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appy New Year to all! We’re back in full swing for 2012. It was nice to have December off, although of course I worked a little bit. But Greg and I did do a whack of jigsaw puzzles – as promised… along with a bit of wine too! Plenty! Puzzles, I mean. February kicks off the Stallion issues – tis that time of year. So if you’re looking to breed, take a look see – and breed for a purpose/goal; not just because you want a ‘pretty foal’ to look at and pamper. Breeding is a serious business, raising and training (the cost of) is a serious business too. We all know the horse industry has not been in the greatest shape recently, and prices are lower for sale horses (in some cases). However, there are still horses out there selling for the big bucks (or pedigrees) so don’t lose hope. Things are picking up. So is real estate they tell me. We welcome a new addition to the family… a four-legged one… our new TOP DOG! section. See pages 39-42. I couldn’t believe the amount of dates sent in for our What’s Happening calendar. See pages 68-69 and remember, if we can’t fit them all in our ‘print’ version, we do post ALL events on our website – and the magazine is FREE to look at, page by page online!

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Dear Editor… A BIG THANK YOU from Healing through Horses – the Vernon Women’s Transition House’s Equine-assisted Therapy Program. Wow! How exciting! Thank you once again to all the ladies, who attended the Horsey Ladies Banquet, for supporting the Vernon Women’s Transition House. We are so very pleased to be one of the chosen charities to receive support for the coming year. A special thank you to the ladies who organized, and hosted the banquet: Nancy, Ruby, Elspeth, Amy, Michele and Ester. You have created a wonderful fundraiser. Your choice to support our program will affect many women in the community who are recovering from abuse. As you all know, horses offer us an enormous potential for healing. Many of the women who attend the equineassisted therapy program have never had an opportunity to interact with horses. The therapeutic process offers hope, and a whole new way of looking at life. Your donation will support the ongoing equine-assisted group therapy programs offered to women, and will allow us to offer a group to children who have witnessed or experienced abuse themselves. Thank you. Anyone wishing to know more about the program can contact me. - Wendy Elrick, 250-309-0351, Vernon, BC

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Saddle Up. The 2-day Chap making course was put on by well-known saddle maker Don Loewen in Merritt, BC. Not only does Don put on a course making saddles (and I saw a saddle a student had just completed… let me sum it up in one word STUNNING!) but he also teaches Chap making! I made a beautiful pair of Chinks and honestly I am so proud of them! I can hardly believe I went from not ever imagining I could really do this to putting on my custom made chaps ready to ride in! The course was so much fun, and Don truly is one of the best when it comes to cowboy equipment! A great instructor with lots of one on one and great positive feedback! (And I needed all of that!) I cannot say enough about my chap making experience and would whole heartedly recommend taking this course to young and old! So do something fun and so very rewarding… learn to make Chaps! Maybe next year a saddle?? - All the best, Judy White, Maple Ridge, BC

Dear Editor: The Kelowna District 4-H Horse clubs would like send out a HUGE thank you to the Joe Rich Fire Department for their generous cash donation. After much deliberation it was decided that the funds will be used for an educational and safety based clinic in the spring or fall of 2012. These funds will enable all members to take part, some of whom may otherwise not be able to attend due to finances. We are very grateful for the opportunity they have provided for our district. 4-H is an amazing youth development program. The main objectives of the 4-H program are knowledge, citizenship, personal development and leadership. A BIG thanks to them for helping us achieve some of our goals! - Leah Allen, Vice President, Kelowna District 4-H

Dear Nancy: What a wonderful surprise it was when The Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge received the call from Cheryle Hickman and the Cariboo Horsey Ladies congratulating us as the recipients of their donation of $1,525.00. The Donkey Refuge was voted to receive the funds raised at the Horsey Ladies 2011 Christmas Banquet and Auction in Bridge Lake. One of our volunteers, Brenda, spoke at the dinner explaining The Refuge’s Mission of providing a safe and secure home for neglected, abused and unwanted donkeys. We are most grateful for their donation which was well-received and will be going towards the costs of building our new barn that will provide us with more available room for the increasing number of donkeys arriving at the Refuge. The Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge located in Chase, BC is a Registered Charity and is the permanent home of 25 donkeys most of whom have been abused or neglected in some manner. We greatly appreciate the time and effort that went into the fundraising event as well as the sponsors who so kindly donated towards the Cariboo Horsey Ladies Dinner. We thank everyone for their support and for caring about these often misunderstood animals. - with much gratitude, Shirley Mainprize, President, Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge Society

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The True Cost of Canada’s Horsemeat Industry Hi Nancy: I would like to submit www.defendhorsescanada.org/lpn.html what is ‘breaking news’ from the CHDC - Canadian Horse Defence Coalition as of yesterday, Dec. 4, 2011. I feel it is very important that not only ‘horsey’ folks know about this but all Canadians. - Lana


he Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) presents a fourth investigation documenting inhumane horse slaughter at a Canadian slaughterhouse and provides compelling evidence that the much touted Equine Identification Document (EID) program put forward by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) invites fraud. Despite past reassurances from the CFIA and industry that horse slaughter plant conditions would be improved, this investigation demonstrates that yet a fourth Canadian slaughterhouse is in violation of humane slaughter regulations. The CHDC has once again received undercover footage - this time from Les Viandes de la Petite-Nation, Inc., in St. Andre-Avellin, Qubec. The footage was captured on July 13th and 14th of 2011 and was sent anonymously to the CHDC. Those of us who have examined the video have been shocked and sickened by what we’ve viewed. We consulted Dr. Nicholas Dodman, an expert in animal behaviour and anesthesiology at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dodman had this to say: “...my final conclusion, after reviewing 150-plus horse slaughters in this series of videos, is that the process was terrifying for most of the horses and, in many cases, horribly inhumane. The inhumane treatment of horses at Les Viandes de la Petite Nation must be stopped immediately.â€? The evidence is clear: it is impossible, even in well-designed, conscientiously-managed, assembly-line conditions, to humanely slaughter horses. As Dr. Dodman states, “...many head shy or apprehensive horses...presented the operator of the captive bolt gun with a moving target.â€? One example of a stun box failure noted‌ More than 40% of the horses were not stunned after the 1st shot as required by “humane slaughterâ€? regulations. Captive bolt pistol placement was poor - some horses were shot into their temples, under their ears or at the base of their brain. These horses showed clear signs of ineffective stunning or revival in the form of remaining standing, standing back up, whinnying or head-shaking. Up to eleven attempts were made to stun one horse (Horse 33 Day 1) who suffered for almost 4 minutes. Canadian Horse Defence Coalition info@defendhorsescanada.org

(Editor’s note: Readers, there is more of this article on the link above. If you watch the videos be prepared to be very disturbed! It was atrocious and disgusting. How dare they (shooters) not be accurate. The process of slaughter (in this case) is despicable to see - they should be fired or, if they must, be trained properly. This is NOT right. IT’S DISGUSTING!)


fter learning of yet another release of undercover video footage that was taken in the horse slaughter plant Les Viandes de la Petite-Nation Inc., located in St. Andre-Avelin, Quebec, I feel compelled to comment. In my mind one of the most important facts that people need to know is that this very same plant was also given an INTEREST FREE loan by the Canadian Government issued on May 31, 2011. So in addition to not properly enforcing the rules and regulations that the people of Canada are lead to believe are in place, the company gets an interest free loan to supply meat to overseas countries who have no idea that the meat they are eating is not properly inspected or humanely slaughtered. Only a small percentage of Canadians eat horse meat, yet all of our tax dollars are used to support this industry in spite of numerous polls that state the majority of Canadians are against horse slaughter. It is a well-known fact among those of us that are familiar with the rules and regulations of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in regards to horse slaughter that those very rules and regulations are a joke. The paper work is falsified, the treatment of the horses is often brutal and the horses most often will have received drugs banned from the human food chain by the very government that is allowing their slaughter. The CFIA deflects the evidence by claiming the video is of poor quality and difficult to determine if violations have occurred. Funny all the people who view it on YouTube don’t seem to have the visual impairment that the CFIA does, but then they turn a blind eye to everything associated with ensuring their own rules and regulations are followed. - Theresa Nolet, Program Co-ordinator for Project Equus



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PROJECT EQUUS By Theresa Nolet I was at Daryl Gibbs’ place one day working with Anastasia, one of the wild mares that Project Equus of Critteraid rescued. It suddenly struck me that here I was standing in a corral with a horse that was not only wild just a few months ago, but also has been one of the tougher horses to win her trust.


wrong for Anastasia, and all of these little setbacks make it harder for her to trust humans. So there I am standing all alone in a corral with Anastasia, brushing out her mane, and I think, “Wow, what a wild ride this has been for me.” (Pun intended.) A 56-year-old woman who only rode horses as a child at the local trail ride business and now I get the honour and privilege of helping to rescue AND work with wild horses. This is truly a dream come true for me. But this is not about me and my dreams, it is about Aurora exercising those long legs of hers! making the dream come true for these wonderful, Anastasia intelligent creatures that humans considered throwaways. I believe that their dream is simple: to be safe, sheltered and loved. Anastasia is a perfect example of what can happen when a horse is offered time and patience, along with the proper training. She still has a way to go before she will be available for Keep your Fences adoption, but we see the progress and it is so gratifying to know Complete in Good Shape that not only was her life saved, but also that of her unborn fi lly, ElectroRope & this Winter! Aurora. Aurora was born on May 5, 2011, and is ready to go to a ElectroTape new home. Although Aurora is currently a steel grey colour, Systems she more than likely will turn grey like her mother. Smart as a whip, this little girl learned to lift her little front legs up quickly FENCE CONTROLLERS, TESTERS, ANALYSERS in preparation for being trimmed. She was trained using clicker training and she now pops that little hoof into your hand in no BAYCO/FINISHLINE, time flat! HORSERAIL, Aurora had her first visit from my farrier, Sandy Peters PONYRAIL, from Summerland, who was very patient with her and she sailed HORSECOTE, through the trim calmly and quickly. Her foster mom said she HOTCOTE, thought Aurora liked her new feet as she spent the afternoon NO-CLIMB, racing up and down the fence with her neighbours, some DIAMOND MESH miniature horses on the other side! Here is the part where I ask for your help to keep Project Ask for a Catalogue and See Our Great Prices! Equus going. We need people to help with fostering of these THE FERRIS horses, people who have experience and could help us with FAULT FINDER - the original training, and of course we need dollars to keep Project Equus from Pakton of Toll Free: 1-800-665-3307 Australia viable and moving forward. Tel: 250-757-9677 If you can help in ANY way to make these horses’ dreams * Check your electric fence install fast Fax: 250-757-9670 come true, please contact Theresa Nolet at projectequus@ * Easy to use email: info@ferrisfencing.com * Rugged, waterproof, critteraid.org. And don’t forget to visit us on Facebook at Project inexpensive * Proven for over 15 years www.ferrisfencing.com Equus of Critteraid or on our website at www.critteraid.org.



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Canada - US Border Crossing Procedures, Part 1 by Kevan Garecki

General Requirements that Apply to ALL Cross-Border Shipments The information herein was accurate at the time this was written. However, requirements can change with little notice. Disease outbreaks and events can alter the procedural landscape in a heartbeat! Check with the USDA, the CFIA, a reputable carrier actively involved in cross-border transactions or a licensed customs broker to ensure current information on moving horses internationally.


anada and the United States are friends and allies but are still foreign countries, and visitors are subject to their laws and requirements. If you are planning to haul your own horse across the border, you will need a valid passport or an Enhanced Driver’s Licence for identification. If you do not have either of these documents, you will not be allowed to cross. It is imperative that you have all paperwork in order and ready to present to the officer upon arrival at Customs. If your paperwork is not in order, you can be delayed or even refused entry. A caveat for those crossing with their own private rigs: make sure your rig is clean and in good repair! Border staff can refuse entry if they feel the truck or trailer may present a health, safety or other risk. By law, all vehicles carrying livestock must have bedding on the floors in the livestock area, both for traction and waste absorption. The bedding should be as clean as possible and offer suitable coverage. There are restrictions to the type and amount of feed that can be declared, and some crossings are stricter than others in this respect. As a rule, carry only enough feed for the trip or transitional period to wean the horse onto feed purchased locally. Most fruits and vegetables are also prohibited from crossing between Canada and the US, so don’t try to sneak that bag of horsey apples in either! Above all, be completely honest with all information given to Customs! They will confirm sales and other info, and levy extremely harsh penalties for purposefully misleading or false entries. Action can range from fines to refusal of entry or forfeiture; and even preventing the buyer, seller and carrier from further transactions at the border. It’s not worth trying to save a few bucks by falsifying an entry! Many border stations require those crossing with horses to do so through the lanes designated for commercial traffic, regardless of whether the entry is commercial or personal. Be sure to check with the crossing you intend to use prior to arrival to see how they require you to proceed. Quarantine and Vet Inspections There is no quarantine period or vet-check required for horses travelling into Canada from the US, unless they originate from a high-risk area or were shipped from another country immediately prior to entry. Requirements can vary, so these situations must be dealt with on an individual basis. Horses travelling from Canada into the US must be inspected at the border by a USDA veterinarian. These vets are only present for limited hours at specified crossings. Check with the crossing you intend to use to ensure they have a vet on staff, and when that vet is available. Some crossings require up to 48 hours prior notice before the horse arrives. The cost for the USDA Vet Inspection varies regionally, but be prepared to spend at least $40USD per horse for this service. Due to the remoteness of the crossings, Alaska does not require an incoming vet inspection 10 • Saddle Up • February 2012

at the border; they have preliminary procedures in effect, which are discussed later. Private and Commercial Entries While private individuals can make entries on their own horses, international movements performed by a commercial carrier must be handled by a licensed Customs Broker. There is no legal exception to this! Some carriers try to circumvent this by having their own names quoted on the paperwork, or by having the registered owners accompany them at the border; but this is a risky approach that is under scrutiny by Customs agents. Due to the high instance of false entries, Customs requirements are expected to change very soon, precipitating the need for all transactions, personal or commercial, to be handled by a broker. Having a broker prepare your paperwork streamlines the entry, making the entire process go smoothly for you and your horse. International Health and EIA (Coggins) Certificates All horses destined for international shipment must be inspected by an approved veterinarian in their country of origin. The vet will subsequently produce at least two forms: an International Health Certificate and an EIA form showing the horse has produced a negative result in a Coggins test. The EIA, or “Coggins” as it is commonly referred to, is valid for six months from the time the document was prepared, but the IHC is only good for 30 days. Depending on the location of the horse, it can take up to ten days for the test results to be examined, the documentation prepared and original papers sent to where the horse is located. Therefore, timing is of the essence when planning for pickup and delivery of the horse. There are other forms that may be required, depending on individual circumstances; this will be discussed in detail later. The cost for preparing the IHC, Coggins and supplemental declarations varies depending on local rates and many other factors. Even routine IHC/Coggins procedures can cost upwards of $100 per horse, and can easily climb much higher if farm visits and courier charges to return original papers to remote areas are required. Foals younger than six months old and standing at the mare’s side at the time of export may travel under the dam’s Coggins, provided the mare was tested prior to foaling. Foals older than six months, whether at the dam’s side or not, and weanlings of any age must bear individual Coggins certificates. Foals born after EIA testing was performed on the mare must bear their own Coggins certificate. All foals, regardless of age, must bear their own IHC. The originals of both the Coggins and IHC, and proof of ownership must accompany the horse on arrival at the border. If any of these documents are missing, or offered in any form other than the originals, there will be unnecessary delays at the border, and the horse may be refused entry altogether. The veterinarian preparing the IHC and Coggins must be HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Border Crossing, cont’d are specific requirements for each when preparing the papers. Additional Documentation and Declarations Depending on the horse’s origin, additional documentation may be required, such as a supplemental declaration by a licensed veterinarian that the horse has been inspected for specific threats or diseases. These stipulations vary from region to region, so it is essential to check with either the CFIA, if entering Canada, or the US Department of Agriculture for horses bound for the US, or have the shipment performed by a professional carrier. With all due respect to our learned veterinarians, DO NOT rely on advice from local vets for this information! Despite their honest desire to assist you in every way possible, they are frequently misinformed or acting on old or incomplete information! A competent carrier working in conjunction with a licensed Customs broker is your best source of information, as they are always fully aware of the latest requirements. If the horse is being moved across the border as the result of a change of ownership, Customs will require a Bill of Sale to accompany the entry. While there is no particular format for a BoS, the information required is very specific. The BoS must contain the following: - The buyer’s and seller’s complete names, addresses and telephone numbers - The horse’s name, birthdate, birth country, and a full description of the horse - The details of the transaction (amount paid and in what currency) - The date on which the transaction took place and in which country the transaction was completed Inspecting veterinarians are accountable to the country of importation if the horse arrives in a compromised state. Horses must be free of any communicable disease; even a youngster with warts can be refused entry! If the horse does display evidence of any condition that could be of concern, the condition must be fully disclosed and a declaration made by a licensed vet. There are exceptions made for horses being transported on a temporary basis for medical diagnosis or treatment; some of these exceptions may require the horse to travel separately from others, and/or in quarantine. While brands are seldom monitored at international border crossings, brand inspections are required in many states and provinces if the animal is being transported into or out of those jurisdictions. Inquire with provincial or state agriculture offices to see if a brand inspection is needed in that area, and what the specific requirements are. Kevan Garecki has invested much of his life in communicating with horses on their own terms. His photography is an example of this devotion, as is the care with which he conducts his own transport business. With extensive experience in rescue and rehabilitation, Kevan is active with the SPCA and equine-oriented charities. He was recently chosen to teach the Certified Livestock Transporter program in BC.

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ost of my clients and readers understand the importance of optimum diet, nutrition and exercise in almost every horse health condition. But I want to take a moment to remind you all, as sensible horse people, to pay mind to your own health as well. Just like our horses, we need good diets and plenty of exercise! Eating bread on the run with a cup of coffee in your hand, and picking up manure twice a day does not cut it. I invite you to start 2012 with a journey to good health by picking up a copy of my new book - Healing People: The Marijke Method. Learn how to identify your food problems, nutrient deficiencies, organ dysfunction, related emotions, helpful remedies, and much, much more. Get well and stay well - your horses will love you for it. They care. Horses and Parasites, Part 1 Of all domestic livestock, horses have the largest numbers of parasites. Horses that graze on grass in a domesticated living environment are very susceptible, since parasites spend a part of their life cycle living on the grass blades. Horses are at greatest risk of parasitic infection if they are allowed to overgraze their pasture, because overgrazed, nutrient-poor grass favours higher larval populations. They are also at risk under confined conditions, because in tight quarters they are more likely to pick up eggs shed by one another. Horses graze close to the ground and, more than other livestock, are always smelling, nibbling, and licking, 12 • Saddle Up • February 2012

whereby they can pick up large numbers of infective larvae. Once in the horse’s digestive tract, female parasites lay eggs in the hindgut. These eggs are passed to the ground inside the feces. Under proper environmental conditions (including warmth and moisture), the eggs hatch into larvae in the manure. Under cold and dry conditions, the eggs can survive un-hatched for long periods, waiting to emerge when the conditions are right. The infective larvae migrate onto grass blades, where they remain until grazing horses ingest them. They then develop into young parasites in the intestines. In the fall, prompted by the changes in daylight, ingested intestinal larvae penetrate the wall of the large intestine where they encyst and begin another life cycle within the host. The most common parasites to infect equines are small strongyles, large strongyles, roundworms and pinworms. Small strongyles are the most common, and their encysted larvae can cause colic, anemia, weight loss and mal-absorption. Large strongyles, known as bloodworms, enter the bloodstream and migrate for six to seven months along the walls of the arteries, the liver, the kidneys, the pancreas and the intestinal wall causing tissue damage. They eventually return to the large intestine as young adults. Roundworms only affect weanlings and yearlings, with encysted larvae migrating to the liver, heart and/or lungs. Infected youngsters will generally show signs like malnutrition, colic, failure to thrive, unhealthy hair coat, potbelly and possible coughing. Pinworms lay eggs around the anus,

causing tail itching and hair loss. General symptoms that are associated with infections from all worm types can also include poor appetite, diarrhea, itching, fatigue, poor body condition, depression, anxiety and ulcers. Interestingly, it is not of benefit for these parasites to kill their host, so most horses just continue to get sicker rather than die. The treatment of equine parasites is not as simple as we think. Not only are there different types of parasites but each horse has different levels of resistance – some horses with a high count have no symptoms whatsoever and other horses with hardly any infestation have no resistance at all and show a variety of symptoms. As well, there is much concern about over-medicating horses with chemical de-wormers leading to the mutation and resistance of the parasites themselves. Conversely, for some horses, natural treatments are not aggressive enough. In this series we will examine the pros and cons of multiple approaches: chemical medications, natural remedies including herbs, nutrients and homeopathic remedies, and the importance of good horse-keeping and environmental control. Next month we will take a look at both the benefits and risks of chemical de-wormers. Marijke van de Water, B.Sc., DHMS is an Equine Health and Nutrition Specialist, Homeopathic Practitioner and Medical Intuitive. She is the author of “Healing Horses: Their Way!” and “Healing People: The Marijke Method.” She is a regular and popular speaker at equine seminars, conferences and symposiums.



I am going to teach you seven steps that can improve your horse’s performance by perfecting and using something as simple as the back up! I will teach you how to back your horse correctly. We will learn how to gain more collection, lift, and balance than ever before with these exercises. The Importance of the Back Up The back up is more important than many people realize. It is reflective of how balanced your horse is between your reins and legs. It also shows his lightness, willingness and flexibility. It is important enough that AQHA requires it in most performance classes and in Western Pleasure. AQHA is defining it to the point that they are rating it from “poor” to “good.” The ideal back up is one in which the horse uses his body, his hindquarters, and his shoulders. He lifts up and feels light in your hands. He feels balanced and backs straight with fluid, smooth, flowing movements. He is soft and light in his mouth and doesn’t gap or open his mouth. Step 1: The Back Up is Diagnostic When you are riding your horse and you pull him to a stop, how he stops will tell you where his body weight was as he was moving forward. If he stops heavy, he was probably moving on his front end or out of balance. If you pick up on the reins and ask him to back up, pay attention to how be backs up. Is he resistant or heavy in front? Is he draggy with his feet? Often if a horse is on his front end, he will even slide his front feet on the ground out of laziness rather than picking up his feet and using his back and shoulders correctly. Understand that he may not be wilfully trying to be naughty or disobedient; rather, this is just the result of how he was travelling as he was moving forward. Expanding your level of awareness will help you to fi x the small things before they turn into big things. Also, pay attention to whether or not he naturally wants to back with his hindquarters to one side or the other. The way that he backs crookedly is usually his more natural arc or lead. For 14 • Saddle Up • February 2012

example, if he continually backs crookedly, moving his hips to the right, his right arc or lead is probably his better lead. You can use this knowledge to strengthen his weaker side by correcting the crookedness and even asking him to back the other way! Step 2: Teach Your Horse to Lift Up in His Shoulders in His Back Up You can correct the heaviness in his back up by repeating the back up over and over until he lightens and softens in his front end. The secret is to give as soon as he gives. Start out by releasing as soon as you feel him lighten up. Then walk forward and ask again. Building on the positive, reward or release him with just a few good steps. Every day you can expect more. Also keep in mind that a horse can get sore by backing for long periods. So, like any athletic event, build gradually to help him become conditioned enough to do what you are asking him to do with excellence. Also, many people will back their horses up by using their legs or spurs and they will not pull with their hands. I feel that this is detrimental to building a good back up. This started with spur stop trained horses and backing a horse off your spur can be valuable to reinforce a horse listening to the spurs. However, if you back your horse off your spur and not your hands, he can learn to back up without using his shoulders. A horse can back but still keep his shoulders down. It might be the difference between a poor or a good back up. You also won’t be improving the lift and balance in your horse by allowing him to back at less than his potential. Step 3: Lighten Up Your Horse in the Face in your Back Up Your horse can back up light in the shoulders but still be heavy in the face. The answer is in your timing and in the release. When I am working on the back up, my first priority is to feel my horse’s shoulders

Bad example of backing: the horse is gapping at the mouth, dragging its feet, down in the shoulders, and cocking its neck to one side.

lighten and soften, and for his movement to be smooth and fluid. But I don’t stop there. I also want him light in the face. Once I have his shoulders up, I also really focus on his face. He needs to lighten and soften through his body, but also be light in the mouth and give at the poll. If he is soft and light in the mouth, he will be likely to keep his mouth shut. I ask my horse to back and keep asking until he softens in the face. Then I release, walk forward, and ask again. He will soon learn what your standard and requirements are. I don’t jerk or bump, but I may pull harder if he pulls on me. If at any time he threatens to rear or gets really agitated, seek the help of a professional who can guide you. Some horses will get mad, threaten to rear and could fall over, which could be very dangerous. Use wisdom and don’t go beyond your measure of experience or comfort. Step 4: Build and Strengthen Your Horse in the Back Up The back up is great for strengthening your horse. When you back your horse, he uses many muscle groups and body parts that are not used as much in going forward. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training, cont’d You will build and improve overall muscle tone and strength in your horse as well as improve his range of motion by backing him. The exterior side of the stride is primarily used in backing, while the flexor side of the stride is used in going forward. So backing offers a great way to strengthen these body parts. Your horse also uses the semimembranosus and semitendinosus muscle groups as well as the gastrocnemius and stifle while backing up. I recommend that you start slowly and build your horse gradually, but add backing to your daily workout. Step 5: Improve Control and Acceptance of Your Leg in the Back Up After you have successfully taught your horse to back up light and effortless through his body while being light in the face, increase the level of difficulty by asking your horse to back and move his hindquarters over one way or the other. As I mentioned earlier, you may find that it is easier for him to move one way or the other. It requires a high level of collection to back correctly and turn while backing. This is a fabulous exercise to get your horse broker and take him to a new level. Start by asking him to back straight, then add one leg and ask him to turn. If he gives a few steps, then release. Walk forward and stop and ask again. Get him so flexible and willing that he can back and turn. I will often back squares, then straight lines. I will also back and turn the front end, then back straight, and then switch off moving the hindquarters, then the front end. Your horse’s overall collection will improve after this exercise as well as his acceptance of your leg cues. Step 6: Improve Your Trot-Off Transition I like my horses to step off into the trot with a definite step. Some horses may waller off into the trot looking heavy and clumsy. You can correct this by using the back up. Start by asking your horse to trot off. If you feel him drop to his front end or take several steps into it before he is truly committed in his gait, then stop him firmly, back him up and then send him off into the trot again. Continue this until he steps off with lift and brilliance. This works because you are demanding he use his shoulders in his back up and that is the correct way to trot off, by lift ing and using his shoulders and stepping HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

off. You can also vary the exercise by backing and turning on the haunches, then trotting off. I will trot off, stop and trot off over and over until my transition is perfect. Step 7: Improve Your Lope-Off Transition This next exercise is very effective in developing a good lope-off departure in your horse. You have layered the foundation for this exercise by backing and moving your horse’s hindquarters over and by moving the front end over in a turn on the haunches. Start by deciding what lead you want to lope off on. For example, if you want to lope off on a right lead, you will back your horse up and turn his hindquarters to the right off of your left leg. Repeat this exercise until he feels accepting and supple off your leg. If he feels sticky or resistant, repeat it until it becomes easier for him. Once he feels willing, then back him, move his hindquarters over to the right off of your left leg, turn his front end over to the right in a quarter or half turn, then lope him off. Ask him firmly as he may be confused at first. The reason this exercise works so well is that it contains the components needed for the lope off. The horse is using his hindquarters, and is also moving over off your lope-off cue leg and then finally, before his departure, he is rebalancing his weight onto his hindquarters allowing the lift needed to make a smooth, effortless lope-off departure. Repeat this over and over and you will perfect your lopeoff departure. Good luck with these exercises. They will build a new level of strength and acceptance in your horse!

Good example of backing: the horse has a relaxed jaw, is more free in its stride, lifts up in the shoulders, and the neck is straight and in a more relaxed position.

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Alberta Animal Tech on Tour with Cavalia By Carrie Nicholson When Nikki St. Georges graduated from GPRC Fairview Campus Animal Health Technology Diploma Program in 2010, she landed a great job in an animal clinic in Edmonton. But after being blown away by Cavalia, the Quebec-based equestrian show that combines acrobatics, dance, aerial stunts, live music and horses, she knew she wanted to be in show business.


went to see the show when they were in Calgary and I totally fell in love with it.” With perseverance, Nikki was able to get in contact with the people behind the scenes and it paid off. “I sent my email and hoped and prayed for a job. It was pretty funny, because I called them every single day after that to ask if they had a chance to see it. I ended up getting a phone call from the head office and from there I did a series of interviews.” Nikki, who has owned and ridden horses her whole life, cried when she got the call confirming she got a position taking care of the Cavalia horses. “The phone rang and the call display said ‘Cavalia’ - I answered and it was the director, asking me how fast I could get there to start working. I was speechless.” Nikki headed out as soon as she could to begin training in Quebec. Working with another animal technician, she quickly got to know “her children” as she calls them - the 42 horses who perform in the show. Then came preparations for the show’s first stop on their current eightweek tour, Minneapolis. In her role, Nikki makes sure the horses are comfortable and in top condition. Part of the excitement is actually participating in the show itself. “I ride one of the horses to warm him up for his part and I have certain cues where I bring horses to the stage for performances.” Nikki also ensures they are safe and well cared for during travel between cities. “It’s a big show to transport, and the Cavalia crew works with a transport company to safely bring the animals to 16 • Saddle Up • February 2012

each city on the tour. We have six semitrucks and each horse gets their own giant box stall with food and water.” For the Alberta-born horse enthusiast, one of the best parts of the job is getting to see places and meet people she has never seen before. “I have never had the opportunity to travel; I’ve been to Mexico, but I’ve never toured like this - driving through the cities and landscape.” And the world is opening up. After Minneapolis and two more North American stops in Portland and Seattle, Cavalia is headed to China! As an Animal Health Technician graduate, it’s been an interesting and passionate road for Nikki, who at one time had never heard of the profession. “I rode horses all my life. A girlfriend was in the Animal Health Program and I had no idea Animal Health Techs even existed. It sounded exciting.” After volunteering at a veterinary clinic for the 80 hours required to join the program and receiving a letter of recommendation, Nikki got a surprise phone call from GPRC Fairview campus. “I never thought of going up north, but I had heard so many good things about the Fairview campus that I went for it.” According to Nikki, the program offered many things that others didn’t. “It’s very well-respected in the industry because it’s a working farm that allows you to develop your skills with real experience. Even in my first few weeks of school, I was doing large animal labs, which is amazing.” The two-year program kept Nikki busy, but she says learning was easy because the GPRC instructors are so

passionate about animal care. “I loved my instructors - you can tell they love what they do and that made me want to learn. They understood that you are living away from home and you can talk to them anytime. Living on campus was awesome because you were five minutes from class. You make great friends being there and the time goes by so fast. To this day, I miss being there, and I’ve never missed school before,” she laughs. To someone considering the program, Nikki advises lots of research to ensure it’s what they want to do. “Make sure you research the industry before you dive in. Make sure you are ready for a challenge. It’s not all fun times, but it is extremely rewarding. She also wants potential students to realize being an animal tech doesn’t always mean working in a clinic. “Look at me; I’m on tour with Cavalia! I’m being paid to travel around the world!”


Twisted Terrain Horse Park By Laurie Thompson


nlike any type of ‘ride in the park’ you’ve experienced, there’s a new twist to this very unique park that will capture your attention! Twisted Terrain Horse Park is the first of its kind in Canada and has all the elements any rider could possibly imagine. Ever thought of riding across a 4’ wide trestle bridge and then guiding your horse up and Lee and Scottie on the suspension down a log staircase built into a mountain side? What a thrill to maneuver atop a suspension bridge. bridge and wander your way through a log crossed gorge. Oh, there’s lots more to do in the park! Designer, Mark Bolender knows what it takes to create a park that has all the key ingredients to develop confidence and build on horsemanship skills. Home base is Silver Creek, Washington where Bolender Horse Park is located. For over 10 years Mark has been building horse parks throughout the USA. In 2011 he built an extreme trail park in Germany and now created a multi skill level course for Twisted Terrain Horse Park, in Hope, British Columbia. Lee and Scottie at the log scrabble Twisted Terrain is designed to be a land of learning. This incredible outdoor classroom offers unlimited opportunity to build confidence in both horse and rider, one of the greatest challenges any of us can face, whatever our age, skill level or discipline. It’s not your typical arena by any means with mini mountains, water work areas, gorges and numerous log and rock scramble areas. The teeter totter and balance beams offer their own kind of challenges. A rewarding spin-off from horse parks is the rapidly growing sport of Mountain Trail Horse Challenges and Shows. Of key interest is the majority age category is between 35 to 70 years old. Challenges and Show judging is primarily based on how well horse and rider express themselves while maneuvering through a mountain trail course. Lee and Scottie leaving the trestle In 2012 Twisted Terrain Horse Park will be busy with a variety of Mountain Trail bridge. Horse Challenges and Shows. We are introducing North America’s Mountain Trail Horse 2012 Challenge, set for mid-September. It’s interesting, but as we age there seems to be a desire to not fall Hope, BC off your horse, not go too fast, not have to squeeze into shiny stuff for a horse show and clearly not too long a day in the saddle! The Mountain Trail Horse Challenges and Shows are meant to be fun for Mark Bolender and Glenn Stewart both riders and spectators. If you are interested in learning more about the sport of Mark Bolender Three time USA National Mountain Trail and Extreme Trail Champion. Riders Mountain Trail Horse, three time USA National Champion, of all disciplines and skill levels will benefit from his unique teaching style. Mark Bolender will be at Twisted Terrain Horse Park – see our All clinics focus is on safety, confidence, de-spooking and horsemanship skills. ad on the right. You can find out more about Mark at www. Mark will instruct on how to approach the obstacles in the park and much more. uniquehorsemanship.com. March 21 Mountain Trail Course Introduction 1 day Clinic $200 Glenn Stewart will be conducting Natural Horsemanship March 22 Mountain Trail Course Introduction 1 day Clinic $200 clinics with us as well. Glenn has over 25 years of experience in the March 23 – 25 Mountain Trail Horse Clinic & Show 3 day clinic $500 horse industry and spent 10 years as one of the highest rated Parelli Glenn Stewart Professionals. Visit www.thehorseranch.com to find out more about As one of the highest rated Parelli Professionals Glenn has over 25 years of Glenn and the programs he offers. experience in the horse industry. His natural horsemanship skills achieve extra ordinary results with participants. Enhance your horsemanship skills with the Canada’s horse industry needs to continue growing and Spring Tune-Up Workshop designed to re-focus and achieve extra ordinary results. developing. We are thrilled to have top clinicians, trainers and show organizers host events at Twisted Terrain and we look forward to March 31 & April 1 Spring Tune-Up Workshop $500 September 21-23 Extreme Horsemanship Canada being a part of that growth and development. 2 day clinic & 1 day competition $TBA For more information about our private facility and register Clinic Information and Registration for the upcoming events, please visit our website at www. twistedterrainhorsepark.com. www.twistedterrainhorsepark.com or Our sincere thanks to Editor, Nancy Roman and the Email: thompsonlaurie@telus.net outstanding, Saddle Up magazine for the endless support in /FlCE  s#ELL    presenting this information to readers. Happy twisted trails!

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Training for Courage by Paul Dufresne Illustrations by Karen Clouston


Some folks feel it is more difficult to get motivated to practice and train their horses when it’s cold out, so I have decided to make some suggestions that could be done indoor or outdoor. Many of these suggested patterns can be done outside in winter as long as you ride according to the conditions.


he photo and diagrams are just ideas - you can manipulate things to suit yourself and your horse. I have provided descriptions and alternative options you could throw in there. You can easily go on such a course for hours, with all the variations and transitions in stop, back, walk, trot, canter and all the various lateral movements. The arena is large here so I can set up courses like these and still train on the outside of the arena, developing various movements, then mix in running patterns of the pinwheels. Going around obstacles naturally creates opportunities to bend and supple a horse. Make sure they stay balanced (not falling in) when going around the obstacles by elevating the inside rein and engaging the hindquarter. The barrels themselves (the more the better) tend to help horses to be more upright as you change from bend to bend continuously. They figure this out for themselves in many cases. The cool thing about these pinwheels is that riding the patterns causes the horse and rider to do more of the right things just trying to navigate it.


Suggested variations of movements: * Stop, start, back-up, walk, trot, canter, bends in both directions in all movements and transitions from one gait to another. * Lateral movements: shoulder-in, haunches in/out, leg yields, half-pass, 1/4 - 1/2 pirouettes at the ends of the ground poles or renvers/travers, side-pass over ground poles. * Turns on fore and hind, roll-overs and reaches, roll-back, roll-ins or outs, partial spins at end of ground poles, on the box or around the barrels. * Back through barrels, or rails, figure eights, repeated circles or just one circle. This is great preparation for Working Equitation or Extreme trail classes as well. I will have a Pinwheel demo video posted soon at trainingforcourage.com. Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Pritchard, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship, Classical Arts, Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses and, 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. Visit his website at www.trainingforcourage.com. 18 • Saddle Up • February 2012

-Circle each barrel once or more until lined up for the next one on course. Bend around barrels or ask for one step of roll-over of hind (cross on hind) or reach on fore (cross on fore) -Go over outside of rails ask horse to soften between rails, leave them alone as they balance over rail with you looking forward, their job to watch for the rails -Once you have done the full circle, if you have a box or raised prop in the middle, step up front end on it then ask for one step of hindquarter over. Later ask for more, increasing one step at a time. Try to keep the fore as quiet as possible until you can do a 360 on the fore. -dismount box and circle the other way over the inside of the rails softening the horse between rails. -Repeat going the other way.

Readers: Paul will be giving a demonstration in Langley, BC on March 18 at the LMQHA Quarter Horse Bazaar. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training for Courage, cont’d PINWHEEL B




-Walk, trot, canter, or combination canter with walk lead changes, then ying leads. -Serpentine barrels with either bend or rollover & reach on fore one step or two. -Go over inside in a circle then circle over ends of ground poles. You could roll over one step on hind as you circle the ends or do one step over on fore. *You could mount box between small and big rail circles


-Walk, trot, canter or mixed variations. -Serpentine and circle around barrels. -Figure eight around one rail and box, then move to next rail and do the same. -You could do 1 or 2 steps of turn on the haunches at the outside end of each rail and one or two steps of crossing the haunches over at the inside end of each rail. -Reverse pattern. *Could also do some or all of the barrels in a rein-back.


-Walk, trot, canter or mixed variations/ transitions. -Shoulder-in or haunches out thru barrels, bend around barrels, change direction of lateral movement after each half circle around end barrel. -Bend around the end of rails and carry the bend into a leg yeild. Change bend at the end of the next rail and carry leg yeild on new bend to the next end of rail. -Reverse pattern. * Could perform one yeild on each side, go over cavletti circle and then go to the next set of rails. Yield on each side and then over cavelletti rails until yeilds have been done at all the rails.

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Team Canada at Youth World Cup By Marnie Somers, President, CQHA


ermany will be the host country for the next biennial American Quarter Horse Association’s Youth World Cup to be held in Kreuth, from July 21-29, 2012. This event, first held in Australia in 1986 as the International Youth Quarter Horse World Cup, has become one of the most prestigious equine competitions recognized worldwide. It is a major initiative of the CQHA to field a youth team for this competition, which is held every two years. The CQHA Youth World Cup Committee is pleased to announce that it has chosen ten qualified youth participants from all across Canada, for Team Canada 2012.

Competing Riders are: Joannie Backes, 18, from Carlsbad Springs, ON Quinn Brandt, 15, from Steinbach, MB Carly Epp, 18, from Caledon, ON Rianna Storey, 18, from Cambridge, ON; returning Youth World Cup competitor Haley Stradling, 15, from Aldergrove, BC

Alternate Riders are: Amanda Daly, 15, from Pritchard, BC Anika Hodgson, 17, from Stellarton, NS Youth Leadership Members are: Laura Anne Berensci, 15, from Paris, ON Stefanie Lepp, 18, from Rivers, MB Brittany Ruecker, 18, from Balcarres, SK The CQHA Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Della Cryderman of Murillo, ON and Karen Westerback of Thunder Bay, ON have been appointed as 2012 Team Canada Coach and Team Canada Manager, respectively. The CQHA is indeed fortunate to have such well-qualified candidates volunteer their time, experience and resources to serve Team Canada in these capacities. Cryderman and Westerback successfully campaigned Team Canada to a top-five finish out of 16 countries at the 2008 AQHA Youth World Cup held in London, ON. For more information regarding the Canadian Quarter Horse Association, including Team Canada’s participation at the 2012 AQHA Youth World Cup, visit the CQHA web site at www. cqha.ca and check out the Youth World Cup links.



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Countdown To London 2012 By Ruth Grundy


wenty-one nations celebrated their Olympic qualification on January 9, which marked the 200-day countdown to London 2012 and 100 years of equestrian sport in the Olympic movement. Eleven countries have now secured the opportunity to join the nine nations already qualified and the host, Great Britain, at London 2012 through a series of nail-biting qualifiers held around the world for their Olympic Group. Canada’s equestrian team has successfully qualified to compete in team Jumping, team Dressage and team Eventing. The total number of teams competing at the 2012 Olympic Games will be confirmed on March 1, when additional composite teams in Dressage and Eventing made up of three individuals from the same nation are finalized through the FEI Olympic Riders Ranking. Nations qualifying to send individual riders will also be confirmed on March 1, and riders then have until June 17 to achieve the necessary minimum eligibility criteria to compete at London 2012. “We have had the most exciting build-up during the qualification period, with Canada, Germany, Sweden and the

USA qualifying for team places alongside host nation Great Britain in all three Olympic equestrian disciplines,” explained Catrin Norinder, Olympic Director at the FEI. “There are still composite team places for two disciplines to secure, and of course it’s all to play for with the individual riders. We’re building up to a thrilling, 100-year anniversary for equestrian sport in the Olympics, when 200 riders and horses will compete for individual and team gold, silver and bronze medals in Eventing, Dressage and Jumping.” The Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad on July 27 will be followed by 12 days of equestrian competition and, for the first time in Olympic history, the final equestrian event will be the Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle to Music held on August 9. Equestrian sport has been a part of the Olympic movement since the 1912 Games in Stockholm, and the FEI is working closely with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and LOCOG to maximize coverage of the competition in Greenwich Park. All information on the London 2012 Olympics can be found at www.fei.org.

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Local Gals Bound for 2012 Olympics? By Joanna Cockerline A testament to the profound dressage talent in the Okanagan, three BC Interior dressage riders - Janine Little, Joni Lynn Peters, and Chelsea Balcaen - have declared for the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London this summer.


hese three athletes and their mounts are all currently training and competing in Florida through the winter and spring of 2012, where they are each vying to accrue enough points at CDI*** level competitions to earn a spot to represent Canada at the Olympics.

Janine Little and Dominic LHF Photo courtesy of T and T Photographics


aised in Vernon and based out of Pirjo Holt’s Serendipity Farms in Kelowna, Janine Little has declared for the Olympics with her mount Dominic LHF, a 16.1hh, 10-year-old Hanoverian owned by Susanne Zimmermann. Partnered together since 2006, after Zimmermann saw the progress Little was making with the sensitive young gelding, Little has brought Dominic LHF from

Joni Lynn Peters and Travolta Photo courtesy of Totem Photographics


rmstrong’s Joni Lynn Peters, a Certified Level III coach in both eventing and dressage, is partnered with Travolta, a 16.2HH 12 year-old gelding, (Olympic Ferro x Lurosa, by Landwind II), whom she bought at the Olds Sport Horse Auction as a three year-old. She has been his exclusive trainer since then. Peters, who describes herself as a horsewoman rather than a dressage competitor, attributes her diverse background with horses to her success as a 22 • Saddle Up • February 2012

Training Level to making his Grand Prix debut. The pair earned great success throughout the 2010 and 2011 seasons, and were 2010 Western Canadian Regional FEI Advanced Champions, 2010 Pacific Regionals FEI Advanced Champions, 2010 Alberta Provincial FEI Advanced Champions, 2011 CA/ADA FEI Advanced Champions, 2011 Western Regional Overall FEI Advanced High Point Winners, 2011 Western Regional FEI Advanced Freestyle Champions, Alberta Provincial FEI Advanced Freestyle Champions, and 2011 Western Regional FEI Advanced Champions. In 2011, Janine Little and Dominic LHF also achieved a Top 10 finish at the International Horse Sport Dressage Premiere in Wellington, Florida. Currently, Little is training daily with internationally renowned clinician Albrecht Heidemann at the Lady Jean Ranch in Jupiter, Florida. Listed for the Canadian Dressage Team, she has also participated in training clinics with Markus Gribbe, Robert Dover, Juan Matute and Steffen Peters, and spent 2005-2006 training with threetime Olympic gold medalist Anky Van Grunsven in the Netherlands. Pursuing her goal of representing Canada at the Olympics has been Little’s dream since she was a young girl - and one she has been determinedly working towards ever since. “Getting to this level is a long road,” Little explains. “But I love the day-to-day work it takes to train and reach this level. And I’ve always embraced challenges. I’m ready to put in 110% to get there. There is nothing I wouldn’t give of myself to make this dream a reality.”

rider. Peters has been previously named to the long and short lists of both the Canadian Eventing Team and to the Canadian Dressage Team. She was the BC FEI Advanced Dressage Champion for 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2010, Peters and Travolta were Reserve Champions of BC and Champions of the Western Canadian Region at the Grand Prix level. In 2011 they were Champions of the Western Regionals and the Pacific Regionals at Grand Prix. She has been in the Top 5 rider listing for Dressage Canada and was named the 2011 HCBC Athlete of the Year. Throughout all her pursuits, she is appreciative of the encouragement of her partner, John Knol, as well as the continued guidance and support of her parents, Bob and Jacquie Peters of Barriere, BC. Most recently, Peters’ 2012 season with Travolta is off to an encouraging start: the pair earned second place in the Grand Prix class at Florida’s first show of the 2012 Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge, first place in the large FEI Open class, fourth place in the Gold Coast Opener CDI and third in the Olympic Grand Prix Special. “It was quite a thrill for me to be at my first show in Florida,” Peters reflects. “Our results have given us a good feeling to start the winter season and continue our Olympic dream.”


Local Gals, cont’d Chelsea Balcaen and Pikardi Pictured with the coaches Lisa Wilcox and Ernst Hoyos


ernon’s Chelsea Balcaen purchased her mount, Pikardi - a 16.3hh, 1997 Canadian Warmblood gelding by Pointmaker - from Canadian Olympic FEI rider Bonny Bonnello in 2011. Pikardi was trained by Bonnello, with whom he became a Team Canada horse and competed in the 2010 World Equestrian Games. In 2011, Balcaen trained with Bonnello at Ironhill Equestrian Centre. Since December 2011 and to spring 2012, she is training full time in Wellington, Florida, with US Olympic Dressage Bronze Medalist Lisa Wilcox and Dressage Master Ernst Hoyos of Germany, at Marsh Pond Farms. Although it is a challenge to be away from her husband, Keith, and their two young daughters, Emily and Gracie, she is tremendously thankful for the support she has received from family and friends.


Declaring for the Olympics, Balcaen feels, is a success in itself; it’s something she has dreamed of for many years. She is elated with Pikardi and excited about furthering her education and skills, saying, “one of my favourite things about this sport is we never stop learning.” Though they are a relatively new pairing, she’s enjoying taking the time to form the intimate relationship required for the Grand Prix. Her hope is that they will find success at the Grand Prix level and form a strong and lasting partnership. “If we are fortunate enough to achieve dreams beyond that, it will be a tremendous bonus,” she says, noting that she and Pikardi are working overtime getting to know each other while preparing for the qualifiers. “Lisa gives me the same advice she received from Ernst Hoyos while preparing for many of her great accomplishments: “wir haben zeit” – “we have time” – and Lisa tells her “do it with a smile.” “I am honoured to be listed amongst so many wonderful Canadian horse/rider combinations and wish my fellow declared riders a

rewarding season. I’m hopeful 2012 will be one full of team spirit, great memories, and, of course, success for Canadian riders!” Best of luck to all declared riders as they strive to represent Canada. Joanna Cockerline (joanna.cockerline@shaw. ca) is an Okanagan-based writer, editor, and communications consultant.

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy TEACHING YOUR HORSE TO OFFER HIS HOOF

Q: I recently got a wonderful new horse, but I am having problems getting him to let me pick up his feet. Can clicker training help me with this problem?


Clicker training is definitely one way you can work on this “grounded” issue. Many times, horses that are reluctant to pick up their feet are not being difficult, they are simply not balanced enough to do it comfortably. Also, people often rush a horse to pick up his foot and don’t give him time to reorganize his balance. With clicker training, we can approach picking up a horse’s hoof differently: we will have the horse pick up his own hoof. He does it on his own many, many times a day, so we just need to capture and reinforce that behaviour. Shaping, or teaching your horse to do this behaviour will work best if he has already had some exposure to clicker training. If you go online and find the back issues of Saddle Up, my foundation lessons are there with their accompanying video links and are a great place to start your relationship with a new horse. You can also find the videos by searching YouTube for “d1fairy.” These lessons will set you both up for success with this “ungrounding” training. You need to have some of the foundation training in place before starting to teach your horse to OFFER TO PICK UP his hoof. Notice that I said to teach your horse to OFFER his foot - nothing about you “picking up” the horse’s hoof! This is a very different approach. Changing the way you approach and think about lifting up hooves is an important point in shaping your horse to offer his hoof. Thinking differently makes you different. Now is a good time to introduce the term, POISONED CUE. A “poisoned” cue is a cue that, when given, doesn’t always have a positive outcome when it is responded to, and the outcome (good 24 • Saddle Up • February 2012

or bad) can’t be predicted. Think about having your boss say he’d like to see you in his office. For most of us, this would cause some apprehension, because sometimes it means good things, and sometimes not. We can never tell what it will be each time. Asking your horse to pick up his hoof can be a poisoned cue for your horse, just like going to the see the boss might be for you. Sometimes when he was asked to pick up a hoof, good things happened. Sometimes when he was asked, he wasn’t ready, and got smacked or pushed to get him to pick up his hoof. Same cue, different result. How does he know what to expect each time? Poisoned cues lead to reluctance to do that behaviour. If we look at his reluctance to pick up a hoof as a balance issue, having him offer his foot will allow him to improve his balance. This will have great spillover effects in other areas of his training. Clicker training has this wonderful spillover effect! How do you start getting him to OFFER TO HOLD UP A HOOF? Start with the hoof that is the “least stuck” to the ground, and it will be to your advantage if you have your horse in a place where he is inclined to move about a bit. You are going to watch the leg with the hoof you have decided to work on. Why the leg? The leg will start to bend before the hoof starts to come off the ground. Remember, in clicker training, like all good training, you need to break the training down into small, easy steps so the horse can be successful. It would be unrealistic to expect him to lift and hold his foot up right from the start, so we will capture and shape successive approximations of the end behaviour that we want.

Getting started, with hand on shoulder to feel muscle in leg movement

Getting better

Yes, good job!

I like to start this by placing my hand on his shoulder. I can then feel his muscle tighten as he gets ready to move his leg. I am NOT pressing or pushing on his shoulder to get him to move, I am using my hand to give me an advanced signal that he is actually moving his leg. At the HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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By George, he’s got it!

I’m holding the toe with one finger! Only three short sessions and he is holding up his own hoof with no weight on my finger to steady his toe. He is balanced and able to hold his own hoof up. Why would you ever want to go back to bending over and trying to pry his foot off the ground?!

slightest movement of the shoulder, I will click and treat. Do not bend over or assume a “hoof picking-up position.” Stand upright. You are going to click and treat him for any slight movement of his leg that is a forward lift, a move that would eventually lead to his lifting his hoof off the ground. If your timing of the click is good, he will quickly figure out that the reward has something to do with his lifting that hoof. Simply keep reinforcing these small tries, building on the height and duration of the lifts over time. You will soon have a horse that will offer you his own hoof and he will hold it up to be cleaned. Please refer to my videos on my channel (“d1fairy”) on YouTube, which you’ll find at http://www. youtube.com/d1fairy/. There are three videos 811 Alder Avenue, 100 Mile House, BC on hoof lifting, starting 250-395-1123, E-mail: sales@the-log-house.com from scratch and going through to the holding Some of the brands we carry: up of his own hoof. Another video to search for on Google is “abused mini learns to trust.” Until next time, keep it positive.

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We have covered quite a bit of ground on riding great horsemanship patterns over the last six articles on this topic. On this, the seventh issue, I want to talk about things that one can do at home to improve your rides at the shows, as well as other things to keep in mind.


feel that leg strength and lower body control is one of the key ingredients for a solid base when riding. It all starts at the bottom and works its way up, enabling steady upper body control, as well as having total overall body position and control. I feel that riding in an English saddle from time to time is the best way to achieve this. Many horsemanship exhibitors also show in the equitation classes as well. They know how much more difficult it is to ride in an English saddle and maintain proper lower leg control. For those that do this, they seem to master the Western saddle with greater ease. I would suggest owning or borrowing an English saddle to ride in at least once a week if not more, to create stronger lower body control and improve your overall riding, even if you never plan on showing in English events. I know of roping horse trainers that occasionally put their clients in an English saddle so they actually learn how to ride. Once back in the western saddle, they felt so much more in control, and their riding abilities and balance improved almost overnight!

Another exercise that I recommend is to practice standing in your stirrups while at an extended trot. I suggest my riders to start at the jog, stand up in the stirrups so that all the weight is on the ball of their foot, with their heels still down and toes pointed slightly out. From there, make sure that you maintain this position with gripping with your lower thigh and your upper calf, that is, on either side of your knee. From here, increase the jog to an extended trot and maintain this as long as possible. It is very important to keep your upper body vertical and not bend over to cheat when doing this drill. It is important to keep in mind that the three main points be lined up while doing this exercise. Those are the point of your shoulder, your hip, and your ankle, which should be kept in as straight of a line as possible. If you have not done this before, you will want to start slow and work your way up to where you can do this for a few minutes or more at a time. I have my students do this until it hurts, go past it for 30 seconds and then sit back down, and break to the walk and rest. Three or

four sessions of this everyday will improve your lower leg control and increase your overall balance to a much higher degree. Some of my clients jokingly call it torture, but I remind them “no pain no gain.” Everyone needs to know how far they can push themselves; if you can then sit down slowly back into the saddle and still maintain the proper amount of weight in your stirrups, without sitting on the back of the cantle, then this exercise is working to your advantage! Next month I will have some more tips that you can do at home to constantly improve your talents, as well as more show ring tips that can help exhibitors raise their overall scores in the arena! Until then, keep practicing good habits.

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Trainer of Champions, cont’d Mark Sheridan has been operating his training stable and producing winning all around show horses for over 28 years in Cave Creek, Arizona. He trains Quarter Horses for all around events in open, amateur, and youth competition and has a passion for teaching. He has trained and

coached four reserve youth world champions in horsemanship, trail, hunter under saddle, and hunt seat equitation. He enjoys the class of western riding and makes it his specialty. Mark has been an AQHA (AAAA ranked) and NSBA (Category 1 ranked) judge since 1992. He is a

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DVD Review The Ultimate Lead Change Series with Mark Sheridan 3 DVD Set – over 4 hours Part 1: Proper Body Preparation before the change is the Key (Building the Foundation for Quality Lead Changes) Part 2: Advancing Your Horse with Proper Technique for Great Changes (Training Stages and the Progression of Changes) Part 3: The Final Phase and Training for Longevity (The Finished Horse Maintaining and Problem Solving)


his DVD Series is not just about Lead Changes as I soon discovered – Mark covers all aspects of riding and reining your horse and this series is very thorough. Right off the bat, he cannot stress enough “Everything is timing and feel!â€? Mark talks about different equipment on the market and their uses, i.e. bits, bridles, martingales, hackamores, reins, and spurs. He provides good tips on riding in general, and covers a lot of topics to prepare your horse (and you) for the show or competition ring. And what the judge is looking for‌ or might ‘deduct’ for. He uses many horses, all of young age, to demonstrate the progress of each throughout the series and his training program. Most are wearing different bits or bridles in each session and he explains why - very helpful information for all. Mark also shows us different exercises, patterns and drills, to help set your horse up. And then there’s the ‘reasonably loose rein’ rule that events call for. This is discussed and demonstrated as well. What is too long, too short or just right? The “back-upâ€? is covered as well – the maneuver that could ‘make or break’ the final judgment call at the show. Quotes from Mark Sheridan‌ “Teach them, don’t punish them.â€? “If you’re schooling at an event, be courteous and respectful to the judge.â€? “Ride the horse the same at the show as you do at home.â€? “Don’t freeze up and be nervous‌ breathe.â€? The testimonials on his website are worth a view – just as this series is! - Reviewed by Nancy Roman, Saddle Up magazine

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Coaching in Cochabamba 2011 by Carol McNeil It all began in 2001 when, with two good friends, I travelled to Peru to ride in the mountains for five days and then hiked the last day to Machu Picchu. Since then, I have had a love affair with South America and the Spanish language. This year, November and December 2011, Linda Poel and I travelled around the east side of Bolivia, having visited the west side last year.


e flew to Rurrenabaque in the department (state) of Beni, where Linda and I rode horseback for three days on a working ranch in the pampas. After flying back to La Paz, we travelled by bus for eight hours to Cochabamba to go to Spanish school for two weeks. While in Cochabamba, we discovered Club Hipico, a riding school - most locals call it the “hipodromo.” It was a fairly long walk from where we lived with our families in Juan XX111, a suburb of Cochabamba. We wandered around the facility which consisted of a large jumping ring, a 20x60m dressage ring, a warm-up ring and a round pen, plus stables for the horses. We checked out the horses in the box stalls and with a critical eye noticed that all were well fed and a few had signs of hard use. There was one horse tied to a tree and suddenly I noticed that he was loose. “Hay un caballo libre!” I yelled to the three workers and they ran in hot pursuit. In my mind I was saying you will need a halter, however after the horse had his run, he stopped obediently when one of the men held up his hands. Then another man came along with a rope and halter. We visited with the owner of the loose horse while his son groomed and tacked up the stallion. We learned that the boy jumped this horse and rode in competitions. We then met Lusquer Flores, the father of another young rider, Jhael Flores, who rode in both jumper and dressage competitions. Lusquer told us that they did not have an instructor at Club Hipico for Jhael, 18 years old and Lorena Monje, 17 years old. When they learned that Linda had a Level 1 instructor certificate they pressured us to teach the girls. Jhael has two lovely horses, a black gelding for jumping and a tall bay, Vikingo, for dressage. We observed a man warming up Jhael’s black gelding on our first day at the hipodromo. He was keeping the horse jammed up in front, using draw reins, lots of hand, especially the inside rein, and not allowing the horse to use his natural suspension and forward impulsion. It was hard to watch him ride. Luckily for Linda, Jhael spoke fluent English. On the first day, she gave her a flat lesson in the jumping ring on her black gelding and she warmed her up on the flat before each jumping lesson. Lorena’s family owns eight horses, including a big, lovely Zangersheide gelding. Five of their horses live at the hipodromo. She used her 6-year-old gelding in the first lesson, but he was off the next day so she used her brother’s jumping mare (yegua), Piscolita, for the remainder of the lessons. She was a very 28 • Saddle Up • February 2012

sensitive and forward mare. The following day, I taught both girls some basic dressage exercises in the dressage ring. Working on a 20-metre circle, we worked on using more inside leg to create the bend to the outside rein, lighten up on the inside rein and to push the horse into the contact with their seat and legs rather than using their hands. For five days, after Spanish school and a late lunch (almuerzo), we took the bus for .35 bs (“bs” are bolivianos, the Jhael riding her black gelding she currency of Bolivia), a taxi uses for jumping. (trufi) for 6 bs, or the micro for 1 bs to the hipodromo at about 4:30pm to teach our students. After the lessons, Jhael’s father or mother would drive us back to our homes. It was so much fun. I knew many Spanish words, but had to learn a few new ones like: respire (breathe), paseo (walk), medio galope (canter), Lorena Monje on her gelding Kassir. rienda (rein), and nalgas (buttocks), and I used a hand signal for the long rein. During the five days, we worked mainly on getting Lorena’s body relaxed, transitions on a 20-metre circle and serpentines. On the last day after some review, we finished with leg yielding from the quarter line to the track. Lorena was a very hardworking student and it was rewarding for both of us to see the difference in her horse. She was an athletic mare who enjoyed the soft ness of Lorena’s hands. It was a most satisfying adventure for me. During one lesson with Lorena, I looked up and saw a long, narrow funnel in a very dark sky. I had a sense that I should be afraid of this thing, but instead I ran for my camera. By the time I got back, the lower section of the tornado was gone but I did get HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Cochabamba, cont’d a picture of the top part. I was afraid our lesson would be rained out, but the rain did not materialize. Later, as I watched the news on TV, I learned that the tornado did a lot of damage from wind and hail in the southern part of Cochabamba and 15,000 chickens died because their houses fell down on them. Linda working with Jhael on softening the inside rein. The tornado was a big deal in Cochabamba because it the other trainers Carol, Kassir and Lorena after a lesson. was one of three in Bolivia this year and it is a rare occurrence. did not have success On our last day of instructing at the hipodromo, Jhael’s with the flying change with this gelding. father wanted Linda to ride Vikingo. She rode him and despite We so appreciated this experience in Cochabamba and wearing half chaps, she got two rubs on the inside of her lower the parents appreciated us taking time to give their daughters legs; however, she did get the horse to do a flying change. Jhael’s lessons without charge. Sonia Gamboa, mother of Jhael, took us parents were pleased with Jhael’s progress with Vikingo, their sightseeing one afternoon throughout Cochabamba. We took a transitions were smoother and he moved off her leg more cable car up San Pedro hill to Cristo de la Concordia, the tallest willingly. They commented on what a strong rider Linda was, as statue of Jesus in the world. It is 33 metres tall. It is taller than the statue of Jesus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which is 30 metres tall. We also visited Las Portales, a five star hotel owned by Waldo Monje, Lorena’s father, where we were treated to coffee, tea and Farm & Ranch Equipment Ltd tiramisu. Equine Equipment We had finished our two weeks of Spanish lessons at the 1974 2012 Runawasi Spanish School, so it was time for us to move on. We exchanged addresses and sadly said our goodbyes to our very special Bolivian friends. There is a possibility that Jhael will visit us in the summer of 2012 and ride for Linda at Cralin Meadows, Lone Butte. So you may see her at some local clinics and possibly a show. P. S. Google “Tornado in Cochabamba, Bolivia” if you are interested in more information about the tornado.


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have to think about where her seat bones were or what her leg was doing. It was just in the right place effortlessly. As a result, her horse went extremely well, was balanced, rhythmic, and responsive. She was impressed and the transformation was clear to everyone in the group. Prior to the successful horse clinics, Robyn attended Equitana Asia-Pacific (www. equitana.com.au) as a presenter. Equitana was the Australian premiere of the brand new booklet on using Bodywraps called â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Wrapped Up.â&#x20AC;? These booklets were extremely popular and the in-booth demonstrations on people yielded some amazing results. The most powerful case was in a woman who had a 12-year-old injury that had rendered her uneven, imbalanced, and unable to stand still without holding onto something. Immediately after putting a full TTouch Bodywrap on her,

Mandy Pretty frequently assists Robyn at clinics around the world as well as teaching her own Connected Riding/Tellington TTouch workshops. She is based in Coldstream, BC. For more information, please visit www. intouchwithyourhorse.com.



she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like I am in my body for the first time since the accident!â&#x20AC;? and she was able to stand still without any support. In addition to the impromptu individual demos that happened in the booth, Robyn presented on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Understanding and Influencing Your Horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Personalityâ&#x20AC;? as well as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Connecting Your Horse Back to Frontâ&#x20AC;? and shared a booth with Connected Riding founder, Peggy Cummings, who was there from the United States. Also presenting at Equitana were Edward Gal, 2010 WEG Dressage winner and Stacey Westfall, among many well-known Australian horsemen and horsewomen. Robyn will be returning to Australia in May 2012 to teach more workshops. The combination of bodywork, mindful, unique groundwork, and posturally correct riding exercises has made the Tellington TTouch a popular clinic choice for owners dedicated to understanding and improving the well-being of their horses.


Hancock Horses Joe Hancock

Joe Hancock P-455

By Phil Livingston (The Working Horse Magazine, April 2003)


n the fi ft y-plus years since the American Quarter Horse Association was founded (in 1941) there have been many wellknown stallions. Some have left their mark on one or two generations, then faded from the scene. A very few prepotent individuals have continued their influence down through the decades and maintained their popularity with using horseman. One such stallion was Joe Hancock. According to the AQHA stud book, Joe Hancock was foaled in 1923 up in the Panhandle at Perryton, Texas. His breeder was John Jackson Hancock. One of John Hancock’s sons, Joe, had moved to Nocona, down near Fort Worth. On a visit home, Joe saw the streakfaced, brown yearling and talked his father out of John Wilkens sire him. The colt, Peter McCue.

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which didn’t receive a name until he reached the race track as a two year old, was a son of John Wilkens by the legendary Peter McCue. His dam was a Hancock family mare sired by a black Percheron stallion and out of a Steeldusttype mare. While some might decry the presence of draft horse blood in a race horse, the cross did give Joe Hancock the bone and the hooves necessary to stand up to the hard use on the race track. His sire, John Wilkens, was loaded with speed but the side walls of his feet were so thin and delicate that it was almost impossible to keep shoes on him. Joe Hancock did not have hoof problems, nor did his get. The “Hancocks” were noted for having feet and legs like iron, for their size (over 15 hands) and functional conformation as well as an iron constitution that made them favorites with ranch and rodeo cowboys. Upon entering the stallion in the first Official AQHA Stud Book and Registry, Secretary Bob Denhardt described Joe Hancock as follows:

455 JOE HANCOCK - Brn. S. 1923: Tom L. Burnett Estate, Fort Worth, Texas: Sire, John Wilkens by Peter McCue by Dan Tucker: Dam Unknown. (It is said that Joe Hancock’s dam was half Percheron. His Brilliant racing record and his great colts make this seem unlikely and unimportant.) As a two-year-old the brown stallion showed his speed at a few races around home, easily defeating the competition. That was enough for Joe Hancock to turn him over to John Ogle, a well-known race horse trainer headquartered at Claypool, Oklahoma. The first place Ogle took his charge was to the race track at Comanche. When asked his horse’s name, he commented that the animal was owned by Joe Hancock of Nacona, Texas so,


Hancock Horses, cont’d “Just call him Joe Hancock.” Under that name the horse tore up the brush tracks of North Texas and Oklahoma, taking on all comers from the quarter to a half mile. Before Joe’s career was over, he was open to the world at any distance from the starting line to three eighths of a mile. Ogle even took out an advertisement in the Fort Worth newspaper stating the fact and asking for challengers. The 1920’s were the “glory days of match racing” and the brown stallion went up against the best, winning the majority of his starts. No one knows how many times Joe Hancock ran or how much money he earned for his backers. Joe Hancock was so fast that his backers needed a better place to cash in on his speed. That was the Thoroughbred tracks since panmutual betting on the Quarter Horses was still in the future. Like many Quarter Horses of the time, Thoroughbred registration papers were acquired for the Texas speedster. He was registered as Brown Wool, by Wool Winder and out of Maggie Murphy, and foaled in 1925. When the horse matured, however, he had to


retire from the Thoroughbred track. Joe Hancock finally ran himself out of competition and, if he had not caught the eye of Tom Burnett of the 6666 Ranch at Guthrie, Texas, he would have faded into the Joe Hancock in the trailer in which he was hauled from the Texas panhandle to Nocona. The fellow tying the obscurity that surrounds most old rope is the two-legged Joe Hancock. race horses. Tom, the son of Pioneer Texas cattleman Burk Burnett, seconds for the standing start quarter mile. grew up riding usin’ horses, raced a few and Joe Hancock spent the rest of his life at raised a bunch that could run and savvy a cow. the Triangle Ranch near Iowa Park. He was In addition to taking over the 6666’s, he put turned out each spring with a select group of together the Triangle Ranch at Iowa Park. His mares, most of them by the Burnett stallion, L brand on the left shoulder of a horse meant Tom. The resulting colts and fi llies made his that he was a sure ‘nuf’ good one. Tom Burnett reputation as a sire. In July of 1941 the stallion decided that Joe Hancock was just the stallion almost cut off a front foot on a piece of loose to carry on the line of horses sired by such wire in the pasture. It was several days before ranch studs as: Buggins (TB), King O’Neal he was found and screw worms and proud (TB), Scooter, Brown Rick and others. He paid flesh had pretty well taken care of the foot. George Ogle (he had purchased Joe Hancock The cut was cured and by the following spring, for $1,000.00, knowing he could resell him to he was out with his mares again. Then, in Burnett) $2,000.00 for the big brown stallion. 1943, the horse foundered (laminitis) and After buying the horse, Burnett had to his one good foot gave way. Joe Hancock was have “just one more race.” He matched the destroyed on July 29, 1943. aged stallion against a speedster owned by the The AQHA statistics credit Joe Hancock neighboring Waggoners, with 155 foals from 15 crops. Six earned also noted for owning ROM’s at Racing and two were ROM at fast horses. The race was Performance. There is no information, other to be run at the Three than word of mouth, of how well his offspring DDD’s (Waggoner brand) did on the match tracks or under the saddles race track. According of ranch and rodeo cowboys. to reports, Joe Hancock Among Joe Hancock’s better-known won so handily that the sons were Little Black Joe, sire of six Register jockey riding the Three of Merit show horses, including Honest John DDD horse couldn’t have who sired a string of top cutting and roping hit his opponent with a mounts; Joe Tom, who stayed home on the rock when he crossed the FOR SALE Triangle to sire some good cow horses in fi nish line. The stallion Blue Roan addition to the race horses Miss Roxy AA and was timed at 22 ¾ Yearlings g continued on page 34


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Hancock Horses, cont’d Catch Me Boy A; and Joe Hancock Jr, who not only ran a little but also sired the hardknocking Pelican. Jiggs and Joe were owned and roped off of by John and Clark McIntire, a father and son, both world Champion Single Steer Ropers from Kiowa, Oklahoma. Little Joe The Wrangler (sire of four A race qualifiers) and War Chief Little Black Joe - Joe Hancock x (who once outran Clabber) both Lady (Anson quarter mare) tore up the short tracks under the ownership of the Hepler Brothers before retiring to stud. Under the ownership of Tex Oliver, War Chief was twice bred to Brown Beulah by Drift wood, producing the well-known stallions War Drift and War Concho. Roan Hancock, another Burnett Ranch stallion, sired Roper, a runnin’ fool; Dusty Hancock; the half-brothers Popcorn and Peanuts, who carried Shoat Webster and Everett Shaw to lots of single steer roping money, and other top contest mounts. Perhaps his best known son was Red Man, a gotch-eared (his ears were frozen off in an ice storm shortly after he was foaled) roan stallion that could race, rope or work cows and sired a whole herd that did the same. Foaled in 1935 on the Triangle Ranch, Red Man was purchased as a long yearling by Byrne James of Encinal, Texas (who also owned King P-234 at one time). As a two year-year-old and ill with distemper, he carried James Kenny to win two matched calf ropings in one day. Shortly afterwards he won the reining at both the Tucson and Red Man Wilcox, Arizona shows. Kenneth Gunter, of Benson, Arizona, purchased Red Man in 1941 and owned him for the rest of his life. He ranched on the stallion, roped calves and steers on him and raced him. Red Man performed very credibly on the track, outrunning some of the “toughs” of the day and earning two track records at the Hacienda Moltacqua Track outside of Tucson. Among his track triumphs was a dead heat with Cyclone and, outrunning Arizona Girl and Clabber. In the 1943 World’s Championship Quarter he finished third to the immortal Shue Fly and Clabber by less than a length. As a sire, Red Man (ROM in both Performance and Racing) produced 125 registered foals from 22 crops. During his early years as a breeding stallion, a number of grade mares were brought to him so there is really no way of telling just how many foals he is responsible for. Among those that went to the track were: Capt 15, ROM; High Gear, ROM; Red Squirrel; Lilly Belle; Wampus Kitty, ROM and a track record holder at Rillito; Roan Dan, ROM; track record holder at Tucson and 3rd in the Nebraska Championship; Johnny Cake, ROM; Red Gown L, ROM; Miss Print, ROM; Red Juniper, ROM, Red Top H, ROM; Red Mama, ROM and Apache Agent, ROM. While most of the “Red Man’s” went to the track, the ranch or the rodeo arena, a few did see the show ring. Those earning Performance 34 • Saddle Up • February 2012

ROM’s included: Misfortune II; Gunman; Lady Hur; Red Wood Man; Blue Valentine and Cibecue Roan, 1965 AQHA High Point Steer Roping Stallion. Of all the Hancock’s the Red Man’s have been carried on the best. The best known of the breeders perpetuating the line must be the Merritt’s of Federal, Wyoming. For years they line-bred the Hancocks and, in the process, mounted several generations of ropers on the stout horses. Their stallions were Plenty Try by Gooseberry by Blue Valentine


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This philosophy has shaped our breeding program for years, consistently producing versatile cowhorses for today’s market. Bar5S sires carry some of the most proven Hancock ock bloodlines available, tried and true performers on the ranches and in the arena. a Thee broodmare band is made up of daughters and grand-daughters of the cowhorse cowho industry’s try’s top performers. Crossing these big, solid, dependable Hancock stallions with w the athletic, cowbred mares leaves us with foals that can go in any direction. Horses es such as Blue Valentine, Gooseberry, Mr Roan Hancock, King, Leo Hancock Hayes, H Plentyy Dividend, Wyo Blue Bonnett, and Wild Horse Breezy cover our stallion’s pedigrees. pedig Crossed sed with the Smart Chic Olena, Classy Little Lena, Mr Gunsmoke, Mr Roan Hancock Han bred mares, ares, gives the buyer a solid foal with a calm, workable disposition. Strong pedigrees, ped strong roan colour producers, and excellent conformation is what we strive for in every eve foal.



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Hancock Horses, cont’d by Red Man by Joe Hancock, beginning with Blue Valentine which Hyde Merritt used then purchased. Their outcross stallion Plenty Coup by Texas Bluebonnet by Joe Hancock. This combination gave them a “double dose” of Hancock blood. Another ranch that utilized Hancock blood in their breeding program was the Haythorns, at Arthur, Nebraska. Many of their horses trace back to War Drift, a son of War Chief by Joe Hancock and out of Brown Beulah by Drift wood. Their 1994 sale set a record average price on geldings - 98 head of broke geldings, a large percentage of Hancock linage, averaged $6,171 each. Joe Hancock’s daughters were highly thought of as producers, passing on the bone, size, speed and athletic ability of their sire. The majority of them went into breeding bands across the Southwest and “did their sire proud.” Perhaps the most influential was Joan, the dam of Hot Heels, Jo Chick, Steel Bars, and Joan’s Josephine, each of which has AAA or AA produce or get. Hot Heels produced Mona Leta AAA, Bob’s Folly AAA, Johnny Do It AAA, Mary Sunshine AAA, Bar Heels AA and Snakey Bend A. Steel Bars was the Honor Roll Halter Stallion in 1957.

Another good Joe Hancock Mare was Julie W. When bred to Leo, Julie W produced Flit, the dam of King’s Pistol, 1957 NCHA World Champion Cutting Joe Hancock racing in Oklahoma, Horse and AQHA Champion. circa 1927 (courtesy of www.spillerranch.com). Jim Calhoun, owner and rider of King’s Pistol, felt the stallion got his heavy bone, serviceable conformation and easy-going disposition from the Hancock side of the family. The combination of Gray Badger III and Lady Hancock by Roan Hancock by Joe Hancock, resulted in Triangle Tookie, dam of AQHA Champion Two Eyed Jack. Today, the demand for performance horses tracing back to Joe Hancock is stronger than ever. Among the calf and steer ropers, the popularity of the Joe Hancocks remains undiminished. They know, that to win, “they gotta’ be mounted.” With a Hancock…. a man is. Photos and information with permission from www.hancockhorses.com

New Horse Brand Locations Permitted By Bob Miller At their 2011 annual general meeting, the board of directors of Ownership Identification Inc. passed a motion to make available two additional brand locations for horses. For many years, as far back as when the Ministry of Lands and Agriculture administered the livestock brands registry, only four locations were offered as available for horse brands.


hese traditional locations were both the right and left hip and shoulder areas. What is new is the introduction of available horse brand locations referred to as “right or left upper back area.” Certain stipulations such as freeze branding only, will apply when branding in this location. “The practice known as ‘branding of livestock’ is a well documented tradition in BC, dating back to the earliest recorded ranches in the 1860s. No other way is as easily visible as branding, not only for identification of ownership, but also as a deterrent to theft,” states OII General Manager Bob Miller. According to Miller, the interest to offer the upper back area as a possible brand location came about as a request from the show horse sector. Many horse owners today still believe that a visible HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

brand serves as a deterrent to theft, but in this particular area, the brand could be covered by the blanket or saddle for show purposes. A simple design and well-applied brand on livestock is a permanent definitive mark of ownership. Livestock people commonly refer to a brand as a “return address” on their animals that cannot be washed off or cut out.

Ownership Identification Inc. (OII) was designated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries in 1997

to administer a brand registration and inspection program in British Columbia. The company is owned by the following shareholders: Horse Council BC BC Cattlemen’s Association BC Breeders and Feeders Association BC Association of Cattle Feeders Mountain Livestock Markets Association The company is run by a board of directors representing the shareholders with the head office located in Kamloops, BC. Under this designation from the Provincial Government, OII administers the Livestock Identification Act and the Livestock Identification Regulation. For more information, please visit www. ownership-id.com or call (250) 314-9686.

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Canadian Fjords Do Dressage and Jumping By Wendy Luscombe I wish more people would consider Fjords for dressage and jumping. What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to tell you here may just surprise you! When I first started riding dressage about twenty years ago, I rode Arabians. I managed to get to Third and Fourth level (USA levels) and Lendon Gray, twice US Olympic team member, rode one of my Arabians at Grand Prix.


he Arabians taught me a lot and I greatly appreciate them for that. However, my scores were in the 58 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 62% range. My trainer told me that if I ever wanted to improve my scores, I should get a Warmblood. Well, I did, and over the next few years I owned a Hanoverian and two Dutch warmbloods. The Hanoverian was once described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a world class mover.â&#x20AC;? The experience did not go well. My scores on my â&#x20AC;&#x153;world class moverâ&#x20AC;? moved up a bit to 64 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 65% and I never showed the Dutch warmbloods as one was too strong and the other was too hot. WCM got dangerous if asked to do movements beyond first level and finally dumped my trainer and broke his back. (He did recover.) Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d had it with Warmbloods and I was going through a difficult period physically, spine fused, three hip replacements and a total replacement of my right shoulder. I still wanted to ride dressage, but for fun, and safely. After all, I had owned my Grand Prix Arabian and played with riding Grand Prix

movements. I remember once asking Lendon what she thought of Fjords as dressage horses. I had seen one at the Regional dressage championships, where he had done very well. I was struck by the bond with his human and how super he was to be around. Lendonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response? â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are not dressage horses, but every barn should have one.â&#x20AC;? I guess I just heard the bit about every barn having one and now I have six! I bought all my Fjords from Blue Raven and Beaver Dam Farms in Nova Scotia, except one who I rescued. They were all bought as youngsters and, working with a super trainer, we started showing at Training and First level. Everyone, including me, was surprised at how remarkably well I did, considering I was not riding dressage

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Canadian Fjords, cont’d ridden by me, not by my trainer. Think about how many young Warmbloods someone in my condition could take to their first show? I am not going to bore you with a list of my winnings, but my Fjords were winning at both regional and national levels. All my shows were unrestricted recognized dressage shows and I competed against mainly very big, brown Warmbloods. Most remarkable to me were my scores, now in the 65 - 70% range with many in the mid 70s and even one at 81%. Contrary to my experience with the Arabians, where I seemed to be at a disadvantage, the judges liked my Fjords. I received comments such as “Can I take him home with me?” and “I can see why you ride Fjords.” One judge at the Saratoga Dressage show even wrote on Kingston’s test, “I love (heart) this pony. He can do no wrong. Give him kisses and carrots for me.” WOW. I was also Show High Score. I have to give my trainer Jane Rodd of Cricket Hill Farm, in Ancram, NY, great credit here, too, as she is a patient, persistent classical trainer, who will be bothered to train Fjords. I know Fjords are extremely cute and very personable, but something else was catching the judges’ eyes. I thought hard about what the judges liked and I went back over my tests to see if there was a general theme. Judges appreciate the harmony between horse and rider (after all I am having a blast and it shows), they appreciate the rhythm and steadiness which, of course, is the starting point on the training scale AND they appreciate the movement. This may surprise some people but the scores I receive for gaits in the collective marks at the end of my tests are rarely below 7 and quite often an 8. The judges are saying that they like the way these Fjords move! These scores are certainly comparable to what I have seen earned by lovely, moving Warmbloods. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

So for me, what started out as taking a back seat in dressage competitions took me to a level I had never even dreamed of, even with my Warmbloods. I remember smiling when I saw both Fjords, Koriakin and Kingston, in the top 50 USDF Horse of the Year standings at Training level, Amateur. That was out of well over a 1,000 horses of all breeds. Dressage is not the only discipline where my Fjords have excelled. BDF Quest made it very clear to me that he wanted to jump. He would only humour dressage if he could jump, and jump very big and fast. As I don’t jump, my friend Stephanie Kleinbauer trains and rides him. They have won open jumper classes, horse trials, dressage classes and even a hunter grand championship. Quest recently won a four bar jumping competition. The first jump was 3’ 3”, the second, 3’ 6”, the third, 3’ 9” and the fourth, 4” 3”. He was the only horse to go clear. The last jump was bigger than him! Quest gets very annoyed before going into the ring, when bystanders say, “Oh,

Stephanie Kleinbauer jumping Quest

isn’t he cute. I didn’t know Fjords could jump.” Stephanie swears he always over jumps the first jump by at least 12 inches to make a point. I am having an amazing experience and a lot of fun with my Fjords, as you can probably tell. For more information on Fjords, contact any one of the breeders advertising here or see the listing for the Canadian Fjord Horse Association in Saddle Up’s Club Listings page. Wendy Luscomb is an accomplished dressage rider with many years of solid show experiences. Check out Wendy’s winnings: www.wendyluscombe.ws/about-wendyluscombe

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Western Canadian Farrier Association By Jason Wrubleski, Certified Journeyman Farrier


ecently I went through a version of being a horse owner, but in a different respect. Very strong parallels can be drawn between my experience compared to a farrier experience. I was thinking about buying a little farm, so I had to have my current place prepared for a new owner. I had a client who was a carpenter - perfect. He did many thousands of dollars worth of work to my place, including new flooring, new windows, new counter, sanding and painting; much was done. I never asked him what his qualifications were, what type of carpentry work he did mainly, if he had WCB, or if he had liability insurance. So, a month later, it was all done. There were so many errors and mistakes made, and the mess he left in the house and yard was horrible! The

mess he left in “workmanship” was worse. Then I couldn’t get hold of him. We were steaming mad. He did come back to “fi x” some of the things, then a couple days later his “fi x” did not work, or made things worse. I decided to look down different avenues. I was referred to a Journeyman Carpenter. He was agreeable, showed up on time, cleaned up and did great work. Granted, this fellow was 25 percent more money than the previous contractor, however, there were no complications and no headaches. This experience taught me much and cost me much. Before that renovation, in October, the WCFA had their annual conference. We bring in speakers, lecturers, and clinicians from all around the world, people who are highly respected in their fields. This is a great weekend with a

hundred or so farriers attending from the Western provinces and states, combined with many veterinarians. In general discussion, I told one of the gentlemen who laid the groundwork for the WCFA many years ago, about my plans to get some work done on my house. He asked me about the qualifications and experience of the fellow I had hired. I told him I was not aware of any, but he was much cheaper, and nailing wood together is pretty simple, isn’t it? I had been warned. The next day on the flight home, I was thinking about that discussion and I realized I was sounding and thinking just like some of the horse owners I have met and dealt with. Now, here in my new place, I wanted to adapt a large shed to a forge (the term for a blacksmith shop). Guess whom I called for the job?

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he Western Canadian Farriers Association will have a booth at the first annual Saskatchewan Equine Expo, to be held at the wonderful Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, February 17-19; with the trade show taking place on Feb. 18-19. The WCFA supports education for working farriers, as well as horse owners, hosts clinics and competitions and funds our hard working western farrier team. Everyone is invited to attend and help Saskatchewan celebrate their first Equine Expo. They’ll have feature demonstrations in Reining, Jumping, Dressage and

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Heavy Horse Hitch; and speakers on First Aid, Dentistry, and Nutrition to name only a few. Over the weekend will be the popular Trainer’s Challenge with Kade Mills (Olds, AB), Cain Quam (Kendal, SK) and Dale Clearwater (Hanley, SK) taking part. There is also a Saturday night Equine Extravaganza performance. See www. saskatchewanequineexpo.com for more info. Saskatchewan's 3rd WCFA Competition and Clinic will be held May 26-27 just north of Saskatoon at Equilibrium Therapeutic Riding. Iain Ritchie of British Columbia will be the judge. We look forward to this event as Iain is very involved with the WCFA newsletter helping to familiarize our members with each other by way of personal interviews published therein; in other words helps us stay connected. Here in Saskatchewan we appreciate that very much. For more information about this event contact Paula or Dave Morch morchfarriers@gmail.com. We also love to talk on the phone 306-233-4287 or cell 306-960-9366. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Top Dog! Welcome to Saddle Up’s new section all about our favourite (or second favourite?) and faithful companions… our dogs! We love ‘em so. We spoil ‘em. We take them everywhere and we love to show them off (Ralph knows what I’m talking about). We’ll focus on the “Working or Performance Dog” in the months to come… then we’ll see where it goes from there. You are invited to advertise in certain sections within, and to send in news and events. Check out the following pages… and let us know what you think! This month, since it is still winter, we feature the SLED DOG. Hope you enjoy! – Nancy

Sled Dogs Or Sledge Dogs…


re highly trained types of dog that are used to pull a sled, a wheel-less vehicle on runners also called a sledge or sleigh, over snow or ice, by means of harnesses and lines. Dog-sledding has become a popular winter recreation and sport in North America and Europe. Several distinct dog breeds have been specifically bred for the purpose of pulling sleds, and there is also a long history of using other breeds or crossbreeds as sled dogs. There are two main qualities that are expected in sled dogs: endurance and speed. Racing sled dogs will travel up to an average 20 mph (32 km/h) over distances up to 25 mi (40 km). Dog power has been utilized for hunting and travel for hundreds of years. As far back as the 10th century these dogs were contributing to human culture. Dog sled teams are put together with great care. Putting a dog sled team together involves picking leader dogs, point dogs, swing dogs and wheel dogs. The lead dog is very treasured, and seldom will mushers ever let these dogs out of their sight. Indeed, trained lead dogs become part of the family household. Important too is to have powerful wheel dogs to pull the sled out from the snow. Point dogs (optional) are located behind the leader dogs, swing dogs between the point and wheel dogs, and team dogs are all other dogs in between the wheel and swing dogs and are selected for their endurance, strength and speed as part of the team. The most common commands for a dog team are: • Hike!: Get moving (“Mush” and “All Right” are sometimes also used) • Kissing sound: Speed up, faster • Gee!: Turn to the right • Haw!: Turn to the left • Easy!: Slow down • Whoa: Stop • On By!: Pass another team or other distraction


Several distinct dog breeds are in common use as sled dogs, although any sized breed may be used to pull a sled. Purebred sled dog breeds range from the well-known Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute to rarer breeds such as the Mackenzie River Husky or the Canadian Eskimo Dog (Canadian Inuit Dog). Dog drivers, however, have a long history of using other breeds or crossbreeds as sled dogs. In the days of the Gold Rush in Yukon, mongrel teams were the rule, but there were also teams of Foxhounds and Staghounds. Today the unregistered hybridized Alaskan Husky is preferred for dogsled racing, along with a variety of crossbreeds, the German Shorthaired Pointer often being chosen as the basis for cross breeding. From 1988 through 1991, a team of Standard Poodles competed in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Sled dogs are expected to demonstrate two major qualities in their work (apart from basic physical capability to pull the sled). Endurance continued on page 40

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Top Dog! Sled Dogs, cont’d is needed to travel the distances demanded in dogsled travel, which may be anything from 5 to 80 mi (8 to 129 km) or more a day. Speed is needed to travel the distance in a reasonable length of time. Over longer distances, average traveling speed declines to 10 to 14 mph (16 to 23 km/h). In poor trail conditions, sled dogs can still usually average 6 or 7 mph (9.7 or 11 km/h). Sled dogs have been known to travel over 90 mi (145 km) in a 24 hour period while pulling 85 lb (39 kg) each. Sled dogs pull various sorts of sleds, from the small 25 lb (11 kg) sprint-racing sleds, through the larger plastic-bottomed distance racing toboggan sleds, to traditional ash, freighting sleds and the trapper’s high-fronted narrow toboggan. Sled dogs are also used to pull skiers, kicksleds and to draw wheeled rigs when there is no snow. They have even been used to pull kick scooters in places where there is a lack of snow, a sport known as dog scootering. Modern teams are usually hitched in tandem, with harnessed pairs of sled dogs pulling on tug lines attached to a central gangline. Trappers in deep snow conditions using the toboggan will hitch their dogs in single fi le with traces on either side of the line of dogs. Dog teams of some Inuit are run in “fan hitch,” each dog having its own tow line tied directly to the sled.

Sled Dog Breeds • Alaskan Huskyy is not a breed, but a category or type of dog. • Alaskan Malamute was originally bred to be used as an Alaskan sled dog. It is generally a large and domesticated dog. • Canadian Inuit Dogg is an Arctic breed and is considered to be the oldest and rarest of the remaining purebred indigenous Alaskan Huskies domestic canines. • Chinook k is a rare New England sled dog breed of “in-between” type, neither a sprinter nor an endurance freighter; the original lead dog “Chinook” on whom the breed is based was a mixture from working sled dog lines and of a more mastiff-type build than most sled dogs, and the breed varies in appearance much more than most sled dog breeds and often superficially resembles a yellow German Shepherd Dog mix. • Eurohound is a crossbred dog, a mix Alaskan Malamute between the Alaskan Husky and the Pointer. It has both the Alaskan Husky’s sledding ability and the Pointer’s enthusiasm and athleticism. It is one of the most formidable sprintracing sled dogs in the world. • Greenland Dogg is a large breed of huskytype dog kept as a sled dog and also used for hunting polar bear and seal. • Greyster sled dog type bred in Norway. • Labrador Huskyy was bred as a strong, fast, working sled dog and originated in Canada. • Mackenzie River Huskyy is built for heavy Eurohound

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freighting in single fi le through deep snow. Less a specific breed than a certain set of varieties of sled dog types from a specific geographic area, a mix of Arctic and subarctic sled dogs. • Sakhalin Huskyy is rarely used and usually Mackenzie River Husky lives in Japan. • Samoyed is a pure or mostly-white spitz that was used for herding reindeer as well as pulling sleds. • Seppala Siberian Sleddogg is active and energetic, sharing the same ancestral base as the Siberian Husky. Samoyed • Siberian Huskyy originated in Siberia. They were originally meant to be sled dogs, but nowadays are mainly family pets and show dogs. • Tamaskan Dogg originated in Finland and bred to look like wolves. Not bred specifically for (though still capable of) sledding work, it excels in agility, obedience, and working trials. • Utonagan and Northern Inuit Dogg are Utonagan bred to resemble wolves, but are mixes between the Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd, and Siberian Husky. Source: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/sled_dog

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Top Dog! You Gotta Have H.E.A.R.T. Canine Refugees By Sarah Fulcher Canada’s Northern Dogs Find Hope and New Homes in Southeast BC


n a quaint and quiet mountain community, a few passionate women have joined forces to rescue dogs in need from Canada’s remote north. These canine refugees travel over 2400 km from Yellowknife, NWT, to the isolated communities of Trail and Rossland, BC. Via a network of stop overs and dedicated volunteers, the dogs travel by plane and automobile to reach their destination: a loving temporary foster home and eventually the forever home all dogs deserve. Ida with a litter of H.E.A.R.T. (Husky Emergency Adoption, puppies from the Rescue and Transport) was founded in early NWT. 2011 by Sarah Fulcher of Trail, BC, and Ida Koric of Rossland, BC. They soon needed more help and added Andraya Hughes of Trail, Patricia Chuchryk of Lethbridge, AB, and Katherine Champagne of Calgary, AB. These five women have been working diligently over the past year to build the H.E.A.R.T. network of volunteers that makes their work possible. H.E.A.R.T. saves dogs from Canada’s north (and occasionally Alberta reservations) Wiley, a month after because of the dire need in that area. While adoption, romping other rescue groups may focus their rescue through the alpine. efforts on the U.S. and Mexico, H.E.A.R.T. recognized there was a need right here in Canada. Because of the lack of vet care, overpopulation, neglect and abuse in the north are serious issues. Having worked in the Northwest Territories, H.E.A.R.T. Vice President Ida Koric knows first-hand the sad state of many dogs in the north. “These dogs have to endure months of -40 below temperatures with nothing more Coco, from NWT than a house built from scrap plywood,” says SPCA, adopted in Koric. “In the summer, their access to water is Rossland, BC. intermittent, horsefly bites swell their ears, and mosquito clouds swarm their eyes and noses. Many are never brought indoors, never receive warm human attention, are never exercised and are generally suffering from malnutrition, dehydration, parasites, mange and worse.” The West Kootenay area where the dogs are generally adopted is one of the few areas in Canada where there is actually a lack of adoptable dogs. H.E.A.R.T. has allowed people of the Kootenays to adopt these truly amazing animals and has made a dent in the constant stream of dogs in need. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This is merely a short term solution, however, and long term the group hopes to help the NWT SPCA fight for changes in legislation, public education, and spay and neuter programs which will help to fi x the root of the issues for animals of Canada’s north.

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Top Dog! Cross-Country Canines By Sarah Fulcher

Skijoring may just be the Sport for you!


f you want to experience the thrill of dog sledding, but are lacking a dog team, skijoring may be the Me and Nick racing at the 2010 Bootleg Gap sport for you. Skijoring Dog Sled Race in Kimberley, BC is, in essence, dog powered cross-country skiing. It can be done with one or more dogs and costs required to start are minimal. Most of all, it’s a wonderful way to exercise and bond with your dog while enjoying the great outdoors at the same time. Skijoring is growing in popularity and most dog sled races now have skijor classes. While this class can be highly competitive with fast teams and fast dogs, you will often see many people competing for fun with family pets. You don’t need a Husky to skijor either; any breed, including Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, Pointers, and even Golden Retrievers can make an excellent skijoring partner. This sport can be relatively easy to train if your dog has a natural inclination to run or pull. Your dog may need some encouragement at first, since we usually discourage pulling, but once they get the hang of it they will fully embrace it. You will need a sledding harness, a leash or preferably a bungee line, and a skijor or climbing belt to hook to the skier. Choice of skis is dependent on your ability and inclination… if you want to race, skate equipment is most suitable, but requires groomed trails; if leisurely trolling along trails suits you, classic style equipment will do; or if you would like to go off the beaten path, backcountry skis and boots would be a sensible choice. Skijoring is a great way to spend a day with your canine companion. It is fun, easy, inexpensive, and good for the body, soul and canine human bond. Whether your dog is big or small, if they love to run and you love to ski you’ll be thrilled with this team sport. If you become really keen, you could even try your hand at racing. It’s a great way to spend a weekend and is as much fun for the social aspect as it is for the sport aspect. If you’re at all interested, I recommend you give it a try, with a bit of money and patience you could have a favourite new pastime for you and your furry best friend.

“Paw”etry A Dog’s Soul Author unknown Every dog must have a soul somewhere deep inside, where all his hurt and grievances are buried with his pride. Where he decides the good and bad, the wrong way from the right, and where his judgment carefully is hidden from our sight. A dog must have a secret place where every thought abides, a sort of close acquaintance that he trusts in and confides. And when accused unjustly for himself, he cannot speak. Rebuked, he finds within his soul, the comfort he must seek. He’ll love, tho’ he is unloved, and he’ll serve tho’ badly used, and one kind word will wipe away the times when he’s abused. Altho’ his heart may break in two his love will still be whole, because God gave to every dog an understanding soul.

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Confidence Building By Devanee Cardinal FILLING THE TANKS FOR BOTH HORSE AND HUMAN

Let’s talk about “Confidence Tanks.” This is a conversation I often have in a clinic setting or when we are matching horses with humans in our sale program. Devanee and Cooper


t goes something like this... When we are developing a young horse, his confidence might be low. But ours, as a horse developer, is pretty full. As the horse comes along in the partnership we are “pouring out” our confidence into the horse when he needs it most. You’ve probably seen the sad cartoon where the young horse gets matched up with a human that does not have feel, timing, balance, savvy or experience. The human does not have confidence to offer the horse. The horse does not have confidence to offer the human. It does not go well for either. The saying “green on green makes black and blue” is just the beginning. It is definitely a safety issue for the human, but I feel sorry for the horse, too. He just ended up on the receiving end of an experience he didn’t need or deserve. Now let’s talk about the human. I have met many students that have lost their confidence along the way. In fact, for some of them, the “low fuel light” on their confidence tank has been blinking for some time! Accident, injury, or just some self-preservation has set in since mid-life, and these folks are going to need support to get their horse journey back on track. In this case, the horse in the partnership would need to have his tank fi lled to the rim in order for the partnership to progress. I have several examples of making big “withdrawals” from my Cooper’s confidence tank. Everything from getting hung up during branding and ending up hanging under him, to asking him to track down a foal that had just been killed by a cougar. These are times when I needed him to trust me more than HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

his self-preservation instincts in those moments. I keep fi lling his tank for days like those. We found a very helpful analogy about building confidence from the skiers in the crowd. My student shared how difficult it was to focus too far into the future of your journey with your horse. When dealing with fear/confidence issues, the “just do it” mentality just isn’t helpful. So here’s the ski hill analogy: the act of looking too far ahead, down to the bottom of the hill, can be overwhelming. It actually messes with your ability to negotiate the mogul right in front of you. But, if you focus just in front of you it seems do-able. Each mogul, addressed separately, will get you to your destination much more effectively and efficiently. So our theme became “One mogul at a time!” The message here is to fill up those tanks. Learn the skills and get the support so you can be the human your horse needs you to be. Spend your time with a horse that has the appropriate amount of confidence in his tank for your needs. Think “partner,” not “project” - that is the advice we give when choosing a horse. A “Confidence Tank” is an important idea for all of us to understand on a daily basis with our horses. When my horse needs it, I will be there for him. The words that go through my head sometimes are, “I know you’re scared, but you’re okay because you’re with me.” When I’m in trouble my horse hangs in there for me. Anthropomorphic? You bet. But doesn’t this describe the essence of the relationship we are looking for with our horses?

Young Warmblood crossing the river for the first time in our “horse development program”

Wendie, the student who came up with the “One mogul at a time” theme, riding Santana (purchased from Cardinal Ranch and shipped to her home in Connecticut)

Devanee Cardinal is a Parelli Professional offering instruction across Western Canada and the US. Devanee was mentored by Canada’s Top Rated Parelli Instructor, Don Halladay, as well as taught and influenced by Jack Brainard, Craig Johnson, Walter Zettl and Martin Black. Home is with her family at Cardinal Ranch, est. 1996 near Mt. Robson, BC. Horse sales, horse development, student programs and clinics give her plenty of opportunities to fulfill this vision: To improve the world for horses and humans, one relationship at a time. More info at www.cardinalranch.com.

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Introducing Horse Agility By Vanessa Bee

What is Horse Agility? Horse Agility is a fast and exciting sport in which the horse has to overcome a number of challenging obstacles, sometimes against the clock, being guided by a handler who moves along with him. Why is it good for horses? Horse Agility tests the horse’s physical and emotional fitness as well as requiring problem solving to complete the obstacles, keeping the horse’s mind working constructively. The skills learned in training make everyday handling of horses easy for everyone and helps the horse to build a more confident, trusting relationship with his handlers.

Good leading over the A frame; loose rope with the horse free to move.

Three phases of training Make sure you can lead your horse forward, stop and go backward. We are aiming for the lead rope to be loose at all times and only there when our voice or body cues need reinforcing. The body language and verbal commands for each movement must be the same every time. You can’t say, “Go backward” one minute, then say, “Back up” the next. The horse just won’t connect the two! This is something that can easily be practiced

Why is it good for people? The sport can be enjoyed by people who can’t or don’t want to ride, and by disabled people who are unable to ride but can move alongside a horse as it completes the obstacle course. It is a great activity for people with horses that are unable to be ridden for behavioural or physical reasons, and for those with ponies that are too small for an adult rider or youngsters that are being prepared for riding. Horse Agility competitions and training days, where the emphasis is on having fun, are a great way to meet likeminded people.

What equipment do I need? Just like with dog agility, there are no leads or other restraints, no whips or sticks to hit or threaten the horse if he makes a mistake. All you will need to get started is a long rope, so that the horse can move freely, ideally between 10 and 15 feet in length. Any head collar will do, as long as it is suitable for the horse in design and size. As long as the handler is suitably and safely dressed to be around horses on the ground, there is no dress code in Horse Agility. HOWEVER, to wear a hard hat or not has got to be the responsibility of the handler.

How can I get started? The ultimate aim of Horse Agility is to work the horse loose over obstacles and, just like in dog agility, you cannot just turn up on the day and think it’s going to work! The trainers teach the horse to lead and then, using body language and verbal commands, they introduce the obstacles. When that is solid, they turn him loose in a safe place and, using the same signals, direct him over the obstacles without a lead rope.

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Backing over a pole on the ground.

while moving your horse around the yard, and to and from his field. It’s important not to skip this foundation work. If you and your horse rely on the rope, you will never turn him loose because he will always be waiting for the rope signal. Once the leading is solid, we train the horse to negotiate obstacles while on the lead (see obstacles below). Then we turn the horse loose in a safe place and see if our training is working. If the horse leaves you, he’s saying he’s not comfortable being with you, so we need to look at what we can do to become a nice place for the horse to be. There are a number of ways of telling your horse that you are a good person to be with: tell him by using your voice gently, stroke him, give him a food treat or leave him alone, give him a rest! Being miserable, angry and negative is enough to cause a horse to leave in a hurry!


Horse Agility, cont’d Three simple obstacles to get started Weave through cones - Going around the cones looks easy, but it’s not so easy to keep a smooth even line. It should look like you and your horse are one unit flowing through with an even wave pattern maintaining a consistent distance between you and the horse. Remember to keep the rope as loose as you can. Go through a narrow gap - Many people are squashed as they try to fit through a narrow gap with their horse. The safest way is to ask the horse to halt before the gap. The handler goes through the gap and then asks the horse to join him. You can practice this every time you pass through a gateway, load in or out of a trailer, or lead into or out of a stable. Back over a pole - There’s an easy way to help your horse get good at this. Lead him over the pole a few times until he crosses it comfortably. Then ask him to halt a few times with just his front feet over the pole before leading him on. Then ask him to back over the pole with just his front feet. As he gets more and more comfortable you can start to move his back feet and then front feet over the pole. Keep your requests soft, looking for the slightest inclination from the horse that he is trying to do as you ask. If you get heavy at this obstacle, you’ll just make it worse. He’s not being stupid or stubborn, he’s just being afraid. Remember, there are only two rules in Horse Agility: BE SAFE and HAVE FUN! Vanessa Bee has been teaching the Safe Handling of Horses on the Ground for ten years, starting the Horse Agility Club in December 2009. It now has a worldwide membership with international competitions and a book to be published in January 2012. For further information, visit www. thehorseagilityclub.com, or http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=230598993005, or http://twitter.com/HorseAgilityGB.

Leading through the cone weave with a loose rope; pony and handler moving together.

The pony waits and only passes through the gap when Lucy asks him to join her.

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club - Year in Review By Donna Morris


he Vintage Riders Equestrian Club celebrated another successful year at their AGM held on November 15. Congratulations go to Kim Smith on receiving the 2011 Inspirational Member Award, presented by last year’s winner, Lilian Ewan. The club was also pleased to make two charity donations this year, to the BC SPCA Horse Fund and the New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society. Our thanks to Carolyn Hunter for compiling and presenting a delightful “Year in Review” slide show of members and their horses during club activities, events and outings. The Vintage Riders Equestrian Club had an exciting year, participating in local parades, attending interesting riding clinics, learning from knowledgeable guest speakers about a variety of horse-related topics, getting together socially and riding together, both locally and in the BC interior. Some members went farther afield this year, all the way to Ireland to experience a once-in-a-lifetime equine travel experience, riding in three different areas of Ireland. Some popular club events throughout the year were: Play Day, a three-day theme camp HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

affectionately called “Old Ladies Camp,” beginner’s Polo Cross, Hoof Ball, a Trailer Driving Clinic, a Tack Cleaning party, and our annual Christmas Social. Vintage Riders Equestrian Club is an educational and fun social club for adults of all equine disciplines and interests. The club promotes safe and enjoyable equestrian activities Kim Smith is on the left, and Lilian Ewan is on the right. and cares about the welfare of horses and ponies. To learn more about Vintage Riders Equestrian Club, based in the Fraser Valley, visit our website at www.vintage-equestrain.ca or contact Donna Morris at (604) 530-1388 or vintageriders@shaw.ca.

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


e returned to the Cariboo late last month after a truly wonderful and relaxing holiday with Billie and Hugh McLennan and over 100 other great folks that joined us on the 11th Annual Spirit of the West Cruise! We were spoiled rotten on the Golden Princess for 14 days as we sailed from LA to Hawaii and back. After enjoying a lot of sun, and 20 degree plus days, it was a bit of shock to get out of the truck at minus 22... brrrrr! Harry, our ranch sitter, took a photo of the thermometer one morning when it read “minus 40.7” - glad we missed that.

riding anywhere, but we did have a great private group outing at the Parker Ranch the biggest ranch in North America.

The Parker Ranch

Kathy getting her horse fix... the only horse we touched on the whole trip Kathy standing in the gateway to the Pukalani Stables at the Parker Ranch.

Billie snapped this photo of Kathy and me with Hugh on the ship’s pool deck where we were taking in some sun.

T-shirts were a popular item in the Parker Ranch Store although they had a pile of merchandise.

Harry Van Eaton, our ranch sitter, took this photo of the thermometer while we were away.

Hopefully some of you were able to follow us on our web site, but if you didn’t, and would like to see where we went and what we did, you can find a bunch of photos on our diary pages. There is one at www.hugh-mclennan.com and one at www.meadowsprings.com. Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to go horseback

Some of the paddock fences at the Pukalani Stables were made of rock.

On a sea day before we arrived in Hawaii, Jim Bell, our cruise director, gave a great presentation on the ranch which included a video of the ranch. Jim had also dug up their financial statement which we found very interesting as the ranch is now a Trust, and donates money to charity every year. One of the interesting parts for me, as president of the BC Cowboy Heritage Society, was the fact that they have the same vision as us in keeping their Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage alive. We were lucky enough to meet, and hear presentations by Anthony Roberts (society facilitator) and Dr. Billy Bergin (founding

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d It sounds like it’s going to be another super fun cruise!

Upcoming Events Don’t forget the two upcoming BC Cowboy Heritage Society events. The first is the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert on February 11. Two shows to choose from, a 2pm matinee, or a 7pm evening show (both shows are the same). The lineup will consist of cowboy poetry from 10-year-old Jayden Stafford, music, including the fiddle, from 16-year-old Dale McEachern, some real cowboy tunes from the Loose Rooster Band and cowboy poetry from Gord Colliar. Tickets are only $15. The second event is the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, being held on March 8-11. Passes and dinner show tickets are selling fast, so book your seat now. Email Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net or phone 1-888-763-2221 for information. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Hugh (right) with Ed on guitar, and Syd and Reg on fiddles. They kept the dance floor hopping.

president). As of April 2011, the Society’s home and museum, called the Paniolo Cultural Center, is in the Pukalani Stables, at the Parker Ranch. These stables are referred to as “one of the oldest and most beloved gems of the Big Island ranching community” and it is here that we were treated to a wonderful BBQ lunch. Keoki Wood, manager/cow-boss of the Parker Ranch Cattle division, gave an excellent presentation on the Parker Ranch itself, talking about breeding programs, pasture use, medical/disease problems, etc. In past years, many of the Parker Ranch cattle came to the Cariboo by freighter for summer grazing. Today the cattle are flown on 747s to the mainland USA.

Last Month’s What’s This?

The Rest of the Cruise

The December issue’s photo was taken in the Meadow Springs Museum, although we have one in our kitchen, too. The item is a mustard pot with a little mustard spoon sticking out of the top.

The Parker Ranch was only one day out of the 14. The other 13 days were a whole lot of “R and R” - sun and fun, mega and awesome food, lots of drinks, some great on-ship entertainment by the Spirit of the West Band and some of our group members, and some beautiful sightseeing on four of the Islands of Hawaii. Check www.hugh-mclennan.com to see where the 2013 Spirit of the West cruise is going!!

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Cowgirl Poetry Still Friends (a true event) By Linda Ash When you live out in the country away from the rush and the race, you have to provide your own water supply for washin’ your clothes and your face. Now here in the Peace River country where water is precious no doubt, most farmers dig a big hole in the ground and they call this hole a dugout. Now dugouts are great when they’re workin’ it takes maintenance to keep them that way, and the story I’m going to tell you is about helpin’ my neighbour Mary. Now Mary had been havin’ some problems a muskrat had chewed on the line, and bugs were being sucked up to the pump causin’ Mary a very hard time. So just for the purpose of safety Mary gives me a call for support, she is goin’ to put a new end on the line so to Mary’s place I report. We gather the tools we’ll be needin’ the filter, a clamp and a screw, to get to the line in the water Mary borrowed her neighbour’s canoe.

Now Mary has her lifejacket on and with a terrified look on her face, she says “I can’t swim, I’m afraid to get in, sure wish someone else would take my place.”

I leaned the other way as hard as I could without success for my strife. As into the water I’m fallin’ I heard Mary callin’ my name, as I sank into the cold, murky bring I feared it’s the end of my game.

“I can’t swim either,” I tell her, but like a good friend ought to do I pat her on the back, “You’ll be ok, we’ve got a rope tied to that canoe.

Now the lifejacket that Mary gave me was good for 50 pounds and up, but a hundred and fi fy’s a little too much and I really struggled to get to the top.

Now Mary doesn’t take any comfort in that terror-stricken she looks at me in doubt, and says, “Do you know how to paddle a canoe? Of the water are you afraid to go out?”

When I finally broke through the surface Mary calls to me “Are you ok?” “I can’t swim a stroke, so throw me a rope, or in the water I’ll have to stay.”

“With a lifejacket on, I’m not afraid,” I say tryin’ to look as brave as can be, as quick as a wink, before I could think Mary took off the jacket and gave it to me.

By this time Mary’s really excited and she fumbles untyin’ the rope, she assures me she really is comin’ and I shouldn’t be givin’ up hope.

So I took a deep breath, put the life jacket on and climbed in the little canoe. Got the oars set, it’s too late to fret, I’m afraid, but I knew what to do.

“Don’t worry my dear!” Mary tells me. “The darn thing’s untied,” Mary boasts, rope in her hand, Mary comes on the run with the other end tied to the post.

I paddled out to the middle of the pond I’m scared but I’m doing just fine, but what happened next was disaster as I reached from the boat for the line.

Now my Father in Heaven was watching cause about this time a paddle fl oats by, and I grabbed it with both of my hands and used it to get to the side.

That little canoe started to tip and now I feared for my life.

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ark your calendars to attend May 12-13, in Armstrong, BC, for a full weekend of fun, education and trade! The Okanagan Breeders Group is pleased to announce we will be hosting a Clinic with Judy Wardrope as part of our weekend events. Judy is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Conformation Evaluation and how it relates to a horse’s ability to perform. Participation in the clinic is limited and will be on a first come basis. We will be able to accommodate any number of auditors. See Ms. Wardrope’s website for more info www.jwequine.com. New for this year is a Versatility Ranch Horse Competition, one of the fastest growing segments of Western Riding Judy Wardrope competitions in the world. Why? Because it is FUN and it invites riders of any skill level to come out and play Cowboy with a chance at winning! For more information on the Competition plus information on Versatility Clinics visit www. versatilityranchhorse.com. We offer a unique array of Trade Fair Exhibitors offering a full line of products and services for the equine enthusiast. Space is limited so please book early if you would like to participate. Forms are on our website.

And again there will be a Consignment Tack Sale, hosted by Armstrong Enderby Riding Club, on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 until 2:00. So gather up your QUALITY clean tack and equestrian clothing for this great opportunity to clean out your tack room! Contact info on our website. We are pleased to also Carl Woods include for 2012 a Saturday Evening Gala! Starting at 6 p.m. we will have an evening of fun and entertainment. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend! Our website will be updated regularly, so do check back as more events are being booked. www.okbreedersgroup.com

with meeting to follow. RSVP to Nancy at nancyroman@telus.

Roman Ramblings Greg’s column


hen I was down at the barn doing poop patrol our resident retriever and her friend, the collie/mix from next door were happily picking up some of the frozen turds and chewing and chomping and eventually devouring them. (Does your dog do this?) I found myself wondering if we had more dogs, would I still have to do poop patrol when the weather is cold enough to turn the tennis-ball-sized droppings into frozen treats. Reality set in when I realized that would just add another job to my list of my chores and that would be the picking up and disposing of even more dog poop than usual. Even our cat comes down to the barn with us and does her business in the shavings pile. She walks in our footsteps in the deep snow and occasionally stops and gives us the ‘please pick me up look’ when our foot prints are too far apart. A couple of days this winter we were glad we had put on our ice grippers because of really slippery conditions on the path down to the barn. The ice in the horses’ outdoor arena/large paddock has been a problem and thankfully I have been able to throw enough sand or wet shavings on their favourite walkways; to make it safe for our horses to walk around. It is easy to pick up a cat but picking up a horse that has HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

slipped and fallen on ice is an entirely different dilemma. We have been lucky because none of our horses have slipped and fallen and injured themselves. One neighbour down the road had her horse fall and it was unable to get up on its own. She was alone at home at the time and panic set in when the horse tried to get up and fell again. Feeling totally helpless to do anything is not a good situation to be in. Luckily she had some sand bags in the back of her truck and could spread enough sand around and under her horse so it could safely stand and get a good footing to be able to move off the ice on its own. I have heard stories of other horse owners who have had to bring in a tractor and rope an animal to move it to a spot where it could safely get up. A few years ago a neighbour had to get his rifle when his horse had slipped during the night and had broken a leg when it fell. That is not something that you want to wake up to. I hope we never find ourselves in that situation, because I don’t think I would have enough strength to pull the trigger. I know I would hear the gun shot for many years after that. When you have a load of sand brought in, remember to mix in some salt/fertilizer with it so your shovel won’t go thud when you try and dig into the pile when you need to. Spring could be a long way off. www.saddleup.ca • 49

A Step Forward in the Evolution of Horsemanship By Barbra-Ann King

A long time ago, around the 11th to 13th century, warriors on horseback hit the battlefields, holding a shield in one hand and a sword in the other. Most rode bareback and bridleless. Together, horse and rider confronted the enemy, stopping and going on command, moving right and left, backing up, rearing up and performing some amazing moves to conquer the enemy.

Barbra-Ann King


hese moves are still performed today by the famous Lipizzaner stallions, but under different circumstances. Back then, all communication between horse and rider was done through the body, heart and soul. Horses haven’t changed over the centuries, but humans certainly have. If it was possible to face life-threatening situations back then on top of horses with no harsh devices to control them, why would we not be able to do so today? We aren’t going to battle with our horses (although some of you may feel as if you are some days!), we are choosing to have them in our lives as companions for recreation. The horses that were ridden to battle did not have extensive training and none of them “obeyed” their riders based on negative reinforcement. There was a much deeper “training” method going on that allowed the horses to respond out of willingness, not force. There are thousands of years of knowledge cantering our fields, graciously offering information for the benefit of us all. It’s up to us to listen and learn from them. It is my opinion that we do not need to train horses. They naturally follow their equine leaders, challenging them occasionally to make sure they are still capable of doing a good “job.” If our horses can see us as an equine leader with the same qualities, they will also follow us, not only physically, but also with their heart and soul. The secret to great communication 50 • Saddle Up • February 2012

with our horses, without using force or dominance, is learning how to be a True Equine Leader. Once we have established that, our horses will want to follow us and be with us because they will know that is where they are the safest. But, it is not up to us to decide. We cannot elect ourselves as leaders. Our horses have that prerogative. Once you have proven yourself as a good leader and are chosen by the horses to be that leader, all your training problems will slowly disappear. That’s a promise I make to you and I have 20 years of experience working with horses that were labelled sour, stupid, bad, dangerous, unrideable, unstoppable and the list goes on. So, how do we become an equine leader? My method is based on a simple premise: no pain, fear and/or discomfort for the horse - neither physically, mentally or emotionally. Although we have evolved and come a long way since the days when horses were severely beaten and “broken,” fear, pain and/or discomfort does not have to be physical in order to cause a lack of trust. A popular, “gentle” horse training movement suggests we make the wrong answer difficult and the right answer easy, also known as negative reinforcement. What if we were to teach our children using this method? Imagine asking a child the answer to a complicated math problem, using a language he doesn’t understand. When the child hesitates because he doesn’t know the answer, you “up the pressure,” “make yourself more present” and ask once more. Again, the child is clueless and unable to answer so, once again, you turn the pressure on a little higher. As this process goes on and on, the child will start fearing you and guessing, hoping to get the answer quickly. Finally, if the right answer comes, you back

off and say “good boy.” What did that child learn? He learned that you can be one very frightening person that cannot be trusted, even if you used absolutely no physical punishment. Why do we think it would be any different with horses? Personally, I will not get on a horse that fears me or doesn’t

Kesia and Iggy (Photo by Emile Scott)

trust me. Maybe that’s how I’ve managed very few injuries over the many years I have been riding. There are many training techniques available to the public and it can be quite confusing, for both horse and human, to make sense of it all. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It actually boils down to only two methods of training. Whether you are using a traditional, classical, western or natural horsemanship approach, the technique is either Dominant/Controlling or Non-Dominant/Non-Controlling, more like a partnership with equal partners. The first method uses pain, fear and/or discomfort, either physically, mentally HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Evolution, cont’d or emotionally (also known as negative reinforcement), in order to accomplish what is on the human’s agenda that day. In the second method, horses willingly do for us what we ask because they see us as a good leader and they don’t worry about pain, fear and/or discomfort. They know they can walk away from a situation whenever it gets too confusing and scary without receiving punishment. The human trusts that the horse will not walk away if they are being a good equine leader. Results obtained through domination often make horses respond quickly because they “give

in” or become submissive and the rapidity is appealing to humans (we live in an “instant” world). But, these methods do not build strong relationships and lasting results. Do not confuse a subservient horse as being one that enjoys a relationship with you. Results obtained through willingness forces the human to forget about his ego, controlling habits and agenda to engage in an authentic relationship, with himself as well as with his horse. This is the foundation for a strong relationship based on authenticity, trust, respect and love. The results last for as long as the trust is not broken, like in any other

relationship. No matter where this journey takes you, I hope it is fi lled with eye-opening adventures to enhance your life. I truly believe horses make us better human beings. Barbra Ann King is an internationally known horse behaviourist, founder of the Relationship Riding© method, and a published author living in Alberta. She specializes in horse behaviour and performance and travels year-round sharing her passion with like-minded horse owners. She also offers video consultations for troubleshooting through her website, www.relationshipriding. com. (Photo credit: Jazhart Studio)

WAR HORSE – Have you seen it? Courtesy of Brianne Pickrell, Allied Integrated Marketing, DreamWorks Pictures and Walt Disney Motion Pictures Canada


ar Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the fi lm follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land. Though “War Horse” is set in the World War I time period, it is not a war story. As Producer Kathleen Kennedy explains, “What’s interesting about this story is that you’re watching the horse go through the war but you’re not necessarily watching a war fi lm. It’s not a story that’s designed to take you to the front lines to watch what happens to these animals in war. It’s really a story about how the horse comes into contact with all the aspects of the war and the people who represent all the different sides of the war.” Though most of the horses came from Europe and were Warmbloods and Andalusians; Finder, a Thoroughbred who belongs to trainer Bobby Lovgren, came from the U.S. As Bobby Lovgren explains, “Finder was the only horse with experience coming into it, so he was always our fall HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

back if something changed fi lming-wise or we had to do something different.” Fourteen horses were required to play the part of Joey, the hero horse, as the story follows him from a foal through his adult life. Basically, a foal, a yearling, an adolescent and an adult were needed as well as doubles that specialized in different tricks or movements. Bobby Lovgren admits that working with the foals was the most difficult part of his work on the fi lm. “I would say the biggest challenge to me was the work that we did with the foals, because they are like working with a little child,” Lovgren says. “They get tired quickly, so you need a number of doubles with them,” he continues. “They’re so young that you can’t spend as much time training them and getting them ready as you would an adult horse. Number one, they’re just too young mentally. And number two, if you take the time for them to grow up mentally, then they have grown too much physically and are no longer baby foals.” Many of the scenes with horses were complex and intense. The trainers had to coax a lot of emotion from the horses— looking happy, looking sad and looking frightened. Bobby Lovgren recalls, “Having the horses get those looks was a difficult thing to pull off. Things that a normal person would see as easy are difficult to us.

For example, just having the horse stand alone by himself could be tremendously difficult because horses typically don’t want to just stand still. Horses in movement are always easier than a horse being stationary.” The production team assembled an equestrian department with all the people needed to care for and train the horses for “War Horse”—from groomers to riders to trainers and even makeup artists to do markings on the horses. “Like” War Horse Movie Canada’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ WarHorseMovieCanada

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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 ess with us. u This is not a contest – it is your moment to share with our readers anything ything hing from days gone by.

Nancy Roman, 1970

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.


y first horse, a buckskin fi lly, was born in the wee hours of April 25, 1962. We named her April Dawn. Her mother was a stout white mare. I was 10 years old. My parents had just purchased five acres just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba. April grew to be 16 hands high. We didn’t know any better, so I started riding her when she was only a year and a half old. We knew nothing about “ground work” when it came to training a horse, but April was very well-mannered. April was very lanky. Could she run! Even though she was tall, she was very agile. I started entering her in gymkhana events, such as pole bending and barrel racing, in local fairs and small shows all over Manitoba. All my friends had registered Quarter Horses but they could not beat my tall, lanky “Grade” buckskin in timed events. I entered many My dad on April’s mother ponying April. Me (on left) on another horse. 1963. events in the Morris, Manitoba Rodeo in 1968 and managed to collect enough points to be awarded Best Cowgirl and went on to win a saddle, western boots, bridle reins and many ribbons and trophies. After I moved to British Columbia, April came to live with me, but when she turned 17 we shipped her back to her Manitoba home where she lived out her days on the five acres where she was born. April is buried at the very back field there. A tree was planted on her grave. April was a special horse that gave my family many happy times. - T.P., Langley, BC

Me and April at Fay’s Horse Show 1968.


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. 52 • Saddle Up • February 2012


It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation a re you? e r e h w . .. s Kid or se? h r u o y h it d oing w u o y e r a t a out YOU! b Wh a s u ll e t r n to It’ s YOU R tu Hi, my name is Simone and I am 2 almost 3 years old! I love to ride! I am riding my friend’s horse Mikey in this picture, but I really love to ride my mommy’s horse Paycheck and grandma’s horse Ali. I just learned to trot and am very excited to one day learn how to Barrel race like mommy and grandma. But for now I’m happy to ride in the gymkhanas at the Kelowna Gymkhana Club! This year I won ribbons and even a reserve highpoint! Watch for me at the Barrel races!!! - Simone, age 2-3, Kelowna, BC

Hi, my name is Nathan. I am 20 months old. These are my Oma and Opa’s and mostly my ponies. Their names are Dolly and Molly. Dolly is the lighter one, I ride the most. I help feed them and brush them. In fact there is a path of hay from the barn to their paddock. I love them very much. - Nathan, 20 mos., Silver Creek, BC

I’m Natalie, 11, and this is my horse Roger. We are going to start barrel racing in the spring. We love to trail ride and he is an awesome jumper. He is a 9 year old Quarter Horse gelding. I love him! - Natalie, age 11, Salmon Arm, BC

Just won your first ribbon? ? Just bought your first horse? Do you give your horse kisses? 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”


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Notes from the Office HORSE COUNCIL BC

The 2011 Horse Council memberships have expired! Make sure you are covered and renew your Membership for 2012. Here are some of the many reasons why you need to be a member of Horse Council British Columbia:

2012 HCBC Individual Memberships HCBC individual memberships provide personal liability and accident insurance in the event of an incident or injury caused by a horse or horses. For example, what if your horse kicks or bites someone causing bodily injury? Or perhaps the horse kicks a car or escapes on to a neighbour’s land causing property damage? Additionally, what if someone else is holding your horse and the horse causes property damage or bodily injury to a third party? Your HCBC membership provides you with $5,000,000 of Personal Liability insurance that will protect you, if you are sued by a third party because of property damage or bodily injury caused by a horse that you own or lease. HCBC Individual Membership Benefits include: * $5,000,000 Liability Insurance * $30,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance * $10,000 Transportation Insurance for Non-Owned Horses * Access to HCBC Forums, Horse Industry Guide and Online Business Directory * Ride and Drive Rewards Program * Coaching Certification * Officials Development * Administration of local and provincial competitions * Athlete development * Members Discounts on online courses, books and DVDs Individual Horse Council memberships are for a calendar year beginning on January 1. With an annual membership fee of only $55.44 (senior membership - 18 and over), can you afford NOT to be covered?

New for 2012 - Join Horse Trials BC with your Horse Council BC Membership! When individuals join Horse Council BC online, you can now also join Horse Trials BC at the same time (not available for family memberships). Your Horse Council membership card will show you as being a member of HTBC as well.

HCBC Business Memberships Business members receive many benefits. HCBC can help you to optimize your reach into this lucrative market, and keep you up to date on trends in the equine industry. HCBC Business Membership Benefits include: * Listing in HCBC’s Horse Industry Guide * Display your business brochures for FREE in our office * Listing in HCBC’s online Directory * Participation in the Group Benefits Program through Ascension Benefits * Participate in Group Commercial Insurance Program through Capri Insurance

HCBC Club Memberships HCBC Club members are able to connect with current and potential members through the HCBC Forums and website. This enables clubs to increase their visibility and to get their information out to a large audience of equine enthusiasts. HCBC Club Membership Benefits include: * Apply for Zone and Core funding * Participate in the Group Commercial Insurance Program through Capri Insurance * List upcoming events, clinics and sanctioned competitions on HCBC’s Event Calendar and Forums * List your organization in the HCBC Horse Industry Guide For more information on HCBC memberships, go to our website at www. hcbc.ca or call the office at 1-800-345-8055 or (604)856-4304 or email membership@hcbc. ca.

HCBC also provides additional Optional Insurance: Additional Accidental Death and Dismemberment - Provides an additional $50,000 accidental death and dismemberment benefit. Must be under 70 years of age. Enhanced Personal Liability - Provides for the non-commercial, not-for-profit care, custody and control of up to a maximum of three non-owned horses in any environment, For example, emergency boarding or neighbourly housing of horses. Members Named Perils - Covers the death of an owned horse resulting from fire, lightning or collision/overturn of a conveyance in which a horse was being transported. Members Tack Insurance - Insures tack and equipment from loss or damage anywhere in North America, up to a limit of $2500 ($500 deductible). Travel Insurance Family - Provides $1,000,000 out of province/country coverage for emergency medical/hospitalization. All covered family members must have current HCBC membership. Must be under 70 years of age. Travel Insurance Member Only - Provides $1,000,000 out of province/ country coverage for emergency medical/ hospitalization. ALL covered members must have current HCBC membership. Must be under 70 years of age. Travel Insurance Member and Spouse - Provides $1,000,000 out of province/ country coverage for emergency medical/ hospitalization. One covered member must have a current HCBC membership. Must be under 70 years of age.

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

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In Memory of My Best Friend By Caroline Kirschner Zephyr - The Gentle West Wind 1984 - October 16, 2011


s I write this, my heart still aches. This love story between horse and girl began years ago at Black Mountain Ranch, just outside of Mount Baker, WA. Zephyr was a 17-year-old Anglo Arabian and was working as a trail horse, packing people on rides several times a day. The day we met, I fell in love with his noble spirit, glistening white coat and thundering gallop. Looking into his eyes, I saw a wise soul and a trustworthy partner. I began to spend many hours around the barn, cleaning him, saddling him for a trail ride - even if I wasn’t the one riding him. After his workday was over, I would spend hours grooming him, massaging him and giving him the love he deserved. It wasn’t long before everyone realized we had a deep connection, just as his time as a ranch horse was drawing to a close. Zephyr was becoming tired and burned out, losing his usual trail position and getting left behind. When at last we welcomed Zephyr into our family, it was the happiest feeling for me and the beginning of a new life for him. He enjoyed many treats, especially

carrots, and love. By the next spring, he was unrecognizable - it was as if he had been reborn! He had regained his playful and fiery spirit, and was once again fast as the wind. We had many wonderful years together and rode countless beautiful trails. Zephyr’s favourite trails were in Highpoint and Campbell Valley. He memorized them quickly and often had his own ideas of where we were going... I was just along for the ride! We also had many quiet moments, simply enjoying each other’s company. Sadly, in October, as Zephyr was at the fine age of 27, our love story reached its final page. I received the dreaded emergency call; it appeared Zephyr was colicking. In his pain and panic, he had broken through a big fence and was cut up, soaked in sweat and covered in mud. When I arrived, he was a little drowsy, thanks to

the analgesics, but didn’t look too sick. He battled the colic valiantly until the fourth day. He had become too weak and was ready to go. Until then, we had given him the chance to overcome it, not giving up on him. But that morning, after having wrestled with how I could ever make that final decision, it was very clear that it was time. While it was the hardest thing to do, it was also the kindest thing to do. He had given so many years of love, life lessons and pleasure, and it was now my turn to return the favour. I dearly miss his welcoming whinny and contented nicker. May you rest in a beautiful peace my dear Zephyr, until we meet again.

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: Tamora Davy tamora@shaw.ca Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-8324111 gvarabians@telus.net Flying Carpet: Alysha Bartlett 778-754-0066 withoutadoubtt@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


ope everyone had a safe and fun holiday!

BCIAHA unfortunately has to inform its members that we will not be hosting our Arabian Encampment/Western Canadian Breeds Show. The dates we had HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

available to host conflicted with other shows dates. However, we are still planning on hosting some All Breed Open shows, so stay tuned! These shows are always lots of fun. BCIAHA would like to wish all competitors good luck at the 57th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show on Feb. 16-26, 2012. This incredible show is held at Westworld and has around 2400 competitors. To place at this show is very prestigious indeed. We would like to encourage members to send any thoughts or ideas they have regarding the club and its activities. Feel free to contact me (Alysha) and I can forward your information on, e-mail

withoutadoubtt@hotmail.com Looking forward to hearing from everyone! BCIAHA Spring General Meeting Sunday, March 11th, 2012 At Robert & Yvette Mawson’s 1267 Father’s Place, (by the Kelowna airport) 250-491-2776 5:30 p.m. Pot Luck Dinner ~ 6:30 p.m. Meeting *BCIAHA members ~ watch your e-mail for details

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Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Marlene Quiring


pring Fever should be starting to hit soon. Some members and friends will be taking part in many Sleigh and Cutter Rallies around the country and it’s always good to see the mule and donkey outfits represented at these events. Anyone who still hasn’t paid up their membership for 2012... they are due now. Remember that if you plan to be active with your stock, you do also need to keep your AEF membership up to date. Also on your “to do” list is to get Jerry Tindell and yours truly on Denver at Jerry’s ranch in out your calendar and write in our Southern California. events for 2012: March 4 at 2:00pm - We kick off our year with our Annual General Meeting held at the Ponoka Drop In Centre in Ponoka, AB. Everyone is welcome and it is the best way to get the latest updates on all of our events and a great way to socialize with other folks that appreciate the “long eared” variety of equines. March 15 - “Early bird” deadline for the Jerry Tindell Clinics in May. You can save yourself $100 by registering early. See more details below. April 27-29 - Club participation and booth at the Mane Event in Red Deer, AB. Please contact Paul or Vicki Barrow at (780) 987-3746 if you can work one day of the event or would like to bring your mule or donkey for demos. May 4-7 - Jerry Tindell Open Clinic. This clinic will concentrate

on safety and groundwork working with young, green or problem animals. Limited registration. May 8-9 - Open for Private Sessions with Jerry Tindell. May 10-13 - Jerry Tindell Riding Clinic, geared for those that can safely walk, trot and lope their stock. May 26-27 - Strathcona Horse Showcase. Contact Russ Shandro for more information at (780) 632-7510. June 16-17 - A New Show! Equi-Opportunity Show in Nanton, AB. This promises to be a fun, exciting event, with classes for mules, horses and donkeys and a few combined classes! Contact Show Chair Alice Todd at (403) 646-2624. July 10-12 - Club demos at the Calgary Stampede. Contact Alice Todd at (403) 646-2624. July 20-22 - Annual Club Trail Ride at the Hummingbird, west of Rocky Mountain House. Contact Keith Kendrew at (403) 843-3293. July 28-29 - Demos at the Bruce Stampede in Bruce, AB. Contact Russ Shandro at (780) 632-7510. August 18-19 - Tees Longears Days in Tees, AB. Contact Show Chair Russ Shandro at (780) 632-7510. Can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve! October - Our Semi-Annual Meeting, date, time and place TBA. Note that ALL Jerry Tindell Clinics will be held at the Lakedell Arena in Westerose, AB, and are open to ALL equines. Lunch will be available. Auditors are welcome at the door. Contact Marlene Quiring at (403) 783-5210 or find the form on our club website or at www. jerrytindell.com. Some great stories ahead, so keep watching for our news every second month. In between, keep checking our website for stories, informative articles and updates on events at www. albertadonkeyandmule.com.

A Team Effort Fulfills a Lifelong Dream By Bruce A. Roy


Percheron breeder from Alberta, Dr. David Bailey, known worldwide for his work as a beef cattle geneticist, realized a lifelong dream late in September. He travelled from Calgary to contest the honours at the 2011 International Ploughing Match (www.plowingmatch.org/). The two-week event, held at Kirby Farms, in Chute à Blondeau, ON, brought 75,000 spectators centre-field. Trade fairs at the International Ploughing Matches rival those found at Spruce Meadows. This was the 100th International Ploughing Match and Bailey’s participation was special. He was the first Albertan ever to enter the event. Coached by Cecil Wells of Paris, ON, who is considered Canada’s master ploughman, Wells helped Bailey locate a walking plough and a schooled team of Percheron mares, the equipment and horses 56 • Saddle Up • February 2012

he would need for this competition. Bailey trained for this event for two years by flying to Ontario where he was schooled in ploughing with the Percheron mares, a team of dapplegrey Lo Lynd Joe Laet granddaughters. Fred McDiarmid of Veteran, AB, assisted Bailey at the 2011 International Ploughing Match. Assistants are called centre-field to hold a contestant’s team, when a ploughman needs to adjust his plough or move a rock that suddenly surfaces in a furrow. Thirty-five entries at Chute à Blondeau’s 2011 International Ploughing Match were horse-drawn. These contested one of two horse-drawn sections - Walking Ploughs and Riding Ploughs. While Bailey failed to win his section, fellow ploughmen applauded his commitment. The following week Dr. David Bailey could scarcely walk, for every muscle in his body was sore.

David Bailey with registered Percheron mares, Misty and Storm ages 10 & 11 years old, who are 1/2 sisters out of the same stallion, Irish Creek Jazz.


BC Ranch Cutting Horse

Langley Riders Society

By Janice Reiter

By Bethany Gildemeister. Photos courtesy of Ron McCarth


appy New Year to you all! Langley Riders Society has another great year planned for 2012. Our English/ Western Shows for April, May and June will all be BC Heritage Qualifiers. We will be having great overall high point prizes at every show. So bring your “A” game, let’s have some fun, and all qualify for BC Heritage Finals! We’re also looking forward to some more great games days and lots of fun. So get your horses revved up and ready to turn and burn! Games get pretty competitive for all ages! Jumping will be starting in April and our new jump director is re-vamping the rules. We’ll be having clinics and Jumping Days so whether you’re new to jumping or have been doing it for years, come out for a “vertical” time! This year we have also decided to offer any current 2012 member of another nonprofit riding club our member rates for shows, games and jumping days. Just show your member card when you register. See you all in March/ April!

e have a Winner(s)! Earlier in 2011, when one of the directors of the BCRCHA suggested we have a saddle draw, no one fathomed the interest it would generate. Our last show of the year, in October, attracted a whopping 70 entries. Now I’m not saying BCRCHA president Sally Rees (left) with that the large numbers were Randy Brandt, winner of the RooHide entirely because of the saddle saddle draw. (Photo by Janice Reiter) draw, but something certainly enticed a number of first-timers to spend the day cutting. The anticipation was running at a feverish pitch, so it wasn’t much of a surprise really that our awards banquet was a huge success, with every seat fi lled. Dinner was great - lots of rare roast beef. The awards were coveted, the silent and live auctions raised a mitt-full of dough, with half of the proceeds split between Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association Cliff White, 2011 recipient of the and Pacific Riding for Developing Gerry Sharples Memorial Award. Abilities. The last item on the agenda (Photo by Janice Reiter) for the evening was the saddle draw, a custom made RooHide Brumby, with a value of $2,500. A hush fell over the room as one lone ticket was pulled from the draw barrel. The name on the ticket... Randy Brandt of Chilliwack. Congratulations. Also that night, the BCRCHA announced the 2011 recipient of the Gerry Sharples Memorial Award. This honour is voted on by the members and it is awarded each year to an individual who exhibits good sportsmanship and goes “above and beyond” to help out wherever and whenever. This year, the winner was Cliff White, probably one of the original club members. “Mr Hollywood” has a wealth of knowledge and he is always more than happy to pass along little gems of wisdom. When looking for someone who exemplifies the qualities that Gerry Sharples possessed, Cliff White is a fitting recipient. For further details check out the club website, www.bcrcha.com.

2011 Hi Point Award Winners Complete year-end results can be found on the BCRCHA website, www. bcrcha.com. Open 1) Savannah Day 2) Sneakin Out To Play 3) Trava Bob Non-Pro 1) Sally Rees 2) Doug Weins 3) Don Ellis $10,000 Novice Horse 1) Docs Sandee Freckles 2) Duallers Miss Gem $3,000 Novice Horse 1) San Taris Lena

$2,000 Limit Rider 1) Shari Gallagher 2) Bill Rempel 3) Neil Higgins $750 Progressive Horse 1) Smart Class 2) Canadian Forces $500 Limit Rider 1) Bill Rempel 2) Heath Stevenson 3) Ed Hurd $500 Ranch Horse 1) Shesa Roan Star


2) Chicks Sassy Nick 3) Sahara Emma Hay Novice/Novice 1) Jennifer Martin and Don Quejana 2) Carrie Murray and Lena Dunn Me Too 3) Debbie Hall and Sahara Emma Hay Youth 1) Haley Stradling 2) Hannah Dixon


Sandy Valko

2011 Queen, Taylor Oostenburg

Brooklyn Gildemeister

Sabrina Langset

Brook Mcfarland and Logan Wharry

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Okanagan Miniature Horse Club By Katie Iceton Photos courtesy of Joan Cunningham


ell the OMHC is beginning another year, looking forward to many educational and fun sessions with our Minis! Once all that hair is gone... too cold to clip! However for those using sleigh runners, the snow is welcomed! The club is hoping to have a few clinics within the year, as well as some members attending shows throughout the Northwest. If you have a Miniature and would like to join us, please feel free to check out our website at www. okanaganminiaturehorseclub.com. We are always happy to have new members eager to enjoy their Miniatures and have fun!! If any members have ideas or would like to have a specific clinic with a specific clinician, please feel free to e-mail the executive; their e-mails are on the website. Our first meeting was January 21st, and from here on in, every third Saturday of every second month at 7 p.m. at the Armstrong Chamber office. Please feel free to come and see what we are all about and how to do the most with your Minis!!!

Vista Valley Targets Wizard

A little deep for short legs!

Ann Silcox’s Huckleberry Fizz is so much taller - so he will make a trail!!

Fraser Valley 4-H News By Devon Smith


he 2011 Fraser Valley 4-H Horse year was another for the record books (literally). This year, three shows were held for 4-H members from each of the five clubs to compete at. The Chilliwack show had the highest attendance of the year. Rusty Spurs was awarded well-deserved high point awards (director’s chairs for each), and Prairie Trotters hosted a very patriotic show on Canada Day featuring a costume class. In addition to club shows, members were also given the opportunity to attend the AQHA Region One Championship show last July to compete in the all-breed classes and participate in clinics. The local fairs - Agrifair, Chilliwack, PNE and Agassi - were also well attended by 4-H members from many other projects in addition to the horse. Agrifair even came through with a number of open classes, which gave

members another opportunity to show their horses with exhibitors from outside of 4-H showing as well. This was the first year the horse clubs went back to the PNE after being absent from the fair for a few years. All the members who went enjoyed the five-day long trip to downtown Vancouver, and the atmosphere of a bigger crowd watching classes made it even more fun. 4-H is a program designed for youth nine to 19 years of age to expand their knowledge and share their passion with other members with the same interests. The horse project puts riders and their mounts into units beginning with walktrotters (unit one) to the advanced riders (unit six). In addition to riding, members will exercise their public speaking skills, create educational displays and judge classes of livestock and non-livestock projects at the annual district rally. 4-H also offers

Unit 1

Unit 2

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Victoria Paulus and Miss Ginny Bean from Rusty Spurs

Larissa Reitsema and Fuzzy from Rusty Spurs

Victoria Fryer and Black Rambo Shadow from Prairie Trotters

Sherise Goertzen and Silent Trap from Rusty Spurs

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scholarship and travel opportunities to members for further fun and excitement. As for our year-ends, points were taken from the three club shows held in the spring. Members had to attend at least two to qualify and trail did not count towards the unit championship. Congratulations to all of our champions - job well done, ladies. If you are interested in learning more about the 4-H programs or want to find a club near you, visit the BC 4-H website at www.bc4h.bc.ca. The Fraser Valley 4-H horse clubs also have a joint website under construction, so keep an eye on www. fraservalley4hhorse.webs.com.

Unit 5

Tamara Jameson and PR Royal Lace from Rusty Spurs

Unit 6

Devon Smith and SW Roxy Barlink from Rusty Spurs


AERC Looks Forward to Exciting Year By Tammy Thielman Photo by Gabriela Sladkova


he Armstrong Enderby Riding Club (AERC) is looking forward to an exciting and fun-fi lled 2012 season. The club will once again host five Fun Day schooling shows, from April to September. Fun Days will now feature new classes like Pleasure Pairs, Modified Reining, and other unique options along with Showmanship, English and Western performance classes, and Trail. As always, the club is trying to keep all club events very affordable. Committees are being formed so members can take part in planning club events. Bring your ideas and input to a general meeting at the Armstrong Chamber of Commerce. The next general meeting happens April 4 at 7 pm. Come and enjoy coffee and snacks and help shape what the club will be like this year! All members are welcome. To receive regular club updates, please send in your membership! The club also offers a Sponsorship Program with an outstanding advertising package. So if you are looking to sponsor a club, there are forms available on our new website. The club now has a Facebook group with over 100 members and, as a fun goal, would like to reach 200 Facebook members this year! Also, check out the new website, designed by Vice President Ashley Hilbrander, at www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.com. Membership forms are available on the site. Events tentatively planned for this year include, a tack sale, clinics, hotdog sale and carwash, some of which will be organized by our new junior reps. As the dates are confirmed, our events will appear on our new website.

The AERC celebrated the end of 2011 with a western-themed Christmas celebration and potluck with about 75 people in attendance. President Rebecca Hilbrander and a hardworking crew of volunteers decorated the Odd Fellows Hall in Armstrong. A donated Western saddle was won in the Junior Members’ raffle by Adam Lemaire, of Armstrong. Many awards, ribbons and prizes were presented to club members of all ages.

Due to many indoor arenas offering affordable drop-in riding, winter riding will not be hosted by the club this year but check out the club Facebook page for discussions about where to ride. Come out and support AERC as a member and participant this year! Riders of all levels and abilities are welcome.

Summer Sizzler 2012 By Tammy Thielman


he Shifting Saddles 4-H Club of Salmon Arm welcomes all 4-H Horse clubs interested in attending Summer Sizzler to sign up now to take part in this fun four-day event at the Salmon Arm fairgrounds. Summer Sizzler happens August 9–12 and includes twice-daily riding lessons, theory classes or “ground school,” and a show on the final day. Both English and Western riders are welcome. A Trail course will also be set up for riders of both disciplines. The Shifting Saddles 4-H Horse Club is hosting the event this year and has many fun activities and some educational events planned for all those who take part. Space is limited, so clubs are urged to contact organizers now to reserve a Shifting Saddles 4-H Horse Club spot for your club. Camping without hook-up is available member Olivia Goldman took part in the Summer Sizzler 2011 held at the as are spots for tents. Stabling is provided on-site. Salmon Arm Fairgrounds. The Shifting If you have any questions or would like entry Saddles 4-H Horse Club is organizing forms for Summer Sizzler 2012 please contact Rhonda Summer Sizzler 2012 and welcomes BC Rebinsky at (250) 675-5155 or email rebinsky@telus.net or 4-Hers to take part. Tammy Thielman photo. shiftingsaddles@gmail.com HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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South Okanagan at a Loss By Alex MacRae


adly, the South Okanagan Horse Association recently lost another of its founding members, Barb Den Boer. In honour of her, the South Okanagan Horse Association is retiring its name. The club started almost twenty years ago with three families - the Wentworths, the Bradburns and the Den Boers. The idea behind the club was to offer a place for up-andcoming riders to show their horses and riding skills. For many years, SOHA had schooling shows from Peachland to Oliver; as these started being BC Heritage qualifiers, they brought in very experienced judges who were also judging at Provincial Finals. Over the years, we have seen the growth of very strong clubs from Peachland to Osoyoos in a variety of disciplines. Now there are many horsey events in the South Okanagan. Unfortunately, Madeleine Wentworth died in a car accident only a few years after being instrumental in starting the club and this past June, Barb Den Boer passed away. Barb and the Den Boer family have stayed involved and been a driving force behind SOHA since her daughter Elsen was little. Elsen is all grown up now, but Barb and Elsen had stayed involved for all these years. Barb was always there with a full

knowledge of what had happened in the past and a passion for running the club properly - always asking for meetings to be run according to Roberts Rules, putting up with us when we were much too casual but still there to remind us who we were and are as a club. Barb was always about the club. She could not understand why every member did not want to come out to volunteer at a show or help with keeping the equipment in good shape. She thought of process, giving us procedures for renting out our equipment and how to choose the recipient for the Madeleine Wentworth Award. She was careful with budget questions, too. In other words, there was nothing in the club she did not care about or have something to suggest. Barb was the defacto club historian. If you wanted to know how we acted in the past, simply ask Barb and before you knew it you had your answer. She kept meticulous records, I think right from the very first meetings of the club. Love her or not, Barb kept the club running when many had given up or were tired; but not Barb. Always there, always present, and now always missed. As was mentioned earlier, in honour of Barb Den Boer and all of her many contributions to the club, the South Okanagan

Barb den Boer in the only SOHA hat.

Horse Association has retired its name. As of January 1, 2012 the new club name will be “The Penticton Riding Club.” As a “heads up” for your show calendar this year, our 2012 show dates are: May 5: One day show; English and Western; BC Heritage Circuit Qualifier. June 23: One day show; English and Western; BC Heritage Qualifier. September 8-9: Two day Trophy Show; English and Western; BC Heritage Qualifier. All shows will take place at Parkway Stables in Penticton, BC. The stables have dry camping and are right on the Channel, so bring your floaties to cool off after a day of showing.

Briarwood Stables Update By Gaylene Ridley


he year 2011 at Briarwood Stables in Ellison (Kelowna) proved to be a very busy year with clinics and lessons. We welcome outside trainers to come and teach here and they are coming! We had trainers specializing in a variety of disciplines, including western pleasure, dressage, jumping, hunter under saddle, halter, showmanship, and trail, as well as trainers for those that just want to improve their riding generally. The information these trainers offer helps us all improve our skills, even those of us just watching the clinics, which, by the way, we really enjoy doing from our “room with a view” that allows us to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. We also had a couple of fun days here which were wonderful. We enjoyed each other’s company and the horses were great. At one fun day, we had about twelve riders but only six horses - so we just had the kids all 60 • Saddle Up • February 2012

taking their turns on different horses. What a blast that was, with all the games that were being played! The horses looked like they were also enjoying their fun day. With parents involved and lots of food and hot drinks, it was a very successful event. We are looking forward to a fun 2012. Come watch or join us - we also welcome drop-in riders. For more information, call (250) 765-3559.


BC Interior Horse Rescue Society By Lauri Meyers


s 2012 starts, the Board of Directors of the BCIHRS are working diligently to make this our best year ever. One of the nicest things that happened over the Holiday Season was a young lady named Laura C, and her friends, had made us a bag full of cookies and donated them as a form of fundraising. In turn, the BCIHRS gave some to our volunteers with horses, as a way to say thank you. Also, people who stopped by to see the horses bought the cookies, so they could feed them. So with the sale of the cookies, we were able to raise at least $180. Thank you Laura and friends for your kindness towards the horses and the Rescue. The BCIHRS will be hosting an Educational (hands on) Clinic on February 26 at Quarter Spot Ranch in Lumby. There will be round penning and ground work exercises to help build trust and respect; and also, how to desensitize your horse. The clinic will be approximately 4 hours and only costs $75 per person. Everyone is welcome, no matter what your riding level or discipline may be. You can bring your own horse; or lesson horses can be provided. Space is VERY limited (5-6 people

only); so everybody gets a chance to participate. Preregistration and payment is required. Residents at the Hub eating supper Additional clinics can be arranged if in demand. The clinic will be held in an indoor, lit arena, but warm clothing is recommended. Ample parking and a ‘drive-thru’ (if you’re not the best at maneuvering a trailer). We are also in the planning stages of a Trail Riding Clinic; covering everything from preparation through to packing up at the end of a ride. There may even be time for a short trail ride after the clinic. Stay posted to our website for more information. www.bcihrs.ca On a closing note, we still have some Rice Hulls available for sale. Rice Hulls are great for bedding for all types of our 4-legged friends, and it is virtually dust free.

Oliver Riding Club News By Kathy Malmberg


n the words of our past president, Debbie House, “The Oliver Riding Club is in great shape to continue providing focus for horse lovers in the Oliver area to connect, enjoy their horses, and have tons of fun.” Debbie served two really great years as the head honcho of the club. She remains an active member as she hands over the reins to our new president, Max Alexander. Last year saw the club in a wide variety of activities thanks to the many hard-working members who organize these events. Throughout the year, we enjoyed “Skills Sessions” with Carolyn Tipler (English riding) and Janette Lauritzen (Western riding). Both of these very able clinicians were most patient with those of us who are still learning. Sara Brown organized many “Jump-ARound” sessions judged and coached by Julie Johannsen. These sessions were well attended by those who wanted to try the sport of jumping. We finished the year with Sharron Piazza judging the last session in October. Ken MacRae of D-Bar-K Ranch HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

(the club’s home base) put on a spring clinic for us to start tuning up our horses and ourselves for the riding season. The Riding Club staffed two aid stations (for the Oliver Half-Iron and the Desert Half) this summer. This was a major source of revenue for the club. There was a Schooling Show in June and later that month Max Alexander and Annette Glover hosted a “Trail of Fortune” ride at their ranch above Okanagan Falls. In May, we participated in the “Wish Ride” for the Children’s Wish Foundation. We again raised a few thousand dollars for this most worthwhile charity. The ride this year will be at a new venue; John Wilkinson of Osoyoos has offered to host it. The English Skills Sessions continued throughout the summer as did the jumping clinics. We held a “Dressage Percentage Day” in September and were fortunate to have Jane Smart from Kelowna as our most excellent judge. New this past year were the “Mechanical Cow” sessions with Ken MacRae and also Horse Agility with Tahn Town from Osoyoos. Those members with miniature horses

were also able to attend the agility classes. In October, we had our Halloween Fun Day at D-Bar-K Ranch. Many riders came out, including some from Osoyoos, Penticton and Summerland. There were many amazing costumes! Brent Lines walked away with first prize this year. There was a “Spooky Trail Class” which was negotiated on horseback through some pretty scary obstacles. This was followed by spooky gymkhana classes such as “Drop the Eyeball,” “Off With Their Heads” and many more fun games. We finished off the year with a great potluck supper and party just before Christmas. Our club is very fortunate to have so many members who come up with great ideas and back it up with a fantastic “can do” attitude. We look forward to the 2012 riding season. We hope to have some more trail rides this year along with some kid-focused activities. Our membership person is Margie Fisher - give her a call at (250) 498-4579 if you are interested in joining us. We welcome all skill levels.

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Kelowna Gymkhana Club By Kayla Stromsten Photos courtesy of www.candidapple.ca


OW! What a great year! Fantastic club to be a part of! The banquet for Kelowna Gymkhana Club was held at the Kelowna Riding Club. Over 80 people attended, with awards presented as follows (placings to 6th):

Most Improved: Kathleen Egeland Most Sportsman-like (Rod Macmillan Memorial Award): Donna Hinchliffe Fastest times: Flags: Amy Russo on Mia Keyhole: Janine Blacklock on Seven Barrels: Sue Blacklock on Bear Stakes: Janine Blacklock on Seven Poles: Janine Blacklock on Seven KGC SCHEDULE 2012 May 13 June 3 June 24 July 15 Aug 12 Aug 26 Sept 9 Oct 14 - Spooktacular

Masters 1-Liz Gibbs on Patch 2-Sue Blacklock on Bear 3-Linda Lamberton on Ali 4-Debbie Wright on Lily 5-Chris Robinson on Diego 6-Donna Hinchliffe on Clay Qualified - Donna Hinchliffe on Nahanni, Tellee, Liz Gibbs on Comet, Thanks to all our volunteers. And a Jackie Schleppe on Buddy, and Dan Gibbs on Comet. Senior huge thank you to Amanda Lamberton, 1-Amanda Lamberton on Lightning our club president. We so appreciate you, 2-Janine Blacklock on Seven 3-Amy Russo on Mia and all the hard work that goes into this 4-Ashley Walton on Mia 5-Ashley Walton on Cupid club! Looking forward to 2012 season! 6-Nicole Samson on Smokey Qualified - Leiza on Rain, Brooke Halldorsen on Shae, and Kyra Casorso on Blue. Youth 1-Kayla Stromsten on Skittles 2-Emma Klassen on Red 3-Jessie Tarr on Chanook, Pepper, and Sequoia 4-Tori Reynolds on Dakota 5-Kayla Stromsten on Cola Junior 1-Karly Roth on Niska 2-Karly Roth on Digger 3-Raija McLean on Willow, JLO 4-Kathleen Egeland on Penny Mae 5-Ashley Robson on Roxy 6-Parker McLean on Chicky Peewee 1-Daylce Russo on Trigger, Spring 2-Steven Robson on Shinga Karly Roth Liz Gibbs 3-Paivi McLean on Mikey

Amanda Lamberton

Dalyce Dion

Kayla Stromsten

Peachland Riding Club Report By Loree Currie


appy New Year! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I would like to start by introducing our new directors for 2012! Our President is Verne Kaiser; Vice-President Tyler Dunkin; Secretary Darlene Pappas; and I am the Treasurer. A huge thank you to everyone that volunteered to fi ll an available director position. You guys rock! Our Banquet for 2011 was exceptional! Congratulations to Tom and Sandy Lewis, as well as Carl Woods and Sandy Chevallier for receiving Lifetime Membership Awards to the Peachland Riding Club. Our Saddle Series was definitely thrilling! The winner was Amanda Capuano and Easter… way to go! A special thank you to Diamond H Tack in Kelowna for sponsoring the saddle! Let’s not forget about our year-end winners; you all make Peachland proud! All 2011 year-end standings are posted on our website. Gymkhana dates for 2012 have been set! April 29, May 27, June 24, July 29, August 19, and September 23. Gymkhanas start at 9:00 am. Following each Gymkhana will be a BCBRA race. A double header 62 • Saddle Up • February 2012

BCBRA Race will be held on June 30 and July 1; and we will be holding our annual High School Rodeo, tentatively September 28-30. THE SADDLE SERIES IS BACK FOR 2012. Sandy Chevallier, our Rodeo director, has revamped the format for 2012. This series will not be tied in with the Gymkhana barrels this year. This series will be run in the BCBRA Races. Most will be run after the Gymkhanas and will include the double header Canada Day Race as well. The new series format will be available soon and posted on the website. For more information and Our 2011 Saddle upcoming events, go to our website www. peachlandridingclub.com. Follow us on Facebook; Series Winner Amanda Capuano! photos have been posted from last year’s Gymkhanas, High School Rodeo, and Year-end Banquet. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BCV2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: bcrodeoassn@telus.net www.rodeobc.com

Happy ppy New Year! We’ll have more news for you in the March issue.

Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club Update By Robyn Formanski


definitely have to say that this past year was by far the best one yet. I know I’m not alone when I say this, “Let next year be even better!” Below, I have our final results for the year as well as a little note from Jeanie. But first I would like to say thanks to a few people who made this year great! Thank you to Jeanie and Bev for putting on the Gymkhanas for us. You have allowed all of us to meet new people (and horses) and to have so much fun with our best friends. (OK, I guess our human best friends as well). Thank you to everyone who helped out, even with just the little things like setting up knocked-over barrels or poles, being friendly, etc. I would like to thank my Mom and Dad for hauling my horse and me to the events. I know I speak for all the kids out there as well. A HUGE congrats to Kaylynne Rupp, on Lucky, for winning the HIGH POINT BUCKLE, and to Yvonne James for winning the RUNNER UP HIGH POINT BUCKLE. You guys definitely worked hard to win those. I know we all look forward to next year for the chance to steal the title from you! :) Everyone this year has improved by leaps and bounds from last year, and I myself am very excited to see where we all can improve to next year! Way to go everyone!

Our Fun Awards were: Most Improved Horse - Rocky, owned by Krysta Pitman and her daughter Brenna Most Improved Horse and Rider - Cathy Dickens and Echo Best Buck Off of the Year - Bev Hall and Jack Our “Man in the Mix” - Darrell James Fastest Pole Time of the Year - 1st Kaylynne White on Lucky; 2nd Kamryn Cousins on Chilli (with a .041 difference) 2011 YEAR-END PLACINGS (based on six fastest runs in barrels, poles and stakes, to create a total overall average) PeeWees HP Kamryn Cousins RHP Keianna James Juniors 1D HP Kaylynne Rupp on Lucky RHP Tricia Hall on Mac 2D HP Alana Goldney on Scoots RHP Danielle Hall on Jewel 3D HP Jessica Soppitt RHP Brenna Hillier on Rocky 4D HP Laatya James RHP Keanna Towle Adults Alana Goldney and Robyn Formanski; 1D best friends - girls and horses HP Bev Hall on Jack RHP Pam Rupp 2D HP Fiona Ryan on Barbie RHP Yvonne James 3D HP Krysta Pitman RHP Kelly Mezzatesta

A note from Jeanie: Special thanks go out to: Ted and Drew Dickens - for all their hard work running our concession all year. Cathy Dickens - for all her hard work, stitching designs on 36 towels and 8 blankets. They were beautiful. Linda Goldney - for helping out with timing. The James familyy from Oliver - for bringing up wine for our fundraiser auction and year-end banquet and prizes. Pam Rupp - for making up slinkies and bit warmers for prizes. Robyn Formanski - for doing the articles for Saddle Up magazine.


Pam and Kaylynne Rupp waiting their turn

Krysta Pitman and Rocky

Kamryn Cousins on Chilli saying hello

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC By Eileen Shorter, North West 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

Higgins Creek Trail


have a few favourite trails, but this one in particular is special. It draws me back year after year, and over the years has given me personal, cherished memories. Like most trails in the Bulkley Valley, it was the early prospectors that first pushed through, and as a legacy, many landmarks were named in their honour. Higgins Creek was named after Paddy Higgins, Victoria Basin at the head of Higgins Creek got its name from the claims staked at the time, and Cronin Creek and Mine got their names from James Cronin. The access for this route is indeed historic, as it follows the Cronin Mine road, previously a winter sleigh/wagon trail, which leads off the Babine Lake road into the eastern side of the Mountain Park. The first hour after leaving the trail head is easy riding along the old road, 64 • Saddle Up • February 2012

giving the horses time to limber up and get out any cobwebs they might have. You get the occasional glimpse of Chapman Lake below and the Bate Range to the north, with views of French Peak and Netalzul Mountain to the west. It is approximately seven kilometres to the junction where you cross Higgins Creek and start the moderate climb from 1000m to 1500m, up the old access road built in 1958 by the Messners. It’s not long before you are out of the tall, old growth trees and the occasional mountain view comes into play. Previously the basin was accessed from Lyon Creek Trail on the west side of Babine Mountain Park via Silver King Basin road - this was by horse and mule pack trains. The total length of the trail is about 12 kilometres and should take between 2.5 to 3 hours one way. The old log cabin built in 1929 is still standing and has many memories inside. There is a good chance of seeing mountain goats on the scree and cliffs above the cabin in the surrounding basin. I enjoy this trail later in the summer or early fall when the chance of getting eaten alive by pesky mosquitoes has subsided. On a nice, sunny, early autumn day there is still time to explore the old mine workings and Eagle Pass and to have a leisurely lunch before heading down the trail home. I have enjoyed sharing this trail with other backcountry horsemen, and hopefully I can share it with you. Happy Trails!


Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C www.PineTreeRidingClub.com Newsletter contact: Tracey Nordal, houliojule@yahoo.com Club contact: Alison Miller, brentmiller@shaw.ca PTRC members at the year-end banquet in November 2011


012 brings new faces to the Pine Tree Riding Club board of directors. Thank you to those members who have given so much time on the executive, including Alison Miller, Jodi Daburger, Linda Loshuk, Chris and Shawn Reed and Jamie Fink. Your time and hard work have been very much appreciated. Welcome and thank you to the many members who have taken on significant roles to organize this year’s many events, including playdays, gymkhanas, clinics, ground maintenance, our webpage, volunteer co-ordination, etc. Our club is a family-oriented organization, and we welcome and encourage you to check out our many events, with categories and activities for all ages, including: Western and English playdays, gymkhanas, clinics, as well as our annual show in June. We have classes for all abilities from lead line to senior classes. We are pleased to have the North Kamloops Lions join us again this year to run our concession. They serve up a fantastic egg and ham breakfast and continue on throughout the day with burgers and fries for lunch. Concessions will run for all playdays and gymkhanas, as well as the annual show. To find out more about what is going on with the club and how you can take part, check out www.pinetreeridingclub.com for: * Membership forms - If membership forms are received by March 31, 2012, you’ll be entered in our draw for a FREE MEMBERSHIP (family or single) or FIRST PLAYDAY AND GYMKHANA FOR FREE! * New information on volunteer participation within the club * Playday and Gymkhana entry forms * Calendar of events * Clinics * Photo page * Club Rule Book 2012 Playdays and Gymkhanas Dates (gymkhanas on Saturdays, playdays on Sundays) July 14/15 April 14/15 August 18/19 May 26/27 September 29/30 June 9/10 June 16/17 - Annual Show

Naomi on Prince

Lauren on Prince


Board of Directors for 2012 Past President – Jodi Daburger President – Michelle Tondevold Vice President – Jessie-Ann Fink Secretary – Cari Crawford Treasurer – Debi and Randy Eppinger All contact info for the Board as well as directors can be found on the website at www.pinetreeridingclub.com. We are looking forward to an exciting year fi lled with horses, fun and the creation of more great memories. Thank you to our many sponsors whose support makes it all possible, including our 2011 sponsors: The Horse Barn (www.horsebarncanada.com) Ric’s Grill (www.ricsgrill.com) Saddle Up magazine (www.saddleup.ca) Greenhawk (www.greenhawk.com) Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic (www.KLAVC.ca) Jay Dee’s Plumbing and Heating (Don Atherton) (250) 573-3527 Brent Miller, RE/MAX Kamloops (www.brent-miller.com) Robo Transport (250) 374-0084 MJB Law - Scott Blackford (www.mjblaw.com) Extreme Excavating Kal Tire Auntie Karen’s Horse Kookies (250) 503-1667 Rona Home Centre (www.rona.ca) Agri Supply (250)372-2446 The Brandt Ranch We would like to congratulate Naomi Willms, who is now the proud owner of PRINCE CHARMING. Prince is well known at Pine Tree, having been ridden there in the past seven years by Lauren Miller, Katie Miller and Braden Daburger. We look forward to seeing Naomi and Prince at Pine Tree, we can’t imagine going to an event there without him!

Katie on Prince

Braden Daburger on Prince

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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



CPHC will be honouring its 2011 year-end award winners at a banquet in Langley, February 4. Last year, members earned APHA points at six shows: a two-judge show in Smithers in early July and the two circuits hosted by the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association in Langley in May and on Labour Day. We’ll also be presenting awards for members who competed in our Open Show and Competition Program. Congratulations to everyone who showed Paint Horses in BC last year and especially to our year-end winners. Stay tuned for pictures and a report in the next issue. 2011 BCPHC Year-end Award Winners APHA CLASSES APHA Novice Youth Daniella Penaloza | Dirty McLeaguer Emma-Lee Schellenberg | All Reddy Smoke N APHA Youth 13 & Under Chrissie Penaloza | Dirty McLeaguer APHA Youth 14-18 Ingrid Libera | Ima Special Delivery Kirsten Chamberland | A Sexy Sensation APHA Novice Amateur Lisa Seccomb | Hot Zippity Spot APHA Amateur Jennifer King | Ready To Dream Louise Bruce | HF DR Feelgood APHA Junior Horse Gold Bar Tristan | Bibs Dallaire APHA Senior Horse Ima Special Delivery | Ingrid Libera A Deluxe Sensation | Sally Saur APHA Halter Mares A Deluxe Sensation | Sally Saur Fanciful Romance | Barb Bowerbank APHA Halter Geldings Ima Special Delivery | Ingrid Libera Playgirl Centerfold | Alison Willoughby APHA Halter Stallions Gold Bar Tristan | Bibs Dallaire The Huntsman | Kelly Allen APHA BC Bred Ima Special Delivery | Ingrid Libera Brooks N Diamonds | Dianne Rouse

No horses qualified in Solid Paint Bred; there were no exhibitors in the Walk/Trot category

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Open Show and Competition Program Awards The OSCP Award recipients for 2011 were: OSCP In Hand Pam Malekow | Tejonas Gold Sierra Colleen Ebner | Icy Cool Coosa OSCP English Devon Smith | SW Roxy Barlink Pam Malekow | Tejonas Gold Sierra OSCP Western Pam Malekow | Tejonas Gold Sierra Devon Smith | SW Roxy Barlink OSCP Performance Pam Malekow | Tejonas Gold Sierra Kelly Allen | The Huntsman OSCP Youth Devon Smith | SW Roxy Barlink Emma-Lee Schellenberg | All Reddy Smoke N OSCP Amateur Pam Malekow | Tejonas Gold Sierra Margo Murray | Classy Cooper

For the top five winners in the Open Show and Competition Program, go to the BCPHC website. Congratulations to all of you and we look forward to seeing you again this year.

General Membership Meeting Planned We have listened to our members’ comments about the points keeping for the OSCP and have come up with some changes which we think you all will like. A general membership meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, at the Willoughby Community Centre LEC in Langley, from 6:30pm to 9pm. We’ll be reviewing the changes to the OSCP and other club rules, so please come and share your ideas. For more club news, check the website. Please attend this meeting to give us your input and vote on the changes. The proposed rule changes will be sent out by email prior to the meeting.

Back-to-Basics Show - July 29, 2012 The Back-to-Basics APHA Show, July 29 at High Point Equestrian Centre, is pleased to welcome a new sponsor. Traveland RV Supercentre on the Langley Bypass joins Stampede Tack and Western Wear as a show sponsor. Traveland offers sales, rentals and service for all of your RV needs. Watch for the Back-to-Basics show program when it gets posted to our website later next month.

BC Paint Horse Members Making International Headlines BC Paint Horse Club members had a great year of competition in 2011. Many travelled to shows south of the border, accumulating points that earned them recognition at the NWCC year-end awards banquet in Oregon in early December. (The

NWCC is a collaboration of Paint clubs, including BCPHC, from throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska). Congratulations to: • Kirsten Chamberland and A Sexy Sensation (High Point Trail 14-18) • Louise Bruce and HF Dr Feelgood (High Point Amateur Masters Trail) • Kerry Sawyer and Justa EZ Rider (reserve Amateur Masters Trail) • Emma Schellenberg and All Reddy Smoke N (reserve Horsemanship 14-18) • Chrissie Penaloza and Dirty McLeaguer (reserve Hunt Seat Equitation 13 and Under) • Jennifer King and Ready to Dream (High Point Colour Class Overo) • Lisa Seccomb and Hot Zippity Spot (High Point Amateur Stake Race) We should also be congratulating our OSCP points-keeper, Pam Malekow of Crescent Valley, in BC’s Kootenay Region. Pam and Tejonas Gold Sierra are currently leading all other riders across North America in APHA’s Paint Alternative Program (PAC). They are first in Equitation, English Pleasure, Trail and Showmanship and second on the leader list in Western Pleasure! And if you think that’s cool, check out the 2011 show record for Callie Rouse and Chansation of Langley. Not only did they win APHA World Championships last summer in Hunter under Saddle and Hunt Seat Equitation (and a reserve championship in Showmanship) at the Youth World Show in Fort Worth, TX, they are currently listed fourth for Youth 14-18 on APHA’s Top 20 list. They also achieved honour roll standings in Showmanship 14-18 (ninth), Hunt Seat Equitation (fi ft h), Western Pleasure 14-18 (tenth) and a not-too-shabby second in Hunter under Saddle Youth 14–18. We have some hot competitors in BC! Congratulations to you all!

Membership Renewal Please make sure you have renewed your 2012 membership. If you are considering showing your Paint for the first time this year, you can download your application for 2012 from the website.


Endurance Riders Association of BC Story By Ariel MacLeod

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 Toni Bloomfield toniabloomfield@gmail.com 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

World Junior Young Rider Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 10, 2011


bu Dhabi; an experience of a lifetime, that’s what they all call it. Well, guess what, they are all www.ERABC.com right! In the early hours of November 28, Cairos Summer Romance (Summer) was loaded into a horse transport in the care of a guy name Glen, to be taken to Seattle to catch the next fight to Abu Dhabi. On December 3, my mother, Tara MacLeod, and I flew from Fort St. John to meet Joan in Vancouver and from there Glenn (team vet), Maura (chef d’equipe), and Summer in Abu Dhabi a day after she arrived. The drive to Al Wathba was quite an interesting experience all in itself - herds of camels in training for camel races, and sand as far as the eye could see. Perhaps the exotic sights explained our getting impossibly lost trying to find Summer’s stable. Finally finding her, it came as quite a shock to all of us how well Summer had handled the long hours of flight time, and that she did not need any extra fluids, which we had been almost positive we would have to administer. December 9th began bright and early, preparing Summer for vet in, and dang, she looked good. If you have ever seen a horse show off for a vet, she did it. The vetting area was perfectly manicured turf and a wide lane with white fencing on either side. The crew area was nothing I had ever seen before. Teams had their buckets and whole big bins in assembly lines so that the horse walked down the line when it came in and water was thrown at the horse. Us, we did our usual “make a clustered area in a spot in the shade” and used sponges to cool Summer calmly, like she is used to. Race Day had finally arrived and was the gong show I had anticipated. Mom and Joan were up at 3:00AM to feed Summer and I followed shortly with Maura. Good thing we left early, because Maura passed the turnoff and went a bit farther than needed. When I got to the barns with Maura, Mom was on Summer warming her up. Of course Summer was acting up! We were instructed to start warming up 40 minutes before start time. Now, don’t get me wrong, that’s great for some horses. But not Summer! When I finally got on, Summer was bolting, doing Lipizzaner moves in the air, and flying backwards at 100 miles an hour. It was scary to say the least. Finally, mom hooked a lead rope to her and was leading us for a while to try calming her down. Two minutes before takeoff, I was released and she seemed to be controllable. As the whistle was blown, not only were 85 horses taking off, so were over 200 vehicles, all honking and driving alongside us. It was like nothing I had ever seen before, and it was way beyond what I could ever imagine; tears streamed from my eyes. Within minutes vehicles were already stuck in the deep sand. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

At about 10 km of our first 33 km loop problems began to arise. My stirrup had completely broken, to the point of being impossible to fi x. Luckily, not far ahead, Maura, Joan and Bonnie (a lady from Abu Dhabi) were waiting to give me water. Little did they know we needed more than just watering. Of course in the middle of a loop no one has stirrups on them. But it so happened a nice man who didn’t speak much English was smart enough to make just Look of Eagles my stirrup leathers work long enough for me to make it into camp. I do to this day thank that man for his help because there is no way I could have made it into camp on that horse with only one stirrup, but talk about painful! I can still feel the agonizing pain in my poor back and knees! I didn’t realize in 13 km of my pain that Summer had gotten hurt as well. Judging by photos, about 5 km from camp she had tripped in the deep sand causing her to struggle Ariel and Summer and clip the ball of her heel really deeply. Unfortunately that was the end of the trail for us. She came into the vet check and did very well metabolically but she just couldn’t trot sound, which was quite a shame because I’ve never felt such a ready horse in my life. So powerful! After Summer was checked over by a treatment vet to get a bandage on the open wound, we observed and learned from other riders and teams. Throughout our stay, activities had been planned for every moment. The Opening Ceremonies were led by a beautiful bay Arabian stallion, with riders from each country escorted by a young Arab girl in traditional dress. We went to Ferrari Land and the world’s longest roller coaster, dinners and parties, and 4x4ing in the dunes. We enjoyed camel riding, belly and hip-hop dancers, Henna tattoos, Hookah pipes, sand boarding, thoroughbred flat races and many new friendships. The Closing Ceremonies began with dancers and a video of the race. Awards were presented, ending with a lavish buffet where many riders exchanged their uniforms in friendship - I got an Australia and a Brazil! The next day we all knew the fun and games had come to an end, and we were all very happy to be going home, although we also knew we would miss Abu Dhabi. If I had the chance to go back, I would go in a heartbeat, with some things done differently. But all in all, an experience of a lifetime. That’s for sure! www.saddleup.ca • 67

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2012 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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INTRO TO TTOUCH w/Mandy Pretty, Dawson Creek, BC, Rose cousins@pris.bc.ca or www.intouchwithyourhorse.com COWGIRLS GONE WILD Fundraiser, Sunrise Conf. Centre, Surrey, BC, Brenda 604-589-9052 or 604-530-7304, cowgirlsgonewild2012@gmail.com VALLEY TACK SALE 10am-2pm, Abbotsford Fair Grounds, Ronnalee Harris, HarrisonBayArabians@shaw.ca VERSATILITY RANCH HORSE SEMINAR, Ranch Horse Cutting, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, sandylw@shaw.ca or www.chevyequine.com HORSE AGILITY TRAINING/SHOW, Twin Creek Ranch, Aldergrove, BC, Susan, bkclinic@telus.net KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops, 1-888-763-2224, www.bcchs.com VERSATILITY RANCH HORSE SEMINAR, Working Ranch Horse, Working Cow & Roping, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, sandylw@shaw.ca or www.chevyequine.com HORSE AGILITY TRAINING/SHOW, Heron Bay Stables, Ladner, BC, Susan, bkclinic@telus.net BCHSR QUEEN SEMINAR, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, sandylw@shaw.ca, www.chevyequine.com, www.bchsra.ca LMQHA BAZAAR & COUNTRY FAIR, Tack Sale, Clinics & more, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, Pia 604-889-9120 or Terri 778-549-1297 EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Edmonton, AB, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSE CLINIC w/Mark Bolender, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Laurie, 604-869-1411, www.twistedterrainhorsepark.com JONATHAN FIELD Course 1 Clinic, Field Horsemanship Center, Abbotsford, BC, Angie Field 1-888-JFFIELD, info@jonathanfield.net MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSE CLINIC & SHOW W w/Mark Bolender, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Laurie, 604-869-1411, www.twistedterrainhorsepark.com BRAD GIESBRECHT REINING CLINIC, Pritchard, BC, for more info and to register call Kim 250-577-3637 EQUANIMITY EDGE Vertebral Realignment Course, Edmonton, AB, Learn to adjust without mallets! www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 JONATHAN FIELD, Course 1 Clinic, Saanich Fair Grounds Victoria, BC, Roma Allen 1-877-573-4018, Roma@jonathanfield.net EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Ladysmith, BC, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Games, info Nagaire Niven 778-277-0015, ngaire.niven@gmail.com GLENN STEWART Spring Tune-Up Workshop, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Laurie Thompson 604-869-1411, www.twistedterrainhorsepark.com

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JONATHAN FIELD Course 2 Clinic, Field Horsemanship Center, Abbotsford, BC, Angie Field 1-888-JFFIELD, info@jonathanfield.net EQUANIMITY EDGE Vertebral Realignment Course, Langley, BC, Learn to adjust without mallets! www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Chevallier’s, Peachland, BC, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, ForTheHorse Equestrian Centre, Chase, www.ForTheHorse.com GLENN STEWART Advanced Natural Horsemanship Clinic, Stage 3/4 in Smithers, BC, Anika gattiker@telus.net or 250-846-5494 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Jumping Clinic, info Katrina, kvavrovics@hotmail.com PTRC GYMKHANA, Kamloops, www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Kesia Werth 250-819-7313 TOPLINE DRESSAGE % DAY, Salmon Arm, BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669, toplinestables1@hotmail.com TOPLINE SCHOOLING JUMPER ROUNDS, Salmon Arm, BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669, toplinestables1@hotmail.com PTRC PLAYDAY, Kamloops, www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Kesia Werth 250-819-7313 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Jumping, info Katrina, kvavrovics@hotmail.com HORSE AGILITY TRAINING/SHOW, Heron Bay Stables, Ladner, BC, Susan, bkclinic@telus.net LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Eng/West, info Nicola Gildemeister 604-746-0344, mpowered2prosper@hotmail.com CONNECTED RIDING & TTOUCH w/ Mandy Pretty, Whitehorse, YT, Violet kvr@northwestel.net or www.intouchwithyourhorse.com PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Spring Clean-Up, www.peachlandridingclub.com BARREL RACE, 6:30pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, sandylw@shaw.ca or www.chevyequine.com THE MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB, 250-578-7518, www.maneeventexpo.com CLAY WEBSTER REINING CLINIC, EasyGo Ranch, Lac La Hache, BC, Elli Meinert 250-396-7556, llh_cowgirl@yahoo.ca EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Grande Prairie, AB, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Games, info Nagaire Niven 778-277-0015, ngaire.niven@gmail.com GYMKHANA, 9am, Peachland Riding Club, www.peachlandridingclub.com SADDLE SERIES BARREL RACE, approx 3:30pm, Peachland Riding Club, www.peachlandridingclub.com 3RD ANNUAL STALLION AUCTION OPENS, Can. Pinto Horse Assoc. To support CPtHA and Youth programs. www.canadianpinto.com and on Facebook SPRING HORSE SALE, Ranch Showcase & Sale, Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge, AB, 403-329-3101, www.perlich.com ALI BUCHANAN CLINIC, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Mike Kidston 250-791-5247, mkls@bcinternet.net PENTICTON RIDING CLUB English/Western Show, BC Heritage Qualifier, Parkway Stables, Penticton, BC, Alex alex.macrae451@gmail.com VDRC SPRING SHOW, Vernon District Riding Club, Coldstream, BC, Nathalie Merrill 250-308-8138, www.vernonridingclub.com INTRO TO TTOUCH FOR YOU & YOUR HORSE w/ Mandy Pretty, Vernon, BC, www.ttouch.ca or 1-800-255-2336 EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Medicine Hat, AB, Learn equine massage therapy, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 BARREL RACE, 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, sandylw@shaw.ca or www.chevyequine.com


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JONATHAN FIELD Course 1 Clinic, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK, Janice Ford 306-221-1697, janice.ford@yourlink.ca TOPLINE SPRING FLING HACK, H/J SHOW, Salmon Arm, BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669, toplinestables1@hotmail.com LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Games, info Nagaire Niven 778-277-0015, ngaire.niven@gmail.com GYMKHANA CLINIC, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Jen Szigety 250-706-9410, jennracer@hotmail.com OKANAGAN BREEDERS GROUP Showcase, w/Judy Wardrope and more, Armstrong Fairgrounds, www.okbreedersgroup.com TTOUCH & CONNECTED RIDING w/ Mandy Pretty, Summerland, BC, Melissa itookthereins@gmail.com or www.intouchwithyourhorse.com WILD & WOOLY HORSE SHOW, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Nicole Dupont 250-593-4071, carolineacres@xplornet.com, www.100mileoutriders.com JONATHAN FIELD Course 2 Clinic, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK, Janice Ford 306-221-1697, janice.ford@yourlink.ca EQUANIMITY EDGE Vertebral Realignment Course, Medicine Hat, AB, Learn to adjust without mallets! www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 EQUANIMITY EDGE Vertebral Realignment Course, Regina, SK, Learn to adjust without mallets! www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632 JONATHAN FIELD Course 1 Clinic, Diamond A Stables, Spruce Grove, AB, Tamara Chimlar 780-720-5198, tamara_chmilar@hotmail.com LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Jumping Clinic, info Katrina, kvavrovics@hotmail.com LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Denise Little 250-396-7724, littlecountry@bcinternet.net, www.100mileoutriders.com FARM & RANCH, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Ron Szigety 250-397-2897, paintedrose11@xplornet.com, www.100mileoutriders.com LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Jumping, info Katrina, kvavrovics@hotmail.com BARREL RACE, 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, sandylw@shaw.ca or www.chevyequine.com JONATHAN FIELD Course 2 Clinic, Diamond A Stables, Spruce Grove, AB, Tamara Chimlar 780-720-5198, tamara_chmilar@hotmail.com HALLER TRAIL RIDE, Larri 604-888-2743 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Tack Sale, info Linda Damm 604-865-6558, ldamm@telus.net PTRC GYMKHANA, Kamloops, www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Kesia Werth 250-819-7313 WCFA FARRIER COMPETITION/CLINIC, Saskatoon, SK, Paula or Dave Morch, morchfarriers@gmail.com, 306-233-4287, cell 306-960-9366 INTRO TO TTOUCH w/ Mandy Pretty, Edmonton, AB, Karen Karen. carruthers@gov.ab.ca or www.intouchwithyourhorse.com JONATHAN FIELD, Diamond A Stables, Spruce Grove, AB, Tamara Chimlar 780-720-5198, tamara_chmilar@hotmail.com PTRC PLAYDAY, Kamloops, www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Kesia Werth 250-819-7313 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Eng/West, info Nicola Gildemeister 604-746-0344, mpowered2prosper@hotmail.com SADDLE SERIES GYMKHANA, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Jen Szigety 250-706-9410, jennracer@hotmail.com, www.100mileoutriders.com GYMKHANA, 9am, Peachland Riding Club, www.peachlandridingclub.com SADDLE SERIES BARREL RACE, approx 3:30pm, Peachland Riding Club, www.peachlandridingclub.com HORSE AGILITY TRAINING/SHOW, AMNHC, Ladner, BC, Susan, bkclinic@telus.net JONATHAN FIELD Course 1 Clinic, Agri-Plex, Cochrane, AB, Patty Martin, tsr.patty@live.ca or 403-932-7817

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JONATHAN FIELD Course 2 Clinic, Agri-Plex, Cochrane, AB, Patty Martin tsr. patty@live.ca or 403-932-7817

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BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB AMHR Show Cloverdale Agriplex, Cloverdale, BC, Tina Harrison 604-533-1168 RIDING WITH AWARENESS TTOUCH & CONNECTED RIDING w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon, BC, www.ttouch.ca or 1-800-255-2336 PTRC GYMKHANA, Kamloops, www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Kesia Werth 250-819-7313 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB AMHA A Show, Cloverdale Agriplex, Cloverdale, BC, Tina Harrison 604-533-1168 VDRC EC BRONZE H/J SHOW. BC 2012 Summer Games Qual. Vernon District Riding Club, Coldstream, BC, Judy, 250-547-8812, www.vernonridingclub.com BARBRA SCHULTE CLINIC, Performance & Cow Work, Armstrong, register at www.reinininthesun.com FUN & FROLIC HORSE SHOW, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Nicole Dupont 250-593-4071, carolineacres@xplornet.com, www.100mileoutriders.com PTRC PLAYDAY, Kamloops, www.pinetreeridingclub.com or Kesia Werth 250-819-7313 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Games, info Nagaire Niven 778-277-0015, ngaire.niven@gmail.com LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Jumping Warm-up, info Katrina, kvavrovics@hotmail.com PTRC ANNUAL SHOW English Day. Flat, Trail & Hunter over Fences. Kamloops, BC Heritage Qualifier. www.pinetreeridingclub.com ASHCROFT & DISTRICT BCRA RODEO, Ashcroft, BC, Leeanne 250-457-6755 www.ashcroftrodeo.com PTRC ANNUAL SHOW Western Day. Performance, Trail & Gymkhana. Kamloops, BC Heritage Qualifier. www.pinetreeridingclub.com SADDLE SERIES GYMKHANA, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Jen Szigety 250-706-9410, jennracer@hotmail.com, www.100mileoutriders.com LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Jumping, info Katrina, kvavrovics@hotmail.com BARREL RACE, 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, sandylw@shaw.ca or www.chevyequine.com JONATHAN FIELD Course 2 Camp, James Creek Ranch, Merritt, BC, Angie Field 1-888-JFFIELD, info@jonathanfield.net PENTICTON RIDING CLUB English/Western Show, BC Heritage Qualifier, Parkway Stables, Penticton, BC, Alex alex.macrae451@gmail.com LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Little Britches Rodeo, info Ted Hall 778-240-3664, canweldltd@telus.net GYMKHANA, 9am, Peachland Riding Club, www.peachlandridingclub.com SADDLE SERIES BARREL RACE, approx 3:30pm, Peachland Riding Club, www.peachlandridingclub.com JONATHAN FIELD Course 3 Camp, James Creek Ranch, Merritt, BC, Angie Field 1-888-JFFIELD, info@jonathanfield.net LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Eng/West, info Nicola Gildemeister 604-746-0344, mpowered2prosper@hotmail.com CLAY WEBSTER REINING CLINIC, Easygo Ranch, Lac La Hache, BC, Elli Meinert 250-396-7556, llh_cowgirl@yahoo.ca TOPLINE JUNE EVENT & COMBINED TEST, Salmon Arm, BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669, toplinestables1@hotmail.com SADDLE SERIES BARREL RACE, Dougle Header, 1pm, Peachland Riding Club, www.peachlandridingclub.com JONATHAN FIELD Course 1 Ground Clinic, Saanich Fair Grounds, Victoria, BC, Roma Allen 1-877-573-4018, Roma@jonathanfield.net LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Jumping, info Katrina, kvavrovics@hotmail.com VDRC EC BRONZE/GOLD DRESSAGE SHOW, Vernon District Riding Club, Coldstream, BC, Kelly MacIntosh 250-540-7344, www.vernonridingclub.com JONATHAN FIELD Course 2 Clinic, Saanich Fair Grounds, Victoria, BC, Roma Allen 1-877-573-4018, Roma@jonathanfield.net EQUANIMITY EDGE Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Course, Edmonton, AB, Intensive 4 week massage and VR course, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-378-4632

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Clubs & Associations “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 9/12 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.org 12/12

ASHCROFT RODEO ASSOCIATION BCRA Rodeo June 16 & 17, 2012 Starts 1 pm. Dance on June 16 From 9 pm to 1 am 2/13

Anni5v0etrh sary!


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 2/13

BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, secretary@barrieredistrictridingclub.com Events & more at www.barrieredistrictridingclub.com 3/12 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, www.bccarriagedriving.com 8/12 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca 2/12 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Ken Hartley 250-573-2328 bccha@telus.net or web www.bccha.ca 4/12 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, www.bcdraftundersaddleclub.com 11/12 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 2/13 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. www.bcihrs.com 250-260-5344 9/12 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 4/12 gnrmorgans@xplornet.ca. Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, www.bcimhc.com BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB www.miniaturehorsesbc.com 7/12 Info Margaret 604-856-1419, AMHR/AMHA Show June 8-10, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB President: Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 5/12 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit www.bcqha.com. Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138, bcqha@hotmail.com 10/12

BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, www.bcrcha.com 4/12 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office, bcrodeoassn@telus.net, www.rodeobc.com 3/12 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, www.bcsporthorses.com 5/12 BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Howie Hunt 250-443-4461, bhanews@hotmail.com, visit www.boundaryhorse.ca for Events 6/12 CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid. www.cdart.org, www.critteraid.org, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0 CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for 70 • Saddle Up • February 2012

our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 www.chhaps.org 4/12 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC www.ERABC.com


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: www.cqha.ca, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, President 204-834-2479 or marnie@horsescoops.com @ p 7/12

Secretary: Lori Bewza, loribewza@gmail.com 250-679-8247 2/13 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. www.eqtrail.webs.com or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 4/12 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 hankrocks@telus.net, www.freewebs.com/giterdonegymkhanaclub 8/12 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 www.hcbc.ca Representing the interests of BC’s equine industryy 12/12 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 11/12 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397 kgc@shaw.ca, www.kelownagymkhana.com 2/13 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, www.langleyriders.com. English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 2/13 MISSION HORSE CLUB (Fraser Valley) Pres: Sherryl Hopkins 604-820-5109 English/Western Shows, Gymkhanas, Trophy Show, www.missionhorseclub.com 5/12 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics, www.okanaganminiaturehorseclub.com 7/12 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Debbie House 250-498-4326, debrett7@hotmail.com, www.oliverridingclub.com 7/12 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Holly Dickinson 250-870-0601 3/12 Fun & Family oriented! See www.peachlandridingclub.com for activities PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders, www.phcbc.ca 2/13 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Alison Miller, brentmiller@shaw.ca Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, www.pinetreeridingclub.com 7/12 PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. Contact Theresa Nolet 250-492-4921, www.critteraid.org 0 THEHORSEAGILITYCLUB.COM Fun Days, Clinics, Competitions with BC Accr. Trainer Adiva Murphy; or compete/submit video to on-line competitions. 2/13 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. 12/12 Linda 604-856-9574, wcrareining@gmail.com, www.wcra.info

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ARMSTRONG INN, (Armstrong) 1-866-546-3056, www.armstronginn.com Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 2/12

FOALING - 5 PINE RANCH (Okanagan) Foaling w/Webcams. Superior mare care and full boarding services. 250-215-7463, www.fivepineranch.com 2/12 SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 4/12

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SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, Minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-877-888-7260, mmarshall@sandman.ca, www.sandman.ca 5/12 FARM SUPPLIES BED, BALES & BREAKFAST BLUE COYOTE BB&B (Kootenays) 250-357-2029 11/12 Private Suites, Horse Boarding w/Stalls & Turnout, www.bluecoyote.ca BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 7/12 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 3/12 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 10/12



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MASSAGE THERAPY WILD HORSE POWER EQUINE MEDICINE & MASSAGE 250-446-2235 9/12 Stacy Elliot; serving BC Interior & Lower Mainland, www.wildhorsepower.ca



Livestock, Pet Feeds and Supplies 250-766-4646 • Dealer for #19-10051 Hwy 97N, Winfield, BC V4V 1P6 10/12

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TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS HORSEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;N AROUND (Red Deer, AB) 403-356-0166 10/12 Consignment for Horse & Rider, Embroidery, Blanket Service, unique items & more



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WINDSUM ENTERPRISES LTD (Langley) 604-789-0150 3/12 New & Used Tack & Apparel, English & Western www.windsum.ca

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TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 9/12 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC., (Vernon) 250-308-8980, tnt125@shaw.ca RVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 9/12

Ellen Hockley & Steve Laughlin, Pritchard, BC 250-577-3366, theranchbc@gmail.com 3/12

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LPPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse10/12 RANDY OPHUS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 or 250-567-8685, Reining, Working Cow, Cutting, www.roperformancehorses.com 8/12 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, 1 Star Junior Instructor Carolyn McTaggart 250-359-2922, cmctaggart@mac.com (Kootenays) 9/12 THE PONY FAIRY, MONTY GWYNNE (Alberta) 403-932-4989 Clicker Training Clinics, Lessons and Video coaching, mgwynne@xplornet.com 2/13 BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, www.fallingstarranch.ca Training/Lessons/Clinics/Camps, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 12/12 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR



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Stallions and Breeders OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 8/12 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy Butte Morgan Horses ~ Western Foundation Breeding

PARADISE RANCH (Vernon, BC) 250-558-4743, www.paradisehorses.com Peruvian Paso Training Centre, Breeding, Sales, Lessons & Boarding 9/12

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CARTWRIGHT QUARTER HORSES (Rock Creek) 250-446-2881 3/12 SS: 2 AQHA/NFQHA Gold Palomino 26% LEO Blood. www.cartwrightqh.com DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Jasper/Brule, AB) 780-865-4021 7/12 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, www.canadianhorse.info

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SKYVIEW RANCH (Vanderhoof) 250-567-9754 3/12 Breeding Quality Reining & Working Cow Horses. www.skyview-ranch.com

FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, www.fairviewarabianstud.com 10/12 HNROCKINHORSERANCH.COM (Waseca, SK) 306-893-4478 (4 hrs/Edmonton) SS: Hollywood Dream, 2007 AQHA Gold Champagne Dun (Homozygous) 4/12 HYPOALLERGENIC CURLY HORSES (Summerland) 250-486-6773 3/12 Stallion service, all ages horses for sale. www.curlystandardplace.com


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Stallions and Breeders Kid Lena

2001 AQHA/FQHA Homozygous Black Stallion (APHA/ApHCC approved)

Letha Dun Olena

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Sire: Lethal Playgun by Playgun by Freckles Playboy Dam: GBL Royal Lena back to Doc Olena and Mr Dry Doc

Grandson of Smart Little Lena, also Dry Doc, Peppy San, Sonny Dee Bar on papers. Proven producer of quiet, athletic, smart all around horses.

Awesome Disposition with a lot of Cow Sense!

Breeding Fee: $400 (reg.mares), $350 (unreg.mares), Booking Fee: $100, Shipped Semen available. Save 10% if booked by March 1, 2012

Standing at: Colour V Ranch (250) 296-0186 150 Mile House, BC colourv@thelakebc.ca www.colourvranch.com


My Beau Vanzi There are only a handful of stallions this COLOUR in the world! Grandson of My Skip Vanzi. Halter, Show or Work. Do it in style and in COLOUR! Breeding Fee: $600 (reg.mares), $500 (unreg.mares), Booking Fee: $200, Shipped Semen available Save 10% if booked by March 1, 2012

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Dunit In Boomtown

2001 17HH Bay Thoroughbred

2008 APHA Bay tobiano 15.1HH Zippo Pine Bar & Tarzan Dude bloodlines OLWS Negative Homozygous

Winner of over $506,000. Passing on his Size, Movement, Conformation, Wonderful Temperament and W$NN$NG Attitude!

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

2008 AQHA Dun Stallion APHA/ApHCC approved Sire: Dun It OK (NRHA money earner) by DeďŹ nitely A Dunit (by Hollywood Dun It) Dam: Bamby Bar Boomernic by Doc Boomernic (aka Hickaboom) AQHA Incentive Funded Breeding Fee: $450 (reg. mares); $350 (unreg. mares) Booking Fee: $100. Shipped Semen available Save 10% if booked by March 1, 2012

Standing at: Colour V Ranch (250) 296-0186 150 Mile House, BC colourv@thelakebc.ca www.colourvranch.com

2012 Introductory breeding fee $750 plus mare care. We offer professional training of AQHA/APHA horses, breeding, sales, training and boarding. Come and see us for your next show prospect! Check us out on Facebook at perfectimageperformancehorses.


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NIFTY TC 1999 AQHA PALOMINO STALLION Nifty hand breeds or pasture breeds. A sweet boy and will make your money back quickly. Easy keeper and can be kept with mares/foals no problem. Offspring are showing/placing (even 1st) in Trail, Halter, Reining, Barrels; excellent Ranch/ Roping horses, and all around Gymkhana/Pleasure horses. Nifty is a big, stocky, gorgeous Palomino with perfect conformation and a wonderful disposition. Throws his big hip and pretty head on every foal – and about 75% dilution colour (although some years it’s been 100%). He is the perfect all around Working Sire that produces exceptional all around foals. Lots of speed, halter, and working ranch lines in his blood, including Old Tom Cat, Crimson War, and Bee Line $2,200. www.colourvranch.com colourv@thelakebc.ca or 250-296-0186

FROSTED TIMBIT 7 YR OLD APHCC GELDING 16.2HH Successfully shown as a 2-year-old and comes from Halter and Pleasure Champions. Just completed fourth month of professional training and will continue training until sold. Owner is too busy. Goes Western or English. $3,200 to approved home. Video available: www.lorethperformancehorses.com Inquiries: 250-302-8221 (Prince George)

2 1/2 YEAR HOMOZYGOUS APHA REG’D COLT Comanchero Blackgold He’s a Tobiano beauty with black and brown, highlighted by gold tips and many paw prints. Just started under saddle; having a great foundation of round pen and halter work. Standing until sold. More photos and horses for sale at www.legacyranch.ca 250-459-7963 Clinton, BC

Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado

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

Goldun Poco Mr Matt

“DRIFTER” 5 YR OLD Bay Gelding looking for a home to take him to the next level. A phenomenal horse with a quiet mind, perfect for your next project/show horse. Flashy and moves like it too, has a nice little jog and lovely extended trot, good solid ‘whoa’, loves to spin, nice laterals, smooth to ride. In his third year he was shown numerous times always coming home with Overall Reserve. Sire, Skip To My Lucky, is successfully showing in cutting and has Doc Olena breeding. Drifter has worked cattle, great on trails, loads/unloads fantastic, clips, bathes, ties, hobbles, great with his feet, and fabulous with kids and dogs. Don’t miss out on him now as his price will increase this spring! $6,500. Lauren 250-490-0234 (Penticton)

TRAILER AND TRUCK FOR SALE 2003 Southlands Trailer, 34’, 5th wheel, 5-7 horse cross haul. With dry sleeping quarters in the front. Asking $24K. The truck is a 1981 International 5 ton with 466 diesel engine and air brakes, 12 speed. It is commercially inspected yearly; so well-maintained. Very steady machine. Asking $8K. Sold together or apart. Pictures and DVD available. 250-547-6303 (Lumby) E-mail: ursulaj@gmail.com

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AQHA/NFQH A 97%, Poco Bueno 34% Dun, Herda N/N Grandson of Little Steel Dust, Open Reining Winner Grandson of Little Steeldust

HORSE FACILITY HWY 21 DIRECTLY TO EDMONTON 5 minutes to Camrose city for all necessities. Excellent layout and park-like setting on 64 acres. Brick bungalow has walk-out finished basement and double garage, heated shop, hayshed, shelters, storage, private pens, large turnout, pastures, and 20 acres in hay. Barn attached with 60x120’ arena, fully finished, both heated. And outdoor sand ring 100x200’. Asking $799,000. For more info: libertyeq@xplornet.ca (Camrose AB)

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

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

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC




FABULOUS MOVER!! GREAT ALL AROUND SHOW HORSE!! This horse will get you noticed; the judges love this reg’d Hotrodders Jet Set mare. Competitive in both English and Western with many Championships and Reserves. “April” is consistent, steady and extremely smooth at all gaits. She is light, responsive, very easy to ride and suitable for anyone with some experience. Age is 13 and height 15.1HH; no vices. Price is $5,200. Check out her website www. foolishattraction.webs.com E-mail carolineacres@xplornet.com or phone Nicolle at 250-593-4072 (Lone Butte)

“LANGLEY” 2000 16.3HH Thoroughbred Gelding Competitive Jumper schooled to 3’9”. Very simple and uncomplicated ride with lovely uphill movement. Trailers, clips, bathes and loves to trail ride. $8,000. Photo by Photojoe Photography. 250-801-9002 (Summerland)


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INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or www.innisfailauctionmarket.com (Innisfail, AB) 12/12 VISIT FINE LINE ARABIANS on Facebook for beautiful Breeding Stock, Pleasure, Show and Endurance prospects. Rare Ferzon-Azraff pedigrees. 250-547-9367 (Cherryville) 4/12

LIKE NEW SCHLEESE POUVOIR, 17” Saddle in Dark Bark with FLAIR and ADAPTREE. $3,500.00. 250-747-3600 (Quesnel, BC)

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2001 REG’D B&W PAINT MARE, $1,500 obo. REG’D QUARTER HORSES, $1,500 & up. REG’D WELSH PONIES, $500 & up. 250-226-7686 or copper66@columbiawireless. ca (Winlaw, BC) 3/12 STRAIGHT DAVENPORT Arabian Stallions for sale. Would excel in Endurance. All reasonable offers considered. 250558-3714 or e-mail cwarabians@yahoo.ca (Vernon, BC) Startting at $1,1995.00 (excl HST)

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY ATTENTION LEATHERCRAFTERS! Hobby shop for sale, includes lots of weights and colours in veg tanned and chrome tanned leathers, lots of magazines, books and patterns, Bowden saddle tree, all hardware and all parts cut out to build your own Western Saddle. Draw down stand, stitching horse, stamps, tools and more. Selling for health reasons. Happy to sell all together or piecemeal. Also happy to train/assist someone in learning the trade. Contact me by e-mail felicitylowinger@gmail.com or by telephone 604-898-3256

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February 15, 2012 TIP OF THE MONTH Why did I become a Coach? I would like to share what skills Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve developed and learned. Learning is a lifetime endeavour. It never ends. I think of it like sharing a gift. Some need more help than others and we all need somewhere to go to get that help as we continue on our personal journeys. Growing is becoming better. I have seen all ages, kids and adults, who have ridden their whole life, but with no direction or corrections of the simplest of maneuvers. Basic riding and horse handling skills are essential. Learn the right way first, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much easier than correcting nonproductive incorrect ways. Safety is first. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s YOU. Next monthâ&#x20AC;Ś 10 Reasons WHY to choose a Certified Coach. Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier EC Certified Western Coach www.tranquillefarms.com (See Tranquille Farmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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MX5100F 50 Hp 2WD Gear Cash Sale Price* $15,900 Was $19,268 MX5100DT 50 Hp 4WD Gear Cash Sale Price* $20,800 Was $25,420 B2320DT 23 Hp 4WD Gear Cash Sale Price* $10,200 Was $12,191 B2320HSD 23 Hp 4WD HST Cash Sale Price* $11,800 Was $14,032 L3800DT 37.4 Hp 4WD Gear Cash Sale Price* $14,900 Was $17,782 L3800HST 37.4 Hp 4WD HST Cash Sale Price* $16,000 Was $19,019

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