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Picturesque 53 acres along the East side of Huff Lake located only 30 minutes to Kamloops. Over 2500 feet of waterfront to enjoy. Good pastures for horses. Mulitple building sites that capture the view of the lake. $550,000. Two other parcels in the area are for sale as well. Call Barrie Cline for details 250-371-7222



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From the Editor… Features Schooling Down Under Natural Winter Horse Care In Praise of the Older Horse Moonology Down Home with… Reimers Training with Dana Hokana His Personality / Swirls Saddlemaker - Andy Knight The Winter Bucket List Dressage Masters (1st of 4 parts)

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Our Regulars Roman Ramblings


Cariboo Chatter


Cowboy Poetry




Back Country Horsemen of BC


BC Cutting Horse Assoc.


Pine Tree Riding Club


Endurance Riders Assoc of BC


BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc.


BC Paint Horse Club


BC Quarter Horse Assoc.


Stallions & Breeders


What’s Happening? Let’s Go!


Business Services


On the Market (photo ads)


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2010 is here and Saddle Up is turning ‘10’ too this year. What a strange winter we are having here in BC – but so is the rest of the country (and world), with very unusual weather patterns, definitely not the norm. But one week from now (from press time) it will be Groundhog Day – and that will tell us all what we are in for… ‘weather’ we like it or not. Since winter is upon us (sort of)… some great stories in this issue… older horses, winter grazing, moon effects, greener pastures, and even a success story. And of course training articles, club news, and reports from all breeds (big and small, or with ‘ears’). We are still hearing concerns from horse people wanting to know where to dispose of the horse they have to put down. If they don’t live on an acreage where they can bury it – where can it go? Greenwave Farms here in the North Okanagan provides that service (see Business Services listing) – but what about the rest of the province, as well as Alberta? Do you offer a service to remove dead stock? If you have a service, or know of someone who does… do call or e-mail me. BC is proud to be hosting the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and I am sure most of you have had the Torch Parade through your community. Here is a photo of one such Torch Parade, on Highway 97 through Enderby, BC. (Photos by Rein-Beau Images). Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Haiti.

Nancy CONTRIBUTORS: Carol Hansson, Vanessa Quartly, Dr. Thomas Ritter, Mark McMillan, Dana Hokana, Christine Schwartz, Robyn Hood, Lisa Sammartino, Julie MacKinnon, Deenna Smith, Kevan Garecki, Alesia Willard, Holly Baxter, Gary Hunt, Carol Sokvitne, Greg Roman, Mike Puhallo, Kal Zurkan, Heather Smith, Deanna & Andy Reimer, Paul Dufresne, Alexa Linton, Jennifer Raifteiri-McArdle. ON THE COVER: Yellow Mount Ranch, www.yellowmountranch.com MASTHEAD PHOTOS: (regular features) by Rein-Beau Images OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Welcome (as of this month) Back Country Horsemen of BC, BC Quarter Horse Assoc., BC Paint Horse Club, BC Cutting Horse Assoc., BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc., Pine Tree Riding Club, Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC. MAIN OFFICE TOLL FREE 1-866-546-9922 250-546-9922 Fax: 250-546-2629 nancyroman@saddleup.ca www.saddleup.ca PUBLISHER/EDITOR Nancy Roman MAILING ADDRESS Saddle Up magazine PO Box 371 Armstrong, BC, V0E 1B0

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Put a Little Heart in Your Barn - Yellow Mount Ranch presents their Stallion Roster for 2010 Kingofhearts McCue

by Leos Easter Mount (goes to Chicka Mount (APHA Champion) by Yellow Mount (APHA Champion/Supreme Champion)) out of Dusty Mount McCue By Scooter McCue (APHA Champion) 1997 Red Dun Tovero, 15.1HH, OLWS negative. Sire of Point Earning Offspring



by Cluition (AQHA Champion) by Obvious Conclusion (AQHA Champion) out of Miss Annie Boness by Macho Impressive (AQHA Champion) by Mr Impressive (AQHA Champion). 1994 Sorrel AQHA, 15.1HH, HYPP N/N, APHA Listed. Sire of Point Earning Offspring

HDF Impressed By Clu by Clumination by Cluition (AQHA Champion) out of Ballys Shortstop by Bally Beers by Moon Deck. 2002 Bay AQHA, 16.1HH, HYPP N/N

HDF Brandy Snifter by Clumination by Cluition (AQHA Champion) out of C Brandys Dust by C B (APHA Champion) by Yellow Mount (APHA Champion/Supreme Champion). 2003 Sorrel Overo, 14.3HH, HYPP N/N

YMR Hearts Bold Whim by Kingofhearts McCue out of Royal Pinup (AQHA, HYPP N/N) by Impressive Royalty by Impressive.


CBS Legacy by C B (APHA Champion) by Yellow Mount (APHA Champion/Supreme Champion) out of Dusty Mount McCue by Scooter McCue (APHA Champion). 2003 Red Roan Overo, 15.0HH

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Yellow Mount Ranch Where All Around Athletes Are Created This is HDF Heart And Soul by Kingofhearts McCue out of CB Prissy Patti by C B. Proudly owned and shown in Pony Club, 3 Day Eventing and Battle of the Breeds at Spruce Meadows, September 2009 by Christina Stevenson of Surrey, BC.

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Schooling Down Under

By Lisa Sammartino

(Lisa is from Vernon, BC and in December headed off to Australia to work with leading show jumper Vicki Roycroft. She is writing this article to share her experiences with everyone at home. See part 1 in the December issue; also archived on our website.)

By the end of my first week, I was already lying under Vicki Roycroft… and I was faking it. We were at a horse show in Sydney and I was sleeping in the bunk under hers in a horse trailer.


o far I had been pretending that my Hunter mind had any knowledge in it about how to fit a running martingale and how to approach a triple bar. Vicki is an incredible woman. She commands respect from her students and horses, but maintains rapport with her clients. She is one of the best riders in Australia, proven by fans that ask for her autograph during course walks, but she is grounded and works just as hard as her staff. This includes breeding stallions and trimming horse hooves by herself. Additionally, she rides several horses every day. I am lucky to be able to ride the Roycroft horses, but my riding habits

need a drastic makeover. According to spectators, I ride like a North American, with good equitation, but I am not effective enough to influence the horse. Vicki believes that the art of equitation is ruining riders, as we are manufactured into machines and do not develop a feel of the horse. While equitation is essential (function and form are co-dependent) it is not the most important part of riding. Still, as a disciple of George Morris, she is constantly reminding me to keep my whip on my thigh and carry my hands quietly over the withers. Although originally she said that I would receive one lesson a week, I ride with her most days and she cannot resist

Vicki and “Cougar” in their winning round at the ISS horse show on December 12 at the Sydney Olympic Equestrian Park.

teachable moments. This is great for my riding, as she will not let me slip into old tendencies. These first couple of weeks have been challenging and a lot of work. Vicki is very specific about what she expects. I always seem to be two steps behind her, which can be frustrating, but I learn a lot in this position, as she is always trailing hints. I am covered in dirt, bruises and blisters, but I know that the rein rings of a running martingale should reach just above the withers and you should aim for the base of the triple bar jump, taking your landing into consideration for any following distances. Although it is only the beginning, I can already feel my iconic Hunter perfectionism and patience transforming into precision, accuracy and flexibility. (Watch for Lisa’s next article in the March issue.)

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Greener Pastures – The Journey Continues By Kevan Garecki

As life itself, “Greener Pastures” is not a destination, but a journey along a road liberally decorated with success, yet fraught with challenge. Over the years I have experienced the pleasure of investing time with many charities, clubs and campaigns; few opportunities have been as personally rewarding as that spent with Greener Pastures, the BC Standardbred Horse Adoption Society.


he breed, those hard-working folks dedicated to promoting them and keeping Greener Pastures thriving, and the aura of the society itself combine to create an elixir as potent as the heady musk of a horse’s neck during a crisp morning ride. Even as we slowly emerge from yet another “economic downturn,” a pall still hangs over many charitable organizations in BC. Due to recent developments in government, many programs have been terminated due to budget cutbacks. The arts and sporting sectors have felt the squeeze far more deeply than any other groups who depend on grants and other outside funding for their continued operations. To many, assuring the ongoing safety and comfort of a retired equine athlete is considered “non-essential,” so the horses who are donated into the Greener Pastures’ program suddenly find themselves facing an uncertain future. Realizing there is an almost endless array of hands being held out in search of funding, the board members of Greener Pastures have taken a leap of faith. Long before the formal decision is published it is known that their application for a grant for the coming year will be denied, as have all other “recreational” applications thus far. This void represents a significant shortfall to the operating budget for the society, which historically relied heavily on those grants for the bulk of their capital. I was present at the annual general meeting held at Fraser Downs in Cloverdale, and the apprehension amongst the board and members in attendance was palpable. Yet, despite the

uncertainty there was a decisive surge toward a solution. Not one person seated around the table that evening bowed their head for even a moment; no one was beat, nor was there a hint of despair present. Instead what I saw was a unanimous input of ideas, strategies and networking, all directed at raising the funds needed to maintain the horses currently in their charge, and ensure a secure stepping stone for the myriad of others who will follow in their hoofprints along the way to their new homes. Such an illustrious band of devotees deserves a boost, at least in my mind. So this is an appeal for your help in assuring a future for the BC Standardbred Adoption Society by supporting their various fundraisers you will undoubtedly encounter in coming months. Just a few of the events and programs planned are: a breed-specific calendar, dances and other entertaining events, Show ‘n Shine and games days, and many other exciting occasions. I invite you to join me on yet another leg of an amazing journey! Watch the Greener Pastures website at www. greenerpastures.ca for news and details. Every little bit helps, and those little bits add up! And remember; it’s all about the horse!

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Natural Winter Horse Care

By Deenna Smith

Photo credit: Karen Powell, Quesnel Cariboo Observer

In the wake of last year’s horrible incidents of gross neglect of horses in BC (and still happening) many are attentive to horses in our communities and neighbourhoods, questioning if horses have the basic needs: shelter, water, enough feed.


owever, education on what is acceptable for basic needs should be promoted (to both horse owners and non-horse people). Some people are quick to point a finger, without understanding the horse and the variety of lifestyles that can be chosen. Winter grazing/pawing is a common and natural form of feeding. This is how horses have survived for centuries. Horses will use their feet to paw through the snow to eat the forage underneath. Uncut hay fields from the summer are a common source of winter grazing. Some ranchers/owners manage their summer pastures by saving fields for the winter while others plant rye grasses for winter grazing. Winter grazing can be difficult to find as areas with enough forage are not readily available because pastures and fields are overgrazed in the summer. This is a “managed” practice; it is not neglect. It is a chosen way of life for many horses living in rural and farm communities in Canada and the U.S.

If needed some owners may give supplements or grain and further into the winter, hay will/may be added to ensure proper nutrition. Horses can easily paw through snow, even deep snow. It is not necessarily the depth but consistency of the snow, such as hard-crusted snow that makes it difficult to paw. Also, the amount of feed under the snow should be evaluated; such as a hay field with six inches of growth or a pasture with remnants of tall grass. Owners should always monitor this along with the body condition and the health of the horse (Body Conditioning Score is rated on a scale of 1-9). If/when horses are removed it is either for the condition of the horse or for pasture management. Horses in this environment are mentally stimulated to find their food and are in great physical shape. If you see a herd of horses with their heads buried in a snow-covered field it doesn’t mean they are not fed, there can be ample feed underneath the snow. They don’t “need saving!”

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Winter Horse Care, cont’d We tend to humanize the horse, feeling sorry for them and often debilitate it with kindness. Even the common winter care of blanketing can hinder their natural abilities to keep warm if not done properly. Horses kept in stalls and pens during winter months (or year round) often develop behaviour problems such as wind sucking, weaving, cribbing and board chewing. This is caused from boredom! In the wild, horses naturally graze from the ground, they travel distances for food and water, eating grasses low in nutrition, grazing 18 to 20 hours a day. Climbing hills and rocks develop tendons and muscles and aid the horses in becoming sure footed. The varied terrain stimulates and conditions the hooves. They naturally worm themselves by eating certain plants different times of the year and wear down their teeth and hooves by their lifestyle. Yet we make flat soft ground, suspend their feed, put feed in one pile and turn them out into lush pastures (commonly causing founder). This is all to the benefit of our own needs, not the horse! Horse neglect comes in all forms; a show horse that is beaten to win, an ignored horse on lush pasture that founders, a stalled horse that receives “perfect equine nutrition” that never sees daylight except for their exercise routine or a horse left on winter pasture until spring without management. Regardless of the lifestyle in summer or winter, all would agree the key to horse care is “common sense” and balance, acknowledging the personality and needs of the horse (and possibly the breed) which encompasses physiological care (physically and mentally). This being from the horse’s point of view not ours! Thinking a horse left out to winter graze is neglect? It can be argued a horse kept in a box stall, with a heavy winter blanket in artificial light is neglect! Many of us that have horses do our best to give them the most natural environment. Winter grazing is generally not available and may not even be chosen, but several things can be done to make their environment natural, reducing physical and behavioural problems. Of course, horse magazines and books on the subject can offer great information on a variety of ways for horse care. Searching terms such as “natural horse care” on the Internet can provide information and education on the horse’s natural lifestyle. Who is the most informative teacher? The horse of course! Watch horses in herds, grazing, resting and playing. Watch your own, they will teach you while they work, play and survive in their own environment. Deenna Smith lives in a Northern BC community with her many horses and dogs. She enjoys writing about her passion; her love of horses. She has dedicated over 10 years volunteering in the equine industry in English and Western and in developing community equine programs.

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Just Horsin’ Around


By Alexa Linton

owner population of central Vancouver Island, with the enhanced draw of a 2-day event, but there was also an opportunity for collaboration between many aspects of the sometimes fragmented horse industry, resulting in a wonderfully well-rounded event showcasing all aspects of the equine world. Shannon Wheeler, competitive in dressage, is excited to be organizing symposiums for dressage, reining, jumping and driving, allowing spectators to experience a standard of horsemanship and training that rarely makes it onto the island. Natural horsemanship demonstrations with island favourite Marion Weisskopff, up-and-comer Stefanie Travers, and up-island fi xture Jodine Carruthers and more will allow each horse person the opportunity to experience many perspectives on this fascinating method of working with horses. Add to this a full array of exhibitors from every aspect of the horse industry, back-to-back informative

nce again, it has been proven that horses inspire great things! Five years ago inspiration struck horse owner Laurie Joslin and her Equine Therapist Alexa Linton to create the Healthy Horse Expo; now a fixture for all things healthy and horsey on Vancouver Island, attracting over 500 participants, 17 presenters and 70 exhibitors at their 2009 Saanich event. Back at the barn this past summer, Glenora neighbors Jacquie Duncan and Shannon Wheeler were experiencing the same phenomenon. What started as a small fundraiser for the BCSPCA Horse Rescue, has quickly transformed into a 2-day learning-packed gathering for all things horsey at Beban Park in Nanaimo on May 15-16, aptly named Just Horsin’ Around. When Healthy Horse Expo organizer Alexa Linton received an e-mail about Just Horsin’ Around, it seemed a match made in heaven. Not only was the venue more accessible for the large horse/horse

demonstrations and presentations on everything from nutrition to saddle fitting to equine massage, a Saturday night Extravaganza for the whole family and all the proceeds heading to support the horses in the care of the BCSPCA, who require veterinary care, feed, shelter and blankets, and you’ve got the makings of a truly transformative weekend! Come on out to Just Horsin’ Around at Beban Park in Nanaimo, BC on May 15-16, 2010. Admission is just $7 per day or $10 for the weekend. We believe that fundraising for the BCSPCA is the most effective way to help the neglected and unwanted horse. It provides for the animals via the Emergency Welfare Equine Fund - specifically for the use of horses only. For more info visit www.justhorsinaround2010.com, or contact Shannon Wheeler at chestnuthill@Shaw.ca, 250-746-4439.

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Canim Lake Success Story By Jennifer Raifteiri-McArdle


ine months ago an emaciated little white mare weighed down by a thicket of burdocks cascading down her face captured the hearts of the horse community in British Columbia and across Canada. Peggy, as she was soon named, and a number of her herd-mates were seized near 100 Mile House and wound up in Kamloops under the special care of a team of six including a veterinarian and two BCSPCA constables who worked to check and treat the horses for ticks, burdocks, parasites, and administered vaccinations and dewormer. From there, in a turn of events not unlike something out of Black Beauty, Peggy and two of her friends (in foal) found themselves on the farm and in the loving foster care of Liz and Russ Morrison of Clearwater. Peggy, Roanie and her foal Sweet Pea, Flame and her foal Ranger flourished stress-free in their

new surroundings on fresh grass and a special diet. Along with the luxury of just being a horse, all but Peggy were handled daily, halter broke, brushed, and handled to increase their chances of adoption. Peggy remained shy but interested in her human friends, calling to Liz and following her around but only allowing her face to be rubbed when fed. In the fall, there was more good luck for the gang. Peggy, Roanie, Flame, and Ranger were all adopted by a wonderful family in Smithers with lots of horse experience. “I heard about the horses through the SPCA,” says her new ‘mom’ Naomi Ferster. “I wanted to try and rescue horses, work with them. I thought if I can help out some horses and make them happy then that’s what I would like to do.” “Peggy certainly is a neat horse,” Naomi continues. “There is something about her that makes you like her. She is so innocent and “Protect your existing fence and start planning for curious.” Liz is thrilled at pasture management and rotational grazing” Peggy’s new situation and says of her new mom, “She has taken over Peggy’s gentle care where I had left off – one on one, “Beat the Winter Chews” special feedings, etc.” Sweet Pea went to a caring couple near Kamloops, and


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Liz has already taken up their kind offer for Liz to come and visit her. Liz wants to thank the entire community for all their encouragement and support. “It is through their generosity and compassion that our club, The North Thompson Reiners & Riders, was able to donate $2,300 to the BCSPCA Horse Fund. You all helped me out so much, I am so appreciative,” said Liz. Many more horses are looking for ‘forever homes’ – for more information go to www.spca.bc.ca and www. bcinteriorhorserescue.com. Reprinted with permission from 100 Mile Free Press, www.100milefreepress.net

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In Praise of the Older Horse By Vanessa Quartly RP, EBW, EC, Level 1 Western coach As a coach, trainer and horse breeder, over the last 35-plus years I have had the opportunity to ride a lot of horses. I have also had the chance to work with a lot of people, from very green, or very young, to older and more experienced riders.


t is through these dealings that I have discovered a very interesting fact. A very useful part of the equine population has been largely ignored. Many have been sold off, retired, and in some cases, neglected and even destroyed by people in the equine world. The senior horse is a member of the equine community that I believe is the most valuable and least considered by most new riders. There are a number of reasons that this most useful of animals has been ignored by many prospective horse owners. These so-called reasons are not only misguided but extremely prejudiced and often untrue all together. Here, I will attempt to undo some of the damage that has been done to the reputation of this element of our equine population and hopefully prove to you that purchasing one of these “seniors” could be one of the most important things that you could ever do to get your life as an equestrian on the right track.

There are many who would warn you against the purchase of an older horse. These people seem to always come up with so-called logical reasons. Let’s explore some of these reasons and see how the logic really adds up. Although there may be some truth to some of these concerns, I believe that if you take one of these animals on, you will find that what a senior horse can do for you will by far supersede any inconveniences incurred in the foreseeable future.

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Let us start with the excuse “old horses are too unsound for steady work.” In my personal experience, if an older horse is sound when you purchase him, he will most likely stay sound for the duration of your relationship. For example, you are looking at a 16-year-old ex-athlete (be it jumper, or cowhorse). You know that he has had a lot of work in the past and has come out of it sound. You also know that he has the knowledge to teach you new skills better than any youngster you could find and would have to pay five times or more the price for. You know that he has already excelled in these areas and can put you in the ribbons almost immediately, albeit in the lower divisions, but that is where you would have to start anyway. Getting the picture yet? I have seen how quickly these riders rise above the other newbies due to the patience and knowledge of these older school masters. I’ve seen how these horses create a confidence in their rider. If you’re still concerned, by all means get a vet check done. A good vet will probably explain to you that a horse really does not pass or fail an exam. The vet simply inspects the horse and tells you of any unsoundness, old injuries and potential problems that the horse may develop in the future. It is up to you to decide whether it is a manageable condition, one that you can live with and to what level it will affect the horse’s performance. I know of older cutting horses who can no longer pull the top scores from the judges in the pro competitions, yet would do absolutely fine in youth or novice as the expectations are not so high for the horse or rider competing in the

“Sprite” and her foal.

lower classes. He would also be a very good prospect for other forms of cattle work (for example, sorting); a sport he could easily transfer over to with little additional training.

Another concern regarding senior horses is how to feed them. People often think because a horse is into his teens he has to have expensive extruded senior feed. Again, only true in special cases. Most senior horses still have most or all of their teeth and can eat ordinary horse hay with little problem. However, it definitely pays to supplement their diet with any form of complete horse feed that is available; which most horses in training need regardless of age so that argument, to me, holds little water. Older horses will however need regular dental attention to make sure they do not develop any kind of problems. But again, it is recommended that any horse (especially performance horses) be checked regularly; so again, another nonissue. There are older horses with bad, missing or worn down teeth that would be very difficult to keep in condition. This is where the vet check and common

Older Horse, cont’d

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sense comes in, probably ending with you deciding to look for another prospect to purchase. The “neigh sayers” (pardon the pun) will no doubt present you with their final theory that usually goes something like this… “What are you going to do with him when you are finished with him and he is that much older? He will be worth less than what you purchased him for and you may even have to consider putting him down if he starts to fail?” Answer: Assuming that you used him in the discipline that you had planned, the knowledge and experience that you have gained from him should more than cover the cost that you paid out, considering it was likely substantially less than you would have paid for a young horse in the same discipline and talent level. You will probably have little or no trouble selling him for close to the same

price that you paid. Even if you reduce the price for whatever reason, you will have come out ahead. You could probably even afford to give him to someone because of all of the valuable experience you gained from riding him. And if you had to eventually consider euthanasia, you would be doing him a kindness by ending his life with that last kind, responsible act, which you may have to deal with even with a young horse should misfortune rear its ugly head.

Something else to consider. Do you realize that in the equine athletic world, at the highest of National and International levels, horses are rarely thought of as seasoned athletes until they are well into their teens? In sports such as jumping, dressage, steer wrestling, roping and often even in endurance riding, a 15- to 20-year-old horse is often considered at the top of his game. Here are some examples which I have personally seen and or known of. Willy is a 22-year-old “bulldogging” phenomenon that has won well over $1-million in earnings for his owners who have owned him since he was a young horse. He was named “Bulldogging Horse of the Year” in 2008 and 2009 and is still going strong today. There is also Big Ben, who so faithfully carried Ian Millar to so many winner’s circles up to the age of about 18. I know of a horse who has won

$25,000 in team penning events this year at the age of 26.

Here are my personal examples, our own horses. My husband’s 18-year-old Arabian gelding (Ibn) who just garnered us a top five at the 2009 Canadian Team Penning Nationals in the No. 6 shoot out. And our now 32-year-old Arabian mare “Sprite” - seen here with her 14th foal – who foaled with no problem at 27 years of age. Another example is my 27-year-old Arabian stallion (Sam) who, when I purchased him at 17, had not been ridden for many years. He successfully mastered several new disciplines including dressage and team penning which he continued until his retirement. I can’t tell you how much we would have missed had we not taken the chance on these “older” horses. These animals are still valuable, contributing members of the equine community with a world of knowledge, experience, heart and life left in them – if we just give them the chance. I hope that I have given you the incentive to at least consider giving a senior horse an opportunity to once again become a contributing member of the equine community and a wonderful teacher and companion to you, your children and your friends. I truly believe you will not be disappointed!

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FEI World Equestrian Games Unveiling of Equine Village Participants The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the Kentucky Horse Park have announced the first participants of the Equine Village, an exhibit area showcasing the equine industry through education, demonstrations and entertainment. This major exhibition area will be a main spectator attraction during the 2010 Games, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park from Sept. 25-Oct. 10, 2010. To date, 53 organizations and presenters have been selected for the Equine Village. Eighteen breed organizations are set to showcase their breeds and disciplines, including the American Paint Horse Association. Featured educational speakers include John Lyons, Pat Parelli, Clinton Anderson, Craig Cameron and others. They will demonstrate and discuss natural horsemanship, groundwork and riding tips.

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By Amy Walker

The Equine Village will be located in the heart of the Kentucky Horse Park, in the outdoor show grounds, the Breeds Arena and barns in the permanent exhibit areas of the park. All information regarding the Equine Village is available at the website www. alltechfeigames.com. Equine organizations seeking involvement in the Equine Village can contact Layson Griffin at layson.griffi n@ ky.gov or at 859-948-5919.

Heroes Wanted! Volunteers Still Needed The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games needs heroes! Thousands of volunteers are still needed to work hundreds of different jobs during the 16 days of the Games. Volunteer positions for competitionspecific duties are currently being selected, but thousands of general volunteers are still needed. Volunteers can still register their interest at www.alltechfeigames.com/ volunteer.

In addition, there is still time to reconfirm your interest as a volunteer if you signed up within the past two years. To reconfirm interest or adjust current contact information e-mail volunteers@feigames2010. org. All volunteers will receive an official Ariat uniform and a volunteer credential, which will provide general admission entry to the grounds of the park for all 16 days of the Games. In addition, meal vouchers will be provided for each volunteer during their shift. It is not too late to experience the Games as a volunteer. For more information, visit www.alltechfeigames.com/volunteer or call 859-244-2996.

Gala Ceremonies Opening ceremonies for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will kick off with hundreds of horses and athletes, marching bands, orchestras, world-renowned singers and a Kentucky “Call to the Post.” As many as 600 performers and 200 horses could be involved in the production,

FEI Games, cont’d including a 100-piece orchestra, 300-person choir and hundreds of adults and children. Opening ceremonies will be held Sept. 25, 2010, at 7 p.m. in the Outdoor Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park, the venue for the Games. Closing ceremonies will be celebrated in the same location, on Oct. 10 at 4 p.m.

About the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships of eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan is the current president of the FEI. The Games are held every four years and this will be the first occurrence in the United States. The Games will be broadcast on NBC Sports, which has marked the largest commitment to network coverage of equestrian sport in U.S. television history. The 2010 Games are expected to have a statewide economic impact of $150-million, and current sponsors include AllTech, Rolex, John Deere, Ariat International Inc., and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games please visit www.alltechfeigames.com.

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Equine Canada Update

By Julie Cull

New and Upgraded Dressage Canada Judges and Stewards

St-Onge and Coulter Finish Fourth at the FEI World Reining Masters

The Dressage Canada Officials Committee and Stewards Subcommittee have provided a list of recently certified and upgraded dressage judges and stewards for the 2010 competition season.

Canadians Patrice St-Onge and Lisa Coulter finished in a three-way tie for fourth place at the FEI Lisa Coulter World Reining Masters, held in Oklahoma City, OK, on Dec. 3. Patrice St-Onge Coulter of Princeton, BC, rode Photo by Waltenberry Inc. Hollywood Aces, a Quarter Horse gelding, and St-Onge, originally of Valleyfield, QC, rode Leitachic, a Quarter Horse stallion, both scoring 217.5. Complete results of the 2009 FEI World Reining Masters may be found at http://nrhafuturity.com/results.php.

Judges Name / Hometown Margaret Ames, Duncan, BC Deborah Fox, Ladysmith, BC Melanie Jayne Houston, Victoria, BC Marianne Middelveen, Calgary, AB Debbie Milling, Kemptville, ON Geralding Rondot, St-Apollinaire, QC Karen Ashbee, Calgary, AB Joanne Bouwhuis, Oshawa, ON Leslie Kennedy, Fergus, ON Birgit Valkenborg, Sainte-Marthe, QC Joanne White, Aurora, ON Stewards Ruth Hoeschen, Winnipeg, MB Jane James, Duncan, BC Judy Kirkby, Martensville, SK

Kelly Macintosh, Aldergrove, BC Anne Welch, King City, ON Jill Barton, Odessa, ON Dawn Brown, Collina, NB Heather Findlay, Bath, NB Christine Jewell, Kelowna, BC Leslie Kennedy, Fergus, ON Lynne Milford, Lindsay, ON Anke Seifried, Edmonton, AB Barbara Wile, Tottenham, ON Luc Vallee, Chicoutimi, QC Jane Vanderkuyl, Rodney, ON Jacqueline White, Rothesay, NB Daniel Dube, Montreal, QC Kimberley Fortin, Wilmot, NS Karen Ashby, Vancouver, BC Richard Smith, Abbotsford, BC

Canadian Riders Victorious at Saddleworld International Para-Dressage CPEDI3* Eleonore Elstone, Ashley Gowanlock, Tara Kowalski and Jennifer McKenzie achieved a second place team finish for Canada at the Saddleworld International Para-Dressage CPEDI3* held Dec. 10-13 in Werribee, Australia. Jennifer McKenzie of Maple Ridge, BC, won first on Sunbury Lodge Voodoo in Grade II Team and Grade II Individual. She placed second in the Grade II Freestyle. Eleonore Elstone of Langley, BC, aboard Flowervale Metallic, placed second in the Grade IV Team, third in the Grade IV Individual and third in the Grade IV Freestyle.

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Equine Canada, cont’d Ashley Gowanlock, of Surrey, BC, aboard AEA Abel Rex, finished third in the Grade Ib Individual, sixth in the Grade Ib Team and fift h in the Grade 1b Freestyle. Tara Kowalski, of Chilliwack, BC, placed fourth in the Grade 1a Team aboard BP Winterstern.

Georgia Young and Amanda Harris Represent Canada at FEI Children’s Final

Georgia Young Photo Credit Heidi Harris

Georgia Young of Calgary, AB, and Amanda Harris of Aurora, ON, represented Canada at the 2009 FEI Children’s Jumping Final held Dec. 11 to 18 at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Young rode Le Verdy de la Cavee, a selle français, to finish in ninth place overall. Harris competed in the consolation round where she finished in seventh place with five faults.

Jump Canada Announces 2010 Canadian Show Jumping Short List The Jump Canada High Performance Committee has provided the 2010 Canadian Show Jumping Team Short List. 1. Eric Lamaze, Schomberg, ON 2. Ian Millar, Perth, ON 3. Beth Underhill, Schomberg, ON 4. John Anderson, Calgary, AB 5. Mac Cone/King City, ON 6. Yann Candele, Caledon, ON 7. Jill Henselwood, Oxford Mills, ON 8. Keean White, Rockwood, ON 9. John Pearce, Stouffville, ON 10. Jonathon Millar, Perth, ON

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11. Erynn Ballard, Hillsburgh, ON 12. Amy Millar, Perth, ON 13. Karen Cudmore, Omaha, NE 14. Jenna Thompson, Calgary, AB 15. Jonathan Asselin, Calgary, AB 16. Courtney Vince, Milton, ON 17. Ainsley Vince, Milton, ON 18. Lauren Hunkin, Caledon, ON 19. Hugh Graham, Schomberg, ON 20. Emily George, Calgary, AB

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Moonology - Horse Medicine by Way of the Moon! By Julie MacKinnon/Laodas-Way.com


ave you ever noticed that at certain points during the month your herd of horses develops acute conditions and then they seem to simply disappear? This all comes down to the reaction of an animal versus the cosmic balance of moon energy and planetary lineup. This simple concept dates back as far as cowboys go – and as far forward as today. It is no wonder our horses know when to cycle (if mares) and when salt is needed or even how often they need their feet done. Really – it is not the horses but the influence of the moon on the horses that defines these and many other scenarios. Life just would not be the same without the moon here in our horse world.

Knowing the moon affects horses is simple. The moon controls the tides of all our Earth’s oceans – which is water. And our horses have over 50 per cent water in them – so it is safe to say that the moon has indefinite control over behaviour/ temperament and all things like breeding, growth and even parasites – affecting over 50 per cent of our horses’ life. Really it is not whether the moon affects our horses – but when. So where do we go from here? To help you understand the powers and effects of the moon’s cycle below is a chart for your info.

Critical Moon Reference Chart - Please cut out and hang up in your barn! MOONS



New Moon

Beginning, impulses

*Begin a training program *Give herbs or feeds that build (ginseng and protein) *Move or trailer your horse


Movement, action

*Train by doing – riding out and get experience *Administer massage and chiropractics *Assess whole horse care - physical to emotional

First Quarter

Shaping energies, building

*Defi ne a training program - direction *Treat specific injuries *Work with behavioural conditions


Detail work, personal growth

*Begin specifics in training *Immunize or balance immune system *Assess horse to human saddle fit/bridle fit

Full Moon

Completion, harvest

*Master a technique on the horse *Deworm and castrate *Foal *Remove stitches *End any training or treatment


Initial clearing of prefull moon creations

*Move on to new ideas in training *De-louce and de-parasite again if needed *Disinfect a barn

Last Quarter

Destruction, breakdown

*Leave basic training for advanced (such as neck reining) *Dental and trimming work *Use essential oils for release on any condition

Balsamic (darkmoon)


*Give the horse three complete days off *Balance their vibrations with salt/homeopathic/or arnica

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Moonology, cont’d Moon cycles every 29.5 days. Knowing how the moon cycles will tell an owner the seriousness of any given situation. Full moon conditions need treatment now and are serious. New moon conditions are less serious or are just getting started in creation. For instance when a horse colics during the full moon, this means that conditions may quicken much faster than usual – because the source of them began at the new moon some 15 days prior. Or when a horse is due to be dewormed it may be best to wait again till the moon is full – to help magnetically pull the worms/bugs out. Knowing it will be more worth your money to have the horse’s body work with you instead of against. It is only a matter of time in any training or treatment program until the energy of the moon must match your program – if not injuries/illness usually will find a way to create (when synergy is not there). If you find your herd in a state of illness and injuries are ever present “it is time to take the moons more seriously.”

Just by following the chart on the previous page you will see marked improvements in any herd or horse situation. By following the moon powers your horses are more likely be happier, healthier and win more rodeos/races/ shows because the physical properties of the body will be energized not depleted. * Moon energy is not a science but a gift to all those who choose to use May all horses be better because of it. Julie MacKinnon is a practicing equine therapist, herbalist and instructor from Alder Flats, AB. She is the creator of Laodas-Way College of Equine Kinetics, the Believe Product Line (natural products) and many other human/equine/canine workshops and healing charts/tools. Her experience, practice and instruction ranges from physical alignment work to shamanic/energy healing. More info can be found at www.laodas-way.com.

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Down Home with… The Reimers

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Andy and Deanna Reimer live in Vanderhoof, BC and, along with their partners, operate GlenDale Agra Services Ltd., formerly Reimer Ranching Supplies. When did horses first come into your life? Deanna: I have had horses in my life from day one. I was in my first showmanship class at 2 ½ years old and was showing at National level by age 7. Andy: As far back as I can remember. I grew up on a small 25 acre farm and we always had a few horses around.

Who has been the most influential horse person in your life and why? Deanna: My mom would have to be the most influential horse person in my life. She was showing with me when I was real young, but by the time I was 8, she became a full time groom and ‘Show Mom’. I was very blessed to have both of my parents so supportive of my hobby. We were on the road from the beginning of May till October with the show horses and we also had horses on the race track (which Mom and I did all 20 • Saddle Up • February 2010

the training and conditioning of). They also made it possible for me to go to as many different clinics offered in the Kamloops area. Andy: I never was serious about horses. When I married Deanna horses were such a big part of her life it just became part of my life.

How long have you operated your business? And what do you offer? Deanna: We started our home based business of “Reimer Ranching Supplies” back in 1995. We began with the real basics in livestock equipment like gates, panels and round bale feeders. Before long we had expanded to the full line of HiQual Equipment, Horse Trailers, Flat Decks, and Cargo Trailers. In 2006, we merged our company with GlenDale Agra Services, which supplied Fertilizer and Seed to the Northern farmers. We are now at a new location right on Hwy 16, 1 km west of Vanderhoof, with Feed, Pesticides, Vet supplies, Pet supplies, Clothing and Tack also in inventory.

Why did you choose to this type of business? Deanna: Both of us have always loved the farming life and thankfully we enjoy the retail end of business.

Andy: We were farmers ourselves so it became easy to sell product to farmers because we had the same interests as our customers.

Why do you like living in Vanderhoof? Deanna: I’m originally from the Kamloops area (Pritchard to be exact). My family moved to Vanderhoof in 1981 and I just loved the area. We can grow great hay and pasture – yes the winters can get a bit long, but they were no different up on Martin Mountain in the 70’s. I love the country life and it is a great place to raise my family. Andy: Vanderhoof is an amazing place to live. The area offers great fishing, hunting, hiking as well as sports in the summer and winter. The one thing I have noticed the most about Vanderhoof is it seems to just plug along. It doesn’t grow at great speeds and it doesn’t seem to be affected as dramatically in an economic downturn as some other places.

Deanna, you have shown horses, tell us about that. This makes me sound so old, but I’ve been showing for over 40 years now. I started out with the Pine Tree Riding Club in Kamloops doing every event possible, graduated to Appaloosa breed shows (competing in every event there as well), and by the time I was 15, I

Down Home, cont’d went Pro and started professionally training outside horses. I was in 4-H Horse for 8 years and then went on to be a 4-H leader for 15 years. I also coached the Northern BC Youth Team at the Canadian National Appaloosa Show for a couple of years. Probably the biggest show I ever attended was the US National Appaloosa Show when I was 11 down in Billings, MO. I was the only Canadian in my Youth classes and my smallest class was 75. I was absolutely thrilled to tie for 10th in Western Riding out of 112 competitors.

Andy, have you shown or ride now? Tell us about that. No I haven’t shown and I don’t ride now.

What horse memory still gives you a good laugh? Deanna: It has to be back in the early 80’s when I first moved to Vanderhoof. A bunch of us ‘Youth’ used to have so much fun both before and after the show with water fights, but this particular show the water broke out during the lunch hour. My Appaloosa gelding “Hobby” was pure white and since the water fight had gotten a little out of hand, one buddy of mine proceeded to my stall and painted spots all over his butt with black hoof polish. By the time we got him all cleaned up the announcer was calling us to the holding ring. Needless to say, by the end of the class my horse had mud streaks all over his body and all of us kids couldn’t quit laughing in the line up. Those were great days – lots of fun and great friendships born. Andy: Quite a few years ago, Deanna and I went on a ride together and for some reason I was riding bareback. We only went for a mile or two and in that distance I fell off at least three times (landing on my feet every time). I’m not sure if it gives me a good laugh but it sure does Deanna.

Deanna and Andy Reimer on right, with partners Glen and Helen Birky on left.

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If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you do? Andy: I won’t win tomorrow or the next day because I don’t buy tickets. We believe in just working hard with what we have.

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Are You a Good Rider?

By Dr. Thomas Ritter

“The quintessence of horsemanship is always to place the interest of the horse above all other considerations, in his training as well as in his care.” - Dr. Thomas Ritter


hat IS a good rider? One that looks good? There are plenty of good-looking riders who are not effective. One that is effective? Maybe they don’t look so good though? What about riders who can take a ruined horse and make it better but is still only average ... is that a good rider? What about riders who can influence the horse with calm, assertiveness. .. are they good? Guess the question is – are they easy to spot? Can you go to a show or demo and say right away – that’s a good rider? That’s a good question. I think the answer is somewhat personal. To some extent, it’s a matter of your own quality standards and of what’s important to you. To some extent, it’s relative to the rider’s age, experience, physical limitations, etc., because somebody can be riding very well, considering where s/he came from or how little instruction s/he has had, but in

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absolute terms, this person may not be a very advanced rider. Some riders are very good with certain types of horses or with solving certain types of problems, without necessarily being an Olympic calibre rider. On the other hand, somebody can be a very successful competitor at the upper levels, without being a good horseman and without being what I personally would consider a good rider. I personally think that a good rider has to have a variety of skills. A good rider and good trainer are synonymous to me. Somebody who can taxi a made horse around a test without training the horse to that level may be a skilled technician, but s/he is no rider. A good rider must have a good seat, i.e. effective, supple, balanced, strong when necessary, and pleasant to watch. Part of a good seat is good timing and co-ordination of the aids. A good rider has to have good intuition, good feel, equestrian tact and an understanding of the horse’s psychology. That’s an absolutely indispensable skill. A good rider is a thinking rider. The rider has to have a certain academic understanding of the subject in order to be able to diagnose correctly; i.e. s/he must be able to identify where a problem originates, and to choose the right course of action based on this diagnosis. A good rider is creative and can think of several solutions to every problem. A good rider can find individual solutions for each situation and is not limited by “what the books say,” because every horse has his “own book” that the trainer has to write. A good rider should be able to train any breed and any personality type, although every rider has preferences, of course.

Good Rider, cont’d A good rider is always sensitive to the score very high in many of the areas that really count. horse’s needs. A good rider rides for the horse, not An international clinician for the audience and does not use the horse as a vehicle for self-aggrandizement. and author, Dr. Thomas Ritter teaches a variety of students In other words, a good rider does not from all walks of life, with exploit the horse’s talent and generosity. one common passion – a love for classical horsemanship. A good rider puts the horse’s wellDr. Ritter studied in Germany with Egon von being above everything else. A good rider is always trying to learn Neindorff and Dorothee and Thomas Faltejsek of the famous Classical Riding School, Reitinstitut and improve his/her own riding and Egon von Neindorff. Since arriving in the USA, understanding. Dr. Ritter has studied extensively with several riders of the Spanish Riding School. He competes This is a high standard, and there through FEI and teaches clinics throughout is probably nobody who can live up to it the U.S. and in Europe and most recently in all the time, but these are the things that Alberta. He is a prolific author and his articles I look for in a good rider, and they are have appeared in many publications, including goals we should all strive for ourselves. Cavallo and Dressage Today, and now, Saddle Up magazine. Printed with permission. Visit Many riders may be good in some of www.artisticdressage.com these areas, but bad in others. The best riders combine many of these qualities in themselves, but nobody’s perfect. Notice that I don’t place that much emphasis on movements, because somebody may be able to ride all kinds of tricks without fulfi lling many of 1225 Main Street, the other points Pincher Creek, AB in my list, which I 403-627-3606 • pccoopag@telus.net consider much more For Valentine’s Day important. And you • Quality Tack can find riders who • Classic & Wizard Ropes may not be able to • Pet Supplies ride very advanced • Supplements movements, but who • Feed, Salt and Minerals * PETROLEUM * BULK FUEL DELIVERY * CARD LOCK * OIL & LUBES *



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A good rider has to be able to know how much is fair to expect of any given horse on any given day. S/he has to know when to demand a little more, when to be content with the effort the horse is making, when to change the subject or the tactic, when to reward, when to reprimand, when to ignore something the horse did, and when to quit. A good rider needs to know and respect the limitations of the horse in order not to demand anything the horse is unable to deliver. A good rider has to be able to choose a methodology that is time effective, so that it doesn’t take 100 years to get to GP, but that also preserves the horse’s physical and mental soundness. A good rider has to be able to make a little improvement in the horse every day, so that the horse feels and looks better at the end of the lesson than at the beginning, and so that there is a visible improvement from week to week, month to month, although there will always be little ups and downs from one day to the next. A good rider develops the horse’s musculature and makes him safe, dependable and enjoyable to ride. A good rider is his/her own toughest critic and has self-discipline. A good rider recognizes and fights the urge to give in to his/her ego. That’s something that every rider is faced with. No exceptions. A good rider perseveres in spite of inevitable setbacks and disappointments.




have had many sensitive horses throughout my career and I’ve discovered that how you prepare this kind of horse for the show ring is even more important than preparing the average horse. Having a strategy to prepare your horse for the show ring is critical for any horse but especially the sensitive or difficult horse. These tips should really help you. I’ve discovered them through my own trial and error.

Step 1) Know your Horse In order to help your horse reach his or her full potential you need to know your horse. Give thought to why your horse is the way he is. Many people brand their horse with a label such as tough or difficult and miss the real problem which could be something manageable such as he has a lot of energy, or if you have a mare, some mares are truly hormonal and can’t help it. Mares that are really hormonal we often put on Regumate to keep them out of heat while we are showing. Some horses are sensitive or difficult because of poor training or bad past experiences. I have many personal experiences of having horses that were tough, difficult, sensitive or hot and I found what worked to manage them. Some of these horses became top show horses and all they had needed was for someone to put a little more thought into their training and preparation.

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several hours before they show and I may not lunge another horse. I have one horse that shows best when I lunge her within an hour or two of her class as she has a little energy rush. I have another mare that I have to have at the show grounds at least two days before a big event so that she is settled in and shows at her best. Some horses I ride a lot at shows, other horses I don’t. If you have a horse that is tense in crowds of other horses you may warm him up at times when it’s not as crowded or take him to smaller shows until he is comfortable around crowds of horses. With this horse I would pay attention to enter the show arena at a time when the crowd had already entered. My biggest point is to think about a plan or a strategy to show your horse to his best!

Step 3) Evaluate your Horse’s Energy Level In order to have the best ride possible your horse needs to be tired enough to focus. He needs to be relaxed and comfortable with his surroundings and yet not so tired that his movement is compromised or fatigued. I want my horses fresh enough to move good but not so fresh they want to be silly or not co-operate. Deciding whether or not to lunge, how long before the class to lunge, and how long to lunge is a choice you will need to make. Weather is also a large factor in horses’ energy levels. Cold or windy weather will always raise a horse’s energy level. Also after dark horses will develop more energy and might become afraid. I find the first day of the show my horses have a little more energy. Sometimes I’ll lunge the first day or two of the show and then stop. Feed can also affect energy levels. When I have a horse with a lot of energy I may stop their grain supplements a couple of days before they show. Knowing your horse well will help you to make the best decisions possible.

Sometimes your warm up exercises are very demanding and may feel like pressure to some horses

Step 4) Relax your Horse Spend the time needed to relax your horse. I was at a show recently with a fairly green horse that tends to be afraid of new surroundings and each time I rode her I walked her a moment and gave her time to see everything and relax in her surroundings. It worked wonders; she was great at the show. I had always walked her and let her see a new arena but the difference was that this time I did not school her or bump her a lot, I just let her relax without my added pressure. I paid attention to her body language and gave her the time needed to relax and to get comfortable in her surroundings.

Step 5) Make sure your Horse is comfortable in the Show Arena Preparing your horse mentally and physically for the actual arena that you will show in is very important. Consider all the factors such as the rail or wall of the arena, if the arena is indoors it will have a different feel. Some horses are more nervous indoors. We deal with that a lot because most of our arenas are outdoors and we need to acclimatize our horses to showing indoors. How is the footing in the arena? I was just at a major circuit and one horse I had there had a real hard time being comfortable

Training, cont’d in the arena footing. It didn’t have a good base and that particular horse was really bothered by it. My other horses didn’t mind the footing at all, but this horse took a couple of days to feel like herself. Part of developing the best strategy is to gather all the information that may relate to your horse and giving thought to making the best plan.

Step 6) Decide how and when to do your Warm Up Exercises Sometimes your warm up exercises are very demanding and may feel like pressure to some horses. I have found that in the past, at times, I would drill or tune my horse to prepare for the class, but the exercise or drill itself actually rattled my horse. I thought I was doing the right thing. I would push my horse to move and be the best he could be. Sometimes it would backfire on me and he would actually be too uptight to have a great ride. I found that if I could do that drill hours earlier in the day, and then work on relaxing him right before the class, I would have better results. I’ve had other horses that were lazy and dull and needed to be really pushed right before the class in order to be the best that they could be.

Step 7) Be on Time for your Class If you are late for your class you will be rushed and move quicker than if you had plenty of time. Your horse will pick up on your tension. If your horse is sensitive or nervous at shows you will magnify that by rushing around. Your rushing and tension will give him a message that something is wrong. Build confidence in your horse and keep him relaxed by being organized and on time for your class.

Step 8) Get your Mindset Right We know that the sensitive horse picks up on your mood so that is why it

is all the more important to keep yourself calm if at all possible. I heard a CD recently that talked about being in the competitive versus the creative mindset. It said that in most areas you will do a better job and have better results if you stay in a creative mindset. I was able to apply this to a situation I had recently at the show I was at with the sensitive horse. I warmed up my horse in the late morning and early afternoon and she was great. I felt ready for my class. I went and got some lunch and got dressed in my show clothes and got the mare ready to show. When I got back on her it was shortly after 3 p.m. and it was really starting to cool off outside. We were showing outdoors and the cool breeze was picking up. I felt like I had just gotten on a different horse than I had ridden earlier. I started to tense up and got a little sharper with my cues. She started to get even more nervous. I found myself saying “Oh no, now what do I do?” I then started looking around to see how many were in my class and wondering how good my competition was. I started to get in a fight with the horse. I then thought to myself “Get out of that competitive mindset back into the creative mindset and work on what you have time to before the class.” I focused on where she was leaning through her body not on how irritated I was with her attitude and I found I was relaxing and slowing down my moves. Soon she relaxed also and I went in and showed her and had a great ride. I realized

I had helped her to be the best she could be rather than get frustrated with her and pick a fight. I realize, this may seem easier I may lunge one horse several hours before they show and I may not lunge another horse at all

said than done. But I believe these tips will help you to get the most out of your horse. Good luck and have a great ride! Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry training Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving top 10 placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. Dana’s video series, the Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at high levels in the show arena. (For contact info see listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.)

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His Personality Is Written All Over His Face

By Christine Schwartz

Photos courtesy of Rein-Beau Images

This is the most uncomplicated swirl pattern – a single swirl in the middle of the forehead just a little above the eye line.

Same single swirl but this one is a bit higher on the forehead. My sense is that this horse could be a bit more complicated but I would actually want to look at the rest of his head

Have you ever wondered why some horse people can just take one look at a horse and know that this one is going to be easy to start, that one is more timid and that one over there a downright challenge?


he person may tell you it is just a hunch or a feeling they get from the horse, but there is a lot

more to it. The shape of a horse’s head can tell you a lot about his character and personality. In her best selling book Getting in TTouch with your Horse, Understand and Influence your Horse’s Personality, world renowned author and horse expert Linda Tellington-Jones looks at different parts of the horse’s face and links those traits to tendencies in their personalities. “The art of personality analysis is an ancient one,” she says in her book, “it has been used for centuries in Europe and Asia.” And it is not that difficult to learn.

Looking at the Head When looking at the profi le it is important to keep breed traits in mind and that it is combinations of characteristics that give the most information. Dished face horses are usually more sensitive and sometimes timid, while a horse with a straight profi le, square muzzle and large jowl is usually the most uncomplicated. A horse with a roman head is often tough 26 • Saddle Up • February 2010

and stoic, suitable for hard work without complaining. Moose nosed horses are sure of themselves and often herd leaders. Horses that have a bump below the eyes (also called quirk bump) can be quite inflexible and difficult. Horses with large jowls tend to be intelligent and cooperative while horses with small jowls are usually slower to understand the task at hand. The setting and length of the ears also tells us a lot about the horse. The closer the ears are together at the tips the hotter the horse. A horse with broad undefined ears is usually your steady Eddie, reliable and dependable. The broader the distance at the base of the ears the more intelligent and stable the horse. Horses with very short ears are often willful while lop ears are a sign for great dependability. As you start looking at different horses you will be surprised how many subtle differences there are in each body part. Horses with narrow nostrils are usually more closed off than those with wide open nostrils. If your horse sports a mustache he is dependable. Horses with a pointed chin are often uptight and nervous, while a flat and narrow chin is

Shows a double swirled horse – two swirls one above the other, fairly close together. About 75-80% of double swirled horses have a tendency to be overly emotional. These are horses that if they get upset the best this to do is remain calm and just redirect the behaviour – getting after them generally creates more emotion in the horse. These horses can be great performance horses once you can understand and harness the emotion rather than fight it.

seen in horses who are intelligent, but easily misunderstood. A round, full chin indicates a level headed horse. Horses with a long mouth are usually sensitive and highly intelligent. They learn quickly, but can easily be misunderstood as they easily get more with lengthy routines and will find trouble to get into. Horses with a short mouth are often inflexible and don’t learn as easily. Puffiness around the mouth indicates a stubborn horse who will not back down in a fight. The eyes are usually the first thing we notice about a horse. A round, open eye shows willingness to cooperate and a gentle nature. A horse with a large hard, round eye is usually a tough competitor; these are often seen in race horses. The horse may not be easy, but is proud and independent. Wrinkles above the eye indicate that the horse is worried or unsure and horses with small eyes are often set in their ways and have a more difficult time learning. Horses with hooded, half open eyes are withdrawn and slower to respond. The wider the space between the eyes, the more intelligent the horse.

His Personality, cont’d Swirls Facial swirls also give us some hints about the horse’s personality, although they are not as accurate as looking at the facial features. Most horses will have a single swirl above their eyes on the centre of their forehead which indicates a level headed, average horse. If the swirl is several inches below the eyes, 80% of those horses are imaginative, intelligent and those trouble makers that turn on faucets and open stall doors. Horses with a long swirl are those that bond best with people. About 70% of double swirled horses are a bit more emotional, but do great when paired with the right rider or trainer. Horses with three swirls on their forehead are not as common and often are very complex individuals. In Iceland there are some interesting beliefs about body swirls: “Flying feathers” are swirls in a row under the

mane. It was believed that those horses who had 3 swirls on each side of the neck had more endurance and were tougher. “Saint Peters sticks” are swirls on the jugular groove on the neck and they should be at the same place on both sides. It was considered lucky to own a horse with 3 swirls - they were marks from St. Peters fingertips! “Streamfeathers” were swirls on the breast and those horses would be more secure in water and better swimmers.

out horse shopping. Just remember these indicate tendencies and much behaviour depends on other influences such as training methods, saddle fit, body pain, etc. To learn more about it, read Linda’s book Getting in TTouch with Your Horse or the accompanying DVD Hit it Off With Your Horse, which cover many different horse personalities in great detail. It is available at www.ttouch.ca.

Some of the facial features can change as the horse becomes more relaxed, especially the eyes, mouth and ear placement and you will notice a change of behaviour or attitude that will go along with the physical changes. It can be very useful to be able to understand more about the connection between a horse’s face and its personality if you are

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Horse Breeders & Owners Conference

By Teresa van Bryce

The horse industry gathered in Red Deer, Alberta to take in the 28th annual Horse Breeders & Owners Conference on January 15-17.


he exhibit hall hosted over 60 sponsoring businesses and organizations and 560 people were on-site for the socializing, seminars and networking opportunities afforded by this annual, mid-winter, equine educational event. Friday night was the very popular “Open Barn” welcome reception hosted by Pfizer Animal Health’s Equine Division. 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’s sessions kicked off with the dynamic duo of conference favourite Bob Coleman, speaking on making the most of your feed inventory, a timely topic

with Alberta’s current feed shortage; and well-respected veterinarian and author, Terry Swanson, who recently released his Western Horseman book, Understanding Lameness. Followed by lifetime yogi and horse enthusiast Janice Baxter who shared her insights on yoga for equestrians; Alberta industry icons Muff y Knox and Ron Anderson discussed how to get the most enjoyment out of our time with horses; and Dennis Sigler delivered an excellent and very popular presentation on conditioning horses. After lunch, the education continued with Quarter Horse News editor Katie Tims on our new industry reality and where the performance horse market has been, is, and where it’s going; Chris Bell shared his research on sinus problems in

the horse; and Dee Butterfield educated students and clinicians alike on how to create a successful clinic. Bonnie Buntain, of the University of Calgary, educated delegates on promoting and protecting horse and human health; Lindsay Grice offered coaching on stepping up to the next level; and conference favourite Lanier Cordell gave us the straight goods on making money in your horse business. Although an important aspect of the event, business topics are typically not the best attended sessions at the conference, but Lanier changed all that this year. Saturday wrapped up with the always informative News Hour session, this year offering information on the proposed regulations for horses going into the food chain, presented by Les Burwash of

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Horse Breeders, cont’d Alberta Agriculture; an update on premise and equine identification presented by Rick Frederickson, also of Alberta Agriculture; information on current horse welfare projects presented by Jennifer Woods from the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada; and a presentation on Equine Canada’s national reform strategy, by Akaash Maharaj, the CEO of Equine Canada. Saturday night offered something a little different this year with a “night at the races” sponsored by Horse Racing Alberta. “Capri Downs” was the place to be for the first ever HBOC Winter Classic, bringing “jockeys” from across the country representing many aspects of the industry. Jockeys riding in the Executive Pace, Veterinarian Stakes, Readers Derby, Aggie Sprint Classic, Trainer Stakes and Breeders Cup competed for prizes from Horse Racing Alberta and, of course, the glory. Race-goers had the opportunity to bet on their favourite competitor with the first three names out of the bucket with the winning horse receiving a prize. The evening also offered a host wine bar, desserts, and excellent music by Randi Boulton and Carl Stretton, all compliments of event sponsor Horse Racing Alberta. For the early birds, Sunday morning at 7 offered a yoga class in the exhibit hall led by conference speaker Janice Baxter. Thirty participants shook off the sandman to spend an hour stretching, balancing and learning how flexibility can impact our communication when riding. Sunday’s first conference time slot was sponsored by Northlands and the Alberta Equestrian Federation and featured another pairing of excellent sessions with Bob Coleman presenting his second topic on nutrition, a look at why we feed what we feed; and Karen Scholl of Arizona sharing her thoughts on working with horses based on herd psychology. Later Sunday morning, researcher Stephanie Valberg presented on genetic diseases and their importance to responsible breeding;

Wendy Pearson separated the “chalk from the cheese” in her session on natural supplements; and Lindsay Grice took us from the round pen to the show ring in her presentation on horse training. Wrapping up the day with the very important SPCA Fred Pearce Memorial Lecture dedicated to the welfare of the horse, Dr. Derek Haley, now at the University of Guelph, Ontario, provided a balanced and sound argument on the topic of animal welfare and horses. The Horse Industry Association of Alberta thanks all who attended, all

who sponsored the event and the 20 presenters who brought their expertise and experience to Red Deer, Alberta. An observation made by a conference delegate, “We are so very fortunate to have an annual event of this calibre so easily accessible to Alberta’s horse people.” The Horse Breeders and Owners Conference is an annual event organized by the Horse Industry Association of Alberta and sponsored by a generous group of equine organizations and businesses. For more information and photos visit www.albertahorseindustry.ca.

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Joe Marten Memorial Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC By Mark McMillan, BC Cowboy Heritage Society The recipient for 2010 is another very deserving saddle maker, Andy Knight.


ndy Knight has been building custom saddles for over three decades and since 1991 he’s been building and using his own saddle trees. When asked how many saddles he has built Andy’s reply was, “I am not sure but around the 700 mark.” He also says this about his everyday job as a saddle maker, “I am so blessed to be able to earn a living working in a trade that I still find enjoyable and challenging. Going to work is still fun.” With his credibility in the world of saddle makers Andy could build, and has built, saddles for anyone; movie sets, professional horse trainers, clinicians, dignitaries, etc., but he still says that he enjoys making working cowboy rigs the most. I think this is probably because he

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knows that it’s these saddles that will be used and appreciated the most. Andy Knight was born in England in 1956 and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1968. He discovered Western Canada (Alberta) in 1973 and moved to the Calgary area. Here he spent his early days working for Tex-Tan Kenways on the saddle making assembly line, where he learned his basic saddle making skills. The Calgary area was also where Andy built his first custom saddle ... for then Canadian Champion calf roper Jim Gladstone. While living in Alberta Andy had the privilege to spend some time with saddle maker Ernie Polson who would critique his saddles and also let him use his sewing machine. In the summer of 1975 Andy moved to Pink Mountain in Northern BC where he worked on a ranch. That was the beginning of a love affair with the north that continues to this day. He continued to build saddles and work on different ranches and even found time to get married in 1977 to Ruth Roes. At this time Andy was building saddles under the “Evergreen Saddle Co” name. He got his first trophy saddle contract in 1982 for the NRA year-end saddle awards. He was supplementing his income by spending the winters in the bush working as a faller, while the whole time dreaming about opening his own saddle shop in the south. 1986 saw the young Knight Family (Andy, Ruth, Tracy and Tania) move to the Nicola Valley where Knights Saddlery was officially established in the back of D & G Western Outdoors. Local cowboys and ranchers started ordering saddles. In 1987 the saddle shop expanded to its own space in downtown Merritt

and in 1989 Knights Saddlery bought its own premises. The saddle shop now had lots of space and started selling Western wear and horse gear. The sign outside

read “Knights Western Emporium.” Here the demand for Andy’s saddles was so great that he had to hire two other saddle makers. During this period Andy had the privilege of getting to work with some of North America’s top horsemen ... and continues to do so today. This helped him immensely with both his horsemanship and saddle making. Having trouble getting quality saddle trees made Andy look into learning to build his own and in 1990 he went to Oregon to learn how from Todd McGiffin. Since 1991 all “Knight” saddles have been built on Andy’s own trees. January 1, 1992, a third daughter, Tessa, was added to the family. In 1999 Andy started to get weary of the retail business and the hassle of having employees. He also found that it was taking too much time away from saddle making so he moved the shop to his

Joe Marten Memorial Award, cont’d home. With the shop attached to the house Andy finds it almost too easy to “go to work!” Andy’s drive to improve and hone his skills as a saddle maker are stronger today than when he started. He has made saddles, and continues to work with, quite a number of professional horse trainers and clinicians; Harry Whitney, Josh Nichol, Kevin Pole, Jonathan Field and Glenn Stewart, to name a few. Quite a few of his saddles have gone to Europe and now it seems about half of his saddles go to the US. He has shown and attended the Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso, New Mexico; has shown, by invitation, at the Elko Museum, in Nevada; and recently he was invited to Switzerland and Germany to show and give saddle fitting demonstrations. When asked if he considered himself a traditional saddle maker he replied, “I am not sure what you mean, however,

I believe that everything I do relating to saddle making needs to be subject to constant review to consider whether it can be improved. Andy will receive the Joe Marten Memorial Award during the Saturday evening main feature show at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, March 13, 2010, at the Calvary Community Church, 1250 Rogers Way. To read more about the Joe Marten Memorial Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage go to www.bcchs.com and click on “Heritage Award.” Here you can also find past recipients, details on nominating someone, and a nomination form.

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Winter Bucket List

By Paul Dufresne


I am still developing it to be able to repeat this quality in more than 10 steps with smoother lift less strike.

Acacia is asking Rocket in hand with whip target on Oregon beach. She of course was without shoes as we went riding into the surf right after.

Acacia riding with a cordeo hoop and whip doing the SW on the Oregon beach.

The Spanish Walk (SW) is a wonderful move to develop in the winter months. It is low intensity and fun to have a horse that can do it. This is not a trick but rather a Classical Dressage/High School move that is used to increase the horse’s ability to collect and increase more amplitude and range of motion through the shoulders. Doing a basic SW is not difficult but doing it consistently well requires practice and experience.


he SW is a move you teach a horse that already understands respecting the leader. A striking action with the front legs is very natural to horses but often associated with aggressiveness toward another horse. This may facilitate the horse showing you what it really thinks of you as a leader … and it may not be what you had in mind. You also have to be in control of your body language or you could elicit this guess from your horse when you aren’t in a safe position. The SW may be taught from the front, the side or behind the horse. For safety reasons I teach it from the side. The goal in training is to establish a rein aid to ask the horse to lift a front leg on the same side and a leg aid to engage the diagonal hind leg. This is very similar to the canter lead aids and also the halfpass when done correctly. The biggest pitfall that most people run into is getting 32 • Saddle Up • February 2010

too hung up on the action of the front legs and forget that the hindquarters must be engaged. As soon as the horse has the idea of lifting a front leg it is important to get it to engage the hind and walk forward. You don’t need to use food to reward, but you may get a more positive response from an anxious horse with a few treats. You should always let the horse know it has made a guess in the right direction. I say “good” in recognition of a try in right direction. If I say “good boy” (or girl) that means the horse is getting a small treat and a break to reward a good try. 1) Tap the top of shoulder with a whip or hand saying the cue word “Step” (later when riding you can use the whip or foot to tap that same area). 2) I then lift the lead line slightly as I nudge the horse’s foot on the coronary band with my foot.

3) When the horse understands to lift the hoof after doing steps 1 and 2 simply say “good” and ask the horse to walk forward for a step or two. Then say “good boy” and reward with a halt and a treat. Focus on one leg for a few tries and then the other. At the start, work on it for only a few minutes then go on to something else. You can come back to it later in your session if the horse is excited about it (many are) and repeat the lesson again. 4) When the horse has the idea to lift the front foot and step forward while lifting the lead line on that side, you can encourage the horse to strike higher and more forward by tapping his forearm then holding the whip out to give him a target to strike at. If the horse looks at the whip or tries to strike at it, reward this immediately. Again – don’t get too hung up on the front end because if you get the horse engaged on the hind, the front end

Winter Bucket List, cont’d will naturally come up much lighter and higher. 5) Practice leading the SW from both sides. When the horse has the idea, you can connect your lead to both sides of the halter or use a bridle so you can walk beside your horse in a riding position. Elicit the front legs by lifting one rein for one leg, then the other rein for the other leg while encouraging the horse to move forward. If you are comfortable with whips you can carry a whip in each hand with each rein. Then you lift the rein and tap the shoulder (on the same side) at the same time if necessary. If you’re co-ordinated with whips you could even prompt the back diagonal hind to move forward when needed. 6) Practicing the sequence in No. 5 will help you understand how to ride it later. When you ride you lift the rein and tap the shoulder with the whip if the horse doesn’t strike. As you feel the horse preparing to strike, use your leg aid on the other side, just behind normal hanging position, to ask the diagonal

hind to push forward. Later you can connect the movement from your seat bones with a barely perceptible touch of the rein. 7) When first learning to ride from the ground and later in the saddle it is a good idea to just ask the horse to strike once then walk forward several steps. Then ask the horse to strike with the opposite leg then walk forward several steps again and reward. Linking too many steps too early will often frustrate horses. You want to remember to keep these sessions short, and if the horse starts to get too anxious you have asked too much and should back off. The quality will vary as horses have better days just like us. Be careful not to get too greedy but don’t be afraid to be the leader. Horses fi nd comfort in understanding who is actually leading who – and always remember to have fun with it!

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.

BC Competitive Trail Riders Association By Shannon Mayer BCCTRA would like to welcome back returning members, welcome in new members and wish them all a successful and exciting new year. With this in mind, the Directors and Executive have been busy planning out 2010 and have put together a great variety of schooling rides, competitions and educational events. To start the year off there will be a ride manager’s workshop held on March 7th in Nanaimo. This is a workshop not only for those interested in running a ride, but for anyone who wants to better understand the inner workings of a ride. After that we have two schooling rides in April, one for beginners just investigating the sport of CTR and one for competitors looking to move up from level 1 to level 2 and 3. This is very

exciting as it is the first schooling ride to address the more advanced riders and their needs as they move on up in the levels. May is going to be a fast paced month with two first time events for BCCTRA. The first event will be on the weekend of May 15-16 where our club will host a booth and a concession at the very first Just Horsin’ Around 2010 at Beban Park in Nanaimo. This will be a great opportunity for both the club and those interested in competing as we will also be putting on two 45 minute sessions for those interested in learning more about the sport. The last weekend in May will be our first competition of the year and it’s going to be a doozy! John and Karen Eigler of

Courtenay will be taking on the colossal task of hosting a TWO DAY competition! This is a first time event for BCCTRA on the island and we are very hopeful that it will be the first of many such venues. For this particular event there is a need for volunteers and helpers of all shapes and sizes, ages and gender. If you are interested in volunteering, checking out our fantastic sport from the sidelines, making some new friends or all of the above, you can contact us and we would be happy to have your help. As always, for more information you can check out our website at www.bcctra. ca or you can join our Facebook page. See you on the trails!

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Dressage Masters of the 20th Century - Keepers of the Classical Tradition By Holly Baxter (This is first of a four-part series)

Twenty-four centuries ago there was a Greek general named Xenophon. In his youth, he had studied under Socrates, the philosopher, which shaped his attitude to life. When he retired he wrote The Art of Horsemanship, giving credit to an earlier work by Simon, which has not survived.


n this gem of a book, Xenophon laid out the foundations for the classical tradition. He begins by describing the ideal horse if one was looking to purchase: small head, black eyes, nostrils flaring, short ears set up straight, neck supple and broad without being long; mane thick and hanging down on the right side; broad chest with the muscles bulging out everywhere; large straight shoulders; sides curving, seat double (possibly referring to a well-muscled spinal column), belly drawn in; tail long, thick and crinkly; shanks supple, deep and straight; knee well-turned, small and not turned in; rounded buttocks; thighs bulging; hoofs hard, high, hollow and round, topping off with moderate-sized coronets. The closest breed of horse that fits this description was the Lusitano, an ancient breed much sought after by the Romans. This breed is closely linked to another breed, Andalusian, which is the pure Spanish horse. In the 1600s a third breed of this type was developed called Lippizzan, of Spanish Riding School fame. These three breeds are often referred to as the “Baroque” types and are still bred today. With the brilliance of these types of sensitive horses Xenophon clearly stated “that anything forced and misunderstood can never be beautiful” and quoting Simon “if a dancer was forced to dance by whip and spikes, he would be no more beautiful than a horse trained under similar conditions.” A silence on this art form remained for two millennia, while man used the noble horse as a beast of burden and to carry him into war, using the harshest training methods and regarding the horse 34 • Saddle Up • February 2010

as a wild animal to be tamed. During the Renaissance as art once more gained ascendancy, training of horses began to take on more humane practices. Just like all new methods, this was ridiculed. However, a core of disciples began to spread these training techniques throughout Europe, culminating at the court of Louis XV of France. The King’s riding master was Francois Robichon de la Gueriniere who wrote a revolutionary book Ecole de Cavalerie published in 1731 on the new methodology of training the horse. This highly readable text is one of the main books used by the Spanish Riding School of Vienna and the Cadre Noir at Saumur, France, today. In his book, de la Gueriniere introduces the half-halt, shoulder-in, flying change and counter-canter. His progressive schooling system focusing on suppleness and balance produced a gymnastic, athletic horse that worked in harmony with the rider, without the use of painful bits, tortuous spurs and whips. By the middle of the 1800s another method of training the horse was introduced by Francois Baucher who published the same book 13 times between 1842 and 1868 with amendments. By the 12th publication Baucher had readjusted his earlier more restraining methods of forceful containment of the horse between legs and hands. He coined his most famous phrase: “hands without legs, legs without hands,” which when applied increased the horse’s response to the leg while keeping the quarters of the horse engaged while on a light rein. However, his teachings gained few followers with his greatest criticism being that his horses

were hyperflexed in the neck, which he insisted they maintain at halt and walk. Baucher also had his horses trained to do the controversial gaits, the Spanish Walk and Trot, which are viewed by many as unnatural movements and therefore not a part of classical dressage. It is at this point that the training methods of de la Gueriniere and Baucher were so disparate that two schools of training the horse to the Haute Ecole level separated. While de la Gueriniere’s methods gained credibility in the famous schools of the Saumur in France and the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Baucher’s methods became relegated to the circus. It is not until the most recent century that Baucher’s training techniques have been revisited. The following articles will focus on three classical dressage masters of the 20th century who have been instrumental in carrying on the traditions of Xenophon and have remained faithful to the principles of classical dressage. The common theme which runs like a river through all of the classical dressage literature is “A horse will never tire of a rider who possesses both tact and sensitivity because he will never be pushed beyond his possibilities.” Holly Baxter has her BHSAI from Crabbet Park, England, and has worked in the horse industry for over 30 years as an instructor, trainer and stable manager. Currently she can be found at The Paddock, Vernon, BC.

Roman Ramblings,


on’t you just love it when you are walking on an icy path down to the barn carrying a 5 gallon bucketful of water and one of your slipon ice grips decides to slip off ? My bum hit the ground but somehow the bucket stayed upright and only sloshed about a gallon of water in my lap. If this were 100 Mile, I might have frozen to the path if I had sat longer than a minute. But in the Okanagan, this January you can still do some chores with a soaking mid section before your privates start to freeze. Being a dedicated horse husband I almost immediately got up and then carefully slid and half gripped and silently griped the rest of the way down the icy path to the barn. Once back in the house I dug out my old golf spikes and put them by the door and looked for the receipt for the ice grips.

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Over the past few weeks we have put a lot of sand onto the icy spots around the barn and in the arena so our horses could safely walk around but we should have put some more on the path for human safety. This year we scooped up a few Rubbermaid tubs of sand from the city yard to use when and where we needed it, but next year I want a truck load of sand dumped in the middle of the arena, just in case. As long as I remember to mix in a big bag of salt in with the sand before the pile freezes solid like the useless rock solid frozen clump that is presently in the sand box, I will be ready for an icy winter. Adding salt was on my horse husband to do list but somehow the bag was only put into the sand box but was never spread in with the sand. Twang is not the sound that your shovel is supposed to make when digging into a pile of sand.

Santa didn’t deliver a new John Deere tractor this past Christmas but an anonymous and thoughtful reader from Salmon Arm did send me a cute little green toy tractor. Thank you for the gift but if you have any pull with Santa could you tell him that since I am not 35 anymore; some chores would really go faster with a real tractor instead of a wheel barrow and a shovel. Ride safe and return safe and remember to add some salt to your sand.

Keep it simple…Keep it smart…

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Cariboo Chatter


By Mark McMillan

ell first off a big Happy New Year to all of you Saddle Up readers! Kathy and I had a wonderful Christmas with my sister and her husband and we were all terribly spoiled. 2010 has started out to be a great year, too, even though we didn’t get to join the Spirit of the West Cruise and Conference this time. We have been getting updates from the Celebrity Equinox cruise ship and Billie and Hugh, and there is a diary and a few photos on the diary page of Hugh’s website www.hugh-mclennan.com. It sounds like they are once again having a super time!! The horses and cows (the little handful of cows that we have left) all had a good Christmas as well, and are still enjoying grass! They’ve never been able to graze this late in the winter before and we really like seeing how happy they are … and Hugh McLennan checking out the crop at the Del especially like to see all that hay Monte Banana plantation in Costa Rica where the group stay in the hay barn! had their exclusive Spirit of If you’re reading this article the West tour – while I was when, or shortly after, this issue hit chopping holes in the ice for the streets, then you might still be the critters to water. able to get a ticket for the Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert on Saturday, Feb. 13. The evening show sold out well over a month ahead, in fact it was almost sold out before Christmas, but there are probably still a few 2 p.m. matinee tickets left. Give me a call at 250-456-2425 or e-mail msprings@bcinternet.net for more information. We must

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thank our major sponsors, the Wolf Radio, the 100 Mile Free Press and the Williams Lake Tribune. Why does the Cowboy Concert sell out so fast? People just know that every year there will be a new list of performers and that past years have been great. Word of mouth brings folks that have never been to a cowboy concert before, and they then become repeats the following year. Besides, what Belinda Gail is one of the else can you do for $15 … and the most sought-after women tickets are also good for discounts performing Western music today and she’ll be at the at two local restaurants for the Kamloops Cowboy Festival whole time period leading up to the concert. This also explains why we’ve had to add the extra show, the matinee, as we couldn’t sit everyone in one seating. The 100 Mile Cowboy Concert was initially held as a fundraiser for a rodeo cowboy, Danny Lytton, who was crippled in a team roping wreck in 2000. It went over so well that we decided to continue it, as a preview or teaser, for the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.

Kamloops Cowboy Festival Now speaking of which, ticket sales are way ahead of past years already, and in early January we heard that two of the major hotels were already full. The Saturday evening dinner

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Vern Elliott from Cowboy’s Choice in Vernon is one of the favourites in the Festival Trade Show every year. Vern has donated a custommade cowboy hat to a “deserving Festival volunteer” two years in a row.

theater show ticket sales also came into the New Year as very close to being sold out. We just can’t seem to find enough seats to please everyone – and the more people that come to the show the more they seem to tell others how good it is and that they should come next year! As well as the entertainment (about 40 performers will be rotating between four stages) there is a terrific Western art show and sale which includes two sections (amateur and professional) of saddle makers, as well as paintings, drawing, sculptures and photographs. On top of this there’s a terrific Western trade show – about 46 booths occupied by around 35 exhibitors and an additional 15 exhibitors will show their goods on display tables. Custom saddles, tack, paintings and other art, jewellery, Western wear, sculptures, books, and home and farm/ranch décor, just to mention a few. There’s also a “General Store” which will be selling hundreds of books, CDs and DVDs for the entertainers. The best part – you can take in the whole weekend for just $60. Details can all be found at www.bcchs.com or by phoning 1-888763-2224.

WHAT’S THIS?? Readers do you know what this is? Your guess and the correct answer will be printed in the next issue. This cast iron contraption is about 13 inches tall and close to 12 inches wide. I have removed the name in the photo so as to not give away the answer.

Last Month’s What’s This?

Most of us can only dream of owning a saddle like this one made by Bob Kaufman. It was entered in the 2008 Kamloops Cowboy Festival Art of the West Show and Sale. This year Bob will be back but with a booth in the Festival Trade Show.

In the December issue there were two photos of two different cast iron tools – both of which did the same job. They were called “hollow augers.” One was built around 1870 and the other in the early 1900s. The purpose of these tools was to cut the ends of spokes so they would fit in to the fellow when building or repairing a wooden wheel. We had no correct answers to the December question.

What’s your guess? E-mail Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put “What’s This? February” in the subject line.

Cariboo Coming Events Feb. 13 – 100 Mile Cowboy Concert: Gary Fjellgaard, Dave McClure, Jessica Noad and Corky Williams March 11 to 14 – the 14th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival If you have any Cariboo Chatter April 17 and 18 - in 100 Mile House – Show Etiquette that you would like included please April 23 to 25 - in 100 Mile House – Dena Millard Clinic (tentative) contact Jen 250-791-6207 e-mail Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net April 30 to May 2 - in 100 Mile House – Ali Buchanan Dressage Clinic May 8 and 9 - in 100 Mile House – Wild and Woolly Schooling Show and put “Cariboo Chatter” May 21 to 24 - in 100 Mile House – Farm and Ranch Show in the subject line. May 22 - in 100 Mile House – Little Britches Rodeo May 23 - in 100 Mile House – Rough Stock Rodeo May 24 - in 100 Mile House – Gymkhana May 29 and 30 - in 100 Mile House – Jumping Clinic

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Cowboy Poetry The Peruvian Gelding

Cowboy Bryce

Mike Puhallo

Kal Zurkan

I got a call from a neighbor lady, “Could you please bring your rope? My gelding’s been running loose all summer and I ain’t got a hope.”

Met cowboy Bryce in town today. He was standing in a store. He said he didn’t know what he was looking at. I said, “What are you looking for?”

The little brute was halter broke. He’d been hauled and shown a lot. He would eat grain from her hand. She just could not get him caught. She tempted him with the bucket, as I stepped out to the side, punched a hole in my old lariat, and threw it high and wide. He only took a jump or two, before he laid down and quit. Them Llamas ain’t too hard to rope but the buggers sure can spit!

On to Greener Pastures… Bailey Baile ey - We e Thank Thank You! In the fall of 2008, my Bay Morgan mare (Bailey) was diagnosed with severe Clover Poisoning. She was recovering well after about a year on a special diet. This fall she started to lose weight and go downhill again. It was discovered that she had ulcers too. In the end we had to put Bailey to rest. Bless her heart, she was the best horse in the world. We will miss her. I would like to send out special thanks to the vets Zoe, Christa and Sandy and their assistants Taylor and Trish at the Dawson Creek Vet Clinic. These ladies did an exceptional job at caring for Bailey and their emotional support was the very best. Thank you ladies. We all need angels in disguise and that is what you are.

- Melanie and Haley Losier

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He needed a personal coffee machine cuz’ the guys out at the ranch boil up a couple of gallons every day and it gets worse the longer it stands. “I know exactly what you mean,” I said. “Caffeine is darned important. You can’t be expected to work through the day, till you first get your morning portion.” We stood around shooting the bull for a while. Cowboy Bryce said he’s recently fired. With the yard boss P.O’d and his orders mixed up. Now a new gig was what he required. Did I know any ranchers he quietly asked. Who would hire a new hand in autumn, To round up the strays on long chilly days. He wouldn’t sit down till he got’em. I told him the names of the big outfits here, the Froleks, the Brandts and McCallums. He said he would borrow his ladyfriend’s phone, then look up the numbers and call’em. We carried on talking, I do not know why, but I started to like this young critter. He wasn’t broke down or looking for help, he was looking for work with a vigor. In the old days you’d call him an old saddle tramp, a cowboy gone out on a journey. He had rodeo stories a little bit sad, like last month, he ended up on a gurney. He had a granddad in Texas where his horses came from. On the range he rode only stallions. Those were the horses with commitment and stride, lke the champions you saw on gold medallions. You could feel his defiance of the soft white bread world. He shuffled his feet upon the floor. He belonged on hillsides with bunchgrass and wind. He couldn’t hang out here no more. We finally decided to settle it up, and end our wide ranging discussion. Cowboy Bryce grabbed a Silex and made for the door to complete his original mission. Later I heard that he got him a job, as a hand on the Seven-Oh Ranch. I was happy to hear it and wished him the best, for his work, for his life, for his plans.

Cowboy Poetry A Farmer’s Heart Heather Smith As the temperature plummeted, a mean east wind swirled harder Our mama cow lay down, for her pains were gettin’ louder. A blue-cold bed of ice amidst winter’s frosty breath An unlikely place for birth, more likely death. Her newborn calf, all warm ‘n wet, lay still upon the hardened snow Mama’s rough tongue caused her new life to slip to ‘n fro. Winter’s bitter cold froze everything wet before mama could lick her dry Our newborn heifer lay crooked ‘n cold, soon to die. Granny awakened to the howlin’ of the storm Somethin’ told her of a happenin’ out o’ the norm. Farmer intuition, however you would like to call ‘er That little inner voice has saved many a critter. So bundled up in winterwear, Granny slipped across the darkened field Heart poundin’, and her mind wonderin’ what sight her light would yield. Never givin’ up, Granny soon found the wee black calf, crumpled in the night One tiny foot bent ‘n froze, her tender ears stiff with frostbite. Now, a true neighbour doesn’t mind what time of night you call And Granny needed help, on that worst Jan. night of all.

Soon that ice cold baby was wrapped up in arms strong and warm Into Granny’s kitchen her neighbour carried a lifeless form. While he went back into the storm to take the bawlin’ mama to his barn Granny hauled out ol’ quilts and added wood to the stove, nearby ‘n warm. “Freezy” soon was her handle, as they worked throughout the night Milkin’ mama ‘n bottle feedin’ Freezy, ‘twas a heartwarmin’ sight. Gently liniment massagin’ her bent leg, Granny tended Freezy’s every need Next day she was collectin’ newspapers, Freezy-pampers indeed! Good neighbours keep on helpin’ no matter, busy or not And that’s the grand kind of neighbours Granny’s got. So three times a day he carries little Freezy over to his barn next door And holds Freezy up to her mama, where she drinks more ‘n more. He then trundles back to Granny’s kitchen, Freezy wrapped in a hug She is placed gently on her bed, curled up warm ‘n snug. Granny was some surprised when she saw Freezy a-standin’ on her own This was cause for excitement and soon found Granny exclaimin’ o’er the phone. Freezy’s gonna make it and one day be a mama with calvin’ on her mind And Granny will be hopin’ for a winter night, gentle ‘n kind. Nobody was calculatin’ wages or wonderin’ if it’s in their job description Farmin’s gotta be in your heart, a deep ‘n solid conviction. That’s what keeps the farmer ‘n the rancher keepin’ on Even when storms come a-ragin’ and everythin’ is goin’ wrong. So next time you sit down to enjoy fresh veggies ‘n steak Consider what hardship and integrity it took to make!

In Memory of Dr. Arthur (Art) Weir April 26, 1917 – December 11, 2009 Art was born in Dinsmore, Saskatchewan. Growing up he worked mostly on farms, and always had an interest in horses. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, and when the war ended he entered Chiropractic school. Graduating in 1949 he then opened his own practice in New Toronto and acquired property for a hobby farm. Around 1952 he met and married a widowed mother, Margaret Boughen, with a young son Wayne. In the mid-60’s Art and Margaret headed ‘west’ and arrived in the Okanagan Valley; first to Peachland, and then settling on a small farm near Armstrong.

Over the next 35 years, Art served as a Chiropractor, often trading services for a pie or even just a grateful handshake. Art’s interest in Morgan horses began to develop during this time, and his herd of horses grew with the farm being named Weirdale Morgans. Many will remember him offering sleigh rides, or seeing him driving his team down the road, or driving a dignitary in a local parade. Kids from all over would flock to his home for a real country experience… with a sleigh ride, a bonfire and hot chocolate. Art and Margaret loved to minister to children and Art was very active teaching horsemanship to youngsters at the Sunnybrae Bible Camp on Shuswap Lake. A Celebration of Life was held January 9 in Armstrong with many friends in attendance and a lot of stories that were told.

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Graves Claims Second World Title


fter the 51st Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) wrapped up in Las Vegas Dec. 13, 2009, one Canadian headed home a World Champion. Calgary’s Lee Graves won the 2009 World Steer Wrestling Championship after a 10-round tug-ofwar for the title with Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, CA, that lasted until the final round. Heading into Saturday’s final round at the Thomas & Mack Center, Graves was leading the World standings with $196,849, with Branquinho right behind with $196,029. Graves was quicker in the 10th round, running his steer in 3.5, placing third in that round. Branquinho failed to post a time on his final steer, paving the way for Graves to collect his second World Championship. The Calgary cowboy also won the NFR average with 45.1 seconds on 10 head, and earned another $43,954 for the accomplishment. “I feel bad about Luke today,” Graves said in a PRCA press release shortly after his victory. “He had some bad luck, but he opened the door for me and I capitalized on it. It actually put more pressure on me

By Vicki Allen

to go catch my steer and throw him down than actually do something.” Over all, Graves finished the season with 2009 earnings of $251,031, a new Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) single season earnings record. The $130,458 he earned in Las Vegas over the last week was also an NFR event best, the PRCA reported.

Fellow bulldogging Albertan Curtis Cassidy finished up his PRCA season fourth overall in the World standings with $162,835, and was second in the NFR average. The barrel racing race also came down to the wire for 2008 World Champion Lindsay Sears of Nanton, AB,

and 2007 World Champion Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, TX. Pozzi, who spent some time rodeoing north of the border throughout the 2009 season and qualified for her first Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR), placed third with a 13.81-second run. Sears, who was just $8,750 behind Pozzi heading into that final round, navigated the cloverleaf in 13.94. The fift h place cheque of $4,423 wasn’t enough to catch Pozzi, who claimed the gold buckle. Sears placed second in the NFR average and wrapped up her season in second place in the World standings with total earnings of $272,344. Pincher Creek, AB, bronc rider Dustin Flundra picked up another NFR cheque after splitting second in the ninth round with an 85 on Frontier Rodeo’s Ace of Spades. He added $11,887 to his bank account and finished up the season in 13th place in the World standings with $91,692.

Book Review OPENING TO CONSCIOUSNESS WITH RELATIONSHIP RIDING By Barbra-Ann King Join Barbra-Ann in making a difference. After reading this book you may have a different way of looking at your horse. Defi nition of Relationship Riding: Bringing ancient equine teachings to a modern world while challenging conventional methods. Centuries ago warriors on horseback hit the battlefields, and all communication between horse and rider was done through the body, heart and soul. Their horses responded out of willingness. Th is book is to explain how it was done then and how to apply this technique to every equestrian discipline today. Unless humans can actually feel, hear, “know” what their horses are saying, they are not communicating with them. The expression “natural horsemanship” is not only overused these days, it’s also misused. There are a lot of training techniques on the market; some controversial, some complicated or easy, some that make no sense at all; and some that cater to specific disciplines which then adds another element of confusion. Relationship Riding is based on a philosophy, not a recipe, and allows the horse to have a voice and an opinion. If you try to be the best friend your

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horse ever had, the effort is worth it, and d he will give it back tenfold. “Th ink of a horse as a river; it doesn’t n’t need to know where it comes from or where it’s going. It just flows.” – B-A. King, g, www.relationshipriding.com Soft Cover ISBN: 978-0-9813173-0-4 5” x 8” - 133 pages Retail: $24.95 Cdn. Printed in Canada Published by Hoof Print Publishing Cover Photo by John Hall

Hoofin’ it with Alesia

By Alesia Willard


uilding a strong relationship with your horse is one of the most important things you can do. Many who dream of having horses also have dreams of having a strong, unbreakable bond with their horse. Whether it’s as simple as having your horse nicker to you whenever they see or hear you, or have them follow you around the pasture/paddock. That’s what always gave me the most excitement when I thought of owning a horse. But let me tell you something, a strong bond with your horse is not easily acquired. You must first earn your horse’s trust before you can expect them to love you as you love them, or want to be around you whenever you are around them. You must first show them that you love them and are never going to do anything to hurt them. When our first two horses arrived, neither of them were easily willing to create a bond with us. One had come to us from an abusive home, so we had to earn her trust and respect. Show her that we were not going to hurt her. Only once that was accomplished were we able to build a strong relationship with her. Our other horse had been through so many homes, he didn’t think people were worth the trouble, because eventually he would be moved to another home. What was the point in becoming close to anyone? He went through a serious colic episode, and we spent all night nursing him back to health. Then he realized he was here to stay. From that day on, he has been nothing but a huge pet who loved attention and just being around people. Sometimes trust isn’t so easy to earn. When I adopted my wild mare, she thought people were the worst thing ever. She was accustomed to relying on other horses and herself for food and shelter. It may have only taken weeks to halter break

her, and only a couple months to saddle train her, but it took almost a year to build a true bond with her. She did trust me some, but refused to have anything to do with anyone else. When we found out she was pregnant, I was worried her foal would grow up wild because her mother didn’t trust people enough. That foal was the best thing that could have ever happened to us. She watched her filly wobble around, allowing us to pet her and rub her. And it’s through watching how easily her baby learned to trust us that she learned just as quickly. By the time that fi lly was two months old, I was laying in the paddock with her while her mother ate hay nearby. The fi lly would lay down, all sprawled out, fast asleep in the sun. When I came over to her, and lay down next to her, her head resting on my arm and my head on her neck, I realized how amazing it was to have a true, strong relationship with my horse. Now my mare will even allow me to sit with her when she lays down. During her foal’s first year there were many times when I would sit with both of them while they lay down sleeping. I had achieved my dream. I had built an unbreakable relationship with my horses. Although it took almost a year to do it, and I almost gave up many times during that year, in the end, it was worth it. Alesia C. Willard has loved horses since she was a kid. Now 18, 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.

Book Review VENOM, AND RAZOR’S EDGE – YOUNG ADULT NOVELS By Nikki Tate As in Tate’s previous works, horses play an important role in Venom and Razor’s Edge which are both high-interest mysteries inspired by horse racing and racetrack communities. Venom – 16-year-old Spencer loves his job at the local racing stable, but when he becomes convinced that someone is drugging the racehorse Lord of the Fires, no one believes him. But by refusing to turn a blind eye, Spencer risks losing those he cares most about, including Em, a horse trainer’s niece. I didn’t say anything about cheating, I asked a simple question, “What did you just give the horse?” Razor’s Edge – Travis and his best friends Ryan and Jasper live for the thrill off watching their horses race. When a thief starts hacking off the tails of Standardbred horses, suddenly the track isn’t such a great place to hang out. Th ings get even more unpleasant when a troubled girl threatens to ruin everything the three boys have worked so hard to achieve. Travis has to make

some tough choices, but how can he stand by his friends when he no longer trusts them? Soft Covers ISBN: 978-1-55469-071-8 (Venom; 168 pages) ISBN: 978-1-55469-167-8 (Razor’s Edge; 163 pages) 4 ¼” x 7” Retail: $9.95 Cdn. Printed in Canada Published by Orca Book Publishers Cover Photos by Getty Images

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Provincial Wish Trail Riders to Ride Again in 2010 Looks like riders will be saddling up once again in 2010 for the Children’s Wish Foundation BC/Yukon Chapter trail rides. This will be our 14th annual Wish Ride season. Our wish rides have raised over $760,000 to grant wishes to children with high-risk life-threatening illnesses. We will be updating our website in the next few weeks with dates and ride areas across BC. So please visit us at www.provincialwishtrailride.com. For more information on existing rides or to host a new ride, please contact jennifer.moir@childrenswish.ca

Make 2010 your year to join our great cause and RIDE A HORSE - GRANT A WISH!

Okanagan Breeders Showcase Returns! Join us on April 10 and 11 in Armstrong for the Okanagan Breeders Showcase. It’s all about the stock we have in the Okanagan… and Stallions and Breeding farms will be on display. The Trade Show and Used Tack Sale will return, and new this year, we have added Trainer’s Demonstrations and Lectures. Confirmed at this point are: Janice and Daena Jarvis of Jandana Ranch, Doug Mills of Training Thru Trust, Kevan Garecki of H4 Services, and Laurie Takoff AQHA Professional Horsemen, just to name a few.

Horses/Demos: contact Cathie Cross 250-546-8538, info@ crosscountryhorsesales.com. Trade Show Exhibitors: contact Nancy Roman 250-5469922, nancyroman@saddleup.ca. We need a club like to look after the Used/Consignment Tack Sale (you receive the profits) – contact either one of us. Exhibitors are also welcome to sell their own tack. Want to get involved and volunteer on the committee? We do NEED YOUR HELP in order for this to happen. Contact either one of us.

What’s to Become of Horse Racing in the North Okanagan? Well… The Okanagan Equestrian Society continues with its battle for continued usage of Kin Track with the City of Vernon and the North Okanagan Regional District. The release of the Bannerman Report in October 2009 outlines an option to remain at Kin Track. The report envisages an Okanagan Equine Centre featuring a racetrack for Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing, training facilities, veterinary clinic and entertainment and a restaurant. Few people comprehend the enormity of the entire horse industry within B.C… a B.C. Ministry of Agriculture study in 1998 stated – all matters related to horses – was $771 million per year. The solution must be a joint venture between NORD, its constituent municipalities and The Society in search of a common vision for all, a sustainable horse racing business and 42 • Saddle Up • February 2010

a positive long term economic impact for the region. Kin Horse Park’s 116-year heritage is the oldest Throughbred track in Canada (at the same location). The Okanagan Equestrian Society held their AGM on January 17 in Vernon. The 2010 Executive is: Edward Woolley – President; Robert Baker - 1st Vice-Pres; Robbie White - 2nd Vice-Pres; Deanna Bussey – Secretary; Michelle Bussey – Treasurer. Directors: Carolyn Stinn, Bruce Hattori, Joyce Pifer, Trish McCarthy, Lee Bussey, Trevor Hoff, Kathy Schrauwen, and Hallie Webster. 2010 Race Dates are July 11, 18, 25, and possibly 2 or 3 days in September. What’s next and how can you help? GET INVOLVED!

Gary Hunt Horsemanship


s a Bull Rider from the Williams Lake, BC region, Gary Hunt started many colts to pay Rodeo entry fees. During this time he was introduced to a man who quickly became his mentor. Dave Manning had the qualities of Horsemanship that Gary craved. After working some time with Dave, Gary developed a method of starting colts that works for every breed with hundreds of finished photos as evidence in his 10 years at the Race Track. His training center in Black Diamond, AB turned out hundreds of well-trained colts over the 14 years and for the last 3 years, Gary has done Colt Starting and Problem Solving demonstrations from coast to coast in Canada and the US while promoting his DVD ‘Easy Start Method of Breaking Colts’ which can be purchased on his website www.BreakingColts.com. The key to solving any problem a horse has or starting any colt is by developing his trust in you. This begins with Ground Manners which is achieved by sacking out the horse, teaching it to accept the noise, feel and the movement. Once the horse realizes this doesn’t hurt and doesn’t have to be afraid, Gary moves on to the park position where the horse quickly learns to stand where he is positioned ‘Parked’ and then the problem solving begins and the colt starting continues. They are learning essentials they will need for the rest of their lives. Gary’s DVD ‘Easy Start Method of Breaking Colts’ illustrates Ground Manners with 3 different horses. Horses want to learn and once they understand that you are not going to harm them, they change and begin to follow you and demonstrate their trust in you. Gary is now managing a Thoroughbred farm outside of Calgary and continues to work passionately starting and training horses. (See his listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.) (Saddle Up welcomes Gary Hunt as a new contributor with a regular Question and Answer column each month. As time allows he will also share his knowledge with training articles in future issues. We look forward to working with Gary and giving our readers more choices in their training methods.)

Q&A WITH GARY HUNT Give to the Pressure Question:

What can I do if my horse puts his head up high in the air when I try to bridle him? Answer: Your horse is avoiding you, so, face your horse and push his jaw up high and hold it there. This is a very uncomfortable position for him, so he will try to push his head from side to side, trying to get away from the pressure you are putting on him, but keep holding his head, keep the pressure on. Soon, you can feel him pushing down and giving to the pressure then you release a little bit, and he’ll give a little more and you release a little more and so on until his head is down. Now, get under his jaw again and pick it up and you will find he will resist you and if he could speak, he’d say ‘oh no, you’re not doing that to me again’ and he will put his head down and he has won and you have taught your horse to ‘Give to the pressure’. After Gary Hunt retired from his rodeo career and training race horses, he directed his energy to the creation of his colt starting DVD and his passion for solving horses’ problems. He has done clinics and demonstrations throughout the US and Canada and is now managing a Thoroughbred farm outside of Calgary and continues to work passionately starting and training horses. Gary Hunt believes it is important for every horse to have ‘Ground Manners’ and to know how to stop, turn both ways and backup BEFORE getting on him. (For contact info see his listing in Business Services under Trainers/ Coaches.)

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Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club Update December 5, 2009 was our Year End Banquet and Awards held in Pritchard. We all had a great time with Lone Wolf Entertainment donating and bringing in some great music. The potluck dinner was wonderful and we all had a great time socializing and checking out some pictures that one of our members, Katie, took throughout the year and displayed on her laptop. Year End results are as follows: LEADLINE: HP: Camryn Mitchell RHP: Justin Mitchell HM: Sierra Hall PEE WEES: HP: Cora Lee Mitchell RHP: Tricia Hall HM: Lorra-Lee Hall JUNIORS 1D: HP: Kaylynne White on Lucky RHP: Kaylynne White on Dancer JUNIORS 2D: HP: Robyn Formansky RHP: Paige Dickens HM: Danielle Hall LADIES 1D: HP: Pam White on Quinesco RHP: Bev Hall on Jack Daniels LA HM: Jeanie VanDenHam LADIES 2D: HP: Bev Hall on Cutie Bar Mac LADIES 3D: HP: Kelly Mezzatesta RHP: Krysta Pitman HM: Norma Mitchell

TENTATIVE 2010 DATES: check our website for more current dates www.redneckapalooza.com April 11 - Playday May 1 - Playday May 8 – Children’s Wish Ride May 15 - Playday May 29 - Redneck-a-palooza June 13 - Playday July 3 - Playday July 17 - Playday July 25 - Playday Aug 1 - Playday Aug 28 - Playday Sept 18 - Playday Oct 23 - Playday Nov 21 - Playday

2009 Saddle Qualifers

For more information on our club please visit: www.redneckapalooza.com Presenter in photos: Jeanie VanDenHam

The High Point Winners above had their names entered into the draw at the banquet to win this saddle. Each HP winner also had to attend 5 Gymkhanas and get 5 qualifying times in Barrels, Poles and Stakes to get a chance to win. Congratulations to Pam, Bev, Kaylynne, Robyn, Cora Lee and Kelly on getting into the draw! Winner of the saddle for 2009 was: Bev Hall. Way to go Bev!!

Pam White

OTHER PRIZES: Most Improved Horse & Rider: Asher Lorrette Most Improved Rider: Lincoln Yarama Most Improved Horse: Krysta Pitman Best Timer: Kathie Dickens Best Gate Keeper: Ted Dickens Wildest Ride: Joe

Message from the President: I’d just like to say thank you to all the members in our 2009 Gymkhana Club. You are ALL truly like family to me. When starting this club the intent was to gather horsey people together to have some fun and with some bumps and bruises along the way I can honestly say that this club is EXACTLY what a club should be and the members in it are second to none. 44 • Saddle Up • February 2010

Cora Lee Mitchell

Lorra-Lee Hall


Mark doing dishes

Paige Dickens

Brenna Hillier

South Okanagan Horse Assoc. Update

By SOHA elpresidanti

Happy New Year to all our horsey friends! In our part of the country, Spring seems to be on its way. Our barnyards are wet and mucky - definitely gumboot city. On December 12th we had our Year End Awards Banquet. It was held at Mykanos Restaurant in Penticton. Great food and hosts. Jana Hill was our MC and kept everyone entertained. In addition to our high point and reserve awards, special funny prizes were also given out. Year End High Point and Reserve Recipients. (HP winners received lovely oil paintings done of their horse by local artist Marg Sharp) HP Western Senior - Shiloa Bradburn riding Lolita Tivio Reserve - Diana Huva riding Impressive Sugar Baby HP Western Intermediate - Taelor Marchant riding Chasing Lightning Ena Reserve - Jamee Lowndes - Wiggles HP Western 13 and Under - Julie Burke riding Fetcke HP Western Green Horse - Pam Malekow riding Tejonas Gold Sierra HP Western Walk/Jog - Elsen den Boer riding KPN Skip A Count HP English Senior - Victoria Tkach riding Natural Selection HP English Intermediate - Morgan Rowley riding Star Quality Reserve - Taelor Marchant riding Chasing Lightning Ena HP English 13 and Under - Natasha Cawston riding Winston HP English Green Horse - Pam Malekow riding Tejonas Gold Sierra HP English Walk/Trot - Jana Hill riding Roxanne

SOHA has been hosting a Winter Clinic Series. On November 29th, a bandaging clinic was given by Elsen den Boer and on December 27th, a horse show prep clinic was given by Leann Pitman. Both clinics were held at Woodgate Farm in Okanagan Falls. The den Boer’s provided hot chocolate, coffee and cookies. Participation in the clinic was by donation to Critter Aid / Project Equus. Donations were also collected at our Awards Banquet. The next clinic is a Horsemanship, How to Read Your Horse clinic given by Daryl Gibb scheduled for March at Woodgate Farm. SOHA is also bringing Marion Weisskopff in for clinics in April, May and June to be held at Parkway Stables in Penticton. Marion is an

Volunteer Award, Edna Hugo

Jason and Darvin Guttsel

Youngest member, Logan Davey

English Western Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. Further information on these clinics and any other events will be posted to the SOHA website www.soha-online.com. SOHA is looking forward to a great show season with a lot of extra social events. Newcomers to the area are most welcome.

BC Draft Under Saddle Club News Happy New Year Y’all! Yee Haw! 2009 Finishes with a great celebration and we welcome 2010! BCDUSC wrapped up the year with a celebration to honour all who participated in the year’s events. We are pleased to announce the year end High Point (with 190 pts!) to Dawn & Shasta. Reserve High Point (with 152 pts) to Kendall & Isabelle. The Sportsmanship Award (was given by majority nomination) to Avril. Congratulations you guys you earned it! Travelling, showing, and parading all the way from Chilliwack to Vancouver with everything in between to show off your beautiful giant beasts! We would like to congratulate every one of our members who took place in our fun games days, events, and shows. We look forward to seeing you all in 2010! Now that we have entered into the New Year it was time to vote in our latest board members. We held our annual AGM and nominated for the role of president was Dawn; Terilyn as Vice President; Kendall as Treasurer; Avril as Secretary; and Chris as Director at large. We discussed the year’s events to come including; Mission Trophy Show,

Jana Hill, MC & Hi Pt Winner

By Terilyn Bissett

IPE, Mission Horse Club Community Days, Maple Ridge/ Pitt Meadows Country Fest, Mane Event, Tack Sale and many more! It will be an action packed year for our drafts but our members look forward to showing them off, complete with flowing feathers and earth quaking hooves! To find out more information please visit our website regularly as we will be continuously adding info about upcoming shows and events. We’d love to hear from you! bcdraft undersaddleclub.com www.saddleup.ca • 45

BC Miniature Horse Club News 2009 has ended. The weather was pretty cold for the Langley parade but not too bad for the Aldergrove parade. There were not a lot of us who braved the weather but we were still the hit of the parade. Everyone just loves the mini horses. And I do so love dressing them up with lights for the night! Now that 2010 has arrived it is time to start thinking about what you want to do in the New Year. There are so many things out there available to do with Our new President showing your mini friend it is hard to choose. So off her horse. don’t choose and just keep trying a little bit of everything until you decide what you really want to do. The club ended 2009 with our annual election of Executives. The newly elected Executives are: Melissa Schryvers – President; Marie O’Neill - Vice President; Heather Ward –Treasurer; and Shirley Bradbury – Secretary. These people are already working together to make sure that 2010 is a great year for miniature horse owners. A few words about Executives. Every job listed has a hard working volunteer doing their best to complete their job successfully. All of this is done on their own time. They bear the stress of the club succeeding or failing at any given event and how the club is perceived.Every one of them deserves a pat on the back for stepping up and taking the extra responsibility for doing the job they do. One person who deserves special thanks is Jo Anne Barnhill. She has finally stepped down as club secretary and the responsibility, and had taken on many other jobs throughout the years. I honestly don’t know how long she has been doing the job but I have been in the club for 7 years and she has always been the secretary, out there helping with the show or helping wherever needed. She truly deserved the Volunteer of the Year award last year and every year! These are the

4-H Rocks the Fraser Valley

kind of people that make our club what it is. Thank you Jo Anne for making our club a nicer place to be, by being there. Our activities committee has already been working hard setting up some awesome clinics. I hope you read this in time to come to the first clinic. Past Secretary Feb 13, Aldergrove: Joanne Ross Jo Anne Barnhill. from Scott Creek Miniature Horse Farm will be giving a presentation on Foaling. What to and not to do and how to handle certain emergencies. Th is is not just for mini horses, big horse owners may also benefit. March 13-14, Langley: Patty Cloke Driving clinic. Patty Cloke has been training and showing miniature horses to the AMHA and AMHR Nationals for over 20 years. Her techniques have been essential in the success of her students both human and equine. She will covering driving, ground driving and obstacle driving. Auditing is available at this clinic April 10-11, Location TBD: Barb MacDonald Halter and In Hand Clinic. Barb MacDonald has been successfully training and showing miniature horses for many years. Barb will cover prepping your horse for halter, presenting to the judge, working with obstacles and jumping. Auditing is available at this clinic For information on any of these clinics contact Shirley Bradbury 604-530-5754. We will be at the Quarter Horse Bazaar in March, so come by and say hi to us then. Will have our kids there ready to be hugged. Also don’t forget about our great Spring Classic at the Cloverdale Agriplex on June 12th and 13th. This is a great AMHA show to watch or show your mini at. For more info contact Margaret Walmsley 604-856-1419 or Knightwoman@telus.net

By Tess Riley, Rusty Spurs 4-H Horse Club

The 4-H horse year for 2009 has officially come to an end, just weeks before it starts again. Fraser Valley 4-H horse club members enjoyed an exciting year that not only presented new opportunities but allowed us to experience old favourites as well. The summer was packed with two back-to-back 4-H events that kept us busy packing and unpacking both horses and members a good number of times. Summer wasn’t the only busy time, though. With 4-H shows in almost every month from April on, members had a chance to build up their points towards year end regional awards. Congratulations to all the 4-H members who received recognition and awards at the regional awards on Sunday, January 3rd in Abbotsford. 46 • Saddle Up • February 2010

By Margaret Walmsley

Fraser Valley 4-H horse club members (from left to right) Alyssa Braunlund, Michelle Ens, Kaitlyn Neudorf, Tess Riley, Devon Smith, Victoria Fryer, Larissa Teschke and Chelsea Neudorf show off their year end awards. (Photo courtesy of David Fryer)

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club

By Melanie Russo

Photos by Jo-Ann Johnston

2009 Year End Awards Congratulations to all OMHC members for another great year of showing those Marvelous Minis! Junior Halter Mare: Silver Birch Tahitian Pearl (Louellen and Scott Rempel) Reserve: Vista Valleys Rhythm N Blues (Joan and Bruce Cunninham) Senior Halter Mare: Silver Birch’s Caught By Surprize (Louellen and Scott Rempel) Reserve: Vista Valleys Colour by Request (Jeanne Morton and Louellen Rempel) Junior Halter Gelding: Vista Valleys Son of A Bay (Joan and George McNaughton) Senior Halter Gelding: Chickadee Ridge Tall Dark N Handsom (Paige DeWolff) Reserve: Bobkats as the Thunder Rolls (Joan and George McNaughton) Junior Halter Stallion: Vista Valleys Target Wizard (Joan and Bruce Cunningham) Reserve: Scott Creek Walk the Line (Bormke Family) Senior Halter Stallion: BHF Dynamic Prizm (Joan Cunningham and Lawrence Humphries) Reserve: Sunnyvale Reds Hot Chili Pepper (Bormke Family) Youth 7 and Under: Kayden Jones and Vista Valley Smoke N Fire (Avonleigh Jones) Youth 8 to 12 Years: Michela Russo and Silver Birch’s Caught By Surprize (Louellen and Scott Rempel) Reserve: Michela Russo and Vista Valley Silverado (Michela and Melanie Russo) Youth 13 to 17 Years: Paige DeWolff and CR Cinnamon Touch (Paige DeWolff) Reserve: Paige DeWolff and Chickadee Ridge Tall Dark N Handsom (Paige DeWolff) Amateur/Adult: Joan McNaughton and Bobkats as the Thunder Rolls (Joan and George McNaughton) Reserve: Louellen Rempel and Silver Birch’s Caught By Surprize (Louellen and Scott Rempel) Driving Horse: Shadow Lane Prime Target (Joan and Bruce Cunningham) Reserve: Silver Birch’s Caught By Surprize (Louellen and Scott Rempel) In Hand Performance Horse: Bobkats as the Thunder Rolls (Joan and George McNaughton) Reserve: Vista Valleys Target Wizard (Joan and Bruce Cunningham Overall Horse: Bobkats as the Thunder Rolls (Joan and George McNaughton)

Hi Point & Reserve Youth 8-12, Ann Iceton, Michela Russo and Joy Viel

Hi Point In Hand... Ann Iceton, Joan Cunningham and Joy Viel

A big huge thank you to our High-Point sponsors: Ann, Le and Katie Iceton, Lawrence and JoAnn Humphries, Big D Products, Stella Hi Point Sr Gelding, Ann Iceton, Paige Dewollf and Glenn Horsley, Fran McDonald, Jones and Joy Viel Family, Vista Valley Acres, Carriage Court Stables, Joan McNaughton and Jeanne Morton. Gelding incentive winners: Vista Valleys Silverado and Michela Russo ($200) and Chickadee Ridge High Noon and Natalie Szita ($75)

Hi Point Sr Stallion, Ann Iceton, Lawrence Humphries, Joan Cunningham and Joy Viel

Hi Point Jr Mare, Sr Mare & Reserve: Ann Iceton, Louellen Rempel and Joy Viel

4-H Rocks, cont’d In 2010, Fraser Valley Horse 4-H is looking forward to another great year. As always, the monthly 4-H horse shows hosted by the clubs are something to strive for. They give members a chance to set goals and work towards them in a relaxed and supportive environment – something the 4-H community in generally is known for. This summer will also be a busy one, with the return of Agrifair and an introduction to the “4-H Summer Spectacular” event at Thunderbird Show Park. Other events, such as our annual

judging rally, public speaking and demonstrations will also make a return starting in February. Thank you to all the leaders, parents and volunteers who made 2009 a great year. It’s not always easy and I know members don’t say it enough, but our clubs wouldn’t be possible without all of your hard work. To all the members in 2010, all the best of luck and enjoy yourself! 4-H just isn’t about “learning to do by doing,” it’s about having fun while you’re at it!

2009 Fraser Valley 4-H Horse Year End Award Winners Unit 2A High Point Victoria Fryer & Black Rambo Shadow | Prairie Trotters Reserve Emily Lock & Honey | Rusty Spurs Unit 2B High Point Chelsea Neudorf & Sassy| Rusty Spurs Reserve Michelle Ens & Salty | Rusty Spurs Unit 3A High Point Sherise Goertzen & Moon Wind | Rusty Spurs Reserve Loreal Goertzen & Arthur | Rusty Spurs Unit 3B High Point Kaitlyn Neudorf & Joker | Rusty Spurs Reserve Emmaline Hastie & Jewel | Rusty Spurs Unit 4A High Point Larissa Teschke & Bandit | Chilliwack Horse Reserve Alyssa Braunlund & Two Toned Tiger | Rusty Spurs Unit 4B High Point Devon Smith & SW Roxy Barlink | Buckaroos Reserve Rebecca Alves & RA Mojaves El Ninya | Prairie Trotters Unit 5A High Point Tess Riley & Justin Time | Rusty Spurs Reserve N/A

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Alberta Donkey and Mule News By Vicki Barrow

“Daisy” belongs to Roy and Marlene Quiring and rides and drives. Photo by Linda Finstad.

This past year has been an education in the naming of critters. We’ve been introduced to many long-ears and other equines with interesting names. Everything from biblical (Moses) to physiological (Ain’t Got No Doodles and Freckles) arachnidian (Spider) and colourful (Red Mulrooney and Ruby). Some critters are literary with Xote (as in Don Quixote … you have to say it fast) and Stella, or nefarious with Clyde Barrow of the Burro Gang (as in Bonnie and Clyde). A few are confusing, as in molly mules named Horse or Sonney. Some names are inherited from the original owners and others seem to name themselves. Personally, I love the name of a mule I was privileged to drive in a class, her name was Daisy. I was tickled pink to be driving Miss Daisy! All are members of the family whether they are companion animals (as Xote and Clyde were originally) or are working animals that drive, trail ride, do snigging or guard sheep. Long-ears are a diverse and versatile group. We spent a fair amount of time last year in various information booths handing out literature, breeder’s lists and answering questions about donkeys and mules. Perhaps the most interesting and 48 • Saddle Up • February 2010

surprising question was “What do you Mane Event again this year April 23 to do with them?” I have to admit, about 25, please stop by to say hello and ask any four years ago I would have been hard questions you may have about donkeys pressed to give an answer to that. Now, or mules, or as Russ Shandro likes to call I have seen donkeys and mules excel at them, “the half horse.” precision driving, jumping (both hunter/ Please check the website jumping and coon jumping), trail riding, Albertadonkeyandmule.com to see what barrel racing and pleasure riding. They events are coming up. We hope to see can pull logs out of the bush and keep you at Long Ears Days on Aug. 16 and 17 their riders safe, as they are a thinking either in the stands but hopefully riding animal. I liken their personalities to a your mule or donkey in competition. cross between a smart dog and a horse. It really is the friendliest equine event Their natural curiosity and willingness to around. If you don’t have a mule or do new things is amazing. Their strength donkey and want to ride one, I’m sure and stamina are impressive to me as well that can be arranged. as to some notable figures in history. The Alberta Donkey and Mule Club The conquistadors brought donkeys will be at Spruce Meadows in September or burros with them to the New World to compete in the Battle of the Breeds and and the offspring of those animals are we will be represented in Breeds of the still working in Mexico and the Southern World and showcase a variety of animals US. to folks that are as fascinated with our I read recently that George long-eared friends. Washington was responsible for bringing “Vicki and her husband Paul are relatively new the first Mammoth Jack stock to North club members, but have dived in “head first’’ and America in 1785 as he was impressed have been immensely supportive, enthusiastic with mules and wanted to introduce the and hard-working amb“ass”adors of the longlarger animals to his farming after his ears! They head up the promotional committee, retirement from office. He received “Royal which organizes and maintains the club booth at all events we participate in. They presently Gift” – a Mammoth Jack – as a gift from the King of Spain along with an unnamed share their lives with their two donkeys Xote and Clyde. Our thanks to Vicki for also volunteering jenny. to write this month’s newsletter.” – Marlene March 7 we will be holding our Quiring semi-annual general meeting with a potluck lunch at noon and the meeting to follow at 1:30. Join us at the Drop in Centre located at 5015 – 46th Ave., Ponoka. Just a reminder that you don’t have to “own” a donkey or mule to become a member. We will be Clyde at sunset. All suited up. appearing at The

On to Greener Pastures… “Buddy” Hanky Panky Skip January 10, 1983 – November 23, 2009 Buddy you were, and still in our hearts are, a very precious part of our family, I miss you. I hurt deeply, my face washed with tears, my dear, dear friend, I miss you. We were so blessed to have you, for 21 wonderful years, I miss you.

Flicka Laid to rest on December 20, 2009 My family and I sadly said goodbye to Flicka on December 20th, 2009. Flicka was my first horse and taught me many valuable lessons about life and riding. Flicka gave both me and my sister the confidence a rider must have on the back of a horse. She was the kind of horse that never gave up no matter what the circumstances were and always faced challenges with lots of try. Flicka was that special pony that touched every person’s heart that she came in contact with. Even when Flicka went to the veterinary clinic she always had special visits by everyone in the clinic.

Scotch N Soda May 19, 1989 - December 14, 2009 They say you have a “once in a life-time horse,” well I believe Scotch N Soda, aka “Scotty” was mine. Scotty came into my life quite by accident. Jane Lewis proposed a trade, little did I know my life would change forever. When the very white and kinda ulgy 4-month-old colt stepped off the trailer our adventures began. We showed him everywhere as a family, horse, kids and relatives in tow. (The only family picture that includes all members of the family has Scotty stuck right in the middle.) Boy did we have fun and boy did he get noticed! Scotty was always good in hand, but quickly learned he could send me flying like a Frisbee if and when he felt he had done enough for the day. Carl Woods rode him in reining, but he soon learned to do his sliding stop into a sit position at the end, again deciding he had

Your soft greetings, you quietly putting your head in my arms, I miss you. Patient, calm, trusted with kids and husband, teaching confidence and respect, I miss you. Buddy, I trusted you with my life, you loved the trails as I, we were one, trusted partners. Your wisdom was ever present in keeping us safe during many amazing adventures, I miss you. Your gentle, loving spirit will be with me and our family forever. Thank you Buddy. I miss you.

- Shelley Todd

Two years ago Flicka was badly injured in an accident when a nail pierced through her leg and she shattered a few bones. For six hard months during the cold winter, Flicka fought for her life. With Flicka’s strong will to live and some tender, love and care she pulled through. Just six month’s later at the age of twenty-six, Flicka carried me through my very first barrel race. For Flicka it did not matter that she was the smallest horse there, she ran like a true champion, with heart. That following summer I had to face the reality that I had outgrown my pony and I was ready for a larger horse. I made the decision to retire Flicka, however sitting idle was not what Flicka had planned. Together we both enjoyed going for small rides on the trail and splashing through the creek. We will miss Flicka’s cheerful whinny in the morning and her furry little face waiting for grain each night. Nobody who had met her will ever forget her spirit. Rest in peace my mighty little pony! For you will always be My Friend Flicka!

- Shelby Fagg, 12 years old, Savona, BC

done enough, all we could do was shake our heads. Scotty was an okay jumper but never as good as his babies. Favorite pastimes included ripping clothes off the clothesline and waiting for his daily zucchini! I think he took great delight in showing everyone just how grumpy a face he could make. Don Raffan still chuckles when he recalls Scotty kicking one of the auctioneers squarely in the butt, not hard enough to hurt him but rather just leave some nice hoof prints in his pockets. Always the gentleman when breeding, Scotty has sired over 150 registered foals. Always surprising us with beautiful coloured foals (and a few solid ones to keep us humble) his children had great talent and superb conformation, with a little of daddy’s attitude. Scotch N Soda babies have become champions in halter, cutting, reining, hunter, jumper, dressage, driving, eventing and as great horses. We have kept the last paint son of Scotty (Scotch Slide) and we will see if he can fi ll his sire’s very big shoes. Jackie Cross will be expecting the last foal sired by Scotty in 2010. Along our journey we have made many life long friends that have become a part of our Scotch N Soda family. I will miss Scotty; he was my friend that was with me through it all. Thank you to those who help us carry on his life through his babies. - Cathy, Steen, Brandon and Keelly Reggelsen, Stride Away Acres www.saddleup.ca • 49

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THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB www.albertadonkeyandmule.com Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 7/10 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Tammy Thielman 250-832-3409, Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, Battle Royal. www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.org 10/10

CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART) Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 or 250-809-7152, critteraid@vip.net 0 CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 www.chhaps.org 2/10


of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: www.cqha.ca, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, President 204-834-2479 or marnie@horsescoops.com 5/10 The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) certifies riding coaches and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals and hosts regional and international conferences. Visit www.CHA-ahse.org or call 1-800-399-0138 To find a certified riding coach or accredited equine facility near you, 5/10 visit www.CHAinstructors.com

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 www.bchorsemen.org 11/10

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Tanya Margerison 250-4420209, bhanews@hotmail.com, Visit www.boundaryhorse.ca for Events 3/10 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca Shannon 250-751-4685 motionsrider@yahoo.ca 12/10 BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Kevin Tienkamp 250-546-9156 bccha@telus.net, or web www.cuttingnews.com Area 20 4/10 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, www.bcdraftundersaddleclub.com 9/10 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 11/10 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Working with the SPCA to help horses in need; foster, adopt, memberships. 250-503-8859 7/10 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Karen Wilkie 250-546-8973 Meeting, Trail Rides/Socials, Fellowship, Newsletter, www.morganhorse.ca 12/10 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB www.miniaturehorsesbc.com Pres: Melissa Schryvers 604-202-3024. Show June 12-13 Cloverdale 5/10 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB President: Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 3/10 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 bcqha@hotmail.com or visit www.bcqha.com 8/10 BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Pres. David Parker 604-462-0304, dabepa@yahoo.com, www.bcrcha.com 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 www.bctcpa.com or contact Bill Klop (Pres) 604-796-9127 2/10

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC www.ERABC.com Secretary: Pat Carnegie, pcarnegie@care2.com 250-462-0006 11/10 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, & Managers of Skimikin Campground. eqtrails@gmail.com or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 11/10 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 hankrocks@telus.net www.freewebs.com/giterdonegymkhanaclub 6/10 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 www.hcbc.ca Representing the interests of BC’s equine industry. 10/10 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 9/10 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Sue Rath, Secretary 250-376-9443 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397 kgc@shaw.ca, www.kelownagymkhana.com 11/10 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Barb 250-379-2513 AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics 5/10 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Blair Bates 250-452-6941 Fun & Family oriented! See www.peachlandridingclub.com for activities 12/09 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Sec/Treas: Bonnie 250-275-7715 Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders 10/10 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Debi 250-851-9256 Monthly Playdays, Annual Show, Activities 5/10 SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSE ASSOC. Edna Hugo (Pres.) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, www.soha-online.com 9/10 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Sharon 604-856-3348 wcra@telus.net, www.wcra.info 10/10

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

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

403-625-3326 Fax: 403-625-2274 aphcc@appaloosa.ca

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http://bchorsemen.org President: Jonathan Driesen, jrdd@telus.net - 604 864-0730 Vice President: Carol Creasy, IT & Membership, ccreasy07@gmail.com - 250 835-8587 Vice President: Jack Breaks, Webmaster, jackb@jrjtrail.ca - 604 856 7786 Vice President: John King, jeking@shaw.ca - 250-338-6789 Recording Secretary: Susan Shumey, rshumey@shaw.ca - 604 856-1396 Treasurer: Sharon Pickthorne, oneonone@telus.net - 250-337-1818 Past President: Gord MacKenzie, gmack@mail.ocis.net - 250 679-3999 Work Bee Coordinator: Ian Compton, holbrookdyson@telus.net - 250-337-8720 Joint Trail & Access (Horse Council): Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca - 604 854-1245 Horse Council Director: Isabel Pritchard, impritchard@telus.net - 250 764-4533 Education: Mary Huntington, rivergals@telus.net - 604-988-8442

Who Ensures Your Right to Ride and Recreate With Your Equines? Back Country Horsemen Society of British Columbia When you are out riding a trail, do you think about who might be protecting your access and keeping the trail open? You might be doing it all by yourself or it might just be Back Country Horsemen members. BCHBC is a not for profit society compiled of volunteers that direct their efforts to ensure recreational riders have trails to ride now and in the future. The name Back Country may mislead some people to think we are only concerned with trails in the far reaches of wilderness areas. Truth is, we work on both front and back country trails. Another myth is that we only consider horse trails. A good number of the trails we deal with are historic, built for and by horses and horse power, but almost all of these trails are now used for other forms of recreation as well as trail riding. Almost all horse trails are multi-user trails. A quick history of the Society is interesting. The idea of starting a BCHBC Society was planted in 1988, when one of the founding members, Jim McCrae was riding solo from Mexico back to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Back Country Horsemen of America do a lot of work on that trail and were there whenever he needed a hand. From that seed the idea grew; B.C. could use a Back Country Horsemen’s group to preserve, protect and maintain horse trails. Around a campfire eight people decided to unofficially form the first Chapter and on June 11, 1991 BCHBC was incorporated under the Societies Act. Last year BCHBC started up its 16th chapter, bringing membership numbers up to nearly 700. We logged 1100 hours of workbee hours throughout the province, with many more hours spent organizing, at meetings, hosting educational and fun events.

Our Mission Statement Back Country Horsemen of BC is an organization that provides equestrians who are interested in trail riding and the back country, a social, safe learning atmosphere where people of all ages and experience can enjoy trail riding and the wilderness experience. Through collaboration with individuals, government, business and other recreation users of public land we strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians.

Back Country Horsemen chapters do more than just work on trails. Trail Days, also known as workbees, primarily focus on clearing and maintaining trails, also become great social and educational events. After a day of learning what it takes to maintain the trail, newcomers join in around the fire or trailers with a favourite beverage and listen to tales of previous trail days or great rides in the area. You may have questions on how do I learn what it takes to be safe when venturing out? BCHBC has a Four Level Educational Set of Guidelines. These guidelines list the necessary requirements needed in each level, whether going out for the casual day ride to the more adventurous overnight wilderness pack trip. Most skills can be obtained from members in the chapter, video tutorials listed on our webpage or other members of the organization at large. Each skill is listed to ensure that your experience with your equine out on the trail is safe and pleasurable. There is at least one chapter in most regions of the province. Most chapters, depending on location, have monthly meetings that include speakers or demos. These are great opportunities to meet other equine enthusiasts that share a common goal for trails. Each year BCHBC host its AGM at our annual event called Rendezvous. At this event members from throughout the province gather in one location, this year being Rock Creek. Members participate in competitions such as packing and dutch oven cooking. There are speakers and clinicians on a wide variety of topics from trail safety to cooking in a cardboard box. There is trail riding for those who bring their equines and for those who don’t, time to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. Recreational riders constitute the largest percentage of Horse Council’s membership. By becoming a BCHBC member you can help provide a unified voice for all recreational riders. You can see your time, money and efforts are put towards trail works. Belong, and you can participate in Chapter functions. Why not join BCHBC members as they quietly go about doing great things with horse trails across BC so that recreational use of horses and mules on public lands will remain a part of our heritage. Ride safe!

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BC Cutting Horse Association PHOTOS by Robert Magrath, www.rmagrathcuttingimages.com

2010 Board of Directors

On January 16 the BCCHA had our AGM and Awards Banquet at the Coast Canadian Inn, Kamloops. We had a good turnout for our AGM with some new ideas being discussed for the upcoming season. A bccha@telus.net tentative show schedule will www.cuttingnews.com Area 20 be available on our website within the next week and here next month. Our banquet had approximately 110 cutters, sponsors and family members in attendance. Mary Lynn Zirnhelt was inducted into the BCCHA Hall Of Fame; a full article on this will be in next month’s magazine. President: Kevin Tienkamp 250-546-9156 Vice Pres: Ken Hartley 250-573-2328 Secretary: Lynn Graham 250-374-8882 Directors: Mary Lynn Zirnhelt Les Timmons Sue Majeau Robin Hay Roger Smeeton Bob Zirnhelt Val Martin Wendell Stoltzfus

BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 2009 CHAMPIONS OPEN CHAMPION - Kit And Kaboonsmal, O/Stefan Fuchs, Toms Lake, BC – R/ Denton Moffat RES CHAMP - Smart Frele Cat, O/Rod Macdonald, Stump Lake, BC – R/ Les Timmons 3rd PLACE - River Jazz, O/ Norm & Sue Majeau, Langley, BC – R/ Kevin Tienkamp NON PRO CHAMPION - Cliff White, Langley RES CHAMP - Mary Lynn Zirnhelt, Kamloops 3RD PLACE - Ken Hartley, Kamloops 50,000 AMATEUR CHAMPION - Patti Magrath, Chilliwack RES CHAMP - Wendell Stoltzfus, Merritt 3rd PLACE - Roger Smeeton, Kamloops 20,000 NON PRO CHAMPION - Roger Smeeton, Kamloops, BC RES CHAMPS - Deborah Anderson, Langley & Dianne Lindsay, Vernon 10,000 AMATEUR CHAMPION - Leanne Stoltzfus, Merritt RES CHAMP - Shirley Telford, Merritt 3RD PLACE - Robin Hay, Quesnel 10,000 NOVICE HORSE CHAMPION - Dreamy Playcat, O/Janie Bass, Winnipeg, R/ Denton Moffat, Armstrong RES CHAMP - DFL Sangold Holly, O/R Bob Zirnhelt, Kamloops 3RD PLACE - San Tule Boonshine, O/ Wayne & Evelyn Sagmoen, Salmon Arm, R/Denton Moffat 3,000 NOVICE HORSE CHAMPION - CR Top Cat, O/Ron Bailey, Wetaskewin, R/Denton Moffat, Armstrong RES CHAMP - Royally Sweet Badge, O/R Denton Moffat, Armstrong 3RD PLACE - Justa Smart Swinger, O/Dainya Sapergia, Nanton, R/Kevin Tienkamp, Armstrong 15,000 NOVICE HORSE / NON PRO CHAMPION - DFL Lil Mischa, O/R Patti Magrath, Chilliwack RES CHAMP - River Jazz, O/R Sue Majeau, Langley 3RD PLACE - Smart Frele Cat, O/R Rod Macdonald, Stump Lake 2,000 LIMIT RIDER CHAMPION - Shirley Telford, Merritt RES CHAMP - Norm Majeau, Langley 3RD PLACE - Diane Lindsay, Vernon 4TH PLACE - Marilyn Macdonald, Stump Lake 5TH Place - Shaun Howes, Abbotsford 5,000 NOVICE HORSE / NON PRO CHAMPION - Date A Smart Pep, O/R Deborah Anderson, Langley RES CHAMP - HA Chics Guitar, O/R Andrea Delwo, Kamloops 3RD PLACE - DFL Hickadixie Chick, O/ Marilyn & Dale Henry, Vernon SR YOUTH CHAMPION - Laurel Connel, Kamloops RES CHAMP - Shaun Timmons, Kamloops 3RD PLACE - Samantha Couillard, DeWinton JR YOUTH CHAMPION - Madison Stoltzfus, Merritt RES CHAMPION - Resa Stoltzfus, Merritt 3RD PLACE - Matt Couillard, DeWinton 4TH PLACE - Bianca Olsen-Stiles, Armstrong 5th PLACE - Steven Pye, Kamloops 6th PLACE - Josie Pearce, Maple Ridge 7th PLACE - Bailey Hultman, Maple Ridge TWO HANDED NOV-NOV CHAMPION - Tuffy’s Pick, Kiel Wilson, Logan Lake 2ND PLACE - Alright Velvet, David Ciriani, Knutsford 500 RANCH HORSE CHAMPION - Smart Little Adan, Rob Teit, Kamloops RES CHAMP - All Reddy Badger Boy, Toni Anne Jonnson, Langley 500 LIMIT RIDER CHAMPION - Sam Muller, Australia 2ND PLACE - Angela Wilson, Logan Lake

10,000 AMATEUR Robin Hay (3rd), Shirley Telford (Res Champ), Leanne Stoltzfus (Champ)

10,000 NOVICE HORSE Denton Moffat (Champ on Creamy Cat and 3rd on San Tule Boonshine), Bob Zirnhelt (DFL San Gold Holly)

(accepting for Andrea Delwo Res Champ on HA Chics Guitar),

Deborah Anderson (Champ on Date a Smart Pep)

500 RANCH HORSE Rob Teit (Champ on Smart little Adan), Betty Manuel (presenting)

OPEN: Norm Majeau (owner River Jazz), Kevin Tienkamp 3rd on River Jazz, Sue Majeau (owner River Jazz), Les Timmons Reserve Champ on Smart Frele Cat, Denton Moffat Champion on Kit and Kaboonsmal, Wendell Stoltzfus presenting.

50,000 AMATEUR Patti Magrath (Champion), Wendell Stoltzfus (Res Champ), Roger Smeeton (3rd)

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5,000 NOV HORSE NON PRO Les Timmons

SR YOUTH Laura Connell (Champ) Leanne Stoltzfus (presenting)

20,000 NON PRO Deborah Anderson (Reserve Champ), Roger Smeeton (Champion)

500 LIMIT RIDER Bob Zirnhelt (accepting for Sam Muller Champ), Betty Manuel (presenting)

JR YOUTHS Resa Stoltzfus (res Champ), Bailey Hultman (7th), Stephen Pye (5th), Bianca Olsen-Stiles (4th), Madison Stoltzfus (Champ)

BCCHA, cont’d

3,000 NOVICE HORSE Kevin Tienkamp (3rd Justa Smart Swinger), Unknown, Denton Moffat (Champ CR Top Cat Res Champ on Royally Sweet Badge), Ken Hartley (presenting)

15,000 NOV HORSE NON PRO Les Timmons accepting for Rod Macdonald (3rd on Smart Frele Cat), Sue Majeau (Res Champ on River Jazz), Patti Magrath (Champ on DFL Lil Mischa

NON PRO Mary Lynn Zirnhelt (Reserve), Cliff White (Champion), Ken Hartley (3rd).

TWO HANDED NOVICE NOVICE David Ciriani (res Champ on Alright Velvet), Kiel Wilson (Champ on Tuffys Pick)

“THE TURN-BACK GANG OF 2009” Rick Hook, Wendell Stoltzfus, Les Timmons, Denton Moffat, Bob Zirnhelt, Kevin Tienkamp, Wendy Garrard

AERC Plans for Fun Days and Fun Year The Armstrong Enderby Riding Club is so pleased that about 22 members attended our January 13 club AGM, held at the Armstrong Chamber. Members came from around the Armstrong area, Grindrod, Salmon Arm and even Kelowna. Welcome to our new executive members and a big THANK YOU for contributing to the club! We can all work together to make the AERC a fun place for riders. In 2009, our membership grew to 69 members! New members are always welcome. One of the ways we keep our club affordable is by relying on volunteers, so please pitch in – as little or as much as you can – to keep club fees low! The AERC is looking for someone to help maintain our club web site. If you have these skills to contribute, please let us know. We post photos from Fun Days and other club events, as well as regular news items. We are still looking for members who would like to fill the President and Vice President positions, though we do have all five directors positions fi lled, as well as those of Secretary and Treasurer. “Come and ride inside!!” WINTER INDOOR RIDING: Sunday, Feb. 28 & March 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Free Coffee!! $5/jr, $10/senior.

2,000 LIMIT RIDER Shirley Telford (Champ), Norm Majeau (Res Champ), Sue Majeau (accepting for Shaun Howes 5th), Les Timmons (accepting for Marilyn Macdonald 4th)

By Tammy Thielman

Riders may bring more than one horse. Bring treats to share if you can! A great chance to prepare for the spring shows! 2010 Fun Day dates are: May 30, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 26. The May and August Fun Days will be held in the Agriplex due to other events being held in Ring 2. Our popular Summer Evening Rides will take place on June 29, July 13 and 17, and Aug. 10, all from 6:30 until 8 p.m or 8:30. $5 per rider, riders must be members and can bring more than one horse. E-news reminders will be sent out before all events. Please remember to RENEW your membership! Membership forms are available on the club site www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.org The AERC, est. 1966, is a volunteer-run community riding club that provides a ‘no-pressure’ affordable and fun environment for riders, especially those new to showing. The AERC is the perfect place to ride if you are an adult returning to riding and/or showing, or if you have children or you, yourself, want to ride and show. To receive club e-news, contact Tammy at skishack@jetstream.net or phone 250-8323409. www.saddleup.ca • 53

Pine Tree Riding Club KAMLOOPS, BC Newsletter contact: Meghan, meghan_popove42@hotmail.com Club contact: Debi 250-851-9256 www.pinetreeridingclub.com

Club News

• Information about Annual Show coming soon! Check our website frequently! • If forms and fees are received by March 31, 2010, you’ll be entered in our draw for a FREE MEMBERSHIP (family or single) or FIRST PLAYDAY FOR FREE.

Thank you for your hard work! Past President, Debi Eppinger The club would like to thank Debi Eppinger, a long time club president, for all her efforts. As past president, Debi has taken the job of running the Trails Event. She is excited to have the opportunity to create new trail courses and to help members as they master new skills for themselves and their horses.

The members are anxiously waiting for the snow to melt!

It can’t be seen right now, but both riding arena’s have been significantly improved with new sand and leveling. Pine Tree Riding Club would like to thank James Fink for donating hard work, Dale Ponselot of PrairieCoast Equipment for the use of their great John Deere equipment and McLean Rock Products Ltd for donating sand and gravel. Krista Blades, is our Clinics Chair Person for 2010. She is organizing club clinics and would like members to contact her at kristablades@hotmail.com with their suggestions. Check our website www.PineTreeRidingClub.com for: • Membership forms • New Playday Class Schedule • Playday Entry Forms • Calendar of Events • 2010 Playdays include May 9th, June 6th, August 15th, and September 12th

Board of Directors for 2010 Past President - Debi Eppinger President -Jodi Daburger Vice President - Alison Miller Secretary - Linda Loshuk Treasurer - Annette Gregory

Pine Tree event with special guest from England, Alice Harvey (far right)

Peachland Riding Club Update It is a new year and 2010 will bring some new and exciting changes to Peachland Riding Club but before I talk about 2010 let me tell you about 2009. Our Gymkhanas finished on a high note with our last event in October which included a dress up contest. It was also a day of great excitement in which some of the final placements were decided on the last day. I have included our winners and would like to congratulate all of them for a great season. I would also like to say thank you to all of the riders, sponsors, friends and family who came out and supported the monthly gymkhana rodeos. These rodeos are a foundational event that spring boards riders to becoming better riders, and helps them to work towards their own personal goals. PRC also voted in a new executive. Erin McQueen is our new secretary; Holly Dickenson is our new treasurer; Trecho Demattos continues on as Vice President and Blair Bates (me) continues on as 54 • Saddle Up • February 2010

By Blair Bates

President. Thank you to our past executive members: Deb Craig and Vicky Szulinsky for their faithful service. Brenda Pierron has taken over for Brenda Bates as Gymkhana director; Sandy Chevallier is continuing as Rodeo director, and Diana Chevallier will continue as our Awards director. Peachland Riding Club along with their volunteers succeeded in accomplishing many events in 2009. 6 Gymkhanas, 1 High School Rodeo, many mini local Clinics, Poll Bending Clinic, 40th Anniversary celebration, two major Barrel Racing events, a July 1st parade, countless hours of volunteer time to upgrade the grounds, and facilities, getting sponsorships, and finishing off with a great celebration in November that brought out the best of the Peachland Riding Club. Thank you to all for a great 2009, now let’s get ready for 2010! Until then, Happy Trails.

Endurance Riders Association of BC Many of us don’t get in much riding over the President - Brenda Miskimmin mcpennytoo@telus.net winter – too cold, too wet, VP - Ruth Moorby Trmoorby@hotmail.com too slippery, muddy or snowy Secretary - Pat Carnegie secretary@erabc.com – and miss it. It helps a bit to Treasurer - Louise Abbott treasurer@erabc.com “re-ride” the time we had in Directors: the saddle in more hospitable Madeline Bateman fonzie@mail.ocis.net Brenna Mayer brenna.mayer@yahoo.com seasons, and to evaluate our Elaine Bessuille e_bessuille@telus.net experiences and visualize Terre O’Brennan tobytrot@telus.net the next season. Last issue, Karen Ellis Karenellis3@shaw.ca ERABC members shared June Melhuish jjmrider@hughes.net Lynn Wallden wallden6484@shaw.ca their thoughts on their www.ERABC.com endurance experience, and continue in this issue. My answer to the question of why I ride endurance … to be truly bonded with my wonderful horse, seeing places only he can take me … especially the mountain tops and gorgeous views, the lush forests, even the hot desert … and to meet some very special people and their ponies … all of us enjoying the beauty and challenge as we go down the trail … and my “funny” side answers … cause I like to pack and unpack! - Shari in the Fraser Valley Officers & Directors 2010

For me, I Iove the challenge, and all the adversity just gives me more desire to get it right. Th is sport is a huge learning curve and one which I feel does not end. It is a great big wave to ride if you can stay on board. - Gar in the Fraser Valley Why I ride endurance? To become one with my horse – to see the great outdoors – to see parts of BC I normally wouldn’t see if I didn’t go to the rides – to meet people like me ... - Mad(eline) in Kamloops We ride endurance because it gets our equine buddies out of the corral and into the wilderness. To ride endurance without harming our four-legged partners means hours and miles of conditioning, which is great for the mind and body of horse and rider. And it means our horses are physically ready for anything else that comes up, like backcountry camping, packhorse trips, or herding cattle. It’s also a safe way to monitor our horses’ progress. And don’t forget all those horseminded strong-willed “individuals” we get to meet at the events! - Fred and Cheryl in Kamloops Why Endurance? After years of ring riding, I was tired of the sameness of the training. After years of showing before a judge, I was tired of being subject to some person’s opinions and preferences. With endurance riding, I found the parts of riding that I truly love. I love the harmony with my horse, the agreement that going down a trail and exploring around the next corner is a fun activity.

I love the opportunity to get out and enjoy nature while sharing with my partner what a horse enjoys – moving forward and covering ground. I love that the training for the trail increases a horse’s strength and endurance, and toughens muscles and tendons, improving his health and his life. I love that, because of the horse’s high activity level, I have learned much about feeding and nutrition, structure and function, rest and recovery, and even psychology of the horse. And I’ve found, to my happiness, that I love the riders and their enthusiasm, their camaraderie, and their assistance both on the trail and off. Other equestrian disciplines have many excellent points; fostering a deep bond between horse and rider, encouraging rider discipline and a knowledge of horse physiology, and bringing like-minded enthusiasts together. But endurance riding does this while maintaining a natural connection with the horse and the environment. Anyone who has just climbed up a long grade to enjoy a view from between horse ears, or trotted along a sun-dappled fall lane will understand. Before I started endurance riding, I had been riding for several years, and showing in hunter, show hack and dressage. When I bought my Arabian stallion I continued with the show ring, and with dressage. But he never seemed as happy as when he was just putting on mileage around the track at the riding club. And as he got fitter, his energy level became harder to channel. One day I saw a notice for the Golden Ears Ride, and we tried it out. Comet loved it – he couldn’t believe that he didn’t have to turn every few metres, or change gaits every few minutes. Over the next years we gradually dropped the show ring events, and finally even the dressage shows, and stuck with what he and I came to love best. - Elaine in the Fraser Valley Endurance provides a myriad of challenges every ride, while at the same time fortifying the unique bond between (wo)man and horse. - Nora in Lillooet Riding endurance gives me the reason, challenge and discipline for spending huge amounts of time with my horse off the beaten track, doing the best we can do, and striving to do better all the time. - June in Lillooet I enjoy the camping out with my horse; enjoy the challenge of the trail; enjoy the camaraderie among the competitors (how they share and help one another); always a great learning experience about self, others, horses, life in general. - Anne in Kelowna It would be great to hear from other disciplines ... let Saddle Up know what you think! Or if you’re thinking about trying endurance riding, check out www.erabc.com for information and articles, the 2010 Ride Schedule, and other helpful links to help you get started. See you on the trails!

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BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com Hello everyone! I hope President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz you all had a Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 asmarawg@telus.net wonderful holiday Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 piblet@shaw.ca Secretary / Webpage Editor: Sean Newton 250-546-8088 season and got snrk@telus.net lots of riding in. Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-832-4111 gvarabians@telus.net It’s almost time Flying Carpet: Deborah Mikkelsen 250-548-3899 Deborah@Khafra-Arabians.com for Valentine’s and Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 with this warm fuzzy_peaches_gerl@hotmail.com and/or Cheryl Johnson leejohn1@telus.net weather, it hardly Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 seems like we have piblet@shaw.ca had winter. We had our year end banquet and silent auction before the holidays and it was a very enjoyable evening. It was nice to see lots of familiar faces there with family and friends. The meal was wonderful and the desserts were to die for. Everyone had fun bidding at our silent auction. A big thank you to Yvette Mawson for putting the auction together for us and thank you to everyone who donated. (psst… Faye, your Rolo cookies were delicious!) After dinner, awards were handed out as well as prizes for distance riders. Karel Nordstrom earned the Volunteer of the Year award for all her hard work this past year. Way to go Karel! Then came the dancing which was loads of fun! I think Wally should win an award for endurance dancing ha ha… I’m positive that he danced every song. Hats off and a big thank you to everyone that made this evening possible. It was greatly appreciated. BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com

In Memoriam: Zakiy ya El Bey May 30, 1994 - December 6, 2009 “Once in awhile, you come to know a friend who changes your life, and you can never go back to that place where you were before.” “Zaki,” as he was known to friends and family, will be missed as a remarkably gifted horse in many ways. As a show horse, he was very versatile, successfully competing in quite diverse divisions, and frequently receiving compliments from judges on his beautiful free movement and happy attitude toward his work. Highlights of his career included 2004 Western Canadian Breeders Champion Sport Horse Under Saddle, Amateur, and Res. Champion Open, 2006 and 2007 BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc. Community Show Series Adult High Point, 2006 Arabian Encampment Western Pleasure Champion, First Level Dressage Certificate, and numerous wins in Western Pleasure, English Pleasure, and Show Hack classes in Open shows in BC and Washington. He was a great ambassador for the Arabian breed, and was a friend and personality known to many. We wish to express our sincere thanks to all of those who extended condolences to us during a difficult time. It was only in his passing that we were truly made aware of how many friends a horse can have. Especially for us, Zaki was most importantly a friend, teacher, and beloved family member. We feel privileged to have had this special horse in our lives, and will miss him very much. - Colleen Kramer

Here are the 2009 BCIAHA High Point Results: Purebred Highpoint: Champion - Neyonlites+ and Cathy Southwell Reserve - Sundown Flamenco and Faye Fox Partbred Highpoint: Champion - Vice Regent SM and Sandra Nickolls Reserve - Born to Shyne DF and Cori Wilson Top 5 - JS Surfing Safari and Alaina Braybrook Top 5 - Bright City Lights and Wally Goertz Youth Highpoint: Champion - Firefox Klassic Chevy and Cayleigh McCreight Reserve - Bar B Illusion and Flynn Johnson Top 5 - Pocketful of Promise and Alyssa Johnson

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Way to go everyone! I hope to see you all again soon. Enjoy your horses and stay safe! Cheers, Alaina

Past issues of Saddle Up are on our website under Archives.

BC Paint Horse Club

www.bcphc.com Pres Colleen Schellenberg VP vacant Sec Mary Ratz Treas Dianne Rouse Past Pres. Louise Bruce APHADirector (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore Alt Andrea Aitken APHA www.apha.com

604 534-8287 colleen_doug@shaw.ca 604-639-0212 ratzmary@hotmail.com 604 530-3366 lazy3@telus.net 604-530-8310 ljbruce@telus.net 604-532-9305 250 498-2240 raitken@persona.ca 817 834-2742

Hello everyone and welcome to 2010! This looks like an exciting and busy year, with lots of activities such as APHA shows, trail rides, endurance rides and jumping, just to name a few, that our beautiful Paint horses excel at. Show season is fast approaching (yippee!) and our first show of the year is the combined BCPHC/PNPHC Spring Classic. It is being held in Monroe, WA, on March 19 to 21. It has six judges, is two shows, offers double NWCC points and will be loads of fun! The theme this year is “Under the Big Top.” They are having random prizes for every class, and there’s a costume class with a $100 prize. The high point prizes are amazing – trophy saddles and silver halters! Now there’s motivation! There are also futurities for those future superstars. Also being offered are BC Owner/Handler classes – here’s a great chance to get in the show pen with a less competitive environment. This division was created to introduce novice riders and horses. They are tons of fun and a great way to start out. This show was absolutely fabulous last year and I can’t wait to attend this year! Entry and stabling forms are available to download off the website. These shows are put on by a small but dedicated group of people from both sides of the border, so if you can find a bit of time to volunteer for one of the jobs needing doing, please go to www.bcphc.com and add your name to the list. If time is not an option, perhaps you can help out the club by sponsoring. These shows require lots of time and money and if we want to ensure that it remains a successful fun show, we need to rely on members, exhibitors and their families to support us where they can. Every little bit helps! On behalf of the clubs, thank you in advance for your contribution! A new venture is the Fun Start Paint-Pinto-All Breed Show coming up on June 6 in Delta. This single judge show will be highlighting the local rider with a full slate of

- Colour Your World - Own A Paint

Open, Amateur, Youth and SPB classes. The BC Paint Horse Club is supporting this venture being put on by the West Coast Colours Horse. For further information please e-mail westcoastcolours@hotmail.com. I would also like to introduce to you our new Executive, voted on at our AGM held in November. Our new President is Colleen Schellenberg. Colleen was our Vice-President last year, and with her doing such an amazing job, we are glad to welcome her to the presidency and look forward to helping her move our club forward. Most of you have already met Colleen as she and her daughter Emma and gelding All Reddy Smoke N attend most of the Paint shows. Dianne Rouse is our returning Treasurer. Dianne has been instrumental in turning the club’s fi nances around and making more funds available to club-sponsored programs. Dianne and her daughter Calli have been a fi xture on the show scene for many years and most recently, Calli and her gelding Ima Special Delivery were Reserve World Champion in Novice Youth Western Riding at the 2009 World Show. Our Secretary Mary Ratz has been with the club for many years, but due to her young and expanding family, we will sorely miss her smile in the show pen. The new Directors for 2010 are Past-President Louise Bruce and Communications Director Andrew Thomas. Louise has been with the club for many years and although she is currently seeking a smaller role, she is always committed to helping the club, the least of which is helping put on our Spring Classic. Andrew Thomas is new to our club and his enthusiasm, energy and knowledge of spreading the good word and work of the BC Paint Horse Club is a wonderful addition to our talented and dedicated Executive. You can expect to see Andrew, his daughter Jackie and Jamaica Me Tuff dipping their toes in the breed pen this year! Returning directors for 2010 are Anne Marie Wass and Blodwyn Bristow. Blodwyn’s daughters Georgina and Ingrid are burning up the show pen and are looking forward to this coming show season with their good horses Shiny and Zipped and Maximum Intensity. Keep your eyes open for them in 2010 and for Blodwyn cheering on the sidelines! Anne Marie has been a familiar face in the show pen for many years with her mare Truly Smashing, but this year her gelding You Bet Im Smashing will try and match the accomplishments earned by Truly Smashing. The next BC Paint Horse Club meeting is Feb. 8. Keep a lookout on the website for time and place. The BCPHC’s Year End Banquet was held Jan. 30 in Langley. Stay tuned for pictures from the fun night in next month’s issue. For complete results, please check out www.bcphc.com. The NWCC Year End Banquet and Meetings are being held Feb. 27 in Hood River, OR. I will be attending and providing a report in a future issue. Well, I guess that’s all for now. Hope to hear from you with your news, results and events – please feel free to e-mail them to silverdollar35@hotmail.com. Happy Trails!

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British Columbia Quarter Horse Association BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S3 www.bcqha.com * bcqha@hotmail.com President: Darhl Paley, 250-546-6083, dapaley@telus.net Vice President: Gordie McEachen, 250-337-5958 Gordon.McEachen@dfompo.gc.ca AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson 604-530-6875, Fax 604-608-9174, gaylepw@istar.ca AQHA Director Emeritus: Gen Matheson Ph/Fax 604-534-5137 Membership Secretary /Media Liaison: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 Fax 604-806-9052, lcarter@mrl.ubc.ca

2010 Calendar of Events Feb 27: 2 pm – VIQHA AGM – ABC Restaurant, Nanaimo March 21: LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar – Thunderbird Show Park, Langley March 5-8: AQHA Convention - Kissimmee, Florida April: BCQHA AGM – Prince George April 24: SCQHA “Fuzzy” Show – Armstrong Agriplex - Cheri 250-573-2541 or csmeeton@shaw.ca April 25: SCQHA Clinic – Armstrong Agriplex - Carolyn 250-546-6083

MEMBERSHIP – It’s time to RENEW your memberships! Forms can be downloaded at www.bcqha.com Questions? Contact Lynne at palomino2@hotmail.com

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – Darhl Paley Our zones held successful shows for all competitors in the 2009 show season, even though most show committees lost money on their circuits. One thing to remember is that the price of putting these shows on will never decrease, so it is really necessary for all those who want to show to get involved with their zone show committees and help out. Helping out can mean doing some sort of fund raiser, sharing the burden of the work or being at the circuit to lend a hand. I, for one, don’t want to see a decrease in the number of shows we have in BC, However, if the loss of money trend continues, circuits may be cancelled. Please, let us all pull together to be sure 2010 is a financially stable show season.

AQHA/CQHA/BCQHA Director - Gayle Pawley-Wilson I would like to send my congratulations to all the BCQHA members who qualified, showed and placed at the AQHA World Show 58 • Saddle Up • February 2010

in November 2009. We truly have some top AQHA winners in BC. Also noted a number of BC Bred horses winning at the World Show from as far away as Florida. A reminder to all AQHA Horse owners who may have elderly horses that by Rule226 all horses who are 25 years and older as of January 1 of their birth year will be considered deceased unless notified by the owner. This rule is often overlooked by owners. I am deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of our friend Dick Monahan, AQHA’s second vice president, on December 26, 2009. After serving 20 years as an AQHA director from Washington, he became an AQHA Director at Large. Dick generously gave of his time and talents to AQHA and has served as chair of the racing committee and racing council, a member of the Hall of Fame committee, and as chairman of the nominations and credentials committee. Dick and his wife, Brenda, raised and raced American Quarter Horses for more than 30 years.

Our Judge is AQHA Professional Horseman and HCBC Approved Judge Darhl Paley of Prince George. The Fuzzy format is designed to make this an “Educational Fun Day” for everyone. By running the show as close to an Official AQHA show the participants will get the general idea of what to expect at an official show. This show will be a great “introduction and preparation” for showing at AQHA and Breed level. The Fuzzy will be a HCBC “BC Heritage Circuit” (approval pending) and is an Approved Paint Alternative Competition (PAC). High Point Awards, Class Awards, Ribbons to 8th place and much more. Spectators are welcome A Clinic will be held on Sunday April 25th following the “Fuzzy” at the Agriplex. The Clinic will be aimed towards 4H, Youth and Novice riders. Space will be limited, please make sure you book early by contacting Carolyn Farris at 250-546-6083 for more information and details on how to register.



Remember to mark your calendars for the LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar on March 21st at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. Please visit http://www.bcqha.com/ lmqhahorsemansbazaar/ for updates.

Our annual Awards Banquet was held recently. Here are our amazing winners!

VIQHA The VIQHA AGM will be held on Saturday February 27th at the ABC Restaurant in Nanaimo, starting @ 2:00pm. This meeting is open to anyone wishing to participate in the Vancouver Island Quarter Horse Association, and new members are welcome. VIQHA North will be holding an AQHA circuit June 10 - 13th location TBA. The Duncan Local will be holding two; single day open shows this year on May 16th and August 8th, at the new Duncan Fairgrounds.

SCQHA The 13th Annual Fuzzy Horse Show will be held Saturday April 24th, at the Armstrong Agriplex. The “Fuzzy” program will be in major Tack stores throughout the Zone early February. Please visit our website bcqha/ scqha.com for further details and updates.

Open Stallion: This Kidsbedazzled - Dave Burns res: Zips Texas Leaguer - Darhl Paley Open Gelding: WC I Zipped In Ink - Lisa Haaparanta res: Kids Clu To My Heart - Dawn Videgan Open Mare: Hitechs Royal Design - Dawn Videgan res: TCD Execution Annie owned by Mayson Schumann Amateur Stallion: This Kidsbedazzled - Dave Burns res: Renenic - Sand Schumann Amateur Gelding: Kids Clu To My Heart - Dawn Videgan res: Justa Big Time Kid - Dave Burns Amateur Mare: Hitechs Royal Design - Dawn Videgan res: TCD Execution Annie - Carlina Schumann Youth Gelding: Next Dempsey - Jenica Pavlis res: SC Bay Badger - Ronja Schippers Youth Mare: Hitechs Royal Design - Kelsey Videgan res: TCD Execution Annie - Mayson Schumann Novice Youth: Brittany Mikolayczyk - Zipschocolatetequila res: Ronja Schippers -SC Bay Badger Novice Amateur: Patty Sims - Hes So Darn Cool res: Carlene Kerr - Hickorys Major Doll 13 & Under: Mayson Schumann - TCD Execution Annie res: Kelsey Videgan - Hitechs Royal Design 14-18: Brittany Mikolayczyk - Zipschocolatetequila res: Ronja Schippers -SC Bay Badger Amateur: Tara Alde - Famous Mister Bert res: Carlina Schumann - TCD Execution Annie Amateur Select: Gayle Begin - Invitedbythesource Jr Horse: TCD Execution Annie - Mayson Schumann res: SC Bay Badger - Ronja Schippers Sr Horse: Famous Mister Bert - Tara Alde res: Zips Texas Leaguer - Darhl Paley Working Horse: Renenic - Sand Schumann res: Peppys R Minty - Doug Baker Super Horse Saddle Winner: My Success Story - Lea-Ann Oosterhoff res: Zipschocolatetequila - Brittany Mikolayczyk

Rafter D Reiners Berry Shiny

((SShi hinniing ng Spa parrkk x Cuusstom park toom RReed Be Berr rry) rr y) 2004 AAQHA 2004 200 QHHA So QHA Sorre orrre rrel re el SStta ttal tallio allioon, n, 15. 15.1 15 5 1HH 1HH

Unbeatable Bloodlines Great Conformation Outstanding Temperament Incredible Athleticism… and Gorgeous! Breeding Fee by Private Treaty

Standing at Copper Leaf Ranch, Vanderhoof, BC


Quarter Horse Stallions Standing at Stud

Driving - Events - Riding Please call for more information

Peppys Blue Monkey $650. LFG

Playboys Haidaway $650. LFG

Haflinger Stallions Standing at Stud Samson $500. LFG

Benno $500. LFG

Atino $550. LFG

Yearlings to Well Broke - Haflinger, Quarter Horses & Crosses 3872 Hwy 97 South, Lac La Hache, BC • 250-396-7556 www.easygo-ranch.ca • info@easygo-ranch.ca www.saddleup.ca • 59

Stallions and Breeders WWW.APPALOOSACENTRE.COM “Appaloosas for today and the future.” appaloosacentre@telus.net 250-963-9779 Ranch. 2/11

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

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

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



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

PEEBLES MINI DONKEY RANCH (Falkland) 250-379-2373 9/10 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. www.peeblesranch.ca or papeebles@gmail.com

EASYGO RANCH (Lac La Hache) 250-396-7556 SS: Haflingers & Quarter Horses, www.easygo-ranch.ca

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


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

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

HIGHCREST FARM (Aldergrove) 604-856-3017 3/10 SS: Red Pines Otoe Chant, 2002 AQHA Red Dun, Offspring for Sale

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

ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 10/10 ttouch@shaw.ca • www.icefarm.com IRISH CREEK RANCH (Vernon) 250-542-7228 2/10 SS: Little Peppe Leo, APHA B/W Homoz. Tobiano, www.irishcreekranch.com

WHITEVALE BACKHOE (Lumby) 250-547-9729 8/10 SS: Zeniths Lucky Logan, ‘91 AQHA Black, 15.2HH, whitevale@shaw.ca YELLOW MOUNT RANCH (Lethbridge, AB) 403-328-5693 SS: 6 AQHA/APHA Stallions, bigcheeks@hafdunfarms.com 2/10

K PERFORMANCE HORSES (Langley) 604-308-8669 www.kperformancehorses.com SS: AQHA Dun Factored Stallions that Cut, Rein & Work Cows. Prospects for sale. 9/10


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

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

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

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Stallions and Breeders 2004 AQHA Perlino Stallion



Stallions Standing for 2010

COLOUR V RANCH is the new home of


TW Smok N Hawk 2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

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

ALSO STANDING: TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano Hesa Special Otoe 1996 AQHA by Otoes Not Dun Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding)



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

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

* KID LENA AQHA Homozygous Black Stallion 2010 FEE: $450 reg’d / $400 grade 2010 FEE: $400 reg’d / $350 grade For more info and coloured pictures visit: www.colourvranch.com 250-296-0186, colourv@telusplanet.net 7/10

Painted Coos

Your Stallion SHOULD BE HERE


A Legend in the Making...

* NIFTY TC AQHA Palomino Stallion (throws 95% colour)

HORSES FOR SALE 250-499-5397; 3winds@telus.net www.keremeos.com/3winds 4/10

604-823-4666, wendy49@shaw.ca


2005 APHA Grulla Tobiano Stallion

2010 Stud Fee: $650 available to limited mares

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


WE’VE MOVED to 4674 Bates Rd, Abbotsford, BC 604-746-7630 (House) or 604-816-9930 (Barn) calicoqh@shaw.ca 7/10

Call 1-866-546-9922 for our “Reasonable Rates”

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



WE’VE MOVED to 4674 Bates Rd. Abbotsford, BC 604-746-7630 (House) or 604-816-9930 (Barn) calicoqh@shaw.ca 7/10


First time Standing to Public...!

Little Hickory Too 1994 AQHA #3327114 HERDA FREE N/N #HRD2731 Sire: Doc’s Hickory by Doc Bar Dam: Dear Little Lena by Doc O’Lena Sire and Dam’s Offspring LTE NCHA over $22,000,000.00 US Unshown due to injury! Exquisite example of Foundation Breeding, Gorgeous, Good-Minded, Athletic. Sire of Yippee Ki Yay Pep: Champion Working Cowhorse, 2007 Region Two (Rapid City, SD) 2010 Fee: $800 + GST. Booking Fee: $300

Friesian Stallion


of Dragonfly Acres 2004 16HH FPS Registered Star

2005 APHA Sorrel Overo 15HH “OZ’s bloodlines pass on versatility and success, with beauty of movement.”

Modern styled athletic and willing. Excellent conformation and temperament.

SON of Zippos Sensation: Leading Western Pleasure and Performance Sire Dam is sired by Sacred Indian: * World & National Champion Performance Horse *

Live cover/cooled shipped. LFG

Proven Colour Producer - Stud Fee $500 LFG Breeder’s Trust Nominated

Contact: Lisa 604-539-8108 Langley, BC

Standing at Limestone Mt. Ranch, Big Lake, BC 250-243-2145, limestonemtranch@telus.net www.itsmysite.com/limestonemtranch/

For pictures, info and video link, visit us at: www.dragonflyacres.ca

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

Lazy L Performance Horses Gordon & Louise Garrard, Hanceville, BC 250-394-7822, shequest@thelakebc.ca 4/10



Foals for Sale


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Stallions and Breeders COVER FEATURE


Salty Ole Jack

is proud to present our Stallion Roster for 2009

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

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

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

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


Dorla Malo

K Performance Horses

Pete Dyck Lethbridge, AB 403-634-6723 mariadyck@xplornet.com

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

DS Boomin Enterprise


AQHA/APHA Prospects for Sale

Glen Black Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0


Chex Smokin Deal info@kperformancehorses.com or call 604-308-8669 (Langley, BC) www.kperformancehorses.com 9/10

For 2009 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502

www.freewebs.com/saltyolejack • oldsaltyjack@yahoo.ca



Green Gablespresents Morgan Farm


Little Peppe Leo 15.3HH APHA Stallion

WF Royal Mist’s Kurik “Roy”

15.1 HH 1994 Black/Brown Stallion

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


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

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

Debora Morgan Neufeld

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

4684 Back Enderby Rd., Armstrong, BC 250-546-8058 greengablesmorgans@hotmail.com


Visit us at 6/10


Standing for the first time in 2010!



2005 AQHA/APHA Stallion NRHA Money Earner Sire: “GUNNER” (Colonels Smoking Gun) NRHA million dollar sire Dam: BH HOLLYWOOD STAR


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

Brian & Jill Hamming Vernon, BC 250-545-0865 3/09 www.BHGUNNERSENTERPRIZ.COM 62 • Saddle Up • February 2010


This ad appears on www.saddleup.ca in COLOUR Next ad deadline February 15


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

OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567 johnsmith@smith.net, www.smithshow.com

february 1-27 6-7 7 12-14 13 26 27-28 28

APPRENTICE CAMP, DOUG MILLS, Arizona, www.dougmills.com CHANDRA MCNAMARA “for the love of the horse...” Custom Riding & Horsemanship Lessons, Powell River, Bev 604-487-9182, bevdunn@shaw.ca WILLOW ACRES DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW, Surrey, BC, Tara 604-531-5159, willowacres@telus.net, www.willowacres.ca NON-INVASIVE CHIROPRACTICS, 2nd section (both classes), Alder Flats, AB, Laodas-Way 780-621-0765, info@laodas-way.com BCMHC FOALING CLINIC by Joanne Ross Aldergrove, Shirley 604-530-5754 www.miniaturehorsesbc.com ONE DAY HEALING INTENSIVE, Armstrong, B.C. Marijke van de Water, 250-546-0669, www.rivasremedies.com MEADOW CREEK Winter Spectacular (Vaulting Comp.), Creekside Equestrian Centre, Olds, Jeanine 403-556-6266 AERC WINTER RIDING, 10-2, Armstrong Agriplex, Tammy 250-832-3409, skishack@jetstream.net

march 1

4-6 7 8-12 11-14 11 12 12-13 13-14 14 17 19-21 22-27 24-25 26-27 28-29 28-29 30-31

april 2-4

3-4 8-10

DEADLINE to Consign Horses at Northlands Performance Horse Sale, Northlands EXPO Ctr, www.Farmandranchshow.com ALCHEMY OF THE HORSE, Alder Flats, AB, www.Laodas-Way.com, Julie MacKinnon 780-621-0765 WILLOW ACRES DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW, Surrey, BC, Tara 604-531-5159, willowacres@telus.net, www.willowacres.ca LAODAS-WAY College of Equine Kinetics (last section), Alder Flats, AB www.Laodas-Way.com, Julie MacKinnon 780-621-0765 KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops, 1-888-763-2224, www.bcchs.com ANIMAL COMMUNICATION, Regina, Saskatchewan Marijke van de Water, 1-800-405-6643, www.rivasremedies.com HORSE SALE, BC Livestock, Kamloops, call 250-573-3939 to consign EQUINE NATURAL MEDICINE & NUTRITION, Regina, Saskatchewan Marijke van de Water 1-800-405-6643, www.rivasremedies.com BCMHC PATTY CLOKE Driving Clinic 21852 16 Avenue, Langley, Shirley 604-530-5754, www.miniaturehorsesbc.com AERC WINTER RIDING, 10-2, Armstrong Agriplex, Tammy 250-832-3409, skishack@jetstream.net MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Kelowna, Anne 250-860-2785, arthur1_dj@telus.net MCVC High Performance Vaulting Program - Training Weekend #3 w/Sue Detol, Creekside Equestrian Centre, Olds, Jeanine 403-556-6266 EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Edmonton, AB, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Port Alberni, Doris 250-724-4645, rdpitman@shaw.ca MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Black Creek-Campbell River, Lindy 250-337-8747, berkowitz@telus.net MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Cobble Hill, John & Nancy 250-743-1268, nancylane@shaw.ca EQUINE CHIROPRACTIC Course, Edmonton, AB, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Victoria-Metchosin, Kristina 250-478-2051, kristinamillar@hotmail.com

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RANCH ROPING CLINIC, Gully Pavilion, Hudson’s Hope, Jason 250-783-5527, saddleup@netkaster.ca CHANDRA MCNAMARA “for the love of the horse...” Custom Riding & Horsemanship Lessons, Powell River, Bev 604-487-9182, bevdunn@shaw.ca CANADIAN NAT’L COLLEGE FINALS RODEO, Northlands EXPO Ctr, www.northlands.com

30-May 1

MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Kelowna, Anne 250-860-2785, arthur1_dj@telus.net NORTHLANDS PERFORMANCE HORSE SALE, Northlands EXPO Ctr, www.Farmandranchshow.com. Select top-quality horses. OKANAGAN BREEDERS SHOWCASE, Armstrong Fairgrounds, www.okbreedersgroup.com BCMHC BARB MACDONALD In-Hand Clinic, Halter, Obstacle, Jumping, Location TBD, Shirley 604-530-5754, www.miniaturehorsesbc.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Penticton, Sherry 250-490-0397, sherryripplinger@hotmail.com PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, www.redneckapalooza.com EQUINE NATURAL MEDICINE & NUTRITION, Ponoka, Alberta Marijke van de Water 1-800-405-6643, www.rivasremedies.com HEALING WITH KINESIOLOGY, Ponoka, Alberta Marijke van de Water 1-800-405-6643, www.rivasremedies.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Coombs, Contact TBA EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Ladysmith, BC, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 ANIMAL COMMUNICATION, Ponoka, Alberta Marijke van de Water 1-800-405-6643, www.rivasremedies.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Black Creek-Campbell River, Lindy 250-337-8747 berkowitz@telus.net NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP W/GLENN STEWART, Fall Fair Grounds, Smithers, www.thehorseranch.com, Anika 250-846 5494 or gattiker@telus.net ONE DAY HEALING INTENSIVE, Ponoka, Alberta Marijke van de Water 1-800-405-6643, www.rivasremedies.com HORSE SALE, BC Livestock, Okanagan Falls, call 250-490-5809 to consign TTOUCH FOR YOU AND YOUR HORSE w/Robyn Hood & Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, www.icefarm.com REINING & WP CLINIC w/Carmen Teixeira www.texstables.com, Salmon Arm, Leslie 250-307-4757 or LBogula@telus.net EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Kamloops, BC, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378- 4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Cobble Hill, John & Nancy 250-743-1268 nancylane@shaw.ca MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Victoria-Metchosin, Kristina 250-478-2051, kristinamillar@hotmail.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Abbotsford, Rose 604-854-1245, milkmaid@shaw.ca HORSE SALE, BC Livestock, Kamloops, call 250-573-3939 to consign MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB, www.maneeventexpo.com, 250-578-7518 SCQHA FUZZY HORSE SHOW, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong BC. Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 or csmeeton@shaw.ca BHA GYMKHANA (all ages & riding levels welcome), Grand Forks, www.boundaryhorse.ca SOHA FUZZY SHOW, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, www.soha-online.com MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB HORSE TRIALS, Island 22, Chilliwack, Janice 604-858-4951, go_event@dowco.com, www.island22horsepark.com EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Smithers, BC, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 SPIRIT OF LIFE RIDE Fundraiser for Cancer, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, www.soha-online.com EQUINE CHIROPRACTIC Course, Smithers, BC, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 SPRING HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros.Auction Market, Lethbridge, AB, 403-329-3101, www.perlich.com

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1-2 1-2 2 3-8 4 5-7 7-9 8 8 8 8-10 9 10-11 15 15-16 15-16 16 16 17-18 17-22 19-20 21-22 22-24 22-24 23-24 23-24 25 28-30 29-31 22-23 28 – 30 29 30

PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, www.redneckapalooza.com SPRING TRAINING, Exercises to Limber/Rebalance Horse/Rider w/ Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, www.icefarm.com JINGLIN’ SPURS SPRING SHOW, Paradise Exhibition Grounds, Powell River, BC, Valerie 604-485-7025, valerie_hodgins@yahoo.ca RIDE THE TRAIL DAY, Ride with us at Skimikin (Shuswap), numbering & clearup trails. EQtrails@gmail.com, Leah 250-832-4943 eve. EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Peachland, BC, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Slocan Valley-Silverton, Jenny 250-358-7105, jenrae91@telus.net MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Nelson, Teresa 250-229-4203, Northope@shaw.ca TOPLINE SPRING FLING Hack, Hunter & Jumper Show, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669; www.toplinestables.ca WISH RIDE, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, www.redneckapalooza.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Grand Forks, Joanne 250-442-0275, rjrooke@telus.net BHA SPRING POKER RIDE & POTLUCK (any age welcome must be able to ride without assistance), Grand Forks, www.boundaryhorse.ca TTEAM Connect Icelandic Riding Clinic w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255- 2336, www.icefarm.com PTRC Playday, Kamloops, www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Alison Miller 250-573-5468 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Penticton, Sherry 250-490-0397, sherryripplinger@hotmail.com PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, www.redneckapalooza.com SOHA SHOW (BCHC Qualifier) Summerland Rodeo Grounds, info www.soha-online.com MARION WEISSKOPFF DEMO, Nanaimo-Beban Park, Alexa 250-746-0314, alexa.balanceworks@gmail.com LONGHOUSE INTERIOR DERBY Series #1, Robin Hahn and Kelly Law, longhouse@telus.net RIDE THE TRAIL DAY, Ride with us at Skimikin (Shuswap), numbering & clear-up trails. EQtrails@gmail.com, Leah 250-832-4943 eve. MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Port McNeill, Liz 250-956-8223, gachters@cablerocket.com EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Saskatoon, SK, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Port Alberni, Doris 250-724-4645, rdpitman@shaw.ca MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Cobble Hill, John & Nancy 250-743 1268 nancylane@shaw.ca JOHVALE HORSE TRIALS, Pritchard, Heather Blomgren, johvale@look.ca PETER CAMPBELL “Willing Partners” Horsemanship Clinic, Kelowna, Chandra McNamara 250-491-8314, cmequine@hotmail.com EQUINE CHIROPRACTIC Course, Saskatoon, SK, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Victoria-Metchosin, Kristina 250-478-2051, kristinamillar@hotmail.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Abbotsford, Rose 604-854-1245, milkmaid@shaw.ca BHA SPRING HORSE SHOW (BC Heritage Qualifier), Grand Forks, www.boundaryhorse.ca TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Whitehorse, YT, 250-317-7725, www.trainingforcourage.com 10TH ANNUAL H.A.C.K. Spring Schooling Show, Trail, BC, Pam 250-359-7097, mpmalekow@shaw.ca BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN RENDEZVOUS 2010, Rock Creek Fair Grounds, Carol 250-835-8587, ccreasy@me.com REDNECK-A-PALOOZA, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, www.redneckapalooza.com AERC FUN DAY, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Tammy 250-832-3409, skishack@jetstream.net

june 1

1-2 2-4 4-6 5-6 5-6 6 7-8 9-10 11 11 12-13 12-17 13 13 13 15 16-17 18-19 19 19-20 20-21 22 25-27 25-27 26 26-27 26-27 27 29-30

july 3

8-11 10

MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Slocan Valley-Silverton, Jenny 250-358-7105, jenrae91@telus.net TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, (Spirit 4-H) Whitehorse, YT, 250-317-7725, www.trainingforcourage.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Nelson, Teresa 250-229-4203; Northope@shaw.ca TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Whitehorse, YT, 250-317-7725, www.trainingforcourage.com SOHA SHOW (BCHC Qualifier) Summerland Rodeo Grounds, info www.soha-online.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Grand Forks, Joanne 250-442-0275, rjrooke@telus.net PTRC Playday, Kamloops, www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Alison Miller 250-573-5468 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Kelowna, Anne 250-860-2785, arthur1_dj@telus.net MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Penticton, Sherry 250-490-0397, sherryripplinger@hotmail.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Summerland, Denise 250-494-3447, miltg@telus.net HORSE SALE, BC Livestock, Kamloops, call 250-573-3939 to consign BC AMHA MINIATURE HORSE SPRING CLASSIC, Cloverdale Agriplex, Tina, 604-533-1168, www.miniaturehorsesbc.com STARTING YOUNG HORSES w/TTEAM w/Robyn Hood & Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, www.icefarm.com RIDE THE TRAIL DAY, Get to know the 100km of Trails at Skimikin (Shuswap), EQtrails@gmail.com, Leah 250-832-4943 eve. PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, www.redneckapalooza.com AERC FUN DAY, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Tammy 250-832-3409, skishack@jetstream.net MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Victoria-Metchosin, Kristina 250-478-2051, kristinamillar@hotmail.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Cobble Hill, John & Nancy 250-743-1268, nancylane@shaw.ca MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Powell River, Kuxy 604-487-0476, kuxy@telus.net *NEW! BHA TRAIL RIDER CHALLENGE, 1st of 3 Event Series (all ages & riding levels welcome) Grand Forks, www.boundaryhorse.ca BC SPORTHORSE SUMMER SHOW, Cloverdale, Ulli 604-421-6681 or www.bcsporthorses.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Gibsons, Bette-lyn 604-886-9600, Leyenda@dccnet.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Abbotsford, Rose 604-854-1245, milkmaid@shaw.ca 4TH ANNUAL HUMAN BE HERD WORKSHOP w/Thea Fast & Others, Gavin Lake Forestry Ctr, NE of Williams Lake, 250-392-7599, horsingaround@telus.net TOPLINE SPRING EVENT & COMBINED TEST, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669; www.toplinestables.ca BHA GYMKHANA (all ages & riding levels welcome), Grand Forks, www.boundaryhorse.ca PTRC Annual Show, Kamloops, www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Alison Miller 250-573-5468 WEST KOOTENAY ALL BREED Community Horse Show, Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds, Holley 250-265-9065, jasperv@telus.net NOTRA Annual Ride-A-Thon, Coldstream Ranch, Dani Goldenthal 250-549-0105, notra@telus.net, www.notra.info EQUINE CHIROPRACTIC Course, Essex, ON, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, www.redneckapalooza.com MARION WEISSKOPFF NH Home-base Clinic, Princeton, Marion 250-295-4329, weisskopff@telus.net *NEW! BHA TRAIL RIDER CHALLENGE 2nd of 3 Event Series (all ages & riding levels welcome), Grand Forks, www.boundaryhorse.ca


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Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


ARMSTRONG INN, (Armstrong) 1-866-546-3056, armstronginn@gmail.com Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 12/10 PENTICTON RAMADA INN & SUITES. 1-800 665 4966. Resort Style Hotel with Poolside Service & Full Convention Services. www.pentictonramada.com 2/11 SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, Minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-877-888-7260, mmarshall@sandman.ca, www.sandman.ca 3/10

EVA’S BAREFOOT HOOF CARE, 250-644-1320, barefoottrimmer@live.ca 8/10 Experienced, patient, willing to travel. Lower Mainland, Cariboo and Beyond...

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

HEALTHY HOOVES, Rae Allan 250-547-2034 6/10 Barefoot Trimming Service. Serving Okanagan and surrounding areas.

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

Ph: 403-252-1661 • email: hoofnail@telusplanet.net

FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150 www.choicehotels.ca/cn235 • Chilliwack, BC

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

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

Minutes to Chilliwack’s Heritage Park

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





PRONTO ESSO 546-3772



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 practitioner, Renegade Boot Representative. 3/10


Nice Rooms. Great People.

Chilliwack, BC



BED, BALES & BREAKFAST DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 Great Trails, Boarding, Rehab, Horses For Sale. www.dreamscaperanch.com 5/10 BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 5/10 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 2/11 ROBERTSON FARMS LTD., (N. Okanagan) 250-833-2581 Shavings, Sawdust, Shavings, Bark Mulch 2/11

100% B.C. Owned and Operated!

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


OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS, (Pitt Meadows) 604-465-5651 9/10 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay. www.otter-coop.com TOWN & COUNTRY FEED STORE, (Invermere) 250-342-9433 12/10 Fencing Supplies, Pet Supplies & Fertilizers. Serving you 29 years. FENCING GATES, PANELS, FEEDERS, CONTINUOUS FENCE DEER & FARM FENCE INSTALLATIONS

Custom built and installed to your needs Alan Cossentine Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 • alc@cffence.com • www.cffence.com 3/10



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

GREENWAVE FARMS (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250 Providing prompt dead stock removal service. 2/11



BLACKWATER SPRUCE RANCH 250-991-2408 www.blackwater-spruce.ca Horseback Holidays on the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage trail. 5/10

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


RICOCHET ALPINE ENTERPRISES. Dog & Horse Grooming and Veterinary Hauls. Large 3 horse angle. Reasonable rates. 250-938-1217 (Enderby). 2/11

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Business Services HAY SALES

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

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


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


mareksaddles@yahoo.ca • www.regmarekcustomsaddles.com

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

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

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 • www.capri.ca/horse 11/10

www.nickerssaddlery.com 1.888.492.8225 / 250.492.8225 - Penticton


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

MASSAGE THERAPY CERTIFIED Equine Massage Therapist & Certified Reiki Master/Teacher offering sessions, seminars/classes, Heather 250-826-6979, Kelowna, BC 10/10 LEARN EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY or chiropractic Massage or adjust your horse safely. www.equinerehab.ca 1-888-378-4632 Sidonia McIntyre 2/10 WILD HORSE POWER - Equine Medicine and Massage www.wildhorsepower.com or 250-484-5601 Stacy Elliot 2/10

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Enderby) 250-838-7904 12/10 Animal Photography, reinbeau@nowcom.ca



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

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

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

HIGH HORSE TACK, (Victoria) 250-658-0011 6/10 English & Western, New & Used


Rusty Spur

OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 12/10 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons www.ribbonsonline.net

Feed & Tack



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


Town & Country

Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers!

We know what’s riding on it.

Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm • 250-832-1149 - Bonnie – OVERNIGHT STABLING FACILITY 3/10


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

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


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

al@cossentinesaddlery.com • www.cossentinesaddlery.com

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COLE’S COUNTRY STORE (Creston) 250-428-2107 9/10 New & Used Tack, Horse Supplies, Giftware & Jewelry

All Makes Service & Repair


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


Business Services TRAILER REPAIRS


TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC., (Vernon) 250-542-5373, tnt125@shaw.ca 7/10 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist

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


We take trades – Call Us, You’ll be glad you did! RPM Automotive 1-888-638-4525, Sundre, AB

www.kieferbuiltcanada.com Automan Trailers, Prince Albert, SK 1-800-252-0840 • Smyl RV, St. Paul, AB 1-800-522-4105 Irvine Tack & Trailers, Crossfield, AB 1-877-946-9494 • Cowboy Living Trailer Sales, Medicine Hat, AB 403-504-6920


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


GUS EVAGELOPOULOS, AQHA Prof. Horsemen (Armstrong) 250-307-3990 Specialize in Reining. Start-Finish Horses. Lessons. Prospects/finished horses for sale. 2/11 DAN FRANKLIN EQUINE COMMUNICATION ™ (B.C.) 250-620-3420 30 yrs exp. helping problem horses, www.equine-communication.com 10/10 Michael Rabe

Training and Boarding Preparation for sales, starting young horses 250-838-7051 or Cell 250-308-6024 • Enderby, BC mrabe@jetstream.net • www.hanoveriansporthorsefarm.com 9/10



Serving Western Canada Over 30 Years’ Experience


YOUR OKANAGAN HORSE TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIST Y Commercially Licensed and Insured. Serving all of B.C. Local & Long Distance. www.hoch.ca Horse on Course 250-379-6847 (North Okanagan) 8/10

HAYTON CREEK RANCH (Oyama) now offering training with Ashlea Conti, 250-870-1372, www.dynamicsimpression.com 3/10

Dana Hokana Quarter Horses


Specializing in Western Pleasure Training - Lessons - Clinics DVD Instructional Videos - Performance Horses for Sale

danahokana@aol.com • 951.302-9463 • www.hokana.com

GARY HUNT HORSEMANSHIP, www.BreakingColts.com 2/11 940-255-3641 (Alberta) * Problem Solving * Clinics * Colt Starting INSPIRED CONFIDENCE BUILDING (Princeton) 250-295-7432. Private sessions, vacation retreats, clinics, www.bchorsevacations.com 2/10 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, quarterspotranch@shaw.ca 6/10 LORI LOTHIAN, AQHA Professional Horseman (Aldergrove) 604-309-7262 Training, Lessons, Clinics, Youth & Amateur, llothian@telus.net 4/10 MISTATIM RANCH (Delta) 604-816-5292 Training/Boarding/Sales. Colt starting to show ring finishing. All disciplines welcome. mistatimranch@yahoo.ca 2/10 LEE PONCELET PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Vernon) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 8/10 RIVERSIDE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE (Prince George) 250-612-4770 2/11 Developing Horses & Riders to their potential. www.riversideequestrian.com

DEEP CREEK VET. SERVICES, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 3/10 JACOBSON VET SERVICES (Serving Kelowna & Area) 250-862-3435 Dr. Teresa Jacobson, Dr. Deanna Jenner 11/10 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY, 250-374-1486 5/10 Drs. Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Rob Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 2/11 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 9/10 Drs. Alex Wales & Susan Wales SALMON VALLEY VET SERVICES, (Shuswap/North Ok) 250-833-4217 Dr. Brytann Youngberg Mobile Equine Service 8/10 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 3/10 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller


SAWCHUK PERFORMANCE HORSES (Langley) 604-514-3991 Pleasure to Performance. We do it ALL! www.sphranch.ca. 2/10

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

www.texstables.com • 250-832-7339


Kevan Garecki “It’s All About The Horse”

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



Quality Horse Transport


$175. 2 lines or $350. Boxed plus GST.

Your Economical Year-Round Rate! www.saddleup.ca • 67

On The Market

STONEY ACRES RANCH Breeders of Registered Miniature Donkeys for Show and Companionship 403-335-4952 Didsbury, AB E-mail: sacres@telusplanet.net www.stoneyacres.com (Associates in Crawford Bay & Aldergrove, BC)


PR DOUBLE EAGLE 1995 APHA REG’D STALLION HOMOZYGOUS Tobiano. Easy to catch, trim and handle. Can hand breed as well as field. Green broke. Priced right to sell at $4,500. For more info call 250-397-2897 (100 Mile House) E-mail paintedrose@telus.net

SCOTCH LUCK 15.2HH, 2000 APPENDIX GELDING Competitive 3’6”-3’9” Jumper. Easily schools 4’-4’3”. Pony Clubbed to C2. Loves cross-country and trails. Incredibly talented, athletic and full of personality. $12,500 obo. Must sell! 250-379-2914 (Salmon Arm)

PR SAN ZONE BADGER 2008 AQHA REG’D SORREL STUD COLT His pedigree includes Peppy San Badger in both Sire and Dam, still on his papers. UTD worming and farrier. Easy to catch and work with. Ready to move at $3,000. For more info 250-397-2897 (100 Mile House) E-mail paintedrose@telus.net

TAYLORED PRESENCE FLASHY 16HH, 2002 APPENDIX GELDING Competitive 2’9” Hunter. Schools 3’-3’3” with room to move up. Super on trails. Very sensible with beautiful movement. $10,000 obo. Must sell! 250-379-2914 (Salmon Arm)

PR NEARLY NAKID 2005 APHA REG’D GELDING He has a 2 month professional start. A big strong, gentle and willing, easygoing nature. Owners have $3,200 invested. Open to offers, must go. For more info 250-397-2897 (100 Mile House) E-mail paintedrose@telus.net




REG’D BAY QUARTER HORSE GELDING 3 years old, baths, ties, loads, smooth to ride, athletic & balanced build. Great on trails, good laterals/spins, knows his showmanship & halter. Very light with aids, extremely quiet & laid back. Easy to handle, has a very good solid start on him, lots of cow, pushed cattle around, attended many clinics & shows in ‘09, won reserve at each show. Great show prospect for 4-H or someone to take him to the next level, this horse has the mind for it. Don’t miss out! $4,500. Contact Lauren 250-490-0234 (Penticton)

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Elegant long neck, gorgeous baby doll head with the most beautiful blue eyes. Wide dark line on his back and tiger striping on his legs. “Blue” is very correct and muscular. WE ALSO HAVE an outstanding World Champion Bred, Chocolate Dappled Palomino Filly. Both Foals are paid up in the AQHA Incentive! Asking $3,000 each. More photos and info at www.thunderinghillqhyorkies.com Or call 250-546-3644 (Armstrong)

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

On The Market


15HH GREY QH/ARAB MARE, 9 YRS OLD Excellent jumper, trail, endurance, cross-country and eventing horse. Has done Pony Club and 4-H. Asking $3,000. For more info call 250-547-6913 (Lumby) E-mail: bluesprings@telus.net

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

Imagine living on this custom designed property on over 5 acres with your horses! The 2006 custom built home has almost 3000 sq. ft. of luxury features incl. custom cabinets, hardwood floors, imported tiles and stainless steel appliances. Fully finished w/o basement, dble garage and covered decks. Spectacular lake and mountain views. Fenced horse paddock and landscaping w/natural rock walls and creek w/waterfalls. Top it off with shared ownership in 200’x100’ indoor riding arena w/lounge and washroom. Direct access to crown land with miles of trails, yet in the city of Salmon Arm. For sale by Owner. Offers invited. Guide price $750,000. Call 250-804-2760 and make your dream come true!

Old Baldy Ranch

Sired By:

Offspring for Sale

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

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

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

Aw Poco Durango ELFONDO’S TRIPLE DELIGHT REG’D COMING 3-YEAR-OLD Black Chestnut Morgan Filly. Sire: Foxtail’s Triple Threat (buckskin). Dam: Elfondo’s Elite. “Dee” is friendly and willing to please. She is an athletic free-moving filly. Has some ground work on her and will be started under saddle this spring. Asking $2,000. (price will change with training) Amber 250-843-7186 (Arras)

Brilliant 15.3HH Stallion prospect from North American and European Championship bloodlines. This four generation Appaloosa Stallion is available for sale or lease and ready to go. Easy to handle and ride!! Bloodline accomplishments: 2x Top Quest (Premier Sire of National and World Champions) Top Hat H (ApHC Hall of Fame, Sire of 7 National Champions) Peavy Bimbo (ApHC Hall of Fame, National Champion Team Roping) Roman Straw Boss (National and World Champion) 2x Joker B (ApHC Hall of Fame, cutting, reining, roping, racing, pleasure, and halter!) Roman Straw Man (AAA Medallion Winner - National and World Champion) Bright Eyes Brother (ApHC Hall of Fame) Prince Plaudit (ApHC Hall of Fame)

For sale at $6,000 or lease.


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

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

Ph/fax: 250-843-7337 oldbaldy@neonet.bc.ca www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy 5/10


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

Only $60. + GST

Contact us by

Feb. 15!



250-963-9779 evenings (Prince George) appaloosacentre@telus.net or www.appaloosacentre.com

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Shop & Swap! FOR SALE


ssfield Carriage o r C Company Ltd.

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


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

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

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


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

250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC


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

Carrying Work Wear, Work Boots, Clothing and Gloves for all Seasons

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

1050 30 Street SW Salmon Arm, BC


250-546-3447 or 250-260-0273





(5073 Schubert Road, Armstrong, BC)


Rails to Rafters

Armstrong, BC

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

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

SCOTT ROSS 250-547-2447

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EZFlex Cookies and EZTreats ™

JOINT CARE FOR YOUR HORSE Glucosamine MSN Chondroitin 250-318-6308

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Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

Unbeatable Deals!


Boarding - Training - Lessons

Angle Haul, Tack room with swing out saddle tree, bridle hooks, brush bag, padded EZ Latch dividers, one piece fibreglass roof, and more! Priced for quick sale! $8,495!

* Covered Arena 80x160 * Outdoor Arena 80x140 * Round Pen * Paddocks with Shelters

Maverick SD series available from $9600! With drop down windows The Horse Gate Trailer Sales 250-379-2790, Falkland BC E-mail: thehorsegate@telus.net The Horse Gate Trailer Sales, your Gateway to unbelievable savings and service!

Certified CHA Coach & Trainer

Cindy Kirschman (Chris Irwin Certified)




Affordable Barns


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

BUY SELL & TRADE Deep Creek General Store 0

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

250-546-3955 www.deepcreekgeneralstore.com 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong

1-866-500-2276 • www.affordablebarns.com


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

Your Equestrian Professionals for

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

Karen Passmore

Web & Graphic Design 2/10



Trainin d n a g n tartin Colt S Tarah Aitke by

- Over six years experience professionally starting young horses - Specializing in western disciplines - Indoor arena on site Located on Salmon River Road between Armstrong and Salmon Arm Contact: tarahaitken@yahoo.com 250-306-9268

Next Ad Deadline is February 15 For Our Annual March Construction Issue

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Berry Shiny Shining Spark x Custom Red Berry Owned by Rafter D Reiners Inc.


Great Testament Great Resolve x Dry Sugar Lena Owned by Swan Lake Ranch

Kit and Kaboonsmal Kit Dual x Boondancer Owned by Swan Lake Ranch

Lanas Little Pepper

Hollywood Twista

Too Much Pepper x Little Lana Banana Owned by Barb & Walt Dettwiler

Dun it With A Twist x Lindas Calcutta Owned by Karen & Jord Wiens

Renenic Chics Renegade x Miss Remenic Owned by Carlina & Sand Schumann

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