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Features What Does Founder Look Like? 7 Saddle Fit & The Baroque Horse 8 In Search of a Nurse Mare 10 Alberta Wish Ride(s) Coming Up! 12 Body Work Certification 13 Horses & Healing in Chile 14 Developing Bravery (Part 1) 16 Rice Across Canada Continues 18 Equine Therapy 21 Our Trip to Blue Creek Outfitting 23 Gaited Horse 18 Years Strong 24

Our Regulars Cariboo Chatter 30 Top Dog! 32 KIDS 35 Horse Council BC 36 BC Rodeo Association 47 Back Country Horsemen of BC 48 Lower Mainland QH Assoc. 49 BC Paint Horse Club 50 Clubs & Associations 51 What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 53 Business Services 55 Rural Roots (real estate) 58 On The Market (photo ads) 60 Stallions & Breeders 62 Shop & Swap 63

ugust already? Holy humdinger… where is the time going? I’ve got to get out there on my horse(s)! It seems I always end up working or volunteering – I’ve got to stop it! And maybe be a bit selfish with my time. So much to take part in… and not enough time. But don’t get me wrong folks, volunteering is important, if you don’t do your part, then the activity may be cancelled ‘due to lack of volunteers’. Or worse, the club would fold due to lack of ‘stepping up to the plate’. I know you understand. Enough preaching. (I must be in a mood) BC’s largest agricultural fair, the 116th Annual Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) & Stampede, is just around the corner (and yes I Photo courtesy of Pam Montgomery volunteer at it ‘smiley face’). I so look forward to this fair every year - hope to see some familiar faces there. What did you think of our racing feature in the July issue? I sure wish Vernon’s Kin Park would get ‘on track’ again! The stall tactics and ‘politics’ are not helping. We NEED this track in the interior… call your local MLA or write letters to the City of Vernon. I was a director on the board (for the track) years ago; we were an active group and things were looking up… but now… nothing is happening. This is (was) Canada’s oldest racetrack! We’ve got some great stories in this issue and lots of club news. I know I have said this before (yes, I nag… ask Greg) but if clubs would read other clubs’ news… you might get some new refreshing ideas for your club activities. Add some new classes or games to change things up! See you at the Fair(s)!


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dvice for horse owners on end of life. It is hard enough to say goodbye to your horse, but if a time comes to have your horse euthanized, there are regulations in place that must be adhered to for proper disposal that horse owners must be aware of. If you choose to have a veterinarian euthanize your horse on your property by barbiturate overdose, then you will need to have a hole dug to bury it. An animal that is euthanized in this way is now poisonous to wildlife, and by law must be properly disposed of. The internal abdominal organs contain the highest concentration of barbiturate, which is usually what wild animals will eat first, causing them to become sick and possibly die. As well, it is advised to clean up any blood from the horse, as any drop of blood licked up by a dog is that poisonous. The carcass should be covered and secured with a tarp that cannot be dug up from scavengers until burial. Because of ground water contamination it is not recommended to bury a horse or large animal close to surface water bodies. It must be 30 metres from a well to avoid contamination. Burial pits need to be 5 feet below original ground level and a

cover of 3 feet of packed soil overtop of the ground level soil. This is so water doesn’t collect on top. You can also have your horse transported to a veterinary clinic to be euthanized. Check with local vets for those who do have incinerators big enough for horses. If you can’t bury your horse on the land you are on, then another option is to have it hauled to your local transfer station. They recommend phoning ahead and they will bury it on site. It is illegal to dump a carcass on crown land as this is the same as littering. A poisoned carcass cannot be burnt and must be buried or transported to licensed disposal facilities or approved waste disposal sites. - Name withheld by request (Note from editor... see Dead Stock Removal in our Business Services section)

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read Sasha Hopp’s letter to the editor in the June issue of Saddle Up and wanted to comment. Is there any excuse for being ‘unseated’? Is there a factor which involves equipment or the proper use of equipment that contributed to one’s being ‘unseated’? For 47 years I have been making and selling western saddles and equipment; and 62 years as an avid horseman. An excuse is to be exempt from any blame. - Ken Cameron, KC Saddlery, Red Deer AB

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What Does Founder Look Like? By Kristi Luehr, Okanagan School of Natural Hoof Care In last month’s article, I discussed the difference between laminitis and founder.


explained that laminitis, by definition, is inflammation of the laminae in the hoof. The laminae affected are the sensitive laminae (surrounding the front and sides of the coffin bone) as well as the solar corium (the underside of the coffin bone). I also discussed that when low grade laminitis is left untreated, or during acute laminitis, the coffin bone can rotate within the hoof capsule becoming foundered. Founder is simply the rotation of the coffin bone. There is no condition of almost or partly-foundered. Either the bone is rotated or it is not. However, the severity of the rotation can vary. This is dependent on the overall health of the hoof prior to the laminitis, the length and severity of the laminitic episode as well as the current trimming/shoeing protocol. In this issue, I want to show you what a foundered hoof looks like both inside and out. In order to demonstrate a foundered hoof, I will first show you a healthy one. The hoof wall is well connected all the way from the coronary band to the ground; it is not flared, pulled forward, or separated.

x-ray your foundered horse and work closely with your farrier/trimmer in order to determine the severity of the rotation and how to correctly trim the hoof to alleviate pain and allow a healthy hoof to grow in. Founder is very serious, but in many cases can be repaired. You must first understand how and why your horse developed the laminitis that led to the founder, and remove all future triggers. This usually means working closely with your veterinarian to determine blood glucose levels, hormone levels and ruling out other various diseases that can facilitate laminitis. Second, you

This hoof is foundered. Notice the angle change in the wall as it descends, and the larger gap between the bone and the wall.

This is a healthy hoof inside and out. Notice the straight wall and tight connection to the bone. In a foundered hoof, the wall at the coronary band will start out at a healthy angle, even if it’s just for 1/4 of an inch. As it descends, it will abruptly change angle and flare forward. The laminae will be stretched or separated and the hoof wall will be flared. There are occasions where a wall can simply flare and not be foundered; in these cases, the angle change is less abrupt and usually there will be more than one deviation. While it is extremely important to seek veterinary attention in the event of a laminitic event, it is also important to have your veterinarian

must have a competent trimmer/farrier that understands the condition of the hoof and can trim to alleviate the rotation and grow in a healthy, well-connected hoof wall from the coronary band down. This rehabilitation process can take 6-12 months depending on the severity and how fast the individual horse’s hoof grows. Often, the horse can return to light work well before rehabilitation is complete, but it is dependent on the individual case and I would strongly recommend consulting your veterinarian and farrier/trimmer first. Kristi Luehr is a natural trimmer and founder of the Okanagan School of Natural Hoof Care ( She holds certification with the Canadian Farrier School as well as the Oregon School of Natural Hoof Care. Her focus is to educate horse owners about hoof anatomy, hoof mechanism, and the importance of a natural trim based on the wild horse model. (See their listing in our Business Services section under FARRIERS & SUPPLIES)

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Saddle Fit and the Baroque Horse By Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE Saddle length has become more of an issue over the past few years, as breeding seems to have concentrated on making somewhat more “compact” (i.e. “shorter”) horses.


his is especially prevalent in the baroque-style horse – a category which includes the Lusitanos, the PRE, the Andalusian, the Friesian and, more and more frequently, the “modern type” warmbloods. They have relatively flat withers and their saddle support area is short. Riding these horses in a normal saddle with a regular panel can often result in behavior that indicates something is off. One common saddle fitting issue faced by these breeds is that the panels on dressage saddles often are too long for their backs. In order that these horses may develop to their fullest potential, and work willingly, happily and without pain, it is crucial that they have a saddle with panels that are the correct length for their backs, without impinging on the ovaries or the kidneys, and without hitting on the “bucking reflex.”

for this particular horse. 3: The red lines represent the changing directional pattern of hair on the horse’s body relative to the last supportive vertebra (notice the panel of the saddle does not extend past this point). 4: The first chalk line represents the front of the scapula (shoulder blade) whereas the second chalk line again represents the last supportive vertebra. 5: My left hand is pointing to just behind the shoulder blade where the saddle ideally should be placed and not extend past the last vertebra outlined. 6: I am drawing “pain lines” from pinched nerves that appear on some horses when they have an ill-fitting saddle.

So, other than the obvious visual “short-backedness” of a horse, ask yourself: Does your horse have a “4-beat” canter? Does your horse have tense back muscles which impair movement? Does your horse buck or show resistance to move forward? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you may be faced with a saddle length issue. It becomes obvious visually and intuitively as you know your horse, that something is off. Many of us are familiar with the term “short-backed” to describe a horse, but few of us are aware that even a horse with a back that appears to be of normal length may actually have a very short saddle support area. The length of the saddle support area (the area where the saddle must sit) is what saddle makers and saddle fitters are concerned with, since this will determine how long the panels of this particular horse’s saddle must be. You can identify your horse’s saddle-support area – the area where the saddle must sit – by doing the following: 1. With a piece of chalk, outline the edge of your horse’s shoulder blade (pictures #4 and #5). 2. Locate your horse’s last floating rib (picture #3). To do this, find where his hairlines come together in the area of his flank and draw a line straight up to his spine. The pictures help demonstrate some of the important aspects of saddle length: 1: A skeletal diagram showing the proper saddle support area with respect to a horse’s rib cage. 2: I am pointing to the last supporting rib on a horse with a saddle that fits properly within the boundaries of the saddle support area 8 • Saddle Up • August 2015

The saddle must sit behind the shoulder. Particularly at the canter, a saddle that is too long often will get driven forward into the shoulder. Beyond making movement difficult and painful, this can produce a buildup of scar tissue on the scapula. Over time, the scapula may actually be chipped away by the tree points of the saddle. Second, the saddle cannot extend past the last floating rib. If a saddle is too long for a particular horse, the rear of the panels will extend past the horse’s saddle support area. This is extremely uncomfortable for the horse, as it puts pressure on his lumbar region. A horse ridden in a saddle that is too long will often tighten his lower back muscles; in some cases, you can actually see the horse hollow and drop his back in an attempt to get away from the pressure of the saddle. He may even buck in extreme cases, in an effort to get the weight off his lumbar area. Finally, he may have difficulty moving forward into the canter, or may simply be persistently “off” for no readily apparent reason. If these are issues you have been facing, and have been unable to actually attribute them to anything “real” (like illness of some sort, for example) then perhaps you might consider that it could simply be that the saddle is too long for your horse’s back HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Saddle Fit... cont’d and is making him extremely uncomfortable – which is why this “acting out” occurs. Think about how you would feel if you had something constantly pounding into your kidneys. An ideal solution is to have a saddle with a shorter panel to accommodate the horse’s back – even if the rider needs a little bigger seat. We always say that the top of the saddle needs to fit the rider, the bottom needs to fit the horse, and the tree needs to work as the interface to accommodate the needs of both. Sometimes you have to look past the obvious symptoms to find the cause.

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In Search of a Nurse Mare By Schaana Puetz

(In loving memory of Cricket)

Last fall, we purchased a two-for-one mare with her five-month-old filly. We named the mare Cricket. After a month or so on pasture, it became clear that Cricket was getting more than a grass belly.


hen our veterinarian came out for our fall check-ups, he did an ultrasound and confirmed that Cricket had been a three-for-one purchase. Through the winter, I became smitten with her gentle nature and kind eyes.

Cricket with Bug and I, a few hours after he was born.

Cricket with her five-month-old filly, last September, on her first day with us. On May 21, Cricket gave birth to a calm, friendly, sorrel colt. We called him Bug. Bug spent three days with his loving mother before she passed away unexpectedly from complications related to giving birth.

Bug’s life was in danger after his mother passed away on an afternoon with 30-degree heat. The fast action of a passing neighbour saved him. We had never met Tracy, but she had driven by Cricket and watched her for weeks anticipating Bug’s birth. She had seen Bug the day he was born and had looked in on them as she drove to and from work each day. She noticed that Bug was in trouble and made a very important call. When she was unable to contact anyone on our property, she called the SPCA. Jamie from the SPCA came out to our

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place and took Bug in to the clinic. Not knowing how old he was or how long he had been without his mother, the clinic staff ran tests and started supplementing Bug sleeps on the back seat of him with milk reour truck on his ride home. placer. Luckily, he had gotten enough colostrum from his mother and hadn’t been alone long enough to become dehydrated. He spent the night at the clinic feeding every two hours and learning to drink hism e a l s from a shallow bowl. The next morning, we were cleared to take him home. To keep him safe from the elements and close to home for his every-two-hour Bug eating again! feedings, we set up a panel stall in our garage. It wasn’t ideal but he was comfortable and safe. He took his meals with gusto and I was guardedly optimistic about him making it through his ordeal. Late Sunday night, Bug slowed his feeding considerably. His little digestive system was having trouble processing the milk replacer and he was becoming constipated. With support from a Facebook group for orphan foals and nurse mares, I found Amberlee from 5 Pine Ranch. She talked me through my anxiety and helped me through giving Bug an enema. After his enema and subsequent poop, Bug began to eat again. Through my sleepless Sunday night, I placed an ad on Kijiji and the “Canada nurse mares/orphan foals” Facebook group. One of the people who saw my Facebook post was Cathy. She tagged Marie of 2nd Go Horses, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Nurse Mare... cont’d because she had heard that Marie might be able to help me. Months earlier, Marie had transported a young mare named Phoenix to her friend Michelle’s boarding facility, Country Cola Farm. Phoenix had barely been handled, wasn’t halter broken, and was in poor body condition. While feeding up the thin youngster, Michelle noticed that she was starting to look pregnant. Unfortunately the dam-

Phoenix resting with Nature at Country Cola Farm in Armstrong. age had already been done. Phoenix’s lack of nourishment in the beginning of her pregnancy caused her foal to be born with poorly-formed hind legs. The vet recommended that the filly, named Nature, be euthanized. Six days after Phoenix lost her foal, I spoke to Michelle on the phone. Michelle put me in contact with Phoenix’s owner. He agreed to let me try and get the two together and to lease the mare for the summer if everything worked out. We introduced Bug and Phoenix while Phoenix was safely in the confines of the trailer. For Bug, it was love at first sight. He whinnied and licked her and smelled her all over. Phoenix was a harder nut to crack. With the aid of mild sedation to calm her, Phoenix would allow Bug to nurse. She had to be tied and gotten after if she tried to kick, but as long as Bug was gentle, he could nurse. Bug nursed four times on Monday. Because Phoenix was not easily caught or handled, I opted to feed Bug milk replacer through the night, rather Bug and Phoenix’s than handle first meeting. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Phoenix in my sleep-deprived and pregnant state. She slept in a panel stall in his large pen. He slept by her and she began to respond protectively when the other horses put their heads over the fence. If Bug was too far from her when I came in to feed him, she would nicker and he would run over to her. Each time I came out to feed Bug nursing off-lead for the Bug, I brought a small amount of first time. grain for Phoenix. By morning, she was eating it out of my hand. At the 9am feeding on Tuesday, Bug nursed with Phoenix tied; she was calm, made only a token refusal and didn’t kick at all. Later

Phoenix and Bug stretching their legs in the pasture.

that morning, I went to start to catch her, in preparation for Bug’s 11am meal. I had just moved her into a corner when Bug took advantage of the situation and started to nurse while Phoenix was standing still there. They nursed off-lead for the first time. After 15 minutes, I backed away and they walked off together. Bug nursed almost every time he tried from then on. Phoenix had adopted him. We moved the pair into a larger 1.5-acre

Bug is growing, healthy and strong. (Photo taken June 8) pasture. I have leased Phoenix for the summer and Bug is a happy little man. He is growing, playing and generally being a normal foal. We are handling both of them daily to help Phoenix learn about kind people and to keep Bug headed in the right direction. Many thanks to all of the people who made this possible and special thanks to the Whispering Pines Maintenance Department.


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Alberta Wish Ride(s) Coming Up! By Roger Matas


he Alberta Wish Ride heads to Alberta’s corn capital, Taber, to kick off the 7th year of the event which supports the Children’s Wish Foundation. In its 7 years, the event has been held at six different locations. Those locations are determined by the local volunteer committee organizing the event and it also exposes the event and the cause to a wide range of Alberta’s population. This is the first year for the event in Taber, which will be held August 22nd. For the fourth year the ride will also be heading out from the Historic Reesor Ranch in Cypress Hills on September 12th. “We’re very grateful for the local teams which have organized these events,” said Alberta Wish Ride Chair Irene White. “They’ve been working hard to put the events together and finding local sponsors who help defray our costs.” White said the ride puts on a first class experience for the riders and, wherever possible, she looks to donations and sponsors to offset costs so the maximum amount of funds raised can go directly to the Wish Foundation. The



ride has very little overhead and in the past six years has donated over $200,000 to the foundation. In Taber, the ride will stage from the Taber Rodeo Grounds. The event will follow what has become the traditional one day format for these events which is a breakfast, followed by a guided trail ride. Riders return from the ride for supper, entertainment, a silent auction and prizes. Taber will offer two rides; one is for experienced horses and riders only. No rentals are available at the Taber event, but the Cypress Hills event has both horses for rent as well as accommodations. Camping is available at both sites. Riders register on the Wish Ride website ( and then gather pledges before the event. They must each have at least $60 in pledges to participate. For every $25 they bring in, riders get a ticket on a draw for a custom saddle. Each event has its own saddle as a prize. All the details regarding the rides, including registration and pledge forms, are available at Once riders register, they can set up their own fundraising page to encourage on-line donations and expedite tax receipts for their supporters. Other than those renting, riders must have insurance with the Alberta Equestrian Federation or equivalent. The Children’s Wish Foundation is a unique Canadian charity which helps Canadian children, families and communities by granting the favourite wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Every wish creates moments of joy which ease the pain of a child, give respite to the child’s family, and connects healthcare professionals and communities in that burning wish of hope. For further information please contact Irene White at 403-3668199 or 403-607-6108, e-mail

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Body Work Certification in Canada – CIECBW moves Home to Olds, Alberta


he Canadian Institute of Equine & Canine Body Works (CIECBW) has moved back to its rural roots. Re-establishing our strong agricultural connections right here at home marks some big steps towards CIECBW’s plans of building a formal school including our own facilities in the near future. We are committed to becoming a full-fledged vocational school in the field of equine and canine body work and complementary modalities. Since 2009 we have been involved in bringing internationally-recognized Certification courses in equine and canine body work to Canada. These courses have been developed by Equinology Inc. to meet the higher standards in education required for program accreditation and funding and to meet all professional and academic scrutiny. Our students can be confident that their training will continue to lead in the industry. Equinology Inc. is recognized as an approved provider of continuing education hours for veterinarians and vet techs in the USA and has been successful in achieving accreditation as a state-approved school in the state of California. The trail broken by Equinology Inc. in the USA will serve us well in Canada as each province recognizes the

advantages of standards. We will continue delivering to our students the best possible education, always responding to the emerging needs of the industry in this currently unregulated field. We support our students throughout the learning process and the establishment of their practice. We coordinate support through the guided Externship component and assessment. This final project review

stables, indoor and outdoor arenas, classrooms, viewing lounges, campsites, riding trails and more are under way; our future campus will create a resort-like environment that will be completely unique to the industry.

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Horses and Healing at Las Mulas, Chile By Zabrina Barteaux A coffee shop in Vernon, 2010: I am sitting with a new-found friend whose energy and zest for life intrigued me and made me smile. I had just moved to Vernon BC, a newcomer to the valley. I had just finished my holistic practitioner certification in Kelowna.


or three years, I had worked as a massage therapist for horses only, setting up my practice in Alberta after completing school in Colorado. I worked for myself on horses and also as a veterinarian’s assistant and barn manager at an equine veterinary hospital, where I garnered invaluable experience. My practice was growing, but I wanted to work on people, too, and I wanted to live in my home province… So I leaped. As we sipped our coffee, my friend Katherine started talking about her partner Jorge Sepulveda’s ranch in Chile. With great enthusiasm she described the incredible beauty and the horses. My eyes lit up and Katherine didn’t miss a beat when she exclaimed, “You should come! You should come to Chile!” Of course I said yes. A few years passed before it was the right time, but that right time

did indeed come when Katherine announced to me that she was going to be teaching a Craniosacral and Muscle Energy course at the ranch in Chile with her friend and colleague Sheryl (both are Registered Massage Therapists). I am always wanting to learn and add new bodywork modalities to what I do, and taking craniosacral training had been on my list for a while. Could it get any better than learning at a beautiful ranch in South America? Probably not. The course taught human methods, but by this time I well knew that what I learn on humans I can transfer to horses! The truth is, I know that if I learn healing work on a human, the horses will teach me how to refine it. When (human!) clients compliment me on healing work, I often smile and say, “thank you, the horses are good teachers.”

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Horses and Healing... cont’d I was so excited to see the ranch and to be out in the mountains with horses again, as this is how I grew up in northern BC. I was not to be disappointed. After a long flight, our group of six enthusiastic Canadians trundled our way through the airport and into the minivan Jorge had arranged to take us most of the way to the ranch. Only certain vehicles can drive in to the ranch. If you think you have been on a crazy road before (I thought I had) well, probably you have not. This road is unlike any “road” I have seen. (Please keep in mind that I grew up on a ranch in the Rockies way off the Alaska Hwy that we had to fly into in summer.) Not just that only certain vehicles can drive the road, only certain drivers can as well. Jorge and his sister being a part of the handful, taught by their father when they were young. Jacked up on Gravol in the front seat (I can get a wee bit carsick), I kept exclaiming to Jorge (who had driven down to meet us and transfer us out of the minivan into the ranch truck) “JORGE! THIS IS NOT A ROAD!” He laughed at me. The rest of the week was beyond description really. Getting up in the morning and gazing at the Andes Mountains, with horses grazing freely and chickens clucking contentedly, I began to cry. The beauty around me was truly breathtaking. Our classroom for the course was the horse pasture! We set up massage tables under the trees and got to our learning! We did two full days of learning the head and neck techniques, and then we had a day free before we started the low back and pelvis portion. Our day free was one of the most fantastic trail rides I


have EVER been on! My term for it is “extreme trail!” My horse was Comanche. I know, funny right, I am in South America… anyway, he was amazing. Spanish type, but tall. He knew his game, and when my stomach tightened and my breath caught a little bit, he said, “Relax, lady, I can do this in my sleep.” When one of Comanche’s shoes started to fall off, the amazing ranch hand Gerardo jumped off his horse, grabbed nails out his saddle bag and then a rock, and tacked the shoe back on, lickety-split. We continued on to the mountain waterfall that defies my ability to describe using words, and our picnic. The week went by too fast. The food was so delicious, the beds so comfy, the starry night sky so humbling and awesome. One evening I went out to the horses grazing in the moonlight and hung out with them. Absolutely magical. I looked up at the night sky and said, truly right from my heart, “Thank You.” Las Mulas will be hosting future events; contact Zabrina at 250938-7126 to find out more! (See her listing in Business Services under EQUINE SERVICES)









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possible: Balance and free, forward movement. This is actually not as simple as it sounds because a rider must have a great deal of confidence in order to implement these two principles. Balance is key to everything in life but when it comes to horsemanship it seems to be a little bit of a pressing issue. Not only must we stay emotionally balanced as we work, but we must also stay physically balanced in our saddle and balanced in how we work (as in performing as many circles to the right as we do to the left) and of course we must stay balanced in our expectations and so on… But that’s not even what I’m talking about here. What I’m talking about is that your horse must feel balanced. Sure, your staying in the middle will certainly affect your horse’s confidence and remaining balanced and out of his way is part of what I’m talking about. More than that, however, it’s understanding how our horses balance themselves and making sure that we have, in no way, inhibited their ability to do so as we present them with new tasks and learning experiences, regardless of their age or training level. As many of you may already know, the most important part of a horse’s body in regulating his own balance (aside from the inner ear) is the head and neck. It’s as important to a horse as the giant tail was to the great and powerful Tyrannosaurus Rex. Depending on where a horse places his head and neck, he can counter balance for his body, your body, inertia and gravity. A horse can also change his weight distribution from his front end to his back end with a simple lifting or lowering of the head or neck. As soon as we become overly “handsy,” we can not only inhibit their natural ability to balance themselves but we can also strip them of much of the confidence they may have had, causing them to feel vulnerable and insecure. We can also actually cause them to become heavy on the front end by trying to make them become lighter! This can cause tripping, sluggishness and even speediness as the horse struggles to try to maintain some level of control over his own body. This isn’t always a big, glaring problem for a horse’s confidence when he is jogging around in a flat, well-groomed arena, but it can certainly become an issue as we begin to ride them out on the trail over uneven terrain or ask more of them by introducing them to new, more challenging tasks




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Developing Bravery... cont’d to feel braver and more willing to try new things as well as feel much less like working with cows, mountain trail or jumping. The more you hang onto a horse’s head or tell him where and need to use their flight. how to be, the more he begins to lose his confidence. Providing the As I said before, a rider has to have a great deal of confidence in order horse with a long, loose rein and allowing him to implement these principles and a good, safe, to find the most comfortable position for his large round arena or an arena with “soft corown head and neck (while still using a gentle, ners” in which to work through the initial stages soft feel when needed to encourage a long can be very helpful. Of course some good, proand low stretch) can give the horse the chance fessional assistance is also advisable and can to feel safe. He’ll feel secure in knowing that, if help to fill in any gaps a rider may have in their he trips or stumbles, if you get off centre on his own confidence as well. back or if he needs to stop quickly, he’ll be able Helping the horse to build a firm foundato use his greatest asset in balance (his head and tion on which to develop confidence is incredneck) to freely right himself. ibly rewarding and extraordinarily powerful in developing a solid bond between a horse and This feeds directly into the second foundarider. A leader who has the confidence and skill tional principle I mentioned: free forward moveto allow the horse to move freely forward will ment. Again, riders must have confidence to imwin the horse’s trust quickly and what confiplement this one as well. They must be secure dence the horse lacked he’ll be able to gain enough in their seat and in their ability to stay from his new friend and leader. Providing them in the middle of the horse, no matter what hapwith a firm foundation on which to begin their pens, so that they can remember the first founjourney towards developing bravery through dational principle and stay off of the horse’s face challenging, controlled, confidence-building while they allow the horse to find his confidence activities will set both the horse and rider up for through balanced, forward movement. some good, safe fun and allow the next stage of I always say to my horses, even when development to begin. I’m working with them from the ground beMy sister Carol Dymond and her rescue mare Calista, fore riding, “you can always find a way out Read part 2 in the next issue of Saddle who had been starved and neglected. Carol is working forward.” What I mean by this is that if they’re Up for some helpful tips about how to add on developing her confidence and bravery through free feeling insecure, if they‘re feeling the need to new, challenging tasks that can help develop forward movement and the use of balance and signal while working in a hackamore using the old Californio use their most hard-wired, ingrained and most bravery on the firm foundation you’ve created method of bridle horse development. natural response they’ve been given - flight through balance and free forward movement! (Photo by Aynsley Cairns) they can always find a way to use it through free, forward movement. Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since This response was given to them in order to keep them safe and, if 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star they can use it in a controlled and productive way, it can help to, naturally, Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. create a feeling of peace and relaxation in the horse. If their free, forward Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and movement can be directed in such a way as to avoid pulling on their great- humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by est tool for balancing themselves (the head), they’ll begin to feel safer and sharing the horse’s point of view. as they begin to understand that we are not here to hurt, eat or overpower them but rather to direct, support and empower them, they will begin (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS)

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Paul Nichols is on a horseback journey across Canada to discover the stories of Canadian contemporary veterans including his own. He set out on April 13th from Victoria BC, and hopes to arrive in St. John’s Newfoundland later this fall.

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rom the veterans of World War II to the peacekeeping missions and international operations of today, Canada needs to know the stories of our veterans to learn how to help them, support them and keep them after they give themselves for the security of our country. The Ride Across Canada is collecting the stories of our veterans while introducing them to their own communities on horseback. From coast to coast, veterans are volunteering to be a part of the ride, share their story and aide in the discussion and discovery of our veteran needs. Guest riders range in age, rank and service from 93 and serving in World War II, to 23 and serving in Afghanistan. “Our job is to put as many veterans in the saddle as we can to show Canadians who our veterans are and tell their stories. I chose to execute this journey on horseback because of my own experience with horses and how important it was to my return to civilian life. On this journey, we introduce our veterans to the horses on The Ride and we can see the connection with just one lesson and one ride.” says Paul Nichols, Founder. “For 211 days, we will continue to ride across Canada raising awareness and funds to support veteran equine therapy programs. Our fundraising initiatives have grown since the beginning and we have had a wonderful amount of people come on board with all kinds of ideas on how to help us stay on the road and raise money for our goal.”

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First Time Jitters! By Lauri Meyers First time showing can be daunting and overwhelming. As a ‘Show Mom’ and 4-H Leader, I have attended many shows with my daughter and the 4-H Club, but I have never shown.


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Equine Therapy: More than Just a Crack of the Back By Lauren Olson My name is Lauren Olson, and I am an equine sports therapist. My intention was to write an article about equine therapy, explaining how horses are athletes and as riders we put them through tough physical exertion and therapy is the least we can do. Though, sitting down to write, nothing came to me.


verything I started to write felt like I was trying too hard, spewing facts about horses that I learned in my training, hoping to grab attention and gain new clients and help more horses. Throughout the hours (literally) of sitting staring at my computer and doodling on paper beside me, I wound up asking myself why I love equine therapy. The answer to my own question led me to some realizations about my practice and myself. The truth is, for me, I don’t even like calling it “equine therapy,” nor do I like calling myself a “therapist.” I’m just a girl who loves the heck out of horses. I love them. I look at a horse and all I see is complete beauty and strength. The gentleness and sheer power, both in spiritual and physical presence is irresistible. The way it feels to look into the eyes of a horse and be overcome with calmness and understanding. To be grounded and peaceful. I don’t feel like an expert or like I’m a person in a position of authority when it comes to horses. I’m just here, grateful to share existence with such pure and wonderful creatures. To assume that I can “fix” any horse simply isn’t true. My training, schooling and life with horses have given me tools that can help certain issues, yes. But the nature of horses, the physical and emotional links intrinsically make “therapy” a much deeper experience than a simple chiropractic adjustment. Every time I spend time with a horse, I learn something and am reminded just how profound the work is. To elaborate: the degree to which horses mirror humans back to us is stunning. Horses always show us the truth; we just need to quiet

ourselves enough to listen to them. And the fact is, our truths aren’t always pretty. My journey through learning and working with horses has brought many painful memories and experiences to the forefront and the only way to get past them and move forward has been to face them head on. Because this is the way I have learned the art of equine therapy, I feel like branding and marketing myself as a “massage therapist” or a “chiropractor” isn’t the truth. I can massage and I can perform chiropractic adjustments. But those are not who I am or what I do. What I do is listen to the horse and to the owner. I listen and I seek to find the root of whatever the physical manifestation has risen as. I want to connect with horse owners who are willing to look at the deeper problems. Quick fixes are only effective in the short term. I believe what I can help the most with isn’t simply problems in the physical body of the horse. I can help reconnect horse and owner by bringing light to what our horses are really trying to show us. Often, injuries in the horse are reflections of injuries in the person. So there it is. All of that led me to realizing that what I love about working with horses is the profound capacity for healing. Without humans, horses have no problems. I love that I have the opportunity to help open people up to these ideas and give the chance for deep-seated pain to heal. And in turn, by working this way, both horse and human can find peace and balance. (For contact, see Lauren Olson’s ad in Shop & Swap on page 63)

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many options but keep in mind your horse’s health and comfort is influenced by the quality of bedding used in their stall. Machinery. Check your batteries, fluids, tires or tracks, and inspect for leaks; an easy fix in the summer is often an uphill battle in the winter. Nobody likes fixing things with clumsy winter gloves on. Pasture. Winterizing your pasture keeps it healthy and ready for next spring. Just before the snow flies, drag a pallet or harrow to break up the manure. For smaller pastures it’s wise to remove the manure to reduce the amount of parasites that will hatch in spring. Emergency Preparedness. Assemble a winter kit with the flashlights, additional batteries, equine first aid kit, and head-lamps to use during power outages or working in a pasture. Clothing. Get out the toques, mitts, gloves and jackets in advance and have at the ready… if you live in Alberta you know it can go from summer to winter in a snap. Winter can be a terrific time of year if you are prepared. Embrace it, don’t hide from it! Courtesy of Strathcona Ventures.

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Our Trip to Blue Creek Outfitting By Pat and Sue Brownell I (Sue) was the successful bidder at the Horsey Ladies (Okanagan) Christmas party last November for a great learning opportunity at Blue Creek Outfitting.


at and I arrived at Blue Creek Outfitters Sunday afternoon, a short five minute drive from downtown McBride BC. We had the rest of the day to settle into our accommodations for the first three days. By that time Stan Walchuk and his staff had a welcome barbecue dinner ready at the all-weather outdoor training area for the whole group. The camp was truly a training centre for back country travel preparation, from the well-equipped group kitchen with all the staples provided, to the tents for us to sleep in. We all brought our own fresh produce and meats. The kitchen duties were left to us a group. All the equipment we used could be taken by horseback on a wilderness adventure. There was no electricity at the camp but running hot water was available for showers, etc. There were separate girls and guys cabins with a shower in each one. Couples got individual tents for their stay.

We set out at about noon for a five hour trip to base camp. The two night pack trip was a self-guided trip although Stan’s staff (Winn, Emma, Chris) were there to provide any assistance that may have been required. We were on our own for the three days, free to do and go where we wanted. These days were for practicing our newly learned packing skills but also taking in the great scenery and enjoying good company with new friends we met at the clinic.

Draft cross-type horses, and went on our first ride for about one hour. This was not an easy flat trail ride but an example of advanced mountain trails with several different challenges, steep hills, muddy brush creek crossings, and tight forest trails. The evenings were our own to fend for cooking and entertaining ourselves. Tuesday and Wednesday was the same format with new topics all pertaining to back country packing. Thursday we began our high country adventure packing up all our gear onto the horses for a two night, three day pack trip. The horses were great for all levels of experience, calm, patient, and well-trained for the bush.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning to safely pack into the backcountry with horses. Stan is very experienced and was able to share all his years of experience with us. Thanks Stan!

Monday morning started with a classroom style meeting where we reviewed the Blue Creek manual on topics for which we then went out and applied to practical use for the afternoon. This was great hands on interaction with Stan and his team. We then were assigned our trusty mounts for the week from the herd of Fjord,


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ell folks, we made it through another year at the 18th Annual Interior Gaited Horse show in Armstrong BC. This show is all about having fun, spending time with your equine friend and connecting with other Gaited horse people. I think we did it again! We had over 30 horses participate this year (and yes, they brought their riders). We would really like to thank everyone… our regulars and the newcomers for helping to make this show a success. It takes time, effort and money to drag that pony out to a show and we appreciate every one of you for coming out to play with us. Most popular breeds included Peruvians, Tennessee Walkers and Rocky/Kentucky Mountain horses. We also had a couple Paso Finos, a gaited Mule and a new breed to this show, a Mangalarga Marchador from Brazil, brought by Dana Johnsen of Nickers Saddlery in Penticton. Let’s not forget the Icelandics too. Saddle Up’s Nancy Roman has been riding a different (borrowed) breed every year and this year she rode an Icelandic from Pat Peebles. High five Nancy? Great job. We were very pleased that Ilona Berbekar gave a beautiful Garrocha pole demonstration on her Paso Fino at the lunch break, and we also got an introduction to the Marchado by Dana. The Peruvian riders did a fine job in the Parade of Breeds; however, let’s just say the rest of us need a bit more practice. 

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18 Years... cont’d Our Judge, Christine Schwartz did a fine job. It is not always easy controlling the chaos of some of the very large classes. Thank you Christine, for a job well done. The Show Committee wants to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to all those who volunteered and sponsored the show. Great people like you keep this show going. A special thank-you to Brenda Mason for her boundless energy for keeping us on track, Lewis Hartman, Professional Gatekeeper and Louise Burton, Announcer Extraordinaire just to name a few. On a sad note, we lost one of our own this May. Steve Wilson was one of the original organizers and avid promoter of the Gaited Horse Show. He will be missed. Not sure if this show is for you? Check out our website  Lots of pictures and videos to look at. If you have some pictures of the show you would like to share, please send them. We would love to see them. We play some games, hang out with friends, and have a few laughs. Hope you can join us next year.

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Tidbits Caravan Farm Theatre – Summer Production Armstrong’s outdoor live theatre company presents their summer production “The Night’s Mare” by Kevin Kerr. Babysitter and horse lover ‘Florence’ has her skills tested when a Hollywood “super couple” comes to town to research their next movie about a fabled magical mare rumoured to live in the woods nearby; and they have an unruly daughter who is driving them mad. The daughter escapes under Florence’s watch; and as the hunt for the mythical mare escalates; Florence hunts the couple’s unbridled daughter on an all-night quest. The play runs from July 21 to August 23. Visit for

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Wild Rose Fundraising Trail Ride The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) is hosting the 4th Annual Wild Rose Trail Ride (WRTR) at Red Lodge Guest Ranch in Bowden Alberta on September 5, 2015. This annual fundraising event is organized to raise funds and awareness to support local non-profit therapeutic riding associations. Registration begins at 10 am with a buffet brunch included until 12 noon. The inter-

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The CWA is continuing their commitment to rodeo for the 2016 event. The Canadian Cowboys’ Association (CCA) announced earlier this year that they will be relocating the Finals Rodeo to Swift Current in 2016. “While the CWA Board and staff are fully focused on making this year’s CCA Finals Rodeo the biggest and best yet, we need to start looking at rodeo options for next year,” says CWA President, Stewart Stone. “Rodeo is a signature event at Agribition and we’re excited with the opportunity to explore new options to increase the overall entertainment experience at our show. There is a big appetite for rodeo in Saskatchewan and Regina.” For more information visit

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Tidbits... cont’d onstrations, Wine & Cheese night, VIP Lounge with catered meals, and seminars the day before the show for our exhibitors to learn the ropes before entering the ring the following day. Having ‘set the bar’ with our first show, we hope to not only meet but surpass everyone’s expectations our second crack of the whip. Come check out our show September 11–13 at Horse in Hand Ranch in Blackfalds Alberta or for more information go to www.

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Kate Walls, of Gypsy Horses of Horn Hill, received a 5 Star Evaluation for Conformation for her stallion GHHH Wandering Spirit at the 2014 Show. ern Canada was held in Alberta last year. 20 Gypsy Vanners were registered for classes ranging from Halter, Showmanship, Trail, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship and Jumping. Over the weekend there was a Stallion Service Auction, Trade Show, Dem-

WeCover Structures launches an informative new website supporting a growing consumer interest in fabric roof freespan equine and dairy buildings. WeCover Structures has been the North American market leader in fabric roof freespan steel truss structures for over 15 years. WeCover is constantly striving to educate consumers on the many benefits of a fabric roof building, with their most recent effort being their new corporate website. Not only viewed as a marketing tool for the company, this fresh new mobile friendly website is also a rich resource of information and helpful tools for consumers who are considering building a steel truss freespan building instead of a traditional wood truss. In addition to seeing the finished WeCover projects, the site also offers sample concept drawings. Visit the new WeCover Structures website at www.wecover. net.

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Alberta Youth Shines at World Show!


aitlyn Malyk of Clive Alberta competed at the 2015 American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Youth World Championship show in Fort Worth Texas June 27-July 4, 2015. The Alberta Youth and her mount “Hes Lopin

Spotless” earned the following titles: World Champion Solid Paint Bred Showmanship Reserve World Champion Solid Paint Bred Hunter under Saddle Reserve World Champion Solid Paint Bred Western Pleasure Reserve World Champion Solid Paint Bred Western Horsemanship Top 5 Solid Paint Bred Hunt Seat Equitation (3rd) Top 10 Solid Paint Bred Gelding Halter (6th) Caitlyn has been riding for many years, starting at a very early age competing in leadline classes. She has belonged to many associations including being a member of the 2014 Canada World Cup Saddle Seat Equitation Team. Hes Lopin Spotless is a 2008 Bay Solid Paint Bred Gelding sired by Hes Lopin Supreme out of Shes Cruisin Town. Under the guidance of trainer Katie Roxburgh, the Alberta teen set her sights on the World Show and has worked diligently towards her goal. Roxburgh is an American Paint Horse Association Professional Horseman. She along with her husband Doug operate Dun Rite Stock and Stables in Bentley Alberta. Malyk has the following to say about her world show experience. “This trip has been an amazing experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity. I have always believed my horse was good at what he does. It was so exciting to show the world how great he really is and what an awesome team we are.” Malyk would like to thank her family and trainer for everything they have done to help her get to this point in her life. She would also like to thank all her friends and the Alberta Paint Horse community for their support. Malyk says “It is a great feeling knowing I had so many people cheering me on, in this great adventure.” Congratulations Caitlyn! 28 • Saddle Up • August 2015


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Cariboo Chatter

By Mark McMillan


hope everyone is okay after all the hot weather we’ve been having... I’m afraid that some folks may have melted. Our hay fields are all meadows and every year we have to wait until August to get on them to hay... except this year. I think we could have cut some of them in June this year, and the growth is great, too, which is amazing. On June 13-14, the Annual Fun and Frolic Spring Schooling Show saw about 25 riders take part. There were Western, English and Jumping competitions throughout the day at the Outriders Arena in 100 Mile House. In Beginners, Hunter Atkinson had the high point title with Kassidy Kolyznyk second. In Juniors, it was Brodie Daburger at the top and reserve was Kennedy Kolyznyk; in Seniors, Karen Wares was followed by Beverly Knife. Brodie, riding

Bently, also won the Super Horse competition with Karen in second place. Chevonn Haselhan from Williams Lake, riding Pistol, took home a first place ribbon in three classes: 2’6”-2’9” Working Hunter, 2’6”-2’9” Hunt Seat Equitation, and 2’6”-2’9” Open Jumper.

next birthday. July 11 was the first Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana of the year and the following weekend Huber Farm in 70 Mile House hosted the annual Cariboo Trails CDE and Driving Clinic - that was July 17-19. 100 Mile House celebrated its 50th birthday the week of July 18-26 and as part of the celebration we put on a Cowboy Concert the evening of Monday, July 20. Alan Moberg, Bernadette Ducharme, Bruce Rolph and Jason Ruscheinsky were the entertainers, with me as

The Hanson Family from Oregon and the Mack family from Merritt were entertaining at the 108. July 1 was the big annual Canada Day Celebration at 108 Mile and it went over well. There was a nice breeze off 108 Mile Lake for most of the day and they had a huge tent set up in front of the stage. The entertainment was Lisa must have done a great job braiding Pistol’s mane because Chevonn won three firsts on him in 100 Mile House.

Some of the group of Polynesian dancers that danced on Canada Day at the 108 Heritage Site.

Chevonn and Pistol placed first in all three of their classes at the Fun and Frolic Spring Schooling Show in 100 Mile. (Photo by Lisa Walker)

awesome all day, the burgers were great, the kids all had their faces painted (some with cotton candy), and at the end of the day everyone went home happy and waiting for Canada’s

Ed Wahl was one of the entertainers at the 108 Canada Celebration. the MC. It was a free concert and it went over really well. Check out next month’s issue for photos and results from these July events. Coming Up August 8 is a busy weekend this year in the Cariboo horse world. It’s the day of the second Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana of the year. This is always a fun weekend for all age groups and their horses, as well as spectators. There’s a concession and a beer garden on site and there’s lots of shade under the trees. The annual Cariboo Plateau CTR is also on August 8. It will be held once again at the Hills Health Ranch at 108. Distances of 18.5 miles (level one) and 28.5 miles (level two) are the two levels and, this will be the first time for a combined CTR and Endurance Ride. The ER distance is 50 miles.

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Cariboo Chatter... cont’d The next hunter/jumper/riding clinic at Cordova Farm in Clinton with Mark Halliwell will be offered on August 7-9. Mark approaches riding and teaching with an enthusiastic style. He believes that a good ride and success in the show ring, regardless of discipline, comes from hard work and a solid understanding of the basics. Lessons will be available for all levels of training and riding, from green horse, green rider, kids, recreational, returning riders, all through the different levels of jumping, suitable for event riders, hunter riders, and jumper riders. For more information, contact Nancy at skookumhorse@gmail. com. The Dressage and Hunter Jumper Show at Trail Riders 100 Mile House will take place August 14-16. There will be practice dressage tests with an EC judge critiquing on Friday and practice hunter rounds in the four-acre field on Friday, dressage (including western dressage) and hunter on Saturday, and jumper on Sunday. For more information, contact Michael Kidston at: September 12 is the Annual Cariboo Country Night at Watch Lake. Bernadette Ducharme will make her first appearance on stage at this event and will be joined by Jason Rusheinsky who was part of the lineup last year, and the every-year favourite Bernadette Ducharme will perform at the Ernie Doyle. It’s a fun night that starts out with a 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert. Cowboy Concert at 5:00 pm at the Watch Lake Com(Photo by Donna Smith) munity Hall. The BBQ steak dinner, with all the trimmings, is served about 6:30 and the concert resumes at 7:00 pm. At about 8:30, the entertainers get together to form the band for the dance - basically a jam on stage where everyone has fun! Some more dates for your calendar are: August 21-23: Dressage Clinic, S kookumhorse, Clinton August 23: Outriders Gymkhana at the Outriders arena September 12-14: 100 Mile Fall Fair September 18-20: Dressage Clinic, Skookumhorse, Clinton

Alan Moberg will be in the lineup at the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert. (Photo by Donna Smith)

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Last Month’s What’s This? The July issue’s item was a photo we took in Italy. It is an olive press for making olive oil. Lots of people had the press part right, and a few had the olive part, too. Congratulations to Audrey Chapman-Reynolds (Fort Nelson), Denise Little (Lac La Hache), Walter Furlong (Sherwood Park, AB), and Lynn Higginbotham (Blind Bay) who had the right answer by press time. The June issue seemed a bit easy, too, and yes it is an iron, but the hard part is how it works - by adding coals from the fire into the fire box of the iron. Ken Pezzot of Qualicum Beach and Ian Rice of Ashcroft, had everything correct but a little late for press time.



do you know what this is?

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 from a photo we took in France at an antique market. It’s about 10 or 11 inches in diameter. Good luck! • 31

TOP DOG! How Do I Stop My Dog from Jumping Up on People? By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP This is a common problem that begins in puppyhood. Everyone is always happy to have an opportunity to pet a cute puppy. Pretty much from day one, puppy is reinforced again and again for jumping on random strangers, friends and family, as everyone bends to cuddle him.


ven if touching and petting doesn’t happen to be particularly reinforcing for some dogs, the happy exclamations, higher-pitched voices and positive attention that goes along with it sure is! So from day one, puppy is getting rewarded multiple times each day for jumping up on people. By the time he’s no longer the cute puppy everyone stops to cuddle, the behaviour already has a long history of reinforcement. Management is important As with all training to change behaviour, management is the first step. No longer allowing the behaviour to take place outside the context of a training session is key to long term success. Controlling your dog’s access to people as well as controlling people’s access to your dog is important. It can be hard to manage people, especially when you have a cute puppy that attracts absolutely everyone you pass. If you have the fortitude to stop people’s approach and ask them to maintain their distance while you work with your puppy, your efforts will pay off very quickly. However, this can be very difficult. People can be amazingly persistent and “everyone’s a dog expert” – you find out very quickly when you have a new puppy! When your dog is beyond the cuddly puppy stage, it’s quite a bit easier to get people to keep their distance while you work with your dog. If anyone refuses to comply with a polite request to stop their approach when asked, simply turn and walk away. You MUST be prepared to carry through with this step. You will simply never be successful if your dog is randomly able to access the occasional person and have his rude faux pas rewarded. This may be hard and go against your friendly, neighbourly nature, but you won’t be winning any friends in the long run if your soon-to-be 80-lb dog is continually jumping up on people. Training Punishment will NOT work – simple as that – and it may very likely have the unfortunate side effect of turning friendly puppy into a dog who is fearful of the approach of strangers. Fearful behaviour can very quickly deteriorate into reactivity, and worse. Consistency, building up the new behaviour gradually and plenty of practice are the cornerstones of success with any training. The actual steps for training are really very simple. You can work on it while on leashed walks with your dog: • When you spot someone approaching, immediately begin clicking or verbally marking and rewarding your dog for keeping his four feet on the ground. • If you don’t have treats or other type of reward with you, use praise and continual positive chatter as feedback for the behaviour that you want to reinforce. • Begin this step when people are still well in the distance so it’s very easy for your dog. • As the person gets closer, mark and reward faster. 32 • Saddle Up • August 2015

• If the person approaching is simply intending to pass by, ensure that you position your dog on the opposite side of you in preparation for moving past (so you can body block any “friendly” interest by your dog). • Keep marking and rewarding as you pass by – as quickly as you need to in order to keep your dog engaged in the training. • If, at any point, your dog loses interest in his treats or other rewards and begins to focus on the oncoming stranger, move further out to the side as far as you can in order to get enough distance to recapture your dog’s attention. The greater distance will also allow you to more easily prevent any accidental interactions from taking place. • If the oncoming stranger intends to or asks to engage with you and your dog, ask them politely if they would stop well beyond the length of your dog’s leash.

This dog does not have the skills yet to handle this much freedom around people. - You stop as well and ask your dog to Sit. - Continue marking and rewarding your dog – now for maintaining a Sit. The first several practice attempts will not likely result in your dog being able to come too much closer to people until he has had lots of practice for maintaining his Sit and practicing his impulse control in close proximity to people you meet. Simply explain to people that you are in the beginning stages of your training, thank them for their time and move on without getting any closer than your dog can handle at this stage in his training. Eventually the training will progress to marking and rewarding your dog for maintaining Sit AND being able to show you his impulse control by also maintaining a loose leash. Once your dog can maintain a Sit and a loose leash, he will gradually be able to handle the closer approach of someone interested in engaging with him. This will take some time – remember how many months or years he practiced jumping up?!

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Here, the handler is actively teaching the dog a more polite way to greet people. If you have friends or family you can practice with – them playing the part of the “friendly approaching stranger” – you can practice your training frequently and make speedier progress. As a management technique, keep a hand on your dog’s collar or harness to prevent any follow-up jumps once people are within the length of his leash. If your dog is truly friendly and loves engaging with people, this training will work very well. If your dog is fearful of people and not really interested in being handled by strangers, this training will still help to make him less fearful. It is important that you not expect your fearful dog to sit through or endure this kind of handling. They should always be given the choice to make the final approach or choose to not bother getting closer. He may never really become interested in being handled by strangers and you should make an effort to ensure he doesn’t have to be, but at least he can learn to feel less worried about it. By using good management and taking the time to teach your dog what you would like him to do, you will be on your way to having a dog that you will be proud to take anywhere. Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers with a combined 30 years of experience. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using force-free methods, they hold hipPUPS, babyBRATS and Partnership classes. They also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specifics needs of any dog. They are Certified Training Partners of the Karen Pryor Academy and members of The Pet Professional Guild.

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TOP DOG! Digestive Probiotics By Tahn Towns The term ‘digestive probiotic’ describes beneficial microorganisms that are ingested to help restore or maintain a healthy microbial balance in the digestive tract. Research from the Human Microbiome Project ( is providing fascinating insights about the microbes that live within us and animals. This article overviews three ways gut microbes are involved in maintaining healthy skin and coats in our pets. Nutrient uptake: Nutrition is an important factor in maintaining healthy skin and coats in animals. Feeding high quality food is equally as important as is having your pet’s digestive tract equipped with billions of beneficial microbes. In the past, gut microbes were thought of as merely ‘helpers’ to the digestive process. Now we know they are crucial for effective digestion. Research tells us that it is actually the microbes in the digestive tract that perform virtually all of the processes related to nutrient assimilation and absorption. Without adequate levels of these microbes, nutritional uptake is seriously hampered. Mucosal barrier: Specific types of gut microbes fit tightly together to form the mucosal lining that coats the inside of the entire digestive tract. This thin layer of cells forms part of the immune system and also regulates what is - and isn’t - allowed to pass through the intestinal walls in and into the body cavity. Bacterial translocation (also called ‘Leaky Gut’) results when the mucosal barrier has gaps and weak areas in it, allowing passage of harmful microorganisms and toxic substances to ‘leak’ through the intestinal walls into the body cavity. ‘Leaky Gut’ has been shown to contribute to an increase in allergic reactions, environmental sensitivities and chronic inflammatory processes, many of which can show up as skin irritations. Crosstalk: Healthy hormone function and the link to skin/hair health has been well established for many years. We now know that microbes located in the digestive tract crosstalk (communicate) with the endocrine (hormone) system (as well as the immune system, respiratory system – even with the brain!) Without sufficient gut microbes the crosstalk can be hampered, and impair the messages between these systems, potentially hampering hormone function.

Many factors are frequently the cause of skin and hair/ coat issues in our pets and both internal and external causes always need to be considered. Supplementing with a high quality, effective digestive probiotic may be one way to address many of these internal factors. For more information and to view videos about gut microbes, visit “Education.” 34 • Saddle Up • August 2015

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y name is Finn and I am riding my Haflinger mare Maggie - Finn, age 4, Vernon BC

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i, I am Zoey. I am riding my pony and best friend Mini Creo. - Zoey, Age 3, Cranbrook BC

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Thank you to all the participants for submitting wonderful entries and contributing to a successful Horse Day 2015. Raphaël Côté - Quebec Age Category: 7 to 9 • 35

Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office Photos courtesy of Marion Cox, Divine Photography How to Reach Us HCBC office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 Fax: 604-856-4302 •

BC Heritage Championship Maple Ridge Equi-Sport Centre (MREC) once again played host to the 2015 BC Heritage Championships and all the qualified competitors that travelled from around the province to compete for their share of $10,000.00 in prize money. We had incredible sunny weather over the weekend and even started classes early (hello 7am jumping classes!) to try to beat the heat of the day. The Championships were full of talented horses and riders from across BC taking part in Dressage, Western Dressage, Show Jumping, Driving, Vaulting, English Performance, Western Performance, and Gymkhana. In fact, a few very versatile horses and riders participated in almost all of the disciplines! All the bedding for stalls for the whole weekend was generously provided by Greenscene Agritek. Greenscene provides a proprietary recycling process that transforms used horse bedding, consisting of wood chips or shavings, waste hay, and organics back into high quality, recycled horse bedding. Learn more about them at www. The amazing staff at MREC worked incredibly hard in blistering heat to make the Championships run seamlessly; keeping the rings ready, great camping facilities, and not to forget, cooking us up a delicious steak BBQ sponsored by The Mane Event Chilliwack on Saturday night! The MREC facility, food, and crew were outstanding! Kudos to the expertise and good team work of all the volunteers that helped over the weekend! Also a huge thank you has to go out to our hardworking officials who all did a stellar job in their respective disciplines. They all went above and beyond to help make these Championships a huge success. 36 • Saddle Up • August 2015

Remember – if you want to compete at the Heritage Championships in 2016, all you have to do is attend two BC Heritage Qualifying shows before June 25, 2016! We want to make it easier for you to be a part of the BC Heritage Circuit and come to the Championships. No More Log Books! It is no longer necessary to purchase a log book and track your results all year. To enter the Finals just indicate what two qualifying shows you attended and you are eligible to enter all classes and divisions at the Championships! There are hundreds of BCH Qualifying shows around the province throughout the year. To find a show in your area go to www.hcbc. ca/competition-dates.html.

The BC Heritage Circuit is a provincial program designed to preserve the versatility of General Performance across British Columbia by supporting community horse clubs, generating interest, and encouraging riders, coaches, and breeders to achieve personal success. Horse Council BC supports and facilitates the activities that take place at qualifying events to ensure riders of all ages, recreational or competitive, have the opportunity to compete. The annual BC Heritage Finals rewards riders, owners, and trainers for their dedication and training throughout the year. To see the full list of results go to HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Spruce Meadows Tournament Report

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Pan American Tournament CSI 5* presented by Rolex Thursday, July 9 $34,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m Abigail McArdle (USA) and David McArdle’s Cosma 20 $34,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.50m Pablo Barrios (VEN) riding Emanuel Andrade’s Fananka A Friday, July 10 $34,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m Eduardo Menezes (BRA) and Carushka 2 $85,000 ASHCOR Technologies Cup 1.55m Richard Spooner (USA) jumped to victory aboard his own Chivas Z Saturday, July 11 $34,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m Andres Rodriguez (VEN) and Robert & Sofi Castro’s SF Ariantha $34,000 McDaniel & Associates Cup 1.50m Andres Rodriguez (VEN) and Midas Business Group’s Verdi Sunday, July 12 $400,000 Pan American Cup Kent Farrington (USA) and Amalaya Investments’ Voyeur

Andres Rodriguez and SF Ariantha

North American Tournament CSI 5*

Wednesday, July 1 $34,000 PwC Cup 1.50m Andres Rodriguez (VEN) and Arao Enterprises LLC’s Fifty Fifty 111 $34,000 ATCO Energy Solutions Cup 1.50m Samuel Parot (CHI) aboard his own Couscous van Orti $50,000 Aon Cup 1.55m Quentin Judge (USA) aboard Double H Farm’s HH Whisky Royale Thursday, July 2 $50,000 Suncast Cup 1.50m Conor Swail (IRL) riding Susan Grange’s Simba de la Roque $85,000 Progress Energy Cup 1.55m Kara Chad and Conor Swail (IRL) aboard Vanessa Mannix’s Grand Cru vd Vijf Eiken Star la Tuiliere $50,000 Sun Life Financial ‘Reach for the Sun’ 1.50m Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Artisan Farms & Torrey Pines Stable’s Rosana du Park Friday, July 3 $34,000 Pepsi Challenge 1.45m Mario Deslauriers (USA) and Lisa Deslauriers’ Scout de la Cense $50,000 Lafarge Cup 1.50m Kent Farrington (USA) and RCG Farm’s Uceko Saturday, July 4 $85,000 TD Cup 1.50m Calgary’s own Kara Chad (CAN) and Stone Ridge Farm’s Star la Tuiliere $400,000 ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup 1.60m McLain Ward (USA) and Double H Farm & Francois Mathy’s HH Azur Sunday, July 5 $85,000 Enbridge Cup 1.50m McLain Ward (USA) and Double H Farm’s HH Carlos Z $210,000 Cenovus Energy Classic Derby 1.50m Leslie Howard (USA) and Lennox Lewis 2 Leslie Howard and Lennox Lewis 2

Continental Tournament CSI 5*

Tiffany Foster and V ictor

McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z


Thursday, June 11 $85,000 Husky Energy Classic Tiffany Foster (CAN) and Torrey Pines Stable & Artisan Farms Victor Friday, June 12 $40,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m Conor Swail (IRL) and Ilan Ferder’s Viva Colombia $40,000 AltaGas Cup 1.45m McLain Ward (USA) and Double H Farm’s HH Carlos Z

Canada One Tournament CSI 4*

Eric Lamaze and Coco Bongo Thursday, June 25 (1 of 2) $34,000 Friends of the Meadows 1.45m Rodrigo Lambre (BRA) and Mario Onate’s Melbourne (2 of 2) $34,000 Friends of the Meadows 1.45m Eric Navet (FRA) and Signe Ostby’s ASB Conquistador $34,000 Cargill Cup 1.50m Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Artisan Farms LLC’s Coco Bongo Friday, June 26 $34,000 WestJet Cup 1.45m Todd Minikus (USA) and Nancy Gooding’s Con Capilot $34,000 Duncan Ross Cup 1.50m Beezie Madden (USA) and Abigail Wexner’s Simon Saturday, June 27 $34,000 Friends of the Meadows 1.45m Molly Ashe (USA) and Louisburg Farm’s Balous Day Date $34,000 CIBC Cup 1.50m Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Artisan Farms LLC’s Coco Bongo Sunday, June 28 $34,000 West Canadian Cup 1.50m Juan Pablo Gaspar Albanez (MEX) with his mount Puertas So What $126,000 Imperial Challenge 1.55m Sameh el Dahan (EGY) riding Suma’s Zorro

Sameh el Dahan and Suma’s Zorro $126,000 Scotiabank Cup 1.55m Kent Farrington (USA) and Gazelle Saturday, June 13 $85,000 Repsol Cup 1.50m Francois Mathy (BEL) and Polinska des Isles Sunday, June 14 $210,000 CP Grand Prix McLain Ward (USA) and Sagamore Farm’s Rothchild Full results available at • 37

Equine Canada Update Photos courtesy of Cealy Tetley, TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games, Caledon ON Following a hard fought battle with the United States, the Canadian Dressage Team claimed the silver medal on July 12. Brittany Fraser of New Glasgow NS, Megan Lane of Collingwood ON, Belinda Trussell of Stouffville ON, and Chris von Martels of Ridgetown ON, earned the team silver medal for Canada in front of a home crowd. With a final score of 460.506 points, the United States claimed the gold medal - and the only qualifying spot available for the 2016 Rio Olympics - over Canada with 454.938. Brazil (414.895), already pre-qualified for the Olympics as the home nation, narrowly edged out Mexico (412.467) for the team bronze. Jessica Phoenix of Cannington ON, won the individual Silver Medal and the Canadian Eventing Team took the Bronze in the eventing competition held July 19. The third and final phase of eventing competition saw the Canadian Eventing Team, comprised of Colleen Loach of Dunham QC, Jessica Phoenix, Waylon Roberts of Port Perry ON, and Kathryn Robinson of Kettering GBR, maintain its overnight position to claim the team Bronze Medal. The United States won the team Gold with a total score of 133.00, Brazil took the Silver with 140.70, and Canada Bronze with 163.00. The Canadian Equestrian Team claimed a total of five Medals at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games, helping Canada set a record for the most Medals earned in Pan American Games competition. Canada won team Silver in Dressage with an individual Bronze for Chris von Martels; Eventing won team Bronze with an individual Silver for Jessica Phoenix, and Show Jumping took the team Gold medal for the first time since 1987. For more information on equestrian events at the Pan American Games, The Canadian Dressage Team won the Silver Medal. (l to r) Chris von please visit Martels, Brittany Fraser, Megan Lane and Belinda Trussell. The first school of its kind to teach all the skills and tools required to look after horses allopathically.

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The Canadian Eventing Team claimed the team Bronze Medal. (l to r) Kathryn Robinson, Jessica Phoenix, Colleen Loach and Waylon Roberts.

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t’s been a busy season so far, between moving horses to their summer pastures and welcoming a few new faces at the rescue this month... Renee is a 22-year-old TB broodmare who arrived quite emaciated. She needs to be put on a good de-worming program and will also need to have her teeth done, but Kathy and Mike will wait for the dental work to be done until she gets some weight on and is a bit stronger. Rosie is an adorable little Appendix QH yearling filly who is recovering from an abscess in one foot. Rigby is a Wildie who first arrived at the rescue as a weanling; but he is back; and is now 7. Ravii is a 20-year old Arabian gelding who came in from BC. He has a bad case of sweet itch, but hopefully Alberta’s dry summer weather will alleviate that, though he may need some antihistamines. Tulsa is a stunning little 4-year-old blue roan QH filly. She is a little toed-in on the fronts but perfectly sound. She is off to Rocky Mountain House for fostering and some training. Meanwhile at Summer School... Kirby, Augin and Django are doing well in their first semester. Augin and Django have both been trailer and tarp-proofed, while Kirby watches on, waiting for her turn. The cost to send horses to summer school is $100 per month per horse, and it improves their chances of being adopted by approximately 100%! 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. To see photos and find out more about these and over 100 more horses, visit our website at or call 403-637-2708 in Sundre AB. LIKE us on Facebook!

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


hank you to all that came out and supported the 2nd annual Pot O Gold Open Show at the end of May in Armstrong. Forty six horses (of all breeds and sizes) came out to show under Judge Jodie Moore, and trail Judge Doug Henry. It was nice to see some of our Morgan members participating this year. We look forward to hosting the show again in 2016. Members are gearing up for the Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) on the Labour Day weekend here in Armstrong. Good luck to all of you showing! Next up we have our annual fundraiser the ‘Find the Golden Horseshoe Poker Ride’


on Saturday September 12th at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby ( Camping is available as well. All breeds are invited to come out for the day. Registration starts at 9 am with a $15 per rider fee. Trails vary in length and are all marked. Our host, Darlene, can cook you up some food too. For more info call Nancy 250-546-9922 or email Also, if you would like to donate prizes for the ride – let me know. • 39

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Marlene Quiring


Peggy Sue and Heidi Ho, mules owned by Tim Barton of Banff, AB, used to pull wagons and stagecoaches for hauling supplies and people into the remote mountain resort, The Outpost at Warden Rock, where they hosted a trail ride with Jerry Tindell and guests.

Megan and Jesse all dressed and ready for competition.

his month, mule and donkey admirers will gather together August 15/16 at the Rodeo Grounds in Tees, AB, for the 26th edition of Canada’s longest-running mule and donkey show. Many classes are suitable for young, green stock or new handlers with the chance to practice at trail obstacles, in hand, ridden or driven. Everyone is welcome to join us for this low-key, fun, get-together to celebrate the uniqueness, versatility and abilities of these long-eared equines! Camping, parking and admission are free; a catered supper is available Saturday night, with entertainment by a Bluegrass Band and our annual fundraising auction. Check our website for more information at www., or call Marlene at 403-783-1723. As I pen this update, our series of Jerry Tindell Clinics in Olds, AB, are just winding up. Jerry teaches that the stock has to have movement to succeed. “Train with movement, not restraint,” he says. “When the horse, mule or donkey is fearful, they are stiff, and when they are stiff, they are fearful.” In order to teach anything, you must first be able to move their feet as movement is vital in their world. When you can move their feet from Untouched and very fearful 6-year-old mules with the ground, as in a round pen and then in halter, and confidently control that movement with your their first-time mule owners, at the recent Jerry intent and body posture, you can affect the softTindell Clinic. ening of the body, followed by the mind. BINGO! In June, we had a milestone set in Canada by our young member Megan Jagersma, of Coaldale AB, on her mule Jesse. Megan writes, “Jesse is a mule with many talents; doing dressage is one of them. Jesse and I have been partners for three years and have competed at many mule and horse shows. Our most recent accomplishment is competing at the 2015 Chinook Country Gold Level Dressage Show in Claresholm, AB. We are the first mule and rider combination to compete at a sanctioned dressage show in Canada. After a great show and a great experience we took home the Training Level Junior Championship, the Youth Dressage Equitation Championship and the Junior Reserve Champion Scholarship, sponsored by Heartland Saddlery. With plans of going to many more dressage shows this year, we are also looking forward to attending the show again next year and continue our dressage career with success.” Congratulations Megan and Jesse! It is with deep regret that I announce the passing of my handsome, great mule Smokin’ Joe. Never again to lead the drill team at Tees or to ride the mountain trails, but forever in my heart and dreams.

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


ecord temperatures are dictating our programme at the moment, so we are riding early in the day to avoid some of the extreme heat of the afternoon where we have reached over 40 degrees! As a result, our Wednesday evening sessions have been left to the diehards practicing their riding as a social evening ride rather than an organized event. The Club supported the Oliver Half Iron Man Event on June 7 -- it was fun for our volunteers, manning a refreshment post along the route. On June 13, we held our Club Summer Party at the Gillespie Ranch and we were blessed with the perfect afternoon; sitting in the shade of the trees by Gillespie Creek was as good as it gets. We held a duck race on the 40 • Saddle Up • August 2015

creek which proved to be a lot of fun but got somewhat competitive in the later rounds. The prize after five heats in the Grand Final was the entry fee bucket’s contents - it being $1 a duck to enter the contest. The Grand Final was won by Anna-Maria Robinson who was escorted home with her winnings by a local security company! The Club provided the meat, cheese and fruit platters and everyone brought their favourite salad dish or cake. We had a great feast with good food, some fine beverages and great company. The following day, we were back at the D-K Ranch for a reining session with MaryLou Barker. She held two sessions and both groups did some serious riding for two hours -- but what fun it was and we all thoroughly enjoyed her instruction and guidance as we

went through our paces with our horses. Thank you Mary-Lou. Our Improve Your Skills series continues through the summer; next session will be on Sunday, August 16. So far, all sessions for English, Jumping and Western have been wellattended. Our thanks to the instructors: Bobbi Kennedy, Leanne Pitman and Sara Brown. We hold our Club meetings on the third Thursday of each month, at 7:30 pm; with the next one on August 20. If you are new to the Oliver area and are interested in horses, please drop in to our monthly meeting and see us. You can also take a look at our new website for more information Stay tuned for results from our English/ Western Summer Show and other ORC summertime events. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Draft Horse Show Draws International Crowd By Bruce Roy,, Photos by Jordan Hewitt


pectators from Canada, the United States and Netherlands gathered in numbers on June 27-29 at the Olds Regional Exhibition grounds for the 2015 Central Alberta Draft Horse Classic; many of North America’s top Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire horses contested the Breeding and Performance Classifications offered. Robert Detweiler of Oelwein, Iowa, tied the ribbons. The Best of Show, Willow Way Mavis, was Supreme Champion Clydesdale, Grand Champion Clydesdale Mare and winner of Fiske Horse Care Product’s All Canadian Ultimate Challenge. Picture perfect, this beautiful three-year-old is a Clydesdale female of consummate loveliness. Big and correct, she is built to move. On each step taken, she planted her great feet. Moving pistons, her tight hocks rose and fell, powering her on. Poetry in motion, her clean underpinning is well furnished with hair, straight and fine as silk. Sired by Willow Way Baccardi, her dam, Westerdale Friendly Fiona, is a Windy Ridge McKenzie mare. Allan Gordeyko, of Willow Way Clydesdales (Ohaton, AB), bred and exhibited her. Ace, the Supreme Champion Percheron, was Grand Champion Percheron Gelding. This massive horse, shown by Jeff Burger of Black Gold Percherons (Williston, North Dakota), is bred to hitch, for he stands near 19 hands. Yet, for a horse of his height, he is a superb athlete; one that can tramp. Lifting his head high on an arched neck of pleasing length, he was a sight to behold when performing in harness. Purchased for $30,000 at the 2015 Mid-America Draft Horse Sale, Ace is a Briar Hill Trademark son. The Supreme Champion Shire, Metheringham Upton Tara, was

Supreme Champion Shire, Metheringham Upton Tara

Grand Champion Shire Mare. Imported from England by Dale and Maxine Campbell of Windcharger Heritage Farm Ltd. (Dawson Creek), this exciting, two-year-old grey was bred by Geoffrey Robinson of Metheringham Shires (Newark, Nottinghamshire). Metheringham Upton Hamlet, the UK’s 2014 Horse of the Year, is her sire. The Supreme Champion Belgian, Mundie’s Royce, was Grand Champion Belgian Stallion. This five-year-old sorrel, sired by Bayles Blessed With Style, was bred and shown by Drew Mundie of Mundie’s Belgians (Red Deer County, AB). To the delight of spectators, the performance show was a battle of breed giants. The Champion Six Horse Hitch was a turnout of black Percheron geldings -- the Mark Messenger Memorial Hitch from Cheyenne, Wyoming. This stable’s Four Horse Hitch and Ladies’ Cart were red ribbon class winners. Jeff Burger (Black Gold Percherons) won Men’s Cart, the Open Team and Unicorn Hitch; while Allan and Wes Gordeyko (Willow Way Clydesdales) had the top Team of Mares. The winning Mare Cart was shown by Young Living Percherons of Mona, Utah. Young Albertans dominated the Youth Classification. The Junior, Intermediate and Senior Youth Aggregate Award winners were, respectively, Aaron Westlund of Lethbridge, Mikayla Flint of Paradise Valley and Rein Roy of Markerville. Jodi Grahham of Innisfail won the $1,000 Youth Scholarship; Paige Laycock of Lloydminster and Rein Roy won $500 Youth Scholarships. Winner of the $300 Youth Participation Award, offered by John and Marlane Chorny of Kinross Glen Clydesdales (Olds, AB), was Megan Campbell of Fawcett, AB.

Young Living Percherons of Mona, Utah, won the Mare Cart Class with a stepping Percheron held in hand by Freeman Yoder.

Willow Way Mavis, the Best of Show

The Reserve Champion Six Horse Hitch of black Percherons fielded by Jeff Berger of Black Gold Percherons. Teamster Gordon Ruzicka, of Viking, AB, wheeled this massive turnout.


Princeton Riding Club’s Spring Fling By Lothar Greczmiel


rinceton Riding Club (PRC) hosted their first inaugural “Spring Fling” horse show on May 23rd. The day delivered everything from sunshine, winds that added a challenge for the horse and riders, a fabulous show of thunder and lightning that circled the grounds, however, not a single drop of rain fell. Participants came from all over the Okanagan region and Merritt; totaling an amazing 42 riders. We hosted experienced riders and first time competitors ranging in age from 5 to 65 as well as 43 classes to choose from with Judge Sasha Wyette Antonick on Mr. Tips Hopp. All in all the day was a smashing success. We could not be more proud of our club and all this could not have been possible if it weren’t for our amazing group of volunteers who put in countless hours of time in planning and building. To our sponsors who were extremely generous with their contributions - we are so grateful to have their support and our show would not be possible without them. The PRC will be partnering with 3 other clubs next year to bring two show series to the South Okanagan and Thompson regions. Once again, a Anita Coppaway on Cooper big THANK YOU to all that made the show possible.

RESULTS: English Highpoint SENIOR: Michelle Pinel / Beauty (Merritt) Reserve: Jana Hill / Sassifrazz (Summerland) English Highpoint JUNIOR: Tallis Dixon / London (Princeton) Reserve: Kami French (Princeton) English Highpoint NOVICE: Wyette Antonick / Mr. Tips (Princeton) Reserve: Kristi Kambeitz / Finn Western Highpoint SENIOR: Anita Coppaway / Cooper (Princeton) Reserve: Jan Lawlor / Gus (Princeton) Western Highpoint JUNIOR: Willow Simmons / Jinx (Princeton) Reserve: Kami French (Princeton) Western Highpoint NOVICE: Jordan Hayes / Rascal (Keremeos) Reserve: Amber Bond / Sunny (Keremos) Combined Versatility Champion SENIOR: Emma Jameson / Fab (Princeton) Combined Versatility Champion JUNIOR: Tallis Dixon / London (Princeton)

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club By Ally LeBel


Rhonda Bennett and Fredrick

weltering heat never kept away some very enthusiastic drivers at our OMHC Fun Day & Clinic held at the Vernon District Riding Club on June 27-28. We all learned so much from Elisa Marocchi about fitting a harness, first aid, bits, safety, and of course driving. The pot luck was awesome as well as the prizes! Our club has some wonderful new drivers who came out to learn from Elisa how to hitch up their miniatures and begin ground driving in a safe environment. We also had some participants with ponies and horses that came to perfect their hitching and learn more about the wonderful art of driving at our clinic. You all did very well and we are so proud of everyone who braved the heat to learn some really fabulous techniques. It is fantastic that every year we meet more people with a love for driving that really appreciate attending our annual clinics. Thank you for supporting our club and taking part. Our beautiful little miniature horses will be available to meet at the IPE this fall, so be sure to stop in at the miniature horse barns and get familiar with these amazing small equines.

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Elisa with Sheila Sutton and Peddi

Patti Thomas and her Welsh Stella HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Report By Kristi Rensby


he Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club is very excited to announce that they have started their parking lot  expansion project! The next time area equestrians pull into the Grounds, they will have way more places to park those big trailers, camp overnight, etc. We’ll also finally have panel pens for overnighters! We’ll submit the report for the TCSC Annual Gymkhana in the next issue - it was held July 25th. Upcoming events are the Fall Fair Light Horse Show (Sept 12) and the two-day Pre-Show Clinic (Sept 10-11). If you haven’t got your spot lined up yet, better get your deposit in to Kristi ASAP! This Pre-Show Clinic follows the same schedule as a show, and participants get to practice everything from Showmanship and Horsemanship to Trail and Reining, with a Level 2 Coach. Member’s price is just $100 - for two full days of instruction! The Fall Fair Light Horse Show program is on the website, and the Reining patterns will be posted soon. Our last event of the year is the Annual Poker Ride set for September 19. As always, you can get more info on the TCSC and its events by email (, call Kristi at 250-692-5721, check us out on Facebook, or swing by our website

BC Miniature Horse Club By Terri Brown


he BCMHC Spring Classic held June 12-14 was a HUGE success. Chilliwack’s Heritage Park and its amazing scenery hosted our 2015 show. The facility was great and I know our judges, as well as we exhibitors, loved the beautiful west coast scenery. Three amazing days filled with minis competing in a wide variety of events, a fabulous Saturday night social, and a spectacular silent auction!! Who could ask for more? Thank you to the whole BCMHC show committee who worked their tails off to put this show together, Heather Ward, Tina Harrison, Vicki Schultz, Mary MacArthur and barn manager extraordinaire, Laila Wilson. This is an amazing group of ladies that really go out of their way to help out, thank you ladies. Our wonderful show staff went above and beyond to make it an exhibitor-friendly experience. Let’s start with thanking them. Our announcer this year was Gord Roy, our ring steward was Cassandra Lolloie, our whipper in was Nancy Gill on Friday and Saturday; then on Sunday Faye Christie directed us all in our right class-

es. Our ribbon giver was Toni-Michelle Leland, our obstacle and hunter/jumper course designer was Dianne McVey, and of course our amazing show photographer Marie O Neil from Bethrie Videos. Thank you to both our measure guys this year, Rob Crater for Friday and Dave Franklin for Saturday/Sunday. These people worked tirelessly and are truly appreciated. Stacey Brouwer you went above and beyond with the social and it was so nice to see everyone in a big circle enjoying each other and the great spread of food. Sharon Dinter and Margret Cullop manned a huge silent auction with the precision of two pros!! Thanks ladies. Again a huge thank you to everyone who supported this show!! Enjoy the sun and your horses! Now for some amazing pictures...

Emily Bradbury

Hannah Mackenzie


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Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey


ello once again Saddle Up fans. As you probably know from my last article, we recently had our annual Poker Ride on June 6th. We had about 30 riders. WOOOOO HOOOOOO! The weather was beautiful and everyone had a terrific time. We would like to thank DARLENE from TIMBER RIDGE TRAILS in Lumby - you are a fantastic host and cook!

Western Style Dressage Popular in Alberta By Lisa Wieben and Jen Losey

Photos courtesy of Rebecca Wieben and Jen Losey


he Red Deer and Area Western Style Dressage Association held their first Clinic and Show June 20-21 in Didsbury Alberta. Saturday’s clinic was taught by Lisa Wieben, the president of the association, who has been competing in Western Dressage since its start in Canada. Lisa is a Centered Riding Instructor and brings many elements of Centered Riding to her clinics. Twelve participants learned how to ride many of the maneuvers from the Intro to Level 1 tests. Participants ranged from nervous novices wanting to try something new, to seasoned riders preparing their horses to show. On Sunday, the show was attended by 22 riders who rode 50 tests. Doreen Horsey was the Judge for the day with Lisa Blanchard scribing. Doreen is a USEF “R” Western Dressage judge. She gave each rider verbal feedback at the end of each test as well as the written score sheets – and riders appreciated the personal feedback. This show was a WSDAC National Point Show, Chapter Show, and an Alberta Wild Rose Competition.

Intro Champion Lisa Carlson

High Points for the day were as follows:

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Introductory Champion: Lisa Carlson & Heza Colonel Reminic Reserve: Mary Ann Hutchings & Sweets Basic Champion: Emma Evans & Miss Sully Reserve: Phoebe Bushnell & Docs Dancing Thunder Level 1 Champion: Mandy Blais & Call Me Listo Reserve: Leslie Oszli & Ima Chocolate Zip Level 2/3 Champion: Lisa Wieben & Itsa Rio Snazzy Zip Reserve: Mandy Blais & Call Me Listo

The next clinic with WSD, to be hosted by both CAWSDA and RDAWSDA in Alberta, will be with Jec Ballou, co-author of 101 Western Dressage Arena

Level 1 Champion, Level 2/3 Reserve Mandy Blais Exercises, on August 22-23 at Horse In Hand Arena in Blackfalds Alberta. For details please visit The next RDAWSDA Chapter Show will be held Sept 26-27 in Cochrane Alberta with Elaine Ward judging the show on the 26th and teaching the clinic on the 27th. With classes being added to the schedule we expect the show to be well-attended. It is so great to see Western Dressage growing as a sport! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Totem Saddle Club By Alice Sexton


ell 2015 is off to a fantastic start. We have already held the Spring Schooling Show which had 42 participants. We are in the final planning stages for our yearly Timberland Horse Show which sees riders from Burns Lake, Smithers, Kitimat and Terrace participate in dressage, reining, hack, hunter/jumper, trail and flat classes. We will finish off the show season with a September show at the Skeena Valley Fall Fair. Gymkhana season is in full swing. We’ve held a fun day and 3 points days; with 2 more points days to come and the annual to be held in August. Terrace will also be hosting this year’s Invitational in September. Clear Rounds (jumping) has been a huge hit this year as we are now holding the event in our cross country course. Percentage Days (dressage) has seen some riders fine tune their skills; with some beautiful movements I might add; and we are looking forward to participating in the Riverboat Days Parade the long weekend of August. The Totem Saddle Club is a valuable horse club in the Skeena Valley. We are made up of many disciplines and welcome all riders of any level.

Vernon District Riding Club By Calle Mirkowsky


he VDRC Summer Horse Show is back! Join us August 22-23 for a variety of English and Western classes including reining, hunters, trail and a fun costume class during the Saturday evening hospitality. Entry forms are available at or at your local tack store. The big windstorm we had at the beginning of July knocked down one of the big trees and caused damage to some of the stalls. Hopefully insurance will cover most of the repair costs, we are lucky to have a great groundskeeper and neighbors like the Parker Fisks who can help with this sort of thing. The Hunter Jumper show held in June was a fabulous success. So many friendly people gathering together is always a fun experience, even more so when it involves horses and kids of all ages. Sarah Markson was a hilarious announcer during the L&M Lumber Nations Cup, once again the costumes were awesome including Minions, Dr. Seuss characters, princesses and more. NOTRA ran the HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

top gate again and wow, they are the most organized, nicest volunteer group we have had the pleasure of working with. The Demetrick families were our single biggest volunteer resource, couldn’t do it without you guys! This year the club invested in a full set of electronic timers at the suggestion of our course designer Chris Jones. These cool gadgets meant greater accuracy for the timed classes and less manpower needed. Contact us if your club would like to use them for an event. Full class results can be found on our website. A big thank you goes to Linda Sjoman for her many hours helping tally results and assisting the judges in keeping score over the weekend. The Fox Spring Farms Hunter Derby was won by Gail Hooykaas riding Reason to Liv. This class always seems to test horse and rider teams like none other at the show and it gets bigger every year! Stay tuned next month for highlights from our Summer Dressage Show sponsored by Le Tack Truck, fall activities and more. • 45

DRUM ROLL, PLEASE - 2015 CanTRA Awards By Daphne Davey

Congratulations to our 2015 award recipients! RHONDA DAVIES AWARD – OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER (Sponsors: John and Donna Davies) JOSÉE HÉBERT, Northern Lights Therapeutic Riding Association, Val Rita ON Josée first came to us as a rider. She is now our Volunteer Coordinator and is very proud to be a member of NLTRA. Josée is very compassionate and devoted to persons with special needs. She has the desire to train and study what is necessary to be a contributing member of our team. Josée has an in-depth understanding of our vision and goals. She has made a difference for me and NLTRA; her encouragement and knowledge are like a Josée Hébert. Photo life line. courtesy of Jo-Anne Chevalier, Program Director Northern Lights TRA ANDREA GILLIES AWARD – OUTSTANDING INSTRUCTOR (Sponsor: Gay Wood) MICHELLE WARREN, Arion Therapeutic Farm, Kelowna BC Michelle’s experience in working with all types of students is vast. She can connect with a student who cannot communicate and has a way of getting any student to complete a task without them realizing that they did not think they could. Michelle is a very understanding and dedicated instructor. She greets students, parents and volunteers with a smile and makes us all feel we are important to her. She makes coming to help at the farm a great place to be. Michelle Warren. Photo courtesy Bette Anne Ibbotson, Volunteer of Arion Therapeutic Farm

JETTY CHAPMAN AWARD – OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATOR (Sponsor: Christine and Oren Birch) ANN CAINE, Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre, Puslinch ON It was after Ann’s husband passed away in 1977 that the healing connection with horses, as experienced by her four children, became personally clear. This led to her lifetime involvement to make therapeutic riding available for “the forgotten of society.” As a founder of Sunrise in 1982, Ann has been the visionary and energy from the very beginning, serving on the board until 1996 when she became executive director. On her retirement in 2015, she returned to the board as president. She has received many awards, including induction into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame in Ann Caine. 2012. Photo courtesy of Rob Vandebelt, CEO Daphne Davey CanTRA THERAPY HORSE (Sponsor: Manning Equine Vet Clinic/Greenhawk Charlottetown) BAILEY, Pegasus Riding Association Nurturing Challenged Equestrians (PRANCE), Port Elgin ON Bailey is a 21-year-old, 15.2HH, Belgian-cross mare with a very calm, quiet temperament. Since 1999 she has provided exemplary service to PRANCE. She loves the most sensitive of riders and is exceptional around very small children. Ann Veyvara-Divinski, Program Director Bailey is a very special horse. She adapts to my needs and even my moods. I have never had a problem trusting her and feeling safe - even in stressful situations. She is not just an ordinary horse to me; she is a faithful and Bailey and Jessica Jensen. trusted companion that has enriched my life. Photo courtesy of PRANCE Jessica Jensen, Rider

BC Sporthorse Fall 2015 Classic By Ulli Dargel


e’re back and better than ever! Mark your calendars for September 26-27 when the BC Sporthorse Fall Classic will be held at the beautiful Thunderbird Show Park in Langley BC. Our Prize List is now available on our website We’re looking forward to reconnecting with friends and welcoming new exhibitors to our show, which features line classes and performance classes for Sporthorse type horses and Ponies - of all breeds. This is a great opportunity to introduce your young prospects to the horse show world, and we offer a relaxed, supportive experience for you and your horse. Line classes range in age from foals of 2015 to mature horses and our performance classes on Sunday offer a wide range of classes for many levels of experience. Don’t forget our exciting Cup classes Saturday evening, now open to more ages! Our show is a BC Heritage Qualifier and Horse Council BC recognized. Contact Ulli for more information at or 604-421-6681. 46 • Saddle Up • August 2015

2013 Cup Winner, Monika Currier winning the Dragonfly Acres Trophy. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B Oliver Street, Williams Lake BC V2G 1L8 Phone: 250-398-4104 ~ Fax: 250-398-4101 ~ Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2015 BCRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS: President: Trish Kohorst 250-961-9005, Vice President: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710, Board of Directors: Bernie Rivet 250-305-6280, Gord Puhallo 250-394-4034, Neal Antoine 250-457-3025, Aaron Palmer 250-851-6725, Luke Simonin 250-462-5853, Allison Everett 250-296-4778, Brenda Ferguson 250-567-0605, Jay Savage 250-421-3712, Tim Terepocki 250-280-7653, Shaun Oxtoby 250-398-9061, Tyler Lang 250-567-0605,

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Grassland Equipment Ltd.

Jepson Petroleum Ltd.

Otter Co-Op (Armstrong, Vanderhoof) Regency Chrysler Quesnel

Nechako Valley Rodeo Association


GOLD SPONSORS: The Cowboys Choice, Vernon BC The Horse Barn, Kamloops BC Whirlwind Ranch Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Association Jenna Wills Memorial Fund – The Wills Family Janitors’ Warehouse, Terrace BC

SILVER SPONSORS: DNB Rodeo Stock Little Fort Herefords Twilight Ranch – G & D. Puhallo Bces – B. Swampy Williams Lake Log Haulers Association Gene & Joy Allen

BRONZE SPONSORS: Cache Creek Veterinary Clinic Fountain Tire, Prince George BC Gus & Nita Cameron Williams Lake Stampede Association ~ June 26-29, 2015 White Ranches Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic Vision Quest - Jay Savage HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: Pinnacle Pellet Williams Lake & District Credit Union • 47

The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Kelly Brook Allen, Merritt Chapter Photos by Lori Larson

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

GRASS ROOTS Rendezvous 2015


nder incredibly blue skies at the Nicola Valley Rodeo Grounds, we held our 2015 Grass Roots Rendezvous on June 5-7. The view from the back of the grounds looked right down the gorgeous Nicola Valley. Above us were the rolling hills and grasslands that looked below to the small town of Merritt. This is where we flagged a scenic trail loop for riders to have the ultimate views and then a little ride through what felt like a western movie set – a place called Windy Canyon. As you came out of this beautiful canyon, you could see the base camp across the road from the rodeo grounds, where several riders from differHoof and Woof – Gail Robertson ent chapters had ridden with Jim McRae from his place just outside of the Princeton area, five days earlier. It was a great opportunity to see what a pack-trip camp looked like. The rodeo grounds were packed with hundreds of campers and horses, and lots of excitement going on. We had two fabulous clinicians in the main ring for two 2-hour clinics on both Friday and Saturday. Our clinicians were Jay O’Jay and Stefanie Travers. In the upper ring, we had the Hoof and Woof trail obstacles set up for people to practice with their dogs and horses 24/7. In the Bull Pen, Scott Walker and his team from Okanagan Chapter were teaching horse packing Dinner Show Demo – Jay O’Jay to new packers and getting them ready to compete later that day. On Friday night, there was a big potluck and dinner show in the main ring. Opening ceremonies included 10-year-old Gianna Mack singing the Canadian anthem while a beautiful black and white stallion galloped around her with the rider holding a Canadian flag and four other riders from Yarrow Chapter on the other edge of the ring carrying BCHBC flags and the BC flag. Following this, our 48 • Saddle Up • August 2015

clinicians provided some demonstrations on horseback. The evening’s events were wrapped up with dancing to local band “Mack Station” – winners of the 2015 Rising Star Competition at the Kamloops Cowboy Heritage Festival. It was a beautiful night under the stars and with the music of this talented family, everyone danced into the night. Day two would be a little of the same with one extra clinician, Lorraine Stubbins talking about barefoot trimming and Ron Stolp helping teach people what a proper balanced trim is with shoes or without. The silent auction was opened and bidding began. At dinner, we had the chance to get our final bids in on some of the best items I have ever seen donated for the annual RV silent auction. After dinner, Jonathan Driesen was our tireless auctioneer for the live auction. As the sun set, everyone headed to the campfire circle to sing with the Pond Frogs and Mack-Station as well as enjoy the Ernie Buckle’s Cowboy Poetry Competition with more than eight poets reciting. It eventually narrowed down to me and Rose Schroeder battling it out for the winner’s circle. But Rose finally was declared the winner of the new Ernie Buckle’s commemorative plaque. The next morning started off with Cowboy Church with the Mack family followed by the Hoof and Woof finals, the Dutch Oven Dessert Competition and the hilarious finals for the Packing Competition. It was a very hot day, so we had to run all three almost at the same time before it got too hot. The Dutch oven competition was very competitive with Rose and her Yarrow Chapter making homemade ice cream. They were very entertaining -- even dressing up as the Dairy Maid. You had to be there. I was her competitor and if I wanted to win I had to up my game. It was a fun competition and everyone, including the audience, had fun. Next year, Rose, next year! The Packing Competition was so much fun to watch especially those guys in longjohns! Our Merritt Chapter had a good cheering section for a chapter that is less than a year old. The Hoof and Woof had to end early as it was getting too hot for the teams of dogs and horses to run around, but everyone, even the youngest competitors from Shuswap, had a super time. This was BCHBC’s first multi-chapter RV, where several chapters and dozens of fantastic and eager volunteers combined efforts to make RV 2015 one of the best ever. A great model we hope will be repeated. We raised more money than any other year in the auction thanks to the great efforts of the Shuswap Chapter and the many members that brought in all the wonderful items. Thank you! See you all next year for the 25th Anniversary of BCHBC as a Society. It really was a wonderful weekend.

Windy Canyon Trail Ride HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Mellissa Buckley 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:


(All photos taken by the talented Sally Rees, thanks Sally!) The sun was shining and by the accounts everyone had a glorious time at the AQHA Ride in June, organized and hosted by our lovely LMQHA director of Recreational Riding, Jeneane Evans. The setting was stunning and the company fantastic along with yummy food to cap it all off. The sweetest story that we were told was the winner of the saddle on the Poker Ride had told another participant that was in need of a saddle that they would gift it to them if they won it... and they did! So heartwarming. Big thank you to Jeneane for all of her effort with this event.

Ride Organizer Extraordinaire Jeneane Evans and Tracy Wilkes Rees

Bobbi McCall Weber and Tanya Meerdink

Pub Nite August Circuit

2 days, 3 judges AQHA/APHA circuit, more bang for your buck and less time off work! Wonderful prizes for Hi Points plus: $1000 ADDED Freestyle Showmanship $1000 ADDED 2 yr old WP Walk/Jog Stake $1000 ADDED Ranch Riding Open $1500 ADDED Yearling Halter $1000 ADDED Open Hunter Under Saddle $1000 ADDED Cathy Dumaresq Memorial Trail Stake $500 ADDED Weaning Halter

Our next Pub Nite in Langley is August 21st. Please help support our fundraisers as it is how we can keep offering the amazing programs above. If you could donate an item to the Silent Auction or would like tickets, please contact Haley Russell at and stay tuned with our Facebook page for more details!Â


We are already looking for volunteers for our committees and teams for 2016. Please get involved in your organization and help it to be the best it can be!

Most have Belt Buckles to the winner and Coolers to the Highest Placing Non Pro and more! Thank you to our PHENOMENAL Sponsors for helping make this all possible. Of course we also have our welcome social, and for every 8 stalls booked under a trainer list get a tack stall FREE. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 49

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

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

by trainer and BC Paint member Sally Saur of Lynden and, needless to say, a whole bunch of his APHA points were earned north of the border.

How does it feel? We gots a winner! Winning a world championship – to the uninitiated -- is the equivalent of a hole-in-one, or winning the Stanley Cup or Olympic gold. It’s probably not going to happen to us – or even anyone we know. But last month, at the APHA Youth World Show in Fort Worth, Texas, BC Paint Horse Club member Emma Schellenberg, 19, from Langley, rode BC-bred Ima Special Delivery to not just one but two world championships (in Hunt Seat Equitation 14-18 and Bareback Horsemanship), a reserve championship in Horsemanship 14-18, top fives in Trail (third) and Western Riding (fifth), and sixth in a very deep (63 exhibitors) Showmanship. Were we proud? Just a little bit! This wasn’t Emma’s first kick at the Worlds.

Emma and Ima Special Delivery She won a world title in Novice Western Pleasure and reserve in Novice Youth Hunter under Saddle last year, riding Chansation, after Ima Special Delivery (Isaac) developed shipping fever en route to Fort Worth. That makes this year’s wins even sweeter – she has been working with the 16-yearold gelding by Kari (Scott) Goodfellow’s good old QH stallion, The Corn Husker, for two years, bonding early on only to be disappointed last May when their Youth World Show hopes were dashed! Isaac, to his credit, is no stranger to worldcalibre competition, either. In 2012, he won the Novice Amateur Western Riding and two reserve titles (in Masters Amateur Trail and Western Riding) with Dianne Rouse up. Out of San Dal Specialdee and born in Coldstream, Kari sold him as a baby to Kim Stock in Washington. He was started 50 • Saddle Up • August 2015

What’s it like to show at the Worlds (let alone win)? The most challenging, Emma says, was this year’s horsemanship and showmanship patterns. “There were quite a few maneuvers you wouldn’t see in a regular pattern,” she says, as anyone who watched the live stream would agree. “The showmanship was challenging because they put an “Sback” in there, and there was lots of jogging and extended trots.” But the pair came into the show pen strong, winning the Hunt Seat Equitation early on and putting the competition on notice. (They were third overall by the end of the show but were short one class to qualify for the distinction.) “The equitation win was definitely most rewarding,” she says, “because I have pushed myself for so long to become a better rider… the month before the World Show I would ride stirrup-less to strengthen my legs. I wanted to win,” she adds, “but I didn’t think I would because Isaac is a short little pleasure horse… I was ecstatic when we won.” Of course, no one who wins at this level is an island and Emma and Isaac were not alone in this adventure. Mom Colleen was along for the ride and credits BC Paint treasurer Dianne Rouse as the “driving force (literally!)” behind the entourage – it’s a pedal-to-the-metal 40-hour drive, covering 2200 miles, to Texas and Dianne drove the entire way. Also in Emma’s court were Lone Star-state trainers Jenna and Jeffrey Gibbs, whom Emma first worked with at the Zone 2 show in Utah in May. “They have amazing pleasure horses, but they really are great all-around trainers,” says Emma. “When I came to them, they really didn’t change anything too drastic; just minor things. They really pushed me to my full extent and got the best out of me.” The highlight of her trip this year, she adds, was the week she spent at the Gibbs’ training barn. “[The] other youth and I had a lot of fun riding, swimming and shopping during our boot camp. We worked hard and had fun doing it.” And, she says, Dianne’s daughter, Calli, was only just a text away whenever she had questions about patterns or outfits. At press time, Emma and Isaac were headed south again to the big six-judge Paint show in Monroe, and will be at the Zone Show in Albany in

Emma and Isaac August. It’s Emma’s final year as a youth and there are a bunch of us (amateurs!) wondering what this talented (and beautiful) young lady is planning for her future. Well, Texas Christian University (TCU) has been calling. They have an impressive equestrian program and the coach has been in touch with the Schellenbergs – much in the same way big league hockey and baseball teams recruit future contenders for their teams. If it doesn’t work out (Texas is a l-o-n-g way from Langley), she will go to school closer to home and she plans on getting a new, younger horse to start her amateur career with. Her educational aspirations, no matter where they take her, are being helped (no doubt) by the $1400US she won in APHA scholarships at the World Show! As Emma’s youth journey comes to a triumphant end, you can bet we haven’t seen the last of her at our BC Paint shows. What an inspiration! Congratulations to her and her team for putting BC on the map again!

There’s more! Emma and Isaac weren’t the only BC exhibitors at this year’s Youth Worlds. Kirsten Chamberland rode two of her horses to top tens, including a reserve World Championship in Youth Ranch Riding 18 & under on Desis on the Street. She also rode Surenough Sensational to a third place finish in Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences, ninth in Youth Hunter Hack 14-18 and fifth in Youth Working Hunter 14-18, after an equally successful show at the Pinto Worlds. They also won the “Ride-aBuck Bareback Western Equitation” class at the APHA Worlds. Don’t forget there are APHA and BC Paintapproved classes at the Bulkley Valley Fair, August 27-30, in Smithers and at Thunderbird, August 2930 (NOT Labour Day weekend). See our website for details! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Clubs & Associations CQHA 12/15

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, President 604-530-8051 or 11/15


CanTRA promotes the benefits of Therapeutic Riding across Canada by raising awareness, providing education, and setting national standards for instructor certification, centre accreditation, and other programs. 12/15

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


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

Contact: Website:


CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, 6/15 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.

Info on clinics and events at

6/16 5/16


BEAR VALLEY RESCUE SOCIETY (Sundre AB) 403-637-2708 11/15 Check our website for info on adoption & available horses, BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 4/16 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Elisa Marocchi 250-397-2979,, from Minis to Draft, 11/15 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 MINIATURE HORSE CLUB. All mini lovers welcome. President: Vicki Schulz 604-240-3250,, Facebook BCMHC. Clinics & Fun Days 2/16 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbie Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 10/15 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 8/15


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. 9/15 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



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, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 8/15 BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC., Meetings, socials, shows, driving events. Newsletter & website to market Ponies/Cobs! Kathy 250-456-7462 4/16

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 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Max Alexander 250-497-5199, annetteglover@telus. net, Eng & West Shows/Events & Social Riding, 11/15 PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH);; 250-992-1168 3/16

100 Mile & District Outriders


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

President: Denise Little E-mail:

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

Overnight it or Stay in Revelstoke BC

Box Stalls and Paddocks ~ Scenic Trail riding New Covered Arena 60’ x 120’ ~ Outdoor Arena 300’ ×100’ 75’ Round Pen ~ outdoor Play Ring For info or bookings call Dianna 250-837-5009


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


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,, 8/15 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


A Tribute to a Cowboy – in Loving Memory “Raymond Joseph Simard” May 15, 1949 (Quebec) – June 12, 2015 (Wetaskiwin AB)


ay passed away at his home on June 12 at the age of 66. One week before his passing, Ray was granted his last wish – he was able to ride his horse “Jetta” at the Wetaskiwin Hospital. Prayer service was held June 16 with Mass of Christian Burial on June 17 in Wetaskiwin. Below is what was printed on the memorial cards.

Let me tell you folks who have gathered here today, that I’m a proud and thankful cowboy, who has just passed away. I know it’s hard, but please don’t cry. Fer I’m now ridin’ God’s trails, high up in the sky. The hoss I’m ridin’ now don’t spook, buck or kick. Fer God stables perfect horses and now I have my pick. Lord, please forgive me of all my sins, fer I haven’t been perfect, but I know that he who believes in you forever wins! I have lived a good life, a cowboy’s dream come true. Thank you Lord. Fer I’m now ready to ride into eternity with me, my horse, and You. 52 • Saddle Up • August 2015


What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2015 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,

april to november VETERANS RIDE ACROSS CANADA , from Victoria BC to St.John’s Newfoundland, stopping at a city near you.


1-3 JODY HARTSTONE CLINIC (Equitation Science), Salmon Arm BC, Emily 250-804-3712, 3-4 DR. ANDREW MCLEAN Lecture & Clinic, Kamloops BC, or TJ 250-819-7913 5 PRACTICE IN THE PARK (Mountain Trail), 4:30-7:30pm, Kelowna BC, rsvp to Dawn 250-808-0738, 5-8 INT’L SOCIETY FOR EQUITATION SCIENCE CONFERENCE , at UBC & Southlands, Vancouver BC, 6-9 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP, Excel 4-day Clinic, Fort Macleod Fairgrounds AB, 971-533-6114, 7-8 LADIES WELLNESS/RETREAT, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Darlene 250-309-3544, 7-8 CARIBOO PLATEAU Competitive Trail & Endurance Ride, 108 Mile House BC, Joanne 250-456-7320, 7-9 PRAIRIE GYPSY VANNER Horse Evaluations & Show, Moose Jaw SK,, Evaluation 8 CARIBOO PLATEAU ENDURANCE & CTR , 108 Mile BC, Joanne, or visit 8 HORSEMANSHIP w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, Kelowna BC, Dawn 250-808-0738, 8 DESERT PARK HORSE RACING , Osoyoos BC, 250-495-8181, 8 CRC SHOW, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, Sharon 604-847-9404 8-9 BACK TO BASICS AQHA & ALL BREED SHOW, Cowichan Exh. Grounds, Duncan BC,, entries 8-9 BC LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO, Fairgrounds, Armstrong BC, Skye, or 8-9 COCHRANE SHOW (Nat’l Awards Show), 9 CRC GYMKHANA , Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, Sharon 604-847-9404 9 ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Tracey, 9 MOUNTAIL TRAIL w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, Kelowna BC, Dawn 250-808-0738, 9 VDRC GYMKHANA & FUN GAMES DAY, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, 9-15 1 WEEK WILDERNESS GUIDE SCHOOL , Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC, 9-15 YOUTH HORSEMANSHIP CAMP (Advanced), AP Guest Ranch, Merritt BC, 250-378-6520, 10-14 5 DAY REFINEMENT CAMP w/Paul Dufresne, Kelowna BC, Paul, 250-317-7725 12 PRACTICE IN THE PARK (Mountain Trail), 4:30-7:30pm, Kelowna BC, rsvp to Dawn 250-808-0738, 12-18 YOUTH HORSEMANSHIP CAMP (Intermediate), AP Guest Ranch, Merritt BC, 250-378-6520, 14-16 HOT AUGUST HOOVES, Horse Assoc. of Central Kootenay, Dressage, TREC, Eng/West & In Hand, Nelson BC, 250-359-7097

14-16 CLASSICAL, NATURAL VAQUERO FOUNDATION Horsemanship w/ Fawn Anderson, Nelson BC, 250-505-5270, 15 MANGALARGA MARCHADOR Inspection & Open House, Intro to Breed, Penticton BC, Dana 1-888-492-8225 15-16 MOUNTAIN TRAIL (Beg. to Int.) w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, Kelowna BC, Dawn 250-808-0738, 15-16 GYMKHANA/HORSE SHOW, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops BC, Michelle 250-574-0740, 15-16 TEES LONGEARS DAYS, Tees AB, Tees Rodeo Grounds, Marlene 403-783-1723, 15-16 SPARKLE AND SPURS SHOW, Amberlea Meadows. Updates at EAADA - Edmonton Area Alberta Dressage Association 15-20 EDMONTON, AB, Learn equine massage therapy - Certification course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, 16 JUMPING SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Alicia, 16 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277 16 AERC SCHOOLING SHOW, Armstrong BC, 16 PACIFIC POLO CUP, Southlands Riding Club, Vancouver BC, 16-22 1 WEEK TOURISM MANAGEMENT COURSE , Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC, 17-20 HORSEMANSHIP CAMP (Intermediate), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake BC, Janice 250-573-5800, 18 WTBOA YEARLING & MIXED SALE , Emerald Downs, Auburn WA, 253-288-7878, 19 PRACTICE IN THE PARK (Mountain Trail), 4:30-7:30pm, Kelowna BC, rsvp to Dawn 250-808-0738, 19-23 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Fawn Anderson, Level 3/4 Camp, Nelson BC, Heather 250-505-5270 21-23 CDN NAT’L ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO SHOW & Fiesta, Olds AB, 250-359-7740, 21-23 DRESSAGE & HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Catherine Clinckemaillie, Clinton BC, 250-459-7772, 22 MOUNTAIN TRAIL OPEN HOUSE , with a free demonstration, Kelowna BC, 1:30-4pm, Dawn 250-808-0738, 22 DESERT PARK HORSE RACING , Osoyoos BC, 250-495-8181, 22 GAMES, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Ngaire(Ny-ree), 22 ALBERTA WISH RIDE , Taber AB, Register online at 22 COUNTRY/WESTERN MUSIC JAMBOREE , AP Guest Ranch, Merritt BC, 250-378-6520, 22-23 JEC BALLOU CLINIC , Horse in Hand Ranch, Blackfalds AB, 22-27 LANGLEY, BC , Learn equine massage therapy - Certification course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, 23 BHA GYMKHANA , Grand Forks BC, Madalene 250-443-3191, 23 DESENSITIZING CLINIC w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, Kelowna BC, Dawn 250-808-0738, 26 PRACTICE IN THE PARK (Mountain Trail), 4:30-7:30pm, Kelowna BC, rsvp to Dawn 250-808-0738,

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 26-Sep 7 PACIFIC SPIRIT HORSE SHOW, at the PNE Vancouver BC, 604-252-3581, 27-29 TRAINER OF THE NORTH CHALLENGE , BVX Fall Fair Grounds, Smithers BC, 250-847-3816 27-30 BVX LIGHT HORSE SHOW, Breed/Open Show, and new Mountain Trail Challenge, Smithers, BC, 250-847-3186, 27-30 ALBERTA PROVINCIALS & CA/ADA Gold 2 Show, Anderson Ranch, Calgary AB, 28-30 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Peruvian Show, Stavely AB, Contact Cathie or 250-546-3704 29 ARENA OBSTACLE CHALLENGE , Jarvie AB, Donna Bellerive 780-954-2343, 29-30 INTRO TO TTOUCH & CONNECTED RIDING, Icelandic Horse Farm, Vernon BC, Robyn 250-545-2336, 29-30 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Lisa Wieben, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, 29-30 MOUNTAIN TRAIL w/Dawn Ferster, Damarhe Training, Kelowna BC, Dawn 250-808-0738, 31-Oct 2 EDMONTON, AB, 25 day advanced equine massage therapy course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF,


2 CTHS INFO SESSION & Catalogue Review for Sept 9 Sale, Derby Bar & Grill, Surrey BC, 604-536-2878 2-6 INTERIOR PROVINCIAL EXHIBITION, Armstrong BC, 250-546-9406, 3-4 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP W/GLENN STEWART, Adv.Stage 1 Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494, 4 SUMMER CLASSIC Morgan Show with Open Western Dressage, Ponoka AB, 4-6 DOUG MILLS HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC , Smithers BC, Geri Brown 250-847-3105 5 CRABBET PARK REUNION, Sussex, England, contact Barbara Kinsey e-mail 5 COMPETITIVE TRAIL CHALLENGE , Fort Assiniboine AB, Kathrin Furegati 780-779-1514, 5 WILD ROSE TRAIL RIDE , Red Lodge Guest Ranch, Bowden AB, Ashley 1-877-463-6233 or 5-6 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP W/GLENN STEWART, Adv. Workshop Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494 or 6 SPORT OF SPEED YEARLING SALE & Futurity, Lethbridge Exhibition Grounds, Lethbridge AB, 403-381-8167, 6 ARENA OBSTACLE CHALLENGE , Fort Assiniboine AB, Kathrin Furegati 780-779-1514, 6 OLIVER RIDING CLUB HORSE SHOW, D-Bar-K Ranch, Oliver BC, Sasha 250-328-4458 6-12 1 WEEK WILDERNESS GUIDE SCHOOL , Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge BC, 9 CTHS ANNUAL YEARLING & MIXED SALE , Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, 10-11 TCSC PRE-SHOW CLINIC , TCSC Grounds, Burns Lake BC, Kristi 250-692-5721, 10-13 BUSHCRAFT COURSE , Survival Canada,, 250-668-3078, 10-13 WCRA SLIDE OUT WEST, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC,, 11-12 ALBERNI LOG TRAIN TRAIL COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDE , Port Alberni BC, 11-13 CENTRAL ALBERTA GYPSY VANNER Horse Evaluations & Show, Blackfalds AB,, 11-13 MOTHER/DAUGHTER WEEKEND, AP Guest Ranch, Merritt BC, 250-378-6520,

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12 FIND THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE POKER RIDE , Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Nancy 250-546-9922 or 12 LAST CHANCE MOUNTAIN ENDURANCE RIDE , Westbank BC, Murray, or visit 12 ALBERTA WISH RIDE , Historic Reesor Ranch, Cypress Hills AB, Register online at 12 DRESSAGE SCHOOLING DAY, Burnt Lake Stables, Red Deer AB, 12 TCSC FALL FAIR LIGHT HORSE SHOW, TCSC Grounds, Burns Lake BC, Kristi 250-692-5721, 12-13 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Kelowna BC, Paul,, 250-317-7725 12-15 SCHOOL OF LEGERETE at ForTheHorse, instructor Melanie Bulmahn from Germany, contact 12-15 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC , 4-day Level 1 & 2 Clinic, OK Falls BC, 778-516-5599,   13 HORSE SHOW, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops BC, Michelle 250-574-0740, 13 GAMES, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Ngaire(Ny-ree), 13 METCHOSIN DAY, 4450 Happy Valley Road Victoria BC. Schedule of horse events will be posted on 14-17 EDMONTON, AB, Vertebral realignment and joint play. Learn how to adjust without the use of mallets, 17-20 SURVIVAL COURSE , Survival Canada,, 250-668-3078, 18 CAWSDA FUN DAY from 5-9 pm, Sherwood Park AB, 18-19 EQUINE WINE & DINE POKER RIDE , Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Darlene 250-309-3544, 18-20 SCQHA WINE COUNTRY CLASSIC , Armstrong BC, Tracy 18-20 VAQUERO HORSEMANSHIP w/Jason Hicks, Nelson BC, contact Leah Hope 18-20 FALL HORSE TRIALS, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC,, 250-833-2669, 18-20 DRESSAGE & HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Catherine Clinckemaillie, Clinton BC, 250-459-7772, 19 ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Tracey, 19 TCSC ANNUAL POKER RIDE , Burns Lake BC, Liz 250-692-1884,, 19 VERNON PONY CLUB SHOW, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon BC, 19          BCHBC RV CHAPTER 5TH ANNUAL POKER RIDE , McBride BC, Mellany 250-968-4342, 19 COMPETITIVE TRAIL CHALLENGE , Onoway AB, Carolyn Schmidt 780-967-5555, 19-20 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Spruce View AB, Diana,, 780-387-0413 19-20 WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Lisa Wieben, Forestburg AB, Michelle at 20 ALBERTA THOROUGHBRED SALE , Northlands Park, Edmonton AB, 403-229-3609, 20 FUN DAY (10 am start), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277 25-26 FALL HORSE SALE , Perlich Bros. Auction Market, Lethbridge AB, Nichole 403-329-3101, 25-27 FATHER/SON WEEKEND, AP Guest Ranch, Merritt BC, 250-378-6520,

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BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 10/15 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250260-0110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 7/16 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 2/16

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BOARDING/RETIREMENT DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 10/15

JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 403-993-0269 9/16 Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVD’s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2003. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 8/16 ZABRINA BARTEAUX (OK Valley) 250-938-7126, Holistic Equine Therapist, 8/16 Massage Therapy, Acupressure, CranioSacral, Alignment, Workshops/Presentations


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DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 9/15


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130MILERANCH.COM (Cariboo) 250-644-7200 Corrals, Gates, Panels, Bale Feeders 9/15

Gates, Panels, Feeders, Continuous FenCe deer & Farm FenCe installations

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WWW.FIXITRENOVATIONS.CA Vibrating Post Pounding, Excavating, Renovations, Call Hans at 250-804-6662 (Okanagan/BC Interior) 4/16 12/15



OKANAGAN SCHOOL OF NATURAL HOOF CARE 250-8697861, 6 day trimming certification program, private and group clinics. 11/15 SCOTT LIVINGSTONE FARRIER SERVICE (North Okanagan) 12/15 250-550-7495 ~ Certified AFA Journeyman, 30 years experience

DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. 10/15 WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse - endless riding. 12/15 WWW.TODMOUNTAINRANCH.COM (Heffley Creek BC) 1-877-488-8881 Unique hands on, all inclusive horseback riding vacations 10/15 HARNESS MANUFACTURING

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Order Line 1-800-367-0639 or 519-698-2754 Quality Canadian made Harness ~ Pioneer Dealer

FEED DEALERS ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Coop Dealer and Pet Foods, 5/16





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Business Services INSURANCE

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

Solve Insurance Services Inc. 250-861-3777

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ROCKY CREEK HILL (BC) 855-295-8825, Treeless Saddles, Bitless Bridles & more, Worldwide Shipping, 8/15 Your BEST Source for Pre-owned Equipment & Clothing for Horse & Rider Showroom/Warehouse #116, 5050 – 106 Ave. SE, Calgary AB 403-719-2154 ~


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TRIPLE L TROPHIES & ENGRAVING (Quesnel) 250-992-9317 10/15 New & Used Tack, Custom Leatherwork & Repair, Gifts & Engraving WWW.THETRADINGPOSTFEEDANDTACK.COM (Nanaimo) 250-245-2115 English/Western Tack & Apparel, Feeds & Hay, Portable Fencing 10/15 TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 12/15 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 3/16 TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 6/16 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 9/15 REIMER RANCHING SUPPLIES (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8590 Dealers for Exiss/Sooner, Maverick, Royal T, Charmac Trailers, 5/16

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CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 9/15 COLDSTREAM LEATHER CORNER (North Okanagan) 250-275-6224 11/15 Saddlemaker, Western Tack Repairs & Custom, COSSENTINE SADDLERY (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 8/15 FRINGE WESTERN WEAR & LEATHERWORK (Merritt BC) 604-768-6580 Specializing in Custom Made Chaps. See us on Facebook. 8/15 LEATHER MARK SADDLERY (Maple Ridge) 778-994-1580. Custom English, Western Saddles & Tack, Repair & Restore, Saddle Fitting. 8/15 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,


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

LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 2/16 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, 3/16 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford) 604-850-1243 Foundation Specialist, Natural Horsemanship, 10/15 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Coach & Trainer, Therapeutic & Rehabilitation Centre. All disciplines. 250-999-5090 2/16



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CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training. 11/15 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CINDY KIRSCHMAN (Okanagan) 250-547-9277, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 3/16

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ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-7473053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan 9/15 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,, 9/15 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 11/15 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

Rural Roots

RARELY OFFERED 3.5 ACRES SITUATED ON TROUT CREEK This 2-storey walk-out style 3,000+ sq. ft., 5 bdrm, 3 bath home has 2 kitchens, 2 laundry rooms, and a detached 25x40 heated/insulated shop w/ water. Home and shop have dual fuel heating system (outdoor wood furnace & back up propane), keeps heating costs low. Detached 3-car carport with well house, fenced yard for dogs and set up for horses. Located along the Trans Canada Trail, hiking, biking, riding and more right at the door, on a school bus route and 12 min. to downtown Summerland. $547,500 MLS ® 152519 & 153520 133 Kettle Place, Summerland BC ADRIENNE FOGGO • 250-809-6322 Royal Lepage Parkside Realty

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Wonderfully updated 4 bed, 3 bath log home on flat 8.6 acre horse farm. Windows and doors have been updated, as well as a newer H/E furnace, central A/C, water softener and tin roof. Property is fenced and x-fenced with 1 acre pasture and 7 acre hay field (grass/alfalfa mix). 130x100’ riding arena, 4 stall barn w/hay storage, well planned out paddocks w/ connecting 6’ wide gates, 35x30’ garage w/10’ doors, heated workshop & 10x20’ heated chicken coop. More photos and info on our website.


$699,500 MLS ® 10099688 9759 Springfield Road, Coldstream BC

2 minutes from downtown Armstrong. 8 acres of hay all sub-irrigated produces 1-2 crops of hay. 55’ round pen and a 80x160’ outdoor arena with incredible footing, and rail fenced. 48x34’ hay shed with two 15x15’ foaling stalls, 5 ton silo, and tack room. Large garden, fenced dog run and 8 loafing sheds. 220 power in shop. Subdivision potential. Great location for farm gate sales. Renovated country style rancher, 3 bed, 2 full bath with fireplace, deck and hot tub. $699,900 MLS®10098846 2620 Otter Lake Road, Armstrong BC

DON DEFEO 250-558-8762 Defeo & Associates, Re/Max Vernon

Russell ARmstRong 778-930-0115 Century 21


Rural Roots How about 10 irrigated acres witH stunning Home, sHop and barn in coldstream?

ONE OF A KIND, TOP QUALITY EQUESTRIAN FACILITY 320 ACRE RANCH AND 2 HOMES! A beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath log home and a second rental home on 2 titles. Fantastic views of the valley and mountains with plenty of privacy, located only minutes from pristine Mabel Lake. Approximately 50 acres in hay, with 2 smaller fields that could be seeded. Water rights on Biggs Creek, fenced and x-fenced, some corrals, tack shop, 2 car garage and hay barn. $1,400,000 MLS ®10103011 138 &140 Sadler Road, Lumby BC DARLINE SCOTT 1-888-547-9266 RE/MAX Lumby

MLS® 10095797 • Call me! Beth Marks reaLtOr® 250-306-2384 Sutton Group Lakefront Realty

19.98 ACRES + HOME + BARN 16 ACRES AND TWO HOMES Private location with 2 homes (5 bedroom and 3 bath, and 2 bedroom and 1 bath) on 1,500 feet of private river frontage with sandy beach. Cruise on over to Mara Lake! Heated workshop, several out buildings, pasture area with trees, and a high producing well. $745,000 MLS® 10100315 136 Meadowview Road, Grindrod BC CHRISTIANA PFEIFER, REALTOR® 250-306-5351 Century 21 Executives Realty Ltd., Vernon BC

Perfect property to keep animals, grow fruits and veggies and raise a family. Almost 20 usable acres in hay/pasture with a single family 1,695 sq. ft. dwelling with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, a detached garage and a large barn. A second dwelling (mobile home allowed) can be built on the property with separate access to Grandview Bench Road. Spring fed gravity water source and additional well. Close to Salmon Arm, Enderby, Armstrong and Vernon. Great country living with beautiful view to Enderby Cliffs. $499,000 MLS® 10100960 68 Old Sicamous Road, Grindrod BC CHRISTIANA PFEIFER, REALTOR® 250-306-5351 Century 21 Executives Realty Ltd., Vernon BC

12.04 acres of level land now in hay. 5 stall barn with foaling stall, central passageway and covered equipment bays. Perimeter fencing is mostly steel, fenced pasture areas, 5 horse shelters. Grain silo and separate workshop. 12x60 mobile home, rented, but could accommodate farm help. Property is adjacent to an Okanagan River Oxbow. Custom built 3,100 sq. ft. home is of top quality with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, geothermal heating and cooling. Huge master bedroom with ensuite, jetted tub, and walk-in closet. Only 5 min. to US border. $950,000 MLS® 155708 / 155707 259 Road 18 (Ryegrass Road), Oliver BC BILL ROBERTSON 1-866-623-5556 E-mail Macdonald Realty, Osoyoos BC

GREAT HORSE SET-UP Spectacular setting with bright open skillfully crafted fir log home and buildings on 18+ acres with a view to match. Huge family room boasts a Tulikivi stove which radiates warmth. Log home provides elegant, executive style on a horse farm setting. Additional log buildings include a 1,200 sq. ft. suite above a huge shop, plus a 1 bedroom cottage c/w sauna, bath and kitchen. Outdoor patio and smoker, large barn, tack room, equipment shed, 2 animal shelters, riding rings, arena and other outbuildings, 3 horse waterers, and water hydrants. $895,000 MLS ® 10094820 4304 MacDonald Road, Armstrong BC MIKE BECK, ASSOCIATE BROKER/REALTOR Re/Max Armstrong • Cell 250-307-1600

REALTORS 35 ACRES AND READY TO BUILD! Beautiful 35 acre property awaiting your dream home. This property features amazing views of the mountains and valley below and is ready for your dream home. There is a cleared building site with a great well and lots of privacy. Also a 15 acre non-irrigated pasture producing beautiful hay and 20 acres of gently sloping land with a mix of trees. Adjoining 5 acres with home for sale as well. $449,900 MLS® 10101449 (2) - 4920 Malpass Road, Armstrong BC DAVID JUREK 250-859-2223 RE/MAX KELOWNA •


5 ACRE EQUESTRIAN ESTATE This amazing equestrian estate is perched on 5 usable acres with 360 degree views of the mountains and valley below. Property features a cozy well-built 2,000 sq. ft. home with 3 bedrooms and den, and 2 bathrooms. Numerous horse paddocks along with an outdoor riding arena, and amazing 9 stall barn with deluxe office/tack room, hay storage and so much more. This acreage is a horse lover’s dream and truly must be seen to be appreciated. Adjoining 35 acres for sale as well. $579,900 MLS® 10101453 4920 Malpass Road, Armstrong BC DAVID JUREK 250-859-2223 RE/MAX KELOWNA •

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1994 Palomino Tobiano APHA Stallion

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Peps Smart Quixote

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2000 Chestnut AQHA Stallion Smartest Little Pep/daughter Doc Quixote


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2004 Palomino / Blanket Appaloosa Stallion by 5x ApHCC Champion Horses for Sale/Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397;




5 acres with lovely 3 bedroom home and only 10 minutes to Parksville. Gorgeous 200 x 70’ covered arena. Separate barn with 8 stalls. Lots of good water. Priced to sell at $860,000

Executive Home on beautiful acreage at Owl Ridge Estates in Pemberton BC. Excellent value, turnkey 5 acre property, quiet cul-de-sac location, quality construction, lots of updates, backs onto Crown Land. Immaculate main home, deluxe barn facility, detached garage w/suite above. Great water, 3,000 sq. ft. patio, a/c, fenced, fully landscaped, irrigation, out of flood plain, 30 minutes to Whistler and only 2 hours to Vancouver. Rare opportunity - too much to list!

7 years old, 15.2HH. She is completely sound but has been a broodmare and is not started under saddle. Would require a person with experience to start under saddle or could still be a broodmare. FREE TO GOOD HOME

Call 250-248-9807 (Parksville BC) Or e-mail

Please visit the web site WWW.OWLRIDGE.CA

Cynthia 250-445-9929 (Greenwood BC)



1-YEAR-OLD GREY PRE COLT A“Fuego del Mar” (Fire by the Sea) Should mature 16.2HH. Bold, calm and dynamic. Straight movement. Registered with both the IALHA and ANCCE. Dam Melosa NHF (Dominante XXIX x ALADA XI) out of the imported Spanish stallion Bandolero CLXXVI (Camarero XII x Bandolera XLI). Leads, trailers and good with the farrier. Regular ground work. Stallion quality but will geld on request.  $12,000. Approved home only and looking for a working forever home. 


250-926-0540, E-mail (Campbell River, Vancouver Island)

250-442-2364 evenings (Grand Forks BC)

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(was a rescue horse) Ties, leads, needs a good home! FREE


On The Market Want To Ride An Appaloosa?

Visit 250-963-9779


“Selling only BCAC ranch raised and trained family friendly Appaloosas” 8/15


14.1HH, 2010 Reg’d Appaloosa Gelding. Confident on trails by himself or with others. Easy to catch, stands tied, loads and trailers well. A wonderful partner for a youth or smaller lady. Consideration for youth in organized equine activity. A must try at only $5,500.

15.2HH, 2011 Reg’d Appaloosa Gelding. A real eye catcher who is confident on the trails by himself or with others. Stands tied, loads and trailers well. He’s ready to be your trail partner or go on to be a show jumper prospect. A must try at only $10,000.

Others available at 250-963-9779, E-mail

Others available at 250-963-9779, E-mail


Two brown dun registered mares. One mare is 14.1HH and 13 years old. The other mare is 14.3HH and 10 years old. Not handled in the last several years, so we are looking for an experienced teamster/horse person for these girls. Would like to keep them together if possible.   $3,000

aaDDEe grulla Elegant Yearling Filly looks like she will be a tall girl when finished growing. Five Panel NN and HZ for dun Ee DD. $3,000

Absolutely stunning FQHA / AQHA reg’d dark palomino 9-year-old mare. Five panel tested negative. Built like a tank! “Babes” will ride all day with no issues on a loose rein on trails, the arena, round pen, you name it. Has done plenty of cattle sorting clinics, trail miles, crossing creeks, everything. Was shown in Alberta in Halter as a yearling and 2-year-old and won every time. Has been used in drill team and shown in local shows. Feet, worming and teeth all UTD. She’s had one foal last year (not for sale) who is absolutely stunning with exceptional conformation. Asking $8,500 to an approved home only!

Dawn 250-674-1700, E-mail (Clearwater BC)

Dawn 250-674-1700, E-mail (Clearwater BC)

Dawn 250-674-1700, E-mail (Clearwater BC)




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