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Open House at Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge


estled on 80 acres in the beautiful and serene Turtle Valley is the Donkey Refuge. The Donkey Refuge, a Registered Charity, is a permanent, secure and safe home for over 30 donkeys that have been rescued or surrendered from all over British Columbia. The founders Rob Miller and Shirley Mainprize have dedicated their life to ensure that the resident Donkeys will heal from their physical and emotional wounds and become the happy and content animal that they so deserve to be. Donkeys are often a misunderstood animal that can live to be over 50 years of age and are likely to be passed from home to home in their lifetime. These donkeys often do not receive the medical, dental and farrier care that they require for good The Turtle Valleyy Donkeyy Refuge g is hostingg its 4th Annual Donkeyy Dayy Fund Raisingg Celebration on June 23 and 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event offers visitors a chance to meet and greet the donkeys and hear their stories, as well as good food, Great Music featuring Kelly and Blu Hopkins, Chris Stevens, Carling Crossing, Kamloops Fiddlers and so much more… Kids crafts, face painting, Antique Farm Equipment, Blacksmith Demonstrations, as well as Farrier,

Veterinary and Equine Dentist demonstrations. A Family Fun Day at the Refuge. Admission is a suggested donation of $7.00 per adult, $5.00 per youth and a Family of 4 rate of $20.00. We look forward to your visit. For more information call Shirley or Rob at 250-679-2778. Deena and Tim.

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From the Editor… Features Donkey Refuge Fundraiser Foal Health - Part 1 Stress & Transport TFC - Paul Dufresne Challenging Trainer’s Challenge Training - Dana Hokana Stalls vs Pasture The Colourful Appaloosa Clicker Training Packing for a CTR Wild Rose Draft Sale

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Is June here already? The months this year are just flyiiiiiing by! My friend Ruby and I returned from The Mane Event in Red Deer unscathed; we managed to keep each other entertained with the 8 ½+ hour drive each way, slept together (apart) for 4 nights (she snores… sorry Ruby! Kate, we’ve met your match!); managed to dodge (most of) those fl ippin’ pot holes on the Trans Canada Highway – what an embarrassment to the province! At least we did not get snow on our trip! And as usual, The Mane Event was a fabulous show! Great restaurants in Red Deer too! I received an email from a friend with a link to a video showing the violence and cruelty in the training practices for Tennessee Walking Horses; and this was supposedly aired on ABC’s World News and ABC’s Nightline show on May 16 (which I did not see). Here is the link: I watched it… and could not believe my eyes! How desperate of a competitor or trainer are you that you need to go to these extremes in order to a win or ‘show’ the best? Despicable! No care for the horse whatsoever – it’s all about the money! Readers, as sad as it is to watch – am looking for your feedback. Onto to something more pleasant like… riding! Shows and events are popping up all over – how do you pick? Why is attendance down at most shows? Is it the gas prices holding you back from travelling? The entry fees? Or you are tired of competing and just want to trail ride? Or get out of the ‘horse’ business entirely? Looking for your feedback here too readers! See you at the Gaited Fun Show in Armstrong on June 9-10. Look for me, smiling, riding a (loaned) Peruvian!

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Foal Health Part 1: Foaling By Sarah Greenwood, DVM, Greenwood Veterinary Services Having a foal is an adventure - one filled with excitement but also sometimes heartache and frustration! These spindly-legged creatures, with their soft muzzles and mischievous natures are surprisingly fragile despite their precocial natures. Here, we will review what to expect with the normal foal birth and when intervention is needed.


once had a professor in veterinary school who said, “If you can catch a mare foaling, odds are something is amiss!” I find this to be quite true in my private practice; by the time an owner has found a mare foaling, assessed the situation, maybe attempted to help her and then made the decision to call me, the process should have already been done! On a similar note, it seems to me that most mares would prefer to foal in privacy and in the middle of the night. The normal foaling can be divided into three phases: preparation, labour and expulsion of the placenta. The first phase may last between 30 minutes to four hours and is characterized by essentially what looks like mild colic as the foal is rotating into the normal “diver” position and the cervix is dilating. Assuming the mare has already been moved into a clean, dry area (ideally four weeks prior, such that her immune system can acclimatize), her tail can be lightly wrapped and her vulvar and anal area washed and dried. Sure enough, as soon as you do this, odds are her water will break and you’ll have to do it again. The second phase is the most dramatic and should be the shortest: delivery. Here, we have forceful contractions and the expulsion of the foal, the normal position being that 6 • Saddle Up • June 2012

with the foal coming out with his chin on his forelimbs, front legs first, feet facing down. Any other position may result in dystocia (difficult birthing) requiring repositioning of the foal (an often-challenging task for even the most experienced veterinarian). Body parts should start to become visible at the vulva within five minutes of water breaking. Time is of the essence at this point, as the foal’s oxygenation and blood supply from the mare is going to be compromised and he must be expelled quickly to start breathing on his own. Mother Nature is smart, however; the act of being compressed during birth plays an important role in helping force fluid from the airways. Which reminds me, watch out for “red bag” delivery, where instead of seeing those little feet or other body parts coming out with just a thin amniotic sac draped over them, you see thick, velvety red tissue coming out - i.e. the placenta. Immediately, but carefully, tear this tissue open as it is not normal and will prevent the foal from breathing on his own. Delivery shouldn’t take more than 20-30 minutes. I usually tell my clients, if you managed to catch your mare foaling and it’s been 20 minutes, call your vet immediately because by the time he/she gets there, a lot of time will have passed. Personally, I’d much rather be called to a potential dystocia in the middle of the night, get in my truck only to get a call 10 minutes later saying, “no worries, she foaled out beautifully” than to get that same call the next morning saying “can you come and help, my mare’s been stuck foaling for the last two hours.” We will all be happier and have a better outcome if any necessary intervention occurs early.

The final stage is the passing of the placenta and this could occur within 30 minutes to three hours. Unlike some other mammals, horses do not do well if they fail to pass their placenta in its entirety and quickly. This species can easily become sick as bacteria and their toxins gain access to the blood stream, causing fever, exhaustion, colic, laminitis/ founder and sometimes death. Never, never, never, (one more time) NEVER try to pull a placenta out, no matter how tempting it may be. You’re far more likely to rip it and cause more damage than good. If you need to do something, carefully tie the placenta to itself in a knot at the level of the hocks or higher to avoid the mare standing on it. If, by the two and a half hour mark, that placenta is not fully expelled, call your vet and he/she can help using uterine flushing and drugs such as oxytocin. Also, always carefully inspect the placenta once it has been expelled to make sure that all of it is there; pay special attention to the tips of the horns. Now, what to do about that umbilical cord? Many times, it will break gently on its own from the weight of the foal dropping to the ground. There is a very HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Foal Health, cont’d handy, well-demarcated area that is a natural break point about one to two inches from the foal’s belly. If you need to break the cord (notice, I didn’t say “cut”) do it there, using clean hands to gently grasp and twist. Next, go wash that stump with dilute chlorhexidine (0.5 %). We used to say use full strength iodine (a tincture), but that’s now thought to cause more tissue damage than good. Continue to clean that stump (clean your hands first) every 6-8 hours for the next few days and monitor closely for bleeding, urine leaking or pain and swelling. That belly button stump is one of the primary ways for bacteria to climb into your foal’s body and cause sepsis which is the major cause of foal death. Normal foals should be up and nursing within no more than two hours, some as early as 30 minutes. Make sure you have cleaned the mare’s udder, rinsed well and patted it dry. Check to make sure she has colostrum. Now if you can only take away one thing from this article, make it the following: A foal that either fails to get up and nurse enough colostrum during the first 6-8 hours of life, or whose mare fails to make adequate, high-quality colostrum, is doomed to go down the path of failure of passive transfer (FPT) and nobody wants to deal with FPT. FPT essentially means that a newborn foal failed to get the antibodies from his mother that he needs to protect him against all of the bacteria and other invaders that his immune system has no idea exist. These are bacteria that adult, healthy horses can encounter every day and not have a problem but to a foal, can be deadly. Here’s the kicker, there’s a seriously limited window of time for that foal to get those antibodies. Giving a colostrum supplementation the next day is useless - his gut will not be able to absorb those antibodies. By that time, you need intravenous plasma transfusion. The gut starts to close off its doors to full-sized proteins like antibodies starting as early as four hours after birth and finishing at 24 hours. The first six hours are the golden period - regardless of all of the care and attention you give that foal, if he doesn’t get high-quality colostrum and enough of it within the first six hours of life, you will have trouble. I encourage all of my clients to have newborn foals (and their mares) evaluated within 24 hours of birth, at which point foal antibody levels can be tested. Sarah Greenwood, BSc, DVM, owns and operates Greenwood Veterinary Services, a mobile equine practice, out of Lake Country, BC, since 2010. She came to the Okanagan in 2007 to practice equine and small animal medicine and surgery. She has worked in researching equine microbiology and antibiotic use in foals and interned in equine medicine and surgery in both Australia and Edmonton. Currently, she is involved in endurance race vetting as well as BCSPCA cruelty investigation cases, in addition to regular equine practice.

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Stress and Transport, Part 1 By Kevan Garecki We all know what stress is. Some of us experience that feeling in the pit of our stomachs when things aren’t going right, while others actually manifest physical symptoms such as gastric distress, perspiration, muscle tremors and many other indicators. Stress creates a multitude of psychological reactions ranging from mild anxiety to debilitating near-panic mode, severe depression, and reduces immune responses which can invite illness.


ong-term stress can produce ulcers, musculoskeletal disorders, heart irregularities and create a host of psychological vices. Prolonged stress can negatively affect essential hormone production needed for digestion and metabolism, and reproduction and growth. Minimizing stress creates a healthier environment, reduces illness and fatigue, helps maintain performance levels and protects our investment in the horse. Defining Stress and Identifying Stressful Situations Defining stress takes a little insight, and doing so on behalf of our horses requires a solid grasp of the various types of stressors and their individual effects on the horse. In studying medical reports on this topic, I made a number of discoveries, not the least of which was that those who conducted the myriad of tests to determine equine stressors “discovered” what many experienced horse people already know; horses react to stress in much the same way humans do, and suffer from similar effects. I am going to present a few of the more prevalent, and some notso-obvious equine stressors associated with transport. Most of us have seen the fearful reactions many horses display at the mere sight of an open trailer, but the actual cause of the horse’s anxiety may be much more complicated than one might think. Every horse is claustrophobic - some just hide it better. Many horses “internalize” their anxiety to the point that we may easily believe travelling is no big deal to them. The most commonly perceived stressor for horses in transit is of course the loading phase, but getting our equine friends on board is just the

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beginning of their worries. Separation from herd mates, unfamiliar sounds and elevated noise levels, disrupted schedules and habits, different food and water, confinement and restraint all elicit stress responses in horses. The combined effects of these stressors can be exponential, extremely debilitating and even physically harmful. Stress is frequently cumulative, meaning the more often a horse is exposed to the stressful situation, the harder it becomes for them to cope. This is contrary to what many might think, feeling that the more often we expose the horse to a particular stressor the easier it should become for them to deal with it. While a confident horse will build on successful experiences, increasing their self-assurance each time, those with lower self esteem or just more nervous simply regard each attempt as another horrible thing humans do to horses! Eventually the latter can no longer deal with the stress and refuses in an initial attempt to control the situation. We frequently misinterpret this as “I don’t wanna” and force the issue, thereby adding another brick to the wall we’ll hit next time; the cause and effect cycle spirals exponentially until we end up with a horse that either develops a vice or becomes unmanageable. The predictable result is the horse is labelled as “bad,” and we ramp up the “training” accordingly. By backing things up a bit and looking at the individual stressors we can not only help the horse overcome them but use that learning event to make even greater steps at building confidence and ultimately, trust. Identifying individual stressors can also help us indentify potential threats and help the horse deal with them one at a time, bolstering their ability to minimize stress on their own. It is important to pay attention to what the horse is reacting to, and how. Balking at the entrance may simply be from the horse’s eyes needing time to adjust to lower light inside the trailer, so allow them time to investigate before asking them to move inside. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Stress and Transport, cont’d By not allowing this simple step, we can inadvertently raise the horse’s stress level, making the next stressor harder to take. The ideal transport environment for a horse is one which is a comfortable temperature, offers proper ventilation and footing, is free from excessive noise and mimics as closely as possible their normal routine. Our behaviour can directly affect stress on our horses too. I’ve preached this often and at length; our confidence level will bear directly on how our horses react to a stressful situation. If we calmly guide our horses, they will take their cue from us. They will also feel our anxiety, fear and confusion; so be aware of what the horse perceives! While loading, if we are hesitant, nervous or present anything less than a confident leader to a horse, he/she will be far less likely to follow, especially into a scary box! In transit,

our driving has a significant impact on the horses’ stress level; poor driving techniques are a common stressor, and ultimately the reason many horses develop “trailering issues.” Hazardous conditions are equally as important to consider; rough roads, bad weather, delays, traffic and even the time of day the trip is taken can all combine to make the trip difficult for the horse to bear. The effects of transport-related stress can continue to affect the horse long after the trip is over. This is one reason why it’s important to allow a horse to rest for a period at least equal to that of the trip itself, on arrival. The longer the trip, the more time horsey needs to decompress. The rest period allows the horse to recover from the stress of travelling and to recuperate from the fatigue. The importance of this rest period cannot be overstated, as it impacts health

and general well-being, performance, reproduction, growth and the ability of the immune system to deal with infections and disease. Subsequent installments will investigate individual stressors and their particular effects on horses, and offer hints and insight into minimizing the root causes. Kevan Garecki has invested much of his life in communicating with horses on their own terms. His photography is an example of this devotion, as is the care with which he conducts his own transport business. With extensive experience in rescue and rehabilitation, Kevan is active with the SPCA and equine-oriented charities. He was recently chosen to teach the Certified Livestock Transporter program in BC. See Kevan’s new book “Tow Like A Pro” – Book Review on page 28.

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Training For Courage by Paul Dufresne GAIT DEVELOPMENT: WALK, PART 3

It’s funny how easily certain instructions can be misinterpreted. I realized that I can be more precise with details so there is less confusion for the leader and the horse. In parts 1 and 2 in Gait Development at the Walk, there was discussion of how to achieve a proper roll-over or quartering movement.


will review a few details here then clarify the theory behind the practical applications. In the roll-over, we put the horse in a bend under 90 degrees to start, and then as the horse softens, the bend is closer to 90. At this point, we bring the hand from an outside lateral position to above the neck, closer to the middle of the neck, to slowly elevate and to ask the horse to offer a vertical flexion. This upward motion of the hand in a soft manner is timed with the heel pressing behind the girth area on the same side as that of the rein. This is a position that allows the horse to release its topline and to cross over with very little resistance with the hind legs. It is important to note that this is a flexibility and relaxation exercise. This is not a way of moving in more developed performance movements. One of the common errors I see people committing when trying to lead in this technique is to go from the outside hand causing lateral bend and then bringing the rein toward their navel. Rather, the hand should be out in front of them with the elbow slightly forward of the body and the hand

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more over the middle of the horse’s neck before lift ing it for the flexion. Bringing the hand inward to the navel causes twisting of the head and not a proper rolling of the jaw. It may be helpful to riders when they press with the heel to think of their energy connecting to their heel, pushing the hip over and across. This is not a Bauchertype movement where the horse keeps learning to move in an over-bent Hand sliding down rein moving toward position. What we are my hip for the reach of the front right trying to do is effect shoulder. a flexion with as little resistance as possible; when the horse becomes supple, we ask the horse to engage itself in a forward movement without negative tension of the topline. This forward movement is enhanced by the fact that when we remove tension, the horse will be better connected to our energy, unencumbered by the restraint of a tight rein. The rein, in the relaxation phase, must have float - not contact. After a flexion, the horse will release the muscle tension at the poll more effectively if we allow it to put those Hand position at near 90 degree bend muscles into a relaxed and then drawing slightly upward to position without pressure. create vertical flexion above horse’s When the horse is crossing neck. under with a relaxed poll, it will naturally start to move forward in a more correct and collected position whereby it raises itself as it pushes forward. We do not raise it in the driving action. As a fitness consultant, if I asked a person to do a stretch of the HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training For Courage, cont’d calf muscle by leaning on a wall, then to take one foot back while pressing the heel down, I would have a relaxation phase after the first stretch before I asked for another. If you keep asking a muscle to stretch further without a relaxation phase it will surely get to the point where it will begin to tighten to prevent over stretching, because of the discomfort and protective mechanism. Asking for a vertical flexion with steady pressure (trying to hold a horse in that position) and trying to drive the rear never allows the horse to relax in that position. This further tightens the whole topline, negating positive engagement, and thus shortening the stride and tightening the body. It becomes more of an isometric contraction of muscle against muscle rather than a coordinated movement of relaxed shape. Any time a horse has an inclination to tighten the topline, it is better to review and repeat a bend and then a flexion with engagement of the hip to maintain a better starting point. We should not persist in movements that keep a horse progressively getting tighter. When done correctly, any lateral movement will cause a relaxed flexion and freedom of movement in the walk in the relaxation phase. If the horse does not soften its body a bit more after every try, this means quite simply we have done it wrong. Go back to the start of a serpentine and then when you have a softer horse see if you can then carry this feel into the shoulder-in or leg yield. When we train horses we always have to be willing to re-group and evaluate the results of the reaction of a horse with anything we have asked them to do. If a lateral movement causes

tension rather than relaxation it is because of our timing or a problem when we began to initiate a movement. Where our energy is focused often limits the effect of an aid. Energy and the aids should be co-ordinated in the effort, when it comes to direction, otherwise the horse will be confused. When you want the horse to move in a particular direction your core and gaze should be unified in that direction. Too often the energy drops down on the horse’s front end if you try to watch the flexion or focus on your hand position. It is ok to look at what you are doing with a momentary glance, but if you stay focused on that, you will tend to lean on the front end and not be in a balanced position. This will cause a negative effect when it comes to a flexion or engagement of the hindquarter. Proper execution of these softening exercises ALWAYS causes horses to be in a better emotional state to lead! Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Pritchard, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship, Classical Arts, Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses and, more importantly, how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. The horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they affect each other. Visit his website at


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Huge Draw at Mane Event, Red Deer By Jan Mansfield (Random photos by Saddle Up magazine)


linics, demonstrations and presentations from world-class equine experts, along with over 240 trade fair exhibitors, drew a huge attendance at the Mane Event Equine Education and Trade Fair held April 27-29 at Westerner Park. The Event, making its sixth appearance in Red Deer, attracted over 45,000 visitors over three days. They were drawn by the opportunity to learn from a renowned roster of clinicians including Canadian Olympic dressage rider Cindy Ishoy. Champion horseman Dan James, who competes for his native Australia, delighted the crowds with his horsemanship presentations delivered with an entertaining flair. The incomparable Michael Richardson left his huge audiences both inspired and more knowledgeable as he used his wheelchair as a tool for his horsemanship presentations. An accident several years ago left him a paraplegic. Saturday night’s Equine Experience had the capacity crowd cheering in appreciation of the diverse range of equine entertainment which included drill teams, breed Martin Black (centre) was the Trainers Challenge Champion just edging out demonstrations, trick horses, a working cow demonstration Kerry Kuhn (left) and Mike Kevil for and Dan James’ liberty demonstration which closed out the the top score. Photo courtesy of Mane evening. Event Expo. Final day highlights included the debut of an Extreme Trail competition, judged by Mitch Hoover and Ellen Smailes as well as the Trainers Challenge Final, which resulted in Martin Black of Idaho being named the Champion. He narrowly edged out Kerry Kuhn of Kansas and Arizona’s Mike Kevil when the final scores were tallied. All three trainers were impressive in demonstrating what they had been able to accomplish with the young fi llies they had been training over three days. “Our goal is to make available the very best in equine education and product availability to those who travel from near and far to the Mane Event,” said Gail Barker, spokesperson for the Mane Event. “We are encouraged by the favourable response we have received from our clinicians, exhibitors and attendees. We continually search for new ways to ensure that equine enthusiasts, regardless of their particular interests, find value in attending the Mane Event.” The Mane Event opens its doors for its ninth year at Heritage Park in Chilliwack, BC on October 19-21, and returns to Red Deer April 26-28, 2013. Find complete information at www. See highlights and interviews on our You Tube channel at Photo by Cheryl Nygaard, North ManeEventExpo. Fork Gypsy Cobs

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Challenging the Trainer’s Challenge By Barbra Ann King


ost horse rescue operations are either at full capacity or very close to it. Many horses they rescue are young, unstarted horses. They are nursed back to health, assessed by veterinarians and hopefully placed in good homes. Some rescue operations even have the time and available staff to start some of these young horses; but most rely heavily on volunteers to care and handle the horses, so getting them started under saddle is not always an option. When these young horses get a good start under saddle, they have a better chance of finding a good home. Rescue operations pour their hearts and souls (and bank accounts) into helping horses have a decent life. They are entirely devoted to the well-being of the horse. The Trainer’s Challenge competition takes place every year at the Mane Event in Chilliwack, BC, and in Red Deer, AB, as well as in other horse events across the country and beyond. Three trainers are randomly assigned a horse to train over a period of three days. The horses are very young (two to three years old) and not started. They all have similar backgrounds and usually come from the same ranch to ensure they have all been handled the same way. At the end of the Trainer’s Challenge, the young horses are sold as green broke, ready to pursue a life as a saddle horse. Pretty much all of the trainers that participate in this competition are used to starting horses and do it for a living. I heard one guy say he starts 30-50 horses a week. I’m thinking this competition is not so much of a challenge after all. Here’s an idea: what if we were to use rescued foals for the Trainer’s Challenge? I’m sure it wouldn’t be difficult to find three young horses of similar age. It doesn’t matter if they are not from the same breeder because, as a horse breeder pointed out to me, you can have foals out of the same dam and sire that have totally different character traits. Most horse owners do not have the skills to take on HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

an unbroken horse, but they don’t mind purchasing a horse that has been started. I see a win-win combination here. If the horses used in trainer’s challenges came from rescue operations, that would take three foals off their hands and the money these horses bring in when sold after the challenge could go back to the rescue operation. We know rescue organizations could use the extra funds to help out other horses. If the Trainer’s Challenge supported rescue operations, there would be more awareness of rescued horses. There could even be a $1 cover fee for spectators to watch and learn during the challenge. The money collected could go back to the rescue organizations that supplied the horses. As for the trainers, they would get a real challenge where they would have the opportunity to show all their skills as a trainer. The horses and trainers would also be on more even ground as neither one would know what to expect from the other. The audience would get to see what trainers do when faced with this kind of challenge. This would be a more realistic challenge that would match every day experiences. When I ran this idea by a few people, most found it to be an extraordinary idea. But one respondent was concerned with the fact that the trainers had to have horses that were “properly” raised. Apparently, training a horse that has a shady background or an unknown sire is not acceptable and can even be dangerous for the trainers. Does this mean too difficult? I believe it is safe to say that all attendees at the Mane Event are horse lovers (or they are accompanying someone who is!). Most of us want what is best for horses everywhere. No one likes learning that a perfectly good horse was sent to the meat market because it was unwanted. Can we not pull together and make the Trainer’s Challenge about starting young horses, no matter what breed or background? I think all three trainers

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would be winners in this situation because they all cared enough to take up the challenge of helping a horse have a good start in life. I honestly hope that I have started some dialog with this article. The Trainer’s Challenge competition could develop to its full potential, showcasing trainers that can demonstrate how skillful they really are. The Challenge could bring awareness to the growing problem of abandoned, unwanted and abused horses where most go for meat without the chance at a useful and happy life. Barbra Ann King is an internationally known horse behaviour specialist, founder of the Relationship Riding© method and author of the book, “Opening to Consciousness with Relationship Riding.” She specializes in rehabilitating horses and optimizing performance. She travels year-round sharing her passion with like-minded horse owners and offers video consultations for troubleshooting through her website • 13


I am going to teach you how to try out a prospective horse with knowledge of what to look for, and give you some valuable tips to help you to pick “the right one.” It is much easier to make the right choice the first time!

1. Be very clear about what you want! I see many people set their goals and be very clear about what they want. They will look for a while and when they don’t find their dream horse they get overly anxious and “fall in love” and buy a horse that really wasn’t right for them. So I encourage you to think about exactly what you need and want. Stick with that goal as much as possible. Also, don’t get hung up on things that really aren’t important, such as color (unless you are specifically showing at a color breed show). I even recommend that you stay somewhat flexible about age, unless you are looking for a futurity horse, and that you stay open minded to slight imperfections on the vet check. I am not telling you to buy an unsound horse, but I have seen people be very rigid about the pre-purchase exam and miss a really great horse that was sound. He might have some minor radiographic changes or some other slight problem; I urge you to use caution and to trust your vet, but I also know there is no perfect horse. With all of this said, I recommend you set your goals clearly and stick to them as closely as possible. Some of the things that you might not want to waver on are quality of the horse, suitability for the show circuit that you want to show on, level of training (especially if you are a green rider), personality type (which we will address later), and if the horse is safe for your level of riding. There are times that a person may choose to vary their decision on level of training, and that might be if a person is dead-set on having a horse that is a world-class horse and the only way 14 • Saddle Up • June 2012

to afford one would be to buy a younger/ greener horse that is less expensive. But do your best to not let your emotions or your impatience push you to make a wrong decision!

2. Evaluate your personality type I definitely feel that certain people and certain horses are a fit, while others are a mismatch. All horses and people have individual personalities. Some are laid back and nothing much bothers them, while others are high strung and easily rattled! Take a moment and honestly look at yourself and your personality style. Also, how much time can you invest in your horse? If you work or are very busy, you would probably get along best with a horse that is low key and low energy. A high-energy horse always takes more time because you will need to lunge or ride him longer. Some of them will also take longer to train, and you will need to allow more time at a show to prepare them because of their energy. When you look at your prospective horse, ask a lot of questions. For example, how long do you lunge or ride before you show and how long did they ride or lunge before you got there to try him. If you have a lot of time and are a patient, low-key person, you may get along fine with a high-energy horse. There is also a difference between a high-energy horse and a sensitive horse. A sensitive horse may require a more experienced rider. The sensitive horse will need a rider very in control of their hands, legs, and seat. I do not consider myself a low-key person; however I am very patient with most horses and have been able to get along with a lot of sensitive hot mares. I

didn’t start out that way, but have learned certain techniques to help a horse like that to learn and like their job!

3. Evaluate the horse’s personality type In the ideal situation, you are dealing with a seller that you trust and when you ask questions you will get accurate answers. But you can find out a lot about the horse by watching his body language. A fast-thinking, sensitive horse will usually show you signs of his personality. If you cue him, does he quickly move off or do you need to keep asking him forward with your legs? Also watch his ears, eyes, and listen for movement in his tail. His body language tells you a lot about his personality. Also evaluate if he’s light in his sides to your leg cue, but tough in the mouth or the bit. Horses can be sensitive in their sides but not in the face and vice versa. It may also have a lot to do with their training. Be extremely mindful and attentive while you are looking at perspective horses. Evaluate them constantly and honestly, and try to keep your emotions out of it. I know that can be difficult, as I have many times really fallen for a horse that I have gone to look at!



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4. Check the background of the horse If the horse has been shown at recognized breed shows, it’s easy to check the show record of the horse. Often the seller will tell you he has a certain number of points, but I like to go a step further and check out where he was shown and how many were in the class. Did he win or place? Different parts of the country have different levels of difficulty. I have looked at horses that had a lot of points, but with further checking found out that they were shown in a part of the country that had very little competition, but large classes. They would not have been competitive where I show. Also ask to see any vet records they have on the horse. Ask them if he’s ever been lame or if they’ve ever injected him anywhere. I would also recommend that, if you don’t know the sellers, you ask around about their integrity and honesty. I show primarily American Quarter Horses and AQHA has an association called the Professional Horseman Association. You can see if the trainer representing the horse is a member of this association. They strive to promote honesty. Also, if you buy the horse and you have any concerns about the horse, have your vet draw blood and check for any drugs that could change the behaviour or cover up unsoundness in the horse. Be aware that there are some long acting drugs that may not show up in a drug test. That is why I try to buy from very reputable sellers.





5. Try out the horse First of all, look at the bridle they are using when riding the horse. Is it one that you could show in? If they have a martingale or some training gimmick, ask to see him without the gimmicks. They can cover up a lot and you need to see the horse exactly where he is at. I also recommend you watch him being ridden, and then if you are still interested, ride him and see a video of yourself on him. That way you can check out your size on him and how you look on him. If, at any time, you feel unsafe or he intimidates you, get off him - especially if you will be doing the training yourself. Is he smooth? If not, was that one of your requirements? Does he feel resistant or nervous? If he shows you any signs of balking or refusal (other than him just not understanding your cues) make a note of that. The sellers most likely did their best to have him ready and you are probably seeing him at his best! One of the traits that I look for, and they can have it at any level of training, is natural cadence - that ability to “lock in� (to hit a gait and want to stay there). The other trait I like to see is natural lift and the ability to perform transitions easily. Whether the horse is finished or just started, some horses have more lift and talent than others. If you like him, stay on him long enough to put him to the test. Does he get agitated or want to quit after a short time or does he seem patient and enjoy his job? Watch his ears; does he seem continued on page 16 HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR


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Training, cont’d to notice every sound? If he can see the barn, does he keep looking toward it, or is he focused on you and doing his job? If his attention does wander, this does not necessarily mean he’s a bad horse; just make a mental note of it. Also pay attention to whether he’s dead to the world mentally, especially if his eyes are expressionless or sleepy - he may be drugged! Pay close attention to his body language. Excessive tail swishing shows agitation, which can develop into a bad habit. Is he chomping at the bit or opening his mouth? This can show irritation or fear or resistance. If I have a hold of my horse and he works his mouth a little, that is not a big deal to me, but if I drop the reins and leave him alone I’d like to see him keep his mouth quiet. One of the tests I put him through is to ask him to move his hindquarters over and see if he seems

angry at my leg or if he accepts it. If he runs off of my leg, I may have a difficult horse. I see if he will let me push him around, drive him to his face in collection, take a little bit of pressure. If at any time you feel him about to explode, get off ! You don’t know his background and what he will do, so I caution you to be extremely careful! Remember: a horse’s ears, tail, mouth, and breathing will really tell you what he is thinking. I have a saying, “They tell you his heart.” I also pay attention to his steps. If his steps change cadence or he gets “rushy,” that tells you something. It may also be reflective of how he was trained. If he was rushed or crammed he may have learned to respond out of fear, or hate his job. Especially if you buy an older horse, I recommend you buy a horse that was layered a good solid foundation. Horses can also learn to fight by bad riding and

training. I hope these tips help you in your selection of your new horse, and that you end up with a wonderful partner you can enjoy for years. Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry, training Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving Top 10 placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. Dana’s video series, the Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at high levels in the show arena. (See her listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.)

VFTH Teams Up with Flat Stanley By Yvonne Allen New Project of Compassion Voice for the Horse was most fortunate to meet “Flat Stanley” at the Mane Event in Chilliwack in 2010. Flat Stanley showed up from Calabasas, CA, especially to meet VFTH and little did he know he would fall head-over-heels in love with our mascot - our Percheron mare, Angel. Who would have thought? As a result, we have embarked upon a new project of compassion for all equines and for our youth of today and tomorrow. We are collaborating with the Flat Stanley Project ( to bring a custom VFTH “flat horse” character to life to help educate youth about horses and their welfare, covering subjects such as horsemanship, communication and humane care for these most noble animals. 16 • Saddle Up • June 2012

The Flat Stanley Project is a literacy and community-building project for kids. For our project, children will be writing and sharing their virtual horse character with others around the world, learning more about horses and making new friends, too! To date, the Flat Stanley Project has reached 7000 classrooms in 88 countries, and has 210,000 students participating worldwide. We are hopeful that our custom “Flat Stanley” horse character will become one of the most popular and powerful custom Flat Stanleys ever created! With the fantastic reach of the Flat Stanley Project, many more people who otherwise might never have the opportunity will become aware of the welfare of horses and join us in celebrating their beauty and grace.

We Need Your Help In order to make this happen, we need your support. The Flat Stanley Project runs as a non-profit, and to cover the expenses of creating our custom “Flat Stanley” horse character, we are holding a very flexible fundraiser from June 17-24, 2012: “Walk or Trot around the World” with Voice For The Horse. You choose your day, your time, even your own admission (donation); then you share with us on Face Book when and where you rode or walked. Visit our web site for more details about this fundraiser and our Flat Stanley Project, at Also check the web site for contest details to NAME our new Flat Stanley horse character!


In Honour of Horses By Dawn Link


n October 5, 2011 I lost five horses as a result of a Semi accident on the highway. We will never forget that morning ever... It was foggy and cool out. I was sitting in Mom’s house at 7 a.m. having a coffee when Kim called saying that they’d heard horses were in an accident around our area. As I left the house and got closer go the pen, I saw the big gate (we never use) slightly open, and an empty pen. My heart dropped. I looked around and saw a lot of lights down at the corner... I knew. But how did we not hear them? Brad who was already down there gave me a call and said four were gone. I asked who? He said, Checkers, Jess, Keymint, and Downy. I fell to the ground... I died a bit in that moment. Yet still had hope one was saved from this horrific nightmare. I jumped in the truck and headed to the pasture thinking Halo would have headed that way to be with the other horses. It was so strange as I drove out there, the horses were always content just standing so peacefully. Then the second call came. Brad found Halo, she was gone too. The 5 horses we lost were not just random horses they were all individually special. They were my futurity horses, my future, our future. Mom, Brad and I were lost The bracelet Dawn had made from the tail hair of the five souls. It’s amazing what friends horses. and family can do in a tragedy. I am honestly not sure what we would have done without these people. It has been such a blessing how the equine world has come together to help us. It’s amazing what horses can do to our hearts. There are no words that can say how grateful we are. I have thought for a long time that we needed a place to remember our past great horses, they should not be forgotten. It could be the pony that changes a little girl’s life or the horse that was faithfully there through all your bad times or the horse that fulfi lled your dreams. After all

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that happened, I am writing a book with treasured stories of some amazing horses. These events will be held to honour all horses… On Saturday, June 16th there will be a Pot-luck Karen Goldthorpe (on left) and Dinner at Diamond N Ranch Dawn Link. in Stettler, Alberta. On Sunday, June 17th there will be an “Honor Spirit Horse Barrel Race” at Diamond N Ranch as well, starting at 11 a.m. Diamond N Ranch is owned by the Nitschkes; and they have a great Western Store on site - come check it out! Karen Goldthorpe of Tails Forever Custom Horsehair Jewelry will be attending this event to honour Dawn Link with a memorial Horsehair Bracelet made from Dawn’s five special friends. “It was a true honour to make such a wonderful lady her memorial bracelet. My heart goes out to her and anyone that has lost an equine friend. Our horses will always be in our hearts and never forgotten!” says Karen.

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Stalls Versus Pasture By Dr. Lily Miller, DVM Photos courtesy of Rein-Beau Images

Should I have my horse on pasture or keep him/her stalled? This is a common question and debate between horse owners and equine professionals in both the past and the present. There are many advantages and disadvantages to both practices that I will highlight to help you make the right choice for you and your horse. Practicality Arguably the simplest explanation for why horses are stalled is the ease it brings to horse owners and/or landowners. You can fit many more horses on a small piece of land if they are in stalls. It also eliminates the trouble of finding the right number and group of horses that can live happily in the same pasture. It is also a lot easier to catch a horse in a stall than in a pasture. This is especially important for those that board their horses and want to maximize the time they are spending at the boarding facility.

Nutrition Horses are meant to graze, plain and simple. Both in the wild and captive pasture settings, they spend 40-50% of their waking hours grazing. This practice has many health benefits. Continual grazing helps reduce the incidence of colic by keeping a constant supply of roughage moving through the digestive tract. The constant production of saliva helps to buffer stomach acidity which can help prevent gastric ulcers. Horses were meant to eat off the ground and this allows proper wear of their teeth. Horses that are fed elevated and/or high-energy soft concentrates can have more dental issues from not wearing their teeth evenly. The biggest disadvantage for having horses grazing on pasture is the difficulty of regulating their intake. Horses that founder easily or those that are “easy keepers” may be getting more nutrition than they should. Horses at the bottom of the pecking order may not get the nutrition they require if they get pushed aside at feeding time and there isn’t adequate pasture to supply their needs. Horses that have individual needs with 18 • Saddle Up • June 2012

special feeds, medications or supplements may also be difficult to treat on pasture.

Bone Development Recent studies have shown that to maximize bone strength in young horses, the bone needs to have regular exposure to large forces usually achieved through sprinting. Young horses kept in stalls prior to training showed significant mineral loss compared to those on pasture. The typical slow training over several months far from maximizes the bone strength of these horses. It was shown that even short daily turnouts will prevent bone loss in young stalled horses. This would be especially important for horses that will enter racing, jumping and eventing disciplines.

Respiratory System A stalled environment is often detrimental to a horse’s respiratory system. Good air quality can be difficult to achieve, especially in the winter. Dust particles from the bedding and ammonia from urinating in a small space can be extremely irritating to the lungs. Horses afflicted with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Recurrent Airway Disease (RAO) or heaves will be especially affected by this. Obtaining good airflow in a barn is expensive and often labour intensive.

Shoes Another potential downside to pastured horses is the loss of shoes. Horses that are shod may lose shoes in mud and uneven terrain. This can get expensive and possibly detrimental to the horse’s health if he/she has corrective shoeing in place for a specific condition HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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such as navicular syndrome. Horses may also injure each other more seriously if they kick one another with shoes on. Horses that do not require shoes may benefit from being on pasture as they will wear down their feet and require less frequent trimming.

Behaviour and Training Horses are naturally herd animals and very social. The wild herd offers many comforts to the individual horse. Since horses are a prey species, the herd will take turns watching for predators while some horses sleep and groom. They often groom and scratch each other in those unreachable spots. They run around,

play and, yes, there is even some fighting which can result in injury. These social interactions are still very important in our domesticated horses. Horses that are on pasture or have daily turnout to be with other horses show less stereotypies like stall-walking, crib-biting, wind-sucking, weaving, swaying, pawing, stall-kicking, head-shaking, etc. These movements are often referred to as annoyances or habits, but are usually linked to poor mental welfare. Unfortunately, these conditions can be irreversible even when conditions are changed. Some studies show that training can be more successful in young horses that are on pasture or daily turnout. It is hypothesized that this is due to their ability to burn off energy before training so they have better attention spans and focus. There are definitely cases where a horse that lives on pasture can exhibit negative behaviours as well. Horses that are normally on pasture may have a really difficult time adjusting to being stalled when injured or if they must be stalled at shows and events. It is highly

special interest in equine medicine. References: Broom, D.M., and Kennedy, M.J. 1993. Stereotypies in horses: their relevance to welfare and causation. Equine Vet. Educ. 5 (3): 151-154 Hiney, K.M., B.D. Nielsen, D. Rosenstein, M.W. Orth, and B.P. Marks. 2004. High-intensity exercise of short duration alters bovine bone density and shape. J. Anim. Sci. 82:1612-1620. Hiney, K.M., B.D. Nielsen, and D.S. Rosenstein. 2004. Short-duration exercise and confinement alters bone mineral content and shape in weanling horses. J. Anim. Sci. 82(8):2313-2320. Hoekstra, K.E., B.D. Nielsen, M.W. Orth, D.S. Rosenstein, H.C. Schott, and J.E. Shelle. 1999. Comparison of bone mineral content and bone metabolism in stall- versus pasture-reared horses.

recommended that horses that are to be used in shows and events that require stalling should spend time daily in a stall so that they are comfortable when it is required of them.

Conclusion There are many significant health and welfare benefits to having your horse turned out on pasture. Obviously, there are many situations that do not make this feasible for every horse. An attempt for daily turnout or even hand walking could significantly increase the quality of life for those horses. Lily Miller is a veterinarian at the Vernon Veterinary Clinic. She received her Bachelor of Science with a major in Animal Biology at TRU in Kamloops (2004). She went on to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at WCVM in Saskatoon in 2008. She practices companion animal medicine and surgery at the VVC with a

Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 30:601-604. Nielsen, B.D. 2005. Management and training of horses to prevent fractures and improve bone strength. Large Anim. Vet. Rounds. 5(3):1-6. Rivera, E., S. Benjamin, B.D. Nielsen, J.E. Shelle, and A.J. Zanella. 2002. Behavioral and physiological responses of horses to initial training: the comparison between pasture versus stalled horses. Applied Anim. Behav. Sci. 78:235-252. Tacia, A.M., and Nielsen, B.D. Accessed April 2012. To stall or not to stall? Webster, A.J., A.F. Clark, T.M. Madelin, and C.M. Wathes. 1987. Air hygiene in stables. 1. Effects of stable design, ventilation and management on the concentration of respirable dust. Equine Vet. J. 19 (5): 448-453

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The Bold and Colourful Appaloosa! – Feature The Appaloosa has a bold and colorful heritage, originating some 20,000 years ago. Its appearance and unique qualities earned it special recognition in the drawings of cave dwellers, worship in ancient Asia, and status as a prized mount of Spanish explorers, Native Americans and western settlers.

Two Nez Perce men with an Appaloosa about 1895


istorians are not exactly sure of the origin of the Appaloosa; some believe the Spanish Conquistadors brought some vividly-marked horses with them, others believe that the Russian fur-traders brought them. Another theory holds that when spotted horses went out of style in late-18th century Europe, large numbers were shipped to the west coast of America and traded to Spanish settlers and the Indian people of the Pacific Northwest, a voyage survived only by the hardiest animals. Each theory has some historical support. Th is horse became



Foundation stock with bloodlines of Rustlers Shady Bill, Chief Joseph, Mighty Boy Bright, Silver Edition, Gama Rock N Hank, Caffe Latte, and The Accelerator to name a few. Our current stallions are: ~ Mystic Edition #45343 F3, Black with white patches on his rump, son of Silver Edition. ~ Bright Blue Lazer #43543 should be F4 (not reclassified), Roan few-spot with blue eyes, son of Mighty Boy Bright. Most of our mares are F3, thus making our babies fourth generation Appaloosa breeding. Mystic Edition We are very proud of our horses and would like to see them go to good homes. There are several young prospects that are ready for someone to work with and make them their own. We have done very little training since our son and daughter-in-law moved to BC to start a ranch of their own. Eric, Tienna, Bella and Ariel were born spring 2011. 2012 babies arriving soon.

A 1674 painting of Louis XIV on a spotted horse

associated with the Nez Perce Indian tribe, who were known as notable horse breeders by the early 1800s. The Nez Perce had strict selection policies and encouraged traits that can still be found in the modern Appaloosa. These traits include temperament, endurance, and intelligence, along with a distinctive look. The word Appaloosa originated from the name Palouse River, which runs through the original Nez Perce country.


oday, the Appaloosa’s colour, versatility, willing temperament and athletic ability make it a popular choice for a number of activities. The modern Appaloosa continues to display the same qualities so highly valued by the Nez Perce and the early frontiersmen. Their unique colour is what first attracts people, but it is the incredible disposition, conformation, and versatility that keeps people loyal to the breed; and the abilities and beauty of this breed are more than skin deep. As with most light horse breeds, within the breed there are bloodlines or families that have become specialists. These bloodlines show a predisposition to specifically desired physical traits and behaviours. For example, some bloodlines are renowned for their speed in racing and gymkhana events, some display exceptional cow sense for cutting and roping, others are jumpers or dressage horses. For the recreational rider, the personable Appaloosa horse offers plenty of variety to meet any interest. There is something for everyone in the world of Appaloosas. Many are fine-tuned show horses and well-conditioned athletes, but some also hold the distinction of being reliable family horses. Often chosen for children’s mounts because of their level heads and even temperaments, Appaloosas win hearts as quickly as their colour turns heads.

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The Appaloosa is an average sized light horse with most standing 14.2 to 15.2HH at the withers and weighing about 1,000 lbs. Aside from its colouring, the Appaloosa has several body styles found in the breed. There are stock-types, sport-horses, pleasure horses, race horses and some that are very nearly ponies. Because of this wide variety, Appaloosas can happily be used for just about anything. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

The Bold and Colourful Appaloosa! – Feature

(Red Roan) White with spots over back and hips

(Bay) White with spots over loin and hips

The physical conformation of the stock-type Appaloosa is generally similar to that seen in the American Quarter Horse, partly because the Quarter Horse was used to ‘improve’ the conformation of the Appaloosa when the breed was being established. Both breeds are powerfully muscled with broad bodies and thick bones. Their build is meant more for short bursts of speed and rapid stops and starts. They are therefore ideally suited to Western sports, i.e. working cattle, reining, rodeo and playday sports such as barrel racing, pole bending, and short-length racing (generally one quarter-mile). The stock-type Appaloosa is not the only body type found in the breed. There are some Appaloosas that display more of a sport-horse conformation. They have longer legs, cleaner joints and more grace than

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sheer power. These horses have been bred to be used in English sports, in particular dressage and hunter-style events. A “foundation” or “old type” Appaloosa is still sometimes seen, a slightly smaller, leaner version of the stock-type Appaloosa, (Dark Bay or Brown) Solid considered being closer in type to the original Nez Perce blood stock. Most Appaloosas are recognized by their colourful spotted coat patterns, striped hooves, mottled skin (most visible around their eyes and on their muzzle) and white sclera (on most horses this will be black). However, some do not display the typical traits and (Blue Roan) White with spots over body and hips may appear to be “solid” (sans spots, visible coat pattern or other characteristics generally associated with the breed). While the original “old time” Appaloosas also had a sparse mane and tail among its characteristics, todays “modern” Appaloosas generally have thick, full manes and tails.

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Appaloosa Characteristics few characteristics that remain constant across all animals affected by this white pattern. Mottled Skin Appaloosa animals will almost always have mottling or small dots around their mucus membranes (mouth, eyes, etc). On light or pink skin the freckles are dark and on dark skin they are pink or white. White Sclera Also called walleyed, often Appaloosa animals will display a white sclera of the eye. Not all Appaloosas will display this trait. Striped Hooves Not all hooves will display the striping and it does not matter what colour the legs are, they can all be striped.

Colour Patterns The markings of an Appaloosa are distinct from the dapples seen in grays and some other horse colours. The base colour of the horse can be any colour, including bay, black, chestnut, palomino, buckskin, dun, grulla, and grey. BLANKET - white over the hip that may extend from the tail to the base of the neck. The spots inside the blanket (if present) are the same

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(Palomino) White with spots over loin and hips

(Chestnut or Sorrel) White with spots over back and hips

colour as the horse’s base coat. LEOPARD - white base coat with extensive spotting and spots of various sizes over the entire body. FEW SPOT LEOPARD - This is a near solid coloured horse (usually white) with very few spots or spotting. Horse may exhibit patches of colour on the knees, elbows, flanks (called “varnish marks”). Some may have as few as only one or two spots. SNOWFLAKE (sometimes called a “reverse leopard” - white spots on a dark body). Typically the white spots increase in number and size as the horse ages. VARNISH - dark points (legs and head) and some spots or roaning over a light body. May occur in conjunction with another spotting style and change with age. FROST - similar to varnish but the white hairs are limited to the back, loins, and neck. May occur in conjunction with another spotting style and change with age.

REGISTRIES: ApHCC The Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada was formed in 1954 through the efforts of James Wyatt, an Alberta rancher and Dr. Grant MacEwan. Today the ApHCC is a strong organization that provides programs for all Appaloosa enthusiasts and maintains the official registry for Appaloosa horses in Canada as recognized under the Animal Pedigree Act.


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(Grulla) White with spots over back and hips

(Dark Bay or Brown) Roan over body and hips

The Appaloosa Horse Club in the United States is the international breed registry serving ApHC members and Appaloosa enthusiasts by recording and preserving the horses’ heritage and history, and by providing services that promote, enhance and improve the Appaloosa, a breed defined by ApHC bloodline requirements and preferred characteristics, including coat pattern. FAHR The Foundation Appaloosa Horse Registry (FAHR) is dedicated to the protection, preservation, perpetuation and promotion of the true bloodlines of the Appaloosa horse. FAHR, a unique nonprofit organization, was founded by a group of dedicated Appaloosa breeders concerned with the disappearance of the ‘purebred’ Appaloosa. The horses registered with FAHR represent some of the purest Appaloosa horses to be found, as they must prove at least 75% Appaloosa blood within a five generation pedigree.

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Read The Appaloosa Project - an ongoing study of Appaloosa Genetics The Appaloosa Project is a research initiative being conducted by a team of researchers from Canada and the US. It is a long-term effort designed to investigate the nature of Appaloosa genetics. The goal of the project is to identify and isolate the main genes responsible for Appaloosa patterning, and to investigate key physical traits associated with these genes.

AApA The American Appaloosa Association, Inc. Worldwide (AApA) is an International Appaloosa Registry established for the purpose of providing permanent recognition of the characteristic Appaloosa horse and also to recognize the efforts of the breeders and owners of such horses.

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy TEACHING YOUR HORSE TO LUNGE

Good clicker trainers (and good trainers in general) will break a behaviour they want to teach down into its component parts, so that there is only “no-error” or “minimal-error” learning occurring. But lunging isn’t a complex behaviour to teach - or, is it?


ow many times have you seen someone trying to lunge a horse only to end up being lunged BY the horse. They are running around the horse, not the other way around. How many times have you seen a horse at the end of the lunge line pulling the handler across the arena? Or cutting in on part of the circle? Perhaps this behaviour isn’t so simple, after all. Why did these problems happen? Perhaps the horse does not understand what is being asked of him. Let’s have a look at some of the component behaviours that should be in place BEFORE trying to teach the complex behaviour of lunging: 1. Can you lead your horse with a float in the line? Will he follow you readily? 2. Will he follow a forward feel on the line and readily move forward? 3. If you were to use a whip cue, would he understand the meaning of it? 4. Does he give his head and neck to slight sideways pressure? And does his body follow his head? 5. Will he stop moving when you stop your body? There are other behaviours that can help build towards lunging, but these will get you off to a very good start. For the best results, these component behaviours need to be in place (i.e. you have taught them and they have been understood) before trying to teach a horse to lunge. You should not ask for the WHOLE behaviour of lunging before all these individual steps are taught. Remember: you should not ask for a behaviour until you have taught it. Whether you are dealing with a horse that has never lunged before, or one that has developed issues with lunging, the component behaviours that need to be taught will be similar for the most part. With clicker training, these components are taught first and the resulting end behaviour of lunging evolves out of the recombination of them. The first component behaviour to teach your horse would be “giving to pressure.” When you slide a hand down his lead rope and pick up a feel, does he brace or give? In clicker training, we do not “up the pressure,” but instead we wait with the same light pressure until we feel the slightest give, relaxation or forward lean, then click! We release the light pressure and treat promptly; we build on this until we have a horse that readily follows our feel. If the lead rope is a poisoned cue for the horse, we can start the process by using targeting instead, and work at “un-poisoning” the lead rope. 24 • Saddle Up • June 2012

The same procedure can be used to teach the sideways give of the jaw. Use the lesson called “Why would you leave me?” to teach this. We then can call upon the mat lesson (see previous Saddle Up articles for a complete how-to) to create a draw and a stop within our lunging Initial set up circle, and we can use a cone circle to get a perfectly round lunging circle. The end behaviour we want is a horse that travels in perfect balance around a perfect circle. Let’s assume that you have been Lead off with feel following the clicker training foundation lessons and have both your mat work and “Why would you leave me?” in place. For the next steps, you will need your mat and several tall cones. Stop on the mat - click and treat Set up your circle of cones and mat as shown in picture 1. This is a small circle. You will be standing on the inside of the cone circle. Start your horse on the mat. Ask him to go forward by sliding your hand down the line with a forward feel and releasing as soon as he moves. You can choose to click and treat now, or re-cue by sliding down the rope again before he stops. Keep turning with him as he walks around the cones. Click and treat when he returns to the mat. By having the mat there and making use of the mat lesson at this point, it gives the horse and handler time to reflect on how things went for that first circle. Did he knock over cones? Did he lag? Did he rush back to the mat? Did he not know where HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Clicker Training, cont’d his body was and knock over any of the cones? The mat provides a draw to get the horse around the circle of cones because the mat has a history as a place with a high rate of reinforcement - the horse knows it is a good place to be. By starting with a small circle we can keep the rate of reinforcement high for the behaviour of walking around the entire small circle of cones. With these reflections in mind, ask again for the circle and repeat one circle at a time until the behaviour chain is clean. If he knocks over a cone, then he does not get to stop on the mat. You will simply re-cue him to go around the circle again. The behaviour is “clean” when there are no unwanted behaviours in the chain of walking around the cones, like knocking cones or stopping before the mat. Once the chain is clean, we move on to the next step. Now move the cones a little farther out, into a slightly bigger circle. Repeat the behaviour chain. If he starts to come inside the circle of cones, then you made the circle too big too soon. Shrink the size down a bit and try again. His job is to stay on the outside of the cone circle. Ask for the walk-on with the forward feel to the rope, follow with your body staying in the centre of the circle of cones and click and treat when he lands on the mat. Once this behaviour is clean, continue to move the cones further out and

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repeat the behaviour chain until you have reached the circle size that you desire. Will you need to use the cones and mat forever? Not at all! They simply help to build the behaviour in a way that sets all the participants up to be successful. You will have a horse that looks beautiful as he moves around you in a balanced fashion and comes to a balanced stop; by moving in balance he will remain sound longer. Monty Gwynne is the only Canadian approved instructor for Clicker Training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (the founder of Clicker Training for Horses). She has been clicker training full time now for over 13 years. Monty is based in Cochrane, AB, and has done clinics throughout Canada. She is available for clinics and video coaching. (See The Pony Fairy listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)

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Packing up for a Competitive Trail Event Story and Photos By Nicole Vaugeois

If your tack room and trailer are like mine, you could use every bit of help to streamline and get organized before heading out on the road this summer for your events. I thought I would take a bit of time to give those who are planning on heading out to a Competitive Trail Ride this summer a “packing list” that they can use to get them out the door without missing a thing. For your horse: 1. All feed is not created equal. Your horse will be working hard, so make sure to bring good quality feed or cut grass for them. You always want your horse willing to eat at a CTR - their gut sounds will depend on it. 2. Stuff for a slushy mash. Getting water into your horse is a must to keep their hydration levels high. Prepare them a slushy mash with water, beet pulp and grain the night before. Some people add electrolytes and applesauce as well. 3. Water. Bring along some of your own water in portable jugs, which are always handy to have around in case you are asked to do a vet check away from base camp. Have your name on them to prevent them from going missing! Some rides provide water, but some don’t, so make sure to read the registration information


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Packing up, cont’d especially after doing lots of miles. 8. Sponges and sweat scraper. You will need to cool off your horse prior to pulse and respiration and then get that warm water off them so that they cool. 9. Hoof boots. Even if you don’t use them during competition, they can save your horse from lameness if you pull a shoe while out on a loop. 10. Large duffle bag. Whether for hay, grass, buckets, etc., these will come in handy if the ride manager asks you to pack for a mid-way vet check. Then, all your stuff is together where you need it. 11. Wheelbarrow and manure fork and maybe some extra bedding for the trailer.

For yourself: 1. Food and water. CTRs take a lot out of a person, so bring snacks and beverages you can bring with you on the trails. Take things you will want to eat. High calories? Even better! Most rides have a potluck so bring along something that will be edible when it happens. 2. Lawn chairs. Whether at base camp or for ride talks, bringing along some camp chairs is a must. 3. First Aid Kit. As mentioned above with the horses, pack a kit for yourself and make sure it includes ibuprofen which is always handy post-ride! 4. Your camping gear for staying overnight, whether in a tent, a camper or your horse trailer. Pack all your overnight gear to keep you warm and comfy so you can get a good night’s sleep prior to the event. 5. A wrist watch with digital time and an alarm clock. You will need to keep time during the ride and get up super early, so make sure to invest in a good watch. If you are depending on your phone for this, make sure to buy a portable battery pack to make sure it is alive when you need it most. 6. A GPS unit. If you are a GPS junkie, make sure you have it with you and bring extra batteries along so it doesn’t die mid-

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et again, Fred and Janet McDiarmid of McDiarmid Auctions (Veteran, AB) managed the sale. Their efforts ensured the sale’s success. Respected draft horse breeders themselves, they were assisted by Tom Wraight, whose knowledge of horse-drawn equipment, harness, harness parts, tack, etc., has no equal in Western Canada. Sadly, this was the 83-year-old horseman’s last year to tag consignments. Tom’s presence centre-ring will be missed by the many horsemen who have sought his advice over the years. Guest auctioneer David Carson, of Carson Farms and Auction (Listowel, ON), was in great voice. The sale topper was Lucasia Vincent, a 3-year-old Percheron stallion. Morris Kolody of Bonnyville, AB, paid $5,000 for the stylish grey stallion. Turned out in great fettle, Dick Ames of Ames Percherons (Jordan, Minnesota) owns his sire, Lucasia Bud Jr. His dam, Lucasia Lexius, is a South Valley Lincoln mare. Bred and consigned by Wayne Lucas and Sons, Lucasia Ranch (Claresholm, AB), Lucasia Vincent is a bloodbank of today’s Percheron genetics. Tyke Tataryn of Lacombe, AB, paid $8,000 for Jock and Major. A matched pair of Belgian geldings, they were consigned by Lindsay Blackburn and Joyce Marchant of Salmon Arm. Big, upstanding horses, the sorrel team was driven centre-ring, which was appreciated by the prospective buyers ringside. Avonlea Queen and Windswept Destiny sold for $8,000. Driven centrering by Tom Wraight, David Bailey of 30 • Saddle Up • June 2012

Calgary, AB, consigned this matched team of black Percheron mares. Their new owner, L.T. Clarke of Gadsby, AB, had his eye on the team at the Sale Preview. Quiet and well mannered, this veteran team drew a flurry of bids. Blake Beelby, a teenager from Bluffton, AB, pocketed $7,200 for the Percheron team that he purchased as colts when he joined the province’s Halter and Harness Heavy Horse 4-H Club. John Kippens of Neerlandia, AB, purchased the paired geldings. Driven in multiple hitches on the Beelby farm, this traffic-safe pair has been on countless trail rides in the foothills. Bidding for Lucasia Spartan, a black 6-year-old Percheron, stalled at $2,700. Undaunted, Carson called for a $3,000 bid, if Brett Lucas mounted the gelding and stood on his hip, centre-ring. When the runner-up nodded his agreement, the crowd offered him their applause. Then, Carson called for a $3,200 bid, if Brett Lucas walked under his horse. Yet again the crowd applauded, when Morris Kolody of Bonnyville, AB, bought the horse. Homebred, Lucasia Spartan was consigned by Wayne Lucas and Sons. Bob Lewis, the Association’s enthusiastic president, and secretary, Barb Stephenson, were over the moon at the Sale’s end. So were countless members, who freely volunteered their time and effort. The horses sold at the 2012 Wild Rose Draft Horse Sale averaged a solid $1,952. Clearance was a near total.

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Avery and Ben, the 2-year-old Clydesdale geldings Allan Hayne, Carsland, AB, purchased for $3,800.

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n response to a Dear Editor letter from another overworked and underpaid ‘horse husband’, I have decided to share my story concerning my home-made harrow that I can tow with my SUV. (I still don’t have a tractor) Please note that this harrow is only meant for the arena, not for the driveway. I used it on the driveway once last week and snapped off one of the spiked rails, and bent a few spikes when I hit a rather large rock that was hiding about an inch down. If you have an acreage then you probably have enough used lumber kicking around to use to put the harrow together. But you will need about 50 or so 7”-8” spikes, so you will have

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Polocrosse Canada Heads to France By Renee Hicks Photos courtesy of Denis Cave


leven individuals are vying for one of six spots on the Canadian Polocrosse Team heading to France for July 22-August 6: Renee & Kayla Hicks, Rachel & Olivia Rees, Shelby Richardson, William Horne, Isabelle Ladiges, Stephanie Dale, Samantha McCulloch and Shaina Kuhn, all of Alberta; and Lance Davidson from BC. Contenders have been practicing hard since December, all working toward mastering their ball and horse skills. The six finalists will be announced on June 2nd. They will then travel to Rue, France for competition on July 27-29 with teams from Norway, Germany, Great Britain, Holland and France. All the Canadian players have competed internationally but for many, this is the first time representing their nation. In the sport of Polocrosse, Canada has participated in the 2003 and 2007 World Cup. The team heading to France hopes to be the building blocks for the future 2015 World Cup. Polocrosse is not unlike hockey on a horse. A team of three plays on a field with lacrosse-like sticks and a soft ball that can be bounced and passed between players. At higher levels, the play is fast, intense and competitive. Strong ball handling and

horsemanship skills are required; the horse must be fast and agile. While in France the team will have to compete on horses that are unfamiliar to them, which will significantly add to the challenge. “We are really stoked about this opportunity,” said William Horne. “It will be so awesome to combine Polocrosse with travelling and meeting other Polocrosse players from so many European countries.” Follow the team on Twitter at PoloxCanada

Harry Setah Xinli Memorial Mountain Race By Trina Setah


am the eldest daughter of Harry Setah xinli (in Tsilhqot’in – Chilcotin it means; passed on, no longer with us. We add this to the name to honour that person and their spirit). We have struck a Artwork by Gary Setah committee to recognize Mountain Racers, in remembrance of losing a very charismatic individual, my father, Harry Setah xinli, in 2009. Those who have had the opportunity to know/meet him can all agree that he was fun to talk to, knew a lot about his homeland, and loved his family. He loved horses and participating with the local rodeo Mountain Races and was an Overall Champion. He was happy that a lot of the local youth were gaining interest in horses as well as the Mountain Races. Prizes will be presented on behalf of Setah’s family to the Overall Champions in his memory. The majority of Mountain Racers are locals from the Tsilhqot’in communities, although new riders are welcome to attend all Mountain Races in addition to the Williams Lake Rodeo. Racers prepare months in advance exercising their race horses, along with getting physically fit. Some take it pretty seriously and enjoy being involved with the process. This would 32 • Saddle Up • June 2012

be the 3rd Annual Mountain Race Championship for the Harry Setah xinli trophy at the year end. A lot of the fundraising is done in the Nemaiah Valley community; also known as Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government. This award and its recognition to the Mountain Racers is an honour for our family in remembrance of Harry Setah xinli… because when it came to horses… he was fearless and legendary in the horse culture and our community. You will need to run in at least one race at each of the following races: Williams Lake Stampede; June 29–July 2, 2012 Nemaiah Valley Rodeo; August 4-5, 2012 Redstone Rodeo; August 18–19, 2012 For more information please contact Trina at 250-305-8256, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Gallop Back in Time at RenFest By Paddy Head

Paddy Head balancing the lance with Lily.


had never imagined myself galloping full tilt with sword and lance until my serendipitous meeting with the Society of Tilt and Lance Cavalry (STALC) at the 2008 Aldergrove Fair; the theme that year was Medieval. My Canadian mare, Lily, and I were resplendent in our medieval garb and had just ridden in the parade when Radar Goddard, the organizer and lead knight for STALC, invited us to ride at the noon performance of the joust and medieval games. An hour later, Lily and I were in front of an audience without any idea of what was expected. One of the riders gave a runthrough of the format. She galloped down the list with sword in hand and tried to pick up three rings. She then cantered back and threw a spear at a target. Lastly, the rider galloped towards a large metal target, the quintain, to strike it with a 12-foot lance. Before I had time to retreat, a squire thrust a sword into my hand. I gripped the hilt as I stared down the list. I set my weight firmly in my heels, leaned forward and hollered. Lily took off like a shot. She galloped straight as an arrow towards the first ring. I leaned over and stabbed at it. Missed. The second ring flew by me. I was ready for the third and scooped it up. Applause rippled through the stands as the spear was placed in my hand. Lily and I both focused in on the target and broke into a smooth canter. Just

as I raised the spear, Lily rocketed forward and we pierced the target almost dead centre. Applause lifted my confidence as I turned for the final run. The lance was handed up. I struggled to find the right grip to keep the tip of the lance pointed up. When I realized I would have to hold Jester Karen McGregor it across Lily’s neck to hit the quintain, I decided the better part of valour would be to just ride by it. Lily moved into a slow trot. We drew nearer and nearer the target and I realized I could do it. I leaned forward with determination. Marcel (on left) and Radar Goddard on right. Lily responded and broke into a canter. I hit the quintain with all the force I could muster. The clang of wood against metal spooked my until-that-moment courageous charger. Lily leaped in the air, the lance flew out of my hand and, suddenly, I was airborne. I curled into a ball, rolled along the ground and quickly got back to my feet. Lily stood beside me, an accusing look in her eyes. “Why did you drop that big stick on my neck?� she seemed to ask. The squire rushed over and legged me back up into the saddle. Lily and I galloped along the list to loud applause. All part of the show! The show returns again this year. RenFest will be held July 19-22 at Thunderbird Park in Fort Langley. More information can be found at, index.html, and


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Cariboo Chatter With Mark McMillan


pring was a busy time … not sure where it all went. Huge congratulations to Dave Atkinson and Randy Brodoway for heading up the committee that put on the BCRA 100 Mile House Rodeo May 20-21 - it was a great event. The weather held off, although just barely, and the crowds were good. Keith Dinwoodie was the announcer, and Earl Call and Dave Atkinson the bull fighters. Entries were good and the spectators went home happy!

Just a sample of the huge collection of horse drawn equipment to be auctioned off

Here are the winners! Steve Hohmann won both the Steer Wrestling - Wade McNolty, 150 Mile House Pee Wee Barrels - Dyson LeNeve, Quesnel saddle bronc and the bareback Junior Barrels - Bacardi Zimmerlee, Clinton riding at the 100 Mile Rodeo Ladies Barrels - Ginella Talarico, Cache Creek Tie Down Roping - Riley Isnardy, Cache Creek Junior Steer Riding - Dustin Spiers, Quesnel Saddle Bronc - Steve Hohmann, Quesnel Breakaway Roping - Katrina Ilnicki, Riske Creek Bare Back - Steve Hohmann, Quesnel Team Roping - Avon Isnardy & Neil Antoine, Cache Creek Bull Riding - Charlie Attril, Langley

Antique washing machines, scales, oak barrels, blow torches, and even barber and dentist chairs

June 16th antique auction! A whole Museum of antiques Bull fighter Dave Atkinson under attack

Earl Call and Dave Atkinson were the bull fighters and stock contractors

Hard to believe that these are the bucking horses

for sale! See their ad on page 37. If you enjoy my “What’s This” every month then you’re probably like me, and many others, and really like antiques. You may also be interested in horse drawn buggies, sleighs, and farm equipment. If this is the case then June 16th you’ll want to be at 83 Mile House! This will be a sale like you’ve never seen before - there will be hundreds of household items, blacksmith tools, milking parlor equipment, wheel right tools, carriage and oil lanterns, gramophones, harness, telephones, brass bells, horse brasses, scales, butter churns, Dutch ovens, stoves, windows, washing machines, rope makers, tools by the truck load, and I could go on and on. All the things you see here in Saddle Up every month and all those items you’ve dreamed of owning … and so much more. See the auction sale details at and lots of photos at (click on the “What You’ll See” page).


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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d One of our favourite events every year is the 70 Mile House Carriage Driving Marathon … July 15th. The event starts off on the 13th and 14th with the dressage test and a cone course. Sunday is the best day for spectators and that’s the day of the marathon. It’s very nicely set up with a hazards course in the hay fields and through the trees behind the motel in 70 Mile House. It is well designed for spectators too, and with very little walking you can go from the concession in the centre, to any of the designated viewing areas located right beside the different obstacles around the course. So … if you think the above sounds like fun, and you think you’d enjoy taking in a gymkhana in the Cariboo, then make a weekend out of it. On Saturday, July 14th you can spend the day at the Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana and on Sunday the 15th watch the above Carriage Driving Marathon. Both venues have great concessions on site. For restaurants, camping and/or accommodation see the web site. There are quite a few options and it’s an absolutely gorgeous area - well worth a trip to the South Cariboo!

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

What’s your guess?

Now speaking of Gymkhanas - there are a few lined up in the Cariboo this year. The next one is scheduled June 17th in 100 Mile House. Watch Lake and Green Lake have their first event of the year on July 14th, with the Eagle View Equestrian Centre in Williams Lake hosting another the next day. 100 Mile will follow with one on July 22nd, and their final one will be on August 12th, the day after the Watch Lake Green Lake’s second event. Eagle View will also have one on either August 19th or 26th, and a final event on September 30th. For information on the 100 Mile events call Jenny Szigety at 250-706-9410. For Eagle View Equestrian Centre in Williams Lake phone Lori Rankin at 250-392-2584. Dimps Horn can give you all the information on the Watch Lake Green Lake Gymkhanas at 250-456-7741.

What’s This? The May issue’s photo was taken in our living room and is of a horse and carriage with a street light. The light turns on and the driver moves his arm up and down with whip in hand … the question was, what else does it do? The answer ... it tells you the time. It is a mantel clock. Congratulations to: Mary Relkov, Grand Forks Ruby Edwards, Armstrong Nancy Ogden, Sayward Donna Kilkenny, Pitt Meadows

This month’s photo is an example of one of the many items that will be auctioned off at 83 Mile on June 16th. In fact if you go to the sale you could find out what this object is and have the right answer for me for the July issue . The object is about 30 inches long, 12 inches wide and 16 inches high. Yes, it is a grain separator … but … it was used for a specific purpose and that’s the answer I’m looking for. E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please..

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De-Spooking in the Cariboo By Jennifer Raifteiri-McArdle


oothills Farms (off Horse Lake Road) was the setting for the Bill Richey De-spooking Clinic held April 28-29. Fourteen participants came from all around the South Cariboo, including all age groups and breeds, from Warmbloods to Paints to Friesians. Debbie Hughes, facilitator for the weekend, gave a Powerpoint presentation on Saturday morning on exactly how horses see and how their unique sight adaptations lend to spooking. Hughes explained, “Their depth perception is not good because of their line of vision – a rock far away is flat but as they approach it becomes 3-D.” Each eye sees independently and each side of the brain ‘thinks’ independently as well, which is why we get the exasperating spook on the left after passing the same item on the right ten times. Sunday began with another Powerpoint presentation including a sobering talk on predators, and keeping ourselves and our horses safe. Women often ride alone on the trails and being prepared for human predators as well is critical these days. While both days were extremely intense with drills, riding over and through tarps, bridges, and smoke bombs, Sunday hit an adrenalin high for riders and horses learning to navigate through lines of fire, and the simulation of a vehicle extraction by surrounding and escorting a moving truck complete with siren and lights flashing. Participants left exhausted but thrilled at the progress they made with their horses, and having a whole new skill set and level of confidence for future riding and training.

BOOK REVIEW By Mark McMillan Chilcotin Yarns, Author Bruce Watt Last year when Bruce was inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame we had a little trouble getting photos from him - everything was at the printers as he was putting a new book together. Well this was good news to me and I was really looking forward to getting a copy. About a year later, quite unexpectedly, I received it in the mail ... and I was definitely not disappointed. Bruce spent many years in the Big Creek area of BC’s Chilcotin and that’s where these stories are generated. Anyone could read this book and thoroughly enjoy it, but if you know the Chilcotin, and like ranching stories, this is a must read. This is what Bruce says in a “Sort of a Preface” ... Some of the yarns you are about to read may be Chilcotinized a very little bit. To Chilcotinize a story or experience, the story teller may wander from the absolute truth. Some of the yarns that were told to me could possibly be not totally true. The teller of the yarn may not have good recall, or may have been attempting to make a better story. Chilcotinizing is accepted by any true Chilcotin. Here’s what it says on the back cover: Getting three trucks and two horses stuck in the mud on “a good road” into BC’s wild, remote interior was just the start of Bruce Watt’s Chilcotin adventures - and it was his honeymoon, too. The wildlife, landscape and quirky, down-to-earth people captivated Bruce, and despite the hard work and challenging conditions, the Watts put down roots, raising a family, alongside herds of cattle and horses. You can buy Chilcotin Yarns from the Publisher, Heritage House, on their web site: for $17.95 for the real book or you can get the ebook for $9.99. 36 • Saddle Up • June 2012



A Weekend at Spring Lake Ranch By Michele Gould


ust beyond the ‘Edge of Nowhere’ at the very end of a quiet dirt road in the Cariboo lies the Spring Lake Guest Ranch. My husband Michael and I were the lucky recipients of one night’s stay at the Ranch including meals and a trail ride which we took in last month. A big thank you to John and Myrna Barkowski for their generous contribution to the North Okanagan Horsey Ladies 2011 Annual Banquet Silent Auction last November. We arrived just in time to witness the birth of a calf and that was the beginning of a relaxing and very enjoyable weekend surrounded by friendly faces, animals and the great outdoors. Our log cabin was immaculate, quaint and well-equipped with a wood-burning fireplace and little veranda on which we sipped refreshments with friends while overlooking the lake. The meals were hearty and our hosts really extended themselves to make us comfy. They have lots of amenities available such as paddle boats and canoes, mountain bikes and of course, horses. Our trail leader took us around the lake on well-mannered equines, pointing out eagles’ nests and beaver dams and fi lling in with stories of her native home, Sweden. If you happen to be looking for a peaceful, nature fi lled getaway, keep this gem in mind as it’s sure worth going beyond the Edge of Nowhere.

Cowgirl Poetry A Shuswap Spring Ride by Shirley Boisvert It looks like rain, shall I remain, housebound, bored and lazy? No, take heart, make a start, (for reasons somewhat hazy). I phone my pal, a loyal gal, suggest we ride together. I always know, she’s game to go, in any kind of weather. So now of course, must catch my horse, who shelters ‘neath a tree. He sees me plod, knee deep in mud, and pointedly ignores me. As he retreats, I show the treats, he sighs and wanders over. His look turns black, he spies the tack! Too late I’ve got him cornered. The sky above, reminds me of, a tornado on the run. We sally forth, reluctant horse, moves in slow motion. Ah! There’s my friend upon the bend, a shapeless dripping vision. Her mount and mine exchange a whine, about insanity in women. So ahead Bold Steed, forget your need, for basic warmth and cover, As you and I, under stormy sky, bond with one another.


Top Dog! Dog Agility – Up and Over By Christine Schwartz


og Agility is one of the fastest growing dog sports in Canada, the US and Europe. While Border Collies dominate the sport at National Competitions, dogs of all breeds as well as beloved backyard mutts can be seen at trials that are held almost every weekend somewhere in the Okanagan. Positive methods, lots of treats and playtime with their favourite toys are used to teach the dogs to love the sport. Harsh corrections are not allowed and also backfire as this is an activity the dogs need to be excited about. Agility lessons are offered by most clubs in the Okanagan and it is a good introduction to the sport. Like everything else the more you learn about agility the more you realize the intricate details of the sport. During a competition the handlers get 7 minutes to walk the course to decide the best strategy to change direction, there are front crosses, rear crosses and blind crosses to choose from and each situation and dog requires a different strategy. Obstacles include jumps, tunnels, a tire jump, a teeter totter, the dog walk (a raised narrow boardwalk), the A frame, a table the dog needs to lie down on for 5 seconds, 6 or 12 weave poles and a chute where the dogs runs through a plastic tunnel and then needs to lift a long train of fabric off the ground. In competitions the handlers can choose between Standard where the dogs follow a set course that includes every obstacle; or Gamble where each obstacle has a point value and the handler has 40 seconds to gather as many points as possible. At the 40 second mark a buzzer rings and the handler needs to send the dog over 3 or 4 obstacles chosen by the course designer, but the handler has to stay behind a line several feet away from the

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dog. Not an easy skill. The Challenge class tests skill and turning ability in a fast course that includes all obstacles. Snooker is another event that can be tricky for fast dogs and is more suited for dogs that stay close to their handler. Here we have 4 red coloured jumps spread throughout the course and the handler needs to take a red jump, then any one obstacle on the course, another but different red jump, then another obstacle, another red jump and then a set course of 7 obstacles. It can be difficult to convince those over-eager Border Collies not to take every obstacle that is in their path. The Jumper course is a set course that includes only jumps, tunnels, the chute and tire jump with a set course. All dogs start out as Starter (beginner) dogs and the aim of the competitions is to get a “Q,” Qualifying Run, meaning you made no mistakes and finished the course in the set time or gathered enough points in Gamble and Snooker. Smaller dogs get a little bit more time and older dogs can be entered as Veterans which gives them more time and also allows them to jump at a lower height. After you have collected 3 Qs in Starter the dog moves up to the Advanced level and once he has collected 3 Qs in Advanced he becomes a Master dog. In each level the courses get trickier with twists and turns that challenge both the dog and handler. After having shown horses for a few decades I was most impressed with the show atmosphere at agility trials. In the morning all competitors sign up for jobs, sharing the responsibility of setting up the course, timing, scribing, leash running and being the gate steward. While the placing can be looked up in the result book at the end of each run and ribbons HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Top Dog! are self serve, in agility who wins is not all that important. Each competitor is looking to collect Qs to advance to the next level, so you are not competing against the other dogs and everybody, including the judges, cheer for dogs who had a perfect run. If you want to give agility a try come to a trial, watch the dogs run and talk to the owners. There are a number of clubs in the Okanagan, in Vernon, in Kamloops, and in Kelowna to name a few that offer lessons and hold trials.

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Brindle is a seasoned 14-year-old Lab/Golden/Blue Heeler mix. In her younger days she competed in agility and earned her Master’s Agility Title. She was also a great horseback riding companion. In her retirement, she enjoys riding shotgun in the truck and supervising mom as she works. Although nicely aged, she will always be my “baby girl.” - Denise, Hope BC Send us a photo of your favourite pooch! Tell us dog’s name, breed, and up to 50 words about him/her. We will print your first name (or initials) and your city/province. Email to and put in subject line: TOP DOG OF THE MONTH Photos will be printed on a first come first serve basis. • 39

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A Dog’s Soul

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Author Unknown Every dog must have a soul, somewhere deep inside Where all his hurts and grievances are buried with his pride.

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Where he decides the good and bad, the wrong way from the right, And where his judgement carefully is hidden from our sight.


A dog must have a secret place, where every thought abides, A sort of close acquaintance that he trusts in and confides.

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And when accused unjustly for himself, He cannot speak, Rebuked, He finds within his soul, the comfort he must seek.



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Top Dog! Tellington TTouch for Your Dog By Christine Schwartz


est case scenario – your dog walks perfectly on the leash, knows how to greet people and other dogs appropriately, does not get car-sick, jump up, bark excessively; he ages gracefully, and never gets sick or stressed during a thunderstorm. Reality – that pretty much never happens, but there is hope. Linda Tellington-Jones, founder of Tellington TTouch Training, has been a well-known horse personality for decades. Her training method for horses is known and respected worldwide and in the Okanagan we are lucky to have her sister and only other Senior Instructor, Robyn Hood, as a resident. During the past 20 years the Tellington TTouch method has branched from horses to all other animals and has been hugely successful with dogs. The Tellington TTouch is a gentle, positive training method that incorporates body work and ground exercises to help improve co-ordination, balance and athletic ability in animals. It deepens the bond and improves communication between the animal and its owner. As posture affects behaviour, many owners note that unwanted behaviour and habits diminish as the dog’s posture improves. TTouch teaches the animal to act, rather than simply re-act. From July 7-12, 2012 Robyn is holding a weeklong clinic at her Icelandic Horse Farm just outside Vernon BC for animal lovers who wish to become TTouch Practitioners or those who just want to learn to help their own animals be more comfortable or confident. Two afternoons during the workshop Robyn graciously accepts client dogs for the students to hone their craft on. This is an annual event and usually just available in July as Robyn is always busy travelling to South Africa, Australia, Indonesia and Europe during the rest of the year teaching TTouch clinics for dogs and horses. This year she has added a weekend dog clinic August 18-19 in Vernon as local interest in the work has been growing as the word has been spreading. We are also having an Advanced Practitioner course July 1315 and will be accepting some client dogs – we will be focussing on working with nervous, shy and/or reactive dogs. If you have a dog you are looking for help with, using positive, respectful methods please contact Robyn at the address below. It is always fascinating to watch dogs walk into the clinic the first day, there is usually a lot of barking, lunging and leash pulling and after a half hour TTouch body work session even the most excitable dogs are lying on their side, eyes half closed enjoying the body work. Everybody can learn to apply the simple circles and lifts, there is no need to know anatomy as the work affects the nervous system and we are not working deep or taking a chance to hurt the dogs. Ground exercises are a second very important aspect of the TTouch work. Once tension patterns have been detected and hopefully released through the body work the dogs are often wrapped in colourful ace bandages which improve their awareness of areas in their body that are tight and could benefit from different posture. The dogs are HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

then led through a series of carefully designed ground obstacles that address balance, posture and confidence. Dogs that pull on the leash very often end up with sore necks and hips, not to mention the stress this puts on their handler’s body. Different leash configurations and a balance leash teach those dogs to walk in balance and often incorrigible leash pullers are walking on a loose leash within a few minutes. A special protocol looking at aggression as an outlet of fear and lack of confidence helps those dogs that come in needing a lot of space cope with their problem by learning calming signals and appropriate greeting of other dogs and humans. For more information please contact Robyn at 1-800-255-2336, or

Tellington TTouch Training For a Change in... * Relationship * Behaviour * Well-being * Performance TTouch Training is a gentle, respectful and effective approach to the care and training of all animals. TTouch alleviates common issues such as:

leash pulling, jumping up, fear biting, shyness, resistance to grooming, separation issues, hyperactivity, excessive barking , fear of thunder/lightning or loud noises. Upcoming Events: July 6-11 - 6-day TTouch Training workshop Aug 18-19 - 2-Day TTouch Training weekend For info or help with your animal:

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Okanagan Breeders Showcase Report By Nancy Roman


he 4th Annual Okanagan Equine Breeders Showcase took place at the Armstrong Fairgrounds on May 12-13. We lucked out with perfect weather this year which made our outdoor exhibitors very happy! Organizers Cathie Cross and Nancy Roman would like to thank all the volunteers that were able to help over the weekend – you know we couldn’t have done it without you. Overall attendance was down this year, which was very disappointing. Was it because of the fabulous weather or that it also happened to be Mother’s Day weekend? New this year, we invited Judy Wardrope of JW Equine, to give a clinic on Conformation, with a powerpoint presentation, then hands-on with riders. Dawn Heppner of Damarhe Training offered an In-Hand and riding Mountain Trail demo each day. The ladies from Jandana Ranch returned this year and showed us their Natural Horsemanship skills, including a lot of audience participation. Horseman Daryl Gibb came out and showcased his round penning techniques with a young Arabian colt. And Carl Woods offered a Ranch Horse Versatility Clinic over the two days. The Saturday Night Gala included a Free Jump competition (sponsored by The Paddock Tack & Togs); a Liberty competition (sponsored by The Cowboys Choice); a showcase of different breeds and stallions; and a reining demonstration by Carl Woods. The Armstrong Enderby Riding Club hosted a Consignment Tack Sale and included a Bake Sale as well. Trade Fair exhibitors offered a wide variety of products, tack and services – and education as well. And Hermco Catering keeps outdoing themselves with the great food they offer! Thanks Chef Scott! We have to give a HUGE thank you to all those that helped out in donating or loaning us equipment to host all the Events, i.e. projector, screen, pa systems, radios, round pen panels/gate, cd player, trail equipment, and jumps. Thank you Country West Supply, City of Armstrong, Armstrong/Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce, Glad Tidings Church, Cross Country Horse Sales, Armstrong Enderby Riding Club, Wally & Sheila Goertz (hope I didn’t miss anyone). What a GREAT community! There were prize draws over the weekend offered by exhibitors and here are the winners: Congratulations to Patricia Goodliffe of Armstrong. She won the Sexy Metal Art draw for a piece called “The Wait” - which features a black lab in the bull rushes waiting for the ducks to fly over. Carolyn (no last name), Monique Pringle, Tiana Shore and Steve Masters. They have the choice of a session or massage with Helen, or a photo shoot with Ken.

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Project Equus By Theresa Nolet I don’t know where the time goes, but it sure disappears quickly! I attended the Okanagan Breeders Group Showcase and Sale on May 12 in Armstrong and talked with many people. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who came over to talk about different articles that I have written for Saddle Up.


ne never knows who, if anyone, is actually reading the articles I spend so much time on. So, to all those people who took time to stop by - thank you! Needless to say, I love getting feedback on my articles. Lots of comments on Briarwood, the emaciated horse that we rescued from the Oliver area (featured in the March issue) as well as last month’s article about the wild horse foals. Some people expressed concern about the photo of the dead colt and thought that picture should not have been shown as they found it upsetting. Personally, I feel comments like that illustrate how people prefer not to be exposed to the truth of what is happening, and that mentality is part of the problem. People may feel more comfortable not to have to look reality in the face, but not seeing does nothing to improve the situation of these magnificent creatures. If just viewing that photo upset you, imagine how people like myself feel when we are the ones trying to deal with these situations. It is not something we enjoy and it is heartbreaking, but we force ourselves to do it because we realize the only way to change things is to document it and make as many people as possible aware of the situation. What is it about some people that they prefer to live their lives in the dark? Do they not realize that the suffering continues whether they acknowledge it or not? At least with knowledge, you can decide if it is upsetting enough to inspire you to do something, to make a donation, to write a letter to your local politician, to donate some time or possibly take in an animal, either to own or foster.

From my perspective, the most positive thing I can do to help the wild horses of BC is to educate people about their plight and the fact that most of them will eventually end up in a slaughter plant to be served up on someone’s plate. Education is the key to solving any problem; without knowledge and respectful conversation, nothing will ever change. So I will continue to talk, write and act, doing anything I can to inform as many people as possible. Only with knowledge will change occur. Thanks to Saddle Up for allowing me the opportunity to share information with their readers. As for Briarwood, he is doing great. It was discovered that he is actually about 28 years old. If anyone is interested in an absolutely delightful old timer as a companion animal, please contact Theresa Nolet at Don’t forget we are on Facebook (“Project Equus of Critteraid”) and donations can be made on line at

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ABCs of Hiring a Horse Show Judge By Doreen Hooker A. Once you have decided on your dates and location, check websites and judge’s lists for contact information of qualified judges in your discipline or breed. Do this at least 3-6 months before the show. B. Decide who you want for a judge; compile a list. C. Contact judges in order of preference - phone or email is acceptable. Contact one at a time until you make an agreement with however many you need. Discuss fees and travel arrangements. Tell each of your judges how long a day he/she will be judging, and whether there will be evening performances. Discuss which classes are included to make sure your judge is comfortable judging all classes. D. Send a contract to each judge immediately. A judge is not hired until he or she completes a contract which includes all pertinent information and is signed by both parties. A contract should include: • Date(s) and times of the show • Location (specific address, not just the town) • Daily fees (plus GST/HST if applicable) • Travel arrangements - flights, mileage charge, airport parking, meals in transit

• Who will book the flights, if applicable, and arrange for pick up at the airport or a rental car • Which expenses your group will pay for • Hotel the judge will be staying at • Contact numbers for show committee members E. Send your judge a program or class list as soon as possible. Make sure the judge knows whether the show is inside or outside and include directions if the judge is driving. F. Let the judge know if you will require patterns, and which patterns, before the show. G. Make sure your judge is aware of travel documents required, such as a passport, if travelling from outside of Canada. H. Finalize flight arrangements - contact the judge first to confirm airports and times. Arrange a rental car or airport pickup for judges. I. Reserve hotel rooms for judges: one room per judge. Do not expect judges to share a room unless they offer, and never, never expect them to stay at someone’s home. J. Make sure breakfast is available on the day(s) of the show and confirm how the judge will get to the show. K. Have a cheque ready for the judge at the end of the show, once the judge has submitted a bill. Keep a copy of the contract handy in case there are any discrepancies. L. Always treat your judges with respect; they are professionals. (See Ms. Hooker’s listing in Business Services under JUDGES).

Tails to be Told

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

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The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you. STORIES MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PHOTO

Send Saddle Up one to two photos and your memoirs (up to 250 words maximum please). Memoirs will be printed as space allows each month. Please include your phone number and location for our files and verification if needed. We would like to print your name (or initials) and location with your submission. You are welcome to send one or more in the months ahead as well. This will be a regular monthly feature… so start looking through those photo albums and share your stories with us. Photos will only be returned if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. See page 4 for contact information. 44 • Saddle Up • June 2012


Grass Glorious Grass By Sharon Wells-Ackermans Photos courtesy of SuitsUs2 Stables, Langley, BC,

Each year horses and horse owners alike wait eagerly in anticipation for the lush spring grass to emerge and the fields to dry up a bit. Then out the horses go, tails held high, to fill themselves with long-awaited grass.


or horse owners, the grass represents food they don’t have to pay for. It is a pleasure to watch the horses frolic and have fun while they get a bit round from the new grass. And so, as many horse owners assume, that’s it until winter. No more feed bills. However, that is rarely the case. There are many factors involved in pasture feeding horses. The pastures themselves need tending every year. They need to be fertilized, the encroaching weeds need controlling, and new seed needs to be planted periodically. Even with care, when there is a year with little rain, the pastures can dry up by mid-summer and have nothing left of value to eat. Putting horses out on pasture does not necessarily mean they won’t need grain, salt, minerals, etc., depending on age, health, work levels and quality of pasture. There is a wealth of information on horse nutrition available today through books and the Internet (Ministry of Agriculture sites for Alberta and Ontario have lots of horse-related information). Local feed stores usually have knowledgeable people and some even have nutritionists on staff to help. Many municipalities and townships have information on pasture management and maintenance available for free as well. Yet horses are standing in fields with bellies swollen from the over-eating of poor forage, while their bones are slowly being exposed due to lack of flesh to cover them. Those are not healthy bellies, they’re grass bellies! And how are those horses expected to thrive over the winter when they are in poor condition going into fall? Water is another concern for the pastured horse. Domestic horses don’t necessarily connect a running creek with a source of water. Clean water must be available at all times, and water tubs need to be cleaned out periodically. Some people put a goldfish or two in the water tank to eat the mosquito larvae that is often found on the water, and snails to help clean the algae. (The tank still needs to be dumped and cleaned out once in a while). Finally, even in the summer, horses need shelter in their pasture. Harsh sun and inclement weather can take a toll on exposed horses. They can get sunburn, heat stroke, rain scald and a host of other problems due to inadequate shelter. It doesn’t have to be fancy to provide for the basic needs of the horse, but there must be enough room for all the horses in the pasture. Don’t wait until your horses are thin, malnourished, and stressed. Make sure they have adequate food and shelter in the summer as well as the winter months. If you are looking for more information about the care of horses, please visit our website: www.HorseProtectionSocietyofBC. com. The Horse Protection Society of BC is a registered non-profit society dedicated to the total well-being of horses. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Notes from the Office HORSE COUNCIL BC

BC Heritage Circuit Finals 2012 July 6–8, 2012 This year the BC Heritage Circuit Finals will be held at Maple Ridge Equi-Sports Centre (MREC) in Maple Ridge, BC from July 6 – 8th, 2012. This is always an exciting competition to watch as all the competitors come from across BC. The BC Heritage Circuit is open to competitors of all ages and abilities as well as spectators. This year we invite everyone to come down to the show to watch the exciting events and to come for our BBQ on Saturday, July 7th. The BC Heritage Circuit is a provincial program designed to preserve the versatility of General Performance across British Columbia by supporting community horse clubs, generating interest and encouraging riders, coaches and breeders to achieve personal success at competitions at an introductory or grassroots level. Horse Council BC supports and facilitates the activities that take place at qualifying events to ensure riders of all ages, recreational or competitive, have the opportunity to compete, and to ensure that provincial officials are well trained and educated and all horse breeds are recognized for their most desirable traits. The annual BC Heritage Finals rewards riders, owners and trainers for their

dedication having qualified locally at a minimum number of qualifier competitions throughout the province of BC. This program is designed to promote and encourage participation in western, english, hunter, hack, jumper, dressage, and driving. Competitors of all ages and skill level can qualify throughout the province for the Championships held each July. The qualifying season begins and ends June 25th of the current year. Great prizes and awards will be offered for all levels at the Championships. Qualifying competitions are available on our list of horse shows, identified as BC Heritage Qualifiers.

BC Summer Games 2012 July 19-22, 2012 The BC Summer Games are just around the corner as well and are being held at the Cloverdale Rodeo Fairgrounds in Surrey, BC. The purpose of the BC Summer Games is to provide an opportunity for the development of athletes, coaches and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition in a multi-sport event which promotes interest and participation in sport and sporting activities, individual achievement and community development. The BC Summer Games athletes range in age from 13–18 years old and the equestrian athletes can compete in any 1 out of 5 different disciplines: • Dressage • Reining • Jumper • Vaulting • Para Equestrian We look forward to seeing everyone out at one or both of these great events How to Reach Us in July! HCBC office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 Fax: 604-856-4302 46 • Saddle Up • June 2012


Desert Park Exhibition Society By Ashley Parker


e have had a busy month of May here in Osoyoos at Desert Park! We started the month with a brainstorming session at the Sonora Centre on May 1st so ideas could be put forward to help clean up the facility and raise some money to resurface the race track and do some other improvements to the facility. On May 8th we had a Public Meeting to disclose our plans to make some upgrades and do some fundraising. By Saturday May 12th, we had a full clean up day that was very successful with a great group of volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without them! Coming up for June is another facility clean up on Saturday June 9th starting at 8 a.m. It is open to anyone that would like to help out, so bring yourselves and bring your friends! We are also looking to book some clinics and events. We have stabling for up to 160 horses and a beautiful sand riding arena, and would like to see horses of all shapes and sizes here in Osoyoos. We are also getting closer to the horse show dates in July being put on by Rafter B Training Stables Ltd: an English/Western show on July 14th, and a Dressage Schooling Day on July 15th. Both of these show days are approved PAC credits shows for APHA registered horses, as well as BC Heritage Qualifiers for the 2013 Finals. Our judge for the weekend is Josephine Brouwer who has experience with several different breeds and disciplines. If you or your group would like a prize list and/or entry forms for the horse shows, please email and one will be sent to you. We are also willing to snail mail paper copies out to those who would prefer that.

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Peachland Riding Club By Loree Currie


OW! What a great way to start off the season! Our first Gymkhana had a great turnout; lots of familiar faces as well as new ones. Great to see everyone once again!

The results for the April 29th gymkhana are: Novice Division High Point – Lisa Flann on Tellie Reserve – Susan Shaw on Apache Senior Division High Point – Jen Miller on Reno Reserve – Sue Blacklock on Bear Youth Division High Point – Jacey McQueen on Rio Reserve – Tori Cheyne on Bo Junior Division High Point – Darby Ensign on Cutter Reserve – Laatya James on Quick Pee Wee Division High Point – Cash James on Barney Reserve – Dylan Capp on Bugsie

The concession is under new management. Dave and Anda have done an amazing job with the menu – the food is delicious and reasonably priced. The first Saddle Series race took place after the Gymkhana. Excitement was in the air about the 2012 Trophy Saddle. Thank you to everyone who entered the series and good luck! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Vintage Riders Equestrian Club Update By B. Ingle


he last couple of months VREC members have enjoyed learning about some interesting and diverse topics. April’s general meeting had Ken Wilkinson, B.Sc. Ag., from Otter Co-op delivering an in-depth talk about, “Energy For Horses.” A qualified equine nutritionist, Ken capably answered all questions concerning proper feeding for optimum health and performance of our horses. Horse Agility class with Adiva (3rd from left) and her assistant, Stephanie (5th from left). April 22 and 29 had members trying their hand at, “Horse Agility,” with Adiva Murphy. Interest for this topic appreciated by everyone. Gerry, a VREC member, and Phil were was so great an additional session was added to the original two well-organized and had much of their equipment on display. resulting in a total of 24 members participating in this, at times Some topics covered included electric fencing, high lining, camp challenging, but fun sport. Well done everyone! That’s showing safety, and camp set up. Appetizers and refreshments were the VREC spirit! A very skilled and talented horsewoman, Adiva provided and as always VREC members took full opportunity to created a calm, safe, and orderly environment for beginners and socialize. A big “Thank You!” to Gerry and Phil for all their work their horses to attempt the various obstacles. The enthusiastic in organizing this clinic. and positive feedback by members about this activity will likely Upcoming Events: result in a follow up clinic, if possible. June 3 - Grooming with a Professional Groom May 6 had 20 members gathering at the home of Gerry June 19 - VREC General Meeting. Guest: Carla Webb - Core and Phil Jack, a husband and wife team who have been avid Strengthening back country campers, on horseback of course, for many years. They kindly agreed to share their extensive knowledge There’s always so many interesting and fun things to see and by hosting a “Back Country Camping Clinic.” A combination do with and without a horse for VREC members! lecture, demonstration, and hands-on presentation was greatly

Horse Agility Club of Canada News by Adiva Murphy


t has been a busy month with Horse Agility Clinics as several other teams from around the world for a chance to represent clubs hosted events and learned how much fun we can have. your country in the Horse Agility Summer of Sport World It is always a pleasure to watch people and the horses having Championship Finals held in July. fun navigating obstacles. Cameras are always clicking and people Clinics upcoming on the Prairies: Contact Barb Fenwick – are so thrilled when a horse gets on a big podium. HAAT, Island Equine Affair had us put on a demo in Agility - we Manitoba - June 30th St. Andrews; July 7th Brandon started online then did it at liberty. Tucker and I had lots of fun Saskatchewan - July 21st Balgonie; July 23rd Wawota running around the course at liberty - it wasn’t perfect but it was Clinics in BC: Contact Adiva Murphy – HAAT, adiva@ FUN! The May Online Horse Agility (OLHA) courses included new obstacles; ‘The Water Feature’, ‘Bottle Bank’ and ‘A Mayflower Arch’. The Horse Agility Club shows you how to build these at home with a free downloadable guide. NEW NEWS: Horse Agility ‘Summer of Sport’ Challenge is coming. In June and July 2012 we’ll be giving you the Adiva and Tucker at Island Equine opportunity to compete with Cowgirl (the Mini) at Island Equine Affair May 5th Affair May 5th

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Alberta Donkey and Mule Club News By Marlene Quiring


e just finished our series of clinics with teacher/trainer Jerry Tindell of California. Over twenty satisfied horse, mule and donkey owners benefitted from Jerry’s many areas of expertise, including proper hoof trimming, dental problems, worming techniques, safe trailer loading and, above all, addressing training problems. Auditors’ comments and questions were also addressed by Jerry. One morning, we hosted the Killam 4-H Horse Club, and Jerry gave them several hours of his time while still keeping the clinic participants busy. Under Jerry’s tutelage, we learned that any problems we have with our stock usually go back to “holes� in their basic groundwork. In order to “make a change� we have to ask for movement in order to get to their minds. Jerry’s groundwork includes flexing the neck, getting the head down, moving the shoulders over, moving the hindquarters or disengaging them, circling and changing direction, backup, stop and stand quietly. All of this is taught in the round pen with the stock loose, and then with a halter and lead. This gives you the tools necessary in your ride and the

ability to fi x any problems you might be having. When we address the roots of our training programs and go back and recover them, negative behaviours go away. Of course, it sounds easy in theory and looks easy when you watch Jerry do it, but it takes a lot of work, patience, dedication, good timing and skill. But the good news is that we can all learn to do it if we desire to. With talented teachers like Jerry, stock that appears to be beyond help can be recovered. We have seen it over and over again at his clinics! Mark Snell from Saskatchewan prepares his This month we are busy preparing for mammoth jack donkey for his first ride. our very first EQUINE SHOW in Nanton, AB. This show is an OPEN SHOW to all equines, not just our mules and donkeys. We have had a ton of good feedback on it so, hopefully, those of you that can attend will make the effort to do so. The show will be held June 16-17; find out more about it by checking our web site (www. or by calling our show organizer Alice 18-year-old Robyn Wadey Todd at 403-646-2624. Let’s from Edson, AB. on her smallbut-mighty mule, taking part celebrate all equines! in the Tindell Clinics. Robyn and her mom Carol both ride endurance races.

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Western Canadian Farrier Association By Jason Wrubleski, CJF


he WCFA was at the Mane Event in Red Deer, AB, this April. I always enjoy this experience - the place is packed with people who care about their horses. We had a booth with several farriers at it at any given time. We did two demonstrations/lectures, and answered many questions about foot health. Some people that knew the WCFA was going to be present brought us photos of their horses’ feet, all with different questions. Many part-time and full-time farriers stopped by to chat and look at our display. We had some good discussions on different aspects of hoof care. One fellow was looking at our shoe display intently. We asked him if he had any questions. He told us he was wondering where he could buy some of the shoes we had on display. The shoe from this horse was on the table, along with many different therapeutic and corrective handmade shoes. We informed him that they were all handmade. This did not go over so well. We were informed over the next 20 minutes how farriers that compete, or make shoes, make farriers like him look bad, and unskilled. He said the days of shoe making are long gone, and the shoes we make in a contest have no use in today’s horse world. After trying to explain to him that is not what the goal is of these events (competitions or clinics), he accepted the terms of our surrender, and all was forgiven. That night while having supper with a few farriers, trainers, owners, saddle fitters, etc., our experience that day came out. We did understand his point, but did not agree with it. It was brought to our attention that if he feels this way, it is a good thing, as he knows he can use some help, and that there is room to improve his skills. At farrier clinics, lectures or competitions, there is no application form. Participants are not screened

to accept only those whom the organizers want in the event. Everyone is welcome, and equine professionals are encouraged. The horse in these photos is a 1.5-metre jumper. He tore his suspensory ligament. The shoe he needed is handmade, called a fishtail bar shoe. The reason that this is shown is ironic. Up until a month ago, I had never made this shoe. I went to a contest that had this particular shoe in one of the classes; there, I had to learn how it was made, and then practice how to make it. The class went well for me, but this horse went even better. If I had not gone to this event, I would have never learned how to make this shoe, and this horse might not be back at work today.

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


n April 21st a small group of enthusiastic club members met at the Anchor Inn Pub in Armstrong. At this meeting we were informed of changes to the Society Act and Canada Revenue Agency business number requirements, which would impact the BCIMHC. Due to our small member base we felt we may have to dissolve the BCIMHC. An Emergency meeting was then called for May 10th at the Armstrong Inn for further discussion on the future of the Club. With a good member turnout, much deliberation and more enthusiasm, the 50 • Saddle Up • May 2012

majority vote was to keep the club going! With that decision… we all remain optimistic and are planning the following events: June 16th - Ride and Pot-Luck Meeting at Revelstoke. Ready to ride out at 10 am (3-hour ride), with pot-luck meeting to follow. July 21st – POKER RIDE (open to all horse enthusiasts – and gamblers! Ha!) to be held at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby. Marked trails, refreshments, etc. More details next month or on the club website. Want to join us? We’d like you to! See HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Alberta Paint Horse Club News By Angie Turcotte


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ur first Gymkhana was a hot one! We had beautiful weather and some really good times. It was great seeing everyone again. The turnout was good, and we hope to see you all at our next Gymkhana on June 3rd!


Results: Masters: HP Liz Gibbs on Patch Reserve: Chris Robinson on Diego & Debbie Wright on Lily Senior HP: Cassandra Lawley on Boo Boo Reserve: Jesse Tarr on Chanook Youth HP: Kayla Stromsten on Skittles Reserve: Tori Reynolds on Dakota Junior HP: Kathleen Egeland on Penny Mae Reserve: Keira on Bongo PeeWee HP: Simone Lamberton-Blamire on Roly Poly Oly Reserve: Dalyce Dion on Odie JACKPOT Winner was Cassandra Lawley on BooBoo. The event was “Dirty Triangle�


Kelowna Gymkhana Club Update

Shelly Bablitz’s filly




am pleased to report that the Mane Event was a huge success. The Paint booth received a facelift this year and looked amazing. The American Paint Horse Association was very generous to send supplies such as colour/pattern charts, information booklets and fun activities for both adults and kids! We also received a movie which demonstrated what the breed is all about. A club member put together a great slide show of pictures from previous APHC shows. This booth was a fantastic promotion for our club and a huge THANKS goes out to all of the volunteers who made this event happen! Our booth at the Mane Event More colourful baby news has come my way. Sheridan Konrad is thrilled with a chestnut, overo filly, full sister to the late ‘BC Bericool Revenue’. ‘Farrah’ is sired by ‘BC Revenue Barlink’ and born to ‘Irwin’s Razberri Cooler’. Terri Gergely reports a tovero chestnut filly, sired by ‘Invited Back’, born to ‘Sirtain Celebration’. Valerie Alacoque of ‘Salter Pepper Paints & Quarter Horses’ is very pleased with her foaling season so far. A sorrel spb fi lly, palomino overo fi lly, and a buckskin overo colt; all sired by AQHA stallion ‘Down Came A Spider’. Shelly Bablitz announces a tobiano fi lly born to ‘A Heathen Secured’ and a palomino overo colt to ‘Art of Vogue’. Both babies are sired by ‘Tribune’. Terri Gergely’s filly Lloydminster Spring Show was held May 19-20, 2012. News about that show in next month’s issue I look forward to hearing about new horse/rider teams for the 2012 show season. Also, if you have news or inspirational stories you would like to share, send them on to


BC Interior Horse Rescue Society Update By Lauri Meyers Currently the BCIHRS has 14 rescue horses, with another on its way. While it must be said that we are full, we do have a couple of adoptions pending. Princeton Horses Update Peaches has been showing some weight gain and has really brightened up. She is a real sweetie and loves all the attention she has been getting. She nickers at you when she is getting her extra feeding and is enjoying being at the hay full-time. Jesse and Babe have gained weight and are now in with the main herd. Jesse is such an easy boy to handle and he is quite comfortable on his own, away from the herd. Babe is a wonderful mare who will actually find you when you’re in the field. In another month, after they have gained more weight, they will be available for adoption. Keep watching the web site. Hope is a very easy-going mare who just wants to be loved and pampered all the time. She does not like being away from the herd and is very stressed when she is removed, even when she can see them. We will be working on her confidence in small steps, so that she can be taken anywhere to be groomed or trained.

Torrie is a very mistrusting mare who does not want anyone around her. We have come a good distance with gaining her trust, but it will be a long and slow road, as she shows signs that she may not have been handled much. We have been taking small steps with her, getting her to stand for being haltered and groomed in the pen and then we will take baby steps to gain her trust. Mac, Zeke, Rockstar, Johnny Cash, Petra, Babe, Hailey, Misty, Junior, Tonka and Cashew are all Zeke still living at the Hub, enjoying the good life. Anyone can come by and visit with them; everyone is welcome. Just email equinedirector@bcihrs. com to arrange a day and time, or visit

Canadian Pony Club News By Heather Agnew


his April, Emma Wiebe, member of Vancouver Pony Club in the BC Lower Mainland Region, represented Team Canada at the International Mounted Games Exchange (IMGE) in Australia. The exchange is held every year and rotates between Canada, Australia, Great Britain and the USA. Emma has been riding for 10 years and competes in eventing as well as mounted games. She’s been a member of Vancouver Pony Club for the past seven years. Other Team Canada members included Megan Dick and Kearstyn Sabourin from Alberta North, Taylor Vick from Alberta Central and Kirsten Radcliffe from Western Ontario. Margot Vilvang from Vancouver coached this year’s team and Barb Robinson from Western Ontario attended as chaperone. The team placed fourth at this year’s competition. To qualify for the team, Pony Club members from across Canada attended tryouts in Guelph, Ontario last September. Athletes participated in three days of tryouts and had to demonstrate their vaulting skills and ability to ride all the different games on ponies of different heights and temperaments. “This was my first time competing internationally and it was an amazing experience,” said Emma. “If you go into any 52 • Saddle Up • May 2012

competition with the right attitude and mindset, you’re bound to have fun and do your best.” The games are variations of a relay race, requiring riders to vault on and off their ponies, run slalom courses and hand off props. Riders develop strong skills that help them compete in all other areas of equine sport, including timing, coordination, balance, agility and teamwork. International competitions Emma Wiebe competes on Austin, owned by typically last one to two weeks to give Vancouver Pony Club coach Nancy Brook at the PPG participants a chance to do more than A Nationals competition last fall. just compete. These exchanges offer (Photo by Jocelyn Fraser) opportunities to experience different will have the chance to compete nationally in cultures and riding styles from around the following upcoming competitions: the world, forging friendships and experiences • National Quiz, Western Ontario that last a lifetime. • National Show Jumping, St. Lawrence “It was really fun to meet Pony Club members from around the world. My favourite Ottawa Valley • National Dressage, British Columbia Lower memory was a friendly competition where I Mainland rode on a team with a Pony Clubber from each • National Rally, Western Ontario of the other three countries,” said Emma. • National PPG Masters, Alberta The 2012 show season will be packed For more information and to find your with other events and competitions, including closest Canadian Pony Club branch, visit: dressage and show jumping, weekend-long rallies and numerous branch competitions, clinics and events. Members from each region HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BCLM Pony Club News By Lezah Williamson


pril was a big month for BC Lower Mainland Pony Club members. Five riders and a coach from the Canadian Pony Club team travelled to Australia to compete in the International Mounted Games Championships. Emma Wiebe of Vancouver was BCLM’s representative, and the team was coached by Margot Vilvang of Vancouver. The girls ended up 4th. From the other side of the globe come the results of the 2011/2012 Scottish Pony Club National Tetrathlon Shooting Championships. Following the 7th place 2011 World Championships placing of BCLM’s Megan MacDonald, Canada was invited to compete in the Scottish Nationals. This competition

could be done virtually… participants were mailed targets and allowed to shoot on home soil. First in the 1X7 m. division was Eve Dedrick of Hazelmere Pony Club; and Taryn Koreman of Hazelmere was 2nd in her 10 m. division. Pony Club members across the region completed their written tests on April 18, which has kicked off a flurry of studying and riding in order to prepare for the upcoming practical tests. Upper level members converged upon the Maple Ridge Equi Centre at the end of April for a three day camp of dressage, stadium and cross country jumping, stable management and longeing lessons. Meanwhile, up at Island 22, Janice Spenst and members of the Mt. Cheam Pony Club

were running the Mt. Cheam Event. First place finishers in this event included Kimberley Swanson (Pre Entry); Jami Struys (Entry); Elizabeth Penner (Pre-Training); and Darcie Kerkhoven (Training). That same weekend, even more Pony Club members met out at Panorama Ridge Riding Club for the first Prince Philip Games play day of the year. A mixed team of Vancouver and Hazelmere Pony Club members were victorious in the A division; the B team heats were won by a mixed team from Hazelmere, Richmond and Boundary Bay Pony Clubs. Campbell Valley Pony Club walked away with the C team awards.

Mt. Cheam Pony Club By Janice Spenst


he Mt. Cheam Pony Club held their 2-phase event over the weekend of April 28-29th at Island 22 Equestrian Park in Chilliwack. Mother Nature was nice to us and gave us sun for the duration of the competition all day long on Saturday and Sunday. Nights - well, not so nice. Members of Mt. Cheam had been out the weekend prior raking all the trails, harrowing arenas, placing gravel in front of/behind each cross country jump, flagging, decorating, setting up dressage rings and the stadium course. The park was looking great. Then, the days leading up to the event was met with horrendous rain which made the cross country course quite wet and the stadium ring quite flooded. And the water jump - well, the horses would have needed their water wings. And to top this off, someone decided to come onto the cross country course and 4x4 around, leaving ruts right in the path on your approach to jumps. I was not amused with him or the heavy rains!! Thursday night the rains stopped and Island 22 was about to start drying up. A quick re-setting of the stadium jumps, getting the water jump legal, and fi xing the “do-nuts” in the arenas by our “special” someone, and we were good to go. Saturday morning we awoke to sunny skies and the dressage and stadium ran HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

smooth. Even the BCLM gnome made an appearance at this event. Rally members will know who the gnome is. He watched dressage, he walked the stadium course and visited with a lot of people. Cross country day was also met with sunny skies and was even hot at times. Everyone rode safe around the course with only one little hiccup, when Shaye’s horse decided he wanted to do the water jump in Intermediate style, going for a two stride when it rides a four. He was a “total rock star around the training course” she said of her horse, and for that, was awarded the Sportsmanship prize. Riders were given treat bags for their horses at the end of the cross country phase, and then it was off to the awards ceremony. Ribbons and prizes were handed out for the 2-phase portion of the competition as well as for the end of the Sunday competition. I think some riders needed wheelbarrows to take home all their winnings. Winners of the raffle draws were Jodi Ward and Joanne Mabberly. Thank you to all the riders, coaches, parents and volunteers for making it an excellent weekend. I hope to see all of you at the Island 22 Horse Trials in September as we celebrate 25 years!!

Emma Riek riding Inuk in the Prelim division

Kim Couper riding “Fashionably Late” in the Training division • 53

Oliver Riding Club News By Kathy Malmberg


here is a lot of excitement and smiling faces around the clubhouse these days. That’s right - I said, CLUBHOUSE! We have some pretty amazing members who pitched in and did some renovating, adding to the loft of the barn at the D-Bar-K and “voila!” - we now have our very own space to hold meetings, hang out after riding and watch videos. We have a TV, DVD player, sofas, coffee makers, a barbecue, etc. - all donated by Club members. Many hugs and thanks to Brent, Ken, Kenny, Larry, Simon, Max and Dan for all of their hard work. We are always looking for more ideas for our Wednesday night riding. Contact Max at 250-497-5199 if you have anything you would like to organize, or wish to know more about the Club. The Marion Weisskopff clinics were well-attended and we look forward to another in June. Contact Cate if you would like to register, at 250-485-0302. Ken MacRae ran an excellent Trail Clinic. We had so many entrants that he had to hold three separate sessions to Simone Kutos (new club accommodate everyone. Ken was able to

use our new sound system, which was really fantastic. D-Bar-K held a fun show in which many of the Oliver Riding Club members took part. The next fun show is July 21. Contact Sasha Hopp at or Dawn at anewdawn_11@ Winners of Matched Pairs at April 21 Fun Show: Anna-Maria and Ranger, The jumping clinic Margie and Kching. organized by Sara Brown was a great success; thirteen riders took part. Thanks again to Julie Johannsen for all her time. Contact Sara if you are interested in attending the next clinic, at Our meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month in our new clubhouse, at 7:30 pm, at the D-Bar-K in Oliver. Email Dawn for details. For more information visit our web site (www.oliverridingclub. com). The Oliver Riding Club will get you there and get you riding!

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Vernon District Riding Club Update By Roxanne Ronan Photos courtesy of Andrea Blair


he first VDRC show of the season, our Spring Fling, was well attended with riders coming from as far away as Oliver and Summerland to jump Julia Bostock’s clear round courses. Colleen Nestor and Terry Leggat held up the adult division for the games and we had a good contingent of Kelowna junior riders riding in the flat classes. Lots of cross pole riders joined in the fun. Linda Edwards and Linda Parker Fisk were in charge of food - their gourmet fare had everyone’s taste buds tingling. Many thanks to all who supported our show and to the volunteers who helped make everything happen! There are still a few spaces left for the Sandra Sokolowski clinic on June 2-3 at the VDRC. If you are riding with injury, chronic medical conditions, or are just interested in being more balanced and centred in your riding, Sandra’s clinic is a must-do. For more information, visit or contact Judith Olson at juditholson@, or 250-547-8812. Auditors welcome! Our other clinic in June is a two-day driving clinic with Ellen Hockley on June 16-17. The clinic will cover correct fitting and usage of bits and harnesses and proper techniques for long lining and driving. This clinic is suitable for inexperienced drivers or for those who wish to fine-tune their driving skills. For more information, contact Kelly at The program for our Hunter Jumper Show on June 8-10 is now available for download from VDRC promises to deliver another fabulous show; hunter judge Kristen 54 • Saddle Up • May 2012

Johnston, jumper judge Linda English and course designer Chris Jones guarantee a great weekend of jumping. For more information, contact Judy at or 250-540-6572. Mark your calendars for July 6-8, the VDRC Dressage Melissa R Show, with “M” judges Kathy Lifton and Linda Dieno. Demand for the stalls is expected to be high this year, so get your entry in early to avoid disappointment! The program will be available soon. Wondering what to do with the kids this summer? Well, look no further. The first VDRC Kids’ Camp, for children ages 8 to 14 years old, is set to run August 9-11 at the Gina Le Bel VDRC grounds. Camp activities will include groundwork, supervised riding experiences and, of course, fun and games. Contact Amber Hahn at or 250-260-4997 for more information. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

AERC Continues to Grow and Plan Events! By Tammy Thielman


hanks to the efforts of many terrific horsewomen who are also great bakers, volunteers, and organizers, the AERC Tack and Bake Sale at the Breeder’s Showcase brought in over $600 for the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club! Tack and Bake Sale organizer Michele Gould, was thrilled with the combined effort of all the members who made the event so successful. A special effort was put in by club members Steve and Rhonda Bennett, who spent several hours setting up a colourful teepee, to help create a fun and welcoming atmosphere for the fundraiser. Rhonda also was the main organizer and baker extraordinaire for the bake sale! A big thank you to the Bennetts, Michele Gould, and all the volunteers who made the Tack and Bake Sale happen! After 46 riders registered for the first Fun Day of the year in April, another strong turn-out of riders is hoped for at the May 20 Fun Day. The directors heard very positive feedback about the April show and welcome everyone to return and bring their horsey friends! Even if you’re not riding, come and enjoy watching with treats from the club concession. Upcoming events include: three more Fun Day shows on June 17, July 8, and Aug. 5th. NEW GYMKHANA & Open Riding Days are June 24, July 22, Aug. 19, Sept. 16. For only $10, riders can take in fun games and then enjoy open riding afterwards at Mountainview Arena in Armstrong. A concession will be available. Games will run from about 10-12, with Open Riding after. Don’t forget the “Win Bling!!” Open Costume Class with great prizes happening at the July 8th Fun Day. Entrants can walk or ride with their horse. Start preparing a colourful costume now! Prizes donated so far include a Painted Pony from Enderby Jewellers and a gorgeous bling belt from The Horse Gate Trailer Sales.

AERC President Rebecca Hillbrander ground drives mare “Sadie” with help from clinician Paul Windmill

A great time was enjoyed by all who attended the Ground Driving Clinic at O’Keefe Ranch. Horseman Paul Windmill of Lavington shared many great tips with club members interested in ground driving. Thanks to club director Meighan Rees who organized the clinic and provided horses Sadie and Beauty. Mr. Windmill donated his time for this enjoyable, educational event that was also a club fundraiser. For more information about AERC, call President Rebecca Hillbrander at 250-546-0052 or go to www.armstrongenderbyridingclub. com

Bake Sale organizer (and baker supreme!) Rhonda Bennett and her horse, Cowboy, at the April Fun Day.

BC Competitive Trail Riders’ Assoc. By Nancy Gourlay. Photos by Barbara Smith


he BC Competitive Trail Riders are continuing to ramp up for an exciting season. By the time this goes to press we’ll have checked off an introductory Schooling Ride and Equine Educational Fair at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, along with four training rides this past Spring. All of which are designed to introduce newcomers to the sport, and to the “old-timers,” in a non-pressured, safe, and gradual way. After all, while it’s about the horses and the trails, it’s the relationships that last the longest. Along with two other rides on Vancouver Island and two on the Mainland, the Silver Spur Riding Club and Morningstar Farm will be hosting the 2nd annual Morningstar Competitive Trail Ride & Pleasure Ride, July 27-29 out of a beautiful dairy farm in the Oceanside area. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

As we are located close to the towns of Parksville and Qualicum Beach the challenge for us has been the ever-changing access to trails, due to development. But we are working diligently to overcome obstacles and this year we will be offering a Level 1 (up to 20 miles) and Level 2 (up to 30 miles) ride, with an “out” midway (a 45 minute half-way break). It will be a very pretty loop including farm land, river crossings, some rural roads, clear cut and old growth forests. Camping is on a pleasant grassy field and we will enjoy a pot-luck, and a BBQ, along with a wine and cheese tasting. Try a Competitive Trail Ride! Most horses enjoy and can easily complete a Level 1 ride and you might find you have a new addiction! Check out our website for the complete schedule of events for 2012. Happy Trails to you!

Bushwacking the last 50 feet to complete our 30 mile loop

Horse checking out the ‘live’ obstacles at last year’s Morningstar CTR • 55

CanTRA Helps to Make It Happen By Daphne Davey Photos courtesy of


he Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) is recognized by Equine Canada and Horses for Education and Therapy International (HETI) as the national body for therapeutic riding in Canada. Therapeutic riding offers exciting possibilities for children and adults with physical disabilities, developmental delay, autism, or other challenges. CanTRA should know. Since 1980, it has pioneered and enhanced standards for its 85 member centres across the country through education, training and qualification of instructors and riding centres. These internationally-recognized standards ensure the safety and effectiveness of the coaching, operations and facilities of member centres, based on one all-important principle: our riders deserve only the best. Why is horseback riding so beneficial for people with disabilities? Able-bodied riders are familiar with the three S’s of riding: stretching, suppling and strengthening. These are even more important for riders with mobility challenges! But learning cognitive and social skills, building self-confidence, making friends (including horses) and, for some, training for competitive sport are of equal value. The therapy horse, sensitized for his special role,

offers all these benefits wrapped up in one big, warm, furry body and friendly, undemanding disposition. To make sure it all comes together for the best results, CanTRA BC CanTRA examiners Margaret has developed two Rigby and Jane James engage flagship programs: the audience at the 2011 CanTRA instructor certification Conference. (with four levels), and Hannah MacLellan and “Cue” of the Joyriders of centre accreditation. own abilities PEI demonstrate at the 2011 Also ready for launching CanTRA Conference. is to see how is the Equine-Facilitated Wellness program, hard our where qualified mental health and equestrian special riders professionals and the horses work as a collegial work to demonstrate theirs). In either case, team to provide the therapeutic experience visit a CanTRA centre and see for yourself. to at-risk clients unable to cope with more Watch out, though, you could get hooked. traditional therapies. The benefits of therapeutic riding reportedly Therapeutic riding is alive and well spread upon contact to parents and volunteers in British Columbia! The BC Therapeutic as well. Riding Association, along with no less than For more information on CanTRA, email 17 CanTRA member centres in BC and four, or visit our website at www. in Alberta, dots the map. Perhaps you know and the CanTRA Channel (under the of a child or adult with a disability who might Therapy tag) at www.disabilitytodaynetwork. benefit from horseback riding. Or perhaps com. Donations would be gratefully received you would like to volunteer with the horses via and riders (a great way to appreciate your

Hike and Ride for 4H Poker Ride Fundraiser! By Tammy Thielman


hift ing Saddles 4-H Horse Club of Salmon Arm is welcoming all riders and hikers interested in supporting our 4-H horse club, to attend the fun Poker Ride on Saturday, June 16, at the beautiful Skimikin campsite in Tappen. This fundraising event for our club will have a concession on-site for participants who want to ride or hike a well-marked trail on easy terrain. All proceeds from this event will support the club’s riding lesson program for our members. There will be two loops of different lengths, with the longest just over two hours to ride and the shorter one taking about an hour and a half to complete. The entry fee is $10/poker hand. Registration and ride-out takes place anytime between 9–11 a.m. at the campsite entrance. The last ride out will be at 11 a.m. with prizes starting at 2:30 p.m. 56 • Saddle Up • June 2012

Join our club members for a super-fun and easy ride (or hike!), a great lunch from the concession, and you might even win a door prize. There will be prizes for the best five hands and a prize for worst poker hand. Shift ing Saddles 4-H Horse Club has about 20 members from the Salmon Arm area. The club takes part in many fun and educational activities for members and their horses. For info about the Poker Ride & Hike call Susie at 250-835-4390 or Tammy at 250-8323409. Club members, Brianna Gerstmar and Marissa Dollack, give senior horse Romeo a cuddle at Pre-Rally at the Robertson’s Farm in Grindrod. At Pre-Rally, the 4-H kids practiced judging horses, hay and dairy cows in preparation for Rally Day, later held at Salmon Arm fairgrounds. Tammy Thielman photo.


Totem Saddle Club Update By Marty Cox


ith two Gymkhanas, two CRD, two Percentage Days, the first in the TSC Schooling Show series, some Drill practices and a Swap/Shop Tack Sale - it has been a very busy couple of months. April 28 was CRD and the 29th was Percentage Day and Gymkhana. The next event was on May 8 for CRD and the 9th for Gymkhana and Percentage Day. The fastest times so far this year are: Barrels - Isabelle Heaman with Jock (16.281) Lyn Rempel with Whisper (16.401) Keyhole - Jocelyn Benoit with Cheeki (9.010) Lyn Rempel with Whisper (9.083) Rings - Isabelle Heaman with Jock (14.970) Jocelyn Benoit with Cheeki (15.435) Scurries - Danielle Sexton with Fly (10.032) Lyn Rempel with Whisper (10.596) Flag - Lyn Rempel with Whisper (9.424) Jocelyn Benoit with Cheeki (11.319) Poles - Danielle Sexton with Fly (24.859) Jocelyn Benoit with Cheeki (25.765) Figure Eight - Lyn Rempel with Whisper (18.424) Isabelle Heaman with Jock (19.771)

Both days have been great with several new riders. In CRD, both weekends had all the riders with clear rounds - Danielle Sexton and Tally, Jennifer Rempel and Allie, and Jocelyn

Benoit and Cheeki. Percentage Day is now held at the same time as the Gymkhana, so we see a few more riders trying out dressage. On April 29, Josie Jenniss got 60.45% in Walk/Trot Test D and Terri Cameron got 61.07% in Duelly Training Level 2. On May 9, we were lucky enough to have Sherry Kirsch as our judge. Pip Crosby and Tom got 74.8% at First Level Test 3, Crimzon Leblond and Minka achieved 67.9% in Training Level Test 1, and Shaydon Leblond and Pippin got 67.5% at Training Level Test 1. The first show in the TSC Schooling Show series was the weekend of May 11-13. There were 30 horses entered and it was a great, fun show. Lots of information was learned in a clinic-type format. Sherry Kirsch was great. We had several “older” riders in the “Wanna Be” age group and they all did quite well. The results are available on the web site, but here are some great pictures. We have a new group this year - the TSC Drill Team. They meet every other Monday

and there is lots of enthusiasm. Looking forward to seeing them perform... maybe at one of the horse shows. Also on May 13, there was a Swap/Shop for selling and buying tack. There were lots of sellers and buyers and there may be another one held in the future. The club has been awarded a grant for $30,000 to help rebuild our outdoor arena. We’ll be doing lots of the handwork and with help from the community we hope to get it completed this summer. It’s really a big item for us - we have really missed not having our events outside and having the ability to run two rings at a time. Thanks to the Northern Development Initiative Trust in Prince George ( So the future looks great. Next month we’ll have the second show in the TSC Schooling Show Series, where all BC Heritage Qualifier classes will be offered, and with two more event weekends, we’ll be quite busy again. Lots of fun and lots of riders.

Langley Riders Society By Bethany Gildemeister Photos courtesy of Ron McCarthy


angley Riders is having a great year so far with some beautiful weather, big turnouts and awesome prizes. Come check us out! New this year, we will be hosting a double-header CBR and BCBRA race and a Jackpot race on Friday, June 22. We will host a BCLBR association-sanctioned Rodeo on Saturday, June 23 and, of course, the Langley Riders Little Britches Rodeo on June 24. All the information and registration forms are on our website (www. April Games Day High Points George Burns: Ted Hall, 26 points Jack Benny: Sandy Valco, 35 points Senior: Courtney Pearson, 26 points Intermediate: Jazmine Langset, 34 points Junior: Summer Goodwin, 31 points Pee Wee: Lexi Langset, 33 points Tiny Mites: Emma Gildemeister, 33 points

April English and Western Show High Points English: Senior: Bethany Gildemeister Intermediate: Tessa Gildemeister Junior: none Pee Wee: Lexi Langset Tiny Mites: Brooklyn Gildemeister Overall English High Point: Bethany Gildemeister Western: Senior: Bethany Gildemeister Intermediate: Tessa Gildemeister Junior: none Pee Wee: Cheyenne Grinrod Tiny Mites: Brooklyn Gildemeister Overall Western High Point: Brooklyn Gildemeister

Cassie Glover and Cheyenne

April Jumper Day Senior: Julie Bion Intermediate: Tessa Gildemeister Junior: Angela Albertson Pee Wee: Tie between Lexi Langset and Morgan Swaan Tiny Mites: Brooklyn Swaan May Games Day High Points George Burns: Bonnie Grinrod, 30 points Jack Benny: Sandy Valko, 24 points Senior: Melissa Morreau, 32 points Intermediate: Kathleen Beermann, 28 points Junior: Matty London, 24 points Pee Wee: Cheyenne Grinrod, 31 points Tiny Mites: Emma Gildemeister, 28 points


Kate Lynch and Dad enjoy a day at the Games

Brittney Dehn and Tango winning their first Western Pleasure class! • 57

Git ’Er Done! Gymkhana Club By Kelly Ryan


ow - what a wild spring at the Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana! Our first Gymkhana on April 21 had a great turnout, with new faces and tons of friends from last year. The weather was perfect and the horses were revved up and ready to go! Bev and Jack didn’t disappoint in giving us a show. It was nice to get out and see everyone, and blow the cobwebs off the horse trailer. Looks like another great year coming up! Our second Gymkhana on May 5 was awesome. Again, the weather was just right for a double run day. We are already seeing people improving on their times from the last Gymkhana. We are looking forward to our first jackpot/double run on May 27. I think some new faces are going to give us a run for our money! Just a reminder - get your memberships in and give us your HCBC numbers. You need this done to ride! A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out or donated for the Kamloops Children’s Wish Trail Ride! We had a good turnout and we broke records this year! Again, Lynne Carter raised the most money. She won the two West Jet tickets for her hard work! Way to go, Lynne - please keep up the great

work! We hope to see everyone there again next year and some new faces as well. Don’t forget to come out and play at our next Gymkhana... see you there! Event details and updates are posted on our web site (www. Jeanie Vandenham (on left), one of the coordinators, giving Lynne Carter the two tickets she won from the Wish Ride.

Upcoming Events May 27 - Jackpot\Double Run June 3 - Double Run June 30 - Jackpot August 25 - Gymkhana September 9 - Jackpot September 23 - Double Run October 20 - Double Run November 3 - Year-end Banquet and Awards

Two cakes - one for the Wish Ride and one for Krystina, who just turned 5 years old. She is a little girl from Kamloops who was granted a “Wish” when she was two! Some of the prizes from the Wish Ride.

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club By Barb Aschenmeier Future plans for the Club include a Fun Day Show, place and date to be decided later. Come and join us at our next meeting Saturday June 16th, at the Chamber of Commerce building in Armstrong. For more information on our club visit

Some of the participants in Barb McDonald’s clinic.


he Okanagan Miniature Horse Club’s first event of the year, “Spring Start Up Clinic”, was held April 28th and 29th at the Fairgrounds in Armstrong. From beginners to advanced handlers, clinician Barb McDonald had something to offer everyone attending. Classes included in-hand and driving obstacle, in-hand hunter and jumper, showmanship, and driving instruction. 58 • Saddle Up • May 2012

Club members and guests enjoyed a tailgate pizza party on Friday evening and a chili luncheon prepared by Ann Iceton on Sunday afternoon. Thank you Ann, everyone enjoyed the meal and the opportunity to hash over what they had learned over the weekend. The Club’s booth at the Annual Equine Breeders Showcase was well attended. Th is is a great event for showcasing our minis and the Club.

Joan Cunningham (on chair) with a visitor greeting BHF Dynamic Prizm at our club booth at the Breeders Showcase. Photo by Theresa Nolet.


NBCQHA Schooling Show By Kristi Rensby


he Northern BC Quarter Horse Association is the northern zone of the BC Quarter Horse Association. This year, the NBCQHA is concentrating on trying to raise funds for the purpose of hosting an AQHA show in 2013. Plans include various raffles, silent auctions and schooling shows, to try and gain some much needed seed money for the “big event” next year. On June 16, 2012, the NBCQHA is hosting a Schooling Show in Vanderhoof at the Nechako Valley Exhibition Grounds. It is open to All Breeds and includes a host of English and

Western classes, including Showmanship, Pleasure, Equitation/ Horsemanship, several Walk-Jog/Trot classes, Trail/Bridle Path, Beginner Reining, and even a couple of speed events for fun! Riders and horses of all ages are welcome to attend this show – the focus is on fun and learning, especially for Youth riders and Beginners. For more information, please check the NBC Events Page on the BCQHA website ( or e-mail Kristi at You can also check us out on Facebook at NBCQHA!

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club By Kristi Rensby


he Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club is trying to become active again and they need your help! If you live in the Burns Lake area and ride horses, please consider joining us! The TCSC has two arenas just two minutes out of Burns Lake. The club used to host up to 6 shows a year, had a complete year-end high point program, and put on clinics, poker rides, and more. We would love to see some events taking place at the grounds again as they are just being wasted! If you live in the Lakes District, love horses, and are interested in being involved in any way, please contact Bea at 250-698-7615, gbhart@xplornet. com or Brenda at 250-698-7720,

Quarterspot Ranch Report By Cindy Kirschman


uarterspot Ranch in Lumby BC, hosted a Spring Schooling Show April 29th. We had approximately 20 riders entered in the 26 classes. The weather cooperated and it was good to see the mix of beginner and seasoned competitors enjoying the day. We would again like to thank everyone that participated and a special thank-you to our judge Nell Elders. High Point Winners were: Juniors - Macey Walton Walk/Trot - Kate Carson Seniors - Nakita Delichte We hope to see all of you at our next Fun Day on June 17th, then July 15th. Our Fun Days are held the third Sunday of each month. Visit HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

(l to r) Macey, Bob Kirschman, Kate, Cindy Kirschman, Nakita, Nell Elders • 59

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association


t would seem that the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association has finally President: Michelle Charleston, found the sweet spot Vice President: Denise Hill, for their jackpot/purse AQHA Region One Zone Rep: Haidee Landry, classes. Rather than Website: dedicated evening performances, they’ve been integrated into the regular show schedule, and with tremendous success! LMQHA paid out over $3000 to exhibitors during their Spring Circuit, May 3-6 at Thunderbird in Langley, in what were arguably the biggest jackpot classes we’ve seen in some time. The Youth Hunt Seat Equitation jackpot was a big hit, with nine Quarter Horse and Paint entries, paying out to fourth place. Paint exhibitor Ingrid Libera rode Maximum Intensity to first place, the coveted silver buckle and a $275 cheque for her efforts! Devon May and Dee Dees Danny were second under judges Bruce Army, Leanne Williams, Daren Wright and Clint Fullerton. The Green Horse Trail Jackpot had $450 added prize money plus a silver buckle, and it was won by Laurie Sebring’s Paint entry, PRF One Cool Dude, ridden by trainer Kip Larson from south of the border. Tami Hutton rode MacKenzie Inksater’s Bow Tie N Dreams to second place. Goodnready to Rumble won the Green Horse Western Pleasure taking home the largest cheque of the day - $380. Goodnready to Rumble is owned by Aleta Strachan and was shown by Patti Woods. The Green Horse Hunter under Saddle jackpot, with $500 added, was won by I Got the Swing and Tammy Mills ($348.75), followed by Chips Classy Hotrod, owned by Violet Komori and shown by Patti Woods. The jackpot classes were sponsored by M&M Quarter Horses, Valour Farms, Patti Woods Show Horses, Daniels Farrier Service and Synergy Ridge Contracting. From all accounts, the Spring Circuit was a huge success, with over 1400 Quarter Horse and 500 Paint entries over the four-day combined circuit. An entourage of 35 open reiners showed up en masse on the Friday evening, providing lots of audience appeal for exhibitors after the second day of showing. M&M Quarter Horses sponsored and fed over 150 at their Wednesday evening social. President Michelle Charleston’s world famous chili was again a huge hit with the crowd! LMQHA has built a reputation for over-the-top hospitality, so it was no surprise to exhibitors to find hot coffee and donuts in the barns early every morning. That went a long way to take the edge off chilly temperatures and incessant rain - something we’ve never had any control over! QH High Point Winners Amateur Select Eleanor Peardon | Perfect Deception (55) r/ Colleen Bennett | More Gold N Plenty (28) Amateur Tina Maynard | Oughta Be Western (52) r/ Stephanie Conti | Shes Noticeable (35) Novice Amateur Tina Maynard | Oughta Be Western (112) r/ Haylie Morris | Krymsunality (80) Youth All Ages Devon May | Dee Dees Danny (118) r/ Katrina Mulford | Zippos Star Shuttle (111)

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Novice Youth 14-18 Eilish Anderson | Strait Fromthesource (102) r/ Charlotte Selby | A Lil Bit Lethal (71) Novice Youth 13 and Under Josephine Mootz | Looks Inviting (79) r/ Mackenzie Inksater | Bow Tie N Dreams (57) Halter Mares KPN Touch of Caberne | Flora Kippan (13) Halter Geldings Purdy Fine Dayt | Sherry Sulz (24)

No horses qualified for the senior and junior horse Reece Rivet and Potentally an high points, which should be a Asset made their show ring debut at LMQHA’s Spring Circuit last reminder to exhibitors to read the month. rules! They’re available on the web site, in LMQHA’s famous “show book” and in the entry office. Exhibitors must compete in a minimum of three classes per judge in their respective division and halter is mandatory for all but novice youth and novice amateur. Be sure to read the fine print. Many thanks to all our sponsors, and especially to show manager Rod Ash and his very experienced crew, for a well-run show.

We’ve got Cattle Classes in July Bring on the COWS! Building on the momentum of the last two AQHA Region One shows at Thunderbird, LMQHA is pleased to host AQHA cattle classes at the West Coast Summer Classic Circuit! On Saturday, July 21, there will be AQHA, BCCHA and BCRCAapproved cutting classes and AQHA Working Cow Horse and Boxing classes, while AQHA Ranch Sorting gets underway on Sunday, July 22, with an all-breed Ranch Sorting Jackpot, featuring a 50% payback. You can download the schedule from our web site at ( Click on LMQHA and then “Events & Shows” to find it. Canadian Quarter Horse Association president and our AQHA Region One BC rep, Haidee Landry, is doing a lot of the legwork on the cattle classes, and reminds exhibitors they must be current AQHA members to compete, and that their horses’ registration papers must be in order. A reminder to AQHA owners: if you own an unregistered (but registerable) Quarter Horse, AQHA is offering a special reduced rate to get papers on that horse. They’re also offering a great deal on transfers for horses that have changed hands without the paperwork being fi led. Go to AQHA’s web site ( and search “registration specials” for details.

Summer Classic Update The show committee met in May to fine-tune plans for the next four-day circuit, July 19-22, at Thunderbird. The West Coast Summer Classic will feature class awards where winners can “shop” for their prize at the LMQHA “store.” The show also features jackpot classes for Hunter under Saddle All Ages, a Two-Year-Old Western Pleasure Walk/ Jog and Novice Only Horsemanship open to all ages and all breeds! They’re all buckle classes, sponsored by Hutton Performance Horses and Valour Farms. Trainer Patti Woods rode Aleta Strachan’s Goodnready to Rumble to a profitable win in the Green Horse Western Pleasure Jackpot.


South Central Quarter Horse Association

2012/13 SCQHA Board of Directors: President: Wolf Beyer 250-260-4074 Vice President: Cathie Cross 250-546-8538 Secretary: Karla Dewhurst 250-459-2050 Treasurer: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Past President: Carolyn Farris

SCQHA - BCQHA Representatives: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Directors: Jessica Eli 250-318-3119 Marion Szepat-Tait 250-459-2050 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228

Oldest Living AQHA Horse - Submitted by Darlene Trask His registration # is 2363589, foaled March 23 1985. Name Tari Fury, but we just call him Tari or “Hot Toddy.” Sired by San Tari Eagle out of Miss Fury Gal who is sired by Kin A’Le Bar. My husband Glenn purchased Tari for his birthday Sept 2, 1994. Tari grew up on Allan MacDonnell’s ranch in Oyama BC. He did brief stints as a polo pony, went into reining training and tried to be a hunting horse, but none of them worked out for high energy Tari. It wasn’t till Glenn tried working the mechanical cow at Doug Henry’s that Tari finally found his niche. He and Glenn finally became partners and showed at a few Interior Cutting Horse shows. We still own Tari and he’s still high energy. Incidentally, Glenn purchased another birthday present for himself last year… another AQHA gelding from RB Quarter Horses in Barriere. He hopes to own Leroy just as long! - Darlene Trask, Vernon BC

SCQHA Fall AQHA Show Circuit Sept 14-16, Armstrong, BC Featuring the return of Halter Mania... through the generosity of STS Quarter Horses and KPM Farms! All Breed Weanling Super Halter Futurity - Combined Colts, Geldings and Fillies $1500 Added All Breed Yearling Super Halter Futurity - Combined Colts, Geldings and Fillies $1500 Added Additional Prizes and Awards too! We will also be featuring AQHA Rookie Amateur and Youth Classes in addition to many other Futurities. Our 2012 AQHA Show looks to be one of the best shows we have had yet! Contact Show Secretary Cheri Corrigan at 250-337-5090 or

SCQHA 2011 Fall Circuit Western Pleasure Class

“Who can name the horse and rider teams here?”

According to AQHA Records: Tari Fury was indeed bred by Allan MacDonnell in Oyama and is a true Okanagan bred horse. The records show that “Tari” transferred ownership to Allen Hignell of Kelowna in 1991 and then in 1994 Glenn Trask became his owner. Many of us old-timers will remember “Tari’s” sire San Tari Eagle, a Texas bred stallion, who at one time was owned by Jim McDonnell – one of the Okanagan’s most beloved true cowboys. Miss Fury Gal, his dam, was sired by King A’Le Bar and she was bred and raised by Allan MacDonnell as well.

Calling All Old Timers! We are on the hunt to find the oldest living AQHAregistered horse in the SCQHA Zone. If you have an old timer who you think might be the oldest, please send us a current photo along with a brief biography to Your senior AQHA horse just might be featured in the next issue of Saddle Up! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 61

BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Own a Paint Pres Colleen Schellenberg Sec Marilyn Griffin APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore

Back to Basics Show - July 29, 2012 - May we have your stall order please?


ow that the first show on the coast is under our belt, there is a surge of interest in the new all-APHA Back-to-Basics show in Langley, July 29. Show manager Cathy Glover advises outof-town exhibitors to download the B2B entry form from the web site ( and reserve stalls sooner rather than later. We may not have as many stalls available as we had originally hoped, so outof-town guests will have first dibs; we may have to billet some horses in local barns. If out-of-towners have an opportunity to keep their horses overnight with friends in the Langley area, that might be worth organizing now. High Point Equestrian Centre also offers the option to stable your horse in a pen with shelter (they are spectacular). Remember, we are able to keep our entry and stabling fees super low (and exhibitorfriendly) because this is a one-day show at a smaller (albeit stunning) venue. We have some really great sponsors, notably Johnston Meier Insurance, who is covering the costs of our ten high point awards, and Lazy 3 Ranch, our reserve high point sponsor. Also many thanks go to Traveland RV Supercentre in Langley whose sponsorship has allowed us to have Glenn Massey announce and, of course, everyone is eyeing up the Stampede Tack Super Horse Silver Buckle! We’re all pulling together to make this a great show! When sending in entries for B2B or any of our Paint shows throughout the province this summer, make sure to include copies of your horse’s registration papers and your APHA membership, amateur, youth and novice cards with your entries. It will save so much time in the office.

Off to the Worlds! Langley teen Calli Rouse is headed to the AjPHA Youth World Championship Show, June 22-30, in Fort Worth, Texas. Actually, it won’t be a long haul as Calli has just completed her first year of college at Texas Christian University, also in Fort Worth. However, it will be Calli’s final youth show and while she Chani and Calli Rouse says this is her favourite time of year, it is “definitely the most gruelling,” she adds. She’ll be staying with her trainers at Simons Show Horses in nearby Aubrey, Texas, leading up to the Worlds, where her horse, Chansation, is boarded and trained. “Boot camp for me is always the time to fine-tune and polish up on my skills right before the biggest show of the year and also hang out with my friends that are also in the barn. The Simons and everyone in the barn are like family to me and the summer spent with them is something I wouldn’t change,” she writes. 62 • Saddle Up • June 2012

Calli has been part of TCU’s equestrian team this past year, and says one of the biggest adjustments has been going from riding world champion “Chani-bear” to riding an unfamiliar horse where riders have only four minutes to figure out the horse they “draw” before heading into the ring to compete. “I don’t have weeks before shows to practice and fine tune,” she explains. Calli and Chani will be competing at the Worlds in Showmanship, Hunter under Saddle, Equitation, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship and Trail this year. Last year, the pair won both Hunter under Saddle and Hunt Seat Equitation world championships and was reserve in Showmanship. You can watch World Show classes live and online. Go to during the show to find the link!

More news on our website Wow! There is just so much happening right now, and not enough room to include it all! Go to our web site at for more news and updates!

LMQHA Spring Circuit A big thank you goes out to the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association for including us in their spring circuit. The show was really well run and classes were in and out in an orderly fashion. The Paint Breed was very well represented at the show and congratulations go out to everyone that participated, particularly the following high point and reserve winners: APHA High Point Winners Amateur HP - Kirsten Shaw and Too Hot To, Oregon Res - Christina Frost and RJ Stylin in Red, Washington Novice Amateur HP - Michelle Flanders and Seven S Flashy Cruzer, Oregon Res - Christine Meng and Ill Never Tell, Washington Youth All Ages HP - Ingrid Saile Libera and Maximum Intensity, Langley Res - Emma-Lee Schellenberg and All Reddy Smoke N, Langley Novice Youth HP - Emma-Lee Schellenberg and All Reddy Smoke N, Langley Res - Devon Smith and SW Roxy Barlink, Ladner Senior Horse HP - Ima Special Delivery and Diane Rouse, Langley

Danny and Crissy Penaloza with Ellie

Upcoming shows July 6-8: Three-in-One Breed and Open Show, Smithers; two-judge APHA/ BCPHC-approved horse show. July 29: “Basic to Basics” APHA/NWCC/BCPHC-approved APHA Horse Show, High Point Equestrian Centre, Langley; contact: August 11-12: Terrace Three Breed Classic; two-judge APHA/BCPHCapproved show, Terrace;; contact: Lynn Patterson at August 23-26: Bulkley Valley Exhibition Light Horse Show, single-judge APHA/BCPHC-approved show; September 1-2: Evergreen Circuit three-judge/two-day APHA/BCPHC/ NWCC-approved APHA horse show hosted by the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association, Thunderbird Equestrian Centre, Langley; contact: Barbara Williams at 208-683-1617 or


BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: Office Hours: Winter Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 am – 3 pm March 1st ~ Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2012 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391 Directors: Ty Lytton (250) 396-7710 Wade McNolty (250) 296-9096 Virgil Poffenroth (250) 659-5670 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653

THE RODEO SEASON IS WELL UNDERWAY! In the month of June we hope to see you out at have the 65th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo on June 2 & 3; then the Ashcroft Stampede on June 16 & 17; and the 27th Annual Bella Coola Rodeo – June 30, July 1st.

2012 BCRA RODEO SCHEDULE June 2-3: 65th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox June 16-17: Ashcroft & District Stampede, Ashcroft June 22-23: PWRA/ BCRA Colville, WA June 22-23: PWRA/BCRA Newport, WA June 30-July 1: Chilcotin Series (TWO – ONE DAY RODEOS) 27th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo July 3-4: PWRA/BCRA SedroWoolley, WA July 7-8: Chilcotin Series, Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake July 14-15: Valemount Rodeo July 20-22: Quesnel Rodeo July 21-22: WIREA/BCRA Doig River Rodeo July 27-28: PWRA/BCRA Clayton, WA July 27-29: Nakusp, BC August 4-5: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake August 4-5: Chilcotin Series, Nemaiah Valley Rodeo, Nemaiah August 10-12: Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo August 11-12: Pritchard Rodeo August 18-19: Chilcotin Series, Redstone Rodeo, Alexis Creek August 24-25: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Aug 31-Sept 3: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Sept 14-16: BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel

2012 MAJOR PLATINUM BCRA SPONSORS 2012 Sponsors of the Team Roping Season Leader Saddles and BCRA Championship Finals Buckles GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Williams Lake, BC, 250-392-4024 Vanderhoof, BC, 250-567-4446

2012 Sponsors of the Bull Riding Season Leader Saddle and BCRA Championship Finals Buckle REGENCY CHRYSLER Quesnel, BC, 1-888-726-4947 C H R Y S L E R

2012 Sponsors of the Ladies Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle Wrangler Merchandise for the Ladies Barrel Racing Finalists Wrangler Merchandise to our BCRA Rodeo Committees

2012 BCRA GOLD SPONSORS: 2012 BCRA Pee Wee Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle PG KLASSIC AUTOBODY Prince George, BC, 1-866-350-5312 2012 BCRA Junior Steer Riding Season Leader Saddle CANART CATTLE CO. - Mark Canart, Kamloops, BC 2012 Junior Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle JENNA WILLS MEMORIAL FUND - Wills Family, Quesnel, BC 2012 Junior Breakaway Season Leader Saddle ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING - P. Walker, Kamloops, BC 2012 Steer Wrestling Season Leader Saddle QUESNEL DOOR SHOP / DOWNTOWN TIRE & AUTO


2012 BCRA SILVER SPONSORS: 2012 BCRA Tie Down Roping Finals Champion Buckle FASTBACK ROPES / ROCKY’S GEN STORE - R. Jasper, Quesnel, BC, 250-991-8391 2012 BCRA Breakaway Roping Finals Champion Buckle BCES - BC Entry System, Barb Swampy BAR E CONTRACTING - Rob & Allison Everett, 150 Mile House, BC 2012 Breakaway Finals Buckle GJ RODEO CO - Gene & Joy Allen, Kispiox, BC 2012 Rookie Rough Horse Rider QUESNEL RODEO CLUB 2012 Junior Breakaway Finals Buckle NORTHERN HEALTH BC 2012 Rookie of the Year 2012 BCRA FINALS JACKET SPONSORS: RANCH PROPERTIES - Tim Terepocki, 250-280-7653

KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VET CLINIC -C. Mikkelsen, 250-374-1486 / Email: FASTBACK ROPES / ROCKY’S GENERAL STORE - R. Jasper, Quesnel, BC ~ 250-991-8391 2012 BCRA BRONZE SPONSORS: Pee Wee Barrel Horse GRAMMA LAMHA, Ashcroft, BC Tie Down Roping Horse SPECTRUM RESOURCE GROUP, Prince George, BC GREEN MOBILE VET CLINIC 2012 Breakaway Horse of the Year SPECTRUM RESOURCE GROUP 2012 Tie Down Roping Horse of the Year WHITE RANCHES – Rob, Allison & Brock Everett 2012 Junior Breakaway Horse of the Year 2012 CHILCOTIN TOUR SPONSORS: PMT CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS DON & NANCY MACDONALD CARIBOO SPURS & TACK • 63

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: Tamora Davy Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-8324111 Flying Carpet: Alysha Bartlett 778-754-0066 Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 and/or Cheryl Johnson Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145


CIAHA would like to thank the Kelowna Riding Club for a successful Partnership of the May 27 All Breed Flat Show at the KRC Grounds. Stay tuned for a full report in next month’s issue!!!

Barn News From Remuda Arabians “Jokingly we thought we’d ease Justifyablee Lace (Lacey) into the show ring under saddle - her first show would be Scottsdale. Besides winning the Maiden Horse Hunter Pleasure Class (picture attached); they placed third (23 entries) in Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse Championship. Since then, Cheryl and Lacey have won 12 consecutive first places (including unanimous first place in all multi judge classes in Arizona, Oregon and Washington). Cheryl and Lacey returned to Scottsdale in April winning Region 7 Unanimous Champion Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse (picture attached). Quite an accomplishment we feel for just seven months under saddle. June, July and August will see Cheryl and Lacey compete in Region 4, Region 5 and the Canadian Nationals.” - Yours in Arabians, Bill and Judy

Local Arabian Trainer, Dawn Heppner of Damarhe Training

LS I’m a Dandy and Libby Hawkes at Libby’s first horse show in Penticton.

was invited to do a demonstration at the Breeders Showcase in Armstrong BC, on In-Hand Mountain Trail - one of the fastest growing competitive equine sports today! So whether you choose to ride the course or just compete in the In-Hand, the choice is yours and your horse. A fun course was set up to show a few of the obstacles that handler and rider must be able to conquer, which provided a great opportunity to learn fun and challenging skills, building a stronger partnership

Justifyablee Lace

with your horse. Dawn believes a horse has a job and it’s up to us to teach it that job. Dawn gives lessons in Western Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, Show Hack, Sport Horse, Dressage, Halter, Ground Work, Trail and Mountain Trail. If this interests you contact Dawn Heppner at 250-808-0738 for upcoming clinics. Join Damarhe Training on FB and see what is happening now and tomorrow!

Dawn demonstrating at the Breeders Showcase

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Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C Newsletter Contact: Cari Crawford, Club contact: Michelle Tondevold,


t has been a busy past few months at Pine Tree. For our gymkhana clinic in April, we had 11 participants and the instructor was Kelcie Mills. It was super fun. All the kids had big smiles on their faces and, at the end, the kids were able to put their new skills to work with a mini gymkhana. It was awesome to see the kids give ’er! The two-day clinic held in May was a huge success as well. Over the weekend, about 25 participants rotated between showmanship, trail, round penning with confidence, and a riding lesson. Thank you to our fantastic instructors Ellen Smailes (riding lessons), Rebecca Crossan (trail), Stephanie Brawn (showmanship) and Kaylee Mills (round pen). The following quotes from a few of our riders say it all: “I liked the trail teacher. She helped me do something I couldn’t do before.” - Eric “I loved it. I loved the round pen when my horse Zamboni started following me around.” - Aubree “My favourite part was the lesson. I felt proud that I cantered around not too fast.” - Bryson “I liked riding with Mrs. Smailes.” - Oscar “I liked trail class. I liked that we got to practice.” - Cally “My favourite part was the lesson with Ellen. She taught me how to use new reins and what to do when my horse won’t listen, and a lot of other stuff.” - Emalee “I liked showmanship. I learned how to lead my horse properly.” - Rorie “Mrs. Smailes is such a good teacher. She breaks things down so you can understand them.” - Kennedy and Ally On the note of thanking great people who support young riders, a big thank you to TJ Drake (playday judge) and Devon Hoholuk (trail judge). TJ will be the judge at our next two playdays as well. Make sure you get your forms in for the Annual Horse Show. The show will be held June 16-17. Entry forms are on the website. This show is a Heritage Qualifier. Thanks again to Ric’s Grill for sponsoring stake classes. We really appreciate our sponsors! If you would like to sponsor or know someone who would, please contact Michelle at Next grounds cleanup day will be held on the evening of June 4. Start time for the cleanup will be 6pm and we will have a brief general meeting this evening around 7pm as well. Thanks to everyone for the volunteering that has been happening. A reminder that volunteer hours need to be HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

completed by October 15 and Instructors Ellen, Rebecca, Kaylee and Steph with we have lots of a few of the May 12-13 clinic participants. suggestions if you need help finding a way to volunteer! All events require volunteers. Mark these dates on your calendar for the next couple of month’s showings: June 4: Grounds clean up and General Meeting - 6pm start June 9-10: Gymkhana/Playday (This gymkhana will be a double run day. We will run two of each of the points events and no fun events) June 16-17: Annual Show July 14-15: Gymkhana/Playday Check the website for added events such as clinics.

Eric practicing his quarters in showmanship. Brianne and Pet after a showmanship lesson.

Matthew successfully completes the mailbox obstacle in trail class.

Jordyn in her riding lesson with Ellen.

Round penning with respect. Tori in the ring, Tristan on deck. • 65

Endurance Riders Association of BC


he first ride of the season, Helldiver Resurrection, was held near Courtenay on Vancouver Island on May 5. This ride offered a 50mile level only. There were eight entrants to start, and everyone completed with healthy, happy horses. The trails were wet with recent rain with some deep river crossings, so the going was technical in spots, and times were not as fast as predicted for this nice level ride starting the year off ! The winning rider was Shari MacFarlane on Buddy at 6:03 hours, and the team won both High Vet Score and Best Condition. Shari was followed closely by Nancy Gourlay and The Third Day at 6:03:15 - can’t come much closer! Kuxy Doell and Novera Intra Bay followed at 6:22. See complete results on the ERABC website. Absolute appreciation to local veterinarian, Dr. Peter Parke, for doing a great job working with the group over the weekend. Thanks also to those who made the BC Ferry journey to our ride. New to the Ride Calendar is Coutlee Canter on June 23 in Merritt - 50 mile only. Great to have this site reactivated! The return of the Iron Horse Ride based out of the Summerland Rodeo Grounds is July 21. Please remember that all events are pre-register and pre-pay - this is so helpful to our ride manager’s planning! On July 7-8, a two-day Endurance Fundamentals clinic is planned for the Pritchard area, offering presentations on conditioning, nutrition, camping with your horse, following the trail, vet checks and parameters, and includes a short ride to demonstrate pacing and trail marking. This will be helpful to those who have just started endurance riding, and for those who think they might like to try it out. Watch the website events page ( for confirmation, pre-registration and pre-payment information. Tell your friends and neighbours and you’ll have a conditioning buddy at home! Perhaps Colleen Gay’s story, below, of her start as an endurance rider a few short years ago will encourage riders that “to finish is to win” on the endurance trails! Officers & Directors 2011

President -June Melhuish VP - Ruth Moorby Secretaryy - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Cory Anthony Brenda Miskimmin Fred Dzida, Christine Voglmaier,

Endurance Rider Profile: Colleen Gay I had never been a horse owner, and had hardly ridden in over 20 years, when a timely opportunity arose to lease a Tennessee Walker mare. My three children were all in school, and I found that I was able to carve out a bit of “me time” during the day, so I was very excited by this opportunity to finally fi ll the void that only being with horses could fi ll. My husband was 100% supportive, and told me to “go for it.” Over the next two years, I enjoyed long rides exploring the forested hills of Joe Rich, bonding with that mare and working on my horsemanship skills. After a couple of years, I craved a bit more challenge and purpose in my riding. Although I had heard of endurance 66 • Saddle Up • June 2012

riding, I hadn’t really given it much thought or research until then. When I mentioned my interest in learning more about endurance riding to my horse’s owner, she informed me that her neighbour, Louise Abbott, was an endurance rider; so I called Louise. That was 2008, the beginning of my endurance education and friendship with Louise. She willingly (or unwittingly) took me under her wing and showed me the ropes as we (my 4-year-old Tennessee Walker and I) tried to keep up with her and ColleenGay her athletic Arabian. She advised me on pacing, monitoring heart rates, what to expect at vet checks, electrolyting, nutrition, and appropriate tack and togs for endurance. We spent many hours on the trail together as she generously and patiently shared her knowledge of the sport with me. She suggested I volunteer at a ride to get a feel for what goes on, so I helped as a vet’s scribe at Rock Creek. I learned a lot about what to expect when I did my first ride, and met a friendly group of like-minded riders, who just enjoyed long rides in the great outdoors, with a bit of competition thrown in to keep it interesting. Louise arranged to have me tag along with a couple of friends on my first 25-mile Limited Distance ride at the Westbank Rocker in September 2009. I was thrilled to get the “Tail End” award that year, just squeaking in within the six-hour time limit. I was hooked! By now, I had fallen in love with my Tennessee Walker, “Angel,” and decided to commit. I strongly hinted this to my family and they bought Angel for me for my 49th birthday. Although not an Arab, Angel is an athletic and willing partner, so I am giving her a go in endurance. So far, we’ve completed a few limited distance rides (made top 10 at Ride Over the Rainbow in Merritt) and tried our first 35-mile ride at Regal Ridge last September. She does well at all the vet checks, and appears to have the heart for it. I’m not sure how competitive I want to get, and an Arab would be the wise person’s choice for an endurance partner, but for now I am pretty sure that I am enjoying the smoothest ride on the trails, and my ageing body appreciates that! We plan on doing our first 50-miler this season. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

The Back Country Horsemen of BC By Sharon Pickthorne, Vancouver Island Chapter BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730 Vice President: Rose Schroeder, - 604-854-1245 Vice President: Jack Breaks, Webmaster, - 604 856 7786 Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 Recording Secretary: Susan Shumey, - 604 856-1396 Treasurer: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Gord MacKenzie, - 250 679-3999 Work Bee Coordinator: Ian Compton, - 250-337-8720 Joint Trail & Access (Horse Council): Brian Wallace 250-569-2324 Horse Council Director: Sharon Pickthorne 250-337-1818 Education: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442


Lundbom Lake

eady to try a road trip? One of the joys of joining Back Country Horsemen is learning how to venture out of your area with your horse. When I first joined Back Country Horsemen of BC, I was pretty intimidated by pictures of packhorses (and mules – imagine that), high lines and wild-looking men with battered cowboy hats. I had a little problem with that image! Firstly, I ride English and secondly, I wear a helmet, funny pants and didn’t own a saddlebag, let alone any kind of rigging. When the opportunity came up to go to the annual Rendezvous at Barriere that provided stalls, I was in my comfort zone. We all know riding is about taking small steps. We didn’t start by getting on and attempting a cross-country jumping course! So, I packed up my trailer as best as I knew how, loaded up my trusty fouryear-old homebred mare and off we went. Amazingly, the ferry ride was uneventful, but crossing the Port Mann Bridge in Vancouver was terrifying - especially when the semi-trailer in front of me blew a tire during rush hour! I met lots of great people at my first Rendezvous and, over the years, gained the skills, equipment and confidence to progress to the point where I now travel with my horse all over BC, Alberta and even down to Oregon by myself. I encourage those riders that are interested in “trying” camping with horses - and to save you some time and give you some confidence, I have listed some places you can go where they have corrals, the all important outhouses, and water. (Be aware that these amenities are not standard issue for all back country horse camping sites!) This list is the tip of the iceberg - there are lots of great camping spots that have “civilized” facilities. The 2012 BCHBC Rendezvous will be June 1-3 at 100 Mile House and there are stalls, which have to be reserved. This is a great place to start and, rest assured, there will be those guys around with the beards and funny hats to help you learn the ropes, so to speak. Lundbom Lakes: This is a very popular spot near Merritt. It has rail corrals but, Lundbom Lake unfortunately, you HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

cannot reserve them. Most are in full sun, but the spot usually has a lovely breeze. Since it is popular, I suggest you arrive during the week, and you should be able to tag along with some other riders to learn the trails. There is a resident caretaker if you run into difficulty. The riding is open and the scenery is spectacular. Larch Hills: This campsite, near Salmon Arm, has steel corrals and there is a cross-country ski lodge that you can rent if you don’t have a camper. Again there is a wonderful caretaker who also rides and she can be bribed into taking you out. The trails are easy to follow with great maps and directional signage to ensure you get back to the parking lot (where the corrals are). Timber Ridge Trails: This private facility is just outside the pretty town of Lumby, near Vernon. It has been designed with comfort in mind. There is a large shelter that has tables, a wood stove, cooking implements, and more. Darlene, the caretaker, will even cook dinners for you in Dutch Ovens if you want. There are 12 steel corrals and pull-in camping sites. The outhouses here are so clean you could eat in them... if you really wanted to! Barriere: An amazing woman named Connie Falk has facilitated the building of some camping facilities near Barriere that have rail corrals and small pastures. There is also a large picnic shelter. The corrals are in the sun and can be hot. There is a lovely stream adjacent to the site. The trails from the camping area are difficult with lots of hill climbing. If you prefer trails that are easier and in the shade, you will need to load up your ponies and head back down the road a bit. Twin Creeks: This privately owned “Bed and Bales” facility is located near the city of Duncan, on Vancouver Island, and is located adjacent to the Trans Canada Trail. Owner Deb Flinn will ensure both you and your horses will be in total comfort. The riding is easy and the Twin Creeks hospitality warm and welcoming. Deb can even give you a lesson on natural horsemanship. So, spring is here, start planning to hit the road with your horse in tow! I know I am. Happy Trails to you! • 67

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

CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid.,, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0


THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 9/12


Alberta Equestrian Federation

ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 12/12



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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 2/13

BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 4/13 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 8/12 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 3/13 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 11/12 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 2/13 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-260-5344 9/12 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 4/12 Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB 7/12 Info Margaret 604-856-1419, AMHR/AMHA Show June 8-10, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB APHA Shows, Open Show & Competition Program, Free Trophy Program, PAC. President: 6/13 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138, 10/12

BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 5/13 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 4/13 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 6/13 BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Howie Hunt 250-443-4461,, visit for Events 6/12 68 • Saddle Up • June 2012

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 @ p 7/12

The Voice of Equine Alberta and the premier source for education, information and support for Alberta’s entire equine community. 1-877-463-6222 4/13

BCRA Rodeo June 16 & 17, 2012 Starts 1 pm. Dance on June 16 From 9 pm to 1 am


DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-328-3814 4/13 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 2/13 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 6/13 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154, 8/12 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industryy 12/12 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 11/12 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 INLAND DRAFT & TEAMSTERS ASSOC. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 5/13 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Lamberton 250-878-6062,, 2/13 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 2/13 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Michelle Charleston, 604-857-2333,, 4/13

LOWER MAINLAND RANCH SORTING ASSOCIATION Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 778-839-8051 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 3/13

MISSION HORSE CLUB (Fraser Valley) Pres: Sherryl Hopkins 604-820-5109 English/Western Shows, Gymkhanas, Trophy Show, 5/12 NORTHERN BC THERAPEUTIC RIDING & Animal Assisted Therapy - NBCTR & AAT,,, 250-747-2416 6/13 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics, 7/12 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Debbie House 250-498-4326,, 7/12 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Holly Dickinson 250-870-0601 4/13 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities PENTICTON RIDING CLUB SHOWS, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-03977 3/13 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders, 2/13


Clubs & Associations, cont’d PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Alison Miller, Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, 7/12 PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. Contact Theresa Nolet 250-492-4921, 0 SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Cheri 250-573-2541, Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show,


THEHORSEAGILITYCLUB.COM Fun Days, Clinics, Competitions with BC Accr. Trainer Adiva Murphy; or compete/submit video to on-line competitions. 2/13 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 3/13 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. 12/12 Linda 604-856-9574,,

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2012 EVENTS?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE: Jan 1-3

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OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567,

9-10 BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN RENDEZVOUS, 100 Mile House Rodeo Grounds, Peter Reid 250-395-6492, WISH TRAIL RIDE, Campbell Valley Park/Langley, Kim Antifaeff, HORSEMANSHIP & INTRO TO MOUNTAIN TRAIL, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Natalie Vonk, BACK TO BACK DRIVING TRIALS, The Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Ellen Hockley 250-577-3366, PATH TO LIGHTNESS IN HAND CLINIC, Chase, BC, JONATHAN FIELD Course 2 Clinic, Agri-Plex, Cochrane, AB, Patty Martin tsr. or 403-932-7817 WISH TRAIL RIDE, Vancouver/Southlands, Debbie Bailey, MISSION HORSE CLUB EW SHOW, 9am, Mission, BC, Alicia Harper 604-462-7455, KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB, Kelowna Riding Club grounds, Amanda 250-878-6062, TWISTED TERRAIN MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Laurie Thompson 604-869-3733, TREC Competition, Passmore, BC, Jocelyn 250-304-2247,, PTRC GROUNDS CLEAN UP, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops, 6pm start, Michelle Tondevold 250-573-5331, TRAINING THRU TRUST APPRENTICE CAMP Part 1 w/Doug Mills, Kamloops, 250-319-8921,, info at LEVEL 2/3 PARELLI WORKSHOP, Devanee Cardinal, Valemount, BC,, 250-968-4481 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB AMHR Show Cloverdale Agriplex, Cloverdale, BC, Tina Harrison 604-533-1168 RIDING WITH AWARENESS TTOUCH & CONNECTED RIDING w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon, BC, or 1-800-255-2336 REINING ALBERTA SPRING CLASSIC, Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB, VANDERHOOF EQUIFAIR, Vanderhoof Fairgrounds, contact Lara at 250-567-3011 PTRC GYMKHANA, Kamloops, or Kesia Werth 250-819-7313 CLEAR ROUNDS, 1 pm, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Contact Alice Sexton OPEN HORSE SHOW, Oss-Some Hills Ranch, Notch Hill, Sorrento, BC, Tanya Oss 250-835-4482, ANNUAL NAT’L HORSE WEEK CELEBRATION, Open House incl. New/Used Tack Sale, Lorraine 250-766-1975, BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB AMHA A Show, Cloverdale Agriplex, Cloverdale, BC, Tina Harrison 604-533-1168


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INTERIOR ALL GAITED FUN SHOW, Agriplex, Armstrong, BC, Jackie 250-838-9945 VDRC EC BRONZE H/J SHOW. BC 2012 Summer Games Qual. Vernon District Riding Club, BC, Judy 250-547-8812, OPEN HOUSE, EF Life Coaching, Teaching, Training Demo, Helen Russell 250-546-9640 BARBRA SCHULTE CLINIC, Performance & Cow Work, Armstrong, register at FUN & FROLIC HORSE SHOW, 100 Mile & Dist. Outriders Grounds, Nicole Dupont 250-593-4071,, PATH TO LIGHTNESS RIDING CLINIC, Chase, BC, VIQHA MOUNT ARROWSMITH SUMMER CIRCUIT, Port Alberni, BC, Cherie 250-337-5090, PTRC PLAYDAY, Kamloops, or Kesia Werth 250-819-7313 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Games, info Nagaire Niven 778-277-0015, DELTA RIDING CLUB Percent Day, Delta, 604-940-9698,, ROCK CREEK POKER RIDE, opposite Fair Grounds. Pru Zerny 250-449-5077, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Summerland, Meadow Valley, Denise Gorman 250-494-3447 PERCENTAGE DAY & GYMKHANA, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Contact Marty Cox SPIN N SLIDE SCHOOLING SHOW SERIES, Fraser Valley Reining Club, Murray Creek Ranch, Langley, BC, Lynda 604-462-9179 or MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Oliver, Dawn Muller 250-498-0636, LEVEL 2/3 PARELLI WORKSHOP, Devanee Cardinal, Valemount, BC,, 250-968-4481 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Kelowna, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785, INNISFAIL PRO RODEO (52nd Annual), Daines Ranch Rodeo Grounds, Innisfail, AB, 1-800-710-3166, BERNIE TRAURIG CLINIC, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, Kristi, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Nelson, Teresa Precious 250-229-4203, ADIVA MURPHY TWINCREEKS EXPERIENCE, Twincreeks BB&B, Duncan, BC, Deborah Flinn, WISH TRAIL RIDE, Nelson, Kathleen Comstock, BCIMHC Trail Ride & Pot Luck Meeting, Revelstoke, LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Jumping Warm-up, info Katrina, • 69

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PTRC ANNUAL SHOW English Day. Flat, Trail & Hunter over Fences. Kamloops, BC Heritage Qualifier. BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Gymkhana, NTFF & Rodeo Grounds, Barriere. Entry Forms at ANTIQUE FARM EQUIPMENT & Museum Sale, 10 am, 83 Mile House, BC, COMPETITIVE TRAIL TRAINING RIDE, Chemainus, Shelley Balme 250-743-6192, AES RIDE FOR THE CURE OF CANCER, 11 am, Waskatenau, AB, Lynn Danyluk, or call 780-358-2388 OPEN EQUINE SHOW, Eng/West/Driving/Gymkhana, Nanton Ag Grounds, Nanton, AB, Alice 403-646-2624 or BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY Y Summer Show, Judge: Margo Hepner-Hart, Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds, Cloverdale, BC, CLINIC, Relationship & Agenda, Intro to EF Teaching, Training, Life Coaching, Helen Russell 250-546-9640 ASHCROFT & DISTRICT BCRA RODEO, Ashcroft, BC, Leeanne 250-457-6755 VIQHA NANAIMO/DUNCAN CLUB, Nanaimo, BC, Roseanna 250-667-2877, BC SPORTHORSE/SPORTPONY Y Summer Show, Cloverdale, BC, Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681 TSC SCHOOLING SHOW SERIES #2, BC Heritage Qualif. 9am Thornhill Fair Grounds, Marty Cox or Elaine Rempel FUN DAY Y Games & more, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, BC, 250-547-9277 PTRC ANNUAL SHOW Western Day. Performance, Trail & Gymkhana. Kamloops, BC Heritage Qualifier. SADDLE SERIES GYMKHANA, 100 Mile & District Outriders Grounds, Jen Szigety 250-706-9410,, LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Jumping, info Katrina, MISSION HORSE CLUB H/J SHOW, 9am, Mission, BC, Alicia Harper 604-462-7455, DELTA RIDING CLUB Hunter Show, Delta, 604-328-3814, , BOLENDER BUCKLE SERIES, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Lee Sampson 360-269-6156 ENG/WEST SCHOOLING SHOW, (Heritage Qualif. & PAC Appr.), Barriere & District Riding Club, Darcey 250-318-9975, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC Armstrong, Daina 250-379-2913, or Mandy 250-308-6208, MULTI LEVEL PARELLI WORKSHOP, Devanee Cardinal, Red Deer, AB,, 250-968-4481 BARREL RACE, 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, or MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Penticton, Sherry Ripplinger 250-490-0397, PGRHA RIDE N’ SLIDE, Livestock Arena, Prince George, BC, JONATHAN FIELD Course 2 Camp, James Creek Ranch, Merritt, BC, Angie Field 1-888-JFFIELD, HORSE & TACK SALE, Valley Auction, Armstrong, 250-546-9420, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Summerland, Jones Flat Rd., Valerie Robertson 250-494-0770, DOUG MILLS HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Kamloops, BC, Doug or Lynette Mills 250-319-8921,, register at PENTICTON RIDING CLUB English/Western Show, BC Heritage Qualifier, Parkway Stables, Penticton, BC, Alex BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Members Only Gymkhana, NTFF & Rodeo Grds, Barriere. Entry forms at CLEAR ROUNDS, 1 pm, Thornhill Fair Grds, Contact Alice Sexton LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Little Britches Rodeo, info Ted Hall 778-240-3664, DONKEY DAYS Annual Fundraising Event, 11am–4pm, Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge, Chase, BC, POWELL RIVER TRAIL RIDERS Summer Horse Show, WISH TRAIL RIDE, Whonnock/Maple Ridge, Sue Schulze, GYMKHANA, 9am, Peachland Riding Club, KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB, Kelowna Riding Club grounds, Amanda 250-878-6062,

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DELTA RIDING CLUB English/Western Show, Delta, 604-328-3814,, TREC Competition, Kaslo, BC, Jocelyn 250-304-2247,, SADDLE SERIES BARREL RACE, approx 3:30pm, Peachland Riding Club, NOTRA RIDE-A-THON, 21st Annual Fundraiser, Coldstream Ranch, Dani 250-549-0105, PERCENTAGE DAY & GYMKHANA, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Contact Marty Cox CLINIC PLAY, An Essential Life Skill, Intro to EF Teaching, Training, Life Coaching, Helen Russell 250-546-9640 AMAZING BACKCOUNTRY RACE, fundraiser for STARS, Team and Individual prizes, LEVEL 2/3 PARELLI WORKSHOP, Devanee Cardinal, Valemount, BC,, 250-968-4481 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Victoria/Metchosin, Kristina Millar 250-478-2051, JONATHAN FIELD Course 3 Camp, James Creek Ranch, Merritt, BC, Angie Field 1-888-JFFIELD, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Ladysmith, Mornings, Jill Sampson 250-245-2829, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Cobble Hill, Afternoons, Nancy Lane 250-743-1268, LEVEL 4/5 PARELLI-DRESSAGE Focus w/Don Halladay, Valemount, BC,, 250-968-4481 WILD AND LAWLESS OPEN HORSE SHOW, Lakota Centre, Dawson Ck, BC, Lynne 250-789-3217 or Jane 250-793-8842,, LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Eng/West, info Nicola Gildemeister 604-746-0344, ERIN VALLEY GYMKHANA, 11:00 start, Kamloops, BC, Lynette Mills 250-819-4189,, info at CLAY WEBSTER REINING CLINIC, Easygo Ranch, Lac La Hache, BC, Elli Meinert 250-396-7556, COWICHAN COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDE, Duncan, Shelley Balme, 250-743-6192,, TOPLINE JUNE EVENT & COMBINED TEST, Salmon Arm, BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669, SADDLE SERIES BARREL RACE, Dougle Header, 1pm, Peachland Riding Club, CANADA DAY CANADIAN HORSE SHOW, Cowichan Fair Grounds, Duncan, BC. For more info/entries contact Claire MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Port Alberni, Doris 778-421-1441, or Chloe 250-720-6658, LEVEL 4/5 PARELLI-DRESSAGE Focus w/Don Halladay, Valemount, BC,, 250-968-4481 TRAINING THRU TRUST YOUTH HORSEMANSHIP CAMP, Lynette Mills 250-819-4189,, register at MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Port McNeill, Liz Gachter 250-956-8223, CALGARY STAMPEDE TEAM PENNING COMPETITIONS, Calgary, AB,,, 403-261-0127 CALGARY STAMPEDE WORLD CHAMP. BLACKSMITHS’ COMPETITION, Calgary, AB, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Coombs/Errington, Jodie Bater 250-248-2408, MARTIN BLACK Ranch School, Cardinal Ranch, Valemount, BC,, 250-968-4481 JONATHAN FIELD Course 1 Ground Clinic, Saanich Fair Grounds, Victoria, BC, Roma Allen 1-877-573-4018, THREE-IN-ONE AQHA, APHA, APHCC & Open Show, Smithers. Barb 250-692-4347,, REINING ALBERTA SUMMER CLASSIC, Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB, CALGARY STAMPEDE HEAVY HORSE SHOW PRESENTED BY Y Halliburton, Calgary, AB, LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Jumping, info Katrina,

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INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 4/13 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY CLINIC 250-374-1486 8/12 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 4/13 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 11/12 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BC’s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 10/12 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 6/13 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller,

VETERINARIANS GREENWOOD VET SERVICES Mobile Equine Practice (Okanagan). Wkend apts. Dr. Sarah Greenwood 250-864-4838, 5/13 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 2/13



It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation Kids... where are you? What are you doing with your horse? It’s YOUR turn to tell us about YOU! H my name is Sierra and I am 7 years old and my Hi, parents just bought me my very first horse. His name is Blundur and he is an Icelandic Horse, he is about 13.2hh. I am learning to ride so that we w can go into shows together someday. I am so lucky to have Blundur, he is going to be my best friend! I have the best parents ever. - Sierra, age 7, Vancouver Island, BC

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Oh Royal Chic 2006 Sorrel Stallion Watch for him this year in the NRHA Open Derbies



BET ON THE SMART CAT 2007 AQHA Sorrel Stallion NCHA earnings with limited showing of $12,114.00

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First foal crop on the ground this spring of 2012 SIRE: Royal Blue Quixote (Superior in Open AQHA Reining & a ROM in Amateur AQHA Reining. Earned 77 AQHA points and a Top 10 at the AQHA Select World Show in Reining) by the infamous Peptoboonsmal out of Otro Mundo DAM: Chics O Rosa by Smart Chic O Lena Best producing mare of Jim Babcock STUD FEE: $850. Live Cover, AI and Shipped Semen Available Owned by Justin and Jen Sanderson Jen 1-778-885-8854, Standing at KE Performance Horses, Kelowna BC 7/12

NCHA earnings of $42,089.00 and daughter of Peptoboosmal

ALSO STANDING: Lazy Wind, 2003 AQHA Sorrel Stallion Sire: Special Effort, SI 104, 2 yr old World Champion. Winner of 13 of 14 races. LTE of $1,219,950.00 Dam: By All Means Easy, SI 103, 14 Wins, back to Easy Jet

250-546-9766 ~ Standing in Armstrong, BC • 75



OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

Illusionary Gold 2001 ApHCC, ApHC 114 Points in Halter, ROM Colour

TW Smok N Hawk 2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

16HH, 7 YR OLD REG’D APHA GELDING Great all-around prospect – well broke. ALSO: 6 more German Warmbloods Hanoverian X QH (Dressage/Eventing) and 16 more Reg’d QH, Paint Horses, and 3 Arabian/Warmblood X QH for sale. See website. 250-315-9087 (Merritt) E-mail:

3-YEAR-OLD HOMOZYGOUS APHA REG’D COLT “COMANCHERO BLACKGOLD” He’s a Tobiano beauty with black and brown, highlighted by gold tips and many paw prints. Just started under saddle. Having a great foundation of round pen and halter work. Standing until sold. Check out for more pics 250-459-7963 for further information (Clinton, BC) 7/12

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding) Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3/13



Ranch Raised Versatile Morgans for Work or Family Fun Sired By:

REG’D APHA, full Brother and Sister, very good bloodlines. Dam: Paint/QH, Impressive, Three Bars and Poco Bueno. Sire: Thoroughbred, Nijinsky ll, Northern Dancer and Noholme ll. 8 yr Gelding (on left), well started 80-100 rides. 4 yr Filly has been saddled and packed. More photos by request. $7,900 for the pair. 250-503-2546 (Vernon) E-mail

JMF La BARON (Black 15HH) ELFONDO’S TIGER (14.2HH Chestnut) FOXTAIL’S TRIPLE THREAT (14.3HH Buckskin) Stock For Sale - Stallions Standing Amber Fullerton, Arras, BC 250-843-7186


KANADA PONY/QH CROSS MARE Penny is 14 yrs old, 14.2HH and a rare find in today’s market. Owner graduating and off to college. Penny trailers, clips, bathes, excellent with vet and farrier. Ridden barefoot, shoes not necessary. Lots of go and eager to please. A wonderful companion in arena or on the roads and trails. Loves affection, no bad behaviour. Good with all other animals and kids. Needs a confident rider who knows how to ride a ‘responsive’ horse. Guaranteed sound. To approved home only. $3,500 obo. 250-546-9635 (Armstrong)

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HORSES FOR SALE FROM YEARLINGS TO FINISHED Barrel, Rope and Ranch horses. ALSO FOR SALE: Jessies Snappy Doc, Buckskin Stallion. Doc Bar, Jessie James, Kings Pistol, Poco Tivio bred. 250-546-9766 (Armstrong, BC)


6-YEAR-OLD ARAB/QH MARE She is 15 hands and grey with a black mane and tail. She is sweet tempered and loves people. Suitable for a lady. She is good with her feet, ties and has been trailered and bathed. Just started and is in training. $2,000 250-546-0021

Turning Point Ranch

Several quality individuals available at this time. Purebred Arabians, Welsh, and select custom crossbreds, suited to a variety of disciplines; including 2012 foals, yearlings, 3 yr old Welsh/TB filly started under saddle. Others include stallions, gelding, mares - some trained under saddle and/or optional 2- or 3-in-one ‘packages’. Reasonable prices, some terms. Steven and Jennifer Zachary 250-577-3526 (Pritchard, BC)


On The Market Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado

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

Goldun Poco Mr Matt

“AW TALENTED SON” Gray AQHA 4-year-old Gelding, 15.3HH. Extremely smart and talented like his name; will go far with the right person. Very quick learner and athletic, green broke, loves the bush and tracks cattle. Excellent cowboy dressage, barrel racing prospect. $4,000 plus GST. 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC) E-mail:

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

“AW BLUE ALADIN” True Blue Roan AQHA Gelding coming 4 and 16.1HH. Green broke, excellent in the bush, disposition plus! Very kind and gentle, loves people and attention. Hops into the trailer and ready to go. Ranch horse deluxe with that eye-catching colour everybody wants. $5,000 plus GST. 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC) E-mail:

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

AQHA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy Quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

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PHOTO ADS Only $60. Next ad deadline June 15 On to Greener Pastures SDF Carlosantana

May 22, 2007 - April 14, 2012 Where do I begin, this is so hard. Carlos was to have been my forever horse. But fate and Carlos had other plans. I have written four pages on Carlos’ short life with me but have decided it was for me to read only. Carlos had to be put down on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm. The post mortem exam written by Dr. Scott Grant of Okanagan Equine Veterinary Services in Kelowna wrote the following: “Focal area (15-20) centimeters of the small colon with avascular necrosis and rupture. Marked contamination of the abdomen with feed material. I suspect this is a result of a fecolith that caused pressure necrosis of the small colon and resulted in leakage and eventual rupture of the colon.” Peritonitis We brought Carlos home to his place of birth and he is buried in a spot that when I look out my kitchen window I can see him. It hurts too much to write much more than to say how grateful I am for the professional and compassionate way that he was treated by both Drs. Grant Scott and Matt Henry of Shuswap Veterinary Services. Be at peace my Dear Friend. This picture is of him as a foal and I am imagining he is now chasing a butterfly on the other side of the “Rainbow Bridge.” - Sally Handley, Sicamous, BC HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 77

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INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or (Innisfail, AB) 12/12

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 6/12

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The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 2/13

2000 THOROUGHBRED MARE, Chestnut, approximately 16.2HH. Free to approved home. 250-547-9210 (Cherryville) 16.1HH PAINT GELDING to approved home only. Trail riding sound or would make an awesome liberty horse. Very well-broke and great on the trails. 250-838-9373 (Enderby) !NIVAC !NIMAL "ATHING 3YSTEMS s 0URE /XYGEN E:ALL "IOBASED 'ROOMING 0RODUCTS &INE 4INES© &ORKS s (APPY (ORSE (AY 3TEAMERS “The Best” Magnetic Bandages

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1650 Shuswap Ave., Lumby, BC 250-547-6616

WANTED EXPERIENCED competent Rider/Wrangler required for busy colt starting and training facility located in Chilliwack, BC. Call Ron at 604-798-6180 RENT/LEASE TO OWN property to house two horses and our own Park Model Home in North Okanagan. 250-2404470 or 250-547-6476 (Lumby)

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BROOKSIDE STABLES Horse Boarding in Salmon Arm New Indoor Arena 70x160 Outdoor Arena 95x220 Heated Automatic Waterers Large Paddocks with Shelters

TRAINER WANTED Suite available Lessons and Training available Access to Crown land Close to South Canoe trails Minutes from downtown Salmon Arm Call 250-803-0190 6621 Okanagan Avenue N.E., Salmon Arm


Capall Acres Full Board Paddock/Group Pasture Indoor and Outdoor Arena, Barn, Box Stalls 6 Minutes from Downtown Vernon Michelle: (250) 306-6527 ,ESSONS s 4RAINING s 3TARTING YOUNG HORSES Contact: Holly Baxter BHSAI s WWW NORT CA “Classical Horsemanship 2/13 for lifelong enjoyment�

ASMARA STABLES Large individual Paddocks w/shelters. Feedings 3x/day. Daily Paddock cleaning. Indoor Arena. Outdoor 100x230 Arena w/Dressage ring. Large grass Jump ring w/access to a Cross Country course. Easy access to trails just off the facility. Welcome riders of all levels and horses of all disciplines. Lessons available or bring your own instructor! Clinics and shows. Trainers welcome. Enjoy the warm friendly atmosphere.

Wally and Sheila Goertz 5026 Pringle Rd, Spallumcheen, BC 250-546-6004


DOUBLE DELICHTE STABLES Full Board (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon 250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC


Kamloops, BC 778-220-7898 (10 minutes from Costco)

FULL BOARD AND PADDOCK BOARD ~ Indoor Arena 72 x 200 (top of the line footing) ~ Heated Lounge, Tack Room, Washroom, Wash Stall ~ All Disciplines: English/Western are welcome ~ Outdoor Paddocks w/shelters or Indoor board ~ Excellent quality hay, fed 3 times daily. ~ Large Outdoor Arena and Round Pen ~ Perimeter riding path around 20 acres ~ Access to trails going towards Savona 5/13

Tip of the Month! What is the Rider 2 Program? The Rider 2 Learn to Ride Program consists of three parts: Stable Management ~ Teeth, vices, parasites ~ How to buy a horse, and examination for purchase ~ Load and transport your horse ~ Conformation, including unsoundness, blemishes and breeds Riding ~ Pace control, posting, diagonals, transitions, and leads ~ Rein effects ~ Leg yielding ~ Relationship between horse and rider


Rider Fitness ~ On horseback and on the ground Can you do all these tasks? Great! Call today to arrange to take your Rider 2 exam. Upon successful completion of this program, HCBC will send you a Certificate and badge. High school credits are available too! Courtesy of EC Certified Western Coach Lorraine Pelletier. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, rescued or abused horses. All disciplines welcome. See the next issue: What is the Rider 2 Program? (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) • 79

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