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new year, new beginnings, new dreams and goals for all, and a fresh new look for Saddle Up! It was nice having the month of December off (although I did work a little); and I managed to do 10 jigsaw puzzles (was my own marathon per se!). Events are already starting to cram my calendar – it’s going to be one busy year for sure! I really enjoyed putting this issue together as it has a bit of something for everyone – as you will see (read). Enjoy! Still a fan of printed material? Me too. I like to hold the ‘paper’ in my hand, whether it’s the community newspaper(s) or my favourite magazine(s). Your/my eyes can only take so many pixels per hour AND so much of the **** online. While googling on the internet (yes, I do that) I found a comment that I want to share with you… If you’re browsing the web with six tabs open and the television on in the background, you may not be that receptive to all the advertising going on around you. But if you’re reading a newspaper or magazine, you’re generally focused on just that. Newspapers/magazines are used by consumers; they are the primary or exclusive medium 85% of the time. In other words, most of the time someone is reading ‘a print copy’, they’re not multitasking. I agree. And you just might cut out that paper advertisement, or article, or photo of little Janie or little Bobby, and post it on your fridge. To a SOCIALLY great year! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Letters to the Editor Dear Nancy and Horsey Ladies Committee: he board, staff, riders and volunteers of North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association (NOTRA) would like to extend our deepest thanks to the horsey ladies who attended the 18th annual Horsey Ladies Charity Auction & Dinner on November 20th, and the committee of amazing volunteers who puts this event on each year! As you know, the donation we received this year was especially needed and we are extremely grateful!  NOTRA provides therapeutic horseback riding lessons for children and adults with special needs and is looking forward to starting up again for the 2016 year in April at Historic O’Keefe Ranch north of Vernon BC. If anyone is considering supporting this worthy program with their time, talent or treasure please contact our Program Director at 250-549-0105 or NOTRA can always use more volunteers, board/committee members and donations of things such as old ribbons, trophies, tack and equipment, etc.  Thank you again Okanagan Horsey Ladies!   - Dani Goldenthal, NOTRA Program Director


Dear Editor: ’m a passionate horse person and enjoy all breeds of horses, however, through a series of circumstances and coincidences I ended up in the AHA Main Ring Show world. I started showing Western Pleasure but my lack of experience and a horse that was more happy doing trail rides put an end to that. So in 2004 I purchased a 6-year-old purebred Arabian gelding that fit into AHA Main Ring division called ‘Sport Horse’. Sport Horse classes in this division include Under Saddle, Show Hack, Dressage, In-Hand, Jumping and more. I accepted at that time how the classes are run at these shows from local class A to Regional and National level. Sport Horse classes are typically run at the beginning of the show except for Canadian Nationals and the push has always been to complete Sport Horse classes so that the Main Ring show can start and do it quickly so the cost of judging it is minimized. While I appreciate the cost involved, statistics have/are showing that Sport Horse represents better than 60% of the entries at some shows. So back to doing classes… if you are doing, say, Show Hack and


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Letters cont’d... Under Saddle expect to do them back to back even at the National level and, in fact at Nationals some years with the classes so big that sections (splits) are required, you could expect to do both in the same day along with any other classes you might be hoping to do. Often Sport Horse classes are held outside regardless of the weather to save the cost of using the arena which is reserved for Main Ring classes. Judging is another issue that has become contentious… local shows typically use one judge for Main Ring and one judge for Sport Horse. The difference starts at Regionals and Nationals where typically Main Ring classes have a three-judge panel, Sport Horse one, and more disturbing is the lack of requirements for the Sport Horse judge. I understand using an Open carded judge for Dressage, but I object to being judged Under Saddle by a judge that in some cases has never judged an Arabian Show before. The Arabian World has eight judges that can judge both Main Ring and Sport Horse Under Saddle classes that is whom I expect to judge me. I think you get the picture here, I am looking for equality. There are many other examples of how Sport Horse Division is treated like a poor cousin, but I’m afraid we probably don’t have enough room in this letter. Lastly, to add to this, is the fact that we pay the identical class fees, stabling fees, and training fees as our Main Ring friends!!! Same price, no equality. If this were an issue of race or gender the outcry would be huge. Sport Horse is being used to prop up the AHA Main Ring world at a cost to both the Arabian horse and the Amateurs that compete with them. I have heard from individuals claiming to represent various Sport Horse committees with vague answers and no timeline. I have written letters to committees and even Cynthia Richardson and here I am. The “delegates” that represent AHA Regions and areas have agendas that don’t involve rocking the boat. This is a simple issue of equality… when I pay the same price for a class as my Main Ring friends at the same show I should receive the exact same value. Does that seem unreasonable? Please, I invite all of my fellow Arabian Sport Horse competitors to voice your objection, write Cynthia Richardson, be vocal but not rude, and debate the issues and facts I have mentioned. Let 2016 be the year Sport Horse receives equal value and respect. It’s time for show committees and others to change this idea of “get those Sport Horse classes done so we can start the show.” quote/unquote.  - Respectfully submitted by Kevin Johnston and ‘proud to be Canadian’.

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Trail riding may not be for everyone, but for many, trail riding is the next best thing to heaven. There must be some irresistible attraction, since more than sixty percent of riders from all horse disciplines do some trail riding.

It’s a wonderful life riding next to heaven, getting there requires the right horse and the right choices.


s long as you can fork a saddle, it is not too late to do what might be done, to dream a new dream. There is a great joy and peace that overwhelms riders heading into the high alpine – God’s country. The satisfaction of the adventure has little to do with how many trails and how many horses a person has ridden. What does make a trail ride go well so that it can be enjoyed, particularly a back-country trail ride, are simple but important techniques, tips, and attitudes and behaviours. What we are after is a good day on a horse and on the trails, as opposed to a bad day. You need to cut out bad habits and bad behaviours with a sharp knife, and load up on the good stuff. If these suggestions below seem on the simple side, know that with trail riding it is the simple things that count. Basic foundation training and respect and doing the little things right is what keeps your outfit and your journey going smooth and safe. It has always amazed me what an inexperienced trail rider with a good hands-on attitude riding an experienced, calm and steady horse, can accomplish. And it has always amazed me how the wrong choice in a trail horse can make anyone’s ride, the day, and the trip, go sideways. If your horse is persistently nervous 8 • FEBRUARY 2016


and spooks and hangs on to that behaviour, then there comes a point, hopefully sooner rather than later, that you need to realize the horse just may not be trail riding material. How many people have been hurt when the horse spooked at birds, paper, cans, cars, bicycles, etc., even though they knew that their horse had this ingrained issue and made repeated excuses for the horse or just put up with it? Hundreds, maybe thousands. Do not fall in love with a horse until it has earned your trust, and, you have earned its respect as the alpha being. If the world of horse training is foreign to you, then go out and find that solid, bombproof, “kids” horse. A horse that is difficult to catch at home can be a nightmare on the trail. There is nothing that ends your adventure quicker than a horse that simply hobbled off or got loose and left the country because it just does not like people. I have made it a point to not have those horses in my outfit. I do give the horse a real chance to change its ways through training and getting to know and trust me, but if the horse quits the bunch and always wants to head off, it has to go. There is not time in this article to explain details of the body type we look for, but countless horses limp back to the trail head every year

because of foot and leg issues. If back country trail riding over variable terrain from steep and rocky to soft bog is your thing, then buy foot insurance. Buy a horse with thick, solid hoof walls and bigger bone. That is your insurance that the horse will have less chance of breaking down. I realize that a horse does not have

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to have a big foot to have a good foot, but I am talking about variable loads, some larger than they should be, regularly over rugged ground through a season and through the years. It has always bothered me to see a 250-pound rider on a small-footed 900 to 1000 pound horse. It has been a great lesson for me to see virtually all foot problems disappear when we began to use draft and Fjord crosses. Good trail riders need to be like good trail horses – calm, willing, easy keepers, good feet, don’t spook at paper on the ground -- okay, I’m kidding, sort of. I find that, in general, eager outdoors persons, hikers or hunters or adventurers in general, pick up on handling horses and adapt well to the trails. It is not that a citybound person or an arena-bound horse cannot adapt, they might, but give the horse and the person a chance to familiarize on easy trails before attempting big trips. It is always good to turn out city horses into a field with water Simple things like using longer lead ropes makes for smoother sailing. and mud and forest prior to trips in order to get trail, there are too many distractions and too much debris and too many used to the new environment. If you do not know your knots you will not have smooth sailing. ropes that can get stuck under tails to allow that nonsense. Balky horses can get you into all sorts of trouble in the back country. Time and again you need to tie up and if you are clumsy at it and take too long, or are too sloppy, horses can get loose, leads can slip down Spend lots of time training your horse to step out the moment you kiss trees and knots can get jammed. All of it very serious on the trail. I have or cluck or tug the lead. No second cue needed. All trail horses need to be hobble broke. You will want to turn them known a few riders whose horses have been killed on the trail because the lead slid down the tree and the horse pulled back and broke its neck. out for the night if you camp, out for an hour to graze as you eat lunch, You should know one good quick-release knot and the bowline knot, for and have them stand patiently rather than paw at trees. And you will find times when you expect pressure on the knot. You need to know how to that once you have the right to control the feet you will have a bettersecure knots and keep them from sliding down smooth trees and poles. behaved trail horse in general. Last, but not least, it is just plain dangerous to have a trail horse that Trail riders need a longer-than-normal lead rope for tying around trees, for leading other horses, for emergency lunging of a silly horse is not completely desensitized to ropes around its legs, feet and under its while on the trail, and for safely walking ahead of the horse through dif- tail, to tarps over its back, and work around its ears and mouth. Learn to desensitize properly, and that means take your time and do it safely. ficult terrain. We prefer 10 to 12 feet double-braid nylon. You do not become experienced overnight, but you do gain ex Do not have loose coats and items tied loosely on the saddle; use securely-tied saddle bags and a cantle roll that you can easily get your perience by the minute, so get out there and enjoy the trails. Out on the trails, it truly can be a wonderful life! leg over when you mount. Be sure that your horse is trained to stand “statue still” when you mount or dismount. Give him an inch and he will take three steps. On the

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Renshaw Horse Crosses Rainbow Bridge By Birgit Stutz

Reprinted with permission from The Valley Sentinel

Photos courtesy of Falling Star Ranch.

Seven years ago, in December 2008, McBride was in the news around the world after a group of locals rescued two pack horses that had been abandoned high up in the Rocky Mountains just outside of this small town in northeastern British Columbia.


he horses’ owner, a lawyer from Edmonton, AB, had gotten into some difficulties on a pack trip in the fall of that year and decided to leave the two pack horses behind, hoping they would eventually find their way down the mountain to a nearby logging road and from there to the main valley. However, that did not happen, and deep snow eventually trapped the two horses, a young mare named Belle and an older gelding called Sundance, in a gully high up in the alpine. When they were finally spotted by two local snowmobilers on a rescue mission, just weeks before Christmas, they were in desperate shape, frostbitten and close to starvation. Word quickly spread in the region about these trapped animals, and snowmobilers from the Robson Valley as well as visiting snowmobilers made the daily trek up the mountain and spent a week digging a kilometrelong trench, three feet wide and six feet deep, by hand, in temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius. Upon completion of the trench, Belle and Sundance were led through the “tunnel to freedom,” as it came to be known, and then along a twenty-eight kilometre trail to the staging ground where, finally, the horses were trailered to a foster farm. There, they recovered and were later adopted by loving new owners. Update on Sundance Earlier this year, one of the two horses, Sundance, affectionately called “Sunny” by his new owner, sadly passed away due to age-related health issues. “He was such a gentle giant, a wonderful ‘big brother’ to so many horses -- my own and the fosters I have cared for over the years,” said Catie Ward, who adopted Sundance shortly after his rescue. “Not a day goes by that I don’t look down to the barn, hoping I could see him waiting at the gate for me.” Ward has worked with the SPCA Cruelty Investigation Department (CID) as a volunteer, foster care provider and fundraiser for over twenty years. “I have helped with seizures, rehabilitation and provided love and support to many horses, dogs and cats over the years,” she said. “I became aware of Sundance and Belle through my friendship with several SPCA CID officers very early in their story. I was following the story of the rescue as it was unfolding, and my friends at the SPCA CID were keeping me updated. I immediately asked if I could adopt Sundance. Something about him drew me right away. His will to survive, to not give up, to stay with Belle, speaks loudly about his leader and protector side. I wanted to 10 • FEBRUARY 2016


give him a chance at a life where he would be loved and respected. He captured my heart before I even met him.” Ward sent funds to help with his rehabilitation while “Sunny” in June 2010. Photo by C. Ward. at the Prince George Equine and Animal Rescue, and the moment Sundance was strong enough, he was on his way to her ranch in Monte Lake, a small community near Kamloops. “Sunny arrived one dark winter night,” Ward recalls. “He and I walked into my ranch in Monte Lake along my long laneway. As we arrived, my tiny little rescue mare, Mocha, who was about 200 hundred years old, barely a tooth left in her head, came barrelling over, immediately got right in Sunny’s face and just screamed at him. She was the queen of the castle and was quite put out at this intrusion. Sundance stood there, took her abuse for about two minutes, and then calmly walked into his stall. Everyone else crowded around (Ward had about five other rescues at the time) to check out the new arrival. Sundance remained very calm, allowed everyone to snuffle him, and then calmly turned around to enjoy his supper, a warm mash and hay.” Over the next few days, Ward kept Sunny in his own paddock, letting everyone get settled in with the new addition to her little herd. “He remained very patient and calm, simply taking it all in,” she said. “When the day came to open his gate, he quietly walked out, let everyone crowd around him, then bellowed in a very manly way and took off into the trees. He then played keep away with the gang for a few hours. Next morning, it was clear that the dynamic of the group had changed. Sundance was clearly in charge.” Ward said that, over the years, Sundance proved to be an amazing “big brother” to dozens of fosters and new members of the family. “He did not suffer fools well, disciplined when necessary, but always remained the unchallenged leader. He remained calm and cool, yet would stand guard over

his herd and would sound the alert if there was any trouble, such as a coyote or bear on our ranch.” Ward and Sunny enjoyed many, many trail rides together exploring the Monte Lake area. “He was always willing to go, and seemed to enjoy the adventures we shared,” she said. Sunny crossed the rainbow bridge May 4, 2015. He is resting at Ward’s “Freedom Ranch” beside his “brother” Reg, a Clydesdale Ward had rescued as well, and Ward’s beloved cat Diamond aka Pickle Face, a rescued kitty who made it to her 20th birthday. “I loved him dearly and will never forget this special boy, who touched the hearts of the world with his story. He is and will always remain my dear friend. I miss his huge presence on our ranch. When I am ready, I will adopt another rescue horse; my heart is just not there yet. I am sure one day I will meet the one, but my boy, Sunny, will remain the guardian of my heart. It was one of my greatest honours to share the last years of his life. Bless the hearts of all of you who worked so hard to give them this chance to retire to a home that loved and adored them.” Rest in peace, Sundance. You will be missed by many. Update on Belle Belle, the mare that was rescued alongside Sundance, and who is quite a bit younger than Sunny, is doing very well, according to her new owner, Kim Gilbeau of Red Rock, a small community south of Prince George. “Belle is doing awesome,” said Gilbeau, who received Belle as a Valentine’s present from her husband Tom, and added with a chuckle, “She’s a mischievous girl, and an escape artist.” Gilbeau and Belle mostly trail ride together, but Gilbeau said she also uses Belle to round up the family’s cattle. “She’s my go-to girl.” Gilbeau and her partner have a total of eleven horses, several of them rescues or foster horses, including four senior horses. “Belle gets along with everybody, but she lets them know that she’s the head girl,” said Gilbeau. “I am so glad I have her.”

“Sunny” in Summer of 2012. Photo by C. Ward.

Birgit Stutz, a trainer and coach from Dunster, BC, was part of the rescue team. In her book, “The Rescue of Belle and Sundance, A Miracle on Mount Renshaw,” she recounts the true story of Belle and Sundance’s rescue. “Belle” Photo submitted.


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A Brief History of Saddles By Carolyn Willekes, Ph.D. Roman Studies

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When was the last time you took a good look at your saddle? It is a piece of equipment that most of us take for granted. Saddles are also a bit of a mystery to most riders; we know what they are for and how they are generally supposed to work, but the nuances of saddle construction and fit remain a grey area for many of us.


odern saddles have also become very discipline specific. Whether you ride English or western, you are most likely going to purchase a saddle for a specific competitive event or job, be it jumping, dressage, reining, barrels, roping cattle, racing, etc. Riders have not always had the option of reaching for this very specialized piece of tack. The earliest riders rode bareback or with a plain saddlecloth. The first attempt at creating a “structured” seat was made by the nomadic Scythians of Central Asia in the 5th-4th century BCE. They created a pad saddle made up of two stuffed felt panels connected together by a wide strip of leather that served to balance the panels evenly on either side of the spine. Wooden saddle bows at the “pommel” and “cantle” also gave the pad saddle a bit of shape and support. In many ways, the Scythian pad saddle was not dissimilar to some modern treeless saddles (although it had no stirrups) as it helped to disperse the rider’s weight, but remained lightweight and flexible. The Scythians and the other Central Asian nomadic groups continued to use these pad saddles for hundreds of years. Meanwhile, in Western Europe, something quite different was happening. The first true treed saddle was the Roman saddle, which lacked

stirrups, but had a curved horn on each corner of the saddle. The purpose of these horns was to anchor the rider in the saddle; the reason behind this was, as with so many other equestrian innovations, warfare. The nomads of the Eurasian Steppe were horse archers who wore very little in the way of protective armour, but the Roman cavalryman and his counterparts were becoming ever more heavily armoured, and the Roman saddle was created to help support the extra weight of the arms and armour. For the cavalrymen of Western Europe, the saddle became a necessary piece of military equipment. The Roman saddle evolved into the elaborate Medieval saddles with their characteristic high pommel and cantle, as well as a deep seat that encouraged a straight-legged position.

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In the 16th century, the idea of riding as an art, rather than just for war, began to emerge with the creation of the civilian riding schools and the fields of academic equitation and classical riding. This led to a change in saddle design as the civilian horseman did not require the same degree of support as the armoured cavalryman. The saddles of the riding school manège became lighter and more refined in appearance and were often elaborately decorated with luxurious fabrics incorporated into their design. They nonetheless still maintained the basic structure of a high pommel and cantle with the deep seat. Over the next few hundred years this saddle became continually more refined and specialized and became the modern dressage saddle which maintains the characteristic deep seat and straighter-legged riding position of its predecessors. The western saddle family has a history that is remarkably similar to the dressage saddle. It too evolved from the Medieval saddles of Western Europe. Its origins lie predominantly in Spain with the doma vaquera saddle of the Spanish vaquero. It was a working saddle designed to provide comfort and security for the rider who spent long days in the saddle moving cattle and carrying out ranch work. The Medieval origins of this saddle can be seen in the deep seat and high cantle. This saddle was brought to the New World by the Spanish Con-

quistadores in the 16th century. When cattle ranching took off in North America, it was only natural that the working ranch saddles of the vaqueros would be adapted to suit the needs of the North American cowboy. The biggest change in saddle design was the addition of the saddle horn for roping. The vaqueros do not use a lasso to catch cattle, but instead control them with the garrocha (a spear/lance). The earliest versions of the western saddle also maintained the deep seated, straight-legged position of their Medieval predecessors. While the working/ranch saddle is still a mainstay, western saddles have also become increasingly specialized for specific jobs or rodeo events. Finally, we have the jumping saddle. Its origins lie in Britain with the hunt, specifically, the rise in popularity of fox hunting during the late 17th century. Fox hunting involved a lot of riding at speed over varying terrain and obstacles. This was quite different from the Medieval battlefield, the schooling manège and the cattle ranch. Jumping made the high pommel and cantle impractical, and so the English hunting saddle had a much flatter seat. The range of motion required by the hunt horse also necessitated the use of a more flexible saddle tree; hence, the development of the iconic English spring tree. Despite these changes in design, hunters continued to ride with a longer stirrup and tended to sit back in the saddle. It was the Italian Federico Caprilli in the early 20th century who revolutionized jumping by getting his students to shorten their stirrups to get up off the horse’s back while galloping and jumping. This, in turn, led to the construction of saddles with a more forward-cut flap which has resulted in the discipline-specific close-contact saddles of today. Carolyn Willekes received her PhD in Greek and Roman Studies from the University of Calgary in 2013. She has been a part of the Spruce Meadows School Tours programs since 2009 teaching the “Warhorse to Sport Horse” exhibit and has a book coming out in 2016 titled “The Horse in the Ancient World: From Bucephalus to the Hippodrome.” In her spare time, Carolyn can be found travelling the world to archaeological dig sites and competing in the equine sports of hunter and jumper.


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his month, I would like to address something that has come up for me recently, that is the issue of letting go of needing to control everything and doing what’s best for my horse even when it’s not easy. I believe there is a fine line between caring for our horses and controlling them (or letting them control us, for that matter). Of course, we all want the best for our horses; we love them and they’re a part of the family. Some of us might even take better care of them than we do ourselves, maybe? But what I’m learning is that doing my best is not always being “nice” or being too gentle. Being a little tougher can be important in many situations. A relatable example is when our horses are too fat; we put them on a diet. We might feel bad for them because they’re staring longingly over the fence, or are cranky as all hell towards us. Yet, we practice this tough love because we know that being overweight isn’t good for them. The same principle applies to behavioural issues. If bad behaviours aren’t dealt with promptly and firmly, they only get worse and the horse can become very dangerous. This might seem so obvious to some of you that it seems it isn’t worth mentioning, but it has come to my attention that just because some-

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thing is obvious doesn’t mean everyone is practicing what they preach. I want to express that I am one to talk. I used to be very much a “mother hen” and worry constantly about the well-being of my horse, or my cats, or the mouse my cats were torturing, or the spider that I had to kill (because even though I hate killing things I’m NOT okay with a spider in my house!) I understand so much that our horses are our babies and it might seem totally reasonable to stay up all night making sure they’re doing okay in the rainstorm, or to worry constantly about them being cold or if they’re getting enough to eat, etc. But as I’ve been learning, as a horse owner, as a pet owner, as a person who has to take care of many other things in life (including myself), I can’t control everything. I have to put my horse in the best situation I can provide for her, and I can love her, and I can take care of any other needs that are within my means but, beyond that, I have to let go. Worrying doesn’t do anyone any good. So, what does this have to do with Equine Therapy? Basically, everything. Equine Therapy, for me, doesn’t end with the horse. The way we as owners deal with and relate to our horses has everything to do with how they behave, if they thrive, how they perform, and how they recover from injuries and hardships. As a therapist, I only spend a couple of hours per week with a client’s horse. It is up to YOU, the owner, to support and maintain the healing because you are with your horse much more than I am. As challenging as it may be to accept, sometimes our behaviours are hindering progress. But honestly, as I’ve said before, what I love so much about what I do is the opportunity for healing in both the horse and rider; and when it’s difficult is when the most healing is happening. I feel that the responsibility of a horse owner is to give the horse the best chance it has at living an enjoyable, positive, and healthy life. And to do that we sometimes have to put the foot down and know when being nice, lenient, and gentle is actually hurtful in the long run. Tough love is, in fact, true love. (See Lauren Olson’s ad in Shop & Swap on page 55)



What is Pony Club? By Tracy Carver, Regional Vice Chair BCLM Pony Club Pony Club is an exciting organization for any horse enthusiast, with members ranging in age from 6 to 25 years. Members do not need to have a horse of their own to join; many of our riders take lessons in schooling barns.


stablished over 80 years ago, Canadian Pony Club currently has over 3000 members and 180 branches nationwide. British Columbia currently has three geographic regions: British Columbia Lower Mainland (BCLM), British Columbia Islands (BCI) and British Columbia Interior North (BCIN). The BCLM region has thirteen local branches throughout the Lower Mainland, with members ranging from brandnew, never-ridden-before to advanced competitors striving for National and International competition. Although currently focused on Englishstyle riding, talks are in the works about including Western style in the future. Members are educated in all things horse-related, with focus primarily in two areas: riding and stable management. Horsemanship involves more than just sitting in the saddle; members are taught all aspects of horse ownership ranging from barn/facility design, care of their mounts, proper feed and nutrition, conditioning and exercise, to advanced training of horses. Members learn how to care for their tack, fit

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and blanket horses, pasture and paddock management plus basic hoof care and show preparation, from clipping to pulling manes and braiding for various disciplines. Beyond these focused areas, members are taught barn safety, emergency first aid, and how to safely prepare and transport horses. We also offer a badge program, designed to bring out the creative side of members with tasks including crafts, creative writing and woodworking among scores of other equine-related challenges. The education these members receive is phenomenal, and often leads to employment within the equine industry. Riders with a pony club back-


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ground are often sought out when filling groom, barn manager, instructor and other equine-related positions. Ian Millar himself is a Pony Club past member, among numerous other professional equestrians, plenty of them here in BC and Canada. The achievement of attaining various levels of proficiency within the Pony Club organization speaks for itself as to the level of education and competence of the member. Riding is also a key element of the education of the Pony Club members. Most branches arrange for riding lessons, either within the club in group lessons or with lesson barns employing school horses. In addition, the BCLM Region provides many opportunities for its members to gather and compete in friendly environments while also forging friendships. Many members build their riding, coaching and intellectual resumes, earning qualifications to represent our regions nationally and internationally. Lifelong friendships are forged and equine contacts around the globe provide future work opportunities. Each new PC year starts off with a Quiz competition, challenging our equestrian enthusiasts intellectually; no riding involved! Members have a fun-filled day in teams, pitting their equine knowledge against others at their same “grade” level. The Quiz competition consists of completing written and oral tests, scored games and handson identification of common horse-related items. BCLM region holds a Show Jump event in the spring, where members compete in Jumper classes that range from ground poles for the brand new members up to 3’6” (1.07m). The focus is on safely navigating a jumper course with increasing difficulty as you progress up the heights.

Our Prince Philip Games is a fun style of competition, ridden in teams of 4-5 riders on ponies and focusing on having responsive, safe riding through varied obstacles and courses. Similar to gymkhanas, it is competitive and thoroughly entertaining, and the goal is to have the most fun possible working together as a team. Mid-summer brings Rally, an introduction to multi-day eventing where teams compete in three different disciplines over three days. Riders compete in the dressage, cross country and stadium disciplines; with the added tests of stable management, team captain rounds and leadership, this event is easily one of the most popular pony club activities. Rally is a supportive, safe introduction to the world of Eventing and many of our riders go on to compete in Horse Trials throughout the province. As the show season draws to a close, BCLM holds its Regional Dressage competition where members execute dressage tests, pas de deux and freestyles judged by EC-sanctioned professionals. The goal is to showcase the responsiveness and disciplined training of the horse/rider combinations through a series of specific movements. Canadian Pony Club is an excellent educational organization for individual’s friends and family who love horses. With so many opportunities available to its members, there is truly something for everyone. The friendships founded in Pony Club often last a lifetime, and the experiences and lessons learned will help shape a positive future regardless of where that journey leads. For further information about the Canadian Pony Club organization, please email bclmponyclub@gmail. com or call 778-999-7400.


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By Christa Miremadi

The soft, soulful depth of a horse’s eye is a place so many of us love to lose ourselves. Looking through that vast window into the heart and the secrets of (in my opinion anyway) one of God’s most noble, beautiful and forgiving creatures can be a humbling experience.



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ild, free, beautiful, graceful and gentle, our horses have so much to share and to teach us. I feel lucky and blessed, every day, to spend my time with so many of these amazing animals, and I have learned to read their eyes (like their tails) in a way I never thought I could. As I mentioned in December’s article, a horse’s tail is not his only way of communicating with us; his eyes, though sometimes incredibly subtle, never fail to give us the truth if we know how to read them. There is, of course, the obvious, wide, whites-showing, head-high and muscles-tight picture that most folks would easily understand as worried, nervous or fearful, but there are a few other, less obvious signals that our horses often give us with their eyes. Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time with a great horseman and all around good guy, Daryl Gibb. Daryl spent quite a bit of time learning from the well-known and well-respected Ray Hunt and is kind enough to share his knowledge and learned skills with those who have an interest. He’s been a good friend and a welcome voice of support and help over the years. One of the many things I can credit Daryl for is his bringing me a greater awareness of the eyes of the horses I work with. “Blinking is thinking” is a phrase he has said, probably every time I’ve worked with him or watched him work. As I said, it’s easy to take note of the wide, hard eyes of a nervous horse but not as easy to see what’s going on when the eye (or the rest of the horse) is looking relatively “normal.” While working with young horses around accepting a saddle for the first time, Daryl’s taught me to watch the horse’s eyes for blinking. Sometimes, when a horse isn’t sure how he feels about something, he hasn’t quite decided if he is afraid or not, or whether or not he’ll accept what’s going on, he stops blinking. I came to understand that if a horse I’m working with does this, he needs some time. He needs a little space to make his decision and to come to some conclusions. Often it means that he is pushed firmly up against the edge of his comfort zone, stretching it, and if I keep pushing I’ll run the risk of breaking right through and defeating my own purpose. In most cases, if I give the horse a minute, back off a little and wait, give him time to make his decision about how he feels, he’ll stand quietly for a moment while he takes in the situation. As long as the foundation has been laid properly, most times (but not always), he’ll begin to blink only moments before he begins to lick and chew and breathe again, as his comfort zone becomes larger. I’ve come to understand that the blinking or not blinking of the eyes is often directly related to a horse breathing or not breathing. Aside from the more easily recognized signal of blinking, there’s also the quality of the skin and muscles around the eyes themselves. This very thin, fine and delicate system of skin and muscles is capable of great conversations. I had an Arabian mare, Carlotta, who had had a rough go of life before we met and who was permanently skeptical of anyone two-legged and what they might be planning. She

and I came to an understanding and shared many, many incredible years of exploring the woods close to our home together, but one thing Carlotta never let go of was those little worried wrinkles around her eyes. She was very expressive and her resentment for and memories of her past never left her eyes. I see this slight wrinkling and expression appear on the faces of horses who are working through experiences that they are not comfortable with. Usually this is accompanied by a lack of blinking but sometimes, just sometimes, the blinking has returned but the wrinkles are still present. For me, this is a sign that my horse is indeed thinking again, but probably not thinking about what I’d hoped… When this is happening, I usually take it as a cue to take a step back and review a few things, remove something that may be contributing to the horse’s difficulties, or at the very least to stay right where we are, not pushing forward until those eyes soften up and the breathing returns to normal. The last signal, and probably a fairly easy one to recognize once you know what to look for, is your horse’s ability to “look you in the eye.” Many horses are quite comfortable looking their handler in the eye and do so easily, sometimes even with a challenge included but that’s not what I’m talking about here. What I’m talking about are the more fearful or nervous horses who are following all the directions they can without making a real connection. Many times these are the horses who are turning out towards the wall or fence in the round pen, instead of looking to the center and the handler when they change directions. They are looking for a way out, rather than the way in towards the awaiting connection. Some of these horses have been taught not to look in while others are just responding as most flight animals of prey would respond to a predator whose intentions were not yet clear. If I can’t get a horse to look at me, to face up and hold my gaze, I can be sure that he lacks the trust that I’m seeking. How can I communicate clearly with a horse that won’t look at me? If I can connect with soft, blinking eyes free from those worried wrinkles, I can feel fairly confident that at the very least, I have my horse’s attention and he is, in that moment, free of fear or concern and seeking a connection. A horse is still a horse, of course, so keep in mind that this frame of mind can change as quickly as the blink of an eye! Once you are able to recognize these subtle cues, the next step is trying to figure out how to influence the horse in order to create the outcome that you’re hoping for. Recognition is important and can help you not to blow through

those delicate comfort zones and, instead, to preserve your horse’s confidence. Learning to move forward, teach your horse new things and still maintain those soft, gentle eyes is a whole different ball game! Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS)

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SeeHorse Wearable Changing the Face of Horse Care


earable technology is nothing new to the human world. You may immediately think Fitbit or Apple watch, but SeeHorse goes far beyond being a trendy gadget. A group of Ontario based entrepreneurs have created technology tailored specifically to horses which can remotely monitor a horse’s temperature, pulse, and respiratory (TPR) functions. The device allows you to monitor in real time but also builds in-depth daily and long term reports and analysis of the animal’s activities. The app based technology also allows owners to set several alarms; most alerts are designed to notify you when the horse exceeds the normal levels for vital signs, by remotely analyzing real time data. These alarms are designed to alert caretakers at the first signs of distress in a horse such as colic, stall casting or a high temp which could be potentially lifesaving. Most recently, SeeHorse has added a security alarm which alerts you as soon as the horse goes outside of its stall (or the device is taken off). The company is also currently in the process of developing a foaling alarm for expectant mares, a nice alternative to some of the foaling alert techniques on the market today. All the data collected by the SeeHorse is available 24/7 on any smart device, making insight readily available for owners, caretakers, and veterinarians at any time. The app is also wirelessly linked to social media platforms so you can share your horse’s adventures and progressions on Facebook or Twitter if you choose to. Building a wearable device for horses is no easy task, considering the abusive lifestyle of a horse; the team had to add several features to make it ‘horse proof’. They have made it waterproof and field tested it to work in multiple placements with special attachments so that it suits the needs of each horse and the preferences of the owner. Most commonly, it is placed on the bridle when the horse is being ridden and on the halter while the horse is in the stable. SeeHorse CEO and former Blackberry scientist Peter Mankowski and equestrian co-founder Jessica Roberts say the aim of the company is to become an everyday horseman’s tool. The large range of features mean the device adds value no matter what your participation is in the sport and can be helpful in many situations whether out on the trail, preparing for competition or back at the stable. The SeeHorse equine wearable is currently pre-selling online at with shipment expected by the end of February.

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How Western Dressage Can Benefit Your Horse, Part 1 By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz

The term Western dressage has become increasingly popular over the last few years. But what exactly is Western dressage? And is it for you and your horse?


ressage is a French term and is most commonly translated to mean “training.” It is a systematic, progressive training method used to develop the horse’s natural athletic abilities of balance, strength, and flexibility. There are no shortcuts to training dressage. A dressage horse needs to be developed progressively through the levels, each skill set building upon the last. Think of dressage as cardio, flexibility, and strength training for horses. As the horse becomes increasingly stronger, more flexible and supple, the more it can handle in the next stages of training. This also benefits the riders, providing specific goals, as they can see what the next step is and what will need to be developed before progressing to the next level. Western dressage isn’t simply English dressage ridden in a Western saddle. While the two are similar in many ways, Western dressage is distinctly different with its own movements designed for a Western working horse. However, just as in English dressage, Western dressage horses are developed progressively so that there are no gaps in the training. This means a rider must establish a solid foundation first, so that the horse has a firm understanding and grounding within each level before moving on to the next. Dressage training, including Western dressage, follows the German training scale, which includes the development of rhythm and regularity, relaxation and suppleness, before moving on to establishing contact, impulsion, straightness, and, eventually, collection. Any horse, no matter its breed, age or purpose, and any rider can benefit from dressage training. Dressage not only develops a horse’s flexibility, balance and suppleness, it also creates attentiveness, obedience, and responsiveness to the rider’s aids. Furthermore, as the horse progresses, it will develop more engagement from the hindquarters, which creates lightness on the forehand. The benefit to the rider is improved harmony and balance. Dressage also greatly improves a rider’s horsemanship skills and builds confidence and trust between horse and rider. Properly trained horses will live longer and stay healthier, stronger and fitter.

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How can Western dressage benefit other Western disciplines? Whether the rider chooses to continue exclusively in Western dressage, wishes to focus on other Western competitions, or simply enjoys trail riding, all horses and riders can benefit from dressage training. If you are a recreational rider and enjoy trail riding on a safe, pleasurable, versatile horse, Western dressage is for you! Dressage training will help your horse to become stronger, more balanced and flexible, and create an attentive, obedient, responsive mount. If you compete in trail classes, you will need a horse that is able to move smoothly over and through obstacles. If a horse is too much on the forehand, it will be more likely to tick rails and be less maneuverable through intricate patterns. To have true, quality movement and the slowness required in Western pleasure classes, a horse will not only need to be balanced and relaxed, but also working through its body from back to front. As the hind legs track further under the horse’s body, the back will lift and the horse will be able to maintain a slower rhythm with a natural length of stride. Quite often you will see pleasure horses performing a jog with the hind legs barely tracking up or a noticeable head bob in the lope. Both of these are indications of a horse that is not only on the forehand, but is also not engaged behind. If barrel racing is your chosen discipline, Western dressage training can reinforce the maneuverability and balance needed to bend around a barrel. An unbalanced horse will drop its shoulder and lose the engagement from its hindquarters through a turn. A horse that goes into the turn with its hind

end engaged will not lose energy as it pushes off and out of the turn. The horse will be like a spring - coiling the energy, and then releasing it forward. For all these events and disciplines, as well as others, dressage helps the horse develop a well-rounded set of skills in a consistent, progressive way. The ultimate goal is collection, which is at the top of the dressage training scale. True collection takes time to develop, as all the other elements of the training scale - rhythm, relaxation, light contact, impulsion, and straightness - need to be achieved before the horse can be balanced in a collected frame. STAY TUNED FOR PART 2 NEXT MONTH. Lisa Wieben is a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Chris Irwin Platinum Certified Trainer, and Equine Canada Western Competition Coach. She works with youth, adult amateurs and professionals as well as teaching a local 4H club at her facility near Bowden, AB. Western and English dressage has become her main focus, but many of her students compete in open competitions as well as obstacle challenges. Lisa has also added Somatics to help her students maintain and create further body awareness as it works to release muscle patterns in the body brought on by stress, injuries, surgeries, and repetitive movements that can be work related. Getting riders in correct balance helps horses develop correct balance. Learn more at her website,

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


eems like winter has been one big blur as time flew by. November and December were chock-full with preparations for the Kamloops Cowboy Festival and the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert. Then it was Christmas and New Year’s and that’s where we’re at – a new year! So Happy New Year to all our readers and all the best to everyone in 2016! The winter, although fairly mild right through, was still winter. Once again, we were lucky with the feed situation and had lots of grass so the horses were able to paw right through until January 3rd… and, even then, we could have left them out but it just seemed like in January we should be feeding. Two of our old timers, both right around the 30-year mark, came in and have been getting lots of grain and mash since early November. Everyone else looks fat and healthy – even Boo.

We’re on the Spirit of the West Cruise! Coming Up The 16th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert will be on Saturday, February 13, in the amazing acoustically-friendly Martin Exeter Hall in 100 Mile House. There will be a 2 pm matinee show and a 7 pm evening show; the shows will be the same, so take your pick – either one for only $15 per person. The entertainers will be Frank Gleeson, Alan Moberg, Bernadette Ducharme, and the very talented fiddle player, Wesley Hardisty! This is one of the main fund-

Boo is just as fat and sassy as all the others! Speaking of Boo, he’s doing great, and although we didn’t spend any time with him last year, he has been getting his training from the herd, is very respectful, and very easy to approach and work with. We are looking forward to putting in some hours with him this spring. In the last issue, I spoke of our planned horseback riding in Mexico as we joined Billie and Hugh McLennan on their 15th Annual Spirit of the West Cruise. It was another awesome get-away with sun and fun. We added a second horse ride to our itinerary on January 12. Rancho El Cajon De Los Reyes is a working horse, cattle and goat ranch just out of La Paz, Mexico. It’s about 10,000 acres and has been in the same family for about 600 years! I hope to have a separate story for you in a not-too-distant future issue of Saddle Up. There were about 50 repeat Spirit of the West cruisers in our group and about 40 new faces. All in all, a wonderful time was had by all and everyone is looking forward the 2017 cruise; details can be found on Hugh’s website, on the cruise page, at

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On January 3rd, we called the horses and they wasted no time coming in from the far meadow. tel and Convention Centre and the Calvary Community Church. It is a western-oriented trade show with about 50 booths, the Rising Star Showcase, the Art of the West Show and Sale and, of course, cowboy entertainment galore! Tickets are available at The Horse Barn if you’re in Kamloops or by phoning the toll-free number 1-888-763-2221. On Thursday night, things kick off at the Ramada Kamloops with a dinner dance featuring Tim Hus! There will also be a meetand-greet for weekend pass holders at the Convention Centre. You can see the line-up and all the details at The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held during the main feature show on Friday evening at the Calvary Church. Stan Jacobs and Henry Schneider will be inducted. The Joe Marten Memorial Award will be presented to Len Monical at the Church main feature show on Saturday evening.

The December issue’s item was a photo of an object that I inherited in November; it is a “Secretary Desk” that belonged to my great Uncle. We did have some correct answers at press time -- from Ian Rice of Ashcroft, Robin Dennis of Kamloops, and Audrey Rusnell of Saskatoon. The November item was a shaving kit. We received a couple of correct answers after the deadline, from Ian Rice of Ashcroft and Tom LeBlanc of Victoria – good job you two.



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The correct answer will be printed in the next issue. What’s your guess? Post your guess on Saddle Up magazine’s Facebook page or email Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please. The correct answers will be printed in the next issue and acknowledged on Facebook. This month’s item is a photo of an object that sits on a shelf in our living room... it’s obvious what it is but do you know what it’s made from? I think it’s an easy one this month, so let’s see how many guesses we can get. Good luck! FEBRUARY 2016


Our 2015 committee: (l to r) Ann, Joanne, Gisele, Cheryle, Andrea

Cariboo Horsey Ladies Riding High! By Cheryle Hickman


he Cariboo Horsey Ladies are riding high in the saddle after recording another successful event. 290 horses and donkeys were represented by 70 Horsey Ladies attending our 5th annual Banquet and Fundraising Silent Auction held November 20. A big THANKS goes to Debi and her staff at Wildmans Restaurant (Interlakes Centre) who hosted and kick-started the festive season for us with great food presentation and top notch service. The generosity of all who participated in our auction was overwhelming. Quality, Creative, Cuddly, Informative, Decorative, Attractive, Useful, Drinkable, are words describing the many items on the auction table – something for everyone on your shopping list! Thank you all for being so supportive. We live in a small community with a huge giving heart and we raised $3,150 which was divided between 100 Mile House SPCA and ELS Equine Rescue. In our 5 years we have raised over $16,000 and combined with our Okanagan Horsey Ladies, our two groups have proudly raised and donated $89,000+ to many deserving recipients over a period of 18 years. A TEAM GROUP HUG to our organizers: Andrea Glatz, Joanne Macaluso, Gisele Poliseno and Ann Gallob, plus we thank all the ladies who stepped up to help make the evening a success. Our ‘Horsey Ladies’ Christmas Banquets were created to invite all “horse-loving ladies” to meet socially once a year, whether you own, owned, want to own, or simply love horses. We are not a club, but a growing number of horse-loving ladies who share journeys, meet new friends… and give “Join-up” a whole new meaning. The evening, we the organizers work hard to present, is truly unique, and the attendance at both our events is an endorsement of how it is becoming the Horsey Ladies Social Event of the Year, and we look forward to it continuing for many more. Since the ladies attending vote by ballot that evening, remember to give thought to what local charity you would like to receive the evening’s earnings. You are also invited to present your charity of choice during the evening. I invite all “horse-loving ladies” to join us this November to celebrate a Cariboo Horsey Ladies Christmas 2016 together. A new day!! Mark your calendars now SATURDAY November 19th.

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Our 2015 committee: (top) Sly, Ruby, Nancy, Michele, Sheila, Amy, Patti; (bottom) Donna, Elspeth, Kathy.

Horsey Ladies Okanagan Report By Nancy Roman


he 18th Annual Horsey Ladies Charity Auction & Banquet went off without a ‘hitch’ on November 20th at the Spallumcheen Golf Club north of Vernon BC. The sold out event had 132 horsey ladies attending from all over the interior. Over 100 donated items were on the auction tables, with all proceeds going to a local charity that the ladies vote on this same evening. “The ladies know this is one of the best ‘socials’ for those in the (horse) industry, and with Christmas around the corner, they are also here for the shopping , hoping to get a good deal on the auction block or winning something in the Chinese auction for a mere $2 ticket. But more importantly, it’s all for charity, I think that’s why we sell out weeks in advance every year – with a waiting list to boot!” says Nancy Roman (organizing committee). This year’s committee also included Ruby Edwards, Elspeth Manning, Michele Gould, Amy Vaughan, Sheila Sperling, Patti Thomas, Sly Keyes, Donna McNab, and Kathy Woodward. “We really worked well together this year – how many can say that about 10 women making decisions?” The public does need to be reminded that this group of ‘Horsey Ladies’ is neither a club nor a society, there is no bank account or board of directors; they are just a bunch of gals that get together each year to celebrate their love of ‘horses’. Anyone can buy a ticket and attend – whether they have a horse or not! This year many gals spoke during open mic over the dinner hour; some simply introduced themselves and some used the opportunity to ‘pitch’ for their charity of choice. Once votes were tabulated, the top two vote-getters were: North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association (NOTRA); and Equine Assisted Therapy (Vernon Women’s Transition House). This year the event raised just over $7,500 and these two groups will both benefit from the generosity of our sponsors, donators, and the 132 shoppers! To date the Horsey Ladies Okanagan have raised over $73,000 plus the Cariboo Horsey Ladies of $16,000 = $89,000+ raised for local charities. See our Facebook page, Horsey Ladies Okanagan, for photos and the history on how it all began 18 years ago. A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS Alfa-Tec Anchor Inn Pub Armstrong Physiotherapy Clinic Armstrong Veterinary Clinic Askew’s Foods A Twist of Yarn Avalon Creative Art Bags Etc. Bella Vista Glass Art Bellwether Nutrients BFL Canada Big Creek Lodge Blue Creek Outfitting Brilliant Solution

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Tack Sale March 5 in Armstrong BC The BC Interior Morgan Horse Club is hosting a Tack Sale at Oddfellows Hall from 10 am to 3 pm. This is a fundraiser for the club. There are 25 tables available for rent ($25 private sale; $50 for a business). Clean out your barn and closets, clean up your tack and show clothes, and come on down. The club will also be hosting the Pot O Gold Open Show on Saturday May 28th at the Armstrong Fairgrounds offering halter, trail, driving, English and Western classes. All breeds and sizes welcome. For more info on either of these events, to book a table or sponsor, contact Nancy 250-546-9922 or email

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A Forever Home for Duke Printed with permission from BC SPCA

Duke came into the care of the BC SPCA with four other horses following a cruelty investigation in February 2015. Once in the care of the BC SPCA Surrey Education and Adoption Centre, he was found to be like a big puppy dog.


e was very easy to catch and handle and was beginning to regain weight and his health. This upward trajectory of his life continued when he was adopted into a new home on June 19, 2015. Below is the letter his guardian sent us, with an update on Duke, re-named Darius. “I am very new to horsemanship and riding. I am very fortunate that one of my best friends is not only a horse trainer, but also works at an amazing place called the Grene Wode in Langley that boards horses. I started taking riding lessons in the early spring of this year and I just felt so right with the horses. I was not intimidated, I was comfortable and aware and simply enjoyed my time with them, whether mucking stalls, grooming or just being around them. Being exposed to all this horsey stuff made me think... one day! Little did I know that day would be as soon as it was. I have visited a few sites on social media for horse rescues, including the BC SPCA, and one day there was a little blurb about this off-the-track, tattooed, Thoroughbred racehorse named Duke. I looked at the photos and read up on the bit of information that was posted about him and wanted to meet him, but I had to go through my trainer first. She had seen a couple of other blurbs I had sent her, asking about conformation, what should I be looking for as a firsttime horse owner with very little experience, etc., and this time she said, “I have seen him before through a rescue/seizure and I have always liked the look of him. Let’s go meet him!” (But with a cautionary comment about us “just looking” -- typically a new rider and Thoroughbred do not mix). She contacted the BC SPCA on my behalf, letting them know about my limited experience, her vast experience, where the horse would be boarded, what training plans she would have for him, etc. It took a couple of weeks to hear back, but we finally got the go-ahead to come out and meet him. The drive out was nerve-racking to say the least. I knew I had to trust her 100% on any finding she had, but it just felt so right to me, this big handsome fellow becoming part of my family. We met up with the staff member whom my trainer had been in 30 • FEBRUARY 2016


touch with and she led us to Darius (Duke). I took one look at him, asked if it was ok for me to go into his stall and get to know him and that was it for me. I walked up, basically put my arms around his neck and leaned into him, and he did the same thing back. We just bonded quietly together for about five minutes (he loves when we breathe into each other’s nostrils). Then we took him out to walk/trot on the lunge and see how he moved. There were a few issues (not a surprise, considering he had been seized not once, but twice, for neglect) but my trainer said from what she could see, they were all things that with time, patience and hard work, he would be a fantastic horse for me. She had no idea just how perfect and neither did I. That was almost five months ago, and Darius and I are learning together and it is something so special I can’t really describe it. He is calm, kind and patient with me and I have all the love in the world for him. He is a big, chill, lovable, goofy fellow that just wants to please. He loves to be groomed, is so attentive on the lunge line and loves to run for a bit in the outdoor arena once his work is done. My favourite thing to do with Darius is to take him out on the sand before I groom him, because he loves to roll while on the lead (I learned my lesson about not grooming him first). I have only been in the saddle a couple of times at this point (working on some hind end issues) and he gets stronger all the time. I can only see great things to come with this tall, handsome fella of mine! A little side note: I had no idea how special that first meeting with Darius was until I volunteered to work with other horses at the BC SPCA. As much as they have a similar history and I love spending time with them (mucking stalls, grooming, walking, etc.), it just isn’t that instant connection I felt with my Big D!” Thank you so much for sharing this unique adoption story with us. We are so grateful that Darius is now receiving all the love and care that he deserves. Thank you for making adoption your first option.

How I found Travolta By Joni Lynn Peters


fairly last minute decision, a mid-day call to a friend and off we were on a 10 hour road trip to Alberta to look for horses at the Canadian Warmblood Breeder’s Fall Sale in Olds. Arriving late because not only did we start late in the day, but we also stopped to see the horses before checking in. We were very lucky to secure the last hotel room in the small country community. While peering into young Travolta’s stall I apparently said, “Hi, you’re coming home with me.” I heard my friend giggle and tell me that I hadn’t even seen him move yet, let alone his body that was covered completely from ear to tail in a blanket and hood. Travolta seemed to look right into my soul, and no one else existed at that moment but he and I. I called home to my husband to tell him I had found a horse. He wanted to know some details, but I couldn’t tell him any. I then called my parents to chat and got their answering machine. Mum tells it best… she says, “We got this message from Joni. Only one other time have we heard that excitement in her voice.” Mum relates that I said, “Mum, I’ve found a horse” as though there was only one on earth to be found. It is an auction, so it is fast and exciting. During the bidding I was very focused, but when the gavel dropped, I turned to my friend and said, “I think I’m having a heart attack.” She chuckled and told me to sign my purchase papers. In the lobby the breeder/seller John van den Bosch had just opened himself a beer; he took one look at me and said, “Here, you need this more than me.” And the rest has been, and still is, the journey of my life. Joni Lynn Peters and Travolta were Pan Am declared athletes in 2015 and the highest placing Canadian pair at the California selection trials. They are currently declared for the Rio Olympic selection trials in 2016. Joni is a long time Okanagan resident and respected coach and trainer. (See her listing in our Business Services section under Trainers)


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hew! While most people are slowing down and recuperating this time of year, Mike and Kathy are busy as ever. The Christmas season is over, but that hasn’t slowed down the activities at the rescue! Christmas recap… The goal for the fundraiser this year was to match or beat last year’s total of over $12,000. This year you donated over $17,000!!! Thank you on behalf of Mike, Kathy and all the critters! In case you missed it, there was a great article about the rescue in the Janu-

ary 5th issue of the Red Deer Advocate. New intakes include (but are not limited to): 4 mini mares, 2 with foals at foot, and all bred back for 2016, all now spared from auction. Also new to the rescue are 2 thoroughbreds, a senior, they’ve named Thirty, a 2-year-old filly with wobbly symptoms, and more! Fortunately not all the activities had just Mike and Kathy running around. There have been several volunteer work crews (you guys ROCK!) who were able to complete the senior’s shelter, as well as daily tasks such as manure

clean up, maintenance of gates and fences, cleaning chicken coops, and loving on the horses! Without volunteers, things would quite literally fall part, so THANK YOU!!! Mike and Kathy Bartley have been rescuing horses from dire straits for over 10 years. Though heart wrenching at times, they have successfully adopted out over 500 horses. Keep tabs on the minis and over 100 more horses… LIKE us on Facebook! or call 403-637-2708 in Sundre AB. FEBRUARY 2016


TOP DOG! Finding a Breeder By Lisa Kerley BSc, KPA-CTP It is a commonly-held belief that getting a puppy from a breeder is a much safer option than choosing a rescue. If you believe paying big bucks for a purebred will reduce the risk of problems, think again.


s with dog training and care, the breeding industry is unregulated. This allows a lot of people to be in the business that do not have the knowledge, experience or regard to be involved in raising great pups. Getting a registered pup is no indication of quality. A producer simply needs to submit the paperwork along with a small fee and, “voila!” the puppy is registered. Many puppy mills and backyard breeders are producing “papered” puppies registered through very officialsounding registries, even the long-established American Kennel Club. If you want a good quality puppy, you still need to check out potential breeders in detail. Breeders that are in it for the right reasons care about the dogs that they produce. They view them as a life-long responsibility. They’re not in the game of simply producing the pups and selling them to anyone who wants one. They will be selective of where their puppies will go and will have a screening process in place to ensure their puppies are going to the right homes. They will also remain a resource for health and care information. Much attention is placed on the “success” of the lines that puppies come from as well. Although impressive to some, ribbons and titles often have little bearing on the quality and suitability of a pup for the average family. Show breeders often have an agenda for producing dogs that exemplify the “breed standard.” Their focus is on recreating an ideal look that originated from some purpose or function that the breed was designed to perform. They often use line-breeding and other practices in the hopes of creating as many “champions” as possible. Although the dogs may appear to be healthy, we have to ask ourselves what effect these breeding practices have on the viability of these dogs and why so many dogs produced in this system are not living past 8-10 years of age. Limiting the gene pool and selecting for very specific traits has had devastating effects, rendering some breeds unable to perform the tasks they were designed for, let alone eat, breathe or function normally. The Deal Breakers Apart from health considerations, when looking for a puppy your focus should be on 32 • FEBRUARY 2016


the requirements for producing a stable, confident companion dog. There are three easy questions that will quickly determine whether you should investigate that breeder further or not. Each should be immediate deal breakers if the response is not the desired one. You need not inquire any further. This saves a bunch of time as it allows you to skip right past those you don’t want to be getting your puppy from. You will then have more time to focus on the breeders worth looking into These litters are spending time in enriched environments. further. 1. At what age do you allow the pies should stay with the litter until 12 weeks. puppies to go to their homes? The reason they typically come home earlier Anything earlier than eight weeks is un- is because most breeders are not able to offer acceptable. Period. the socializing that the puppies need to adjust You may hear excuses like the mother well into their permanent life. Eight weeks is a doesn’t want anything to do with the puppies compromise to maximize the benefits of stayany more. After they are weaned, most moth- ing with the litter as long as possible and still ers will stop allowing the pups to come in to having some imprinting time left for socializing feed. That’s a normal part of the puppies learn- with their new family and life. Anyone trying to ing boundaries and social skills. By remaining get rid of the puppies before then does not together, they will also be benefiting from the understand or care about raising an emotionsocial interactions with their littermates. ally-healthy puppy. There has been considerable information 2. Where are the puppies raised? available over the last two decades regarding There are many big-business breeders the importance of puppies remaining with the that have large operations, often with state-

Bringing home a pup that already has some pleasant experience on its own is invaluable. littermates as long as possible. We now know that curtailing this period can have devastating effects on a dog’s ability to develop tolerance, impulse control, bite inhibition, social skills and confidence. In a best-case scenario, pup-

of-the-art facilities. With special flooring, ventilation and other amenities, these newage breeding factories can be impressive. The problem is that your dog ISN’T going to be living in a factory. Before they make it into their long-term home, puppies need to be exposed to life’s realities -- kids, the vacuum cleaner, the hustle and bustle of REAL life. Puppies that have been raised in special rearing areas instead of in a real home environment will be missing out. This includes barns, sheds, basements or any area removed from the living area of the home. Puppies reared on farms or other isolated areas will also have a tougher time adjusting unless - you guessed it - you live on a farm or in a rural area. 3. Can you meet the parents? Depending on what breed you are considering, you may be overwhelmed by options or be very limited. Nowadays, doodles and designer breeds are everywhere because they are

TOP DOG! making a lot of people money. For some breeds, there may be only one or two breeders in the entire country. Because of this, people often don’t get to meet the parents. Whether you are able to visit the breeder or not, you should ask if it’s possible to meet the parents. If you are given some excuse that it’s not possible, then most likely you are dealing with a milltype of operation and you need to run – fast. It isn’t always possible to meet the sire, (the sire is not always in the same home), but at least the mother should be available. It is important that you have the opportunity to see what the puppies are coming from. Is she well-adjusted, friendly and healthy? Genetic studies have shown that regardless of what happens afterwards, fearful mothers produce fearful puppies. The mother could be a grand champion, but if she can’t comfortably say hi to you, you probably don’t want one of her babies. She should be mature before being bred. Producing puppies with immature females will often allow traits to be passed along which are not desirable. In addition, she may not be mentally or physically ready to properly raise pups. The parents should be raised as pets not as livestock. They should live enriched lives, with ample opportunity for human and dog interaction as well as exercise and stimulation. Dog-friendly handling and training should be used. All of these have a huge impact on creating healthy, happy dogs; stressful environments can have a negative impact on puppies even before they are born. If you ARE getting a puppy from a distant breeder where you don’t actually get to visit the parents, you will be at the mercy of the breeder to provide information regarding the parents. You need to know what the parents’ personalities are like and what the puppies have been up to while in the breeder’s care. Being able to speak with other puppy parents

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Your puppy’s trip home shouldn’t be her first time in a car. is vital if you aren’t able to meet with the litter and parents firsthand. The breeder should be happy to connect you with other parents of their puppies. If they are raising good pups, other parents will be a good reference for them. Looking for a really great breeder? Although there are lots of people producing puppies, there aren’t a lot that are doing everything they can be to preparing the pups for their lives with their families. Pups that are already practicing the things they will need to do when they go to their homes will have a less stressful transition period. This will make things easier on everyone! A great breeder will take the time to: • provide the best opportunity for building self-confidence and the individual identity of each of the puppies • give each puppy individual attention away from her littermates on a daily basis • have each puppy practice being alone from the other pups • introduce the puppies to the car • acclimatize the pups to being in a crate • provide an enriched environment to maximize socializing opportunities and promote early learning Taking these extra steps will maximize the pup’s early learning and have a huge impact on her coping skills and ability to deal with challenges. These are the breeders whose puppies you want! Most people can’t resist the cuteness factor when they start actually looking at the puppies. By doing some initial checking before committing to a particular breeder, you can save a lot of time and heartache in the long run. You should be confident that the breeder has done everything possible to be producing great puppies before going any further. Not only will this prevent potential problems for you and your family, but you will also be supporting breeders that know what it takes to raise a behaviourally healthy puppy. You should expect nothing less. Lisa provides a unique, holistic approach to care and training using progressive, dog-friendly methods at her facility. For more than 15 years, she has run programs and classes catering to the special needs of young puppies. Along with Valerie Barry and In Partnership With Dogs, she also offers training for manners and skills for the real world, including confidence-building, impulse control and social skills. FEBRUARY 2016


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Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them. As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

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Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one. I rescued a human today. 34 • FEBRUARY 2016



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It all started innocently enough. My friend asked if I could take pictures at something she was calling A Cowgirls Re-Union that was to be held in Merritt on September 18-20. Sure, I know my way around a camera and I like horses. What could go wrong?


s I started reading the information she sent to me about the weekend, it hit me -- I was going to stick out like a sore thumb. Everyone signing up for this weekend weren’t just pretending cowgirls, like me; they were actual legit cowgirls with horses and trailers and hats and corsets (we’ll get to that later). Besides a few trail riding lessons as a kid in Calgary, I was just someone who could take a picture and liked horses; so, I didn’t belong there -- and all those cowgirls were going to know it. I would be going into the wild of Merritt and pretending that I, too, was one of these Horse People who talk the talk, walk the walk and... ride the ride? Yikes! The Cowgirl Re-Union was the vision of two long-time friends, Alexa Linton and Stefanie Travers, both with an abundance of experience in confidence building for horses and their humans. They shared a dream of creating a “sisterhood” of like-minded horsewomen, embracing a stand-upproud, sassy, confident, strong, true and yet feminine presence. I showed up expecting a bunch of women with their horses to look down on me because I don’t understand the difference between warm-blooded horses and... the other kind. Are there reptile horses?! I took a deep breath when I got there and started introducing myself to everyone and they seemed pretty nice. They didn’t care I didn’t have a horse and a few even offered to let me ride their horses! I shared with them that I felt a bit vulnerable and they shared with me that they felt the same way. I realized that these women may be legit strong, beautiful and amazing cowgirls, but beneath their skin, they were human, just like me. The weekend was split up into horsemanship workshops with Stefanie, healing workshops with Alexa, a horse massage demonstration, rides out in the amazing countryside surrounding Hidden Valley Horse Camp, including one to the Left Field Cidery (yum), saloon/cowgirl dress up, and some good old-fashioned gunslingin’ and shooting and a live band and dance with the amazing young musicians, “Mack Station.” I found out my role was to work with a woman who calls herself Sassy 6 Guns, and we were to get these women who forgot how to play dressup (who hasn’t) and started to feel invisible (count me in) to get in some

cowgirl corsets, saloon burlesque, a bit of rouge and not hide from the camera, but step in front of it and work it! We had a barn of clothes, hats, wigs, shoes, make up and every single woman was nervous and every single woman was brave, giving both Sassy and I carte-blanche. Seeing the transformation in these ladies was incredible, from vulnerable and anxious women who told me “pretty” wasn’t for them to vivacious, sexy and gorgeous gals who didn’t just accept a picture, but who asked for close ups and group shots, and were hamming it up for their fellow cowgirls taking riding lessons in the arena below the barn. What a riot! In a world that uses fear tactics and faux resource scarcity to pin women against each other, it was refreshing to be part of the Cowgirl ReUnion. I spent four days with beautiful, strong, loving, spirited women who weren’t afraid to be vulnerable and allow others (me) to be vulnerable. I was honoured to help these women find themselves. Better yet, show themselves off (to each other and to themselves). As women we are told we need to compete with each other but not to be too strong. We are told not to find ourselves beautiful and pride will only break others down. This weekend was about saying no to those ideas. This weekend was about being vulnerable and stepping more fully into all you can be… pushing the boundaries of what you are comfortable with, be it a stumbling block with your horsemanship, a gap or emptiness in your spirituality, discomfort with being pretty, sexy and seen or finding the courage and strength to pick up a pistol and fire it. It was about allowing ourselves to be fully present and supportive of fellow cowgirls and saying yes to your beauty and your strength and believing in yourself so much that you cheer others on AS MUCH as you cheer yourself on. Because at the end of the day, with sisters like this, what is the worst that can happen? The author, Nora Livingstone, is the founder and CEO of Animal Experience International, a B corp that helps people volunteer around the world on conservation and animal welfare programs. The next Cowgirl Re-Union date is June 21-25, 2016 at Hidden Valley Horse Camp in Merritt BC. Info at



Tails to be Told

. . .A treasure chest of memories .

We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, and share your photos and memories with us. This is not a contest - it is your moment to share with our readers anything from days gone by. 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.


t was late summer of 1963 when Gaye Crest arrived with a load of Alberta saddle horses. Because she was bold and ‘uncatchable’? Or simply, when she chose, fences meant nothing to her? I never knew. My father, Fred McKim, introduced me to Mr. R.R. Van Patton, former RCMP Musical Ride Drillmaster who, in turn, ‘recruited’ me to English tack and attire and jumping! Three weeks later, Gaye Crest jumped to first place, plus placed in English Pleasure at Columbia Gardens Labour Day Horse Show in Trail BC. She continued to thoroughly enjoy “the sport of it all” for several years thereafter. Our journey included Maple Ridge Riding Centre where I was a working pupil; a return to Nelson where we jumped anything en route… be it detour barricades, beachfront property dividers, or whatever; then on to Calgary where Glenmore Park’s X-country course was a favourite fun spot for us. Only once in those many wonderful years do I recall Gaye Crest ever refusing an obstacle. She would do anything to leap; even twisting her hindquarters. If I had asked for it… I wonder the moon? Memories of this special mare, and many other horses before and since, serve to remind me of the numerous gifted, generous and influential horse people who have created, and continue to develop, my “horse life.” To each, I express my deepest gratitude – couldn’t have done it without you and would not have THIS!  - Lennie McKim, Okotoks AB (P.S. Putting this together brought back so many, many memories. There have been such exceptional people along my horse journey, and now it has come blasting to the forefront of my mind. My experiences have stretched across the board and I loved it all. )

Labour Day Show 1963 Columbia Gardens ry!) Van Patton – very milita (borrowed tack from Mr.

1967 Columbia Gardens Labour Day Show again. Our last show with Trail Horsemen’s Society prior to departing to Calgary.

Send Saddle Up one or 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. 36 • FEBRUARY 2016


Horse Council BC Notes from the Office

Share the Trails Workshop 2016 Our fifth annual Share the Trails Workshop is going back to its beginnings. This year, we’re focusing on building bridges between outdoor recreation groups with shared interests and learning how to represent the interests of the outdoor recreation community to government, industry, and to the public. Working together with the Outdoor Recreation Council and the Shuswap Trails Alliance, we’re bringing the workshop to Salmon Arm on May 6-7. Friday will be a day filled with presentations and discussion on topics relating to sharing trails, while Saturday will bring everyone outdoors to get an on-the-ground perspective of the same issue. The workshop will be held at The Prestige Hotel and Conference centre. Because of the limited seating and specific focus on topics relating to trail groups and government, this years’ workshop will be by invitation, but we will add notes and pictures to our website to give everyone the opportunity to see what was discussed. We’re looking forward to enjoying the fantastic Salmon Arm region and would like to thank the Outdoor Recreation Council for their financial and planning support, and the Shuswap Trails Alliance for their help in planning the details at the local level.

BC Equestrian Trails Fund and Core Grants – Applications for 2016 Now Open! The BC Equestrian Trails Fund (BCETF) was established to provide support for HCBC clubs and affiliates who have researched and planned a specific project related to the construction and/or maintenance of an equestrian trail, trailhead, or horse camping site in British Columbia for public use. The fund for 2016 will total more than $30,000, allocated by the Horse Council BC board of directors and increased annually by individual and corporate contributions. The BCETF money can be used as “seed funding” to obtain additional funding from other granting agencies. One of the HCBC clubs that successfully applied for and received a

BCETF grant was the Back Country Horsemen of BC – Aldergrove Chapter. The Aldergrove Chapter is building a connector trail from Campbell Valley and Aldergrove Regional Parks that, once complete, will serve as a fantastic multi-use trail in the Fraser Valley. The BCETF was able to contribute $4600 to this great and worthwhile project that benefits all trail users. Another great project that the BCETF helped fund was the Salmon Brewster trail corridor development project. The Salmon Brewster trail corridor development is the final step to completing the Salmon Brewster equine horse camps/trail project. The original project focused on developing the two horse campsites. This final step will ensure the approximate 40 km trail development will address trail and brush clearing, and culvert building where necessary. The BCETF was able to contribute $4600 to help aid with the project. Trail and corral building not your club’s cup of tea? Then you need to find out more about Horse Council BC’s Core Grants!

Core Grants Core funds are provincial funds targeted for events or projects that support equestrian sport growth and development within the province of BC. An approved event or project is open to all qualified participants in your area, not just your club members. Core Grants can be applied to all manner of things as long as it supports equestrian sport growth and is for public use (or open to the public as the case may be). For example, the Southern Interior Dressage Association applied for and received a grant for the purchase of portable stalls for public use at their local arena. They received a core grant of $1000 towards their purchase. Other Core Grants that have been approved over the years have ranged from the purchasing a PA system to assisting with funding for the Regional Pony Club Camp. The deadline to apply for both BCETF and Core Grants is April 15, 2016. Download the application forms online today at funding-opportunities.html and get help with all of your club’s 2016 projects!

Horse Council BC • How to Reach Us 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 •



Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


e have two major events to report on this month. The first is our very enjoyable and entertaining AGM which was held on November 19. It was well-attended and everyone was enthusiastic about the plans for the next year. The Club Officials elected were: President – Max Alexander; Vice-President – Debbie House; Treasurer – Trish Osland; Secretary – Carol Lydiatt; and Membership Secretary – Margie Fisher. Our 2016 directors are: Max; Debbie; Trish; Carol; and Dawn MacRae. We discussed the plans for 2016 and our clinic for the season will be a Reining Clinic directed by Mary-Lou Barker with Carl Woods as the clinician. We also discussed clinics with Glenn Stewart and Sandi Simons but these were considered too expensive. However if any readers are interested in a clinic with Sandi Simons, Annette Glover is planning to host a South Okanagan area clinic with Sandi at the Gillespie Ranch near Okanagan Falls in late June (you can contact Annette at 250-497-5199). We also plan on holding one major event each month, including our

Summer and Autumn Shows, the Halloween Show, and a couple of Trail Challenges, but we will not be having any series of instruction. Planning is now in hand to fix dates and event coordinators. We are also delighted to confirm that we will be continuing our wonderful relationship with the D-K Ranch in Oliver which continues to be the “Home of the Oliver Riding Club.” We are also hoping to have a new link with the Desert Park Horse Facility in Osoyoos. Our other major success was our Club Christmas Party. We tried something different, holding the party at Medicis in Oliver, which proved to be a great venue and an evening that was thoroughly enjoyed by over 40 members and their guests. We had a delicious dinner, lots of door prizes, some fun games and we were entertained with some Christmas Carols and songs by Band Berkland (Noel and Bianca who are club members) with a surprise guest guitarist – me! The ticket sales of nearly $200 for the games is all going to the Therapeutic Riding Centre. Everyone agreed that it was a lot of fun and we all had a great time.

t the KIDS! – the next generation u o b A L L A s ’ t I


his is me and my horse Naskeet SF (aka Hassan). He is an 11-year-old Arabian gelding. He is spunky and fun to ride. Me and him do endurance together, we won 2 first places and had a very fun time.



his is me and my horse Vintage Laredo (aka Raja). He is a 17-year-old Arabian gelding. He can be a little devil but is fun to ride. He is my jumping horse and is awesome at it.   - Saylor, age 9, Kamloops BC

Kids... where are you?

What are you doing with your horse? It’s YOUR turn to tell us about YOU! BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! Send in ONE 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. E-mail to Put in the subject line “KIDS.” 38 • FEBRUARY 2016


BC Miniature Horse Club By Terri Brown


elcome to 2016! Starting with our AGM and Awards Banquet - what a wonderful night. The staff and the food at Andreas was fantastic, really sets the tone for the night ahead. Before all the festivities we conducted our annual meeting - welcome our new team for 2016: President - Susan Berwick; Past President - Vicki Schulz; Vice President - Taylor Josiassen; Secretarys - Tina Harrison and Shirley Bradbury; and Treasurer - Heather Ward. Directors at large: Vicki Schulz; Marie O Neill; Mary MacArthur; Sharon Dinter; Terri Brown; Pat Robinson; and Shirley Bradbury. Thank you to everyone past and present who have the love of the miniature horse at heart and enjoy promoting this fantastic breed. These ladies are the bones of the club and are greatly appreciated. I would also like to thank Vicki Schulz for all her hard work and dedication that she has shown BCMHC as the past President; and warmly welcoming Susan Berwick as our new president. 2016 looks like it will be shaping up to be a great one!! We have lots of great stuff planned for this year and I will get to that, but first, let’s congratulate our Youth Winners from the 2015 Awards night. * Youth 7 and Under with One Horse Emily Bradbury with Saxon Mount Jamaican Girl * Youth 8-12 with One Horse Taylor Nicholls with Moonridge Primos Geronimo

* Youth 13-18 with One Horse Lena McMurtry with San Sujos Midnight Butero * Youth 7 and Under with Multiple Horses Nathan Wilson

* Youth 13-18 with Multiple Horses Sunny Balshaw * Overall Hi Point Youth Sunny Balshaw

Congrats to an absolute great group of kids; we are so lucky to have such a strong showing from our youth. The complete list of award winners is on our BCMHC Facebook page and congrats to everyone on their accolades. We also have our complete list of CDE Year-end Award Winners on the BCMHC Facebook page as well. Congrats to all our CDE’ ers!! Some new news from the AGM is the addition of two more Futurities into our 2016 show program; a 3-4 year old Driving Futurity and a 3-4 year old Hunter Futurity. These Futurities will be held at our June 10-12 show in Chilliwack BC. Below is a tentative calendar of events for 2016. Will be updating this monthly so stay tuned to Saddle Up. Jan 2016: Too late for print but we held a pub night in Langley and an Adiva Murphy Agility Clinic in Abbotsford. March: Look for the Minis at the LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar. April: Watch for details on our Casey Campbell Clinic. Casey is a world champion trainer coming up from the states for a clinic for our members. June: BCMHC A/R sanctioned show held in Chilliwack June 10-12. And June 17-19 Can -Am in Spanaway Washington. July: CDE Driving Trials at 70 Mile House July 16-17. August: Watch for the dates of The Agri-Fair and The Chilliwack Fair. October: Watch for the Minis at The Mane Event in Chilliwack November: BCMHC AGM and Awards Banquet

As you can see we are a busy little club with lots of activities going on. If you would like to be a part of this club or help with some of the activities, please contact me and I will point you in the right direction. I can be reached at terriandducky@

Sunny Balshaw

Taylor Nicolls

Emily Bradbury

Kelowna Riding Club Story and photos by Sarah Hayes


s 2016 comes galloping in, we wish to congratulate our 2015 award winners announced at our AGM… Alicia Stein - 2015 Volunteer of the Year, and Carol Pendleton - 2015 Carol Schellenberg Memorial Sportsmanship recipient. We would like to thank all of the silent auction sponsors and the club supporters who purchased auction items at the AGM. These types of fundraisers throughout the year help to keep our club going! We would like to welcome two new directors to the board, Brenda Bradley and Shanti McLean. Each of these ladies will bring their own special talents to the club; Brenda has fabulous ideas for fundraising, and Shanti is working on her CPA accounting designation and will be our new Treasurer. Of course, both ladies are avid horse lovers! A complete list of all directors and contact information can be found at the KRC website at under the Contact Us tab. 2016 Memberships are now due for renewal and the forms are located on our website under the “Join KRC” tab. *NEW* - we now have PayPal on our website! So, you can pay your membership online and send in your completed, signed and witnessed form to our membership director, KaTracey Green presenting the 2015 tinka. Sebastien Devrainne, KRC President, Volunteer of the Year award to presenting the Carol Schellenberg Happy snow riding, stay safe and in the tack! Alicia Stein. Memorial Award to Carol Pendleton. FEBRUARY 2016


Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Marlene Quiring


o winter is here and for those of you that need to plan your vacation time ahead I am including our schedule of clinics with Jerry Tindell of TINDELL’S Horse and Mule School from California. You can secure your spot in the clinics by calling Susan at 1-877-820-2033 or by using PayPal at Your main contact for his Canadian clinics is Marlene at 403-783-1723 or The detailed clinic information will be available on our website REMEMBER… all clinics are open to non-members together with horses, mules, and donkeys. Here’s the schedule so far:

Craig Wohlgemuth, of Bluffton AB, a young up-and-coming horse and mule trainer, following in Jerry Tindell’s footsteps.

June 4-5 Intermediate/Advanced Riding Clinic, Eagle Hill Equine Arena, Olds AB. June 6-9 Colt Starting Clinic, Eagle Hill Equine Arena, Olds AB. June 10-13 Beginner/Intermediate Clinic, Cochrane Ag Society Arena, Cochrane AB. June 17-18 Clinic, Banff AB, at the Banff Light Horse Association Corrals. June 20-23 Colt Starting Clinic, Lakedell Ag Society Arena, Pigeon Lake AB. June 24-26 Intermediate/Advanced Riding Clinic, Lakedell Ag Society Arena, Pigeon Lake AB. June 30-July 2 Beginners Clinic, Beaverlodge Ag Society Arena, Beaverlodge AB. July 4-6 Intermediate Riding Clinic, Beaverlodge Ag Society Arena, Beaverlodge AB. July 8-9 and 11-12 Advanced Riding Clinic, Beaverlodge Ag Society Arena, Beaverlodge AB. July 14-16 Driving Clinic, Beaverlodge Ag Society Arena, Beaverlodge AB. July 19-22 Mixed Clinic, Claresholm Agriplex, Claresholm AB.

Wild Rose Draft Horse Association By Bruce A. Roy,


estern Canada horsemen have exciting plans for this year’s breeding season. Once again Ryan Day Flash’s Jordan will cover the “Prairie Sixpack’s” mares. Partnership members: Dr. David Bailey, Paramount Percherons of Madden AB; Brian Coleman, Eaglesfield Percherons of Didsbury AB; Chris Laycock, Point Black Percherons of Lloydminster AB; Bill Newton, Newton’s Percherons of Farmington BC; Kevin Pelonero, Calico Farm at Huxley AB; and Gord Ruzicka, Rose Hill Percherons of Viking AB all await his first foal crop, soon to arrive. Ryan Day Flash’s Jordan, now a 4-year-old, was Reserve Grand Champion Stallion at the 2013 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair as a yearling. Bred by Robert Black, Ryan Day Percherons of Hillsburgh ON, his sire, Mount Joy Flash, was Reserve World Champion Stallion at Brandon’s 2004 World Percheron Congress. His dam, Cedarfarm Mallory, is a Blackhome D King mare. She descends from College Lynda, Grand Champion Mare at the 1977 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. College Lynda, Cedarfarm Mallory’s third dam, was bred at Ontario’s Agricultural College in Guelph. One of Canada’s most respected Percheron females, College Lynda was a prolific broodmare with few equals when shown on halter or in harness. Ryan Day Flash’s Jordan is the highest priced Percheron ever brought to Western Canada. Kevin & Tammy Pelonero will stand Calico Iggy, Reserve World Champion Stallion, Champion Canadian Ryan Day Flash’s Jordan

Red Deer & Area Western Style Dressage Association By Lisa Wieben


he RDAWSDA has been busy planning for upcoming events and for the 2016 Show Season. In November we had a meeting to review the 2015 season and decide what we want to do to make 2016 even better. In 2016 we will have 4 shows with the final two of the year being a two day championship; June 18 in Didsbury AB, July 16 at Burnt Lake Stables, Red Deer, and August 13-14 in Cochrane. There will be plenty of opportunity to compete for both Chapter year-end awards and National year-end awards! At the meeting three western dressage saddles were brought in for the members to check out and sit in. A Harmony Western Dressage Saddle, a saddle made by Ocean Front Saddlery (located in Bowden AB), and saddle fitter Allan Hicks, along with saddle maker Franco, brought in three of their new saddles and explained the benefits of their design, which is adjustable for both the horse and the rider. For more information on the adjustable saddles check out easyfitsaddles. com. The RDAWSDA 2016 shows have been approved for the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIPS) so eligible thoroughbreds competing in 40 • FEBRUARY 2016


our shows will now be eligible to receive year-end high point thoroughbred awards at the annual awards ceremony in Introductory, Basic, Level 1 and above, and Overall High Point Thoroughbred. A great added bonus! In January we handed out the 2015 Year End Awards. Congratulations to the following award recipients: Introductory Champion - Linda Anderson, Reserve - Deana deBruyn, Basic Champion - Jacklyn Hegberg, Reserve - Indiana Tarras, Level 1 Champion - Sharon Crawford, Level 2/3 Champion - Lisa Wieben. Overall Champion blanket went to Jacklyn Hegberg with the high score of 80% and Reserve went to Lisa Wieben with the score of 75%. We would also like to congratulate all the Alberta riders who had top 10 placings in National and Virtual competitions this year through the Western Style Dressage Association of Canada (WSDAC)! National Points: Introductory Adult Am. 8th Lisa Carlson - Heza Colonel Reminic, 9th Linda Anderson - JL’s Mr. Rakke, 10th Deana de Bruyn - Mr. Bojangles. Basic Adult Am. 7th Lisa Carlson - Heza Colonel Reminic, Basic Jr. Division Champion Jacklyn Hegberg - Chip N At Midnite, Level 3 Open Reserve

July 23-24 Riding Outside with Challenges, Old Oxley Ranch, Stavely AB. August 13-14 a reminder of our NEW place, date, and name for Alberta Longears Days, at Eagle Hill Equine, Olds AB.

Unless you take the time to learn about the mule or the donkey, when training them you can get into problems. There is an old but wise saying, “A mule has to be trained the way a horse should be trained.” In other words, a really good horse trainer will also be able to get good results with a mule. Jerry says mules are no different to train than horses only that they ARE MORE! [Chew on that for a while!] So here is just a sample of what Jerry teaches that rings true for horses, mules or donkeys: Training cannot happen if there is fear involved! Where fear is allowed to stay, flight will follow and after that fight can kick in. Sourness can turn into fear. Train through movement, not restraint! Build on the positive, don’t dwell on the negative. If they kick out or turn their butt to you it does not mean that they are being disrespectful; it signifies that they are fearful. You can’t really fix the ‘evident’ problem or bad habit, but by working on good movement you can build new habits! Be soft, effective and consistent. Use your body at all times, inhale to move Ed Burles at the lines of Bill Thorpe’s team of them up, exhale to release/soften. Wait for the change and recognize it. Once they are moving more freely, they mules, Thirsty and Darlin’, taking a fun drive have more courage. You need movement for change. around the grounds at Lakedell Ag Center, after To learn more about your equines and to develop a safe and rewarding relationship with them, we a day at a Jerry Tindell Clinic. invite you to join us at one of these clinics this summer.

Bred Stallion at London, Ontario’s 2015 World Clydesdale Show, for service at their Calico Farm in Huxley AB. He is a grandson of S.B.H. Phoenix, the Ontario sire that currently has offspring in America, Australia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland and Scotland, the home of the breed. Calico Iggy’s mother, Boulder Bluff Norah, is a Manitoba-bred mare by Wiedmen’s View Sebastien, an American-bred sire. Coincidently, Boulder Bluff Norah also tracks through her distaff to a Clydesdale mare bred at the Ontario Agricultural College, namely College Linnhead Hilda. Shane & Colleen Patterson purchased Rossland Marcus, Grand Champion Percheron Stallion at Toronto’s 2015 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, following his stellar win. He heads the Spade Creek Percherons in Dawson Creek BC this spring. Bred by Ross Spence, Rossland Percherons of Smith Falls, Ontario; the lofty, black 3-year-old is by Windermere’s North American Maid, World Champion Stallion at Des Moines 2010 Calico Iggy World Percheron Congress. His pedigree reads like a Who’s Who of Western Canada’s name Percherons. Following a transcontinental search for a breeding horse, Anderson Farms of St. Thomas ON, purchased a half interest in Willow Way Kelso from Allan & Wes Gordeyko, Willow Way Farm at Ohaton AB. A week before Christmas, the Alberta-bred sire was shipped to Oelwein, Iowa; where he joined the honour laden Clydesdales owned by Anderson Farms. Two time Grand Champion Stallion at the Calgary Stampede, this home-bred sire was driven on the right wheel of Willow Way’s 2014 Six Horse Hitch. An easy keeping stallion whose disposition has no equal, Willow Way Kelso has run with Willow Way mares each spring for the past three years. His foals have won the eye of Clydesdale breeders on three continents. In April, Willow Way Kelso will return to Alberta.

Champion Lisa Wieben - Itsa Rio Snazzy Zip. Virtual Shows: Introductory Level Champion Lisa Wieben - You Otta Have Me, Reserve Julie Moorcroft - A Nic N Shine, 4th Rebecca Wieben - Hes Lopin Incognito, Basic Level Champion Julie Moorcroft - All About Bling, 3rd Jacklyn Hegberg Chip N At Midnite, 4th Indiana Tarras - Legacy Indy, 5th Linda Wendleboe - Dawson City, Level 1 Champion Leslie Oszli - Ima Chocolate Zip. Awesome job everyone! Here’s to more amazing rides in 2016!

Central Alberta Western Style Dressage Association CAWSDA will be holding a movie night February 27. Lisa Wieben will be returning, once again, for a western dressage clinic April 9-10 at Good News Riding Centre. We will be hosting our first Western Dressage Show June 12 at the Fultonvale Arena. CAWSDA and RDAWSDA will once again be sharing a booth at the Mane Event in Red Deer April 21-24. Come by and meet us!

Check out the Western Style Dressage Association of Canada website for the new rules and tests for 2016!

Lisa Wieben and Deana deBruyn

Lisa Wieben and Jacklyn Hegberg

Lisa Wieben and Linda Anderson FEBRUARY 2016


Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association By Daphne Davey Double Honour


rom small beginnings several decades ago, therapeutic riding in Canada has developed into a highly professional and experienced field of dedicated people, of whom Jane James is one outstanding example. CanTRA heartily congratulates Jane on her two recent awards. North Cowichan-Duncan Sports Wall of Fame Jane James, founder of Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (Duncan BC), was recently inducted into the North Cowichan-Duncan Sports Wall of Fame. Jane is a dynamic individual who has managed to make the community a better place. Jane’s career began in the 1960s, riding and training horses in the Jane James goes for a stroll with Devon Duncan area. By the 1980s she riding therapy horse Willow. was an accredited equestrian Photo by Colleen Hunt. coach and a local 4-H leader. In 1986, Jane founded a local chapter of the Pacific Riding for the Disabled Association that evolved into an independent program, the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (CTRA) in Duncan. Under her guidance, CTRA developed into a vital community institution, providing life-en-

hancing services for countless individuals and families. In 2007, Jane retired as executive director but continued on as a CanTRA instructor. In 2014, she retired fully from CTRA but continues to teach riders with special needs at the Salt Spring Therapeutic Riding Association. She has also served on the boards of Horse Council BC and the BC Therapeutic Riding Association. Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award Jane James has been honoured with a Caring Canadian Award. In addition to her work in BC, Jane has made a significant contribution to therapeutic riding both nationally and internationally. Jane is a past president of CanTRA and currently back on the board as treasurer. She is co-chair of the Certification & Education Committee and an active CanTRA Coach/Examiner and workshop presenter. She is also a certified Equine Canada Dressage Steward (and has served on the board of Dressage Canada) and an FEI-accredited Para-Equestrian Steward. Jane is widely known for her para-equestrian work. She has chaired Equine Canada’s Canadian Para-Equestrian Committee and served as chef d’equipe of the Canadian Para-Dressage Team, accompanying the teams to several Paralympics, including the 2012 London Games. Over the years, Jane has been recognized with other local, regional and national awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit www.cantra. ca or email

Equine Canada Update 2016 Equine Canada Convention Join us in the heart of downtown Montreal Quebec for the 2016 Equine Canada Convention, slated to be our landmark event of the year! Taking place April 20-24 at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, the 2016 EC Convention features an unprecedented lineup of world-class speakers, seminars, social events and a special brand unveiling. From start to finish, the 2016 EC Convention will knock your socks off, from the grand unveiling of EC’s exciting new branding to a revamped EC Awards gala that is guaranteed to be one for the books to an elite lineup of thrilling speakers and presenters, including: * Ingmar De Vos – President of the FEI * Sönka Lauterbach – Chief Executive Officer of the German Equestrian Federation * Lisa Lazarus – Consultant & Former Commercial Director of the FEI For information or to connect about speaking or sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Jordan Fulcher,, 1-866-282-8395 x 111. In Memoriam: David Esworthy (1929-2015) Equine Canada extends deepest sympathies to the friends and family of the late David Esworthy, who passed away on December 19 at the age of 86. A true horseman, Esworthy, who resided in Langley BC, fed his passion for horses for nearly eight decades. Riding, training, judging – he did it all and left his mark on nearly every facet of the equestrian world.  “We have lost one of our greatest champions,” said EC president, Al 42 • FEBRUARY 2016


Patterson. “Dave was instrumental in fostering participation in equestrian sport. His devotion and commitment, along with his continued passion for the animals themselves, was inspirational to many. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.” David Esworthy. Photo courtesy of In Memoriam: Albert H. Kley BC Sports Hall of Fame. (1943–2016) Equine Canada extends deepest sympathies to the friends and family of the late Albert H. Kley, who passed away on January 6 at the age of 72. Born in Nassenheide, Germany, Kley came to Calgary AB in 1971 to promote the Hanoverian breed and subsequently stayed to assist the Southern family with the planning and creation of Spruce Meadows. Kley’s contributions to Spruce Meadows spanned over 40 years. He was instrumental in building the venue’s worldwide reputation for excellence, and played a pivotal role in the success of Spruce MeadAlbert Kley. Photo courtesy of ows’ breeding and training programs. Spruce Meadows.

BC Rodeo Association 2016 BCRA TENTATIVE RODEO SCHEDULE: APR 15-17: 26th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo APR 23-24: Vanderhoof Indoor Rodeo MAY 22-23: Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos MAY 28-29: Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton JUN 4-5: 68th Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox JUN 11-12: Princeton Rodeo, Princeton JUN 18-19: 54th Annual Ashcroft & District Stampede JUL 2-3: 30th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo JUL 9-10: Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake JUL 9-10: Valemount Rodeo JUL 9-10: Pritchard Rodeo JUL 15-17: Quesnel Rodeo JUL 23-24: Alkali Lake Rodeo JUL 30-31: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake AUG 5-7: Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo AUG 13-14: Redstone Rodeo AUG 20-21: Prince George Rodeo AUG 26-27: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo SEP 3-5: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere SEP 16-18: BCRA Championship Finals SEP 24: Falkland Rodeo

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President: Gord Puhallo 250.394.4034, Vice President: Trish Kohorst 250-961-9005,


Bernie Rivet 250-305-6280,

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Justine Saunders

Marmots and Memories A small group of us from Vancouver Island asked Rose Schroeder if she would guide us on the trails at Leighton Lake/Tunkwa after the BCHBC Rendezvous at Merritt, in June 2015. She graciously agreed, so we planned for what turned out to be an absolutely fantastic week of riding, swimming, laughing and eating very well. It all started with three days of Rendezvous in Merritt. That was a great weekend as there was so much to do including riding the local trails and hanging out with friends old and new. There was a potluck meal which was lavish followed by a silent auction consisting of varied and interesting items. The evenings were warm but relaxing as we listened to many gifted musicians who sang and played guitar and recited cowboy poetry. Excellent clinics were run each day and the cook-offs were appreciated by those who watched the amazing ability of those who could turn nothing into something in a Dutch oven… with ease! On Sunday afternoon, I followed Rose to Tunkwa Lake Provincial Park and the Leighton Lake campground. There, we met up with the others. What a beautiful part of the world. The Kamloops chapter of the BCHBC has put in a number of horse paddocks which are sturdy and close to where we parked our rigs. We were close to Leighton Lake and the camp area is in a spectacular setting. The toilets were well maintained and the horses had fresh water brought in each day so we did not have to worry about running out. The trails were superb. What inspired me was that all users such as ATV or bikes had their own corridors to ride on and we had ours. There was no garbage anywhere and I had a sense that the users all respected their right to be there and each other. The scenery was stunning as Tunkwa Lake is adjacent to Leighton Lake. We rode around the lakes and up into the hills. It is mostly open grass country with gently sloping hills and views across the valleys towards the mountains. We saw whooping cranes, deer, bear, elk, and many varieties of birds. There were big fat marmots living in the rocks next to the horse paddocks and they would sit on the fences and pull faces and chirp at the horses who were quite intrigued at their desire for company. We saw a wild horse herd and the stallion stood majestically on the hill and looked down on us while his herd stood off to one side. We did not approach, but what an aweinspiring sight. The weather was magnificent with warm days and cold nights. There were no bugs either. We rode in different directions each day with Rose and Big John leading (on his mules from the Yarrow chapter -- John, not the mules) and Janet as our drag rider. We rode out early and on our return have a cat nap for an hour or two or take the horses swimming in the lake which was lukewarm and clean. We ate appies and had a drink or two and finally had excellent meals each night which we took turns preparing. My turn was a disaster as my delegated chef burnt the burgers but no one complained. We followed up with games which brought out the best and worst in us with waves of hysterical laughter echoing out over the lake when some were found to be cheating. It was a time to remember. I would highly recommend this camp area for the riding, the facility itself and the unparalleled beauty of the place. For information about Back Country Horseman, like us on Facebook and visit us online at

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive •

President: Brian Wallace,, 250-569-2324 • Vice President: Mary Huntington,, 250-577-3555 Vice President: Lisa Galanov,, 250-672-0099 • Vice President: Catherine Davidson,, 250-337-4085 Secretary: Rose Schroeder,, 604-854-1245 • Treasurer: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Past President: Ybo Plante,, 250-361-6290

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley We hope you had an amazing holiday season and are gearing up for the 2016 year! Stay tuned to the next issue of Saddle Up for the results of our Awards Banquet celebrating 2015. LMQHA Bazaar and Country Fair: The Bazaar Team has been hard at work planning for this year’s event, March 13th at Thunderbird Show Park. We have demos and clinics, entertainment and more lined up. If you would like to participate in the Used Tack Sale please contact Tamara at to book a table. This new format has been very popular! If you would like to book a booth please contact Sheila at Have some homemade goodies or art to sell? Be part of our Artisan Alley! Contact Haley at to book there. We are always needing more volunteers for this event and others, please contact us! Our admission stays very reasonable at $5 and kids 5 and under are free. Any other inquiries contact Mellissa at

2. Attend 2 LMQHA meetings annually. 3. Put in 16 hours of volunteer time (1 family member can help with this) or for every NEW $250 sponsorship you bring in to the club counts for 8 hours. 4. For all except the All Breed 11 and under, your horse must be registered AQHA and ownership rules apply as per AQHA (if you have any questions here we would be happy to help). Our year-end awards program gives awards for All Arounds and Reserves and Class Winners and Reserves. We give prizes such as: Frank Principe Custom Spurs, Gift Certificates for show clothing, tack stores and more, embroidered horse and rider gear and so much more.

April Show: Due to AQHA moving the Novice Championships to the end of April, we needed to make a date change to our Spring Circuit which will now be April 2-3 and we are excited to announce as our “No Bling Spring Fling.” It will still be a 4-judge show with the same format and great cost saving flat rates as our circuit in 2015. However, exhibitors are encouraged to leave their glitz and glamour at home and enjoy a more casual/ workman like experience. It’s a great start to the season and the PERFECT warm-up for those attending the Novice Champs. Other areas have enjoyed this tremendously. In keeping with the down-to-earth spirit of this event, we will be holding our Ranch Riding Stake at this circuit, we are aiming for $1000 added. This is both an AQHA and APHA show. Stay tuned for details!

July Circuit: Courtesy of LMQHA Facebook page

New AQHA Division: To all of you who want to start showing AQHA, we are pleased to say that we have added the new AQHA Level 1 walk trot division for both youth and amateur! These will also be year-end award qualifying divisions. We also have ALL BREED Walk Trot 11 and under which is also a year-end qualifier! How do you qualify? 1. Join BCQHA and if you have an address in the Lower Mainland you will also be added to the LMQHA membership list.

This is our West Coast Summer Classic. In the recent past it has been our “big prize show” boasting saddles, Ipods, Bailey Hats and more as our awards. We are still intending on this for 2016 but with the addition of our Stakes classes being here as well! We aim to add $1000 per stake here so should be exciting! Mark your calendars for July 22-24.

All Novice Show: After much deliberation we cancelled our Evergreen Circuit as with so many date conflicts it sadly wasn’t able to be sustained anymore. However we are aiming to hold an “All Novice Show” August 13th. With the new Walk Trot divisions as well as the usual Amateur and Youth Divisions we are enthusiastic about this low key, fun, extremely affordable yet still AQHA judged event.

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association • Officers & Directors 2015

President: Mellissa Buckley, • Vice President: Mary Ratz-Zachanowiz, Treasurer: Pia Petersen, • Secretary: Haley Russell, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, • Website:



BC Paint Horse Club - Colour Your World - Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover

No doubt, the future is bright and, for Hailey, very likely to include Paint Horses again.

Trust A shaky experience with a four-legged bully had a young Hailey Blattler wondering if she would ever ride again but in a case of “mother knows best,” the young rider from 100 Mile House found renewed confidence in a five-year-old Paint mare called Just A Whim. Hailey, now 19 and attending LaSalle College in Vancouver, is the BC Paint Horse Club’s third scholarship recipient in as many years. “With my confidence worn away,” she writes, “I seriously considered leaving the world of horses forever.” Instead, her mom was drawn to a sale ad and made a spontaneous trip with truck and trailer to purchase the mare that Hailey credits with teaching her how to trust again. “She had the spirit of an old soul,” says Hailey. And just a little bit of talent, too. This past fall, they won the $500 English Pleasure Stake at the IPE (in addition to wins in Horsemanship and Trail) and were reserve in the $500 Western Pleasure Stake. They took High Point Intermediate honours for the past two years for the 100 Mile and District Outriders, then smoked BC Paint’s 2015 Open Show & Competition Program score board, handily winning championships in the English, Western and Youth divisions, then capping it all with the overall Aggregate award.

Hailey Blattler and Just a Whim And, like previous scholarship winners, over-achieving isn’t limited to just the show pen. Hailey’s high school transcript has some pretty impressive numbers in some very challenging courses, making her a worthy candidate for the BC Paint scholarship – and for life in the big city. “My life has changed so much in the last three months, leaving my country home, now living in the city,” Hailey says. It’s a move that’s come with just a little bit of heartbreak (or character building), too. Hailey sold Reeva this fall as she headed to college to pursue an education and career in fashion marketing. “I hope Reeva understands that I need this post-secondary education to support my vision for the future,” she says. “I only owned [Reeva] for two years, but they were the best two years I could have asked for. Knowing she will be helping another rider makes her absence in my life tolerable,” she adds.

Getting down to business The BC Paint Horse Club held its annual meeting on November 25, in Langley. There were seven BC Paint approved circuits in the province in 2015, with 15 approved judges. The points from the final circuit were posted by APHA just before Christmas and points-keeper Dianne Rouse is now finalizing Rosalea Pagani and JWR The Last Juan the results for the 2015 high point winners which should be posted on our website by the time this edition of Saddle Up goes to press. In an unprecedented move, we have decided to reduce membership fees across the board (except for lifetime members) by $10. With so many fees increasing (including the loonie on our APHA memberships), we felt this was one way we could recruit more members and encourage them to participate in our Open Show & Competition Program which – thanks to a sponsorship – will be free for all youth exhibitors in 2016. Our membership application can be downloaded from the home page of our website (www. A youth membership INCLUDING OSCP is just $15 in 2016! Not too many changes in the board. Cathy Glover remains president for another year. Cathy Forster, from Mara, is vice. Dianne Rouse has been signed up for another two years in charge of the books while Louise Bruce is taking over as Secretary. Colleen Schellenberg keeps her position as past president. Kerry Sawyer, Margo and Avery Murray are directors and we are looking forward to appointing Alicia Harper, of Mission, as a new director very soon.

OSCP winners announced The OSCP results are in with Hailey Blattler and Just A Whim scoring multiple wins noted above. Avery Murray rode No More Toys to win the high point in the Performance division while mom Margo Murray was reserve with Flashs Hollywood Star. They were also reserve English. Rosalea Pagani from Powell River was the high point Amateur riding JWR The Last Juan. They also chased Hailey for the reserve Aggregate award. Beverly Kniffen, of Barriere, and LT Defining Moment were reserve Western and Amateur exhibitors.

BC Paint Horse Club •

President & APHA Director: Cathy Glover, • Past President: Colleen Schellenberg,

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Clubs & Associations CQHA 12/16

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, 12/16 President 604-530-8051 or 11/15

CANADIAN THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION CanTRA promotes the benefits of Therapeutic Riding across Canada by raising awareness, provided education, and setting national standards for the instructor certification, centre accreditation, and other programs.

Western Style Dressage Alberta - The Journey has begun - 2 Chapters serving Alberta! CentrAl AlbertA Western Style Dressage Assoc. Jen Losey 780-686-3423 CENTRAL ALBERTA WESTERN STYLE DRESSAGE ASSOC.

reD Deer & AreA Western Style Dressage Assoc. Lisa Wieben 403-335-5993


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CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 7/16

We Support and promote Dressage in British Columbia


ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 4/16

• Grants • Awards • Education • Discounts 9/16

Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines.

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BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 4/16 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Tina Knott 250-743-9114, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, 12/16 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 6/16 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, find us on Facebook 5/16 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 10/15 BC LOWER MAINLAND PONY CLUB For horse lovers ages 6-25; Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, PPG & more! Tracy 778-999-7400, 2/17 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-240-3250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 2/16 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 9/16


BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Janice Reiter 604-3812245 or Penelope Broad 604-513-5985, 8/16 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 7/16 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Shelley Fraser 604-8578882, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 2/17 We wrap our 2015 year with $27,000 added, and approximately 600 teams at our Finals in Armstrong BC. For 2016 show dates go to or email: 9/16


The Equine Foundation of Canada We are the first charitable organization devoted to equines to be registered by Revenue Canada. Providing funds to veterinary students, veterinary colleges, rescue units and other worthwhile equine causes.

Contact us at or call Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323

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INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 3/16 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 10/16 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 5/16 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison,, 7/16


NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults with disabilities   3/16 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Join us on Facebook 4/16

BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC., Meetings, socials, shows, driving events. Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 4/16



Clubs & Associations OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, 12/16 PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH);; 250-992-1168 3/16

Peruvian Horse Club of BC

Visit our website for upcoming events, trail rides, clinics & additional contact information. We welcome everyone from the recreational rider to the serious show rider. President: Don Noltner 250-835-8472, 3/16


100 Mile & District Outriders

REGION17 ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC., Clubs in Western Canada, Terry Johnson,, youth activities, shows, stallion auction, clinics, 12/16

Promoting equine activities and knowledge in the south Cariboo with Shows, Clinics, Gymkhanas and more.

President: Denise Little E-mail:

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB  Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 7/16



SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 6/16 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 9/16 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 6/16 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 5/16

Whats Happening? Let’s Go! 2016 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,


Saturdays BRANDT RANCH, 1 pm, Cattle Sorting Clinic, everyone welcome, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 Sundays BRANDT RANCH, 12 noon, Cattle Sorting, everyone welcome, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 6 CMHA ANNUAL MEETING (BC/Yukon Zone), 11 am, Anchor Inn Pub, Armstrong BC, Laurie 250-571-9419 6 BCIMHC AGM, 12 noon, Anchor Inn Pub, Armstrong BC, Laurie 250-571-9419 13 TACK & COUNTRY FLEA MARKET, 10-3 (tables for rent), Agrec Show Barn, Abbotsford BC, 13 100 MILE HOUSE COWBOY CONCERT (16th Annual), Martin Exeter Hall, 100 Mile House BC, 1-888-763-2221, 20-21 RIDING & MOVEMENT CLINIC, Copper Hills Equestrian, Kamloops BC, Ann 778-220-7898,, 27 PET LOVER SHOW, Tradex, Abbotsford BC,


Saturdays BRANDT RANCH, 1 pm, Cattle Sorting Clinic, everyone welcome, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 Sundays BRANDT RANCH, 12 noon, Cattle Sorting, everyone welcome, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 5 TACK SALE, 10-3 (tables for rent), Oddfellows Hall, Armstrong BC, Nancy 250-546-9922 10-12 PEACE COUNTRY CLASSIC AGRI SHOW Horse Program, Evergreen Park, Grande Prairie AB, Nicky 12-15 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Comox BC, 971-533-6865,

13 LMQHA HORSEMAN’S BAZAAR & COUNTRY FAIR, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, 17-20 KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVA L (20th Anniversary), Kamloops BC, 1-888-763-2221, 18-20 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Chilliwack BC, 971-533-6865, 19-20 RIDING & MOVEMENT CLINIC, Copper Hills Equestrian, Kamloops BC, Ann 778-220-7898, 19-20 EC COURSE DESIGNER CLINIC, Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, Calgary AB, 19-25 EDMONTON AB, 7 day intensive course. Learn equine massage therapy,, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF 26-Apr 1 EDMONTON AB, 7 day intensive course. Learn equine massage therapy,, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF


Saturdays BRANDT RANCH, 1 pm, Cattle Sorting Clinic, everyone welcome, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 Sundays BRANDT RANCH, 12 noon, Cattle Sorting, everyone welcome, Pritchard BC, Stan 250-320-7784 or Jeanette 250-319-6367 4-May 13 KAMLOOPS BC, 6 week intensive Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Course,, Sidonia McIntyre RMT, CEMT CCF 9-12 MELANIE BULMAHN CLINIC, Chase BC, 14-15 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 1 Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494 or 15-17 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Brandon MB, 971-533-6865, 15-17 GAROCCHA CLINIC w/Christa Miremadi, Langley BC,

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Bassano, alBerta

Wilson, sundoWner, norbert and Maverick trailer dealer large selection of horse and stock trailers


FIT. For Back Health 80 point Saddle Fit Analysis Female and Male saddles We help you find answers!

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The Horse Gate 6/16

CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 10/16 LORNA’S CHAP SHOP, Custom Chaps/Chinks, Bronc Nosebands, Heavy Reins, Tack. Photos on FB. Lorna 780-662-0052, 8/16 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 2/16 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,


Shop Online, Everything you need for your Trailer, Arena and Barn!


New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers, Consignments Welcome!

KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 10/16 REIMER RANCHING SUPPLIES (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8590 Dealers for Exiss/Sooner, Maverick, Royal T, Charmac Trailers, 5/16 10/16

800-225-2242 x 30 Odin Interagro D. Carrano



TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 4/16 DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 4/16

EC Ventures


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Used for training purposes to encourage a horse’s curiosity & play-drive


Equi-Orb 100 cm Diameter

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BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 4/16



 Trail Riding/Packing/Training Clinic & Complete Guides Program    Great Horses - Excellent Price - Certificate - Employment Opportunity


CARLWOODSPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Kelowna) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 9/16

Your BEST Source for Pre-owned Equipment & Clothing for Horse & Rider Showroom/Warehouse #116, 5050 – 106 Ave. SE, Calgary AB 403-719-2154 ~


WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 11/16


Town & Country

CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training.12/16 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CINDY KIRSCHMAN (Okanagan) 250-547-9277, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 3/16

Dana Hokana Quarter Horses

The most Eclectic Store in the Shuswap for 25 years! Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers and the Whole Family! We specialize in Ladies Fashions. Picadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm, BC • 250.832.1149 Bonnie



TRIPLE L TROPHIES & ENGRAVING (Quesnel) 250-992-9317 11/16 New & Used Tack, Custom Leatherwork & Repair, Gifts & Engraving

TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 2/17 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 3/16

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DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Horse Training, Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 5/16 FORTHEHORSE.COM, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, 250-679-1112, Clinics, Instructor Certification, Internship, Lessons, Intensives 9/16 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 5/16

TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 6/16



Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES


JONI LYNN PETERS - (Okanagan) High Performance Dressage Coach, clinics, coaching and training, 250-546-8892, 12/16 LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 2/16 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 2/17 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, 3/16 ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.CA (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8685 Training Performance & All Around Horses, Clinics & Lessons 2/17 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier Andres. Coach, Trainer, Clinician. Tranquille Equestrian Centre. All disciplines 250-999-5090 2/16

ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-7473053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan 10/16 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 7/16 DEEP CREEK VET SERVICES Drs. Baker & Cienciala. Small animals & horses. North Okanagan 250-833-8585,, 10/16 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 5/16 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET CLINIC 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 12/16 OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 7/16 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099  3/16 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales SHUSWAP VETERINARY CLINIC, (Salmon Arm) 250-832-6069  6/16 Equine, Bovine, Canine and Feline, THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 2/16



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In Memoriam


t is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Karen Lynn Barnett, on December 19, 2015 at the age of 63 years after a courageous battle with cancer. Her fighting spirit, strength, and optimism was a blessing to all of us throughout her ordeal. Karen is survived by her father Gerald Farnsworth; sons Colin (Crystal) Carswell, Matthew (Cassie) Carswell and daughter Becky (Kirby) Potter; Grandchildren Kaiden Carswell and Hannah Carswell; Siblings Cam (Marie) Farnsworth, Tim (Debra) Farnsworth, Todd (Janet) Farnsworth and Tana Farnsworth; as well as the Barnett Families and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. She was predeceased by her mother Penny, and husband Wayne. Karen was born and raised in Kamloops BC, and her husband Wayne brought her to Vernon BC where they made friends that she cared for as deeply as her family. She will forever be remembered for her beautiful smile, huge heart and most of all for her unending love of her family and friends. Her passion for horses and cooking, and her kindness and generosity will be deeply missed by all who were privileged to have had her in their lives. A Celebration of Life was held January 9th at the Paddle Wheel Park Community Hall in Vernon BC.   In her memory, donations can be made the Northwest Naturopathic Physicians Association, c/o Farnsworth Clinic, 1076 Battle Street, Kamloops BC, V2C 2N3. (Editor’s note: I first met Karen when she was working at the Kamloops Cattle Drive office back in 1997 until fall of 2000. I knew her husband Wayne in the early 1990s when he worked at BC Livestock in Kamloops. They then moved up to Lone Pine Ranch and were caretakers I believe. Then I met up with her again when she started work at Country West Supply in Armstrong. She is already missed.)

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On The Market (Private Sale) Breeding old style Foundation Quarter Horses with:

JAZ POCO SILVERADO AQHA Silver Grullo NFQH 100% AQHA ROM REINING and LBJ SIERRAS BLUE TE AQHA Blue Roan Limited Prospects available




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Visit 250-963-9779 “Selling only BCAC ranch raised and trained family friendly Appaloosas” 3/16

Excellent location – country feel – 5 min. from Vernon. 36’x39’ detached workshop, insulated, heated, 220 wiring, with attached 36’x25’ barn. Great potential for a home-based business. Income property, currently horse boarding, 100’x200’ riding arena and 55’ round pen. Older 4 bedroom house, 1,340 sq. ft. on upper floor; 2012 renovations to interior and exterior. 18 min. to Silver Star Ski Resort. Included in sale: riding mower, farm tractor with front-end loader, flail mower and rototiller attachments. More info/photos, listing #26975. For sale by owner.

$779,000 4383 East Vernon Road, Vernon BC 250-545-9014, E-mail

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200 ACRE RIVERFRONT HORSE PROPERTY Just outside of Kamloops BC, Shadow Creek Ranch has 1.5 miles of riverfront with a 2,500 sq. ft. hand hewn log home. 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, and 1 bedroom suite carriage house. Fenced and x-fenced with outdoor riding arena, hay fields, mature gardens, water rights. All first class improvements.

$1,295,000 Little Fort, BC Beverley Kniffen • Cascadia Pacific Realty Cell 604-916-7881 •




APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 4/16 BOWERBANKQUARTERHORSES.COM (Burns Lake, BC) 250-692-3825 SS: Zip Zappen Cool, AQHA/APHA, Grandson of Zippo Pine Bar 2/16 CHERRYCREEKCANADIANS.CA (Kamloops, BC) 250-828-2076 2/16 E-mail:, or DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC) 250-838-0908 11/16 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines,


RENNER’S MARTINI ON THE ROCKS 12HH Black Section A Welsh Stallion (Roblyn’s Fancy Cat x Renner’s Black Beauty)

* Champion Welsh & Reserve Grand Champion of Show at the 2015 Pot O Gold Show * Grand Champion Section A Welsh & Supreme Champion Welsh at the QDRC Fall Fair Show

2016 STUD FEE: $500.00

Twin Acres Farm • 250-456-7462 • Welsh Ponies, Welsh Pembroke and Welsh Cardigan Corgis

Turning Point Ranch

Turning Point Ranch

Registered APHA Stallion, 15.2HH Homozygous Black & White Tobiano, 5 panel N/N

Registered Arabian Stallion, 14.3HH Heterozygous Grey, SCID, CA and LFS negative AHA Sweepstakes Nominated Sire

Dox Rox

The Silver Ghost


FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 2/16 GNR MORGANS (Chase BC) 250-679-1175 SS: DM Teacher’s Top Mark, Blk, 14.3, “Live the Adventure of the Morgan” 6/16 JW QUARTER HORSES INC. (Barrhead AB) 780-674-3446 Top Quality Horses for Sale, 7/16 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 12/16 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.CA (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8685 SS: Breeding Quality AQHA & APHA Performance Horses 2/17 SKYLINE STABLES (Williams Lake BC) 250-392-3649, SS: Home of the Leopard Stallions, Sign Of Freckles & Im’a Cool Kisser 2/17 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/ APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 9/16 TURNING POINT RANCH (Pritchard BC) 250-577-3526, see us on FB SS: Arabians & APHA, Breeding, Sales, Boarding, 2/17 TWIN ACRES FARM (70 Mile House BC) 250 456 7462. Welsh Ponies, Welsh Pembroke & Welsh Cardigan Corgis,, 2/17 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 12/16

Randy Ophus Performance Horses Standing

Little Bit Of I Kandy 2013 APHA Buckskin Tobiano Homozygous for the Tobiano Gene Sire: WK Skips The Blue (Perlino Tobiano) Dam: Bahbeau (Black Tobiano)

2016 STUD FEE: $500.00 (includes $150 booking fee) Live cover LCFG. Early booking and/or multiple mare discounts.

2016 STUD FEE: $500.00 (includes $150 booking fee) Live cover LFG. Early booking and/or multiple mare discounts.

INTRODUCTORY FEE: $800 LCFG (limited book) ALSO STANDING: Snappin Cat, 1997 AQHA Sorrel RO Cattin At The Bar, 2014 AQHA Dun

Steven & Jennifer Zachary 250-577-3526 ~ Pritchard BC

Steven & Jennifer Zachary 250-577-3526 ~ Pritchard BC

Randy Ophus 250-567-8685 (Vanderhoof BC) •   

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Leather & Stitches

Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 5/16


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18% Discount off MSRP on Kubota Power Units 10% Discount off MSRP on Kubota Attachments Some restrictions apply, please see website or scan QR code for details. Kubota Canada Ltd. is pleased to continue its support to the Canadian Equine Community through its Kubota Equine Discount (KED) Program for special equine members. See your dealer for details. Like us on ABBOTSFORD COURTENAY CRESTON DAWSON CREEK DUNCAN KAMLOOPS KELOWNA OLIVER PRINCE GEORGE QUESNEL VERNON

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