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From the Editor… Features Understanding Horse Breeding 10 Equine Emergency Response 13 Salvation vs Rescue, Part 4 14 Slow Feeding…What’s This? 16 The Hoof As A Circle, Part 2 18 Clicker Training 20 Training for Courage - Tying 22 Barbra Schulte 26 Alberta Horse Breeders and Owners Conference 30 Horse Trek to Burgess Shale 35 Lisa Coulter #1, NEWS FLASH 61

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irst off HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone! Another year just zipped right through… why is it when you get older, time flies? And it’s not just cause we’re havin’ fun… but what is it? Secondly, THANK YOU to those that did not contact me about the January issue; a few did ask where it was… but majority (figures were down this year) did not. We are back in force now, so look out… 11 more issues to come! Keep those Dear Editor letters coming… we sure enjoy them! I am finally getting a hip replacement done, end of January, so I will be able to ride my horse(s) again (comfortably) and be more active in everything ‘all around’. Why did I tell you this? Well, I am kinda hopin’ you will help me out here and get your ads in by February 15 (or earlier). The less time at the computer, the better in the first weeks. Then I’ll be back in tiptop shape! Carol Hansson has been helping me edit articles for the last four years; and has now decided to move on. I thank her tremendously for all her great work, speediness and attitude. Good luck to you Carol! So that means I need someone to help me edit – quickly – before February 15. If you are interested, please contact me ASAP. Short hours (but to deadline), reasonable pay (sorry, I’m not rich!) and great benefits (working for HCBC’s Business of the Year) – can’t get any better than that eh? Will see you out and about there as soon as I can!

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We are very proud of our stallions, those we have purchased and those that we have bred. They all have impeccable pedigrees with many champions. We have a stallion to fit any of your needs from the working ranch horse to the full fledged show ring model, from the speed horse to the fully disciplined version. You name it and if we don’t have it, we will make every effort to find the right match for you. We believe in making our customers happy. CLUMINATION is our senior stallion with the pedigree of a halter horse that has the movement of a performance horse. Clu is super kind and extremely easy to work around. He passes his temperament and movement on to his offspring. Clu has 6 AQHA World Champions, 8 AQHA High Points, 3 AQHA Champions and 4 AQHA Superiors in the first 3 generations. He has 3 crosses to Impressive and 3 crosses to Coys Bonanza. Clu is HYPP N/N, listed with the APHA and has point earning offspring. Also Standing for 2011: HDF Impressed By Clu (Clumination x Ballys Shortstop) 2002 Bay AQHA HYPP N/N HDF Brandy Snifter (Clumination x C Brandys Dust) 2003 Sorrel Overo APHA HYPP N/N CBS Legacy (C B x Dusty Mount McCue) 2003 Red Roan Overo APHA RKR Hearts Sonny Dee (Kingofhearts McCue x Farmerette) 2004 Red Dun Tobiano APHA Coolridge Tofino (Regal Intention x Minn Bear) 2005 Black/Brown Thoroughbred RKR Hearts Stylishfox (Kingofhearts McCue x Seducktion) 2007 Sorrel Tobiano APHA YMR Kiss My Baggins (Baggins Leo Jet x Kissimme Bueno) 2008 Gray AQHA Docs Mister Innocent (Innocent Bars X Docs Sassy Dawn) 2006 Bay Tobiano APHA

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Dear Editor Letters Letter to your Readers: t is with great sorrow that I am forced to announce that I am closing up the farm. Between the rising cost of hay, and the 25% increase in property rent, and the always problematic non-paying customers and bounced cheques, I cannot continue to keep the farm going. As most of you know, I've struggled for a while to continue to help those that are in need. I just can't do it any longer. I need to be able to provide a stable income for Myra and myself, and that just isn't an option in today's equine boarding business. I will be closing March 1, 2011. I will assist all boarders in finding suitable new accommodations. Trailering will be available as will assistance in moving all equipment. I cannot thank my current and past boarders enough for all the help they've given me as well as great memories here in Kelowna. The amazing rides we've been on, the adventures in the Canyon and up the mountain will live on in stories and pictures for decades to come. I wish everyone the very best in their continued love of all things horses. February I will be open as usual, however, I will not be available for rides as I will be busy packing up the house. Horses will need to be moved for March 1, 2011. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or


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Dear Nancy and Horsey Ladies... ngel's Animal Rescue Society is so very grateful for your generous donation of $3,050.00, raised at the Horsey Ladies Charity Auction on November 19, 2010. The funds will be used to help build an indoor facility for our more fragile dogs and care for the many animals we rescue. AARS vaccinates, treats for parasites and spays/neuters all dogs before they are adopted into their forever homes. The training, rehabilitation and love only costs our volunteers their time and devotion of which we gladly give. I and Judanna Caros (founder) had much fun at the banquet, eating, bidding and meeting like-minded women. We hope to do it all again. If you would like to continue your support please see our website www.angelsanimalrescue.ca. We have applied for a grant to build an indoor and rehabilitation facility that will aid animals throughout BC and we are in need of votes. You can vote right up to February 28. Many thanks to all the donors who make life better for our four legged friends. - Sincerely, Susanna Hobbs, Treasurer, Angel's Animal Rescue Society


Dear Nancy Roman: e: Pat Romanin’s letter in the December 2010 issue. I support and donate to the SPCA. It does good work; it should be used as a helpful and friendly resource providing expert information to livestock or pet owners. A visit from the SPCA on a goodwill mission causes tongues to wag and we know that “the sins of the mouth” will destroy forever, any good reputation the person may have had if the SPCA vehicle is seen in the yard. A visit from them is feared rather than welcomed and how unfortunate for the society that is. John Van Dongen may be well known to the SPCA but not for the reasons she thinks he is. I draw your attention to a case in the Supreme Court of BC dated “20050415” Docket L033701; Vancouver Registry cited as Van Dongen v. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Perhaps she could look it up for it is important to all of us to know what powers their statute gives the SPCA regarding entry and/or seizure. The court’s decision explains very well how the SPCA is supposed to decide if an animal is in distress or not. It is a good educational tool.



Dear Editor, cont’d John Van Dongen’s court case is significant for the fact that two animals on the warrant could not be located but one under vet care was seized. The treating vet was not allowed to continue its care during the animal’s seizure. “Tinker” was taken from her mother but the case does not say whether she was old enough to be weaned or not. The legal expenses were huge for both sides and the subject of a further court application. Mr. Van Dongen won his case. I recall Q.C. Van Dongen was also charged by the SPCA. A horse with an irreparable eye injury was the only subject of seizure. Multiple vets were consulted and in the end it boiled down to economics. One choice was to let the eye atrophy naturally or, have a vet deal with it; the result would be the same. Again, large legal bills were incurred by both parties. The case was significant for the number of farmers that spoke out about his rescue of animals depleted by commercial milking and their restoration to health at his farm. Testimony was given by an agriculture representative that established his property wasn’t as pretty as it could be but it was no worse than many other farms here or elsewhere in the province. Q.C. Van Dongen won his case. Ms. Romanin is happy his place was sold; the slaughter houses are too. – Name with-held by request

Yes, I know there were complaints from people that didn’t understand the livestock business so the SPCA took him to court with the best of lawyers from Vancouver for 4 days with your donated dollars and the SPCA lost. And when he sold out, they lined up to buy his horses. Any vet will tell you if you have livestock, you have some that die. When you are buying other people’s cast offs and the already suffering animals, you are going to have problems that take time to heal. He made a living with livestock for over 60 years. - John VanDongen, Delta BC

Dear Editor: here has been considerable talk about the risks of “haulers” springing up with little or no experience, and we have all seen the effects of their ineptitude. What transpired over the past few days takes the risk to an entirely new level. Early Friday morning my attention was drawn to a post on Facebook made by a local lower mainland “hauler” dated


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Dear Nancy: his is in response to the letter in your December 2010 issue, I have a few issues I would like to clarify. First, my original letter, in your October 2010 issue was directed to the 4-H and new people coming into the horse sport. I would like to show these people who are new to the sport there are other ways to be involved in the sport and what it used to be like. How we kept horses in the “olden” days used to work. My letter was not meant for the rich and famous horse people they can afford this new way of horse keeping. After all, trainers, brokers, vets and farriers have to make a living too. Yes, my brother did run a successful recycle farm for livestock. All the stock that nobody else wanted at the sales he would buy and gave them a second chance. Skinny, half blind, lame, young unhandled – all the unwanted horses and cows. He did not solicit money or ask for help from the tax payer. He ran his livestock rescue without fanfare. And he paid for them without donations or free help. Yes, it did not look good at times. It takes time to turn them around as they would arrive in poor condition. (Yes he lost some, but at the racetrack in Ontario, they lose 150 horses a year.) Did you ever ask the SPCA how many animals they lose and how many they kill? That’s a secret not disclosed to the public.



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Dear Editor, cont’d Thursday evening, January 13th. The comment indicated the writer was STUCK in Golden, BC, Loaded w/Horses, with 2 other “haulers! SNOW!" Now this in itself raised a few pertinent questions in my mind: The storm that had all 3 “haulers” stranded in Golden had been forecast for over a week, along with impending road closures. While all responsible carriers had curtailed operations for the safety of the horses and themselves, why were these 3 out there at all? I recently participated in recovery efforts for a private horse trailer that had gone off the road near Golden, so I know from personal experience how difficult it is to find proper accommodations for horses in that area. Between the 3 of these individuals they had 12 horses on board; what had been done to see to the safety and comfort of all these horses during the time they were stranded? One of the haulers indicated the horses stayed on board the trailers the entire time; which would have them standing in angle-hauls for over 2 days! Is this how a responsible hauler takes care of the horses they are entrusted with? The most troubling aspects of this tale are yet to come ... During this period there were alternative routes open for


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Understanding Horse Breeding By Dr. Alex Wales, DVM There was a time when if you wanted to have a mare bred, you simply hauled or rode her down the road to a nearby stallion. Later, modern transportation allowed for relatively easy transport of mares to distant stallions. Around 30 years ago, following in the footsteps of the cattle industry, ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION (AI) started to become more common in horses.


oday, excluding the Thoroughbred breed, it is likely safe to say that more QUALITY foals are conceived through AI than by natural cover by a stallion. The reason for this is that since semen is easily transported globally, mare owners are able to select stallions and their genes from all over the world. EMBRYO TRANSFER (ET) is now also getting more common in horses, and like in cattle, horse embryos can be shipped anywhere. Some mare owners are at times confused how these processes actually work. The purpose of this article is to provide a simple explanation on how ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION and EMBRYO TRANSFER fit into the horse breeding business. I’ll start with AI. The first step is to look at your mare and

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decide first of all if she is of sufficient quality to breed. You will want to consider any undesirable traits such as conformational abnormalities, bad feet, bad temperament, etc., and weigh those against the good traits your mare has. Let’s assume you have a good one! Now the goal is to find a stallion that is at least as good as, and hopefully even better than your mare in many ways. Maybe you are lucky and that perfect stallion lives right in your area. If so, great! If not, though, you will need to start looking for the “perfect” sire for your foal. Thanks to today’s easily available information via breed associations, horse sport associations, horse publications and INTERNET ads and promotions, the “catalogue of stallions” is literally at your fingertips. Almost all good quality stallions these days are owned by people ready and willing to provide mare owners with shipped semen from their stallions. It is important to realize that the STUD FEE only pays for the genetics you are buying. You will need to ask the stallion manager about associated fees such as semen collection and prepping costs (chute fee), shipping costs and come to an agreement on rebreeding if your mare fails to conceive on the first try, and LIVE FOAL GUARANTEE policy. I’ll explain the process for both fresh chilled and frozen shipped semen. Semen is collected from the stallion using an artificial vagina. Once the semen is collected, it is processed for shipping by adding a nutrient-rich shipping EXTENDER with antibiotics added. It is immediately placed in a special shipping container Horse sperm X 1000 where it is gradually cooled to about 5 C. Once in the shipper, the semen is stable for 24 to 72 hours depending on the survival pattern for that particular stallion’s semen. Semen preserved in this way is called FRESH COOLED SHIPPED Semen frozen in a straw SEMEN. This semen can usually HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Horse Breeding, cont’d be shipped anywhere in North America in time for breeding a specific mare at the proper time of her heat cycle. We are fortunate in our practice in that we are only ten minutes from the Kelowna International Airport and also get daily courier deliveries to our door from a number of couriers. Semen to be FROZEN prior to shipping is collected in the same manner, but undergoes a different process in the laboratory and is then frozen in special plastic straws and stored in liquid nitrogen at minus 264 C. Once frozen, it is stable for years and can be shipped anywhere in the world in a special airline-approved container. Stallions with an international appeal need to have frozen semen available as Equitainer for shipping airline or courier services cannot move cooled semen or embryos fresh cooled semen quickly enough to get to the mare in time. So, that is the stallion end of things. What about from your end as the mare owner? Mares cycle from spring through summer, so they can be bred typically from the months of April through August in the Dry shipper (left) for shipping Northern Hemisphere. The first frozen straws two to three heat cycles in the Liquid nitrogen canister (right) for long-term storage spring will not be fertile heats as no egg is released, but by about April first, normal cycles commence and your mare will release an egg about every 21 days until late summer. Their cycle goes roughly as follows: seven days of heat, then ovulation at end of heat, then 14 days of no signs, then seven days of heat, and so on through the entire summer. If the mare is bred around the time of ovulation (egg release) and becomes pregnant, then she does

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not return to heat for the rest of the year. If she is not bred or fails to conceive, she will come back into heat 14 days after she went out of heat. If your mare is a young (but greater than three years old) healthy maiden mare (never had a foal), she should be fine to breed without having a prebreeding reproductive examination. Older mares or mares with a history of reproductive or foaling difficulties should have a BREEDING SOUNDNESS EXAMINATION before you spend money on stud fees and breeding. In our practice we have some farms with a large number of brood mares, with good handling facilities (stocks), and a small laboratory so that we can do the necessary tasks to provide AI services at their farm. Many more of our clients, though, have only one or two mares they want to breed. With these mares it is very difficult to get the job done well on the farm and almost always ends up costing more and resulting in poorer conception rates. I want to explain what procedures are involved at the mare end of things to breed by AI. We like to have the mares come to our breeding facility early in the season for a BREEDING SOUNDNESS EXAM if indicated. By this time, your stud fee and all those arrangements need to be in order. Once at our breeding facility, mares are examined daily for signs of heat using a teaser stallion and ultrasound to look at the ovaries. This helps us to determine the proper time to order the semen and to determine when to inseminate the mare and to check to see if she has ovulated and if any postbreeding treatments are needed to enhance the likelihood of conception. By doing frequent ultrasound examinations, usually we only need to breed the mare once per cycle, thereby avoiding the expense of extra shipments within that cycle. As the mare owner, you will not need to be involved in any of the semen ordering, shipping, etc. as our staff is very experienced and capable of handling all the intricacies of local or international shipments. continued on page 12

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Horse Breeding, cont’d About 14 days after breeding, the uterus is examined by ultrasound to check for a pregnancy. If pregnant, the mare goes home, if not she would be rebred on the upcoming heat with another shipment of semen. Statistics show that on average, about 65 per cent of reproductively healthy mares bred with fertile semen will conceive on any given cycle. The numbers are the same with AI as with live cover. In fact, some mares conceive better with AI, while some seem to do better with natural cover. When breeding using frozen semen, the timing of insemination is much more critical than when using shipped cooled semen because once it is in the mare, the semen does not live as long as the cooled semen. For this reason, mares being bred with frozen semen require much more frequent ultrasound exams Picture from ultrasound. of the ovaries to more exactly predict Black circle is fluid-filled the time of ovulation. In fact, when vesicle inside the uterus ovulation is close, some mares may containing a 13-day-old embryo. be examined by ultrasound every four to six hours. The nice thing with frozen semen is that there are no worries about shipping and receiving a live perishable product. Since the semen can be stored indefinitely in our liquid nitrogen tanks, we always arrange to have it on hand well before the anticipated breeding date and when needed, we simply go to the tank and thaw one breeding dose. The expected per cycle conception rate using frozen semen is slightly less than when using cooled shipped semen. As a mare owner your expected costs would include: stud fee, semen prep and shipping costs, mare care at breeding facility, veterinary fees for monitoring cycle, palpations and ultrasounds, medications and pregnancy diagnosis. If one is to leave out the stud fee, then your out of pocket costs would be expected to be in the range of about $500-$700 per heat cycle. Very simple ones could be less and very difficult breeders could be more. EMBRYO TRANSFER (ET) is the process whereby the

donor mare is bred in the usual manner described above. About a week after ovulation, using special tubing, the uterus is flushed and the flushing fluid is all collected. The fluid is fi ltered and then the embryo is searched for using a special microscope. If a fertilized embryo is found, it is placed into a RECIPIENT mare who will carry the foal to term. Managing the recipient mares is one of the tricky parts as it is crucial that the recipient mare’s cycle be very closely synchronized with the donor mare’s cycle. Costs for ET include the breeding fees as outlined above, the embryo collection and transfer fee and the cost of the recipient mare. The harvested embryo can also be shipped COOLED, like semen, to a North American destination, or can be frozen using a process called VITRIFICATION and then stored and shipped like frozen semen. Due to the cost, ET is not for everyone, but it does allow a mare to create foals (via the recipient) while still active in an athletic career. Also a superior mare could produce more foals than just one per year; however, there are breed specific rules with respect to how many foals any one mare can create in a year. During the last two breeding seasons, the number of mares bred from all breeds and disciplines has been down, however, it appears that this breeding season more breeders are interested in breeding their mares again. With the reduced number of foals born in 2009 and 2010, we now have a shortage of young horses available to start. Quite likely foals conceived this year will be in good demand as young stock. Article submitted by Dr. Alex Wales of PANORAMA VETERINARY SERVICES in Winfield, BC. Equine reproduction is an important part of Dr. Wales practice. When not working, Alex can likely be found at the Okanagan Polo Club or in the high country with some trusty mountain horses and pack horses.

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Equine Emergency Response Course Instructor: Jennifer Woods Emergency situations involving equine are stressful and many front line responses and rescue teams often have little or no training on how to manage these situations.


nstructor Jennifer Woods invites those that are likely to be first responders on an accident scene involving equines to attend her two-day course. Woods is a livestock handling specialist from Blackie, AB, and has been delivering the Emergency Response Course since 1998. She has assisted fire departments at several livestock accidents and is certified in technical large animal rescue. The course will be held at the Cowichan Exhibition grounds in Duncan, BC, from June 18 to June 19, 2011. The classroom session on June 18 will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the practical session the following day will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Who should attend? The intent of the course is to provide commercial haulers, emergency response personnel, firefighters, RCMP and other peace officers with knowledge on how to handle livestock in emergency distress situations. The course will cover: • On the spot decision making for motor vehicle accidents, fire and emergency situations involving equines


• Trailer design and extrication • Animal behaviour, particularly in distress situations • Means to calm, rescue, capture and temporarily confine animals • Laws, ethics and euthanasia protocol • Developing a response team for your area Course materials will be handed out on arrival. Nutrition breaks are included – please bring your own bag lunch. The cost of the course is $150 and must be included with registration form by May 30, 2011. Please make cheques payable to Cowichan Community Policing – JCP. The mailing address to send cheques is Cowichan Community Policing, #3 – 149 Canada Ave., Duncan, BC, V9L 1T4. The course is limited to 35 participants so be sure to register soon.

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Salvation vs Rescue – Playing by the Rules By Kevan Garecki Two questions I am asked most frequently are; “How do you do what you do?” and “How can I help?” How I do what I do is really quite simple; I have to, it’s part of a promise I made to a horse a long time ago … The best advice I can offer for the would-be rescuer is to volunteer at the SPCA or a reputable rescue farm.


his is really the best way to gain the insight into managing the challenges they experience, and do so in the best possible way for the horse. It is very difficult at times to remove one’s own feelings from the equation, especially when tough decisions have to be made; this where the value of formal training garnered from structured rescue foundations becomes clear. The principal aspect from which the SPCA must approach every case is simple in definition but broad in applied scope; is the animal “in distress?” The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA Act) defines “distress” thusly (1): … an animal is in distress if it is … (a) deprived of adequate food, water, shelter, ventilation, space, care or veterinary treatment, (b) injured, sick, in pain or suffering, or (c) abused or neglected.

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The PCA also clarifies responsibility: a person responsible for an animal includes a person who (a) owns an animal, or (b) has custody or control of an animal. The Criminal Code of Canada also has clauses dealing with animal abuse (2): (1) Every one commits an offence who wilfully causes or, being the owner, wilfully permits to be caused unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal or a bird … (3) For the purposes of proceedings under paragraph 1, evidence that a person failed to exercise reasonable care or supervision of an animal or a bird thereby causing it pain, suffering or injury is, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, proof that the pain, suffering or injury was caused or was permitted to be

caused wilfully, as the case may be. (1) Every one commits an offence who (a) by wilfull neglect causes damage or injury to animals or birds while they are being driven or conveyed; or (b) being the owner or the person having the custody or control of a domestic animal or a bird or an animal or a bird wild by nature that is in captivity, abandons it in distress or wilfully neglects or fails to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care for it. These laws supply the SPCA and Crown Council with the powers to charge and convict those who abuse or neglect animals. The CFIA has also introduced new legislation that allows their officers to aggressively pursue those who neglect or abuse animals under their care or control. The CFIA also has clearly defined laws that govern how animals should be treated throughout all aspects of any relocation process. Understanding how the laws govern animal welfare clarifies the picture for those who would assist animals in need. One of the biggest challenges the SPCA faces is keeping the law on their side; those who try to get away with not providing for their animals properly are frequently let off because of some technical loophole or miscarriage. A common threat to bringing these people to justice is the well-meaning “rescuer” who decides to help the animals while still in the care of the owner. As much as our hearts go out to these animals, helping them “in situ” only thwarts the SPCA’s efforts, because if the animals are not in distress as defined in the PCA when they visit the site, there is little they can do! The SPCA must give the owner the opportunity to relieve the distress, and in many cases they will attempt to educate HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Salvation vs Rescue, cont’d the owner rather than penalize them. The SPCA has very limited space to house and care for horses and other large animals, so they rely heavily on foster homes to look after most of the horses they take in. Foster homes are always in demand, so those wishing to help can often do so by providing space and resources for these animals. There is a simple process that must be applied to certify a foster home; there must be adequate space and the foster family must be able and willing to properly care for their fosters. Keep in mind most horses the SPCA deals with have been severely neglected and/ or abused, so the level of care is often significantly higher than would normally be expected. The need is even greater for those who can care for “special needs” horses; those with particular medical or psychological issues, pregnant mares and those with foals at side and stallions to mention just a few. The horses can range

anywhere from minis to drafts and can be either very young or elderly. Many private and registered rescues work closely with the SPCA to provide foster care for animals that have been seized or surrendered. A number of people approach rescue organizations offering to surrender their horses; most often this is because some aspect of the horses’ care has become a burden they can no longer assume. Responsible rescues must apply the same criteria for accepting these horses as they would any other; health, adoptability, future potential and circumstances that may affect long-term care. Honesty is key to securing a suitable home for a special needs horse, because the adopting family will need to be fully aware of what they’re taking on in order to be properly prepared. The alternative is not common but it does happen; a horse that is given to a rescue without having fully disclosed the nature of the challenges


s/he may face can leave no choice but euthanasia. This is not only unfair to the people who labour to offer salvation to the horse, but also burdens the rescue with additional expense, money that could be spent helping other horses. For those who would surrender their horse in a time of need, please be honest ... it’s in the best interests of your horse. (1) British Columbia Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act Section 1 - “Defi nitions,” paragraph 2 (2) Criminal Code of Canada Section 445.1 “Causing unnecessary suffering” Section 445.3 “Failure to exercise reasonable care as evidence” Section 446.1 “Causing damage or injury”

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“Slow Feeding” … What’s This? By Mandy Blais, N.A.G. Bags So what is it? What’s all the talk about, and why do we want to use this method for feeding our animals? Well, it’s quite simple really: it’s either a net or a grid system that you would place over your hay. The net or grid has holes that are fairly small, usually just less than two inches square.


here are many different styles and sizes to fit all kinds of feeding needs, whether you feed big rounds or flakes of hay. Slow feeding is definitely the best solution for feeding grazing animals, kept in captivity. How does it work? Well it allows only small amounts of hay to be pulled out while feeding, slowing down the consumption and allowing the digestion to work the way it is designed to. Slow feeding best imitates the grazing action for the digestive system. The benefits are huge, including health and well-being of all grazing animals, but especially the feeding of the equine. Slow feeders offer so many advantages. Horses are grazing herbivores. They graze almost continually when left in pastured areas. The equine has a very small stomach (only eight to 15 litres capacity) that is ideally designed for small, regular meals, as food passes through the stomach very quickly. Horses salivate only when they are chewing and eating, and

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under normal circumstances they produce up to 30 litres a day of saliva. Saliva is an acid buffer. Saliva neutralizes the acid in the stomach, as well as lubricates the food. The horse constantly produces stomach acid - even if the horse is not eating! This is the biggest concern, and where we start to see the health problems arise; the acid now has no buffer (saliva) as he is not chewing to produce any, so you will start to see the results of that acid buildup in that empty stomach presenting itself as ulcers, cribbing, colic symptoms, and other behavioural problems. We confine horses so that they cannot have that access to grazing for many reasons, land shortage, horses in training, showing, stallions, stables, and there are lots of horses out there that cannot be turned out on the grass, as it is too rich causing other problems like founder. Just think of most of the horsekeeping methods, maybe feeding two or three times a day - the horses are going very long hours with no intake of fibre, at all. These are the huge benefits for the horse, in using slow feeders. Slow feeders do work well, maybe not perfect but a lot better than we have been doing for many, many years of modernday horsekeeping. The benefits for the owners, managers and breeders is also huge savings in feeding costs, as you are able to cut your feeding HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

“Slow Feeding,” cont’d time down to once a day and some bags or round bale covers are allowing feeding times to go as long as once a month (depending on herd size)! Savings are 30 per cent, as no hay is wasted! Slow feeding also eliminates the cleanup time of all that rotten hay which in turn is not good for hoof health. No more rushing home to feed! Yes now you can go away for the day, and the best benefit is more riding or horse time. And you know you’re doing the best possible for your horse living in the confinement that we put them into. Yes, it does take a bit of adjustment for the grazers to get accustomed to the use of the slow feeders - but after a week or so, if you lay out loose hay onto the ground, 90 per cent of the horses will go to the slow feeder instead - it’s amazing! They know what’s right and it makes them feel good. Just use good common horse sense when using nets and bags! No loose ropes or strings that a horse could get caught up into, horses with shoes on should only have bags that are in a box or a cover so that a shoe can never come in contact with or tangled in a net. No halters either. Look around and see what system works best for your situation and set-up, you will never regret this changeover and your horse will thank you.

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The Hoof As A Circle – Part 2 By Yvonne Miller WHEN THE HOOF IS NOT A CIRCLE

To learn more about the balance of a horse’s foot, let’s look at the bottom of his hoof. Locate the centre of the foot by drawing a line across the frog at the widest part of the horse’s foot. The point at the centre of the horse’s frog is the middle of the foot. All points of the foot, the heels, the quarters and the toe should be equal distance from this point. Toe of the hoof outside the circle

Heel inside the circle


When a horse has a long toe this is often associated with long heels. Long heels are often very confusing for horseowners. The shape of the hoof is a cone that should cross on the top, not on the bottom. Past literature has talked about the pastern angle and the hoof angle being the same. This is true, however when this matching of angles is obtained by leaving the heels long, this actually backfires because when the heels are long they collapse, causing contracted or underrun heels. When the horse is

ometimes when the circle is drawn on the bottom of the foot, the toe is outside the circle. This is commonly called long toe. When the horse has a long toe, this will delay the breakover point. This causes all of the joints, the coffin joint, the pastern joint, the fetlock joint as well as the knee joint, to hyperextend. The overextension of these joints will put the majority of the weight on the navicular bone, which is the small c-shaped bone behind the coffin bone. This can lead to heel pain in your horse.



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The Hoof, cont’d Seeing the foot

Widest part of hoof

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Flares – outside or inside the circle at the quarters Another place that can be outside the circle is on the side of the foot. This is called a flare. When the hoof has a flare, this means that the white line, the structure that keeps the coffin bone suspended within the hoof capsule, has pulled apart. Any pulling apart of the white line will cause some pain. Some of the time, when there is a flare on one side of the foot, the other side of the foot will be contracted. If we go back to the circle, the flare side will be outside the circle and the contracted side will be inside the circle. This will happen when the foot is toed in or toed out. This means the horse has a tendency to break over on one side of his foot. This will wear one side of the hoof wall while the other side is worn very little. The hoof wall that is inside the circle will be very straight up and down from the coronet band to the ground. This will constrict the blood flow on that side of the hoof and leave less room for the structures inside the hoof capsule.


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Help! I Have a Muggy Horse! By Monty Gwynne - the Pony Fairy I would like to show you how proper food delivery, accompanied by the clicker, can actually stop mugging if you already have a muggy horse.



sually, a horse is muggy, not because they are getting treats, but because the treats are fed indiscriminately. The horse gets treats for no apparent reason that he can see. There is no specific behaviour that is linked to the treat so he starts to “mug the vending machine.”

Can we solve this using clicker training and proper food delivery? You bet. In fact you can train your horse to actually turn his nose away from the food and almost look like he is saying “there is no way I’m going to take that food!”

How do I start? You will actually begin by perfecting your food delivery skills using another human as your “horse.” Most mugging issues begin because of poor food delivery skills and not linking the food to a specific behaviour. Food delivery is a mechanical skill that should be learned, practiced and perfected away from your horse. Treat delivery should be the very first lesson that a handler should perfect before trying to train with a clicker and treats. These lessons have been presented in past Saddle Up issues. Please check the archives for these.

So why is this skill so important? If you are clumsy and slow in your food delivery the horse will get frustrated waiting for the reward and start to “look for the treat.” If you deliver the treat close to your body it is more tempting for the horse to look for more.

What now? Now put 20 treats into your pocket or pouch. With your horse in a stall with a stall guard stand next to his

head on the outside of the stall. You should be out of mugging range to start with but close enough to deliver the treat. Once again you will need keen observation skills. You will wait for the instant he starts to turn his head away from you. You will then click, to capture this behaviour, and deliver the treat to him where you would like his head to be.  Now quickly return to your waiting position beside him. It’s a good idea to give your hands something to do so they aren’t sneaking into the treat pouch ahead of your click. A simple solution is to give your feeding hand a “target.” If you are standing on the left side of your horse, you’ll want to feed with your left hand. If you are right handed, this won’t feel natural, but mechanically it gives you the best balance. To help develop good feeding habits, put a piece of duct tape, on the back of your right hand. After you feed, move your left hand back to your duct tape “target.”  With your hand on its target watch your horse. As soon as he moves his head SLIGHTLY away from you (assuming he is looking at you and trying to grab for that treat) click and deliver the treat where you would like his head to be. Do not expect his head to remain straight in front of him and do not wait to click and treat until it is straight in front of him to start with. This is the final position that you are working toward and you need to break the training down into very small steps so you both can feel successful. A good mantra to follow is “click for behaviour, but feed where the perfect horse would be.” Be certain to feed out away from your body so your horse’s head is lined up straight between his shoulders. After you have run out of your 20 treats, again remove yourself from your position, far enough that he won’t be tempted to grab and give both of you a bit of “process time.” Think about how things are going. Is he still diving for the food, do you think you are waiting too long and for too much movement of his head before clicking?

Take this time to think about how the session went. Gather data so the next session will be better. Repeat this exercise several times until you feel that you are getting a bit of hesitation in his head coming back toward you, or he is looking away sooner. You may even begin to see him keeping his head straight, deliberately controlling himself and keeping his nose away from your treat pouch. That definitely gets a click and treat! 20 • Saddle Up • February 2011


I Have a Muggy Horse!, cont’d

Go from this impolite muggy horse…

When you feel as though you have made a bit of progress with this lesson, switch back to some targeting (see past issues of Saddle Up for instructions). You can alternate back and forth between these two lessons. Use one round of twenty treats for targeting. Use the next round for this new lesson. When you’re finished for the day create an end of training ritual. For example, you could empty your pouch on the last click and treat into a food bowl, place it in his stall and then close the stall door. Develop your own signal for being finished so your horse will come to know when he is done. This new lesson is called “the grown-ups are talking, please don’t interrupt.” It is one of the foundation lessons in clicker training. If you’d like a more in-depth look at it you may order Alexandra Kurland’s book or DVD from me. Both you and your horse are learning that he must perform a “behaviour” in order to get a treat. He will not get treats just any old time. The vending machine can’t be mugged. There are new rules to this treat game. You will pay him for doing a wanted behaviour … payment for work if you like to look at it as a paycheck. You work for a paycheck so why shouldn’t he? You will both come to enjoy the game now that you both know the rules. If you consistently follow these simple guidelines for treat delivery it will certainly help both eliminate and prevent the dreaded muggy horse that is associated with feeding treats. A properly trained clicker horse is pleasant and polite even if you have a pouch full of treats.

Your own “Grand Prix” horse In dressage a Grand Prix horse is one that has achieved the highest level of training. In clicker training we can all have “Grand Prix” horses. Here’s how: A “training level” clicker horse has learned to move his nose away from the treat pouch and keep his head still for a few seconds. A more advanced horse will not only have his nose away from your pouch, he’ll be standing square, ears forward, head at the perfect height. Not only that, you’ll be able to walk around him, leave him to go get your tack, bounce balls behind him, open umbrellas over his head, swing plastic sheets up over his HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

to this “you can’t make me take that carrot” horse with clicker training.

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Training For Courage – Tying, Part 1 By Paul Dufresne Tying is one of the most important foundation skills there is and may well be one of the most underdeveloped by people in general. Why should people learn to tie their horse?

Endotapping Bala, getting a positive emotional state before start


Back-up yield

ecause it is necessary in case of emergency, veterinary care, basic grooming and tacking in heavy traffic facilities, trail riding, trailering, horse shows as well as to learn to yield to the reins, just to name a few. A horse can feel security in being tied. It can actually calm a well-prepared horse, limiting anxious movement, but it must be made clear to horse that we are coming back and not abandoning it and that it will be safe from harm. It would be very easy to write a complete chapter on the topic but instead I will give you a synopsis of how to go through the process with photos. What people first of all need to do is quit thinking of tying from a human perspective and start thinking of it from a horse perspective. Many preventable injuries occur if this skill is poorly prepared. It is scary for both the horse and people. The horse is a prey animal. It does not naturally rationalize that we would tie it in a safe area and that this is just a temporary situation. The horse, depending on its preparation, could be feeling like it is trapped - that it will be easy prey and may die if it doesn’t get out of this NOW! The closest I could describe in human terms that we might be able to understand is leaving a young child somewhere without their understanding that we will

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Side yield

return. Panic will set in, and in the case of the horse, the fear/ excite adrenaline cycle can be very explosive as they try to escape and get back to the herd. If they do not see you as the leader of the herd and the rest of the herd is missing, as well as their freedom to make choices, then compound this with stressful situations while being trapped … it can get very frightening. What do you need to do to help your horse overcome the fear of being trapped and become a safe and responsible fellow that will wait patiently for you to release them?

The first thing is to get your horse to “emotionally feel good.” I feel that one of the best methods of relaxing a horse is Endotapping and teaching the horse the basic yields on a circle, on the proper bend while releasing the poll. The shape of the proper bend relaxes the horse. Even mounting on a box helps change the top line to a more relaxed position. You need pressure yields forward, backward, side to side, pull side to side then and forward if stuck. If your horse does not have these basic yields in-hand your horse will be more likely to fly backward on a tie. You might get lucky and it never happens, but it could just as easily be a simple matter of time or an unplanned stressor occurs and your horse panics on the tie. When a horse feels sudden pressure their natural reflex when worried is to push into it, so one preparation is to send the horse back and then hold. If they lean on the lead, snap a lunge whip behind them showing them to move forward, then as soon as the horse moves forward stop and relax. Ground tying is one of the first stages of tying. You ask the horse to stand there slightly away from you and wait. Then later you go on a longer line and ask them to wait. If they try to move have them move much more than they wanted in a circle or backing up, then ask them again to stand and wait. Make sure when you move that you block them with your body energy by sticking your arm and hand out as you move away so HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training For Courage, cont’d

Way back and stand Back and stand

Wait and stand at a distance

they are not inclined to follow. If they follow, just correct them. If they leave, help them leave in a circle or backing up and ask again. There should be a consequence when they leave but it should not be a punishment. Rather it should be a motivator to reconsider. The duration of the ground tying should get longer and longer with practice and time. A longer lead line can also be left on the ground away from the horse so that you can step on it should the horse try to leave and so you can correct. You could reward with a small treat or not - depending on your inclination. I would use treats with horses that find this very difficult as most animals are more likely to change if there is something in it for them.

A tie post is a great way to move from ground tying to a physical tie. This being said we should never solidly fasten a horse to a big post or tree without their understanding of what is expected of them. This can cause serious injury to the horse and even death if the horse panics. I like to use a big smooth surfaced post and put a single wrap near the wither height of the horse and send it around the post. When it feels the restraint of the tie it will usually pull back - a little or a lot. As soon as the horse yields to the tie by not leaning on it when I ask it to stop, I would reward the horse with Endotapping, or taking the horse away for some other activity before trying again.

The next progression at the tie post is to ask the horse to back up with energy and then stop it on the tie. If the horse comes forward to release the pressure, I reward it. If the horse panics and throws itself back or lunges I give it a bit of line but slow it down until it stops and then I would ask it to step forward with the lunge whip to release the pressure. I would repeat this often until the horse’s immediate response is to come forward to the pressure and stand still. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Post drawn in closer

Single post wrap at a distance

Join us next issue to see some variations and more progressions on tying as well as the completion phase of bombproofing with tying. 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. www.trainingforcourage.com

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Equinisity By Ann Davis, travel writer

Equinisity: the gift of finding the unexpected but truly meaningful perspective through the almost 360 degree vision of the equine. “Beyond the dimension that is known to the ego lies the simple truth that is clearly obvious to animals, and equally obscure to us humans: We are all one with God, and God is all there is: relax and enjoy the experience.”


his simple vision from the book “One With the Herd, A Spiritual Journey,” clearly describes the EARTH (Equine-Assisted Reconnective Therapy and Healing) retreat experience that is changing hearts and minds at Gateway 2 Ranch near Kamloops, B.C. Looking for a life-changing retreat experience, I arrived at the 320-acre sacred land, with a good measure of childlike wonder, having read the books and watched the YouTube videos of a woman who lived with her herd of “wild” horses and had learned to communicate with the herd (including her dogs, cats and pet steer), co-authoring four award-winning books with the animals. Readers from all over the world were now gathering to enjoy the connection to 24 • Saddle Up • February 2011

higher consciousness that the land and herd facilitate. We arrived the afternoon of the first Saturday of our eight-day adventure and were delivered to our wall tents (basically a cabin with a canvas roof). The tents were accessed by a trail, sharing a secluded area of meadow and forest along with natural wood shower house, toilets and a Spirit Lodge and totem designed into a grassy hill with glass skylight and door. After a wonderful dinner of organic and local foods, we were invited to meet and share our stories there. Modelled after a Native American roundhouse the lodge had comfortable couch/beds lining the walls around a central glass table. In the soft glow of candlelight we joined in the opening ceremony, passing a talking stick and sharing our stories. After some time, shuffling and munching sounds coming from the direction of the skylight, alerted us to our first meeting with the herd and upon leaving for our tents, the glow of eyes could be seen playing amongst the stars and solar-powered flowers lighting our path to bed. They were waiting for us after breakfast the next day, grazing in the pasture by the barn and one by one dropping to the grass in a deep sleep when they had their fi ll. “Smile with your heart” is the message I received, sitting in meditation with these gentle giants, as I began to resonate with the higher vibration of the herd and the land. Over the week we would learn to communicate with our thoughts and body language, playing at liberty in the pasture and riding bitless, lying on healing tables while the horses shared their wisdom. They seemed to know exactly which part of the body needed healing, first scanning with their nostrils wide, up and down the body, and then somehow absorbing and releasing the disturbed energy. I arrived with several herniated discs with permanent bruising that had been present for 12 years. A few days later they

had mysteriously vanished and have not returned! In the afternoons we were guided to powerful places in the land, from vortices and natural rock chakras, to fivehundred-year-old trees, each welcoming and sharing their energy like old forgotten friends. From wildflowers to dragonflies, rainbows to sunsets, the peace and beauty of the land enveloped me and the heart of the herd healed me. Wandering the landscape and following the herd, I was filled with a knowing that here were the answers to life’s biggest questions. Away from the noise and the struggle of our busyness, it occurred to me that it all could be so much simpler. The pristine splendor of a land and it’s creatures in perfect harmony with each other, and their connection to the one consciousness, the force of love in all life, left me to contemplate our real purpose here on earth. Equinisity.com and Voice for the Horse.com will be hosting an Equine Awareness Day non-profit event at Gateway 2 Ranch in Kamloops, BC, on May 14. It will be an overnight mini-EARTH Retreat where people will experience healing with horses, learning trust and connection, herd communication, play at liberty and riding bitless. This is all-inclusive with local, organic food, wall tent accommodation, walking the land and Spirit Lodge gathering. Please e-mail why you would like to come and we will pick the winners. liz@lizmittenryan.com or yvonne@ voiceforthehorse.com To learn more about Liz Mitten Ryan and the EARTH Retreats please visit www.equinisity.com To learn how you can participate visit http://www. equineawareness.org.


Equine Awareness Day - You’re Invited! www.equinisity.com and www.voiceforthehorse.com invite you to share in a celebration and awareness day for horses throughout the world. Horses have been our companions since humans first discovered they could take us further and faster than we could go alone.


quines are now stepping forth in new capacities as teachers and healers, partners and friends. Whether you offer Equine rescue, horse therapy, a new natural way of horsemanship or healing with horses, now is the time to tell your story. The event will take place any day you pick during the month of May 2011. We ask you to post your story (what you or your organization does with horses) in your local paper sometime during the next two months, including your date and what you are offering, and invite people to tell you why they would like to come and participate in your offer. (It should be titled EQUINE AWARENESS DAY, a non-profit event.) You then pick some winners and host an EQUINE AWARENESS DAY offering the winners and the press a FREE day at your facility to increase awareness of how special our horses are. If you would like to participate, you are invited to contact Liz (liz@ lizmittenryan.com) or Yvonne Allen (yvonne@voiceforthehorse.com) and we will send you an outline of what we are offering which you can tailor to your group, and also post your information and links on VFTH.com, lizmittenryan. com and equinisity.com and with our participating media sponsors. Together we can be a Voice for the Horse worldwide. We have also reserved the domain www.equineawareness.org – to put the information up, list sponsors, share stories, etc. PLEASE JOIN US!

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Personal Performance By Barbra Schulte Do You Argue For Your Riding Limitations OR … Do You Tell a Story About Yourself and Your Horse That Brings Out Your Greatness (and His!)? Have you ever had a bad ride on your horse and then spent the next week telling a story full of excuses about what went wrong to everyone you know?


ur human tendency to do this is as old as Moses! We all argue for our limitations from time to time. Here’s a great example of what I’m talking about. Betty’s horse performed poorly. She had a BAD day with a capital B. The weather was windy and drizzly. The footing was horrible. She didn’t sleep well the night before. Something went wrong at her barn before she left for the day. Etc., etc., etc. She rode way below her potential. Betty felt super frustrated and a little embarrassed about her day. She kept replaying the same bad movie repeatedly in her head as she blamed all those varied aspects of her yucky time. Worse yet, when each of her friends called she told the same story over and over... again and again.

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There’s a HUGE problem for Betty if she keeps this up. She’s going to have many of the same kinds of days in the future if she doesn’t start thinking about, and telling, a story about a positive ride in the future. Why? Because we produce what we think about. It’s as simple as that! This is a core concept of all success. Those who excel know a secret. They see things working out for themselves long before the actual ride. They spend time thinking about the highest possible outcome. They feel it right down to their bones. They visualize their success repeatedly. Without disciplining ourselves to replace negative thoughts about feared outcomes with their positive counterparts (from all the physical details to the feeling of it), we get random to poor results.

• To see things as they were today, or were yesterday. • To actually ARGUE for our weaknesses by giving a million reasons why things won’t get better. • To feel safe talking about future events as not working out because there is no failure if we never expect to succeed. • To blind ourselves of our own gifts and gorgeous personal potential as if we are deeply asleep to all the good in ourselves (and sometimes in our horses) ... someone needs to tell us to “Wake up!” • To feel badly or frustrated or angry and then perpetuate a cycle of negativity until it becomes the way we think. But here’s the great news. If you can relate to any of the above points, you CAN break out of those patterns and visualize an outcome you desire by telling a powerful story of your greatness. I know that might sound corny, but it is absolutely true for you and everyone. It’s right there inside of you. It’s your choice. It’s up to you. Have fun with it! Friends and family can be supportive, but ultimately it’s the story you tell about yourself and your horse that determines your future success.

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Personal Performance, cont’d So here’s how you can use this story telling strategy to bring out your best: • Create a vision of the rider you want to be. It doesn’t matter if you are a recreational rider, a competitive rider, or someone who has had an accident ... just dream about what it would be like to ride at the level of your dreams. It’s not about the past. It’s about the future. • When you create your vision be sure you do not concern yourself with reasons why you can’t. It doesn’t matter if you know how it can happen or not. Let go of being in control! At this moment, for this story-telling strategy, having everything figured out is not a concern and is not part of this technique. • Now tell a fun and exciting story. Have the story make you giggle because you know it would thrill you and it’s so much fun to think about. • Then tell yourself (and others) the story repeatedly. Enjoy it. Feel the excitement. So our friend, Betty, might tell a story that goes something like this: “I love horses and I know I am a good rider. Even when I make mistakes and things don’t go my way, I never give up. I

am so good at this! I surprise myself sometimes! I am going for the whole enchilada, no matter what obstacles come my way. I can feel it. It is so exciting. I can’t wait. There is nothing that can stop me. I know there will be plenty of stuff to overcome (and boy I have already experienced lots of it) ... but these things will only be temporary. Besides that, they are my best opportunities to learn. It’s all part of the fun and the challenge. I can do this.” As Betty continues to tell this story, over and over, she will excel! The best part will be all the fun she will have. Remember, we all get what we think about most. Begin telling a powerful, fun, positive outcome story. Enjoy entertaining yourself and see your dreams and goals unfold. Barbra Schulte is a personal performance coach for all riders, a cutting horse trainer, author, speaker, and clinician. Visit her blog and sign up to receive her FREE monthly e-mail newsletter, “News From Barbra.” You will also receive the high-performance secrets of great riders, inspiration, cutting strategies, news and much more. In addition, you will also receive via e-mail Barbra’s special FREE report: “Five of the Most Important Skills of Riding.” Go now to www.BarbraSchulte.com.

Barbra Schulte is coming to Armstrong! May 14-15, 2011, Armstrong Fair Grounds


his is a significant clinic opportunity for Cutters and Reiners to get ahead in their game! Mentally tough describes Barbra Schulte. Having successfully trained and shown cutting horses professionally, Barbra realized that her unique personal passion with horses involved two parts - to train and show cutting horses and a deep desire to understand and teach riders to reach peak performance levels under pressure. Barbra opted to give up her successful horse training business to become certified as an exclusive equestrian coach. Barbra Schulte has pioneered the integration of personal performance training into the equestrian world. Can you afford not to come? Early Bird pricing and limited availability. Riders - with every paid registration before March 15, 2011 receive a 10% discount. Maximum: 15 Cutters and 15 Reiners. Spectators - with every paid registration before May 1, 2011 receive your lunch free. Clinic includes: Two days of seminars, one day combination of horseback and lecture - videoed and reviewed; one day participation from the ground; Cutters are on cows Saturday; Sunday is for Reiners; one day stall for your horse; and lunch on each day Saturday and Sunday. For more information go to www.reinininthesun.com HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Equine Canada Update By Julie Cull Jump Canada Announces 2011 Canadian Show Jumping Team Short List The four riders who competed in the 2010 World Equestrian Games: 1. Eric Lamaze/Schomberg, ON 2. John Pearce/Stouffville, ON 3. Jonathon Millar/Perth, ON 4. Yann Candele/Caledon, ON The travelling alternate to the 2010 World Equestrian Games: 5. Jill Henselwood/Oxford Mills, ON The top 15 ranked Canadian riders (in order) on the FEI Rolex Jumping Riders’ World Ranking list as of Dec. 1, 2010, not already named above: 6. Ian Millar/Perth, ON 7. Karen Cudmore/Omaha, NE 8. Keean White/Rockwood, ON 9. Mac Cone/King City, ON 10. Beth Underhill/Schomberg, ON 11. John Anderson/Calgary, AB 12. Jenna Thompson/Calgary, AB 13. Chris Pratt/Valencia, CA 14. Lisa Carlsen/Spruce Grove, AB 15. Tani Zeidler/Calgary, AB 16. Samantha Buirs/Langley, BC 17. Angela Covert-Lawrence/St. Lazare, QC 18. Amy Millar/Perth, ON 19. Lauren Hunkin/Kemptville, ON 20. Sarah Johnstone/Orangeville, ON

Jump Canada Announces 2011 Talent Squad Rider Hayley Alfonso Gary Brewster Jaclyn Duff Tracey Epp Margie Gayford Sarah Johnstone

Hometown Calgary, AB West Vancouver, BC Edmonton, ON Richmond, BC Sharon, ON Orangeville, ON

Kelly Koss Francois Lamontagne Margot Lefebvre Chris Sorensen

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Horse Lennox 157 owned by Tyndall Wood Farms Royal Viali owned by Suzanne Brewster Pan Tau 55 owned by Jaclyn Duff Santee owned by Tracey Epp Winston owned by Wingberry Farm Starlet owned by North Ridge Leonidas owned by Trish Crang Carlos don Benito owned by Attache Stables Unik Circa owned by Sarah Lemieux Mister Cash van der Veldmolen owned by Margot Lefebvre SS Bobby owned by Chris Sorensen and Vance Hughes

Dressage Canada Announces 2011 Short and Long Lists The horse/rider combinations were selected based on criteria that considered 2010 competition results. Short List A Rider Hometown Horse Owner Ashley Holzer Toronto, ON Pop Art Rusty Holzer and Moreen Nicoll Belinda Trussell Newmarket, ON Anton Robyn Eames Victoria Winter Toronto, ON Proton Cindy and Neil Ishoy Bonny Bonnello Calgary, AB Pikardi Bonny Bonnello and Frances Bell Wendy Christoff Delta, BC Pfalstaff Wendy and Gordon Christoff Short List B Rider Christilot Boylen Diane Creech Evi Strasser Shannon Dueck Cheryl Meisner Jaimey Irwin Ute Busse Jacqueline Brooks Gary Vander Ploeg Jacqueline Brooks Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon Evi Strasser Chris Von Martels Tom Dvorak Krystalann Shingler Janine Little

Hometown Rottingen, Germany Caistor Centre, ON Sainte-Adele, QC Loxahatchee, FL Blandford, NS Stouffville, ON Breslau, ON Cedar Valley, ON King City, ON Cedar Valley, ON Lakeside, NB Sainte-Adele, QC Ridgetown, ON Hillsburgh, ON Toronto, ON Vernon, BC

Horse Famous Boy 2 Devon L Quantum Tyme Ayscha Paganini Dover Lindor’s Finest Gran Gesto Cezanne Balmoral Gallaway’s Abrikos Action Tyme Naomi Viva’s Salieri W Tividor Dominic LHF

Owner Famous Boy Group Douglas and Louise Leatherdale Evi Strasser Shannon Dueck John Risley Jaimey Irwin Ute Busse & Silvia Carlton Brinc Ltd. & Anne Welch Jean Vander Ploeg & Jack Leitch Great Swamp Associates Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon Evi Strasser Sonia Zugel Augustin and Christine Walch Krystalann Shingler Susan Berger

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Equine Canada, cont’d 2011 Canadian National Eventing Team & Talent Squad Announced Short list Rider/Hometown Peter Barry

Horse/owner Qualifying competitions Kilrodan Abbott CCI 3* Fair Hill 2010 Rider and Susan Barry Hawley Bennett Gin N Juice CH- CCI 4* WEG 2010 Langley, BC Linda Paine CCI 4* Rolex 2010 Diana Burnett Manny CCI 4* Rolex 2009 Blackstock, ON Rider and Eventing Canada! Kyle Carter Madison Park CH- CCI 4* WEG 2010 Calgary, AB/Sparr, FL Rider and Jennifer Carter CCI 4* Rolex 2010 Jessica Hampf High Society III CCI 4* Rolex 2010 London, ON/Auburn, AB Rider and Carl Hampf Rebecca Howard Riddle Master CH- CCI 4* WEG 2010 Salmon Arm, BC/Norwood, NC Caroline Bazley CCI 3* Bromont 2010 Micheline Jordan Irish Diamonds CCI 3* Fair Hill 2010 Ottawa, ON / Ocala, FL Rider Michele Mueller Amistad CCI 4* Rolex 2010 Port Perry, ON Julie-Anna Pring Selena O’Hanlon Colombo CH- CCI 4* WEG 2010 Elgin, ON Elaine and Michael Davies CCI 4* Rolex 2010 Jessica Phoenix Exploring CCI 3* Bromont 2010 Cannington, ON Rider Exponential CH- CCI 4* WEG 2010 Rider CCI 3* Bromont 2010 Stephanie Rhodes- Bosch, (Y) Port Authority CH- CCI 4* WEG 2010 Summerland, BC Rider & Patricia Bosch CCI 4* Rolex 2010 Ian Roberts Napalm CCI 4* Rolex 2010 Port Perry, ON Rider, Kelly Plitz & Tracey Newman Jessica Ruppel, Naughty by Nature CCI 3* Bromont 2010 Ravenna, ON Rider

Talent squad Rider Julie Clark Newmarket, ON Emily Daigneault (Y) Gatineau, QC Samantha Elsenaar (Y) Brooklin, ON

Horse/owner Guiness Rider Misty Vale Bacardi Rider Armon Rider

Qualifying competitions CCI 2* Fair Hill 2010 CCI 2* Bromont 2010 CCI 2* Florida—April 2010 CH-CCIY2* NAJYRC 2010


The United States Dressage Federation named “Sybran H Sport” as their Friesian Prix St. George Champion for 2010. Sybran is owned by Endymion Farms of Vernon, BC, and trained and shown by our own Armstrong based Joni Lynn Peters. Joni Lynn is also Long listed for the Canadian Dressage team with her Canadian Warm blood Travolta. With lots of hard work and dedication she achieved with Sybran what many said was impossible. Congratulations Joni and we look forward to next year. (Submitted by Bonnie Derry, Endymion Farms) HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Horse Enthusiasts Brave Wintry Conditions By Teresa van Bryce Photos by Nollind van Bryce


t was a cold and snowy 14th of January but still the horse folk converged on Red Deer for the 29th annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference and 5th annual Stable Owners Seminar, presented by the Horse Industry Association of Alberta (HIAA). Those who arrived early were treated to a complimentary afternoon of education for the stable industry, covering a wide range of topics from business plans to arena footing to conflict resolution to instructor ethics. Over 100 stable industry members attended the seminar and took advantage of the four very knowledgeable presenters, Rich Wilcke, Scott Holmes, Linda Jesse, and Peggy Brown. Friday evening always offers up the very popular Open Barn Welcome in the exhibit hall. The hall was warm and friendly, with Pfizer Equine Division buying drinks and snacks for all who came out. Saturday morning started off with AEF sponsored speaker Patti Colbert of Texas taking everyone on a movie tour through the generations, illustrating how to attract people of different ages to our industry. Roy Rogers and Trigger, John Wayne, and hilarious Mr. Ed clips were all part of the Baby Boomer portion, with Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron demonstrating the changing priorities of Generation X, and a cat herding commercial showing the irreverent side of Generation Y. Three more educational sessions were offered in the time slot before lunch with Scott Holmes’s footing session, Josh Nichol’s look at finding soft ness in our horses and Marijke van de Water’s approach to dealing with laminitis. In the afternoon six different presentations were offered: Christie Ward’s discussion on Cushings, Rich Wilcke’s getting down to business with horses and Peggy Brown’s session on Centered Driving, respiratory issues by Renaud Leguillette, a thought provoking presentation on euthanasia considerations

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by welfare expert Carolyn Stull and a repeat of Stable Seminar topic, conflict resolution offered by Linda Jesse. On Saturday evening, thanks to Horse Racing Alberta, the evening features live entertainment, a dessert buffet and a host wine bar for the enjoyment of attendees. This year the Doll Sisters, Jenna and Shelby, from Rocky Mountain House, delighted the crowd with their considerable instrumental and vocal talents. Peter Fraser, President of HIAA, developed an indoor version of team sorting, with teams made up of sponsors, speakers, HIAA, AEF, Horse Racing Alberta, first timers, 5 year participants, 10-plus year veterans and those who’d travelled from the Peace region. The group of seven carefully selected bovines included five cows and two steers, and challenged the rider teams with elusive behaviour and secretive tactics. In the end, the group of five conference newbies took home top prize with the speaker group coming in a close second. On Sunday morning Peggy Brown donned her bone suit


Horse, cont’d and helmet and hopped on the trampoline to demonstrate how the rider’s body works and how to “ride our bones” – one of the most popular and well attended sessions of the weekend. Veterinarians Roxy Bell and Patricia Dowling tackled the health-related topics of vaccination programs and drug use in horses, two excellent topics well presented. Later in the morning, Doug Householder brought his extensive knowledge of horses and his sense of humour to the topic of science at the seat of effective horse training; Albertans Art Gallais and Lane Moore presented the two sides of the conventional versus natural hoof care debate; and the always popular Dr. Mike Scott didn’t disappoint during his session on suspensory injuries. Following lunch was the final session of the conference; the Alberta SPCA sponsored Fred Pearce Memorial Lecture. This year’s presenter, Dr. Sid Gustafson from Bozeman, Montana, talked about appreciating and understanding horses. The message that came through loud and clear from Dr. Gustafson: “friends, forage, and locomotion,” the cornerstones of equine life and horse health. This annual event is organized by the Horse Industry Association of Alberta and sponsored by a generous group of equine organizations and businesses. For more information visit www.albertahorseindustry.ca

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Want to do a road trip with your ponies? By Sharon Pickthorne We are not born as back country riders; we learn to be back country riders one small step at a time. I have owned horses for a long time, and was content to ride on local trails in regional parks. I didn’t even have a trailer.


fter participating in a group trail ride to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society, I discovered what fun it was to trail ride with a group and I also learned what type of trailer I would want. I found out a small straight haul became pretty darn hot sitting in the sun with two horses in it. The start of my learning process was to get a trailer that would be cool and roomy for my horse. Next step – make sure your horse trailers well and is comfortable. Spend time practicing at home before venturing out. Next lesson – tire blowout on highway. BCAA is a must. They do not always have enough jacks to raise your trailer safely at the side of the highway with your horse still on board. Carry all the equipment that you might possibly need (like the twoton jack that I luckily had). Having wet beet pulp and hay cubes previously made was a great distraction while we fi xed the tire. Next lesson – do your first trip close to home with facilities Horse ☐ Saddle ☐ Bridle X 2 in case one breaks ☐ Breast collar ☐ Hobbles, bell - Train before camping ☐ Fly spray For both of you ☐ Grooming gear ☐ Saddle bags ☐ Vitamins, grain - Don’t change the diet ☐ Grass cubes ☐ Beet pulp, hay ☐ Bucket - grain - Bring extra buckets ☐ Bucket - water - For carrying water ☐ First aid kit and saddle pack - Your vet can help here ☐ Fly mask ☐ Blanket, fly sheet ☐ Fishing vest - Holds lots of good stuff while riding ☐ Electric fencing ☐ Batteries charged ☐ Panels ☐ Hay and hay bags ☐ Boots ☐ Muck bucket ☐ Helmet ☐ Extra halter, clips

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you and your horse are comfortable with. In my case, that was a commercial operation that offered a campsite with corrals only 1.5 hours away from home. If it isn’t working out you can always pack up and go home. There are lots of places in B.C. that have private and public campsites that have corrals or even stalls. The Back Country website (www.bchorsemen.org) has a great trail directory which describes facilities. I now travel with portable folding panels made by High-Hog that fit in my tack room and assemble to make a round pen attached to the back of my trailer. I also have highline gear if needed. I have been pegged as someone who travels with everything but the kitchen sink. Funny though, how many friends have been able to make use of those extra things I bring along. Below is a list that I keep in my computer that I use to pack up for each trip. A few stories to explain the rather large list: • I was camping in a spot once where the stable operator let their 15 horses out in the area where my mare “in heat” was in a small corral. The extra 150 feet of rope came in handy to tie around the surrounding trees to keep those curious geldings at bay so I could get some sleep. • Don’t forget medication – yours and your animals. Lucky I was travelling with a veterinarian when I realized that I didn’t have my dog’s pills!

Camper ☐ Drain bucket ☐ Headlamps, flashlight ☐ Books ☐ GPS ☐ Porta-pottie ☐ Butane, candles ☐ Stove, BBQ, briquettes ☐ Chairs ☐ Keys and locks ☐ Bedding ☐ Pillows ☐ Wheel blocks ☐ First aid kit trailer, Your vet can help here ☐ Solar lights ☐ Batteries AA and AAA ☐ Extra turnbuckle & hoses ☐ Dish soap towels/rags ☐ Tarps, bungee cords ☐ Dishes/pots/pans ☐ Boards and leveller ☐ Folding table ☐ Water containers - two ☐ Folding stairs or step ☐ Tire iron

Trailer: ☐ Ropes, high line ☐ Water barrel ☐ Orange cones ☐ Axle stands ☐ Jack, padlocks ☐ Air compressor ☐ Aussie coat ☐ Muck fork, shovel ☐ Folding wheelbarrow ☐ Lounge chair Dog ☐ Towels/blankets ☐ Dish ☐ Food - dry ☐ Food - wet ☐ Veggies ☐ Pills ☐ Leash


Road Trip, cont’d • Extra tack came in handy when a girth let go, Chicago screws came out, horse boots came apart, and a bridle head piece broke. • The muck bucket was handy when my horse was in the trailer for eight hours while we visited local truck dealerships. • Orange cones were a must when the truck died on a highway with no shoulder to pull onto and no lights working on the truck. • A water barrel is great if the water source is a long walk away. Horse blanket is a necessity. The weather is likely different where you are going and you may wake up to a shivering horse. • First aid is a must if you are going somewhere away from a major centre. Your veterinarian will give you advice of what drugs you should carry. • Bring wheel blocks and some way of levelling your camper – pieces of 2X6 work fine. • Ah, you ask, what is with fishing vest. I was camping once with a fellow who was fishing. I took one look at that funny vest with all those pockets and thought – what a great idea for back country trail riding. I can carry on my body (in case I part ways with my pony) things like a whistle, bandages, emergency blanket, GPS, compass, fire starter, chocolate bar, string, candle, duct tape, pen, pad, cellphone. Yep – you could carry all these things on your horse, but sometimes … well you know the story. The vest is always a work in progress. I thought it was complete until the time I had to call directory assistance on the trail and was given a phone number by that lovely automated woman, and didn’t have a pen or paper to write it down. Heck – I even have little reading glasses in there now. Another little story – the time that we were in a remote spot,

had closed a cowboy barbed wire gate, when a mule decided he wanted to be with us – not his herd. A good multitool with a wire cutter saved the day. How about the trip with five rigs and four flat tires. Us girls were pretty good at changing tires by the end of that trip, but one unit didn’t even have a spare trailer tire. Carry a tire iron that has various sized ends (usually four) and make sure it fits all trailer and truck tire lugs. I now have two spare trailer tires mounted. Last but not least – sunscreen, wine and a good lounge chair is great when you finally get there and want to read and nap. Happy trails.

BC Interior Horse Rescue Society By Lauri Meyers, VP & Secretary


he Holidays are done and the BC Interior Horse Rescue is thriving. Over the holidays, we had two of our Rescues receive sponsorship, as a gift. Another Rescue found a new home and one more came to live at the Hub. Currently there are eight horses residing at the Kelowna Hub.  A New Year also brings a new layout for our Website, www. bcihrs.com. At this time we have a web designer planning a new look and a more user friendly format for us. Watch the website for details. We are looking for a few more volunteers to fi ll the positions of membership/volunteer coordinator, event coordinator and web master. New fundraising opportunities include our Shop and Support Program; the program is very simple. All our supporters need to do is purchase pre-paid retailer cards for their everyday shopping needs, i.e. groceries, gas or dining out. A percentage of the funds received for the cards go directly to the BCIHRS. Contact secretary@bcihrs.com for more information. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

More fundraising events include our 2nd Annual Hoof N’ Hearts Dinner/Dance to be held at the Vernon Rec Centre on February 5. Spring’s Ride for Rescue is currently in the planning stage, as well as other rides. A big part of the BC Interior Horse Rescue Society growth is our Corporate Sponsors. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize our valued Sponsors: Gold Level Sponsors - Lake City Printers, Vernon and WestJet; and Bronze Level Sponsor - Capri Insurance, Vernon. Thank you for your support. www.saddleup.ca • 33

Congratulations! YOU are Making a Difference! By Ruth Donald, Recreation Coordinator, HCBC

In 2010, Horse Council BC member clubs stepped up to the plate … er, mounting block … and made things happen for BC’s recreational riders.


hanks to Horse Council BC’s 22,000 members, Equine Canada was able to make over $25,000 available to HCBC member clubs to help finance projects improving riding facilities throughout the province. Many of the projects involved hours of volunteer labor and club fundraising activities to augment the funds received from the Recreation & Industry Grants from Equine Canada. What has been accomplished since the funds were awarded at the end of July? One of the first projects to be tackled was installing additional corrals at the Larch Hills Nordic Ski trails near Salmon Arm by the Okanagan Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of BC. The new corrals were already in use for overnight camping by mid-August. Another early project was Sooke Saddle Club’s “Trail Riders’ Rest Area” in William Simmons Memorial Park. The rest area features a hitching rail, a mounting block, a manure bin, picnic table, and signs to allow safe crossing of Otter Point Road. Also hard at work putting the Equine Canada funds to good use were the Powell River Trail Riders Club, who undertook to improve the footing in their community arena. One third of the arena was unusable even in summers due to wet and slippery conditions, so the club pitched in and installed new drainage

Thanks from the Slocan Valley Outriders

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lines and raised the level of the footing in the soggy section. The joint riding clubs of Powell River, through their fundraising and rock picking, have helped preserve the community arena for another 30 years. Adding their Recreation & Industry Grant to funds raised from other sources, the Slocan Valley Outriders Association in the West Kootenays was able to purchase Building the perimeter fence at Manning enough portable panels to allow them to Park’s new horse camp configure safe stalls, even for stallions, for horse shows at their community equestrian facility, or to create a secure enclosure for clinics and demonstrations. The panels were up in time for a community event on September 22nd. One of the most ambitious projects to receive funding in 2010 was the Manning Park Horse Camp initiated by the Yarrow Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen. This three year project is Sooke Saddle Club and the new hitching rail off to a great start, thanks to volunteer at William Simmons Memorial Park help from all Lower Mainland Back Country Horsemen chapters, BC Parks, Thanks to the many individuals and Manning Park Resort employees and local companies who have contributed so far. citizens. We are looking forward to a big It’s amazing how just a few dollars from celebration, in conjunction with BC Parks each and every trail rider can make a huge 100th anniversary and Back Country difference! Horsemen’s 20th anniversary, officially For more information or to contribute opening the horse camp in July of 2011. to the BC Equestrian Trails Fund visit the Watch for more updates on the Horse Council BC website at www.hcbc. 2010 projects in the coming months. ca or contact Ruth Donald at recreation@ Horse Council BC expects to announce hcbc.ca. information to members and member clubs by the end of March on 2011 funding available from Equine Canada for recreation and industry projects. There will also be grants available from Horse Council BC’s BC Equestrian Trails Fund specifically for trail, trailhead and horse Okanagan Back Country Horsemen and the Larch Hills corrals camp projects. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Horse Trek to Burgess Shale, a Unesco Site By Sandra Vanderwood Over 20 years ago, I made a pit stop at the government tourist building in Field, BC, and was amazed to see an anomaly: fossil displays under museum glass amidst all the tourist needs like pop, chips, chocolate bars, maps and picture postcards. I became immensely curious and wandered around the room stunned by what I saw.


he fossils conjured up so many questions. Where did they come from? How old were they? What did they tell us about life? I bought a small booklet to read at home which still didn’t answer all my questions. Computers were not on the market then and I couldn’t find any books in my local library. A month ago, Randle Robertson, executive director of the Burgess Shale Geographic Foundation, gave a presentation in Vernon, BC, on the outstanding scientific significance of the Burgess shale, a Unesco World Heritage Site located in the Canadian Rockies. At intermission, I asked Randle if he would be willing to take a horse trek up to the Burgess locale because I certainly couldn’t hike it. Randle said yes and handed me his card saying “write me” which I did and here we are planning this spectacular trip for Aug. 26 of this year. High above Field, BC, in Yoho National Park, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, lies one of the most preeminent fossil sites in the world. The Burgess shale details life on earth nearly 540 million years ago during a period known as the Cambrian Explosion. Yoho in the Cree language means magnificent or awesome and these words certainly describe the Burgess shale fossil remains. The rock unit is black shale, an ancient sea bed containing more than 120 different invertebrates, exquisitely preserved. The significance of the Burgess shale is that it HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

provides a window on the first multicellular animals shedding light on the beginnings of life on earth. In fact, most of our knowledge about these early life forms comes from the Burgess shale. Travelling up to the site, you can readily observe another wonder: the impact of climate change, the hanging valleys, lateral moraines and the rapidly disappearing glaciers of the Canadian Rockies. Stephen Jay Gould, Harvard palaeontologist, evolutionary biologist and science historian in his book “Wonderful Life” observed that the Burgess shale of British Columbia “is the most precious and important of all fossil localities.” Parks Canada and Unesco zealously guard and protect this unique treasure. Happily I now have the opportunity to view the Burgess shale by horseback. I’m excited about the opportunity that Randle has provided to view the site by the mode of transportation I love. Last year, because it was the 100th anniversary of the founding of the fossil site, Randle and Dr. Wolcott took the first horse trek into the locale. The trek this year, to be held the

Only 12 people can enter the fossil site on any one day. In planning this trip, Randle Robertson has estimated that the cost of accommodation at Field

Getting above the treeline

High above Emerald Lake

Hostel, the meals from Friday night to Sunday morning breakfast, catered to by the community and the cost of the horses would be about $400. Every effort has been made to keep costs down. Included would be a presentation Friday night featuring scientific and historic data about the site. At the present time, we’re looking for more riders for this weekend trip. For more information or are interested to ride with us contact: horsetrekburgess@gmail.com.

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


t’s January 13th and as I write my February column the temperature is in the mid to high 20s C. Kathy’s in her bikini, I’m in my swim suit, and we’re lying on lounge chairs beside the pool soaking up the sunshine … on the Sapphire Princess. Once again we were lucky enough to join Billie and Hugh McLennan, and about 115 other western type folks, on the annual Spirit of the West cruise. This year the ship left Los Angeles on January 5th, steamed south for three days, and docked in Acapulco. The next few days saw us in Zihuatanejo, Try and get 115 people together for a group photo … we did it! Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas, before our 2 day return trip to LA. The highlights of the trip? Hard to say, but one thing we really noticed is that there were absolutely no complaints from anyone, which is amazing from 115 people. Everyone was happy and really enjoyed the trip - especially the networking. We found that this year we spent way more time talking to different folks, learning about them, where they were from, and about their life. A lot of horse people this year, both saddle horse and draft horse owners/ lovers. The feedback from all was really good. I guess the highlight for most us was the exclusive Spirit of the West excursion. Our group was taken to Stone Island where we were able to go for a horseback ride; a horse drawn wagon ride; a banana boat ride; and/or go snorkeling. Armour for horse and man in the museum at the old Fort San Diego in Acapulco The horses on Stone Island, despite what we’ve seen, and heard about in Mexico before, were in good shape. They were small but fit and were a good weight. They were definitely dude horses, which Part of our group on the horseback ride in a lot of cases was a good thing, but most of them would actually listen once they knew that their rider was capable. The beach we rode on was gorgeous and all really enjoyed their ride. I’m sure A stunning carriage in the same museum there’ll be some comments about us riding in shorts and sandals, but hey, it was hot and we were on the beach! For Kathy and I the horseback riding was great, even though we have

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d are $65, single day passes (which include the evening show) are $30, the dinner theatre upgrades are $30, and a day pass is just $15 (Sunday is $10). There will be around 50 performers entertaining from Thursday evening through to Sunday evening. There’s a juried Western Art Show, a Cowboy Trades Show with over 50 Billie and Hugh McLennan riding on the beach booths, a Rising Star Showcase, at Stone Island the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame our own trail ride business, but in Cabo inductions, and workshops and we booked an excursion to swim with seminars. For more information see www. dolphins … I shuddered when I heard bcchs.com. Tickets are now available at the price but after the fact was glad we the Horse Barn in Kamloops or by phone did … it was truly a once in a life time 1-888-763-2224. Check out the Kamloops experience … and a really awesome one Towne Lodge for weekend packages. at that. Pretty cool stuff ... check out the If you have any Cariboo Chatter that photos and diary on our web site - www. you would like included please e-mail meadowsprings.com. Riding a dolphin is Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and nothing like riding a horse!! put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line. Now we’re back to reality and I Coming Events: have to finish up the details for the February 12: The 11th Annual 100 Mile 11th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy House Cowboy Concert Concert. Don’t miss out on tickets as March 10-13: The 15th Annual Kamloops this concert usually sells out - at the time Cowboy Festival of this writing there are only a dozen evening show tickets left and not a whole Last Issue’s What’s This? lot more matinee tickets. They’re only $15 each and the show should be great - Alan Moberg, Ed Peekeekoot, Ed Wahl, and Cowboy Poet/MC Bryn Theissen will be this year’s entertainment lineup. Also right around the corner is the 15th annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival. Weekend passes are selling well and to help folks out this year we’re including The December issue’s photo is of the HST in all tickets. Weekend passes a metal object that we said guys would

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

What’s your guess? This month’s photo was sent in by Ted Callbeck from Onoway, Alberta. The picture background could be a good clue …. Good luck!

E-mail Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please.

use in the shop and the clue was that the centre shaft is not part of the object but rather what the object is used to work on. This tool is a hand operated valve grinder - the shaft in the grinder is actually the valve. Congratulations to the following people that had the right answer: Donald McKilligan, Houston Denver Anderlini, Maple Ridge Nick Fisher, Olds, Alberta John Kozyra, Onoway, Alberta Don Brown, Courtenay John Pardell, Armstrong

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Cowboy Poetry My Summer Tan…

Stuck On A Cowboy

Mike Puhallo

Brianna Macauley

My Summer Tan... has... Pretty much peeled off. I hear it’s raining at the coast, there’s fresh slush and snow, on the Coquihalla... not much else on which to boast! A guy might think Winter Olympics had swung out West again. But the Canucks were in the barn last night, causing Alberta teams some pain!

You caught my eye as you rode on by Tipped your hat with your crooked smile Made my heart beat a mile a minute But hunny it was your jeans that did it. There’s something ‘bout a cowboy that turns me on It’s just gotta be that Wrangler patch and cowboy hat The combination drives me crazy if you know what I mean I fell in love with a boy in Wrangler jeans. Oh you bet I tried to play hard to get But that didn’t last long my mind was set My heart would flutter and my cheeks turn red And I’d find myself flirting instead.


I’m even a fan of your farmer’s tan It shows you’re a hardworking man You’ve got me roped in head over heels In a love so unbelievably real.

A round bale of hay was scattered in a circle on the top of a knoll. Fifteen horses gathered around and two stood alone in a mud-filled hole. Not yet accepted as part of the herd, they moved cautiously, almost as one. They skirted some trees to come in from behind, camouflaged by shadows from the mid-day sun. Just as they brought their heads down to feed, a palomino kicked high in the air, he tossed his head and whinnied a warning to the mud-splattered, outcast pair. They galloped away and patiently waited for all the others to have their fill, then they carefully seized an opening like two scavengers after a kill. But the power struggle will soon be over at the feeding place upon the knoll and seventeen horses will peacefully graze with none left standing in the mud-filled hole.

Astron and his buddy, Sirabbi, playing in the snow. - Submitted by Janice Jarvis, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, BC

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Kamloops Cowboy Festival is Coming Up! By Mark McMillan


ne of the best ways that the BC Cowboy Heritage presented to the recipient at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival on Society has found to stick to their mandate, which is to Saturday evening, March 12th, on the main stage of the Calvary promote and preserve cowboy heritage in BC, is in story Community Church. They are keeping the recipient’s name a - many, many a story involving ranching and cowboying has secret this year, and it will be presented as a total surprise (they’re been lost over the years. sure the person will be on hand). Most ranching folks in BC The Cowboy Concerts, and the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, will know this person and should be there to help celebrate! The that are put on by the society are not only fundraisers for the BC person is very deserving of this award. Friday evening March Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the BCCHS awards and scholarships, 11th, on the same stage, will be the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame but are also an educational and often very humourous way of induction ceremony. See the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame article on sharing these stories. Over 50 entertainers gather each year at page 40. the Festival, approximately half are cowboy singers and half are A third way that the society promotes and preserves the BC cowboy poets. The on-stage entertainment is scheduled the same Cowboy Heritage is by offering up to three $500.00 scholarships - half musicians and half poets or story tellers. annually. They award one for a written piece such as a poem The Festival officially starts at noon on Friday, March 11 or short story, a second for a piece of art like a painting or drawing, and a third for cowboy craftsmanship, like a piece in two different venues - the Calvary Community Church and the Kamloops Convention Centre. Shows go throughout the of cowboy jewelry, leather work, etc. All winning entries must afternoon and there’s a main feature show at each venue in the have a ranching/cowboy topic. These awards will be handed out evening. Saturday and Sunday are also pretty much nonstop Saturday evening, on the main stage of the Calvary Community stage performances in both venues. There’s also a juried Church. Western Art Show and Sale and a Cowboy Trade Show with Information on the Kamloops Cowboy Festival can be found approximately 50 booths selling a huge variety of merchandise. at: www.bcchs.com or by phoning 1-888-763-2221. Annually, the society presents the Joe Marten Memorial Award for the preservation of cowboy heritage Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band Shirley Les Folles Tim Ross Jill Gunnarson Jayden Stafford in BC. It will be Field


Kamloops Cowboy Festival --- March 10th - 13th, 2011 Featuring the best in Western Music and Cowboy Poetry presented by

The BC Cowboy Heritage Society

Weekend passes just $65 available at the Horse Barn in Kamloops or by phone:

1-888-763-2224 Check our web site for special early bird accommodation packages at the Kamloops Towne Lodge - the host hotel



A Cowboy Trade Show with over 50 exhibitors displaying all types of western products The Art of the West Show and Sale proudly sponsored by Canadian Cowboy Country

~ flatwork ~ sculpture ~ saddles ~ photography art submissions are invited - please see www.bcchs.com

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The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame By Mark McMillan BC’s early history was carved out of the wilderness by thousands of hard working and often forgotten cowboys. The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame was started by the BC Cowboy Heritage Society in 1998 to capture the memories of these living legends and share their stories.


lose to 90 recipients have been inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame to date. A complete list of inductees with a photo and bio of each can be found at www.bcchs.com. This year, on Friday night, March 11th, four inductees will be recognized on main stage at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. The Cunningham Familyy as a Ranching/Cowboy Family, Jocko Creek Ranch as a Century Ranch, Jesus Garcia as a Ranching Pioneer, and Robert “Butch” Sahara as both a Working Cowboy and for Competitive Achievements. Five more inductees will be recognized on April 17th at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo, after a reception at the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake; Bill Downie for Artistic Achievements, Bruce Watt for Competitive Achievements, Gordon Woods for Artistic Achievements, the Wright Family as a Ranching/Cowboy Family, and Doug White as both Artistic and Competitive Achievements. How are the cowboys picked each year? Any two people can nominate a cowboy for the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. They must simply fi ll out the nomination form on the web site, print it, and send it in with a biography of the nominee (birth place, family, work history); list of accomplishments; reasons why the nominee merits induction into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame; and a Photo(s) (copies are accepted with an application, but originals should be available if the nominee is accepted). The deadline for nomination is December 1st, annually. The Committee believes that while there are many ways to recognize people who pursue different careers and/or make significant contributions to their community, induction into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame is the only formal way to recognize and record into history the contributions of the “hard working and often forgotten cowboys.” They also believe that limiting Hall of Fame eligibility to actual working cowboys will ensure the legends, both present and past, and their contributions to BC’s heritage will not be forgotten or overshadowed. The criteria in all categories is that the nominee must be, or have been, a professional working cowboy or rancher whose contributions have been made in Jesus Garcia British Columbia. A professional cowboy is 40 • Saddle Up • February 2011

one who has earned his/her living physically working with cattle and horses, and a ranch derives its income mainly from the sale of beef cattle. There are several categories and a cowboy may be nominated for one or more.

The Cunningham Family

A Working Cowboyy - a cowboy who has spent many years on the job, who has done a good job, and is looked up to by his/her peers. Competitive Achievements - a cowboy who has done well in cowboy sports and contributed to the betterment of rodeo or other horse sports. Ranching Pioneer - a rancher who Jocko Creek Ranch has spent many years developing a ranch, i.e. been on a cattle drive, and has done things the hard way. A Horseman - a cowboy/rancher who, as part of his job, has turned out extra good ranch or rodeo horses. Artistic Achievements - a cowboy/ rancher who did something in the way of cowboy life, through poetry, art, music, writing, and/or crafts. Butch Sahara A Ranching/Cowboy Family members have been involved in cowboy activities for three or more generations. A Century Ranch - ranches that have been in the same family for 100 years or more.

Join in on the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday night, March 11th, when four more inductees will be recognized on main stage at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. See page 39 for more information on the Festival or check out their web site at www.bcchs.com. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Cory’s Quest - Weigh in # 1 By Cory Anthony 21 pounds in 30 days – “UNREAL” WOW WHAT A RUSH! … I will be the first to admit that this first month hasn’t been easy, but I sure had fun and am bouncing off the walls to report we have finished off with a loss of 21 pounds.


say “we” because if it wasn’t for you all I wouldn’t be doing this. First however I need to express a very large feeling of gratitude and share how honoured and blessed I am from all your support, encouragement, e-mails and “go get ‘em” kicks in the pants expressed over the past couple of weeks both inside and outside the ERABC. Starting this journey, I would not have imagined that it would have resulted in the strengthening of relationships that we already have and that this would capture such attention outside the club with Saddle Up, AERC and Endurance Canada. With this ‘shoot for the moon’ task (in hopes to benefit the club) I can honestly say that this will be a life changer for me and I hope in the next five months that it will touch yours as well. From this I hope you can take, that if it wasn’t for you and the crazy passion that I witness you all share, for your horses and club, I wouldn’t be doing this. I am honored to be able to represent the ERABC. My boy Sexy Rexy has started his winter training and preparation for his first race ever. I as well am now in the saddle - yikes! Sure doesn’t have the comfort of a Quad. A large credit to the early start would have to be the studded winter Easy Boots designed and engineered by Nickers Saddlery. If you haven’t had a chance to demo these equine wonders I highly recommend you treat yourself and horse to a fabulous and confident winter ride (rumour has it Brandi has purchased a pair as well). The unfortunate part as we started this journey was that Rexy had to be treated for ulcers. I am now fortunate in reporting that with natural nutritional HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

advice and mentorship from Dana Johnson, Rexy is firing on all eight and is 100 per cent. I am amazed at his refreshed attitude and his appetite. I would only confess now he is ready to rock and roll. (I never knew Dana was so smart.) Thanks buddy. The six-day-a-week workout schedule continues to be demanding with three days weight/core training and three days of intense cardio which includes a spinner bike and treadmill. I have started groundwork running alongside Rexy which will be a key component for completing the 50 mile. With the holidays happening I am hoping to avoid my Achilles heel – chocolate. Now for the bonus As an added bonus to all pledgers I will announce one of six prizes every month until the weigh-in at Rock Creek. Any participant who completes a pledge form will automatically be entered for the draws at Rock Creek Round Up. In addition to anyone that refers a pledger who fi lls out a pledge form will also receive a bonus ballot. (Multiple ballots means multiple chances of winning.) The pledge form can be found at www.erabc. com. Our first prize is a new home or renovation package that consists of several local companies combining their products to create an incredible prize worth several thousand dollars. A quick list of these generous companies include Westwood Fine Cabinetry, Colonial Countertops, DS Electrical Services, E-Roko, Lawrence J Renovations and B.G. Painting. Many more yet to be added. For complete details go to www.erabcevents.com.

Success is my only option, failure is not. (Saddle Up readers can see Cory’s first story in the December issue page 56 – available on our website under Archive as well. More to come in following issues... so stay tuned.)

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Tails to be Told

…A treasure chest of memories. We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, and share your photos and memories with us. This is not a contest – it is your moment to share with our readers anything from days gone by. Nancy cyy Roman, Roman 1971 on Kossack. k The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you. My 50th Year! A new faze in our lives had begun. It all started with a long, dry hot summer that ended in disaster! It was called Firestorm 2003! The dusty old race track came alive with over 400 rescued animals of all kinds. This led Peter and I down to the KXA (Kamloops Exhibition Association) grounds for as many hours as we could spare, to help care for these animals. We did not know our destiny at that time. We tended to alpacas, llamas, goats, sheep, donkeys, geese, chickens, miniature horses, stallions, trail horses as well as draft horses. We tended to sick animals as well as abandoned ones, and animals that had never been confined before. These various animals were scared in these unfamiliar surroundings. We felt more needed there than anywhere else. These animals needed to trust in us and where their next meal was coming from! So I headed down to the barns every day until Sundance at 4 months old and me on the last animal was returned to its home. Judy Banks spent many long days hauling these Jewel. Photo taken September 2003. rescued animals to safety! When I arrived early in the mornings, along with other volunteers, the taller animals peered out of their stalls in anticipation, while the little ones made noises waiting to be tended to. They were so vulnerable not knowing what was going to happen next. Some of the horses became sick from being stalled so long, while others showed signs of stress. It was a happy ending for most of the animals and I sure learned a lot! My love for horses was buried many years ago when I started a family. After spending all that time with those beautiful creatures, my dreams of having a horse came back to me again. A man named Des was the SPCA officer for this area. He showed me a seized Paint mare and her colt of 3 months old. I asked him “how much?” and he said $500 bucks if you take both. I went home and asked Peter if I could have a horse; before you know it, he was shopping for one too! I found a place to board them 5 minutes from our home. The next summer, we sold our house in the city and bought in Barriere. It’s funny how things work out. Jewel is now 14 years and Sundance is 7 years old. These are my first horses that I have owned. It is never too late to fulfi ll your dreams!! Me riding Jewel in the Barriere Fall Fair Parade, September 2010.

- Jacqueline and Peter


Send Saddle Up one to two photos and your memoirs (up to 250 words maximum please). Memoirs will be printed as space allows each month. Please include your phone number and location for our files and verification if needed. We would like to print your name (or initials) and location with your submission. You are welcome to send one or more in the months ahead as well. This will be a regular monthly feature… so start looking through those photo albums and share your stories with us. Photos will only be returned if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. See page 4 for contact information. 42 • Saddle Up • February 2011


Dressage University in BC!


ow, for the first time ever, The School of Légèreté is coming to North America. For those who are searching for Lightness and Balance with their horses, from Basics all the way up to Grand Prix, and a relationship with your horse such that he/she gives you his mind, body and soul with relaxation and expression, check out Mr. Philippe Karl’s School of Légèreté in BC!! Philippe Karl is a world renowned Classical Dressage Master (author and rider) who was, for 13 years, an Ecuyer at the prestigious Cadre Noir after having competed in Eventing and Show Jumping for many years previous. Mr. Karl is now focusing his time on the education of instructors in Classical Dressage by way of his “remote dressage universities,” one of which is located in Chase, BC. The founding principle of the School of Légèreté is the absolute respect of the horse. In this concept, Légèreté (French: lightness) is a philosophy bringing together clear, effective and measurable equestrian concepts. The learning process in his method is in watching horses and riders improve over the course of each clinic and then over the course of 4 years! Come and see for yourself and ask Philippe Karl for explanations in his interactive lessons in the day and by three nights of theory, with a master of his intelligence, will leave you certain of the correct classical training. Beginning in April 2011, the course consists of 10 separate clinics to be held over the next 4 years. Nine riders have been selected from

a large number of applicants. Each clinic will be 4 days in duration and will consist of individual lessons for the selected riders plus additional theory sessions. The 2011 dates for the Clinic Series, to be held at ForTheHorse, in Chase, BC are: April 14 – 17, 2011 July 21 – 24, 2011 October 13 – 16, 2011 These are the first three clinics in the series of 10. Subsequent dates for 2012, 2013 and 2014 will be similar to these dates for 2011 and will be announced as soon as possible. A limited number of auditor tickets are available. A brief outline of the programme includes: Individual dressage training from basics to High School; work in-hand, on the lunge and on long reins; jumping; quadrille; theory; teacher training; and then final exam. For more information visit www.ForTheHorse.com

Canadian Dressage Community Loses Dressage Icon By Julie Cull


t is with deep regret that Equine Canada (EC) acknowledges the passing of long-time member, coach, official, clinician and mentor, Jacqueline (Jacqui) Oldham, 72, of Langley, BC, after a courageous battle with cancer. Jacqui was born in Bellevue, AB in 1938 and started riding as a young girl in Edmonton. By the age of 14, Jacqui directed her equestrian interest to dressage leading into a lifelong dedication to the sport. Jacqueline continued on to accrue over 60 years of experience in the horse industry and had trained and competed in dressage up to the Grand Prix level. As an EC Level 2 Dressage Coach, Jacqueline shared her talent and knowledge with countless students from Training to Grand Prix levels. A dressage judge since 1976, Jacqui received her Equine Canada Senior Dressage Judge status in 1993 and her United States Equestrian Federation Senior status in 1994. Jacqui had the enviable reputation of judging with authority, fairness and compassion, and this afforded her the opportunity to judge competitions in North America, Australia and Barbados. She was one of the founding members of CADORA in British Columbia where she helped organizers develop the “Best Ever” program HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

which helped identify and support talented horses and riders. She held the position of president of the Horse Council of British Columbia (HCBC) from 1997 to 1998, and continued to sit in on hearings and disciplinary committees with HCBC after the completion of her term. In 2003, Jacqui was named the HCBC’s Official of the Year, and in 2009 HCBC bestowed Jacqui with their Lifetime Achievement Award. Jacqui proudly ran the very successful “Educate Your Eye” clinic for approved judges across Canada. Through this program, Jacqui truly excelled in sharing her lifetime of experience and love of dressage with aspiring judges. She mentored numerous judges over the years and touched thousands of others who will continue to benefit from her great work. Jacqui played a large role in the advancement of Dressage Canada (DC) programs that focused on the development of horses and riders. DC recognized her passion and talent and had called upon her on two occasions to be an official facilitator and evaluator. Jacqueline leaves behind her husband Bill and two children, Shannon and Haley, as well as two grandchildren Lauralee and Justin. At her family’s request, memorial donations in lieu of flowers may to the BC Cancer Foundation at 600 – 686 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1G1, or to the equivalent agency in your local area. Equine Canada would like to extend its deepest sympathies to Jacqui’s family and friends. www.saddleup.ca • 43

BC Draft Under Saddle Club News By Kendall Campbell


nward we ride! 2010 finished off as a one of BCDUSC’s best years and with the start of 2011 we are hoping to top it! Our AGM meeting was held January 9, 2011 and with great ideas spread around the table it is sure to be a great start. If you were unable to attend the meeting our website has the updated membership forms as well as our points form. Start collecting those points to qualify for year-end highpoint. 2010 Highpoint went to Kendall and Hollydale Diamond’s Isabelle, with close behind in Reserve Dawn and Shasta. Some very exciting news: BCDUSC is pleased to announce that we are joining Horse Council of BC with The Ride and Drive Program; and the BCDUSC will hold our very own year-end award for the club member who spends the most hours in the saddle. This program will benefit members who are not showing but spend many hours in the saddle training and trail riding their Draft Horses. Visit www.hcbc.ca to register and start collecting now!

Upcoming Events: Mane Rolling Clinic hosted by Hazelnut Grove Stables in Maple Ridge Date: February 6th starting at 11 a.m. until everyone has mastered it! RSVP: to Kendall at 604-329-6783 or hazelnutgrovestables@ yahoo.ca for registration. Cost: $15 for members of BCDUSC and $20 for non-members. 2011 Executive: President:  Dawn Vice President:  Terilyn Secretary:  Avril Treasurer: Kendall Directors:  Taylor and Jeff Visit www.bcdraftundersaddleclub.com for more info

What 4-H Has to Offer You!

By Amanda Morgan, BC 4-H Ambassador



any people have a conceived misconception that 4-H is all about agriculture and is only for farm kids. This is all wrong. 4-H is a youth development program designed to enhance life long skills and build leadership strength. You do not need an animal to be a part of this extraordinary community. There is a wide range of projects available, ranging from photography to small engines. In almost every town there is a 4-H club actively participating and giving back to their community. 4-H develops friendships as well as life long skills. Starting at the age of 9, children learn public speaking skills along with the tools needed to be a strong leader all the way to the age of 21 if you wish. Our motto is “Learn to do by doing,” and we follow it thoroughly. Not only can you develop great skills but you can also earn grade 11 and 12 credits through various achievements in the program. 4-H has been a part of B.C. for over 90 years building our leaders of today. Many opportunities are opened up through 4-H such as exchanges across Canada. If you think 4-H is for you or your child and want more information you can go to our website www. bc4h.bc.ca or e-mail me at amanda_n_morgan@hotmail.com.

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Oliver Riding Club Update By Kathy Malmberg


appy New Year to all - I hope it is even better than last year! The Oliver Riding Club has been pretty quiet this past month (December) - too cold for us wimps to be riding. We had our AGM in November - our executive for 2011 is: President - Debbie House Vice-president - Janice Goodman Secretary - Maggie Strong Treasurer - Trish Osland Membership - Margie Fisher Newsletter - Janice Goodman Our Christmas party in December was really well attended as usual. A big thank you to Carol Lydiatt for hosting once again. It was a potluck and was really amazing. One of the highlights was the biggest trout I have ever seen beautifully baked and presented by Gary and Linda Venables. I didn't know that they came that big! There were some fun games as well - we made $190.00 with the "Toonie" games - the proceeds were donated to the Oliver Food Bank and the Penticton SPCA. We also collected many items to donate to the food bank. Dawn Muller organized an amazing "memory" cake. It actually had pictures from some of our events on it. And it tasted great! In looking back on 2010, we have a lot to be proud of: • We got our jumps back from Desert Park in

Osoyoos and have put them all to good use. • We were represented at the "WOW" trade show in Oliver • Our website (oliverridingclub.com) is up and running • Our membership has increased to 55 members including children • We have had some really great social events • We raised over $2,000 for the Children's Wish Foundation • We held clinics, demos, competitions, a scavenger hunt, percentage days, etc. etc. • We "volunteered" at a couple of triathlons and raised $1,000 for our club • We had a lot of fun and a lot of new experiences with our horses. This is all thanks to an amazing executive and events committee - you are the best! Before I forget - HAPPY 75TH BIRTHDAY to FRANK SIEBECK on Jan. 12. Way to go Frank - you are a great inspiration for us all. Our events committee is really enthused about the coming riding season. Here are some of the plans for the club: • Attendance at the Oliver WOW show - ORC will have a table and be chatting to people about what we do and what we are about plus drumming up new members. • We plan on running a Children's Wish Foundation Ride again in 2011. • We are scoping out some demos for reining and in conjunction with D Bar K Ranch, a

“Luke” looks south above Covert Farms waiting for the spring when he’ll be trail riding again.

barrel racing demo. • We will be organizing at least one dressage practice day as last year's was such a success. • We are planning a horsey quiz night at our local pub in February. Club members can pair up or go it alone and answer some tough horsey-style questions. There is rumour of a prize for the winning team or individual! • Already in progress - Pilates classes with Active Balance. We are thrilled that Active Balance has sat down with the club to discuss our fitness requirements and goals as riders. The club is always open to suggestion for any new ideas - come along to the next meeting. We meet the third Thursday of each month. Call our membership person, Margie Fisher 250-498-4579 for info.

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airways and allow for better oxygen utilization throughout the body. Better oxygen utilization allows for better performance, better post performance recovery, more focus, less stress, quicker healing, better feed efficiency and overall health. Four different pelleted OxyGen feed supplements are now available in Canada to specifically address respiratory problems. The second option comes from Happy Horse Products hay steamers. See review on next page. These natural, drug free solutions will benefit performance rewards for all horses, not just the respiratory challenged horse, whether they are used alone or in tandem. To find out more go to our website www.marshhavenfarm.com.

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Peachland Riding Club By Courtney DeMattos


appy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s. Welcome back to the Peachland Riding Club follow-up. First of all I would like to introduce our new executive. This year our President is Holly Dickinson; our Vice President is Vern Kaiser. Also we have our Treasurer, Anna Hakman and our Secretary, Loree Currie. We can’t forget Sandy Chevallier, our Rodeo Director. I would like to thank our past executive, committee members and all of our members of the Peachland Riding Club. We ended the year with a fun day Halloween dress-up Gymkhana. We had loads of fun! Before we had the fun day, we held our 3rd annual Peachland High School Rodeo. The rodeo committee is already planning our 4th rodeo, dates to be announced. We had lots of locals and we all hope to see you this year. And last but definitely not least our banquet. We were all cheering for our

competitors as they claimed their prize(s). We hope to see you this year. For more information on the Peachland Riding Club and upcoming events, go to our website www. peachlandridingclub. com. Be sure to check our website for this year’s Gymkhana dates. Congratulations to our top 2010 Winners: Classic 1st Debbie Wright on Lily 2nd Holly Dickenson on Tate 3rd Debbie Wright on Rebel Seniors 1st Amanda Capuano on Easter 2nd Tina Brodziuk on Jake 3rd Lisa Nowell on Cruiser Junior A 1st Asia Cole on Oakley 2nd Nikki Harris on Mariposa 3rd Amanda Dickenson on Skeeter Junior B 1st Jacey McQueen on Rio 2nd Allie Sorenson on Dell 3rd Courtney DeMattos on KitKat Junior C 1st Darby Ensign on Cutter 2nd Rylynn Gardiner on Amthyst 3rd Alana Ensign on Queenie Junior D 1st Dylan Capp on BC Dun 2nd Leah Keller on Caramel

Our top 4 winners for the costume contest. 1stAlana Ensign with Avatar; 2nd Christa and Kelly with Fryer Tuck and Maid Marian; 3rd is Courtney DeMattos with Spider and Spider Woman; and 4th was Amanda Capuano with Mario and Luigi.

Taylor Wharry, Courtney DeMattos and Candace Chevallier at the Peachland High School Rodeo.

Fun was had by all at the banquet, but by the end we were all wiped out.

Product Review


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The 220 volt Professional is currently being redesigned for even more efficiency. In addition to being able to steam a full bale at a time for small stable owners, several units will be able to be run off the same steaming unit to meet the needs of larger barns. We are anticipating another product from Happy Horse Products, available Spring 2011, that when used with the hay steamers will work to eliminate mcyotoxins from hay. Mcyotoxins are the invisible environmental poisons that attack forage and cereal crops to produce hypersensitivity, hay allergies and other “chronic fatigue-like” symptoms in horses. For more information visit www. marshhavenfarm.com.


BC High School Rodeo Finals Move to Williams Lake for 2011 By Sandy Chevallier


he BC High School Rodeo Association is pleased and excited to announce Williams Lake will be the home and host of the 2011 Provincial Championships for High School Rodeo on June 10-12, 2011, and will see the top 12 High School Rodeo athletes in each event from the North Region (north of Quesnel) compete with the top 12 athletes from the South Region (Quesnel and south) for the title of BC Champion and the opportunity to earn scholarships and prizes. The top four finishers will also earn a position on the BC Team competing at the National High School Rodeo Finals in Gillette, WY in July and the top five in each event win a position on the BC Team competing at the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals in Virden, MB in August. In November, the BC Board of Directors received an offer to host the Provincial Finals Rodeo from long time rodeo committee person, Connie Jasper. There were so many good reasons to make this change. Williams Lake is pretty central for our North and South members. Our High School members from the north and south will all have the same equal opportunity to compete at the facility once

during the regular season, with the May 6-8, 2011 regular season rodeo being co-approved with both the North and South Regions. Last year at the BC Finals in Merritt, the North Region kids didn’t have the opportunity to compete in that arena during the regular season. Of course, Williams Lake and the rodeo people in this town also have the reputation of producing outstanding rodeos at all levels. The BCHSRA is confident this will be a great relationship and we will all be working together to host a quality event for the top High School Rodeo cowboys and cowgirls in the province to compete at. The association is now in its second full season with a two region format. This has allowed competitors to compete closer to home and still have a chance to qualify for the finals. Membership has grown and the number of rodeos has also increased simply because we can have a North Region rodeo on the same weekend as a South Region rodeo, when historically, we had to fit all the rodeos into our short spring and fall seasons. This change to Regions hasn’t also been without some growing pains. The workload

for the volunteers behind the scenes has doubled, as far as tracking points, finding sponsors and the number of awards presented goes. BCHSRA has revamped the points format for the finals from what we used last year in the hopes that it also is a better, more fair system. There have been many small changes made over the past couple years and until we know we have systems for two Regions that works to its best ability, there will continue to be many more changes to come. All for the better. The BC High School Rodeo finals weekend on June 10-12, 2011 will also include a Season Leader Awards Reception, Grad and Scholarship Banquet, the Miss BC High School Rodeo Pageant and many more exciting activities.  Bids are now being accepted for livestock contractors, goats, cutting stock, judges, timers, and announcer by contacting Sandy Chevallier, BCHSRA President at sandylw@ shaw.ca or by calling 250-718-2761. More information is available at www.bchsra.ca

Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club By Bev Hall GYMKHANA: a multi-game equestrian event performed to display the training and talents of horses and their riders. I looked up the definition of GYMKHANA and this was the definition BUT I believe they forgot the S P E E D factor in these performances. After all that is how the results are calculated on. I always assume everyone in the horse industry knows what a GYMKHANA is but there is a countless number that do not.  Yes, most have heard of barrel racing, thanks to rodeos, but that is about the extent of it all. Other than the definition above it is difficult to share what is all entailed in gymkhanas. The games are all so varied. Even the equipment and rules can be different from club to club. The one thing that I have noticed though, at least in our club, that whenever we do get all the equipment set up and the rules HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

down pat you can bet your boots that the S P E E D part will be the major part of the definition of GYMKHANA. So with that said, if you are still in question on what a GYMKHANA is please feel free to check out our website www. giterdonegymkhanaclub.com and contact one of us or better yet come to one of our playdays to get a first-hand look at what we do and why we love it. To participate in our upcoming events you will need your 2011 Horse Council of BC Membership (updated and current prior to attending the first gymkhana). Membership fees are: Single $20 per year + $20 year end sponsorship. Families $50 per year + $50 year end sponsorship. Each member must have a time in 6 runs to qualify in Barrels, Poles, and Stakes each to be eligible for year-end awards in any division for the saddle draw, the buckle draw, and for the

prizes in the average. Classes/Divisions are: (ages are as of Jan 1st of current year); Leadline; Pee Wees (11 and under); Juniors (12-17) with Division 1D, 2D and 3D; Adults (18 and up) with Division 1D, 2D, 3D and 4D. Gymkhana dates TBA in the next Saddle Up edition or check out our website at www.giterdonegymkhanaclub.com

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BC Sporthorse – Sportpony Update By Ulli Dargel


wenty nine BC Sporthorse-Sportpony members and their friends turned out for a FUN evening at Fraser Downs, November 19, 2010. Who would have imagined that this would be the evening of our first snowfall? Fraser Downs dedicated the 10th Race of that evening to our BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Group. By the time the 10th race rolled around it was snowing quite heavily, but it did not deter us to wait outside until the winning horse “Tre Bien” and Driver “Ed Hensley” arrived after the completion of the 10th race. While we waited for the driver to arrive, we started to sing Christmas songs to the delight of the driver as he approached the winning circle. It was a privilege to be part of the Winner’s circle. It could not have been a better ending for a fun evening and a successful show season. Thank you.

Waiting in the Snow for the Driver

A happy Donna Smith with a winning ticket

Christmas with the Horses Burnaby Horsemen’s Association celebrated their 9th Annual Open House on December 5, 2010 for the public, members, friends and all horse enthusiasts. The weather was in their favour with more than 500 visitors taking part in a fun-fi lled day. The day included: Farrier demonstration by Pam Nevett, Parade of Breeds, Dressage demonstration by Heather Brooks on her horse Lola (to the music of Lola) how appropriate. Pony rides to 122 children, and a visit by Mr. & Mrs. Claus. The Cheam Vaulters under the leadership of Head Coach Colin Schmidt delighted everyone with their performance. Colin holds the record for the highest score by a Canadian in a World Championship and several of the Cheam Vaulters hold international records. Burnaby Horsemen’s Association was pleased to hand over two big boxes, collected during their Open House for the Food Bank, to their local Burnaby Fire Department.

Cheam Vaulters

Heather Brooks and her horse Lola

Mr & Mrs. Claus - Tom & Sherry Needes

Interior Miniature Horse Club Happenings By Lori Standeven


he IMHC held its last meeting of 2010 on November 28th at the Agriplex in Prince George. Discussions about the past year included final updates on a 2011 calendar displaying horses owned by members of the club, which will be available sometime in early December. This is the first year we have attempted printing calendars and they have been greeted with a lot of enthusiasm. Plans are already being made for a 2012 issue. We also talked about our 2011 Miniature Horse show scheduled for May 28 & 29, 2011. We hope to hold a one day Miniature Show on the 29th preceded by a Heritage Qualifier Open Show on the 28th. These plans are still tentative so watch for updates in the next issue(s). 48 • Saddle Up • February 2011

The November meeting was followed by our AGM at which our outgoing executives were elected for another year in their previous positions. Thank you to all of them for accepting the nominations and continuing to offer their time to our club. Our 2011 Executive is: Patty Lambkin – President, bstand@telus.net Kimmi Robinson – Vice President Kari Robinson – Secretary Joan McNaughton – Treasurer Lori Standeven – Newsletter Editor HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club By Patricia Goodliffe


h! February, it may be the shortest month on the calendar, but can be the longest, waiting for signs of spring, especially if you have a mare carrying a precious cargo. Time can be taken up with endless dreaming and imagination. November 20, 2010 our Awards Banquet was held at the White Spot in Vernon. Congratulations to everyone that earned High and Reserve High Points. I know that the man hours and commitment involved is considerable. The results are as follows: Hi Point Junior Mare – Hunterberry Hill Sweet Lilikoi 4 U, owners Scott & Louellen Rempel Reserve – Vista Valley Rhythm N Blues, owners Bruce & Joan Cunningham Hi Point Senior Mare – Silverbirchs Caught By Surprise, owners Scott & Louellen Rempel Reserve – Bobkats Take A Chance, owner Leona Alcock Hi Point Junior Gelding – Vista Valley Son Of A Bay, owner Joan McNaughton Reserve – Vista Valley Top of the Morn, owners Bruce & Joan Cunningham Hi Point Senior Gelding – Vista Valley Just Do It, owner Joy Viel Reserve – Chickadee Ridge Tall Dark Hansom, owner Paige DeWolff High Point Junior Stallion – Century Farms Thee Riyahn, owners Scott & Louellen Rempel Hi Point Senior Stallion – BHF Dynamic Prizm, owners Lawrence & Joann Humphreys and Bruce & Joan Cunningham Hi Point Youth 8–12 Years – Keiran Jones Reserve – Kaydn Jones Hi Point Youth 13–18 – Paige DeWolff Reserve – Paige DeWolff Hi Point Adult/Amateur – Joy Viel Reserve – Joan McNaughton Hi Point Driving Horse – Silverbirchs Tahitian Pearl, owners Scott & Louellen Rempel Reserve – BHF Dynamic Prizm owners Lawrence & Joann Humphreys and Bruce and Joan Cunningham Hi Point In Hand Performance – Joan Cunningham Reserve – Joy Viel

Think Spring and may Heaven bless the mare in your keeping.

“The things we do for our Minis when it snows too much.” - Scott and Louellen Rempel

BC Miniature Horse Club News By Margaret Walmsley


ell 2011 has arrived and it may be rainy and whiter than we want but we sure did not get the winter they kept predicting. It has been cold but be thankful we are not in the areas that are flooding and getting 20 inches of snow in a day - we have a lot to be thankful for here. For those who choose to blanket their horses, a bit of advice. Don’t believe what the blanket says it does as far as keeping your horse warm. Check your horse to verify. I normally do not blanket as these little guys grow more than enough of a coat normally and mine have plenty of shelter. This year, however, one of mine decided not to grow an undercoat. So blanketing it is. Now I may not blanket unless I have to but that does not mean I do not have an extensive collection of blankets for my kids (it is kind of a sickness). So I pull out the one that is supposed to take care of the worst temperature and put it on him and away he goes. I did not check him when he came in just left the blanket on. He should be toasty warm, right? A few days later, as expected, he has rolled enough to make the blanket fi lthy so when he comes in that night, I take the blanket off to switch to a clean HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

one. That is when I noticed his body was not warm at all. It was cool to the touch. When a horse is blanketed and you slip your hand under the blanket, his body should feel very warm to the touch, not sweaty, just that feel good warm. Well I fi xed the problem easily by adding a liner under the blanket and I check him on a regular basis. So everyone, don’t trust the label, each horse is different. If you are taking away their ability to warm themselves make sure you are doing a good job of keeping them warm. Just slip your hand in there and see how they feel. It is already time to start thinking about activities for this year. Here are a few things our activities committee has already set-up. Sign up early as these will fi ll up fast. I hope you read this in time to come to the first clinic. March 5-6: Location TBA; Halter Clinic. Ed Sisk and Valerie Escalera AKA Blue Ribbon Training Center have shown and trained World Champion Miniature Horses since 1982. They specialize in the training, showing, breeding and selling of world class Miniature Horses. Some of the topics to be discussed will be starting a young horse for halter, showing a horse in halter, and clipping. Auditing is

available at this clinic March 19: Location TBA; 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 cover driving, ground driving and obstacle driving. Auditing is available at this clinic. For information on any of these clinics contact Shirley Bradbury 604-530-5754. We will have a booth at the Quarter Horse Bazaar in March, so come by and say hi to us then. Will have our kids there ready for you to hug. Also the Mighty Minis should be having a performance so make sure to come out and see a great drill team. Also don’t forget about our great Spring Classic at the Cloverdale Agriplex on June 11th and 12th. This is a great AMHA show to watch or show your mini at. For more info contact Margaret Walmsley 604.856.1419; Knightwoman@telus. net.

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Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Marlene Quiring


pproaching fast is our General Meeting, Sunday, March 6, at 1:30 p.m. at the Ponoka Drop In Center, 5015-46 Ave. Ponoka. AB. Please bring something for the Potluck lunch afterward and stay for some great socializing. We need your ideas and your talents! Bring your friends and family. Visitors welcome - you do not have to own a mule or a donkey to attend. This month, our Jerry Tindell Clinics are at the top of the list as it’s time to fi ll out your registration if you want to take advantage of the “Early Bird Discount.” You will save big bucks if your full payment is received by March 1st, so that is less than a month away!

The clinics scheduled are: April 25 –27, Open Clinic, geared for young, green or troubled stock or all of the above. Jerry is very skilled in sorting out problems and getting to the source of them. Trailer loading is just one of the common problems that often come up and will be addressed. This clinic is also highly recommended if you have not taken a Jerry Tindell Clinic before as it will cover a lot of ground work, the foundation to your ride. Too many of us want to skip this part and hurry up and ride and then find ourselves “eating dirt.” If you’re tired of that “menu,” you might want to check this clinic out to find a solution. May 2 – 4, Driving Clinic, geared for those already driving their animals or ready to hook up. We’ve had requests from those that have their stock broke to drive but want to learn more, so this is the clinic for you if you want to progress. If you are a beginner, it is highly recommended that you attend this clinic to audit. May 6 –8, Riding Clinic, designed for those that have taken several Clinics with Jerry over the past 3 years or for those who can safely control their animals at all gaits, including the lope. The object will be to progress beyond the basics and move into more advanced riding skills. All clinics will be held at the Lakedell Arena, Westerose, AB, and are open to all equines. You do not have to be a member to attend. Auditors are welcome and do not have to pre-register. Coffee and morning snacks will be provided by the ADMC. Jerry has a lifetime of handling horses, mules and donkeys. His program targets effective communication and safety. Comprehensive knowledge enables him to instruct horsemen of all skill levels and riding styles. Many club members and nonclub members and their respective equines have experienced huge benefits and “ah-ha” moments under Jerry’s effective style of teaching. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness this teacher/ trainer in action. For more information on Jerry’s background, check out his website at www.jerrytindell.com.

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Tom Barker and Mavis Ulansky’s donkeys in Falkland, BC, appear to be waiting their turn at the Outhouse! Or, they could be waiting for Tom to load them up and bring them to a Jerry Tindell Clinic which Tom attends every year.

Dave and Winnie Badgerow of Debolt, AB, enjoy their first sleigh ride in early winter. Their team of mules, Max and Jake were happy to escape the pasture and do some ‘’dashing through the snow.’’ Dave and Winnie are ‘’old hands’’ at breaking mules to drive.

To register go to our club website www. albertadonkeyandmule.com and click on the link on the front page or you can email marlenequiring@hotmail.com or phone 403 783-5210 evenings.


Totem Saddle Club Update By Marty Cox


he Totem Saddle Club ended another great year with the Annual Banquet and Year End Awards. It was a potluck supper with lots of yummy food, silent auctions, coloring contest, twenty questions and a great dessert auction which had the crowd bidding for desserts as high as $45 dollars for a cheesecake. All the proceeds go to the new footing for the main arena. It was great to see so many riders, parents and our much needed volunteers spend a great evening together. Thank you to everyone who helped out throughout the year. Without their support and dedication the club would not be as great as it is. Also the new Executive Officers were presented: President Jocelyn Beniot; Vice President Jason Rempel; Secretary Alice Sexton; Treasurer Lyn Rempel; 1st Year Director Natasha Candelora; 2nd Year Director Ava Haw; 3rd Year Director Marty Cox. All of our riders are winners – here are those who received awards. CATTLE SORTING Seniors: 1st-Danny Muller; 2nd-Lyn Rempel; 3rd-Vera Heaman Juniors: 1st-Isabelle Heaman; 2nd-Danielle Sexton; 3rd-Kyle Wargovcsik Little Britches: 1st-Jennifer Rempel Best Premade Team: James Muller, Danny Muller and Vera Heaman Fastest Team at 1.11.19: Lyn Rempel, Jason Rempel and Danita Petch Thanks to the kids: Denver Long, Tatum Long and Justin Rempel GYMKHANA Hi Point Horse & Rider: Chelsea Chilibeck & Maggie Fastest Times: Barrels: Lyn Rempel & Whisper Rings, Poles, Scurries, Figure 8, Flag, Keyhole: Chelsea Chilibeck & Maggie Hi Point Awards Masters: 1st-Lyn Rempel & Whisper; 2nd-Carolyn Stella & Rain; 3rd-Vera Heaman & KD Seniors: 1st-Jason Rempel & DJ; 2nd-Jocelyn Benoit & Cheekie Jr. A: 1st-Chelsea Chilibeck & Maggie; 2nd-Isabelle Heaman & Jock Jr. B: 1st-Amanda Stella & Tequila; 2nd-Nicole Bellamy & Rain; 3rd-Clarissa Wight & Triton Jr. C: 1st-Jennifer Rempel & Pixie; 2nd-Correina McNeice & Sylvester; 3rd-Cassie Penfold & Tabu Jr. D: 1st-Justin Rempel; 2nd-Denver Long Lead Line Riders: Dylan Currie, Tatum Long, Colby Bowles, Emily Essay CLEAR ROUND DAYS Hi Point Rider: 57 Rounds, Danielle Sexton; 2nd 33 Rounds, Jennifer Rempel; 3rd 28 Rounds, Lyn Rempel Highest Jump 3 9”: Danielle Sexton & Tally PERCENTAGE DAYS Highest %: A TIE between Greg Wilson & Marty Cox Most Tests Ridden: Marty Cox BEST CROSS DRESSER (Combination of highest rank in Clear Rounds, Percentage, & Gymkhana): Jennifer Rempel & Pixie

Hi Pt Masters: Lyn Rempel, Carolyn Stella, Vera Heaman

Lead Line: Tatum Long, Colby Bowles, Dylan Currie Hi Pt Jr. A: Isabelle Heaman

The Totem Saddle Club is looking forward to the coming year with more Gymkhanas, Clear Rounds, Percentage Days, Cattle Sorting, 3 Breed Horse Show, a few schooling shows, some great clinics and maybe even a BIG fundraising dance.

Hi Pt Jr. C: Jennifer Rempel, Correina McNeice

Hi Pt Jr. D: Denver Long, Justin Rempel


Best Premade Team Cattle Sorting: Dan Muller, Vera Heaman, James Muller

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It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation u? o y e ? re a r h o r se

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ud s ab o u l y l e e ar to t n r u t What OU R It’ s Y Mackenzie (8) on the palomino “Max” and Kennedy (7) on the sorrel “Bronson.” We enjoy our rides in the Shuswap with “Granny,” when we visit every summer and have tons of fun and are learning how to be great riders. And mom adds, “we absolutely love the Saddle Up.”

“Tripper” is a rescued Standardbred and 8 years old. When I got him a few years ago, he wasn’t broke. But it only took a few months, maybe, and after that he was running barrels, poles and all that. He’ll let me ride him, no shank or nothing... He’s the best horse and one of the curious horses ever. Shaye, age 13, Clearwater, BC

Ju st wo n you r f ir Ju st bo u g ht yo st ri bbon? u r fi r st h Do you o g ive yo u r hor se r se? k i s ses? Send in your photo with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. Email to nancyroman@saddleup.ca Put in the subject line “KIDS”


BC Quarter Horse Association BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S3 www.bcqha.com * bcqha@hotmail.com President: Gordie McEachen, 250-337-5958, Gordon.McEachen@dfo-mpo.gc.ca Vice President: Carlina Schumann 250-567-4807 AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson 604-323-4418, gaylepw@istar.ca Membership Secretary /Media Liaison: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 Fax 604-806-9052, palomino2@hotmail.com

Calendar of Events February 6, 2011 – SCQHA AGM at 1pm – Anchor Inn, Armstrong, BC Feb 19 – VIQHA AGM at 1pm – ABC Country Restaurant, 6671 Mary Ellen Drive, Nanaimo, BC February 26, 2011 – BCQHA AGM at 11am - Capri Hotel 1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC, Reservations 1-800-716-6199 March 20, 2011 - LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC http://www.bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha April 9, 10, 2011 – LMQHA Evening Ride/Schooling Show Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC http://www.bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha April 23, 2011 - SCQHA All Breed Fuzzy Horse Show Armstrong Agriplex - Armstrong, BC, Contact Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 or csmeeton@shaw.ca

Congratulations to our 2010 AQHA Youth Justin Rookie / 2010 Amateur Justin Rookie Winners! DEUCES WILD!


n enthusiastic mother and son, and great gelding named “Deuce,” add up to a DEUCE of AQHA Justin Rookie 2010 awards for a special B.C. family! Early in 2010, Roberta Wilson and her son Jens were given the opportunity to purchase an incredible gelding, known as Kidlicious. “Deuce” is a rare and precious combination of talent, kindness, and patience, wrapped in a handsome package. Angie Brown, Roberta’s sister, has been the angel on mother and son’s shoulders, teaching them the showing ropes, and introducing them to the joys of making traveling and competing at the shows a family affair. Their initial show was an amazing experience for them – Jens won his first ever buckle, and was so overwhelmed that he inspired hugs all around in the show office. Deuce is helping Jens to develop his self-confidence, as Jens is such a little guy, and Deuce is his gentle HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

giant. The family is looking forward to future shows, and hoping to see more showing opportunities on the Island, as well. It was love at first sight for the Wilsons and Deuce – they plan to keep him for the rest of his life, and alive in their hearts forever after.

President’s Message - Gordie McEachen It has been an interesting and challenging year! The highlights include the AQHA Region One Championships to Langley. BC. This is the first time the AQHA regional championship has ever been held in Canada and I would like to congratulate the team that put on this event. The good news is the show will be back to Langley July 20 to the 24th, 2011. The launching of a new BCQHA Web site on November 1, 2010 was clearly a move forward for this organization. Due to dedicated fund raising, we were able to provide our BCQHA youth with BCQHA jackets. We feel it is important to support and promote youth riders in this province. After countless meetings, the board of directors has produced detailed amendments to the bylaws. The board is proposing to send out a notice of motion for this 2011 AGM that will give all the members the details of the proposed changes and provide members one year to consider changes before this is voted upon at the 2012 AGM. Yes this is a delay from our proposed times but it allows all members to be better informed. Recognizing Roy Goodman with an Honorary Membership in BCQHA for his long years of service and support to our organization was clearly a highlight. The above are a few highlights but no organization of this size can escape the challenges of our current environment. We recognize the need to do a better job in recognizing our members, communicating to our members, attracting new members and the need to raise funds to support the activities of the organization. I congratulate the BCQHA board of directors and thank this diverse team of volunteers for their dedication and hard work over the last year and look forward to 2011.

SCQHA Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the following events! Saturday, April 23, 2011 Fuzzy Horse Show, Armstrong Fair Grounds. The South Central Quarter Horse Association is pleased to announce that plans are well underway for this annual event. Official Judge is Laurie Takoff of Kelowna.  AGM – Sunday, February 6, at 1:00 p.m. at the Anchor Inn in Armstrong. Please go to www.bcqha.com under SCQHA for more information on both events! www.saddleup.ca • 53

The Back Country Horsemen of BC By Linda Paget, Kamloops Back Country chapter BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE http://bchorsemen.org President: Jonathan Driesen, jrdd@telus.net - 604 864-0730 Vice President: Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca - 604-854-1245 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



ou is one of our original members that joined the Back Country Horse club. Every other year Lou hosts a weekend ride from her home in the picturesque Sullivan valley located in Vinsulla, BC. This year Lou has planned a couple of rides that encompass part of the Orchard Lake trails, near Barriere, a handbook showing maps of the area is provided by “Community Futures Development Corp. of Thompson Country.” Lou greeted her campers that started to arrive Friday afternoon; she found them the perfect spot for their horse and camper, in her parklike setting. Lush green grass surrounded by Aspen and Fir trees large enough for high lines and shade. Hugs and hellos were exchanged with other campers that arrived early, looking forward to a great weekend getaway, starting with a relaxing evening around the campfire and a birthday celebration for one of our guests. Many toasts and beverages later we found our beds and called it a night. Saturday morning the rest of the campers arrived and were shown their home for the weekend. Then there was much activity in camp as we prepared for our ride out. A couple of campers decided to head down to the lake and try their hand at fishing from a little row boat that Lou kept down there (maybe we’ll have some fresh fish for supper tonight), the dogs were put away and the chickens were fed. Ten thirty we were in our saddles ready to follow our leader through the beautiful country that awaited us out Lou’s back gate, a playground most of us envied. We admired wildflowers showing off their colours, we startled the odd deer caught grazing quietly among old growth trees, and green moss blanketed the fallen trees and rocks that surrounded the country side. I can hear my granddaughter say, I just want to go and lay down on that soft bed. Two hours later, we suddenly arrived at the top of a bluff; the gasps from riders said it all. We overlooked the valley bottom and could see for miles, the Thompson River wound its way past us onto Rayleigh, and the train moved far below us, looking like the toy set we spent hours playing with as youngsters. We commented on the farmer’s fields in bloom waiting to be cut, the perfect setting for our lunch break. Reluctantly we left our little piece of heaven and headed back toward civilization, coming back into our camp (Lou’s place) from a different direction, which gave us new things to look at and admire. A few groans could be heard as we slowly dismounted our horses, and acknowledged our unused muscles, but smiles lit up our faces as we hung our horses on the high line, so that we could have a cool one by 54 • Saddle Up • February 2011

the fire (okay, a couple cool ones). A delicious potluck was shared, and once again we had a birthday to celebrate. Linda H baked a shortcake and smothered it with fresh strawberries, topped with whipped cream mmm ... happy birthday Linda (yep she baked her own cake). Another evening spent, visiting, storytelling, the fishermen talking about the one that got away (heard that one before). We surrounded the crackling, warm fire, enjoying Viola strumming her guitar and singing her songs. The weary riders did not howl at the full moon this year, instead we retired, looking forward to our ride out in the morning. Lou assured us that it would be a short and easy ride, being Sunday and all. We eagerly rode out in the opposite direction that we had taken on Saturday. We rode through the countryside, stopped by a creek for a refreshing drink and wandered past a couple of lakes, where the ducks swam with their newborns. Hawks squealed overhead and a baldheaded eagle was spotted as it kept watch from the perch atop an old snag by the lake. We nestled in a field of lush grass, to enjoy our lunch, and have a good visit with our companions. It was a great Sunday, riding among the wildlife in Vinsulla, passing on stories sharing our experiences of our other rides in Lou’s backyard. Lou was right! It was an easy, enjoyable ride, but if you call three hours in the saddle short, then it was short too. A great weekend hosted by Lou left the riders begging to come back! Slowly one by one the campers started to pack up their belongings, horses and head out for home. We are looking forward to our next ride out! Thanks Lou!


Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2011 President -June Melhuish jjmrider@hughes.net VP - Ruth Moorby Tmoorby@hotmail.com Secretaryy - Lori Bewza loribewza@gmail.com Treasurer - Lynn Wallden wallden6484@shaw.ca Directors: Louise Abbott louiseabbott@telus.net Madeline Bateman fonzie828@xplornet.ca Brenna Mayer enduranceprincess@hotmail.com Elaine Bessuille e_bessuille@telus.net Terre O’Brennan tobytrot@telus.net Karen Ellis Karenellis3@shaw.ca Cory Anthony cwanthony@shaw.ca Brenda Miskimmin mcpennytoo@telus.net



hari MacFarlane achieved the 10,000 mile mark of completed endurance rides in May, 2010. Just to help visualize that – its 4,600 miles from Vancouver, BC, to St Johns, NL. Her record bespeaks a life-long love of horses inherited from her mother. Childhood in Ontario included riding lessons, some showing, and “Champagne,” a wonderful great grand-daughter of Man O’ War that Shari’s mom fox hunted. Shari and her mom most enjoyed their rides in the nearby conservation forests and started competitive trail riding. The practice then was to rise early on the day of competition, load horses, drive to the ride, head out on the trail, then drive home after the awards - no fancy rigs back then for camping overnight, just the car and a two-horse. CTR was not only fun but it taught “pacing” and provided a solid base for endurance riding. Shari still sees CTR as beneficial in starting an endurance prospect. In 1980 Shari landed in Vancouver carrying her saddle. A few months later, she entered a CTR on the ride manager’s horse and won Overall High Point trophy. Seven years later, Shari rode her first endurance ride in Oliver. Crowned “Queen of the 25’s” that year, Shari was on her way to bigger and better things…and longer distances. In 1988 she bought Sir Prize, a bay Arab gelding qualified for the Race of Champions 100 Mile Race. The “ROC” was a yearly event held in various places, had beautiful but challenging trails, and because horses needed to qualify with over 500 miles and several top 10 finishes, provided exposure to some of the best horse and rider teams in endurance history. Shari was first Canadian to finish ROC and the beauty of the trail and competitor camaraderie HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Shari MacFarlane – 10,000 Miles and Counting! hooked her. Here Shari met the big names in endurance…Julie Suhr, Becky Hart, Dr. Kerry Ridgeway. Later that year, Shari and Sir Prize rode for Canada West in Virginia. Sir Prize fell in the river and was lame at the first vet check. Shari looks back philosophically, saying she did not have enough long-distance experience and perhaps had not yet earned the right to ride at that elite level. Two more years of 50 and 100 mile rides, including a Top 20 finish at the 89 ROC in Wyoming, proved that Shari and Sir Prize had earned the right to ride for their country. They were now a strong performing team in the endurance world – so much so that they were on the plane to Stockholm to compete in the first World Equestrian Games 100 Mile Endurance race. They were the second Canadians to finish placing 16th out of 88 starters, and the Canadian team were just minutes off the Bronze Medal. Shari’s riding career has had its challenges. In addition to horse injuries and lamenesses, Shari has overcome compartment syndrome surgery, followed by neck and back injuries in car accidents which limited her ability to ride without pain. If one can endure in the saddle, one can endure off it – Shari has worked hard with therapy and rehab to stay on the trail, although her difficulties have definitely made her see the sport in a different light. She and her horses are no longer shaking with tension and excitement at the start of a ride, and all know that the race to the finish depends on the day – how each is feeling, how many viewpoints are there to enjoy, fellow riders to share trail with. Her body has discomfort at the canter, but trotting along a safe trail is still the best place to be! And her current horses, Rebel and Buddy, seem to like Shari’s flexible goals just fine. Rebel is 18 years old now, has clean legs and still going strong – at 4,400 miles, Shari is working toward his 5,000 miles. He’s a great partner with a great attitude; he loves his “job,” and takes the day much as Shari does. Buddy is 14 years old with 1800 miles under his saddle. He has a lovely disposition and a very smooth trot… and is a real joy to ride “alone.” But Buddy is the

Shari and Buddy in Idaho. Photo by Steve Bradley, http://stevesphoto.smugmug.com

challenging “emotional” horse that wants to be in front when with another horse….and prepared to show his temper when he’s not! No lack of variety in partners for Shari! It’s easy to appreciate that 10,000 miles of recorded riding, plus likely a similar distance of unrecorded riding, has given Shari lots of opportunity to consider this activity very fully! The thoughts and experiences she has to share more than fi ll up this page, and so her profi le will be continued next issue – unprecedented, but certainly well-earned!

Shari and Rebel

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Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C www.PineTreeRidingClub.com Newsletter contact: Tracey Nordal, houliojule@yahoo.com Club contact: Alison Miller, brentmiller@shaw.ca

Happy 2011 everyone!


There are several things to cover here, some new news as well from the annual general meeting held last November. But first, I’d like to thank all of our 2010 Sponsors. Without their support, Pine Tree would not have had such an incredible year.

South Thompson Motors Delta Irrigation Core Contracting Greenhawk Equestrian Supplies

Our 2010 Sponsors DIAMOND Brandt Tractor (Kamloops) Upcott Enterprises LTD. (Gerry Dichrow) Rona (Aberdeen) Ric’s Grill (Kamloops) The Horse Barn PrairieCoast Equipment McLean Rock Products LTD. Castle Fuels (Petro-Can Valleyview Card Lock) Grant’s Crane Service E-Quip Trading Inc. (Ed Davidson) 4 D Welding & Fabricating Pack Rat TDC Manufacturing LTD Kamloops Signrite LTD Little John’s Mobile Equipment Repair & Welding Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic Thompson Rivers Tree Service Harper Mountain Brent Miller Re/Max Kamloops Southgate Electric Higgins Logging LTD Jay Dee’s Plumbing & Heating

GOLD J Walsh & Son’s Mt. Paul Mini Storage Kamloops Tirecraft 56 • Saddle Up • February 2011

BRONZE Dallas Petro Canada Gateway Travel Center Spur Oil / Super Save Gas Agri Supply Also, a BIG THANK YOU to all the volunteers for last year. For some of you, that meant lots of hours put in. Every little bit of volunteering makes each event easier to manage. As most of you know, Pine Tree has a website www.pinetreeridingclub. com. Please check it out - there is a lot of information on it. The 2011 registration forms are ready for downloading and fi lling out. If everyone could help by signing up, including any gymkhana and or playdays, before the end of March, your name will be entered into a draw for the chance to win your Pine Tree membership back (one membership - one playday - one gymkhana). That means more money in your pocket. Also, memberships need to be paid up by end of March if you would like to be on the Saddle Up magazine mailing list for this year. Entry fees are the same cost wise as last year, and prices are listed on the site as well. Keep checking for playday dates, clinics, and any other events that are happening. Trail results from each playday will be posted on the website again and the photos will be updated regularly from the shows. Lots of things are being planned for this year. If you are not able to participate, then come on down and watch.

Some new news from the A.G.M last November: It was voted and passed; Horse Council BC insurance will be required to ride on the Pine Tree grounds. A photocopy of your HCBC membership needs to be sent along with your registration entries. HCBC website is www.hcbc.ca. All general meetings are open to our members. We encourage everyone to attend, as lots of new ideas are being brought up during these meetings. New ideas are welcome and we all have a vote when we attend. Your 2011 Board of Directors: President: Jodi Daburger Vice President: Alison Miller Secretary: Linda Loshuk Treasurer: Chris Reed Past President: Debi Eppinger Directors: James Fink, Jessie Ann Fink, Krista Blades, Lynnaea Rawlings, Randy Eppinger, Shawn Reed. Pine Tree is excited to announce two, one day jumper shows. The Kamloops Day Break Rotary Club gave Pine Tree a grant which will allow the club to bring their jump equipment up to current safety standards. Beginner level jumpers on up will now have a place to come compete. A big thank you to them for allowing this great opportunity! One last item to mention here before I leave you all to your winter bliss… If you have any ideas for a clinic or clinics that might be of an interest, please contact Krista Blades. Her contact information is on the website.


BC Paint Horse Club - Colour Your World - Own A Paint www.bcphc.com Pres Colleen Schellenberg colleen_doug@shaw.ca Vice Pres Cathy Glover cathyglover@telus.net Sec Marilyn Griffin mgriffin@davis.ca Treas Dianne Rouse lazy3@telus.net Communications Director Andrew Thomas barnslave@live.com APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore mphorses@telus.net APHA www.apha.com 817 834-2742


ello again Paint Horse members and friends from around the province and all the best for 2011! By the time you receive this issue plans for the BCPHC 2010 Annual Awards Banquet will be well underway. Dinner and award presentations are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12 to be held at Sunrise Banquet & Conference Centre. All information can be found on our website www.bcphc.com and we look forward to seeing you for a fun social event! We will once again be having a silent auction and our balloon pop fundraiser. Your gift donation for this is very much appreciated and helps to defray some of the club’s annual operating expenses. As well it adds some pretty exciting activity toward the end of the evening! I am pleased to tell you we have a great new board elected comprising a number of our experienced members who will offer continuity and share their knowledge with a few new faces. BCPHC once again has a full slate of directors ready and willing to work hard in order to develop more show opportunities locally for our members. At this time details are not yet confirmed but we hope to provide you with information very soon. Without further ado I would like to introduce your new directors: Kerry Sawyer, Natalie Hall, Marilyn Griffin and Cathy Glover. Cathy comes with many years of experience serving on the executive of our club in prior years and currently is VP with Delta Riding Club and will sit as the new VP for BCPHC. Natalie will be our new membership co-ordinator assisting Dianne Rouse in keeping track of all the new member lists and Marilyn will be a wonderful addition to our administrative team. Colleen Please congratulate our 2010 winners! Walk-Trot Tallie Letourneau/Amaretto Waltz 13 and Under Emma-Lee Schellenberg/All Reddy Smoke N Kirsten Chamberland/Desis On The Street Giorgina Libera/Maximum Intensity 14-18 Calli Rouse/Ima Special Delivery Emilee Chamberland/A Sexy Sensation Ingrid Libera/Shiny and Zipped Novice Youth Alina Bosa/Just Passin Time Giorgina Libera/Maximum Intensity Emma-Lee Schellenberg/All Reddy Smoke N Classic Am Anne Marie Wass/You Bet Im Smashing

Jennifer King/Ready To Dream Candace Zylak/YE ImpressiveKassiOpi Masters Am Jan Myren/BWF Classic Sonny Bibs Dallaire/ Gold Bar Tristan Kerry Sawyer/Justa EZ Rider Novice Am Kerry Sawyer/Justa EZ Rider Anne Marie Wass/You Bet Im Smashing Tami Rohde/RKR U SeducedMyHeart Halter Mares Ten Ten Express/Bibs Dallaire Desis On The Street/Kirsten Chamberland Sirtainly An Angel/Kari Scott Halter Geldings Ima Special Delivery/Calli Rouse Classy Cooper/Margo Murray


Schellenberg will begin a second term as president, Dianne Rouse - treasurer and points keeper, and Andrew Thomas Communications director - with the behind the scenes help from Alison Willoughby and Blodwyn Bristow will be keeping us up to date on PAC news. Welcome and thank you to a great team! We encourage you to renew your BCPHC membership (application on website) early to remain on the Saddle Up mailout list for April as your 2010 membership covers you till March and NWCC deadlines are March 1 before the first show March 18 to 20 at Monroe, WA; PNPHC Spring Classic Show. Remember to send in your 2011 declaration form to NWCC. It is that time of year to select APHA directors to serve in 2012-2013. We will be submitting nominees for the two-year term of director and alternate. This deadline is fast approaching since it falls on Feb. 15. If you would like to nominate someone who is ready to play an active role in the association’s business and continued growth please send in your request to bcphc@live. com. Lastly please consider our free trophy program for your local club to award the top APHA registered Paint at either an event or as a year-end prize. There are a limited number of prizes available and rules for applying are available on our website. In closing I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their continued support of our programs and objectives. Otter Co-op; sponsors of the Open Show and Competition Program. This is a great program that is available to all members to accumulate points and receive recognition for promoting your Paints at local riding or open shows around the province. Sudden Impact in Langley has been a co-sponsor and provided some excellent prizes for the recipients. Pam Malekow volunteered to be our points keeper for this program for the last few years and has done a fabulous job keeping everything very organized. Thank you Pam for offering to fulfill this responsibility once again. I would be remiss for not mentioning the time and effort represented by two of our past directors Mary Ratz and Anne-Marie Wass. Thank you for all your time and energy in 2010.

RKR U Seduced My Heart/Tami Rhode You Bet Im Smashing/Anne Marie Wass Halter Stallions Just Alito Flashback/Trisha Davis Gold Bar Tristan/Bibs Dallaire Colour Tracks/Marianne Warland Open Yearling A Spot of Cream/Barb Binns, Wayne Chappell Junior Horse Gold Bar Tristan/Bibs Dallaire AnEasterPaintedZippo/Cathy Forster Who Forgot The Cream/Barb Binns, Wayne Chappell Senior Horse Ima Special Delivery/Calli Rouse You Bet Im Smashing/Anne Marie Wass Maximum Intensity/Giorgina Libera

Western Horse Ima Special Delivery/Calli Rouse AnEasterPaintedZippo/Cathy Forster Gold Bar Tristan/Bibs Dallaire English Horse Shiny And Zipped/Ingrid Libera Desis on the Street/Kirsten Chamberland One Cool Promise/Emilee Chamberland Solid Paint Bred ZipposLadyInDisguise/Chris Moore BC Bred Ima Special Delivery/Calli Rouse You Bet Im Smashing/Anne Marie Wass Who Forgot The Cream/Barb Binns, Wayne Chappell

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BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 asmarawg@telus.net Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 piblet@shaw.ca Secretary / Webpage Editor: Sean Newton 250-546-8088 snrk@telus.net Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-832-4111 gvarabians@telus.net Flying Carpet: Alysha Bartlett 778-754-0066 withoutdoubtt@hotmail.com Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 fuzzy_peaches_gerl@hotmail.com and/or Cheryl Johnson leejohn1@telus.net Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 piblet@shaw.ca

BCIAHA hopes everyone had a fun and safe holiday season. Time to get back to work though. Show season is going to be coming up fast. New to Asmara Arabians, Saddlebred Mare “Sandi”

Below is a list of Region 17 AHA Recognized shows: May 12-15, AHABC CLASSIC, Langley, BC June 17-19, RED DEER CLASSIC, Red Deer, AB June 18-19, ISLAND CLASSIC, Victoria, BC July 1-3, WILD ROSE HORSE SHOW, Edmonton, AB July 29-30, AAHABC JUNIOR & AMATEUR SHOW, Langley, BC August 2, REGION 17 PRE SHOW, Red Deer, AB September 1-4, AHABC ANNUAL FALL FROLIC, Langley, BC June 4, WESTERN CANADIAN BREEDERS CHAMPIONSHIP, Saskatoon, SK August 2-7, REGION 17 CHAMPIONSHIP, Red Deer, AB Distance Events: July 2, MOULTON CREEK 50 MILE END RIDE, Pritchard, BC July 2, MOULTON CREEK 75 MILE END RIDE, Pritchard, BC July 3, MOULTON CREEK 50 MILE END RIDE, Pritchard, BC

is sired by the 2nd leading Saddlebred stallion in the US, Sir William Robert and out of Baske Afire’s full sister, Empress of Bask. We are so excited about her. Both mares will be bred in the spring. We look forward to seeing these great mares produce some spectacular trotting foals. Right now we are having fun trying to decide who we can breed these superior mares to. Will keep the farm news coming as things happen here at Asmara. I would like to encourage all BCIAHA members to contact me with any “Barn News” they may have throughout the year. It isn’t a “News Letter” if we do not have any news to share! BCIAHA would like to thank Nancy Roman and the Saddle Up magazine for being BCIAHA’s Official Voice. We are looking forward to another successful year partnering with Saddle Up.

Don’t Forget about the BCIAHA Open Show on May 29 at the IPE Fair Grounds! Details to come. BCIAHA would also like to welcome back Clinician Debbie Storey on April 9 and 10 at Asmara Arabians in Armstrong. Our participants have been so happy with the results we decided to have her back. If you would like to participate please contact Karel Nordstrom knord@telus.net. Spectators always welcome!

2011 brings new news from Asmara Arabians. Wally and I have just purchased 2 super mares from Irwin Schimmel in Oregon. A 15.3 hand Saddlebred mare, line bred Attache. She is a great moving mare with a smooth body and upright neck. Our second mare is a beautiful bay half Arab Saddlebred mare, 6 years old with an exciting pedigree. She 58 • Saddle Up • February 2011

New to Asmara Arabians, “Yes Sir Thats My Baby” (Tess)


Clubs & Associations British Columbia Team Cattle Penning Association

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



THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB www.albertadonkeyandmule.com Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 8/11 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.org 11/11

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 12/11

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Tanya Margerison 250-4420209, bhanews@hotmail.com, Visit www.boundaryhorse.ca for Events 4/11 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca 2/12 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Kevin Tienkamp 250-546-9156 bccha@telus.net, or web www.cuttingnews.com Area 20 3/11 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, www.bcdraftundersaddleclub.com 10/11 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 12/11 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. www.bcihrs.com 250-260-5344 8/11 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 6/11 Pres: Bec Bermudez 604-823-4443, Annual Show June 11-12, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB President: Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 4/11 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 bcqha@hotmail.com or visit www.bcqha.com 9/11 BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Pres. David Parker BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP Our aim is to promote, showcase and market our breeding and show stock by organizing shows with futurities, line and under saddle classes for horses and ponies. Equine Canada Bronze, BC Heritage Circuit and PAC Qualifier Shows. Contact: Ulli Dargel 4/11 604-421-6681, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782 or www.bcsporthorses.com

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 3/11

604-462-0304, dabepa@yahoo.com, www.bcrcha.com 3/11 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 3/11 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC www.ERABC.com Secretary: Lori Bewza, loribewza@gmail.com 250-679-8247 12/11 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 hankrocks@telus.net, www.freewebs.com/giterdonegymkhanaclub 7/11 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 www.hcbc.ca Representing the interests of BC’s equine industryy.11/11 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 10/11 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 12/11 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Pres: Scott Rempel 250-542-3433 AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics 6/11 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres: Debbie House 250-498-4326, E-mail: brent.lines@netscape.ca, www.oliverridingclub.com 6/11 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Blair Bates 250-452-6941 Fun & Family oriented! See www.peachlandridingclub.com for activities 2/11 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders, www.phcbc.ca 12/11 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Alison Miller, brentmiller@shaw.ca Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, www.pinetreeridingclub.com 6/11 SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSE ASSOC. Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, www.soha-online.com 10/11 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. 11/11 Linda 604-856-9574, wcrareining@gmail.com, www.wcra.info

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www.appaloosa.ca HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2011 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

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MILLS VETERINARY CLINIC, Parasite Control, Bolynn Stables, Armstrong, Info & Registration 250-546-8860, www.millsvet.com MILLS VETERINARY CLINIC, Acupressure for Horse Owners, Bolynn Stables, Armstrong, Info & Registration 250-546-8860, www.millsvet.com SCQHA AGM, 1 p.m., Anchor Inn, Armstrong, BC, www.bcqha.com MILLS VETERINARY CLINIC, Foaling, Bolynn Stables, Armstrong, Info & Registration 250-546-8860, www.millsvet.com MILLS VETERINARY CLINIC, Acupressure for Horse Owners, Bolynn Stables, Armstrong, Info & Registration 250-546-8860, www.millsvet.com MILLS VETERINARY CLINIC, Herbal Therapy, Bolynn Stables, Armstrong, Info & Registration 250-546-8860, www.millsvet.com MILLS VETERINARY CLINIC, Integrative First Aid, Bolynn Stables, Armstrong, Info & Registration 250-546-8860, www.millsvet.com VIQHA AGM, 1 p.m. ABC Country Restaurant, Nanaimo, BC, www.bcqha.com MILLS VET. CLINIC, Managing Chronic Laminitis & Metabolic Syndrome, Bolynn Stables, Armstrong, Info & Reg. 250-546-8860, www.millsvet.com BCQHA AGM, 11 a.m., Capri Hotel, Kelowna, BC, www.bcqha.com, Room Reservations 1-800-716- 6199 MILLS VETERINARY CLINIC, Integrative First Aid, Bolynn Stables, Armstrong, Info & Registration 250-546-8860, www.millsvet.com BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Mid Winter General Meeting, Williams Lake, www.bchsra.ca

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HALTER CLINIC w/Ed Sisk & Valerie Escalera AKA Blue Ribbon Training Center, Location TBA, Shirley Bradbury 604-530-5754, msbradbury@shaw.ca KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops, 1-888-763-2224 or www.bcchs.com CUTTING CLINIC w/Bob Zirnhelt, limited fresh cattle, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, Stan 250-577-3156 or 250-320-7784 DRIVING CLINIC w/Patty Cloke, Location TBA, Shirley Bradbury 604-530-5754, msbradbury@shaw.ca KEN SMITH POLE BENDING CLINIC, Peachland, 250-718-2761 www.chevyequine.com HORSEMAN’S BAZAAR & COUNTRY FAIR, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, Norma 604-789-0274 nsiebert@telus.net www.bcqha.com/lmqha MARCI POWELL BARREL CLINIC, Peachland, 250-718-2761 www.chevyequine.com BCHSRA RODEO QUEEN SEMINAR, Peachland, 250-718-2761 www.bchsra.ca

14-15 20-23 27-29 28-29 28-29 29-30

jjune EQUINE MASSAGE COURSE, Peachland, 250-718-2761, www.chevyequine.com INTRODUCTION TO TTOUCH WITH HORSES w/Mandy Pretty, Dawson Creek, www.ttouch.ca or 1-800-255-2336 EVENING RIDE, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, Norma 604-789-0274 nsiebert@telus.net www.bcqha.com/lmqha CONNECTED RIDING LESSON DAYS with an Introduction to TTouch w/ Mandy Pretty, Peachland, contact: christa.lange@telus.net LMQHA EVENING RIDE/SCHOOLING SHOW, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC, www.bcqha.com TRAIL CLINIC & HORSEMANSHIP w/Colleen Hazeldine, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, Jeanette 250-577-3156 or 250-319-6367 ALL BREED SCHOOLING SHOW, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, Norma 604-789-0274 nsiebert@telus.net www.bcqha.com/lmqha PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LIGHTNESS, ForTheHorseCentre, Chase, BC, www.ForTheHorse.com


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NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Smithers, BC, info contact Anika 250-846-5494, gattiker@telus.net or www.thehorseranch.com SCQHA 14TH ANNUAL FUZZY HORSE SHOW, (All Breeds) Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong, BC, Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 or csmeeton@shaw.ca KRC SPRING DRESSAGE SHOW, Judge Hilda Gurney, Kelowna, www.kelownaridingclub.net 2-DAY TTOUCH FOR YOU AND YOUR HORSE w/Robyn Hood and Mandy Pretty, Vernon, www.ttouch.ca or 1-800-255-2336 JERRY TINDELL OPEN CLINIC, Lakedell Arena, Westerose, AB, www.albertadonkeyandmule.com or 403-783-5210 (eves) KRC SPRING HUNTER/JUMPER SHOW, Kelowna, “ www.kelownaridingclub.net 2-DAY SPRING HORSE SALE (& Ranch Horse Performance & Sale) Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge, AB, 403-329-3101, www.perlich.com BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Deadmans Creek, www.bchsra.ca BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Fort St John, www.bchsra.ca

EQUINE AWARENESS DAY, www.equineawareness.org, Join horses & their people - offer an awareness day about what you and your horses do JERRY TINDELL DRIVING CLINIC, Lakedell Arena, Westerose, AB, www.albertadonkeyandmule.com or 403-783-5210 (eves) JERRY TINDELL RIDING CLINIC, Lakedell Arena, Westerose, AB, www.albertadonkeyandmule.com or 403-783-5210 (eves) AQHA/APHA & ALL BREED SPRING CIRCUIT, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, Barbara - sierraious@aol.com www.bcqha.com/lmqha BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Williams Lake, www.bchsra.ca BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Merritt, www.bchsra.ca BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Dawson Creek, www.bchsra.ca OKANAGAN BREEDERS GROUP Showcase & Trade Show, Armstrong Fairgrounds, www.okbreedersgroup.com BARBARA SCHULTE PERF. COACHING CLINIC (cutters/reiners). Spectators welcome, Armstrong 250-546-6545 www.reinininthesun.com BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO & JR Division Finals, Quesnel, www.bchsra.ca VERN SAPERGIA CLINIC, Wildwood Reining Horses, Hanceville, BC, Sharon Gates 250-394-4403 www.wildwoodreining.bc.ca or wildwoodreining@telus.net BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Valemont, www.bchsra.ca 2-DAY TTEAM CONNECT ICELANDIC RIDING CLINIC w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon, www.ttouch.ca or 1-800-255-2336 BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Hudson Hope, www.bchsra.ca

CONNECTED RIDING LESSON DAYS with an Introduction to TTouch w/ Mandy Pretty, Peachland, contact: christa.lange@telus.net BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO FINALS, Williams Lake, www.bchsra.ca AMHA MINIATURE HORSE SHOW, Cloverdale Agriplex, Cloverdale, Tina Harrison 604-533-1168, tinhar@telus.net, www.miniaturehorsesbc.com EQUINE EMERGENCY RESPONSE COURSE with Jennifer Woods, Cowichan Exh. Grounds, Duncan, Carol-Ann 250-701-9146 4-DAY RIDING CLINIC - TTOUCH and Connected Riding for Icelandic Horses w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon, www.ttouch.ca or 1-800-255-2336 NATIONAL JUNIOR HIGH FINALS RODEO, Gallup, MN, www.nhsra.com

SILVER STATE INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Winnemucca, NV, www.ssir.us WEST KOOTENAY DRESSAGE SHOW, Trail Exhibition Grounds, Holley Campbell 250-362-9065 or jsaperv@telus.net WEST KOOTENAY ALL BREED COMMUNITY SHOW, Trail Exhibition


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Grounds, Holley Campbell - entries/info. 250-362-9065 or jasperv@telus.net 2-DAY TTEAM CONNECT ICELANDIC RIDING CLINIC w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon, www.ttouch.ca or 1-800-255-2336 WEST COAST SUMMER CLASSIC AQHA SHOW, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, darlenechase@cableone.net www.bcqha.com/lmqha NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL FINALS RODEO, Gillette, WY, www.nhsra.com AQHA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, Tracy 206 -383-6679 www.region1experience.com AQHA PROFESSIONAL HORSEMEN CLINIC SERIES, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, www.r1aqha.com www.r1aqha.com PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LIGHTNESS, ForTheHorseCentre, Chase, BC, www.ForTheHorse.com 6-DAY STARTING YOUNG HORSES WITH TTEAM w/Robyn Hood and Mandy Pretty, Vernon, www.ttouch.ca or 1-800-255-2336

september 2-4

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august 6-11


6-DAY TTEAM CONNECT - Foundations for TTouch and Connected Riding w/Robyn Hood and Mandy Pretty, Vernon, www.ttouch.ca or 1-800-255-2336 HORSE TREK TO BURGESS SHALE, Yoho National Park, Field, BC, for info contact Sandra horsetrekburgess@gmail.com

AQHA AND ALL BREED EVERGREEN CIRCUIT, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, Barbara sierraious@aol.com www.bcqha.com/lmqha CONNECTED RIDING LESSON DAYS with an Introduction to TTouch w/ Mandy Pretty, Peachland, contact: christa.lange@telus.net JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Advanced Course 1 Agriplex, Prince George, Kyla or Carl 250-996-8026 www.jonathanfield.net JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP, Course 2 Agriplex, Prince George, Kyla or Carl 250-996-8026 www.jonathanfield.net

PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LIGHTNESS, ForTheHorseCentre, Chase, BC, www.ForTheHorse.com

november 18

NORTH OK HORSEY LADIES Charity Auction & Banquet, Spallumcheen Golf Course, Nancy 250-546-9922, donations welcome

Lisa Coulter #1 in FEI Reining Rankings By Julie Cull, Equine Canada king a e r B Late



he Canadian Reining Committee (CRC) is pleased to announce that at the conclusion of the 2010 FEI Reining season Lisa Coulter of Princeton, BC, has earned the top spot on both the FEI Reining World Ranking and World Standing Lists. Riding Angels Mark, Bob Thompson’s eight-year-old Paint gelding, Coulter topped the FEI Reining World Standings List, which is calculated based on results accumulated with only one horse, with a total of 73 points. Italy’s Nicola Brunelli, riding Spat A Blue, finished in second with 62. Coulter also topped the FEI Reining World Ranking List with a total of 100 points. This achievement was calculated using the 73 points she earned with HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Angels Mark and the results she earned riding Western Whiz, an eight-year-old Quarter Horse gelding also owned by Bob Thompson. “2010 was one of the most tumultuous years of my riding career, with major highs and major lows. I was excited to make the team to represent Canada at WEG only to have the biggest upset of my career when my horse failed the jog at WEG,” said Coulter. “I had been having a great year at CRI competitions and other events, and knew I was ready for a big run. Although I am saving that run for another time now my competitions leading up to WEG put me to the top the FEI World Rankings and Standings lists. This is very cool and a great accomplishment.” “I am very proud to represent Canada at International events and to put Canada Number One on the FEI lists is something I am very proud of. I have a long way to go to reach goals I have set for myself; however, checking off being on top of the FEI lists will be a highlight of my

career,” added Coulter, who is very excited about how reining has opened up globally. For additional information on the CRC and its programs, including selection criteria, please visit the Equine Canada website at www.equinecanada.ca or e-mail reining@equinecanada.ca.

Lisa and Western Whiz.

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TRAINERS/COACHES Custom Made Saddles & Tack

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ESTER GERLOF, (Enderby) 250-803-8814, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons/ Training/Boarding; outdoor arena, access to crown land/trails; Ester21@telus.net 12/11

Dana Hokana Quarter Horses

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

Specializing in Western Pleasure Training - Lessons - Clinics

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KNIGHT’S SADDLERY Y (Merritt) 250-378-5733 Master Saddle and Tree Maker, www.knightssaddlery.com 3/11 KR’S CUSTOM SADDLES (Invermere, BC) 1-888-826-3132 Custom Saddles, Custom Leather Design & Repairs, krscustomsaddles@gmail.com 9/11 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 8/11 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, randesaddle@telus.net WWW.SKOOKUMHORSE.COM (Clinton, BC) 250-459-7772 Horse tack, hunting gear, custom leather products, repairs. 3/11 TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 11/11 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078 10/11 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. www.bigmtack.com BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 4/11 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food CARRIAGE HOUSE MINIATURE HORSE TACK & HARNESS (Vernon) 250-541-7773. Everything you need for your VSE. www.tackforminiatures.com 2/12 COUNTRY ROADS GENERAL STORE (Fruitvale) 250-367-9229 Otter Co-op Feed Dealer, Feed, Tack, Farm Supplies & Giftware 7/11 HIGH HORSE TACK, (Victoria) 250-658-0011 7/11 English & Western, New & Used LAMMLE’S WESTERN WEAR & TACK (ALBERTA & BC) 1.877.LAMMLES For Everything Western go to www.lammles.com to find a location near you. 12/11 LAZY B (100 Mile House) 250-395-5175 Handmade Leather Goods, Team Ropers & Ranch Ropes, New & Used Tack 7/11 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. (Penticton) Toll Free 1-888-492-8225 10/11 Home of the SenSation Ride™, saddlery@telus.net, www.nickerssaddlery.com RUSTY SPUR TACK (Lumby) 250-547-9506 Feed, Tack, Consignments, Giftware, Supplements & Minerals 7/11 VENKAT SADDLERY Y (20110 Stewart Cres., Maple Ridge) 1-866-465-8883 English & Western Tack & Saddles. www.venkatsaddlery.com 3/11

DVD Instructional Videos - Performance Horses for Sale 9/11

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


Training and Boarding Preparation for sales, starting young horses 250-838-7051 or Cell 250-308-6024 • Enderby, BC 25 mrabe@jetstream.net • www.hanoveriansporthorsefarm.com 10/11

GARY HUNT HORSEMANSHIP, www.BreakingColts.com 2/11 940-255-3641 (Alberta) * Problem Solving * Clinics * Colt Starting CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, quarterspotranch@shaw.ca 7/11 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford) 604-850-1243 Former Parelli Professional, Clinics/Lessons, www.sandylang.ca 7/11 NATHALIE MERRILL (Vernon) 250-308-8138. High Level Dressage & Western rider. Starting young horses for all disciplines. Lessons available. References available. 4/11

Doug Mills Training Thru Trust Proven Foundation for all disciplines and ages * Training * Clinics * Lessons * Camps 250-573-5442 www.dougmills.com 6/11 MISTATIM RANCH (Delta) 604-816-5292 Training/Boarding/Sales. Colt starting to show ring finishing. All disciplines welcome. mistatimranch@yahoo.ca 3/11 LEE PONCELET PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Vernon) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 9/11 RANDY OPHUS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 Start to Finish, Reining/Cowhorses, Clinics/Lessons, Sale Horses. 5/11 RIVERSIDE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE (Prince George) 250-612-4770 2/11 Developing Horses & Riders to their potential. www.riversideequestrian.com BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, www.fallingstarranch.ca Training/Lessons/Clinics/Camps, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 11/11

TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 8/11 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC., (Vernon) 250-308-8980, tnt125@shaw.ca 8/11 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist TRAINERS/COACHES GUS EVAGELOPOULOS, AQHA Prof. Horsemen (Armstrong) 250-307-3990 Specialize in Reining. Start-Finish Horses. Lessons. Prospects/finished horses for sale. 2/11

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TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 11/11 ttouch@shaw.ca • www.icefarm.com TRANQUILLE FARMS (Lake Country) Lorraine Pilon. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. www.tranquillefarms.com 250-766-7180 9/11 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. www.mwsporthorses.com 6/11 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Peachland) 250-808-1486 Pleasure, Reining, Roping & cowhorse ~ Colts Started ~ Farrier Service 4/11

Philippe Karl School of Legerete Classical Dressage • Barefoot Program Natural Horsemanship • Holistic Equine Management Equine Bodywork • Equine Rehabilitation and Re-Training 3/11

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DEEP CREEK VET. SERVICES, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 4/11 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY, 250-374-1486 6/11 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 10/11 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales SALMON VALLEY VET SERVICES (Shuswap/North OK) 10/11 250-833-4217 Dr. Brytann Youngberg Mobile Equine Service THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 9/11 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 4/11 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller

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Roman Ramblings Greg’s column


aise your left hand, if it is not in a cast, if the snow has spooked your horse when it suddenly slid and quickly jumped off the barn roof. Nod your head if you happened to be walking by at the time. Raise your right hand if you almost got hip-checked into the side of the barn as your horse ran by past you. One of our horses just hates it when the snow comes off the roof. She bolts and if you happen to be in her flight path then you better be able to move out of the way because she is coming through. Those of you who have miniatures are lucky because if you are tall enough then you can just spread your feet and jump and hope they run thru ‘em. Those of you who grew up watching Roy Rogers and Trigger or too many re-runs of the Black Stallion, may get a foolish idea to try and grab the horse’s neck or mane and attempt to flip up onto its back. Some of you wanna-be trick riders will successfully complete the maneuver. The rest of us won’t. We will just hand you a felt pen so you can sign whatever body part we have in a cast. Horse husbands, since you can still move both your arms and nod your head then as long as you are down at the barn you may as well take the rest of the snow off the roof. And if you feel like maybe doing poop patrol while you are down there, that would be great. (Sound familiar?) Chores have to be done and just because a few inches of fresh snow conveniently covered up today’s poop scooping material HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

is no reason to wait until tomorrow to do the job. Especially if tomorrow is your partner’s day for doing barn chores. And it is supposed to drop to minus 10 and you are still using the plastic fork with at least two prongs missing; you’d best be scooping today. Some of the piles look like they will easily slide onto the plastic scooper and then you find yourself wishing you had spent the extra money and picked up a metal one. You just snapped off a few more prongs by poking at a pile that probably won’t come completely free until it really warms up in March or April, depending where you live. This time I wisely used the roof rake to get the snow off the roof. I had originally used a long handled shovel to bang on the rafters a few times from inside the horse barn. And it would have worked too, if the horses hadn’t been there. As we get older it is wise to learn and more importantly remember that some things you only have to do once to learn never to attempt again, like realizing that climbing on an icy metal roof in winter is not a wise idea.

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

Butte Morgan Horses ~ Western Foundation Breeding For Family Fun or When There’s Work to be Done! Standing WWF Stallions ~ Stock For Sale ~ Visitors Always Welcome

www.buttemorgans.com 403-382-8110


DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Jasper/Brule, AB) 780-865-4021 www.canadianhorse.info 6/11 FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, www.fairviewarabianstud.com

PEEBLES MINI DONKEY RANCH (Falkland) 250-379-2373 10/11 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. www.peeblesranch.ca or papeebles@gmail.com WWW.RADICALFRENCHGOLD.COM 2004 AQHA Perlino Stallion, APHA listed WFQHA. $850 stud fee, Money Earner, LTD book. LCFG. 604-823-4666 2/11 SALMON VALLEY RANCH (Salmon Arm) 250-833-4217 10/11 SS: SVR Royal Checkmate, AQHA Perlino; Okies Last Chance, APHA Black Tobiano SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, www.freewebs.com/saltyolejackk 4/11 STARMYRIAPPALOOSAS.CA (Edson, AB) 780-723-7899 8/11 Stallion Service, Indian Shufflers, Stock for Sale, CHA Instructor


GREEN GABLES MORGAN FARM (Armstrong) 250-546-8058 7/11 SS: WF Royal Mist’s Kurik, Black/Brown, 15.1HH, www.greengablesmorganfarm.com ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 11/11 ttouch@shaw.ca • www.icefarm.com IRISH CREEK RANCH (Vernon) 250-542-7228 3/11 SS: Little Peppe Leo, APHA B/W Homoz. Tobiano, www.irishcreekranch.com MURRAY CREEK RANCH (Langley, BC) 604-807-5519 5/11 SS: APHA & AQHA, www.murraycreekranch.com OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 7/11 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy

Horses for Sale • Stud Service • Riding Lessons • Clinics • Training • Events • Tack Store E-mail: info@toltaway.com or call Erhard (evenings) 250-838-0234 6/11 www.toltaway.com • More Gaits - More Fun, just Tolt Away

WARREN CREEK RANCH (Falkland) 250-275-2717 or 250-379-2128 4/11 SS: Parr for Jack, AQHA. Prospects for sale. Training/Lessons avail. jenn_wcr@telus.net YELLOW MOUNT RANCH (Brooks, AB) 403-752-0063 SS: 6 AQHA/APHA Stallions, bigcheeks@yellowmountranch.com 3/11

BREEDERS YOUR AD SHOULD BE HERE Listings start at $195. per year

“Vicar” an Oldenberg/X mare and her foal owned by Dawn Boyer at Whispering Hills Friesians in Athabasca, Alberta. At the same time this mare was foaling, so was another mare (but they lost her due to unforeseen complications). The orphan filly was moved over to Vicar who immediately took her on and is, as you can see, nursing her “twins.” - Submitted by Sandy Day, Lanyard Stables, Kelowna, BC

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Stallions and Breeders 2004 AQHA A Perlino Stallion


Salty Ole Jack

Little Peppe p Leo

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

15.3HH APHA Stallion 2011 Fee: $500

If you are looking for Colour, Temperament and Athletic Ability.. come meet our main man. We’d love to introduce you. Money Earner 2011 FEE: $850

604-823-4666, wendy49@shaw.ca



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

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

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

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES For 2011 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502

Glen Black

Visit us at



Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0 www.freewebs.com/saltyolejack • oldsaltyjack@yahoo.ca



Hortons Triple Skip


1997 AQHA/APHA 16 HH Palomino Red Dun Gene

Show ‘em what you’ve got!

#1 Running Bloodlines. Beautiful movement for Dressage. Extremely athletic with a to-die-for temperament.

Ads starting at $80. per issue.

Have it all for only $500 AQHA/APHA or $350 for all other breeds. LFG.

*30% Discount on year-round ads.

Standing for 2011 at: Pegasus Riding, Westbank, BC. Owned by Whoa & Go Quarter Horses Contact Danielle, 250-768-9658 or April, 250-551-4739 For more info visit:

www.whoaandgoquarterhorses.com or www.pegasusriding.com 5/11


Friesian Stallion

off Dragon g y Acres 2004 16HH Registered g CFHA/ KFPS Vb Ster Modern styled y athletic and willing. Excellent conformation and temperamentt.

is proud to offer for your consideration: IMA DESERT FOX 1991 Sorrel Overo APHA/PtHA Stallion Sire: Mr. Sonny Norfleet Dam: Ima Swinging Fox

1999 BCPHC High Point Halter Stallion Sire of Futurity Winners and APHA/PtHA Halter and Performance point earners. When quality matters, choose the stallion that has it all: conformation, disposition, ridability and world class breeding. 2011 Fee: $750. LCFG For more information contact Carolin Ryan 604-462-7644 • Maple Ridge, BC rysenpaints@telus.net



Live cover/cooled shipped. LFG Contact: Lisa 604-539-8108 Langley, BC

For pictures, info and video link, visit us at:




REINING: AQHA ROM 17.5 OPEN-7 AMATEUR 2.5 NOV-AMATEUR * NRHA & NRCHA Money Earner * Proven Sire of Pt and Money Earners

“The Shining Spark bloodline is your Ticket To Success”

Standing at Stud: $1,000 LFG

250-379-2913 4/11




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On The Market 3 WINDS RANCH OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

TW Smok N Hawk 2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano 3Winds Skippa Treat 2007 Palomino Leopard Appaloosa Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding)

MS DRY KID - 1993 AQHA MARE Own daughter of DRY DOC… A Rare Gem Indeed! In foal to Shiney Men Can Jump for a 2011 foal. Shiney Men Can Jump is a NRCHA-NRHA-AQHA earner. $4,000. For more info www.back40horses.com 250-379-2913; back40@telus.net (Salmon Arm)

Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3winds@telus.net www.keremeos.com/3winds

5 IRRIGATED ACRES HOBBY FARM A three bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, Country Home set-up for horses with fantastic valley view of Coldstream and on a no-thru road. Barn, heated auto waterer, storage, underground landscaped irrigation. $639,000. 250-503-1255 (Coldstream/Vernon)


PB CHECK THIS CHICK HOBBY FARM FOR SALE Artful movement, balanced and graceful. Reserve Champion Dressage type (2010 BC Sporthorse Fall Classic). Ties, farriers, bathes, loads. Registered with Canadian Friesian Horse Association. Sire: FPA/CHFA Friesian Star Stallion “Otto.” $4,000. Lisa at 604-539-8108; lisa@dragonfl yacres.ca Visit: www.dragonfl yacres.ca for more info on this and other available Purebred and Friesian sporthorses. (Langley, BC)

PHOTO ADS only $60.

Old Baldy Ranch

Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado

Offspring for Sale

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, Open Reining Winner Grandson of Little Steeldust

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

AQHA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy Quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines

Perfectly set-up, partially treed 8.5 acre horse property for sale in Armstrong/Spallumcheen. 3,400 sq. ft. post-and-beam farmhouse with 5 bedrooms, den and 2.5 baths. Large 100’ x 200’ sand ring, 3 paddocks with shelters, 5 turn-out fields, excellent fencing, 2 stall heritage barn. $649,000. See photos at www3.telus.net/absolutehorse E-mail: absolutehorse@telus.net 250-546-0531 (Armstrong)

Registry - APHA 678,579. 2002 Brown Tobiano. Check is a really friendly mare that loves attention. She is excellent with her feet, trailers well and is up to date on her 4-way shots and coggins test (negative). Check is 14.3HH and has a solid build. Has only been used as a broodmare and is a really good mom. Scootin Disco Dude, Bandits Invester and Sir Mickey McCue are still on her papers and her complete pedigree can be viewed on allbreedpredigree.com. Asking Price $2,000 obo. Linaya 867-634-2100 (Haines Junction, Yukon) lworkman@northwestel.net

(plus tax)

Includes Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

Ph/fax: 250-843-7337 oldbaldy@neonet.bc.ca

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Shown successfully Open & Novice Horse by trainers and in Rookie Reining & Western Pleasure by owner. Knows the show routine; reliable and ready to show at any level, will take an experienced non pro to the winners circle or teach a rookie. Solid on all maneuvers, a plus stop – deep and straight every time. Very soft and sensitive, athletic with a winning conformation. Would easily go Western Pleasure and with her cow horse breeding potential for Reining Cow horse. Sweet disposition, easy to handle, maintain, pastures with others no problem. Has had one foal and solid pedigree gives her potential as a very good broodmare. But show her first! 100% sound and healthy.

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Shop & Swap! FOR SALE INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or www.innisfailauctionmarket.com (Innisfail, AB) 11/11 REG’D QUARTER HORSE GELDING, 11 years old. Good mover. National Champion at Halter. Trailers well. $1,000 OBO. Call Peter at 250-563-3366 or 778- 821-3666, p-ranson@shaw.ca (Prince George)

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FREE HORSE MANURE and lots of it. Great for fields and gardens. You load. North Armstrong. 250-546-9922 FREE TO APPROVED HOME - 13 yr old Belgian/QH cross Gelding. 15.3HH. Up to date with farrier and deworming. Experienced handler required. Very easy keeper! Vet references required. 250-215-0144 (North Okanagan) 2 YR OLD REG’D THOROUGHBRED FILLY for free. Tessa is dark bay, 15.3HH. Rescued and can’t race because of an old injury, but is suitable for regular riding. Well-mannered and a joy to work with. Feet and worming up to date. 778242-6749 or 604-807-1892


Rails to Rafters Shelters for cattle, calves, horses etc. or for storage Single or double shelters (or more panels to add on) Pick-up panels or delivered on site Different designs and finishes available Pole Buildings * Barns * Shelters * Indoor & Outdoor Arenas * Restoration & Repair * Bobcat 25 years experience ~ free estimates Serving the North Okanagan from the ground up.

Call Chris for free quote or view shelters in stock


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BROOKSIDE STABLES Horse Boarding in Salmon Arm


New Indoor Arena 70x160 12x12 Stalls Heated Automatic Waterers Heated Tack Room Large Paddocks with Shelters

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



L & L Quarter Horses

Located on East Vernon Road in the BX 5 minutes to Vernon, BC

Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

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

Cindy Kirschman (Chris Irwin Certified)


ASMARA STABLES 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

• Offering Full Board • 25 x 250 Paddocks with Shelters • 100 x 200 Outdoor Sand Arena • Round Pen • Access to Trails • Heated Automatic Waterers



BLOCK ADS starting at

For more information 250-546-6004 2/11 Horse Boarding, North Okanagan – Reputable horse hauling service available – Walk-out stalls – Paddocks with/without run-in shelter – 100x130 outdoor riding arena – Two to three feedings daily – Daily turnout into our 8 acre hay field during winter months – Access to area Crown land – Certified Trainer on-site – Training available for young horses

$60. per issue

(discounts on multiple issues)


February 15

Call 250-545-1082 after 5:30 pm for more info Coldstream, BC 2/11


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

The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 6/11


Armstrong, BC

Horse Boarding in Vernon

250-545-9014 or 250-558-8289

Lessons and Training available Access to Crown land Close to South Canoe trails Minutes from downtown Salmon Arm Call 250-803-0190 6621 Okanagan g Avenue N.E., Salmon Arm

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

250-546-3955 www.deepcreekgeneralstore.com 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong 10/11

The Kubota BC Dealers salute our loyal customers with “Sizzling” prices for February

Buy a BX25TLB for only $17,200* Cash Sale Price

Sale ends February 28, 2011

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