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Dear Editor… Dear Saddle Up: We just wanted to say THANK YOU CANADA and to the Mane Event in Red Deer. We had such a fun time meeting all the Canadian horsemen and horsewomen. The stands were packed for all of our clinics and you were a phenomenal audience. I would also like to send out a very special Thank You to all of you who rode in our clinics. You were all great students and great learners. We can’t say enough how impressed we are by the people we met and how hungry for knowledge you all are. We wish you all the best of luck and really hope to see you all in the future (we hope to be back next year). If any of you happened to get a picture of us at our booth, we would really appreciate getting a copy to post on our website to share with everyone. - Dana Hokana, Temecula, CA,

Hello Nancy: Oh my, we are so very impressed with the Saddle Up magazine and how we have come to see it evolve. It has become a very classy coffee table and waiting room sight. I love to see it so proudly displayed in many of our Doctors, towns and offices; because I know they got them from me! I am proud to have had the opportunity to be acknowledged in such a colourful, well-presented array of Equine information that has stories of heart with educational background. In return we will be designing a web page on our new site for the Saddle Up magazine with all the necessary links! I must add I am very happy to see so many Alberta ads! - Thank you! God Bless! Lynn E. Danyluk, President of the Alberta Equestrian Awareness Society.

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Dear Nancy: Those were very informative articles in the April issue of Saddle Up (rescue and starving horses, etc.). Thank you for including them and the photos. Unfortunately it is a problem that is growing in our province and possibly others. The economy can be blamed for some of this neglect, but in our area of the Okanagan it has been going on for at least a few decades. I have attached some information on Project Equus. Our animal welfare group, Critteraid, decided back in February to put together a proposal (65 pages approx.) based on information that we collected from other areas with a similar problem. As you can see we address the over population problem (contraceptive vaccination), the public safety issue (horses on the highways and roads) and the health and future of the horses. The photos are of horses that are in the Penticton area and suffer from very low body scores, severe lice infestations and injuries. There have been a few deaths this last winter. One young horse was caught under some deer fencing for quite a few hours. The owner was finally contacted and upon arrival she ordered that the horse be destroyed, which it was. Other corpses have been found along a roadway, in the back range and on First Nations Range Land. The cause of death was never determined due to predator activity on the body. The remainder of the herd near these bodies were emaciated or thin and these are only the ones we have happened upon without going further into the range land areas. In the article, Help For Starving Horses…Right or Wrong, the hostility of those that do not agree with helping the horses sounds very familiar. The author is so correct when stating that the answer lies in management and not starvation. Animals living in the wild will be naturally culled based on injury, disease and hereditary defect. That is an acceptable and realistic fact of nature.

What isn’t acceptable is that these horses once owned or from owned stock, are not able to survive on the winter rangeland. Cattle are brought in off of the range in the winter. Owned horses should have the same option and if not a viable one then the establishment of feeding/water stations could be explored. Starvation forces them to come into populated areas in search of food and why would you blame them? Critteraid did submit the Project Equus proposal to the Penticton Indian Band in April but have not received any feedback yet. Copies have also been distributed to known First Nations horse owners, the Band’s economic development committee, local politicians, RCMP, veterinarians, and the list grows. Critteraid is not interested in any profit or recognition as a result of this proposal being accepted and implemented. We just are a group of concerned individuals that love horses and wish to help in any way we can to get them basic care and to bring this suffering to an end. - Sincerely, Laura Dean, Coordinator, Project Equus (Editor’s Note: See next page for more on Project Equus and pertinent photos.)

Project Equus


By Laura Dean

roject Equus is an initiative taken by Critteraid in the Okanagan of B.C. to provide some unique options in order to protect the lives of the free-roaming horses that live nearby. We submitted a formal proposal to the Penticton Indian Band Chief, Council, Band Administrator and horse owners in April, 2009. We have also given copies to our local government officials, the Ministry of Agriculture, Penticton RCMP, Mayor of Penticton, local veterinarian and farrier, and the Penticton Indian Band’s Economic Development Committee. We look at this as a humanitarian issue. In these difficult, economic times, we are seeing more horses in desperate need of attention. Many do not get enough to eat and may die. Many are dumped in valleys and meadows that are strange to them. Many simply are unwanted and need somewhere to go. It is our hope to be able to work with the Penticton Indian Band and horseowners to raise enough funds to set up non-residential feeding stations and to continue feeding horses through the winter of 2011/2012. This is not the answer and that is why we have also outlined birth control for approximately 200 horses as well as plans for a training centre that would have local youth and elders work together to halter and saddletrain suitable horses for adoption. The proposal also recommends a number of possible businesses than can be

incorporated into the plan. Project Equus is divided into six, separate sections and three, very distinct phases: • Public safety - horses on public roads and highways are a serious problem here • Sound equine health • Good range management practices • Compassionate equine training • Secure future for horses • Viable tourism entrepreneurship We have had extremely positive feedback on Project Equus so far. We are also hoping to spread awareness of this project and we seek support by having those that have read the proposal sign our Project Equus support petition. For further information, please contact: Laura Dean 250-494-0314 or Theresa Nolet 250-4924921 or Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 or Critteraid, 113-437 Martin Street, Penticton BC V2A 5L1

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June already? The months are truly flying by. Riding season is in full swing and weekends are packed with events. I am still waiting for my clone so I (we) can attend them all. The continuing saga of neglected or suffering horses truly disgusts me… we have more on that subject with a new project being launched – see page 3. Cheryle (Rein-Beau Images) and me at the Mane Event, Red Deer. The Children’s Wish rides are happening all around the province (and now in Alberta) and I hope you do your part to help support them. A new fundraising trail ride is taking place at Sun Peaks Stables to benefit the Kamloops SPCA; info on page 6. I’ve had more people call or e-mail me to say they aren’t getting their Saddle Up early in the month anymore. Well that’s because we changed our mailing system and it has taken a few months to sort out the glitches. The magazine should be out in stores around the 5th to the 8th of each month. I apologize for having spoiled you in the past getting the magazine out by the 1st or 2nd of each month. We aim to please and are doing our best to keep you informed and entertained in a somewhat timely fashion!

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Fundraising Trail Ride at Sun Peaks in Support of SPCA Staff at Sun Peaks Stables are taking initiative to support the BCSPCA. They are organizing a fundraising Trail Ride on Saturday, June 20 with all of the proceeds going towards the care of abandoned and neglected horses.


pecifically their goal is to raise at least enough funding to be able to provide the Kamloops Cruelty Investigations Branch of the BCSPCA with a chute suitable for providing neglected and starving horses with the medical care that they require. This chute will speed up the process of giving groups of uncared for horses the required medical treatment which would therefore reduce the stress on these animals as well as being vital to the safety of the horse, handler, and veterinarian. Horses that are brought in to the care of the SPCA cost approximately $500 per month and the Kamloops SPCA averages 30 or more horses in their care every

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year. These horses require anywhere from four to six months of recovery, which is a $2,000 - $3,000 bill for just one horse to be brought back to health. If you would like to participate on June 20… everyone will be meeting at Sun Peaks Stables (north of Kamloops) at 8 a.m. before heading out on this spectacular all-day ride by 10 a.m. where you will enjoy some amazing views on “Top of the World.” Working your way down the mountain and back to the stable, you’ll enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner, and receive a gift bag provided by the sponsors. This ride is for all experience levels of rider, from old cowhand to city slicker. Each guest will also receive a gift bag provided by the sponsors and a souvenir “Lucky Horseshoe.” Even if you have never sat on a horse or ride all the time, you are sure to have a great day. Sun Peaks Stables have horses suitable for all levels of riders and everyone (minimum age is 8 yrs old) is welcome to participate. A packed lunch and BBQ dinner is included, with the help of their sponsors, as well as a horse with tack for those who require one. Space is limited so don’t delay and secure your spot right away.

“Join us in helping out a good cause and have fun doing it! See you soon!” AS THIS IS A FUNDRAISER… THE MODEST FEES ARE: Rider requiring a horse: Registration fee of $25 and to collect at least $200 in pledges. Rider riding their own horse: Registration fee of $15 and collect at least $150 in pledges. Prize for whoever collects the most pledges! SPONSORS: Will be given full recognition in advertisements and in the donation letter to the BCSPCA; as well as an opportunity to place promotional material in the gift bags. Sponsors are also invited to the BBQ dinner for a ‘personal’ thank you in supporting this cause. ALL OF THE PROCEEDS from this event will be donated to the Kamloops Cruelty Investigations Branch of the BCSPCA to go towards the care of the abandoned and neglected horses. Some of the items requiring sponsorship are: • Bottled Water • Small gift items for the gift bag • Cash Donations to cover expenses • Dinner items • Bag Lunch items • Advertisement • Prizes for the participants with the most pledges Thank you for your consideration Staff & Management of Sun Peaks Stables For more info or to register contact 250-578-5407 or 250-578-7141,

Cover-All Named CHA Corporate Partner By Suzanne Johnston

The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is proud to announce that CoverAll has just joined its Corporate Partner ranks.


e are thrilled to have an excellent company such as Cover-All as a CHA Corporate Partner,” says Christy Landwehr, Chief Executive Officer for CHA. “Many of our instructors around the United States and Canada are using Cover-All buildings and love them. This partnership will allow us to share the word about the benefits of these buildings with the rest of our membership.” “When the opportunity arose to partner with the CHA, we couldn’t pass it up. It’s a great organization and we feel there is a lot of potential for Cover-All to engage with its members to better understand their building needs,” says Suzanne Johnston Market Manager of Agriculture & Equine for Cover-All.

“Cover-All is looking forward to working closely with the CHA and its instructors. Our buildings work great for all equine disciplines and they are ideal facilities to give lessons in, so this relationship is a natural fit.” Cover-All manufactures steelframed, fabric riding arenas and stabling barns for equestrians all over the world. Riders will benefit from improved, safer riding conditions, a quiet atmosphere, and perfect footing found inside a CoverAll® building. With over 2000 equine customers and nearly 12 million square feet of buildings around the world, equestrians continue to make Cover-All their preferred choice. To find out more about Cover-All or to contact your local

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orse owners decide to learn how to trim hooves for various

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reasons. To be sure that the job is done right; To ensure gentle handling of their horses; To acquire the knowledge base for hoof health evaluation; To avoid the challenge of scheduling a farrier; To save money by doing the job themselves.

Applied properly, natural hoof care can have a positive impact on the overall health of the horse. Learning to maintain hooves is a valuable skill that will provide a lifetime of benefit to a horseowner. Liberated Horsemanship, founded in 2003 by Bruce Nock, PhD, will be visiting the Okanagan this summer to promote natural hoof care. In early 2009, Liberated Horsemanship launched the Barefoot Initiative under the direction of Ann Corso. This program is one of three

initiatives focusing on various aspects of horse care and use. As a part of this initiative, Liberated Horsemanship now offers Natural Hoof Care Training for professionals and horseowners. Lone Pine Ranch in Vernon, BC, will be hosting a six-day Gateway to Natural Hoof Care clinic that starts on Friday, July 31, and continues through Wednesday, Aug. 5. The clinic is open to anyone interested in learning about natural hoof care.

About the Instructors Bruce Nock is a tenured neurobiologist at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA. He is the author of the Biology of Natural Horsemanship Series and more than 60 articles of original research. Bruce earned advanced degrees in behaviour and neuroendocrinology from Buchnell and Rutgers Universities and was a postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University in New York City, one of the leading research institutes in the world. Bruce has been teaching hoof care

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professionals and horseowners about factors that affect horse and hoof health since 2004. Ann Corso is the director of Liberated Horsemanship’s Barefoot Initiative. She is a world leader in natural hoof and horse care. Ann is the author of Form Follows Function and the Internet natural hoof care column “Ask Ann.” She is the founder of “Beautiful Feet Natural Hoof Care,” a corporation based outside of Lexington, KY. Ann is a top-notch natural hoof care instructor who is comfortable in the field as well as in the classroom. Richard Drewry is a co-founder of the AANHCP and vice-president of its board of directors. He is a charter member of Liberated Horsemanship, serving as a field instructor as well as a Gateway Clinic instructor. Richard is the exclusive US distributor of Swiss Boots and has provided hoof care professionals and horseowners with specialized training in the art and science of hoof care and booting for a number of years. Richard has a BS degree in agronomy, the science of soil management and crop production, from the University of Arkansas, and is a leading authority in horse forage and related topics. Liberated Horsemanship is a growing group of selected experts dedicated to helping people and horses by providing multidisciplinary, science-based information about the care and use of horses through a variety of mechanisms and services. Their mission is to help people maximize the health and welfare of their horses without sacrificing fun and enjoyment. Website: www. Bruce Goode is a barefoot initiative instructor for Liberated Horsemanship and an AANHCP certified hoof care practitioner providing natural hoof care services in the Okanagan valley. Website: www.hooft

SIREC and the town of Osoyoos Sign Lease at Desert Park


he South Interior Recreational Equestrian Centre Ltd. (SIREC) announced on May 8th it has signed a lease agreement with the Town of Osoyoos to immediately reopen Desert Park to the public as an equestrian facility. Under the lease agreement SIREC will have the lead role in management and maintenance responsibilities of Desert Park including recreation and special events. Both parties will work closely together to ensure the continuation of existing events as well as the promotion of new activities at the facility. SIREC has a mandate to reestablish Desert Park as a year round horse training facility accommodating up to 200 horses on site, provide and enhance recreational activities including soccer and baseball, and attract special events and entertainment such as concerts, fairs, sports tournaments and equestrian competitions. SIREC has been on site at Desert Park for over two months to date preparing the equestrian facilities which include a 5/8 of a mile rack track, an extensive network of equestrian trails and jumps, several horse boarding barns, turnout areas and round pens. The equestrian facilities fell into disuse in the late ’90’s after horse racing was discontinued and has been closed to equestrian activities for five years. The recreational facilities such as baseball diamonds and soccer fields have continued to be used by local residents. The reopening of Desert Park is the result of five years of lobbying by local citizens. The Friends of Desert Park Society, a volunteer organization, developed a plan five years ago to reopen the park and generated tremendous public support for the initiative. SIREC was established in January, 2009 to carry forward this vision with a business plan as an established company. Restoring the equestrian facilities for the past two months was done under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that SIREC signed with the Town of Osoyoos. Manager of Operations for SIREC Brian Starky commented, “We’re making progress with the cleaning and repairing but after being closed for 10 years there’s a lot of cobwebs on her. We’ll get her all polished up in no time.” The boarding stables are now open and the first 18 horses have arrived with one group from Alberta. The training facilities are being used on a daily basis. SIREC believes that Desert Park is a unique facility that can provide equestrian, recreation and entertainment opportunities for the entire Southern Interior region. For Information Contact: Eike Scheffler, Chairman, 250-498-1853, Brian Starky, Manager of Operations, 250-495-5112

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Basking in Joy of Sharing My Passion: the Horses ARE theTeachers! By Helen Amanda Russell Photos by Ken Buck, Found Photography

We have just completed the first two-day workshop at our new facility near Armstrong.


here was a richness in the quality of women that stepped into this weekend with us. Their willingness and ability to come openminded (open-hearted) and self-reflecting on what their horses had to say were so exciting and encouraging! In the last four months since our arrival in BC, I have felt that every time that I have stepped into a new venture or idea, I’ve been reminded of my past behaviours that would normally have blocked my inspiration from coming to fruition. With excruciating humility, a particular lesson of literally falling

“I will never forget Flea. Her non-judgmental and sincere acceptance of me was priceless … That is what I have always wanted and looked for…”

on my face when arriving at an arena, illuminated in the following week an underlying theme for me, of a sense of “rivalry.” Rivalry is my impression of feeling “inferior” in certain situations, and then behaving (as a cover up) in a “superior” way, as a long-standing defense system. What became clear from the incident was that this pattern needed to change so I would be able to interact with the people and horses in my new community from my heart, not my ego – otherwise, I would “fall on my face!” The pure joy that followed this breakthrough drives me forward! On two separate occasions recently, our clients’ horses have done the same for their owners. Participants entered the round pen with a specific “goal” and on both occasions the horses made it clear that “if you want to achieve this goal, we need to address the ‘gap’ in the relationship first.” In each case, it was the omission of setting clear boundaries that was at issue. The smiles of delight created by this new understanding resulted in more joy than achieving the goal could ever have done! Our horses show us time and again where our consistency is missing; they

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Helen… continuing to learn from the horses. Check Helen’s website,, for participant comments on her workshops.

do it without malice or intent and will continue to repeat the lesson until we recognize it. We simply need to be aware of their messages. In one of these situations, I had to step back from helping our client “achieve the goal” and I asked for some clarity/ feedback from the other participants. I don’t always have the answers and am sometimes too invested in an outcome myself, to see what is obvious. In this case, by asking for help, I was demonstrating collaborative teamwork and leadership. I am continually learning through these experiences. It never ceases to make me marvel at the clarity of the horses. They humble and strengthen me, all in their simple purity. They truly ARE the teachers. Helen Amanda Russell grew up with horses in the Highlands of Scotland, and trained to become a British Horse Society instructor in 1982. Helen has had a life of competing, training and coaching in Britain and Ontario. She owned and managed a large training facility in Ontario for 15 years, and now through her training in Arizona is an Advanced Epona Approved Instructor living in Armstrong, BC.

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Canadian Pony Club – Sandra Sillcox Memorial Award 2009 By Elizabeth Inglis

These awards are in recognition of the Canadian Pony Club 75th anniversary and of long-time supporter, Sandra Sillcox. They are for 2009 only.


andra started her Pony Club career in the Eglinton Pony Club in 1946, where she later achieved her A. As an adult, she was DC of Toronto North York Pony Club and regional chair for Ontario before it was split into three regions. She served as Senior A examiner and chief judge at National Rally for many years. She also helped to establish PPG and Tetrathlon in Canada. She went on to become a senior CEF judge and an FEI steward. She had many fond memories of her years in Pony Club and made many friends over the years, who became a special part of her life. For more information on Sandra’s accomplishments see, then scroll down the home page to “Wall of Fame.”

Awards: • One $500 award to one member in each region • One $500 award to an affi liate member from all across Canada There will be a total of 14 Sandra Sillcox Memorial Awards. Criteria: • Active members: five or more continuous years of membership in CPC. • Affiliate members: 10 or more continuous years of membership in CPC. • The award is to support and promote future training and education in the equestrian field.

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“What the Heck is a Canadian Horse?”

By Denise Beaton

You don’t hear that much any more, and for the members of the Canadian Horse Heritage & Preservation Society (CHHAPS), now in its seventh year, it’s a delightful change.


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oday, when they’re competing at open shows or out riding on the trails, they’re more likely to hear: “Is that a Canadian? I love them!” or “I want to get a Canadian. They’re so versatile.” For CHHAPS members, whose motto is “Preserving for our children, the horse of our forefathers,” that’s music to their ears! CHHAPS’s goals are to help preserve the traditional type of the Canadian Horse, to educate themselves and others about the breed. To that end, they sponsor relaxed and enjoyable events that allow Canadian owners and

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riders to show off their horses, as well as help to introduce the Canadian Horse to other equestrians and horse lovers. The club welcomes new members, whether they have a Canadian Horse or not, and encourages them to participate in shows and events as volunteers, a very social and enjoyable experience. This year CHHAPS has several events organized to celebrate the success of the Canadian Horse, to educate the public about our National Treasure and to just have good fun: On June 21, CHHAPS’ Island members are hosting CHHAPS Island Dressage Day in Nanaimo, BC. This has been a successful open show several years running where Canadian Horses compete with other breeds. Come and see how they compare. For more information about that event contact Lois Shaw at June 21 and 22, at the BC Sport Horse Show in Cloverdale there are several classes dedicated to the Canadian Horse. This is a new event for CHHAPS. For more information contact Roxanne Salinas at

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A Canadian Horse, cont’d On July 11 and 12 the biggest Canadian Horse Show of the year in BC, the Pacific Canadian Horse Show, will be held at Maple Ridge Equi-Sport Center in Maple Ridge, BC. Contact Betty Baxter at for more information. Sept 2 – 6, Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong, BC. For many years, there has been a strong Canadian Horse contingent at the IPE. Contact Richard Arthur at for more information. This year the Pacific Canadian Horse Show in Maple Ridge is in its sixth year and is promising to be the best show yet. This is CHHAPS’s only closed breed show and is designed to showcase the versatility of the Canadian Horse. Come and see Halter, English, Western, Dressage, Driving, and of course, on Sunday, the “Little Iron Horse Competition.” Judging this year is Dorothy Kirby of Nanaimo, BC. Come and join CHHAPS at any of the above events. Here are pictures from some of last year’s events. They certainly fulfill their goal of having fun as you can see. If you’d like to volunteer in any capacity, they would love to hear from you. See their website for more information at

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Nicole Brown Comes to Terrace, BC By Juanita Wiebe-Meier

I have recently moved back to Terrace after a 14-year absence during which time I spent three years riding with Nicole Brown in Camrose, AB, learning how to become a reiner.


nce back and after a few months of settling in, I realized, “Holy cow, Terrace is a long ways away from everything!” Of course having ridden as a Reiner-Nic for so many years, I quickly realized how much I missed being grilled for an hour or more on my mare during our lessons. I will admit, at times during those lessons, I did wish I was a million miles away from Nicole and her elevated elbows, turned out knees and shorter stirrups! However, I decided to bring Nicole to this Northwest Coast community nestled in a valley of amazing snow-capped mountains and winding rivers. The road to get Nicole here proved to be a huge learning experience and one that I shall never forget. After trying to get the clinic full and many phone calls and e-mails later, it seemed that we were on our way. However … When I went

to book her plane ticket, it had more than doubled in price in 12 hours, I was unable to get shavings delivered with the lack of our mills producing lumber and then, I got a phone call saying that the water main burst out at the community grounds, where the clinic was to take place. I think I nearly had a meltdown. But thankfully the water main was repaired in record time (thank you Bryon!), the out-of-town riders agreed to bring their own shavings and the plane ticket was purchased. Nicole was on her way! The April 11-12 clinic brought in several out-of-towners that travelled from 2.5 hours to 4.5 hours away, and it was so wonderful to meet others that shared that great desire to learn and become better reiners. Even though there were several groans when Nicole had almost everyone shorten stirrups, sometimes more than two notches, had us riding with our

Nicole Brown

elbows elevated and our knees turned out, she was excellent in her teachings and at giving time to each rider and providing them with answers to all of their questions and also taking the time to explain why these techniques work. As a Reiner-Nic I’ve heard her say many times that “there is always a method to my madness!” We are looking forward to bringing Nicole back several more times throughout the year. A huge thanks goes out to Bibs Dallaire, Roxy Plugboer, Kristi Rensby, Brittany Ewald, Kim Remple, Natasha Candelora and Jocelyn Benoit for being huge supporters in bringing this event to Terrace. Also thank you to the Terrace Totem Saddle Club for hosting the event, allowing us the use of the indoor arena. Also, many thanks to Nicole Brown for her patience, understanding and easygoing manner, and for making us all feel that we came away with a better understanding of reining and a few ideas for improving our horses. Please check out Nicole Brown’s website at Nicole is from Camrose, AB, where she and her assistant train reining horses. In 2008, Nicole was the Summer Classic Open and Novice Open Champion, Wild Rose Senior Reining Circuit Champion, Canadian National Quarter Horse Senior Reining Champion – her third consecutive year - Reinin’ In The Sun Open Champion and Freestyle Champion, Goldrush Threeyear-old Reining Champion, Fall Classic Open Champion, Canadian Supreme Open Champion, Canadian Supreme Open Derby Reserve Champion and AQHA Worlds Show competitor. LTE $63,000.

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Adventure Based Horsemanship at Apex

By Daryl Gibb


As soon as a new born foal hits the pasture it has all the faculties to be an active member of the horse community. Within minutes the mare has its foal in school learning all necessities to integrate with the herd.


y the time you start your relationship with your horse it has a language that is fully developed and meeting you, the horse is looking for guidance. This is a critical time for the both of you and it is imperative you possess the right skills to communicate your desires to your horse. I have spent most of my life with horses and once I knew this was my calling I honed my skills by learning from some of the most respected voices in the business; great horsemen such as Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt and Bryan Neubert. After spending much time training “problem” horses I have re-evaluated my program and now have turned my efforts to treating the problem not the symptom. The frequency of relapse after riding a horse of bad habits is staggering, dissatisfied owners would contact me stating after all the training I had done… the bad habits have returned. Yet in my hands the horse behaves flawlessly. The skill to communicate is paramount and once this door is opened the possibilities are limitless. Is it trailering, riding skill, overcoming obstacles or teaching your horse to be a reliable trail mount? Teaching you these or any other skill you wish to obtain will be easy once you learn how to convey your intentions to your mount. My clinics are focused on you, as mentioned in the beginning, your horse’s mother has taught your horse everything to function as a horse. You on the other hand need to learn how to tap into your horse’s mind to form a willing partnership one based on trust and leadership; my clinics teach exactly that. I can provide an experience that goes far beyond your typical round pen and arena work. In my clinic we deal with the true everyday realities you and your horse will encounter. Crossing bridges and water, even tackling tricky terrain will no longer try your patience. Being able to communicate with your horse will be an epiphany, one that you never thought achievable. Your sense of satisfaction and accomplishment will open doors you will be willing to ride through, guaranteed!

Your horse is desperately waiting for you to learn its language so you can become the leader it is looking for. You owe it to yourself and your horse to learn The Art of Equine Communication! • 15

Introduction to Competitive Trail Riding (CTR) and You’re Invited! By Corrie Stalker The BC Competitive Trail Riders Association (Shuswap/Thompson Region) is inviting the competitive trail curious to join them at the Larch Hills Cross Country Ski Hill (between Enderby and Salmon Arm) on August 28 to 29 for an Introduction to Competitive Trail weekend Pleasure Ride.


he ride is sanctioned by the BCCTRA and hosted by the EQ Trails Association. It is our intention to introduce the sport of competitive trail to those who have not yet had the good fortune to experience it. During the weekend you will learn what a CTR is, what the general rules are, how to prepare for and ride one successfully. You’ll learn horse camping skills, trail etiquette and safety as well as what you need to know for presenting your horse to the vet and P&R crews. Friday evening is a mini-introduction to competitive trail riding clinic followed by a demonstration by Leo Lenglet of the EQ Trails Association on high lining and camping with horses (bring your ropes, it could get knotty!). Saturday morning we start out with coffee (of course) and go over the time in/ time out procedures as well as trail safety and etiquette, then we hit the trails. The ride is set up


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in the likeness of a short CTR so that riders get an understanding of what to expect at a CTR event. There are two six-mile loops, after the first loop we have lunch and our president, Pat Hayward, will go over vetting criteria and pulse/ respiration. Then it’s off for our second loop where you’ll learn about the two-mile marker and what happens at the end of a ride as well as reading the score cards. Saturday evening there is a pot luck dinner and an opportunity to mingle and ask questions. After dinner meander through the trails or just relax and enjoy the surroundings. Competitive trail riding is a very family friendly sport, the skills that you learn will allow you and your family to be safe on the trail, so bring them all out for a weekend of fun and experience a new way to enjoy family, sport and horses. See you there … For information and entry forms go to our website www. Or contact Corrie Stalker at 1-250-835-0100. Deadline for entries is Aug. 15, 2009.

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ALBERTA WISH RIDE – COMING UP AUG. 22 The organizers of the inaugural Alberta Wish Ride say their event is really saddled up. Committee chair Irene White says, “Thanks to a couple of great supporters, Martha Birkett and Pascal Del Guercio, the event has a beautiful saddle up for grabs as a prize.” Martha used the saddle a couple of times during her 2008 ride across Canada in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation. It’s a ladies barrel racing saddle and was donated by Pascal from Prairie Saddlery in Strathmore, Alberta. The Alberta Wish Ride is taking place on August 22 in gorgeous Kananaskis Country, Alberta. The event will feature Saddle up for grabs presented by two rides—one about four hours, the Irene White. other about seven hours. Riders will be treated to a real Alberta style pancake breakfast before heading out and will return to a barbeque, entertainment, prizes and a silent auction. If you’re wanting to take part in this great event, organizers ask you to preregister so they can plan for the number of riders. Space may be limited. Details are available at, or contact Irene at 403-366-8199, Irene@

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Enlightened Fitness For You and Your Horse!

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Hip and back twist

By Paul Dufresne

Bend knee and straighten with arm swings

and reposition it. Add a few prepared stops, possibly backing up a step and moving forward again several times until the horse is staying with you. As the connection develops you can start to play with the walk. First walk as slowly as you can with long strides, looking ahead and then walk as slowly as you can with very short steps, always staying in rhythmic movement. Move into a stronger walk with a big stride and encourage your horse to stay with you at a walk - focus on the quality of your walk and not on the horse. Make sure you’re breathing deeply and that your stride is long and relaxed - make sure you utilize your knees, hips and ankles. How soft can you walk? How slow can you walk? How strong can you walk in the most effortless manner? Play with this while adding an occasional halt, backing up for a few steps or even rocking one step back and then forward again. Make a point of stopping frequently to take inventory of how you feel. Are you breathing? Are you relaxed? Are your shoulders loose or tight? How does your lower back feel? Unwanted tension not only wears you down, but it also comes across as nervous, uncomfortable energy to the horse. To loosen up, you can walk while driving one shoulder forward then the other, then shrug the shoulders up and down, forward and back. Once you have experimented with the walk and have yourself more relaxed, you can move into a soft jog. Invite your horse into the softest jog possible by jogging soft ly yourself. Focus on light, rhythmical breathing, moving as effortlessly as possible and keeping arms and shoulders relaxed. Listen to your footfalls and the horse’s. How soft are they? If you stop and then resume the jog, does the horse join you lightly? Focus on your relaxation and fluidity and the horse eventually joins you in similar movement. After 10-15 minutes of this you will have the blood flowing and your muscles warmed up. Now you can loosen your joints, ligaments and muscles further. At this point, position your horse behind you so it can observe you and join in if it feels like it. First allow your head to rest to one side then the other, and forward and back several times until your neck relaxes. Then stand with your feet together and bend your ankles, knees, and hips. Slowly swing your hips in a large circle in both directions (loosens and lubricates the joints). Next, stand with your feet slightly wider than your shoulders, knees bent. Put a hand on each

Enlightened Fitness, cont’d

Bent knee lunge

Bent knee to extension hamstring and calf-lift toe stretch

knee with your back straight, and twist your upper body one way and then the other. With hands still on your knees, hollow your back and then round it like a cat. Straighten your legs and bend them again with your arms free, and do trunk twists while pushing one arm back and one forward, alternately. In this same stance, step onto one leg while touching the other leg to the opposite arm and alternate. You can also do this while stepping forward and backwards. Keep your arms low to start but, as you warm up, try to bring them higher. Be aware of how it feels. If it feels tight, don’t push it. Maximize the range of movement, but it should never be uncomfortable or painful. To develop more strength in your stride you can step forward in a bent knee lunge, stepping up and down on the same leg a couple of times, then repeat with the other leg. Don’t do too many at fi rst. This exercise can easily be overdone if you are not in sufficient condition. After a few repetitions, step forward with one leg bent and rest your chest on your knee. From this position, lift the toe of the front leg and stretch the soleus of the calf. Keeping your chest on your leg, straighten your front leg as much as you can to stretch the hamstring muscles. Straighten the back leg in that position by pressing the heel down and you can stretch the more powerful gastrocnemius muscle (larger muscle of the calf). For the last exercise, step back against a wall. Place your feet about shoulder width apart and bend your knees into a moderate squat. Press your lower back as flat against the wall as you can and hold for a few seconds. Th is should relieve tension in your lower back but also exercise some of your core muscles. You could then resume the walk/ jog transitions and see how effortlessly you can move and whether your horse is mirroring you. Next month we will progress with these exercises and cover more of the muscles of the legs, core, shoulders and back. We will further see to what extent the horse will join us. I will explain more how this affects the connection with your horse and how you can apply this to riding. Most people don’t realize how unnecessary tension affects the horse. Horses were born to be sensitive to energy so we have to make sure that if we have muscle tension it is positive and has the meaning we want it too.

Ljibbe/Paul soft jog

Wall flatten lower back using core and repeat

Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Kelowna, 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. • 19

Spruce Meadows Update

By Meghan Chevrette-McIvor

Photos courtesy of Spruce Meadows

Spruce Meadows Jumps Into May

Friends of the Meadows Welcome Top 10

The Spruce Meadows “May Classic II” tournament was the first chance to see top show jumping take place outdoors in 2009. Calgary and area athletes entered the rings over four days to compete for over $70,000 in prize money. While the best of Europe, Mexico and the United States make their travel plans to Calgary for the upcoming summer tour, regionally based athletes will be competing right here in top level competitions looking for an edge as we move into summer. Competition took place on the Rocky Mountain and North American Rings on courses designed by Werner Deeg, Chris Brandt and Peter Grant. The tournament ran from Thursday, May 7, to Sunday, May 10.

Rainy Days

Sweet Georgia The first day of the “May Classic” kicked off on May 7 with the 1.40 m Friends of the Meadows Welcome as the feature event. Of the 24 starters who attempted the Werner Deeg (GER) course, six were able to clear the 14 jumping efforts, moving onto the jump-off.


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Lindsay Hitchner JJ Atkinson Allen Kruger Allen Kruger Andrea Strain Lisa Carlsen Carla Diewer Andrea Strain Carla Diewert Liz Ashton


Georgia 181 Rambo Mrs. Quinn Pronikki Luigi Woody Concorde Novalis 46 Vaquero Fancy Hill

Competing through rainy days is one of the things that separate show jumpers from most other athletes. The rain did not stand in the way of the 20 riders who braved the elements on May 8 to compete in the 1.30 m Canadian Utilities Jumper Welcome. Canadian Utilities Jumper Welcome Top 10 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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Spruce Meadows, cont’d Fancy Finish There were 18 jumping efforts, a time allowed of 91 seconds on a course that spanned over 530 metres for May 9’s $10,000 CN Cup. If course designer Werner Deeg (GER) wanted to separate the best from the rest this course was perfect. Victoria, BC, native Liz Ashton riding Fancy Hill and Andrea Strain, also of BC, riding Luigi, competed in the jump-off, with Ashton taking the prize.

Practice Makes Perfect The final competition of the 2009 “May Classic” Tournament was the 1.40 m Scotiabank Grand Prix, held on May 10. With $17,500 on the line athletes faced a tough course and stiff competition. Scotiabank Grand Prix Top 10

Liz Ashton

CN Cup Top 10 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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Fancy Hill II Luigi Santos Rambo Lucas Terrific Woody Sebastiaan Tom Tom Vaquero

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With the “May Classic” now complete, Spruce Meadows is looking forward to once again hosting the best athletes in the world with the “National” tournament, June 10 to 14.


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Equine Canada Update

By Julie Cull

Wendy Christoff Wins Grand Prix Delta, BC, native Wendy Christoff rode Pfalstaff, her 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding, to win the Grand Prix at the CDI-3*/Y/J Golden State Dressage Festival, held April 2 to 5, in Rancho Murieta, CA, USA. In the advanced division, Olympian Leslie Reid of Langley, BC, rode Twan, Jennifer Dance’s nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, to a third place finish in the Prix St. Georges. In fift h place was Crystal Kroetch of Calgary, AB, riding her horse Lymrix, an eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding. Rounding out the Canadian entries were Joni Lynn Peters of Armstrong, BC, and Travolta, a nine-year-old Canadian Warmblood, who finished in seventh place. Reid and Twan placed third in the Intermediaire I class.

Wendy Christoff and Pfalstaff Photo Credit—Sheri Scott Photography

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Pia Fortmuller, 24, of Burnaby, BC, rode her horse Thunderbolt, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood, to victory in the Intermediaire I Freestyle class. Peters and Travolta finished in second.

Canadian Eventers Compete Internationally Canadian eventers were very successful at international competitions held in Florida, California and Maryland over the weekend of April 16 to 19, 2009. In Florida, Leahona Rowland, 26, of Kelowna, BC, took top honours in the CCI 1* division at Florida Three Day Event held at the Florida Horse Leahona Rowland riding Lorenzo III. Park in Ocala, FL, riding Photo Credit—L. Chaudoir-Nye of Lorenzo III. Xpress Foto Olympian Kyle Carter, originally of Calgary, AB, and now residing in Sparr, FL, rode Final Watch to fourth place. Riding Vintage, Becky Farrell of Redwood Meadows, AB, finished in 13th spot. In 17th place was Joelle Baskerville, 19, of Calgary, AB, riding Malibu. In the CCI 2* division, Julie Norman of Kelowna, BC, and Sauvignon finished in ninth place. In California, Marissa Wolfe of Pitt Meadows, BC, finished in third place in the CCI 2* division at the Twin Rivers Spring Three Day Event in Paso Robles, CA, with the Maestro. In the Twin Rivers CCI 1* division, national team member Chelan Kozak of South Surrey, BC, and Waimea Bay finished second. Other Canadians competing in the 1* division were Liam Kronlund, of Cochrane, AB, riding Goodness Gracious, who finished in seventh place, and Bethany Healey of Winfield, BC, who finished in eighth place, riding Wondaree Skite.

Eleonore Elstone Victorious at Belgium International Para-Dressage CPEDI 3* Canadian Paralympian Eleonore Elstone, of Langley, BC, won the Grade IV Team Test aboard Maverick, with a score of 69.286%. Maverick is a 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding

Equine Canada, cont’d Colombo Named Inaugural Omega Alpha Canadian Event Horse of the Month

sired by Contango and owned by Johan Rockx and T. A. Rockx-Zavitz. Elstone plans to actively compete in 2009 and 2010 aboard Lutke, Elstone’s Paralympic mount, and Semke, both owned by Dr. T. Bianco, in preparation for the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Eleonore Elstone and Maverick. Photo Credit— Photo Evemement

The Canadian Reining Committee Releases the Selection Criteria

The Canadian Reining Committee (CRC) and the High Performance Subcommittee of Equine Canada is pleased to announce that the selection criteria for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) is now posted on the Equine Canada website. The qualification period for the event is Jan. 1, 2009, to July 5, 2010, during which time athletes must achieve a score of 68 or greater at three different CRI competitions (one of which must be a Canadian CRI), to be eligible to compete at a selection final event. The selection final will be held after the initial qualification period has ended, with the date and location to be confirmed by April, 2010. All riders wishing to be considered for selection to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games must declare their interest to Equine Canada by March 1, 2010, in accordance with the selection criteria, which is posted on the Equine Canada website.

The winning ways of Canadian event horse Colombo have secured him yet another top honour in his illustrious career - Omega Alpha Canadian Event Horse of Colombo was named the inaugural the Month. Canadian Eventing Committee Horse of the Month for April. Colombo, a 14-yearPhoto Credit—Michelle Dunn old Swedish Warmblood gelding, owned by Elaine and Michael Davies of Kingston, ON, finished as the top Canadian entry at the prestigious Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, the only four-star three-day event in the Americas, held April 23 to 26, 2009, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, USA, the site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Canadian Eventing is very pleased to launch a new horse recognition program to celebrate the achievements of Canadian owned horses that represent Canada in North American competition. Canadian Eventing is also very pleased to announce Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals’ generous support of this new horse recognition program. Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals’ will be providing each owner of the “Horse of the Month” with a generous gift certificate of $200 credit toward the purchase of Omega Alpha products of their choice.


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Feel the River in Your Horse

By Chris Irwin

As I travel the world working with people and horses there are significant cultural differences between the various countries. However, it is always true that wherever I go - people are people and horses are horses.


ut then again there is the very real challenge of how often the time needed for translation of verbal languages takes us “out of the moment” with the horses. Of course, that delay between a rider hearing what I have to say - and then translating my English into their own language - and then applying what was said - will often result in the rider being “too late” because now the horse is doing something completely different. So, sometimes verbal translations can be limiting when trying to convey a message of timing and feel. For instance, I often see students looking at me with that “deer in the

headlights” look of confusion when I say to them “you don’t tell a horse where to go by pulling on the reins in the direction you want to go – you tell a horse where to go by using your legs and reins to block off the directions that you don’t want to go.” So when words get in the way I find that the best way to help someone understand what feel with a horse is all about is to have them play the role of being the horse. And my favourite way

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to do this is to ground drive people like a horse. So I ask for four volunteers to come up to “be a horse.” As you can see by this photo taken from a recent clinic in Holland, I have the four participants represent the four stages of a horse. But I don’t tell them they are a horse – I tell them they are to “be the river.” As I ask the participants to put their hands on top of the shoulders of the person in front of them I give them some very simple instruction. First, close your eyes. You do not know where you are going – but like water you will follow the path of least resistance. The long lines running down the sides of your body are like the banks of the river. If you feel an opening somewhere let your body flow or spill into it – but where you feel a boundary or blocking energy do not push through it – try to go around it looking for a path of less resistance. The person in front – in this case the tallest person, a man by the name of Stijn, is the head of the horse. Stijn is holding the driving lines in his hands the same way a horse has a bit in its mouth. I have asked the person in back, Helene, who represents the hindquarters of the continued on page 26

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Feel the River, cont’d horse, to move forward. As Helene moves forward she pushes into Doreen who represents the barrel of the horse moving forward into Laura who represents the shoulders/front legs of the horse who then moves forward into Stijn. Like water moving forward as a river that starts in the hindquarters the water energy moves forward through the body of the horse into Stijn as the head of the horse. As Stijn is pushed forward by the three women behind him (how appropriate is that!?) he feels his hands “plug in” to the driving lines held in my hands. We are ALL connected as ONE moving flow of energy. If you look closely at the photo you’ll notice that I have moved my right leg and my right shoulder forward just a little. Now look at each person who represents the moving parts of the horse and you’ll notice that despite having their eyes closed they are also all moving their right

legs and shoulders forward in unison. Once we have a horse forward into our hands then we do not need to pull where we want to go – we simply release some of the blocking energy of where not to go. “Here we see Chris “being the banks of the river” for the As I have released my right Dutch Warmblood “Jewel” (Zjuul in dutch) - channeling the leg and shoulder forward this movement of the handsome chestnut gelding where to go with boundaries of where not go.” “give” or release is rippling forward through my horse. the difference between what they feel All four of these people have against their bodies and in their hands their eyes closed and they are simply as blocking energy instead of pulling and responding to what they feel as blocking they can help you find your way to telling energy of where not to go and drawing the river in your horse where to go with energy of where they are being released boundaries of where not to go so that we to go. can all learn to be “light” with our horses. Of course, if you’re reading these Until next time, may the horse be words and struggling to understand with you and may the river run through this concept of how your horse moves you! like water in a river then perhaps you should gather some friends and try this exercise in feel. Your friends can tell you

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Hoofin’ it with Alesia By Alesia Willard


ne of my favorite parts about owning horses is the time we spend together when I brush them. I am pretty sure that this is also the horse’s favourite part as well. When I first became involved with horses I was completely surprised at how many different types of brushes there are. There are rubber curries, plastic curries, dandy/body brushes, face brushes, hoof picks, shedding blades, sweat scrapers, mane combs, mane and tail brushes and more.

Each brush is designed for a specific task. It’s obvious as to what the mane and tail brush are for but it can get confusing with so many other brushes. The face brush is very soft, a lot softer than the thicker dandy brush. Use the face brush to gently remove dirt and mud from the horse’s face, though you still need to be careful around their eyes. The dandy/body brush is used to remove all the dust and dirt from the horse’s body and legs.

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Use the rubber/plastic curry to gently remove hair and thick mud etc. from the horse’s sides (watch out for their ribs, that can be painful to the horse) and for the area at the top of their tail head etc. The shedding blade should only be used when the horse has started to shed. It helps remove the loose hair and mud. Never use this shedding blade along the horse’s spine, their face (use the soft body brush for that) or on their legs, use the rubber curry for that, but always be gentle. The hoof pick is used to remove small pebbles and dirt from the horse’s hooves. Always be careful when cleaning a horse’s hoof. Watch out for their frog and don’t be rough. Sweat scrapers are used when the horse has been worked hard and they are sweating or after a bath to remove excess water from the horse’s body. Use it to scrape the sweat/water from the horse’s body. This will allow the horse to dry quicker. There are many more types of brushes and many more uses for them. You can read books to find out how to use each brush if you are still unsure of each brush’s purpose. Alesia C. Willard has loved horses since she was a kid. Now 17, she’s working to become a certified trainer. She currently owns two horses (a once-feral mare and her filly) and three other family horses.

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Tolt Away Icelandic Horse Farm – Breed Introduction Day Photos by Rein-Beau Images

There is a lot more to this breed than people currently realize. Icelandic Horses are beautiful, friendly, comfortable and challenging.


rhard Marenbach, as owner of Tolt Away Farm in Enderby, BC, decided to start showing a different picture of this breed. As president of the Canadian Icelandic Horse Federation (CIHF), National Sport and breeding judge, he felt that the breed was completely underestimated by most riders. On the first Sunday afternoon in May, a number of interested people gathered for a breed demo and introduction to the breed at Tolt Away Icelandic Horse Farm in Enderby, BC. Erhard explained some history of the breed and their conformation as well as the specialties of the breed.

The Icelandic Horse can master five gaits: walk, trot, canter, tolt and the flying pace. The “tolt” is a four-beat gait that has made the Icelandic Horse extremely popular around the world. The horses move their legs in the order of the walk, but in varying speeds. There is no suspension in the tolt so the gait is smooth and very comfortable to sit. The fift h gait of an Icelandic Horse is the flying pace. This is a two-beat gait, which reaches great speed, mostly for short sprints. Not all of the horses have this fift h gait. Different horses demonstrated their capabilities in the first group which represented the easy-going friendly horses for which the breed is well known. Those horses are best used by the least to moderate experienced rider for Trail, Endurance and Driving, Fun classes and Jumping. Krokur was one of the horses in this part of the demonstration. He received great comments on his driving demonstration. After a short coffee break a different class of Icelandic Horses was shown: Competition and Show horses. These horses are more spirited and show a lot more movement. These horses are a lot of fun to ride for anyone who loves to combine a great ride with a gaited horse on trails and competition. With these horses you can show off, so if you are coming from Dressage or if you are an advanced and ambitious rider these horses are just perfect for you. Show or competition horses are not suitable for the beginner rider or (re)beginner. At Tolt Away Farm we are proud to be able to please any level of rider with a horse matching his or her level of riding. Tolt Away farm provides professional training for the horses and their riders and also offers clinics, riding lessons, events and tack. There will be a second breed introduction day coming up on July 12, 2009. Please visit our webpage at or call 250-838-0234 for more information. 28 • Saddle Up • June 2009

Roman Ramblings

By Greg Roman

Gem, my trusty and occasionally feisty ole Arab plays with our much younger and energetic Morgan.


hey will stand facing each with their noses about 3 or 4 feet apart and begin their play time with a staring contest first and then just like two competitors in a ring, somewhere a bell rings and they go at it. A sports commentator would have fun describing their antics as it looks something like a cross between Knuckles (do people still play that?) and Boxing. They only move their heads and they never move their feet. Maybe if you move a foot (hoof) you lose the round? They never actually touch each other in their 5 to 10 round matches and when they are done they usually just stand there and have a nap for a while. No winner and no loser, just two buds having a sparring match. When I was watching their antics I started thinking about what I will do when my old friend is gone and our barn is empty. In winter I could flood the arena and play hockey but what do you do the rest of the year? Maybe build a souped up go-cart and drive my neighbours nuts with all the noise and dust that it would make in the arena? Or look in this magazine at the horses for sale and fi ll up the barn again? I could advertise for a new horse but it would be difficult to find because I would want one the

same as Gem and I don’t think scientists have been able to clone horses yet. WANTED one middle-aged gentle Arab. Yes, I like them because there is a distinct and certain proud look in how they hold their heads when they run. This horse must like to walk over a pole but has to refuse to go over an actual jump. He has to go around it just about every time. Must be able to pick your pocket and get your gloves out. Must know how to gently nudge the bottom of the metal gate with his front hooves and make a loud ringing noise at least 30 minutes before dinner time. Has to knowingly accept a young person or a grandparent on his back in the arena. When being brushed he must be able to turn his head and almost say lower and a bit to the left, ahh! that’s the spot! Colour doesn’t matter as the personality is what is important. You don’t always have to be riding your horse to enjoy having one. Ride safe and return safe.

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North Okanagan Rodeo Club

By Eva Cassidy

Another successful Jr. Wrangler and High School Rodeo was attended on April 18-19 at Louis Estates Arena outside of Vernon, BC. All Around Jr. Wrangler Boy was Chad Braaten All Around Jr. Wrangler Girl was Brooke Wills All Around High School Boy was Ty Pozzobon All Around High School Girl was Joanna Fennell This year we had a special cause to fundraise for during the Rodeo. Our club raised $345 through donations for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Cancer Ward. As many of you are aware, our Mona Elliott has been diagnosed with Clay Elliott pancreatic cancer. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Elliott family! Many of the participants at the rodeo wore purple or Scott Griffiths sported a purple ribbon in support of the cause. Thank you to the club members that put in their time and effort to make this year’s High School and Jr. Wrangler Rodeos a success. As well - a big THANK Co-approved with PWRA YOU (again!) to the many parents of the

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North Okanagan Rodeo Club, cont’d contestants that are always ready to help out throughout the rodeo. And a huge THANK YOU to W.W.E Rodeo Co. Ltd and Eli Cattle Company. Your generous support is greatly appreciated!!! Stay tuned for other upcoming events throughout the summer months. Don’t forget: Little Britches Rodeo will be held August 15-16; this time we’re having it at the Armstrong Fairgrounds!


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91st Annual Falkland Stampede

By Ozzie Leaf

Photos by Rein-Beau Images


he community of Falkland, with a population of 805, came together to host over 5500 spectators and some 300 competitors at the 91st Annual Falkland Stampede & CPRA Rodeo on the May long weekend. Harvey Northcott provided the broncs and bulls, with Les McIntyre announcing throughout the weekend. A moment of silence was given to Sammy Pozzobon and Jim Pippolo in recognition of their contribution to the Sport of Rodeo. Merv Churchill was featured on our poster this year, in recognition of being Rodeo Manager for some 30 years; and Ty Elliott, pro bull rider from Vernon, was featured on our souvenir buttons. They can be obtained by phoning 250-3792262. Don Brunner, Falkland Community President, and Jason Churchill, Stampede Manager, were pleased with the overall weekend’s results and credited it to everyone working together to make one of Canada’s Oldest Stampede’s one of the best! Overall Weekend Winners: Saddle Bronc: Todd Herzog, Penhold, AB, $1022.25 Bareback: (tied) Russ Hallaby, Airdrie, AB, and Dave Shields Jr., Bashaw, AB, $846.00 each. Bull Riding: Kyle French, Red Deer, AB, $1335.00 Tie-down Roping: Tyson Durfey, Colbert, WA, $1302.00 Steer Wrestling: Todd Maughan, Airdrie, AB, $1367.00

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Tyson Durfey, Tie-Down Roping Winner

Dylan Waby of Falkland was able to be a trick rider for a day; here with her proud mom.

Bill Boyd, Harvey Northcott, Del Northcott

Ladies Barrel Racing: Kelle Lee Noble, Lumby, BC, $1364.00 Team Roping: Clint Maddox, Eckville, AB, and Todd Gallais, Olds, AB, $1237.00 each Boys Steer Riding: Tristan Carlier, Medicine Hat, AB, $380.00

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Cariboo Chatter

By Mark McMillan

Last month when I wrote this column I was saying that I wished it would warm up. On May 2 when the forest fire started in 70 Mile House, and headed this way, I was eating my words … I didn’t want to get warmed up that way.


was just hoping that the sun would shine and the wind would quit blowing! Well if the sun did shine we couldn’t see much of it because of the smoke, and the wind not only didn’t quit blowing but it blew right at us with a 1,000-hectare forest fire in front of it. It headed right up the power line which splits our quarter section in half and Saturday night we could see it burning about two kilometres to the south of us – from the living room window. Friends had followed us home to help out but there wasn’t much we could do at the time … except wonder what to do. We hooked up the stock trailer and had it ready to roll, fed the cattle and horses in close so we knew where they were if we had to load and run, and threw some steaks on the BBQ. The wind just wouldn’t quit. It blew and blew and kept changing directions making Emergency centre set-up at Mandy’s Diner – the firefighters wonder which way it would head next. Luckily for us it started heading 71 Mile. Photo from Krista at the 70 Mile Store away from our place on Sunday – I think this also helped the firefighters who were doing a terrific job of protecting everyone’s homes – over 60 people in 70 Mile House had been evacuated. At 9 a.m. Tuesday we got the call from forestry saying we could relax. It was pretty amazing, and kind of tear producing, when we heard our answering machine messages that Saturday. People had phoned and told us that they had their stock trailer hooked up and ready to roll. Other people 71 Mile looking North. Photo from Barbara Pessler volunteered help in any way they could. Many a call and e-mail were made from people asking if we were ok … thank you soooo much everyone for your kind thoughts! Have you got the upcoming Cariboo events marked down on (June Only) your calendar?

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d Don’t forget the fundraiser on June 6th for Williams Lake Cowboy Poet Frank Gleeson. Frank lost his house to a fire on March 28 and the BC Cowboy Heritage Society and a bunch of fellow performers have put together a cowboy concert to help raise funds for him. It will be held at the Calvary Community Church in Kamloops. Butch Falk, Tom Cole, Rob Dinwoodie, Dave Longworth, Hugh McLennan, Jim McLennan, Matt Johnson, Mike Puhallo and Gary Fjellgaard will be there to entertain. The start time is 7 p.m. and admission will be by donation at the door. June 20 and 21 - Stampede weekend in On Highway 97 at 71 Mile before the fire jumped across the highway to Scheepbouwer’s. Ashcroft. June 21 - the second Saddle Series If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like Gymkhana in 100 Mile House. included please e-mail Mark at and July 11 – the Green Lake Gymkhana put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line. July 19 – the third Saddle Series Gymkhana in 100 Mile House. Aug. 5 - entry deadline for the 100 Mile House Competitive Trail Ride Aug. 8 – the second Green Lake Gymkhana Aug. 15 and 16 - the 100 Mile House Competitive Trail Ride

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Here’s some contact information for these events: For the Ashcroft Stampede phone Patti at 250-457-6684; for the 100 Mile Gymkhanas phone Jen at 250-791-6207; for the Green Lake Gymkhanas phone Dimps at 250-456-7741; and for the 100 Mile House Competitive Trail Ride phone Joanne at 250-456-7320. If you’d like information on the Frank Gleeson fundraiser go to and to read the full story and see lots of photos on the 70 Mile House fire go to

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Cowboy Poetry The Highway Calls!

Horse Sense

Mike Puhallo

Mag Mawhinney

Hockey Season is over! So I suppose Summer has begun. It’s time to hit the Rodeo trail, and have a little fun.

Don’t get me talkin’ about horses, he said with an all-knowing look in his eye. Ya never use force when yer breakin’ a horse and I’m gonna tell ya just why.

I may be too old to ride them broncs, but I still judge a few, and swap lies with my ol’ partners, when there ain’t nothing better to do.

Don’t think for a minute that buckin’ em out is gonna take the wild from a colt. When he leaves the corral, just as sure as hell, he’ll give ya one helluva jolt.

The cows still ain’t on the range. things have been a little slow. I’m tired of hanging round this place, waiting for the grass to grow!

And it takes a lot more than whisperin’ words to penetrate the depth of his pride. And let it be said, to get into his head, keep patience and time on yer side.

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First, ya sidle up real close to his shoulder and ya sweet talk’ em, gentle and slow. Line up with his eye and he’ll know, by ‘n by, yer really a friend, not a foe. Then take ‘em away from the rest of the herd and pen ‘em somewhere, all alone. See… horses are smart, but to get a good start, they’ve gotta learn to think on their own. Ya start sackin’ ‘em out when he’s three years old so he’s used to some weight on his hide. Then add on a pack, hitched high on his back, but still he ain’t ready to ride. Ya gotta lead ‘em way up past the treeline, make ‘em climb till he’s plumb tuckered out. Then take my advice, if done more than twice, you’ll saddle ‘em up with no doubt. I’ve been trainin’ horses for many long years and I’ll give you my best guarantee— though you both play a role in trust and control, Respectin’ each other’s the key.

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club highlights!

By Tammy Thielman

Photos by Rein-Beau Images The AERC is pleased to be welcoming new members. The May 16 Fun Day, the first Fun Day of 2009, saw a great group of riders come out for a Sunday of showing and companionship. We thank organizer, AERC director, and expectant Mom, Dani Odiorne, for organizing this event. Mark your calendars now for Sunday, JUNE 14, the next Fun Day!! Organizer is director and club member Pam Lemaire. The club is excited to offer NON members the chance to take part in Fun Days, and OPEN classes now may be offered. Each AERC director is responsible for organizing a Fun Day, and the director may choose (or not) to offer the new set of OPEN classes. When offered, these new classes are giving riders more chances to get in the show ring. Riders at the May Fun Day enjoyed the open classes. We love to see a lot of riders of all levels and ages at Fun Days, so everyone is welcome to take part! For a small entry fee, riders can take part in Western, English and Trail classes and after lunch, some fun games like keyhole and barrel racing. Riders can go as fast or slow as they want in the games, and ride English or Western. The focus is on fun and practicing horsemanship and riding skills. The AERC would like to thank talented photographer Cheryle Hickman of Rein-Beau Images for kindly dropping by our events to snap some great photos of members and their horses. Since the AERC began back in 1966, Fun Days have helped introduce young and beginner riders to showing in a positive and supportive environment. Fun Days also help experienced riders get in show shape while supporting their local club. The next Fun Days will take place June 14, July 12, Aug. 16, and there is a new date coming for the September event, so keep checking AERC news and the website. Fun Days begin at 9 a.m. If you aren’t a club member already, you can join at the show office the morning of club events. Call Ursula McHugh at 250-546-0171 or Tammy Thielman at 250-832-3409 for info.

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2009 Offers Up The Best Rodeo Action Around Photos By Ingrid Brunkhorst Hurrell, www.Redmaplepublishing.Ca


trong crowds enjoyed spectacular rodeo action and celebrated the 120th anniversary of one of the longest running and most popular family events in British Columbia as part of the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair this May long weekend. “This year’s rodeo featured the strongest field of competitors in the 63-year history of our event,” says Cloverdale Rodeo chairperson Penny Smythe. “The high calibre of competitors is a testament to the popularity of our invitational format, as was the incredibly enthusiastic support from rodeo fans from across BC.” In total, more than 20,020 people turned out to see one of North America’s premier pro rodeos during five performances held throughout the fourday event. “We sold out both our Saturday and Sunday afternoon rodeo performances and, despite some rain Monday, we experienced very strong attendance for our afternoon finals which offered up the most exciting rodeo action of the entire event,” Smythe said. The 120th Country Fair marked its anniversary with more than 82,212 guests, one of the strongest attendance numbers in recent memory. Plans are now underway for next year’s Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair, happening May 21-24, 2010.

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Justin McDaniel, 22 yrears old Winner of the Bareback event

Visit for a complete list of results of this year’s event. 2009 CLOVERDALE RODEO WINNERS * Justin McDaniel – Porum, OK (Bareback) * Dusty Hausauer – Dickinson, ND (Saddle Bronc, tied) * Jake Hayworth – Anthony, ID (Saddle Bronc, tied) * Steve Woolsey – Payson, UT (Bull Riding) * Lindsay Sears – Nanton, AB (Ladies Barrel Racing)

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Topline Stables Annual Spring Fling By Sonya Campbell Photos courtesy of Andrea Blair Photography Topline Stables of Salmon Arm held their annual Spring Fling Horse Show on May 8-10th. Over 100 horse and rider combinations competed; making this the most well attended show to date. King and Sonya would like to thank all the riders, volunteers and spectators for their support. A big thank you also goes out to all the local sponsors who supplied an embroidered saddle pad to the winner of each hunter and jumper division. Trophies were supplied by Flagstaff Farm in Kamloops for all of the Hack High Point classes as well as the Youth Sportsmanship award. More show photos can be viewed at http:// Topline is encouraging rider development by establishing a Show Park known for quality coaching, facilities and competitions. Anthony Lothian and Nick Holmes-Smith started the show off Friday morning with 4 ft. warm up

Jumper rounds in preparation for the competition. Competitors appreciated the rewarding and challenging courses set by Anthony Lothian using Topline’s full compliment of hunter fences and colourful show jumps. In the large, uniquely shaped ring these jumps encourage horses and riders to achieve their potential. Topline will be hosting more competitions throughout the season and invite you to attend and experience our Show Park. For more information about upcoming events at Topline Stables please visit our website

Anthony Lothian and Cleo winner of the 3 ft. 9 Jumper division

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Red Deer Horse Expo Ends By Jan Mansfield, Photos by Rein-Beau Images


he Mane Event horse expo and trade fair ended its third appearance at Westerner Park in Red Deer on April 27 with over 45,000 spectators having learned and shopped their way through three days of all things related to the horse. Over 100 hours of equine education with renowned horse trainers and clinicians covering the disciplines of Dressage, Reining, Jumping, Horsemanship, Driving and Bull Riding drew standing-room only crowds at many of the events. BC trainer Doug Mills added the Red Deer Trainers Challenge trophy to his collection from Chilliwack after demonstrating that his horse had mastered all the compulsory elements, and then riding an emotionally-charged freestyle dedicated to his apprentice trainers, including his daughter. “My goal is to get the apprentices out there doing this. That’s my passion now,” he said. While Oklahoma horseman Patrick Hooks didn’t receive the championship trophy, he earned the hearts of the audience when he ended his final demonstration by serenading his horse who had given him a lot of difficulty over the 2 ½ days of training. In his last session he received a standing ovation from the crowd when the clock ran out and his horse still wouldn’t move on. “That was the greatest compliment you could get,” he said. The horse, with a biting issue, was a challenge from the first session. However, Hooks pointed out that in the last session the horse wasn’t even sweating. “I know I left that horse in a good place,” he said. Mel Hyland, who had previously been one of the judges at the Trainers Challenge, said he knows that sharing his knowledge with people is what he is supposed to do. ”I’m just so happy to be involved with horses.

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With Record Attendance! I’ve spent a lifetime at it and I need to share this with people. They’ve got to realize they need to understand the horse better. I think that’s my job,” he said after the finals. Trainers challenge Judge Ron Hoffman said all the judges were impressed that the trainers all tried to get the job done without sacrificing the horse to win the event. “I think we saw three horses come into this program with an open mind and leave with an open mind,” he told the crowd who showed their appreciation for the trainers with cheers and standing ovations. Hugh McLennan, who has been the voice of the Trainers Challenge since the Mane Event first started in Chilliwack, BC six years ago commented… “It’s a family-run event,” he told the spectators. “They had the vision, the dream and the concept to bring it to what it is today, and they have worked incredibly hard behind the scenes to put this on.” Dressage clinician Mette Rosencrantz was only one of the international line-up of specialists in their particular equine discipline who offered spectators the opportunity to learn from an accomplished competitor. “I think that people are so enjoying being here that they give you the feedback that they appreciate your being here, but that they also want to learn,” she commented after her final clinic Sunday. “They are enthusiastic, they are interested, and they have questions. They come to watch dressage even if they don’t know anything about dressage because they want to learn.” The Mane Event returns to Red Deer April 23-25, 2010 after touching down for its 6th year in Chilliwack October 23-25, 2009. Visit for details. www. ww w.ssaddle eup • 41

Canadian Pro Rodeo News

By Vicki Allen

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CPRA Hall of Fame Announces Legendary Achievement Award Recipients for 2009 The Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame (CPRHF) has announced this year’s Legends, and will be tipping their hats to Allan Thorpe, Don Edge and Dave Shields Sr. These cowboys are set to receive the CPRHF’s Legendary Achievement Awards in three separate formal presentations later this year. The CPRHF, which originally formed in 1979, first started the Legends category in 2004. According to the CPRHF, the award serves to honour those cowboys and cowgirls who do not qualify for induction into the Hall of Fame, but who have made a huge FARM & HOME CENTER contribution to rodeo and the Western way of life. 1225 Main Street “Legends are those who have made a name for themselves in Pincher Creek AB the rodeo arena. They are competitors in a rodeo event but have 403-627-3606 never won a Canadian title for that event,” says Judi Wilson, a • Quality Tack member of the CPRHF board of directors. • Classic & Wizard Ropes “The Legends are chosen by the board of directors, but are not necessarily nominated,” she explains of how the Legends are • Pet Supplies chosen. “Some nominations that come in for induction are moved arriving weekly! • Supplements to the Legendary Achievement Award category because they do not • Feed, Salt and Minerals fulfi ll the criteria for induction. “The Legends this year competed in the arena in different • Twister Shelters events but were known by their peers and the fans as very • CCIA Tags competitive,” Wilson adds. “However, they never won a title, but • Biologicals did win a lot of rodeos in their careers.” We’d love to Dave Shields was honoured with his Legendary Achievement • Calving Supplies see you visit us! Award at the 93rd Hand Hills Lake Stampede on May 31. • Card Lock Thorpe will receive his award at the 49th annual Daines Ranch • Crop Protection Rodeo in Innisfail, AB, on June 14. COME SEE US • Hi-Hog Cattle Handling Edge passed away April 2, 2007, at the age of 78. His award will be FOR ALL YOUR Equipment presented to his wife Dorothy at the Airdrie Pro Rodeo on July 1.




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Canadian Pro Rodeo, cont’d CPRA Hall of Fame Announces 2009 Inductees Eight new inductees will be introduced to the Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame (CPRHF) at the annual induction ceremony held in Calgary, AB, this fall. First founded in 1979 by a group of dedicated rodeo enthusiasts, and established as an association in 1980, the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association awards those who have made significant contributions to the sport of rodeo in Canada. Don Dewar, Jim Clifford, Mark Wagner, Ruth McDougall, Claire and Lois Dewar, Jim Kelts, Wes Zieffle and Zieffle’s steer

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astoundingly —32 riders. And who came in first place, against top trainers, and people twice or even triple my age? Jessie and me! I was astonished, ecstatic, and thrilled. I imagine the list of memories I have are seemingly endless, and that I’ve hardly scratched the surface. Jessie was only 13 hands and I quickly outgrew her. So she wouldn’t feel neglected I often loped her, in her tiny English saddle, around the field, practicing my “jockey’s stance.” She’d lope willingly, her ears pricked, her rhythmic breathing almost music to my ears. I even continued to love Jessie unconditionally after she kicked me in the ribs. I learned a few lessons that day, including, don’t mess with a hungry pony! With her unmistakably unique black, brown and white markings, soft, kissable muzzle and charismatic and signature blaze, Jessie was, and still is show stopping. She was faithful and gracious and always patiently taught me everything I know, and not only me, but handfuls of my friends, and even young children. Jessie left us suddenly, after a brave and short battle of what we presume was colic, but Jessie was always one to do things her own way. I am sure Jessie will watch over me, wherever my horse career takes me. She’s truly and deeply missed, and I think of Jessie—or Classic Shades—every single day.

-Meghan Lagaden, 16

Book Review… The Truth According To Horses Liz Mitten Ryan’s Horse Wins 2009 Silver Nautilus Book Award in a Literary First The Truth According to Horses conceived and written by horses for people. Liz Mitten Ryan, world-renowned B.C. Artist, Author and Animal Communicator, is delighted to announce that her warmblood mare Premiere Edition (Prima) has won a Silver Nautilus book award in the Animals / Nature Category for The Truth According to Horses. This book, a literary first, was conceived and written by horses for people. It is the second in a series of four books co-authored by Mitten Ryan and her animals. One With the Herd – A Spiritual Journey won five IP awards at Book Expo America last year. Mitten Ryan and Prima are in terrific company, as past Nautilus winners include Deepak Chopra, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Eckhart Tolle, Barbara Kingsolver, Thich Nnat Hanh and Dr. Andrew Weil. The Truth According to Horses is a handbook to life through which the horses reveal a higher perspective and a wisdom untarnished by human mass-mind belief. Living year-around in close proximity with the herd and in seclusion from the rest of the world, Mitten Ryan has identified a door to spiritual realms and mysteries that many would like to open, but do not know how. “The bulk of this book is Prima’s inspiration and was given to me through a series of telepathic communications,” said Mitten 44 • Saddle Up • June 2009

Ryan, commenting on the award. “The honour is hers.” Prima, the first horse to win a book award, had this to say: Our dream is for all hearts and minds to be united in truth. Spend some time with us in the quiet of communion, asking nothing but the truth. Let us help you remember a better world where we are all united in freedom and joy. The remarkable setting of Mitten Ryan’s Gateway 2 Ranch along with her books, art, horses and life-changing retreats, are attracting international media attention. The horses are excited about interacting with people through visits and the series of Understanding the Infinite Workshops planned for 2009. Visit Mitten Ryan and the herd at: Prima Publishing 250-377-3884 ISBN 1-4392-1129-9 Paperback, 8” x 10”, 227 pages

Ask The Horses, with Liz Mitten Ryan and the Herd


he following excerpts from the book THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO HORSES will introduce a new column in Saddle Up magazine which will invite readers to ask the horses questions which will be answered in each issue. From The Truth According to Horses: I remember clearly how shocked and amazed I was the morning the first higher level communication from my herd came through. Having spent ten years in the company of my horses I have not only absorbed their culture but their consciousness as well. It is as if our minds are joined and they see what I am thinking and I to the level of my intent can see into theirs. The secret is the level of intent, as I am realizing more and more that it is somehow no different than scientists observing quarks. As I see them they come into existence or in other words the level of communication grows as I believe in its possibility. On that morning when I asked for their opinion and involvement in the manuscript I gathered the herd together, which means I envisioned each and every one of their faces together like a council and told them formally that I had written a book to help horses and animals, and wondered if they would like to say anything. Kevin, my husband, was sitting beside me reading his Guardian Weekly and when I showed him what the horses had given me, he was intrigued though somewhat disbelieving. Together we decided to ask them a series of questions which became a section in “The Truth According to Horses.”

L.E. was first to come forward, being the lead mare and speaker for the herd. But soon the excitement level grew and others volunteered their thoughts and opinions. The horses are adamant that the gift of being in their presence increases our vibration. Very much like tuning into a radio station at a certain frequency when we spend time with horses we tune to their frequency of vibration. On the horse channel we hear their music; experience their program. We become aware of a spiritual reality, which is the interface with all of creation; a reality devoid of the mundane problems and limitations of our physical confines. SOME SAMPLE QUESTIONS you may want to ask… “Diva – I have been very drawn to horses, and I have had horse dreams for quite some time. Should I follow this and pursue a career with horses, or listen to what other people tell me?” – Kelly Diva Kelly – Dreams are your intuition, nudging you to fi nd and follow your path. Listen carefully; your instincts will guide you. Humans often let fear block the pathway to their truth and therefore fall short of their heart’s desires. Be brave Kelly and trust in the wisdom of the All (God). You are a powerful, spiritual being; we all are, and we make miracles when we know this in our hearts. “Hi Max - You are very cute. We were wondering how do you talk to people?” - Kaitlyn and Mikayla Max I talk to people exactly like you talk to each other, in pictures and words. I send an idea and the idea gets translated into whatever form the receiver needs to understand it. Some people are visual, others auditory, and others kinesic. Ask us a question and then open and receive the first thought, words or feelings you get. The biggest

barrier to animal/human communication is belief. Believe it is possible and trust what you get! “How would horses prefer us to interact with them? Do they prefer one discipline over another?” – Margaret The Herd E-truth (equine truth) is a concept that horses resonate with. It is: “absolute truth from its inception at the thought level to its reverberation in every fiber of our being.” I don’t think it matters what discipline riders employ, the road to great horsemanship embodies that concept. It is the essence of horses and by example they teach it well. However, you choose to interact with horses, our relationship rests on this basic principle. Focus and its manifestation in the body is where it all begins and ends.

*People can direct their questions to one of the horses above or the Herd and send them to We will pick some to be answered in the next issue of Saddle Up.

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By Ingrid Brunkhorst Hurrell

He stirred restlessly. The early rays created sun patterns in his red mane. The accompanying warmth was somehow comforting, yet he fought the idea of relaxing and enjoying it.


omeone had opened all the stable doors and one by one the horses emerged lazily, anticipating to be fed soon. The paddock was clustered with horses soaking up the freshness of the new day. Big Red kept to himself. Peering intently at the horizon, he had glimpses of a glorious past. Cheering crowds, flower wreaths around his neck, doting owners, spotless stables. And now it had come to this. Two weeks ago his retirement was announced to the media and shareholders, he was transported almost immediately in a common trailer, driving through the night. To this place. From the moment he set hoof on the property, he hated it. Something rose up in him: a rage, disappointment, a sense of loss and failure. Helplessness led to hopelessness and a dark cloud enveloped his soul. Life had gone from the fast track to a dingy stable on a farm in British Columbia. His rage and despondency grew and his angry snorts became fierce warnings for all to keep away. He wanted to shut the world out for casting him aside.

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Earlier, when the barn door was opened and the stable hands and volunteers began their daily chores, Big Red had a momentary crazy thought to make a dash for freedom, to find his way home, where it once used to be. But then the realization hit him once again: he no longer had any use. He no longer had purpose, challenges to meet or the satisfactory sense of blue ribbon achievements and vets watching over his every ache or pain. He had to face it. He was sent here to rot away and slowly die. It was a beautiful day, the fragrances of spring penetrating the stables and waft ing across the paddocks as a light breeze teased the horses, ruffling their manes, tickling their ears. Playfulness erupted amongst them and Big Red watched with growing loneliness as several cantered back and forth while others huddled close, enjoying the companionship. The farm soon became a beehive of activity. Brightly coloured balloons, deck chairs, umbrellas and tables laden with

Big Red

snacks, juices and piles of papers were being set up all over the lawns surrounding the paddocks. The other horses seemed to be undisturbed about the intense activity, but Big Red found himself becoming intrigued. Several vehicles began arriving, along with three yellow school buses fitted with special platform elevators to off-load their wheelchair passengers. More minivans arrived, more children spilled out onto the gravel parking lot. Not all were in wheelchairs. Some were led by hand by caregivers. Big Red noticed that their eyes seem to be fi xated on what could not be seen with natural vision. He sensed their disconnection with those around them. He felt the same way. His curiosity grew. Feigning disinterest, he carefully edged closer to the fence where the last group of kids had just stumbled out of the van. Three girls, two boys. Dressed in jeans and matching blue and green t-shirts that read J.O.Y. School for Children with Autism. One child became fi xated on scooping sand into his mouth, even swallowing some of it, while another began rocking back and forth until his caregiver gently led him toward the snack table where she gave him some caramel apple slices and milk in a carton. Big Red had never seen such kids before and he found himself increasingly drawn to them. The Sand-Eater had his face wiped down and his mouth washed out with water from a spray bottle by one of the

Awakening, cont’d caregivers. For a fleeting moment the boy glanced up into Big Red’s eyes. He dropped his gaze, then stole another glance, before locking onto Big Red’s gentle eyes. “Come on, Matthew,” his caregiver gently prodded. “We have all these beautiful horses to visit. And one of them, will be yours to ride this term.” Her voice was calm, reassuring and warm. Big Red felt himself drawn to her quiet spirit. He whinnied soft ly, throwing his head back so that his red mane danced in the sunlight. Matthew’s stare intensified. He stood, as if frozen in his spot. Big Red felt a stirring in his heart. He was being recognized. Acknowledged. Noticed. Matthew shuffled toward the fence. Slowly, unsure of himself. His caregiver stepped back, watching. The minutes passed as horse and boy child peered into each other’s souls. Big Red felt his anguish, his desire to communicate, to express himself. He understood the disconnection. He sensed the depth of this child, the untapped resources and desires for expression

locked inside of him. Slowly he arched his neck, stretching over the fence, gently sniffing, breathing in the knowledge of this boy. Matthew’s eyes were a deep green, reminding one of forest green hills and valleys. But Big Red looked deeper. His nostrils twitched as he sniffed the boy child, quietly, so as to not scare him. He reached into that quiet, shadowy soul room where moods and thoughts, feelings and fears, emotional valleys and heights met and twirled, and left a child of seven locked in himself. Like a traffic controller, Matthew held up his hand. Big Red gently blew against his palm. His breath was ticklish to the boy, but he stood, firm in allowing himself to be touched. He got up from that chair in his soul heart, where he’d been watching the world from. Opened the door. Looked at Big Red. He took another step toward Big Red, allowing the magnificent horse to nuzzle his ears, smell his hair, blow warm breath all over his face. He closed his eyes, allowing his new friend to explore his face and heart.

Slowly he raised his other hand. Shyly, briefly he touched the horse’s cheek, then pulled back. Again he touched Big Red. More light and comfort came into his heart. His eyes opened, amazed by the face of this horse so close, so comforting, so much what he longed for. Matthew did not speak. Not verbally in any case. But Big Red heard him. He responded by gently, soft ly putting his head on his shoulder. They stood for what seemed like ages. A broken boy and a broken horse. Finding healing and new meaning, purpose in life. Finding each other, finding themselves. Big Red was home. Ingrid Brunkhorst Hurrell is a trained counsellor/social worker living in Langley, BC. She enjoys writing, equine photography and her family. Her website is at http://www.

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O’Keefe Ranch Demo Day, Sat. May 16. Members of our club and 8 eight horses attended our demo at Historic O’Keefe Ranch north of Vernon. Chelaine clipped her gelding for the public; they were very interested and full of questions about our small breed. Chelaine, Michael, Kirsten, Alana, Micaela, Katie and Pat gave an obstacle demonstration both in the morning and afternoon. Pat, Katie and Fran gave free cart rides throughout the ranch to many happy children… probably close to 60 in all! ‘Just Imagine’ Nature-Assisted Therapy Programs was in attendance with one of their students and provided the public with information about their programs for those with physical/ mental challenges. It was a great turnout. Lots of fun and the public thoroughly enjoyed our minis. O’Keefe Ranch again was extremely Chelaine McInroy and Alannah Trostem

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night. Now that is something no one wants to miss. I heard something about baked ham this year? That should have you fi lling out your entries in no time at all. This is not only a show but a great social gathering of all your mini friends. This is a chance for everyone to get together and share winter stories and talk about how wonderful their minis are. We all don’t get to see each other that often so we need to take as much advantage of the show as possible. Great classes, great company, and great food … what more reasons do you need to come to the Spring Classic! Hope to see you all there. In preparation for the show we are holding an obstacle and jumping clinic the weekend before in Langley. Taylor Hildebrand and Marie O’Neil will be using their expertise and show us how to make our horses shine in the arena. This

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BC Draft Under Saddle Club BCDUSC would like to thank all of you for making our first tack sale a great success. Our members worked hard to organize this event, a very special thanks to Terilyn from Sterling Stables for letting us move in for the day, the weather held out and the hot dogs were delicious. Our members have been busy showing this past month. Dawn, Kendall and Chris attended Mission Horse Clubs Show on April 26. Dawn riding Shasta brought home a first in Hunt Seat Equitation, a first in Hunter Under Saddle, a second in English Pleasure and a fift h in Road Hack. Dawn ended the day with English High Point, and won the 50-50 draw. Kendall riding Izzy brought home a first in Hunter Hack, a second in Road Hack, a fourth in Hunt Seat Equitation and a fift h in Hunter Under Saddle. Chris rode her mare Comet and did very well. Unfortunately, we haven’t got her results for the day but will for the next article. A big thank you to the MHC we always have so much fun at your shows! DRC had some Draft classes and member’s Sam and Alicia attended. Sam riding Georgie placed first in Basic Seat Equitation, a second in English Pleasure, a second in Command Class and also placed first in the Halter Class. Alicia riding Lulu placed first in English Pleasure, and a first in Command Class. Way to go Girls! Taryne and Rose

Top Rails 4-H Report Well April and May have been very busy months for the Kamloops Top Rails 4-H club. In April we had our demo day. There was a great turnout. Thank-you to the judges for a wonderful day. We were supposed to have our focus on judging weekend but it was cancelled. Hopefully we will reschedule for another weekend. In May we had our 4-H Judging Rally at the KXA in Kamloops. We were able to judge rabbits, steers, horses, sheep and clothing. We also had games, lunch 50 • Saddle Up • June 2009

By Kendall Venning

Taryne is enjoying showing and training dressage with her mare Rose, they have been doing very well. Some updates for BCDUSC are as follows: * PNE is confirmed and prize Sam and Georgie books will be ready in June. * Open Games Play Night on July 24 at the Albion Fair Grounds now accepting entries. There is limited space so reserve your spot. Visit our website

Shasta and Dawn

Izzy and Kendall and Comet and Chris

By Lacey-Lynn Bormke

and a whole lot of fun to be had with fellow 4-H members. Also in May we had a Natural Horsemanship clinic. In June we don’t have much going on at all. We only have one clinic planned so far. In July we have stock show. So that is what The Kamloops 4-H Top Rails club has been up to lately. Some of our members at the 4-H Rally.

North Vancouver Island Horse Association Update By Marg Camp

On April 26 competitors from Coombs, Powell River and Port Alberni joined the local competitors to vie for Day High Points under Judge Kerry Walton at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds in Courtenay, BC. Thirty-six entries were greeted by a beautiful sunny day and great classes.

High Point and Reserve Winners Youth 13 and Under: High Point: Sandy Steady Star - Chloe Cox - 24 points Reserve: Laced Investments - Breanna Fear - 23 points Youth 1318: High Point: Ima Princess Pearl - Laura Evans - 34 points Reserve: Great By Inclination - Krista Davis - 30 points Senior: High Point: Gotta Be A Potential - Gord McEachen - 62 points Reserve: Leap to Conclusion - Candy Travers - 38 points Walk Jog: High Point: Scribbling Lacey - Taylor Wilson - 26 points Reserve: J Bugs Classy Lady - Cassidy Graham - 21 points Green Rider: High Point: Golden Cedar Sunrise - Kim Gourley - 18 points Peewee: High Point: Cedars Jazzy Jimmy - Cassidy Roe - 24 points

Peachland Riding Club Update

By Blair Bates

Gymkhana 2009 has finally started at the Peachland Riding Club and we are thrilled with our first Gymkhana turnout. With 29 riders, and 31 horses, lots of overdue sunshine, lots of good grub, and lots of great runs, we had a successful day. We need to let all of you know that we will be running a Western Heritage Clinic on June 7 at the Peachland Riding Club, and then on July 5th we’ll have our Fun in the Sun Western Heritage Event which will be judged by Kimberly Westgate. Check out our website at for entry forms or contact Sasha Hoop at PRC in conjunction with Cowboy Valley Church continue to hold bi-weekly services, check out for more info. We have new caretakers this year, Mike and Val Christopher who oversee the grounds and Val runs our concession stand, and wow! she knows what we like to eat. When you see them, welcome them to our community. Speaking of community, one of the main reasons why we see so many people coming out and doing events such as our Gymkhana is because of the community atmosphere it brings. Riding their horses is their love and passion, but it also brings a great sense of community and this my friends is why we love doing what we do each and every time we head down the highway; Great group of people to be associated with.

GYMKHANA RESULTS: Senior 1 Lisa Nowell (High Point) 2 Bea Sureman (Reserve) Debbie Write (Reserve) 3 Janine Blacklock 4 Tina Brodziak Sandy Lewis 5 Holly Dickenson 6 Donna Hinchliffe Lisa Nowell Junior A 1 Britta Wuestefeld 2 Amanda Dickenson 3 Tasha Laraose Asia Cole

Junior B 1 Allie Sorenson 2 Jessie Bates 3 Kallie Peron 4 Jasmine Watters 5 Nikki Harris Junior C 1 Courtney Demattos 2 Jaycee McQueen 3 Tori Cheyne Ryelynn Gardiner 4 Alana Ensign Darby Ensign

This was by far the best turnout for a show this early in the year. Competition was eager and Judge Kerry Walton was kept busy all day. The next NVIHA Open Western Performance Show was held on May 24 at the same venue; results in next issue.

Erin McQueen, local farrier and barrel racer.

Our group of winners: Courtney Demattos, Jaycee McQueen, Amanda Dickenson, Debbie Write, Bea Sureman, Lisa Nowell, Jessie Bates, Allie Sorenson, and Britta Westefeld. • 51

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club Update Time is running short to register for the Jerry Tindell clinics scheduled for July at the Lakedell arena, Westerose, AB. The clinics are open to horses, mules and donkeys, and you do not have to be a club member to register. Please check out the information and registration form under events/clinics at www. or e-mail me at or phone me at 403-783-5210. The first clinic is July 10-2 and is an introductory clinic. The second clinic from July 13-5 is for colt starting or restarting problem animals. The third clinic July 17-9, is for those that took Jerry’s clinics last year and will cover some groundwork but will be mostly ridden work. I stated in last month’s newsletter that I would continue on with Jerry’s points on being safe and successful with your animal. “How to ask for it:” It is crucial, that the human becomes proficient in his timing, awareness and release. FOCUS! Don’t let you or your animal’s attention wander. You must believe in yourself, before the horse (mule or donkey) can believe in you. The human must be the leader. If you cannot lead, do not expect him to follow. * July 24-26 is our annual Hummingbird Trail Ride. Everyone welcome! Contact Keith Kendrew at 403-845-3293 for more information. * Aug. 15-16 is Tees Longears Days and we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of this fun and family orientated show. Programs, if not out already, will be available soon and the schedule of classes and events will also be listed on our website. The Mane Event Held in Red Deer, April 24-26 was another great 52 • Saddle Up • June 2009

opportunity for us to connect with other mule and donkey lovers and to introduce ourselves to horse owners that perhaps have a desire to try something different. I want to thank our booth workers, Paul and Vicki Barrow, Ken and Donna Quick, Keith and Lil Kendrew, Ethel Hollihan, Colleen Campbell, Heather Shandro, Katie Skeels and Amy Rust. Also our gratitude to Russ and Jade Shandro for riding their mules in our demonstrations at the UFA arena and for the very enthusiastic and informative presentation they also gave with their mules at the ‘’Meet the Public’’ demos. They did a fantastic job and it was very rewarding to watch Russ’s handsome 10-year-old mule, Ruger, and Jade’s 41-year-old (yes, that is not a misprint!) mule Red Mulrooney handling the huge crowds with calmness and ease. The following is a story from the Mane Event, as relayed to me by Russ Shandro. ‘’How the Preacher got to Ride a Mule’’ or ‘’Ruger Goes to Church with Hugh McLennan and Bryn Thiessen’’ We were in a restaurant Sunday morning and in walks Bryn. I recognized him from seeing him on TV (Cowboy Country). The lineup was long so I walked over and introduced myself and confirmed with him that he was the guy that I had seen on TV. I knew of the Cowboy Church Service coming up in 45 minutes and I asked him if he required a mount? He was very polite and turned me down, explaining that Hugh McLennan was to have a horse lined up for him. So we spoke for about 15 minutes and in walked Billie, Hugh’s wife. She informed Bryn that they could not get the lend of a horse, she apologized. Bryn just smiled and walked back over to me and said, ‘’Mr., I would like to borrow your mule for the church service.’’ Billie’s eyes just popped wide open and she gasped. I got Ruger over to the location, Bryn hopped on and walked him in a circle in the parking lot, then went into the round

By Marlene Quiring

Russ Shandro on Ruger and daughter Jade on 41-year-old Red Mulrooney at the Mane Event in Red Deer, AB.

Bryn Thiessen preaching at Cowboy Church mounted on Ruger the mule. Hugh McLennan assisting and providing the music for the service.

pen for the service. And it went well, very well. Russ is chuckling, just a little over this, as he says, ‘‘Hugh has never really endorsed mules. When Bryn rode into the pen for Cowboy Church, we heard “What is that …?” Bryn also told me later. “Find me a blue roan mule, and we got a deal.” What fun would life be if we couldn’t see the humour in things? Anyone that owns a mule or a donkey has to have a good sense of humour!

3rd Annual Longears Fun Day

By Maggie Garvey

The 3rd Annual Longears Fun Day, held out at Cedar Hill Ranch just east of Falkland was, as the previous two years, a huge success. Hosts Mavis Ulansky and Tom Barker welcomed nearly 40 participants and spectators to the event which took place on Sunday, May 3rd. The trucks and trailers started rolling in about 9:30 a.m. that morning and, under a canopy of a mainly blue sky, the riders unloaded their mules and donkeys to begin their day of socializing, games, learning and most of all, having lots of fun. Tom and Mavis ensure the emphasis of this annual event is for longear lovers to get together and just have fun. They are proud to say that, to the best of their knowledge, this is the only no-entry-fee event of its kind in British Columbia and perhaps Western Canada! The day was also graced with the presence and sounds of Don Monty, Vernon’s own country crooner, who strummed and sang for hours for event attendees. The day did not disappoint. From arrival to departure everyone, from the two legged to the four, had a great time. Riders from all experience levels ~ 0 to 50 plus years ~ rode and walked their longears through and over obstacles set up around the arena. Calendars are already being circled for Cedar Hill Ranch’s 4th Annul Longears Fun Day which will be held May 2nd, 2010. Tom and Mavis want to thank everyone who came out and look forward to seeing this year’s participants and new ones at next year’s event. Be sure to stop by and say hello to them and their longears at the Interior Provincial Exhibition on the Labour Day weekend coming up in September.

Skyler Francks and Scarlet.

For more information on mules and donkeys of all sizes, give Tom and Mavis a call at 250-379-2076.

Our host Tom Barker

Barb Wierzbicki enjoying the day

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Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club News May 2 was our first gymkhana date and we had great weather … not too hot (is it ever going to be?) and not too cold. We had just shy of 40 members so far join our club and more are on their way. WELCOME everyone! We have a couple of men this year that have sure put us gals in our place. Joe and his mount, who has never gymkhana’d before, made heads turn. Goes to show that with horse and rider in tune with each other they can excel in any way. Keep up the good work, Joe. Brent blew the doors wide open in his barrel race with, I believe, fast time of the day? Nice ride. We had a few leadlines this year that kept their moms on the go, pant pant…I think we should shorten the course for this category, eh Norma? I’m getting too old for this. The junior category got busier this year. Lots of teens. Nice to see that horses are still cool. Stay away from those boys, girls, they are trouble. I can say this as I’m a mom of four girls. LOL. We would just like to remind anyone that would like to come out and join our club that we are taking the best of five play days to qualify for our year-end, so with our first one under our belts we still have nine to go, plenty of time to get your best five to count. Next gymkhana – Sunday, June 21 – registration 9 a.m., start time 10 a.m. And just a quick reminder to come on out to our fundraiser, the second annual REDNECK-a-PALOOZA! on June 13 at the Pritchard Arena. We have some competitive outhouse builders this year that are doing May 2 Results: Leadline Barrels: 1. Sierra 2. Max 3. Camryn Poles: 1. Camryn 2. Sierra 3. Max Stakes: 1. Camryn 2. Sierra 3. Max HP: Camryn Mitchell RHP: Sierra Hall Pee Wee Barrels: 1. Tricia 2. Cora Lee 3. Lincoln Poles: 1. Tricia 2. Cora Lee 3. Lorra-Lee Stakes: 1. Tricia 2. Bailey 3. Lorra-Lee HP: Tricia Hall RHP: Bailey Gamache Juniors 1D Barrels: 1. Danielle (Jack) 2. Kaylynne 3. Savannah 1D Poles: 1. Danielle (Jack) 1D Stakes: 1. Kaylynne 2. Robyn 2D Barrels: 1. Danielle (Sas) 2. Paige NT Katie 2D Poles: 1. Savannah 2. Robyn 3. Kaylynne 2D Stakes: 1. Katie 2. Danielle (Sas) NT Danielle (Jack), Savannah and Paige 1D HP Kaylynne White 1D RHP Robyn Formanski 2D HP Danielle Hall (Sas) Ladies 1D Barrels: 1. Pam 2. Sherry 3. Bev

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By Bev Hall

some pretty good trash talkin’. Something about “whoopin some … butt.” Do YOU think you have what it takes to compete in the Outhouse Building Contest and put these guys in their place? This is certainly not a sport for sissies. I don’t have anybody signed up for the Spam and Jalapeno Eating Contest yet. This is Robyn Formanski another contest that is definitely not for the faint of heart. We had the contestants last year heaving and wiping tears from their eyes … what a sight. Bring your quad down and see how your driving stacks up against some of the other fellow rednecks. So check out our website, www., sign up for one, two, three or more contests. Let’s see what ya got …’cause there’s a little REDNECK in all of us!

1D Poles: 1. Lissa 2. Bev 3. Sherry 1D Stakes: 1. Lissa 2. Bev 3. Jeanie 2D Barrels: 1. Lissa 2. Jeanie 3. Keri 2D Poles: 1. Pam 2. Jeanie 2D Stakes: 1. Keri 3D Barrels: 1. 0 3D Poles: 1. 0 3D Stakes: 1. Kelly 4D Barrels: 1. Kelly 2. Norma 3. Krista 4D Poles: 1. Krista 2. Norma 3. Cathy 4D Stakes: 1. Norma 2. Cathy 3. Debbie NT Krista and Mary Ann 1D HP Lissa Quinlan 1D RHP Bev Hall 2D HP Jeanie VanDenHam 3D 0 4D HP Norma Mitchell 4D RHP Cathy Arnouse Mens 1. Brent Sedore 2. Joe Laliberte

Master Mikkelsen

Camryn Mitchell

Pam White

Brenna Pitman

Norma Mitchell

Endurance Riders Association of BC

Officers & Directors 2009 President - Brenda Miskimmin VP - Ruth Moorby Secretary - Pat Carnegie Treasurer - Louise Abbott Directors: Madeline Bateman Brenna Mayer Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Karen Ellis June Melhuish Lynn Wallden The first endurance ride of the season in BC – and maybe anywhere – is always a little more complicated to prepare for. All the ride equipment that, at the end of last season, was supposed to be fi xed, cleaned, or replaced is just as it was before the first snow last year, and is a little funky from winter storage. Some stuff seems to have disappeared. The camper or LQ feels cramped and unfamiliar – did the whole family really fit in there? This year however was different. All of the above still held true, but this year spring was late in arriving, and the Moulton Creek Ride on April 25 in Pritchard was taking place “hot” on the heels of winter. The usual ride prep mayhem was further complicated by icy trails at home, unexpected and unending snowstorms, and little opportunity to condition. What would be the point of finding those colour co-ordinated buckets if the horse wasn’t ready? Brian Malkoske, Terry and Don Boscher, co-owners of the ride site, and managers of this first ride, promised us they had taken it all into consideration – the trails were selected for dry footing, and elevation gains and losses were moderate. The vet check was planned at the Wolfe Ranch – thanks to them and other landowners for their hospitality and generosity! As always, great vets, Drs. Grant Scott, Dick Root, and Robert Moulton, were ready to guide us through both days. Dr. Mike Peterson arrived to assist with the FEI level 50 miler on Sunday. So they came. The Moulton Creek Ride offered two days of riding, with a 30-mile and a 50-mile each day. Day one drew the highest entries with 45 in the 50 miler and 47 in the 30 miler, and included riders from

Alberta and the United States. First in the 50 miler went to Dennis Summers (USA) with a ride time of 4:09 hours, but his wife, Susan, at 4:12, beat him for Best Condition Award. The last rider came in with a ride time of 9:14 hours, so the finish line was busy all day. In the 30 miler, Celena Pentrack was first at 3:34 ride time, and Diana Gilbreath (Maple Ridge), fi ft h at 3:46, was awarded High Vet Score. The last 30 miler rode in at 6:35 hours. It was great weather for the first day. Although the water in the buckets had a skim of ice in the morning, most riders had equipped themselves with layers of clothing, rump rugs, coolers and blankets to meet the challenge. Most were just as glad to attend a ride where high temperatures, cooling and dehydration were not the usual concern. And there was only a small minute of snow in the afternoon! The ultimate thrill on any ride is a catered meal at the end of the day. Don, Terry and Brian arranged for this treat – roast pig with trimmings galore, and best yet, served on time! Thanks, you guys…showers next year? Day two of the Moulton Creek Ride was ice-free in the morning, and the riders and horses starting out in the morning were a layer lighter. And the entries not so overwhelming – 36 starts in the 50 miler and 19 in the 30 miler. Susan and Dennis Summers arrived first and second respectively on day two 50 miler on their second set of horses with ride times of 4:17. Dennis was awarded Best Conditioned – how’s that for a happy trip home? The last rider came in with an 8:24 ride time, getting the most for their entry fee. Mandi McDowell rode in first in the 30 miler with a ride time of 3:38 on Arbaa Asam, just 23 minutes behind their second place time on day one – how’s that for pacing? Celena Pentrack and Northwind’s Thunder arrived second at 4:08, and achieved High Vet Score on their second day. The final 30 miler came in a full hour ahead of the previous

day’s time, so must have been thinking about the next catered meal – which was great!

Report from Daphne Richard, Chair of Endurance Canada In conjunction with Moulton Creek’s day two 50 miler, the first Federation Equestrian International (FEI) ride of the season in Canada was held, with 10 entries from BC and Alberta – also the first FEI CEI 1* (50 mile) competition ever held in Canada and part of the new FEI qualification system, introduced in January. Th is gave those riders interested in international competition the opportunity to get into the “stream”; we hope to see several of our BC riders on the Canadian Endurance Team at the World Equestrian Games next fall in Kentucky! The top placing FEI rider was Lori Bewza (Chase) riding her wonderful gelding, Black Majik – finishing right behind the Summers in 4:33 – her first FEI competition! Congratulations, Lori! Other BC riders included Tara MacLeod and her daughter Makayla (Ft. St. John) in 4:38, Murray and Bianca MacKenzie (Kelowna), Gail Jewell (Kelowna) and Karen Ellis (Vancouver Island). We hope that Makayla will represent Canada this summer at the North American Junior Young Riders Championship in Kentucky, where Endurance will be held as a demonstration discipline. Full FEI results for Moulton Creek can be found on the Endurance Canada website www. – under competitions. Many, many thanks to ERABC for supporting this endeavour. On another note, ERABC looks forward to entries to future rides from the 11 participants of the Building Success – Basics and Beyond Endurance workshop on April 19 – hope you had a fruitful day that made you want to come join us – and thanks for coming! • 55

BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association By Sue Majeau Photos by Robert Magrath On May 2 and 3 we completed the first annual Coast Cutting at Heritage Park in Chilliwack, BC. The show, co-hosted by the BCRCHA and the BCCHA, was a huge success with over 180 works as well as sponsor displays, silent auction and club information booths on site. The cattle were awesome; the energy of all the competitors was very positive and upbeat. The facility at Heritage Park was an absolute treat to show in. The herd help was the best you could have asked for. These guys were in their saddles all day, both days, helping anyone who asked. Bob Zirnhelt, Cayley Wilson, Kevin Tienkamp, Rick Hook, Les Timmons and Denton Moffat, saying thank-you just does not seem enough. It was a wonderful treat for the ranch club members to have such excellent talent there to lend a hand. Also a HUGE shout-out to our announcer, Bob Magrath, who kept the show running smoothly and lots of comic relief! Patti Magrath, a long-standing member of the ranch club as well as the BCCHA, had a super weekend with her mare Dfl Lil Mischa. “Turbo” is by the great Zirnhelt stallion. The pair took high point in the $50,000 Am as well as high point reserve in the $15,000 N.H. non-pro. Norm Majeau and his great gelding Jeweler’s Out took the high point for the BC and BC Ranch club with David Dezell coming in for reserve. Gene Bzowy riding Wildwood Boots cinched up the $750 Progressive Horse as well as reserve in the $500 limit rider. A definite stand-out of the weekend was newcomer Sarah Shermin on her new horse No Time 4 You. This duo blew away the competition with a 142-combined score. Awesome job Sarah! Norm Majeau also took high point in the $3,000 for the ranch club with a 141-combined score with Deb Murray holding down reserve on her little mare Doc’s Sandee Freckles. Our most consistent and definitely most improved from our last show was Toni Ann Jonsson aboard her neat little gelding All Reddy Badger Boy. The pair took high point in both the $500 Green Horse and Novice/Novice. Great Job Toni! Great works, great people, great cattle and amazing horses all made for an almost perfect weekend.

Gene Bzowy - high point winner of the $750 Progressive Horse

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Toni-Ann Jonsson - high point winners of the $500 Green Horse and Novice/Novice.

Laura Connell - high point winner of the Youth

$3,000 NH - Denton Moffat/CR Topcat Show Sponsor - Coghlan Creek Farm Presenters - Deborah Anderson, Norm & Sue Majeau

Sarah Shermin - high point winner of the $500 Limited Rider

BC Cutting Horse News Photos by Robert Magrath 2009 Board of Directors President: Wendell Stoltzfus 250-378-2908 Vice Pres: Kevin Tienkamp 250-546-9156 Secretary: Lynn Graham 250-374-8882 Mary Lynn Zirnhelt Les Timmons Sue Majeau Ken Hartley Roger Smeeton Bob Zirnhelt Val Martin Wendy Garrard Bob Zirnhelt

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On May 2 & 3 we completed the first annual Coast Cutting at Heritage Park in Chilliwack, BC. The show was co-hosted by the BCRCHA and the BCCHA. See their article on the preceeding page. Our run for Hi Point started off the show with cheers as Denton Moffat, showing Kit and Kaboonsmal (Stefan Fuchs) laying down a 73. Close on his heels was Kevin Tienkamp, showing River Jazz (Sue Majeau) with a 72. These two horses tied for Hi Point with 145 each. Mary Lynn Zirnhelt continued her standings run in the Non Pro with her gelding Hfl Ultimate Cross taking Hi Point with a 142; with Cliff White on Silver Boon closing in with a 140. The $3000 NH matched Denton Moffat and Kevin Tienkamp again on their mounts, CR TopCat taking Hi Point with a 145; with Justa Smart Swinger a close 2nd scoring a 144. The $5,000 NH Non Pro brought us Bob Zirnhelt wearing a complete look of determination on his face and he did not let us down. Bob and Dfl Hickadixie Chick slammed down an amazing 74 run on Saturday. The same look was on Andrea Delwo with her pretty palomino Ha Chicks Guitar who tied Mr. Z for Hi Point with a 146. Andrea’s great little mare also took Hi Point in the $10,000 NH with Les Timmons on her back. The $15,000 NH Non Pro & $2,000 limit rider Hi Point was cinched the Majeaus. Sue in the $15,000 on her mare River Jazz; and hubby Norm taking the $2,000 limit on Jeweler’s Out. Patti Magrath and her pony Dfl Lil Mischa also had an amazing weekend. The team not only took Hi Point in the $50,000 Amateur but also reserve Hi Point in the $15,000 NH Non Pro. This show would not have been possible without the support of our super sponsors, who without this show would never have been such a huge success.

Please send out a BIG thank you to the following: • Tienkamp Training Stables • Traveland R.V. Super Centers • Dickson, Stojak & Brown Chartered Accts • Fix Auto Western Canada • Fourstar Farms • Otter Co-op • Results Unlimited Fitness • R&E Saddle & Tack • MSA Ford • Abbotsford Chrysler • Michelle Carduner, Homelife Benchmark, Langley • Larry Poole • Cannor Nursery Tack Division

BCCHA Maturity, Classic / Challenge Limited Aged Event BCCHA Bonanza / CCHA Days Weekend Shows June 25 – 28, 2009 This 4-day event to be held at the KXA Grounds in Kamloops is going to be one of the largest attended and highest paid Cutting Events in Canada. There is $32,000 added pursefor the limited aged event and $4,000 added purse for the weekend shows. The total payout for the 4 days will be over $100,000. The competition is of excellent quality and the riders are some of the best in the world. Come on out and watch some beautiful and talented horses. See you there.

$15,000 NH Non Pro - Sue Majeau, River Jazz w/trainer Kevin Tienkamp Show Sponsor – Dickson, Stojak & Brown Accts, Presenter - Deborah Anderson $50,000 Amateur - Patti Magrath, Dfl Lil Mischa Show Sponsor – Tienkamp Training Stables, Presenter - Gail Tienkamp

$2,000 LIMITED RIDER - Norm Majeau, Jeweler’s Out Show Sponsor – Fix Auto

$10,000 N/H - Les Timmons, HA Chicks Guitar, Andrea Delwo owner

Non Pro - MaryLynn Zirnhelt, HFL Ultimate Cross Show Sponsor – Show & Go Presenter - Deborah Anderson • 57

British Columbia Quarter Horse Association BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S3 * President: Darhl Paley, 250-546-6083, Vice President: Gordie McEachen, 250-337-5958 AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson 604-530-6875, Fax 604-608-9174, AQHA Director Emeritus: Gen Matheson Ph/Fax 604-534-5137 Membership Secretary /Media Liaison: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 Fax 604-806-9052,

Calendar of Events June 6 - NBQHA Open All Breed Horse & Tack Sale, Prince George, BC Info - June 11-14 - VIQHA Glacier Valley Classic, Beban Park - Nanaimo, BC Margaret (604) 856-1419 June 27- 28 – VIQHA Mount Arrowsmith Summer Circuit, Port Alberni, BC Gary (250)724-2790 or July 3-5 - Lakota Agri Centre - Dawson Creek, BC AQHA Show: Debbie (250) 759-4081 tgitg63@ PRCHA Cutting Show: Marianne (250) 843-6973 July 10 (3pm) 11-12– Smithers Fair Grounds Smithers, BC Barb (250) 692-4347 barb@designbylonesomepine. com, July 16-19 – LMQHA West Coast Summer Classic, Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC Margaret (604) 856-1419 July 22 – 26 - Region One Experience, Nampa, Idaho Aug 28-31 – NBCQHA Super Circuit , Prince George Agriplex, Prince George, BC Carlina (250) 567 4807

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – Darhl Paley Show season is upon us once more in beautiful BC. Hopefully all the show horses have lost their winter coats, and have shined up to perfection. The new babies are arriving daily so send your pictures to Lynne Carter so we can get them on the website for all to enjoy. Breeding season is upon us again, so if you are looking for a stallion, please remember to take a look at the list of stallions that supported the 2009 Stallion Service Draw. BCQHA is looking at having another Stallion draw for the 2010 breeding season, so please look for those tickets at upcoming events. Congratulations on the success of the Okanagan’s Breeders Showcase that took place in April. Even though the weather was rather cool, many people got very positive 58 • Saddle Up • June 2009

experiences with our great minded Quarter Horses at the AQHA Test Ride that was held during the event. A big thank you goes to Laurie Takoff and Gus Evagelopoulos, as well as their team members who took on this huge event.

AQHA/CQHA Director - Gayle Pawley-Wilson AQHA has listed the final committee reports from the 2009 AQHA Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Recommendations are listed under each committee, and the Executive Committee action is listed in bold and underlined except for Stud Book and Registration. As per AQHA bylaws, only the Board of Directors has the power to change any rules and regulations pertaining to registering horses. Rules will take effect in 2010 and be included in the 2010 AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations. Please visit for reports. AQHA also held the first QuarterFest: A Celebration of the American Quarter Horse, May 1-3 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Info -

YOUTH – Denise Hill BCQHYA - Notice of Annual General Meeting 1. Call to order 2. Minutes of Last Meeting 3. Business Arising from Minutes 4. New Business Show Activities - Fun 4H Partnership BCQHYA Jackets 5. Youth World Cup 2010 6. Elections 7. Adjournment Held at the LMQHA West Coast Summer Classic on Saturday, July 18th after the show.

LMQHA – Melissa McKenzie We had a fabulous start for our first Show of the season with an excellent turnout of people. Our move-in social was a big hit and thanks to all who helped out. A big thank you goes to AQHA Professional Horseman, Lori Lothian who gave a clinic to a visiting 4-H group and judged the Showmanship Calcutta. Saturday Night’s new format of “FUNturities” were full of excitement showcasing a Showmanship Calcutta, Egg Stomp, and a Ride-A-Buck. The evening also included a BBQ and a band that kept people dancing all night. Thank you to everyone that participated, donated horses, and volunteered their time to make the night a success.

FUNturity Results: Showmanship Calcutta: Sarah Hill Egg Stomp: Jason Walmsley Ride A Buck: Breanna Prato Circuit Awards Stallion – Got Em A Fella – Sherry Sulz Mare – Craven The Finest – Graham Tobias Gelding – Chance For A Legend – Roger Saur/ Teresa Easton Amateur –Hes Absolutely Good – Kim Blyth Reserve – Patsys Royal Secret – Linda Coakley Select – Skip To My Image – Janet Crich Reserve – Pleasarable Mr – Michelle Charleston Novice Amateur – A Regal Presence – Tanna Daley Reserve – Reflected Dimension – Nicole Barker 13 & Under – Zippos Star Shuttle – Katrina Mulford 14 – 18 – Hez Talk Of The Town – Yelaina May Reserve – Investing Potential – Sarah Hill Novice Youth – Chips Heart – Madison Brownlee Reserve - Showme Classicdeluxe – Vanessa Nakagawa Jr Horse – Chance For A Legend - Roger Saur/ Teresa Easton Reserve – Pink Cadillac Dreams – Tami Hutton Sr Horse – A Buck A Dimension – Terri Brown Reserve – Alittle Reality – Carole Walton

Other News Lori Lothian and Lynne Carter both participated in the Ride A Horse – Grant A Wish Trail Ride held in Ladner. 25 horses and riders turned out raising $6,800 for the Children’s Wish Foundation benefiting kids with life-threatening illnesses. Lynne earned the top “Fundraiser” prize raising a whopping $1400 herself!

SCQHA Report See the full write-up for the Fuzzy Show on the next page.

NBCQHA – Carlina Schumann The Peace River Area Quarter Horse Association is gearing up for another great four day show in Dawson Creek featuring futurities, stake classes and a wide range of AQHA classes. Also offered at this show will be the popular Peace River Cutting Horse Association Show for competitors that would like to get in on the cutting classes for the weekend. The Smithers AQHA Show is pleased to offer again their flat weekend rate per division for competitors attending their show. In addition to the AQHA show, approved APHA, APHCC and a wide range of Open breed classes and futurity classes will be held. Don’t miss out on the fun Friday night wine and cheese, a big Silent Auction and the great steak barbeque on Saturday night. It’s sure to live up to its reputation as being one of the most fun fi lled shows of the year. The Super Circuit is now relocating to Prince George and competitors will be treated to excellent stabling at the Agriplex as well as the convenience of the city with its great shopping, restaurants, Aquatic Centre and CN Centre. Super Circuit is always a great show and it’s surely to be one for 2009.

SCQHA Fuzzy Horse Show Report By Cheri Smeeton Photos courtesy of Andrea Blair Photography The South Central Quarter Horse Association’s 12th Annual Fuzzy Horse Show held on April 25th in Armstrong was a resounding success with a record number of horses attending, 97 in fact. South Central hopes that all competitors had a good time and took home the feeling of a positive experience. A very special THANK YOU to all of our Sponsors, Judge Jodi Moore, Trail Judge Colleen Hazeldine and all the volunteers for their contribution to this very successful event.

HIGH POINT RESULTS All Around Hi-Point 19 & Over: Jessica Sullivan riding Ima Smooth Angel Reserve All Around 19 & Over: Tina Maynard riding Don’t Skip This Shock; tied with Jeanette Brandt riding Dynamic Adesa All Around Hi Point Nervous Novice: Christie Voth riding Mezmorizing Reserve All Around Nervous Novice: Vanessa Bardock riding Poco MacDillion Hi Point Walk/Trot 12 & Under: Morgan Sengotta riding Copper

Reserve All Around Walk/Trot 12 & Under: Charity Scrace riding Ginger All Around High Point 14–18: Jessie Cook riding Maromac Sir Tex Reserve All Around 14–18: Alexia Hazeldine riding Tow Prstigious All Around High Point 13 & Under: Katrina Mulford riding Zippos Star Shuttle Reserve All Around 13 & Under Tatiana Schikowski riding Daze Chex Badger Fuzziest Horse Award: Tia Scrace and Babe

Britt Pearson riding Terrouse and Colleen Hazeldine

Fuzziest Horse Award: Tia Scrace and Babe

Naomi Martin and Sweet Molly Malone.

The Jack Benny Class.

The 19 & Over Hunter Under Saddle class. • 59

Pine Tree Riding Club KAMLOOPS, BC Newsletter contact: Meghan E-mail: Club contact: Debi 250-851-9256

Finally, the first playday of the 2009 Pinetree Riding Club season was held on May 10. It was well worth the wait, beautiful sunshine and an amazing group of eager competitors. I really don’t think anyone could have asked for anything more, plenty of smiles and happy faces. The judges once again had the monumental task of placing the fierce competitors. Leanne Peniuk, our Western and English judge, and Brenda Moores, our Trail judge, were up to the challenge and did a wonderful job. Of course Arlene North was again there as our trusty whipper-in and Reesa (sorry we didn’t get your last name) did a great job as our out-gate and ribbon person for most of the day. In celebration of Mothers Day the Wyers family and Top View Acres donated a beautiful hanging flower basket that was won by Donna Barker. What’s worse than going off course during your trail class? Well how about being the course designer and going off course? That’s what happened to Shawn Reed, who has graciously accepted the task of trail course designer for the 2009 season. Shawn missed an all important halt during his class at the May playday. So maybe we could all help him out at the June playday and ask if he has the course memorized properly, all halts included! Get better soon wishes go out to Tori Brawn and Julia Baker who are both nursing injuries, get well both of you, we missed you. We hope to see you guys back in the saddle soon! Just a reminder to all riders that PTRC does have a rule regarding riding one-handed with a shank bit, you must do it! We let everyone get away with it at the last playday but we won’t at any future ones. Two-handed riding is only acceptable when you are riding in a snaffle or bosal. 60 • Saddle Up • June 2009

All right, its time to look in the dark places of storage that we all know every house has. We are in need of a used cash register for use in the booth at the playdays. It doesn’t have to work, as long as we can open it. If you have one or might know of someone that does and are willing to donate it to the club, please bring it to the next playday or give Deb a call at 250-851-9256. With one playday in the books this year, there are only four more to participate in. What’s the big deal about that, you may ask? Well, how about the year-end awards? Remember that you must compete in three of the five playdays to be eligible for the awards. And for those of you who are junior showmanship competitors, remember that you must participate in the first four playdays to be eligible for the Ernie Bourgeois. Now, I know that one has already passed, so if you were at the May playday and there might be a possibility that you could miss a future one, DON’T! I will say again that you must compete in the first four to be eligible for the final that will take place at the Oct. 4 playday. I know I have been reminding everyone of lots of things but that is my job. So here’s another, the rescheduled playday is June 28. This is now the second playday of the year and will count for year-end points and to qualify for the Ernie Bourgeois Showmanship final. Attention riders and handlers of our lead line and small fry participants: As a result of the overwhelming response in our lead line class, we have decided to add a fun class for the small fry division. There will be no cross entries between the two divisions, lead liners must have two handlers with them and the small fries may have a lead rope on their horses for safety if they so choose.

Leadline class

Joanne Wyers and TF Call Me a Cab

Allison Crawford and Buddy

Stephanie Brawn and She Outta Be Awesome

BC Paint Horse Club Pres VP Sec Treas Past Pres. APHA Alt APHA

- Colour Your World - Own A Paint

show in Auburn, Washington at the beautiful Donida Farm. I myself trekked down to Auburn for this show, as did Chris and Jodie Moore of Langley and their 2 Novice Youth students Kristen Chamberland and Alina Bosa. I took home the High Point Breeding Stock award with Truly Smashing; Kirsten Chamberland was High Point Novice Youth on Desis on the Street; and Alina Bosa was Reserve High Point on Just Passin Time. The high point prizes for this show were embroidered jean jackets. It was too bad the numbers weren’t better for this show, but for a first effort they did a fine job. The last show before the deadline was the Rainier-O-Rama held in Puyallup, Washington. Due to the time constraints, results will be reported in next month’s issue. I do know that BC Paint Horse members were in attendance, once again showing their support south of the border and I hope they did well! Our second general membership meeting of 2009 is coming up on Monday June 8th at 7:00 pm sharp; we encourage all members to attend, as we will be discussing important topics. As always, we would like to hear your thoughts and views on topics that are important to you. Whether you show breed, PAC or trail ride, your voice is vital to keeping the Club and it’s members on the right track. The meeting will be held at The Fort Wine Co, 26151 – 84th Avenue in Langley. I’m sure that there have been a lot of Paint foals born this year and we would love to see your new addition to the family! Please send your pictures and information to Anne Marie at and we can share your news with our readers! If anyone also has any results from PAC shows from around the province, we’d love to hear from you too! Until next time! Anne Marie Wass

Position Vacant Colleen Schellenberg 604 534-8287 Mary Ratz 604-639-0212 Dianne Rouse 604 530-3366 Louise Bruce 604-530-8310 Director (BC & Alaska) Laura Bouchard 250 374-8864 Andrea Aitken 250 498-2240 817 834-2742

Hello again everyone. Now that we can (hopefully) expect sunny warm weather, getting out and enjoying our beautiful paints, either in the show ring or by hitting the trails, is almost mandatory! Now if we can just convince our horses to finally shed the last of their winter coats…. What a whirlwind month! With everyone getting pumped up from the Monroe show, the Star Spangled Classic, put on by the Washington State Paint Horse Club, was next on the agenda for many BC Paint Horse Club members. It was held May 2nd and 3rd in Spanaway, Washington. Once again, BC Paint Club members showed their support of the Washington State Paint Horse Club’s show, having moved to May from July. It’s nice that the sister clubs support each other to help make the shows a success. Members in attendance included Calli Rouse, Emma Schellenberg, Louise Bruce, Kirsten Chamberland, and Caitlin McCarthy. As always, they represented their trainer’s barns well. It’s nice to know that your hard work does pay off and that listening to your trainer is a good thing! Lol Junior members took home quite a few high points which included: Kirsten Chamberland on Desis on the Street was High Point 13 and Under; Emma Schellenberg on All Reddy Smoke N was Reserve High Point 13 and Under; Caitlin McCarthy on Amaretto Waltz was High Point Walk/Trot and High Point Walk/Trot Equitation. Well done! The high point prizes for this show were electric scooters and the reserve prizes were Washington State Paint Club blankets. With the weather lately, I’m sure they came in handy! The next show on the calendar was the inaugural Paint-Quarter Horse-All Breed

Anne Marie Wass and Truly Smashing at the NWSBA Mother’s Day show in Auburn on May 9-10, 2009.

Kirsten Chamberland High Point 13 and under

Caitlin McCarthy High Point Walk/Trot

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BC Interior Arabian Horse Association BC Interior Arabian Horse Association President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 Secretary / Webpage Editor: Sean Newton 250-546-8088 Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-832-4111 Flying Carpet: Deborah Mikkelsen 250-548-3899 Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 and/or Cheryl Johnson Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145

Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying some great and memorable rides this summer! This year seems to be cruising by very quickly. My horse is finally all shed out, he was holding onto his belly hair for dear life it seems. My washer and dryer took a beating this year as it seemed like I was constantly washing horse hair out of everything I owned. I must say that the final results are worth all the elbow grease because Sammy’s coat is beautiful this year! Dates to remember: July 25 and 26 - West Kootenay ACS at the Nelson and District Riding Club Grounds ~ contact Holley Campbell 250-362-9065. We had a great time at Carla Jackson’s clinic that was held at Asmara Farms on April 18 and 19. Carla was lucky and got to witness the birth of one of Wally and Sheila’s foals being born! There were nine riders, which made for busy days. It was really nice to see all the new faces and horses. Watched some great transformations as Carla gently builds the riders self-esteem and confidence in what they are doing. For lunch, everyone pitched in and brought their favourite goodies and dishes. I tried not to eat too much but gee, who can resist things like Faye’s homemade brownies. yummo! Cheryl Johnson sent me a little note and some pictures to share. “Hi Alaina I have some pics from the Carla clinic to share.We had a great time 62 • Saddle Up • June 2009

once again with Carla. Also, we finally got Flynn her own horse. After years of sharing and leasing, it’s official. Flynn welcomes home Bar B Illusion, here they celebrate ‘Fancy’s’ birthday. Flynn and Fancy hope to ease their way into the show ring later this year.” Congratulations Flynn! You must be so excited! I know you have been looking for quite some time for the perfect horse. Fancy sure hit the jackpot coming to your home! Went to the Classic Show in Langley on May 1. Sammy and I learned a lot and he was a perfect gentleman the whole time. One of the high points of the show for me was watching the costume classes! Everyone in the stands starts to hoot and holler as we watch the beautiful Arabians and riders gallop through the arena in their bright flowing garb. It’s all very fast paced and exciting! I got a great picture of Sheila Goertz with her horse Bright City Lights before her class…which, by the way she won! Way to go Sheila! Congratulations and big hugs go out to Alysha and Brendon and Grandma Tia Bartlett on the birth of their baby boy! Kye was born on May 12 at 9:15 p.m., weighing 6-1/2 pounds. New foal at Asmara on April 18 Beautiful bay fi lly, Lady Madonna AA, sired by Mariachi WA and out of Town Highlighter. Mariachi is owned by Ed and Laura Friesen, SK, and is pursuing his English The new filly Lady Pleasure career. Madonna AA. Highlighter is Wally and Sheila’s saddlebred mare that has continued to produce halter and performance champions and winners.

Here is Flynn’s new horse “Fancy”.

Sheila and BC in costume

Carla tests Alyssa’s strength

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ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB 250-546-2557, Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, Battle Royal. 9/09

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 10/09

BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Pres: Pat Hayward, 250-395-3472 11/09 BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Wendell Stoltzfus 250-374-8233, or web Area 20 4/10 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 8/09 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 10/09 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Karen Wilkie 250-546-8973 Meeting, Trail Rides/Socials, Fellowship, Newsletter, 11/09 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Pres: Jason Walmsley 604-856-1419 Show June 13-14 Cloverdale 5/10 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB VP Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 3/10 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 or visit 7/09 BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Pres. David Parker 604-462-0304,, 2/10

British Columbia Team Cattle Penning Association Team Cattle Penning is a fast and exciting sport! The BCTCPA supports and promotes good horsemanship and sportsmanship and is an affiliate of the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association. This sport is open to almost any level and age of rider. For more info, visit us at or contact Lynne Smith at 250-547-9702 2/10

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Tanya Margerison 250-4420209,, Visit for Events 3/10

CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART) Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 or 250-809-7152, 0 CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 2/10


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site:, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, President 204-834-2479 or 5/10

ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Pat Carnegie, 250-462-0006 10/09 The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) certifies riding coaches and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals and hosts regional and international conferences. Visit or call 1-800-399-0138 To find a certified riding coach or accredited equine facility near you, 5/10 visit

GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 6/10 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 8/09 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Sue Rath, Secretary 250-376-9443 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397, 10/09 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Barb 250-379-2513 AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics 5/10 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Blair Bates 250-452-6941 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 12/09 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Sec/Treas: Bonnie 250-546-3970 Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders 9/09 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Debi 250-851-9256 Monthly Playdays, Annual Show, Activities 5/10 SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSE ASSOC. Alex MacRae (Pres.) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, 8/09 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Sharon 604-856-3348, 9/09

Clubs, you can be listed here year-round for a NON-PROFIT rate of $90 p/yr 2 lines or $180 p/yr Boxed + GST. Includes a FREE LINK on our website. Call 1-866-546-9922 or email MORGANS – the VERSATILE breed – DO IT ALL! CHAMPIONS 2000 & 2001

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Mon. nights: COWPLAY CLINIC, 6-9 pm, Langley, or call 604-309-6873 Fri. nights: MECHANICAL COW CLINIC, 6-9 pm, Langley, or call 604-309-6873 Fri. nights: DAY NIGHTS: LADIES ONLY NIGHT, 2 L Ranch, Prince George, Cheryl 250-964-2420 1-3 SPRING HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Celebrating Nat’l Horse Week), Tranquille Farms, Salmon Arm, 250-832-0918, 1-5 DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Camp, Kamloops, 250-573-4189, 3 BCBRA BARREL RACE, O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon, Skye Hamming 250 545-3323 4-7 TTEAM CONNECT ICELANDIC RIDING CLINIC, Icelandic Horse Farm, Coldstream, BC, 1-800-255-2336 or 5-7 WILD ROSE MINIATURE HORSE AMHA/AMHR Sanctioned Show, Olds AB, Shirley Rowbotham 403-746-2269 5-7 WILD WEST CLASSIC, Double Peruvian Championship Show BC/AB, Armstrong, Rob 250-832-1188, or Bonnie 6 SHADOWDANCERS’ EPONA APPROACH WORKSHOP, Armstrong, BC, call 250-546-9640 6 FULL MOON RIDE Start Area (Tea Later), Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River, BC, Bev 604-487-9947 6 NBCQHA 2ND ANNUAL ALL BREED HORSE & TACK SALE, Prince George Agriplex, Jessica 250-842-5081 or Lianne 250-694-3488 6 FUNDRAISING BENEFIT CONCERT for Frank & Betty Gleeson, Calvary Community Church, Kamloops, 7pm. Butch Falk 250-672-9691 6 SOUTH OK STOCKHORSE DAY, Fundraiser for Breast Cancer, Marron Valley (Kaleden), Alan or Dorothy 250-498-0280 6-7 ANNUAL SHOW, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops, 6-7 TEAM ROPING SCHOOL, Doug Henry’s, Armstrong, 250-546-6494, 6-7 VDRC HUNTER/JUMPER BRONZE SHOW, Vernon, June Lalonde 250-545-0803 6-7 FUN & FROLIC SCHOOLING SHOW BCHQ, 100 Mile House, BC contact Carolyn Dobbs 250-397-2281 or Tammy Schuurmans 250-706-4849 6-8 HORSEMANSHIP/REINING CLINIC w/Trish Hyatt, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster, BC, Birgit Stutz 250-968-6801 7 CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Whonnock, Sue Schulze 604-462-7519 7 GAMES, Mission Horse Club, Helen 604-820-1819, 7 BC HERITAGE CIRCUIT SHOW, Furleez Farm, Kelowna, BC, Anne 250-860-2785, 7 MILE ‘O’ RIDING CLUB POKER RIDE, Lillooet, BC, Jackie Johnston 250-256-4549 or 7 TRAIL HORSE CHALLENGE SERIES (2 of 3), Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River, BC, Gayleen 604-483-4376 7 BCRCHA, Location: TBA, Sue Majeau.604-865-7013, 8-12 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, TFC Centre, Kelowna, BC 8–20 2 WEEK GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch, Gold Bridge, BC,, 250-238-2274 9 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Black Creek, BC, Nina Christmas, E-mail: 9-12 LEVEL 3 PNH WITH DON HALLADAY, Cardinal Ranch, BC, or 1-866-By-Horse 10 BCBRA/BRN4D BARREL RACE, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, 10 SWORD’S SUMMER SADDLE SERIES, 7:00 pm, Sword’s Riding Arena, Quesnel, BC, 250-747-2156,

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CHRIS IRWIN EAPD Evening Demo 7-10 pm, Southlands Equestrian Ctr, Vancouver, or Anne 1-877-394-6773 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Port McNeill, BC, Liz Gachter 250-956-8223, E-mail: CLINIC W/BECKY MARTENS, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship & Trail, 100 Mile House, BC, Mike Kidston 250-791-5247 VIQHA GLACIER VALLEY CLASSIC, Beban Park, Nanaimo, BC, Margaret 604- 856-1419 or MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Port Alberni, BC, Doris Pitman 250-724-4645, E-mail: “THE HORSE OF COURSE” at Pass Creek, Castlegar. – An Equine Info day sponsored by HCBC Zone 1, contact Liz Saunders 250-359-7293 LEVEL 1 PNH WITH DON HALLADAY, Cardinal Ranch, BC, or 1-866-By-Horse BCTCPA, Deere Country Challenge, team cattle penning, Kamloops BC, Laurie 250-372-1326 THOMPSON RIVER REINERS “RIVERSLIDE” NRHA/WCRA, Kamloops, Amanda Self 250-804-1723 CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Grand Forks, Juanita Bannert 250-442-8075 COWGIRL WAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST Fundraiser, 9-11 a.m., Get R Done Tack N Feed, Vernon, 250-545-2134 ERABC Golden Ears, Maple Ridge, REDNECK-A-PALOOZA, Git ‘Er Done Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, Bev 250-577-3154, E-mail: GYMKHANA GAMES DAY, 9 a.m. start, O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon, Skye Hamming 250 545-3323 AEAS CURE FOR CANCER TRAIL RIDE, NewBrook, AB (White Earth Valley), or Lynn 780-656-0406 BC MINIATURE HORSE SPRING CLASSIC AMHA Show, Cloverdale BC, Lavon Read 360-659-1711 CONNECTED RIDING & NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Chase, BC, Chris 250-679-3837, ALL BREED OPEN HORSE SHOW, BCHQ Western only, Cranbrook, Tanya or Cindy 250-426-7981, or INTERIOR GAITED HORSE SHOW, Armstrong, John 250-546-6621, or Cathie CLAUDIA COJOCAR H/J CLINIC, Lindgren Riding Academy, Kelowna, Bill 250-448-8332 or Amanda 250 862-2008, LORI RANKIN WESTERN RIDING CLINIC Barriere, Suzanne 250-672-9557, e-mail CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Saltspring Island, Jenn Burgoyne 250-537-4994 HUNTER/JUMPER SHOW, BC Heritage Qualifier, Delta Riding Club, Cathy 604-328-3814 ENGLISH /WESTERN PERFORMANCE SHOW, Mission Horse Club, Shawna 604-820-8317, OPEN FUN DAY, Armstrong Fairgrounds, 9 a.m., Ursula 250-546-0171 or Tammy 250-832-3409, HEALING WITH HORSES - INTUITIVE COMMUNICATIONS, Castlegar, BC, 1-800-405-6643, LANGLEY RIDERS Games Day, Langley more info at MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Cobble Hill, BC, Nancy or John Lane 250-743-1268, E-mail: EQUINE NUTRITION & NATURAL MEDICINE. Castlegar, BC, 1-800-405-6643, LEVEL 3 PNH WITH DON HALLADAY, Cardinal Ranch, BC, or 1-866-By-Horse TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Sundre, AB DOUG MILLS Cow Working Camp, Kamloops, 250-573-4189, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria, BC, Kristina Millar 250-478- 2051, E-mail: DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Carol Schellenberg, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, Jeanette 250-577-3156 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Abbotsford, BC. Rose Schroeder 604-854-1245, E-mail: PGRHA RIDE N’ SLIDE, Prince George, JIM RAFFAN MEMORIAL HORSE SALE, Valley Auction, Armstrong, 250-546-9420,

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DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, New Dawn Ranch, Sorrento, 250-573-4189, DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Okanagan Falls, 250-573-4189, DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Mission, 250-573-4189, DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Pritchard, 250-573-4189, HUNTER/JUMPER/XC CLINIC w/Sarah Bradley, 100 Mile House, BC, Mike Kidston 250-791-5247 ANNUAL COWBOY POETRY & HORSEMANSHIP GATHERING, Pincher Creek, AB, CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Courtenay, Robyn Speck 250-338-4610 CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Merritt, Tim Larsen 250-378-8216 CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Shawnigan Lake, Jenn Burgoyne 250-537-4994 BHA GYMKHANA, Grand Forks, Toni 250-442-5244,, SUN PEAKS TRAIL RIDE, SPCA (horses) Fundraiser, Sun Peaks Stables, north of Kamloops, 250-318-1835 HOOFBALL, Langley, or call 604-309-6873 HOW TO RIDE AN ICELANDIC HORSE, Tolt Away Farm, Enderby, BC, or 250-838-0234 SOHA SUMMER SHOW, BCHC Qualifier, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, for info check web MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Merritt, BC, Judanna 250-378-5223, BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Cloverdale Agriplex, MEREL VAN OEVEREN CLINIC, Gymnastics & Cross Country, Topline Stables, Salmon Arm, Merel 250-253-9506 SHADOWDANCERS’ EPONA APPROACH WORKSHOP, Armstrong, BC, call 250-546-9640 EQUINE RITES OF PASSAGE, Exhibition, Trade Fair, Horse Sale, Olds, AB, Julie 780-621-0765, LRS LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO! Langley, more info at WILD PINK YONDER WAGON TRAIN (for Breast Cancer), riders/teamsters welcome. Lethbridge to Edmonton, GYMKHANA, 100 Mile House, BC contact Jen Felce 250-791-6207 FUNDAY (10am-4pm), Quarterspot Ranch, 137 Horner Road, Lumby, BC, Cindy 250-547-9277 GYMKHANA (BC Heritage Qual.), Git ‘Er Done Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, Bev 250-577-3154, VIMY WESTERN RIDING CLUB OPEN SHOW, Duncan, Kathy 250-7480172,, 1 WEEK ADVANCED GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch, Gold Bridge, BC,, 250-238-2274 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Kelowna, BC, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785, E-mail: BCBRA/BRN4D Barrel Race, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, SWORD’S SUMMER SADDLE SERIES, 7:00 pm, Sword’s Riding Arena, Quesnel, BC, 250-747-2156, OMHC OKANAGAN CLASSIC AMHR Sanctioned Show, Armstrong BC Joan McNaughton 250-992-7485 PARELLI ADV. LEVEL 1 CLINIC w/Fawn Anderson, Nelson & District Riding Club Grounds, Heather 250-505-5270, JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Course 1 Ground, Field Horsemanship Ctr, Abbotsford, BC, Carol Amero 778- 888-4032 ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, BC Heritage Qualifier, Delta Riding Club, Cathy 604-328-3814 ENGLISH/WESTERN PERFORMANCE SHOW, Mission Horse Club, Ronalee 604-217-1376, WESTERN SHOW, Mission Horse Club, Ronalee 604-217-1376, LRS ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW (WHQ pending), Langley, more info at TAIL END SHOW BCHQ, 100 Mile House, BC contact Carolyn Dobbs 250-397-2281 or Tammy Schuurmans 250-706-4849 MILE ‘O’ RIDING CLUB HORSE & SCHOOLING SHOW, Lillooet, BC, Patti Flann 250-256-7639 or

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BCCTRA, Giddy-Up Gogo, Nanaimo, VIQHA MOUNT ARROWSMITH SUMMER CIRCUIT, Port Alberni, BC, Gary 250-724-2790, OMHC OKANAGAN CLASSIC AMHA Sanctioned Show, Armstrong BC Joan McNaughton 250-992-7485 LANYARD STABLES SHOW - Flat & Fences, Kelowna, 250-491-1282 INTRO TO REINING CLINIC, Carmen Teixeira, Salmon Arm, Leslie 250-307-4757, 2 WEEK GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch, Gold Bridge, BC,, 250-238-2274 CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Smithers, Faye Golder 250-846-9190 MILE ‘O’ RIDING CLUB GYMKHANA, Lillooet, BC, Jackie Johnston 250-256-4549 or GERRY GRINER CLINIC, Mission Horse Club, Angela 604-302-2943, DRESSAGE SHOW, Delta Riding Club, Sheila 604-940-9698, FREESTYLE DAY, Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River, BC, Gayleen 604-483-4376 NOTRA ANNUAL RIDE-A-THON, Coldstream Ranch, Coldstream, BC, LANGLEY RIDERS Jumper Day, Langley, more info at GYMKHANA (BC Heritage Qual.), Git ‘Er Done Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, Bev 250-577-3154, PARELLI ADV. LEVEL 2 CLINIC w/Fawn Anderson, Nelson & District Riding Club Grounds, Heather 250-505-5270, JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Course 1 Riding, Field Horsemanship Ctr, Abbotsford, BC, Carol Amero 778-888-4032 JUMPER DAYS, Mission Horse Club, 1 WEEK GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch, Gold Bridge, BC,, 250-238-2274 KIDS HORSEMANSHIP CAMP (SERIES), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, JUST FOR KIDS Riding & Horsemanship Day Camp, TTOUCH and more, Icelandic Horse Farm, Vernon, 1-800-255-2336,


Mon. nights:COWPLAY CLINIC, 6-9 pm, Langley, or call 604-309-6873 Fri nights: MECHANICAL COW CLINIC, 6-9 pm, Langley, or call 604-309-6873 Fri nights: DAY NIGHTS: LADIES ONLY NIGHT, 2 L Ranch, Prince George, Cheryl 250-964-2420 3-5 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Princeton, BC, Home Clinic, Marion 250-295-4329, Email: 3-5 VDRC DRESSAGE BRONZE/GOLD SHOW, Vernon, June Lalonde 250-545-0803 3-5 JONATHAN FIELD COURSE 2 CLINIC, Saanich Fair Grounds, Victoria, or Roma 1-877-573-4018, 3-6 NBCQHA Dawson Creek, BC, Debbie 250-759-4081 or 4 ERABC RIDE-OVER-THE-RAINBOW, Merritt, 4 LRS POKER RIDE members & non-members welcome. Langley, more info at 4 BARREL RACE (fundraiser for Breast Cancer), South Island Roughriders Gymkhana Club, Langford, BC, Tracy, 4 BOB PRUESS MEMORIAL Trail Ride against Cancer, Nanoose Bay, Jodie 250-954-1633 or Sue 250-954-3661, 5 HUNTER/JUMPER SHOW, Mission Horse Club, Shawna 604-820-8317, 5 WESTERN DISCOVERY SCHOOLING SHOW, Peachland Riding Club, Sasha Hopp 250-492-9892 5 GYMKHANA & CWF PRESENTATION, Git ‘Er Done Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, Bev 250-577-3154, 5 BCPHC OPEN SCHOOLING SHOW SERIES, Shirrocco Farms, Langley. Visit for class list or contact Barb 604-533-2158 5-8 LAODAS WAY Inspired program “Horsemanship of the Soul,” Alder Flats, AB, Julie Mackinnon 780-621-0765,

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ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG. CENTRE, (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 11/09 Otter Co-op & Energy Feed Dealer and Pet Foods CONSUMER’S CO-OP ASSOC., (Pitt Meadows) 604-465-5651 8/09 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay. TOWN & COUNTRY FEED STORE, (Invermere) 250-342-9433 11/09 Fencing Supplies, Pet Supplies & Fertilizers. Serving you 28 years.

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BAR NUNN CAPPUCCINO & GRILL/CATERING, (Okanagan) 250-308-4871 Quality, healthy food created fresh at your event. 6/10

BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 5/10 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 12/09 ROBERTSON FARMS LTD., (N. Okanagan) 250-833-2581 Shavings, Sawdust, Shavings, Bark Mulch 12/09

GUEST RANCHES BLACKWATER SPRUCE RANCH 250-991-2408 Horseback Holidays on the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage trail. 5/10 4/10

CONSTRUCTION SPUR VALLEY CONSTRUCTION (North Okanagan) 250-938-1831 Barns, Arenas, Fencing 9/09 HAY SALES

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ALDERGLEN HAY SALES LTD. - Specializing in Hay Sales - Dealer for Otter Co-op Phase Feeds - Full line of Pet and Livestock Supplies 26104 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC • 604-856-7901

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HEALTHY HOOVES, Rae Allan 250-547-2034 6/10 Barefoot Trimming Service. Serving Okanagan and surrounding areas.

From Alberta and Washington - Timothy/Alfalfa, Orchard Grass/Alfalfa, Alfalfa, Timothy and Chilliwack Local - Lots of excellent quality. Delivery in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley 10/09 50 to 150 bales and semi loads

HEALTH PRODUCTS Your #1 supplier of horseshoes, farrier tools & hoof care products.

Ph: 403-252-1661 • email: #3, 343 Forge Rd. SE, Calgary, AB


NATURE’S TRIM, Shawn Galloway (Armstrong) 250-308-6293 Barefoot practitioner, Renegade Boot Representative. 3/10 VALLEY FARRIER & EQUINE SERVICES (North Ok) 250-546-8254 5/10 Bob Johnston & Jim Ferguson; Certified Farrier Service 66 • Saddle Up • June 2009


HORSE SENSE HERBS, (Alberta) 1-800-434-3727 Original Chinese Herbal Formulas for Horses, 0 HOLISTIC ALTERNATIVE HEALING 604-299-4939 THETA - Fear Based & Emotional Trauma Release - Judy Starre 9/09

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TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS Official Insurance Broker for the Horse Council of BC • “FarmCare” Insurance • “EquiCare” Horse Mortality • Special Programs for Members

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• CALL TODAY 1-800-670-1877 • 10/09

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Dealer for Proform / Natures Mix Health Supplements & Minerals Tack / Giftware / Consignments Lumby BC 250-547-9506


SLIDING STOP FEED & TACK STORE (Pritchard) 250-577-3119 (Formerly Hall’s Half Acres) Now at 4670 Harrison Rd. Sure Crop Feed Dealer


Town & Country

Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers! Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm • 250-832-1149 - Bonnie – OVERNIGHT STABLING FACILITY 3/10

PHOTOGRAPHERS REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Enderby) 250-838-7904 12/09 Animal Photography,


All Makes Service & Repair RIBBONS & ROSETTES

• Electric Brake Specialist • Aluminum & Steel Welding • ICBC Claims Welcome 604-533-4209 Langley, BC

OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 or Fax: 1-888-545-9288 11/09 Custom Printer of award Ribbons


TNT TRUCK & TRAILER, (Vernon) 250-542-5373 6/09 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist

SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY, (Williams Lake) 250-392-3735 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs 11/09 CK CLASSIC LEATHERWORK (BC) 250-573-4355 English Saddle Fitting & Repairs, 6/10


We take trades – Call Us, You’ll be glad you did!

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RPM Automotive 1-888-638-4525, Sundre, AB Automan Trailers, Prince Albert, SK 1-800-252-0840 • Smyl RV, St. Paul, AB 1-800-522-4105 Irvine Tack & Trailers, Crossfield, AB 1-877-946-9494 • Cowboy Living Trailer Sales, Medicine Hat, AB 403-504-6920


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RAY’S SADDLERY (O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon) Shop cell 250-862-0554, Custom made Saddles, Tack & Repairs, Shop open year round. 11/09



TRAINERS/COACHES BLUE MEADOW FARM (Richmond); Yolanda Blommers, EC2 and Katie Andrews, EC1. All English disciplines.


GUS EVAGELOPOULOS, AQHA Prof. Horseman (Armstrong) 250-307-3990 Specialize in Reining. Start-Finish Horses. Lessons. Prospects/finished horses for sale. 12/09 DAN FRANKLIN EQUINE COMMUNICATION ™ (B.C.) 250-620-3420 30 yrs exp. helping problem horses, 9/09 HAYTON CREEK RANCH (Oyama) now offering training with Ashlea Conti, 250-870-1372, 3/10

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Training and Boarding Preparation for sales, starting young horses 250-838-7051 or Cell 250-308-6024 • Enderby, BC • 8/09

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LEE PONCELET PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Vernon) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 7/09 SAWCHUK PERFORMANCE HORSES (Langley) 604-514-3991 Pleasure to Performance. We do it ALL! 2/10

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HOOF & WOOF FARM (Prince George) 1-866-967-4192 9/09 Local/Long Distance & U.S., Licensed/Insured & Quality Service HOOVES ‘N’ HOUNDS TRANSPORT 1-888-436-0662. Serving most Canadian provinces, Fully licensed/Insured. 5/10 LEGHORN RANCH HORSE HAULING (Lower Mainland) Hanif Jinnah 10/09 778-886-1343 25+ yrs training/Hauling exper. Serving BC/AB. No horse too difficult VETERINARIANS DEEP CREEK VET. SERVICES, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 3/10 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY, 250-374-1486 5/10 Drs. Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Rob Mulligan, Sonja Falkenberg OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 12/09 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 8/09 Drs. Alex Wales & Susan Wales, Dr. Sarah Greenwood PATON & MARTIN VET SERVICES LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-3351 Lameness & Surgical Referral Hospital, Drs David Paton, Eric Martin and Antonio Cruz 12/09 SALMON VALLEY VET SERVICES, (Shuswap/North Ok) 250-833-4217 Dr. Brytann Youngberg Mobile Equine Service 7/09 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 3/10 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller


TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby) 250-838-0234 Riding Lessons, Clinics, Horses and Tack for Sale 6/10 TTEAM TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 9/09 • MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 5/10 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Peachland) 250-808-1486 Pleasure, Reining, Roping & cowhorse ~ Colts Started ~ Farrier Service 3/10

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CRALIN MEADOWS HANOVERIANS (Lone Butte) 250-593-4634 6/09 Imported bloodlines for Dressage/Jumper,

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GREEN GABLES MORGAN FARM (Armstrong) 250-546-8058 6/10 SS: WF Royal Mist’s Kurik, Black/Brown, 15.1HH, Horses for Sale • Stud Service • Riding Lessons • Clinics • Training • Events • Tack Store E-mail: or call Erhard (evenings) 250-838-0234 3/10 • More Gaits - More Fun, just Tolt Away

HIGHCREST FARM (Aldergrove) 604-856-3017 3/10 SS: Red Pines Otoe Chant, 2002 AQHA Red Dun, Offspring for Sale

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ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 9/09 • IRISH CREEK RANCH (Vernon) 250-542-7228 2/10 SS: Little Peppe Leo, APHA B/W Homoz. Tobiano, MAROMAC QUARTER HORSES (Langley) 604-514-8414/778-866-5197 Specializing in Buckskin & Dun; Quality, Substance & Temperament . 6/09

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Quarter Horse Stallions Standing at Stud

Driving - Events - Riding Please call for more information

Peppys Blue Monkey $650. LFG

Playboys Haidaway $650. LFG

Haflinger Stallions Standing at Stud Samson $500. LFG

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Stallions and Breeders ZENITHS LUCKY LOGAN


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2005 APHA Grullo Tobiano Stallion

FEE $500 LFG Mare Care $10 p/day • Breeding Performance/Halter • Three Bars, Two Eyed Jack & more

Sire: Reeds Rainey Day

2009 Stud Fee: $650

• Consistently producing

(Gallant Bandit - Gallant Ghost)

Shipped Cooled Semen Live Hand Cover

Great Temperament

Dam: WS Phoenix (I (Imperial i lB Baja j O One - Sh Shady d Escort) E )

Lanna Tucker 250-785-4955

Solid Conformation Flashy Looks

Coloured Quarters


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CHERRY CREEK CANADIANS 3 Champion Stallions Standing at Stud Ranch Lac G Fanfaron Zipper & Cherry Creek Fonzie Merit

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MAROMAC QUARTER HORSES Proudly Offers at Stud MAROMAC ZEUS Producing beautiful, big, correct and sensible duns and buckskins 90% colour to date.

Also Standing 4 Other Awesome Stallions. See our website!

OR IF YOU WANT ONE “READY MADE” We have a great selection of weanlings and yearlings to choose from. Check out our website, or call or drop by!

Young stock for sale at all times. 604-514-8414 or 778-866-5197 4275 - 224 St. Langley, BC 70 • Saddle Up • June 2009

ALSO STANDING: South Forty Prince Fonzie


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STUD FEE: $750 LFG Cooled Fresh & Frozen Shipped Semen

Jim & Yvonne Hillsden Kamloops, BC • 250-828-2076


YELLOW MOUNT RANCH is proud to present our Stallion Roster for 2009

Clumination 1994 Sorrel AQHA HYPP N/N HDF Impressed By Clu 2002 Bay AQHA HYPP N/N Kingofhearts McCue 1997 Red Dun Tovero APHA LWOS negative HDF Brandy Snifter 2003 Sorrel Overo APHA HYPP N/N CBS Legacy 2003 Red Roan Overo APHA (37.5% Yellow Mount) RKR Hearts Sonny Dee 2004 Red Dun Tobiano APHA Breeding Fee: Private Treaty 2/10

Dorla Malo Lethbridge, AB 403-328-5693

Pete Dyck Fort MacLeod, AB 403-634-6723

Stallions and Breeders COLOUR V RANCH






1996 Bay Roan AQHA Stallion

Grandson of Givemalickin Bloodlines include: Dash For Cash, Tiny Charger, Native Dancer, Joe Hancock, Driftwood, and more. • Barrel Racing • Roping • Rodeo • Ranch Work

Pete and Cheryl Van Immerzeel 150 Mile House, BC • 250-296-0186 •




1999 AQHA Palomino Throws 75% dilution colour!

2001 Black AQHA & FQHA Stallion APHA and ApHCC approved Grandson of “Smart Little Lena” Bloodlines also include: Peppy San, Dry Doc, Doc O Lena, and Sonny Dee Bar

APHA & ApHCC approved Grandson of Fintry Tom Cat

*Cutting*Reining *Working Cow Horse *Ranch Work*Rodeo *Western or English Riding*

Bloodlines also include: greats like King, Bee Line, Ricky Taylor, Crimson War, Depth Charge, Man O War, and more. * Speed * Ranch Work * Halter * Western or English $500 Registered Mares, $400 Grade Mares $50 Booking Fee. Hand Bred Only. LFG

$500 Registered Mares, $400 Grade Mares $50 Booking Fee. Hand Bred Only. LFG

$500 Registered Mares, $400 Grade Mares $50 Booking Fee. Hand Bred Only. LFG


Pete and Cheryl Van Immerzeel 150 Mile House, BC • 250-296-0186 •

Pete and Cheryl Van Immerzeel 150 Mile House, BC • 250-296-0186 •



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1998, 16.3HH Black Trakehner Stallion Approved ATA, Oldbg., CWHBA, CSHA, CTHS (‘Elité CARINO - ‘Elité PALMA NIGRA) Champion and Award Winner in Hunter/Jumper, Eventing and Dressage. Siring Champions from Vermont to California. 2009 Reserve Champion 1st Level Dressage Kelowna, BC 1st Freestyle 2nd, 3rd at 2nd Level Salmon Arm, BC

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SIRE: SMART CHIC OLENA • NRHA Hall of Fame $9M Sire • NRCHA $1M Sire • NCHA LTE $167,471 DAM: MS DRY KID • NCHA Hall of Fame • NCHA Futurity Champion • Equistat Leading Perf. List #13 “A SMART OPTION” First offspring showing this year. Standing at Stud: $850 LFG


REINING: AQHA ROM 16 OPEN-7 AMATEUR 2.5 NOV-AMATEUR * Money Earner in Cowhorse competition * Proven Sire of Pt and Money Earners “The Shining Spark bloodline is your Ticket To Success” Standing at Stud: $1,000 LFG


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Stallions and Breeders Green Gablespresents Morgan Farm


Salty Ole Jack

WF Royal Mist’s Kurik “Roy”

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

15.1 HH 1994 Black/Brown Stallion

2006 Red Roan Stallion Stud Fee: $400. LFG Mare Care: $5. per day Hollywood Dun It Sire: Dot Hollywood Jessie Topsail Jessie

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

Blue Jack Rocky Doc Dam: San Hancock Can Snooper Can Too

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES For 2009 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502 3/10

Glen Black

W • Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0

Turning Point Ranch

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Shy Gayfeen++++//

Standing: 1999 Gray Registered Welsh Anglo-Arabian “British Riding Type” Pony


The Most Winning Straight Egyptian Arabian Stallion in History

Ph: 250-577-3526


Little Peppe Leo 15.3HH APHA Stallion

• Sire of Winners • Bloodlines of APHA Supreme Champions • Homozygous for the Tobiano gene • Guaranteed coloured foal from solid or paint

Available by AI only

More than 40 Regional titles in Halter and Performance 3 x National Top 10 Hunter Pleasure Get have won numerous Regional Halter and Performance Championships Sweepstakes Nominated/SHN Payback Sire/Scid’s Clear Standing at Todd Ehret Equine 780-352-0332 E-mail: 6/09


Conformation, Temperament and Awesome Presence, all wrapped up in a Beautiful Black and White package.

Irish Creek Ranch, Vernon, BC 250-542-7228 Visit us at

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2009 Fee: $500

$2,500 Purebred Arabs $1,500 others

2009 Foals are here! Excellent conformation, lovely movement and quiet temperament. Ideal choice to produce Hunter/Jumper/Equitation prospects. Call or visit our website for more information on this, and other stallions standing.

Debora Morgan Neufeld 4684 Back Enderby Rd., Armstrong, BC 250-546-8058

Standing at L&L Quarter Horses Lyle & Linda Nicholls 250-545-9014 • Vernon, BC

Stud Fee: $600 Day Fee: $5.00 Classic Type…Well boned… Excellent feet… Awesome athletics… Willing gentle nature


On The Market

“IMA SEQUOIA SUNRISE” 2007 Reg’d Appaloosa Gelding. Under saddle, intelligent, eager and great conformation. This very athletic horse has a World Class Pedigree and a Cutting Champion and American Jockey Club lineage. Definite Performance Horse Potential! Asking $3,000. 250-248-6654 (Errington)

ARABO-FRIESIAN “Baroness v.YDO” Filly, DOB: 26 June 2008 Sire: “Yk Dark Otto” (Arabo-Friesian); Dam: “Falkje fan’t Hiem” (3 generations Star)(Friesian). One of the first born Arabo-Friesian foals in Canada (9% Arab + 91% Friesian blood). Outstanding conformation. Elegant and forward moving in all three gaits. Bred to perform in sport and to breed quality Arabo-Friesians. $10,000. CAN 250-306-5351 (Armstrong)

ATTN RODEO COMPETITORS!! 7-year-old Reg’d AQHA Bay Roan Gelding (by Cowboy Tari by Tari Pistol). Super solid build. Big enough to stop the biggest stock, quiet enough to be kid safe. Lots of ranch miles, super broke. Successfully competed in Williams Lake Stampede Ranch Challenge in 06 & 07. Limited arena use but is quiet in the box and comes out solid and tracks well. Could rodeo him one day then let the little girl show him Western Pleasure or Hunter Under Saddle the next, extremely versatile horse. Super easy keeper, no vices or bad habits, excellent feet. We declined $10,000 for him at IPE 08. This is the one that will excel in multiple events at the rodeo! We aren’t using him to his potential, and feel it is a waste. 250-308-5009 (Falkland)

DOCS ROYAL SHINE 2003 SORREL GELDING SIRE: SHINEY MEN CAN JUMP by SHINING SPARK. DAM: DEE BARS TUCKER by DOC TOM TUCKER. A superbly bred gelding with a solid foundation looking for a competent rider to match his abilities. He is extremely athletic. Has been started on buffalo and he LIKES it! A pretty mover with a lot of eye appeal. Would suit multiple disciplines. $8,500.

ALSO FOR SALE: Own daughter of DRY DOC - bred to SHINEY MEN CAN JUMP. Own daughter of HAIDAS LITTLE PEP - bred to SHINEY MEN CAN JUMP. 2000 Black mare by SUDDENLY ZIPP DEE - has produced 5 foals and is broke to ride. Back 40 Horse Ranch 250-379-2913

FULL BROTHER OF DRESSAGE HORSE EXPORTED TO SWEDEN FJORD MARE (1989) Sound, UTD on vaccinations, dewormer, feet and teeth. Great pack horse or trail horse. Very friendly character. Good home only. $1,400 obo. 250-444-1115 (Grand Forks)

Prospect for highest levels, also Show/Hunter potential. 2008 Black/ Brown Warmblood Colt, will reach 16.3HH. Super moving offspring of Grand Prix Dressage winners, shown in hand, trailers well, best temperament. Absolute stallion prospect!!! DVD available. With BC introduction discount, now only $8,900., 250-446 2149 (Osoyoos)


BRENDERUP ROYAL TC 2-HORSE STRAIGHT HAUL 7’ 4” high. Torsion axle. Very smooth ride, easy to handle. Rubber floor and ramp mats. Lined walls. Condition as new. Aerodynamic, better gas mileage. Excellent buy $11,400.00 More pictures available. 250- 456-7382 (70 Mile House)

WW PACBAR TROOPER Gorgeous 15.2HH Velvet Black Paint Stallion. Champions throughout bloodlines including Two Eyed Jack and Three Bars. Sired 15 paints/pintos from 15 solid mares. He is very gentle and has a quiet nature - a beautiful animal in every way. $4,000 obo. More photos and lineage at 250-459-7963 (Clinton)

Going well under saddle and ready to start showing. 2009 has attended one training Endurance ride and will remain in Dressage/Endurance training until sold. Offers to $4,500. 250-486-6773 (Summerland) • 73


Trained mostly in Reining. Is a big mover and would excel in any discipline. She has a hard stop, correct spins, smooth gaits, steady head set, is very responsive and has a great mind. Trace is great on the trails, loves going into trailers, has great ground manners and loves being around people. She is ready for the show ring. Owner going to college. $7,500. Kelsey 250-493-0674, (Penticton)

“JULIETTE” 12.2HH, 13 years old. Awesome jumper, always in the ribbons. Also goes Western. Confident, small rider required. $5,500. Lua 250-497-6073 (Kaleden BC)

9 YR OLD ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE MARE, 14.2 HH (IN PHOTO FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) 6 yr old APHA Black and White Gelding, $1,500. 15 yr young APHA Black and White Mare, $1,500. 2 yr old Breeding Stock Paint Colt, $750. 250-542-1833 (Vernon) E-mail:

Palomino, good conformation, well-gaited. She loves people and attention, and is confident and curious. Ridden on trails alone and in groups. Ties, good with farrier. Easy keeper. $3,000 250-546-0021 (Armstrong)

“ SMOKEY” 12.2HH, 9-year-old Welsh, POA, Shetland cross Gelding. Great on trails, taught to drive. Gentle nature. Good children’s pony. $3,000. Lua 250-497 6073 (Kaleden BC)

3 YR OLD QH/ARAB FILLY Should mature to 15HH and will be Grey. Nice, calm disposition, excellent ground manners, willing learner. Stands quietly while tied, good with farrier. $900 obo 250-546-0021 (Armstrong)


7 YR OLD GRADE QH MARE, 14.1 HH. Great feet, bone and muscle. Toes in slightly in both fronts. Ridden English or Western. Ridden on trails and road with no problems. Needs experienced, soft, confident adult rider to continue with more training under saddle. Good ground manners, trailers well. Has potential for Gymkhana, Penning or trail horse. Approved home only. $1,300 obo + GST. 250-546-4180 (Armstrong)

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7-year-old Pleasure/Trail Mare. Sweet and loves to work cows. 14.1HH, awesome smaller ladies horse. $3,500. ALSO: More from 14.3 - 15.2HH. All sweet and personable, awesome feet, no need for shoes. Very versatile. See our Stallion ad on page 72. 250-546-8058 (Armstrong)

“COOKIES AND CREAM” 2007 Kanada Pony/QH Tobiano Filly. Quiet, sweet disposition and loves kisses! She has solid groundwork training and is very easy to teach. Well mannered with farrier, shots, deworming, etc. Dam available to view. $1,200. 250-546-9635 (Armstrong)

On The Market

READY FOR SHOW OR PLEASURE 3-year-old APHA SPB mare. Broke and ready for the ring or trail. Pretty mover, Western Pleasure DELUXE. APHA points, futurity money earner and class winner with very limited showing. Great on the trails too! Safe, quiet and sound. A pleasure to ride. Will be an excellent all around horse. Breeders Trust nominated. $3,500. Barb 250-547-0146 (Lumby)

REG’D 2003 AQHA MARE, PJ BLOND BOMBER Incredibly gorgeous Palomino mare. Well-started under saddle and currently in professional training. Has had two beautiful babies and is now ready to work. She is about 15.1HH with correct conformation and no blemishes. Quiet and nice natured, she had worked cows and buffalo and is currently doing Western Pleasure. Does trail obstacles and has a nice trot for HUS. This is a perfect all around pleasure or amateur reiner - you choose! Asking $5,000. Colleen 250-547-9717 (Lumby)

SWEET CINDER BAR Classy 5-year-old Reg’d QH Mare. Well-started, with 60 days professional training and working the mechanical cow. Docz High Noon and Quincy Sun Dun breeding. Great conformation, athletic, willing, soft in the bit and naturally multi talented. Just under 15 hands. Dam was a great working ranch horse that could go all day. Great potential! Must meet her to appreciate her. $3,500 Maureen 250-547-6394 (Lumby) evenings.

SIERRAS SWEET SUGAR 4-YEAR-OLD REG’D QH MARE Sired by He’s My Sierra, World Qualifier, Grandson of Sierra Te and Son of Sierra Simpson. Dam: Sugarfoot Holly, 6x Canadian National Champion and World Qualifier in Youth and Amateur for many years. This mare is green broke, has lots of speed, worked with cattle, good ground manners, hauls, good with farrier and vet. Would make an excellent broodmare. ALSO have 5-year-old Mare and 7-year-old Mare for sale! Must sell, don’t have the time! Asking $4,500 obo. E-mail for more info: 250-722-3650 (Nanaimo)

REG’D 2007 APHA FILLY, DUSTYS EYERISH DANCER Super pretty, quiet 2-year-old filly. Is currently being professionally started under saddle and is just super nice to work with. Bred for Reining and sired by Carl Woods’ stallion. She leads, loads, ties and lunges awesome. Should mature to 15HH. Has been around cattle and buffalo, worked in an arena and out. Asking $2,000. Colleen 250-547-9717 (Lumby)

MUST SELL AQHA DYNAMICS IMPRESSION SORREL 2002 MARE N/N. Incentive Fund. Approximately 15.1HH. 13 months professional training with Sandra Morgan. Good in arena and on trails. Comes with breeding to Consider His Source. $5,000 obo. Contact Laurie Takoff, 250-765-7228 or toll free 877-765-7228 (Kelowna)

“STRIKING EURO SKYS” 2004, 15.1HH, Bay AQHA Gelding by Red Skys x Gallo Del Cieolo out of an Alamitos Bar mare. This guy has huge power and speed, agility and athleticism to get the job done. He would excel in Roping (Heading Horse), Barrel Racing or Penning. With the performance breeding on top and bottom, combined with his pretty head, gentle and quiet disposition, he has a lot to offer. Currently in training. Priced at $7,500 obo. 250-803-6003 (Salmon Arm), 7/09

POWERS NORTHERN AUDITION STADIUM JUMPS & RAILS Great prices, excellent product, huge selection. Painted and unpainted. Many photos available. Call Tammy 250-832-3409 (Salmon Arm) E-mail:

12-YR Tennessee Walker Mare, Sorrel, 15.1HH. (The Power Is On x Sunday’s Trail End). “Audie” is DNA registered, and a well broke maiden mare. Easy to handle, no vices, suitable for beginner. Loves attention and has had the best of care. UTD on shots, worming, feet. Gets along great in a herd and is easily placed. $3,000 obo. ALSO: Gaited saddle for sale to fi t this Walker. Lynette 250-836-2305 day/evening (Sicamous) • 75

On The Market

TRUCK & TRAILER RIG BIMBO’S CRISTY D Dual registered (ApHCC/ApHC) 1999 Appaloosa Mare. Halter broke, leads, ties, stands for farrier. Cristy has had 3 foals for us and is an excellent mom. She has a wonderfully kind temperament and could make someone a nice riding horse without a lot of effort. We are retiring and offering our horses for your consideration. OTHER HORSES AVAILABLE. WindWalker Appaloosas 250-838-0852 (Enderby BC)

‘94 Chev Silverado extended cab, 3/4 ton, 350, 8cyl, tow pkge, full bed w/HD liner, new custom hightop canopy w/tinted sliders, 175,500km, only used 1/2 yr for occasional weekend hauling. Clean, never smoked in, lady driven. Matching ‘03 Thurobilt Spirit 2 horse angle haul, bumper pull w/rubber wall & floor mats, padded telescoping divider, tack room w/2 ea folding saddle racks, blanket bars, lots of hooks. Tackroom door opens to convert entire trailer into huge dressing room w/private alley for porta-potti. Great for camping, space for cot & gear. Light & easy towing, body, floor, brakes, wiring in very good condition. Can email pics. Both $11,900 ALSO: Wilderness 22’ Travel Trailer, immaculate! $10,500 Pics avail. 250-838-5737 (Enderby)

PEACEFUL, PRIVATE ENDERBY VIEW ACREAGE. 5 acres w/pasture, treed paddocks with creek, double shelter, auto waterer. Gorgeous executive 3 bed, 2 bath rancher; vaulted ceilings, skylights, bamboo hardwood, new alder kitchen, 2 FPs, 2 courtyards, heated 2-car garage, kennel, 765 sq.ft. workshop – easy convert to rental cottage. Absolute privacy, only 3 min. to downtown in desirable area, wildlife abounds, crown land/trails nearby. REDUCED $599,000. 250-838-5737 (Enderby) See more at


ELFONDO’S WHISPER OF SIN Sire Foxtails Triple Threat; Dam Elfondo’s Ebony Joy. 4-year-old Reg’d Morgan Mare, 14.3 HH. Sweet nature, easy to catch, loads well. Good trail horse, will try anything. Very athletic, good Reining prospect, excellent feet. Asking $3,500. Amber 250-843-7186 (Dawson Creek BC)

Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale

Sired By:

Goldun Poco Mr Matt Dun AQHA NFQH 97% Poco Bueno 34% Herda N/N

Great feet, well-schooled. Goes English and Western. Loves the trails. Awesome all-around horse. Safe and kind. Asking $3,000. 250-378-5223 (Merritt)


LBJ Sierras Blue TE AQHA Blue Roan Te N’Te, Blue Boy Quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines.


Introducing Grullo AQHA, NFQH 100%, Herda N/N Poco Bueno Bloodlines Doublebred grandson of Little Steeldust

Ridden on trails and roads. Moved cattle. Shots, teeth done this Spring. Loads and trailers well. Good for farrier. Prefer experienced horseperson. $2,800. 250-868-1200 (Kelowna)


Grandson of Little Steeldust 3rd Open Reining ARCHA 2003 and

Jaz Acero Twist


Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC • ph/fax: 250-843-7337

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Breeders of Registered Miniature Donkeys for Show and Companionship 403-335-4952 Didsbury, AB E-mail: (Associates in Crawford Bay & Aldergrove, BC)


Shop & Swap! FOR SALE


ssfield Carriage o r C Company Ltd.

BEAUTIFUL BLACK REG’D PERUVIAN MARE, 10 years old. Light riding due to old injury. Asking $1,900. ALSO: Healthy Companion TB/Morgan X Mare, 22 years old, to approved home. Prefer to go together. 250-494-4335 (Summerland)

A full line of North America’s finest driving vehicles and accessories

1996 TRAILS WEST SANTA FE2. 2 horse Angle Haul. Large walk-in tack room. Good condition. $5,500. 250-8337726 (Salmon Arm)

• Carriage Machine • Smucker’s • Carriage Lamps

• Bell Crown • Zilco • Accessories


1-403-946-5202 • 1-866-946-5202

BEAUTIFUL, GENTLE, intelligent Arabians for shows, endurance or backyard pleasure. Rare old style Gainey bloodlines for sale/lease. 250-547-9367 (Lumby) 2003 TRAILS WEST 3H with Living Quarters. 6 ft. short wall, fridge, furnace, h.w., porta-potty, mid-tack, stock combo. 14 ft. awning & hay rack. $12,500. 604-805-9431 (Aldergrove)

2 BEDROOM, 1,800 sq. ft. new home in Silver Creek, riverfront, and 2 acres of pasture. $1,000 per month. Good references required. 250-832-0239 (Salmon Arm)

WANTED Sunnybrae Bible Camp (located on Shuswap lake) is in need of CALM HORSES FOR ITS HORSE PROGRAM. We are starting to develop a full time horse program, and are looking for horses for a summer lease or permanent home. If you have horses suitable for beginners call Meaghan at 250-517-8721

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 6/09

EVENTS Carrying Work Wear, Work Boots, Clothing and Gloves for all Seasons

1050 30 Street SW Salmon Arm, BC



2008 Royal T - 3 Horse All Aluminum Goose Neck 6’ short wall in change room. 7’ interior ht, drop down windows, drop down window bars, hip side windows, mid tack, spare tire & jack, LED lights, load lights, 16” rubber, rubber lined & mats, padded dividers, vents. MSRP $28,673 + taxes. Must go! Blow Out Prices! $21,156 + taxes. Phone Parker at: 888-304-8845 (Abbotsford)

NEW DAWN R ANCH Sorrento (Notch Hill) BC • Available for Events UPCOMING • 110’ x 280’ Arena Rental CLINICS June to October • Concession & Tenting Doug Mills • Horse Boarding Training Thru Trust Toll Free: 1.888.737.2624 Call for Dates Ph: 250.835.4482


2008 Royal T - 2 Horse All Aluminum Bumper Pull 7’ 6” interior ht, drop down feed doors, drop down window bars, hip side windows, load lights, swing out saddle tree, spare tire, rubber lined with mats, padded divider, vents, key lock rear & tack doors, LED lights. MSRP $15,727 + taxes. Must go! Blow Out Prices! $12,462 + taxes. Phone Parker at: 888-304-8845 (Abbotsford)



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JOINT CARE FOR YOUR HORSE Glucosamine MSN Chondroitin 250-318-6308

* Tippa: 5-year-old Chestnut Mare Ready for Training $3,000 + GST * Litla: 10-year-old Black Mare Friendly, easygoing, tolt and nice trot $7,000 + GST * Roekkvie: 8-year-old Dark Sorrel Gelding, tall. Speed, all gaits clear and comfortable Still in the beginning of his training $8,500 + GST 250-427-7625 or 250-567-3298 Kimberley, BC


ASPENGROVE EQUESTRIAN ACADEMY Our facility is now available for: * Clinics * Workshops * Meetings * Reunions * 7 Cabins and Clubhouse * Pasture Boarding or Paddocks * Clubs or Private Functions * Catered or non-catered * Horse Events & Clinics (34 paddocks w/run-in shelters, 2 riding rings) 250-545-9470 Lavington, BC7/09 • 77

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OVERNIGHT STABLING FACILITY. 3 minutes off Hwy #1. Stalls with paddock, large yard for parking and plug-in available. Lunor Black Arabians, Salmon Arm, B.C. Phone: 250-832-1592, E-mail: 6/09


Only five minutes from the Mall

Large Paddocks, Round Pen 200' x 100' Sand Arena EC Cert. Western Coach Lorraine Pilon offering lessons 250-545-2010 or 250-307-6609 (Vernon)




16 YR OLD REG’D TB MARE, racing bloodlines. Broodmare or can be ridden by experienced rider. Approved home only. 250 546 4180 (Armstrong)

* 130 x 160' Outdoor Riding Ring * 25 x 60' Pens (with shelters & turnout) * Full Board (3 feedings per day) * Equine Therapist (by appointment)

FREE LEASE - RIDER WANTED: 9 yr. Paint Mare goes English and Western, has done clinics, local shows and lots of trails. Ideal 4-H project or Pony Club for intermediate rider. UTD with shots and farrier. Currently in professional training. Pregnant owner needs someone to keep her fit and schooled. To good home only. 250-344-4948 (Golden)

Loving Care for your prized four-legged companion! 7 minutes from IPE Fairgrounds


250-546-3447 or 250-260-0273


(5073 Schubert Road, Armstrong, BC)

L & L Quarter Horses Horse Boarding in Vernon

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


Private Scenic Trails • 700 Acre Ranch Herd Environment • 24 Hr Turnout Bunch Grass • Trees • Hills • Wildlife Colt Starting • Training • Trailering Layups • Retirement • Rehab

More info at

Located on East Vernon Road in the BX 5 minutes to Vernon, BC

250-545-9014 or 250-558-8289

QUARTERSPOT RANCH Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

Natural Boarding “A Pasture Paradise”

Summer Riding Camps in July and August For 9-16 year olds in the Sunny Shuswap

• Offering Full Board • 25 x 250 Paddocks with Shelters • 100 x 200 Outdoor Sand Arena • Access to Trails • Heated Automatic Waterers

15 minutes from downtown Vernon

250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC

Chaganjuu Andalusians and Platinum Horse Sports


250-675-3141 or cell 250-517-9690


SERVICES GAMBLE FARM SERVICES: Big square baling. Manure spreading trucks and loader available. Silage chopping, trucking and bagging. Call Jeff 250-546-8947 or cell 250558-8506 (North Okanagan) 6/09

Boarding - Training - Lessons * Covered Arena 80x160 * Outdoor Arena 80x140 * Round Pen * Paddocks with Shelters Certified CHA Coach & Trainer

Cindy Kirschman (Chris Irwin Certified)


250-545-6948 Vernon

(Near Predator Ridge Resort)

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Affordable Barns $17,995. plus delivery Standard Size 36’ x 24’ 4 - 12’ x 12’ Wood Lined Box Stalls 12’ Wide Center Alley Built in your yard ready to use No Cement Required Other sizes and options available Financing OAC

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WANTED USED TACK BUY SELL & TRADE Deep Creek General Store 0

250-546-3955 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong

The Leather Lady Custom Made Chaps Any Style – Finest Quality Plus Repairs Now in Australian Saddles New and Used LEATHER & STITCHES Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 10/09



Get ‘R’ Done Tack ‘N’ Feed Farm Market Located at Hwy 6 & Aberdeen Rd, Coldstream, BC (Formerly Aberdeen Farm Market & Tammy’s Tack, Armstrong)

Pet & Livestock Feed & Supplies Consigned Horse Tack (strictly show clothing welcome) In Season Fruits & Vegetables Authorized Dealer OPEN Tues-Fri 8-5:30 pm, Sat 8:30-6 pm Tamara & Tammy 250-545-2134

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MLS® List Price: $898,800

Kitchen Magic & Down Home Charm!

What is not to LOVE about this well-rounded ‘Real Estate Opportunity’? 16.08 (with irrigation and view) acres of peaceful, private Country Living presented at its finest! Ideal ‘Income’ operation for ‘free-range’ chickens complete with egg sales, hay/beef sales, and shop set up with living quarters for your hired hand while you are sipping a bevy with an umbrella in Mexico! Extremely well-appointed home with a ‘must have’ kitchen and cabinets galore, hardwood/tile, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, with walkout basement. Well-maintained outbuildings for your hens, feed and hay storage. A garden area is waiting for your green thumb. THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO BUY TODAY AND PROFIT TOMORROW! 5004 HULLCAR ROAD, ARMSTRONG MLS® List Price: $825,000

Bring your Lexus to B.C. Texas

108 Acre Jewel with three separate titles (60/20/28) located in the beautiful North Okanagan. 60 (ALR) Productive level acres (hay/pasture) are available to roll into production, the balance is park like and beautifully treed. 20 and 28 Acres (Non ALR) have well logs and septic assessments on file. Refurbished farm home to live in while you build your ‘future estate’. Just a 4 km jaunt east of Enderby BC and one 6 oz. coffee from Armstrong. Preliminary discussions with N.O.R.D. re development options. Room to BUILD, BREATHE or BALE! Invest in your Dream…You are worth it!

26 ALBAS ROAD, ENDERBY MLS® List Price: 60 acres $735,000; 28 Acres $369,000; 20 Acres $389,000

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