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Features Stream Crossings Shannon Ford Exhibit Time to Soak Mane Event Chilliwack Hoof Boots & Choices Alberta Warmblood Sale Theories on Saddle Fitting (EFW) What a Journey! Competitive or Endurance? Trainer of the North Pro & Prebiotics Let’s Talk Heavy (Horses)

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Our Regulars Cariboo Chatter 28 Top Dog! 32 KIDS 40 Horse Council BC 41 Lower Mainland QH Assoc. 51 Back Country Horsemen of BC 52 BC Rodeo Association 53 BC Paint Horse Club… sorry, no news Clubs/Associations 54 What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 56 Business Services 57 On The Market (photo ads) 60 Stallions/Breeders 62 Rural Roots (real estate) 62 Shop & Swap 63

eptember was a whirlwind month… fall fairs - horse shows – clinics - get winter hay in - get winter wood in - ride my horse more before the snow flies… every weekend there was something! I’ve almost ridden my horse more this month than I have all year (almost… but not true). But, as some of my friends know, I procrastinate and for some reason I choose to work versus play (or not do housework, Greg can vouch for that!), and now I am scrambling and cramming riding time in. I wanted to do more riding this year, but just couldn’t commit as I felt (feel) ‘work’ takes precedence – gotta get the job done! (they say) and I am in total agreement. But I gotta get a (play) life! And it seems this past month… was my play time, whirlwind as it was! Whew! Next up I am so looking forward to the Mane Event in Chilliwack at the end of OctoPhoto by Dawn Ferster ber, as I always do. It gives me a bit of a break, believe it or not. Plus I have the help of my buddies Ruby and Barb to help me (thanks gals)! I truly believe this show is one of Canada’s very best ‘equine expos’ available to any horse lover – a show not to be missed. I hope to see you there! Come and introduce yourself at booth #601.

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orn in Naumberg, East Germany, the only child of Klara and her husband – his father was conscripted into the German army and he and his mother lived in Naumberg until the Russians marched in. In 1947 he and his mother escaped to the British section. In 1951 his mother went to England, leaving Frank in a refugee home. When he turned 18 he also went to England. In 1964 Frank and his first wife immigrated to Canada. In 1971 his marriage broke up and he joined the merchant navy, sailed the seas, and returned to Canada in 1979, first working in Alberta, then coming to BC in 1981. In 1982, living in Okanagan Falls, he met the love of his life, Christine, she (like him) loved and rode horses. They married in 1986 and moved to Summerland, then to Cawston, where they spent the best years of their life riding/raising horses. In 2008 they bought a house in north Oliver and boarded their 2 remaining horses. In 2005 Frank became interested in working as a commissionaire in the cells of the Oliver RCMP detachment, and had just celebrated his 10th anniversary when he passed away suddenly in Kelowna Hospital following surgery. Frank was a member of Horse Council BC for over 20 years and 6 years as a director for Zone 2 - he loved all animals and in the last year he had taken up Dog Agility with his Sheltie ‘Finn’. He was also a member of the Oliver Riding Club for the past 10 years. Frank in a Keremeos parade a few years ago

Cover Feature PYke & BuCkLeY PerfOrmANCe HOrSeS AT PB STABLeS Congratulations to the show team on a great year filled with many accomplishments and success!

It was a great year of wins, success and personal growth for all of you, while enjoying good times and making wonderful memories. I am touched to have been trusted to guide you and be your greatest cheerleader along the way. You all are so special to all of us! In 2015 we have produced winners in: Halter, Showmanship, Trail, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Ranch Horse and more in Rookie, Youth, Amateur, Novice and Open as well as All Around Awards. Thank you also to all our wonderful clients who have learned so much and come so far, you are a joy to teach and train for. It is amazing to be a part of your lives, your horse’s education and to have you all as part of the “family”. Thank you also to our employees, friends and family who help so much behind the scenes. Your everyday support and contribution to the daily experience is worth it’s weight in gold. We have a few open spaces for new clients and would be happy to tailor make a program suited to you and your horse. Our full board facility boasts large indoor and outdoor arenas, hot water wash rack, roomy stalls and large paddocks. Very competitive rates on both training and board.

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Stream Crossings By Ava Shannon

BENEFIT YOUR STREAM AND YOUR HORSES TOO As the rainy season starts up again, to the joy of us in southwestern BC, if you have a waterway on your property that had turned into a trickle over the summer you may find it is now rising in its banks – and your thoughts.


aving a stream on your property can be a headache, posing a hazard to your horses, or a barrier to machinery and vehicles. But waterways are often also an asset, whether as a clean and constant source of water for your horses, or as habitat for fish and other wildlife. Stewardship of your stream includes a lot of things, from containing manure piles so runoff doesn’t contaminate the water, to planting the banks to prevent erosion. In BC, even just allowing horses to enter a stream to drink can be a contravention of the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation; separating horses from the waterways that supply their water is generally a good decision. (Gravity pumps and nose pumps are a great tool here.) A number of years ago Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) developed the Land Management Guide for Horse Owners and Small-Lot Farmers to help landowners find these kinds of answers; now this guide is available for free download from One action that can have a great impact on the quality of a waterway is building a good stream crossing that allows horses and vehicles to cross without disturbing the water. A good stream crossing can protect your horses from injury, from the health concerns of muddy ground, and from drinking contaminated water. To

build a good crossing starts with meeting regulatory requirements of various governmental bodies. This year LEPS developed a Stream-Crossing Guide, also available on the Manure Maiden website, with best practices for bridge design.

In-stream crossings and those requiring intensive in-stream work, such as culverts, are subject to the tightest regulations from both the provincial ministries of the environment and often the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Canada. By contrast, free-span bridges, which have no support structures in the stream but instead span from bank to bank, require the least governmental oversight. This kind of bridge only requires solid footings on either bank that hold the deck above your high-water mark. For the deck itself, repurposed semi-truck beds are a

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strong and affordable option. Stream stewardship requires effort and commitment, but the benefits are felt by the greater ecological community. BC property-owners with farm status can get support in their efforts, including financially for certain projects, by participating in the voluntary and confidential Environmental Farm Plan program from the BC Agriculture Council. Either way, it’s always a good idea to test your stream water periodically to monitor its health.

Ava Shannon is the Agriculture Program Coordinator at Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS). Their free programs include Manure Link, which connects horse owners with farmers and gardeners, and Manure Maven, a source for localized waste management expertise, both found on

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anadian fine artist Shannon Ford’s equine and grizzly bear paintings are turning more heads than ever this 2015 exhibition season. The bold, contemporary colours of her deliberate brushstrokes reverberate with an unspoken understanding between animal and viewer—Shannon’s paintings connect with art collectors on a deep and emotional level. They are homage to our increasing understanding and enriching bond with animals and our acknowledgment of their intelligence. As those who live their life surrounded by horses are very much aware, so much of the communication passes between horse and rider on a subliminal and intuitive level. The paintings by Shannon Ford endorse this profound love and respect. Shannon Ford’s powerful acrylic with gemstone paintings have in the past few years graced exhibition walls at equine events across Western Canada including the Calgary Stampede. In a few short years Shannon has won the hearts of equine and contemporary wildlife painting admirers. Public galleries in the Okanagan Valley of BC and Lethbridge Alberta as well as her seven representing art galleries from BC to Quebec in Canada are proud to promote and exhibit Shannon’s work. Shannon has a strong admiration for and connection with the equine subjects she paints. What’s more she lives and breathes the spark that exudes from her paintings, since when she is not in the studio Shannon is traveling from exhibitions to galleries and also finds time to manage her own BC ranch of gaited Mangalarga Marchador horses. She is not only an equine artist— but an avid admirer and interpreter of the magnificent spark exuding from all animals. Since 2014, one of her series has been focused around the magnificent grizzly bear inspired by Billy the grizzly of She paints animals she has spent some time with so as to best honour their individuality and charisma. Shannon also takes commission requests through her galleries and makes time in her busy ranch, exhibition and studio schedule to meet with a client, to capture on canvas the affection between animal (equine/canine) and human on a very personal level. Her bold acrylic and gemstone paintings communicate the animal’s unspoken understanding loud and clear. We are sure admirers and collectors of her work agree. This fall Shannon Ford’s SOLO Exhibition at the Lloyd Gallery in Penticton will show brand new paintings fresh off the easel and a heads-up to anyone travelling to New York this fall, Shannon’s painting of her stallion will grace the cover of the 2015 New York EQUUS film Festival (Nov. 20-22). Keep your eyes open for what’s coming off the easel next... HCBC 2010 Business of the Year • 7

Time to Soak By Christa Miremadi Anyone who has any understanding of art or music will understand what I mean when I say that, sometimes, what makes a work of art fascinating or a piece of music truly special is the negative space or the notes that no one played.


ometimes it’s the spaces, the rests or the open and suspenseful pauses that piques a listener or viewer’s interest and provides the time to wonder what comes next or to reflect on something that caught their attention. It’s this empty time and space that allows us to really absorb what we are looking at or listening to and, I believe, when it comes to horses and our horsemanship, the same is true. Lately, I’ve noticed more and more when I’m working with people and their horses, this very special moment -- it happens almost every time I’m teaching, with almost every horse and rider. After a little time, when a person has been working on helping a horse to understand something or when a person has been working hard at trying to figure out how to use their body to communicate something to their horse, the light bulb will switch on. Something “clicks” in the person and/or the horse and an idea, that only moments before was a mystery, all of a sudden becomes clear! This is an awesome moment and both the horse and the human are usually very excited about it. However, what often happens next can become a real problem. When it’s a human “light bulb moment,” it’s not so bad. The person lets out a big “Oh!” and rolls their eyes, lowers their hands and often begins rubbing their horse’s neck as they process the little piece of learning that they just gained. “I get it…” they say, and then they gather their thoughts, their reins and their horse and start out to try it again. The horse is often a little confused by the sudden disconnect and praise but other than that, there is no harm done. But when the horse has the “light bulb moment” it’s often far more problematic. As the horse begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together and things start to fall into place, as they finally begin to provide their person with the response that they were looking for and the horse’s “light bulb” slowly begins to flicker into existence, their person will provide them with 8 • Saddle Up • October 2015

the release they deserve and celebrate their success. Up until now, it’s all good... Having finally gotten the response they were after, the person is usually so excited that they pick up the reins and begin to repeat the activity or even move on to something else altogether! They’re usually so excited about the connection they just made and, feeling as though they must be on a roll, want to practice it over and over. The horse, on the other hand, has just had the “A-ha!” moment and desperately needs a few moments to “download” their learning.

While working with Stefanie Travers here I am with Cisco learning to be engaged. The number of times I’ve watched a horse begin to blink their eyes, lick their lips and chew over a new idea only to be unintentionally interrupted and put back to work right away is remarkable. This interruption causes them to not only miss out on the piece of learning they were just about to take on board but also, on occasion, it causes them to believe that they must have missed the point altogether! They’ll often move on to trying other, less

desirable responses after an interruption like this. My Kiger Mustang, Cisco, has taught me how essential this down time is. Without these breaks, these small rests of negative space (space in which there is no request being made, no reward being given and no pressure being applied) he will not decompress or take on new information, no matter how many times we practice something. I will repeat that. No requests being made, no reward being given and no pressure being applied. That’s right. Even a reward can interrupt a horse’s ability to absorb new information. Directly after doing the desired thing, I’ll give Cisco a quick reward to let him know that he hit the nail on the head. After that I’ll sit quietly, just breath calmly and wait. Often, within about five to ten seconds I will hear that gentle, soft sound that comes along with a dim light bulb as it flickers into existence. The sound of his tongue and lips working together to chew over and digest a new piece of learning. As he sits still and soaks it in, that light bulb gets brighter and brighter. It took me longer than I’d like to admit to figure out that Cisco needed more time than I was giving him to absorb his learning but now that I finally clued into his valuable lesson, I try to be diligent in giving him time to think, absorb and reflect on what we just learned before I pick up my reins and ask him to try again. In fact, I’ve even begun to give him long chunks of time off of work entirely, especially after a particularly big change in routine or learning. These “holidays” only help to make his learning more solid. It’s sometimes hard to accept that our horse’s biggest challenge in learning is our own interference. Some horses require only a short moment to think and others require thirty seconds or more before they’ll even begin to absorb! Often a good way to tell if they need more time to absorb or not is to ask the question, how are they using their time? HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Time to Soak... cont’d If the horse is wandering off, poking the sand with their nose, chewing on your boot or tossing their head around as my mustang does when he isn’t using his time wisely, they’re probably not thinking about the task you just performed. If they’re standing quietly, blinking their eyes, taking big breaths or even just holding extra still, they’re often absorbing. Some horses have been conditioned into a state of go, go, go and others move around because they’re anxious and anticipating the next task out of habit. These horses may benefit from being asked to stand still. For some horses, it takes learning to stand quietly after a task for them to begin to process the learning opportunities that we are presenting them with. In any case, you can’t do any damage by providing your horse with some negative space to think. Thanks to my beautiful equine partner, my greatest teacher yet and one of my favourite trail buddies, Cisco, I’ve really, truly come to understand the value of those notes that no one played, the beauty of the negative space in a well composed photograph or piece of art and the “download” time that it takes for a horse to begin to soak up the lessons I’ve been working at trying to share. We never hesitate to give ourselves those moments when we need them. Why should we cheat our horses out of their chance to soak things up? Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. Soaking in the learning after a solid change.

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Returning to Riding? By Gail Barker


eturning to riding after being away for many years leaves some riders with feelings of anxiety and apprehension. If you were horse crazy in your youth but are now dreaming of riding again like you used to, Sandi Simons knows how you feel and is ready to give you the confidence boost that you may have been waiting for. Sandi, along with her husband, David Simons are both appearing at the upcoming Mane Event, in Chilliwack, October 23–25. Sandi says, “No matter what discipline you are interested in, no matter what age you are or what level you are at, it is never too late to get to where you want to be and do what you want to do with your riding and with your life!” If you have never before attended the Mane Event don’t miss this year. In addition to Sandi and David Simons, is Jim Wofford, a 3-time Olympian and one of the best known eventing trainers in the world; Kristi Wysocki an FEI 3* dressage judge, a USEF dressage sport horse judge and an FEI 4* para-equestrian dressage judge. As well, she is the USDF sport horse committee chair and serves on the USDF sport horse seminar faculty and the USEF dressage committee. Kristi has coached many students to show ring success and takes a unique perspective when teaching, using both her engineering background and sport horse expertise to help others understand the horse biomechanically. With this improved understanding, students can communicate with the horse using more logical, clarified aids. O p i n i o n s about the natural horsemanship movement may vary, but no one can deny the David Simons impact of Pat and Linda Parelli on the horse industry as a whole. Over the last two decades they have proven their methods have longevity and Parelli Natural Horsemanship centers are now found on three continents with hundreds of thousands of students all over the world benefitting from a natural approach to training horses, Parelli style. It has been a number of years since Pat has visited the Pacific Northwest and Mane Event attendees can expect plenty of inspiration and education when he returns in October. Pat will present all three days and will also be working with participants. Besides those already mentioned, The Mane Event welcomes western dressage and horsemanship clinician Jec Ballou, barrel racing clinician Doug Leasor, crowd favourite Doug Mills and others who will be presenting on everything from equine dentistry, to saddle fitting and equine nutrition. Returning to The Mane Event is the ever popular Trainer’s Challenge. This year expect excellent horsemanship from three very different competitors: David Simons, Australia; Glenn Stewart, British ColumHCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Sandi Simmons bia; and Sonny Garguilo, New York. New this year and sure to become a crowd favorite is The Working Ranch Challenge. This special event will feature six historical British Columbia ranches with their teams of genuine working ranch hands. Teams will compete against each other, showcasing skills used daily with stock such as branding, doctoring, roping and sorting cattle. The Working Ranch Challenge begins on Friday evening with performances on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Besides education and learning, The Mane Event offers plenty of opportunities to relax, shop and socialize with other horse lovers. The trade show features all things equine, from everything needed to care for and ride a horse, to art, clothing, home décor and pet products. In addition to shopping, the very popular Equine Experience show is returning and is not to be missed. This year the expo welcomes Young Gunz Trick Riding. All riders on this team are under the age of 14 and they will thrill audiences with fast paced entertainment that includes Roman riding, vaulting and rope tricks. Don’t miss the liberty and bridle-less demo by Doug Mills and a Viking Drill team, Thundering Impact the draft drill team plus more. General admission for The Mane Event is $15 daily or $40 for the entire weekend and includes over 80 hours of clinics, demos, the Trainer’s Challenge, trade show, and the Saturday night Equine Experience. For more information including a complete schedule and camping/hotels visit or call 1-844-578-7518.

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Hoof Boots By Kristi Luehr, Okanagan School of Natural Hoof Care



oof boots can be a great tool to protect your horse’s hooves and to add comfort for them while riding. Boots allow the barefoot horse that is comfortable in his paddock or pasture to adapt to a rocky trail or hardpacked surface without the risk of sensitivity or bruising. While most barefoot horses can adapt to these surfaces over time, some need added protection while transitioning from shoes or if they cannot get enough exposure to these surfaces to properly condition and callous their hooves. There are many different manufacturers of boots, and each manufacturer has a different line-up of styles. In this article, I am going to explore the most popular EasyCare Inc. boots that I use in my hoofcare practice on a daily basis and what I have found to be their best intended uses. The most popular boot in my business is the Easyboot Trail. The trail boot is easy to put on and take off, has a secure double Velcro attachment system and the new model also has an extra safety strap to ensure the boot stays put. This boot has an aggressive tread pattern for trail riding and, for added traction, you can add studs.

Sizing is very specific and hooves must be measured carefully as with all hoof boots, but the trail boot is a little more forgiving than others and allows a bit more space for hooves that are flared or not quite a standard shape. Another very popular boot is the Easyboot Glove. The glove is a slim, form-fitting boot that does well with performance horses. The semiaggressive tread pattern is great in arenas and on trails. For aggressive trail riding or for performance use, an added power strap is recommended to secure the front of the shell. This

boot is popular with endurance riders because of is light weight and streamlined design. The Glove is able to be fitted with studs for extra traction. Proper fit and hoof shape are essential for the Glove, as it is a form-fitting boot. The New Mac Boot is an updated version of an older boot, the Old Mac. The New Mac is composed of a specially-developed thermoplastic urethane compound which minimizes concussion and shortens recovery time for horses with concussion-related injuries. Similar to the trail boot but with added suspension to

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Hoof Boots... cont’d support the hoof, it is a great option for pleasure riding (less than 25 miles per week) and can also serve as a therapy boot. The New Mac is also a little more forgiving than others in terms of hoof shape and allows a bit more space for hooves that are flared or not quite a standard shape. The Easyboot Glove Backcountry is a boot that combines the best features of the Trail Boot and the Glove. It has the form-fitting shell of the glove and the easy Velcro attachment system of the Trail Boot. This boot is great for the extreme trail enthusiast and the endurance rider alike. It is a high-performance boot with a simple, comfortable design that is easy to put on and take off. The Easyboot Transition was designed for horses needing a bit of extra support when transitioning from shod to barefoot. It offers a combination of shock absorption and support to the hoof. This is a good boot for pleasure riding (less than 25 miles per week) and is also suitable for some therapeutic applications. The transition is one of the more supportive boots available, and has a semi-aggressive tread pattern. Choosing the right boot is very important, as they were designed with specific attributes in mind. Sizing is also critical with hoof boots. Measuring accurately and purchasing a boot that is recommended for your horse’s hoof shape is important. Not all hooves are round and symmetrical and some boots fit better than others for differing hoof shapes. If possible, talk with your hoofcare provider about what type of boot they can recommend for your horse or contact a dealer to see if they can recommend a boot to suit your riding needs.

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Alberta Warmblood Sale Heads into 21st Year! By Teresa van Bryce


t started, as things often do, with the dream of a few and their steadfast dedication. 21 Years later, the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association Alberta Chapter’s Fall Classic Breeders Sale is the longest running warmblood sale on the continent.

In the sale, “Jewels” - Lot 14, a yearling filly by Dressage legend Totilas

Scheduled for October 10-11, 2015 at Westerner Park in Red Deer, the Fall Classic Sale is styled in the European tradition, turning a horse sale into a gala event. This year’s move to the Red Deer venue brings everything together under one heated roof – demonstrations, tryouts, stabling, exhibits and sale office. Each of the 46 sale horses will be demonstrated in-hand, through the jumping chute, and/or under saddle, depending on age and training, on both Saturday and Sunday. Buyers are invited to try out any of the horses under saddle, view x-rays and/ or health records and even arrange a full pre-purchase exam with the on-site veterinarian. This year’s pedigrees include such greats as Negro, Totilas, Sandro Hit, Quasimodo Z, Corland and Olympic Animo. In its 20-year history, the sale has seen horses sold into all disciplines, with many success stories in every arena. The majority have gone to amateur owners and juniors, providing many years of soundness, enjoy-

In the sale, “Hi 5” - Lot 42, a 3-year-old gelding by Grand Prix jumper Quasimodo Z ment and successes for their riders. As well, a number have sold to professionals in the horse industry including past Olympians from each of the Olympic disciplines. If you are unable to attend the sale in person, online streaming video of the demonstrations and sale as well as telephone bidding will be available. The first school of its kind to teach all the skills and tools required to look after horses allopathically.

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Divergent Theories on Saddle Fitting By Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE ©2015 Saddlefit 4 Life® All Rights Reserved

There are many opinions and theories on saddle fitting. Occasionally, we have even heard riders say, “I have been using my saddle for x number of years. It fits me perfectly and fits every horse I use.”


have to really bite my tongue on that one but usually just manage to smile and say, “Lucky you.” Some people are unfortunately just not open to being educated on the facts that have been substantiated in recent years through MRIs, thermography and fibre optic cameras, and do not realize the possible damage they are doing to themselves and their horses. I am going to deal with two main theories on how to fit saddles properly, but there are probably several other variations on this theme.

Theory One Many saddle manufacturers and their trained saddle fitters maintain that a saddle should have a narrow channel, therefore sitting on

the spinal processes and ligaments. The tree is long and flat (resting on the shoulder and lumbar area) and sits with minimal weight bearing surface on the musculature. In this scenario, the saddle barely moves because it is sitting on the spine (other than perhaps to twist during motion as it is “kicked back” by the bigger shoulder). This saddle rarely needs to be adjusted because bone structure and ligaments do not adapt and change their conformation through training like muscles do – and the muscles really won’t change much because the horse simply is not able to use his muscles properly with a saddle that fits like this. Often people will say “my saddle always fits” or “my saddle fits any horse.” They are semi-right, because one advantage to this is that they do not have to have a saddle fit or modified. The horse doesn’t really change. The disadvantage with this is the spine and ligaments will not tolerate prolonged compression and the horse’s back movement is restricted. To protect the shoulder, lumbar and spine, the horse will get tighter and tighter in its back (especially in the lumbar area), which leads to cramping in the gluteus maximus muscle. The horse will then develop a dip in front of its SI and the glutes will seize up. Between the SI joint and the tail, the gluteus will become atrophied (see image below). The front end of the horse will then push down the base of his neck and will “break” over C3 in order to get on the bit. At this point, it will become difficult for the rider to get the horse supple through the poll and have his highest point at the poll and not at C3.

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Theory Two In complete opposition, the other theory (the one we like!) is for the saddle to stay off the spine, lumbar vertebrae, and shoulders – while maximizing the surface area the saddle sits on. The saddle support area is on the weight-bearing longissimus dorsi (long back muscle). The advantage to having the saddle on the saddle support area muscle is to stay away from the reflex points that create negative behaviour or negative conformation and health issues. Staying off the spine, lumbar area and shoulder keeps the back muscles loose and supple. Your horse can then articulate through the SI joint, and use his haunches better by stretching his gluteus maximus and hamstring. In theory one, HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Saddle Fitting... cont’d (as in theory one), don’t be discouraged if your horse shows signs of muscle soreness after switching to a saddle fitted according to theory two, as this is good muscle soreness (as mentioned above). You can temporarily help your horse by having the back of the saddle a bit looser (by loosening the V webbing back clip for instance). Yes, this will make the saddle move more in the back (up and down, not onto the spine!), and onlookers may misinterpret this as bouncing or an ill-fitting saddle. However, you will know if you choose to go with the theory number two, that this is part of the process to help your horse. It will help him heal, get stronger, and develop correctly. Former German 3-day event rider, Equine Ergonomist Jochen Schleese CMC CSFT CEE was the 1986 Official Example of the negative effects of a Theory #1-fitting saddle: a dip in front of SI and atrophy between SI and tail. Saddler for the World Dressage Championships held in Toronto, and 2005, 2007 and 2009 World Cup Dreswhere the saddle sits on the ligaments, involuntary contractions (ex. sage and Jumping Finals in Las Vegas. Jochen is a guest speaker at veterinary assocramping) impede correct co-ordination of muscle contractions and ciations and schools and riding instructor conferences worldwide. He is the founder thus full range of motion is not possible. In contrast, theory two allows of Saddlefit 4 Life, a global network of certified equine professionals dedicated to the for both stretching and contraction of the muscle (full range of mo- comfort and protection of the horse, and also established the HIPPOH Foundation tion). The most efficient way to train is to maximize both flexion (con- (Horse Industry Professionals Protecting our Horses) in California in 2010. Jochen is traction) and extension (stretching), and in order to achieve this, full the author of “The Silent Killer” (2012) and “Suffering in Silence –The Saddle Fit Link range of motion is required. By reducing the pressure on the shoulder to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses” (2103). Discover optimal saddle your horse will be able to lift the base of his neck and become supple fit for horse and rider in an 80-point diagnostic Saddle Fit Evaluation. Visit www. through the poll. With theory number two, by allowing the horse to,, or fully engage his muscles and lifting his rib cage, he will become more call 800-225-2242.

uphill and the balance of the saddle will need to be readdressed many times throughout his career due to his positive changes in his conformation. In theory number one, because the saddle is mainly sitting on the spine, with limited contact on the back muscle, the horse will continue going but his body will take a toll. He will continue developing incorrect muscles and deformities will become more visible. Eventually, the atrophy in the back muscles and compression of the spine will lead to permanent damage. With theory number two, the increased range of motion will cause temporary soreness due to greater lactic acid build up (just like we have after using muscles during a new workout) which is nature’s way of recovering muscle fibre, but results in greater muscle formation and increased circulation. During acute soreness, keeping pressure off the muscle would appear to be logical; however, somewhere the saddle needs to be supported. If the horse has been in ill-fitting saddles in the past that have caused some back pain HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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t talked about horses helping people heal from post-traumatic stress, abuse and other mental and physical troubles. I felt all the puzzle pieces fall into place and knew I had finally discovered the answer to so many of my questions. I have always read lots of self-help, psychology and philosophy books in my quest for the answers to life’s questions. I have also been blessed with sharing my life with horses. Of the two, the horses gave me more peace. I have often told friends and family that spending time with my horses is what has kept me sane. I also witnessed guests at my home visibly reduce their tension and stress by just being in the presence of the horses as they were just being horses. These observations were noted and kept in my memory but not totally appreciated until the article put them in a whole new perspective. In the article were references to books, schools and other ways to learn more about this amazing field. I began devouring all the books that I could find on the subject and started researching schools. At the ripe old age of 57, I had finally found what I wanted to do when I grew up. Everything I had learned and experienced in my life had led me to this amazing place and prepared me for the most exciting part of my journey so far. I have taken some introductory courses in

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the field as well as a course focused on the psychological aspects and their impact on clients and practitioners and am currently enrolled in an apprenticeship in pursuit of my EFW-CAN certification as an equine practitioner. Quite a leap of change for an accountant. One of the wonderful benefits of learning about this field is how it has altered and confirmed my view of my own horses. I have never thought of them as “just dumb animals” but I also did not really appreciate their level of intelligence, emotion and sentience either. Reading about people who are receiving messages and communication from their horses and watching the horses of my instructors enable amazing work with people has been enlightening and life changing. But, even more of a WOW has been hearing my own horses and watching them enable emotional work with individuals. I can tell you with conviction, do not doubt your own horses. They are all truly kind and compassionate and will step forward to work with the kind of people they know they can help. My horses are all individuals with different strengths and preferences. Even though I have always loved, pampered and cared for my

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What a Journey... cont’d horses to the best of my knowledge and ability, I have discovered there was still room for some improvement and they are still and always will continue to teach me more. Appreciating and treating my horses as intelligent, sentient beings is a learning experience that is enlightening and will continue for the rest of my life. I now see my horses as my partners and friends more than ever before and spend more time just being with them then I do riding them. No longer feeling that I must ride them has been liberating for me as I always did spend more time grooming than riding anyway. I guess a part of me always knew... now it has been confirmed, they really are trying to be our friends and share the beauty of cross-species connection with us. I do still ride, although it will never be about drills and the perfection of unnatural movement or position again. I have also discarded the use of bits and discovered how soft my horse can be on a bitless bridle. We go out for trail rides on our hillside switching leadership roles freely as we go. Imagine allowing your horse to choose which way to turn at a fork in the trail. Try it, but keep in mind that they are guided by their bellies so you will have to establish some boundaries. It makes the ride an adventure in trust and you will never look back. With the guidance of your horse you will see your trails in a whole new way. There are a large number of books available that address how people need to rediscover how to live in the moment, the now, and stop obsessing about the past that is already done or the future that might come. Those of us who surround ourselves with horses live that lesson every day by just allowing ourselves to enjoy their presence. They are truly the masters of allowing life to flow as it should without thought. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to live without the incessant conversations in your head? Go out in the field with your horses... take a few deep breaths... close your eyes... just stop and allow yourself to be in the moment. The answers are there in the field... all we have to do is open our hearts to the possibilities. The horses are just waiting for us to spend time with them and listen. I must admit that I had my doubts about some of the things that I have read. I didn’t believe that my horses would talk to me. I am an accountant. I have always been quite analytical, logical and pretty much needed to see it to believe it. Needless to say, that has all changed. The study of the way of the horse has opened my eyes, my mind and my intuition in ways I would not have believed possible.


What an incredible process. However, I was still focused on the practicality and how I could work it all into a viable career choice. It was still very much about the destination. My wonderful mare, Maggie, had something to say about that. Maggie and I were enjoying one of our meandering rides on our hillside. I was trying to stay in the moment and just enjoy the ride. I am sure you can appreciate how difficult that can be. I had allowed her to choose which fork in the trail we took, but was feeling some annoyance as she was wandering from one side of the trail over to the other side of the trail and back again. She was basically zigzagging her way along the path. I found myself feeling the need to make her proceed in a straight line to our destination. As I prepared to actually pick up my reins, I asked Maggie just what on earth she thought she was doing. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind where the answer came from and it was loud and clear. “It is not about the destination you moron, it is about enjoying the journey.” Yes, Maggie is pretty direct, but that is the lesson. Enjoy the journey, that is what we are here for and that is what the horses demonstrate for us in their daily existence. Thank you to all the horses in my life for sharing my journey with me. You have enriched my life in ways I would never have believed possible and I know we are just at the start of a wonderful trail together. To quote Bruce Willis’ character from the Die Hard series, “Yippee kai yay.” What a ride!

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Distance Riding Synergy By Caroline Williams


hat’s what the two distance riding clubs in BC have going on. The 2015 pace and distance. Levels 1, 2 and 3 involve distances between a minimum ride season featured two events where participants could chose to of 12 and a maximum of 50 miles per day at speeds of 5-7 mph. Riders arrivride either Competitive Trail (CTR) or Endurance at the same venue. ing too early or too late at the end of the day are penalized. Each rider starts About 30 people attended the Ocean Vista Combined Ride in late June near out with the same number of points and deductions are made at vet checks Nanaimo with 1/3 riding endurance and the remainder riding competitive based on the horse’s response to the effort of the ride. Veterinarians look at the horse’s heart and respiratory trail. In early August, the Cariboo Plarate, mobility, attitude, hydration and teau Ride saw about 60 participants judge any nicks or scrapes caused by with an even split between competitack or trail hazards during vet checks. tive trail and endurance. Surprisingly, An inability to get the horse’s heart some people that mainly do CTR rate down to criteria (again 60-64 switched over to endurance and bpm) at vet checks within 10 minutes some endurance riders gave CTR a try is also penalized. At the start line of a at both events. It was a great learning CTR, horses are timed out at 5-minute experience for all and a chance to try intervals, or 10 minutes if 2 riders are something new. travelling together. Just what are the differences For those wanting a greater between CTR and Endurance? challenge, both sports have it. EnEndurance riding, a minimum of 50 durance races may be longer, with 75 miles, is a horse race, with the winner and 100 mile distances and multi-day being the first to cross the finish line June Melhuish and daughter Nora Hudson rides being offered at some events. as long as the horse is deemed “fit (Photo courtesy of Competitive Trail has two-day events, to continue” by the veterinary judge. Riders have a maximum of 12 hours to complete a 50 mile endurance race. where riders do 50 miles on two days in a row. If you are thinking of doing distance riding, and can’t decide which is There are also limited distance (LD) endurance training rides, usually around 25 miles in length, where the winner is the first to cross the finish line and get right for you, try talking to competitors from either discipline. Many riders their horse’s heart rate down to criteria (usually 60-64 bpm). The endurance do both successfully with the same horse. Others prefer one or another race is usually a shotgun start and vet checks and breaks for horses and rid- depending on personal preference. For more information, check out our websites, for Competitive Trail and for Eners are incorporated into the timing of the event. In contrast, Competitive Trail involves riding your horse at a certain durance, or get chatting on our Facebook pages. See you next season!

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n the weekend of August 8, 53 horses and their riders, 25 volunteers and numerous pit-crews and spectators gathered at Hills Health Ranch at 108 Mile House, for the 2015 Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail/Endurance Ride. This year’s event was unique in that it was the first time that a “combo” distance riding event was offered on the mainland. Riders had options of entering a Level One or Level Two Competitive Trail Ride or a 50-mile Endurance Ride. Competitors travelled from Washington State, Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, Thompson-Okanagan area and the Cariboo Region, to test their horses’ abilities against the rigors of the distance and terrain. The CTR Ride Manger, Joanne Macaluso, commented, “In the past, we focused strictly on the Competitive Trail Ride, developing an event that has earned a reputation for being fun, safe and well organized. Meanwhile, word quickly spread through the endurance riding circle, and soon we were receiving requests to add an endurance ride as well. We had always been keen to combine both disciplines, but were wary of the workload and issues that come with such an endeavour. But we thought, “Let’s bite the bullet” and give it a go. I am very pleased with the outcome.” 20 • Saddle Up • October 2015

A second Ride Manager was required to oversee the Endurance Ride, and local rider Nicola Maughn was brought in to take over that role. It was her first time managing an equine event. “As you can imagine, it has been quite a learning curve for me, but with everyone pulling together, the event was a great success for a first-time mainland combined distance riding event.” Judging the CTR event, for his sixth year, was Dr. Ross Hawkes from Williams Lake. Hawkes commented, “The event flowed like a calm stream, creating a very pleasant day for everyone.” From Kamloops, Dr. Rob Mulligan was brought in to oversee the 50-mile Endurance Ride. “The riders were taking good care of their horses and, with slightly cooler weather conditions, I had few significant issues to deal with.” Both of the young veterinarians enjoyed having the opportunity to observe two distant riding events going on simultaneously, all the time comparing notes and sharing their expertise. Naturally, an event of this size would not have been possible without support. The Cariboo Plateau Ride Management would like to thank the prize sponsors, the many hard-working volunteers and the property owners who helped create a wonderful memory for everyone. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Combined... cont’d 50-MILE ENDURANCE RESULTS 1: Elroy Karius riding Jolly Holliday 2: Nick McDonald riding Teagan 3: Diane Prinsen riding Zinfandel Macho Dude 4: Sandy Lang riding JV Jazz 5: Brenda Miskimmin riding Paladin BF *Best Condition Award winner* 6: Stephany Dean riding Sipping Champagne 7: Fred Dzida riding Skyrocket Czar 8: Grace Logie riding Ladigo *1st place junior rider* 9: Lori Bewza riding Mister Merlin 10: Karalee Anderson riding WW Johra Dawn 11: Terrie LaPorte riding Madison’s Montana 12: Guy Cheek riding Bold Design 13: Sandy Cheek riding HHR Flashy Rebel 14: Nancy Gourlay riding The Third Day 15: Tammy Mercer riding WRA Dark Diablo 16: Jennifer Szezepaniak riding Maromac Prime Time 17: Brittany Linnett riding Hungarian Treasure 18: Lana Halisheff riding TCR Absolut 19: Erin Wilde riding Chardonnay 20: Chris Thomson riding Salient Tahid 21: Christine Voglmaier riding Sunestas Remington Steel COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDE RESULTS Level One (17 miles) Lightweight Junior 1: Jasmine Gossen riding FMF Fariha (297pts) 2: Milly Beech riding Hylyte Jacinto (296pts) Lightweight Adults 1: Shawnee Venables riding Feisty’s Farah Lady (294pts) 2: Joni DeWitt riding Daisy of Cambie (292pts) 3: Jaimie-Lynn Purdy riding Tex (275pts) Heavyweight Adults 1: Bill Knuff riding GR Remington (295.5pts) 2: Gerda Knuff riding LL Moonshine’s Skipper (289pts) 3: Bev Jansen riding Mr. Sans Codee (289pts) 4: Terry Bouchard riding Paulinka Rose (269pts) 5: Myrna Thompson riding King (249.5pts) Level Two (27.5 miles) Lightweight Junior 1: Saylor Mayer riding Naskect SF (278.5pts) Lightweight Adults 1: Beverly Lewis riding Kira (290pts) 2: Brenna Mayer riding Shams Aaliya (282pts) 3: Susan Tritt riding Doc’s Paladin (278pts) 4: June Melhuish riding Seraubis Pride (274pts) Heavyweight Adults 1: Madeline Bateman riding Shainy Prize (300pts) *Vet’s Choice Award winner* 2: Nellie Roukema riding Mia (295pts) 3-TIE: Mike Day riding Salina Fra Hester (293pts) 3-TIE: Deb Powell riding Aur Dreamscape (293pts) 4: Claire Viti riding Trixie (291pts) 5: Bev Voigt riding Emma Peel (290pts) 6: Bianca Mackenzie riding Titanium (285pts) 7: John Gourlay riding Thunder (279pts) 8: Melissa Howell riding Magic Creek Rocket (272pts) 9: Heather Bradshaw riding Fiesta (253.5pts) 10: Nora Hudson riding White Sox Victor (239pts)

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Trainer of the North 2015 By Geri Brown


he Trainer of the North Challenge was held August 27-29 at the Bulkley Valley Exhibition grounds in Smithers. This is the sixth year for our challenge and it just keeps getting better. This year, we had three of the most talented young trainers that the West has to offer. Severin Pederson was back after his big win last year and Kade Mills and Cory McAllister were here for the first time. We are honoured to have such talented horsemen come to Smithers, and the community really showed their appreciation for them by filling the stands for all the sessions. It was even more interesting this year because we had Dom St. Amand as an announcer. Kade came to us from Olds AB, having won two Mane Event challenges as well as two All Equine shows in Ontario. Cory, from Red Deer AB, is just starting to try out the challenge scene and really enjoyed it. The challenge started with the trainers drawing for their horses, supplied by Justwishin Quarterhorses from Houston. Severin got a filly called Dream, Cory got a filly called Latin and Kade ended up with a gelding called Rockstar. Severin’s horse lived up to her name and cooperated with Severin from the start. Cory’s horse was also a very willing little filly, while Rockstar behaved like one and was having no part of conforming to the role of a follower. Severin had his saddle on Dream in the first round and Cory as well. Kade thought it best to do a lot of ground work, which proved to be a

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At the end of the challenge, the scores were within 8.5 points and Severin came out on top. He was the winner of the Billy Cook Trail saddle from Smithers Feed Store and the one-night stay at the amazing Bear Claw Lodge in Kispiox. Kade was a close second and took home a handmade Curio box from Northwest Kitchen Centre embedded with the Trainer of the North logo, as well as return airfare from Central Mountain Air. Cory came in third and took home the same prizes as Kade. While I was busy tallying the scores, we held a new competition called the Naked Trail challenge. Not the riders! The horses were “naked” -- the riders did a trail course without a saddle or bridle. We had five riders do it and they all did the course really well and impressed the audience with their skills in getting their horses to go over and through the The Winner Severin Pederson obstacles without the usual aids. The eventual winner was Katherine Gattiker. We would like to thank the trainers, the judges, the horse suppliers, the organizers and all the sponsors who make this event possible. Keep posted to our Facebook page, “Trainer of the North Challenge” to see who next year’s exciting line of trainers will be.

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The Role of Probiotics and Prebiotics for Senior Horses By Doug Campbell and Tahn Towns Why do senior horses often struggle to maintain adequate body weight and top line muscling?


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tal work is always important, as age comes with special dental issues; worn-down molars, excessive incisor length, loose or missing teeth. A horse with poor teeth may be able to rip off grass and swallow it with minimal chewing, however, chewing hay requires teeth that meet properly and don’t hurt. Food must be thoroughly chewed so that it can be easily liquefied in the stomach. This liquefied food (chyme) travels into the small intestine, where microbes aid in the enzymatic digestion process by extracting the molecular minerals, vitamins, proteins, fats and non-structural carbohydrates from the chyme. Villi, which look like millions of tiny finger-like projections, are located along the internal walls of the small intestine and form “docking and transfer stations.” This is where the molecular-sized nutrients pass through the intestinal wall and into the blood and lymph systems to be transported to cells throughout the body. The fibre that the horse consumed remains in the chyme and is now moved into the hind gut.

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Shay is an excellent example of a senior horse who looks after “her” kids. Shay is in excellent health and takes her probiotics every day! ides (MOS) tend to attract and excrete pathogens and may assist in reducing allergic responses as well. Beta-glucans from MOS help restore the mucosal linings throughout the digestive tract and improve immune function. Healthy mucosal linings in the small colon are now able to absorb the liquids (electrolytes) from the remaining digestive material, thereby minimizing loose stools. Digestive tract microbial profiles are unique from horse to horse, and some horses just need supplementation more than others. Older horses often realize a substantial benefit from receiving a high quality probiotic and prebiotic supplement when good quality pasture is unavailable. When coupled with good nutrition practices, probiotics and prebiotics help to ensure optimum digestion and can be an important consideration for keeping senior horses healthy. The late Doug Campbell was a product specialist for Equine Choice Products made in Ontario. Doug worked in the areas of ration, vitamin and mineral formulation for over 35 years in Canada and the USA. Tahn Towns is a long-time horse owner with a background in holistic health. More information can be found at

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By Bruce A. Roy, Wild Rose Draft Horse Association, Photos courtesy of The Draft Horse Journal

When the economy of a western nation is depressed, the market for draft horses historically has strengthened. Why?

Amish-owned Percherons baling hay with a draft horse powered hay baler.


uring the roaring 20s, the market for heavy horses fell away. However, when the Great Depression of the 1930s surfaced, the draft horse trade rebounded. This growth continued until 1945, when World War II came to an end. The years that followed were desperate. Hundreds of draft horses were shipped overseas to a Europe torn by the war, while here in North America draft horses were slaughtered by the thousands. No market for a heavy horse remained by the 1950s. But a few family favourites - Belgian, Clydesdale and Percheron, bred on for their owners. Here in Canada, the Shire and Suffolk breeds disappeared. The Israeli-Arab Wars sparked interest in draft horses, for the Suez Canal was closed in 1967. The following global oil crisis lasted until 1973, when the international waterway was

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Amish-owned Belgian draft horses ploughing

finally reopened. During this period, a slow but expanding trade for draft horses resurfaced. With each passing decade, this trade has continued to grow. Today, the draft horse trade has achieved levels horsemen can scarce believe. In 2014, The Shire Horse Society in Great Britain exported 56 Shires to 12 countries Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, South Africa and Sweden. One of America’s largest trade fairs, Horse Progress Days, drew over 25,000 international spectators. Here, technologically-advanced, environmentally-friendly horse-drawn equipment, designed, manufactured and employed by the Amish, who are the fastest growing sector of American agriculture, is showcased each spring.

Shires and Suffolks can be found once again in Canada. Today’s market for Belgians, Clydesdales and Percherons has increased both in size and scope. Recently, 62 Americanbred Belgians and Percherons were flown to South Korea. Purportedly, a second shipment could soon follow. These draft horses are not destined for a dinner plate. This spring, North America’s draft horse market captured widespread publicity. A team of work horses at Iowa’s 2015 Waverly Spring Sale sold for $32,000, which is a figure without precedence. This sale’s bumper work horse trade was manifest weeks earlier at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The trade continued at sales in Ohio, Indiana, Ontario, and Alberta. A 3-year-old Belgian mare sold at Madison, Wisconsin, for a record breed price of $64,000. A total of 218 Belgians and Percherons sold for a $6,867 average price at the 2015 Mid-America Draft Horse Sale, which was held in February at Gifford, Illinois. This was a $965 increase on the record 2014 sale average. This fall, 569 Clydesdales are entered at London, Ontario’s 2015 World Clydesdale Show. The honours will be contested September 29 to October 3. Clydesdale breeders from Australia, Brazil, England, Germany, Eire, New Zealand, Northern Ireland and Scotland have flight and hotel reservations for this international equine event, as have countless Americans and Canadians from across the continent. Close to $500,000 has been raised to finance this, the largest Clydesdale show in breed history. Numbered among the corporate giants involved is Anheuser Busch, Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri. Not since the internal combustion engine was invented, have draft horse breeders looked forward to a brighter future. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Equine Foundation Of Canada By Bob Watson


ldon Bienert, well known horseman and Morgan breeder, owner of Dawnville Farm at Leduc Alberta was a founding member of the Canadian Morgan Horse Foundation. The concept of the CMHF was the brain child of George Wade but was strongly supported by many others, especially Eldon Bienert. George Wade, Jack Reeves and Eldon Bienert were the individuals who applied to incorporate the new foundation in July 1979, and subsequently received Supplementary Letters Patent dated May 10, 1982 to officially begin business in 1983. The CMHF was the first charitable organization devoted to equines to be registered by Revenue Canada (Canada Revenue Agency). Eldon, as one of the original members of the Board of Directors, with Peggy McDonald at his side, has been a tireless worker for, and supporter of, the Foundation ever since. The Foundation was set up for ALL breeds of equines, but the word ‘Morgan’ seemed to denote it was only for Morgan Horses, so in the early 1990s the Board applied to change from The Canadian Morgan Horse Foundation to ‘The Equine Foundation of Canada’. The new entity was registered March 27, 1993. George Wade, the President since the beginning in 1983 passed away in 1997 and Eldon was elected as the new President. He has been re-elected President each year since then including 2014. Eldon and Peggy have been very actively involved in EFC fundraising for 32 years, hosting many trail rides and soliciting funds from various ‘horse people’. Being well known in the horse industry in Alberta and across Canada enabled them to attract some excellent bequests. Eldon and Peggy have attended many functions across Canada promoting EFC and have been on hand at all five Veterinary Colleges in Canada to present scholarships, bursaries and donations of specialized equipment. Eldon decided that 2014 would be his last year as President so he did not let his name stand for re-election at the AGM in 2015. The EFC may not have survived were it not for his commitment and drive during his 18 years as President. The Board of Directors wish to thank Eldon Bienert for his dedication, many hours of work and personal financial support of the Equine Foundation of Canada. It is a record to be proud of. Eldon Bienert

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By Mark McMillan


t was a pretty nice, quite-long summer here in the Cariboo... although fall came along suddenly. One day we were haying and the next day it seemed we had no more haying weather. Oh well, we did get a great hay crop, some of the nicest hay we’ve ever made and more then we usually get. Good thing, too, because we’ve had tons of calls from folks wanting to buy hay… people we don’t know and we don’t usually sell hay – sure glad we’re not buying hay this year! We’re really sad to say that a good friend, Larry Freidlander, owner of Tally Ho Carriage Tours in Victoria, passed away on August 25 at the age of 47. He was a true friend that we knew and loved for many years. See the article on page 30. On August 8, the second Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana of the year took place and was a great success. Here are the first and second place winners from the event: Over All Aggregate Winners Peewee: Layne Cleveland, Kassidy Kolisnyk Junior: John Noskey, Kennedy Kolisnyk Intermediate: Cecilia Warren, Nicky Sigouin Senior: Terris Billyboy, Mandy Pincott August Aggregate Winners Peewee: Layne Cleveland, Kassidy Kolisnyk Junior: Jordyn Karl, John Noskey Intermediate: Kailey Dube, Cecilia Warren Senior: Terris Billyboy, Crystal McColl Pole Bending Lead Line: Justine Billyboy, Kalee Pincott Peewee: Layne Cleveland, Kassidy Kolisnyk Junior: John Noskey, Jordyn Karl Intermediate: Kailey Dube, Cecilia Warren Senior: Terris Billyboy, Punky Mulvahill Stake Race Lead line: Cole Kolisnyk, Justine Billyboy Peewee: Dane Robinson, Layne Cleveland Junior: Jordyn Karl, Eden Canuel Intermediate: Kailey Dube, Nicky Sigouin Senior: Terris Billyboy, Crystal McColl Barrel Race Lead line: Cheyenne Maltesen, Justine Billyboy Peewee: Layne Cleveland, Kassidy Kolisnyk Junior: Jordyn Karl, John Noskey Intermediate: Cecilia Warren, Kailey Dube Senior: Terris Billyboy, Mandy Pincott Keyhole Race Lead line: Findlay, Cole Kolisnyk Peewee: Layne Cleveland, Kassidy Kolisnyk Junior: John Noskey, Jordyn Karl Intermediate: Autumn Lea, Nicky Sigouin Senior: Terris Billyboy, Crystal McColl Baton Race – Open First: Punky Mulvahill, John Noskey and Crystal McColl Second: Jordyn Karl, Ashley Taylor and Autumn Lea. Musical Tires – Open First: Ashley Taylor and Autumn Lea

Layne Cleveland encourages his horse around the barrel at the August Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana. (Photo by Ken Alexander, 100 Mile Free Press)

Larry Freidlander driving one of our trucks, helping us move into Meadow Springs Ranch (18 years ago)

The annual Cariboo Plateau CTR took place on August 8 at the Hills Health Ranch at 108 and met their cap of 30 riders each (60 riders total). There was an 18.5-mile course (level one) and a 28.5-mile course (level two), plus a 50-mile endurance ride. See page 20-21 for results. We had the pleasure of hosting a jam session here at Meadow Springs Ranch on Thursday, September 10, which was a lot of fun! It happened when BC Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Bud Webb heard that Ed Wahl would be here. They would both be on their way to Barkerville where they would entertain at Drover Days. Bud asked if they could have a jam

(L-R) Sierra, Val, Lorie and Codie on their horses here at Meadow Springs Ranch. Lorie owns Hope River Metal Art and can be found in her booth at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.

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Cariboo Chatter... cont’d here and, of course, I said yes… and then invited Ernie, Bernadette, and Jason… and a pile of other people, too. We threw burgers on the BBQ and sat back to a lot of good country fun. The 16th Annual Cariboo Country Night: Ernie Doyle has been featured every year… a crowd favourite with his big boomin’ voice and choice of country favourites. Joining him this year was Bernadette Ducharme from Horsefly and Jason Ruscheinsky from the Bridge Lake area, both terrific upcoming singers. The steak dinner, with steaks donated by SaveOn-Foods, was, as usual, awesome! I think everyone went home happy and/or tired from all the dancing.

Ernie Doyle, Bernadette Ducharme and Jason Ruscheinsky had the dance floor hoppin’ at Cariboo Country Night.

Ed Wahl, Bud Webb, Ernie Doyle and Bernadette Ducharme jamming in our living room.

Coming Up The 5th Annual Horsey Ladies Charity Auction is rapidly approaching. The event will be held, once again, at the Wildman’s Restaurant on Highway 24, Interlakes area of the Cariboo, on November 20, at 5 pm. Since its inception, the auction has raised over $12,000 that has benefited local charities. Ticket numbers are limited and sell out quickly. For more information or to donate items, please contact Cheryle Hickman at 250-593-4139. Hope to see you there! The 16th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016, in the Martin Exeter Hall in 100 Mile House and the 20th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival will be March 17-20, 2016. We’ll let you know details as we get closer to the dates.

Last Month’s What’s This?

The September item was a photo we took in France, at an antique market. It is a butter curler dish. Butter is put inside and when pressed through the top it comes out as fancy butter curls that are flower shaped. This was a little tougher. The August item, a pipe rack and humidor, was a tougher one, too; we received no correct answers. We’ll try for an easier one this month.


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Larry Friedlander “Mr Tally Ho” Passed away on August 25th at the age of 47.


nyone that has visited the City of Victoria has probably gone for a ride, or at least seen the horse drawn carriages, and many will remember the big Tally Ho wagons that pack tourists around the inner harbour and James Bay area. Larry started with the horse drawn Tally Ho Carriage Tours at the age of 12 or 13… at first as a stowaway sneaking rides, then folding blankets on the wagon seats, and eventually ended up owning the company (he had stated at a young age that he would, one day, end up owning the company). When the previous owners bought the business they relied on Larry’s knowledge as it was Larry who knew all the horses and their habits. Although very seldom seen on the back of a horse - he was way more comfortable on a Harley or driving a horse(s)… horses were a passion as well as his life’s work. Larry was witty, loved to tease, and always had a funny story to share. He was a great husband to his wife Donna of 23 years, and an awesome dad to his two daughters, Brianna and Kennadie who have followed in his footsteps as “confident, capable ‘country’ girls who have their daddy’s kindness and zest for anything fun!” We’ll always remember “Laurence,” as we called him way back when, and know that he loved his life as it was. He will be missed by many, many people, family and friends … all people that he made smile. - Submitted by Kathy and Mark McMillan

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Top Dog! Puppy Nipping and Biting By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP Left to their own devices, what do puppies like to do? They like to bark, play, run, eat tasty foods, explore, sniff things, dig holes and they like to bite and chew. Puppies are a true challenge and perhaps the biggest challenge is all the nipping, biting and chewing.


andling all the stages of puppy nipping and biting care- and work well for puppy. In all instances of nipping and biting, you fully and thoughtfully can test the mettle of even the most should immediately re-direct your pup to an appropriate toy. You may have to do this many, many times but it’s important that they patient and forgiving soul! learn there are things they can and should Puppies bite because they are teething chew and others that they don’t need to and learning to control their bite strength, chew. and because nipping is a way to explore their world and join the social life of dogs. Here are some good management techAnother reason puppies bite is because niques to help with a nippy puppy: it makes exciting things happen. Biting • When puppy grabs a hand or sweater, for can often earn attention. Biting for attenexample, disengage him gently and protion often starts as a bout of what we call vide a suitable replacement—a chew toy— the “zoomies” -- puppy zooming around instead. “Good Boy” for taking and chewthe room leaving a wake of torn pants ing the toy! and painful nips on the ankles in his path. • Keep lots of chewable replacements for Every family member is now focused on the your clothes and hands handy in each puppy. Mission accomplished -- the party room where the puppy spends time. Ideas: has started! Make no mistake, puppies are beef chews, dental chews, plush toys, tug very good at training humans to pay attentoys, Nyla bones for puppies, rubber Kong tion to them. toys for puppy, an old sock knotted in sev Fortunately, we can train our dogs to An arm is an appealing chew item for Jack. eral places, an old wash cloth that has been show more appropriate behaviours, but it dampened and frozen. Rotate the toys fretakes time and it takes a consistent, wellquently putting some away and bringing planned effort. out others as “new” toys. Depending on The first step to success is to underthe stage your pup is at, different textures stand that a puppy using his mouth is natmay bring more relief from teething or be ural and normal. When interacting with more interesting at different times. their littermates and their mom, the feed• Don’t let the puppy play with your hands back is clear and they begin to learn how or clothes. Simply stop the fun, and leave. If to use their mouths appropriately. Once biting always stops the fun, biting at hands they leave that environment, it’s up to us to and clothes will occur less often. Often this give constructive feedback to continue the is enough to extinguish playful nipping, process of helping them learn to use their but probably not enough to extinguish mouths gently. We need to do this without nipping due to teething discomfort. being punitive or scary. This is the most im• Have a safe and comfortable spot where portant point -- our feedback needs to be you can leave the puppy when you cannot thoughtful and neutral in order to help our play with him or watch him; an X pen with puppies learn. his bedding and some toys in it, or an area There are different ages and stages fenced off with baby gates. that puppies go through that will help you • Nippy puppies sometimes need to be put determine how to deal with their mouthing back in their own space for a while until behaviour at each juncture. they calm down. If you have redirected In general, we always want to help your puppy to toys many times in one play dogs learn good habits. In this case, chewPuppy entertaining himself with a more appropriate chew toy. session and he seems just “stuck” in the ing on approved items will always pay off 32 • Saddle Up • October 2015

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Top Dog! Nipping and Biting... cont’d behaviour of grabbing at your hands or clothing, calmly and neu- • Repeat this exercise with a toy or chew bone. Click and treat for trally direct puppy into his pen or crate for a minute or two until calmness and for waiting rather than grabbing at the object. If at he calms down. Ensure there are plenty of chewable toys in these any time he tries to nip, stop, put your fist or other object out of areas for him to focus on. Once he comes out again, continue re- sight and start again a little further away. When you have clicked and treated him several times for staying calm, click and give him directing him to appropriate toys. • When the puppy grabs you or your clothing, stop moving. The the object and let him enjoy it. He is learning that you will give him nice things but only if he waits for movement seems like play to the permission. dog. The fun is gone if you are • Repeat this at several distanstill. ces around the puppy’s nose and • If there are children involved mouth. Be sure to do this several and puppy starts grabbing at times during the day. hands or clothing, it’s often eas• Do the same with your open hand. ier for them to simply toss a toy Do the same with your index finaway from them and then leave ger. Try it with your shoes and your the area while puppy remains beclothing. hind with his assortment of toys Your puppy can definitely available to chew on. learn not to nip things that are near • Give your puppy something his face, and since this is when most permissible to chew on, while nipping occurs, reinforcing his coryou scratch his back and belly or rect choices is crucial. You should engage him in play. This helps see immediate improvement with him to learn that some things are this technique, but because he’s a OK to chew on. Many puppies puppy, you’ll need to repeat it over have learned in this way to grab a and over, especially when you have chew toy before they come over tempting smells on your clothes and to you, as a way of telling you hands! that they know what the rules for By following these guidelines safe play are! Reinforce that with Having a good variety of chew items at your disposal is key to success. and keeping it positive, you will the scratching and rubbing they help your puppy learn to be polite and appropriate in the way he want! uses his mouth. Note: If you think your puppy’s biting isn’t gradually lessening Play “I’m OK with that!” (from Karen Pryor, Here’s a game to play with your puppy to help teach gentle over time but seems to be turning toward aggression, seek the mouth skills and to not nip at things that are close to him. This help of a good, positive trainer. Keep in mind that during times technique is very simple. You are simply rewarding the puppy for when puppy is teething, nipping and biting will get temporarily choosing not to nip. When the puppy makes the right choice, he worse. earns his click and reward! You are helping him learn to make good Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers with decisions! • Take your closed fist and put it in front of puppy’s face. Click and a combined 30 years of experience. With a focus on creating confitreat if he doesn’t nip—even for a second! Repeat this. If your dent, happy and well-balanced dogs using force-free methods, they puppy bumps his soft nose against your fist, that’s great. Click this! hold hipPUPS, babyBRATS and Partnership classes. They also offer • Next, take your closed fist and wave it very slowly around in front private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specifics of puppy. If your puppy does not try and nip you right away, click needs of any dog. They are Certified Training Partners of the Karen Pryor Academy and members of The Pet Professional Guild. and treat. Repeat this several times. • Raise the criteria for a click by both lengthening the amount of time puppy can have your fist in front of his nose without nipping, and by altering the distance from his face and the speed of your hand moving around his face.

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116th Interior Provincial Exhibition Photos were a group effort: Sweet Iron Photography, Patti Thomas, Crystal McKay, Nancy Roman


he 116th Annual IPE and Stampede was held September 2-6 in Armstrong BC. BC’s largest agricultural fair attracted over 150,000 people throughout the five days. Saddle Up tries to coordinate all horse events in the report – but not all divisions submit their news. We have here the light horse division report. Judges: Jodie Moore, Glenn Perran, Cat Armitage. Course Designer Jumpers: Pamela Arthur Steward: Ellen Smailes Announcer: Liesa Smith IPE 2015 STAKES WINNERS LIGHT HORSE DIVISION Best Stall Decoration: Rhonda Bennett Early Bird Entries: Stacey Strohm Supreme of Show (Male): Custom Chrome Alfie of Brackenhill / James Jaworski Reserve Supreme (Male): Simply Encountered / Cathy Glover Supreme of Show (Female): Sudden Win Potential / Jyssica Heiss Reserve Supreme (Female): Stella / Patti Thomas $750 IPE Tri-Challenge: Invincible Me / Sue Olson

$500 English Pleasure Stake Senior Over 15.3: Jacqueline Cross / Con Brio $500 Miniature Horse Pleasure Driving Stake: Raphaela Russo / Vista Valley Silverado $500 AOB Over 14.2 Pleasure Driving Stake: Lynn Johnson / Cash Certificate $500 AOB 14.2 & Under Pleasure Driving Stake: Patti Thomas / Stella $500 Obstacle Driving Miniature (Single) (Gamblers Choice Stake Class): Chelaine McInroy / Just Imagine Wee Elf $500 Obstacle Driving 14.3 & Under (Single) (Gamblers Choice Stake Class): A. David Mante / Mante’s Matthius $500 Obstacle Driving Over 14.3 (Single) (Gamblers Choice Stake Class): Lynn Johnson / Cash Certificate

Brian and Ursula Jensen of Lumby BC had this to add to their experience at the IPE…

Jumpers: $500 IPE Power & Speed: Sweet Magnolia / Avery Cox $700 Three Bar Jumper: Flynn / Hailey Avery $700 Team Fault & Out: Kitara / Lindsey Cox and Let’s Bounce / Melanie McJannett $700 IPE Modified Jumper: Top Secret / Sorrel Schoenberger $1750 IPE Mini Prix: Sweet Magnolia / Avery Cox Miniature Horses: Grand Champion Mare or Filly: Reeces Cat Women / Judy Lenz Grand Champion Stallion or Colt: Redi Aim Fire / Tony Spina- Lombards Grand Champion Gelding: BHF Dynamic Prizm / Amelia Baker Supreme Champion of Show: Reeces Cat Women / Judy Lenz $500 Musical Freestyle Challenge: A duo consisting of Tatum Sawatzky / Ceasars Lady Della and Tyra Sawatzky / Kootenay $500 Western Pleasure Stake Senior: Taelor Marchant / Stealth $500 English Pleasure Stake Junior 15.3 & Under: Hailey Freathy / Element 47 $500 English Pleasure Stake Junior Over 15.3: Hailey Avery / Flynn $500 IPE Open Show Hack Stake 15.3 & Under: Hailey Freathy / Element 47 $500 IPE Open Show Hack Stake Over 15.3: Carolyn Dobbs / Presario $750 Reining Stake Open: Anna Green / Pep San Jewel $500 Western Pleasure Stake Junior & Youth: Hailey Blattler / Just A Whim $500 English Pleasure Stake Senior 15.3 & Under: Taelor Marchant / Stealth

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“It is Official! Thanks to the IPE and the Heavy Horse Division, Trinity Fjords, Brian and Ursula Jensen of Lumby have set quite possibly a Canadian record and a world record for Norwegian Fjord horses driving a Quadrom/4-in-line. On Sunday afternoon the Quadrom Demo was shown in the main arena. Norway had heard of this demo and sent over their National flag to fly with the Canadian flag on the back of the wagonette. Many thanks to the handlers: Kelsey Little, Marilyn Snhmor, Julie Pilon and Wanda Gammel. Without their able assistance it would not have been possible.”

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The Fillies Take on Aspengrove By Nancy Roman Photos a group effort!


t all started back in June of 2000 when a bunch of gals wanted to ‘getaway’ with their horse and friends. And me being the ‘keener organizer’ and social butterfly that I am… let’s get ‘er done – introducing The North Okanagan Fillies! Twenty of us converged on Jandana Ranch at Pinantan Lake that very first year. Over the years we have been to many of BC’s guest ranches, equestrian centres, bed and bales, and resorts, such as Southwind Ranch, Seven Half Diamond Ranch, Aspengrove Equestrian Academy, Wildhorse Mountain Ranch, AP Guest Ranch, Hills Health Ranch, Hat Creek Ranch, Bear Valley Ranch, Myra Canyon Ranch, Graham Dunden Ranch, Spring Lake Ranch, Big Bar Guest Ranch, Wells Gray Park, and Dreamscape Ranch. Thank you to Linda for compiling your list; which

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jogged my memory a little! Our largest group ever was 38 of us at The Hills! And thank you to every one of our hosts for your hospitality and memories! This year 17 of us returned to Aspengrove Equestrian Academy outside of Vernon. Hilda Wohlford and her daughter Alisha were happy to welcome us back! A fully catered weekend for us all – the food, as usual, was fabulous! The cabins and clubhouse were very comfortable, and our horses were happy in their own sheltered pens (with autowaterers to boot). We trail rode a bit (as the weather was not inviting) and played in the arena with an obstacle course we had created. And of course the ritual gift exchange Saturday night. So much fun – thank you all for a great weekend! • 39

Double ‘L’ 4-H Club By Naomi Willms, Club Reporter


ot only Double ‘L’ but lots of clubs participated in an event called Summer Sizzler from August 5-9 in Salmon Arm BC. It’s a lovely sort of camp where everyone gets an hour lesson twice a day, english or western, plus two ground school lessons each day. As a bonus we all played a large game of Capture the Flag one night and if you wanted, participated in a costume class. Scattered throughout August, Double ‘L’ had multiple Husbandry checks, where two of our leaders checked everyone’s home and asked questions about their horse. Colleen Ryan, Cari Crawford, my little brother and sister and I traveled to the far corners of Kamloops to do each and every member of our club.

August 29th we had our club Achievement Day, which like its name implies, was a day that we each got judged to see if we passed our units. Naturally each and every one

of us did, because Double ‘L’ 4-H Club rocks! As a club we wish you a safe winter and great weather! Crossed fingers it doesn’t get too cold!

(l to r): Riley, Jaymie, Ally, Elsie, Jordyn, Cally, Naomi, Aubree, Brianne and Calvin

t the KIDS! – the next generation It ’s ALL A bou

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t is Marijane again. I am 8 now! I am riding Julio at my lesson with Mrs. Karan Moore in Grand Forks. We are doing good and I am learning to have balance and good posture. Mrs. Karan has games that are fun too. Julio is my best boy. I love him so much. He always gets apples after our lesson. - Marijane (8 now!), Grand Forks BC

Kids... where are you?

What are you doing with your horse? It’s YOUR turn to tell us about YOU! BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! Send in ONE photo with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. E-mail to Put in the subject line “KIDS.” 40 • Saddle Up • October 2015

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office wowed the audience with their impressive and elegant movements; Thundering Impact demonstrated the beauty and control of draught horses under saddle; Academie Duello targeted the combat-minded with a demonstration of mounted combat; Natalie Vonk danced her way into the hearts of the audience with a spectacular and out-ofthe-ordinary demonstration of the traditional art of Garrocha; and the BC Lower Mainland Pony Clubs teamed together to put on a jumping demonstration to give the audience a better understanding of a familiar activity. The weather didn’t put a damper on any of the PNE guests, but we did get a bit of a scare with the high winds and falling trees. We almost had to call it quits, but with a great show of horsemen resilience we were able to keep the day in full swing!

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 •

Horse Day 2015: A Huge Success We had an awesome time at Horse Day this year! The barn was filled with horses and the arena was filled with riding demos; we showed Vancouver why horses are the best!

Missy the Belgian from Thundering Impact Draft Horse Drill Team This year, we had over 170 volunteers help make Horse Day the success that it was. Many clubs who joined us this Saturday were with us at the PNE last year and we had a lot of new clubs excited to take part this time around as well. Everyone set up fantastic booths and showcased their love of horses in a fun, informative way. The riders were superb in demonstrating different styles of riding and how to have fun with horses. Horse Council BC brought our cool new Photo Boards for people to take pictures of themselves “jumping” or “racing” and we loved seeing everyone have a blast with those! If you took a photo with those boards, we’d love for you to send us your pic! In addition to the amazing booths our volunteers designed, our breed aisle was filled with such an eclectic and diverse range of horses that PNE guests got to meet and interact with everything from Friesians, Thoroughbreds, and Connemaras to Mini Donkeys, an Icelandic, a Highland Pony and more! Our Horse Day Extravaganza was a colourful showcase of some of the exciting things you can do with horses. The Langley Riders Drill Team exploded into the arena as the opening act, putting on such an exhilarating display for the audience; Fusion Vaulters HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Dr. Sarah Squinas from Clover Valley Veterinary Hospital and Buster the mini What was our favourite part of Horse Day? Why, the mini doughnuts, of course! That, and sharing our day with such a wonderful group of people and horses and introducing the public to such an amazing sport. The goal of Horse Day is to share the enjoyment of horses with the public and introduce newcomers to the beauty of favourite horse breeds and the fun of equestrian activities. This years’ Horse Day surpassed all our expectations for meeting those goals.

The Endurance Riders Association of BC having some fun with HCBC’s photo boards Horse Council BC would like to extend a heart-felt Thank You to all the volunteers for putting on such a fantastic event. We couldn’t have done it without everyone! Thank you!

Thank you to all of our Horse Day 2015 Volunteers: 1st Mainland Donkey and Mule Club Academie Duello Ayri Wylie Back Country Horsemen of BC BC Lower Mainland Pony Clubs Burnaby Horsemen’s Association Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Clover Valley Veterinary Hospital Crescent Stables Endurance Riders Association of BC Fusion Vaulters Harness Racing BC Langley Riders Drill Team Natalie Vonk New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society North Shore Equestrian Otter Co-Op Richmond Therapeutic Riding Association Susan Balcom The Mane Event Thundering Impact Drill Team Vander Kooi Friesians

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Thunderbird Show Park Report Visit for more information and season schedule. Pan American Silver Medalist takes Top Spot in Langley It was a packed field at Thunderbird Show Park for the $42k George & Dianne Tidball Legacy Grand Prix on Friday night August 14. Seven advanced to the jump off, keeping spectators on the edge of their seats until the final ride. Pan American silver medalist, Andres Rodriguez aboard Verdi, was last into the ring, leaving out a stride to shave a tenth of a second off Will Simpson’s time and take top spot. $42,000 CSI3* George and Dianne Tidball Legacy Grand Prix – Top 5 Horse Rider 1. Verdi Andres Rodriguez (VEN) 2. The Dude Will Simpson (USA) 3. Chivas Z Richard Spooner (USA) 4. Coral Reef Follow Me II Vinton Karrasch (USA) 5. Agamemnon Alec Lawler (USA)

Owner Midas Business Group SA Monarch International Little Valley Farms Coral Reef Ranch Equine Ventures LLC

Time 39.03 39.20 40.20 42.45 42.69

Faults 4 4

Rodriguez and Verdi

Fellers and Flexible Win Big It was a perfect ten for Rich Fellers and Flexible at the $126k Longines FEI World Cup TM Qualifier on Sunday August 16. The pair, partnered for a decade, bested a field of 26 competitors representing the USA, Canada, Venezuela and Mexico. With just three advancing to the jumpoff, it was a heart pounding finish for the crowd as the 19-year-old Irish Sport Horse sailed over the final fence with just a second to spare. $126k Longines FEI World Cup TM Jumping Langley – Top 5

Fellers and Flexible

Horse 1. Flexible 2. The Dude 3. Plume de la Roque 4. Agrostar 5. SF Ariantha

Rider Richard Fellers (USA) Will Simpson (USA) Ben Asselin (CAN) Ashlee Bond (USA) Andres Rodriguez (VEN)

Owner Harry & Mollie Chapman Monarch International SNC Ellipse

Time 40.51 41.71 43.01 Zuchtoff Klatte & Little Valley Farms 79.90 Stella Farm & Olivia Cox-Fill 82.56

Faults 4 4 4

Victory is Sweet for Ray Texel & Baldira Sixty-four horse rider combinations took to the field for the $42k Uryadi’s Village Grand Prix on Friday August 21. With seven advancing to the jump off, it was Ray Texel and his spicy mare, Baldira, who delivered the quickest ride of the day. For Texel, it was the perfect ride for new mount, 10-year-old Baldira. $42k Uryadi’s Village Grand Prix – Top 5 Horse 1. Baldira 2. Colgan Cruise 3. Ziedento 4. New York 5. Caliber 9

Rider Ray Texel (USA) Rich Fellers (USA) Susan Hutchison (USA) Hardin Towell (USA) Andres Rodriguez (VEN)

Owner Mirador Equestrian & Paul Schockemohle

Harry & Mollie Chapman St Bride’s Farm Jennifer Gates Robert Castro

Texel and Baldira

Ashlee Bond and Ace Of Hearts Thrill at Thunderbird The $126k Reliable Equipment Rentals Grand Prix got underway Sunday August 23. With 34 entries from Canada, the USA, Venezuela and Israel, spectators were on the edge of their seats for a finish that put just three tenths of a second between first and second place. In the end, it was Ashlee Bond and Ace of Hearts who galloped to victory. $126k Reliable Equipment Rentals Grand Prix – Top 5

Bond and Ace of Hearts

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Horse Rider Owner Time Faults 1. Ace of Hearts Ashlee Bond Little Valley Farms 40.06 2. Flexible Rich Fellers Harry & Mollie Chapman 40.43 3. SF Ariantha Andres Rodriguez Robert Castro 42.86 4. Ziedento Susan Hutchison St. Bride’s Farm 43.74 5. Okapi De Terlong Jenn Serek Jenn Serek 49.42 -

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Spruce Meadows “Masters” Tournament Photos by Cheryle Hickman, Rein-Beau Images (unless otherwise noted)


he 2015 Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament CSIO 5* got underway on Wednesday September 9 celebrating 40 years of outstanding competition at one of the world’s most iconic venues.

Top international horses and riders convened for opening day, which featured wins for Kent Farrington (USA) and Uceko in the $85,000 AKITA Drilling Cup 1.60m and McLain Ward (USA) aboard HH Carlos Z in the $35,000 TELUS Cup 1.50m. On day 2 Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet celebrated his 35th birthday as well as his first trip ever to Spruce Meadows with a win in the $126,000 CANA Cup 1.60m riding Algorhythem. Earlier in the afternoon, Canada’s Eric Lamaze rode to victory in the $35,000 ATCO Structures and Logistics Cup 1.50m for the second year in a row aboard Fine Lady 5. An exciting evening of international show jumping took place complimented by equestrian exhibitions, live music and a dazzling

display of fireworks during the MercedesBenz Evening of the Horse Friday night. It was a packed house to watch many of the world’s best horses and riders competing, including the second win of the week for Kent Farrington (USA) and Uceko in the $210,000 Tourmaline Oil Cup 1.60m. The $75,000 ATCO Electric ‘Circuit’ Six Bar was held later with a victory for Edwin Smits (SUI) and Rouge Pierreville over four rounds of competition.

Edwin Smits and Rouge Pierreville clear 1.95m. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services. The $300,000 BMO Nations’ Cup was held on Saturday afternoon, with eight countries represented, and an exciting gold medal win for Brazil in the team’s first time ever competing in the event. The team of Pedro Veniss, Felipe Amaral, Eduardo Menezes and Rodrigo

Captain Canada

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Pessoa jumped to victory in front of a record crowd of 85,747 fans in attendance. France earned the silver medal, and Canada took home Bronze. Earlier on Saturday, Scott Brash (GBR) earned top prize in the $126,000 Suncor Energy Cup Winning Round 1.50m riding Hello Forever. The Masters Tournament concluded with a momentous day of show jumping on Sunday September 13, as Great Britain’s Scott Brash jumped to victory in the $1.5 Million CP International, presented by Rolex, riding superstar mount Hello Sanctos. With the win, Brash became the first rider in history to conquer the challenging Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. The 29-year-old rider was almost speechless as the magnitude of his accomplishment sunk in. “To win the Rolex Grand Slam is every rider’s dream. I did not actually think it could be done,” Brash acknowledged. “This means everything to me.”

Brash and Hello Sanctos

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2015 Canadian National Andalusian & Lusitano Show By Colleen Pedrotti. Photos courtesy of Mary Wood, Treasured Times Imagery.


ell, it’s a wrap! The Pacific Association of the Andalusian and Lusitano Horse (PAALH) hosted the 2015 Canadian National Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Show and Fiesta in Olds AB, on August 21-23. The Show offered a wide variety of Andalusian and Lusitano classes for both purebred and partbred horses as well as many open classes for all breeds of horses. In addition, there were traditional Fiesta performances, classes, and auctions on Saturday night. The classes ranged from a full slate of English and western hack classes, halter and in-hand classes on Friday and Saturday and finished with a full day of dressage on Sunday. Many of the classes were well attended and three of the most popular classes, Best Movement, Sport Horse in Hand and Working Equitation, all had a whopping 17 entries! The in-hand classes were featured in the mornings and the performance classes were held in the afternoon and evenings. With over 75 horses attending the show, the classes were very competitive and exciting to watch. Although the weather didn’t exactly cooperate, soaking us with torrential downpours and very cold temperatures during Friday’s classes, things improved greatly for Saturday and Sunday. Despite the new loca-

tion, and a new cohort of volunteers, the show was very well attended and enjoyed by horses, handlers and spectators alike. The Fiesta of the Royal Horse was held on Saturday evening with a variety of equine performers travelling from afar to demonstrate their craft for the audience. The very talented exhibitors and their mounts put on a 2 1/2-hour Fiesta accompanied by a live Mariachi band. Included in the Fiesta lineup were performances in Spanish Garrocha and Doma Vaquera, a musical Kur Freestyle, mounted shooting, liberty demonstrations, the Supreme Champion Purebred and Partbred Halter Classes, and much more. Also held at the Fiesta was a live auction of two partbred Andalusian colts which were generously donated by two of our club members. On Saturday, a number of beautiful works of equine art by Shannon Ford, Jolene Aarbo and Stephanie Travers were auctioned or awarded as fundraisers for PAALH and there was a successful silent auction as well. A big thank you to all our members, volunteers and the generous people of Alberta for helping make the Canadian National Andalusian and Lusitano Show a success. Also a big thank you goes to long-time sponsors such as Nancy Roman and Saddle Up magazine for their loyal support!

High Point Results Andalusian/Lusitano Supreme Halter Champion: VA San Paulo – Owned and bred by Dr. Anne Starr and Brian Rehwald of Valhalla Andalusians Half Andalusian/Lusitano Supreme Halter Champion: Alta Zaneta – Owned by Debbie Gibeau and bred by Alberta Andalusians Open High Point: Teala Caton of Alberta Andalusians Amateur High Point: Teala Caton of Alberta Andalusians Youth High Point: Sara Ebl

Horse High Point (TIE): Estampa MA – Owned by Dr. Anne Starr and Brian Rehwald of Valhalla Andalusians, bred by Mario’s Andalusians VA Manolete’s Triana – Owned and bred by Dr. Anne Starr and Brian Rehwald of Valhalla Andalusians Junior Horse High Point: VA Manolete’s Triana – Owned and bred by Dr. Anne Starr and Brian Rehwald of Valhalla Andalusians Breeder High Point: Valerie and Stuart Caton of Alberta Andalusians All-Breed Horse High Point: Miss Smokin Nic – owned by Ronna Magotiaux Dressage High Point: Maddox CF – owned by Daren Daost

Inez VW - Owner Dr. Anne Starr

VA San Paulo - Owner Dr. Anne Starr

VA Manolete’s Triana - Owner Dr. Anne Starr - ridden by Sven Smienk

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Alta Bonita - Teala Caton

Nu Chex Dunit - Jill Barron

Alta Quest - Sara Ebl

Gurka - M.L. Schmann

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Totem Saddle Club Update Story and Photos By Alice Sexton


hat a successful show! Our yearly Timberland Show had 29 riders attend coming from Terrace, Smithers and Hazelton. The weather was perfect. Our judge, Bonnie Kennedy from Prince George, was a great encouragement to everyone. Congratulations to all the participants. Without your participation we would not be able to hold these shows. We have one show left. The Skeena Valley Fall Fair Schooling Show September 4-7 with Anthony Lothian judging. Gymkhana season has come to a finish for this year. Lots of riders, some new times beat and lots of fun and laughs. We look forward to next year. The Invitational will be held in Terrace on September 26. Riders from all the area clubs will come to compete as a team. Let’s go Terrace. Clear rounds (jumping) and Percentage Days (dressage) have concluded for the year. Now to tally the points Sabe Henyu and announce the winners at our club banquet in October.

Jocelyn Benoit

Danielle Sexton

Pip Crosby

Jennifer Rempel

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


he Club has unfortunately had a taxing month in August. Many of our members thought it was too hot to ride and for those who spend time in the backcountry and at a higher altitude it was not so bad – until the fires started. The smoke from the Tesalinden and Rock Creek fires was terrible apart from the terrifying sight of the flames burning down the mountainside towards homes that were evacuated by many of our friends. The smoke in the South Okanagan was very thick and claustrophobic. You just could not escape from the stench of smoke. We therefore had to cancel most of our programme for August as many club members were poised ready and on alert to move themselves and their animals should the need have arisen. At the Gillespie Ranch we had lots of calls asking if we could take horses in at short notice should the need arise – of course the answer was yes. Many of our members are also members of CDART – the Canadian Disaster Animal Rescue Team – and we were ready to be deployed with our horse trailers. Some also assisted with the evacuation of the Rock Creek area where it proved very difficult to get in or out as the fires raged and other club members formed part of the reception team in Oliver. We did hold our monthly meeting at the D-K, but it was a grim meeting as we sat outside and watched the mountain continue to burn with smoke billowing into the evening air and making the mountain to the west of Oliver HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

look like an active volcano. It was a fairly short meeting but we are all now very well motivated to strengthen our support and update our training and involvement with CDART – which was the most important point of business for the evening! We also very sadly lost one of our members who passed away in hospital following an operation. Frank Siebeck is remembered (on page 5) in this month’s Saddle Up but he will always be remembered by the club and we will miss him very much. Let us hope that the cooler weather will be the end of the fires and that we can look forward to a lovely September when we hold our Autumn Show, our continuing programme for Improve Your Skills, the Ride To Music Competition and then in early October the Halloween Show. Please visit our new website for the full programme and details of how to contact the Club. So until we see you all again happier trails and remember it is all for the love of horses. • 45

Polo Tournament Wrap-Up Story By Alex and Susan Wales Photos by Susan Wales


he Okanagan Polo Club hosted the annual Ross Fargey Memorial Polo Tournament on the August long weekend at the club fields on Bulman Road in Kelowna. About 60 players and two hundred horses making up twelve teams played in four different levels of play. Teams and players travelled from Saskatoon, Black Diamond and Grande Prairie to join three teams from the Okanagan Polo Club. After three days of fast and exciting polo in the August heat, the Saskatoon squad was victorious in the A-Flight. In the B-Flight, a team consisting of a mix of Okanagan and Grande Prairie players prevailed. In the C-Flight, a team consisting of a mix of Black Diamond and Okanagan players proved to be best. Each day at noon, everything came to a halt for likely the most important part of the tournament. Kids from all the attending clubs make up teams and play two periods of polo on a shortened field. Some walk, some trot, some canter and everyone has a lot of fun, including the parents and spectators. As in any sport, the kids are the future of polo and we feel privileged to have the little guys want to be a part of our game. People who play amateur polo in our Western Canadian circuit are mostly working people and their families who have a love of horses and a fast, exciting game. A few professional players play on some teams to bolster or balance the play. At our tournament, we had some international polo friends join us from Mexico, Argentina and Jamaica. We also were very fortunate to have Dan Healy, a professional umpire, provided by the United

Winners of A flight, from Saskatoon: Tom Maltman, Mani Basaldua, Tony Basaldua, Georgia Sperling 46 • Saddle Up • October 2015

States Polo Association. During the summer, each club in our circuit hosts a tournament and we all travel about like gypsies to compete with and against our friends. Polo at this level is a real family affair, and strong and lasting friendships develop in a way that only happens when you actually do activities with others. The games themselves are only a part of the whole scene. During a typical three-day tournament weekend, a player would only be playing about three hours of actual playing time, but almost everyone stays around the field from early morning until nightfall, either playing, umpiring, announcing, helping out where needed or just hanging out visiting with friends. The horses are all housed at the club facilities at the field, and meals and festivities are provided for all the players and families at the field. We would like to thank the following companies for their financial help with the tournament: CPP, North American Composites, Panorama Veterinary Services, Victor Projects, Zoetis Equine Health Products and Barski Industries. We also would like to thank Polo Canada for providing blankets for the Best Playing Pony awards, and the United States Polo Association for providing our umpire. If you are interested in polo and would like to learn more about the game and the Okanagan Polo Club, visit our website at We are always looking for new members and players. All you need is a horse and a desire to have fun!

Winners of B Flight: Carlos Basaldua, Winners of C flight: Jack Schneider, Will Schneider, Matt Schneider, Jessica Hatch, Jessica Wales, Cheryl Schindel, Lynn Kent, Sue Lapp Greg Schindel

All the kids in the novice flight. They are all winners!

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BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman Photos by Dagmar Funk


ell the IPE came and went, but not without MORGAN power there! Unfortunately none of our own club members attended – but the breed was still represented. There’s talk for next year to get our own Morgan row of stalls and display our banner once again. I’ll be sending a report to the CMHA magazine with photos. Our annual Poker Ride at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby was again another success, held on Saturday September 12 with perfect weather. I believe there were 22 riders including 7 Morgans! Thank you to Darlene, our host, for her great hospitality, food and venue! Always a pleasure to visit. Nyra Cochrane had the best Poker hand, and Steph Hennig found 1 of 3 golden horseshoes (2 are still missing – ha!) See the horseshoe around her neck? Thank you to those who donated to our event: The Paddock Tack & Togs Granite Morgans Noble T Morgans Timber Ridge Trails Country West Supply Armstrong Co-op BC/Yukon Zone CMHA BC Interior Morgan Horse Club Saddle Up magazine Everyone went home with a prize!

Our next meeting is Friday October 9th at the Anchor Inn Pub (upstairs) in Armstrong at 6 pm. Anyone interested to join our club is more than welcome to attend.

JILL’S EYE VIEW By Daphne Davey We thank Jill Parker who generously allowed us to share her story, doubtless replicated across Canada in many of our CanTRA member centres.

it always gets better after one or two lessons, because you get to know the riders quickly.


have been riding since I was four. My parents have always encouraged me to do my best and work hard. I’m very grateful for the sacrifices they’ve made so I could ride. Recently, I wanted to start volunteering in my spare time. As I’ve had family members who have been riders in my local program, I figured it was the perfect way to combine my passion with community service. I’m inspired by how willing the riders are to learn. I know from experience that riding can be hard, but the riders are so brave and optimistic. It inspires me to do the same with my own riding. The friendships between the volunteers and the riders is one of my favourite parts of volunteering. From the moment you step into the barn, everyone makes you feel welcome. I love how it’s like one big family. The only thing I find daunting is meeting a new rider. It’s hard at first to tell how much independence they need or want. I’m sometimes unsure of how to help them, but HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Jill with her horse, Sam (Barbie’s Spirit). Photo courtesy of Jill Parker. I would definitely recommend this work to other equestrians. Sometimes, we get caught up in competition and the more business side of this sport, but this program really shows you that it all comes back to the love of horses. It’s very humbling and makes me think about how much I love my own horses and how lucky I am to be involved with such a great sport. I think teamwork is something that I’ve

learned more about that I can apply to other aspects of my life, since there are so many volunteers working together at once to make sure everything runs smoothly and safePatricia all set to ride. Photo ly. courtesy of Daphne Davey. One of my favourite moments so far was a lesson I was side-walking in. The riders were steering their horses through a small course of ground poles, independent of a leader. I was side-walking Patricia who did everything perfectly. Her turns were spot-on every time and she rode over the middle of every pole. I was so proud of her and it was so amazing to see the improvements since the start of the lessons. (Jill’s horse was named in honour of her aunt, a former rider in the program, who passed away.) For more information on CanTRA visit • 47

Alberta Western Style Dressage Report


he Red Deer and area (RDAWSDA) and Central Alberta (CAWSDA) Western Style Dressage Associations had a fun shared clinic with Jec Ballou at Horse in Hand Ranch in Blackfalds, Alberta the last weekend in August. Twelve riders participated and many auditors came out to view the event. Jec shared many of the exercises from her book “101 Western Dressage Exercises.” It was great to see the changes in the horses with all the pole work. Horses improved their rhythm and became more relaxed, as well as improving impulsion and lift through their backs. Thank-you to Jen Losey for organizing the clinic, Lisa Wieben for booking the amazing facility, Horse In Hand Ranch, and being Jec’s limo to and from the airport, and Debbie Pushie for the fantastic meals. We plan to have more clinicians over the winter months including Elaine Ward and Lisa Wieben in the Red Deer and Edmonton areas. There are few more shows and events in September that will wrap up the show season, with the final show being the WDAA World Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma Group of us at the Jec Ballou Clinic on November 6-8.

Group of us at the Jec Ballou Clinic Other activities coming up: ~ November 15 Virtual Show entries are due ~ There are locals barns offering WSD lessons. ~ In the Edmonton area at Colchester Stables, www.colchesterstables. com, the lessons are Friday nights. ~ North of Edmonton please visit for details. ~ Near Red Deer there are lessons available at Mountain View Training Stables, details at Please keep an eye on our webpage,, and Facebook pages for all the up to date information.

Kelowna Riding Club Update Story and Photos by Sarah Hayes


ummer came to an abrupt halt early this fall with rain that thankfully squelched the numerous wildfires throughout the Okanagan Valley. The Kelowna Riding Club was host to several evacuated horses from the Westbridge/ Rock Creek fire for almost two weeks. It is very inspiring to see the people coming out to offer their help in any way they can, with hay donations, cleaning stalls, feeding – the horses were very well taken care of thanks to the many volunteers and the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team Okanagan (CDART). CDART was impressively organized, with each horse having its own information sheet taped to the stall to track all feeding and care. KRC was proud to be able to host these horses and do our part for those in need. In addition to horses we also had a few owners staying at the grounds too – they were very grateful to be treated with such warmth and compassion during an emotionally difficult time. Although many people offered their time and trailers to rescue horses, they were turned down due to the ferocity of the fire and the fact that no one but CDART or those with specific disaster training were allowed into the fire 48 • Saddle Up • October 2015

Evacuees enjoying a little turnout time zone early on. Highway 33 into the area was closed for an extended period of time and no one was allowed in or out. This created many challenges for rescuers and distraught owners. We now have an opportunity to learn from this and make future improvements. CDART will be planning to host a one-day emergency training course at the KRC, which we hope will take place later this fall. Details to follow - check the website or Facebook page for any updates. If you are interested in joining the Back Country Horsemen of BC, Okanagan Chapter, they meet regularly at the KRC Clubhouse. The next meeting is October 13 at 7 pm.

The John Turner Jumping Clinic for October 3-4 filled up very quickly and auditors are welcome. The Equi-Life Harvest Hunter Jumper Show will be at KRC October 10-11. Our annual fall cleanup is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 17. This is your last chance to get your volunteer hours for the year in and help us to prepare the clubhouse and grounds for winter. The AGM is also scheduled for Saturday, November 14. All details at Happy fall riding!

Evacuated horses chillin’ at KRC HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey

Penticton Trail Breakers By Madison Kulak and Photo by Michelle Glibbery


(l to r) Abby, Lillie, Alyvia, Gabrielle, Jyssica, Georgia, Kierra, Lydia, and standing are Morgan and Glenn Perran.


ow! Can you believe the year of 4-H is already over for Vernon Young Riders? But no worries, we have a few more 4-H shows to do together and I’m here to fill you in on our Achievement

he Penticton Trail Breakers are proud to say that it has been an incredible year so far with great members and great horses! Our new Leaders Alisa Kulak and Michelle Glibbery have collaborated to put together some really fun and exciting events for the kids! Thanks to Melissa Reimche and Lua Warkentin for teaching amazing group lessons to our 4-H group! Our members put tremendous effort and time into their speeches. We had a blast participating together in the spring discovery show in Summerland! Thanks to Taelor Marchant for hosting a braiding workshop for the kids! We had a really fun day with Ainsley Beauchamp who presented an equine massage and chiropractic demonstration and Stephanie Antonik with a session for naked hoof care information! We also got to learn about Theresa Nolet’s organization called O.A.T.S., she works really hard! Thanks to Lua for hosting a summer fun day with the 4-H members and horses! Last but not least thank you to Saddle Up for letting us share our awesome times!

Day! We all got together on August 29th for a fun filled day and to do classes in Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Command Class, Costume Class and of course to perform and be tested on our individual levels. At Achievement Day all our members passed their levels with high marks. It was so much fun. We also had a big lunch and played lots of games, both on and off our horse. We had a game where we had to eat pudding and crickets!! We would like to thank our leader Lorna, our evaluator Glenn Perran and especially all our parents, siblings, grandparents and friends for supporting us throughout the year. We could not do all this 4-H fun without you. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

BC Miniature Horse Club By Terri Brown


ost of the shows are behind us now and some of our members have had a fantastic year showing both locally and into the US and Alberta. I had a great year -- I have been blessed with two great minis and they have brought me a boatload of smiles. As a new mini owner, I had tons of questions about this breed. This month I’d like to answer a few common ones: What’s the difference between a pony and a miniature horse? The answer is: A lot! A pony is an equine that is shorter than 58 inches at the top of the shoulder. They have wide, strong bodies, muscular necks and their legs are short for their size. There are many different breeds of ponies. But the miniature horse is different. Firstly, it’s shorter than the smallest pony. To be an Aregistered miniature horse, they can be no taller than 34 inches at the top of the shoulder. The goal of a mini breeder is to create a tiny horse, with everything about it the same as a full size horse, only smaller. What colours can minis be? Minis can come in every possible horse colour. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

They can have Appaloosa spots, Pinto patches, solids, buckskins and greys too. We even offer colour classes to recognize the beauty of this breed’s many colours. What can you do with a mini horse? The answer is: A lot! From showing to therapy work to just plain pets. They make ideal show partners with talents for halter, jumping, obstacles, driving and more. They are great therapy partners bringing smiles to people in all types of situations. Here are a few more fun facts: ~ Miniature horse foals weigh anywhere from 12 to 25 pounds at birth. ~ Miniature horses grow to approximately 90% of their mature height by the time they are around one year old. ~ Same gestation period as a large horse - 11 months. ~ A full-grown miniature horse can weigh anywhere between 150 to 350 pounds.

My two boys, TJ Inferno Martini and TJ Marquis I’m A Dynamite Dude (with youth member Taya Bath)

Besides all this, they are just plain easy to love! Here are two of my personal photos of my two boys. Enjoy and Happy Halloween! • 49

Vernon & District Riding Club Report By Calle Mirkowsky


he end of October traditionally marks the official seasonal close of the VDRC grounds with a Sunday clean up party. Check our website for date and time of this as well as details on our AGM and awards dinner. This year we have a few directors’ positions available for election and are looking for enthusiastic members to join our monthly meetings, you need to be a VDRC member and present at the AGM to get voted in. The VDRC would like to thank our President Julia Bostock for all her hard work this year. Not only does she spend countless hours of her time making sure projects are completed and board members stay on track, she also organized our hugely successful Hunter Jumper show, taught two fundraising clinics at the club, organized the Gary Striker clinic and oversaw the revival of the Summer Show in addition to her busy life as a competition coach, plus somehow finding time for her family. Julia, the success our club has been experiencing is a reflection of your hard work and commitment to equestrian sport in the Okanagan Valley, thank you so much. Speaking of the Summer Show, it made a smokey comeback on August 22-23! Thanks to some hard working volunteers for promoting and our generous sponsors the show was well-attended and we look forward to it becoming better and better in the coming years. There is a real need for someone to step forward and chair this event so it can reflect what today’s riders want and really shine.

Joni Miskovich. Photo by Connie Ellis.

Kristy Losinski

Congratulations to the following competitors: Western Senior High Point - Joni Miskovich & Kookie Reserve - Cassie Boltz & Great Red Chemo Western Youth/Junior High Point - Paynton Archer & Daze Chex Badger Reserve - Emma Elders & Just a Bit of Jenny English Senior High Point - Kristy Losinski & Sydney Reserve - Cassie Boltz & Great Red Chemo English Junior/Youth High Point - Jessica Hultgren & Ice Hot Legend Reserve - Isabel Hultgren & Coo’s Splash of Sass Overall Senior Champion High Point - Cassie Boltz Reserve - Kristy Losinski Overall Youth/Junior Champion High Point - Emma Elders Reserve - Jessica Hultgren

Jessica Hultgren

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Marlene Quiring

Photos by Laura Malcher

Handler Don Fossum with his miniature donkey, clearing a pole that is taller than the donkey!

Barney won the Mule Coon Jumping with a 36-inch jump from a standstill!

ur Semi-Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 18, at 1:30 pm at the Ponoka Drop-In Centre in Ponoka AB. Members will be getting a reminder in the mail. Our meetings are always open to all those who are interested. Please bring a contribution for a potluck lunch/ supper afterwards. If there is anything that you want to see on the “club calendar” for 2016, this is the meeting that all plans should be made at. So, if you have something to contribute to the agenda, please be there or contact our president, Russ Shandro 780-603-7510, Our recent Tees Longears Days Show went ahead despite the rain that we received on the Saturday. Even though the rain quit by Saturday afternoon, the arena was too slippery to use, so several classes were held on the grass -- one of them being Coon Jumping. With stiff competition from several mules, including Russ Shandro’s Ruger and Byron Liddell’s mule Gracie, the winner in the mule’s division was Heather Rioux with Barney who won the competition by jumping 3 feet from a standstill. This was his FIRST TIME

trying coon jumping! The miniature donkeys did NOT take a back seat in the jumping and for their size outdid the mules! Patrice Paisley and Anna Belle won the donkey coon jumping and also excelled in all the driving classes that followed the in-hand fun classes. On Saturday evening, we were all treated to a delicious roast beef supper, followed by an excellent blue grass band from Calgary, Prairie’s Edge, with several couples kicking up their heels to some great dance tunes. The silent and live auction had a great selection of superb donations and raised over $1,000. Sunday, we set up trail obstacles in the arena and let everyone practice and then ran some trail classes. Thanks to our workers and to everyone who came out despite the weather, helped where needed and enjoyed the 26th running of the Show! Please show your support of our club’s activities by attending the meeting on October 18. Maybe we will have some surprises for you for attending!


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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:

Evergreen Circuit This circuit is bound to be one that will be talked about for years to come. Late morning during showmanship classes, there was a sudden strong gust of wind that tore through the indoor arena rattling the walls. Not long after, another bout left us without power. It was a shock and somewhat surreal at our horse show when the windstorm ripped through the lower mainland. Our amazing show manager made the call to suspend the show to wait it out, locking down the horses in the barn as signs bounced by and “hatches were battened” throughout Thunderbird Show Park. We watched as trees bent and broke, rented commercial tents blew down and we got reports of downed lines and other hazards outside of our little bubble at the grounds. Our fantastic, patient competitors camped out in the barns with the horses having a cozy visit taking advantage of the hiatus to socialize. After the worst was over, everyone emerged and got on with the show. Our awesome and adaptable show staff and judges did a great job with no lights, no PA system and no computer and those showing seemed to have fun with it. The Stakes and Futurities were moved to the Sunday morning to account for the daylight we were losing, and the next day saw our announcer Glenn moving Ranch Riding Stake Champion and Reserve. up in the world from projecting his voice from Photo by Sally Rees. the middle of the arena on the Saturday to a nice megaphone. Throughout it all, our show staff handled everything with professionalism and grace under pressure, giving us a memorable weekend that easily could have been a disaster. We thank them for all that they do and to our resilient competitors who avidly showed both days with good humour and super attitudes. Please visit to view and order photos of any of our circuits.

Pub Night We enjoyed another fun Pub Night Fundraiser at the Artful Dodger in Langley. Once again Haley Russell, Sian Russell and their crew did a fantastic job of running an evening of good company, great silent auction prizes and more. We raised approximately $1600 to help fund the stakes for the Evergreen Circuit. Thanks to everyone who attended and to the volunteers who organized and ran the event. You rock!

STAKES/FUTURITY WINNERS Cathy Dumaresq Memorial Trail Stake: Total Payout of over $1300 Champion: I’m a Special Delivery - Emma Lee Schellenberg Reserve: Luvin My Ziprageous - Betty Halbert Weanling Halter: Total Payout of over $650 Champion: Got Em All Lookin - Sherry Sulz Reserve: Super Duty - Ashleigh Tuhkala Open Ranch Pleasure/Riding Stake: Total Payout of approx. $1400 Champion: Dellas Blazen Oakie - Dorothy Brown Reserve: MQH Jonathan Chex - Roseanna Locke Open HUS Stake: Payout of over $1100 Champion: KC Ya In St Louis - Tami Hutton Reserve: Thumb Moxie - Mellissa Buckley Freestyle Showmanship: Payout of over $1100 Champion: Bow Tie N Dreams - MacKenzie Inkstater Reserve: A Classy Leager - Sarah Wasik Yearling Halter: Payout of over $1725 Champion: Totally Kidding - Stacy Palk Reserve: RB Bringonthebling - Roger Saur 2 year-old WP: Payout of over $1000 Champion: Real Sweet Hotrod - Kim Basterrachea AQHA HIGH POINTS (receiving branded wool saddle pads and leather embossed padfolios respectively) Rookie Amateur: Boonlight Shadow - Marlene Walters Reserve: Cuz Im Purdy - Tamara Jameson Level 1 Amateur: Cuz Im Purdy - Tamara Jameson Reserve: My Options Are Hot - Taunya Clizbe Amateur: My Options Are Hot - Taunya Clizbe Select: Boonlight Shadow - Marlene Walters Reserve: Thumb Moxie - Pia Petersen Rookie Youth: Blazin Hot An Sheik - Haley Russell Reserve: Good To Know I’m Cute - Taylor Schell Level 1 Youth: Good To Know I’m Cute - Taylor Schell Reserve: Blazin Hot An Sheik - Haley Russell Youth: Bow Tie N Dreams - MacKenzie Inkstater Green: Bow Tie N Dreams - MacKenzie Inkstater Reserve: KC Ya In St Louis - Pauline Massey Open: KC Ya In St Louis - Pauline Massey Reserve: Bow Tie N Dreams - MacKenzie Inkstater Open All-Breed Walk/Trot 11 and under: CC Dreamboat Annie - Paige Hinchcliff (received a bridle bag) Reserve: Looking Glass Alice - Payton Schell (received a gift pack) APHA HIGH POINTS Amateur Walk/Trot: Louise Bruce - Sensationally Dunthat Reserve: Elaine Lavers - Independently Hot Novice Amateur: Robin Hugeford - Maximum Intensity Amateur: Bryn Lavers - CHH Maximum Charisma Reserve: Robin Hugeford - Maximum Intensity Youth: Emma Lee Schellenberg - Ima Special Delivery Open: Independently HotReserve: Ima Special Delivery

Help Needed

Boys at Pub Night.

Member Marlene Walters and BC Horse Industry Icon Joy Richardson

HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Vice President Mary Ratz Zachanowiz and President Mellissa Buckley

We are looking for help on the Bazaar Committee, Show Committee and more. This club is a rewarding but large undertaking and needs volunteers to help it run so that we can continue to offer shows and other events in the area. Many hands make light work and we would truly love more help building LMQHA towards an even more successful 2016! Please contact Mellissa if you are interested in becoming involved. Stay tuned to the LMQHA page of for the date of our annual AGM. • 51

The Back Country Horsemen of BC By Lynn deVries, Chair, Central Vancouver Island Chapter, BCHBC

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

Nanaimo Trail Rider’s “Crown” Jewel


ust 15 minutes west of the Nanaimo Airport on Vancouver Island, there lies a piece of Crown Land that local equestrians have been riding for at least 40 years. The Crown Land is bounded by private logging companies and over the years, extensive logging has removed many of the well used trails. Traversing this area is the Trans Canada Trail – most of which crossed over the private timber companies land. Seeing a decline in rideable areas and a reduced area of horse trailer parking without encountering gates, the Central Vancouver Island (CVI) Chapter was formed in December of 2012 with a focus on becoming both a stakeholder in the preservation of the Crown Land trails systems and to establish permanent infrastructure for all equestrians to use in perpetuity. Step 1 of this process was to approach the Ministry of Recreation to acquire a Section 57 use agreement of a 3 acre “patch of broom” with the intent to clear for horse trailer parking. Step 2 was to map and maintain a trail system Kim at the sign. for the equestrians. The

August 2014 updated map. Under the guidance and support of Jessica McKierahan, Recreation Officer, South Coast Recreation District, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, both the Section 57 and finally this year, the establishment of a Partnership Agreement were secured. Thanks to the Backcountry Horsemen as a Provincial Society, and their mandate Through collaboration with countless individuals, government, business and other recreational users of public land, BCHBC strives to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians – trail groups such as the BC Competitive Trail Riders and the Endurance Riders of BC are now easily able to host distance rides from this ride site, which they did in 2014 and 2015. The CVI Chapter maintains an open Facebook site in which the public can access all the information regarding meetings, maps, trails, projects and fun stuff.

Chapter Chair led the way for the signed agreement and parking lot construction. Barry Franzmann, a Chapter member, led the way with the mapping and trail clearing. However, it was the dedication of the Chapter members as a whole with fund raising and work bees, along with outside volunteers such as local contractor Dwayne Carson, Todd Davidson and Island Aggregate that made this project what it today. This project was also supported by Horse Council Trail Fund Grant. The work crew.

After the work was done.

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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,


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2015 At St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Quesnel BC

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING • 10 a.m. If you would like to put an item on the Agenda, please contact the BCRA office.

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,


Cocktails at 5 p.m. ~ Dinner at 6 p.m. Awards at 7:00 p.m. SILENT AUCTION from 6 to 9 p.m. Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets: Adults $30/person (12 yrs. & older); Under 12 $15 ADVANCE TICKET SALES ONLY. Purchase or reserve through BCRA office.

REMINDER TO ALL AWARD WINNERS: The top 10 Finalist competitors and top 10 Season Leaders in the 8 major events must attend the BCRA Annual General Meeting at the end of the current year. A $50 fine will be assessed and added to the price of next year’s membership card for not attending. Any top 10 competitors who cannot attend the AGM must send written notification to the BCRA office within 48 hours prior to the AGM.

All Award winners and Season Leaders must be present at the BCRA awards banquet to receive their awards, if they cannot attend, a written explanation must be sent in to the BCRA office, 48 hours prior to the banquet, stating their circumstances for not attending and who will be accepting the award. If explanation is unacceptable to the BCRA Board of Directors, a fine will be levied at the Board of Director’s discretion.


Otter Co-Op

(Armstrong, Vanderhoof)

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 Interior Silvi-Services Ltd.

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


Regency Chrysler Quesnel

Platinum SPONSORS: Jepson Petroleum Ltd. Nechako Valley Rodeo Association

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

CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: Pinnacle Pellet Williams Lake & District Credit Union • 53

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.

Contact: Website:


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


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

We Support and promote Dressage in British Columbia 6/16

armstrong enderby riding club  Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. 4/16

• Grants • Awards • Education • Discounts 9/16

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

Info on clinics and events at 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, 9/16


BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Janice Reiter 604-3812245 or Penelope Broad 604-513-5985, 8/16 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 7/16 We wrap our 2015 year with $27,000 added, and approximately 600 teams at our Finals in Armstrong BC. For 2016 show dates go to or email: 9/16


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

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

10/16 5/16


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


NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults with disabilities 3/16

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

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Clubs & Associations 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@, 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.

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

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

President: Denise Little E-mail:

Peachland riding club  Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 7/16



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

OUR DEADLINES ARE NOW the 5th of each month 1-866-546-9922 “Gun” Registered as ‘Yellow Command’

June 19, 1983 to August 29, 2015

We continue to count reasons why he is so missed. Those that he helped along their journey will keep his memory alive. - Dave & Cheryle Hickman, Bridge Lake BC

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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.


1-2 WOMEN’S WORKSHOP w/Birgit Stutz & Kathryn Kincannon, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, 1-3 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC , Course 1, Blackfalds AB, Tamara 780-720-5198, 2 THE WESTERN HORSE SALE, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, Nichole 403-329-3101, 2-4 FALL FINALE, HACK & H/J SHOW Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC,, Sonya 250-833-2669, 3 ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Tracey, 3 ACTHA CLINIC w/Lavern Schmidt, Onoway AB, Carolyn Schmidt 780-967-5555, 3-4 WOMEN’S WORKSHOP w/Birgit Stutz & Kathryn Kincannon, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, 3-4 GYMKHANA/HORSE SHOW, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops BC, Michelle 250-574-0740, 3-4 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Saskatoon SK, Desiree,, 306-520-2789 4 HAUNTED HALLOWEEN HO-DOWN, Horse Assoc. of Central Kootenay, Nelson BC, 250-359-7097 5-7 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC , Course 2 Advanced, Blackfalds AB, 780-720-5198, 5-10 CALGARY, AB, Learn equine massage therapy - Certification course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, 10-11 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Second Chance Ranch, St. Andrews MB, Francine,, 204-771-5335 10-11 ALBERTA WARMBLOOD SALE , Westerner Park, Red Deer AB,, 403-630-2551 11 THANKSGIVING POKER RIDE & Turkey Dinner, Timber Ridge Trails, Lumby BC, Darlene 250-309-3544, 11-16 REGINA, SK , Learn equine massage therapy - Certification course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, 17 GAMES, Langley Riders Society, Langley BC, Ngaire(Ny-ree),

17 BHA HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR Show, Grand Forks BC, Madalene 250-443-3191, 17-18 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Cochrane AB,, Leah 403-305-3131 17-22 BRANDON, MB, Learn equine massage therapy - Certification course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, 18 SPOOKTACULAR FUN DAY, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby BC, Cindy 250-547-9277 18 ACTHA CLINIC w/Lavern Schmidt, Onoway AB, Carolyn Schmidt 780-967-5555, 23-25 THE MANE EVENT, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, 23-25 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Wheatland Equestrian, Strathmore AB, Cailin 403-669-9303 24 HALLOWEEN HORSE SHOW, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops BC, Michelle 250-574-0740, 29-Nov 1 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC , Course 1, Abbotsford BC, Andrea 1-888-522-4353, 31 ACTHA CLINIC w/Lavern Schmidt, Onoway AB, Carolyn Schmidt 780-967-5555, 31-Nov 1 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Coal Lake Stables, Millet AB, Lindsey,, 780-619-8019


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SHANNON FORD EXHIBITION, 7-9 pm, The Lloyd Gallery,

Penticton BC,

WDAA WORLD SHOW, Tulsa OK, ACTHA CLINIC w/Lavern Schmidt, Onoway AB, Carolyn Schmidt


HORSEY LADIES OKANAGAN Fundraising Banquet, Spall Golf

Course, Vernon BC. See us on Facebook. Nancy 250-546-9922 HORSEY LADIES CARIBOO, Wildmans’ Restaurant, Interlakes Corner, Cheryle 250-593-4139

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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

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 FACILITY RENTALS


BOARDING/RETIREMENT DREAMSCAPE RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 10/15 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. 10/16 EDUCATION


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

Custom built and installed to your needs

GRK Fasteners Dealer * Customized Bale Spikes * Custom Welding * Horse Trailer Repairs *Serving BC/AB/WA for over 10 years

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9/16 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

Aaron Martin Harness Ltd.

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

VALLEY FARRIER SERVICES (Okanagan) 9/16 250-546-8254, Certified Journeyman, Bob Johnston FEED DEALERS



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




CHAMPION FEED SERVICES – For All Your Feed & Farm Supplies! Barrhead • Grande Prairie • Westlock, 10/16


COUNTRY CORNER SUPPLIES (Summerland BC) 250-494-3063 Proform Dealer, Farm & Pet Food Supplies, Farm Gates & Fencing 6/16 Feed, supplies & toys for all your farm & acreage animals.

5/16 4/15

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MARA LUMBER HOME BLDG., (Hwy 33, Kelowna) 250-765-2963 Otter Co-op Feeds, Building and Farm Supplies 6/16

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Business Services INSURANCE


EC Ventures


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Building Trust, Respect & Confidence

Solve Insurance Services Inc. 250-861-3777


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


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Rein-beau images, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, 12/15


Town & Country

The most Eclectic Store in the Shuswap for 25 years! Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers and the Whole Family! We specialize in Ladies Fashions.


Picadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm, BC • 250.832.1149 Bonnie


TRIPLE L TROPHIES & ENGRAVING (Quesnel) 250-992-9317 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



OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 The best source for all your event and award ribbons!, 6/16 SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 10/16 COLDSTREAM LEATHER CORNER (North Okanagan) 250-275-6224 11/15 Saddlemaker, Western Tack Repairs & Custom, 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,

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

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, 10/16 REIMER RANCHING SUPPLIES (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8590 Dealers for Exiss/Sooner, Maverick, Royal T, Charmac Trailers, 5/16

The Horse Gate 6/16


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New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers, Consignments Welcome! 10/16

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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

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TRAINERS/coaches Birgit Stutz, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 4/16 • 59

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Trail Riding/Packing/Training Clinic & Complete Guides Program Great Horses - Excellent Price - Certificate - Employment Opportunity 1-250-569-7575

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


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 DRESSAGE WITH LIGHTNESS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Horse Training, Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772 5/16 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 5/16 FORTHEHORSE.COM, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, 250-679-1112, Clinics, Instructor Certification, Internship, Lessons, Intensives 9/16 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 VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-7473053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan 10/16 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 7/16 DEEP CREEK VET SERVICES Drs. Baker & Cienciala. Small animals & horses. North Okanagan 250-833-8585,, 10/16 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 5/16 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET Clinic 250-374-1486 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan, Heather Pedersen 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

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


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On The Market Want To Ride An Appaloosa?


Visit 250-963-9779


2012 Appaloosa Gelding with lots of trail miles and ready to go onto whatever you choose. Easy to catch, stands tied, loads, hauls well and good ground manners. 15.2HH and still growing. Soft and really flexible to ride.

“Selling only BCAC ranch raised and trained family friendly Appaloosas” 11/15


At only $6,500

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!

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

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On 5 acres, with strata indoor riding arena, backing onto miles of trails in Fly Hills. 2006 custom built level entry rancher with fully finished walkout, 3 beds+den and 3 baths. New Home Warranty until 2017. Top quality construction, new water system, private road, spectacular lake, city and mountain views from 2 levels, huge covered deck, oversized garage, 3 fireplaces. Maintenance-free stucco exterior, rock landscaping, large fenced horse pasture adjacent to arena. 5 min. to Wal-Mart, schools, shopping, medical/dental, all Salmon Arm amenities and services. Please visit Property Guys #65123 for more info.

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

$625,000 By owner call 250-832-3760 (Salmon Arm BC)

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


All aluminum, 4 horse living quarters trailer. 13 ft. short wall, 6 ft. slide, 8 ft. wide, ramp, hay rack, mangers, stainless full size fridge, micro, and stove with oven.

$35,000 250-542-3924 (Vernon BC)

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HORSE SET UP ON 15 ACRES 1,700 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Big shop with 220 wiring. Barn with 4+ stalls, automatic waterers. All this located in the beautiful South Cariboo. Close to town, close to lake, and school across the road.

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Asking $385,000. 250-395-2804 (100 Mile House)

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Stallions and Breeders 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 4/16 BOWERBANKQUARTERHORSES.COM (Burns Lake, BC) 250-692-3825 SS: Zip Zappen Cool, AQHA/APHA, Grandson of Zippo Pine Bar 2/16 CHERRYCREEKCANADIANS.CA (Kamloops, BC) 250-828-2076 2/16 E-mail:, or DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC) 250-838-0908 10/15 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines,


APHA/PtHA Tobiano Stallion, 100% Colour Guarantee Find him on Facebook or Call 250-378-2346, 11/15


FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 2/16 GNR MORGANS (Chase BC) 250-679-1175 SS: DM Teacher’s Top Mark, Blk, 14.3, “Live the Adventure of the Morgan”

JW QUARTER HORSES INC. (Barrhead AB) 780-674-3446 Top Quality Horses for Sale, 7/16 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 11/15 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 9/16 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 11/15


Rural Roots


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$85 per issue, plus TAX


Just 5 min walk to thousands of acres of Crown Land for riding, and ten mins from Merritt. Home has 2 bedrooms (1,240 sf), floor to ceiling rock fireplace, solid birch cabinets, A/C, 10x30 sundeck, 14x18 kitchen, vaulted ceiling, loads of parking. Lower level is the horse barn with 11x16 tack room, wash rack, 11x14 stalls, 10’ shedrow. Numerous outbuildings, covered hay storage for 10 tons, covered shavings storage, shelters and heated water, riding arena, round pen. Property is fenced and cross fenced with wood rail. Views for miles!

$499,900 GEORGIA CLEMENT 250-378-0849 BC Farm & Ranch Realty Corp.


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

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Level 2.42 acre hobby farm in the heart of Coldstream. Walk to the elementary school, riding club and Kalamalka Lake Park. Bright, updated 2,554 sq. ft. bi-level home with birch hardwood floors, built-in vac, central air and oak kitchen. Beautifully landscaped grounds with creek running through… this property has it all with space for all your toys and animals! Central, easily accessible location makes it ideal for home-based business. Fertile soil and fruit trees - lots of potential for a small farm operation, land is in the ALR.

$699,900 MLS®10105500 7909 Coldstream Creek Road, Coldstream BC MARIA BESSO 250-308-1152 RE/MAX Vernon •


With fields, fenced sections, tip of Tompson Lake, beautiful building view spots. Small house to start or for farmhand. Private setting with trees scattered for stock grazing. Dugout ponds for water. Just up the road from the famous Predator Ridge Golf Resort. Minutes to Vernon and access to Kelowna main artery and airport. Get back to nature and the real thing. Many uses as this is A2 Zoning and in the ALR. Agricultural uses and secondary uses home-based business, clinics, stables/riding academy, care centres, B&B and more. So put your thinking cap on and dream of what you have always wanted to do!

$950,000 MLS® 10070426 219 Commonage Road, Vernon BC GRACE URQUHART 250-542-7929 or 250-545-0808 Vernon Alliance Realty •

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