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From the Editor… Features Andalusian Championship & Fiesta Walkers & Mules Clean Up! Alberta Wish Ride Rescue 100 Foundation A Dedicated Partnership TFC Affecting Poll Tension Healing Horses Naturally Life’s Lessons Be in Good Hands Cory’s Quest – The Result Clicker Training Training with Mark Sheridan Fillies at Big Bar Guest Ranch

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hat a busy June we have had… and July looks even busier. Saddle Up will be at the AQHA Region One Show in Langley, as well as the Andalusian Show & Fiesta in Chilliwack. Both on the same weekend – BONUS for me; one trip, two shows - but can’t be in both places at the same time – so I hope to meet up with some of you over that weekend. At the end of July I’ll be volunteering again at the Reinin’ in The Sun Show in Armstrong – as your whipper-in (one day; won’t tell you which) so you’d better be at the gate ‘ready’! So many events, not enough time in a Back in the saddle! weekend (or month) – would love to be at them all. You could call me a ‘horse show/event’ groupie (hubby would vouch for that), when time (or deadline) permits. Hope to see you out and about this summer! Weather is picking up YEAH!

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Valemount Clinic with Paul Dufresne By Alison Markham


e have just finished a two day clinic with Paul Dufresne here in Valemount. In total there were 7 of us in the arena on the Saturday and then 9 on the Sunday – a day of

watching Paul at work was irresistible to those extra ladies, hence the jump in numbers! Paul demonstrated endotapping techniques with us in order to help our horses achieve a positive emotional state. From that the horse and rider work better at facing those situations which would normally cause anxiety, from facing a blowing tarp, flapping ribbons, grocery bags and an enormous soccer ball – the latter caused my Arab gelding some consternation. We also worked on using the endotapping to help with groundwork in Valemount Saddle and Wagon Club Grounds. preparation for riding Photo by Marion Farquharson. and helping the horse





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Isla Clayton watching Paul demonstrate his technique. Photo by Alison Markham.

to give the rider its poll – a position which when given naturally enables the horse to relax and find a better emotional state. Moving on from that, a few of the riders went onto working from the saddle, using the same techniques. Overall, this was a wonderful clinic and even those who brought horses with issues gained a lot of ground in dealing with them. Personally, as a not too confident rider, I felt more equipped to work with my horse in dealing with those scary situations and helping him to reach a more relaxed and confident state. I also realize that in order to be a better leader to him, I must conquer those situations in a way that gives him confidence in me. Paul used a green horse in a demonstration on endotapping on the Friday evening prior to the clinic. The demo was well attended and helped people to see what the clinic would be all about. He also rode his gorgeous Andalusian stallion, Padrino, that evening which we all enjoyed (as well as the participation of So –She his dog!) Due to continued interest, The Valemount Saddle and Wagon Club will be hosting another clinic run by Paul in August... Can’t wait!!! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Andalusian Show and Fiesta By Crystal Hemsworth Photos by Mary Wood


he Pacific Association of the Andalusian & Lusitano Horse (PAALH) is pleased to be presenting the 8th annual Canadian National Show and Fiesta July 21-24 at Chilliwack’s Heritage Park. As the show dates draw near, excitement is building for everyone involved. Show organizers are working hard to once again bring an exciting line-up to Saturday night’s Fiesta of the Royal Horse. Paul Dufresne will be returning with his always delightful presentations of traditional Spanish arts and a signature demonstration of “Training for Courage.” The Parade of Champions will give spectators the opportunity to see the top purebred and part-bred halter horses strut their stuff; from the 2 and under age group right up to the senior champion (5 and over) mares and stallions. The evening will culminate with the live auction of a beautiful yearling Azteca filly donated by Valhalla Andalusians of Crescent Valley, BC. VA Sorpresa is an Andalusian x Quarter Horse born in July 2010. With “Breeders of Champion Spanish Horses” champions on both the sire and dam’s side, A proud sponsor of the Canadian National Andalusian Show and Fiesta this little fi lly will be a wonderful addition to in Chilliwack, BC, July 22-24, 2011. someone’s barn – maybe yours? VA Sorpresa will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Retail tables and a Silent Auction will Pacific Association of the Andalusian and Lusitano Horse (PAALH) round out the show experience – and even on Saturday evening during the Fiesta. if you’re not “horsey,” there is sure to be This lovely filly is microchipped and DNA parent verified with IALHA. something that will catch your eye. Thanks to Sorpresa was born July 27, 2010 and she is a bay Azteca (1/2 Andalusian, 1/2 Quarterhorse). She is out of our Halter and a membership that hails from all over Western Foundation bred Quarterhorse mare Tivio Jacks Miss Holly. Canada and the Pacific Northwest, PAALH Her sire is VMF Agosto, multiple Canadian National Champion has a broad range of wonderful sponsors and Andalusian Stallion in Halter and Dressage. supporters. To see a recent video of Sorpresa and her amazing movement, For information and updates on the show please go to the PAALH website at www.paalh.com and Fiesta or to find out how you can get Contact us for more information on our farm and horses. involved, please visit us at www.paalh.com 250-359-7740 in Nelson, BC or find us on facebook: www.facebook.com/ www.valhallaandalusians.com pacificandalusian

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Walkers and Mules Clean Up Good! The Ultimate Canadian Horse! Bill Roy and his Tennessee Walking Horse Woodhill’s TS Trooper are the first in Canada to accomplish all the levels necessary to be awarded “The Ultimate Canadian Horse.” They received their award and a new coat for Bill at the AGM of the Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Bill doing a bareback Horse on May 14 in Red Deer, Alberta. demo at Ponoka in 2010. The demo was The Canadian Ultimate Walking part of the Ultimate Horse Award is the highest honor Horse requirements, i.e. “public exhibition.” granted under The Canadian Training Level Challenge Program. Presented to the Canadian Registered Tennessee Walking Horse who has satisfied the requirements for the GOLD AWARD for Conformation and Movement as outlined in the Program for Excellence; including Basic Skills, Horsemanship Level 3, Trail Riding, Driving or Optional Activities. A video of all the above levels are submitted to the CRTWH then sent to certified Walking Horse Judges for evaluation.

Dianne Little, Marjorie Lacy and Leslie Hunchuk presenting to Bill.

Bill and Trooper

Bill and Trooper live and play with horses out of Grindrod BC. Bill is a horseperson; Walking Horse clinician; Vice President of the CRTWH; partner in the barefoot treeless saddle business, Happy Horseback Saddles; and a Walking Horse advocate, working and promoting on many levels to assist the horse and rider. Trooper is a 13-year-old Canadian and American registered TWH. Bill bought the mare the day before Trooper was born. He has done all the training on him since birth. “It’s great to receive this recognition of what I have achieved with Trooper. I really believe that anyone who puts the time in with their horse can do the same thing,” says Bill.

“Most Hours in the Saddle” for Ralph Livingston

A happy Ralph and Fran Kerik.

“139 hours of pure bliss, spent on the “glide ride Walking Horse!” says Ralph. Ralph was awarded a buckle from Fran Kerik, for logging the most hours in the saddle to win the Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse’s “Ride Your Walker Program” for 2010. The presentation was made at the AGM of the Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse, held May 14 in Sylvan Lake, Alberta.

Ralph and Hank, the Tennessee Walker gelding, fording the mighty Ashnola River.

World Champion Mule right here in BC! Cedar Hill Ranch of Falkland, BC attended Bishop Mule Days at Bishop, California on the Memorial Day weekend. This event is the world’s largest Mule and Donkey Show with over 180 classes. “Red Bart” took a World Champion in Halter, 2 years and under class. He is a Grandson of 3-time World Champion Black Bart. “Mr. Jones,” another Mammoth Donkey Jack took 3rd place. “Black Betty,” a Saddle Mule raised on the ranch, took a 4th place in Halter Q.H. type and also a 4th in Halter 2 and under class. She now has a new home in southern California. “Over the 5 day period, there was everything from English events to Cattle Penning, Heading and Heeling, Driving singles, doubles and even a 20 Mule team pulling two original Borax wagons with a huge water tank, plus a whole bunch more. That’s fairly exciting stuff ! We are very pleased with the placings of our Donkeys and Mule and are looking forward to showing in the world championships again next year,” Mavis Ulansky and Tom Barker, Cedar Hill Ranch. 8 • Saddle Up • July 2011


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3rd Annual ALBERTA WISH RIDE By Roger Matas


lans are in place for the third annual Alberta Wish Ride August 20, 2011 at Little Elbow in Kananaskis. In its previous two years the event has raised almost $50,000 for the Alberta chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. “Thanks to the support of our participants and sponsors, we’re making a significant difference in the lives of Alberta children and their families at what is a very difficult time for them,” said committee chair Irene White. The Alberta Wish Ride is a one day event featuring trail rides through the gorgeous Kananaskis countryside. Riders gather pledges prior to the event. Riders have a choice of three trails through Kananaskis country, Romulus and Big Elbow trails will take about three hours while the Wildhorse trail will take about seven hours to complete.

“We try to make this a great experience for our participants,” said White. “Thanks to the support of our sponsors we’re able to do that at a minimal cost so we’re able to maximize our donation to the foundation. Our goal is to provide a great event and keep our expenses around $500.” The Little Elbow area in Kananaskis has equestrian camping facilities for those who’d like to make a weekend out of the event. Reservations can be made through the Kananaskis reservation system. Riders are encouraged to register as soon as possible at www.albertawishride.ca and indicate which trail they would like to ride. Pledge forms can be downloaded so riders can start collecting pledges right away. There are also options on the website to donate on line directly to the event as well as request information on how to become a sponsor.

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ur journey began with the rescue of 100 starving Arabian horses seized by the Alberta SPCA in February 2008. It will not end there. We are an organization of dedicated volunteers who are determined to continue to offer care, love and healing to animals that have survived abuse. It is our mission to rehabilitate these animals and place them into loving and capable forever homes. VISION: All rescued animals are brought back to health and placed in loving “forever” homes. MISSION: Promote, encourage and stimulate the correct care of animals. Formulate publicity and educational programs and other activities in the interest of rescued animals, and animal enthusiasts. Rescue 100 Foundation is not only for horses. The foundation will actively rescue and rehabilitate animals; however, the Foundation’s role embraces a larger vision. We will promote, encourage and stimulate the correct care of animals, formulate publicity and educational programs and other activities in the interest of rescued animals, and animal enthusiasts. The primary objectives of the Rescue 100 Foundation

are to do all in its power to protect and educate in correct animal care and to strive to change the laws where necessary to protect animals. Rescue 100 Foundation continues to be active in the rescuing and rehabilitation of animals. Rescued animals receive care and love while recovering and are then placed into approved ‘forever homes’. The continued support of concerned people is vital to the continued success of Rescue 100 Foundation. We currently have several horses available for placement into their ‘forever’ homes. We encourage potential owners to apply. We may experience periods of time where we have no horses in care, however, we will continue to accept applications for future consideration. We will always have a need for ‘forever homes’. Please note that all applications are considered and weighed against universal criteria, even those from out of province. Please consider offering a rescued animal a forever home. Mailing Address: Rescue 100 Foundation, RPO Nottingham Post Office Box 92555, Sherwood Park, Alberta, T8A 3X4 rescue100horsesfoundation@gmail.com rescue100.volunteering@gmail.com By Phone: (780) 464-9988 and 1-877-776-9988 toll free

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A Dedicated Partnership By Gloria Dodd


hile many stories are told about the famous, I want to share with you a tale of an ordinary man, his ordinary horse and their extraordinary relationship. If all owners were this dedicated, it would be a perfect world for horses. This story begins in 1998, when 50-year-old Art Dorer went to the Sugar Loaf Ranch in Kamloops, BC. He purchased an 8-year-old red roan gelding who, true to his colour, was called “Roanie.” Art had always been a horse lover and liked to trail ride and hunt, but at the time did not have a property to keep his horse, so he had him boarded out. Roanie and Art quickly became attached to each other. For the next two years, Art and Roanie enjoyed many rides and hunting trips together. Roanie became so bonded with Art that, when on the hunting trips, Roanie would not go out

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and graze with the herd but always slept beside Art’s tent instead. Trouble came in 1991, when Art lent his horse to a friend for a pack trip to Tuya Lake, south-west of Cassiar. Somewhere along the trip, Roanie hurt his leg badly. There was no chance of him walking out of the camp and neither could he survive a winter there. Art and his partner, Karen, decided to Art Doer and his partner, Karen, with his 4-legged partner, Roanie, all suited up and ready for lift off. call upon their friend and vet, Gary Armstrong, of Cache had heard that helicopters had flown game Creek, to rescue Roanie by helicopter. out in the past so, with that as inspiration, Now this was no expensive show horse, a special sling was made and Roanie was but that did not stop the couple from lifted out safe and sound. spending almost $9,000 to save Roanie’s For the next couple of years, Roanie life. Art and Karen were the first people spent most of his time healing. He had a to attempt rescuing a horse this way. They broken coffin bone and Art only rode him


Partnership, cont’d

Roanie enjoying his helicopter ride


twice after that injury, being too afraid that he would hurt Roanie further and end up having to put him down. With Roanie’s welfare in mind, Art and Karen decided to purchase 40 acres in Cherry Creek so that Roanie could have a home of his own with lots of room to roam. Then Art and Karen moved to Cache Creek along with Roanie. For the next 19 years, Art spent every single day, if he could help it, with Roanie. This past winter, Roanie had an accident where he slipped on the ice. When Roanie had to be put back on his feet with the help of a tractor, Art knew that his friend’s time was soon coming to an end. On March 15, 2011 Karen went out to feed Roanie and found that he had died during the night. Roanie was 30 years old. Art and Karen had him buried on the property in Cache Creek that was Roanie’s home for so many years.

Art is now 72, and still enjoys riding. He has a young horse that he had a little bit of a wreck on and hurt himself pretty good - he’s since decided that this young horse is not the riding horse for him, even though he loves this horse dearly. He knows that he needs to find a safe, older horse if he wants to continue to enjoy riding. Art has never regretted the 22 years he spent with Roanie, even though he could not ride him. Many people think that pets are expendable; they would have simply shipped a horse like Roanie off to the auction to be sold. It is reassuring to hear that this is not the case every time. The story of Art’s dedication to Roanie reminds us that the real treasures in life do not clink together or glitter; they gleam in the sun and neigh in the night.

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New Horse Show Format at Salmon Arm Fair By Trina Forslund


he Open Horse Show at the Salmon Arm Fall Fair is featuring some exciting new additions to its already strong line-up. The show will be held on Saturday, Sept 10th and Sunday, Sept 11th, with the 4-H classes now being introduced into the Open Show. It will remain a BC Heritage Championship qualifier and Paint Alternative Competition Show (pending approval) and continue to feature the $300 Western Pleasure Stake, the $300 Hunter Under Saddle Stake, prize money to 3rd place, and High Point awards for all divisions. New this year is an entire Gymkhana Division being held on Sunday, Sept 11th, complete with $100

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Jackpot classes. The structure of the show will remain very similar, with the Western division being held on Saturday and the English division being held on Sunday. Both English and Western 4-H classes have been added with reduced entry fees. By adding these classes into the weekend show rather than hosting a separate 4-H show on the Friday, organizers are hoping 4-H members from other districts will be able to travel and compete in the Salmon Arm Fair show. The horse show committee for the Salmon Arm Fair strives to make

this show fun and hospitable for everyone involved. For this reason, they do not require that horses remain stabled at the grounds like many other fairs do. Competitors can elect to haul in and out each day, or can stable if they desire. They hope the new changes will bring in new faces as well as continue to please all of the loyal repeat competitors. Entry forms and class lists are available at www.salmonarmfair.com (click on prize book and then we are division F5 at the very bottom). If you have any questions please contact Trina Forslund at tdcoates@telus.net. Mark your calendars now and see you in September!


Ice Cream for Equines! By Theresa Nolet


o, this is not a new dietary plan and Critteraid is not recommending that you feed your horse ice cream, although they may very well like it! Or should I say lick it. Tickleberry’s, the Okanagan’s well-known ice cream store, located in Okanagan Falls, will be holding their second annual Charity Ice Cream Eating Contest on July 24, 2011 starting at 1 p.m. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Critteraid’s Project Equus. So if you think you have the appetite to succeed in this event continue to read for all the info! Registration is limited to 20 people. Anyone can enter to win the coveted title of “Tickleberry’s Ice Cream Champ.” Entry fee is $100 all of which will go directly to Project Equus. This is a great opportunity for you to ask your boss to sponsor you! The

business will be issued a tax receipt for their donation and the contestant will get the chance to eat LOTS and I do mean LOTS of ice cream. The hitch is that it is more like inhaling than eating as only the person who finishes off their heaping bowl of ice cream will win the coveted GOLDEN SCOOP trophy, along with one of Tickleberry’s incredible gift baskets! And of course the priceless bragging rights! So if you love horses and ice cream this is the event for you! Bring this article to your boss and ask him/her to sponsor you in this not-to-be-missed event! Not sure you want to eat ice cream at a breakneck speed but want to support Project Equus? All proceeds from the waffle cone sales on July 24 will also go to Project Equus! Way to go Tickleberry’s!

Little known fact: Dale Hoy, owner of Tickleberry’s, was a dedicated rider when he was young! Entry forms are available at Tickleberry’s, 1279 Main Street (Hwy 97) Okanagan Falls, BC, 250-497-8862. Entry fee is $100 which comes with a tax deductible receipt from Critteraid/Project Equus. Project Equus will be on hand to answer any questions regarding our program and the horses available for adoption.


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Training for Courage by Paul Dufresne AFFECTING THE TENSION AT THE POLL

One of the most difficult skills to master as a leader is the softening at the poll. This article will offer a new spin on an old Classical Dressage technique that used to be called “breaking the resistance at the poll.” I personally hate the choice of words. Anything to do with “breaking” anything with a horse involves a negative mind set. This next technique should only be tried with horses that are not rude. It works best if you can stand on a box or something high and stable. It can be done on the ground as well, but is more difficult Elevated poll de-contraction with Endotapping for relaxation after Lateral sweep from ribcage to with a heavier, tight Tyke (this has increased by 40 de-contraction or just before doing anything hindquarters horse. Hold the halter degrees in 2 weeks) noseband from the side of the horse’s face or hold the bit rings. You much prefer exerting a positive effect a plumb to see that it is hanging loosely. then elevate the horse’s head slowly until on the horse’s shape which leads them Tapping on the neck and closer to the to relief and soft ness of the body and ears, gently and without tickling, is a great you feel the resistance to the movement. Hold for 10-30 seconds before asking the emotions. Many horses will exhibit signs way to encourage a horse to let go of the horse to bring its head down slowly. Tap of a tight poll through distorted breathing, tension and relax by releasing endorphins. the neck so the horse now can lengthen behavioural anomalies, general stiffness of Try to do small movements of the head those muscles that were just put into a movement or being heavy on the aids. from side to side, forward/back, and very super contracted position. This should be The classical exercise is to cause small rotations. done slowly and repeated. A disrespectful a horse to soften all that tension at This exercise is beneficial, but likely the poll, from worry or past ineffective not enough on its own for the many horses horse that does not see you as the leader may object to this, so be sure that you have techniques, by having the horse move in that have carried tension at the poll for a their respect with other basic yields first. various lateral and backward movements long time. The muscles have often been in Th e next step is to have your horse and often a combination of the two. The a constant contraction and have forgotten new spin on this is to utilize endotapping. how to stretch. It’s like our own back when go on a circle with forward momentum at a walk while asking the horse to bend First, tap a horse with its head down we have a strain. It gets tight and we have just slightly to the inside. Now flex the and do slight manipulations of the bit or a lot of difficulty getting rid of the spasm head vertically while asking the horse halter when the head is hanging down on to regain soft ness and relief.


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Although difficult to see in the photo, this is a forward movement gone sideways and back

Standing on opposite side so you can see flexion away from me going backwards and softening

to step slightly back while it is going forward. If the horse tightens up with the change of forward to back with flexion, ask the horse to move over into a leg yield movement so they cannot brace against the vertical flexion. The best way to show this is with photos. If you tap prior to this exercise and then after the lateral steps and backward steps, the horse will soften shortly thereafter. A horse will often tighten up initially, but when you ask them to step back and sideways a bit more each time they will soften in your hand. If you add the sweep to this mix, I have never seen a horse that will stay stiff. They have to relax and become more pliable. The sweep is started with a slight lateral flexion. You then raise the head to cause a lateral forward movement of the hind and later the forelegs as well. I call it a sweep because if the horse gets stuck, I help with a sweeping movement of my arm or whip, from the rib cage to the hindquarters. It facilitates the movement

Riding from ground with a long rein so you can see the selfcarriage on Tyke after flexions on a loose rein

by moving them away from the pressure but also makes it very difficult for them to resist. This sweep causes a stretch in the horse’s entire topline which then translates from the body to relaxation at the poll. It softens the physical shape of the horse as well as the emotions. Through multiple repetitions, the horse will become lighter and lighter on the rein and aids. By combining these sweeps with lateral flexions, a small backup of the feet and leg yield, the horse has no other option but to soften. This sounds quite simple but takes practice to do really well. When done right it causes incredible results in the horse’s tension. It allows them to feel good and become much more responsive to your communication, and to find a calm state of mind that allows them to be much more courageous. This is best done on the ground, but the very same techniques can also be applied while riding. Take your time and repeat. When

Doc offering a loose poll with float on the rein after doing a series of sweeps (kids stuff)

the horse tries to stretch down after any repetition, allow the rein to loosen and know that you are causing a positive effect that you can keep building on until you get the DANGLE! Happy DANGLING for you and your horse. Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Pritchard, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship, Classical Arts, Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses, but more importantly how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. The horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they affect each other. Visit his website at www. trainingforcourage.com.

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Dear Editor… Hello Nancy: Love your magazine, have watched it grow over the years. Your husband’s column is priceless. I don’t often speak out to large groups but this particular issue well, I couldn’t remain quiet. While we are putting our lives on hold waiting to see results of this equine herpes outbreak, the Cloverdale Rodeo continues to risk our friends and athletes. Ashamed is all I can say. Below is a letter I emailed to them – hoping you will print it. Subject: Cloverdale Rodeo General Manager, It is surprising after all the information circling regarding the Equine Herpes Outbreak you would still continue with the Rodeo events. Unfortunately the cowboys and cowgirls that need points will have to compete risking their equine athlete’s health and wherever they may travel for the next competition. Let us not forget the local equine population as well. Many other venues have chosen not to risk their competitor’s athletes but not this one. I am ashamed to admit I live in BC with decisions made from self-serving companies such as this. As usual it goes to show money ranks first regardless of

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the risk to the livestock. I hope that in the future this venue will be operated by someone who will have the sense to know the rodeo does not go on without the livestock, the cowboys and cowgirls and their equine partners. As a horse women for over 40 years it sickens me to no end. - Sincerely, Linda and her Equine Family Response on behalf of Cloverdale Rodeo Hi Linda, Dave forwarded me your e-mail regarding our decision to move forward with the rodeo events despite the outbreak of the EHV in the US. I wanted to let you know a couple of key points. Firstly, we’re not a points rodeo, the competitors don’t earn any points towards CPRA or PCRA titles at our event. Secondly, the welfare of the competitors at our event - both human and animal - is of the utmost importance to our organization. With any health scare we consult with a number of groups - the SPCA, our volunteer vet Dr. Ed Wiebe (one of the most respected in the country) and Canadian Border Services - all of who advised us that there was no need to cancel our event. None of those groups even recommended

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any adjustments to our program or stabling. We did offer a number of stabling alternatives to the competitors, the majority of who didn’t feel they were necessary and maintained the status quo. The advisory groups stayed in constant contact throughout the weekend and their advice and recommendations did not change at any point. We also called each of our competitors the day the news of the outbreak in Utah happened and maintained dialogue with them up until and throughout their arrival in Surrey. We discussed the situation with them, and each competitor decided on their own whether or not to attend the event. Given that all regulatory bodies, advisors and industry experts as well as all the competitors were comfortable proceeding, that was the decision we went with. - Laura Ballance, President, Laura Ballance Media Group Inc., Vancouver, BC

Hi Nancy: Thank you for printing my writeup on The Ranch’s Driving Clinc in the June issue. Yet again, another great issue. Upon reviewing my article in print, I realize that I should, perhaps, clarify at least one important point - that being safety, which was a key point throughout the clinic. Although we had extensive ‘hands on’ instruction and coaching, and opportunity to harness, hitch and drive experienced horses, we all did so only with strict supervision. - Jennifer Zachary

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Dear Editor…, cont’d Dear Editor: I read the letter from Norman K. Luba, Executive Director of NAERIC in June’s edition where he comments that there are two sides to every story, however there is only one truth. Mr. Luba suggests to go online to the NAERIC website, so I did. Here is what I learned. There are about 2000 horses in the Canadian PMU industry, Manitoba has 22 ranches and Saskatchewan 4. No numbers for North Dakota, which is also highlighted on the map. The processing plant is in Brandon Manitoba. NAERIC does promote breeding of quality horses and private sales of the foals. However if 2000 horses are giving birth every year that means 20 THOUSAND foals in 10 years. No mention is made of how they deal with foals and mares unable to be sold privately. Ranches contracted to Pfizer cannot donate foals to rescues. The minimum size of the stalls based on horse’s weight ranges from 4 to 5 feet wide. In defence of the small stalls the site states that “It is important to understand, too, that most adult horses spend the vast majority of their lives standing. Most even sleep standing.” Well I guess no one told that to my horses, who like to take a good nap, fully extended, head on the ground taking up a lot of room(!) followed by a good stretch. Wonder how you do that with a pee bag on your butt? Just because a horse CAN sleep standing up doesn’t mean that is how they LIKE to sleep. Research says a horse needs to lie down in order to achieve REM, the deepest and most restorative portion of the sleep cycle. The photos showing the horses in the stalls are from the research barns of Wyeth-Ayerst before the merger, not from any actual ranches. These photos are also used in the article from “The Journal” a magazine of the AVMA dated April 13, 2002 in which Mr. Luber is HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

quoted as saying, “If anyone thinks there aren’t going to be some culls through that process, I guess they don’t really know animal agriculture.” Further research shows that Premarin sales in 2010 were $261 million dollars. This made me wonder how 2000 horses could produce that much urine. Well it turns out PMU ranches are being relocated to other countries, namely China, Kazakhstan and Poland (Western Producer May 2010). So how many horses does it take to produce $261 million dollars worth of sales? Previous statistics from 2002 state approximately 40,000 mares were on the “pee lines.” So Mr. Luber I would like to say that horses are sentient beings requiring more than just food, water and a place to stand. Sending innocent foals to slaughter is not acceptable and the fact that Pfizer is “relocating” their PMU ranches out of the prying eyes of North American society shows your side can’t stand up to the TRUTH . - Theresa Nolet, Okanagan Falls, BC

Hi Nancy: I just picked up the May Saddle Up magazine. You did a lovely job of my article, “Belle Arabella.” Thank you! Your magazine I believe is becoming very popular due to its content. It’s full of educational literature, life interesting stories, and it’s pleasing on the eye. - Thank you again! Sandy Lang

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Life’s Lessons, According to Horse By Kevan Garecki A DIFFERENT LOOK AT LEARNING


ears ago, George had an unfortunate incident with a raving maniacal contraption, referred to in some circles as an electric clipper. Whilst being clipped, he sustained a small nick to the flesh at the corner of his mouth, a truly traumatic ordeal, to be sure. It took many months to convince George that both he and this tiny electronic tempest could indeed co-exist and, in fact, come into direct contact without further blood loss. The technique I used to accomplish this was simple. I did not restrain him in any way and George was free to leave at any time. I took the clippers into his paddock, a place he regarded as safe, so he was

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relatively at ease to begin with. The size of the paddock allowed him to put enough distance between him and the clippers to feel safe, yet not far enough that his retreat spelled the end of the session. After several successful ventures, I was feeling quite confident that together we had overcome George’s fear of being eaten. One pleasant spring day, I decided to present George with a chance to “graduate” by receiving a full clipping in one session. This consisted only of trimming muzzle, chin and bridle path, but for George that was an eternity! I completed the bridle path without incident, then happily moved on to his chin. Pleased with his quiet acceptance, I moved carefully towards his muzzle, at which he tensed somewhat but stood politely nonetheless. There were a few shortcomings to performing this task in the paddock; it often meant covering a

bit of ground as I manoeuvred around George to achieve the best angles, and the level of distraction was considerably higher compared to being in a tie stall. One of those distractions presented itself just as I was navigating the starboard side of George’s nose. He turned his head to the right to get a better look at whatever it was, and in doing so bumped my hand (yup, the one with the clippers) a few feet towards the fence (yup, the one with the hot wire). The next few seconds could be likened to an excerpt from a bad horror fi lm. My arm went numb while the electricity from the wire snaked along it in search of a suitable ground, and reaching the clippers it sent the detachable blades into a low orbit across the paddock. Having nowhere to go from there, the charge leapt from the tip of the clippers to the only available conduit to the ground:


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George’s nose. Inertia prevented George from immediately reversing the direction his head was swinging, so he was more or less stuck on course for at least 4 pulses from the electric fence. Resultantly, George and I received a few significant jolts before he managed to turn his head away. By this time my arm was completely immobilized, the clippers were reduced to abstract art and George crow-hopped into the centre of his paddock, bobbing his head in time to the pulses from the fencer all the while. It took me two years to get near George with anything that vaguely resembled clippers. He would shy from a brush, panic at the sight of anything metallic, and nearly lose bladder control if I were rude enough to answer my cell phone in his presence; all while bobbing his head in time to that fencer. It has been 7 years since that fateful spring day, and although George will once again tolerate being consumed one hair at a time, he

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only does so under vehement protest, and the promise of copious quantities of treats immediately after the harrowing experience. Several years ago, while Kooter and I were still getting to know each other, I decided to take him for a leisurely ride through Campbell Valley Park. There was a short road excursion needed to get to the park entrance, and doing so meant passing a few small farms. The ride had gone well, and I was busy patting myself on the back for treating Kooter to such a relaxing ride when he suddenly came to an abrupt halt! I heeled him to move forward, but he steadfastly refused, instead staring intently at a small pasture which lay just ahead. Looking up, I discovered the source of his concern; in our absence a farmer had introduced several steers into the pasture. All Kooter knew was those things weren’t there when we came by earlier, and they had HORNS! I tried everything I could think of to get that horse to move forward, all of which came to no avail. Between us we had reins flapping every which way, poop flying clear across the road and neighbours beginning to take bets as to how long I could sit on a whirling dervish. As I was deeply immersed in this battle of wills, one of the more savvy neighbours walked out to his own paddock, haltered an older chestnut gelding, hopped on him bareback and rode out to meet us. At the sight of

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Barbra Schulte Exemplifies The Best! By Anna Green Photo by Jena Rhodes

Chin up, eyes up, shoulders back! The mantra is heard again, but this time it was not from your usual equitation instructor but from Barbra Schulte, world renowned personal performance coach who was in Armstrong from Brenham, TX for a two day clinic.


he journey to see Barbra in the Okanagan started almost a year ago from a mere concept to the days of the actual event. The mission was to have the best riding performance coach in the world teach the lucky ones how to improve a rider’s mental and emotional approach to showing. It started when a few of the Reinin’ In The Sun (RITS) committee members were musing about what is missing to show to our greatest potential. If the horse is in place, the reining or riding coach is qualified and in place too, what else is there? What about those nerves at the entry gate that can change the run from what could be spectacular to much less than? What about the blown lead change that seems to end the otherwise flawless run into a series of arena mishaps? Barbra Schulte’s name is synonymous with horse showing from the mental and emotional point of view. There is no going just part way when it comes to RITS events. Reach for the top and be the best or know the best to hire! She has been involved with horses her entire life. Beginning in early childhood and continuing through college, she helped market and show many of her family’s 500 head of horses. Today, Barbra continues to train and show cutting horses. At the same time, she is expanding her education business by continually providing new online and live informational training for riders of all disciplines regarding mental and emotional skills. The event on May 14 and 15 shared time between the arena and classroom for the attending Reiners, Cutters and Competitive Riders. The runs on cows and reining patterns were videoed and then reviewed in a seminar environment. Barbra’s teaching was highly energized with powerful messages, tips and skills to help develop the riders’ full potential, perform under pressure and overcome fear.


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he Reinin’ In the Sun Show Committee invites all Reining and Working Cow Horse enthusiasts to attend their 5th Annual Performance extravaganza on July 29-31, featuring some of the finest Equine Athletes in Western Canada. Two triple carded Judges, both hailing from the state of Texas, will score the three-day event, which boasts approvals from the NRHA (National Reining Horse Assn), NRCHA (National Reined Cow Horse Assn) and AQHA (American Quarter Horse Assn). In past years, exhibitors have travelled from the three Western Canadian provinces, as well as Washington state, to vie for a piece of more than $30,000 in cash and prizes, and with increased purse money, a greater number of Bronze trophies and even more Custom designed buckles, 2011 should prove to be no exception. Exhibitors will find the Welcome Mat has been rolled out as they haul in on Thursday, arriving to prebedded stalls, cool drinks at the Oasis, and tasty Brats N Beer, compliments of our long time sponsor Diana Raffan of Diana’s Monogramming, now with stores in Armstrong and Vernon. New this year on Friday night will be a Beer Garden, complete with taste-tempting morsels to enjoy while watching the exciting Working Cow Horse classes. Sunday will feature the final leg of the BCRA Reining Saddle Series, and the presentation of four trophy saddles to lucky and talented horse/rider combinations that have proven their merit over the past 2010 RITS Champion NRHA Open, Ltd year in these specific classes. Open, AQHA Sr Reining, SR KOOL STARLITE, Carmen Teixeira (rider), Teixeira Performance Stables (owner)

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To Be In Good Hands By Chris Irwin Photos by Koen Van Sweeveldt

As I write this, it was exactly 20 years ago to the day that I was a young cowboy hired to help “bombproof” a few different draft horse teams that would be performing multiple duties at the upcoming Calgary Stampede. I remember one team in particular, a big beautiful pair of black percherons by the names of Ruby and Rose - a mother and daughter team of mares owned by the legendary businessman Sam Switzer.


uby and Rose were very strong and high strung, prone to getting “out of hand,” and it was my responsibility to prepare them for both a very intense mock stagecoach robbery that would be performed as entertainment in front of the huge audience at the Stampede, and also for the gauntlet of stress that they would be driving through in the Calgary Stampede Parade. Long story short, I did my job and Ruby and Rose performed perfectly, never putting a single foot wrong while all hell broke loose around them during the pretend stagecoach robbery in front of the grandstand. I was very proud of “the girls” when we actually won the Best Pair competition in the Stampede Parade. We’ve all heard that old saying I just used about Ruby and Rose, getting “out of hand.” However, did you know that this saying about undesirable behaviour originated from the world of horse training? It’s true! Ruby and Rose would get “out of hand” at the first sign of stress in the environment and it was my responsibility to prove to them that with my hands on the driving lines they could remain calm and collected. Ruby and Rose found that as long as they were in contact with me, they were indeed “in good hands.” There are over 100 cultural sayings about human behaviour that originated from our ancestors working with horses. For instance, when somebody can’t get their horse to stop bucking they will often look for help from a more experienced horse trainer. And if that trainer also can’t fi x the bucking issue, then the horse gets handed over to the next person. We now know this as “passing the buck.” 26 • Saddle Up • July 2011

And when the horse is finally given to the person who knows how to resolve the bucking issue, then he or she can claim “the buck stops here.” Today the term “passing the buck” is synonymous for a lack of ability, integrity or accountability, and when Barak Obama was elected as president of the United States he said loud and proud in his inaugural speech, “the buck stops here.” Of course, why a horse gets “out of hand” in the first place, or “gets its nose out of joint” or even worse, “rears its ugly head” or perhaps starts to buck, is simply because this is how a horse communicates that it feels it is not in good hands. When a horse becomes level headed, calm and collected or well rounded, it knows for sure it is “in good hands.” For most of us living in western Canada, our ancestors originated from either Europe or the United Kingdom. On the other side of the Atlantic, to call somebody a “cowboy” would be an insult. Ouch! Now that can hurt! In the old days, to call someone a cowboy would mean they used force and aggression to achieve their goals instead of knowledge, talent and finesse. So, at the risk of offending some readers - I used to be a “cowboy” with horses back in my youth but I’m much better now. I have evolved. I am not a boy who works with cows - I am a man who works with horses to help them overcome their stress and in particular, their problems with people. Rodeo season is nearly upon us and the traditional belief is that a good cowboy can ride a bucking horse. However, from the perspective of a true horseman, you would only be proud if your horses never needed to buck. A horseman has

The horse has his head tucked low and back, like a turtle pulling his head into its shell, attempting to avoid making contact with the hands of the driver while Chris starts coaching her on how to improve her hands.

Chris demonstrates to his student how to bring the horse up “into good hands” to carry itself in a “calm and collected” or “well rounded” frame of body. Remember: horse’s frame of body = horse’s frame of mind!

learned horse psychology, and how the biomechanics of the human body can work with the body of a horse to affect the physiology of the horse to such a positive degree that the horse loves to be ridden. Suffice to say the reason Ruby and Rose won at the Stampede Parade was not just because they were pretty, but mostly continued on page 28 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR


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To Be In Good Hands, cont’d

During a recent clinic in Belgium, Chris is mounting up on a horse that has never been successfully ridden. This handsome chestnut gelding has always bucked off every rider that has attempted to “show him who is boss.” Note again how “well rounded” the horse is while he is in Chris’ hands.

because they performed according to how they felt in my hands. To be fair - there is now an enlightenment happening in the horse world, and more and more cowboys and cowgirls are evolving into horsemen and horsewomen. These are the people who ask not what their horse can do for them but what they can do for their horse. These are the new breed of cowboys and cowgirls who, while choosing to maintain the image of our western heritage, sincerely want to improve their abilities with horses. These are the equestrians whose horses know they are in good hands. These are the cowboys and cowgirls who do not break or desensitize their horses these are the horse people who sensitize themselves to the needs of the horse. In the coming months as the rodeo season kicks into high gear, I implore people to ask, “Why?” Why in the name of western heritage do we condone aggression and violent domination of the animals for the sake of heartless entertainment? When will our culture and behaviour evolve for the sake of the well-being of the animals we claim to value and love? Where does the buck stop? When will all of God’s creatures be in good hands?

With coaching, we now see that “the buck stops here” with Kelly, one of Chris’ top Belgium trainers, as she successfully gets her horse over the hump and can now ride the horse that has never allowed itself to be ridden before.

A “hard-eyed” chestnut mare has her “nose out of joint” and is swishing her tail in annoyance at the mere thought of being asked to focus on her trainer. Chris is coaching the student on both her body language to the mare and also on how to keep her hands more user-friendly on the end of the line.

The student is smiling with success as Chris coaches her into improving her hands so that her horse becomes relaxed and focused and agreeably “in hand.” A true reflection of a horse in good hands.

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Children’s Writing Competition ~ Subject: Wild Horses! By Yvonne Allen


nspired by Atticus, the Wild Stallion from Deadman Valley, BC, Voice For The Horse is hosting their 1st Annual Children’s Writing Competition - Subject: Wild Horses! Atticus has now been tamed and gentled and his new owner that adopted him from CritterAid.org is able to handle him and will eventually ride him soon I am told. He was one of the fortunate ones from his herd that was not taken to auction after the roundup of this so called band of unwanted and feral horses this past winter. Not as fortunate were the others that he roamed free on the land with as they were ultimately taken to the auction where we are pretty certain, all sold off to the meat buyer. Although there is something very mystical and fascinating to many people when they hear about wild stallions and their herds roaming free, this like many others that have been rounded up, does not have the fairy tale story ending where the stallion remains free forever to roam the plains with his herd. This stallion since being captured was given the name

Atticus and you will understand the strong sense of morality and justice that comes with the name Atticus if you’ve read the book or seen the fi lm, To Kill A Mockingbird. He has been called Atticus because he was a horse that so deserved to be saved from slaughter and as a fitting start to the rescue of other wild horses, from slaughter also. He was handed over to Theresa Nolet, an associate with CritterAid and they were also in fact, handed over several more wild horses during this time spared from slaughter, from our Ministry. Voice For The Horse invites you to join up with us in our pre-launch stage starting June 1, 2011. The competition will officially start for October 1, 2011 through to Dec 31, 2011 and is open to all children from both Canada and the U.S. to participate. If you are interested in finding out more about the competition and/or are interested in the opportunity of sponsorship, Voice For The Horse invites you to visit our web site at www. voiceforthehorse.com for more details.

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Cory’s Quest For Endurance By Cory Anthony

Race day at 205 lbs.


he “weight” is over with a total of 73 lbs less to fight against gravity and finished first place... first one to place my skinnier rump in the seat and sulk that is. Unfortunately we were only able to complete 18 of the 50 miles at Rock Creek’s Endurance Ride on May 22. After 750+ miles of winter and spring training, hours upon hours in the round pen… who would have thought to prepare us for the greasy mud pit which took us out of our game, ending in a front right strain of something or other? Thank you to Sarah Greenwood the newest Vet to the ERABC for spotting the issue and using professional judgment, “meanie” LOL. Oh boy, listen to me already making excuses like a father on a sports field defending his son. I am happy to say that Sexy Rexy is definitely back to normal and training for his next race. If I had to do it all over again I certainly would and wouldn’t change a thing.

The last six months have been anything but easy, however, worth every bit of grind, grunt and groan. Now that my two week long “hi-ATE-us” is over I need to show massive appreciation for the support of many and the drive by all to start, push forward and complete this venture. Although I missed the goal by 5 lbs and 32 miles I am still confident in saying this was a grand success in many ways. Honestly we are all truly blessed with the group of friends and family we (I) call the ERABC. Through this adventure I have been mentored and guided by many that have added key components and placed on a path which was anything but easy to follow. First I need to say a big kudos to my wife “Brandi” for her relentless ambition to get me on the trail in blowing snow, minus 15, frost bitten fingers, frozen toes, being tossed into the snow and the list goes on and on... who knew leather could crack… “Man I was such a baby!” Double thumbs up to Dana of Nickers Saddleryy for expediting the tall order of custom tack and creating the perfect flexation saddle suited to carry this heavy dude which had noooo business being on a horse at 278 lbs plus tack. You can bet shortly we will be going to the treeless Sensation… however we still have many, many miles to go on the “Gremlin” - that’s the nickname for my saddle. I definitely need to mention the extra attention that Dana “Big Sis” put forth towards Rexy’s nutrition program during the winter

CONGRATULATIONS CORY! Gail Jewell DVM, and Elroy Karius through our respective business activities have supported ERABC and the super personal effort of Cory Anthony in his latest fundraiser for ERABC. The initial donation of a Trailer Eyes Camera unit as an auction item for ERABC fundraising was the beginning of this effort. The ever-creative Cory took the initiative, added his own personal twist, rallied the club to auction this item at $400 and then through pledges raised another $3000 for various endurance projects. We are proud and pleased to have supported Cory and ERABC and Endurance

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and spring. KEYNOTE - have a read on some key products for ulcer prevention and great gut sounds (Magnesium Oxide and Yeasacc) better yet call Dana she loooooves chatting on the phone. Thanks to Mark of Hoof Hearted for fast tracking Rexy’s feet to a set of hammers that have allowed him to go barefoot. Most importantly for fitting and preparing the Studded Easy Boots allowing for winter, snow and training on ice. With these engineering marvels it allowed us to start conditioning early… very early… toooo early. And to Dawn Bruin Slot of Fuzzy Logic for creating and providing my incredible custom riding pants which I can honestly say it feels like I am wearing nothing with the comfort they offer. The order was a “long stretch” I am sure especially with the surprise

Canada in this effort. Our $5 per pound pledge has resulted in a $365 contribution to the Youth Team Canada, travelling to Dubaii in Dec 2011. The various sponsors, the combined efforts of various ERABC members that shape and direct the fundraising drive of the Endurance Trust fund, have generated approximately $15,000 for ERABC. Cory Anthony has provided a significant energy force and leadership in this drive. Congratulations Cory and all who supported this unique and creative fund raiser. Kelkar Enterprises is the Canadian Dealer for Trailer Eyes, each unit sold has a $50 donation to Endurance Canada for website operations.

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to fight another day. Enjoy your rest big little fella‌ many more miles to come. I think we will stick around this sport for a while and see if we can get any good at it. OOOOHHHHHH and who could forget all the wonderful cakes. I went into complete sugar shock for a few days. Thank you so much to Warren, Myrna and Canadianna Spicery - exactly what the doctor ordered. OK The Juicy Stuff - Prizes For Pledgers As promised there are six prizes up for grabs for those who honour their pledges to this venture. I apologize for not drawing them at Rock Creek as we were busy attending to Steve and my mind was elsewhere. I am pleased to announce that they are still up for grabs and in safe hands. If it’s ok with you all I promise to draw them (other than prize #4) at the Wine Country Wrangler under the public eye as one of them is worth several thousand dollars and I am still adding to it. Prize #1 Home Renovation Package (donated by multiple businesses) Prize #2 Coffee Basket from Pioneer Coffee Prize #3 $50 Gift Certificate from the Blade Doctor Prize #4 Free Ride Entry to the Wine Country Wrangler (EARLY DRAW WINNER Wyatt Laing) CONGRATULATIONS WOOP WOOP WOOP! Prize #5 Morning Spa Basket, bath robe and massage oils included, via Kitchen Bath Classics Kelowna Prize #6 “Weightâ€? and see it’s a surprise!

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So I can hear you all saying, “What does this have to do with clicker training?” Well, I thought this month I would share with you some of the work I have done with a couple of rescue animals, Blossom the donkey and Flower the mule.


few months ago I took these two in, pretty much sight unseen and with little information on their history, so I wasn’t exactly sure what would come out of the trailer. I can tell you that, when they arrived and were turned loose from the trailer into the barn, trust was definitely NOT in their vocabulary! It had been a very long time since I had seen such fear in an animal. As they stood huddled and shaking, heads buried in the far corner of the barn, I have to admit that the question “What have I gotten myself into?” did cross my mind. (I’m sure there were other words crossing my hubby’s mind.) It was not so much that I hadn’t worked with fearful animals before but it had been quite a few years and I didn’t have a suitable place to start playing with them. Plus, I had never restarted any with just clicker training. The words of Ken Ramirez (Executive Vice-President of Animal Collections and Animal Training at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago) flashed across my mind... when you are training an animal, any animal, no matter how small or innocent looking, you should treat them as if they were a killer whale. This implies several things, including the danger issue, but also the fact that you can’t train a whale by forcing it to do what you want. No halters for a whale. So I thought, these animals are behaving more like really wild, fearful animals, who would much rather be somewhere else; so let’s pretend they are killer whales (or whale and dolphin, to be fair) and train them accordingly and see where that takes us. I imposed upon myself a limited set of tools to work with, so as to more closely resemble the killer whale situation and also the situation of a beginner trainer. Ken allows beginner trainers to use only a limited set of tools (all positive) and behaviours, even with animals that are advanced in their training. My biggest challenge was how to manage the environment I had available to ensure success. Managing the environment is always important when training. I had no round pen anymore and the barn wasn’t connected to any of my pens. It was the middle of winter, so no chance of rearranging frozen-in-theground panels outside; I was stuck with working with them in the barn. Luckily, my barn has stalls on the one side and a small open area on the other so there was a bit of manoeuvring room. Even getting them into stalls was out of the question, in the beginning. As soon as I would enter the barn, if they had ventured into a stall for food, they would immediately run out and huddle in the far corner. 32 • Saddle Up • July 2011

So, adhering to the principle that the ANIMAL decides if the reward is something it wants, not the trainer, I had to figure out what was going to be rewarding to these two guys. Think of it like this: if you like white chocolate and fi nd it rewarding, and gave it to me for a job well done, I probably wouldn’t do that job again very readily if I thought I’d get the same reward because I am not fond of white chocolate. However, if you gave me dark chocolate as a reward I’d go to the ends of the earth to get more. Hand-feeding treats was not an option available to me just yet. Food does not always have to be the reward, and we do train with pressure and release of pressure when we are working with our horses, so I could use the release of pressure as the reward to start with. My mere presence was pressure for them, so that was where we started. At first, all I could do was open the barn door. This would send them flying to the farthest corner. I waited until I got a glance in my direction and then closed the door. My leaving was their reward - their “dark chocolate.” It was comical to watch the expression on their faces go from one of panic and fear to “what the heck is up with this human?” They rather quickly caught on to the “if I look at her, she will leave” game. I gradually increased the amount of “look time” needed to get me to leave as they started to relax and get more curious. Each time I could see the wheels in their heads turning, “This human is different.” Luckily, I have to walk to that end of the barn several times a day, so it didn’t take long to get in many brief training sessions. Pretty soon they would actually turn and face me, not just glance over a trembling shoulder to check me out. As their fear HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Clicker Training, cont’d decreased and their curiosity increased, it was time to move on. They loved to eat, so adding in the click and treat was just a matter of figuring out how to do it without actually being close enough to hand feed. I borrowed a page from the dog clicker trainers, and I guess the killer whale and dolphin trainers too, and decided to toss the food at them after the click. I did modify this a bit and tossed the food into two feed dishes that I left, fairly far from me to start with, in the place they liked to go whenever I was at the door. I practiced my mechanical skills, as they are very important when training, and even more important when dealing with trust and relationship building. I settled on a sideways toss into the buckets, which seemed non-threatening. I started by standing at the door and when they looked at me in a calm manner (remember: the click will mark and reinforce both the mental state as well as the behaviour at the time of the click), I would toss a treat into each dish and then leave. I would leave to remove the pressure, but very soon I could stand still and click and toss and they would venture towards the buckets. After getting consistent behaviour, good training procedure says it is time to move on, to change the criteria. I will continue this article next month. See if you can come up with a training plan for these two. Until next time, keep it

positive. Monty Gwynne owns a private training/boarding facility, Flyin G Ranch, in Cochrane, AB, where she assists owners in training their own horses using clicker training. Monty has successfully trained horses of many breeds for many disciplines over the last 30 plus years, including many gaited breeds. Monty is the only Canadian-approved instructor for clicker training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (the founder of clicker training for horses). She has been training using the clicker for the past 12 years.

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Caravan Farm Theatre By Courtenay Dobbie, Artistic Director HELP US BUILD A HOME AWAY FROM HOME FOR OUR CAST AND CREW!


aravan Farm Theatre is a professional outdoor theatre company based on an 80-acre farm near Armstrong, BC. Hailed as a national treasure, Caravan Farm Theatre is one of Canada’s premiere professional outdoor theatre companies, and has been entertaining audiences since 1978. There is no theatre building - just the great outdoors. Productions have been staged in nearly every corner of the farm, with horses regularly included in the cast. Shows range from classics like Shakespeare to original works like Cowboy King. Annual productions include a fall shadow play, a winter oneact sleigh ride show, and a full-length musical in summer. Looking back on the past 33 years, it is heartening to see the amount of support we have received from you, our loyal community and audience members. Your support has allowed us to continue to offer you theatre that is entertaining, meaningful, and rich in experience.

With your help, over the years, we have been able to upgrade our facilities, including the washrooms, the Cookshack, and most recently, our Rain Venue. This open-sided timber-framed structure shelters both audience and performers on rainy summer evenings, and houses community events such as the Sunday Farmers Market. All of these projects were accomplished p with your y ggenerosity. y Our next project will be to build

while they work here on the farm. We have partnered with the Residential Construction Program at Okanagan College, Salmon Arm campus, and School District 83 to build four permanent cabins, but we still need to raise $17,000 to cover building supply costs. The 2010-11 season has not been without its trials. Cuts to provincial arts funding have affected all aspects of our yearly activities. We have not yet reached the cabin project’s fundraising goal, but

we can make it happen with your help! Please consider making a donation. You can donate three ways: online at www. caravanfarmtheatre.com with a credit or debit card, by mail with a cheque (address on our website), or by phone at 1-866-5468533 (toll free) with a credit card. We look forward to seeing you this summer, July 19 to August 21, at A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Show tickets on sale now! For more information, call 1-866-546-8533 or visit our website at http://www.caravanfarmtheatre.com.



alling all those with small acreages, hobby farms, large farming operations, big backyards, backwoods enthusiasts and fans of John Deere anything! B.C. 4-H is very pleased to announce the New 2011 B.C. 4-H Lotteries each with a Grand Prize of a John Deere TX GATOR! B.C. 4-H is offering two simultaneous lotteries, each with a Grand Prize of a John Deere TX GATOR, both generously donated by PrairieCoast Equipment! Brian Crowley, Customer Relations Manager Interior Region, PrairieCoast Equipment – John Deere Dealer … “PrairieCoast Equipment and John Deere have a long history of supporting the 4-H Clubs both locally and internationally. 4-H Clubs have a close association with the agricultural, horse and cattle industry thus making our support of the association an easy choice. We can appreciate the hard work, dedication and 34 • Saddle Up • July 2011

fun our youth experience with 4-H and realize this will build the future leaders our industry needs to remain strong. The youth we support and influence today will be our leaders for the future and we are therefore happy to partner with 4-H by investing in today’s youth. Supporting a great organization such as 4-H with its many members across this vast province has challenged us in the past. PrairieCoast Equipment’s new investment allows us to support all 4-H members in the province instead of the regional support we offered in the past.   In 2011, PrairieCoast Equipment has made a commitment to the 4-H Clubs of B.C. to provide two brand new John Deere TX GATORS to be raffled off by the many clubs. This will help raise much needed funding for every one of the (participating) local clubs as well as the B.C. 4-H Provincial Council.”


North Thompson Gets Agriplex By Jill Hayward Courtesy of North Thompson Star/Journal


hen the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association (NTFFRA) held a planning meeting five years ago to map the future of their Association, they created a time line that took them well into that future. Part of that time line included where the organization wanted to be in five years, and what improvements to their fairground property in Barriere should be planned. One of those improvements was to erect a large building that could not only house livestock events, but could also serve as a multi-use facility. On March 14, the NTFFRA publicly announced their intention to start the project this year, and to also launch a fundraising campaign towards construction of the building. Since then, generous supporters have stepped forward to help. Supporters such as Barb and Carman Smith, who gave the project a huge boost with their donation of $100,000; and recently, that donation was generously matched by an additional $100,000 from the Jim Family, long-time Little Fort residents. Well known for their outstanding Hereford cattle and Little Fort Herefords, the Jim family also owns and operates Jim’s Food Markets in Little Fort and Clearwater. “The Fall Fair is the source of many early childhood memories for all of our family,” said Kym Jim. “Agriculture, and our experiences with it have been integral in shaping our family’s lives, and we just felt that this was one of the best ways to recognize this, and ensure that other generations of children in the North Thompson Valley can experience this.” NTFFRA president Donna Kibble says the generosity and confidence in the project shown by the Jim Family and the Smiths is exemplary. As of May 25, $300,000 has been raised through private and business donations, including $4,300 from the members of the Yellowhead 4-H Club who held a fundraiser by selling flowering planters, and $1,000 from a student fundraiser at Barriere Elementary School. Donna notes that donations from $10 and up have come in, and each one puts the building that much closer to completion. The Agriplex will be a manufactured steel building with room for a public mezzanine, an office, washrooms, a concession and seating area, livestock pens, wash racks and displays. The North Thompson Agriplex The Committee says they are hoping to have the shell of the building up by this year’s Fall Fair and Rodeo on September 3-5.

The structure will also be able to be utilized by the Provincial Winter Fair. Donna says, “I am so impressed with our members, volunteers, and the wonderful people who have stepped forward to help us make this major project become a reality for everyone. All we can say is thank you so much, you are truly what community is all about.” For more information about the Agriplex or to make a donation, please contact Donna Kibble at (250) 672-5672 or donnakibble@yahoo.ca.

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Trainer of Champions - Mark Sheridan How do I give my horsemanship patterns the polished look that can win, and what are the first things that catch your eye as a judge? PART ONE


hat is a great question and I could go on and on for hours about what it takes to win. This article will be part one of many as I talk about the basics of horsemanship. I always find myself wanting to get up and help everyone in the class and give my opinions on how they could improve their scores. That is the trainer and coach in me coming out and I realize that is not my place as a judge to do that while I am judging, unless I am asked after the class during a down time at the show. The very first thing I notice is your hat. I don’t personally care about how much silver you have on your saddle, or how much bling you have on your outfit. But, if your hat looks like it has been in a rain storm or you slept with it on, my first impression is going to be very low. First impressions are the most important, and as humans we all make first impressions especially being a judge. We are paid to do a good job and evaluations from the start are

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Trainer of Champions, cont’d it must be kept out of the horse trailer on hot days, and when you are done at the end of each day, lightly brush it off, and store it in your hat can making sure that the crown holder is adjusted properly where the brim does not sit on the bottom of the can. Do not sit it down on the brim, always upside down on the crown, and never, ever sit it on the bed! That is just really bad luck! I guess now you are aware of how important the hat is in my opinion! This will be the first installment with many to follow on the topic of Horsemanship competition, and how to get to the level of competitiveness that you desire. Stay tuned for more great tips on how to constantly improve! Thanks……Mark

Mark Sheridan has been operating his training stable and producing winning all around show horses for over 28 years in Cave Creek, Arizona. He trains Quarter Horses for all around events in open, amateur, and youth competition and has a passion for teaching. He has trained and coached four reserve youth world champions in horsemanship, trail, hunter under saddle, and hunt seat equitation. He enjoys the class of western riding and makes it his specialty. Mark has been an AQHA (AAAA ranked), and NSBA (Category 1 ranked), judge since 1992. He is a past president of the Arizona Quarter Horse Association, and a member of AQHA Professional Horsemen’s Association, and was awarded Arizona’s Most Valuable Professional Horseman in 2008.

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Vern Sapergia at Wildwood By Sharon Gates


n May 27-29 Vern Sapergia, worldrenowned reining competitor and coach, returned to the Chilcotin to teach a three-day reining clinic. Hosted by Wildwood Reining Horses in Hanceville, the clinic included participants from Armstrong, Salmon Arm, Kamloops, Lac La Hache, Prince George, Riske Creek and Hanceville. Vern has devoted his lifetime to training horses, specifically reining horses. For many years he trained and showed in Canada and the United States but he now resides in Austria, where he continues to train, coach and show reining. Among other accomplishments in 2010, he represented Canada on the Canadian Reining team at the World Equestrian Games and qualified for the finals at the NRHA Futurity. Trucks and trailers slid into Sharon Gates’ yard above the Chilcotin River Thursday evening under heavy skies and steady rain, but even the




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inclement weather did not dampen the spirits or enthusiasm of the twelve riders – they knew how lucky they were to be able to learn from one of the best. However, since Wildwood does not boast an indoor arena, the clinic moved to Gordon and Louise Garrard’s indoor facility 10 km away for all day Friday and Saturday morning until the outdoor at Wildwood dried out. By Saturday afternoon, the sun shone and spectators gathered at the arena edge to watch clinic participants supple, bend, jog, trot, lope, change Mandy Blais (Armstrong) and Vern (on Sharon’s stallion Running With Wolves) leads, spin and stop. With an instinct and “feel” that is truly a gift, insightful understanding of the horse’s mind and body, and training knowledge born of thousands of hours of practical experience, Vern Sapergia is truly a master of his craft. For three days he generously shared that knowledge in his matter-of-fact, no-nonsense way. Riders learned, refined, perfected and corrected under his expert guidance. By Sunday evening, every horse was performing at the very best of his abilities. Vern even jokingly said, “She has to pay double because she has a new horse!” about one horse. It was indeed rewarding to see such obvious results. Wildwood Reining Horses will be hosting a Vern Sapergia clinic next spring Keely Durell (Riske Creek) again. Watch the web site for information http://www.wildwoodreining.bc.ca



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Barkerville Cowboy and Drover Jubilee by Mark McMillan


oin us at Barkerville Historic Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hottest new happening â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the 2011 Cowboy and Drover Jubilee from September 9-11, 2011! From the earliest goldfield cattle-drives to the square dance fervour of the 1940s and 50s, Barkerville has been proud to play venue to 100 years of cowboy culture. This September, reminisce and recreate with us as we honour a century of cowboy music, spoken word, and dance. Come for the event, and stay for the weekend. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got horse friendly camp-sites ready and waiting... The weekend will start Friday, September 9th as the Forest Rose campground, located just 2 km from historic Barkerville, welcomes back-country horses and riders. Event registration and ticket sales will be available at Barkervilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Visitor Reception Centre throughout the day, and there will be an opening reception/kick-off jamboree at the House Hotel later in the evening. Breakfast will be served on Saturday, September 10th, at a variety of authentic Barkerville eateries. Special festival package pricing will be available. Throughout the day, five headline musical performances and six â&#x20AC;&#x153;Northern Starâ&#x20AC;? showcase amateur performances will grace three separate Barkerville venues. Amateur cowboy poetry will be scheduled all day Saturday at Barkervilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chuck Wagonâ&#x20AC;? tent stage, and later in the afternoon dinner will be served at the Wake Up Jake Restaurant, the Lung Duck Tong Chinese Restaurant, and the House Hotel Coffee Saloon (and yes, special festival package pricing will be available!). The official, adjudicated â&#x20AC;&#x153;Northern Starâ&#x20AC;? showcase singing competition (consisting of six amateurs performing two songs each) plus five headline performances and several special appearances by the cast of Newman & Wright Theatre Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 Theatre Royal season, will take the stage for a separate, ticketed event Saturday evening (package pricing available), to be followed by a moonlit, campfire jam back at the Forest Rose campground into the wee hours of the night. Sunday, September 11th will begin with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cowboy Churchâ&#x20AC;? at St. Saviourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anglican. St. Saviourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, built in 1869. Breakfast will follow at various Barkerville eateries, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll wave good-bye â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;til next year just past noon. Whether you ride, play, sing, dance, or just like to whoop it up on the trail from time to time, Barkerville Historic Town IS the place to be this September. We hope to see you at the Jubilee! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Fillies at Big Bar Guest Ranch By Nancy Roman Photos – a combined effort!


small, yet adventurous, group of seven North Okanagan Fillies headed to Big Bar Guest Ranch, just outside of Clinton, BC for their annual ‘Fillies’ weekend away in early June. The 45 km gravel road off Highway 97 was not in the best condition when we traveled there (someone should speak to the city or regional district about that road!); but on arrival at the ‘pearly’ gates (or should I say the BIG BAR gates) it was like we were almost in heaven! We pulled up to our own private “Coyote L “C Lodge” d ” and d what h iimpressive i accommodations for we seven. Some gals had already arrived with their horses and their ‘paddocks’ were right there – beside (and around) our little lodge - very handy to have your horses near you! When we plan our weekends away, the horses come first (for accommodation) – so this place rated top score for that! The lodge itself was great for us, big and roomy, 2 full bathrooms (bonus!) and could sleep 12; so we all ended up having our own bed since we were only 7. The kitchen area was questionable though, no sink or running water – more of a makeshift counter kitchen (no cupboards). We washed dishes in the bathtub. We did mention this to the management. There was a big fridge, coffee maker and microwave – which helped for our other

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‘needs’. We always want ‘catered’ meals on our weekends (hence the kitchen for us was no big deal, really). And the buffet meals they serve to all guests in the dining room are fabulous! Your choice to eat inside or outside on the patio. The trail riding was great. They do need to have a staff wrangler guide you on the trails, as you do pass through other properties (and gates… lots of gates) but ffooting i (for (f the h horses), h ) scenery and d llay of land was awesome. The Cariboo really does have some of the best riding that I have experienced! And I RODE! Not that you care, but I had a right-hip replacement at the end of January, and Big Bar was my first experience back in the saddle. I chose to rent a horse, versus bringing one of my own, for this experience and “Luke” gave me the best ride in a long time! Actually three of us rented horses and we were all pleased with our mounts. One afternoon we gals opted for ‘clay skeet’ shooting, offered complimentary at the ranch, and we had a great time – we didn’t do that great, but Carole managed to crack that sucker in mid-air – the only one of us! Way to go Carole! And thanks to Carole for organizing his weekend! We want to thank all the staff for their great hospitality – you all went above and beyond and our weekend was very enjoyable and memorable. Big Bar does have smaller cabins and tipis for rent, and a campground for RVs. So do check their website www. bigbarranch.com – and DO MENTION you read about it in Saddle Up!


Hunger and Chuckwagons By Meghan McIvor


he World Professional Chuckwagon Association and Encana teamed up to leave hunger in the dust at the Grande Prairie Stompede this past spring. Together they raised almost 635 pounds of nonperishable food and almost $5,000 in cash donations for the local food bank during the second annual Race Against Hunger. “There was an incredible show of support from the Grande Prairie community. The total contribution this year is nearly three times what was raised in 2010, an indication of the support and growing awareness for this year-round need in this community,” says Mike Forgo, Vice-President, Business Services and Stakeholder Relations for Encana. “We want to thank the WPCA and all of the folks who made these donations. Hunger doesn’t take a vacation. But thanks to the support of this community, our Race Against Hunger program will go a long way in stocking local food banks this summer.” Encana matched cash donations dollar-for-dollar and provided $2 for every pound of food collected during the Stompede. Vying for bragging rights and the title of Food Driver of the Year, WPCA drivers also got in on the program action at an all-day event at the Grande Prairie IGA, bagging food for customers and helping to sell $15 food hampers. Encana will crown the driver who raises the most donations later this summer. “I really want to win the Food Driver of the Year, and either way I’m going to give the guys a good fight,” says good-spirited WPCA driver, Mark Sutherland, who is currently in the lead having raised more than $1,000 and 75 pounds of food to date. The Race Against Hunger program takes place in select Dodge Pro Tour stops including the Alberta communities of Grande Prairie, Drumheller, Ponoka, and Strathmore, and in Dawson Creek, BC. The most successful driver will receive a matching donation for his efforts up to $10,000 from Encana to the food HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

WPCA Chuckwagon Driver Jason Glass bagging groceries at the Grande Prairie IGA

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Equine Awareness Day 2011


e had 12 people for our overnight Equine Awareness mini retreat in Kamloops. Equinisity.com is about a new level of connection with horses (and all animals) and nature that will change how we relate to the earth experience and understand our life journey.


oice For The Horse hosted our Equine Awareness Day 2011 on May 7th. We had a great class of individuals that learned how to do equine shiatsu massage for their horses and all others that appreciate the benefits of massage! VFTH Mascot’s Angel and Mischief loved the attention and although these two horses present no signs of soreness, they definitely indulged in the attention and in particular enjoyed the belly rubs probably the most! VFTH Mascots Sporting the Class did end early though as Colours of America! Voice For The Horse decided to throw a big party for the pre-launch of our 1st Annual Children’s Writing Competition Mischief, Yvonne Allen & ~ Subject Wild Horses across North Tiffany Desrosiers America. We set up a beautiful Gazebo in case it was raining but did we luck out here; everywhere in the Lower Mainland had rain this day but us! We did our formalities and put up our National Flags with Tiffany Desrosiers singing “O Canada” as well as paying tribute to the United States with the Star Spangled Banner. If you would like to learn more about our event and the Children’s Writing Competition, we invite you to visit our web site at www.voiceforthehorse.com


n celebration of Equine Awareness Day GP Cottonwood Stables in Nanaimo hosted the official book launch for “The Joy of the Journey: Exploring a Deeper and More Fulfi lling Partnership Through the Path of Harmonious Horsemanship,” written by Jodine Carruthers. On May 8th the sun came out as the stables opened their doors to the public. People of all ages were treated to an afternoon of live demonstrations, Q & A with the author, and the opportunity to meet the horses and staff of GP Cottonwood Stables. Jodine Carruthers working with the horse.

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Roping News By Carol Schepp


ee Poncelet and Carol Schepp hosted a tournament style Roping on Friday, June 17th at their training facility in Coldstream, BC. The roping was run with 8 teams competing against each other in a draw format. Each pair of teams roped the same set of steers in each block. The winners advanced to the A side and losing teams to the B side. The winners of the A side were Tony Verbeeten and Allan Schweb, narrowingly beating Scott Livingston and Jordan Dinwoodie for the $500 win. The B side winners were Dennis Wangler and Robert Diehl beating out Dave Anderson and Jeb Goodwin in the final for $300. We will be hosting the same style Ropings once a month on Friday evenings; the aim is to have fun, not a long drawn out Roping and a chance to WIN some Money! Practice evenings are Tuesday and Thursdays at 6 p.m. For more information please contact Lee at 250-938-2034 or visit www.lpperformancehorses.com

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TIDBITS Quarterama Reining Extravaganza Reining enthusiasts and the growing number of high performance equestrian fans won’t want to miss the Quarterama Reining Extravaganza at the spacious indoor London Agriplex, August 12-14, 2011. Triple sanctioned by the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), the Ontario Reining Horse Association (ORHA) and Reining Canada, the Quarterama Reining Extravaganza offers $35,000 in prize money with an estimated 400 plus entries, making it the largest and richest reining event held in Ontario. Three days of high performance competition will include a full slate of amateur and professional classes, plus feature events including the $10,000 Majestic Horses 3 Yr. Old Futurities,

Ontario Sired Stakes Derby, Open and Non-Pro Derbies and the popular Pro-Am Tournament introduced to overwhelming response at last year’s event. Competitors and fans can also enjoy a boutique style trade fair for shopaholics, spectator-friendly feature events for the fans, plus five star competition and warm-up facilities with indoor stabling for the riders and horses... all under one roof at the London Agriplex… and at no charge. For more information and schedules visit www.orha. on.ca or contact Dana Van Alstine 905-384-2008, e-mail vanalstinereininghorses@cogeco.ca

Excellence Celebrated with Made-in-Canada Partnership Canadian-based Ogilvy Equestrian has announced their support of the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association (CWHBA) as the dedicated sponsor of its national awards program. Ogilvy will award monthly prizes for horses competing in dressage, hunter, jumper, eventing, and combined driving from May to October of 2011. To be eligible for the monthly awards the horse must be a registered Canadian Warmblood. Awards will be given to the overall leader for each discipline, for a total of 30 prizes over six months. In addition to the monthly awards, Ogilvy will also award year end prizes. These awards will be given to the leader of each of the three levels according to the program, in all five disciplines for a total of 15 prizes. Information on the eligibility criteria and on how to nominate your Canadian Warmblood horse can be found at www.canadianwarmbloods.com/awards.php. Questions can be directed to Canadian Warmblood’s national office at office@ canadianwarmbloods.com or 306-373-6620.

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None other than BCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Jonathan Field and Glenn Stewart. The two gentlemen were chosen to represent Canada at the 2012 Road to the Horse competition on March 9-11 in Tennessee. Event owner and producer Tootie Bland is equally excited about this new approach to the competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Road to the Horse will host the first ever International Match in Colt Starting, and we have invited Australia and Canada to see if they can match the talent in the United States. National Pride is on the line, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find out in Tennessee who rules the world. There is going to be more horsemanship in one arena than ever before. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for this one!â&#x20AC;? says Bland.

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan Photos courtesy of Joanne Macaluso


t’s Gymkhana time again - July 9 at Green Lake! There’s camping on site

for competitors and, if you do stay over, you won’t want to miss the combined driving marathon through the obstacle course at Huber Farm on Sunday, July 10. If you’re a spectator, then both events are a must-see and there are plenty of local places to camp or rent a cabin for the weekend - see www.CaribooVacations. com. It’s a beautiful area, and when you add these two events, it’s well worth a trip to the South Cariboo! Guys, there’s a beer garden on site at the Gymkhana, and some great fishing close by, too, with rainbow trout coming in at over five pounds! Those interested in competing at the combined driving marathon in 70 Mile House will have to miss the Gymkhana, though, as the dressage test and cone course are being held on Saturday, July 9. On Sunday, they’ll have the marathon through a hazards course set in the hay fields and through the trees behind the motel in 70 Mile House, at the Huber Farm. The Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride has entries pouring in and the deadline is July 29. If it’s on your list of things to do on August 12 and 13, you’d better look up the BC Competitive Trail Rider’s website, www.bcctra.ca, and get an entry form and the ride information. The ride will accept a maximum of 30 riders total, in levels 1, 2, and 3. You can contact the ride manager, Joanne Macaluso, at joanne_macaluso@bcit.ca. It’s their fourth annual, and will once again be held in the beautiful area at the Hills Health Ranch at

108 Mile. The annual Haller Trail Gathering, held west of Clinton, took place June 1 to 5. The weather was warm and sunny, except for the first day, and everyone had a wonderful time. Evenings were spent gathered by the campfire swapping stories, and one night Larry and Sheila from Aldergrove entertained them with guitar and song. Here’s what Joanne Macaluso sent us about the ride: “The ride usually welcomes people from far and wide, and this year was no exception. The “Manitoba clan” (Jim and son Joel, Corrie, and Mert) arrived for the entire five days and they rode sturdy and beautiful horses supplied by local rancher Charlie Coldwell. Charlie was kind enough to lead the ride on the final day, guiding us to trails that many have never set foot on before. BC riders came from 100 Mile House, Clinton, Cranbrook, Langley, Aldergrove, Quesnel, Merritt, and Lillooet. We were honoured to have exchange student Digne Munch from Germany, and of course local dignitary Doug Harris, Recreation Officer for Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (Recreation and Trails Branch, 100 Mile House and Chilcotin Recreation District). Consultant Steve Law had his GPS in action tracking some of the trails. Preservation of these remarkable equine/hiking trails is what this annual ride is all about. The final day came, as usual, far too soon and those of us remaining shared big hugs and lingered just a little longer. I am sure that the participants involved with this year’s Haller ride won’t mind if

Wolfgang (Canim Lake) in the front, Al (Lillooet), Sheila and Larry (Langley)

Hank, Digne, Larri, Al and Greg on the trail

Larri Woodrow, founding trail boss of the Haller, riding a horse for a change (usually he’s on a mule). Mount courtesy of Al

I speak for them by expressing deep and sincere gratitude to Larri Woodrow and Hank McEwan. These two gentlemen truly represent the heart and soul of this journey. Until next year!” Barkerville Cowboy and Drover Jubilee is coming up this fall on September 9 to 11, 2011. As well as the general public, they are inviting horses and riders to ride in for the weekend of


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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d

Nicola Maughn and Joanne Macaluso (Cariboo locals)

fun and festivities. Cowboy Festival fans will recognize the names of some of the musicians they have lined up, including: Butch Falk, Bud Webb, Allen Christie, and the Gordie West Band. There will also be a cowboy poetry tent, “Northern Star” amateur singing competition, and “Cowboy Church” in the oldest wooden church in British Columbia! See their article on page 39. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Hank McEwan from Merritt celebrating his 81st year in style

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

What’s your guess?

Last Month’s What’s This?

Happy dogs Quest and Zack on the trail

Larry and Sheila from Aldergrove on the trail

The May issue’s photo was taken in our little museum, and is a whistle for the spout of a kettle to let you know when the water is boiling. I grew up hearing this every time someone made a cup of tea. Congratulations to the following people that had the right answer:


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Judy Heaton, Armstrong kitchen where it is mounted on the Bronco Billy (alias Bill Frohlick), Armstrong wall. Two different answers will be Mary Relkov, Grand Forks accepted as correct. Corinne Grant, Carrot Creek E-mail Mark at Glenn Washbrook, Victoria msprings@bcinternet.net Sadie Mackrell, Dawson Creek and put “What’s This?” in the subject Kendra Kowalski, Langley line. Send us your full name, city Sharon Gauthier, Lumby and province. John Hood, Chilliwack (“This is a blast! I love CARIBOO TEAM REALTY your issues of Saddle Up Wonderfully hand-crafted and look forward to July’s 3 bedroom Log Home on 12.48 acres in Big Lake. The issue!”)


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Gaited “Fun” Show It Was! By Jackie Evans Photos courtesy of Todd Greening, www.todd-greening.artistwebsites.com


eports from participants at the 14th annual Interior Gaited Horse Show at the Armstrong Agriplex on June 11-12 indicated that a great time was had by all. The phrase “we’re having so much fun!” kept coming up. The weather was ideal. In spite of high fuel prices and concerns about equine diseases, 37 horses and 41 riders were registered. It was nice to see familiar faces travelling all the way from Hinton, Cache Creek and Barriere. The two classes for riders who have never shown before and horses who have never been shown were big this year, with over 20 participants in each one. Many thanks to our judge, Dawn Heppner of Kelowna, who did an excellent job for us. Also thanks and appreciation to our Show Announcers, Greg and Nancy Roman; Ring Steward Michele Gould; Gate Admissions Louis Hartman; Ribbon Presenter Jean Thom; along with Mike Chappell, Holly Wood and all the other volunteers who pitched in to help make the show a success! A special treat this year was to have the services of Captured Grace Photography from Vernon to do show photos and individual portraits. Thanks Todd.

Rick Matheson coaching Haley

Ginger Chappell and Tango (Paso Fino)

Jan Sjodin and Marco (Peruvian) Tatum and Oreo (Tennessee Walker)

Jessica Chappell and Maggie (Tennessee Walker)

Ilona Berbekar and Festival Castellano (Paso Fino)

Adriana Wilson and Krash Boom Bang (Rocky Mountain)

Watching at the gate.

John McMillan and Gata Lisa (Peruvian)

Ursula McHugh and Dakota (Kentucky Mountain)

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Len Kilbraith and Blaze (Kentucky Mountain)


Cowboy Poetry “Mike Puhallo” A poem about Mike not by Mike Mike Puhallo, the guy we all knew as a wordsmith with a talent that’s found in few. One of the best Cowboy Poets in all of the west is now taking a break, a welldeserved rest. With all that history tucked in his memory he helped start the BC Cowboy Heritage Society. His vision like a long winding train he started the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. Known today as Mr. Kamloops Cowboy Festival because no one else knows it quite as well. Putting all of these great things together for the last 15 years was his endeavour.


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We’re saddened to announce that Mike Puhallo passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Friday, June 24th. He’ll be missed by many as he was known as family, friend, historian, and president, as well as cowboy poet. – Mark McMillan A tribute will be printed in Saddle Up’s August issue.

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Canadian Pro Rodeo Association By Dwayne Erickson Tanner Milan Back on Top Tanner Milan is back in familiar territory in professional rodeo’s Canadian standings. The 27-year-old Cochrane steer wrestler put together a leading $5,490 weekend at the last two May rodeos in Grande Prairie and Bonnyville to overtake Canadian champion Curtis Cassidy in the rankings. Milan was the top money winner on the weekend, winning Bonnyville with a 4.3-second run and finishing second at Grande Prairie with a time of 3.6 seconds. Grande Prairie was the opening stop of the 11-rodeo Canadian Wrangler Tour series and paid him $3,220. His Bonnyville cheque was worth $2,270. The two payoffs ran his income for the season to an event-best $8,228 in the Canadian standings. Cassidy, who cashed second at Bonnyville for $1,974, was moved to second at $7,991. Milan’s campaign last year came to an early end when he tore up his right knee and hamstring at the Ponoka Stampede. His doctors didn’t clear him to return until this season’s opening rodeo in mid-March at Camrose. Late in the healing process, Milan enlisted a personal trainer at Sculptures in Airdrie and lost 50 pounds. Prior to last summer’s wreck, Milan finished third or better in the Canadian standings during the four-year

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span from 2006 through 2009. Each time he went down to the last day of the year-end Canadian Finals Rodeo championship buckle.

Chet Johnson’s Astonishing Comeback It was, hands down, professional rodeo’s “wreck of the year” last summer. The fact Chet Johnson survived the carnage is nothing short of astonishing. But, in the face of it all, the Wyoming cowboy continues to chase glory riding bucking horses in what has to be a tribute to his determination and his love of the profession. This past weekend, Johnson won Rod Hay’s CPRA-approved $17,500 bronc bustin’ at Wildwood, then skipped over to Hand Hills and cashed third in the tradition-driven Stampede, held annually since 1917. In all, the 30-year-old bronc rider earned $5,031 and moved up to third in the Canadian standings with total income of $6,974. Johnson’s journey to Wildwood marked the second time he’s won Hay’s event. He also topped the 20-man showdown in 2009, and then doubled up by capturing first at Hand Hills and going on to add the Canadian championship to his resume. But, Google his name on the Internet and right there, on


Canadian Pro Rodeo, cont’d the top of the page, is the story and 58-second video of his epic wreck. It took place at the late July rodeo in Salt Lake City, where a horse kicked him in the back of his head as he tried to scramble to safety after being thrown out the front window. The blow resulted in a badly fractured skull, bleeding of a swollen brain, and a punctured eardrum. Johnson didn’t return to action until late January of this year. He scored 86.5 points on stock contractor Shane Franklin’s highly regarded sorrel mare, Scotch With A Twist, to win the four-man championship round at Wildwood. Johnson covered Calgary’s red roan gelding Redon Acres for 78.5 points at Hand Hills. Johnson plans to maintain his schedule up here and try to make the Canadian Finals Rodeo again.

Sharing the Glory The cowboys and barrel racers were in a sharing mood at the rodeos at Marwayne, Rocky Mountain House and Brooks, splitting up nearly $185,000 in prize money, but nobody turned in a dominant performance. Bull rider Denton Edge was the leading money winner, collecting $3,322 by winning his hometown rodeo at Marwayne with an 87.5-point score on the three-year-old Kelly Armstrong black calf, Old School.

Only three other contestants won in excess of $3,000: Utah tie-down roper Rhen Richard ($3,187), Wyoming bull rider Ty Hamaker ($3,171) and Texas bareback rider Heath Ford ($3,048). And only five placed at all three rodeos. Hamaker was one of them. So, too, were Erskine tie-down roper Murray Pole ($2,723), New Mexico saddle bronc rider Cody Taton ($2,674), Cessford bareback rider Clayton Bunney ($1,538) and Minnesota bronc rider Tyler Corrington ($942). No one group of cowboys could top the steer wrestlers for generosity. The three rodeos paid a total of 26 places and 26 bulldoggers picked up a cheque. With things so even across the board, there was little impact at the top end of the Canadian standings. The only lead change took place in the saddle bronc riding, where Sam Kelts split first at Marwayne with an 82.5 on stock contractor Shane Franklin’s sorrel mare, Scottish Sale. That paid $2,577, boosting Kelts’ seasonal income to $9,372 and moving him up first from fourth in the Canadian rankings. The income was also enough to kick him inside the top 25 in the world standings with $11,317. Please visit rodeocanada.com for more rodeo results and standings.

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Joni-Lynn Peters – London Bound! By Deborah Battrum Photos by Nancy Roman


he sun decided to shine and the day was warm for the fund-raiser and silent action for Joni-Lynn Peters and Travolta on July 11 at Apple Flats Farm in Lake Country. The two are working hard to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in Dressage in London. There was a very good turnout of about 80 people. Joni and Travolta looked spectacular together, and they did a wonderful demonstration for the enthusiastic crowd. Travolta walked into the ring and looked up to the crowd on the balcony, and had a gleam in his eye, as if to say “Ok, it’s show time, I am going to show you how it is done!” and he truly did. This was followed by a super demonstration by the Lake Country Agility Mutts. The crowd cheered at the performance. Large or small, they were just great to watch going through the course. Dinner was served and a silent auction followed. A group of us wanted to help raise funds to assist in sending Joni and Travolta to London. Flying a horse is not for the ‘faint of heart’ both physically and

financially. Our event raised over $7,000 towards their trip. Joni will need more help to make this financial goal, but hopefully this will help send them on their way.

WORDS FROM JONI: My goal is the London 2012 Olympic Games. As there are no qualifying trials in Western Canada, my qualifying competitions are in California or Europe. I have earned the necessary scores to compete at these qualifying trials, so step one is taken care of. Our qualifying time period begins July 2011 and goes through ‘till July 2012. Once our qualifying scores are submitted, there will be a selection trial process outlined. The mandatory selection trials often take place in Eastern Canada or Europe. Any funds raised go directly into travel expenses incurred for the selection process. I am touched by the people who put in the effort and dollars to assist me in my road to the Olympics! I am truly grateful and most appreciative. It all helps, and truly this dream cannot be realized on my own. - Joni-Lynn Peters Just in from f Joni (at ( press time)… ) “I am just back from the Touch of Class Dressage Show at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. Travolta and I earned Grand Prix Champion of the show! Travolta continues to lead me toward my dream!”

John (Joni’s hubby), Joni, Alex Wales, Ellen Smailes, Greg Roman. I nabbed the group outside for an impromptu shot.

Joni and Travolta giving the (silent) crowd a demonstration.

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Equine Canada News By Julie Cull Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus-1 Status Update — June 14 Equine Canada’s Health and Welfare Committee is sharing an update on the EHV-1 status in the Western Provinces from a conference call June 13. Participants included the Chief Provincial Veterinarian, members of Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, faculty from the University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine, provincial animal laboratory veterinarians and local equine practitioners. There has been one new case of nEHV-1 reported since the last telephone conference call on June 8th, 2011. To date the reported positive cases of nEHV-1 in Alberta are as follows (all reported in previous updates): • One neurological case (now recovered) first found positive at the start of May • Four positive cases, including the one newly reported case, which is considered a delayed testing scenario rather than a secondary spread of the disease. This new case and the three others are experiencing mild respiratory signs/fever and are all now recovered. • Four horses who tested positive (using PCR or Polymerace Chain Reaction testing), but are showing no clinical signs • One neurological case who is responding well to treatment that attended cutting events in Alberta • One neurological case in Northern Alberta that was at the cutting competition in Lloydminster To date suspect cases of nEHV-1 in Alberta are as follows (all reported in previous updates): • One previously reported neurologic case. The mild neurological signs are almost resolved and the horse remains under quarantine. To date testing has been negative. • The second suspect with mild neurological signs in Northern Alberta that was at the cutting competition in Lloydminster (reported in last update) remains on the suspect list. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

• Neurological suspect case from Central Alberta was euthanized due in part to complications with previous, significant medical conditions. Testing remains pending. • One suspect respiratory case is at the same premises as the new positive reported case (mentioned in the second bullet noted in the reported positive cases above). The one confirmed and one suspect case both are from a cutting horse barn that had horses at the Ogden, Utah show. No new cases have been reported by the Saskatchewan or British Columbia laboratories in attendance on the conference call. nEHV-1 cases are not required to be reported to the provincial government in these provinces therefore we have limited information on cases.

IMPORTANT—Releasing horses from quarantine: It has come to the attention of the veterinarians that one of the horses that had mild respiratory signs and fever that initially tested positive for nEHV-1 was recently retested positive for nEHV-1 on nasal swabs prior to being released from the 21 days of quarantine. In light of the potential for prolonged shedding of the virus, it is now the recommendation of the veterinarians involved on the call, all horses that tested positive for nEHV-1 be retested (and confirmed negative) prior to release from quarantine regardless of the time spent in quarantine. This need for testing has been confirmed in the most recent conference call. It appears that all of the cases and suspected cases remain in horses associated with the cutting horse industry. To address concerns for the upcoming cutting horse competitions, the group has created a list of recommendations for organizers of cutting horse competitions which is available at www. mooreequine.ca/documents/cutting_ show_recommendations.pdf. All other disciplines outside of the cutting industry continue at this time to be considered low

risk. The decision to cancel competitions and shows in other disciplines should be made in partnership with their associated veterinarian to develop a risk assessment of each situation. Biosecurity is a key component to limiting spread of any infectious disease and all individuals in contact with horses should remain mindful of appropriate procedures. We will post new information and status updates regarding EHV-1 neurological cases on our website at www. equinecanada.ca.

Para-Equestrian Team Selected Para-Equestrian Canada is pleased to announce the team selection for The 2011 European Tour taking place in England in July 2011. Lauren Barwick, Eleonore Elstone, Ashley Gowanlock, and Jody Schloss were selected as the four athletes who will represent Canada as a team during the 2011 Tour. Additionally, ParaEquestrian Canada is pleased to announce that Robyn Andrews will be competing on the Tour as an individual rider for Canada. Canada’s individual gold and silver medalist from the 2008 Paralympic Games, Barwick of Aldergrove, BC, will ride Equine Canada’s nine-year-old Oldenburg mare, Off to Paris, as well as her own nine-year-old Olderburg mare, Ferdonia 2 in competition in Grade II. Gowanlock, of Surrey, BC, will be riding her 2010 World Equestrian Games (WEG) mount Donnymaskell, Alexander (Sandy) Mitchell’s 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding. The pair, who was one of Canada’s top three Para-dressage riders at WEG, will be competing in Grade 1b. Langley, BC, native Elstone was also one of Canada’s top three riders at WEG. She will ride Why Not G, an eight-yearold Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Elstone and Kelleigh Kulscar in Grade IV. Finally, Schloss of Toronto, ON will be riding her new horse Inspector Rebus, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, in competition in Grade 1a. www.saddleup.ca • 53

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Skye Sk ye and a nd d Fancy Fan ancy cy Fancy is my 6-year-old, one eyed Sport Horse. She is a TB/SB/Paint mare. I got Fancy from Outback Jacks horse rescue two years ago and we love each other greatly. - Skye, age 16, Princeton, BC

Just won your first ribbon? Just bought your first horse? Do you give your horse kisses? Send in your photo with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. Email to nancyroman@saddleup.ca Put in the subject line “KIDS”

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By Kimberly Robertson, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

HCBC’s Core Funding Program Approves $10,650 in Grants for 2011! Horse Council BC is pleased to support HCBC Clubs and Affiliates around BC through our Core Funding Program. This program funds events and/or projects that support the goals of HCBC for developing and growing sport within BC. The following are the approved Core Funding Grants for 2011: BC Carriage Driving—Hosting a Provincial Driving Clinic Open to all Zones - $500 Cowichan Therapeutic Trail Riding Assoc. —Preparation for competition summer program Zone 6—$500 BC Competitive Trail Riding Assoc.— Provide Horse & Rider Safety ID Tags to participants Zone 6 - $650 Sunshine Bay Riding Club—Purchase corral panels for community grounds Zone 1— $1000 Northern Saddle Club—Construct a shavings building for community grounds Zone 7—$1000 Equestrian Vaulting Association of BC— Host BC Vaulting Championships Open to all Zones—$1000 BC Lower Mainland Pony Club—Regional Pony Club C2 & B2 Camps Zone 3, 4 & 5—$1000 Metchosin Equestrian Society—Upgrade fencing and community riding ring Zone 6—$1000 Sunshine Coast Equestrian Club— Riding ring expansion & footing upgrade Zone 5—$1000


Totem Saddle Club—Repair canteen at community grounds Zone 7—$1000 Vimy Western Riding Club—Renovate trail and warm up ring at community grounds Zone 6—$1000 Dusty Trail Riders of Prince George— Upgrade arena surface at community grounds Zone 8—$1000 BC Equestrian Trails Fund 2011 Approved Grants The following grants totaling $20,629 from the BC Equestrian Trails Fund have been approved for 2011: r(BSEFO$JUZ Horsemen’s Club - repairs to the fire pit and outhouse at the trailhead and camping facility in the Malahat area: $2,500 r#$)#$3PCTPO7BMMFZ$IBQUFS transporting logs to build corduroy sections through marshy areas of historic horse trail up Swift Current Creek in Mt. Robson Provincial Park: $5,000 r#$)#$:BSSPX$IBQUFS - continued construction of the Headwaters Corral horse camp in E.C. Manning Park: $7,000 r#$)#$7BODPVWFS*TMBOE$IBQUFSSalmon Brewster Equine Trail and Campsite project: a 40km multi-use trail joining two equestrian friendly campsites: $5,000 r#BSOIBSUWBMF)PSTF)JLFST5SBJM 1SFTFSWBUJPO4PDJFUZZ - gates and signage to allow equestrian passage on connector trail between Barns Lake Trails and Blackwell Trails in the East Barnhartvale area of Kamloops: $1129 Congratulations to all the successful applicants! Thank-you, to all the volunteers for taking on these projects which will benefit all HCBC members who enjoy trail riding.

Horse Council BC’s Equine Education Conference January 21- 22, 2012, Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel Conference Pass: $175 + HST (includes Breakfast, Lunch & HCBC Award Presentations Ticket) Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal Shuttle Service $20 + HST West Jet Flight Discount - Call 1–877-952-4696 Promo Code: CC7039 Discounted Room Rate: $99 + Tax Speaker Line Up: Andrew McLean Ph.D., B.Sc. Equine Behavior Dr. Terry Whiting D.V.M., M.S.C. Equine Welfare Michael King CAIB R.I.B. Equine Insurance Gerard Laverty C.J.F. T.E. A.W.C.F. Hoof Care Sandra Sokoloski B.ScP.T., FCAMPT, CGIMS Rider Fitness Dr. Neil Mckenzie B.Sc.(Ag), D.V.M. M.V.Sc. Equine Dental TBA, Equine Nutrition

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Congratulations to all Competitors who qualified for the BC Heritage Circuit Finals, July 15–17, 2011 at Thunderbird Show Park

Tentative Schedule Friday, July 15 – Dressage, Hunter, Jumper Divisions Saturday, July 16 – Western Performance Division, Speed Classes Sunday, July 17 – English Performance Division, Driving Division Saturday, July 16 - BBQ & Dance 6 p.m. Everyone Welcome

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

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Thunderbird Show Park Update By Pamela Saunders

Ben Asselin and Lolita

Samantha Buirs and Total Touch Photo by Totem Photographics

Jill Henselwood and Special Ed Photo by Totem Photographics

Timberframe Grand Prix

Ladies Lead the Spring Classic

Henselwood Wins World Cup

Following in the footsteps of an Olympian could be hard on some young riders, but Calgary’s Ben Asselin seems to be right on stride with a stellar 2010 season and a big win in Thunderbird Show Park’s 2011 season opener at the Canadian Premier Tournament. The Equine Canada Junior Equestrian of the Year bested a field of 32 riders to bring both of his horses into the jump off and earn top spot in the $25,000 Timberframe Grand Prix. At just 17 years old, Ben Asselin was one of the youngest competitors on course, but he’s proving he can hold his own against the world’s top riders.

Despite the drizzle, 34 horse and rider combinations took to the grass in the $31,500 CSI2* Thunderbird Show Park Spring Classic. The first round knocked out top USA riders, Kyle King and Cara Anthony, along with Ontario’s Chris Pratt, but saw Canadian Olympic Silver Medalist Jill Henselwood dominate by bringing both of her mounts through clear. In a field of seven riders, she was poised to win until Langley local, Samantha Buirs, narrowly edged her out. As a Park regular who pretty much grew up on the grounds, Buirs earned cheers from the spectators as she went into the ring, followed by wild clapping as she headed for the finish line. Having placed second in the Keg Steakhouse and Bar World Cup at Thunderbird last August, Buirs earned a spot on the 2010 Nation’s Cup team in Buenos Aires.

The $55,000 CSI 2*-W Mibroc Group World Cup at Thunderbird delivered a thrill a minute, but saved the best for last as Jill Henselwood and Special Ed rode to victory. With 28 entries from across North America, the Canadian Olympic Silver Medalist executed two perfect rounds to lead the pack and shave just over two seconds off the only other double-clear ride, delivered by Langley’s Brian Morton.

TIMBERFRAME GRAND PRIX RESULTS 1. Ben Asselin - Lolita (Attache Stables); 41.17 2. Brian Morton - Spitfire (Brian Morton); 42.24 3. Jill Blunt - Shannondale (Jill Blunt); 40.85 (4) 4. Cara Anthony - Woodpecker de Villars (Potcreek Partners LLC); 41.16 (4) 5. Ben Asselin - Magic Man (Attache Stables); 41.50 (4) 6. Molly Talla - Camaron Hills Quick Dollar (Camaron Hills Farm); 41.69 (4) 7. Lisa Carlsen - Cuba Libre (Clayborne Farms); 45.89 (4) 8. Jill Henselwood - George (Brian Gingras); 85.15 (Round 1)

Spectators and sponsors watched all the action from the comfort of Thunderbird’s newest improvement, the BC Timberframe Gallery. The exquisite wood structure overlooks both the Grand Prix Field and Thunderbird Jumper Ring and will play host to exhibitor parties, grand prix luncheons and the best show jumping views in the Park.

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WORLD CUP RESULTS 1. Jill Henselwood - Special Ed (Juniper Farms); 41.53 2. Brian Morton - Spitfire (Brian Morton); 43.73 3. Samantha Buirs - Total Touch (Samantha Buirs); 41.21 (8) 4. Lisa Carlsen - Cuba Libre (Clayborne Farms); 79.66 (1) 5. Tani Zeidler - Ranville (Zeidler Farm Canada); 80.69 (1) 6. Karl Cook - Uno De Laubry (Signy Ostby); 75.49 (4) 7. John Anderson - Terrific (John Anderson); 76.48 (4) 8. Tammy Chipko - Zico 13 (Tammy Chipko); 78.48 (4)+(1)

Visit www.thunderbirdshowpark. com for a full schedule, results and details on the 2011 show jumping season.

SPRING CLASSIC RESULTS 1. Samantha Buirs - Total Touch (Samantha Buirs); 35.16 2. Jill Henselwood - Special Ed (Katheryn Lefevbre); 35.86 3. Jill Henselwood - George (Brian Gingras); 36.56 4. Femke Vanden Bosch - Tom-Tom (John Vanden Bosch); 39.15 5. Kirsten Coe - Vernon G (Iian Ferder); 37.64 (4) 6. Molly Talla - Camaron Hills Quick Dollar (Camaron Hills Farm); 38.79 (4) 7. Michelle Vandal - Divine Diva (Michelle Vandal); 38.80 (4) 8. Tammy Chipko - Zico 13 (Tammy Chipko)


Langley Riders Report By Bethany Gildemeister


ell looks like we’re finally over the winter fuzzies. Everybody is lookin’ pretty slick ‘n shiny. Langley Riders had another great month in May. On the 15th we had our Games Day; a good time was had by all. High Point Winners: George Burns: Joyce MacDonald Jack Benny: Pierre Fortier Senior: Shelby Huish Intermediate: Tessa Gildemeister Junior: Rachel Fortier Pee Wee: Lexi Langset Tiny Mites: Brooklyn Gildemeister Lead Line: Sydney Ball

On May 29th we had our second BCHQ Show and what a great turnout. I think it was the most riders we’ve had at one show in the last three years. There were 13 or 14 riders in our Senior division! A BIG Thank You to Bates Tack Shop for donating the English and Western Overall High Point prizes for the day, and to all the wonderful volunteers that made the day run so smoothly.

Haley Russell. Photo by Ron McCarth.

Ashley Dell. Photo by Ron McCarth.

Elyse Dumas. Photo by Ron McCarth.

Cheyenne Grinrod. Photo by Ron McCarth.

High Point Winners: English: Sr: Caroline Huth Inter: Haley Russell Jr: Elyse Dumas Pee Wee: Kesteral Zalesky Tiny Mites: Brooklyn Gildemeister English Overall: Elyse Dumas Western: Sr: Bethany Gildemeister & Avery Murray Inter: Tessa Gildemeister Jr: Ashley Dell Pee Wee: Cheyenne Grinrod Tiny Mites: Brooklyn Gildemeister Western Overall: Brooklyn Gildemeister

On June 11 we had another Games Day High Point Winners: Gorge Burns: Deb McGovern Jack Benny: Sandy Valco Senior: Melissa Morreau Intermediate: Jazmine Langset Junior: Rachel Fortier Pee Wee: Cheyenne Grinrod Tiny Mites: Sabrina Langset

Marie Peters & Sabrina Langset. Photo by Bethany Gildemeister Our High Point Winners. Photo by Bethany Gildemeister

For July we’ll be having our Jumping Day on July 9th, Games Day on July 10th, and English & Western Show on July 24th. For more info check out our website www.langleyriders.com.


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Gibb Back From Africa Photos by David Ward


awston, BC horseman and trainer Daryl Gibb has recently returned from a two week stay in South Africa training horses. Along with Daryl was his son, and David Ward and members of his family. The long journey had them flying from Kelowna to Calgary, on to Amsterdam, and on to Johannesburg; then driving 3 hours to a town called Parays Parays. In Parays, Daryl was invited to the Crabbet (Arabian) Convention for a Colt Starting demo which attendees were very grateful for. After Parays, it was on to Kruger Park spending two days there checking out all the animals of Africa. Daryl was then invited to a large ranch where they run about 200 head of horses and he worked on a few there. From there they carried on to Windberg where an Endurance Ride was being held. This also was the Ranch where the Arabian horses that came from Canada were.

a bit of rain on a couple of occasions. The people there were very interested in Western saddles as the majority of them ride with English tack. Most people were very receptive to learn better ways in working their horses, so that made it a very enjoyable trip. I found that there were some very good trainers over there as well as instructors. It does not matter where you go you can always learn some new things about horses and people as I did on this trip. The people that we met were very hospitable and treated us very, very well. I am planning a trip back in December or January.

Daryl riding Arabian Stallion FV Viva Ben Rabba

Daryl tells us more below. I spent five days there helping them start some of their older horses, 7-8 year olds, which actually worked out very good. I also rode some of the Arabian stallions from Canada. The people that purchased the Arabian horses from David Ward’s breeding farm were visiting the South Okanagan last summer, and invited us to see their country and work on some of their horses. They wanted me to help start some horses, and help with some of the more difficult ones. Horse people in Africa are really looking for more education with horses, which is great. The horses that I worked on there were mostly Arabians, with a few of their wild horses mixed in. The stallion that I rode was imported from BC. He is a 7-year-old Arabian named FV Viva Ben Rabba, raised by Fairview Arabians and is now co-owned by Fairview Arabians and Steyl Brothers of Windberg, South Africa. The weather there was very pleasant usually mid to high 20’s and we just had 58 • Saddle Up • July 2011


Update from Babou, West Gambia, Africa


irst, let me tell you about the donkey in the photo that has a wound on his tail. This was caused by a man who used a cutlass to beat him. The innocent donkey had nothing to eat and so, being hungry, he went into the garden and ate the vegetables. During the beating, the man chopped off the donkey’s tail. Imagine the pain the donkey suffered! Do you see some of the trauma, injustice and maltreatment equines can suffer from some heartless human beings? I would bet my life that if it had been food animals (sheep, goats, cows, etc.) that had eaten from the garden, such maltreatment and injustice would not have been meted out. A few days after this happened, I was notified of the case. Upon arrival, I used clean water and salt to clean the wound and gave the donkey a shot of antibiotics to protect it from infections; I applied penicillin ointment to the wound. Then I went to visit the guy who harmed the donkey, but unfortunately I was told that the man was away. I still intend to visit this man when he comes back! After receiving a collection of money raised by the club and other private donations, here is how I have used the money. I decided to buy some equine equipment and drugs to enhance my work and these are some of the things I bought:

- hoof trimmers - hoof knives - aprons - electronic thermometer - stethoscopes - weight band - rabies vaccine - antibiotics (oxytetracycline, penicillin, sulphur, penicillin ointments for wounds,) - syringes and needles - trypanocidal drugs for trypanosomiasis - tetracycline sprays - harnessing materials and wormers (these were given to equine owners who have taken very good care of their animals as a means of motivating them and encouraging others to emulate them.) I would like to express my profound and sincere gratitude and appreciation to Marlene Quiring, a special and exceptional person who has contributed immensely towards my vision and aspiration in helping equines in my country. I would also like to thank the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club, especially Russ Shandro and all those who have contributed towards this noble cause. Finally, I am still looking for an opportunity to further my knowledge on equine health and management, and thus fulfi ll my dream and vision of helping equines and being the first equine specialist in my country.

I would like to be a role model for younger ones to emulate thereby empowering my cause of better lives for equines. I wish to thank you and everyone once again for all your efforts, assistance and guidance. Note from Marlene Quiring: If anyone wants to contribute to Babou’s cause, they can contact Marlene at 403-783-5210, via email at marlenequiring@hotmail.com or send a cheque to the Alberta Donkey and Mule Club (ADMC) and specify it is to support Babou in purchasing medicines, etc. If you wish to contact him directly, I can put you in touch with him via email.

Draft Horse Sale Report – submitted


he Wild Rose Draft Horse Association’s Sale took place April 6-7 at Olds, Alberta. Matched, well-broke teams consigned to the sale surpassed all expectations. A sale leader was a team of 5-year-old black Percheron geldings, from the Olds Agricultural Society raffle which Blake Beelby of Bluffton, AB had won. He had a choice of keeping the team or selling. He pocketed $5,800 for the team purchased by Larry McAllister of Millarville, AB. Money raised from the raffle tickets will help finance the 2011 Central Alberta Draft Horse Show being held on July 2-4 at the Olds Fairgrounds. Albert and Lori Newhook of Calgary also consigned a sale leader. Their team of black Percheron geldings sold for $5,900 to Ron Warner of Banff, AB. Those that attended this year’s Wild Rose Draft Horse Sale felt the catalogued teams were the best broke consignment ever sold at Olds. The price buyers paid reflected their opinion. No sale across HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

North America this spring has registered a stronger trade start to finish, than the Wild Rose Sale did, for its consignment of broke teams. Oscar Salisbury of Dawson Creek, BC paid $4,400 to win possession of Paramount Knightingale, a stylish Percheron mare (bred and consigned by Dr. David and Kathleen Bailey of Calgary). Calico Greta’s Cut, a big 2-year-old Clydesdale fi lly sold for $4,100 to Wismer Clydes of Amherstburg, ON (bred and consigned by Kevin and Tammy Pelonero, Calico Farm of Huxley). A yearling fi lly, Calico Smoked Hickory (also consigned by Kevin and Tammy Pelonero) sold for $4,000 to Robert Campbell Sr. of Fawcett. This year’s sale grossed $161,000. Forty-five draft horses were sold. The purebred, grade and crossbred draft horses averaged $1,616.67; while the four, veteran Percheron Mules averaged $1,112.50. www.saddleup.ca • 59

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Marlene Quiring Calendar of Events July 12-14: Calgary Stampede and Exhibition - club demos and information booth Contact Alice Todd (403) 646-2624 July 22-24: Hummingbird Trail Ride; annual ride for club members and friends Contact Keith Kendrew (403) 843-3293 July 30-31: Bruce Stampede and Great Canadian Mule Race Contact Russ Shandro (780) 632-7510 August 20-21: TEES LONGEARS DAYS, Mule and Donkey Show Contact Ethel (403) 783-3083 to book Saturday night supper tickets

A Muleskinner is Born Story by Kayla Hebert


t was a soggy spring day and I remember it pretty clearly. I was sitting at the kitchen table with my parents and a neighbour that had come by for coffee. I had never met this neighbour before so, being the age I was, I was curious to find out as much as I could about the stranger. One of my mother’s favourite coffee topics was 4-H. Our family lived, sweated and bled 4-H. My mother was repetitively bragging up my latest horse 4-H achievement, when something sparked my neighbour’s attention. She was telling him how I was training with an Olympic-level dressage trainer and re-training an old racehorse from the track. I suppose he was pretty impressed to hear about a12-year-old girl accomplishing tasks usually tackled by older individuals. This is when he posed the question. He turned to me with a little grin and asked, “How would you like to 60 • Saddle Up • July 2011

be a muleskinner?” I was young and loved anything to do with horses, so I took him up on the offer. Little did I know, I was gearing up to play a whole new ball game! I quickly learned that the term muleskinner is not meant to be taken in the literal sense, but is the slang term used to describe an individual who can “skin” or outsmart a mule. To the untrained eye, a mule appears to be God’s most stubborn creation, hands down. However, anyone who knows anything about a mule knows that they are not stubborn, but extremely intelligent. I became savvy to this a little slower than my mule would have liked, I’m sure! It wasn’t long before our neighbour brought two mules for my sister and I to condition for the race. One was a smaller painted mule named Ethel, and the other, a buckskin named Betsy. Since my sister was smaller she was more suited to Ethel, who was as sweet as a mule could be. She tolerated anything my sister and I threw at her, and believe me, at that age we were dumb enough to test her patience on more than one occasion. Betsy on the other hand was a little less patient and a whole heck of a lot smarter than me. She would bite or kick while I was reaching for the cinch, as if to say, “If you can’t get this stuff on me you can’t ride me!” I looked at Betsy and she looked at me, off came that saddle and bareback it was! After we got to know each other better and she trusted me, she allowed me to get the saddle cinched up with only the occasional glance my way and stomp of a foot. We went riding almost every day after school and half the summer, until it was time for The Great Canadian Mule Race at the Bruce Stampede in Alberta. I remember the excitement and nervousness on the day of the 10-mile race. We brought the mules to the Mule Condominium set up on the grounds, which is a cozy area for the mules to be stabled. Many of the competitors brought portable panels so the mules could have space to stretch their legs instead of being

tied up to the trailers all day. We spent the day relaxing and watching the rodeo. When it was time, I groomed Betsy until she shined. We got tacked up, warmed up and into the arena. I could feel her muscles shivering beneath me. She was excited too - she’d raced plenty of times before and her mule memory was as sharp as ever! We paraded the mules for the spectators to see and the bets were placed. As the announcer called each mule and rider, we lined up, ready to race the route we had practiced. All the mules were excited and pranced at the starting line. I took a deep breath and waited to hear the blow horn. Finally, it blasted and we were off ! Out the arena and down the gravel road for our 10-mile trek. I could taste the dust in my mouth and wondered how Betsy could breathe. Like a trooper, she kept on galloping down the country roads and through the sloughs. The older muleskinners told us some entertaining stories as we galloped along the roads. The mules stayed in a tight pack until the last couple of miles, at which point you could tell which mules had been conditioned a little harder and had the will to win. My sister and I were at the front of the pack, along with our neighbour aboard Charlie. There was a mule called Applejack who began to creep up and take the lead in the last mile. We could see the stands and hear the crowd cheering. Little Ethel ran out of gas and dropped back a bit. It was between Applejack, Charlie and Betsy! We came into the arena neck and neck, hooting and hollering, encouraging our mules to push a little harder. At the last moment Applejack pulled ahead, winning the race. It was an experience I will never forget. I continued to race aboard Betsy for the next few years, until it was time to go to college. When college was all said and done, I returned to the Bruce Stampede to find that the beloved 10mile Great Canadian Mule Race was no longer running! There are no younger muleskinners to take over for the retirees. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Alberta Donkey, cont’d The problem is most people my age are a little too “proud” to take a mule as a mount. I believe it is because people are uneducated about the mule and their unique talents. I love the mule for its sense of humour. Yes, it is true that every horse has a personality and their own quirks, but I have never met a horse that could almost laugh with you (or at you sometimes) like a mule will. I love the mule’s strong sense of self-preservation and above-average intelligence, which certainly makes them a safer mount than a horse. I love their longevity, and that for the most part they

are stronger, sturdier and more sound than the horse. It is not uncommon for a mule to be used well into its twenties. If there is one thing I have learned about mules it’s that if you find a good mule, you’d better take good care of him and treasure him as a companion. Thanks to his extraordinary memory and loyalty, you can have confidence that he’ll remember it and you can bet your boots that he’ll return the favour!

Update from Russ Shandro Dave Simpson (2010 Champion) and George Hines are returning this year. These two veteran “muleskinners” are

seeded, as number 1A and 1B, to challenge for the Teddy Holden Memorial Mule Racing Buckle. Latest update has it that George, after a one-year absence, has been at the track routinely, prepping Copper, his 10-year-old molly mule for the 28th annual contest. George has only missed two races since its inception. Scouts have reported that Dave has been seen at his regular practice spot, also preparing. And this year’s, “dark mule” could be ridden by Kayla Hebert as she has been honing her skills in preparation for the Great Canadian Mule Race.

Rock Creek Charity Poker Ride Report By Pru Zerny Photos by Lynn Paul


ponsored by Discover Rock Creek, this year’s Annual Rock Creek Charity Poker Ride held on June 12 was a success. With high gas prices, cold, wet weather and riders having many other horsey events in June to choose from, 22 riders registered - double of last year’s turn-out. We were happy! Held at the campground opposite the Fair Grounds, Mother Nature gave us a mix of sunshine and pouring rain. No matter, everyone had smiles on their faces when they returned and appeared to have enjoyed their ride. For some it was their first visit to our extensive trail system. This year, everyone was given a copy of the new colour-coded map to follow – no more excuses for getting lost. Riders could choose the single 14 mile ‘blue’ loop with the option of adding the 11 mile ‘yellow’ loop. Most of us went the distance, I did. Thanks to our volunteers who manned the remote, woodsy checkpoints, to give out poker cards. This year all trails have been re marked with new tags, thanks to Lynn Paul for this considerable undertaking. We hope that the deer don’t eat the tags - I wonder how many people have got lost in the past? Ann Rexin prepared a tasty build-your-ownsandwich lunch for hungry riders, with delicious baked HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

goodies as well. Thanks to Freemans, Buckerfields and Otter Co-op for donating prizes. Kettle River Woodcraft made our new Trail Head sign with enlarged colour-coded map of the trail system – it’s posted at the entrance to the trails, opposite the Fair Grounds. Look for it next time you come here. Proceeds to be donated to the North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association.

Rob and Anita Gill (winner of high hand) are the caretakers of the fairground. In the background is Art Harfman (Rock Creek Fair President) - looks very good in his cowboy hat.

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Alberta Paint Horse Club By Connie Webb 2011 Show Calendar July 15-17: Big West, Drayton Valley, AB Aug 4-7: Zone 10 Paint O Rama, Calgary, AB http:// www.zone10zoneorama.ca Sept 10-11: Harvest of Colors, Saskatoon, SK http://www.saskpainthorseclub.com Sept 24-25: Fall Round-up, Ponoka, AB http://www.northernhorse.com/aphc/


he 2011 Executive consists of Greg Gavelin (President), Ron Gutek (Vice President), Shelley Bablitz (Treasurer), and Lynn Hoosier (Secretary). Club Directors are: Jackie Harke, Glenn Hyde, Mary-Ann Tourangeau, Connie Webb, Janene Moch, Lynsay Atchison, and Larry Barber. Tidbits I’m sure we can all agree this has been quite a different year for all horse owners. Snow until May, changing into rain, and lots of it where I am, and then, the one thing that stopped all of us in our tracks, EHV-1. Much praise to the Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club who put the safety of our horses first by

cancelling their Lloydminster Paint Horse Show previously scheduled for the May long weekend. The information was just starting to be released when the SPHC executive proactively took a stand, ignored the financial consequences and encouraged everyone to stay home. So, that’s where most of the paint horse people have been for those long weeks, in self-imposed quarantine. Personally, I think we should all take some time to address our own horse health practices, especially when attending events where horses gather from all over. Thanks to the weekly updates from Moore and Company Vet Clinic, the APHC Board of Directors were able to continuously monitor this situation; since non-cutting events are rated as low risk, it’s perfect timing for the Hay City Classic Paint Horse Show June 11 and12 in Olds. I’ll have all the results, a report on our “pink” events (Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation), and I just know there’ll be some great pictures, too. After the Hay City Classic Show, we look forward to the Big West Color Classic Show, July 15-17 in Drayton Valley. This is always a great show even if you count the outhouse

races (last year anyways) which were part of the team tournament. Can’t forget the awesome exhibitor supper, which is a great opportunity to visit. Once again, there’s a full slate of classes including seven $500 added stake classes and two $250 added 2 yr old classes. See our website for more information: http://www.northernhorse.com/aphc/. Our show and year-end high point rules underwent a major rework this year, and they’re now posted on our website. There’s nothing drastic that’s changed, just better clarification. Speaking of awards, we’re still actively looking for sponsors to help support our club and our members. Remember, there’s a $100 draw at the AGM for each sponsor that a member successfully contacts. There’s been a director change on our board: Todd Bailey has resigned and MaryAnn Tourangeau was voted in by the Board of Directors to fi ll the vacancy. Todd has been a great volunteer, past President and Director for many, many years and we thank him for his support and contributions. Please email me (Connie) with any news you’d like to share, at: cbwebb@telusplanet.net

Book Review The Rescue of Belle and Sundance A Miracle on Mount Renshaw Author Birgit Stutz with Lawrence Scanlan A heartwarming story of two stranded horses and the small northern BC town determined to save them. This book recreates the rescue that sent a message of hope and compassion around the world. On December 15, 2008, two snowmobilers discovered a pair of abandoned horses atop BC’s Mount Renshaw in the Canadian Rockies. Belle and Sundance were a sorry sight -- they were emaciated, shivering and trapped in a small shelter they had made for themselves by tramping down the six-foot deep snow. Next morning, a party of four from the nearby town of McBride was sent back up the mountain with a bale of hay, a handgun and a heartbreaking choice to make: either feed the horses, or shoot them. 62 • Saddle Up • July 2011

The four agreed: there was an undeniable glimmer in the eyes of Belle and Sundance, and the decision was made to feed them. But saving the two horses would require a lot more than hay. Weighing their options, many people in McBride decided to pull on their long johns and pitch in -- they would dig, by hand, the three-foot-wide, six-foot-deep, kilometre-long tunnel that became Belle and Sundance’s route to freedom. The Rescue of Belle and Sundance takes the reader up that starkly beautiful but bitterly cold mountain to the heart of the struggle to save two horses. In this account, with its grim beginning and its glad and joyful end, Stutz and Scanlan recreate the rescue that sent a message of hope and compassion around the world.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd www.harpercollins.ca Hard Cover, 242 pages ISBN 978-1-55468-619-3 Retail: $24.99 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club by Michele Gould Photos by Rebecca Hilbrander


t’s nice to see that, as we speed headlong into summer, the AERC is gathering momentum! Our Tack Sale, held in conjunction with the Okanagan Breeders Group Showcase in mid-May, was successful not only in making a few bucks and helping to unload excess tack but also in adding new members to our roster and gaining exposure. In June, we hosted a Hot Dog Sale at Askew’s, met some more new faces and made a little more money. The next day, we carried on with the hot dogs at our June Fun Day which was well-attended by members and spectators who came for the sun and the fun that we were able to provide. Prizes were doled out and our organizer, Donna Holland, did a spectacular job of planning and running the day. Overall results are: Showmanship Senior – 1st Rhonda Bennett; 2nd Shannon Wiemken Intermediate – 1st Mikayla Linton; 2nd Jordynn Weir Junior – 1st Melanie Lemaire Peanut – 1st Azera Murdock Open – 1st Melanie Lemaire; 2nd Azera Murdock English Senior – 1st Ursula McHugh; 2nd Rhonda Bennett Intermediate – 1st Jordynn Weir; 2nd Mikayla Linton Junior - 1st Tia Scrase; 2nd Isabella Smith Open – 1st Ursula McHugh; 2nd Charity Scrase Western Senior - 1st Rhonda Bennett/Rhonda Rose Intermediate - 1st Mikayla Linton; 2nd Josh Sengotta Junior - 1st Melanie Lemaire; 2nd Melissa Thielman Peewee - 1st Katie Thielman Peanut - Azera Murdock Open - 1st Jordynn Weir; 2nd Josh Sengotta/Melanie Lemaire Trail 1st Mikayla Linton; 2nd Rebeca Pachman

Rhonda Bennett on Cowboy

Games Senior – 1st Ursula McHugh Intermediate – 1st Jordynn Weir; 2nd Mikayla Linton Junior – 1st Morgan Sengotta; 2nd Charity Scrase Peewee - 1st Katie Thielman

The big news came at the June 8th General Meeting where a vote was held to move our annual Katie Thielman on Ginger AGM from January to November. This means the AERC will be able to get on track much sooner for 2012 and boy-oh-boy do we have some ideas brewing – exciting events that you just might want to be a part of - so stay tuned. Dates are booked for Summer Riding and they are: June 23, July 9, July 21 and August 4, each from 7:00 to 9:00 Shannon Wiemken on Sweet Ace p.m. in the Rodeo Arena of the Willy Armstrong Fairgrounds. We’d love to have you come and ride with us. Rates are $10 for senior members and $5 for junior members. For more info on these and other events, check out our website at www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.org or contact Rebecca at 250-5460052 or Michele at 250-546-8977.

In Memoriam… Gordon Strohm will be greatly missed…

Gordon and Highland Parks Legend

Gordon passed away in his Armstrong home, surrounded by his loving family on June 16th, 2011 at the age of 86. A longtime resident of Armstrong, he will be greatly HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

missed by his wife Ruth, his sons Chris and David, their wives Dianne and Katie, his daughters Joanne and Helen, his stepson Michael, stepdaughter Ann, all his grandchildren, great grandchildren, as well as his many friends and his beloved horses and dogs. Gordon loved all God’s creatures, but horses were his passion! From a young age, growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan, horses have always been a very important part of Gordon’s life. Driving a team was something Gordon learned as a young lad and he was still driving horses well into his 80’s. Gordon was a life-long member of the Valley Miniature Horse Club, having founded the club with his dear wife Ruth. He was also a longtime member of the Interior Provincial Exhibition, and was instrumental in having Miniature Horses showcased at the Fair. He attended every IPE with his Miniature Horses and could always be found down at the show

barns. Many Miniature Horse owners today got their start in the breed and in driving them thanks to Gordon! You didn’t just buy a horse from Gordon; you had to pass the adoption process. His horses had to go to great homes! When Gordon came home from the hospital, they brought his favourite Mini horse “Legend” into the house for Gordon to see one last time. Legend’s sire Al (Gordon’s all-time favourite) and Blaze were a very familiar sight during the IPE Parades, as Gordon proudly drove his team, to the delight of many. I am sure Al and Blaze were waiting for him at the Rainbow Bridge, and Gordon is once again with his beloved team, picking up the reins and stepping into the wagon. I know many of us had the honour and pleasure of knowing Gordon.

- Deb Gardner, Armstrong, BC

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Oliver Riding Club Update By Kathy Malmberg Photos by Sheila Rissling


he Oliver Riding Club has been active despite the EHV-1 virus. D Bar K shut down for a couple of weeks to be on the safe side but was back in business before our Fun English/Western Schooling Show June 12. Chris Seibeck did a wonderful job of organizing this. There were riders from right up the valley who travelled down for the day. Chris’ husband, Frank, did a super job of announcing and just generally being a great back-up for Chris. Yours truly even entered some of the Western events. It was so much fun - the judge, Wendy Price from Grand Forks was so good. She made us all feel comfortable. A couple of the more seasoned competitors were very helpful with instruction and pointers for the “newbies.” Once again, Verla Strawn organized the riding club to staff an aid station for the Oliver Half Iron. Not only did we earn money for the club, we had a lot of fun, got another t-shirt and were treated to lunch afterwards. We now apparently “own” that biking aid station. Thanks to Verla for all her hard work and to everyone who volunteered. Just as last year, Julie Johansen will be giving hour-long jumping lessons to a maximum of four riders at a time. The price is $15 per rider (if you are ORC or SOHA) and $20 for nonmembers. If you have any questions please e-mail Sara Brown at saradee_@hotmail.com. On June 19 we held our first (in a long time) Jumper/ Hunter Schooling Show called “Jump-A-Round.” This was to get everyone together for a fun day of jumping courses. Our next

one is scheduled for October 2nd. The entry form can be found on the Oliver Riding Club website under the event calendar. Carol Lydiatt and Tino This is a schooling show and that is why the classes start small so EVERYONE can join in on the fun. We even have a couple extra fun classes to help us put jumps together. Non-members are welcome as usual. We have limited space this year so all Hunter Clinics must be booked through Sara and all Jump-A-Round forms must be in to her at least a week before the shows. The Oliver Parade is coming up July 16. We have been asked Adrienne McLaughlin and Dante to participate once again, so contact our president Debbie House at 250-498-4326 if you are planning on riding in it.

Book Review – by Marteau “Missing” Author - Becky Citra “Missing” is a book that draws you in and really makes you feel that you are at the old guest ranch on Gumboot Lake in the BC Cariboo region. Thea, the main character, and her dad seem destined to be part of the renewal of the ranch and Thea wants more than anything to make this her home after many moves with her dad. In the process of building a trusting relationship with Renegade, an abandoned horse left behind with a broken spirit, Thea and her newfound friend, Van, attempt to also solve a long past family tragedy/mystery. While trying to leave the past behind Thea and her dad are unaware that their “Past” has everything to do with a new “Present” and “Future” for them and others. She is reminded by an experienced rider at the ranch that “on your first ride you are a guest in the horse’s house” - something she will respect. Her dad tells her that her mother’s gift left to her was “a passion” 64 • Saddle Up • July 2011

for horses – something she is thankful for. Becky Citra, the author hass chosen the characters well and describes them clearly enough to almost be able to paint their portraits. “Missing” is a great read for all ages and a great addition to a “Guest Library.” ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS www.orcabook.com Also in electronic format ISBN 978-1-55469-345-0 Soft Cover, 179 pages Retail Price $9.95


Busy Busy TSC Saddle Club By Marty Cox


he Totem Saddle Club is located in Terrace and is having a very busy season. April 30th the club held a % Day with Danielle Sexton getting a clinic from Natasha Candelora, our judge. There was immediate improvement in how she rode her tests. Danielle then rode in the CRD and had the highest points at a perfect 30 and shared the highest jump with Maureen Rowlett at 3’. A very cold May 1st was a Gymkhana with our first 8 BCBRA qualifiers. The fastest times for the day—Lyn Rempel in Keyhole 8.841, in Figure 8 19.236, and in Barrels 16.907, and Isabelle Heaman in Flag 9.906 and Scurries 9.904. May 14th the club helped a local business flipping hamburgers and raised $250 towards the outdoor arena footing. May 15th the Spring (Western) Schooling show was held with Chris Hassle as our judge and giving excellent advice to our riders.

Amy and Kali

Kyle and Fly

Claire Evans-Hernes with Lightning getting tips from Chris Hassle.

May 28-29th was another Event Weekend. Saturday was % Day with 18 tests being ridden. Pip Crosby & Tom were highest Senior % with a 68.57 for Training Level 1 test 2 and Kyle Wargovcsik and Montana were highest Jr. with a 68.57% for Walk/Trot A. Clear Rounds followed with 8 riders and they rode 40 rounds. In the Jr. group Jennifer Rempel, Madisyn Alexander, Kyle Wargovcsik, and Victoria Pallihicky all had 6 Clear rounds and Danielle Sexton on Fly and Kyle Wargovcsik on Montana HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

both jumped the highest at 2’6”. Sunday was a Gymkhana and BCBRA qualifying and a great turnout with 32 riders. In the Gymkhana, Master group rider Lyn Rempel had a really fast day sweeping the fastest times in all the events - Poles: 25.686, Rings: 9.951, Flag: 10.134, Scurries: 10.270 and Barrels: 17.001. The Juniors - Poles: Kassie Vipond 26.701, Rings and Flag to Jennifer Rempel—12.201 and 13.453. Scurries: Cassie Penfold 9.196 and Barrels: Isabelle Heaman, 16.483. June 10-11 was the next busy weekend. % Day had 12 tests ridden. Amy Hayduk was our judge and she gave Pip Crosby and Tom the high Sr % at 55.52% Level 1 test 1 and Kyle Wargovcsik and Fly the high Jr. % at 55.90% Walk/Trot B. Clear Rounds had 7 riders with Amy Hayduk

and Kali and Elizabeth Webb on Allie going all clear for 30 points each. The highest clear round was Shaydon Leblond on Pippin at 2’9”. Again Sunday was the Gymkhana with 29 riders. The times were really good with 3 riders under 16 seconds in Barrels—Cassie Penfold and Tabu: 16.469, Isabelle Heaman and Jock: 16.540, and Lyn Rempel and Whisper at 16.766. Fastest times in other events - Master Lyn Rempel and Whisper took Scurries: 9.477, Fig. 8: 19.651, Poles: 23.233 and Senior Jocelyn Benoit and Cheeki Keyhole: 10.166. For Jrs—Keyhole Jennifer Rempel and Pixie: 11.301, and Scurries 10.006: Poles: 22.268 and Fig. 8: 18.565—Cassie Penfold and Tabu. Cattle Sorting will be starting up again June 18-19th then again in August and Sept—all being 2 day sorts. We are also fundraising to redo the footing in our main outdoor arena. At present we are pulling out the old footing and assessing what needs to be done. We are looking forward to being able to use the arena again sometime this summer. July 17th will be the Youth Ambassador contest, August the Annual Gymkhana and the BIG Timberland Bonanza over Labour Day weekend including a Tug of War, Pony Rides, Nisga’a Dancers, Trade Show display, hopefully a Jackpot Gymkhana and the Timberland Horse Show with Judge Carolyn Dobbs from 100 Mile House.

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South Okanagan Horse Assoc. By Alex MacRae


OHA has moved their All Breed Show from May to July 2 & 3 in Penticton at Parkway Stables. We have permission to use the points gathered at this show to count towards the 2011 BC Heritage Finals in the lower mainland this July. So not only is this a qualifier for club year end prizes it is also a 2011 BC Heritage Qualifier. If you are on the Lower Mainland and you want one more crack at the Finals I believe we are the last Heritage Qualifier for this season. Our new home is in Penticton and right on the channel. When you come to show with us you get dry camping, stabling, access to all of the amenities in Penticton, access to the KVR trails and of course our lovely beaches. Other activities on July 30-31 we have the first and only Western Dressage Clinic in Western Canada this year followed by a Western Dressage Show on Aug 1, 2011. Our Clinician is Randy Byers from Yalm WA. Randy is associated with the Western Dressage Association of America, The Mid-West Western Dressage Association and the North West Western Dressage Association. Marci Brown who recently hosted Randy’s first clinic in Canada says “The whole reason that Western Dressage is so

exciting is that it brings the progressive training and testing of time tested traditional Dressage, to the Western rider. It gives the western rider more tools for success with their horse, by giving the rider a systematic approach to work on every day with their horses.” She goes on to say “What Western Dressage is not simply putting western tack on an 18HH Warmblood and calling it western. Western Dressage is a very exciting new horizon for every horse and rider team that has the desire to achieve MORE.” Randy will be putting on a demonstration with his Canadian PMU Quarter horse Carbon at Parkway Stables on Friday, July 29. You will be able to meet him and his horse and watch his fascinating work with his horse. The clinic is two days of full riding and on Sunday afternoon horse and rider teams will be able ride a practice test from the USEF Western Dressage patterns. This is in preparation for our Dressage Show on August 1. We will be testing in front of one of our favourite judges, Mary Ellen Laidlaw. We will also open the testing to anyone who wishes to ride a test. Clinic registration forms and info at www.soha-online.com.

Randy and Carbon demonstrating Western Dressage at Canada’s Outdoor Horse Expo 2011

Randy talking with spectators at Canada’s Outdoor Horse Expo 2011

Peachland Riding Club By Courtney DeMattos


OW! The middle of June already? What a spring! Well at least for the High School Rodeo contestants! Happy to end the year great! We have a new Queen and Princess, the new BC High School Rodeo Queen is Emma McFarland. The new BC High School Rodeo Princess is me Courtney DeMattos. It was a fair competition and everyone did amazing! I am looking forward to being able to be a role model and to promote the sport of rodeo and also to show good horsemanship. I would just like to say ‘Good luck!’ to everyone going to Nationals (Wyoming), Canadians (Manitoba), and Silver State (Nevada). Go BC Go! Now that all that’s off my shoulder let’s talk Barrel racing, Gymkhana and yes, the Saddle Series. On July 1st we hosted 66 • Saddle Up • July 2011

a Canada Day Barrel race at the Peachland Riding Club. We can’t forget about that AMAZING ground! Thanks again Tommy Lewis and many other people who helped. The ground is Phenomenal! Also on July 1st some of us participated in the Peachland Parade. See more in next month’s article. The Saddle Series is going great! We could never have too many people entered! The more the better. Remember to keep checking the website for updates and more info www. peachlandridingclub.com. And we’re always looking forward to new members and sponsorship! For more info call Holly 250870-0601 or e-mail hollyd@shaw.ca Hope you all have a wonderful summer! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BC Miniature Horse Club News By Margaret Walmsley


ur Spring Classic was held at the Cloverdale Agriplex on June 11-12. This is BC Miniature Horse Club’s AMHA Show of the year… and what a show it turned out to be! A large number of exhibitors were here from Armstrong area, Vancouver Island and the local Langley area. The competition was tough and the judges had a difficult job deciding placings for the classes. Shirley Bradbury driving unicorn Dave Franklin driving tandem New competitor versus new, experienced competitor versus experienced and new competitor versus experienced everyone did their best and exhibitors coordinated it so that each of them would be driving a were cheered on by their peers. It was great to hear everyone different type of hitch. hollering for each other from the stands and back gate. This year 3 types were represented: exhibitors seemed to be louder than previous years and that is Kay Vienotte drove a pair - side by side hard to do! If it is your first time showing or you are experienced Dave Franklin drove a tandem - one horse in front of the other this is a great show to be at. Our Futurity had some great looking Shirley Bradbury drove a unicorn - 2 horses behind and one in colts and fi llies being shown. front. It was great for all to see the different types. The show then FUTURITY – Yearling Colts ended with the Supreme selection. These horses are the Best of Winner: Cross Borders Just Doin My Way Owner Jason & Margaret Walmsley; Exhibitor Taylor Josiassen the Best for the show. Reserve: Sunnyvales PS I Luv U Bobby Owner Vicki Schulz; Exhibitor Doug MacArthur FUTURITY – Yearling Fillies Winner: TJ Belle of the Ball Owner Tina Harrison/Taylor Josiassen; Exhibitor Taylor Josiassen Reserve: Lombards Silent Lee Canadianna Owner Gerry Breckon; Exhibitor Gerry Breckon FUTURITY – Two-Year-Old Colts Winner: Sunnyvale Dealers High Roller Owner Heather or John Ward; Exhibitor Taylor Josiassen Reserve: Millennium Gamblins Genuine Risk Owner Laia Wilson; Exhibitor Laia Wilson FUTURITY – Two-Year-Old Fillies Winner: Sunnyvale Makers Sunshine Owner Heather or John Ward; Exhibitor Taylor Josiassen

Many of our club members have begun to drive multiple hitch horses; so for the first time this year, we held a Multiple Hitch Light Harness class. To the delight of our audience, the

Supreme Halter Horse - Under 2 judges Winner: Thousand Oaks Sterlings Cinnabar Owner Cherie or Ray Kramer; Exhibitor Cherie Kramer Under 1 judge: Winner: Star Valleys All Dolled Up Owner Herman & Teri Vanden Broek; Exhibitor Herman Vanden Broek Supreme Driving Horse - Under 2 judges Winner: Hawthorne Hills Dunkeld Owner Ed & Denise Watson; Exhibitor Ed Watson Under 1 judge: Winner: Wild Blue Island Elegance Owner Tony Spina; Exhibitor Tony Spina

For more info contact Margaret Walmsley 604-856-1419 or Knightwoman@telus.net

Book Review Horse Savvy – 2011 Day Planner & Equine Health Planning System “Savvy” – a Spanish word meaning ‘To Know, To Be Wise’ A great yearly planner with room for all you need whether you’re a small farm or breeding, boarding or training facility. Telephone Directory with room for all phone numbers, fax, web and e-mail. Section for Equine Information and all particulars for each horse. Section for Vaccination and Worming schedule and history. Section for Veterinarian and Farrier visits and services provided. Section for Breeding Schedule. Section for Expenses, details, name of horse and cost. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Section for Show Results, to keep tabs on all horses. Complete with appointment schedule into 2012 up to June. Includes weekly “savvy” horse quotes for inspiration. Free gift and special discount offer upon ordering. 2012 Photo contest offer. Publisher: Horse Savvy Publications www.savvysystems.ca ISBN 978-1-926580-06-7 Retail: $24.95 www.saddleup.ca • 67

Mission Horse Club Update By Amber Gambling


ummer Months! It is simply amazing how the horses that had scruff y coats only two months ago now shine like copper pennies. With the Vitamin D comes the shows, prizes and a whole new wave for Mission Horse Club. The Gerry Griner Memorial Trophy Show was held on June 19. This was a great show for the adults as well as the kids! The Campbell Valley trail ride was held June 25th. We’ll have more on both these events next month. Below is the list of upcoming events. Always remember that Mission Horse Club is a family club that cares about everyone. We love new people and if you are willing to try, you might win something.

July 3rd Hunter Schooling Show August 27th & 28th Trophy Show September 4th Games Show September 11th English/Western Show (Heritage Qualifier is pending) And now, a message from our president: Games show on June 5th at MHC, we finally had beautiful weather, and I think that’s the first sunny day we’ve had for games this year! Although turnout wasn’t great those of us that rode had a great time. Well most of us - Genna got bucked off my grey mare Kitty in the first event but did get back on with a little persuasion and rode the rest of the day. I’d like to thank Louie Zanatto for being a good sport and once again BBQing lunch

for us all. Thanks to Tori Seal and her friend for helping out at the concession window, and Leslie Cronjaeger for doing the show desk and the announcing. And thanks to the Gambling family for doing the out gate and ring crew, as well as Tina Pederson for all her help setting up the events. We had 3 new members join our club (sorry I didn’t get everyone’s name) and they looked after the in-gate, hand out ribbons and helped us try to get the timers working although in vain we had to resort to hand timing the whole day and a big thank you to Andrew for doing the hand timing. - Helen

Hope Riding Club Update By Denise Pascucci Photos by Pas Pascucci


he Hope Riding Club hosted its first event on Saturday, May 28 at the club grounds on Bristol Island. The day was dubbed: Obstacle Challenge Day. Horses and riders had to attempt a series of obstacles such as a water crossing, a log jump and the dreaded box. This is where the horse is placed in an area (box) and left to stand alone while the rider moved away about 10 ft. The day is meant to mimic real life situations where the horse has to willingly follow its rider or stand still while the rider clears branches in the path. The morning session was in-hand (rider leads horse with rope and halter) through the obstacles and the afternoon session had the rider mounted for the challenge, followed by a solo ride through a marked trail. Ten riders participated, with the youngest, Emma Miller, being only 5 years old.

There are several more events planned for the year so watch for posters. The public is always welcome to come out and watch. Junior Division: Emma Miller, 1st place Senior Division: Denise Pascucci, 1st place Muriel McMullan, 2nd place Danielle Taylor, 3rd place Kirsten Adolph, 4th place Lee Pettit, 5th place Whitney Medley, 6th place Participation Ribbons: Shelly Taylor, Jenny Adolph, Jillian Adolph

Danielle Taylor and Ciara at the trot poles.

Kirsten Adolph and Cheyenne in the box.

Whitney Medley and Brodie jumping.

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BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BCV2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: bcrodeoassn@telus.net www.rodeobc.com Office Manager: Denise Swampy Office Hours: (Winter Office Hours: Mon to Thurs 10 –4:30) (Summer Office Hours: Mon to Fri 9:30–5) 2011 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Stevens (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391 Directors: Ty Lytton (250) 396-7710 Adam D’Entremont (250) 249-9618 Wade McNolty (250) 296-3175 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653 Gord Puhallo (250) 394-4034 Bernie Rivet (250) 392-7153 Allison Everett (250) 296-4778 Rob Everett (250) 296-4778 Trish Stevens (250) 961-9005 Laura James (250) 567-8640 Brett Fraser (250) 296-0169 Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391

Bella Coola Rodeo 2011 With less than a month to go, plans are being fi nalized for the 26th Annual BCRA Rodeo, hosted by the Bella Coola Valley Ridge Riders. A full year’s worth of work will culminate in one action-packed long weekend, July 1-3 at the rodeo grounds on Walker Island in the beautiful Bella Coola Valley. Once again, the event promises to deliver an exciting and fun-fi lled long weekend, loaded with entertainment both day and night. Returning this year is stock contractor Dale Dejonkiere of Wild West Entertainment Rodeo (WWE). The Valley Ridge Riders plan to offer an unprecedented $1,000 of added prize money to the saddle bronc competition this year in an effort to

attract more contestants to this classic rodeo event. Friday afternoon, July 1, will feature the excitement of the annual $2,000-added Bull-aRama, Calcutta style, where spectators are invited to bid on their favourite cowboy and stand a chance of winning a share of the substantial auction proceeds. Speaking of spectators winning, Saturday and Sunday’s entertainment features the now-famous Cow Patty Bingo. “Buy” a piece of the dirt and cross your fi ngers that the cow does her deed on your little piece of real estate. Announcer/auctioneer Brian Baldry will also be returning this year, along with his wife, professional rodeo photographer, Nancy Baldry. Th is year’s musical entertainment will be provided by Rick Stavely and Western Front. Be prepared to dance the night away to this energetic country-rock band. The Bella Coola Bus Company will again provide regularly scheduled bus service throughout the evening, to ensure a safe ride home for all. The weekend’s entertainment begins on Friday morning at 10:00 am with an open gymkhana. Rodeo Queen Contestants will also demonstrate their skills during this time. 1:00 pm will see the start of the 2011 Bull-a-Rama and two BC Barrel Racing Association races. 9:00 pm kicks off an evening of dancing to Western Front. Friday night is traditionally family night, so bring the kids and enjoy the evening. A full concession, complete with rodeo burgers, is available throughout each day and evening. Saturday and Sunday feature BCRA Rodeo Performances, immediately following the Grand Entry at 1:00 pm each day. But don’t wait until after lunch to experience the atmosphere - Cowboy Breakfast is offered from 6:00 am to10:00 am. An Adult dance is featured on Saturday. The King of Beers will be on hand, as well as a safe ride home. The Valley Ridge Riders have worked long and

hard over recent years to replace our ageing arena and other facilities. Last September’s major flood caused some damage to the arena and buildings but through the outstanding commitment of local volunteers and businesses, our grounds are better than ever, with only a few of the telltale signs remaining from last September’s flooding. On a related note, the Bella Coola Valley Ridge Riders are grateful for the support that came from agencies and individuals around the province, in the form of emergency livestock feed to replace the losses of winter feed that were experienced in virtually all areas of the Valley. We feel truly blessed to be a part of the larger rodeo community whose concern and generosity has helped our community to get through the winter. We look forward to being a stronger organization as a result, and to hosting our best rodeo yet this July long weekend. Cowboy Up!

2011 Rodeo Schedule July 2-3: Chilcotin Series, 26th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo July 3-4: PWRA/BCRA Sedro Woolley, WA July 9-10: Chilcotin Series, Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake July 15-17: Quesnel Rodeo, Quesnel July 22-23: PWRA/BCRA Clayton, WA July 23-24: WIREA/BCRA Doig River Rodeo (TENTATIVE) July 22-23: PWRA/BCRA Chelan, WA July 30-31: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake July 30-31: Nemaiah Valley Rodeo, Nemaiah August 5-7: Chilliwack Fall Fair and Rodeo, Chilliwack August 6-7: Pritchard Rodeo, Pritchard August 12-13: PWRA/BCRA Grandview, WA August 19-20: PWRA/BCRA Sandpoint, Idaho August 20-21: Chilcotin Series, Redstone Rodeo, Alexis Creek August 26-27: Smithers Fall Fair and Rodeo, Smithers September 2-3: PWRA/BCRA Ritzville, WA September 2-4: PWRA/BCRA Monroe, WA September 3-4: NPRA/BCRA Roy, WA September 3-5: North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo, Barriere September 16-18: BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel


GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD 2011 Team Roping Season Leader Saddles and BCRA Championship Finals Buckles

REGENCY CHRYSLER 2011 Bull Riding Season Leader Saddle and BCRA Championship Finals Buckle. Also supports Rodeo for Youth Foundation ~ Team Regency

WRANGLER /20X 2011 Ladies Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle and BCRA Committee Sponsor




PG KLASSIC AUTOBODY, Prince George, BC ~ 2011 Pee Wee Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle. ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING - Peter Walker 2011 Junior Breakaway Season Leader Saddle JENNA WILLS MEMORIAL FUND – Wills Family 2011 Junior Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle CANART CATTLE CO. Junior Steer Riding Season Leader Saddle

SPECTRUM RESOURCE GROUP 2011 Rookie of the Year Buckle GJ RODEO CO. - Gene & Joy Allen 2011 Rookie Rough Horse Rider Buckle BCES – BC Entry System, - B. Swampy 2011 Breakaway Roping Buckle BAR E CONTRACTING – Rob & Allison Everett 2011 Pee Wee Barrel Racing Finals Buckle NORTHERN HEALTH BC 2011 Junior Steer Riding Buckle

PMG COMMUNICATION 2011 Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year Award



2011 CHILCOTIN TOUR SERIES SPONSORS Williams Lake & District Credit Union PMT Chartered Accountants Don & Nancy Macdonald Cariboo Team Realty - Court Smith

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



inally, the first ride of the season: Rock Creek Romp, Sunday, May 22nd. Spring, as we are all painfully aware, had been slow in coming, and even slower to bring sunshine and warmth to conditioning rides, and riders had their fingers crossed for temperate weather on ride day. The Ride Meeting the night before had been “challenging” - the heavens opened and a pounding, drenching downpour almost drowned out Louise Abbott and Lynn Paul, ride managers, shouting trail info, trying to be heard over thunder and rain. Lesser downpours recurred through the night, but ride morning looked, well, not great, but not so bad! Fourteen riders started the 50 Mile event, including first-timer Cory Anthony on Sexy Rexy with mentor Elroy Karius. This was the day to complete his Quest, and absolutely everyone was wishing him well. An hour later, thirty riders headed out for the 25 Miler, skies still clear. The trails at the top of the “Big Climb” of about 1000 metres were beautiful. Somehow the downpours and intermittent squalls of the past days, weeks, and months had been absorbed so that the footing was giving, but firm. Only one small group of riders - and the radio guy at the water stop - had the serendipitous luck to be under an isolated burst of rain, and were drenched within seconds. Other riders following shortly after were met by a damp radio guy and footing that was a little slick for a few hundred metres on either side of the water stop, but were relieved to have missed the action! The first loop of the 50 Mile event was 18 miles long. Everyone at camp was on the lookout for Cory, hoping that a loop this long wouldn’t be too daunting for a first time rider. 70 • Saddle Up • July 2011

Cory and Rexy came in looking strong. “One loop at a time” is the endurance credo! The pair stripped tack, drank and sponged, pulsed, and went on the Vet Check. A quiet gathering of volunteers, riders and crew tending their horses watched as Cory and Rexy trotted out once... then twice. They saw the 3 vets - Sara Greenwood, Ruth Sims, and Grant Scott - all watch the second trot out, and could see that this was not going to be Cory’s day. Sexy Rexy was off, and their first 50 Mile completion would be on another day. Second endurance credo: “Plan your ride, and be prepared to change your plan!” Phyllis Madge and Paladin BF won the 50 Mile event in 5:28. Paladin spent last year recovering from a fractured cannon bone, and it is a credit to Phyllis that she brought her horse back from the injury and conditioned so well that Paladin could compete, win, and at the end of the day, sweep Best Condition AND High Vet Score for the distance. Phyllis, almost speechless, nonetheless graciously credited Nellie Roukema and Bianca Mackenzie for sharing their winning strategies and encouragement to her day. Larry Henswold and Soladon came first in the 25 Mile event in 2:54. Larry claims his back prevents him from 50 Mile competition, but he is obviously still going strong at the 25 Mile level! At the end of the day... 50 Mile Event Phyllis Madge, Paladin BF *BC and HVS*, 5 hours 28 minutes Christopher Wood, Pure Gold (Sunny), 5 hours 50 minutes Brandi Anthony, Sterling Ventures (Steve), 6 hours 8 minutes Terre O’Brennan, Koszaar, 6 hours 8 minutes Chris Thompson, Paisley, 6 hours 51 minutes Gail Jewell, NL Temptation (Sassy), 6 hours 51 minutes Claudia Astfalk, KD Colonel, 6 hours 51 minutes Elroy Karius, Apache Eclipse, 7 hours 12 minutes Meghan Meyers, Jolly Holliday (Doc), 7 hours 32 minutes Sara Chambers, Anam Cara, 7 hours 35 minutes 25 Mile Event Lawrence Henslee, Soladon, 2 hours 54 minutes Barb Hart, Kool as Ice, 2 hours 57 minutes Fred Voglmaier, My Dance (Memphis), 3 hours 8 minutes Roberta Hormes, Mubarek, 3 hours 13 minutes Sylvia Harvey (Jr), Snowy’s Chardonnay, 3 hours 23 minutes Lauren Sellars, Snowy’s Zipadee, 3 hours 24 minutes Brenda Miskimmin, MC Penny Too (Penny), 3 hours 26 minutes *HVS*, Heather Bradshaw, Thunder and Lightening, 3 hours 29 min. Warren Leroy, Dakota Scout, 3 hours 42 minutes Anastasia Ivanusic, Poplar’s Bijou, 3 hours 43 minutes

The Awards Dinner (potluck... mmm!) was also held in a sudden thundering downpour with the day’s participants elbow to elbow under the tents. Thanks to Dana of Nickers Saddlery for the Barefoot Awards!

Cory’s Quest finale was hardly dampened by the weather, but instead by post-ride problems with wife Brandi’s horse, Steve. The Anthonys and the vets dashed through the rain to grab a bite before returning to Steve, and Cory was thoroughly applauded for his 73 pound weight loss with, ironically, three beautiful cakes presented by club members... who quickly removed the temptation from Cory by eating them up! Cory movingly thanked the club for its support leading up to and during the day, and vowed to ride again - even though “endurance riders are all crazy!” Read Cory’s own account on page 30. See you at the next ride on July 31: Wine Country Wrangler at Peachland Riding Club. Entries and information at www.erabc.com.

Phyllis Madge, 50 Mile winner and Best Condition, crossing the finish line (Photo by Lynn Paul)

Cory (in orange) and his mentors! (Photo by June Melhuish)

Lawrence Henslee, 25 Mile Winner (Photo by June Melhuish)


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Sheila Sowerby, Aldergrove Chapter After about four leisurely hours we rode into the Tulameen Horse President: Jonathan Driesen, jrdd@telus.net - 604 864-0730 Camp. We turned the Vice President: Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca - 604-854-1245 Vice President: Jack Breaks, Webmaster, jackb@jrjtrail.ca - 604 856 7786 horses and mules out into Vice President: John King, jeking@shaw.ca - 250-338-6789 the meadow to graze, and Recording Secretary: Susan Shumey, rshumey@shaw.ca - 604 856-1396 began setting up camp. Treasurer: Sharon Pickthorne, oneonone@telus.net - 250-337-1818 Past President: Gord MacKenzie, gmack@mail.ocis.net - 250 679-3999 There is a huge BC Parks Work Bee Coordinator: Ian Compton, holbrookdyson@telus.net - 250-337-8720 Patrol cabin there, door Joint Trail & Access (Horse Council): Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca - 604 854-1245 open (broken, actually, we Horse Council Director: Isabel Pritchard, impritchard@telus.net - 250 764-4533 Education: Mary Huntington, rivergals@telus.net - 604-988-8442 fi xed it) and unoccupied but everyone, except Larry and I, wanted to Princeton or Bust! sleep under the stars. A bit of singing around riday the 13th... I bounded out of bed the fake fire and then ten fools climbed into eager to head into the mountains for a sleeping bags on the hard ground and Larry week with my partner, Larry, our riding and I slept alone in Trump Towers. horses and pack mule. I shook off thoughts The next day we stayed at the camp and of hungry bears, crumbling cliff trails and a few did some trail maintenance, replacing lame horses and got busy loading up the truck some rotten boards on bridges. There is a and horse trailer. We were riding from the lovely bathing area along the Tulameen River Cascade Recreation area in Manning Park, to and (thank goodness) the other group made Princeton, over six days, to join celebrations good use of it. We also hiked out to see Jim’s for the town’s 150th birthday. old outfitting camp. He and his wife, Marilyn, That afternoon we pulled into the ran Snass Mountain Outfitters from there for parking lot, 12 km east of the Manning Park eight years and introduced hundreds of people Gates. The rest of our group, Brian Harder, to riding in the backcountry. He was delighted Mary Huntington, John Gardner and his to see it had completely returned to its natural granddaughter Maddy were already there state. t t Leave L No N Trace, T indeed. i d d From F there, th we setting i up hi highlines hli and d settling li the h stockk hiked to an area which Jim had once noticed for the night. The other group, Jim McCrae, seemed to have been ploughed in the past. I Alan Olsen, Patsy Mahoney, Shelly Garrison, looked around blinking stupidly... it all looked Dave and Linda Marks and had just ridden in the same to me. Nearby, resting against a tree from the Skajit Bluff Trail. They had started was an ancient plough... a plough, which had out from Chilliwack Lake two days before been drawn by a beast and had hand-hewn and already had that ‘bush’ thing going on. I wooden handles. Somebody had leaned it quickly averted my eyes and made sure I was against this tree, eons ago, and the tree had upwind. grown around and through it. Again I tried Early the next morning we saddled my psychic powers, to no avail. and packed in the shadow of the Cascade Too much like Paradise at the cabin, so Mountains as the hot summer sun slowly began rising. Jim’s group headed out first while we took another day off. A small group of us rode out looking for a trail that had been we had another coffee and “left no trace.” We cleared a while ago called Four Ladies Lane. gave them a half hour and rode out, roughly We scaled steep hillsides, pushed through north along the Dewdney Trail towards thick brush and slogged through boggy Paradise Valley. As I rode along the historic footing on our search. At one point, Mary’s trail I tried honing my psychic powers (nonhorse jumped a small rotten log like it was a existent) to see the ghosts that had ridden this four-foot oxer and Mary and her saddle parted historic trail before me, since 1860. Hundreds company. As Mary was one of the original and hundreds of horses, mules, men and Four Ladies, I really hoped we would find the women had ridden this ancient gold rush trail darn trail, but no luck. Instead, we headed including General Sherman with a military off on an easy ride to Warburton Cabin and escort and Franz Ferdinand on a hunting surprised a large bull moose where he was expedition. BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE http://bchorsemen.org

chowing down on greenery in the marsh. The next morning we headed north, then east and ended up in Princeton four days later to ride down Main Street and celebrate the towns 150th birthday. To read more about our fabulous trip and the trails, go to www. bchorsemen.org. On Aug 20th, we rode into the town of Princeton, proud representatives of those who rode before us... pioneers, prospectors, natives and the fur brigades; honoured and privileged to be following, literally, in their hoof prints.



Old plough

Tulameen Cabin

Down Main Street

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


his newsletter is going to be all about gratitude. I’ve got a few thank-yous to send out to certain people who have helped Pine Tree out quite a bit, but before I get into that, I’d like to thank our judges, and perhaps all the judges out there. Standing in the centre of an arena watching a lot of different horses and riders performing certain commands all day long is very mentally tiresome. The weather has a lot to do with how pleasant the whole day will be as well. There’s focus, constant focus, and concentration required on the part of the judge to be able to get the listings as correct as possible. The rest breaks not really being breaks, but more like engaging with the people around you while trying to mentally rest. So, that being said, and I am sure I’ve missed some points here because I’m not a judge, but I just would really like to put out a huge thank you to all of our judges for this year. These people are not getting rich off of doing this for us; these people do this for the love of the sport, the love of the horse, for the love of what they are doing and without these people willing to share their expertise with us, we would not have our shows. Our horse judges for this year so far have been Lindsay Burch, Jennifer Schweitzer and Kelly MacIntosh. So, “Thank You” to Lindsay, Jennifer and Kelly for your contribution in making our shows as successful as they are! Now it’s time for me to mention some other reasons to be grateful for the help that we receive. We have placed a perimeter fence around the property for safety reasons, and without the help of Ted Sample of Core Contracting and Daryl Higgins of Higgins Logging, we wouldn’t have been able to pound in the posts for the new fence. Brent Miller and Jamie Fink put all of the rails up onto the posts. Also for the Horse Barn and Monte Creek Forest Products for giving us a good price on the cost of the posts and rails. And last but not the least, to Rona Home Centre for donating all of the screws and washers. Our next gymkhana and playday isn’t until September: Sept. 10 - Gymkhana Sept. 11 - Playday We will also be holding a Hunter Jumper Show on September 18. For more information on this show, please head to the Pine Tree website, www.pinetreeridingclub.com. Our jumps have had a tremendous makeover this past winter. They look absolutely fantastic and we are excited to showcase them in the Hunter Jumper show! Allison Miller’s parents spent countless hours painting and fi xing them up. Truly a labour of love! I’d like to say that, since I’ve been volunteering at the playdays, I’ve noticed some growth in a lot of the riders. Just to 72 • Saddle Up • July 2011

list a couple of examples here... Cari Crawford is new to showing this year. Cari just bought a horse for herself this year and is totally enjoying her experience both in and out of the show ring. Maria Herman has advanced from lead line to riding all by herself! Good for you Maria! Everyone keep riding, stay safe and see you at the next playday. That’s about it for this time. See you next month!

Group Jump

Liverpool Jump

Pinetree Jump

Cards Jump

Crayons Jump

Triple Jumps


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

2011 Calendar of Events July 9, 10 - Smithers Quarter Horse Association Smithers, BC http://www.3in1horseshow.com July 16-19 - LMQHA West Coast Summer Classic Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC Contact Darlene Chase: darlenchase@cableone.net or (208) 798-0763 http://www.bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha July 20-24 - Region One Experience Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC http:// www.region1experience.com August 6, 7 - Terrace Quarter Horse Show Terrace, BC Contact Laurie Muller: danmuller@xplornet.com or (250) 635-9401 August 13, 14 - Glacier Valley Classic (3 Judges) Courtenay, BC Contact Roseanna Locke: roseannalocke@shaw.ca or (250) 667-2877 Entry Forms/Class List located on VIQHA site September 2-4, - LMQHA Evergreen Circuit Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC Contact Barbara Williams: sierraious@aol.com or (208) 683-1617 http://www.bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha September 16-18 - SCQHA Fall Circuit Armstrong Agriplex - Armstrong, BC Contact Margaret Walmsley: knightwoman@telus.net or (604) 856-1419

LOWER MAINLAND The editor extends deepest apologies as, due to technical difficulties, the submission from the LM representative was lost in space or cyber world. I will include it next month. - CF

SOUTH CENTRAL Plans are well underway for our South Central Quarter Horse Association “Fall Circuit” to be held September 16-18, 2011 at the Armstrong Agriplex in Armstrong, BC. Highlights include nine Futurity and Stake classes with great Added Money. New this year, to celebrate the Novice Amateur riders, a saddle will be awarded for All Around High Point in this division. The saddle has been generously donated by Denise Dalziel and Dick Velhuis of Grand Saddlery in Armstrong, BC. The Fall Circuit class list will include: Open All Breed Nervous Novice classes, Open All Breed Green Horse Walk/Trot and Open Youth 8 years and Over Walk/Trot. We are pleased to announce that we will be offering once more this year the Tri Challenge Open Yearling Futurity and Open 2 Year Old Western Pleasure Futurity. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Please visit our website (www.bcqha.com/scqha) for current updates on the show and our Show Premium, Class List and Entry Forms.

AQHA 2011 REGION ONE CHAMPIONSHIPS July 20-24, 2011 at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC. More information at: www.region1experience.com

BCQHA Congratulations to the BCQHA 2010 Award winners. The 2010 BCQHA Award Book will be available on the website in the near future. Copies have been sent to all award winners and they are also available from the BCQHA Zone Representatives. Any members with BCQHA All Around trophies, we request that you send them to Centaur Awards, Langley, BC as soon as possible for engraving.

AQHA (www.aqha.com) AQHA Judges: The AQHA Executive has approved twelve new judges this year, plus two novice judges. Judges were also approved in South America following the South American judge’s workshop. America’s Horse: Americas Horse is offering Free Reports. These can be downloaded for your use and distribution. I encourage members to distribute information to others who may not have access to Internet information. AQHA offers many free resources to AQHA members daily and weekly. AQHA to Recognize More Exhibitors at This Year’s World Shows: At the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA, Adequan Select, Bank of America Amateur and FedEx Open world championship shows, AQHA will recognize the top three intermediate exhibitors in each youth, amateur, select and open class. Equine Research: Through the American Quarter Horse Foundation Equine Research Fund, one of the current projects being funded and studied concerns equine herpes virus.

CQHA FIVE NEW CANADIAN AQHA DIRECTORS ELECTED AT 2011 AQHA CONVENTION: Kathy Patterson, Bornholm, ON Larry Clifford, Shilo, MB Sherry Clemens, Moose Jaw, SK Wayne Burwash, Calgary, AB Kate Bamford, Calgary, AB To view all CQHA-circulated media releases, please visit the CQHA news archives at www.cqha.ca. The full AQHA Director’s Report is on the BCQHA website.

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


ooking at the calendar, summer is only just around the corner but what happened to spring? I know we had a day or two but not enough for the outdoor arenas to dry out completely! Dare I mention the distraction we had with all the hockey we were watching anyway! So now we can get on with our outdoor horse activities because summer has finally arrived. I know the babies will be frolicking in the fields and horses will be bathed and clipped for the many events and shows around the province. Many of us on the coast have a couple of shows under our belts already and the interior folk will have lots going on as of July 1st. Good luck and get out there and have fun with your Paints! The next BCPHC sanctioned show in Smithers will run July 8-10 and to find a class list go to http://www.bcphc.com or http://3in1horseshow.com. Barb Bowerbank is the show secretary and some of the exhibitors were on our year-end highpoint list last year. There are a couple of Zone 1 shows coming up: a 3-judge show in Klamath Falls, OR, and a 6-judge show in Monroe, WA, July 22-24. Monroe is only 1½ hours from the Aldergrove border. If you want some points for your Paint, think about attending these shows! Note that the next combined show, Lower Mainland Evergreen Circuit, is the weekend of September 2-4. So come on all you BC Paint Horse enthusiasts (including those with Solid Paint Bred horses!) - take advantage of another 2-judge show at an excellent facility with a full slate of APHA classes for everyone and support your local Paint Horse industry. This show is eligible for the BCPHC Year-End Awards Program. There will be an excellent slate of Youth, Amateur, Open and Solid Paint Bred classes including: Halter, WP, HUS, Trail, HH, WR, Pleasure Driving, Barrels and Poles and Yearling. There will also be a great selection of Open All Breed (PAC approved), Green Horse W/T, and Open 11-and-Under W/T classes. Something for everyone! BCPHC offers the Free Trophy Program sponsored by Otter Co-op and Sudden Impact-Langley. When province-wide horse clubs apply for this program, the High-Point APHA registered Paint is entitled to a show or year-end award. Participating clubs this year are: Chilliwack Riding Club - year end award Wild and Lawless, Dawson Creek, July 1-3 Mission Riding Club - year end award Smithers 3 in 1 Show, July 8-10 Delta Riding Club - year end award Van Isle QH Glacier Valley Classic, Courtenay, Aug 13-14 Hot August Hooves Trophy Show, Trail, Aug 19-21 74 • Saddle Up • July 2011

Randy Ophus of Vanderhoof riding his stallion Mr Leo Express.

There are many PAC shows scheduled for this summer. Here is the direct link to the APHA list: http://www.apha.com/pac/calendar. html#BC. For those of you all over the province who have already joined PAC through APHA, check our list to see what you are close to: Creston Flat Stables: July 23, September 24, Creston Delta Riding Club: August 6-7, September 11, 18 Horse Association of Central Kootenay: August 19-21, October 9 Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association: July 16-19, September 2-4 North Vancouver Island Horse Association: July 17, August 6-7 Pine Tree Riding Club: September 11 Sooke Saddle Club: July 10, August 6-7, 14 South Okanagan Horse Association: September 10-11 Thunderbird Show Park: July 1-3, 6-10, August 17-21, December 3-4 Windsor Stables: July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, Nov. 13 3 in 1 Open Breed and Open Horse Show: July 8-10, Smithers Once again we have one of our BCPHC youth members heading to the APHA World Show, June 24-July 2, in Fort Worth, Texas. Calli Rouse of Langley, with her horse Chansation, a 2007 Bay APHA fi lly sired by The Big Sensation, will be competing in the youth 14-18 all-around events at all the major APHA shows in 2011 including the World Show. This team was the Tulsa March Mania Calli Rouse and Chansation Circuit Champions in the Youth Hunter Under Saddle 14-18 and Green Trail. Under the guidance of Sara Simons of Simons Show Horses in Aubrey, TX this year, Calli will be showing in English Equitation, Horsemanship, Showmanship, Western Pleasure, HUS, and Trail at this year’s World Show. Calli will be joining TCU equestrian team next year, having just celebrated her graduation from D.W. Poppy Secondary. We know this spectacular duo will be amazing and we wish you all the very best for a spectacular world show! Of course many of us will be watching the live feed, cheering you on!


BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 asmarawg@telus.net Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 piblet@shaw.ca Secretary / Webpage Editor: Tamora Davy tamora@shaw.ca Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-8324111 gvarabians@telus.net Flying Carpet: Alysha Bartlett 778-754-0066 withoutadoubtt@hotmail.com Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 fuzzy_peaches_gerl@hotmail.com and/or Cheryl Johnson leejohn1@telus.net Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 piblet@shaw.ca


We are now confirmed with Debbie for the next clinic on the July 16-17 weekend. This clinic is at the request of former participants and as a result is now fi lling up fast. The cost will be the same as previous clinics: $120/weekend for Adults, $120/weekend for Juniors. Stabling is available at $15/night. This will include 2 forty-five minute private lessons and any auditing you wish to do. Visitors are welcome to come and watch at no charge. A Pot Luck Lunch is available by donation. Coffee, tea, other drinks and goodies provided free of charge. Please call Karel for further information 250-546-0098 or ktnord@ telus.net. A cheque made payable to BCIAHA will be needed ASAP to confirm your spot in the Clinic. BCIAHA would like to congratulate the Wilson Family - Cori, Steve and Olivia on the newest addition to their family… Owen Wilson!

Owen Wilson and his pony Marbles.


CIAHA would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers and competitors that attended the BCIAHA Open Show Held on June 18th at the Armstrong Fair Grounds. Lots of fun was had by all!

Heather Redman and her 25 yr old Half-Arabian Gelding Black Night. Competing in both the English and Western Classes. Keep up the good work!

Cassie Bosworth on her Half-Arabian gelding Maz.

Taelor Marchant of Penticton on her Purebred Arabian gelding Stealth.

The audience from outside the ring.

A beagle, Sebastian Hubbard… somewhere under this blanket arrived on the horse show scene!

Volunteers taking a minute to talk about the day! Cheryl Cobbett and Michele Gould.

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9-10 HUMANS APPLIED KINESIOLOGY, Drayton Valley, AB, Julie Laodas-Way Healing 780-621-0765, www.laodas-way.com CANADA DAY CANADIAN HORSE SHOW, Duncan, BC, Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Claire, crazee4critter@gmail.com WAGON RIDES, Terrace Heritage Park, Terrace, BC, Chris 250-635-9568 KHAS T’AN Voyage Horsemanship School 3, Fort St. James, Kyla 250-996-8026 www.tourismfortstjames.com JUMPING AND DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Dale Irwin, Vernon, www.vernonridingclub.com OPEN HORSE SHOW, Lakota Center, Dawson Cr, BC. Lynne hyh@fsjbc.com 250-789-3217 or Jane jane0lewis@gmail.com 250-789-6851 ALCHEMY #1 ENERGY WORKSHOP, tba, AB, Julie Laodas-Way Healing 780-621-0765, www.laodas-way.com BCRA CHILCOTIN SERIES, 26th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo, www.rodeobc.com HUNTER DERBY SCHOOLING SHOW, W Mission Horse Club, Mission, Sherryl 604-820-5109 CATTLE WORK & HORSEMANSHIP w/Richard Caldwell, Hidden Lake Ranch, Quesnel, BC, Tia 250-992-1229, e-mail olyjumpr@goldcity.net TFC PAUL DUFRESNE 4 Day Clinic, Kamloops BC, Gateway 2 Ranch http://www.equinisity.com/programs.html#Paul, Liz 250-377-3884 SILVER STATE INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Winnemucca, NV, www.ssir.us HORSEMANSHIP DAY CAMP – Beginner (all ages), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 1-800-573-5881, www.jandanaranch.com EQUINE KINETICS PRACTITIONER PROGRAM, Alder Flats, AB, Julie Laodas-Way Healing 780-621-0765, www.laodas-way.com WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Blacksmiths Competition Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB, 403-261-0162 www.calgarystampede.com TEAM CATTLE PENNING Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB, 403-261-0162 www.calgarystampede.com WEST KOOTENAY DRESSAGE SHOW, Trail Exhibition Grounds, Holley Campbell 250-362-9065 or jsaperv@telus.net THOMPSON COUNTRY HORSE TRIALS, Rocky Mountain House, AB, Dianne Caine 403-845-2591(r), dlcaine@telus.net 3-IN-1 BREED & OPEN SHOW, AQHA/APHA/ApHCC appr. Smithers, BC, Bibs 250-845-7565, http://3in1horseshow.com/category/show-news/ DRESSAGE SHOW, EC Bronze and Gold, Vernon, Chelsea Balcaen 250-542-3169, www.vernonridingclub.com TOPLINE SHOW PARK Summer Derby II Show. Sonya Campbell (250)833-2669 www.toplinestables.ca CARIBOO TRAILS COMBINED DRIVING EVENT, 70 Mile House, Ken Huber 250-456-6050 HEAVY HORSE SHOW Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB, 403-261-0162 www.calgarystampede.com SRGEDC Youth Fun Show, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, Sasha 250-498-4228 or e-mail chem_chick@hotmail.com AERC SUMMER RIDING 7-9pm, Rodeo arena, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Michele 250-546-8977, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.org WATCH LAKE GREEN LAKE GYMKHANA, for info phone Watch Lake Lodge at 250-456-4471 JUMPING DAY Y (& Work Bee 10am, Weiner Roast, etc), LRS Grounds, Langley, Kathrine 778-241-1932, www.langleyriders.com PROVINCIAL WISH TRAIL RIDE, Courtenay, Robyn Speck 250-338-4610, rivertrailranch@aol.com, www.wishtrailride.ca GYMKHANA, Fraser Lake Saddle Club, Chowsunket Road, Fraser Lake, Judy 250-699-8087 BCRA Chilcotin Series, Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake, www.rodeobc.com PACIFIC CANADIAN HORSE SHOW, Maple Ridge Equi-Sport Centre, 604-885-8839 CHHAPS@hotmail.com, www.chhaps.org

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WEST KOOTENAY ALL BREED COMMUNITY HORSE SHOW, Trail Exh. Grounds, Holley Campbell 250-362-9065, jasperv@telus.net COWBOY UP CHALLENGE Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB, 403-261-0162 www.calgarystampede.com ADVANCE EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY Y Certification Course, Edmonton, AB, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-EQUINE2 (378-4632) GYMKHANA, Peachland BC, Holly 250-670-0601 www.peachlandridingclub.com GAMES DAY, LRS Grounds, Langley, Ngaire (Ny-ree) 778-277-0015, www.langleyriders.com BC HERITAGE SHOW, Barriere & District Riding Club, Darcey 250-318-9975, www.barrieredistrictridinglub.com STAMPEDE CUTTING Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB, 403-261-0162 www.calgarystampede.com MUFFY SEATON CLINIC in BC, Kathy Stanley, stanley_k@telus.net HORSEMANSHIP DAY CAMP – Advanced (all ages), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 1-800-573-5881, www.jandanaranch.com LARRY STEWART CLINIC Partnership Level 1, Lumby, 1-877-727-3554, www.paradisehillsranch.com TFC W/PAUL DUFRESNE, 10 Day Progressive Clinic, Mackenzie Meadows, 1861 Duck Range Rd, Pritchard, 250-577-3252 CANADIAN NATIONAL Miniature Horse Show Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB, 403-261-0162 www.calgarystampede.com WCRA WEST COAST CLASSIC, Heritage Park, Chilliwack, Kim wcrareining@gmail.com, www.westclassic.info HEAVY HORSE PULL Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB, 403-261-0162 www.calgarystampede.com BCRA Quesnel Rodeo, www.rodeobc.com ALBERTA PAINT HORSE CLUB, Big West Show, Drayton Valley, AB, www.northernhorse.com/aphc WORKING COW HORSE CLASSIC Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB, 403-261-0162 www.calgarystampede.com BC HERITAGE FINALS, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley. Contact Ali Buchanan at competition@hcbc.ca PERCENTAGE/CLEAR ROUND DAY, Thornhill Ag. Grd., Terrace, BC, Marty, 250-633-2350, www.totemsaddleclub.com COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDE, www.bcctra.ca, Kelowna Nordic Ski Site, 16/25/40 miles. Myrna-(250)317-8347 myrnathompsonis@hotmail.com 2-DAY TTEAM Connect Icelandic Riding Clinic w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon, www.ttouch.ca or 1-800-255-2336 DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Henk Glijn, Vernon, www.vernonridingclub.com RANCH ROPING & STOCKMANSHIP w/Frank Dominguez, Khas T’an – Tofield, AB, Kyla 250-996-8026 www.heartbarranching.com BCHAA OPEN SPRING SHOW, Cloverdale Agriplex, Cloverdale, www.bchalfarabian.com WEST COAST SUMMER CLASSIC AQHA SHOW, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, darlenechase@cableone.net www.bcqha.com/lmqha FUN DAY, Open to all, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, Cindy 250-547-9277 GYMKHANA & YOUTH AMBASSADOR CONTEST, Thornhill Agr. Grd., Terrace, BC, Marty, 250-633-2350, www.totemsaddleclub.com KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB, Kelowna, www.kelownagymkhana.com NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL FINALS RODEO, Gillette, WY, www.nhsra.com LARRY STEWART CLINIC Harmony Level 2, Lumby, 1-877-727-3554, www.paradisehillsranch.com AQHA Professional Horsemen Clinic series, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, www.r1aqha.com www.r1aqha.com AQHA Regional Championships, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, Tracy 206-383-6679 www.region1experience.com AERC SUMMER RIDING 7-9pm, Rodeo arena, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Michele 250-546-8977, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.org PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LIGHTNESS, ForTheHorseCentre, Chase, BC, www.ForTheHorse.com KIDS DAY CAMP, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster, BC. For more info or to register, call 250-968-6801 or visit www.fallingstarranch.ca


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CDN NAT’L ANDALUSIAN SHOW & FIESTA (23rd), Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, www.paalh.com TREC at Crescent Valley, Jocelyn 250-304-2247 jocelyn.templeman@hotmail.com GYMKHANA, Fraser Lake Saddle Club, Chowsunket Road, Fraser Lake, Judy 250-699-8087 TFC PAUL DUFRESNE, Multiple Exhibitions at Andalusian Fiesta 2011 National Show, Chilliwack, PAALH www.pauldufresne.com HEALTH/BASIC FIRST AID CLINIC, Tranquille Farms, Winfield, www.tranquillefarms.com or www.t2rc.ca DEANNA REIMER CLINIC, Thornhill Agr. Grd., Terrace, BC, Carolyn cstella64@hotmail.com LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO, Princeton Exhibition Grounds, www.bclbra.org AERC FUN DAY, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Rebecca 250-546-0052, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.org ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, LRS Grounds, Langley, Nicola 604-746-0344, www.langleyriders.com FUN DAY, Powell River Riding Club, Padgett Road, Powell River, Tammy 604-483-7705 STARTING YOUNG HORSES w/TTEAM w/Robyn Hood and Mandy Pretty, Vernon, www.ttouch.ca or 1-800-255-2336 SCHOOLING SHOW W Willoughby Saddle Club, Campbell Valley Park, Langley, Bernice 604-533-2023, kbyfarming@gmail.com HORSEMANSHIP DAY CAMP – Intermediate (all ages), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 1-800-573-5881, www.jandanaranch.com PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP - Devanee Cardinal, High Level, AB, www.cardinalranch.com 250-968-4481 LARRY STEWART CLINIC Refinement Level 3, Lumby, 1-877-727-3554, www.paradisehillsranch.com TFC PAUL DUFRESNE 5 day Prog.Clinic, Mackenzie Meadows, Pritchard, Thea: mackenziemeadows@telus.net 250-577-3252 EVENTING CLINIC w/Jeanine Ellingham at Topline Show Park. Debbie Dorosh (250)652-4607 e-mail doroshd@shaw.ca RIVERBOAT DAYS PARADE, Terrace, BC, Jocelyn Jocelyn@totemsaddleclub.com, www.totemsaddleclub.com OPENING OF THE HEADWATERS CORRAL Equestrian Campsite, Manning Park, Rose Schroeder 604-854-1245 www.bchorsemen.ca BCRA Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake, www.rodeobc.com BCRA Nemiah Valley Rodeo, Nemiah, www.rodeobc.com 2 DAY CATTLE SORTING, Thornhill Agr. Grd., Terrace, BC, Elaine 250-635-7424, ejj-r@telus.net ALHAMBRA AHTA EVENTING CLINIC, Red Deer, AB, Linda Cowherd, pchoney@telusplanet.net TOPLINE SHOW PARK Summer Horse Trials & Combined Test. Sonya Campbell (250)833-2669 www.toplinestables.ca EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY Certification Course, Regina, SK, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-EQUINE2 (378-4632)

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KHAS T’AN Voyage Horsemanship School 4, Fort St. James, Kyla 250-996-8026 www.tourismfortstjames.com LARRY STEWART CLINIC Beyond Level 3, Lumby, 1-877-727-3554, www.paradisehillsranch.com BC SENIORS GAMES EQUESTRIAN EVENTS, Castlegar, BC, www.bcseniorsgames.org AERC SUMMER RIDING 7-9pm, Rodeo arena, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Michele 250-546-8977, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.org ALBERTA PAINT HORSE CLUB, Zone 10 Paint O Rama, Calgary, AB, www.zone10zoneorama.ca DELTA RIDING CLUB SUMMER SHOW, 604.328.3814, www.deltaridingclub.com BCRA Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo, www.rodeobc.com KIDS DAY CAMP, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster, BC. For more info or to register, call 250-968-6801 or visit www.fallingstarranch.ca GAMES DAY, LRS Grounds, Langley, Ngaire (Ny-ree) 778-277-0015, www.langleyriders.com GYMKHANA, Fraser Lake Saddle Club, Chowsunket Road, Fraser Lake, Judy 250-699-8087 BCRA Pritchard Rodeo, www.rodeobc.com ANNUAL OPEN SHOW (BC Heritage General Performance Show), Vernon, Chelsea Balcaen 250-542-3169, www.vernonridingclub.com


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BRAD GIESBRECHT REINING CLINIC, Pritchard, Kim 250-819-1609 CURT PATE COLT STARTING CLINIC, Douglas Lake Ranch, Gord 250-299-8634 TAMMY PATE YOGA & HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Stump Lake Ranch (at Douglas Lake), Gord 250-299-8634 6-DAY TTEAM Connect - Foundations for TTouch & Connected Riding w/ Robyn Hood & Mandy Pretty, Vernon, www.ttouch.ca or 1-800-255-2336 EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY Y Certification Course, Calgary, AB, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-EQUINE2 (378-4632) KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB, Kelowna, www.kelownagymkhana.com HORSEMANSHIP DAY CAMP – Intermediate (all ages), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 1-800-573-5881, www.jandanaranch.com LARRY STEWART CLINIC Focus Camp (all levels), Lumby, 1-877-727-3554, www.paradisehillsranch.com LESLIE LAW CLINIC, Red Deer, AB, Kathleen Ziegler, kziegler@rockyview.ab.ca PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC Level 2-4, w/Fawn Anderson, Nelson, Heather 250-505-5270, http://nelsonridingclub.com SURVIVOR (simulating the TV show, riders on horseback), Summerland Rodeo Grounds, Gwen Shaw 250-494-8198, www.redbarnranchbb.com JUMPING, LRS Grounds, Langley, Kathrine 778-241-1932, www.langleyriders.com WATCH LAKE GREEN LAKE GYMKHANA, for info phone Watch Lake Lodge at 250-456-4471 PERCENTAGE/CLEAR ROUND DAY, Thornhill Ag. Grd., Terrace, BC, Marty, 250-633-2350, www.totemsaddleclub.com EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY Y Certification Course, Edmonton, AB, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-EQUINE2 (378-4632) ANNUAL GYMKHANA, Thornhill Ag. Grd., Terrace, BC, Marty, 250-633-2350, www.totemsaddleclub.com GYMKHANA, Peachland BC, Holly 250-670-0601 www.peachlandridingclub.com BATTLE OF THE GYMKHANAS, Bouchie Lake, Kathy Stanley, stanley_k@telus.net BC HERITAGE SHOW, Barriere & District Riding Club, Darcey 250-318-9975, www.barrieredistrictridinglub.com PERFORMANCE STANDARDBREDS All Breeds Schooling Horse Show, Cochrane, AB, Dana 403-830-3231, www.p-standardbreds.org BC SENIORS GAMES (Equestrian Events) for 55+, Pass Creek Fair Grounds, Castlegar, 250-365-7273, www.seniorsgames.org KHAS T’AN Adventure Horsemanship School 1, Omineca Mountain Country, BC, Kyla 250-996-8026 www.tourismfortstjames.com CENTERED RIDING INSTRUCTORS CLINIC, Alberta Andalusians, Eckville, AB, Lisa Wieben anequineapproach@hotmail.com ALHAMBRA VICTORY TACK SUMMER EVENT, Red Deer, AB, Ulrika Wikner 403-340-0270, www.alhambrastables.com QUESNEL FALL FAIR, Quesnel, Lynda Atkinson 250-747-3700 or lyndaatkinson@netbistro.com ALBERTA WISH RIDE, Little Elbow, Kananaskis, AB, Pledge sheets and info at www.albertawishride.ca BCRA Chilcotin Series, Redstone Rodeo, Alexis Creek, www.rodeobc.com VERNON RACE DAYS (116th Year), 7 races per day, Kin Race Track, Vernon, Ed Woolley 250-542-9944 or 250-309-2139 CLAY WEBSTER REINING CLINIC, Easygo Ranch, Lac La Hache, BC, Elli 250-396-7556, or llh_cowgirl@yahoo.ca EQUINE VERTEBRAL REALIGNMENT COURSE, Edmonton, AB, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-EQUINE2 (378-4632) FUN DAY, Open to all, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, Cindy 250-547-9277 HORSEMANSHIP DAY CAMP – Beginner (all ages), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 1-800-573-5881, www.jandanaranch.com TRAINER OF THE NORTH CHALLENGE, Bulkley Valley Exhibition, Smithers, Geri 250-847-2287 KHAS T’AN Adventure Horsemanship School 2, Omineca Mountain Country, BC, Kyla 250-996-8026 www.tourismfortstjames.com BCRA SMITHERS FALL FAIR & RODEO, www.rodeobc.com HORSE TREK TO BURGESS SHALE, Yoho National Park, Field, BC, for info contact Sandra horsetrekburgess@gmail.com LADIES HORSEMANSHIP EXPERIENCE, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 1-800-573-5881, www.jandanaranch.com

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



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

The Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Jonathan, 604-556-6884 or www.bchorsemen.org 12/11

BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, secretary@barrieredistrictridingclub.com Events & more at www.barrieredistrictridingclub.com 3/12 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca 2/12 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Ken Hartley 250-573-2328 bccha@telus.net or web www.bccha.ca 4/12 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, www.bcdraftundersaddleclub.com 10/11 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 12/11 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. www.bcihrs.com 250-260-5344 8/11 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 4/12 gnrmorgans@xplornet.ca. Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, www.bcimhc.com BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB www.miniaturehorsesbc.com 7/12 Pres: Bec Bermudez 604-823-4443, Annual Show June 11-12, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB President: Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 5/12 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 bcqha@hotmail.com or visit www.bcqha.com 9/11 BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, www.bcrcha.com 4/12 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office, bcrodeoassn@telus.net, www.rodeobc.com 3/12 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, www.bcsporthorses.com 5/12 BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Howie Hunt 250-443-4461, bhanews@hotmail.com, visit www.boundaryhorse.ca for Events 6/12

CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid. www.cdart.org, www.critteraid.org, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0 CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 www.chhaps.org 4/12 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC www.ERABC.com Secretary: Lori Bewza, loribewza@gmail.com 250-679-8247 12/11


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

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

EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. www.eqtrail.webs.com or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 4/12 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 hankrocks@telus.net, www.freewebs.com/giterdonegymkhanaclub 7/11 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 www.hcbc.ca Representing the interests of BC’s equine industryy.11/11 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 10/11 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397 kgc@shaw.ca, www.kelownagymkhana.com 12/11 MISSION HORSE CLUB (Fraser Valley) Pres: Sherryl Hopkins 604-820-5109 English/Western Shows, Gymkhanas, Trophy Show, www.missionhorseclub.com 5/12 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics, www.okanaganminiaturehorseclub.com 7/12 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Debbie House 250-498-4326, debrett7@hotmail.com, www.oliverridingclub.com 7/12 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Holly Dickinson 250-870-0601 3/12 Fun & Family oriented! See www.peachlandridingclub.com for activities PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders, www.phcbc.ca 12/11 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Alison Miller, brentmiller@shaw.ca Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, www.pinetreeridingclub.com 7/12 PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. Contact Theresa Nolet 250-492-4921, www.critteraid.org 0 SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSE ASSOC. Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, www.soha-online.com 10/11 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. 11/11 Linda 604-856-9574, wcrareining@gmail.com, www.wcra.info

Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada Official Canadian Registry for the Appaloosa Breed

~ Integrity ~ Quality. The Best Ingredients in the Recipe for Success ApHCC Box 940, Claresholm AB T0L 0T0

403-625-3326 Fax: 403-625-2274 a aphcc@appaloosa.ca

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Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


ARMSTRONG INN, (Armstrong) 1-866-546-3056, www.armstronginn.com Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 2/12 BEST WESTERN BAKERVIEW INN (Abbotsford) 1-877-336-6156, janice@ shawcable.com, Indoor pool/hottub, trailer pkg, rest. 15 min. to Heritage Park

Dynamic Balance Equestrian (serving southern B.C. and islands) CertiďŹ ed Equine Therapist: structural alignment & massage CHA Instructor and CertiďŹ ed Chris Irwin Silver Coach/Trainer All Disciplines â&#x20AC;&#x201C; All Breeds   sDYNAMICBALANCE HOTMAILCOM 2/12


Ask for Chilliwack Heritage Park rate LSPECI East of Heritage Park at mall & restaurants

FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150

FOALING - 5 PINE RANCH (Okanagan) Foaling w/Webcams. Superior mare care and full boarding services. 250-215-7463, www.fivepineranch.com 2/12


SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 4/12

Best Value in Red Deer! Free Rise and Dine Breakfast One minute to Westerner Park www.hojoreddeer.com Toll Free 1-800-424-8454 or 403-343-8444


SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, Minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-877-888-7260, mmarshall@sandman.ca, www.sandman.ca 5/12 BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 7/12 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 3/12


BOARDING TRIPLE R STOCK FARM (Kamloops area) 250-577-3293. Exc. ref. Big paddocks/ shelters/roundpen/arena. Retirement-Rehab. Visa/MC. ron_roberts@telus.net 11/11 8/11

CAMPING CREEKSIDE CAMPING with corrals, nestled in Wells Gray Park. Miles of trails. www.wellsgraygolfresortandrvpark.com 250-674-0009 6/12

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309 Culbertson Way, Princeton, BC Princetonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest Farm and Garden Centre Otter Co-op Lifeline Horse Feed, Vet Supplies, Farm Feed, Garden Supplies and Fencing 250-295-0255, E-mail: farmctr@telus.net 8/11


GREENWAVE FARMS (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250 Providing prompt dead stock removal service. 3/12 Your #1 supplier off horseshoes, ffarrier tools & hooff care products.

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TRAILS END FARRIER SERVICE (North OK/Shuswap) 250-379-2578 or 250-540-4221 Laird Gordon, Certified Journeyman Farrier 7/11 VALLEY FARRIER & EQUINE SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-546-8254 Certified Farrier Service, Bob Johnston and Jim Ferguson


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FEED DEALERS ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Coop and Energy Feed Dealer and Pet Foods

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


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REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, reinbeau@bcwireless.com 12/11 RIBBONS & ROSETTES

CORNER CORRAL TACK & FEED Farm Market (Coldstream) 250-545-2134 PRO-FORM Feeds, Consigned Tack/Apparel, Minerals & Supplements 4/12

FIRST PLACE RIBBONS (Canada wide), 604-820-3332 or Toll Free 1-866-332-3170, e-mail: hermusbt@telus.net

LAKE COUNTRY FARM & PET SUPPLY LTD. Livestock, Pet Feeds and Supplies 250-766-4646 • Dealer for #19-10051 Hwy 97N, Winfield, BC V4V 1P6


OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS, (Pitt Meadows) 604-465-5651 10/11 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay. www.otter-coop.com FENCING


CARIBOO SADDLERY, (Williams Lake) 250-392-3735 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs 2/12 CK CLASSIC LEATHERWORK (BC) 250-573-4355 English Saddle Fitting & Repairs, ckclassicl@yahoo.ca 7/11 COSSENTINE SADDLERY Y (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, www.cossentinesaddlery.com 5/12 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) 250-378-9263 2/12 Don Loewen, Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs Custom Made Saddles & Tack

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OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 2/12 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons www.ribbonsonline.net




KR’S CUSTOM SADDLES (Invermere, BC) 1-888-826-3132 Custom Saddles, Custom Leather Design & Repairs, krscustomsaddles@gmail.com 9/11 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. (Penticton) Toll Free 1-888-492-8225 10/11 Home of the SenSation Ride™, saddlery@telus.net, www.nickerssaddlery.com R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 8/11 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, randesaddle@telus.net TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS


ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 11/11 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078 10/11 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. www.bigmtack.com BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 5/12 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food CARRIAGE HOUSE MINIATURE HORSE TACK & HARNESS (Vernon) 250-541-7773. Everything you need for your VSE. www.tackforminiatures.com 2/12 COUNTRY ROADS GENERAL STORE (Fruitvale) 250-367-9229 Otter Co-op Feed Dealer, Feed, Tack, Farm Supplies & Giftware 7/11

GRAND SADDLERY Armstrong BC 250-546-9722 We measure your horse for the best tree fit. Western saddles for all breeds of horses.


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RUSTY SPUR TACK (Lumby) 250-547-9506 Feed, Tack, Consignments, Giftware, Supplements & Minerals 7/11 WINDSUM ENTERPRISES LTD (Langley) 604-789-0150 3/12 New & Used Tack & Apparel, English & Western www.windsum.ca

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Training and Boarding Preparation for sales, starting young horses 250-838-7051 or Cell 250-308-6024 â&#x20AC;˘ Enderby, BC 25 mrabe@jetstream.net â&#x20AC;˘ www.hanoveriansporthorsefarm.com 10/11

CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, quarterspotranch@shaw.ca 7/11 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford) 604-850-1243 Former Parelli Professional, Clinics/Lessons, www.sandylang.ca 7/11 LEE PONCELET PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Vernon) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 9/11 BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, www.fallingstarranch.ca Training/Lessons/Clinics/Camps, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 11/11

DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. www.dawsoncreekvet.com 5/12 DEEP CREEK VET. SERVICES, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 5/12 OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 3/12 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 10/11 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales SALMON VALLEY VET SERVICES (Shuswap/North OK) 10/11 250-833-4217 Dr. Brytann Youngberg Mobile Equine Service THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 9/11 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 5/12 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller, vernonvets@shaw.ca



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Stallions and Breeders OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 7/11 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy Butte Morgan Horses ~ Western Foundation Breeding

PEEBLES MINI DONKEY RANCH (Falkland) 250-379-2373 10/11 Regâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d & Pet Quality babies for sale. www.peeblesranch.ca or papeebles@gmail.com

For Family Fun or When Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Work to be Done! Standing WWF Stallions ~ Stock For Sale ~ Visitors Always Welcome

www.buttemorgans.com 403-382-8110


POLAR PINTABIANS (Winfield, AB) 780-682-2659 3/12 Breeding for Colour & All Around Quality. www.polarpintabian.webs.com

CARTWRIGHT QUARTER HORSES (Rock Creek) 250-446-2881 3/12 SS: 2 AQHA/NFQHA Gold Palomino 26% LEO Blood. www.cartwrightqh.com

RIVERSIDEPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Prince George) 250-612-4770 SS: Breeding Quality AQHA Perf. Horses. Boarding/Coaching/Judging/Clinics

DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Jasper/Brule, AB) 780-865-4021 7/12 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, www.canadianhorse.info

SALMON VALLEY RANCH (Salmon Arm) 250-833-4217 10/11 SS: SVR Royal Checkmate, AQHA Perlino; Okies Last Chance, APHA Black Tobiano

DragonďŹ&#x201A;y Acres CFHA / KFPS Star Stallion â&#x20AC;&#x153;OTTOâ&#x20AC;? (AI/Live cover) Quality Friesians Friesian Sport horses

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack â&#x20AC;&#x2122;96 AQHA, www.saltyolejackquarterhorses.com 5/12

E-mail: lisa@dragonďŹ&#x201A;yacres.ca www.dragonďŹ&#x201A;yacres.ca Lisa 604-539-8108 (Langley)

FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, www.fairviewarabianstud.com



SKYVIEW RANCH (Vanderhoof) 250-567-9754 3/12 Breeding Quality Reining & Working Cow Horses. www.skyview-ranch.com 9/11

GREEN GABLES MORGAN FARM (Armstrong) 250-546-8058 7/11 SS: WF Royal Mistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kurik, Black/Brown, 15.1HH, www.greengablesmorganfarm.com

STARMYRIAPPALOOSAS.CA (Edson, AB) 780-723-7899 8/11 Stallion Service, Indian Shufflers, Stock for Sale, CHA Instructor

HNROCKINHORSERANCH.COM (Waseca, SK) 306-893-4478 (4 hrs/Edmonton) SS: Hollywood Dream, 2007 AQHA Gold Champagne Dun (Homozygous) 4/12 HYPOALLERGENIC CURLY HORSES (Summerland) 250-486-6773 Stallion service, all ages horses for sale. www.curlystandardplace.com


ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 11/11 ttouch@shaw.ca â&#x20AC;˘ www.icefarm.com

Lone Larch Akhal Tekes Discover the Turkmen Purebred Home of golden stallion MARUK Stallion service â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Foal sales ,UMBY   sWWWLONELARCHCOM 4/12


WWW.WHOAANDGOQUARTERHORSES.COM 250-551-4739/250-768-9658 SS: Hortons Triple Skip, AQHA/APHA Palomino, 16HH, standing in Westbank 6/12 YELLOW MOUNT RANCH (Welling, AB) 403-894-2912 12/11 SS: AQHA, APHA & Thoroughbred Stallions, bigcheeks@yellowmountranch.com ZIRNHELT CUTTING HORSES (Kamloops) 250-828-1033 3/12 Training/Breeding Quality Cutting Horses, zirnheltcuttinghorses@telus.net

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

Zan Parr Bar on top. The Ole Man (SI 100) on bottom Performance bloodlines including roping, cutting and racing Stud Fee $550 includes - 10 day mare care - 5 day LFG

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


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On The Market

2003 KIEFER 3 HORSE LQ TRAILER 14’ SW. 8.5’ wide, Warmblood height. Fully loaded. Oak, fridge, 3 burner stove, 2 sinks, stereo system, A/C. Full awning, queen bed, full bathroom. Mid tack, rear tack, outside storage. New brakes, new floor and much, much more! $49,000. Call 250-246-7627 (Duncan)

2009 AQHA FILLY 14.1HH By Hollywood Blu by Dot Hollywood Jessie out of Jacks Jet Box by Jetblack N Easy. Excellent conformation and disposition. This filly has 30 days of professional training and is doing very well. $1,800. 250-308-2780 (Lumby) or e-mail qh4ever@hotmail.com

HERD DISPERSAL & RANCH FOR SALE 7-year-old Reg’d APHA Gelding, 15.1HH. Ranch raised, neck reins. Lots of miles in the bush and ready to show. All round prospect. See also 25 more horses for sale. www.pro-horsemanship.com 250-315-9087 (Merritt) E-mail: pro-horsemanship@hotmail.com

1999 4 STAR 3 HORSE 8’ X 24’ X 7’ New tires, new brake bearings. Equalizer electric jack, 12v deep cycle battery, drop down windows both sides with mangers. Exterior access door to mud room/closet, 12’ awning, side tack has 3 saddle racks, 10 bridle hooks. Pull out step, big fridge/freezer, microwave and sink, satellite TV. Bose CD system with speakers, AC with heat strip, system monitor panel. Onan generator. Lots of cupboards, fire extinguisher. 4-30 lb propane tanks. $36,000. Call 250-378-4591 (Merritt) or e-mail hotstreaks@telus.net


Currently at trainers for 2 months. Great temperament, willing student. We can geld. $4,500 obo. ALSO: Highbrow Hickory, Freckles Playboy, Peeping Bo Badger 2011 stunning Red Dun Filly at $1,500 obo. 250-542-2522 (Vernon) or e-mail: mgrullagirl@hotmail.com


2006 TB MARE 15.2 HH By Orchid’s Denel out of Tilly K by Kataula County. 2011 colt foaled April 14 by Amaruk mare, was a money earner at Hastings Park. She can be ridden English or Western. She has excellent conformation and disposition. The colt is perfectly correct with a great disposition. His breeding goes back to Stake Winners both top and bottom. $1,200 for the pair or will sell separately. 250-308-2780 (Lumby) Or e-mail qh4ever@hotmail.com q

MAROMAC SIR TEX, 6 YR OLD, ALL PURPOSE QH GELDING Shown AQHA, 4-H, and Open, English and Western. Beginner riders welcome, great personality, smart and talented, lots of experience. Clips, bathes, loads, UTD with all shots. Selling due to travelling. Approved home only. Asking $12,000. 250-515-1626 (Tappen)


HOBBY FARM FOR SALE Perfectly set-up, partially treed 8.5 acre horse property for sale in Armstrong/Spallumcheen. 3,400 sq. ft. post-andbeam farmhouse with 5 bedrooms, den and 2.5 baths. Large 100’ x 200’ sand ring, 3 paddocks with shelters, 5 turn-out fields, excellent fencing, 2 stall heritage barn. $629,000. See photos at www3.telus.net/absolutehorse E-mail: absolutehorse@telus.net 250-546-0531 (Armstrong)

Birthday Dry x Smurf Berry Hill (Dee Flip) 12 years old, 15HH. Topside pedigree includes Doc Bar, Poco Lena, Gay Bar King. Great reining prospect – spins, circles and stops on a dime or would be ready for the show ring with very little work. Has done some cattle penning. Has had one foal – great on trails, roads and in the arena. UTD with shots/ worming/dental work and regular farrier work. Sound, bathes, clips, hauls, very easy to work around. Intermediate/experienced rider. $3,000 obo. Call or e-mail Judy 250-546-9628, jheaton@live.ca or Gina 250-546-0579, bizzyprincess@hotmail.com (Armstrong)

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YEARLING AQHA FILLY “RB CHINA DOLL” Rare Chocolate Palomino colouring. Wonderful bloodlines that can take her any number of directions. Sire is RBR Silverfire 16.2HH, whose offspring are in the show ring and roping arena. Bloodlines of Docs Dee Bar and Lucky Last Page on the bottom. Filly is very fancy, halter broke, ties, loads and trims. Doll will be tall, flashy and moves out nicely to boot. Asking $3,000 obo to a show home. Joe Sabyan or Cherie Jardine 250-672-9341, e-mail Cherie11@telus.net (Barriere)

2007 FEATHERLITE 8’ WIDE 4 HORSE LQ TRAILER Excellent condition, barely used. 11’ shortwall. LQ features Sierra Package. Fully loaded, dinette, full bath, Queen bed, air cond., TV, stereo, fridge, stove, microwave. Full length awning. Walk-thru to 4 horse with studwall and mangers. Large rear tack and extra storage on the side. $45,000. 250-747-3451 (Quesnel)

By Jaz Poco Silverado. This is a definite Stallion Prospect! Huge hip, big boned and a very pretty head. NFQH 99%. Sire has his AQHA ROM in Reining. Deposit will hold to weaning. Some delivery available at cost. $4,500 plus tax. 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek) Or e-mail oldbaldy@neonet.bc.ca www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy


Gorgeous 2006 AQHA Dark Bay Mare with a cute Red Dun Filly at side, by Jaz Poco Silverado, NFQH 100%. She is bred back to Silverado for a 2012 foal. Very kind, quiet mare with show type conformation. Excellent 3-1 package for a serious breeder. Will also sell separately. 3-1 $3,500 plus tax. 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek) Or e-mail oldbaldy@neonet.bc.ca www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy

SEASONED BARREL HORSE “Mig” is a solid 3D horse. Has been in the 2D this spring. He’s a 16HH, 9-year-old Bay, unregistered Quarter Horse Gelding. Very broke, excellent High School Rodeo or junior horse, great on the trails and the road. A real gentleman, no vices, hauled to BCBRA, CBR Finals and BCRA Circuit 09 and 2011. Ready to go. Wouldn’t take much to rope off of. $6,500. Contact Lila 250-845-8750 or 250-696-3432 or e-mail: ldhfarrier@hotmail.com (Houston)

9 YR, 14.1HH REG’D HAFLINGER Flashy Western Pony. Great on trails, goes over/under, through anything, not spooky. Trailers, good with the farrier, sweet temperament, no naughty pony tricks, extremely willing and forward. Safe for intermediate riders. Picks up his proper leads in a canter but will only canter when asked. Selling farm, all horses going. Asking $4,500. 604-938-3773 (Pemberton)

Rappenhof Sporthorses

3 WINDS RANCH OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

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FIERRO DEL BOSQUE Gorgeous 2010 Bay performance-bred Pure Spanish Andalusian colt. Should mature to a big-bodied 15.3-16.HH. $11,000 as a stud colt or $9,000 as a gelding. Colleen 250-992-1168, keilenranch@gmail.com www.keilenranch.com (Quesnel)

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2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

* 2006 16.1HH Trakehner ‘Model’, ranked #2 in North America * 2004 16.3HH German Trakehner, National Champion * 2003 16.2HH German Oldenburg Premium, Dressage winner Florida AND Two 2011 foals by Platinum 250-446-2149 (Osoyoos)



TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano 3Winds Skippa Treat 2007 Palomino Leopard Appaloosa Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding) Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3winds@telus.net www.keremeos.com/3winds 2/12


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Old Baldy Ranch

Sired By:


Offspring for Sale

Jaz Poco Silverado

Ranch Raised Versatile Morgans for Work or Family Fun

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

Goldun Poco Mr Matt

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

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

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Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

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



(Black 15HH)

FOR SALE Premium, Safe Friendly, Family Riding Recreation & Usin’ Show Horses www.appaloosacentre.com 250-963-9779 appaloosacentre@telus.net

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Here Too! 6 YR OLD REG’D QUARTER HORSE GELDING 15HH, Red Dun. Quiet, easygoing. Used for trail riding and started on barrels. $3,500.


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2007 WHO WHIZ IT GELDING Professional training, good looking, super temperament. 15.1HH. All around prospect. $4500.

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INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or www.innisfailauctionmarket.com (Innisfail, AB) 11/11

CERTIFIED EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPIST, Pauline Colgate, offering Chiropractic & Massage Therapy. Certified Saddle Fitting. For an appointment call 250-302-1785 (Williams Lake) 9/11

SEABLEND - “Just a tablespoon a day” for better feet, hair coat, disposition, conception rate, health. Your local agent Lydia Janik 604-888-9793. Call today. www.seaboost.ca 8/11 1996 AQHA BROODMARE. Sire: Wranglers War Leo. Dam: Canadian Supreme Futurity Winner. Her brother is double Futurity Winner. Good producer. Will include breeding to Red Great Pine. Other broodmares available. Fillmore Quarter Horses 250-367-9834 (Fruitvale) 7/11

Shelters for cattle, calves, horses etc. or for storage Single or double shelters (or more panels to add on) Pick-up panels or delivered on site Different designs and finishes available

NEW TO ARMSTRONG from California


Call Chris for free quote or view shelters in stock

Specializing in solving behavioral and physical problems in horses.

FINE LINE ARABIANS offers superior pleasure, show, endurance and breeding stock for sale. Rare Ferzon/Azraff pedigrees. Visitors welcome. 250-547-9367 (Cherryville) 9/11

- Certified in Massage and Physical Therapy - Thirty years experience starting young horses - Natural Horsemanship instruction and clinics

REG’D POLISH ARABIAN GELDING, 15 years old, 14.3HH. Go to youtube.com and type in Chance of Grey for more info. 250-765-3886 (Kelowna) BAREFOOT NEVADA TREELESS SADDLE. Made in Germany. Uses English girth. Comes with pad. $500. 250498-4099 (Oliver)

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Timber Ridge Trails

Specializing in timber frame Barns, Hay Sheds, Pole Barns, covered and enclosed riding arenas

Lumby, BC 4/12

1650 Shuswap Ave., Lumby, BC www.swisscarpentry.com 250-547-6616 www.swisstimberconstruction.com


We also have Panels for Sale 780-388-2139 Buck Lake, AB 8/11 Rails to Rafters

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Hey, round up your friends and horses and come and stay at a secluded and peaceful campsite complete with corrals and miles of marked trails. Catering available. Timberridgetrails@gmail.com / 250-309-3544



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OLDER QUARTER HORSE Show Horse, Western or English, for a few shows per year. For Grandma and her grandkids who want to start showing. Going to a good home in Southern Alberta. 403-646-3080 (Alberta)


www.ezflexcookies.com Pole Buildings * Barns * Shelters * Indoor & Outdoor Arenas * Restoration & Repair * Bobcat 25 years experience ~ free estimates Serving the North Okanagan from the ground up. 7/11

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Shop & Swap! BOARDING COPPER HILLS EQUESTRIAN CENTRE (Kamloops) www.copperhillsequestrian.ca See our ad on page 16

DOUBLE DELICHTE STABLES Full Board (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon

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ADAM FEHR, Farrier Serving Thompson Okanagan areas * Quiet and gentle with your horses * Hot & cold shoeing * Quality work * Reasonable rates

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