and don’t know where to start, contact Barb or Margaret (listed below). The TREC Traveling Toolbox is available with the required materials to set up a TREC Day. Planning is underway on updating the TREC manual. Once completed it will be available in print for this spring or for down load from the web site. There is interest in setting up the protocol for TREC Instructors & Officials – separate from or as part of current instructor/ coach/official requirements or as a grandfathering option. HCBC had come up with a Draft version a few years ago. We need your input and participation in planning so that TREC can continue to grow in BC. For more info contact Barb Wierzbicki 250-838-5678, b_wierzbicki@ or Margaret Evans 604-8249394,

Horse Bazaar at 100 Mile House On March 28-29 there will be a Horse Bazaar, raising funds to purchase equipment and upgrades for the 100 Mile Agri-Plex. The Bazaar includes a horse sale, trade show, dinner and auction, as well as demonstrations in cutting, reining, driving, packing and horse chiropractic. The Cariboo Cowgirls Drill Team will also be performing. Watch for more news in the March issue of Saddle Up. For booking or information contact Randy at 250-395-5175.


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Cariboo Chatter!

By Mark McMillan

Photos by Donna Smith

We have just walked in the door returning from our Spirit of the West Panama Canal Cruise! We took in seven different countries and it was awesome!

In the next issue I’ll tell you all about it, but first I have to get used to the snow and cold again, as well as getting back into the swing of work, telephones, emails, etc. Check out our on-line diary at and Hugh’s diary at where you can see lots of photos. Now speaking of getting back to reality… we have two major Cowboy shows to finish putting together right now – one in February and one in March. It might be a little cold for riding your horse but you can still take in the cowboy way of life – part of it anyway… and indoors, in a beautiful heated theatre! Coming up - one of the Cariboo’s biggest Cowboy Concerts! One of the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame’s biggest

fundraisers! The Cowboy Concert that sells out the fastest! The Cowboy Concert with two same day shows – a 2:00 p.m. matinee and a 7:00 p.m. evening show (both shows are the same). Of which Cowboy Concert do I speak? Why the Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert of course. This coming Valentines Day, February 14, will be the 9th Annual and I wasn’t kidding about selling out so look into tickets as soon as you can if you want a seat. These two shows do sell out every year! Why so popular? Well, besides the low ticket cost, people have come to know that the performers that we bring in are good, to say the least. We’ve never had the same performers twice, and although people might not know the names of the upcoming entertainers, they do know that they have never been disappointed in the past. Now speaking of performers… this year we’ll once again have four top-notch entertainers: Cowboy Poet BJ Smith; singersongwriter Ed Brown; singer-songwriter Tim Hus; and as MC, the host of the Spirit of the West radio show, Hugh McLennan! I would like to thank all my clients for another successful year at Horse Basics and Beyond. Tickets are available Riding lessons kept my three lesson horses Buddy, at participating Nella and Belle very busy. businesses in 100 Mile Much appreciation to all my clients who sent horses for training House, by phone at as I had another great year working with many breeds of horses. Special thanks go out to my family and friends for all their love 250-456-2425, and and continued support. by email to: Mark at I wish everyone a very Happy New Year and I look forward to working msprings@bcinternet. with returning clients and meeting new ones in 2009. net. Tammy Keith 398-6715 • Box 4435 Williams Lake, BC V2G 2V5

The second show is of course, the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. If you like seeing western art and photography, looking at custom made saddles, listening

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Hugh McLennan

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Cariboo Chatter! cont’d

to cowboys tell their stories in rhyme and/or song, hearing very hilarious stories told on stage, and shopping in a strictly cowboy/western trade show, then you won’t want to miss the 13th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival on March 12–15, 2009. Weekend Passes are on sale at the Horse Barn in Kamloops or through the BC Cowboy Heritage Society at 1-888-763-2224. Specials on room rates are available, too, at the host hotel, the Best Western, Kamloops. See the Accommodation section of the “Festival” page at Anyone in the Cariboo that has any chatter that they would like to share, can email it to Mark at msprings@bcinternet. net and please put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

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Cowboy Poetry

The Warmth Of A Horse Author unknown

Spooked! Mike Puhallo Too exhausted to run, too nervous to stand, they bawl and mill about. Wide eyed and spooky and out of breath, their tongues still hanging out. There ain’t one of them that could tell you, what caused the dam to burst? Stampedes are kind of like that... herd instinct at its worst. In time, they will all settle down, a few hours or maybe days. Panic fades as hunger grows, they’ll relax and begin to graze. PS. Compared to stock brokers and financial advisors, cows seem pretty darn smart!

When your day seems out of balance and so many things go wrong ... When people fight around you and the clock drags on so long … When some folks act like children and fill you with remorse … Go out into your pasture and wrap your arms around your horse. His gentle breath enfolds you as he watches with those eyes ... He may not have a PhD but oh, he is so wise! His head rests on your shoulder you hug him good and tight … He puts your world in balance and makes it seem all right. Your tears will soon stop flowing, the tension will be eased ... The nonsense has been lifted you are quiet and at peace. So when you need some balance from the stresses in your day ... The therapy you really need is out there eating hay! (Thanks GB)

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Fireweed Drew Pederson The warmth of a summer breeze, the scent of the endless fireweed. It covers the side hill for miles upon miles, the rebuilding of earth in a magnificent style. After logging a side hill for men’s personal needs, the very first thing to grow back is the hardy fireweed. It breathes life back into the fragile ground, it’s amassing where this vegetation can be found. It’s the flower of choice for the honeybee, the safety and protection for little birds like the chickadee. More animals move in and the wild life abounds, on this side hill that a short time ago was barren ground. So when I ride out of the timber and into the slash, I take a moment to think of what has past. I just sit there on my horse and take a deep breath, think of how lucky we are and how we’ve been blessed. A light breeze blows across the fireweed, looking like the ripples on an endless pink sea. It humbles a person to see such beauty, we must keep this cycle going I feel it’s our duty.

Who Ensures Your Access to Trails and Your Right to Ride? By John King

When you are out riding a trail, do you think who might be working to keep access to the trail open so that you can continue to ride it?

You might be doing it or it might just be members of the local chapter of Back Country Horsemen of BC. BCHBC is a non-profit society comprised of over 700 volunteer members who direct their efforts to ensure recreational riders have trails to ride now and in the future. The name backcountry may mislead some people into thinking we are only concerned with trails in the far reaches of the wilderness. In fact, we work on many trails in urban, rural and wilderness areas. We are also concerned with multiuse trails, not just horse only trails. A good number of trails we work on are historic, built for and by horsemen, using horsepower, but almost all of these trails are now used for other forms of recreation as well as trail riding.

The purpose of the Back Country Horsemen of BC: • To educate horsemen and increase their awareness of equines on the backcountry • To promote educational programs in safety, courtesy and environmental awareness • To “tread lightly” in all areas • To work together with recreational groups, government agencies and the general public to promote awareness and understanding for a co-operative wilderness experience

• To build new trails, trailheads and other facilities for horsemen • To maintain and preserve existing trails – wilderness or urban • To preserve access for Canadians to use horses and mules on public lands By becoming a member of BCHBC you can help provide a unified voice for all recreational riders. You can see your time, money and efforts being put towards trail works. Recently BCHBC has joined with the Horse Council of BC to form a joint trails and access committee, which will bring the voice of 21,000 equine users to the attention of decision makers. Please visit the Back Country Horsemen of BC website that provides information about trail riding opportunities provincially. There is also contact information for your local BCHBC chapter and information about their local meetings and planned activities. Take a few minutes to visit the website at All chapters welcome new members and encourage them to join in fun activities, social gatherings and educational opportunities. This is your opportunity to help ensure that we always have trails to enjoy with our equine companions. • 41

Horsesense 101: The Jitter Bug

By Carol Hansson

Welcome back to Emerald Meadows, where we join Victoria Butler and Lindsay McDonald, who are both learning to ride. In our last installment Victoria met her new horse, Lights and Sparks … today, Lindsay will meet Jitter, her new mount. Who she has been waiting very patiently for… *** “I can’t believe I’m going to meet him today! I can’t believe I’m getting a new horse to ride! I wonder what he looks like?!?” exclaims Lindsay. “You’ll find out soon enough,” says Victoria, as both girls walk into the barn. “I’m just looking forward to cantering on Sparks again!” Lindsay stopped. “Um, Victoria?” “Yes, Lindsay?” “Am I dreaming?” For in front of Lindsay was definitely the stuff of dreams. Her dreams at least. The horse was as black as midnight, so black its coat had purple tones. On his forehead was a very neat white star.

“Lindsay, meet Jitter,” says Sam, the barn owner, grinning. “He’s a pretty one, isn’t he?” “He’s gorgeous!” exclaims Lindsay. “And doesn’t he know it,” says Sam. “He’s quite the goof too.” “This is Jitter? The horse I can ride?” “Yup,” says Sam. “Now come here, this boy needs a good grooming!” “Yaaaaay!” says Lindsay. *** After both girls groom their respective horses and tack them up, they take them to the ring. “I have a surprise for you girls,” says Sam. “How do you feel about going on an overnight trail ride? Not today, of course, but in a couple of weeks.” “I don’t know Sam, overnight? We won’t ride in the dark, will we?” says Victoria. “No, not at all,” says Sam. “We’ll bring a couple of pack horses and set up camp before the sun goes down. It’ll be fun!” “Sounds wonderful!” said Lindsay. “It does sound like fun,” says Victoria, nervously. “Good. Now mount up girls, let’s get started!” “Wow, Jitter is so … tall!” says Lindsay, atop her horse. “I’m glad I’m not afraid of falling off anymore!”

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Sam grins. “I don’t think you could fall off Jitter even if you tried. He’s quite a calm horse … he’s just got a beautiful canter that I think you’ll enjoy. His trot is not too shabby either.” “Now at a walk girls, I want you to focus on quiet hands, heels down, eyes forward … good, very good. Looking good Lindsay! Jitter suits you.” Just then, a sharp knock interrupts the lesson. It’s Breanne, with her horse Opal. “Sam, mind if I join you? I think Opal’s finally settled down enough for me to ride her. Or, should I say I think Stormy’s not so attached to his mom that I can get away with leaving him and not bringing the barn down with his whinnies!” Lindsay and Victoria laugh. “He does get quite forceful, doesn’t he?” says Victoria. “Definitely! How is he behaving for you, by the way? Not being too much of a brat, is he?” “Stormy, a brat? No, he’s darling!” says Lindsay. “An angel,” says Victoria. “You two are so bitten by the horse bug,” says Breanne, laughing. “So do you mind if I join, Sam?” “No problem, Breanne. That is if the girls don’t mind?” “Not at all!” says Lindsay. “What were you working on before Opal got pregnant?” asks Sam. “Spins,” says Breanne. “I just can’t seem to get her to bend properly. Maybe she was antsy about being pregnant. Who knows.” “Spins?” asks Victoria. “You can make a horse spin?” “Breanne is a reiner,” says Sam. Seeing Victoria’s puzzled expression,

Horsesense 101, cont’d she explains. “She’s a Western rider, and competes in reining – some people call it Western dressage.” “So that’s why the different saddle,” says Victoria. “That makes sense. Are there any other differences between English and Western? I’ve always wondered.” “There are a bunch of technical differences between English and Western, but horsemanship is horsemanship no matter the discipline. Breanne, let’s start with a warm up, you girls go ahead and join – just a nice walk, then we’ll go up to a trot – or jog, in the Western world.” “So they have different words for gaits, too?” asks Lindsay. “Definitely,” says Breanne, as she walks Opal around the ring. “We call a canter a lope … and to stop our horse,” she comments, as she looks to see where Victoria and Lindsay are in the ring, “we say whoa! and press down on our feet.”

“Wow! That was quick!” says Victoria. “I don’t know if Sparks could do that.” “It’s more impressive at a full gallop,” says Sam. “You want to try a trot now?” “Sounds good,” says Breanne. After a couple of turns around the ring, Sam calls over Victoria and Lindsay to stand by her. “Let’s start those spin exercises now, Breanne. Get her giving nicely to that inside rein. Now when she gives to the pressure, relax your reins so she knows she’s doing good. Perfect! Oh, watch her, she’s wanting to visit Sparks and Jitter… more pull on that inside rein, show her she can’t do that… great! Very nice!” “See how her circle is getting smaller?” she says to Victoria and Lindsay. “Eventually in a spin the horse’s back feet stay put and the front two cross over and allow it to spin. Very nice,

Breanne! I’ll leave you be to practice that and I’ll work with the girls.” “Western looks fun!” says Lindsay. “Could I ride Jitter Western?” Sam laughs. “Let’s get your basics in English down pat, and then perhaps we’ll talk about Western.” “Look!” says, Victoria, pointing at Breanne and Opal. “They’re spinning!” “Wow!” says Lindsay. “Do horses get dizzy?” Carol Hansson recently moved to Prince George with her husband and her three bunnies, Bacardi, Bellini and Pepper. She is now riding a Quarter Horse called Ce Poco Pebbles and is learning the Western discipline. She hopes to have her own barn set-up by the spring, when she will fulfill one of her dreams – to own her own horse! You can contact her at jhansson@


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2009 Events – for more information We have an exciting line-up of skilled Clinicians and Events for the Spring and Summer to help everyone get prepared for a great year of riding, showing and enjoying their horse.

Dawn Heppner: February 14-15, March 7-8 Frances Weeks: March 13-14, April 10-11, May 8-9 Dale Irwin: March 28-29, April 25-26 Sheila White: Level 1 Dressage/Jumping Coach at our barn. Call 250 374-1250 to schedule lessons. Copper Hills Open House: May 9 Arabian Community Show: May 31 Please call Ann at 250-819-7597 or email: We offer a variety of boarding options to meet the needs and resources of horses and humans and are flexible to discussing different situations. 40+ years of experience in caring for, studying and riding horses. • 43

Open riding for 2009: The Sun Reiners Reining Club thinks getting together to ride and socialize is as important and as fun as showing our horses. In order to help get us and our horses leggedup for the coming season, we have booked the Armstrong Agriplex indoor arena every Sunday from Feb. 1 to March 22, from noon to 2 p.m. The cost will be a very reasonable $55 flat fee for the eight sessions, or $10 drop-in per session. Carmen Teixeira ( has agreed to offer coaching to those who want it for an additional fee. This will help us learn, or relearn some reining fundamentals, so beginners are welcome, as well as help us focus on our goals for the coming show season. Please note that all riders must have HCBC and be members of WCRA/Sun Reiners in order to take part in this open riding. Visit www. for a membership form, or e-mail

Shows for 2009: The Sun Reiners will be holding several fun, casual “schooling show” events throughout the coming months and summer, dates TBA. Our mandate for the year is “fun” and we feel that getting together and holding casual beginner-friendly events is the way to go. Our other local WCRA chapter, in Kamloops, will be letting us all know in short order if and when they plan to put on shows, both schooling and perhaps more major, in the region. We already know that our Vancouver Island chapter, Peninsula Reining Club, is holding their always-successful and super-fun “Rockslide” in early May. The Fraser Valley 44 • Saddle Up • February 2009

chapter has a terrific show in September in Chilliwack, and the club as a whole holds the world-class “West Coast Classic” show in July, also in Chilliwack.

Beginner reining lessons: It was discussed and decided to try holding once-monthly lessons at Teixeira Performance Stables, located in Canoe. Anyone interested in a 90-minute shared (two people) lesson once a month please contact Leslie Bogula right away at Spots are limited so don’t delay getting your name on the list! Of course much of what we have planned is to prepare us for a fast-approaching show season. But it’s not all about showing, and even those who show do so at all levels – from walk/ trot beginner patterns to full-on spinnin’-a-blur, slidin’-30-feet NRHA patterns at the highest level. It’s what makes this sport fun, and as the voice of Reiners in Western Canada and beyond, it’s why Western Canadian Reining Association (WCRA) exists. WCRA’s mandate is to support and promote the sport of Reining from the ground up. What this means is, we understand that beginner and Youth riders are the cornerstone of our club, and the future of the sport. As such we welcome beginner Reiners and look forward to sharing our experiences and knowledge of the sport we love through clinics, fun shows, schooling events, and other things as listed above. The very successful Reinin’ in the Sun ( show is coming back to Armstrong for its third season, so many of us are planning toward attending that local show. Check their website for details. If you would like more information on the activities being planned in your region, visit and look under “Chapters” to find out more. The activities listed above are often mirrored at other chapters, so come out and get involved in the sport of reining!

For Catalogue of Horses

Sun Reiners of North Okanagan/Shuswap has exciting plans for 2009! If you’re thinking you’d like to get involved in reining anywhere in BC this year, read on.


Sun Reiners Update By Leslie Bogula

Okanagan Breeders Group Showcase & Sale, April 11-12, 2009 Watch this site… more information will be posted daily on the Okanagan Breeders Group Showcase & Sale scheduled for April 11-12 at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. There is a Planning Meeting on Wednesday, February 11 at 6 p.m. at the Armstrong Inn (formerly the Saxon Inn) – all Okanagan Breeders are invited to attend for more information and input. There is an optional Pasta Buffet available in the restaurant, or you can order off the menu for dinner or nibblies. We hope you join us to be a part of this exciting new event, and possibly Annual!

About the Showcase & Sale With the current economic climate, more than ever we need to resort to new strategies to market our horses. In 2007 Horse Council BC expressed a willingness to support breeders in the province. We have organized in this area (Zone 2) to move ahead to promote our breeding programs here in the Interior. We endeavour to make it easier for buyers to ‘find’ us! The Showcase is an innovative and unique format to bring together buyers and sellers of quality performance horses. Our goal is to provide a top class venue to allow horse owners the opportunity to present their horses in the best possible light with the ability to demonstrate the animal’s unique selling points to prospective buyers. This would be consistent with recognizing the standards within different breeds and disciplines. This is a Private Treaty sale between the seller and the buyer. The Showcase is open to all breeds, all disciplines and all ages! The weekend will also include a Trade Fair, Exhibits & Tack Sale, and Stallions on display. There will be food concessions on site and camping available. Free admission to the public. We will offer consignors comprehensive colour advertising, both print and web/video promotion. A catalogue of horses, exhibits and schedule will be included in the form of a ‘pull-out’ section in the April issue of Saddle Up magazine. We will have scheduled demonstrations and try out times. If a consigned horse sells before the Showcase dates, another horse may be substituted. Website changes can be made right up until Showcase date. It is a super opportunity for breeders to promote their programs, ample area to display posters, distribute business cards, even set up a VCR/TV to show video of other sale horses they may have! Great networking, great PR and the opportunity to meet new people! We would appreciate your input, your ideas and your support! If you can’t attend the meeting on February 11, keep in touch by email. We are accepting horses NOW! So if you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, sale horse info should be directed to Cathie Cross. The sooner the horses are up on the website, the more advertising you will benefit from! So spread the word, keep in touch! Let’s put the Okanagan Breeders on the map! Cathie Cross - Nancy Roman - Michael Rabe - • 45

Equine Canada Update Canadian Endurance Team Finishes Seventh in Malaysia The Canadian endurance team comprising Wendy Benns of Pontypool, ON, Ruth Sturley of Owen Sound, ON, Yvette Vinton, DVM, of Simcoe, ON, and Bob Gielen of Norton, NB, finished in seventh place out of 21 starting teams on Nov. 7, 2008, at the World Endurance Championships. Wendy MacCoubrey of Ste. Justine, QC, and Julius Bloomfield of Naramata, BC, were the other two members of the Canadian squad. Held at the Terengganu International Endurance Park in Lembah Bidong, Merang Setiu, Terengganu, Malaysia, 126 riders representing 33 countries took part in the 100-mile competition, which saw only 48 individuals finish. Only seven nations finished three riders, and the results were very close. First place went to United Arab Emirates in a combined time of 27:57:17. Canada finished in 38:25:45 for seventh place overall. Complete results may be found at

Jump Canada Announces 2008 Bursary Recipients Jump Canada is pleased to announce the young athletes who have been named recipients of the Jump Canada Bursary for 2008. In recognition of the difficulty that young riders face as they strive to continue their education while also competing at high levels of equestrian sport, Jump Canada developed the bursary program for competitors aged 14 to 21 in the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions. Kevin Crosby, 21, Falmouth, NS; Billie Derouet, 17, Bromont, QC; Chelsea Leah Doty, 22, Fredericton, NB; Hannah Fraser, 18, Vancouver, BC; Dana Henson, 19, Vancouver, BC; James Braden, 14, Kamloops, BC; 46 • Saddle Up • February 2009

By Julie Cull

Katrina Johnson, 17, Komarne, MB; Lauren Korstrom, 18, LaSalle, MB; and Kristina McKinnon, 17, Winnipeg, MB; were awarded Jump Canada Bursaries in the amount of $1,000 each.

Recipients of 2008 Athlete Development Scholarships Announced The Canadian Eventing Committee announces the recipients of the 2008 Canadian eventing athlete development scholarships: Kerry Johnston of Summerland, BC; Stephanie RhodesBosch also of Summerland, BC; and Sarah Talaga of Richmond Hill, ON. Designed to recognize and encourage Canadian riders in the pursuit of international competition, this year’s program offered scholarships of $1,000 to each of these three outstanding young athletes. The assessment criteria included eventing experience, competition results, competition plans and goals, and dedication to the sport, including support and promotion of the sport of eventing in Canada.

2008 Horse Sport Scholarship Winners Equine Canada and Horse Sport magazine are pleased to announce the 2008 Horse Sport Young Riders scholarship winners: Jaclyn Duff of Edmonton, AB; Jaimie Holland of Caledon, ON; and Stephanie RhodesBosch of Summerland, BC. For over 10 years, the Horse Sport Young Riders scholarships have been generously awarded to the top-placed Canadian rider in each discipline at the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships (NAJYRC) in the young riders division. The 2008 NAJYRC was held July 29 to Aug. 3 in Parker, CO. The scholarships are to aid Canada’s top young riders in their endeavours in the Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and show jumping.

The three riders received a scholarship award of $1,000 each to put toward the costs associated with competing and travelling at that level.

Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) Investigation Underway The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has launched an investigation after confirming that horse semen was imported into Canada from a United States stallion subsequently determined to be infected with CEM. There are no human health implications with this disease. CEM is a highly contagious disease that affects the reproductive tract of horses. The disease can cause temporary infertility in mares. In most cases, CEM can be successfully treated with disinfectants and antibiotics. Until more information is available from the U.S., the CFIA is recommending that the equine industry and importers in Canada exercise caution and refrain from importing breeding horses, embryos and semen from the U.S. CEM is primarily spread directly during natural breeding, but can also be transmitted during artificial insemination and through contaminated instruments and equipment. Horse owners and veterinarians should maintain strict hygiene when handling breeding mares and stallions to prevent infection. Any horse owner or veterinarian who suspects a horse under their care may be infected with CEM should immediately contact their local CFIA district office. More information about CEM is available on the CFIA website at www. or by calling 1-800-4422342. On Feb. 7 at 9:30 a.m., a CFIA representative will provide an update on CEM at the Breeds & Industry Delegate Assembly at the Equine Canada Convention in Ottawa.

Equine Canada, cont’d To date Canada has received notice from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture of 10 owners residing in Canada -- four in Alberta and six in Ontario -- that have either received frozen semen from one of the positive stallions in the US, or been transported to Kentucky to be artificially inseminated with semen from the positive stallions.

Canadians win at Ocala Florida CCI three-day event Canadians Lisa Marie Fergusson, Mike Winter and Rebecca Howard closed out the international eventing season in North America with top place finishes at the CCI 2* and CCI 1* Ocala three-day event and horse trials, held Nov. 14 to 16, 2008, at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, FL. Fergusson of Langley, BC, won the CCI 2* competition with Uni Griffon, her 10-year-old Welsh Sport Horse gelding. Rebecca Howard of Salmon Arm, BC, and Riddle Master, Caroline Bazley’s seven-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding, finished in 11th place. In the CCI 1* division, Canadian Olympian Kyle Carter, originally of Calgary, AB, rode Billie Sue Jensen’s eightyear-old Hanoverian mare, Final Watch, to fourth place.

Stallion Auction and VIRTUAL Weanling Futurity The Canadian Morgan Horse Association (CMHA) is pleased to announce the first ever Stallion Auction and Virtual Weanling Futurity! In an effort to raise funds, create breed awareness and reward Morgan horse breeders, the CMHA board working in conjunction with an auction committee has created the online stallion auction and virtual weanling futurity. There have been many Stallion Service Auctions offered over the years, but this one has a unique and modern twist to it. In an effort to open up our weanling Futurity to people from all across Canada, we came up with something a little different. Our Virtual Futurity will showcase the foals resulting from the Stallion Service Auction in a VIDEO presentation for judging. A format is posted on the Canadian Morgan Horse Website showing how the foal is to be presented with the camera taking the place of the judge walking around the foal

for judging. The resulting videos will be submitted by the deadline date, and will then be presented to our judge. The judge will observe the videos and make their placings from the video presentations. This will give a level playing field to everyone who participates. There will be no need for weaning the foal, hauling the foal, paying for expensive stabling, etc. All that is needed is a video camera and a good presentation of your foal. We hope to attract entrants from every corner of Canada and have a truly NATIONAL FUTURITY! The auction has attracted stallions from across Canada and the bidding has already begun. Bidding will end on April 10th, 1:00pm EST. The bidding starts at $400 minimum. You must be registered to bid (it is very simple to register; visit and click on the auction link which takes you to the rules page, follow directions to register).

By Nancy Kavanagh

Now to take part in this Futurity, you must purchase your breeding from the CMHA Stallion Service Auction. All foals resulting from the auction are eligible for the futurity AND as a Thank You to the Stallion Owners, for each stallion service donated that sells during the auction, the stallion owner is eligible to enter one foal as well! Potentially, two foals shown in the futurity; this is a terrific showcase for your Morgan stallion! The futurity will take place in 2010 and no matter where you live, you can participate! No travelling, no stress on the foals/dams, the competition will take place with videos and a sample video will be created to help guide you. It couldn’t be easier! To learn more about the auction/ futurity, please visit www.morganhorse. ca and click on the auction link or call 905-982-0060. • 47

Canadian Quarter Horse Association News 2008 All American Quarter Horse Congress The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the world’s largest single breed horse show. The show receives more than 17,000 horse show entries and houses more than 8,500 registered American Quarter Horses during its three-week schedule. The Congress attracts more than 650,000 people to the Columbus area, bringing more than $110-million to the central Ohio economy. In 2008, the Congress ran from Oct. 4 to 26, with the trade show open from Oct. 9 to 26, 2008. The Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) is proud to recognize and heartily congratulates the following Canadian owners/exhibitors who achieved outstanding success at this year’s event (results compiled by Laurie Haughton, CQHA director).

By Marnie Somers

(Note from Saddle Up: Due to space requirements we are only listing those winners in Western Canada. For complete results visit 2008 Canadian Congress Results Six Canadian Congress Champions Eight Canadian Congress Reserve Champions 94 Top 10 Canadian placings (overall) Western Canada: Congress Champion Youth Performance Halter Mares: Just Cool Movin, Alicia Porter, Okotoks, AB Reserve Champion NSBA Novice Amateur Western Pleasure: Blazing Java, Barbara Stewart, Nanaimo, BC Third NSBA Amateur Select Hunter Under Saddle: Zippin On Top, Karen Lobb, Edmonton, AB Third Novice Amateur Western Pleasure: Blazing Java, Barbara Stewart, Nanaimo, BC Fifth Amateur Select Hunter Under Saddle: Zippin On Top, Karen Lobb, Edmonton, AB Seventh Congress two-year-old Non-Pro Western Pleasure – Limited: Macs Good N Flashy, Leanne Rivet, Willams Lake, BC Eighth Novice Youth Showmanship 14 – 18: Just Cool Movin, Alicia Porter, Okotoks, AB

Obviously, these successful Canadian owners/exhibitors were right in their element at the Congress. A tip of the ol’ stetson, to you all!

2008 AQHA Open/Amateur, Select and Youth World Championship Shows The American Quarter Horse Association held the Ford AQHYA (Youth) World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, OK, from Aug. 1 to 9, 2008; the Bayer Select Amateur World Championship Show in Amarillo, TX, from Aug. 25 to 31, 2008; and the Bank of America Amateur/Fedex Open World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, OK, from Nov. 7 to 22, 2008. Exhibitors must earn a predetermined number of competitive points during the prior year to qualify to compete at the World Shows. British Columbia; Junior Western Riding World Champion: The Uninvited Guest AQHA # 4500793 -- Sorrel Gelding 2004 Sire: Invitation Only Dam: Holly Zipp Bars Dam; Sire: Zippo Pat Bars Breeder: Libby Trucco Exhibitor: Kristy L. Staniforth-McCann Owner: Candice Hall/Cory Seebach, Black Creek, BC Select Amateur Weanling Stallions 5th Heartbreakin Kid AQHA # 5034033 -- Sorrel Stallion 2008 Sire: Obviously Im Kiddin Dam: A Little Pizzaz Dam; Sire: Misters Razzledazzle Breeder: Andrea Fortkamp Exhibitor: Helmut Fortkamp Owner: Andrea Fortkamp, Black Creek, BC Amateur Performance Halter Mares 16th Shesa Cool Misskitty AQHA # 4029253 -- Chestnut Mare 2000 Sire: Ima Cool Irwin Dam: Sand Creek Kitty Dam; Sire: John the Cat Breeder: Norma A. Siebert Exhibitor: Norma A. Siebert Owner: Norma A. Siebert, Langley, BC

Alberta: Youth Performance Halter Mares 8th Just Cool Movin AQHA # 4231558 – Sorrel Mare 2002 Sire: Dont Skip Zip Dam: Ima Cool Robin Dam; Sire: Ima Cool Skip Breeder: Stanley and/or Susan Scott Exhibitor: Alicia Porter Owner: Breanne J. Porter, Okotoks, AB Junior Western Pleasure 9th Invite Me Forever AQHA # 4548946 -- Sorrel Mare 2004 Sire: Invitation Only Dam: Forever a Zippo Dam; Sire: Zippo Pine Bar Breeder: Stanley Or Susan Scott LLC Exhibitor: Shane Pope

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The Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) is proud to recognize and heartily congratulates the following Canadian owners/exhibitors who achieved outstanding success at these 2008 events. Canadian owners/exhibitors won three AQHA World Championships, one AQHA Reserve World Championship, and numerous placings in the top of their classes. Unfortunately, we are unable to report on any Canadianbred horses (now foreign-owned) which placed at the World Shows, because the AQHA’s official show results do not identify the country of origin of the breeder. (Results compiled by Laurie Haughton, CQHA director.)

Amateur Yearling Mares 9th Jgm Sierras Sirprize AQHA # 4939707 -- Bay Mare 2007 Sire: Sirprizeriffic Dam: JGM Sierras Sequel Dam; Sire: Playgirls Reflection Breeder: John and Gail Muirhead Exhibitor: Crystal Dawn Urlacher Owner: Crystal Dawn Urlacher, Olds, AB

Performance Halter Mares 18th Lopin Foran Invite AQHA # 4499082 -- Bay Mare 2004 Sire: Willy Be Invited Dam: Classify Me Hot Dam; Sire: Hot Pretense Breeder: Wayne and Shannon Burwash Exhibitor: Sheldon W. Soderberg Owner: Wayne and Shannon Burwash, Calgary, AB

Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation 11th Zipa Dimension AQHA # 4259457 -- Sorrel Gelding 2002 Sire: Three Dimension Zip Dam: My Frosty Lynn Dam; Sire: Frosty Zipper Breeder: Sheldon W. Soderberg Exhibitor: Lindsay L. Soderberg Owner: Sheldon W. Soderberg, Red Deer, AB

Performance Halter Mares 19th Three D Western AQHA # 4614723 -- Sorrel Mare 2004 Sire: Dress Western Dam: Three D Jewel Dam; Sire: Three Dimension Zip Breeder: Brian J. Dick Exhibitor: Cindy Soderberg Owner: Susan Walsh, Calgary, AB

Team Penning 11th Crash Bandicoot 304 AQHA # 4532872 -- Bay Gelding 2004 Sire: Dual Pep Dam: Shesa Little Acorn Dam; Sire: Smart Little Lena Breeder: Billy Martin Exhibitor: Ken Krebsbach Owner: Grant and Cindy Sterling, Morinville, AB


Two-Year-Old Western Pleasure 12th Shes Suddenly Hot AQHA # 4838452 -- Bay Mare 2006 Sire: Rl Best Of Sudden Dam: Shesa Hot Cookie Dam; Sire: Zips Chocolate Chip Breeder: Stanley and/or Susan Scott Exhibitor: Donald J. Recchiuti Owner: Breanne J. Porter, Okotoks, AB Owner: Alicia Porter, Okotoks, AB Amateur Reining 14th Shiners Q Chex AQHA # 3963437 -- Palomino Stallion 2000 Sire: Shining Spark Dam: Bueno Q Nic Dam; Sire: Reminic Breeder: Carol Rose Exhibitor: Wendy Williams Owner: Donald Leach, Stony Plain, AB

Amateur Two-Year-Old Stallions 8th Ima Provocative Kid AQHA # 4765409 -- Sorrel Stallion 2006 Sire: Obviously Im Kiddin Dam: A Little Pizzaz Dam; Sire: Misters Razzledazzle Breeder: Andrea Fortkamp Exhibitor: Lori Knutson Owner: Lori Knutson, Lloydminster, SK

Congratulations to all the Canadians who qualified and/or exhibited at these three AQHA World Shows. You made all us crazy “Canucks” very proud of you!

EQ Trails Association – Preserve the Right to Ride! By Barbel Newell The EQ Trail Riders club was born November 16, 2007; although in 2008 we revised the name from EQ Trail Riders to EQ Trails Association, as this name represents more accurately what the club stands for. The following is quoted from the constitution: The purpose of the association shall be: a) to advocate for the continued use of equines on trails by working with all levels of government, tenure holders, recreational organizations and other trail users; b) to build and maintain trails, trailheads, camps and other facilities for equine use; c) to promote environmental awareness, safety and courtesy on trails by equestrians and all other trail users, d) to accept, acquire and raise resources to accommodate the objectives of the association. Anybody, riders and non riders, who wish to see trails established and maintained for generations to come, is welcome to join this club. We currently have 22 members and many showed up for the volunteer days last year. Our Executive consists of: President Leo Lenglet; Secretary Carolyn Hegberg; Treasurer and Skimikin Liaison Shirley Bates; and Directors Leah Whitehead, Ethel Raymond and Wendy Holfeld. Gerry Whitehead volunteered to produce a quarterly newsletter. The club was awarded stewardship of the Skimikin Equestrian campsite west of Salmon Arm by the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Arts (MTCA). Under the leadership of Shirley Bates and Leo Lenglet, the club maintained and improved the camp and the 100 km of trails surrounding it. Trails are now marked and mapped. The club is affi liated with the Shuswap Trail Alliance, which is a large group of dedicated volunteers, spearheaded by Phil McIntyre-Paul. It establishes and maintains trails around the Shuswap for multiple activities such as hiking and mountain biking besides horseback riding. In 2008 we conducted the annual Skimikin spring clean up; co-hosted the BC Competitive Trail Riders and Endurance Riders Association of BC rides which were staged in July and August respectively; and did the fall clean-up at the recreation site. Our association was represented at the Rainbow Trails near

Merritt; Haller Trail northwest of Clinton; Outdoor Recreation Council AGM in Vancouver; and the BCCTRA ride at 99 Mile. We cleared trails in South Canoe, Larch Hills and Mts. Rose/ Swanson. EQ Trails members after they cleaned up the Shirley and Skimikin campsite and trails close by. Carolyn hiked the (l to r): Ethel Raymond, Shirley Bates, Gerry Whitehead, Wendy Holfeld, Carolyn Hegberg mountains on the and Ardel Krogh; on the truck are Ernie Smith south side of Turtle and Shawnee Venables. Valley to plot a trail connecting the Charcoal Creek FSR to Butler Road in the Chase Creek area. Our Association has been well represented at the tables of the Shuswap Trail Alliance and Larch Hills Non-winter Use Co-management Committee. Leo Lenglet promoted trails as a director of the Chase and District Chamber of Commerce.” For information on the EQ Trails Association phone Shirley Bates 250 835-4496 or Leo Lenglet 250-679-4490.

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Riders admiring the view over Skimikin Lake to the distant Shuswap Lake. • 49

On to Greener Pastures…

Goodbye to our Smokey Smokey left our world on November 20 to be in a better one. God bless his soul. Amanda got Smoky just before her third birthday and Christmas 2002. She rode the trails with us and he took really good care of her. In November 2003, Smokey and Amanda were our mascots for the poster of our First Annual Poker Ride & Christmas Hamper Society and had been on that poster to this year. In Spring 2004, Smoky started giving riding lessons to kids of all ages and really enjoyed it. He was a very safe horse to be around and had been giving lessons ever since. In October 2005, Amanda and Smokey rode for 4 hours from our place to the President’s Day Ride and back home. May 2006, Amanda rode Smokey for the first time in the Mountain Parade Festival in Maple Ridge. In June 2006, Smokey and Amanda made the newspaper once again to represent the Haney Horseman’s Association for the Opening Ceremony of the Trans Canada Trail Challenge. Amanda and Smokey rode lots over the years, doing work for maintaining the trails around the Maple Ridge area and going camping and swimming. Smokey really enjoyed being around his other pals (Kamana, Ruby and Petit Prince), but being the happiest around Amanda. He is a big loss to this community. We will dearly miss him. – Manon, Amanda and Larry St-Onge, Maple Ridge, BC

We had to say good-bye to our sweet soul Morgan mare on January 13 (28 years); when we had to put the old rescued mare down due to severe colic. Ironically, I had found a poem online about rescue horses the day before (when she was well) and copied it with plans of sending it to Saddle Up. I still think it is worth a read and maybe makes the heartbreak a little easier to take. – Thank you, Sheila Sperling & Deb Wolveson, Vernon, BC. Following is something I think everyone should read. Those who take in an “unwanted” or “rescue” horse should read it every day.

THE MEANING OF RESCUE Now that I am home, bathed, settled, and fed, all nicely tucked in my warm new bed, I’d like to open my baggage. Lest I forget there is so much to carry, so much to regret. Hmm… yes, there it is, right on the top. Let’s unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss. And there by my halter hides fear and shame. As I look on these things I tried so hard to leave, I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.

I loved them, the others, the ones who left me. But I wasn’t good enough for they didn’t want me. Will you add to my baggage? Will you help me unpack? Or will you just look at my things and send me right back? Do you have the time to help me unpack? To put away my baggage… to never turn back? I pray that you do, I’m so tired, you see. But I do come with baggage… will you still want me?

I’d like to leave you with a quote: “We are responsible forever for that which we tame.” French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote that in his novella, “The Little Prince.” That was back in 1943. 50 • Saddle Up • February 2009

West Coast Thunder Style!

By Joan Klucha

The West Coast Thunder Drill Team is an action-packed, rodeo lovin’ group of women from the Fraser Valley that have come together to form a tight-knit social group with one common thread and that is… … to have fun providing entertainment to local rodeos throughout Vancouver Island, the Fraser Valley and the Interior of British Columbia. Their love of horses and rodeos is what drew them to become members of the team and come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are full-time moms, others work nine to five and some are a few years out of high school. The 2008 season went off with a great big bang with the girls opening up rodeos such as the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo, Ashcroft and District Rodeo, Falkland Stampede and the Kamloops Pro Rodeo where they received a standing ovation for their flawless, energized performance. Even the pouring rain and splashing mud at the Chilliwack Rodeo didn’t dampen their spirits as they performed to a hardy crowd. The year ended with a high-speed precision performance at the Mane Event in Chilliwack which again drew a standing ovation. At every rodeo the girls carry West Coast Thunder team flags as well as the flags from sponsors, country and province, and open the rodeos with their grand entry performance. As the girls burst into the arena during grand entry -- to the aptly fitting ACDC song “Thunderstruck” -- you would almost expect to see bolts of lightening as they yeehaw and cheer each other on

the entire way around the arena. Once the national anthems begin the energy keeps on growing as drill team member Carolyn Grace continues to “wow” the crowd as she sings both the Canadian and American anthem – acappella -- atop her buckskin mount Mocha. At halftime during the rodeo the team returns to do their drill performance to songs from Johnny Cash and Big and Rich. The 10 months of training pays off and they ride as good as they look. With glittered shirts and chaps the girls’ routine resembles a graceful dance as they ride atop their surefooted horses through the synchronized manoeuvres. The top priorities to join the team are attitude, professionalism and maturity and it shows, especially during the practices which are held every Thursday night at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. The backbone of West Coast Thunder Drill team is the coach, Tanya MacDonald. Without her there would be no graceful perfection in the “wedding band” nor would tricky maneuvers such as the “four-way, “suicide gate” and “bridal arch” look effortless. During every performance every girl is not only aware of where she needs to be but every other girl on the team as well. Let’s not forget about the horses. These animals are no slackers as the drill performance

itself last almost 10 minutes and often the horses are at a full gallop. They are of sound body and mind. Without a fit and healthy horse it would be impossible to maintain the agility and speed necessary to perform each drill routine and keep the riders safe. The team is made up of 16 riders and new members are encouraged throughout the year. Tryouts are in November and during this time the coach and seasoned drill members assess not only the horses’ ability to ride in close quarters with other horses, but the potential new team members’ ability as well. Training lasts almost five months and during that time every horse and rider has the ability to become better if there is ever a question or concern. Along with husbands and boyfriends of the drill members, first year members’ help out with the ground crew which, is an essential part of the team. Ground crew is responsible for helping decorate the horses and help the girls get ready for the performances by adjusting chaps, hats, shirts and last minute safety checks such as on cinches and reins. Being a non-profit group, seasonal sponsorship is a big part of the West Coast Thunder Drill Team. They would not be able to entertain the rodeo crowds as they do if they did not receive financial support from their sponsors. If you wish to experience the razzle dazzle energy and excitement of this drill team at your next event -- be it a rodeo or local parade or wish to be a sponsor -- visit their new website www. I am sure these cowgirls would love to whoop it up with you West Coast Thunder style! The girls getting ready to go into the arena with Tanya our coach in blue leading the way... • 51

The Interior Cutting Horse Association (ICHA) The ICHA completed a successful 2008 season with their Year End Awards Banquet and Dance held November 8, 2008 in Kamloops, BC. 2008 ICHA Year End Results: Open - Jerry Rath / Wickys Smart Play $2000 Novice Horse Open - Jerry Rath / Wickys Smart Play $2000 Novice Horse Non Pro - Stan Brandt / I’m An Honor Too Green Horse Open - Jean Fothergill / DFL Fancy Freckle $750 Progressive Horse - Lee Poncelet / Lena’s Smart Legacy Ranch Horse - Katie Kosinsky / Cut A Classy Playboy Non Pro - Stan Brandt / I’m An Honor Too $750 Progressive Rider - Tara Tracy / Lena’s Smart Legacy $350 Novice Rider - Jim Rhodes / HFL Genuine Fox Nervous Novice - Abby MacNeish / Sonitas Mist Youth - Tom’s Not Tuckered

interest and enjoyment in the sport of cutting. In addition, we maintain the priority to encourage new membership for beginners, novice horses and novice riders to the sport. The ICHA would like to thank our many Sponsors and supporters of the 2008 season. We hope to see you out at the shows in 2009! For questions, or more information please feel free to contact: President, Grant Beyer at 250-319-0201, or email the Secretary, Sue Rath at

By Abby MacNeish

$350 Novice Rider Jim Rhodes & HFL Genuine Fox. Photo courtesy of Tracy Allen.

The ICHA is a group of cutting horse enthusiasts whose goal is to keep

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club Vintage Riders Equestrian Club (VREC) is a gathering together of horse riders and horse owners within the Fraser Valley to explore and offer all forms of horsemanship. With less importance placed on competition and more emphasis on fun and enjoyment of our horses and learning new skills. Creating an opportunity where horsemen and women can share their knowledge and skills in a non-judgmental environment. At a recent meeting, the Vintage Riders Equestrian Club 2008 Member of the Year Trophy was presented to executive member Lisa MacBurney in acknowledgment of her outstanding contribution to the club in 2008. We are thrilled to announce that VREC has raised $2017.77 for an organization called “The Brooke,” by selling wrist bracelets with the slogan “for the love of horses” ~ the Club’s motto. The Brooke is an international organization that provides free veterinarian care and education for owners of working horses, mules and donkeys in third world countries. More information about the club can be found at www. or through The Brooke at 52 • Saddle Up • February 2009

By Susan Arkwright

VREC also raised in excess of $500 for the care of the four remaining starving horses that were found in the 2000 block of 208th Ave in midDecember; plus two of the horses are now being fostered at a member’s farm. Upcoming Meetings: * Tuesday, February 17, General Meeting. Guest Speaker: Maureen Walters, Equine Canada Rider Program. * Tuesday, March 17, General Meeting. Guest Speaker TBC, re Field Management with LEPS Our meetings take place at St. Andrews United Church in Fort Langley. They start at 7:00 p.m., are free for members or a $10 drop-in fee for non members (with credit to membership of $52). Those interested are welcome to attend. For more information please contact Susan Arkwright at susan_arkwright@ or visit

Trophy Winner Lisa MacBurney (on right) presented by Susan Arkwright, Club President and 2007 Trophy winner.

(l to r) Members of Vintage Riders Executive: Kim Smith, Lisa MacBurney, Lilian Ewen, Bonnie Emmanuels, Karen MacGregor, Reta Eddleston, Rita Rawstron, Susan Arkwright.

North Okanagan Rodeo Club

A Happy Year to all! Things seem to be in full swing again with many upcoming events. Our Annual General Meeting will be held Feb 11th at 7:00 pm at The Pantry (32nd Street, Vernon). Hopefully we will see some new faces! As well, the club is busy getting ready for our upcoming Spring Break March Tune up Clinic (March 14 and 15th).

By Eva Cassidy

Clinicians are accomplished College level and CPRA level instructors. We have Chad Evenson and Rod Spiers instructing the Team/Calf and Breakaway Roping. 2006 Calgary Stampede $100,000 Winner Joleen Seitz will be instructing the Barrel Racing. Haley Keenan will be instructing Goat tying and Poles/Stakes. *Note Ladies: Barrel Racing instruction is open to adults as well!

For information contact: Vern or Mona Elliott at 250-545-0458 or email: or Call Lee Fennell at 250-546-8059 / Eva Cassidy at 250-545-8081. Looking forward to another great rodeo season! • 53

Customer Appreciation 2008 at The Henry’s!

By Abby MacNeish

Photos by Kelly Livingstone

Doug and Kristine Henry of Armstrong, BC hosted a Customer Appreciation Day at their arena on September 27th. The day’s festivities consisted of a Team Roping Jackpot, a 3-Event Team Challenge, and a Baron of Beef Dinner. Team Roping Results Open Jackpot 1st Ralph Bischoff & Doug Henry 2nd Sandy Budgen & Ralph Bischoff #5 Jackpot 1st Doug Henry & Kristine Henry 2nd Robert Diehl & Homer Alexis 3rd Ralph Bischoff & Kristine Henry

Team Doctoring

The 3-Event Team Challenge Results Team Penning, Team Doctoring, Barrel Race 1st Place Team - Grant Beyer, Gord Detta & Kristine Henry

Doug & Kristine would like to thank all that attended this fun day and hope to see everyone in the spring. The Henry’s host team roping practices and clinics at their arena when the weather permits. If you are interested in the sport of team roping, please feel free to contact them by email dallyup2@ or by phone 250-546-6494.

Grant Beyer

Doug Henry

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Diane Marshall

Scott Livingstone & Doug Henry

Armstrong Heading Horse Places 2nd at Canada’s First Team Roping Futurity and Sale By Abby MacNeish On Aug. 28, 2008, Team Roping Canada held its first Team Roping Futurity and Sale in conjunction with its 2008 fi nals held at the Cow Palace in Olds, AB. The event boasted $15,000 added prize money from Wild Cat Ranch and was judged by Dave Fraser of Alberta and Gary Putman of Idaho. The futurity was open to four- and five-year old horses and the horses were allowed to compete in heading, heeling, or both. The event consisted of five runs; a combination of judged and scored. Horses were judged in five categories: 1) Approach and entry to the box -- Horse should ride to box relaxed without avoiding approach. Horse should go in, turn around, back into corner and be positioned. 2) Attitude in box -- Horse must stand quietly and relaxed in corner, leave off rider’s hand and not lunge out of the corner. 3) Break, run and rate -- Horse should break flat from the corner, pay no attention to rope barrier, run hard to position and rate the steer once they have reached desired position. 4) Set and handle -- Horse should widen and set steer. Once steer is roped, must not drop shoulder or drift down arena. 5) Face -- Horse must face on the forehand and back into rope, helping to take out slack in ropes. Dazzle That Splash, a five-year-old AQHA gelding owned by Doug and Kristine Henry, of Armstrong, BC, placed second in the heading division out of 30 entries. Dazzle That Splash was trained by Doug Henry, shown by Ralph Bischoff of Celista, BC, and assisted by Rayanne Irving of Langley, BC. During the competition, Todd Gallais of Alberta heeled behind Dazzle That Splash. In addition to his second place win, Dazzle That Spash was the second highest selling heading horse in the futurity sale. Highest selling heading horse was Trigger, a palomino gelding owned by Harold Gertner. Highest selling heeling horse was Doc Oleanas Skidder, owned by Justin Potts, and second highest heeling horse was Miracle C Rouge owned by Keith Lashmore.

Reserve champion heading horse, Dazzle That Splash, shown by Ralph Bischoff. Heeler, Todd Gallais. Picture taken by Leah McFadden.

Heading results: owner/horse Rory Paton/BSR Butlers Sails; 599 points; $5,730.00 Doug Henry/Dazzle That Splash; 598 points; $4,298.00 Dave O’ Donnell/Slice; 571 points; $2,865.00 Heeling results: owners/horse Glen Flewelling/Juan Smokin Sailor; 630 points; $5,507.00 Glen Flewelling/Z Bar Frosty Chev; 630 points; $4,340.00 Bill Manness/Chexed Black; 594 points; $3,338.00

Doug Henry has been invited to be one of the judges for Team Roping Canada’s next futurity and sale that will be held on March 27, 2009, at the Claresholm Agriplex in Claresholm, AB. More information on this upcoming event, including entry details, can be found on-line at • 55

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club Update It looks like it’s going to be an exciting year for the Okanagan Miniature Horse Club! OMHC Annual General Meeting was held January 17th with 17 members and 2 youth in attendance. The 2009 Executive is: President: Barb Aschenmeier Vice President: Joan Cunningham Treasurer: Ann Iceton Secretary: Anna Dewolff Directors: Katie Iceton, Pat Goodliffe, Dan & Laura McInroy Membership: Judy Aschenmeier (Welcome Home Judy!) Newsletter: Elizabeth Albrecht Email correspondence: Anna Dewolff Photo Co-ordinator & Saddle Up: Melanie Russo Website: okclubinfo.htm We would like to thank Peanut Simpson and Brenda Guedesse for their contribution to OMHC and wish them both all the best in their future endeavours. The Show Committee has been busy organizing our Okanagan Classic AMHA & AMHR Sanctioned Shows, June 25-28,

lining up 2008 AMHA World Show Judge, Cindi Carlson (California), 2009 AMHA World Judge, Sid Hutchcraft (Florida) & Miniature Horse Showman and Judge Frank Parker (Washington). With over 120 horses showing from all over western Canada, the 2008 OMHC A&R Shows made for some great competition. 2009 looks like it’s going to be even better! Katie Iceton is organizing a Combined Driving Clinic, tentatively scheduled for the fourth weekend in May. Anna Dewolff and Melanie Russo are organizing the Spring Start Up clinic for OMHC members only. Plans are to equip members to be the best they can be in 2009! Judy Aschenmeier will take care of membership. Anna Dewolff will continue to distribute email correspondence. It was agreed that we would continue to meet 7 p.m. at the Armstrong Chamber of Commerce, the third Saturday of January, April, June, August and October. Members agreed that the Meet the Minis & Demo day at O’Keefe Ranch was so much fun, we’ll be doing it again on June 16th. Please visit the BC Miniature Horse web site for membership forms,


By Melanie Russo

sponsorship enquiries and our new PO Box mailing address. OMHC Mini-Related Important Dates: (For Contact info see Saddle Up’s What’s Happening? Let’s Go!) March - TBA – OMHC Members only Spring Start Up Clinic, Armstrong, BC April 18 - OMHC Meeting 7 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong, BC May 9 - OMHC Fundraiser Show, IPE grounds, Armstrong, BC May 10 – Clinic TBA, Armstrong, BC May 16 - OMHC Miniature Horse Club Demo Day at O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon, BC May - TBA - Combined Driving Event, Vernon, BC May 29-31 - Interior MHC AMHA & AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Prince George, BC June 5-7 - Wild Rose Miniature Horse AMHA/ AMHR Sanctioned Show, Olds, AB June 13-14 - BC Miniature Horse Spring Classic AMHA Show, Cloverdale, BC June 20 - OMHC Meeting 7 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong, BC June 25-26 - OMHC Okanagan Classic AMHA Sanctioned Show, Armstrong, BC June 27-28 - OMHC Okanagan Classic AMHR Sanctioned Show, Armstrong August 15 - OMHC Meeting 7 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong, BC Sept 2-6 - Interior Provincial Exhibition, Armstrong, BC Sept 11-13 - Salmon Arm Fair, Salmon Arm, BC Oct 17 - OMHC Meeting 7 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong, BC

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BC Competitive Trail Riders Association Update With BCCTRA’s AGM held in Chilliwack on October 17th, some exciting changes were brought to the club! Three rule changes were put forth by members and all were discussed at length. The first rule change is one that competitors will need to be very aware of. The old rule was: Protective head gear is mandatory for junior riders and strongly recommended for all competitors. The rule has been changed to: ASTM approved head gear is mandatory for all riders while mounted or they will be disqualified. This rule comes after a year of many head injuries in the local horse community, some of which were more than just a bump on the noggin. The second rule change will help out in the ride managers department. The old rule was: Ties will not be broken. Additional ribbons will be ordered and presented for tie placing. It has been changed to: In order to break a tie in the placings, the closest optimal finish time will be used. This rule change will help

out in the finances of running a ride, as it gets very expensive to purchase individual ribbons as well as additional shipping. The third rule change is most exciting! BCCTRA is proud to be the first club in Canada to allow this next rule to pass! The old rule states: Horse shoeing is at the rider’s discretion and is usually recommended. Hoof boots can be worn throughout the ride. However, the boots and accessories must not rise up past the coronet band, and riders must pre and post vet without them on. Hoof boots must follow these guidelines or be disqualified. The rule has been changed to: Horse shoeing is at the rider’s discretion and is usually recommended. Hoof boots can be worn throughout the ride and if worn, riders must pre and post vet without them on to allow vets to record rubbing or chaffing marks. Hoof boots may be replaced for the trot out when vetting. In a nutshell, all riders must now wear helmets, ties will be broken and

DVD Review - The Path of the Horse A new DVD and Teleseminar Series look at how we are treating horses today and discover that perhaps we are not as enlightened as we think we are. The truth is not always easy to accept but the result of one woman’s efforts challenge us to make a change. Change is today’s buzz-word thanks to Barack Obama and when documentary fi lm maker Stormy May took a long, hard look at today’s horse world, she found that it flatters to deceive and is itself a prime candidate for change. After years of training horses, giving riding lessons and judging competitions, she realized that she and many others had

By Shannon Mayer

you may use hoof boots that rise above the coronet band. Due to this last and groundbreaking rule change, Cavallo Horse and Rider have chosen to officially sponsor BCCTRA! They will be helping to bring great prizes to the rides and help with our fundraising efforts. We are looking forward to this being a fantastic year out on the trails. Below is a tentative list to the rides for 2009. For all other information pertaining to BCCTRA, check out our website at April 4th - Nanaimo Schooling Ride April 18th - Fanny Bay Schooling Ride May 9th - CTR, Parksville/Qualicum June - CTR, Chemainus June 27th-28th - CTR, Giddy-Up Gogo, Nanaimo July 25th-26th - Pleasure Ride (Cariboo) Workshops & Overnighter August 15th-16th - CTR Cariboo Plateau September - Pleasure Ride, Skimikin Lake October 16th - AGM Friday night of the Mane Event

By Stormy May Productions

gone off course. What had happened to the beauty, majesty and freedom of horses she had dreamt of as a child? Disillusioned and in need of answers, she sold her ranch, packed her cameras and set out on a journey of selfdiscovery around the world to find the truth. What she discovered was at times quite shocking. She realized that the abuse handed out daily to horses is openly allowed and even encouraged. Had the values of our society become so out of alignment that this sort of behavior is considered normal? She knew there had to be better, more compassionate ways of handling horses. There had to be people out there trailblazing the way to a new era in horsemanship. What indeed could we learn from the horses themselves and their society? The result is the documentary DVD “The Path of the Horse,” an exposé of the horse world from an insider’s perspective, which has just been released to great acclaim. January sees the start of the “The Path of the Horse Teleseminar Series.” Subtitled

“Learn from today’s visionaries and teachers,” this series of 5 weekly, teleconference calls looks at the new paradigm in horsemanship and discusses the issues and solutions involved. This is a rare opportunity for people to put their questions to today’s thought leaders and visionaries in the horse world. For more information, to sign up for the Series and to ask a question, visit: http://www.thepathoft For additional information on the DVD and Series or to schedule an interview with any of the speakers, contact Mark Mottershead (see below). The DVD and MP3 recordings of the series can also be purchased from the website. Mark Mottershead, producer The Path of the Horse Teleseminar Series Tel: +49 240 679762 (GMT+1) Cell: +49 1777 096209 (GMT+1) • 57

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News Coming Events * Feb. 21, possible winter Cutter/Trail ride at Fort Assiniboine, AB. Contact Mike 780-699-5522. * Sunday, March 1, Alberta Donkey and Mule Club Annual Meeting, 1:30 p.m. at the Reynolds–Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin.

Showing front and back cinch placement with a hobble strap in between to keep the back cinch from sliding into the flank.

Fred Godberson submits the following article.

Mules Don’t Lie About Saddles I am writing this article for two reasons. First, I would like to share information with other mule owners with the hope that it will benefit some mule or donkey. And secondly, Marlene is twisting my arm and it is hurting. This saddle information is not intended to suggest that I know a lot about saddle making or that I think an adjustable or treeless saddle will satisfy all mules and trail riders. I do know these saddles will not work for roping or other ranch work. The information is based on my experience with our five saddle mules and eight donkeys. I do not have the equipment, skill or desire to make saddles for other riders, but I wish to share information with others. I hope this discussion will benefit some mule and rider. After riding my mule Dolly for five years and buying five saddles, including an Australian saddle, I started to understand Dolly’s message. I found that 58 • Saddle Up • February 2009

By Marlene Quiring

things were fine for two- or three-hour rides and for one day. With more hours and more consecutive days of riding, Dolly started showing signs of discomfort with head shaking, crow hopping and some white hair on her back. This was with the saddle placed two inches behind the shoulder blade in full extension and adding appropriate padding to compensate for the tree not fitting the mule’s back. I tried to make the saddle mirror the back of the mule. Other riders might have been able to get the saddles fitting better, but I gave it my best and Dolly did not agree. I started experimenting with adjustable cantles, flex panels and treeless saddles. In the end I rode five to seven hours each day with my latest treeless saddle for five consecutive days in July of 2005 at the Centennial Ride at the Suffield weapons range. Dolly was telling me that “riding is fun.” My seat also felt great, in fact my backside seemed better after a ride. The movement through this saddle was a gentle “bum massage.” Removing the rigid tree eliminated the primary pain maker of ill-fitting conventional saddles. Like most treeless saddles available I made my first with a solid pommel and cantle. It was made to fit one animal and did not compensate for changes in condition of my mule. I have read that the equine back can vary from day to day and from the start of a ride and the end. Also, research shows that pressure of more then 1-1/2 pounds per square inch chokes off blood circulation. If this pressure is exerted for more than 45 minutes, swelling, soreness and then white hair will result. My next saddle was made with an adjustable pommel. This required tools to adjust and I was always trying to get a better fit. A cantle and pommel with moveable joints were built and this showed considerable movement in the pommel. Without the joints the mule would have to experience pressure or have a thick pad to absorb movement.

The saddles I now use have a pommel and cantle made with glued up highdensity foam and cloth. This material will even hold a horn, but will flex. Double rigging, no hard material, cordura skirting and a leather seat has made a comfortable safe saddle for me and my mules and donkeys. I have found no problem with heat buildup on the mule’s back as I use a Dixie pad. I purchased this pad from Canadian Trail House at Devon. The pad is placed next to the mule and is designed to have air movement and keep sweat away from the saddle pad. The pad is only three-eights-inch thick and is built like a furnace fi lter. I usually use a thin PVC pad between the Dixie and the saddle but have ridden with only the Dixie and saddle. The saddle stays in place and it has enough stiffness so that the rider’s weight is spread over a large area. The sweat pattern looks good on all my animals because the saddle takes the shape of the animal’s back. After observing equine backs as they move, and having felt the movement while riding in a treeless saddle, I cannot see how a rigid saddle cannot cause discomfort and/or restrict movement even if it “fits.” Also, the treeless saddles only weigh 10 to 20 pounds. Most treeless saddles sold on eBay have solid pommels and do not have double rigging. This makes them unsuitable for most mules and riders. I had the pleasure of using a Bob Marshall sport saddle on my mule. It was a good fit and was a pleasure to ride with. This saddle did have a solid pommel and a back cinch. For mules and donkeys that do not fit the conventional mould of a rigid saddle, I think a treeless saddle will help. I would also like to stress the proper position of any saddle as suggested by Tim Barton. I have attended Tim’s saddle fitting clinics and also have his video. I will mention again that Tim wants the saddle tree two inches or more behind the movement of the shoulder blade. He also

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club, cont’d wants the back cinch behind the belly roll. This holds the saddle from moving forward. With this arrangement I find no breast collar and crupper is required in the mountains on my mule, Dolly. The position of the front cinch should be about four to six inches behind the elbow to prevent cinch sores and the back cinch should be attached to the front cinch to prevent it from moving too far back into the flank. Some treeless saddles have the cinch, and stirrup straps attached with Velcro and can be moved. I will try this on my next saddle if I can find some wide industrial quality Velcro. To give some credibility (joke) to this information, I would like to say that my wife Janice will not use one of my saddles. Janice feels more secure in a rigid saddle and she bought a “fit all” Steve Edward’s mule saddle. Steve Edwards

makes a saddle with a short tree with less curvature. The Edwards saddle does fit Janice’s mule better than her other saddle, but it does have some rock because the tree has more curvature than her mule’s back. We corrected this with foam padding on the front part of the bars. This also helped level the seat. A level seat is necessary for a comfortable ride with reduced knee and back strain. Janice’s mule Molly did tell me that she likes a treeless saddle better. This is right from the mule’s mouth. Happy Trails Fred Godberson,

Ken Knowles inducted into IAFE Hall of Fame At the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) 118th Annual Convention, Ken Knowles, president of Northlands in Edmonton, AB, was inducted into the IAFE Hall of Fame. The IAFE convention took place Dec. 15 to 18, 2008, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The highest honour bestowed by the IAFE, the Hall of Fame Award, is presented annually in recognition of an individual’s distinguished achievement in, or contribution to, the fair industry. Knowles began his fair career in 1970 as assistant manager of midway concessions at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. He later served as midway manager and, eventually, manager of racing. In 1977, he accepted the position of general manager at the Regina Exhibition Association. Knowles moved to Edmonton in 1985 and became assistant general manager with Northlands, then known as Northlands Park. He was responsible for the planning and marketing of Edmonton’s Klondike Days

Exposition, the Canadian Finals Rodeo, and Farmfair International. Knowles assumed the role of president in 1999. During his tenure as president, Northlands has benefited from numerous improvements including $150-million for the construction of additional trade show and conference space. Knowles has negotiated long-term agreements with key Northlands stakeholders, overseen revenues increase an average of 8 per cent annually for the past five years, and spearheaded corporate rebranding of Northlands Park to Northlands and rebranding of the fair from Klondike Days to Capital EX. Knowles is an active member of the fair industry. He served as president of the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (CAFE) in 1983 to 1984. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the association in 1988 and in 2001 was the recipient of the CAFE Roll of Honour. He is a regular attendee at the IAFE spring conferences and has attended nearly every IAFE annual convention

By Rebekah Lee

since the early 1970s. Knowles has served on numerous committees, the IAFE board of directors and as chair of the IAFE in 2004. Committed to giving back to his community, Knowles currently serves as chair of the Caritas Hospitals Foundation, committee member of the Alberta government’s brand advisory group, director on the board of EdatantWorks, member of the citizen committee for Expo 2017 and member of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. He previously served the United Way campaign for capital region, the Edmonton and capital region tourism partnership council, the Edmonton events advisory committee, the downtown development corporation and McMan youth family and community services. Knowles and his wife Kathy have two daughters, one granddaughter and two grandsons. Outside of his dedication to family and community involvements, Knowles is an avid golfer and enjoys a wide variety of sports. • 59

Peachland Riding Club Update 2008 has proven to be an exciting year with some amazing accomplishments. We hosted and participated in a Little Britches and High School Rodeo, 6 Gymkhanas, 2 Parades, and hundreds of volunteer hours of upgrades which included a new announcer’s building, Cowboy Church services and a great Year- end Banquet. To our riders, thank-you for a wonderful season. It was truly a pleasure to see all riders improve at every level and watch each of you grow in your relationships with your horse(s). I want to acknowledge our executive, Michelle Pastor, Vicky Szulinsky, Darlene Pappas for your leadership and service, to our directors, Sandy Chevallier, Diana Chevallier, Teresa Sorenson, Lyle Pastor for making this a successful season. All of you make a great team, and it takes a team to bring all of this together each year. 2009 is already shaping to be another year of great events. In March we are hosting a Pole clinic, High School Rodeo in May and many more events in conjunction with Peachland’s 100th anniversary. I also want to introduce to you our new executive, Trecho Demattos, Debbie Craig, Vicky Szulinsky and Darlene Pappas. I am looking forward to the New Year with all of you. Here is a list of our 2008 winners… congratulations to all winners. 2008 Year End Awards Seniors 1 Janine Blacklock 2 Amanda Capuano 3 Tina Brodzniak 4 Holly Dickenson 5 Jen Miller 6 Sandy Lewis

Junior C 1 Ally Sorenson 2 Courtney Demattos 3 Alysha Pastor 4 Kallie Perrion 5 Jaycee McQueen

Junior A 1 Kristy Forsyth 2 Micaela Gibson

Junior D 1 Darby Ensign 2 Alana Ensign 3 Dori Szulinsky 4 Joelle Szulinsky

Junior B 1 Jessie Bates 2 Amanda Dickenson 3 Brianna Pastor 4 Shay Sutherland

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By Blair Bates

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association BC Interior Arabian Horse Association President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 Secretary / Webpage Editor: Sean Newton 250-546-8088 Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-832-4111 Flying Carpet: Deborah Mikkelsen 250-548-3899 Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 and/or Cheryl Johnson Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145

Lots of happy winners at our recent awards banquet.

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s. The unexpected cold snap gave Sammy and I too long of a break which was obvious at our lesson on Wednesday. We were both huffing and puffing; it’s amazing how fast we get out of shape, ha ha! Realizing I had not paid my membership dues yet I thought I would post the info for others who may be new to our area or new to the Arabian breed. If anyone has any further questions about membership check out the BCIHA web site. - Take care, Alaina

2009 BCIAHA Membership Contact: Dani Goldenthal The BC Interior Arabian Horse Association represents Arabian horse owners from the North Okanagan/ Shuswap, South Okanagan, Kootenays, and Thompson & Nicola Valleys. However AHA or AHYA Affi liate memberships are welcomed no matter where you are located. BCIAHA is proud to host the oldest (and one of the most fun) Arabian

BCIAHA Membership (local club ONLY):

AHA Affiliate Membership (local club & Arabian Horse Association):

AHA Affiliate Membership + Competitions Card: (local club & Arabian Horse Association)

horse shows in BC ~ The Arabian Encampment ~ each year in May, which includes the only Region 5 Qualifying show in our province. We are also one of the first AHA clubs to host the new Arabian Community Shows within our area… fun, entry level shows that are family oriented and affordable.

Includes a subscription to Saddle Up Magazine for our Flying Carpet newsletter published monthly, participation in the Recreational Riding Program (*if you are in the club’s geographical area, refer to revised RRP rules), reduced rates for clinics, organized rides, the awards banquet and any other special functions put on by the club.

Access to the members only sections of the Arabian Horse Association website, member communication emails to keep you current on AHA, free participation in AHA Incentive Riding Programs: Open Event Incentive Program, Frequent Rider Program, Competitive Distance Program, and a free subscription to Arabian Horse Magazine. *Plus BCIAHA membership benefits.

The AHA Competition Card is required for individual members (adult and youth) who compete, members who own horses that compete, or members who participate in AHA award programs. This includes AHA recognized shows and endurance and competitive trail rides.

Adult ~ $30.00 Youth ~ $20.00

Adult ~ $60.00 Youth ~ $30.00

Adult ~ $85.00 Youth ~ $42.00

Disciplines from endurance, breed showing, dressage, recreational riding and more are represented by the broad cross section of our members and BCIAHA strives to offer programs that appeal to each of our members no matter what their interest. A BIG CONGRATULATIONS AND WARM WISHES to Cori and Steve Wilson of Kelowna on the upcoming birth of their first child; due on June 25th!! Cori is the owner of Shy Gayfeen. • 61

Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club At our year-end Awards Banquet, the following were our 2008 winners. Leadline: High Point - Kaj Reigert Runner Up - Sierra Hall Pee Wee: High Point - Caitlyn McDuff Runner Up - Lorra-Lee Hall 3rd Place - Brenna Pitman 4th Place - Tricia Hall 5th Place - Maren Reigert Juniors: High Point - Danielle Hall on Sas Runner Up - Danielle Hall on Mac Ladies 1D: High Point - June Gola Runner Up - Jeanie VanDenHam 3rd Place - Bev Hall Ladies 2D: High Point - Daphne Reigert

Ladies 3D: High Point - Kelly Mezzatesta Runner Up - Shannon Johnson 3rd Place - Krysta Pitman 4th Place - Zystra-Starr Artz 5th Place - Linda Neifer Fun Year End Prizes: Most Improved Rider: Pee Wee - Maren Reigert Ladies - Bev Hall Most Improved Horse and Rider Combo: Tricia Hall Best Rock Picker: Kelly Mezzatesta Most Tortured Dads/Hubbies: Mark Hall, Owen Riegert, and Clayton Van Den Ham Best Bareback Ride of the Year: Danielle Hall on Sas Best Buck of the Year: Brenna Pitman

Who invented the toothbrush? A Redneck (if it had been invented by anyone else, it would have been called a teeth brush)

A Heartfelt Thank You I wanted to share with Saddle Up readers my success story and say thanks to so many who gave me great advice. A couple of years ago I had an incident with my mare. She was in with the regular other two, but for some reason my gelding decided to lose it in a smaller space. He had done this once before when he first arrived with my mare. Because she doesn’t fight back, it gets really ugly, and they had spent a year together so I didn’t think this would be a problem anymore. But once again he chased her when I wasn’t there to see it. We had gone to pick up a new horse and felt it better to move them away from the fence when he arrived so we put them in a corral in the back with some hay to eat and all seemed well. When we returned she wasn’t coming to greet me and I knew something was wrong. The poor girl was bleeding all over from bite marks, and couldn’t walk. Her left front was not bearing much weight. We slowly moved her into a stall. After calling Jay Thurgood, my vet, I learned she had a broken coffin bone. Not good. It was a very painful injury, and something had to be done right away. We either had to call a farrier that knew how 62 • Saddle Up • February 2009

By Bev Hall

REDNECK-a-PALOOZA! June 13, 2009 This is a fundraiser, hosted by the GIT ‘ER DONE! Gymkhana Club. All proceeds are for non-profit local clubs. If your club or organization would like to participate and benefit with an event, game and/or booth with a Redneck Theme please get a hold of us or call 250-5773154, 250-371-4899. Booths and advertisements are also available to businesses who wish to be sponsors for Redneck-a-Palooza 09! We are looking for sponsors for this zany event. Without sponsors we cannot do this event justice! We need your help!

By Mary Gould

to put a special shoe on, or put her down. I felt very guilty as I waited to call a vet thinking she reinjured the same leg she sprained earlier. So after the thumbs up from my husband, we decided to try to fi x her up, which was a long shot for her at 18 years old. You people that have had horses forever probably think I’m nuts, but I had to wait until I was in my mid-40s to get my first pony and this was devastating for me. Jay was able to obtain a farrier, Mike, who I have come to learn is one of the best, one that I would not have been able to obtain on my own. They worked together nicely, and Mike had just had a three-year-old horse with the same problem that was completely healed and able to do everything again. But they were doubtful about her age. No one had spent the money to find out if this would work that they knew of. Farriers that know how to do this are very busy, so if this happens to you, use your veterinarian. He made a real effort to save me money where he could, by meeting the farrier at the fairgrounds thus saving me a house call. The price was reasonable and it did cost money, but I must say not all upfront, was spread over different visits. If anyone

seems to be able to get to the source of the problem quickly, Jay’s your man and I give him credit. And it has never cost thousands to diagnose that I know of. So after a year and a bit, thanks to my vet Jay from Shuswap Vet Clinic and Mike from Interior Farrier Service she is almost as good as new. Their faces looking at the X-rays was something I’ll never forget. Happiness and disbelief would probably sum it up nicely. And considering how severe the break was going up to the joint, it didn’t look like arthritis was going to be an issue. So I really owe thanks to Jay (vet), Mike (farrier) and friends Stewart, Jack M., Rhonda R. and Jody D. for their great advice about trailering to appointments, stalling, wrapping legs and moral support. Why don’t you thank someone who has done something special for you? Maybe the clerk you stand in line for at the grocery store, or someone you think deserves it. I think it’s better than any card or coffee mug, and this thank you is long overdue!

Pine Tree Riding Club KAMLOOPS, BC Newsletter contact: Meghan

E-mail: Club contact: Debi 250-851-9256 So here we are at the start of another year. I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season, spending it with the ones that you love and care about. With the start of a New Year comes new goals and dreams. I hope that everyone has at least one that they can work towards. I have a few, some may seem a little unrealistic, but I think that if you want something bad enough the work to reach it is well worth it. Just to remind everyone this is the last issue of Saddle Up that you will receive in the mail. Get your membership form and fees in by February 14 to be able to receive the enjoyment of Saddle Up delivered right to your house (or mailbox!). As we are talking memberships, don’t forget about the membership and playday entry contests. Get yours in by February 27 to have a chance at a free 2009 membership and your entries free for the 2009 playdays. The winners will be drawn at the March 8 meeting. Check the website for more information. Also check the website www. for more information on the March 8th Spring Social and Royalty competition. Jo at 250374-8627 or Krista at 250-571-2102 will also be able to answer any questions that you may have.

2009 Dates April 12 Playday May 10 Playday June 6 & 7 Annual Show August 16 Playday September 13 Playday October 4 Playday

Thank you to our… 2008 PTRC SPONSORS Community Hero TD Excavating

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Silver Elisabeth Daburger Emco Corp. Trisha Zielke Beautiful U Kamloops Large Animal Vet Sigzag Design

Bronze Gail Pierce Happy Valley Foods Joyan Fraser Bill Switzer • 63

BC Cutting Horse Association 2009 Board of Directors President: Wendell Stoltzfus 250-378-2908 Vice Pres: Kevin Tienkamp 250-546-9156 Secretary: Lynn Graham 250-374-8882 Mary Lynn Zirnhelt Les Timmons Sue Majeau Ken Hartley Roger Smeeton Bob Zirnhelt Val Martin Wendy Garrard

On January 17, 2009 we held our Annual General Meeting and Awards Night at the Coast Canadian Inn, Kamloops. We had a good turnout for our AGM and it was great to have the folks from the coast join us. Many things were discussed and decided for the upcoming year. There will be shows added at a couple of new venues- more info next month. Looks like another exciting year of cutting ahead. Please contact any of the Directors or Secretary for more info.

Email Address: Web Site Area 20

B C Cutting Horse Association 2008 Champions Open Champion – TH Freckles, O/Roger & Cheri Smeeton, Kamloops, BC; R/Rick Hook Res Champ - Mr I’ll Be Smart, O/Barrie Cline, Kamloops, BC; R/Les Timmons 3rd Place - Right On CD, O/R Cub Wright, Okotoks, Alta. Non Pro Champion - Bob Zirnhelt, Kamloops, BC Res Champ - Mary Lynn Zirnhelt, Kamloops, BC 3rd Place - Bob Threlfall, 100 Mile House, BC 50,000 Amateur Champion - Wendell Stoltzfus, Merritt, BC Res Champs - Doug Wiens, Chilliwack, BC; Scott Wardley, Okotoks, Alta. 20,000 Non Pro Champion – Sue Majeau, Langley, BC Res Champ - Roger Smeeton, Kamloops, BC 3rd Place – Patti Magrath, Chilliwack, BC 10,000 Amateur Champion - Darlene Wardley, Okotoks, Alta Res Champ - Gwen Mcmeekin, Alhambra, Alta 3rd Place – Robert Magrath, Chilliwack, BC 10,000 Novice Horse Champion - DFL Hickadixie Chick, O/Zirnhelt Cutting Horses, Kamloops, BC Res Champ – Golden Ohyes Mate, O/Shirley Telford, Merritt, BC; R/ Rick Hook 3rd Place – Smart O Man, O/Cayley Wilson/Blair Visser, Abbotsford, BC; R/Cayley Wilson 3,000 Novice Horse Champion – River Jazz, O/Norm & Sue Majeau, Langley, BC; R/ Kevin Tienkamp Res Champ – DFL Hickadixie Chick, O/Zirnhelt Cutting Horses, Kamloops, BC; R/Bob Zirnhelt 3rd Place – Ha Chicks Guitar, O/Andrea Delwo, Kamloops, BC; R/Les Timmons 10,000 Novice Horse / Non Pro Champion – Prettiest Mate Yet, O/Mary Lynn Zirnhelt; R/ Mary Lynn Zirnhelt 64 • Saddle Up • February 2009

Res Champ – HFL Ultimate Cross, O/Zirnhelt Cutting Horses; R/ Bob Zirnhelt 3rd Place – DFL Lil Mischa, O/R Patti Magrath, Chilliwack, BC 2,000 Limit Rider Champion – Deborah Anderson, Langley, BC Res Champ – Leanne Stoltzfus, Merritt, BC 3rd Place – Jeanie Wilson, Abbotsford, BC 4th Place – Shirley Telford, Merritt, BC 5th Palce – Norm Majeau, Langley, BC 3,000 Novice Horse / Non Pro Champion – HFL Ultimate Cross, O/Zirnhelt Cutting Horses, Kamloops, BC; R/Mary Lynn Zirnhelt Res Champ – DFL San Gold Holly, O/Zirnhelt Cutting Horses, Kamloops, BC; R/Bob Zirnhelt 3rd Place – River Jazz, O/Norm & Sue Majeau; R/ Sue Majeau, Langley,BC Sr Youth Champion – Laura Connell, Maple Ridge, BC Res Champ – Andrea Rudkin, Calgary, Alta 3rd Place – Carola Kreis, Big Lake, BC 4th Place – Emma Whitman, Kamloops, BC Jr Youth Champion – Maddison Stoltzfus, Merritt, BC Res Champion – Taylor Ross, Abbotsford, BC 3rd Place - Josie Pearce, Maple Ridge, BC 4th Place – Shaun Timmons, Kamloops, BC Jackpot Class Champions Two Handed Nov-Nov Champion – Blue Katsinic, O/High Kelly Ranch, Logan Lake, BC; R/ Robert Nault 2nd Place - Dash For Red Peppy, O/R Val Martin, Kamloops, BC 500 Ranch Horse Champion – Foxy Miss Betsy, O/R Lori Haywood-Farmer, Savona, BC Res Champ – CD Royal Rep, O/Rod Macdonald, Stump Lake, BC; R/ Les Timmons 500 Limit Rider Champion – Shirley Telford, Merritt, BC 2nd Place – Paulette Vike, Big Lake, BC

Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2008 President - Brenda Miskimmin VP - Ruth Moorby Secretary - Pat Carnegie Treasurer - Louise Abbott Directors: Madeline Bateman Brenna Mayer Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Karen Ellis June Melhuish Lynn Wallden

If everyone is ready for another fabulous year on the trails—check out the Events page of the website as there are lots of rides coming! Here are some highlights of each ride: Helldiver Resurrection – The only endurance ride on Vancouver Island is back by popular demand as the first ride of the season with a 50 mile ride to be held near Courtenay on April 11. CTR riders welcomed! Moulton Creek – The only multi-day ride in BC this year is a new ride to be held near Pritchard, with 30 and 50 mile rides on each of two days, April 25 and 26. Come check out the new trails both days! Rock Creek – Back again as a one-day ride on May 17 with a choice of 15, 30 or 50 miles. Everyone loves this ride site at the fairgrounds, complete with showers! Hosted by Kettle River Trail Association. Golden Ears – A very popular ride in the lower mainland, offering 22 and 50 mile distances through Golden Ears Park on June 13. The post-ride dinner may be your best meal of the year! Ride-Over-the-Rainbow – BC’s longest running endurance ride in its 20th consecutive year near Merritt on July 4! This is also BC’s only 100 mile ride, but 30 and 50 mile distances are also offered. It is the AHA Region 17 championship ride. The party around the campfire cheering on the 100 milers is legendary! Skimikin Lake – What more can you say about a ride camp right on the lake? This fabulous ride near Tappen just gets better every year. This is an AHA-recognized ride offering 22 and 50 mile distances on August 22. Westbank Rocker – This ride at the Telemark Ski Area has a great lodge for meetings, nice washroom facilities, and well-established trails that have been used almost as long as Rainbow’s. A superb season-ender that offers 22 and 50 mile distances on September 12. The looming ride season sure gives us all an incentive to get out there and have our horses conditioned on time! Note that volunteers are always welcome (as well as desperately required) and this is a great way to learn about the sport of endurance riding. All volunteers will receive free meals and accolades for each day they work. We encourage you to join or renew your ERABC membership: Senior membership is still only $20.00; Junior $12.50 (16 yrs and under); Family $40.00. If you belong to ERABC you usually get a $5.00 deduction on ride entries, newsletters, access to the Members Only section of the website, have cumulative lifetime mileage tracked, and are eligible for annual, provincial high point and mileage awards -- not to mention the great benefit of receiving a subscription to Saddle Up! Please visit for further information. The membership form and ride entry forms are on the website and we are listed in the club listings in the back of this issue.

Interested in Endurance Riding? WANTED Great people who like to ride all day! Endurance Riders Association of BC is looking for new people who love to spend time on the trail with their favourite equine partner. If you want to experience new trails, beautiful scenery and meet other enthusiastic trail riders, endurance may be the sport for you. All you need is any breed of equine 4+ years old, plus a keen desire to condition him/her to travel at least 5 mph (easy trot) over several miles of trail. You don’t need fancy tack or expensive clothing. You don’t have to race. In fact, for entry-level limited distance rides of 15 – 30 miles, you are encouraged to ride your own ride at your own pace. Completing with a happy horse that is fit to continue should be your goal. For more information on what endurance riding is all about including newbie tips visit our website at Like other distance riding organizations, ERABC is a growing club right now. With so many new riders getting into the sport, ride managers will be taking extra time to be sure that everyone knows what is expected of them on ride day. At the ride briefing on the night before a ride there is always time for questions, and a mentor can be arranged upon request. After the ride, it’s time to socialize and enjoy the awards dinner – if you completed the distance within the maximum time allowed you will receive an award. If your horse is really fit, you might pick up a “high veterinary score” award too! One great way to learn about the sport is to volunteer to help at an endurance ride (any ride manager would love to hear from you). But sometimes the best way to learn is to get out there and “just do it.” What are you waiting for? Membership in ERABC comes with a Saddle Up subscription, a rule book, a rider handbook, entry forms for all rides, discounts at most rides, eligibility for year-end awards and cumulative lifetime mileage tracking.

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British Columbia Quarter Horse Association BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S3 * President: Darhl Paley, 250-612-4770, Vice President: Carlina Schumann 250-567-4807, AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson 604-530-6875, Fax 604-608-9174, AQHA Director Emeritus: Gen Matheson Ph/Fax 604-534-5137 Membership Secretary /Media Liaison: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 Fax 604-806-9052, MEMBERSHIP NEWS – Lynne Carter It’s time to renew your memberships! We are now offering 2 yr memberships and forms can be downloaded from Got questions? Call me 604-880-6138. PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – Darhl Paley Hopefully all of you that live on the Coast (our Northern Language) are enjoying all the white stuff and have gone on some snowy rides with your equines. We have had five weeks of below 15C weather here in the north! All the horses up here are fi ne as long as the food stays in front of them and they have some really nice winter coats this year which started growing early in September. Please remember to check out the 2009 BCQHA Stallion Service Draw. Ticket Price - $20 each (300 tickets total). Draw Date – Feb 7, 2009. Winner will get their choice of one 2009 breeding to any stallion listed on the roster. For every 10 stallions listed on the roster 1 ticket will be drawn (i.e. 40 stallions = 4 draws!). Go to www. for complete rules and stallion roster. Please make plans to attend the AGM in Langley on April 4. A quorum is needed and member input is essential for our affi liate to be strong and growing. - Happy Trails, Darhl NOTICE OF MEETING BCQHA AGM APRIL 4, 2009 AT 2:00 P.M. AT THE “Super 8 Motel” in Langley, BC 1. Identification of members/Confi rmation of quorum 2. Approval of minutes of April 2008 AGM 3. Financial Reports 4. Approval of Reports 5. Correspondence 6. Old Business a. Lifetime (Honorary) membership policy b. AQHA sponsors locally 7. New Business a. Appointment of member fi nancial review team 2008 books b. Ballot for AQHA Professional c. Calendar of events d. Insurance up to date e. Budget approval f. Show Dates – review/approval g. Fundraisers 8. Appointments/Elections 9. Joys and concerns 10. Adjournment

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Calendar of Events Feb 7 - BCQHA Stallion Service Draw; Ticket Price - $20 each (300 tickets total) Winner will get their choice of one 2009 breeding to any stallion listed on the roster. Contact Darhl (250) 612-4770 or Feb 14 – NBCQHA Dinner & Awards Banquet; Prince George – Location TBA Contact Jessica (250)-842-5081 or March 22, 2009 - LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar; Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC Contact Haidee (604) 530 -8051 or Mar 31 - LMQHA AGM 7 p.m.; Fort Langley Lions Hall 23022 88th Ave Contact Haidee (604) 530-8051 or April 4 - BCQHA AGM; Super 8 Motel. 26574 Gloucester Way, Langley BC (264th and # 1 Hwy) Contact Darhl (250) 612-4770 or April 5 - BCQHA Directors Meeting; Super 8 Motel. 26574 Gloucester Way, Langley BC (264th and # 1 Hwy) Contact Darhl (250) 612-4770 or April 11 - LMQHA Evening Ride; Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC Contact Terri (604) 541-0511 or April 12 - LMQHA Schooling Show; Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC Contact Terri (604) 541-0511 or April 25 - SCQHA All Breed Fuzzy Horse Show; Armstrong Agriplex - Armstrong, BC Contact Cheri Smeeton (250) 573-2541 or

AQHA/CQHA/BCQHA Director - Gayle Pawley-Wilson The AQHA Convention will take place in San Antonio, Texas March 6-9, 2009. The AQHA Directors will also be attending a Directors Summit on the Friday. Th is year will also include the retirement of Bill Brewer as the AQHA Executive Director. Don Treadway will be stepping up to this position in March. Members who wish to contribute to the well wishes for Mr. Brewer’s retirement are requested to contact your Zone Director for further information. The CQHA will be holding their AGM along with the Equine Canada Convention in Ottawa, Ontario on February 5-6, 2009. The CFIA has confi rmed cases of CEM (Contagious Equine Metritis) imported from breeding stallions in Kentucky. Th is is a reportable disease which affects the reproductive tract of horses. The identified cases have been quarantined until they are tested negative for CEM. All breeders have been advised to use caution and refrain from importing semen, embryos or breeding stock from the US. CQHA and Equine Canada will send important notices by Press Releases to all Affi liates and members on matters of Equine importance to the Industry. The CQHA has also sent out Press Releases listing all Canadian winners at the AQHA World Show and the All American Congress. AQHA members in Canada, who wish to be kept informed of matters of importance to the Canadian Quarter Horse Industry, please ensure that you have submitted your name and contact information to

In keeping with the past traditions of the Fuzzy Horse Show, the show committee has introduced a format that is designed to make this show an “Educational Fun Day” for everyone. Offering several different Series of classes for many rider levels and including the “Ask The Judge” program which will fi ll the need of an educational schooling show in our Zone. There are lots of prizes for everyone including High Point Awards, Class Awards, Ribbons to 6th place and much more. Please contact Cheri Smeeton at (250) 5732541 or

SCQHA – Cheri Smeeton SCQHA will be holding their AGM Sunday, February 15, 2009 at People Place, 1:00 p.m., #1013402 27th Avenue in Vernon, BC. Contact Cherie Jardine @ or 250-672-9341. All Past, Present and future Members are invited to attend. Membership forms will be available. The 12th Annual Fuzzy Horse Show will be held April 25th, 2009 at the Armstrong Agriplex in Armstrong, BC. Horses of all breeds and competitors of all levels are welcome. Watch for the “Fuzzy Horse Show” program in major Tack stores throughout the Zone.

NBCQHA – Carlina Schumann The AGM held in December had a small turnout but a lot was discussed. The only change to the executive is Darhl Paley as the new Treasurer and Pam Morrison as the new Youth Advisor. Thank you to you both for stepping up! Our awards banquet is being held in February so look for the award winners in the next issue. There will be a horse auction again in May/June with more info available on the website to come soon. Jillian Pavlis of Dawson Creek won the AQHA 2008 Youth Justin Rookie of the Year for BC, Congratulations!

LMQHA – Lynne Carter We had our Awards Banquet in January and the Las Vegas theme was a big hit. The entertainment was great and the facility and food were fabulous once again. Award Highlights All Around Novice Youth – Investing Potential – Sarah Hill Reserve – Zippos Social Kitty – Nicole Braddick All Around Youth – Hez Talk Of The Town – Yelaina May Reserve – Dee Dees Danny – Devon May All Around Novice Amateur - A Buck A Dimension – Teri Brown All Around Amateur - Perfect Deception – Jody Peardon Reserve - Heza Poised Dreamer – Tami Hutton All Around Select – Chip In The Dark – Phyllis MacDonald Reserve – Pleasarable Mr – Michelle Charleston All Around Jr Horse - Heza Poised Dreamer – Tami Hutton All Around Sr Horse - Perfect Deception – Jody Peardon Reserve – A Buck A Dimension – Teri Brown Hi Pt BC Bred – Sheza Cool Misskitty – Norma Seibert Margaret Taylor “Greatest Strides” Award – Stephen Hoops Ingrid Callaghan “Sportsmanship” Award – Mellissa Buckley Cathy Dumaresq “Most Valuable Player” Award – Terri Brown Youth Sportsmanship Award – Nicole Braddick

BC Paint Horse Club

- Colour Your World - Own A Paint

excited about showing her new Overo Mare, A Sheik Invitation. Our Treasurer, once Pres Position Vacant VP Colleen Schellenberg 604 534-8287 again, is Dianne Rouse. Sec Mary Ratz 604-639-0212 She has spent innumerable Treas Dianne Rouse 604 530-3366 hours making sure that Past Pres. Louise Bruce 604-530-8310 this club heads in the APHA Director (BC & Alaska) right direction financially. Laura Bouchard 250 374-8864 We owe her a HUGE Alt Andrea Aitken 250 498-2240 thank you for all her APHA 817 834-2742 hard work. She and her daughter Calli make quite Happy New Year to all of our members! a formidable team in the show pen with their I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday two extremely talented horses – Calli’s Overo season! Gelding, Ima Special Delivery and Dianne’s It’s been a busy time since the last Overo Mare, Brooks N Diamonds. publication, and the voice of our pastFinishing off your new executive are President, Louise Bruce, will be missed in this your Directors: Kelly Allen, Blodwyn Bristow, column. There is a new voice for this column, Deana Chunick, Anne Marie Wass and and I would like to introduce myself. My returning Director Rick Nissen. name is Anne Marie Wass, and I have been Getting on with some news, the new involved in the BC Paint Horse Club since show being planned in combination with the about 1990. I currently own a mother and son team of Paint show horses, one is a Solid Paint Pacific Northwest Paint Horse Club is set for March 20-22, 2009 in Monroe, Washington. Bred, and her son is an Overo Gelding. Both This will be a double-judged show with a total have been shown in this club since they were of 6 judges. This show will count towards born. Although I live on Vancouver Island, BCPHC Year End points as well as APHA the Internet has made me closer to and more and NWCC. There will be a full slate of available for your comments, quotes, pictures performance and halter classes, including BC and news tidbits. I would love to hear from Owner/Rider, as well as a Solid Paint Bred any and all of you and share your love of our division (let’s get those ponies out of the barn wonderful breed, the American Paint Horse. and into the show pen SPB owners!!!). See the I would like to introduce our new show ad in the 2009 NWCC directory (which executive at this time. Our immediate pastis mailed yearly to members as part of their President is Louise Bruce. Although she no BCPHC membership). Look on the BCPHC longer has to worry about her little flock, website ( for the show we all know she still will, and look forward premium. Entry forms can be downloaded to her continued support as a Director and Show Committee Chairperson for the Monroe from here. A new division of shows generating Spring Classic. On behalf of the club and new interest is the PAC-approved shows. PAC, executive, we hope that she can spend more time now with her horsey and human families Paint Alternative Competition, is offered to any club’s show or shows that keeps records and wish her much success on her road to the of points and any Paint, solid or coloured, World’s with her Tobiano Gelding, HF Dr that is enlisted in the program can show at Feelgood. these shows and receive points on their horse’s Returning Vice-President is Colleen permanent record at APHA just like at a Schellenberg. Her daughter Emma-Lee has breed show. For a lot of people in our club, been in the show circuit for many years getting to an APHA-approved event just isn’t now, riding her lovely Tob-Overo Gelding, a possibility, so this is a great way to get the All Reddy Smoke N. Colleen has been recognition your Paint deserves. All you have spearheading the Free Trophy Program for to do is go to the APHA website (www.apha. a few years now and it is certainly gaining com/forms/performance_forms), download momentum. A lot of shows, especially those the forms to enlist your horse for a yearly flat off the beaten path of the major show hotfee of $25, take the form for the club hosting spots, find this a good way to promote Paints the show, get them to fi ll out the applicable at their shows which hopefully will lead to areas, fax those as well as your exhibitor’s more Paint entries. report to APHA after the show and voila! you Our new Secretary is Mary Ratz. Mary is have earned points towards your PAC ROM! new to the Executive and she is very excited

Speaking of PAC, we will be posting PAC-approved shows as we learn of them, so if you have a club that is PAC-approved, please let us know so that we may list (hopefully) all of them here. To start us off, we have the VIQHA’s first show of the year, May 2-3 at Beban Park in Nanaimo. They are offering All-Breed classes, which will have a Paint High point at the end of the weekend courtesy of the BC Paint Horse Club Free Trophy Program. Also to note – if we can generate enough Paint entries, they will add APHAapproved classes in 2010. Contact Margaret Walmsley at for more info. Another PAC-approved club is the BC Sport-horse and Sport-pony Breeders Group ( They have a summer and a fall show in Cloverdale with fabulous prizes and this year will be holding a Coloured horse division. Finishing off our list of PAC-approved clubs, check out Windsor Stables ( in Aldergrove - they hold shows starting in March right thru till November and offer flat and over fences classes. For the 11th consecutive year the BCPHC is sponsoring the “Free Trophy Program” for any horse club in BC that will have at least 2 APHA registered Paint horses entered in their open breed schooling show, clinic, circuit show or summer show. We will honour a competitor who shows a Paint horse, at your year-end award banquet as Hi-Point Paint for the year. All disciplines are eligible. Please apply before June 30, 2009 & check our website for more info. Rick Nissen made his way down to the NWCC meeting on Dec 6, 2008 in Oregon to represent our club. Good job the meeting wasn’t in January! Our General Meeting for BCPHC members will be held on Monday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m. at the offices of 21st Century Entertainment (courtesy of Rick Nissen) at #305, 19358 – 96th Avenue, Surrey. If you need directions, please call Rick on his cell at 604785-8777. Looking forward to sharing your stories and accomplishments, so until next issue, Happy Trails! Anne Marie Wass

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Clubs & Associations “Experience the Real West YOUR WAY” Choose From

Working Ranch - Guest Ranch - Country - Back Country


ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB 250-546-2557, Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, Battle Royal. 9/09

The Back Country Horsemen of B. C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Jonathan, 604-556-6884 or 10/09

BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Pres: Pat Hayward, 250-395-3472 11/09 BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Wendell Stoltzfus 250-374-8233, or web Area 20 3/09 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X Amy 250-448-6719 or Andrea 604-764-8249 8/09 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 10/09 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Karen Wilkie 250-546-8973 Meeting, Trail Rides/Socials, Fellowship, Newsletter, 11/09 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Pres: Jason Walmsley 604-856-1419 Show June 14-15 Cloverdale 4/09 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB Pres: Louise Bruce, 604-530-8310 Shows, Horses for Sale, Membership 2/09 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 or visit 7/09 BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Pres. David Parker 604-462-0304,, 2/10

British Columbia Team Cattle Penning Association Team Cattle Penning is a fast and exciting sport! The BCTCPA supports and promotes good horsemanship and sportsmanship and is an affiliate of the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association. This sport is open to almost any level and age of rider. For more info, visit us at or contact Lynne Smith at 250-547-9702 2/10

CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 2/10


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site:, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, President 204-834-2479 or 4/09

ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Pat Carnegie, 250-462-0006 10/09 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Pritchard Rodeo Grounds Bev 250-577-3154/250-371-4899 3/09 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 8/09 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Sue Rath, Secretary 250-376-9443 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397, 10/09

Kelowna Riding Club "Host of Equine Events for 2008 BC Summer Games" 3745 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC Canada Contact: 250-717-0441

NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Barb 250-379-2513 AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics 4/09 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Blair Bates 250-452-6941 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 12/09 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Sec/Treas: Bonnie 250-546-3970 Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders 9/09 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Debi 250-851-9256 Monthly Playdays, Annual Show, Activities 4/09 SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSE ASSOC. Alex MacRae (Pres.) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, 8/09 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Sharon 604-856-3348, 9/09

CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART) Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 or 250-809-7152, 0

Clubs, you can be listed here year-round for a NON-PROFIT rate of $90 p/yr 2 lines or $180 p/yr Boxed + GST. Call 1-866-546-9922 or email

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

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

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MORGANS – the VERSATILE breed – DO IT ALL! CHAMPIONS 2000 & 2001 Spruce Meadows Battle of the Breeds


Canadian Morgan Horse Assoc. or (905) 982-0060 Canadian MORGAN magazine $25. year or (613) 478-2499

Photo by Janzen Morgan Farm


Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


Providing all-inclusive Facilities for Human and Horse Accommodations. Clinics, boarding. Open to all discipline riding enthusiasts and clinicians. On Shuswap Lake. 250-675-3141 (Eagle Bay, BC) 4/09

HEALTHY HOOVES, Rae Allan 250-547-2034 5/09 Barefoot Trimming Service. Serving Okanagan and surrounding areas.

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

Ph: 403-252-1661 • email:

ARMSTRONG INN, (Armstrong) 1-866-546-3056, Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 11/09 SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, Minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-877-888-7260,, 2/09

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

NATURAL HOOF CARE Bruce Goode 250-545-6948

AANHCP Certified Practitioner, Field Instructor & Clinician EasyCare® Hoof Boot Dealer & Hoof Care Advisor

Minutes to Chilliwack’s Heritage Park

Serving the Okanagan Valley •

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



PRONTO ESSO 546-3772



Healthy Hooves for Performance, Pleasure, Arena & Trail!

Nice Rooms. Great People.

Chilliwack, BC

TIRECRAFT 546-3781

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

NATURE’S TRIM, Shawn Galloway (Armstrong) 250-308-6293 Barefoot Trimmer. Serving the Okanagan 2/09 VALLEY FARRIER & EQUINE SERVICES (North Ok) 250-546-8254 4/09 Bob Johnston & Jim Ferguson; Certified Farrier Service

Barefoot & Balanced Natural Hoof Care DAVE THORPE AANHCP Certified

250-549-4703 * Serving the Okanagan Valley *





OUT OF SIGHT RETREAT (70 Mile House) 250-456-6039 9/09 Victorian waterfront home, unlimited trail riding,

ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG. CENTRE, (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 11/09 Otter Co-op & Energy Feed Dealer and Pet Foods CONSUMER’S CO-OP ASSOC., (Pitt Meadows) 604-465-5651 8/09 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay. TOWN & COUNTRY FEED STORE, (Invermere) 250-342-9433 11/09 Fencing Supplies, Pet Supplies & Fertilizers. Serving you 28 years.

DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) Your Dream(e)Scape! Beautiful views, Great Trails, Horse boarding/rehab. 250-372-2928 4/09 BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 3/09 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 12/09 ROBERTSON FARMS LTD., (N. Okanagan) 250-833-2581 Shavings, Sawdust, Shavings, Bark Mulch 12/09


100% B.C. Owned and Operated!


34633 Vye Rd/556-7477 5410 Trans Canada Hwy./748-8171 103-1889 Springfield Road/860-2346 1-1277 Island Hwy. S./753-4221 587 Alberni Hwy./248-3243 1970 Keating Cross Rd./652-9188 6-09 1771 10th Ave. SW/832-8424



SPUR VALLEY CONSTRUCTION (North Okanagan) 250-938-1831 Barns, Arenas, Fencing 9/09

Custom built and installed to your needs Alan Cossentine Oliver, BC • 250-498-0280 • • 2/09



FOOD CONCESSIONS BAR NUNN CAPPUCCINO & GRILL/CATERING, (Okanagan) 250-308-4871 Quality, healthy food created fresh at your event. 5/09


60,000 Eyes

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


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Beautiful Private Ranch Setting Trail Rides, Horse Camps, Hay Rides Weddings & Reunions • Corporate Parties Groups of 100-300 - Texas Style BBQ Catering

250-549-2209 - Vernon, BC



CARIBOO SADDLERY, (Williams Lake) 250-392-3735 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs 11/09

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

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


COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT, (Merritt) 250-378-9263 3/09 Don Loewen, Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs Custom Made Saddles & Tack Using only the very best quality materials 9/09


Leghorn Ranch Hay Sales

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

Hanif Jinnah - 778-886-1343 •

From Alberta and Washington - Timothy/Alfalfa, Orchard Grass/Alfalfa, Alfalfa, Timothy and Chilliwack Local - Lots of excellent quality. Delivery in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley 10/09 50 to 150 bales and semi loads

HEALTH PRODUCTS HORSE SENSE HERBS, (Alberta) 1-800-434-3727 Original Chinese Herbal Formulas for Horses, 0 HOLISTIC ALTERNATIVE HEALING 604-299-4939 THETA - Fear Based & Emotional Trauma Release - Judy Starre 9/09

RAY’S SADDLERY (O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon) Shop cell 250-862-0554, Custom made Saddles, Tack & Repairs, Shop open year round. 11/09 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 5/09 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 9/09 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (Falkland) 250-379-2078 8/09 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. Call for appointment. BOXING WEEK SALE CONTINUES

INSURANCE Official Insurance Broker for the Horse Council of BC • “FarmCare” Insurance • “EquiCare” Horse Mortality • Special Programs for Members • CALL TODAY 1-800-670-1877 • 10/09

MASSAGE THERAPY LEARN EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY or chiropractic Massage or adjust your horse safely. 1-888-378-4632 Sidonia McIntyre 2/10 LYNN SPENST Equine Chiropractic & Massage Therapy 250-819-6874 3/09 Maximizing & maintaining your equine athlete’s peak performance. Serving BC/AB WILD HORSE POWER - Equine Medicine and Massage or 250-484-5601 Stacy Barrie 2/10

#1-3740 Trans Canada Hwy, Cobble Hill, BC (off of Fisher road next to Rona)

250-743-4437 Open Daily 10 am 5/09

Custom Leather & Repair Work, Apparel, Tack, Equine Supplies, Gifts, Hay & Feed

HIGH HORSE TACK, (Victoria) 250-658-0011 5/09 English & Western, New & Used

Rusty Spur Feed & Tack

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

SLIDING STOP FEED & TACK STORE (Pritchard) 250-577-3119 (Formerly Hall’s Half Acres) Now at 4670 Harrison Rd. Sure Crop Feed Dealer



PACK TRIPS SPRUCE LAKE WILDERNESS ADVENTURES, 250-238-2375 3/09 3-10 Day Pack Horse Tours. PHOTOGRAPHERS REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Enderby) 250-838-7904 12/09 Animal Photography,

Town & Country

Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers! Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm • 250-832-1149 - Bonnie – OVERNIGHT STABLING FACILITY 2/09


All Makes Service & Repair RIBBONS & ROSETTES OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 or Fax: 1-888-545-9288 11/09 Custom Printer of award Ribbons

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

TNT TRUCK & TRAILER, (Vernon) 250-542-5373 6/09 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist

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Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES

TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRUCK & TRAILER, (Abbotsford) 604-856-1988 4/09 Sales & Rentals, visit



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


LEE PONCELET PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Vernon) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 7/09 SAWCHUK PERFORMANCE HORSES (Langley) 604-514-3991 Pleasure to Performance. We do it ALL! 2/10


Lippert Horse Trailer Sales, Langley, BC Engineered for Smaller Tow Vehicles & Large Horses “Strong Like Steel - Lightweight Like Aluminum”

Welcomes All Reining & Western Pleasure Enthusiasts

1-877-944-5599 • 604-649-7185

• Training & Lessons • Indoor/Outdoor Arenas • Year Round Boarding Options Resident Trainer • Performance Horses For Sale Carmen Teixeira • Located in Salmon Arm, BC


TRAINERS/COACHES • 250-832-7339

BLUE MEADOW FARM (Richmond); Yolanda Blommers, EC2 and Katie Andrews, EC1. All English disciplines. 2/09 GUS EVAGELOPOULOS, AQHA Prof. Horseman (Armstrong) 250-307-3990 Specialize in Reining. Start-Finish Horses. Lessons. Prospects/finished horses for sale. 12/09 DAN FRANKLIN EQUINE COMMUNICATION ™ (B.C.) 250-620-3420 30 yrs exp. helping problem horses, 9/09



Performance Horses

TRANQUILLE FARMS (Salmon Arm) Lorraine Pilon 250-832-0918 4/09 EC Cert. West. Coach. Training/Lessons/Clinics. Lesson horses. My place or yours. TTEAM TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 9/09 • MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 4/09 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Peachland) 250-808-1486 Pleasure, Reining, Roping & cowhorse ~ Colts Started ~ Farrier Service 2/09 TRANSPORT/HAULING

Training and Boarding Preparation for sales, starting young horses 250-838-7051 or Cell 250-308-6024 • Enderby, BC • 8/09

Roger Heintz

GEORGE’S HORSE HAULING (Vernon) 250-545-5214 Local and Serving BC for 35+ years. Licensed and Insured. 4/09

Quality Horse Transport

Standing: Tuff Enuff Peppy

Star N Chex

Ph/Fax: 403-652-7452 • Box 5573, High River, AB T1V 1M6 2/09


HORSE BASICS AND BEYOND Horse Training and Lessons on the trail, in the round pen or in the arena

All ages and levels welcome



Tammy Keith, 250-398-6715 • Box 4435, Williams Lake BC, V2G 2V5 •

Kevan Garecki “It’s All About The Horse”


Serving Western Canada Over 30 Years’ Experience

HOOF & WOOF FARM (Prince George) 1-866-967-4192 9/09 Local/Long Distance & U.S., Licensed/Insured & Quality Service LEGHORN RANCH HORSE HAULING (Lower Mainland) Hanif Jinnah 10/09 778-886-1343 25+ yrs training/Hauling exper.. Serving BC/AB. No horse too difficult VETERINARIANS


INSPIRED CONFIDENCE BUILDING (Princeton) 250-295-7432. Private sessions, vacation retreats, clinics, 2/10 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 5/09 MISTATIM RANCH (Delta) 604-816-5292 Training/Boarding/Sales. Colt starting to show ring finishing. All disciplines welcome. 2/10

KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY, 250-374-1486 2/09 Drs. Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Rob Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 12/09 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 8/09 Drs. Alex Wales & Susan Wales, Dr. Sarah Greenwood PATON & MARTIN VET SERVICES LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-3351 Lameness & Surgical Referral Hospital, Drs David Paton, Eric Martin and Antonio Cruz 12/09 SALMON VALLEY VET SERVICES, (Shuswap/North Ok) 250-833-4217 Dr. Brytann Youngberg Mobile Equine Service 7/09 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 2/09 Drs. D. Severin, D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat • 71


Jan 1-3 JOHN SMITH CLINIC, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC,

604-123-4567, 20-22 CLASSICAL RIDING CLINIC w/Craig Stevens, Aldergrove, BC 604-504-5909, 20-22 BULLDOGGIN CLINIC w/Kenny Waterston, Eli Cattle Co/Sageview Ranch, OPEN JUMPER NIGHT, Pacific Country Stables, Langley. 6pm kids, 7-8:30pm Kamloops, Troy or Jessica 250-819-9306 or 250-376-6762 adults. Call 604-514-8202 20-23 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Courage & Advanced Clinics, OPEN JUMPER NIGHT, Pacific Country Stables, Langley. 4:30–8:30pm. Good News Riding Ctr., Sherwood Park, AB, Karen at Call 604-514-8202 21 PLANNING YOUR ARENA RIDE CLINIC, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, DOUG MILLS APPRENTICE CAMP, Arizona, 250-573-4189, 250-573-5800, 21-26 EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY COURSE, Edmonton, AB, Sidonia AMANDA SELF Reining & Horsemanship Clinic Series, Brandt Ranch, 1-888-378-4632 or Pritchard, Stan or Jeanette 250-577-3156 or Amanda 250-804-1723 22-27 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Aldergrove, BC, CHA Driving BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB, AGM at 10:30 am, BC/Yukon Zone clinic, Jim McCrae 604-856-5477, E-mail: Meeting at 1:30, Armstrong, contact Karen 250-546-8973 26-Apr 5 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, 1 day/2 day Clinics, Colchester TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Coldstream, BC Stable, Sherwood Park, AB, contact Lisa at 27-29 CALF ROPING CLINIC w/Dean Edge, Eli Cattle Co/Sageview Ranch, OK BREEDERS GROUP Planning Meeting for Apr 11-12 Showcase & Sale, Kamloops, Troy or Jessica 250-819-9306 or 250-376-6762 6 p.m. Armstrong Inn (formerly Saxon Inn), Armstrong, Cathie 250-546-8538 28 HEALTHY HORSE EXPO, Saanich Fairgrounds, Victoria, BC. HOOF ‘N HEARTS DINNER/DANCE, Fundraiser for Okanagan Horse Rescue Society, Lone Pine Ranch, Vernon, Kim at 250-215-0144 28 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria, BC, Demo at Healthy DAWN HEPPNER CLINIC, Copper Hills Equestrian, 5504 Rodeo Drive, Horse Expo, Victoria Kamloops, Contact Ann 250-819-7597 28 LOSING THE SPOOK; GAINING TRUST AND CONFIDENCE, Icelandic OPEN RIDING (10-2 indoors; Group Lesson 2-3pm), Quarterspot Ranch, Horse Farm, Coldstream, BC, 1-800-255-2336 or Lumby, BC, Call for info & rates 250-547-9277 28-29 HORSE BAZAAR, Horse Sale & Trade Show, Horse Demos, Dinner & Auction, Cariboo Agriplex, 100 Mile House, Randy 250-395-5175 28-29 DALE IRWIN CLINIC, Copper Hills Equestrian, 5504 Rodeo Drive, Kamloops, OPEN JUMPER NIGHT, Pacific Country Stables, Langley. 6pm kids, 7-8:30pm Contact Ann 250-819-7597 adults. Call 604-514-8202 29 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Beg. L1) w/Cindy Kirschman, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/ OPEN JUMPER NIGHT, Pacific Country Stables, Langley. 4:30–8:30pm. Trainer, CHA Instructor, Lumby, 250-547-9277, Call 604-514-8202 29-30 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria, BC, Kristina Millar HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Beg. L1) w/Cindy Kirschman, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/ 250-478-2051, E-mail: Trainer, CHA Instructor, Lumby, 250-547-9277, 31 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Cobble Hill, BC, Nancy or John BREAKAWAY ROPING CLINIC w/Carey Isnardy & Rod Spiers, Eli Cattle Co/ Lane 250-743-1268, E-mail: Sageview Ranch, Kamloops, Troy or Jessica 250-819-9306 or 250-376-6762 31-Apr 5 EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY COURSE, Kelowna, BC, Sidonia INTRO TO TTOUCH BODYWORK, Icelandic Horse Farm, Coldstream, BC, 1-888-378-4632 or 1-800-255-2336 or TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Sundre, AB 1-3 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Cobble Hill, BC. Nancy or John DAWN HEPPNER CLINIC, Copper Hills Equestrian, 5504 Rodeo Drive, Lane 250-743-1268, E-mail: Kamloops, Contact Ann 250-819-7597 3-5 AMANDA SELF Reining & Horsemanship Clinic Series, Brandt Ranch, HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Beg. L1) w/Cindy Kirschman, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/ Pritchard, Stan or Jeanette 250-577-3156 or Amanda 250-804-1723 Trainer, CHA Instructor, Lumby, 250-547-9277, 4 BCCTRA Nanaimo Schooling Ride, DOUG MILLS Apprentice Camp, Kamloops, 250-573-4189, 4 RIDING WITH AWARENESS, Icelandic Horse Farm, Coldstream, BC, 1-800-255-2336 or KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Tickets at The Horse Barn in Kamloops, 5 GAMES, Mission Horse Club, Helen 604-820-1819, Info 1-888-763-2224, Early Bird Special on FRANCES WEEKS CLINIC, Copper Hills Equestrian, 5504 Rodeo Drive, 5 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Beg. L1) w/Cindy Kirschman, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/ Kamloops, Contact Ann 250-819-7597 Trainer, CHA Instructor, Lumby, 250-547-9277, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Rocking M Stable, Wainwright, 8-13 EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY COURSE, Langley, BC, Sidonia AB, contact Dale at 1-888-378-4632 or DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Creston, 250-573-4189, 10-11 FRANCES WEEKS CLINIC, Copper Hills Equestrian, 5504 Rodeo Drive, Kamloops, Contact Ann 250-819-7597 TEAM ROPING CLINIC w/Rod Spiers & Carey Isnardy, Eli Cattle Co/Sageview 10-12 DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Okanagan Falls, 250-573-4189, Ranch, Kamloops, Troy or Jessica 250-819-9306 or 250-376-6762 JONATHAN FIELD COURSE 1 CLINIC, Saanich Fair Grounds, Victoria, 11 ERABC Helldiver Resurrection, Courtenay, or Roma 1-877-573-4018, 11 SSA & SELECT HORSE SALE and Trade Show, Peace River Area QH Assoc., IMPROVING FLEXIBILTY AND SUPPLENESS FROM THE GROUND, Dawson Creek, Colleen 250-843-7337 or Rea 250-719-9195 Icelandic Horse Farm, Coldstream, BC, 1-800-255-2336 or 11 SOHA FUZZY SHOW, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, for info check web ENGLISH/WESTERN PERFORMANCE SHOW, Mission Horse Club, Shawna 604-820-8317, 11-12 DRESSAGE LESSON (SERIES), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, OPEN RIDING (10-2 indoors; Group Lesson 2-3pm), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, BC, Call for info & rates 250-547-9277 11-12 OK BREEDERS GROUP Showcase & Sale, Armstrong Fairgrounds. RAINBOW HORSE CLUB OPEN SCHOOLING SHOW, Arbutus Meadows, Consignments and info at Nanoose (Vanc. Island) 12 PLAYDAY, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Kelowna, BC, Anne Smythe 12–18 1 WEEK HORSE LOGGING SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch, Gold 250-860-2785, Bridge, BC, adventures at, 250-238-2274 DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Mackenzie Meadows, Pritchard, 14-19 EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY COURSE, Courtenay, BC, Sidonia 250-573-4189, 1-888-378-4632 or

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march Every Mon. Every Wed. 1 6-8 7 7-8 7-8 8 9-Apr 10 12-15 13-14 13-15 13-15 13-15 13-16 14 15 15 15 17 20-22

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may 1-2

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DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Victoria, 250-573-4189, BCCTRA Fanny Bay Schooling Ride, LRS ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, Langley, more info at LRS GAMES DAY, Langley, more info at DRESSAGE SHOW, Delta Riding Club, Sheila 604-940-9698, DEE BUTTERFIELD BARREL RACING CLINIC, Kelowna, Rhonda, EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY COURSE, Jandana Ranch, Kamloops, BC, Sidonia 1-888-378-4632 or PRINCETON CHA TRAIL CERTIFICATION CLINIC w/Marion Weisskopff as CI, Jack Breaks 604-856-7786, Email: ANNUAL SCHOOLING SHOW, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, Stan or Jeanette 250-577-3156 DRESSAGE FESTIVAL, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna, THE MANE EVENT, Red Deer, AB, SCQHA 12th Annual All Breed Fuzzy Horse Show, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong, BC, Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541, BHA DRESSAGE & HUNTER SCHOOLING SHOW, Grand Forks, Jaime 250-442-5061,, SHOW JUMPING CLINIC w/Anthony Lothian, Topline Stables, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669 DALE IRWIN CLINIC, Copper Hills Equestrian, 5504 Rodeo Drive, Kamloops, Contact Ann 250-819-7597 ERABC Moulton Creek, Pritchard, BHA GENERAL PERFORMANCE SCHOOLING SHOW, Grand Forks, Karan 250-442-2053,, HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Interm. L2) w/Cindy Kirschman, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Inst., Lumby, 250-547-9277, EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY COURSE, Lethbridge, AB, Sidonia 1-888-378-4632 or MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Kelowna, BC, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785, E-mail:

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MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Grand Forks BC, Joanne Rooke 250-442-0275, Email: HUNTER/JUMPER SPRING CLASSIC, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna,, DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Smithers, 250-573-4189, DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Sorrento, 250-573-4189, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, TFC Centre, Kelowna, BC DRESSAGE LESSON (SERIES), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, SOHA SPRING SHOW, BCHC Qualifier, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, for info check web GAMES, Mission Horse Club, Helen 604-820-1819, HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Interm. L2) w/Cindy Kirschman, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Inst, Lumby, 250-547-9277, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Nelson BC, Teresa Precious 250-229-4203, E-mail: DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Camp, Kamloops, 250-573-4189, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Silverton BC, Jenny Jones 250-358-7105, Email: MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Lumby, BC, Lorelei Beattie 250-547-0140, Email: FRANCES WEEKS CLINIC, Copper Hills Equestrian, 5504 Rodeo Drive, Kamloops, Contact Ann 250-819-7597 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Janice Jarvis, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Okanagan Falls, 250-573-4189, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Kelowna, BC, Anne Smythe 250-860- 2785, E-mail:

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BCCTRA, Parksville/Qualicum, OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB, Fundraiser Show, IPE grounds, Armstrong, BC, Melanie Russo 250-767-2322 HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Peachland Riding Club, Sandy 250-718-2761, SPRING FLING FUN SHOW, Topline Stables, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Interm. L2) w/Cindy Kirschman, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Inst., Lumby, 250-547-9277, PLAYDAY, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops, EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY COURSE, Saskatoon, SK, Sidonia 1-888-378-4632 or MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria, BC, Kristina Millar 250-478-2051, E-mail: CLASSICAL RIDING CLINIC w/Craig Stevens, Aldergrove, BC 604-504-5909, COMBINED TEST (Dressage and Show Jumping), Topline Stables, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB, Demo Day at O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon, BC, Laura McInroy 250-546-1992 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Larry Stewart, Harmony Level 2, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, TTEAM CONNECT CLINIC, Icelandic Horse Farm, Coldstream, BC, 1-800-255-2336 or BHA GENERAL PERFORMANCE SHOW, 2009 BCH Qualifier, Grand Forks, Karan 250-442-2053,, HUNTER/JUMPER SHOW, BC Heritage Qualifier, Delta Riding Club, Cathy 604-328-3814 ENGLISH SHOW, Mission Horse Club, Shawna 604-820-8317, KETTLE RIVER TRAILS ASSOC. 3rd Annual Endurance Ride, incl. Fun Ride, Rock Creek,, or contact 250-446-2415 SPRING HORSE TRIALS EVENT, Topline Stables, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Cobble Hill, BC, Nancy or John Lane 250-743-1268, E-mail: NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Larry Stewart, Partnership Level 1, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, 2 WEEK GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch, Gold Bridge, BC,, 250-238-2274 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Coombs, BC, Theda Mortonson 250-248-3222, Email: MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Powell River, BC, Kuxy 604-487-0476, Email: NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Larry Stewart, Harmony Level 2, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, LRS TACK, TRUCK, TRAILER, HORSE & BAKE SALE, 9am start, Langley, more info at MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Sunshine Coast, BC, Bette-Lyn Eger 604-886-9600, E-mail: LRS ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW (WHQ pending), Langley, more info at HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Interm. L2) w/Cindy Kirschman, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Inst., Lumby, 250-547-9277, IMHC, AMHR & AMHA Miniature Horse Show, Prince George, BC, Contact Joan 250-992-7485 EQUINE FIRST AID, SADDLERY & TACK FITTING CLINIC, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, LRS GAMES DAY, Langley, more info at ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, BC Heritage Qualifier, Delta Riding Club, Cathy 604-328-3814 1 WEEK HIKE GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch, Gold Bridge, BC,, 250-238-2274

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Stallions / Breeders MAROMAC QUARTER HORSES (Langley) 604-514-8414/778-866-5197 Specializing in Buckskin & Dun; Quality, Substance & Temperament . 6/09 Real Appaloosa Bloodstock & Riding Horses

“usin’ horses of distinction”

MISSOURI FOX TROTTER Stallion at Stud at Gypsy Acres, (Pritchard) 250-577-3318,, 4/09

250-963-9779 evenings or 250-649-9748 days E-mail: 2/09

CALICO QUARTER HORSES (Haney) 604-465-9227 3/09 SS: Painted Coos, APHA Black Tobiano,

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

CHAGANJUU ANDALUSIANS. Breeding Pure Spanish Andalusians. Standing “Milan” 250-675-3141 4/09

PEEBLES MINI DONKEY RANCH (Falkland) 250-379-2373 8/09 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. or

CHERRY CREEK CANADIANS (Kamloops) 250-828-2076 6/09 SS: 3 Reg. Stallions. View at

SALMON VALLEY RANCH (Salmon Arm) 250-833-4217 7/09 SS: SVR Royal Checkmate, AQHA Perlino; Okies Last Chance, APHA Black Tobiano

COLOUR V RANCH (150 Mile House) 250-296-0186 3/09 SS: Kid Lena AQHA/FQHA Paints, QH, Appaloosas

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, 2/09

CRALIN MEADOWS HANOVERIANS (Lone Butte) 250-593-4634 6/09 Imported bloodlines for Dressage/Jumper,

TRIANGLE B TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES (Calgary) 403-931-3575 E-mail or visit 2/09

DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Jasper/Brule, AB) 780-865-4021 3/09

WHITEVALE BACKHOE (Lumby) 250-547-9729 7/09 SS: Zeniths Lucky Logan, ‘91 AQHA Black, 15.2HH,

GREEN GABLES MORGAN FARM (Armstrong) 250-546-8058 5/09 SS: WF Royal Mist’s Kurik (Roy), Black/Brown, 15.1HH.

VALLEYVIEW RANCH QUARTER HORSES (Malakwa) 250-836-3383 10/09 SS: Bred for Reining, Cutting & Ranch work.

ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 9/09 •

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

IRISH CREEK RANCH (Vernon) 250-542-7228 2/10 SS: Little Peppe Leo, APHA B/W Homoz. Tobiano,



46.8% Blue Valentine - 2005 AQHA Blue Roan Stallion

48.4% Blue Valentine - 2004 AQHA Blue Roan

Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine

Leo Hancock Hayes

Leo Hancock Hayes Doll 01 by Rip Rip by Leo

Doll 01 by Rip Rip by Leo

Rowdy Blue Man by Blue Valentine Gooseberry Girl

The Stallion issues are here.

Rowdy Blue Man by Blue Valentine Robbons Blue Val

Junios Red Girl by Gooseberry

Blue Robbons Trip by Rowdy Blue Man

2009 FEE $1000

WILDWOOD RANCHES Bill & Heidi Robinson Okanagan Falls, BC

Mare Care $7 per day


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

STALLION ROSTER 2009 Stud Fee $800 (Incl. Chute Fee) OKIES LAST CHANCE - APHA 2002 Homozygous Black Tobiano Breeders Trust Nominated - LCFG SVR ROYAL CHECKMATE - AQHA 1996 Perlino - 100% dilute colour guarantee BANDITOS GOLD DIGGER - AQHA 2000 Buckskin - Dual Pep grandson For further details and information visit our website or call Dr. Brytann Youngberg, 250-833-4217 FOR SALE: QUALITY OFFSPRING/FUTURITY PROSPECTS


Ima Three Bar Jet 1993 Palomino Stallion Fee: $650 LFG Counterplay Gold Counter

Go Goldy

Jetimpress SRF Miss Jet Wag

DRIVING - EVENTS - RIDING 3872 Hwy 97 south Lac La Hache, BC 250-396-7556

Misty Wag

Sugar Bars Rosa Leo Go Man Go Goldy’s Bar Impressive Ima Three Jet Bar Cy Hired Boy Verde Wag

Colour Producer • Produces large athletic foals with wonderful minds & excellent conformation

CIRCLE W QUARTER HORSES Offspring for Sale - Proving themselves in the Show Ring


Ima Class Of My Own

The Versatile “Golden Horse with the Golden Heart” Standing at Stud: BENNO-E (BZ 21331) SAMSON-C (BZ 19951)



1999 Black Bay Son of Ima Three Bar Jet Fee: $500. LFG Out of a Foundation Old Sorrel & Hancock show mare. Hancock breeding at its finest.

Helen J. Woods Horse Chiropractic & Massage Barriere, BC

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MAROMAC QUARTER HORSES Proudly Offers at Stud MAROMAC ZEUS Producing beautiful, big, correct and sensible duns and buckskins 90% colour to date.

Also Standing 4 Other Awesome Stallions. See our website!


Standing 2003 Reg’d APHA

My Lucky Black Genes “Lucky” is a double Homozygous Paint Stallion that produces babies with Amazing Conformation and Temperament. He will always produce Colour and never a sorrel Paint.

We have a great selection of weanlings and yearlings to choose from. Check out our website, or call or drop by!

The offspring shown are out of solid coloured mares.

Young stock for sale at all times.

STUD FEE (live cover): $600 LCFG plus mare care

604-514-8414 or 778-866-5197 4275 - 224 St. Langley, BC

Contact: 250-963-9760, Prince George, BC 4/09

Arrow Ciclón

2005 Pure Spanish Stallion (PRE) Ciclón is a proven Sire... extremely Elegant... with an outstanding Temperament 2008 National Champion at the Canadian National Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Show Junior Stallion In Hand Dressage Suitability English Pleasure Junior Horse Hunt Seat Open Training Level Dressage Open English Pleasure Open

Contact Sally and Dean Handley 250-836-2203 Sicamous, BC

SIRE: Arrow Verono; 2008 USDF Horse of the Year First Level Dressage for the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse. (Dam) Lucera DSR. Ciclón will be standing at Stride Away Acres, Armstrong, BC for the 2009 season Live Cover Only to Approved Mares. Andalusians & Lusitanos: $1,500. Other Breeds: $750 Our special thanks to: Krista Kay of Kay Photography Booking Fee Required: $500/$250 Non refundable email:, 250-212-9999 • 77

Stallions Standing Introducing 2005


Missouri Fox Trotters

Purebred Spanish Andalusian Stallion

Black AQHA 15.2 HH #3061648 APHA & ApHCC Listed


FEE $500 LFG Mare Care $10 p/day

Don Marco

• Breeding Performance/Halter • Three Bars, Two Eyed Jack & more Gaited - Smooth Riding - Gentle

• Consistently producing

Western Tuxedo

Great Temperament

15HH Chestnut Tobiano $350 plus mare care

Solid Conformation

Milan is the son of National Champion “Don Marco” out of “Imara,” both owned by Miraval Andalusians, Oregon. He will be standing to a limited book of approved mares for 2009 Owners: Todd and Sheila Wardman 6028 Eagle Bay Rd, Eagle Bay 250-675-3141 4/09

Flashy Looks

Gypsy Acres


Pritchard, BC • 250-577-3318 evenings •

Tony & Stephanie Clayton 250-547-9729, Lumby, BC 7/09 email:

Foals for sale in the spring

Painted Coos


Smokin Lynx Olena


2001 AQHA Grullo Stallion Registered with NFQHA, ABRA and the rare Brindle Assoc.

INTRODUCTORY Stud Fee: $600 available to limited mares

‘97 Black Tobiano APHA & PtHA Stallion 16.1HH HYPP N/N Champion and Champion producer of Halter, Colour and Futurity Winners. 2008 FEE: $850 Live or AI (plus collection fees) 100% Conception! INTRODUCING: JWR The Last Juan Gorgeous 06 Black Point Dun Overo APHA & PtHA Stallion, HYPP N/N FUTURITY CHAMPION. Points in Halter, In Hand Trail and Colour! Email for pedigree and info. Prospects for sale! 604-465-9227 (House) or 604-467-9930 (Barn) Maple Ridge, BC 3/09

We are proud to offer this young sire, double colour guarantee (no RED foals, no more SOLIDS!). Why not bet on a sure thing? We are very excited about this young sire. Currently in training with MOORE PERFORMANCE HORSES. BOOK NOW!

W 604-465-9227 (House) or 604-467-9930 (Barn) Maple Ridge, BC 2/09


Exceptional Temperament, Colour and Athletic Ability. Sire Pro Heeling Horse. Paternal Granddam Performance Point Earner & NCHA Money Earner. Maternal side Performance and Halter Point Earners. Stud Fee: Private Treaty, Live Cover DAN & CHERYL MILROY JACKI D QUARTER HORSES Westbank, B.C. (250) 768-3306 Website - 4/09

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

$70 in black & white $140 in Colour, plus GST

Save 30% when booking year-round (includes FREE Listing under Stallions/Breeders) 2/10

Dorla Malo Lethbridge, AB 403-328-5693

Pete Dyck Fort MacLeod, AB 403-634-6723

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Stallions Standing COLOUR V RANCH Standing




1999 AQHA Palomino Throws 75% dilution colour!

1996 Bay Roan AQHA Stallion

Grandson of Givemalickin Bloodlines include: Dash For Cash, Tiny Charger, Native Dancer, Joe Hancock, Driftwood, and more. • Barrel Racing • Roping • Rodeo • Ranch Work

Bloodlines also include: greats like King, Bee Line, Ricky Taylor, Crimson War, Depth Charge, Man O War, and more. * Speed * Ranch Work * Halter * Western or English $500 Registered Mares, $400 Grade Mares $50 Booking Fee. Hand Bred Only. LFG

$500 Registered Mares, $400 Grade Mares $50 Booking Fee. Hand Bred Only. LFG Pete and Cheryl Van Immerzeel 150 Mile House, BC • 250-296-0186 •

APHA & ApHCC approved Grandson of Fintry Tom Cat


Green Gables Morgan Farm presents WF Royal Mist’s Kurik “Roy”

Pete and Cheryl Van Immerzeel 150 Mile House, BC • 250-296-0186 •





2001 Black AQHA & FQHA Stallion APHA and ApHCC approved Grandson of “Smart Little Lena” Bloodlines also include: Peppy San, Dry Doc, Doc O Lena, and Sonny Dee Bar *Cutting*Reining *Working Cow Horse *Ranch Work*Rodeo *Western or English Riding* $500 Registered Mares, $400 Grade Mares $50 Booking Fee. Hand Bred Only. LFG Pete and Cheryl Van Immerzeel 150 Mile House, BC • 250-296-0186 •



Salty Ole Jack 1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut


LTE: $7,5OO in Reining & Working Cowhorse

15.1 HH 1994 Black/Brown Stallion

Doc’s Hickory Sire: Zan Freckles Hickory Miss Zan Freckles Hollywood Jac 86 Dam: Miss Hello Hollywood Miss Doll Pine

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

Debora Morgan Neufeld 4684 Back Enderby Rd., Armstrong, BC V0E1B8 250-546-8058 • 5/09

Mister Rocka Fella Champion Bred 2006 16,1 HH Dun Stallion HYPP/NN Sire - RD Rocka Fella (Dun) G.Sire - Mr Yella Fella (Pal.) Dam - Houston at Night (Grulla) G.Sire - A Classical Mister (Blk.) Stud Fee: $700 LFG (plus collection fee)

FOR SALE Standing Until Sold Nominated to the AQHA Incentive Fund

Thundering Hill Ranch More pictures and information on our website:

250-546-3644 Email:

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES For 2008 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502 2/09 Glen Black Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0 •

$1000 STUD FEE (includes $250 booking fee) APHA approved


Little Peppe Leo


W Greg & Karen Michelson 403-572-3633 (Carbon, AB)

Peeping Bo Brass

15.3HH APHA Stallion

1999 AQHA Reg’d Chestnut Stallion

2009 Fee: $500

Bloodlines include: Mr San Peppy, Peppy San Badger, Doc Bar and Sir Colonel.

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

Irish Creek Ranch, Vernon, BC 250-542-7228 m Holly Doern, Armstrong, B.C.

“Hickory” produces talented, good-minded offspring that will suit any discipline that needs a balanced, athletic horse. His half brother is JACS ELECTRIC SPARK - the sire of 3rd, 4th & 5th place winners of the 2008 NRHA FUTURITY. Hickory is also the sire of HELLO HOLLYWOOD BABE, LTE $16000 in Reining.

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


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His first foals have excellent conformation and show his willing disposition. We are looking forward to them starting their lives under saddle this year. 2009 STUD FEE: $750 Mare care: $ 8 p/day. Mutiple Mare Discount Standing at:


100 Mile House, BC 250-397-2897 •

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On The Market



Palomino Mare, 15.2HH. Presently used for trail riding. Good conformation, farrier and shots UTD. Loads and trailers well, good in traffic. Suitable for intermediate rider or experienced rider. Asking $2,500 obo. 250-249-9692 (Quesnel)

are Anatolian Akbash These independent, outdoor dogs will protect your livestock and property against predators, including bears and cougars. Good with people, cats, chickens. Four months old. $600 each. 250-269-7379 (Burton, BC)

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


PAINT HORSES - HERD REDUCTION. All registered APHA. Ages from Weanlings, Ready to Start and Broodmares available. ALSO: one Homozygous 13-year-old Stallion. For prices and other info call 250-397-2897 (100 Mile House) E-mail: 4/09

NICE DAPPLE GRAY PONY Approximately 12 years old. Easy to ride. Good on roads and trails. Easy keeper. UTD on all shots, worming, etc. Reasonably priced to right home. 250-426-8565 (Cranbrook) E-mail:

“JET BLACK N EASY” (AKA BLACK JACK) 1995 15HH QH Black Stallion. He is a gentleman to ride and a proven sire producing well built foals. Standing until sold. Stud fee: $400. For Sale at $3,200. South East of Kelowna 250-484-5601 (Beaverdell)

2-YEAR-OLD REG’D QH GELDING Looking for a home to take him to his top potential. Loads, ties, baths, easy to catch. Great with lunging, blankets, stalls, incredibly smart. 15HH, Doc O’ Lena breeding. Ground work is phenomenal. One month training with Carl Woods under saddle and did wonderful. Very willing mind, easy going, takes in all new situations with ease. At first horse show he won 2nd place in Showmanship. UTD with worming, feet, shots. This is a horse you don’t want to miss and he will take you right to the top! $4,000. Call Lauren 250-493-2233 (Penticton)

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Offers Quality Paint and Thoroughbred Performance Horses for Sale. Young stock, started under saddle… going to the show ring we have what you need! Scotch N Soda bloodlines as well as top Thoroughbred pedigrees. Contact Cathy or Keelly Reggelsen 250-546-2476 (Armstrong) E-mail:

12yrs, Reg’d Part Bred Morgan Gelding, 16.1HH. Doing great in Training & First Level Dressage. Very showy in Hack Classes always in the ribbons. Jumping 2’3”; finished his first Eventing with ease. Good all round horse. Easy keeper, happy fellow, very willing. Looking for a soulmate. DVD available online. Approved home only. $9,500 obo - MUST GO (trainer moved, not being ridden) 250-546-9922 (Armstrong)

On The Market



4’ short wall, rear tack. Two dividers, rubber padded floor and walls. Insulated Weekend Package. Additional outside water tap. Care Free awning. 12V/120Volt. 250-547-2475 (Lumby)

Out of The Corn Husker. Excellent all around Sport Horse, has been in parades, 4-H, trail, moving/ sorting cattle, over rails and shown English & Western. Quick, calm, natural with cows. $3,500. ALSO: 5-year-old Reg’d Standardbred Gelding. Willing, trusting, great on trails, on the highway, working cattle, trailers, loves people, good for any riding ability. $2,500. 250-547-6913 (Lumby)

5-YEAR-OLD REG’D TB MARE, 16HH Chestnut, graceful, athletic, excellent conformation. Started over poles, and shown in flat classes and 4-H. $3,000. 250-547-6913 (Lumby)


BILLY COOK CUTTING SADDLE 1997 TRAILS WEST 2-HORSE ANGLE HAUL. Complete with walk-in tack. Great condition! $7,500. 250-549-5396 (Lumby)

Greenville, Texas, Model 434, SC 99 3365. Pretty enough that you could show in this saddle. Probably one of the last Billy Cook hand made saddles. Very comfortable in the arena and hills – nice seat. Almost new cinch, latigo – the works. More pics available. Excellent condition. $1,700. 250-578-2080 (Kamloops) E-mail:

“IMA COOL LUKE” 2001 Reg’d AQHA, APHA 15.2HH Gelding. Luke goes Western and English and is a very smooth ride. He loves attention, enjoys trail rides and listens well. Has been shown in Halter, Western Pleasure and started in Jumping. Ima Cool Irwin and Coosa Breeding. No vices. Serious Inquiries please. Contact Gaylene 250-765-3559 (Kelowna)

ON 14 PRIVATE & PARTIALLY TREED ACRES sits a spacious, updated 3 level split house. Open plan features new country kitchen w/all new appliances. Large rec room w/snooker table & pellet stove. Separate TV room wired for surround sound. Master suite is enormous, 2-person Jacuzzi tub, gas f/p & 3-piece ensuite w/private deck & sunken hot tub. Surrounding decks & patio w/terrific views. Large riding arena w/excellent footing. Fenced for horses w/fields & paddocks w/auto waterers. Shop & other outbuildings. Centrally located between Vernon, Armstrong & Salmon Arm. Priced to sell at $665,000, before being listed with realtor. More pictures available on or 250-788-6637 or

“DIXIE” 8-YEAR-OLD REG’D QH MARE Beautiful, flashy, friendly 15.3 HH Bay. Ridden in arenas and trails, over logs. More ‘relaxed’ with buddy. Spirited, athletic, can be quick mover, willing to learn, likes to go. Some professional training. Intermediate to experienced handler and rider. UTD on everything. To approved home. $3,500 604-813-4435 (Chilliwack) E-mail:

WINDWALKER TOP SHOCK 2000 Appaloosa Stallion ApHCC/ApHC Registered. Beautiful Chestnut stallion with snowflake pattern on hips. Flaxen mane and tail. World Class Championship bloodlines top and bottom, and it shows! Check out our website for his full pedigree. We are retiring and are offering this fine stallion for your consideration. Breed him or show him, you will win either way! Jennifer Marshall, WindWalker Appaloosas 250-838-0852 (Enderby) • 81

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“ELDONDO’S REACH FOR THE SKY” 10-YEAR-OLD REG’D APPALOOSA GELDING 10-YEAR-OLD REG’D PAINT GELDING Solid Chestnut w/chrome and presence. Quiet, healthy, sound, 15.1HH using horse. Walk, trot, lope “in the bridle,” power steering, power brakes. Cadillac trail/mountain/ranch horse with big motor, can go all day. Completed 3 episodes of TV show Mantracker. PNH Level 1. Delivery options possible. Moving, will sacrifice for $3,000. 250-842-8274 (Hazelton) E-mail:

Smokey Black, loads of ‘horseanality’. Quiet, healthy, sound, 15.1HH using horse for almost anyone. Walk, trot, lope softly, easy transitions. Excellent trail/backcountry type horse with stamina and endurance. Has penned, sorted and appeared on TV series Mantracker. PNH Level 1. Would pair up with the Paint as a nice husband/wife duo. Delivery options possible. Moving, will sacrifice for $2,500. 250-842-8274 (Hazelton) E-mail:

Elfondo’s Tiger x Elfondo’s Skys the Limit. 8 yr old Reg’d Morgan Gelding 15.3 ¾HH. “Reach” is a smooth mover, well balanced and athletic. Has lots of endurance and a mischievous disposition, loves to please. Lots of length in the hip, strong bone and excellent hooves. Hauls well. This gelding could excel in many disciplines. Drags a tire, jumps logs, crosses tarps and creeks, goes through muskeg. Asking $4,500. Amber 250-843-7186 (Arras)

Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale

Sired By:

Goldun Poco Mr Matt Dun AQHA NFQH 97% Poco Bueno 34% Grandson of Little Steeldust - 3rd Open Reining ARCHA 2003 and

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

“ELFONDOS ELITE” JMF La Baron x Michalles Contessa. 14 yr old Reg’d Morgan Mare 15HH. “Elite” has strong working western bloodlines. She has spent most of her time raising foals and is an awesome broodmare. She is friendly and easy to catch, has a powerful build. Started under saddle with a few rides on her. She leaves the barnyard by herself and enjoys the trail. Asking $3,000 obo. Amber 250-843-7186 (Arras)

AQHA Blue Roan Te N’Te, Blue Boy Quincy Bloodlines. Being crossed on Hancock Bred Mares


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

TB Mare, registered with papers. 11 years old, 16HH. Kind, willing, sensitive, steady on roads. Easy ground manners. Has had one foal and 4 years Dressage and trails. Best Offer to approved home. Margaret 604-886-2961 (Gibsons) E-mail:


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EVENTS OKANAGAN BREEDERS GROUP Showcase & Sale, April 11-12, 2009, Armstrong Fairgrounds. Private Treaty Horse Sale, Stallion Parade, Trade Fair, Demos and more. Visit to consign, or more info and contacts.

The Bedding Warehouse Specializing in bedding & litter products for your horses, pets & other animals. Shavings, WoodyPet, MBC Magnum Wood Pellet Fuel and more! * Economical * Effective * Easy to Use * Reliable Larger orders shipped anywhere! Visit us in Langley, BC or call 604-533-1399 Woody Pet Products


ssfield Carriage o r C Company Ltd.

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

• Bell Crown • Zilco • Accessories


1-403-946-5202 • 1-866-946-5202

FOR SALE AT ✓ 10 yr Cow Horse & All Around Mare $5,500 ✓ 8 yr Gelding Cow Horse & Ranch work $6,500 ✓ 6 yr Reining Mare $14,500 ✓ 6 yr Peppy San/Boomeric Mare in Foal $6,000 More Horses Available & Training 604-505-1850 or 604-514-3991 (Langley, BC)

Cindy Kirschman, Certified Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer & CHA Instructor Is offering Beginner Level I & Intermediate Level II HORSEMANSHIP CLINICS in Lumby, BC Building on better Communication between You and your Horse using Body Language, starting with Respect and Trust. A great way to get your green horse going or to work through existing problems with your regular riding horse. BEGINNER LEVEL I March 1: Round pen & leading problems; respect & trust March 8: Longeing, giving to the hand and work ethic March 29: Correct riding position, balance, halts & backup April 5: Riding, rating, transitions at walk/trot INTERMEDIATE LEVEL II April 26: Advanced round penning, reinforcing respect & trust May 3: Longeing, keeping the bend, obstacles & gaits May 10: Riding position, balance, bend and giving to hand & leg May 24: Riding, rating, transitions, yielding & problems Cost: $75.00 per day. Deposit required Contact: 250-547-9277,

Carrying Work Wear, Work Boots, Clothing and Gloves for all Seasons Wilderness Guiding and Wrangling Prepare for employment in the guide-outfitting industry with this 30-day, hands-on program.

1050 30 Street SW Salmon Arm, BC





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FABULOUS Food Grade 5 Gallon Pails and Lids for sale. Great for feed and water. $4 each, 3 for $10 or 10 for $25. Call or stop by Wine Anyone. 250-546-9463 (Armstrong) MORGAN HORSES. Registered Lippitt Purebreds. Foundation bloodlines. All ages and variety. Attention Breeders: Stallion Service. Elise at Old Morgan Way 250379-2988 (Falkland)

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May 1-May 30

HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 3/09

May 26 - June 24 Cost: $1,350

Call to register today! Toll-free 1.877.277.2288 Ext. 5849


Shop & Swap! FREE IF IT’S FREE, ADVERTISE IT FOR FREE. FREE TO GOOD HOME, “Ted” - a white 6 yr old Poodle X, neutered male dog. Great with kids, loves the farm life or being a house puppie. Good with other dogs and animals. A face only a mother could love! 250-546-2476 (Armstrong) 2 BROODMARES: 1) QH/Paint, 18 years, very quiet. 2) Foundation QH, Bay, 18 years, very quiet and athletic. To approved homes only. Can go separately. 250-545-0914 (Vernon) FREE LEASE - Possibly give away to good home. 6-yearold QH Mare, 14HH, green broke. Has arthritis in her knee. Good broodmare potential for sport pony, leadline or companion. Good ground manners, trailers, ties. Call Jo at 250-832-9867 (Salmon Arm)

PROPERTY FOR SALE/LEASE/RENT FOR RENT: Shared accommodation on acreage in Enderby. Room for a couple of horses. Non-smoker. 250-838-9373, E-mail (Enderby)

COME BUILD YOUR DREAM! Location, Location, Location. Ask any Realtor and they will tell you the most important factor in Real Estate is Location. Ask any Livestock Producer and they will tell you the most important thing is an abundant supply of fresh clean water. FOR SALE: Approx. 65 acres of rolling land located 15 min. from Drayton Valley, 1 hr from West Edmonton Mall, 2 hrs from Red Deer, 2 ½ hrs from Jasper. The water wells here are approx. 220’ deep and yield very clean, fresh water in abundance. Inquiries Phone 1-780-898-0446 WANTED NORTH OKANAGAN BC Standardbred breeding and boarding farm seeking person to live on farm with primary purpose to caretake during owner’s absence. Experience in all areas of broodmare management need only apply. Income will vary depending on experience and availability for daily farm work. Sheila 250-679-3940, (Chase, BC) 3/09 COWGIRL WAY DRILL TEAM (North Okanagan)… Rodeo Season is right around the corner. We are accepting riders NOW for our 2009 season. If you have a passion for horses and you want to be a part of our Drill Team give me a call. You must be 19 years of age or older, reliable, dependable and a team player. Tryouts start in March, so now is the time to join as the Rodeos start in June. Must ride a Quarter Horse type, sound, steady and spook-free as possible horse. You must be committed to regular practices and some weekend engagements. It is very demanding work, but also very rewarding and fun! Join us… as we are ready to ROCK the 2009 Season. Contact Tammy Aiello 250-550-4665, E-mail, Subject: Drill Team.




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

250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC

Only five minutes from the Mall

Large Paddocks, Round Pen 200' x 100' Sand Arena EC Cert. Western Coach Lorraine Pilon offering lessons 250-545-2010 or 250-307-6609 (Vernon)


L & L Quarter Horses Horse Boarding in Vernon • Offering Full Board • 25 x 250 Paddocks with Shelters • 100 x 200 Outdoor Sand Arena • Access to Trails • Heated Automatic Waterers Located on East Vernon Road in the BX 5 minutes to Vernon, BC

250-545-9014 or 250-558-8289



Indoor Arena 100 x 200 outdoor ring Spacious paddocks and shelters Easy access to trails Warm, hospitable atmosphere for horse and rider 30 Years experience raising, breeding & handling horses For more information 250-546-6004 2/09

SAGEVIEW EQUESTRIAN CENTRE Large Indoor/Outdoor Arenas Access to Miles of Trails Round Pen for Lunging Individual Tack Lockers 3 Feedings per Day Large Outdoor Paddocks Boxstalls with Runs off Indoor Arena Beginner Western and English Riding Lessons Lease Horses Available

250-376-9105 or 250-318-9437 3635 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, BC



QUARTERSPOT RANCH Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

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

Cindy Kirschman (Chris Irwin Certified)


Natural Boarding “A Pasture Paradise”



Private Scenic Trails • 700 Acre Ranch Herd Environment • 24 Hr Turnout Bunch Grass • Trees • Hills • Wildlife Colt Starting • Training • Trailering Layups • Retirement • Rehab

250-545-6948 Vernon

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Affordable Barns

Farm Maintenance Services

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

Paddock Cleaning Snow Removal General Maintenance

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

Steen Reggelsen 250-546-2476 (Armstrong)

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WANTED USED TACK BUY SELL & TRADE Deep Creek General Store 0

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


The Leather Lady Custom Made Chaps Any Style – Finest Quality Plus Repairs Now in Australian Saddles New and Used LEATHER & STITCHES Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 4/09



Horse Hauling/Transport Surrey, BC. Canada Short & Long Haul - Fully Insured British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Oregon, California 604-619-0962



ATTENTION ATTENTION VANCOUVER ISLAND READERS Win 2 FREE Auditor Tickets to a VANCOUVER ISLAND Jonathan Field Clinic in 2009 (There are 4 clinics on Vancouver Island this year - see What’s Happening for dates)

HOW TO ENTER? Tell us in 100 words or less (over 100 and you will be disqualified)... Why you enjoy Saddle Up magazine and why you want to go to a Jonathan Field Clinic?

Email to We need your name, city, phone number and email address. (Saddle Up reserves the right to publish your response in a future issue; name & city only)

Only 4 pairs of tickets to be won. Your choice of which Vancouver Island clinic/date to attend. ENTER NOW - as this is a LIMITED TIME OFFER! 86 • Saddle Up • February 2009

Tellington TTouch Training Tellington TTouch Training is a low stress method for horse and handler, of improving your horse’s physical and mental wellbeing and performance. Using a combination of gentle, non-invasive bodywork, focused groundwork and riding exercises, TTEAM looks to override patterns of posture, allowing horses to learn without fear. These clinics will include Connected Riding & Groundwork.

These easy to learn methods will improve your relationship with your horse, while offering solutions to common problems: Inconsistent performance Head tossing and tail wringing Nervous or fearful behaviour Challenges under saddle High headed horses Girthiness and biting Trailer loading

TTEAM supports veterinary care:

Reduces stress and pain Speeds up recovery Helps prolong acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments

Tellington TTouch Workshops at the Icelandic Horse Farm - Lavington, B.C. Saturday workshops for horses: Your horse or ours. March 7 – Introduction to the Tellington Touch Bodywork for Horses. March 14 - Improving Flexibility and Suppleness from the Ground March 28 - Losing the Spook; Gaining trust & confidence with your horse April 4 – Riding with Awareness 2-Day TTEAM Connect workshops May 16-17: July 25-26: Aug 29-30: Sept 19-20

June 4-7: 4-Day TTEAM Connect Icelandic Riding Clinic July 13-18: 6-Day Starting Young Horses with TTEAM August 10-15: 6-Day TTEAM Connect

Tellington TTouch For Companion Animals February 27& 28 - Hands-on TTouch for Dogs Workshop - Friday evening & Saturday - with or w/o a dog - Coldstream, B.C.

For information contact:

Robyn or Christine 250 545-2336 1 800 255-2336

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