Saddle Up June-2013

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June 2013


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Walter White and a dedicated group of volunteers started the Wish Trail rides over seventeen years ago, growing the event year over year. The concept was simple; collect pledges in support of Children’s Wish and enjoy time out on the trails. All those involved recognized just how much each and every ride meant to Walter. “My dad’s passion was horses, and Children’s Wish and I want to continue this dream for him,” says Irene White, Walter’s daughter, organizer of the Alberta Wish Ride (see page 3 for their ride info). Through Walter’s vision and the hard work of countless volunteers, the ride has grown into a provincial wide event that has raised over $900,000 for the BC & Yukon Chapter of The Children’s Wish Foundation. The late Walter White lives on as he continues to inspire riders every year to collect pledges and “Ride a Horse - Grant a Wish.”

Join us for a fun day out on the trails while helping to grant the most heartfelt wishes of local kids with high-risk life-threatening illnesses. The Provincial Wish Trail Ride is one of the largest fundraisers for the BC & Yukon Chapter of The Children’s Wish Foundation and we need you! “We as a family will forever be indebted to your organization for making dreams come true. In today’s world there are not that many moments when we actually get to see the generosity and kindness of others make a wee one’s dream come true. The magic from those moments will carry them over a lifetime and for that we are grateful. Our world is a better place for people and organizations like yours. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

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Don’t see a ride in your area? Why not host one in your community and join our effort to ensure that every eligible child will receive their most heartfelt Wish. No ride is too small! Contact for more information.

For information or to host a new ride in your area, contact: Kristina Murray at CWF, We “Wish” you’d join us!

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he Alberta Wish Ride is back for a fifth year supporting the Children’s Wish Foundation with a third location and a change in location for its flagship event. The Alberta Wish Ride is a one-day equestrian event featuring a trail ride. Riders register for the event, raise pledges, then bring those pledges to the event where they are treated to a pancake breakfast, an escorted ride, dinner, entertainment, silent auctions and prizes. In the past four years the ride has donated over $120,000 to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. In 2013, the original ride is moving from its Little Elbow base camp to Rafter 6 Ranch near Exshaw Alberta. “This location opens up some new possibilities for us,” said ride co-founder Irene White. “Rafter 6 has great facilities including rooms to rent for those who want to make a weekend out of the event. They also have horses to rent which allows participation from those who don’t have their own horse.” The Rafter 6 ride has been set for Sunday August 18th. A new volunteer committee has come together to host a ride in Duchess Alberta, north of Brooks, on September 7th. This group has some exciting innovations including wagon rides on the trail for those who don’t want to be or can’t be on a horse. Pledges are still required to ride on a wagon. The ride is returning to the historic Reesor Ranch in Cypress Hills on September 21st. This will be the second year at this location after a very successful inaugural year in 2012. This location also has accommodations and mounts for rent. Participants must bring in a minimum of $60.00 in pledges. Non-riders may also attend the events and enjoy the food and entertainment for a donation. “We’re very excited to have three rides this year,” said White. “It provides more opportunities for people to get involved and help this wonderful cause. The more people who participate, the more smiles we can put on the faces of Alberta children and their families at a very difficult time.”


Established in 1984, the Children’s Wish Foundation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling a favourite wish for children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Full information about the events is available at www. The website also has downloadable pledge forms and links to register for the ride. Once riders register, they can set up their own fundraising page to encourage on-line donations and expedite tax receipts for their supporters. For further information please contact Irene White at 403.366.8199 or 403.607.6108.

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’m sure our readers will join me in expressing our heartfelt sympathies to all those in Oklahoma who have suffered deeply… to all the families and animals. I’d heard two good things… that a dog made it back to its owner and a horse survived having been dug out of the rumble. With the summer months fast approaching, so are all the fundraising rides and events, so please do your part and help support them as best you can. A lot of clubs and associations are struggling these days, with lower membership, lack of volunteers, and lower attendance. If we all would give up just ONE day of our time in the year to a (your) club, it would help them out tremendously. Think about it! At this time I am getting ready to ride ‘Spike’, a Kentucky/Rocky Mountain Horse at the Gaited Fun Show in Armstrong. I haven’t ridden one (or him) before. Gotta get practicing. Wish me luck! As you will see in this issue, we had no room to print the VOLUMES of event dates in our What’s Happening calendar. You will have to go to our website to see the complete list. See you in the saddle…


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AEAS 8th Ride for the Cure By Lynn Danyluk Riding for all the RIGHT REASONS hosted by Alberta Equestrian Awareness Society


ere in Alberta we are busting to get out and ride on June 15. The Annual AEAS Ride for the Cure is beginning to be one of the many exciting fundraising rides participants look forward to. Riders raise funds to assist those families who have become Victims to Cancer that require support and lab work, as well as housing the families so they are near to their suffering loved ones. Participant numbers are growing each year (I think they like my ‘chile’). Each year there is more and more educating to what the people with Cancer require to be cured, and we are all helping them through the funds that are raised. These funds go directly to support the families and without these funds they do not get the support they require. So please… let’s do it for the Children and keep striving to assist with these funds! There is great food, wonderful down-to-earth people, music and beautiful country with groomed trails at the famous Blackfoot and Cooking Lake Provincial Park (please check out the many pictures on the sites). It is through the Pledge Sheets, Silent Auctions, and Raffles that keep this event continuing on and you can access the

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True Equine Leadership: Leading Exercise By Barbra Ann King This is the fifth exercise in this series (all previous articles are available at www.saddleup. ca or on I hope you have had a chance to experiment with the previous exercises.


f not, you can pick up right here. There is no order in which you need to do these, as long as you do each successfully. This will reinforce your position as a True

Equine Leader. Once you have haltered your horse, leading him gives you the first opportunity to show him your skills as a leader. While being led, the horse will want to know what kind of “horse” you are. He will try to walk past you (or run), or he may be more subtle and just walk along with his head/body in the leader position, i.e. his ears past your shoulders. He may also refuse to follow you, requiring you to “prove” your leadership qualities to him. A horse that refuses to follow you is choosing to stay with his herd and equine leader over you. The idea of whacking his hind quarters to make him move may cross your mind. At this point, you need to earn your leadership role, not whack him. Encouragement will produce better results (you can practice the “Take My Space” exercise to encourage him to follow you). As the “lead horse,” you need to show your horse how big your personal space is and that you won’t allow him in it as you lead him. Holding a dressage or driving whip, stand facing your horse. As you walk backwards, wave the whip (tip on the ground) to remind him of your space (see photo). Once you feel your horse is respecting your space, remove the whip, holding it straight up (see photo) and walk backwards. When you stop, your horse should also stop and stay out of your space. If not, use the whip to back him up, and allow a moment for him to see how big your space is; then try it again. The next step is to walk forward, holding your whip behind you, tip to the ground. Always look where you are going, not at your horse or the ground. A leader always knows where he is going and if you want your horse 6 • Saddle Up • June 2013

to see you as such, you need to do the same. If you feel your horse creeping up on you, wave your whip to remind him of your personal space. In order for your horse to see you as a True Equine Leader, as taught in the Relationship Riding philosophy, you should never let his ears go past your shoulders. As your relationship grows, you will be able to lead your horse without the whip, but you will still need to remind him of your space. Backing him up when he is too close is a good way to do that. Just make sure you come back to your original spot after backing him out of your space or else you will be maintaining your close proximity to him and he will be confused as to what you want. Do not pull on the lead shank to back him up. Put your hand on the point of his shoulder and “kiss”, or do like the other horses and kick your legs towards his front legs (don’t kick him!). If your horse is really testing your leadership and refuses to back out of your space, you can firmly tap the ground in front of his feet with the whip, stomp your feet and slap your legs while walking towards him, or touch his front leg with your toes. Make yourself big and scary so that he knows you mean it. Protect your personal space with all you have, using as much as you need to make your horse move out of it. You will find that leading a horse this way is safer. Horses do not like being held at the buckle, mainly because you are intruding into their personal space and they can’t use their heads to watch what is going on around them. When a horse is held by the buckle, he may start pulling or pushing you. Have you ever gone through a narrow door and, unexpectedly, your horse decides to go through at the same time? Some horses actually prefer to go first which can cause a bigger problem. When your horse sees you as a True Equine Leader, which this exercise will help establish, he will allow you to go first and will follow calmly.

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Barbra Ann King is an internationally known horse behaviour specialist, founder of the Relationship Riding© method and a published author living in Alberta. 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 Visit the “Relationship Riding Academy” on Facebook.

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BC Interior Horse Racing Association By June Dunte Horse racing is one of the oldest sporting events and still remains popular worldwide. It dates back hundreds of years to the Roman Empire running chariot races. However, the first time horse racing was documented in North America was not until 1665.


f course, we can’t help but remember the great race horses - the Triple Crown Winners: Affirmed (1978), Seattle Slew (1977), Secretariat (1973), Citation (1948), War Admiral (1937), Sir Barton (1919), just to name a few. But, there has not been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Race horse enthusiasts along with horse-lovers in general will be cheering on “ORB” to possibly be the 2013 Triple Crown Winner. Horse racing has often been called the “Sport of Kings.” But with changing times, the horse racing industry has been very receptive to individuals wanting to own and race just one horse, simply for the love of the sport and, of course, for the love of horses. However, as changing times have introduced many positive aspects to the horse racing industry; there have also been negative issues as a result of a suffering economy that has impacted many industries. As the newly-appointed Vice-President of the BC Interior Horse Racing Association and also as a race horse owner, I cannot express enough the importance and viability of horse racing in the


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BC Interior. For those of you who don’t already know, BC Interior horse race tracks are 100% volunteer-based. It is incredible the amount of work and organizing there is to be done to put a race day together. Besides the behind-the-scenes volunteers, there are the pony horses, outriders, headers, gate starter, jockeys, wagering staff, security... The number of volunteers needed is staggering. Of course, the key element to any race day is HORSES. Due to the poor economy, we are certainly facing a shortage of race horses, meaning, “fewer owners.” Statistics have shown a severe decline in BC horse breeding. The greatest struggle that the BC Interior horse race tracks have had to endure is the provincial government cutbacks in support to our industry. Our “purse allocations” are government-funded. Due to the ongoing decline in government funding, the BC Interior horse race tracks rely heavily on sponsorship contributions to increase the purse allocations that attract the race horses needed to fill the races. Mandatory requirements dictate that there must be no less than five horses entered per race to allow a race to proceed. It has been a great loss to BC Interior horse racing to not have the Kamloops track operating anymore. However, on a positive note, the BC Interior Horse Racing Association welcomes back the Osoyoos/Desert Park Track for the 2013 racing season. Follow the circuit: June 15: Osoyoos/Desert Park June 29: Princeton/Sunflower Downs July 14: Vernon/Kin Race Track July 28: Vernon/Kin Race Track August 31: Osoyoos/Desert Park Please participate in BC Interior horse racing in any capacity. It must be mentioned that the BC Interior horse racing industry has a significant economic impact on small communities, bringing in additional income to providers of a variety of secondary services on race days. Your help is needed to keep BC Interior horse racing alive. For more information, visit HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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he North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association’s 22nd Annual Ride-AThon takes place Sunday, June 23 at Coldstream Ranch. Equestrians young and old are invited to download a pledge form from and join us. The ride itself is a poker ride and consists of a short 1½ hour route or a longer 3 hour route where riders collect an envelope with a playing card in it at various stations throughout the ride. The ride starts at the Chalet on Coldstream Ranch, goes through the ranch, into Kal Lake Provincial Park, down to the water at Cosens Bay beach, back through Bear Valley onto the ranch and back to the Chalet. The short ride stays on Coldstream Ranch. Prize packages are awarded to the individuals who raise the top and runner-up pledges in three age categories: Adult, 14-18 and 13 & under and there are prizes for the top two poker hands. For every $20 in pledges raised, your name is added to the draw for our Grand Prize – two nights for up to four people at Jandana Ranch at Pinantan Lake! Team Challenge: gather 5 or more friends from your club, 4-H group, boarding stable, etc. or just a group of friends and the team that raises the most in pledges will win an Equine Massage Clinic with Cindy Bird of Open Gaits. There will be a Chinese auction going on throughout the day for some really great items donated by local businesses and a BBQ lunch with entertainment provided after the ride. This is NOTRA’s single biggest fundraising event of the year and the money raised goes directly toward keeping the program accessible financially for all riders with disabilities. Gather a group of friends and help us celebrate our 22nd Ride-A-Thon by making it the most successful yet! For more info call Dani 250-549-0105 or visit

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In my last article, I talked about misrepresentations, which are untrue statements of material facts or the failure to state material facts. A material fact is something that would reasonably be expected to have an influence on the buyer’s decision to make the purchase. I provided a hypothetical example of an owner who asks a sales agent to sell her horse.


he owner specifically tells the sales agent that the horse is temperamental and is not appropriate for a young rider because the horse attempts to roll when a rider is on his back. The sales agent finds a purchaser for the horse, but the purchaser specifically tells the sales agent that she wants the horse for her young daughter. The purchaser gives details of her daughter’s limited riding experience, explains that she has never purchased a horse and is relying on the sales agent for advice. The sales agent sells the horse to the purchaser without disclosing the horse’s temperamental nature to the purchaser. Since the sales agent and the purchaser do not enter into any

agreement of purchase and sale, the purchaser buys the horse “as is.” It doesn’t take long for the purchaser and her young daughter to figure out that this horse was not suitable for her. The sales agent failed to disclose material information about the horse’s behaviour to the purchaser. This was clearly a misrepresentation. If, for example, the horse rolled on the young rider and she suffered serious injuries, my view is that the rider would have a potential action in negligence against the sales agent for damages. But, would the purchaser have any recourse to return the horse to the sales agent and receive a refund? BC, Alberta and other Canadian provinces, such as Ontario, have legislation called the Sale of Goods Act. This Act contains implied terms, which are terms that the law includes in a contract between a purchaser and a seller in certain circumstances. The implied terms are referred to as “conditions”

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Legalities, cont’d in contract law, which means that if a seller breaks the condition or doesn’t carry out a condition of the contract, the purchaser has the right to reject the goods and cancel the contract. The purchaser is entitled to a refund, plus compensation for any extra expenses caused by the defective goods. The Sale of Goods Act says that there are four implied terms, but the implied term that is relevant in this example is the one that requires that the goods - in this case, the horse will be reasonably fit for the purchaser’s purpose. There are, however, two catches to this condition. The first catch is that this condition only applies if it is the seller’s business to sell things, and the goods are things she usually sells. Therefore, a private sale between two people will not generally be covered. In this example, it is clear that the sales agent is in the business of selling horses, so meeting this first catch is not a problem. The second catch is that this condition only applies if the purchaser explained to the seller how she planned to use the goods and also explained that she is relying on the seller’s skill and judgment. In this example, the purchaser was looking for a horse that was appropriate for her young daughter and depended on the sales agent’s advice. The sales agent was aware that the purchaser was relying on her skill and judgment to sell her a suitable horse. Instead, the sales agent sold the purchaser a horse that was temperamental and not suitable for young riders. Meeting this second catch is also not a problem. As a result, the sales agent breached the implied term in the Sale of Goods Act by selling a horse that was not reasonably fit for the daughter’s purposes. Given that the sales agent breached this implied term, the purchaser is entitled to return the horse and have her money refunded. One would hope that the sales agent would take the horse back and refund the purchaser’s money. However, when a purchaser and sales agent have nothing in writing, my experience is that this doesn’t always happen. Stories change and memories fade. I’ve heard stories where the sales agent lied about the horse’s behaviour or condition to complete a sale and earn commissions. Remember that the horse trade industry is largely unregulated and sales agents are not required to be licensed. If the sales agent refused to take back the horse, the purchaser would likely have to begin legal action and proving what happened would likely be difficult given the lack of documents. It would be necessary to prove what was said and agreed on between the sales agent and the purchaser. There is no doubt that this would involve costly protracted litigation. If a sales agent makes promises or guarantees that you, as a purchaser, are relying on, make sure those promises are in writing and that you understand them. As I’ve stated in all of my articles, put your purchase and sales agreement in writing because preparing one at the outset will give you some security should a problem arise after your purchase. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

If you have any hypothetical situations that you would like me to consider, please email them to me at harveen@ I’m always looking for material to write about. In addition, don’t forget to check out my blog at www. for information about other horse-related issues. Harveen Thauli started My Equine Law as a boutique law firm that provides strategic advice to the unique needs of the equine community. Bringing together the two things she loves most, Harveen is an avid rider and owner of a horse, whose show name is “Legal Affair,” as well as a highly-qualified lawyer with experience in the areas of personal injury, civil litigation, collections, corporate/commercial and securities law, investigations and professional conduct. This article contains general information only and is based on the laws of British Columbia. It is not intended to provide a legal opinion or advice. Please consult a lawyer before relying on any of the statements made in this article. • 11

Standing Still for Mounting, Part 2 By Birgit Stutz (See Part 1 in the April issue)

Once the horse is comfortable with some pressure in the stirrup, I start hopping up and down beside him several times, making sure my shoulder and hip closest to his head are not sending any impulsive energy into his head and neck. If the horse walks off, I again encourage him to move while controlling his direction and keeping him in a level to low frame.


nce the horse is comfortable with me hopping up and down beside him, I place my left foot in the stirrup (without poking the horse in the elbow with my toe!) and hop up and down beside him several times. If he stays relaxed without walking off, I take it a step further and, staying close to the horse, hop up and gently bring my weight over his back without bringing my right leg to his other side. I make sure that I don’t pull myself up on the horse by grabbing the saddle horn or pommel of the saddle, or even the horse’s withers, but instead push down on his opposite shoulder so as not to throw the horse off balance and cause discomfort and pain. I often see people grabbing the front of the saddle and heaving themselves up onto the horse’s back, with their full weight hanging off the side off their horse. This is very hard on the horse’s spine and makes it difficult for him to stay balanced. It is one of the most common reasons why horses won’t stand still for

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mounting. If the horse walks off when I put my weight over his back, I jump down, create movement in the horse and bring him back to the original mounting spot, and then repeat jumping up and putting my weight on his back. I repeat this movement several times until the horse is comfortable with it and stays balanced and standing still. If the horse stands quietly when I put my weight over his back, I then swing my right leg over his back without touching Justine keeps Buck in a relaxed frame of body while Birgit puts his rump (another common her weight over Buck’s back. reason why horses walk off) Remember, frame of body is frame and gently sit down in the of mind. It would be a good idea to saddle. Remember that you wear a helmet for this exercise. are sitting down on the spine of a living being, so don’t let your weight fall down into the saddle. If the horse wants to walk off right away, I turn him onto a small circle or ask for a turn on the forehand. I then repeat the entire exercise. I find that horses that I have started myself rarely need or want to move during mounting and so this lesson can usually be taught in one session. On the other hand, a horse that is being retrained from a bad habit or is anticipating pain or discomfort will need several sessions to reinforce the lesson and/or to be convinced that he doesn’t need to anticipate pain or discomfort. With young and/or green horses who aren’t as balanced yet, with horses that tend to invert while Birgit works with a clinic participant’s being mounted (without horse that has an issue of walking me causing the inversion), away while being mounted. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Mounting, cont’d or horses that have a history of walking off while being mounted out of habit, it is helpful to have an assistant who gently flexes the horse’s head down while I mount. This method, however, is only helpful if the assistant is aware of his own body language and doesn’t inadvertently send impulsive energy into the horse’s head and neck area. Of course, mounting can be practiced from both sides. I just described mounting from the left side as it is more common. You can practice the mounting procedure both from the ground and from a mounting block. However, if you struggle mounting your horse from the ground, it is advisable to use a mounting block to make it easier on your horse’s back. If the horse is at first worried about the mounting block, I will first lead him up to it and let him look at it and sniff it, and, once he is comfortable with it (if the block can be moved), spend time keeping the horse moving and drawing him to the mounting block with my body language to take advantage of the fact that horses are rarely scared of things that they are able to push (which is how they perceive the situation when they are drawn towards a continually moving object). I then place the mounting block a few feet away from a solid boundary such as a wall or fence and lead the horse through that space, gradually making the space between the mounting block and the wall or fence narrower. Every so often I ask the horse to halt next to the mounting block. Again, I will not force the horse to stand still, I just ask him to stand still. If he needs

to move, I just circle him around and bring him back to the mounting block until he is comfortable standing there without having the need to walk off. I will then proceed to practice the mounting as described above. If a horse has a tendency to walk off while being mounted (after having ruled Birgit keeps the horse in a relaxed frame while out the above mentioned possible causes), I the rider prepares to mount. The angle of the position the horse next to a solid boundary rider should be adjusted so her left hip and shoulder are not sending impulsive energy and, if using a mounting block, between into the horse’s sensitive head and neck area. the mounting block and the wall or fence. Some horses may feel claustrophobic in Birgit Stutz is a Chris Irwin Gold Certified this position at first, which would require Trainer and Coach and offers horse training, preliminary work in getting the horse riding lessons, clinics, workshops, camps for used to walking through tight spaces, kids and adults, as well as working student and and generally improving the relationship mentorship programs at Falling Star Ranch in with the rider doing work not related to Dunster BC. Birgit’s mission is to help people mounting in order to avoid simply treating have a better relationship with their horses the symptom of a more substantial issue through understanding of equine psychology and between the horse and rider. body language as well as fundamental riding Once I am mounted, I won’t ask the skills. horse to walk off right away, but instead I sit and wait, while continuing to block the horse from moving with the reins, and keep the horse in a relaxed frame of body. By doing so, the horse learns that once I 166 am mounted, I don’t want Acres Rancher’s him to do anything but City of Paradise Vernon stand still – until I ask for The Historic movement. BX Ranch Land

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Spring Break with My Dad By Rosalea Pagani I recently set out on an adventure with my dad. We had spent many months “trying and borrowing” various saddles in search of a good fit for my horse. It was proving to be an exhausting experience; however, a friend suggested having a saddle made specifically for my horse (Lenny).


he had a custom saddle made years earlier by Don Loewen of Cowboy Classic Equipment in Merritt. After numerous conversations with Don, my mom thought building a saddle would be a great way for my dad and me to spend Spring Break. This is where our adventure begins. Don begins by sending his idea of a suitable tree. When it first arrived in the mail, it was not very impressive. It was rather small and not at all what we had expected. Don explained that Me and Don with my finished the tree was dipped in a black saddle Kevlar coating that would help protect it from both climate changes and any bumps or bangs in its life. My mom and my friend, Bev, needed to send pictures of the Wade tree on the back of our horse for Don to see. They thought if a few pictures would be great, 50 pictures would be better. They proceeded to take pictures from every angle. After the photo shoot, Don decided the Wade tree would be a great fitting saddle. We chose to make a Wade, which is an effective, all-around working saddle. I was not sure, however, if the Wade horn would be a conventional look in a show ring. But, deciding to do what was best for Lenny, we went for it. I was optimistic that my saddle would not only look great on the trail, but also in the show ring. My dad, a second-generation cobbler, is well versed in leather. Don offered a saddle making workshop and we decided to work alongside Don to make our saddle. My dad and I

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left Powell River on March 17 and headed off to Merritt. We met with Don on the 18th at Cowboy Classic Equipment where we planned to spend the next 11 days working with and building a saddle with Don. Building the saddle My dad, Robert would normally be a longer process, but with my dad’s help, we were confident it would be completed within two weeks. We started off each morning at 8:30. The first day consisted of laying and gluing leather onto the saddle tree to build it up. We proceeded to carve off about as much leather as we put on. It didn’t seem to be going that fast, but it was building a good straight base to add on to. After a few days we could see the progress of building, lining, and then removing different layers for a later date. It was great experience learning how to use the different tools like a head knife, skiving knife, stamping tools and sewing machines. We spent many hours each day working on the saddle. Family and friends back home loved receiving the daily picture we would send. Don also had many cowboy friends that dropped in to see Don about a job. They would often share amusing and interesting stories about cowboy life over a steaming cup of Folgers coffee. Overall, it was a very fun working environment. Every time I ride in my saddle I will be reminded of the great experience I had making a saddle with my dad and Don Loewen. I don’t feel my words can adequately express my feelings of achievement. I still find myself unzipping my saddlebag - just to have another look.

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ave you ever wanted to find a western riding sport for you or your child that is safe, but also fun and exciting? Cruz Reining Horses, along with the Western Canadian Reining Association and the Fraser Valley Reining Club, are working hard to promote the sport of reining for both youth and “seasoned” riders in BC.

What is reining? Reining finds its origins on the ranch. Horses had to be quick, athletic and very easy to ride in order to handle the tasks of the cowboys. In today’s world of riding, reining has evolved into its own dynamic discipline much like a western version of Dressage. Reining is the first and only western discipline to be part of the World Equestrian Games. “To rein a horse is not only to guide him, but also to control his every movement. The best reined horse should be willingly guided or controlled with little or no apparent resistance and dictated to completely.” - Jim Willoughby

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Amie and Marcelo Cruz are a husband and wife team. Amie, originally from Ontario, and Marcelo, originally from Brazil, met in Texas while learning under some of the top professional horsemen in the industry. They arrived in BC in 2010 and have continued to hone their skills through continued education and competition, placing and winning at multiple shows in Canada and the US. Amie and Marcelo hold the belief that the training of horses and riders must be based in trust. At Cruz Reining trust grows out of an honest relationship; faith in the trainer and honesty at the heart of the training process. What level is the horse at? What level is the rider at? What do they believe they can achieve? These are just a few of the things that are clearly communicated so there are no misunderstandings or unrealistic HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

expectations. If the rider wants it, and is willing to work for it, Team Cruz can give the direction, training, and honest feedback to help them realize their full potential. Cruz Reining Horses recently relocated to a brand new five star facility designed to offer a top quality structure to horses and riders wishing to engage in the sport of reining. The facility is located in the heart of the horse community at 1036 - 208 Street in Langley BC, nearly surrounded by the stunning Campbell Valley Park. It features a large 80x200 Indoor Ring and similar outdoor ring, 22 stalls, 3 wash bays with hot water and heaters and 3 tack rooms. Team Cruz offers a wide array of services for horses and riders; training and lessons specialized in reining, boarding, clinics, horse sales, tack sales, haul-ins, riding memberships and more. This new facility is also available for the horse community at large to be rented for clinics, shows and photo shoots. For more information visit their website at, “like” their Facebook page and come check out reining. It may be the new sport you are looking for.

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy 101 THINGS TO DO ON A MAT

Those of you who regularly follow my articles will know I like to use mats to help build on other behaviours. At the latest Alexandra Kurland clinic this past May, we explored even more things to do on and with a mat! I’ll share with you some of the photos from the clinic and explain about what we were doing in each one.


ere, Kathleen and her lovely mare Shamara are playing matching games while they are at the mat. These are easy, high rate of reinforcement activities that can help the busy-footed horse learn how to enjoy standing still. We can get the horse to where she will relax and settle on the mat and then we can start to introduce “chill time” and the fine art of doing nothing. We build duration for standing with these games. They also serve to keep a horse, especially one that is easily distracted, engaged with you and learning that you are more fun than whatever is going on “over there.” So what are some of the games that you can use on the mat? Your horse will need to know targeting to play the games. Once he is on the mat, drop the lead and place your hands behind your back. Decided which fist you want your horse to touch. Say “right (or left) touch” and then bring both fists in front of you but make sure you present the fist you want him to touch ahead of the other one to make him successful. Remember this is about a fun, easy game. When he touches the correct fist, click and treat. Then put your fists behind your back and repeat. If he makes 16 • Saddle Up • June 2013

a mistake, simply put your fists behind your back, say the cue and present again making sure he will get the correct one by presenting it slightly ahead of the other. Make sure to alternate hands and keep the hands presented so it is obvious which one is correct. You can have several mats set up around the arena with different targeting pairs at each one. At one mat, you can have two cones of different colours and ask him to pick a colour the same way you did for the fist. At another, you could do a “big” and a “little” of the same type of object - use your imagination. It really doesn’t matter, as the game is really just something fun with a high rate of reinforcement. We are not trying to create another Clever Hans. (Google it if you are not familiar with it.) Now, after the horse gets the easy mat games you can use them as a fun mental break from more intense training. For example, say I’m working on haunches-in in-hand and get a really good step - I can click and treat here and then go to the mat to have easy, fun, high-reinforcement as a reward for the good try at the harder exercise, so he will be more willing to try it again! Here, Shannon and Ace are doing the “Pirates of Penzance” walk to the mat. This one really needs to be seen as a video, but involves coming forward very slowly with the handler asking for one step at a time, building balance and emotional control as the mat tends to be a draw and can cause the horse to rush towards it. When he has made a good effort at maintaining the pace and direction (forward or back), release him to the mat as the reward and play some of the “pick one” games from photo 1.

These “pick one” games are also great, after they are learned, to use in the trailer to get the horse focused on the fun things he can do in the trailer and help him to relax in there and love being in there.

Mats around the arena can also help you when riding to get set up to practice sliding down the rein and taking a hip to get a stop. Ride towards the mat and, as you get to it, slide down one rein and take the hip, remembering to release when you HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Clicker Training, cont’d get the hip. If he stops on the mat great, click and treat. If not, and you overshoot the mat, just slide down the rein and take the hip again. Picture a sail boat tacking back and forth towards the dock. The mat gives you a spot to focus on for your stop so you can begin to stop where you want. You can easily transfer this to when you are riding out simply by picking out a patch of dandelions to stop on. If you are not familiar with single rein riding, please look at Alexandra Kurland’s DVD titled Helen House Horse. Remember not to make the mats a goal in any of these exercises because, as humans, once we set our sights on a goal we change. We focus on the goal and forget that it is the process we need to focus on; the mats just help us out in different ways on our journey. This last clinic had 15 participants which is the biggest one ever! It just goes to show you that clicker training is gaining a toehold in the world of horse training. A fabulous, fun time was had by all. A fall clinic with Alexandra is being organized. The dates are still a bit up in the air, so if you want a say in the dates please contact me soon if you might be interested as there are only a few spots left!

Monty Gwynne is the only Canadian approved instructor for clicker training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (a pioneer in the development 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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Choosing a Harness for Your Horse, Part 3 By Judy Newbert Last month, we covered how to decide on a size and material for the harness. This month, we discuss the metals used in harnesses, whether you should buy used equipment, and what harness parts to especially look at. What about the metal used in the harness? Harnesses used to be made with nickel or brass hardware (nickel was the silver-coloured metal; brass was the gold-coloured metal). Most nickel-plated harness parts rusted and the shiny nickel finish flaked off over time. Brass-plated harness parts lasted longer, but had to be regularly polished or they tarnished and corroded. Now, stainless steel is available which has the nice silvery colour and does not rust. Modern harnesses of all types usually come with either brass or stainless steel fittings. Ask your harness maker! The colour will tell you if the fittings are brass, but nickel-plated and stainless steel are both silver in colour. If in doubt, use a magnet. A magnet will stick to nickelplated steel but not to stainless steel. Do not buy a nylon or synthetic harness unless it has stainless steel hardware, since you will not be able to use the “wash and hang to dry” features of the harness material unless the hardware can withstand the same treatment.

Should I buy a used harness? Buying a used harness is a possibility if someone you know or trust has one for

sale and it has the features you want on the harness. At the present time, most people are getting into driving and not out of it, so GOOD used driving equipment of any sort is hard to find. If you are buying a used nylon or synthetic harness you are probably all right, since the material does not deteriorate over time. I would be extremely careful buying a used leather harness since you do not know if it has been properly taken care of. I personally know of two leather harness failures both caused by old harness. In both cases, the wreck was bad enough that neither horse could be driven again. Nobody was killed, but two good driving horses were ruined. For beginners, I always advise staying away from used equipment. It is simply not worth the risk.

What harness parts should I especially look at? The backpad is the part of the harness that sits on your horse’s back and when the horse is hitched up, it supports the weight of the cart or carriage shafts. Similar to a riding saddle, the harness backpad should have a rigid tree and provide a space so that no pressure is placed on the horse’s spine. It should be as

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Choosing a Harness, cont’d A typical driving bridle will have blinkers. Some horses are driven “open” (without blinkers), but make sure you go with what the horse has been trained for. Driving bridles must have a noseband which goes all the way around the horse’s nose to help keep the bridle and blinkers in place. For that reason, a throatlatch on the bridle is also required. Driving reins are always brown and must be of the highest quality both in stitching and material. Closely inspect leather reins to avoid flaws and cracks in the leather and poor stitching. A driving harness should include a breeching, since that is what prevents the cart or carriage running into the back of the horse and allows the horse to stop the vehicle. Like the breastcollar, the breeching should be wide and padded to make the horse comfortable with using the breeching as brakes.

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Driving harness is commonly black, but can also be brown. Coloured harness is available in the synthetic materials. If you are a beginner, try to find an experienced driver to learn from, attend driving clinics, and ask other drivers questions about their harness and why they use what they do. Measure your horse so that you know what size of

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The Difference between Not Doing Anything and Doing Nothing By Christa Miremadi

Anticipation and expectation-related anxieties are two of the most commonly misunderstood “problems” I see in horses. A horse’s anticipation is either mistakenly passed off as “willingness” or they are just considered “impatient.” Sometimes people even go as far as to say that their horse is reading their mind. Any of these excuses are just that, excuses.


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The Difference, cont’d issues: she was afraid of any requests being made of her (she was afraid of “the aids” or any kind of pressure); she was incredibly eager to please but (because she couldn’t tolerate the application of pressure and because some application of pressure is necessary in order to apply an aid) she was forced to guess what was wanted of her rather than understand; and finally, she was terrified of what would happen to her if she guessed wrong. The first thing I had to do was help Solo calm down and wait for a request to be made before throwing six different possible desired responses at me all at once. This proved to be one of the most challenging tasks I’ve taken on. For almost a full month we did nothing. Now, there is a very big difference between not doing anything and doing nothing. When you’re not doing anything, you literally aren’t doing anything; but when you are doing nothing, you are actively doing nothing. In case this is still not clear, I’ll explain a little further. I would start by catching Solo (a task that took fifty-five minutes on the first day and was now taking only the time it took to walk up to her where she stood) and we would walk purposefully to a chosen place inside the round pen. Once inside the round pen (or arena, or barn or anywhere else for that matter), Solo would begin the guessing game... “Should I run around you, left?” “Should I run around you, right?” “Should I back up?” “Should I come forward?” My answer was always the same. “You should stand right there, quietly, and do nothing.” This act of doing nothing was filled with questions and answers and was actually quite a task for this mare to take on! It took pretty well all of her concentration and self-control to master. She was already an expert at running, circling, disengaging, crossing over and backing up; in fact, she was so good at those things that they’d lost all meaning. What she couldn’t seem to do was wait HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

or relax. She couldn’t accept the aids or the requests because she was afraid. She was afraid because she didn’t know what would be expected of her or what would happen to her if she got something wrong. And she didn’t know what was expected of her or what would happen to her if she got something wrong because she couldn’t pay attention. She couldn’t pay attention because she was in such a rush to do the thing I wanted before I asked her for it; and she was in a rush to do the thing I wanted before I asked her for it because she was afraid of being asked. Once Solo learned how to stand quietly in one spot in the round pen, we’d move to a new spot and do nothing there. We would go through the same song and dance, but each time it got a little shorter and a little easier until one day she was quiet and waiting before I asked her to do nothing. Solo’s learning to wait opened a door for her that I didn’t even know was ready to open. Today (only two months into her full-time training with me), she can “park” on top of our twelve-inchhigh, four-foot by four-foot “turn-around box” and just wait for her next instruction (a task that would have gotten me killed only a few weeks ago). She can walk an eleven-inch balance beam with accuracy and she’s confidently packing people around again. She is never hard to catch anymore and isn’t afraid of waiting for instructions. Obviously, there was a lot more to Solo’s turn-around than just doing nothing, but doing nothing was certainly a whole lot more effective than not doing anything had been. It was also instrumental in her learning to wait for instructions which allowed me to teach her how to accept them. Not all horses will respond the same way Solo did, but that’s certainly one lesson I won’t forget any time soon. Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship

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Come and learn about how horses think based on scientific research. Be on the leading edge of horse training using principles of learning theory and all the latest research on horse behaviour. Dr. McLean will be doing a 2 hour lecture at the Village Green Hotel in Vernon at 7 pm on July 24th; followed by demonstrations at the Vernon Riding Club on July 25 and Topline Stables in Salmon Arm on July 26. Contact or Clare Bulmer for more information and registration. CLINIC LOCATIONS/DATES: Vernon July 24-26, contact as above Aldergrove July 28, contact Cindy Waslewski Cranbrook August 2-3, contact Barb Barbour Visit the Australian Equine Behavior Centre website for more information on Dr. McLean Deep Creek Veterinary Services A small animal and equine veterinary clinic located between Enderby and Salmon Arm. Complete health care for your four legged friends including ultrasound, x-ray, dentistry, surgery, nutrition and behaviour consultation. As well as equine artificial insemination with fresh/frozen semen. Call for a list of frozen semen available for purchase. Dr. Bruce Baker and Dr. Susi Cienciala 942 Gardom Lake Road, Enderby BC 250-833-8585 • 21

Joe Guy: Long Rider across Canada Submitted by Donna Brewer In May, starting from western BC, Joe Guy will saddle up what was once deemed an unbreakable horse and ride the length of Canada. This Australian horseman has already ridden 1500 miles through Canada, from Mayerthorpe, AB, to the bottom of the cowboy trail and across to the Ontario border.


oe is one of the few long riders left in the world who sets off solo and unsupported. He certainly doesn’t do it for fame or fortune - there’s no finish line or prize. He makes this unique personal challenge more interesting by choosing to ride only those horses that are destined for slaughter, often riding out on the horse after spending just seven days rehabilitating it. Joe will take on a horse deemed “unrideable” or “hopeless” and transform it, capturing its mind so the horse can then give its body. Joe specializes in helping such horses and their owners to understand them. The four-year-old gelding Joe will be riding on this trip is named Dan. Dan had received seven days of bad training during which he had reared and flipped over backwards. By the time Joe encountered this horse, Dan was nothing more than a nervous mess. Having witnessed the horse jump out of a solid timber round pen sideways only to end up entangled with himself, eyes white with sheer fear, Joe realized that Dan would sooner hurt himself than stay with any human. When he asked the owners about their plans for such a horse, the reply was, “I just want it gone. Out of here.” Recalling the experience, Joe says, “I guess any canner could have bought him for $200. And yet, here was a goodlooking bay Quarter Horse with a world of potential. It’s hard to imagine when you breed a horse, watch the foal being born and raise it for four years, feeding and caring for it, that the results of just one bad experience with one bad trainer could see the horse sent off to a slaughter house.” Joe has learned that, unfortunately, many folks often just find it easier to ship such a horse off, rather than try to fix it. But sometimes, when given the chance to work with the horse, there is a happier ending as Joe helps both horse and owner understand where they went wrong. He admits he loves the feeling of satisfaction 22 • Saddle Up • June 2013

he gets from that. For Joe, this ride will bring him up to his 15000-mile mark. To date, he has ridden 11,000 miles through three countries. He takes on only one horse at a time and when the horse is without challenge, Joe will then sell his steed and look for another so-called “unbreakable” horse. During his many days and nights on the trail, he lives out of his saddle bags. He uses a bed roll and sleeps on the ground, with his saddle as a pillow, lives on rations, weathering the elements as he chases the miles. In his teens, he rode the outback of Australia and said he found his gift of reading the horse by living among them. Joe loves the challenge of saving a horse from slaughter, and the owner from themselves, while giving a reality check to what he says are “wanna-be” trainers. In Joe’s words, “It is easy to dismiss a problem as being too hard to fix. It’s the trainers that have the gift of reading the signs that fix horses like I do.” Joe hopes to enlighten horses and owners in his ride across Canada this year with what he calls a simple common-sense technique that he has labelled “a greater fear.” Joe is also a self-published author,

Building the trust; coming along great.

Joe working 4-year-old Dan pre-trip

singer and songwriter in his spare time. He performs his show “A Cowboy Story” inspiring his listeners through his own music that paints pictures of the life he lives. You can follow Joe’s ride via his website: Joe’s route begins in British Columbia south of Merritt, in Brookmere, and takes him to Penticton, Grand Forks, and Cranbrook and into Alberta. He will continue his ride through the prairies all the way to the east coast. Joe hopes to ride 4,000 miles in total this year, withstanding all the elements.

On the road with Dan. Here’s a great calm shot - a different horse. (On the Brookmere route, the Trans Canada Trail to Princeton)

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Equine Foundation Invests in Education


he University of Calgary’s DVM program was established in 2005 to address the shortage of veterinarians available to serve rural Alberta. The University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) is Canada’s fifth veterinary college, with 32 students admitted each year into the four-year program. Dr. Alastair Cribb (DVM, PhD, FCAHS) is the founding Dean of the Faculty; the equine specialists in the Faculty include Renaud Leguillete, Marie-France Roy, Emma Read, Claudia Klein, Heidi Banse, Ashley Whitehead and Cameron Knight. They work with Moore Equine, TD Equine Group and Burwash Equine. Dr. Equine Colic Simulator Equine Colic Simulator Cribb reports that over 80% of the first graduating class (2012) has remained in Alberta, and three graduates are pursuing equine The Equine Foundation of Canada’s continued investment in internships. Some of this early success is, without doubt, thanks to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is advancing research, improving the financial support of the Equine Foundation of Canada clinical diagnostics and ensuring student success and leadership. Since 2010, the Equine Foundation of Canada has donated close to $270,000 to UCVM. Specific support has included: • $20,000 towards the purchase of the Dynamic Respiratory Scope, the first DRS in Canada. It is used in clinics and research. • $20,000 towards development and production of an Equine Colic Simulator. The Equine Colic Simulators are sophisticated models that teach students how to perform a variety of procedures before they start working on live horses. • $208,000 to establish an endowment fund for four annual awards to support DVM students. The Ruth Younie Memorial Scholarships are offered to students entering fourth year with a strong interest and high performance in equine veterinary medicine. The Equine Foundation of Canada Scholarships are offered annually to graduating students who are pursuing careers in equine veterinary medicine. • $20,000 to advance excellence in teaching and research in equine health in Alberta, through the purchase of a surgical laser. The Dornier Diode laser allows minimally invasive surgery. It reduces or eliminates the need for anaesthesia and also reduces pain and the 30 minutes from Kamloops at beautiful Pinantan Lake. chance of infection. It also allows surgery in Natural Horsemanship Clinics with Janice Jarvis * Confidence Building some locations that could not otherwise be * Safety reached. Our horse or yours * Techniques for UCVM’s areas of research include JuLy 20-23 - LeveL 2 Problem Solving Performance Horse Health, Reproductive Summer Camps are filling quickly book now! * And… Fun! and Regenerative Medicine, Pain and Animal Check calendar of events on our website. Welfare, Cattle Health, Disease Ecology, and Infectious, Emerging and Zoonotic Disease. With respect to equine research in particular, current areas of study include sepsis (infections) Backcountry Riding at its best! NeW! Art in foals, airway disease, performance horse Workshops! health, sports medicine, metabolic syndrome and equine reproduction (maintenance of early * Lakeview Guest pregnancy). Design

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Tana’s Story, Part 2 By Marie Leginus, CJF The story continues on Tana, a black Quarter Horse cross mare in her teens, who foundered in the spring of 2012. Part 1 can be seen in last month’s issue of Saddle Up. June 7: The decision was made to put a heartbar on Tana’s right front - this one being the worst - so it would be easier in a sense to hold it up a fraction longer. The length of time we were able to hold her foot up without a struggle was about five seconds. It took one person working on the foot, another passing or holding tools, and one more person at her head and bracing her knee so that she couldn’t take her leg away too fast. As well, Kim and Luke were distracting her with cubes and keeping her happy. Tana’s first heartbar was made that morning, based on a guess of how big her foot was, and worked out well. James used two bar wedge pads on the front half of the shoe, because she was so sunken, in order for the shoe to contact the front half of

her foot. It was deep seated and rockered quite hard. Once she had the shoe on, we could tell she felt relief. Most days, her legs were stocked up as well, with her pulse quite elevated. It was usually her right front, but would switch now and then. Kim and Luke bought some ice boots, and would place these on her legs for an hour at a time, twice a day, when her legs were at their worst.

June 9: I stopped in and made sure all was okay with Tana and her new shoe, also checking her left front. I had remembered a talk a few months prior about a product called the PM Swing Lifter. Heinz Glazier, from Hypona Hoof Products, had given the talk at Kwantlen University. I suggested this product to Luke and Kim, for Tana. It was a big commitment and expense for them; however, they were willing to do anything if it would help Tana. That night, I got on the phone with Heinz and the next day he visited with Kim, Luke and Tana.

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Heinz came in the afternoon and installed the PM Swing Lifter. It is a great product because it is a stall in itself, as well as the lift. In this case, we were thankful because Tana’s original stall was too small for the lift, so we were able to place it easily in a different area of the property. The way this lift works is that it takes just a percentage of body weight load off of her, still allowing her to stand on the ground. The amount of weight suspended can be changed as well, which is very helpful. It also moves forward and backwards, and side to side. This gave Tana the options to lie down and walk around her stall. Getting Tana from her old stall to her new one was a bit of a challenge. It was about a 60-foot distance, and took a lot of bribing and time to coax her slowly over. Once there, Heinz had hooked up her belly girth and all the cinches, and we slowly took the weight off of her feet.

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Tana’s Story, cont’d and a half or more down. This lasted about ten days and, shortly after, an abscess came out of her inside heel quarter. With that out, she stopped pawing and her temperament evened out. The abscess break in her coronary band was now about three inches wide. She was showing less swelling in her legs, but still had an elevated pulse in both of them.

June 17-20: Tana seemed very happy for a couple of days; seeing that, we decided to put a shoe on her left front while we had the chance. During her pawing stage, she had really worn down her left front foot in the toe. So, having a shoe for support and protection was our best option. We put a heartbar shoe on, with the wedge pad in the toe, and we reset the right front shoe at that time, too.

June 21: Kim and Luke took the lift off of Tana to relieve a sore she had gotten from the lift straps. It was quite hot weather at this point, so a heat/ bed sore was bound to happen. Once Tana’s veterinarian saw how bad the sore was, we were unable to put her back into the lift. The sore was under her belly, right where a girth would sit. There were two of them, side by side, about two and a half inches long and a half an inch wide. Thankfully, we were able to get a shoe on the day before; I know without the lift, it would have been an impossible task.


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Mane Event Red Deer 2013 Wraps Up By Jan Mansfield

2 gals on left from Ace of Clubs Quarter Horses; Trainers Heath Marshall, Sean Patrick, and Wylene Davis; narrator Hugh McLennan; judges Stan Jacobs, Bob Kauffman, and Ron Hoffman.


he Mane Event ended its 7th successful year at Westerner Park on April 26-28 with attendance exceeding previous years once again. “Red Deer was a great start to the Mane Event’s 10th Year Anniversary celebrations,” said Mane Event spokesperson Gail Barker. “Just when we think we can’t possibly get bigger and better, we seem to outdo ourselves! Our attendees really seemed to enjoy the clinicians we brought to Red Deer this year, and the aisles were full of shoppers visiting the trade fair. Of course, we are always looking to continually raise the bar for horse expos, so we are certainly not resting on our laurels. Our October Event in Chilliwack is going to be really special.” An emotional Heath Marshall accepted the championship trophy for the Trainers Challenge, crediting his family and community for their support. In the finale he demonstrated his total control over the

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young horse he had been working with and completed all the required elements plus optional exercises well before his allotted 30 minutes had expired. The larger arena and capacity crowds did not seem to distract either Marshall or the youngster, both experiencing a Trainers Challenge for their first time. “From the get go I knew I had a good horse. I learned so much while I was here about how I could handle the stress... I’ve never had to talk to so many people at once. I had a very good horse right from the beginning. She did everything I asked when I asked.” Douglas Lake Ranch cow boss Stan Jacobs, one of the Challenge judges, said, “The finals were the deciding factor. Heath really stepped it up and pulled ahead in the finals and is well deserving.” “The outcome was in the preparation right from the start,” said fellow judge Bob Kauffman. “I think the preparation he made in all four sessions paid off here in the finals.” The stands were full during the three days of the Event as attendees took the opportunity to watch and learn from clinicians such as show jumping icon George Morris. During a media scrum Morris talked about his unwavering training philosophy. “I’m a great stickler of horses with discipline. There’s a lot of smoke and mirrors and over-petting of horses and sugar. That’s not how to work a horse. The horse is happiest when he’s fairly treated and fairly trained and fairly handled,”

he said. “I’m teaching pupils of pupils of pupils of pupils, two or three or four generations of pupils,” said Morris, further testament to his legendary status. Canadian Olympian Tom Dvorak said he enjoyed watching other presentations in between the dressage clinics he presented to capacity crowds. “I certainly have learned while I am here from other disciplines and other trainers. In the end we are all trying to do the same thing which is educate the horse and educate the rider in the best way possible,” he said. The Mane Event’s anniversary celebrations continue in Chilliwack this fall where it all began ten years ago. The lineup of clinicians includes esteemed dressage coach Anne Gribbons who will work with riders during the event which runs October 25-27. Check for the latest news. View videos from Red Deer on the ManeEventExpo YouTube channel.

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Horses Helping People Helping Horses By Sharon Wells-Ackermans, Managing Director, Horse Protection Society of BC

Someone once told me how they love the sound of summer rain on the roof, I replied that the sound I love the most is the sound of horses happily munching their meals. Just before I close the barn at night I like to stop for a moment to hear that sound, it sounds like music to me.


roviding for the needs of a horse, especially in the soggy Lower Mainland is a time consuming and detailed ‘job’. When we accept a horse in need it takes even more time. It’s impossible to look into the eyes of a horse in trouble and not feel your heart beat a little heavier in your chest. And it’s impossible to see the same horse find the light in their eyes without feeling a lightness come over your own heart. There have been countless articles written on the therapeutic value of horses. There are many wonderful programs being run where people interact with horses in search of a healing experience. We discovered, actually by accident that the simple act of caring for a horse provides a satisfaction that can surely be called healing. We want people to experience that depth of feeling that comes from not only riding, but from caring for horses. Many of our students are mature women who are finally able to take some time for themselves; their children are becoming independent and life’s demands are not as pressing. It’s ironic that in taking time for themselves they are here taking care of the horses… I guess that’s what “we” do. In return, almost without our knowing, the horses are taking care of us. They patiently wait for us to “get it,” never criticizing, never judging. When we make mistakes (and we do) those gentle eyes hold no accusation. For people who struggle with mental health issues and those with special needs that come to the farm as either volunteers or riders (or both) the special way the horses have of connecting to people touches them in a way nothing else can. As the horse stands patiently for grooming, or “helps” us clean their paddock they also reflect to us our own emotions. They remind us to breathe, and ground ourselves. This July 6th we will be hosting our first Rider Levels and Pot Luck at the farm. We will be proud to graduate our first student from the complete Horsemanship Program, and our first graduate from our senior’s program! For more about our programs please visit the website at: www.

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Cheryl’s first show, right before she graduates! With her (our) Coach and Instructor, Josephine Brouwer Photo by Terry Sue, Photo Media.

Heart to heart

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Spending a lot of time showing and judging at quite a few shows, I get many ideas for articles from the questions I receive from exhibitors. At the end of a long day of judging, I like to take time to note the thoughts and ideas I encountered during the day that would help competitors make their chances of winning in the arena easier, more fun and simpler.


his article will help people who are showing their horses in Halter competition. The new class of Performance Halter has hit most of the breed shows over the last few years. In addition, versatility ranch classes and various competitions require showing your horse at Halter for breed and open shows and there has been a major increase in people exhibiting their horses in Halter and Conformation classes. Most of the tips in this article will help make your experience in Halter more enjoyable and more competitive. Most importantly, it will give you the tools that will make it easier for the judges to place you closer to the top of the class. One thing to keep in mind is that the Halter class is usually in the morning. It is a great way to make a positive first impression with the judge. You want what you show to the judge to say, “Look at me and my horse

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close up; see that we are the best in the class and you are going to be seeing a lot more of us throughout the day.” This starts with a smile and a confident look. Seeing a person having fun and enjoying what they are doing has a positive effect on other people and, in this case, the judges. Do your best to make a positive and confident impression on the judges and try to get in the arena first if there is not a work order. If there is a work order for the class, make sure that you are ready to go when it is your time to enter the arena. Reading your rule book in detail and knowing all of the rules is one of the most important things that exhibitors can do to help their chances of success. Every breed association or club will have the rules that will be enforced regarding lip chains, class procedures, and how the class will be judged. There are many rules that change from year to year, and judges are required to keep up on the rules. Class procedures are important, and make sure to always give the ring stewards and gate people the courtesy that they deserve. Many of the show staff are volunteers, or underpaid, yet provide an invaluable service to the shows; they deserve respect from exhibitors, judges, and everyone involved. Know your equipment rules, and make certain that your halter and leads are properly adjusted and fitted to your horse. Make sure that your halter is pulled up and fitted so that it is not hanging loose on your horse’s head. I see this at every show that I judge on quite a few horses and it makes me want to walk up and tighten up the halter

myself so that the horse’s head looks better. It is fine to have halters on a little loose at home when you get a horse out of the stall to saddle them up, but when showing at halter it is important to snug them up and create that clean look. I also want to note that the chains need to be sturdy chains and not the smaller chains that I often see that look like chains one would use to walk their dog. It is not so important that the halter has an abundance of silver, but that it fits well. We are judging your horse, not the halter. Just make sure that your halter is clean, well made, and fits your horse properly. Do your research and find companies or saddle makers that specialize in quality handmade show halters. The wellfitted halter on a horse is just as important as how well your hat is shaped. On the class procedures it is extremely important to “WALK YOUR HORSE TO THE JUDGE.” So often, when an exhibitor walks to the judge, the judge has to step to his left to see the horse track because the exhibitor walks straight to the judge putting the horse a few feet to the judge’s left. It is important for the judge to see the horse track at the walk and trot, and if he cannot see them track correctly, he will have to either re-track the horse or move into position to see the horse track. In most of the breed and open shows, there will be a cone where the exhibitors should track toward at the trot and then make a left turn, showing the judge the profile view at the trot; this gives him the opportunity to evaluate the horse’s movement and to detect any unsoundness. If you make a nice sharp turn and continue with your trot to the left and then line up under the direction of the ring steward, it will allow the judge to properly assess your horse. This leads to two more important tips, the first one being: make sure that your horse is broke to trot and leads well, and is HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Trainer of Champions, cont’d able to make sharp turns; make it easy for us to judge him. Keep in mind that if a judge cannot adequately view and inspect your horse, he must place him accordingly. It doesn’t matter if it’s a first-time weekend horse show or a five-time World Champion halter horse at the World Show; if we cannot properly view and judge a horse, he will be placed with that in mind. Years ago, halter horses could bounce around, kick out and misbehave and still win, but those days are long gone. It is important to train your halter horse just like you would a performance horse. Make sure that you set your horse up every day or as often as possible. The best way to do this is to set them up, or square them up, when you take them out of the stall, and again when you are finished working with them before you put them back into the stall or paddock. Horses are creatures of habit and, if you do your homework and practice often, they will square up fast and correctly at the show all the time. Get your horse broke to set up without handling his feet and legs. It’s fine to help them learn where their legs are supposed to be with your hands when setting up while first teaching them, but work to get them to set up without handling their legs at the show. I have a simple theory when teaching horses to square up; I teach them to start with the outside right hind first, then the hind left, then the front feet last. Remember to adjust their weight accordingly to be able to move their feet. If they are leaning on a leg, they will not be able to move that particular leg. Horses are easy to train if you just do your homework, be consistent, and spend the time.

The second important tip is to make sure that you space your horse with enough room to make it easy for the judge to walk around him. This cuts down on the chance of horses kicking and, more importantly, allows the judge to have enough space to get a good view of your horse from the front and back. Use common sense; in a stallion class, for example, one must obviously give more room between the horses for safety issues. In a smaller arena, the ring steward will most likely instruct you where to line up. Always keep in mind: to place your horse, we must be able to see your horse. A pet peeve of mine that is relevant to these two tips is to make sure that you do not put your lead behind your back and reach back to set up a leg. This always drives me nuts! We all have our likes and dislikes, but this one is very improper and very unsafe. To be continued… next month Mark Sheridan has been operating his training stable and producing winning all-around show horses for over 28 years in Cave Creek, Arizona. He trains Quarter Horses for all around events and has a passion for teaching. He has trained and coached four reserve youth world champions in horsemanship, trail, hunter under saddle, and hunt seat equitation. He enjoys the class of western riding and makes it his specialty. Mark has been an AQHA (AAAA ranked) and NSBA (Category 1 ranked) judge since 1992. He is a past president of the Arizona Quarter Horse Association, a member of AQHA Professional Horseman’s Association, and was awarded Arizona’s Most Valuable Professional Horseman in 2008.


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The Lone Ranger


rom producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humour, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. In this new version, Native American warrior Tonto (played by Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed lawman John Reid (played by Armie Hammer) into a legend of justice - taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption. “The Lone Ranger” also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter. But, of course, Saddle Up readers want to know who takes on the role of The Lone Ranger’s “Spirit Horse,” the famed Silver? The role of Silver is performed by a tenyear-old grey Thoroughbred-Quarter Horse cross who is, coincidentally, also named Silver!

The head horse trainer for the film, Bobby Lovgren (of “War Horse” fame), was already familiar with Silver from a previous project. “Silver is a very dependable and patient horse, which is great in the film industry as things change constantly during filming,” says Lovgren. Lovgren answered some questions for us horse lovers who want to know more about the talented horse who will soon appear on the big screen as the iconic, trusty steed of The Lone Ranger: Where is Silver from? Silver is from Canyon Country/Valencia just outside of Los Angeles. Has Silver appeared in other productions? Yes, he has been in quite a few local TV and commercial projects, but not in a lead role as in “The Lone Ranger.” How did they choose Silver? Silver is owned by Clay Lilley, of Movin’ on Livestock, who was the head wrangler for “The Lone Ranger,” so no auditions were needed for Silver. I had also worked with Silver a few years before, so I knew his ability going into the project.

Does Silver perform any tricks? Silver does a lot of tricks; quite a few with his mouth. But I don’t want to give anything away before the movie comes out. Which actor worked with Silver the most? He was ridden by Armie all the time, but there is a lot of interaction between Silver and Johnny when Silver is totally loose. What can audiences expect to see? Producer Jerry Bruckheimer says, “Our version has a lot of excitement, adventure, drama, comedy, spectacle and emotion. And because of Gore’s vision, it’s also huge.” The film is scheduled for release in Canadian theatres on July 3, 2013.

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This is my daughter Abby (10 years old) with Noble-T-Raven at only 12 hours old! Pure magic and a very lucky little girl, standing here with her grandfather. - Cari, Okanagan Centre BC

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FIT For Animals with Craig Nunn


By Ursula McHugh t last November’s Horsey Ladies Banquet I was lucky to win a “Saddle Fitting Session” with Craig Nunn of Bar Nunn Therapy, who generously donated it for the silent auction. I contacted him this spring and he came out to our stable for an evaluation of my mare followed by a saddle fitting. I explained that the mare had difficulties to pick up a proper trot and that maybe the cause for this was a very bad fall on ice when she was a baby. He found the sore spots right away and worked on them with the mare just standing there with eyes closed. After Craig finished working on her, he then checked out three of my saddles. The first one was an all purpose saddle which he said was not suitable because it breached in the middle and would bother my mare with my weight not being evenly distributed. The second one was my dressage saddle which fit a bit better but would still cause problems for my mare. He said both could be shimmed to improve the fit. The third saddle was a plantation saddle which didn’t fit her at all. It was a very interesting session and thank you very much Craig for helping me find solutions to solve my mare’s problem.


By Nancy Roman fter seeing Craig at Ursula’s I had him come over to see my mare. Bobbi had become more ‘cranky’ recently and I was sure this ‘therapy’ session was long overdue. I told Craig that she is also spooky with strangers. No sooner had he arrived, that he pulled out his ‘Courage’ concoction... let her smell it, rubbed it on her… got out the ‘Lavender’ oil and rubbed her again. He ‘had’ her! It was amazing to see. Craig has a soft-spoken manner and a quiet way about him that Bobbi felt comfortable. She almost looked drugged! He found some very tight spots and relieved them for her – she was so thankful you could tell. Craig then looked at all my saddles as well (too many – ha!). None fit (thanks Craig!)! He cut up and shaped some shims for my dressage saddle and I did the ‘white sheet’ test to check on fit. The fit was better, but the shims need to be replaced with thicker ones (which we will try at a later date). If you ever have the chance to see Craig at a clinic or seminar, do attend, your horse will thank you for it!

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What is the Strathcona Mounted Troop?


he Strathcona Mounted Troop is an authorized volunteer display unit. The Troop is reminiscent of Lord Strathcona’s Horse in the nineteen twenties and thirties. The twenty-horse, twenty-five member Troop performs the Musical Ride, drawn from the Regiment’s traditions of the nineteen twenties and thirties. The current Strathcona Mounted Troop was formed in 1977. The original Ceremonial Mounted Troop was formed in 1923 as a means of honouring and maintaining the Cavalry traditions of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians). The original Troop was disband in 1939 when the Regiment moved to armoured vehicles as Canada joined the world in preparations for the Second World War. The twenty-five members of the Strathcona Mounted Troop are soldiers of Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians). The members of the Troop volunteer for one or two years to serve in much the same manner as Strathcona’s did in the nineteen twenties. Their daily schedule concentrates on the care of their mounts and equipment, and in cavalry drills and training. In addition, they are responsible to remain ready for active military duty, and must therefore participate in trade specific training. The mounts of the Strathcona Mounted Troop are provided through the Ceremonial Mounted Troop Foundation, and remain Foundation property. The mounts are neither purchased by nor maintained by the Canadian Forces or the Department of National Defense. The Ceremonial Mounted Troop Foundation is a non-profit

company registered in the Province of Alberta. This registered charitable organization has the sole object of providing for and maintaining the Strathcona Mounted Troop for the enjoyment of the general public, and to provide public education on Canadian Cavalry heritage, history and tradition. From its inception in 1984, the Foundation has grown from the generosity of Alberta corporations and friends of the Strathcona’s. The primary source of funds remains private donation, and honourariums. Any organization or individual can book the Strathcona Mounted Troop throughout the active display season May through October. Availability is dependent on the distance from Edmonton and on conflict with annual commitments. The Troop, for instance, is booked for all major events at Spruce Meadows. Visit for a complete 2013 touring schedule. SEEKING YOUR HELP: Retired Captain Jack Senko of Kelowna BC is seeking donations of old/used tack that you may have to assist in fundraising for the Strathcona Mounted Troop. Dress and gear of the Troop is from the early 1900s. English saddles and any other tack you may have will be fixed up (if needed), and/or sold to raise money to support the Troop. Captain Jack will gladly pick up locally and send all to Edmonton. He can be reached at 250-765-9447 or e-mail slynda@

Voice For The Horse Announcements By Yvonne Allen “The Rescue Horse” Writing Competition Winners


he 2nd Annual Voice For The Horse International Children’s Writing Competition winners are: Age 13-18: Heather Staron from Barrie, Ontario - “Behind the Scenes” 12 & Under: Olivia Pero from Richland, Michigan - “Sasha” Our Grand Prize Winners win a custom made Talking Stick sponsored by Cynthia Royal on behalf of Blanco – Equine Star from “Lord of the Rings” and Colin Partridge. This beautifully hand carved talking stick is one in which the owner may add different mementos such as mane and tail hair from other rescue horses which would ensure the story of the rescue horses will never be forgotten. Medals will be awarded to all other writing competitors based on category and placement - Congratulations!! Our 3rd International Children’s Writing Competition subject will be one of our favourites – War Horses and Their Soldiers! Visit www. to view our Online Awards & Presentation.

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2nd Annual Walk or Trot Around The World June 29-July 7 quine related non-profit organizations and equestrian centres are invited to take part in our week long Fundraiser, celebrating the horses in our lives, by participating and/or hosting your own personal fundraiser. The event is to raise funds for our educational programs and activities. Your event would be called “Walk or Trot Around the World with ... “ (the name of your organization). Contact all your friends/followers and invite them to share in this exciting WORLD WIDE Event! For those who do not ride or have a horse but wish to support this fundraiser, we invite you to find a leisurely trail or beach to venture out on… or simply take your dog for a walk around the block and dedicate it with your contribution (minimum donation of $10) to your equine charity of choice. This Grassroots Fundraising Event has attracted organizations such as The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust, based out of the UK, who will be hosting their own event where children will ride their donkeys in a relay from village to village while displaying the Walk or Trot Around the World Banner! With more preparation and networking we are certain next year we will attract an even bigger audience from around the world who may feel inspired to join up with us in “the trot”! For more event details please visit

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Canadian Nat. Andalusian & Lusitano Show & Fiesta By Crystal Hemsworth


he Pacific Association of the Andalusian & Lusitano Horse (PAALH) is celebrating our 10th Anniversary and we want YOU to be a part of it! The Fiesta of the Royal Horse will return to Chilliwack Heritage Park on Saturday July 27 at 7 p.m. Come out and celebrate these wonderful horses and enjoy an evening of exhibitions and demonstrations. From contemporary freestyle dressage and carriage driving to traditional Spanish Doma Vaquera, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Admission to the Fiesta is by donation. There will also be vendor tables and a silent auction. Haven’t You Always Wanted a ‘Harley’? Arrow Harley is a 2011 registered Andalusian x QH Dun Filly donated by Arrow Valley Farm in Edgewood BC. She will be offered at live auction at the Fiesta. Some lucky person could be leaving with “Harley” on auction the horse of their dreams, maybe you?

The show will run from July 26-28. National Championship classes in dressage, performance, and in-hand will be offered in Youth, Amateur and Open divisions. Back by popular demand are the Open Breed classes - open to all competitors. Want to be a part of the action? It takes many hands to run a show smoothly. PAALH is currently seeking volunteers to help out during the Canadian National Show & Fiesta. No experience necessary - all you need is enthusiasm and some free time. For more information on volunteering please email, subject line: Volunteer Info. Membership has its benefits. By becoming a member of PAALH you can take advantage of some great opportunities. Receive preferred rates on your Canadian National Show entry fees, get our quarterly Pen PAALHs newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, and access to our exclusive rider incentive programs. As an added bonus, Partners of PAALH Jonathan Field and Paul Dufresne offer registration discounts to PAALH members. For more information visit or on Facebook www. We hope to see you soon!



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TIDBITS Stop the Race Cars coming to Campbell Valley Equestrian Park Help us preserve our only Equestrian Park in the Fraser Valley. Campbell Valley Park is currently an Equestrian and Nature Park. Bicycles are not even allowed, it is for horses and pedestrians and wetlands preservations. It is dedicated to horse use and well used every day. There is currently an application that has gone to staffing regarding changing half the park to a Speedway and hosting races there 14 weekends during the summer. This will make it virtually unusable for horses all summer long. Please sign the online petition ASAP to preserve the Park. It only takes a moment and we need to speak up NOW! http://www.thepetitionsite. com/119/841/810/stop-the-langleyspeedway-from-ruining-our-park/

4-H Gator Lottery Returns BC 4-H Launches their Second BC 4-H Gator Lottery! Calling all those with small acreages, hobby farms, large farming operations, big backyards, backwoods enthusiast’s and fans of John Deere anything! There will be two

lotteries with two grand prizes of a John Deere XUV 350 4x4 Gator -generously donated by PrairieCoast Equipment! In 2011, tickets were in demand by 4-H clubs all over the province, and thanks to the generosity of PrairieCoast Equipment, all lottery proceeds were directed back into the club and provincial levels of 4-H. A whopping $36,915 was raised in support of 4-H in BC. Ticket sales started May 3, 2013 and are available from participating 4-H clubs throughout the province with the Grand Prize Draw held on November 1, 2013 at PrairieCoast Equipment in Kelowna, BC. Contact your local club for tickets or contact the BC 4-H office toll free at 1-866776-0373 or visit for more information.

School of Légèreté Update The 7th clinic (in the 10-series) with the School of Légèreté Teachers’ Course, was a huge success! Participants again traveled from great distances like Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, Ontario and Alberta to name a few. Rider and horse combinations presented their homework from the last clinic, in October 2012, and then the next steps in their individual

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progression were given by Mr. Bertrand Ravoux, from France. Ravoux is a top instructor with Philippe Karl who teaches the instructor courses in Italy and Canada. New for this clinic was the quadrille work in hand – a super exercise for all equestrians, done frequently in Europe. Other interesting topics were piaffe, quality of gaits and activity, and relaxation in forward movement. Another open clinic was held on May 25 – 28 with instructor Melanie Bulmahn from Germany. July 11–14 will be the dates for the 8th clinic in the Teachers’ Course. All of these educational clinics are for all riders and horses regardless of breed or discipline. More information at www.

New Interactive HoofClub Zoetis (formerly known as Pfizer Animal Health) is excited to launch a comprehensive website and Facebook® page, “HoofClub” that provides horse owners and horse lovers a place to interact and learn. HoofClub provides information on topics in equine health and wellness, and members will find it a valuable resource to help them provide better care for their horses. The website: offers current and factual information on a range of topics including: owning a horse, general horse health, disease prevention, hoof care and lameness. Dr. Rob Bell, Business Unit Director at Zoetis explains, “There is a lot of information available online. The challenge for us and for our clients, is finding credible and practical information in a short period of time. We saw this as a HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

TIDBITS, cont’d real gap in the marketplace and designed tools specifically for the Canadian equine industry to fill it.” Zoetis is also launching an interactive HoofClub page on Facebook® where horse owners and horse lovers can post photos and videos, share experiences about their horses and read “tips” on horse healthcare. Finally, Zoetis will be launching the HoofClub iPhone “App” for Canadian horse owners, available for download on the Apple Store, free of charge. The “App” lets horse owners monitor vaccination, dentistry and de-worming history and schedules for up to six horses. Details can be found on the HoofClub website in the Community & Tools section.

The CQHA Board of Directors sadly advises of the passing of our valued Board member and most of all, dear friend and colleague, Calvyn Loree of Calgary, AB. Calvyn Maxwell LOREE August 16, 1930 (Roland, MB) - May 9, 2013 (Calgary, AB) Cal and his wife Rosemarie of Loree Quarter Horses were perhaps best known in American Quarter Horse circles as long time halter horse breeders and owners/exhibitors of such famous horses as: Coosa, Ima Cool Skip, CRL Shesa Cool Coosa, and Perpetualism. Cal and Rosemarie began showing halter horses in Canada in the 1980s, where they fitted all their horses themselves before asking a local trainer to show them. After early success, they started showing in the United States, eventually building a facility in Guthrie, OK, in conjunction with Wayne Halvorson. In 1993, Cal purchased Coosa and Ima Cool Skip, eventually adding Perpetualism to give the barn even more star power. He sold his interest in the Guthrie ranch to Wayne, but Cal and Rosemarie retained mares and continued breeding, achieving a lifetime goal as breeders of 5 time AQHA World Champion mare, CRL Shesa Cool Coosa. Cal served as a Director of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association since 2001, was involved with the Alberta Quarter Horse Association, and was a director emeritus with the AQHA. He served on the AQHA Studbook and Registration Committee, Youth Committee, and Hall of Fame Committee. Cal will be greatly missed by his colleagues, many friends and admirers in HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

the American Quarter Horse family. The CQHA Board of Directors sends our sincere condolences to his lovely wife, Rosemarie, his four daughters, Sandra, Sherry, Sharon and Valerie, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service was held on May 15, 2013. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta at In living memory of Calvyn, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

Alberta Artist Rhonda Malik Wins 2013 Fall Classic Sale Art Contest Each spring the Canadian Warmblood Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale holds an art contest to select the image that will grace the catalogue cover and poster for that year’s event. The original, framed work of art then becomes Lot 0 of the sale, first through the sale ring in the fall. Out of 26 entries from 10 different artists in this year’s contest, nine pieces made the short list with Rhonda Malik’s Power in Motion taking top honours in the third round of voting. This striking oil painting will be available for sale on September 29 at the Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale in Olds, Alberta. If you would like to see all 26 entries, visit www.fallclassicsale. com and click on 2013 Selection under the Artists tab. • 35

Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


his was the second year for the new committee that puts on the 100 Mile Rodeo and it’s the second year that the rodeo turned out to be a super event. Those that enjoyed the rodeo last year must have told all their family and friends how good it was because, this year, I couldn’t see many empty seats in the grandstands on Sunday. Keith Dinwoodie was on the microphone, C+ Rodeos and Diamond D Rodeo Bulls supplied the stock, the bull fighters were Earl Call and Dave Atkinson, and Pastor Blair Bates officiated at Cowboy Church. On Sunday, the rodeo grounds had a definite pink tinge and $1 from every admission went towards fundraising for breast cancer research. See more, including the results, on page 39. This was also BS & Drive Weekend at Huber Farm in 70 Mile House. The May long weekend was a pretty low-key weekend and everything went well. Driving lessons were the main feature with the BS part taking place in the campgrounds throughout the weekend and at the potluck dinner. Gymkhanas, endurance rides, competitive trail rides, combined driving events, horse and pony shows, and even a cowboy concert/dance - what more can you

Ken Huber helps Barb Lindsey hitch Huber’s Juke Box Jive (“JJ”) to the cart. JJ was born at Huber Farm and purchased by Barb as a twoyear-old. He’s now seven years old.

Barb Lindsey, driving “JJ”, gets a lesson from Ken Huber.

ask for? All of these are happening right in one area of the Cariboo: the 70 Mile House/100 Mile House area. There’s camping and places to keep your horses in the area, too, so plan your summer now. The BC Welsh Pony and Cob Association, along with Huber Farm, will host the first annual Cariboo Road House Horse and Pony Show on June 8-9. It’s a halter and performance open show with Lewis McKim judging. It’s open to all breeds, although it’s designed to highlight the Welsh Pony and Cob. All ages of riders, drivers, etc., and spectators are welcome. Contact Ken Huber by phone at 250-456-6050, or by email at huberx3@telus. net for more information.

A special thank you to some of the sponsors: Chris (100 Mile Free Press), Kim (Log House Western Wear), Randy Brodoway (rodeo committee president), John (Yummers Restaurant), Ralph (Timbermart), and Leon (Sunrise Ford).

This horse knew exactly what he was doing; the cowboy would have been in trouble had the horse not taken the extra slack that came.

Ed Monical and Earl Call wait on their pickup horses for the start of the rough stock events.

The annual Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhanas are just around the corner. The first on July 8 and the second on August 10. They’re always very popular both for competitors and spectators. Not only is the horse action fun to watch, but the beer garden, grandstands, and concession (with burgers donated by A&W) are set in the trees right alongside the arena. They are definitely two of the Cariboo’s favourite annual events. On July 19-21, the annual Cariboo Trails Combined Driving Event will take place at Huber Farm in 70 Mile House. There will

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d The first annual Cariboo Gold Rush Express Endurance Ride will also be at the Hills Health Ranch. The ride will be on September 1 with pre-vetting on August 31. Distances of 25 and 50 miles will be offered. There will also be an educational seminar on August 31 - stay tuned for entry forms and further information via the ERABC website at For more information, contact Katrin Levermann (katrinlevermann@, Joanne Macaluso (joanne_ or Nicola Maughn ( Exciting stuff for 100 Mile House... they’ve been picked to host the BCPB (BC Professional Bullriders) finals this fall. I’ll have details in the next couple of issues, but the dates will be September 7-8. The 20 bull riders in BC will get four bulls each! A show you won’t want miss!

A rider from the Wild West Drill Team carries the Canadian flag during for the National Anthem.

be a dressage test, a cone course and a full marathon for the driving enthusiast. For spectators, the Sunday marathon is a mustsee as it is action-packed, especially the water hole! Horses come from far and wide to participate: Vancouver Island, Vanderhoof, Alberta and, this year, hopefully, even Washington. Judges and/or clinicians will be Holly Brinker, and Ken and Sue Mott. Contact Ken Huber for details (see above).

Both of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival Country 103 Rising Star Showcase winners (one poet and one musician) will be performing at the Annual Cariboo Country Night on September 14 at Watch Lake. The evening consists of a cowboy concert, a BBQ steak dinner and a good, old-fashioned country dance, all for just $25 per person (advance tickets only). For more information and/or tickets, contact Mark at msprings@ or 250-456-2425.

The Cariboo Plateau Competitive Trail Ride entry forms are up on the website: The ride is on August 10 at the Hills Health Ranch campground with pre-vetting on August 9; capped at 30 riders with the deadline for entries being August 1. Come on out and enjoy some Cariboo hospitality and, of course, take in the scenery and enjoy the great trails and facilities. For more information, contact Joanne Macaluso at

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This month’s item is from John Maxwell, a friend at Watch Lake - it used to be his dad’s. I have no idea what it is... do you? The blade-looking part is about 14.5 inches long, 3 inches wide and 3/8 inch thick. It is not sharp, and is not a blade of any type. Good luck! E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please.. Last Month’s What’s This? The May issue’s item can be seen in our own little Meadows Springs museum. It’s an airplane cigarette lighter. We had a few correct answers that came from Linda Noble in Summerland, Ted Callbeck in Onoway, AB, and Walter Furlong in Sherwood Park, AB. Congratulations!

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Cowboy Poetry Like Water and the Duck’s Back By “Doc” Dale Hayes

This past year, we pastured a young bull we nicknamed ‘Dumb-Cluck’. Thinking back on it, I think he thought he was grandson to a mallard duck, ‘cause he was always doing things that a bull doesn’t usually do. Like wading out in to our hard bottomed slough and settling down in it ‘til all you could see was his head. First time I saw him out there I thought he was drowned and dead. All his ladies were collected there on the bank watching him soak up water like a gold fish in a big tank. I didn’t know he was only in there taking a bath and that in an hour or so he’d wander off up the path to the high pasture and the deep sweet brome grass where he would stretch out with his ladies and just watch time pass. I believed fully young Dumb-Cluck was truly in deep distress, mired down, sinking fast and my responsibility to get him out of that mess. So I grabbed some twine and headed for the gate to save young Dumb-Cluck from his watery fate. Now, you’ve got to see the picture and keep it in your mind ‘cause if you look closely, I’m sure there’s humour you’ll find in one dumb bunny racing to save a Dumb-Cluck by pulling him out of the water with just a little Ford truck. However, when I hit the barn all the vehicles were gone but the Honda Big Bear. The vehicle remuda was empty. There was nothing there and no time for saddle or halter. I had to get out there and save that poor bull from drowning in that water. So, the Honda and I roared down the road and through the pasture gate, our pressing mission to save a young bull from a watery fate. It was clear the heifers were most disconcerted over their impending loss but I had no time for them and I scattered them Angus cross as I dismounted that Honda on the run, twirling my loop getting ready to save that son of a gun, I settled it down right over his head. There was no way I’d let him drown and go belly up dead. The moment my string hit his horns he went in to motion like some old Greek god rising up out of the ocean. He was right ‘ticked-off’ at me disturbing him in his tub and came after me like a wolf after a sheep or a Momma bear after a critter messing with her cub. Fortunately, I had waded out just a little way, only hip deep and had left the Honda setting there at idle so when I hit the saddle, with the bull on my tail, I let the Big Bear have its bridle and we hit the wrangler retreat trail, that bull and us scattering flies and tramping down the brome. So I was mighty fortunate to stay alive and be here to write this poem. Get the picture: a dumb bunny on a Big Bear being chased by a “Dumb-Cluck,” observed closely by a crew of hefty heifers glad their boyfriend was unstuck. We went up and down that grass three or four times ‘til his energy began to fade and I am telling you pard, that was the wildest ride I ever made. So, now when I go past and old Dumb-Cluck is neck deep in that slough I just thumb my nose and yell “Go ahead and drown and to heck with you!”

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He always wanted to be a cowboy From the time he was able to talk And I think he was ridin’ a horse ‘For he even got the hang how to walk. Horses was more important than school Left home when he was 17 years old Train buckin’ broncs for the ole rodeo days Much stories throughout the years I was told. Bein’ dragged across the rodeo arena With his bronc buckin’ at least a mile high Many times a busted back and both his legs But this fearless cowboy would never cry. He worked up at the Douglas Lake Ranch Like way back in the 1940’s Daddy always said real cowboys worked there Loved all ‘em tales that he said to me. And Daddy’s still a cowboy to this day Tho’ now at a bit gentler a pace Cuz God called him Home a few years back Once he’d completed his bronc bustin’ race.

Happy 30th Birthday GUN-[Reg. Yellow Mount] June 19, 2013

There are so many people that send their thanks to you for giving them confidence to ride, to give direction in their lives, for being patient when they weren’t, for being forgiving, for being accepting, and for demanding your attention. There are some equine coaches that have you to thank for helping them get there, and for allowing them to go on and teach with the same values you have. The family you will have with you forever are grateful you have set an example to the others in the pasture. Birthday greetings to such a Gentle, Handsome Guy! On your birthday you have given us the gift… Cheryle & Dave Hickman Rein-Beau Ranch, Bridge Lake BC

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100 Mile Rodeo By Mark McMillan


he committee that puts on the 100 Mile Rodeo should get a very deserving pat on the back. Rodeo committee president Randy Brodoway - good job! Randy would like to pass on a special thanks to Dave Atkinson, too; Dave not only supplies the bulls, helps with all the stock, gates, chutes and behind-the-scenes work, and bull fights, but also is one of the main committee people. Randy says he couldn’t have done it without him. Even the cowboys agreed that this was a great rodeo... especially the ones who took home the money. The results were like this: Brad Thomas won the Tie-down Roping, Logan Wharry took the Steer Wrestling, Richard Glossford won the Breakaway Roping, Colleen Duggan claimed the Barrel Racing and, in Team Roping, Neal Antoine and Mark Pozzobon took first place. There were no qualifying rides in either Saddle Bronc or Bareback. Our upcoming cowboys were: Kyle Bell in Junior Steer Riding, Taylor Cherry won the Breakaway Roping, Callie Hume won the Barrel racing, and Elly Farmer won the pee-wee Barrels. I guess the Bull Riding was once again one of the most popular events with about 20 entries. Monday was a great day for the competitors as quite a few cowboys covered their rides. Lane Cork, Matt O’Flynn and Colton Manuel took the top three spots

respectively, with scores of 81, 76, and 75. The bulls were not only great, they were local 100 Mile House stock supplied by Dave Atkinson, Diamond D Bulls. Speaking of bull riding, stay tuned as we’ll have details in the near future of the BCPB (BC Professional Bullriders) finals that will be held in 100 Mile House this fall, on September 7-8. All in all, we had a good turnout of spectators and competitors, really good stock, and good weather for the whole weekend, making this BCRA-sanctioned rodeo a great success!

Earl Call steps in as the horn blows at the end of Lane Cork’s winning bull ride on Dave Atkinson’s “Mr. Mr.”

This cowboy takes a death grip, grits his teeth, and nods his head.

The rodeo committee did a great job of recognizing and thanking.

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A steer wrestling horse in the box and ready to go.

A cowboy sets his bareback rig on his horse in the bucking chutes.

Earl Call warming up the pick horses behind the pens.

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Top Dog! Tying Up Your Dog By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP


s we begin to enjoy the warm days of summer, we start doing more things outdoors and spending more time outdoors with our dogs. Many of us take our holiday time in the summer, so we naturally want to spend a lot of that time hanging out with our dogs and taking them with us as we go through our daily routines and errands. One of the things that always seems to signal that summer has arrived, is seeing a lot more dogs tied up outside of stores, coffee shops and other businesses or restaurants. And it’s one thing that makes most trainers cringe! The reasons dogs are outside are because… many businesses don’t or can’t allow animals inside; you’ve just hiked or biked and want to stop for a coffee or drink; maybe you’ve just finished your dog walk and need to pick up some groceries; maybe you have your dog in the car but you can’t find a shady place to park and it’s far too warm to leave him in the car. There’s always a handy bike rack or signpost to tie the leash to so you can complete your mission and your dog is safe until you get back – right? Well – not always and probably not often, unfortunately. The first and most obvious (hopefully obvious to everyone) concern is theft. Many, many dogs are stolen each year and none of the reasons people steal dogs are good ones. Rarely do you ever hear of a dog that was stolen being returned or found. If your dog is still intact or is a young puppy, your chance of having your dog stolen may go up for those looking to make a buck from selling your puppy or breeding your dog in a puppy mill. There are even accounts of dogs being stolen from the back of pickups or out of unlocked car doors. Many stolen dogs end up as bait in dog fighting rings, in puppy mills or being used in medical experiments and probably other things we would rather not know too much about. The less obvious reason not to leave your dog tied up outside a business on the street or sidewalk is for the mental and emotional well being of your dog. This is something that few people think about – especially if you have a friendly dog that appears to love everyone. You are the advocate for your dog and you are the one your dog should be able to look to for some direction or help when he doesn’t know what to do or how to act. When you’re not there – he has no one but himself and is now in a position to have to make choices on his own that he is likely not equipped to do. It’s a very stressful situation for any dog to be in – especially a young or shy dog. If your dog already has a bit of separation anxiety that you may see exhibited at home – maybe that’s even why you decided to bring him along – this situation can easily make the separation This dog looks miserable. anxiety a thousand times worse. 40 • Saddle Up • June 2013

The problem is that your dog is alone in a relatively open area with people, bikes, maybe even cars coming and going all around him and being tied, he is trapped with no option to move about and create space for himself. Leaving (flight) is not an option. If you picture yourself in the same circumstance waiting outside a busy building where lots of people are coming and going quickly all around you – it may be a little bit uncomfortable already. Then think about that same circumstance and you’re tied to a pole – so if someone comes in a little too close, or some stranger looks like they want to make conversation – you have no option to move away or simply move about to make yourself more comfortable. Observing a tied dog on the street is a good lesson in dog body language because you will usually see a ton of it in a very short time span. The tied dog uses many displacement and stress behaviours in an effort to fend off and cope with all the situations he has to deal with and they all happen pretty quickly. A pretty high percentage of people passing a tied dog will either stop and try and pet them, pet them as they walk quickly by, or stop and stare, smile and maybe talk to them. And a surprisingly high number of people will not stop their children from going over and petting this dog tied to a post – especially if it’s a puppy! This is not “socializing” and is not a useful experience in any way for any dog regardless of how friendly or confident it may This dog tries to express her worry be. You have also just put your by squinting, flattening her ears and dog in a position that greatly licking her lips. increases the chances that he may bite someone if he feels he has no choice – regardless of whether he has ever bitten or even thought about biting before. The average person does not recognize the subtle signs of stress displayed by a strange This same little dog is continuing dog. This is particularly true to try and tell this person to please with certain breeds of dogs that leave her alone - look away and may have different hair, a docked don’t engage. tail or cropped ears and are less obvious in their body language. A very stressed and worried dog can appear very waggy-tailed and “cute” when they are desperately trying to get you to leave them alone.

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Top Dog! Now we’re not advocating leaving your dog loose, of course. Many of the same issues would still exist and they’d compound with the possibility that your dog could run off or dodge into traffic – not good outcomes at all. What we’re This dog may not look too worried as suggesting is that you someone approaches, but she is lifting consider your plans and her right front paw which is a very definite your dog before leaving indication of stress with the situation. the house together. Go with a friend who can watch your dog while you get the coffee; take the car and your dog on cooler days if you know there are shady locations that will be suitable; better yet – take your dog for a good walk and then leave him snoozing at home while you run your errands. You don’t have

to worry about him and he doesn’t have to worry about you! Next time you see a dog tied up take a look and see if you can see how uncomfortable he is – and leave him alone and give him some space when you pass by. Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers; they have been training together for over seven years and have a combined 25 years of experience working with dogs. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using truly dog-friendly methods, they offer hipPUPS, an early socializing program for pups, babyBRATS, an impulsecontrol and skill-building program for adolescent dogs and the Partnership Program, a non-traditional obedience series for dogs of all ages. In addition to group classes, they also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specific needs of any dog. In October 2012, they each received a new designation from the Karen Pryor Academy, as Certified Training Partner. (See their listing ‘In Partnership With Dogs’ in Pet Central)

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2003 – 2013 Belle was our top dog – and a great promoter of Saddle Up. We were given Belle as a 4-year-old. She was clueless around the horses, never bothered them, and she cared less about the cats. But she sure loved the ‘ball’! A gentle and lovely caring dog. We’ll miss her. - Nancy and Greg Roman 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. • 41

Top Dog! Rainbow Bridge - Author Unknown. Photo courtesy of Rein-Beau Images


ust this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them,

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19-21 DAWSON CREEK Sheep Dog Trial, Dawson Creek BC, Jean Gellings 250-786-0303 or 19-21 CAPITAL COMETS, AAC Sanctioned Trials, Saanich Fairgrounds, Victoria BC 27-28 NAFA Fierce Flyers Flyball, Maple Ridge BC, Pat Gerow 604-615-1823 ATTENTION DOG CLUBS! Do have a sporting event coming up you would like listed here? Send in your 1- to 2-line listing and we are happy to print on a space availability basis. This is a FREE service for dog lovers!

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who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together ...

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“Paw”etry Dog Property Laws 1. If I like it, it’s mine. 2. If it’s in my mouth, it’s mine. 3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine. 4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine. 5. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way. 6. If I’m chewing something up, all the pieces are mine. 7. If it just looks like mine, it’s mine. 8. If I saw it first, it’s mine. 9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine. 10. If it’s broken, it’s yours. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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. Nancy Roman 1970

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.



y father, Tony Mallam, celebrates his 92nd birthday this month. His passion for horses and riding started at the tender age of 43 when he had an Air Force posting to Germany in 1964. There, his excellent German riding instructor, Herr Peter Wallner, put him through his paces on the various school horses and eventually Dad purchased a liver chestnut Holsteiner named Billy, a perfect gentleman who had endless patience with the beginners. Sadly, we returned to Ottawa without our Billy but Dad was not long out of the saddle. He found a thoroughbred mare, Glen Star, who continued to challenge his riding skills. When he wasn’t consumed

with so generously hauling my horse to clinics and shows, he devoted himself to his pleasure riding and CADORA. When he retired, the west beckoned him and he had his first experience in a western saddle on a trail-riding holiday in the Rockies. Then came several quarter horses, all of which carried him on many miles of trails and enriched his life with their endearing personalities. And finally, Dad discovered Parelli’s Natural Horsemanship which he enthusiastically delved into with great results. His last quarter horse, Sonny, (photo) obviously enjoyed and benefitted from the Parelli games and eagerly awaited to greet him with an affectionate nuzzle. Now there are no more horses in Dad’s life and he misses them terribly. Having hung up the bridle at age 82 his interest remains strong and he looks forward to Saddle Up every month to keep connected. Regrets? Not having the opportunity to start riding sooner! But you did it Dad and are rich with the wonderful memories. Happy Birthday!

Pictured is Dad jumping Billy in 1966 (note the 60’s crew cut and no helmet!).

Happy Birthday Dad!

- With love, Erica

Do you have a story for us?

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. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year • 43

Notes from the Office Horse Council BC

SOME BIOSECURITY TIPS FOR SHOW SEASON Here is your yearly bio-security reminder! With many horses now moving from barn to barn for shows or traveling to different places to take part in equestrian activities, bio-security becomes more of a concern. What Is Biosecurity? It is the measures that prevent the introduction and spread of contagious diseases. Biosecurity planning helps to ensure that practices routinely carried out on your farm are beneficial to your horses’ health. By adopting the guidelines posted on our website and working with a veterinarian you can play a significant role in keeping your horses and your industry as healthy as possible.

Some bio-security tips for the horse shows: • Use your own trailer. Don’t ship your horses from other farms. Ship only in a trailer that has been cleaned and disinfected. If you can “smell horse” in the empty trailer, it has not been cleaned and disinfected properly. • Don’t let your horse touch other horses, especially nose to nose and don’t share equipment (water and feed buckets, brushes etc.) • Wash your hands, especially after helping other people with their horses. • Don’t let strangers pet your horse, especially those with horses at home or people who have been out of the country in the past 2 weeks. • Before leaving the show grounds, clean and disinfect tack, boots, equipment and grooming supplies. • Brush off dirt or manure then disinfect (spray or wipes are easy to take with you). • When you get home, shower, blow your nose and put on clean clothes and shoes before going near other horses. Check out our bio-security guidelines online here: www. or contact if you have questions.

HORSE COUNCIL BC AND OTTER CO-OP PARTNER FOR 2013 Horse Council BC would like to welcome Otter Co-Op as a new Silver Partner for 2013! Otter Co-op strives to meet the needs of its members and the community it services while providing an 44 • Saddle Up • June 2013

economic benefit by way of patronage dividends. They provide a one stop shopping service for all Farm and Home requirements and are proud of celebrating 90 years of service. Horse Council BC is greatly looking forward to working with Otter Co-Op throughout the year! If you are interested in partnering your business with Horse Council BC, please contact for further information.

SCHOLARSHIPS Horse Council BC is pleased to announce the creation of up to five $1000.00 scholarships available to Horse Council BC members in good standing, who are BC graduates from grade 12 and entering into an accredited College or University Study program.

There are also BC FAIRS - 2013 4-H SCHOLARSHIPS and BC FAIRS - 2013 YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS available for entry. Deadline for all Applications is June 30th, 2013. Find out more information by visiting

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

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Horsin’ Around In The Sun By Daphne Davey


alk of summer and one word springs to mind – camps! Some CanTRA member therapeutic riding centres offer summer camps for kids with disabilities, and by all accounts a great time is had by all. The range of activities is by no means restricted to horseback riding, although even here there is variety: grooming, tacking up, wagon rides, team games, and much more. Many camps extend their programs to include everything from archery to swimming to some really out-of-the-ordinary adventures. Here’s one. “Wednesdays are Wacky! Every Wednesday all campers come together and participate in theme-related activities. Whether it’s Mad Science, Superheroes or Christmas in July, all campers participate in fun, themed games and cheer for their team. Every camper is assigned to either the Blue or the Yellow team and the summer is full of Olympic challenges.” That enticing description of one day in the life of camp comes from Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre in Guelph, Ontario. The rest of the program includes even more activities: “When campers

aren’t connecting with the horses, they are busy creating crafts, making skits, singing songs, and playing games. Camp Sunrise offers plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces to enjoy each activity, including an outdoor pool with certified lifeguards on duty.” Visit their website at Here’s another. “Every year the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (Duncan, BC) holds summer camps for children of all abilities. Their camps are always incredibly popular and fill up quickly, with a substantial waiting list. Summer camps are an amazing “first contact” opportunity for children and their families who might be looking to therapeutic riding as a long-term therapeutic strategy and healthy activity. It is amazing how the shared passion for horses can deconstruct “differences” and bring a diverse group of children together in an environment of fun, education, and inclusivity.” Visit their website at Aside from the fun of “mucking about with horses,” what serious benefits do campers derive from the experience? Activities with horses help improve balance, muscle strength

Kids try their hand at being horses during a Cowichan TRA summer camp. Photo by Zerena Caplin

and tone, coordination, mobility, self-esteem, confidence, and social skills. But perhaps above all, they offer the opportunity for discovery - of hidden abilities, new horizons, a world expanded and enriched. For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit or email Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at or CanadaHelps. org.

Langley Riders Society By Shauna Olsen


he weather was on our side! Our first English/Western show of the season, held on April 28, saw the rain hold off until minutes after the last class finished. It was great to see all the regulars out and quite a few new faces! Riders did a great job of handling their horses and showing all the hard work they had put in over the off season and it was amazing to see how much our young riders had grown up and progressed! Thanks to all the hard-working volunteers that helped pull this show off - we couldn’t do it without you. We saw a lot of smiling faces and happy people. Thanks so much to Graham Tobias for coming out to judge and to Ron McCarthy for spending his day snapping photos for all of us once again! If you’re not a member yet... check us out! There are many rewards to becoming a member, but the very best is being a part of a club where members are there for each other and newcomers are made to feel welcome!

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By the time this update is in print, we will have completed our second English/Western show, but our June show is on the 30th for English/Western - check out the calendar of events to see all of our Langley Riders Society Events for this show season. April 28 High Point Awards English: Senior: Jenny Leibenzeder Intermediate: Tessa Gildemeister Junior: Emma Friesen Pee Wee: Brooklyn Gildemeister Tiny Mite: Emma Gildemeister Western: Senior: Bethany Gildemeister Intermediate: Tessa Gildemeister Pee Wee: Cheyenne Grindrod Tiny Mite: Emma Gildemeister Overall High Point English: Emma Friesen Overall High Point Western: Emma Gildemeister

Emma Gildemeister and Oreo Cookies and Cream

Matty London and Misty

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Git ‘ER’ Done Gymkhana Club By Kay Rupp


e are all excited about the season that is now well underway and everyone is finally getting out and the horses aren’t as fresh as when we first started in the spring. We have had two great days already, the weather was perfect and the

turnout was amazing. There are a bunch of new faces and we are always encouraging more people to come out and enjoy the fun we have in cheering for as well supporting each other! We will be looking forward to seeing not only new faces but as

well our long time members. For more information about our club you can go to the web site www. Hope to see your smiling faces there later on down the road.

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Ramona Rizzi


he first ride of the year almost blew us away, literally. It was a very windy day but no one let that stop them from having fun. The horses and riders were in fine form. There was a small glitch when the equipment guy got to the stall that stores all the club’s equipment, only to find that someone else had placed another lock over ours. We were locked out and all the equipment we needed was locked in! Thankfully he was a criminal before he was a

volunteer and there isn’t a lock anywhere that can keep him out! Before we knew it, problem solved and equipment was in the arena all set up for first class. Thank you equipment guy! To raise funds, the club undertook their first ever concession adventure, providing burgers, hotdogs, pie and other goodies for the High School Rodeo in April. Many volunteers worked tirelessly to pull it off. A special thank you to Rebecca Hilbrander and Rhonda Bennett who went above and beyond the call of duty. Ty, Jade and Sellena worked

like troopers and impressed us all. To all the volunteers who showed up and helped out, we appreciate your club spirit. Our next Schooling Show is scheduled for June 23 at the Armstrong rodeo arena. We like to be underway by 9, so show up early to register. Bring proof of Horse Council BC. This is a fun club, open to every level of rider. Everyone is welcome. Visit our site at

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club By Joan Cunningham


ur club had two very exciting events these past two months. April saw a very enthusiastic group at the club’s first clinic with Barb McDonald from Washington, for a very busy 2 days at the Asmara Farm in Armstrong. Barb is a respected trainer of both driving horses and in-hand horses and everyone came away excited about the knowledge that they had attained and are looking forward to the fast approaching show season. Thank you to the Iceton family for the great tail gate parties! This brings us to the 2nd clinic held at Vista Valley Acres in Vernon on May 11th. Club members and guests enjoyed a grooming session and a couple of new members had an introduction to the thrill of driving. If you are interested in learning more about these very small equines please come out to our next meeting held in Armstrong at 7 p.m. on June 15, at the Armstrong Chamber of Commerce. For more info on or club contact Katie or Joan

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BC Carriage Driving Society Zone 2 By Deb Gardner Kathy Stanley VSE/Small Pony Driving Clinic in Armstrong


even drivers and their horses braved the bone chilling winds to attend the first of a series of driving clinics and shows at Spur Valley Ranch in Armstrong. April 26-28 was a busy weekend with the drivers taking private lessons and a group lesson every day with clinician Kathy Stanley. Kathy was wonderful as always with lots of helpful instruction, from how to improve our dressage scores to driving a working pleasure, reinsmanship and command class. We had a Mock Driving Show and Arena Driving Trial all in preparation for the upcoming Heritage Qualifier Driving show in May and June. We had 5 Miniature Horses and 2 Section A Welsh Ponies attend from Cherryville. Friday night was pizza and a presentational by Kathy on driving attire and lesson focus, followed by a question/answer period. Subjects included doing a dressage test and how to improve your scores, Heritage driving classes, cones and arena obstacles. The private lessons were tailored to the driver/horse needs. It was rather hard keeping the minis straight on the centreline during the dressage tests, as they were being buffered by the gale force winds! But everyone did their best and the horses were great sports! Hot Lunches were provided as well as plenty of hot chocolate and snacks to keep warm! Everyone went away with more driving knowledge thanks to Kathy’s instruction and once again I think she put more miles on her two feet than all the horses combined! I would like to thank Heather, Evert, my hubby Dave and my daughter Deanna for all their help, Kathy for yet another wonderful clinic and the driving participants, Heather Dolemo, Marilla Berkenpas, Katie Iceton, Cathy DeGelder, Shannon Walton, Brenda Bert… and their horses! I had lots of fun driving and taking lessons with you all! I am looking forward to the next one!

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


e are all invited to take part in the Children’s Wish Trail Ride happening Saturday, June 15 at the Revelstoke Riding Club grounds. We ride out for 10:30 am and then have a pot luck afterwards (maybe even a BBQ). Call Alan for more info 250-837-0060. Plans are well underway for our first W.A.M. Pot O Gold Show on Saturday, July HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

13 at Mackenzie Meadows in Pritchard BC. We are excited to be co-hosting this with the BC Welsh Pony & Cob Association and the BC Interior Arabian Horse Association. This is the first time a ‘tri-breed’ show is being offered in this area to my knowledge. Aside from offering ‘Welsh, Arabian and Morgan’ (W.A.M.) classes, there are OPEN classes inviting all sizes and breeds to take part. Join

us in Halter, Driving, English, Western, Trail, Showmanship, Costume, Leadline classes and Gymkhana games. Visit our website for the prize list and early bird info, etc. We ask you to please come out and support this NEW show, and show your support for these three hard-working clubs! • 47

BC Draft Under Saddle Club By Joslin Sanderson


pring has blossomed and we have been busy as bees planning the summer ahead. We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Wide Ride Program. The program is designed to log hours for time spent in the saddle whether you are trail riding, having a lesson, or attending a show your hours will get logged and counted towards the Wide Ride Program. The member with the most hours at the end of the program

will receive an award. Secondly we are pleased to announce that once again we will be presenting two open shows at the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Country Fest. The first show, being held on Saturday July 27, is an open breed jumping show. There will also be warm-up rounds on July 26th. On Sunday July 28, we will be presenting an open English/Western show followed by a few games. It has always been a

great show and again we mention it is open to all breeds and skill levels. There will be limited overnight stabling available so get your entries in fast. For more information on both the Wide Ride Program and the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Country Fest horse show, please visit our website at www.bcdraftundersaddleclub. com

Wild Rose Draft Horse Association By Bruce Roy


pring brings Heavy Horse events into focus. June 1-2 the Wild Rose Draft Horse Field Day; May 3-4 the Wild Rose Draft Horse Sale; and June 29-July 1 the Central Alberta Draft Horse Classic. This last event is a preview of the Calgary Stampede’s spectacular Heavy Horse Show, where the Calgary’s Philharmonic Orchestra’s offers the rousing music for the performance classes. To date the Central Alberta Draft Horse Classic has drawn Belgians, Clydesdales, Percherons and Shires from California, Montana, New York, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. They have shown against horses from Alberta, BC, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Several of the best known hitches and breeding horses on the continent have been included in this number. Pulling horses from across Western Canada are also seen at Olds. Spectators follow the Youth Classification at Olds with interest. The skill manifest in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Decorating, Showmanship and Judging classes always comes as a surprise. The Youth Cart and Team, Driven by a Youth always cause excitement ringside. Many competitors will have been schooled by Brian & Colleen Coleman at their popular weekend clinics for young draft horse enthusiasts. Graduates of these classes have won international honours, albeit in decorating, showmanship, judging and performance classes at the national and international level. Visit:

The class of yearling Clydesdale fillies at Olds 2012. At the year’s end the winner was Grand Champion Mare at Toronto’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

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2013 Wild Rose Draft Horse Sale


roke teams at the 2013 Wild Rose Draft Horse Sale, held on the fairgrounds at Olds, May 3-4, sparked a roaring trade. Over 300 prospective buyers were issued a buyer’s number, which was a record for this public auction. David Carson, Carson Farms & Auction of Listowel, Ontario; Fred McDiarmid of Veteran AB and Miles Wowk of Beauvallon AB, were the auctioneers. Kudos to Bob Lewis of Bowden AB, Chairman of the Wild Rose Draft Horse Association Sale Committee. Thanks to this volunteer’s enthusiastic leadership and organizational skills, members of the Wild Rose Draft Horse Association assisted by family and friends, ensured the sale’s success. Horsemen from Alberta, BC, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan, Colorado, Nebraska and Washington were in attendance. They filled the Megadome for the Driving Preview held on Friday afternoon. Friday evening tack, collars, harness, etc. sold, as it did early Saturday morning. The large consignment of horse drawn vehicles and equipment followed. Saturday at 1:00 p.m., the horses came under David Carson’s hammer. The seventy-one draft horses sold averaged $1,707.00. There were five no sales. High seller was $4,300 x 2 - Barney and Prince, 9-year-old Percheron geldings. Sold to Bill McFadden, Vulcan AB; consigned by Miles Wowk, Beauvallon AB.

Freedom Majestic Step Above (Frenchie), 6-year-old, bay Clydesdale gelding sold for $3,500 to Albert & Lori Newhook, Calgary AB; consigned by Gordon & Fay Campbell, Fawcett AB.

Diamond Echo Flash, 3-year-old, black Percheron gelding sold for $3,500 to Brian Coleman & Bruce A. Roy, Didsbury & Cremona AB; consigned by Sean & Meggin Phillips and Son, Didsbury AB.

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Alberta Donkey & Mule Club By Marlene Quiring


ur Demo team of Mules at the Mane Event in Red Deer this spring were in fine form! Terry Aris and his well-trained 4-up of Mules performed figure 8’s, tight circles and maneuvers while Les Sjorgren and his versatile Mule Katie did spins and sliding stops to the delight of the crowds. Sixteen year old Nicole Kroetsch and her huge 17.2HH Warmblood Mule Doug also thrilled the audience with jumping demonstrations, with saddle, and without! Nicole’s ability to vault onto Doug bareback was also a show stopper. Sue Wensink and her agile Mule Squidge rounded out the team and even turned out in costume for the final demo. Quickly following the Mane Event was the start of our Jerry Tindell Clinics throughout Alberta and there will be photos and reports in future news. There’s no doubt that we will be going full steam ahead with all the events we have planned for the summer. June 15-16, we invite ALL BREEDS to our second annual ALL EQUINE SHOW at the Ag Grounds at Nanton AB. For a class list or information on more of our events please go to our website

Equine Canada Update Canadian Athletes Carter and Madison Park’s Remarkable Return After a two year absence from international competition Kyle Carter, currently riding out of Citra, FL, and his longtime partner, Madison Park, his 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, made a remarkable return to Eventing at the CIC 3*Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials held May 17-19, in Fairburn, GA.

Para-Equestrian Sheffield Competes for Canada Para-Equestrian athlete, Roberta Sheffield, represented Canada for the first time at the CPEDI3* in Mannheim, DE, May 3-7th, 2013 and most recently at the CPEDI3* in Roosendaal, NL, May 15-18, 2013. Sheffield started her international career in 2012 riding for Great Britain and now competes for Canada.

CDI 3* Angelstone Spring Dressage Tournament Canada was host to a CDI 3* Dressage competition during the Angelstone Spring Dressage Tournament, held May 17-19 in Acton, ON. The highlight of the competition was the Ogilvy Equestrian FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, held in front of a packed audience HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

on Saturday night. Gary Vander Ploeg from King City, ON, came out on top with a score of 68.75% aboard Degas, a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Jean Vander Ploeg.

The following athletes were awarded $2,500: Allegra Hohm (23) of Edmonton AB Brooklyn Mcdonald (14) of Olds AB Bryelle Steffen (18) of Kingston ON

Canada’s Fortmuller in the Ribbons

CSI 2* Balmoral

Pia Fortmuller of Priddis, AB, currently residing and training in Germany, earned impressive results at the CDI3* Radzionkow, Poland May 3-5. Fortmuller and Orion, her 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding sired by Jazz, took on a highly competitive field in Sunday’s FEI Grand Prix Freestyle where the duo’s impressive performance earned them the second place ribbon with a final score of 71.375%; only one of two 70.0% scores awarded by the judges in that class.

Canada’s Rebecca McGoldrick (currently residing in West Tisbury, MA, USA) continued her European competition schedule with the CSI 2* Balmoral, held May 15-17 in Belfast, IRE. Riding Cuba Libre, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion owned by Debbie McGoldrick, she went up against a solid field of international riders, taking eighth place in the €4,000 Connolly’s Red Mills International Stakes, as well as 11th in the €2,000 Clive Richardson Ltd. International Top Score. For further details and full results, go to www. CSI 2* Bow Valley Classic II Both veteran and up-and-coming jumping riders flocked to Calgary, AB from May 15-19 for the CSI 2* Bow Valley Classic II-one of multiple CSI-level competitions to be hosted by Canadian Olympian John Anderson’s Rocky Mountain Show Jumping facility this season. To view complete results and learn about upcoming tournaments, visit

Dressage Canada Announces Bursary Recipients

We are pleased to announce the successful athletes selected as recipients of the Dressage Canada Bursary and Dressage Canada Youth Bursary Awards. Supported by the Dressage Canada Levy Fund the Bursary Program recognizes the difficulty athletes face as they strive to continue their dressage education. The Program was developed to encourage athletes to accomplish their goals in the sport of dressage. • 49

Vernon & District Riding Club Ask Suzi! How to Compete with the Big Guys? Hi Suzi: I love the horse world and all the shows, but it seems that everything is so expensive and with a minimum wage job, I can’t do much. I would love to be like the ladies you see in the major shows, but I just can’t get there. I have a horse that I know could get me there, I just need a grant, scholarship, etc. to go all the way. Any suggestions? – Mary Hi Mary, How do you compete with deep pockets when your own pockets are rather shallow? You have to use what you do have... not wish for what you don’t have. I suggest that you consider working for a horse professional in your area as an assistant or part time assistant to learn the ins and outs of horse show biz, or at the very least, do a home-study course to learn what you need to know to be competitive. The truth of the matter is, when you are competing in something that is as completely subjective as horse shows, you really need to understand that you have to conform to the standard, more or less. You can buy high quality second hand tack and apparel and still look rather good - but again, you have to look like a winner, and first off, you have to figure out what a winner looks like! Read breed journals and watch as many shows as you can to get an idea of the style both you and your horse need to conform to. Thanks for writing. - Suzi Vlietstra

Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable.

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By Judith Olson


t was California North on May 4-5 as riders schooled hunters and jumpers in the sunshine at the VDRC. In the adjacent ring, dressage riders practiced tests and received helpful comments from judges Sharon Piazza and Suzanne Wallace. Show season is full on with the Hunter Jumper show on June 8-9, and the Dressage Show on July 5-7. We have new caterers for the EC shows and are looking forward to some gourmet menu options. The Hunter Jumper show is a BCHJA Alex Schoenberg warms up for Point Show this year and Fox Springs Farm is once again Clear Rounds at the VDRC HJ sponsoring the $500 Derby late on Saturday afternoon. It is and Dressage Practice Days. our feature event and we encourage spectators to drop in to 8408 Aberdeen Road to check out the happenings. Western Dressage is coming to the Annual Dressage Show in July! Entering our events just got a whole lot easier as we now take Visa/Mastercard and debit cards. Judy Olson can be reached at regarding the Hunter Jumper Show and Bonnie Derry at for the Dressage Show. For more info on the VDRC activities, visit www. or our Facebook page. The VDRC has a new well. We hit the jackpot at 100 ft with artesian pressure and lots of water for all our irrigating needs. We ask that riders be patient as irrigation lines and sprinklers continue to be modified. A big thank you to Horse Council BC for contributing to our Club in the form of Participation, Zone and Core Grant Funding. We have financial support for both the Sandra Sokoloski and Brian Jensen clinics. Zone funding will be used to replank our bleachers and the generous Core Grant Funding will contribute to the purchase of a new dressage ring. Member Kathy Velocci tells us the ‘Crony Club’ has been progressing well and having loads of fun. Thirteen ‘cronies’ have signed up and are learning about Western Dressage, Mountain Trail and de-spooking and more to come!

Oliver Riding Club By Kathy Malmberg


e’ve had a busy month and are looking forward to more of the same. Participants are really enjoying the jumping clinics with Carrie Fisher. They all seem to be getting a lot out of the clinics and an added bonus is that the classes are kept to a minimum of 2-4 people. All of our club clinics are a really good deal - just $20 a person for club members - this includes ‘Improve Your Skills’ sessions with Ken MacRae (Western) and Carolyn Tipler (English); Jumping skills with Carrie; Trail challenges, Rider challenges and more. Many of us enjoyed Ken MacRae’s ‘Spring Tune-Up’ at the D Bar K Ranch. It was 2 jampacked days - we all spent the whole day in the ring together and even had a short trail ride to go play in the water. Great stuff. Our first Trail Challenge of the year was really well-attended. Ken set out a great course with challenges for all levels. Everyone had a great time and we were all pleased with how well our horses progressed throughout. We have club vests, hats and badges for sale to members - very reasonable. Contact our pres - Max Alexander 250-497-5199 or We have a dressage schooling show coming up June 9. Chris was very happy to get Katia Heines to judge. We are all looking forward to that and I am looking forward to watching those horses dance! Anna-Maria Robinson has organized CDART training sessions for us. She is delighted that she had so many people sign up - she had to add a second session! It will be reassuring to have so many horsey people qualified to help if we should have a fire or other disaster. Our meetings are in our club house at the D Bar K on the 3rd Thursday of each month. See you there! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club By Kristi Rensby


ur first gymkhana of the year was held at Liz Kemppainen’s place in Burns Lake, and it was a really fun event! The weather had cooled off some from the week before, which was great as the temperatures were more manageable for the riders and horses alike. Fourteen riders entered the various events (Keyhole, Scud A Ho, Scurry, Polebending, and Barrels) in three divisions (over 14, 14 and under, and leadline) to try for the fastest time of the day. The leadline classes are especially fun to watch as the rider can only go as fast as the leader - and some of those patterns are pretty long for a person on foot! The most challenging class of the day was the TC Special, which had seven “no times” until the very last rider, Jessica, managed to get a time and win the jackpot! We had two “dishonourable dismounts” (Mark and Hannah) but the kids were tough and climbed back in the saddle. Four-year-old Nicole provided the spectators with some entertainment when 30-yearold “Shady” cantered on the way home - while on the leadline! Nicole giggled very loudly whenever Shady went fast which, in turn, had the spectators laughing along! Horse Council BC provided us with a promo pack for our event, and we used some of the items for door prizes, which were won by Zane and Molly. Thank you Horse Council BC for your support! Many thanks to our volunteers - Elaine, Terry-Ann, Eric, Sharon, Liz, Caitlyn, Kristi and also to our LDSS group of volunteers - Brittanie, Miranda, Molly, Sky and Samantha! We couldn’t have had such a great event without your help!

The next gymkhana will be held July 21 and everyone is welcome. There will be three gymkhanas this year for our riders to qualify for the Northwest Invitational Championship Gymkhana being hosted in Fraser Lake on Reagan and Ridia September 14. The next TCSC event will be the Schooling Show and Clinic, set for June 15-16 at the TCSC Grounds. This schooling show offers lots of one-on-one help from the judge and features an English day and a Western day. More information on the TCSC and our events at www. and on Facebook, or by email at torikari@, or call Kristi 250-692-5721.

Mikahla and Strawberry

Nicole and Shady (Mom Amanda is leading)

Spruce Ridge Pony Club Spring Show By Steven Dubas


e held our 2013 Spring Warm-Up show on May 10-12, at the Prince George Agriplex. Dressage tests were conducted in the indoor arena which began on Friday and continued on Saturday. Jumping was held in the outdoor arena on Saturday, and Sunday hack classes were conducted inside while the outdoor arena held the medal classes. This year saw the inclusion of paraequestrian riders competing in all events. These competitors are participants from the Prince George Therapeutic Riding Association. Being the first time these classes were presented for a horse show, safety was of primary concern; all riders had aides that walked alongside the riders while the horse was led. The highest levels of jumps were trotting poles. This was the first opportunity for these riders to participate in such an event and the riders were very proud of their achievements. There were several classes which were BC Heritage and BC Summer Games Qualifiers. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

On Sunday, a medal round was run involving a flat class, gymnastic and jump rounds.

DRESSAGE CHAMPIONS Senior: Jodie Kennedy Baker Reserve: Carolyn Dobbs Junior: Myranda Dickson Reserve: Quinlan Nowoczin Youth: Natasha Grapes Reserve: Tegan Payne MEDAL WINNERS Gold: Kate Dickson Silver: Kally Cowan Bronze: Natasha Grapes Sportsmanship Award: Erika Harvey Volunteer Award: Chris Carter

OVERALL CHAMPIONS Best of Show (tie): Andrea Dobbs and Susanne McLeod Senior: Susannne McLeod Junior: Kate Carter Reserve: Mackenzie Ostberg Pony Club: Andrea Dobbs Reserve: Natasha Grapes Youth: Andrea Dobbs Reserve (tie): Natasha Grapes and Tegan Payne Beginner: Kate Carter Reserve: Emira De Croos Itty Bitty: Kate Carter Reserve: Brooklyn Hamhuis THERAPEUTIC CHAMPION Nathan Seifert Reserve: Miranda Bester JUMPING CHAMPIONS Senior: Kate Dickson Reserve: Kally Cowan Junior: Mackenzie Ostberg Reserve: Myranda Dickson Youth: Jayme Phibbs Reserve: Natasha Grapes HACK CHAMPIONS Senior: Lianne Bunting Reserve: Carolyn Dobbs Junior: Myranda Dickson Reserve: Mackenzie Ostberg Para-equestrian rider is Nathan Youth: Tegan Payne Seifert (10) with (L-R): Kylee, Reserve: Andrea Dobbs

Medal Winners: Kate Dickson (19) of Burns Lake; Kally Cowan (23) of Burns Lake; and Natasha Grapes (15) of Quesnel

leading horse Nora, and Wanda, therapeutic riding instructor • 51

Speed, Agility, Precision at TSC By Marty Cox


ay was a busy month at the Totem Saddle Club in Terrace BC… Gymkhanas, CR Days, % Days and a Spring Schooling Show. Wow! How’s that for busy? For Speed: The gymkhanas saw lots of fast times: Barrels - 16.262 by Master-Lyn Rempel with Whisper; Jr A - 17.287 by Danielle Sexton and Cody; Jr B - 19.557 by Meagan Glawe with Whimsy; Jr C - 21.045 by Justin Rempel with his new horse this year Pixie; and Jr. D - 19.639 by Tatum Long with Tabbu. Pretty speedy! Other times included Lyn Rempel fastest in Scurries - 9.122, Flag - 9.244, and Fig 8 - 18.409. Fastest time in Keyhole was Jocelyn Benoit with Cheeki - 9.233. For Agility: Clear Rounds with Danielle Sexton riding Fly to the Highest Jump at 3’. Danielle and Fly also had the highest points for the day at 28. Jocelyn Benoit and Cheeki had a good day with 22 and a height of 2’, and Shaydon LeBlond and Duke had a 20 with a

height of 2’. Great jumping! For Precision: % Days with Shaydon LeBlond achieving a 51.3% and a 54.5%. A lot more riders but I am missing some of the results. Thanks to Michalla Heighington for judging and Josie Jennis for scribing. And we had the first of our Schooling Show Series with Judge Lillian EvaniewPhelan. We had a great time and as a schooling show we learned a lot. Ariel Evans

Hi Point riders included: Dressage - Michalla Heighington Senior - Terri Cameron Junior A - Elise Theriault Junior B - Ariel Evans Reining - Maureen Rowlett Wanna Be - Alice Sexton 1st yr rider - Aysha

Thanks to all our riders and supporters—on to June with more fun and events.

Abby Watson

Justin Rempel and Pixie

Danielle Sexton

Great Weather at Rock Creek Poker Ride By Ann Rexin


he Rock Creek Poker Ride was held May 19 and hosted by the Rock Creek and Boundary Fair Association. Thirty four riders with their horses hailed from the Okanagan, the Boundary and Grand Forks. The furthest traveller came from Vernon. The youngest rider was seven, the oldest was urumph, 75+. The riders started off at 9:30, each setting their own pace, as this was not a race… the cards are always waiting at the stations. The whole idea is to enjoy, suck back the pure fresh air, and wallow in the scenic beauty of the countryside. With the well-marked trails, no one got lost, only one rider got tossed, luckily no serious injuries. Once back to camp, the group savoured the tasty burgers and hot dogs expertly cooked by the Kettle River Lions. While the cards were being scored, music was provided by Wilf Carlton on his own handmade guitar, a beautiful tone. The winners… Scott Bowie, Brandi Anthony, Brenda Miskimmon, Cindi Paul, Sabrina Anthony, Coleen Black, Joanne Rooke, Linda Hamilton, Sarah Hewer, Reine Fossen, Bill Powell, Lynn Paul, Bob Rooke, James Black, Kadancie Anthony, Sandy Laing, Doug Fossen, Les Jackman all picked their prizes from the many collected, then numbers were drawn for those less fortunate to have pulled a good hand. Everyone received a Rock Creek Poker Ride ribbon 52 • Saddle Up • June 2013

and an invitation to come back next year. Huge thank yous go out to Lynn and Del Paul, Ross Elliot and Darryl Wenzel for marking the trails, Dennis Culic, Rick Ewing and Ted Rexin for manning the stations, Del Paul for the water station up the hill and providing the radios, Norma Tilgner and Pat Uglik for helping to register everyone, Vern Rexin for taking care of the shelter in case of rain, Wilf Carlton for the music, Les Jackman and Bill Bosovich for scoring the hands, The Kettle River Lions for providing/cooking the food, Scot Petrie, grounds manager for coming out to set up the water trough on Friday night, Nathan and Alta for moving all the tables, Wilf, Ted and Laura for helping to clean up, to Bill Baird, RDKB Cindi Paul, from Westbridge, and her for funding the event, and to daughter Selina behind her. all of our other very generous sponsors, and the Kettle River Horse Trails Association. And a HUGE thank you to YOU the participants that make this all worthwhile! Look for our event next year, same weekend, invite your friends! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover and I was named to the regional club committee after the convention last fall. Jodie will be heading to Fort Worth from the Zone 2 show in Utah. Dianne and Calli Rouse are also Utah-bound with their World Champion mare, Chansation. Dianne has been riding Chani at the circuits this spring and had some stellar performances in Hunter under Saddle at the Spanaway show. Calli will be making her amateur debut on Chani in Utah. President Cathy Glover Vice Pres. Natalie Hall APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore

Spring Circuit highlights It was a small but fun Paint show blessed with incredible weather during the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association’s Spring Circuit, May 2-5, at Thunderbird in Langley. We counted only about 15 Paints, which made points a little hard to come by - APHA’s new half-point rule was another well-timed blessing for this circuit - but we think everyone was very pleased with their high point awards. High point amateur went to Washingtonbased BC Paint member Christina Frost with RJ Stylin in Red. Reserve went to club treasurer Dianne Rouse and Ima Special Delivery. Devon Smith rode her new horse, Ima Sierra Surprise, purchased earlier this year from Val Dacyk in Armstrong, to win the high point novice award, narrowly winning over Julie Jensen and JD Warbucks, who were reserve. Alex Barber rode Sonnys Gone Zippin to win the youth all ages high point over Emma Schellenberg and All Reddy Smoke N; in novice youth, Victoria McGowan rode Ritzy Business to squeak out her sister, Alexa, who rode Leos Cajun Indio to win the reserve high point in that division. The McGowan sisters are joining BC Paint this year and we hope to see them at the “Back-to-Basics” show in Delta, July 28. Lynda Watkins was the lone amateur walk-trot and rode Rusty White Diamond to win the high point for that division. There were no qualifiers for either the senior or junior horse divisions, but it was certainly nice to see a bunch of different exhibitors winning awards.

South of the border

Several BC Paint members have been cruising south of the border to APHA shows in Washington and Oregon this spring and are coming home with reports of big classes and HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Avery Caron and Amaretto Waltz.

lots of competition. Little Avery Caron, who trains with Moore Performance Horses out of Langley, rode Kirsten Chamberland’s Desis on the Street to win the youth walk-trot high point at a big show in Spanaway in late April, and we have some awesome pictures of her riding Amaretto Waltz in all-breed walk-trot at LMQ’s Spring Circuit. Daniella Penaloza and Dirty McLeaguer have been consistently topping the novice youth division at the circuits down south. She was high point novice youth at the first show down in Albany, Oregon, in March and was novice youth and reserve youth 14-18 at the second show there. At Spanaway, she was reserve high point for novice and youth 14-18. The Penalozas, along with the Chamberlands, are headed to the Pinto World Championship Show, June 10-22 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then on to the Paint Youth World Show, June 29-July 6 in Fort Worth, Texas, with trainer Jodie Moore. Kirsten Chamberland is riding two horses: Surenuf Sensational will tackle the hunter classes, while A Sexy Sensation will do a little bit of everything from showmanship to western horsemanship and even some jumping. You can watch the AjPHA World Show online as it happens. Go to and follow the links once the show gets underway at the end of the month.

No rest…

It’s going to be a busy two months for our APHA director, Jodie Moore. She and I are headed to the APHA Workshop, May 30-June 1, in Fort Worth, where we’ll be lobbying for support for a rule change recommendation that would allow novice amateur and amateur walk-trot exhibitors to ride horses they don’t own. Jodie sits on APHA’s youth committee

On the home front

Entries have been coming in daily now for our “Back-to-Basics” Okanagan show in Pritchard, June 8. Lyle Jackson and Andrea Gutman from Alberta are judging and we are looking forward to a good turnout of Paint exhibitors from around the province. We’re very impressed with the support so far for our Children’s Wish Foundation fundraiser. For every $10 you contribute to CWF, either with your BC Paint membership or your B2B show entries, or independently of both, your name will be entered in a draw to win one of two awesome prizes - one awarded at each B2B show. Last year, we gave away a spectacular 50th anniversary silver buckle from APHA and we’re working hard to come up with something equally amazing for this year’s draws. If you’d like to enter but won’t be at either show, email me and we’ll make it happen! Be sure to take pictures and let us know if you’re participating at a Provincial Wish trail ride on your Paint, too. Some rides have already taken place but CWF’s new fundraising co-ordinator Kristina Murray tells me there are rides scheduled for June 1 in Merritt, June 15 in Revelstoke and July 7 in Kelowna. The entry deadline for the Three-in-One show in Smithers, July 12-14, is July 3. You’ll be able to access the class lists and entry forms from our website ( Barb Bowerbank tells us that the all-breed classes at this circuit are all APHA PAC-approved and BC Paint will be sponsoring an award for the high point Paint in the all-breed division. We’re looking forward to meeting many of you at the shows, starting with B2B on July 8. Stay in touch with us on Facebook and do check the website for updates! • 53

South Central Quarter Horse Association

2012/13 SCQHA Board of Directors: President: Marion Szepat-Tait 250-459-2050, Vice President: Cathie Cross 250-546-8538 Secretary: Karla Dewhurst 250-459-2050 Treasurer: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541

SCQHA - BCQHA Representatives: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Roger Smeeton 250-573-2541 Directors: Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Roger Smeeton 250-573-2541

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2013 Sept 13-15: SCQHA Fall AQHA Show Circuit, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong BC Newest SCQHA Platinum Sponsor

Cascadia Pacific Realty Box 505, Little Fort BC V0E 2C0 P 604 638 1802 F 250 677 4480,

Devin Coe Armour riding Jake

Charlene Brewer riding Indigo

SCQHA Fuzzy Clinic/Schooling Show – May 11 We couldn’t have asked for a better day to have our Annual Clinic/Show… beautiful weather, excited exhibitors and a team of experienced and enthusiastic volunteers. The day was filled with one-on-one personal instruction and individual pointers from our exceptional judge Carrie Humphrey-Peace. Thank you so much Carrie for taking this task on and for doing such an outstanding job! Every single participant went home having had a good time and learning many new skills and pointers! HUGE thanks to our other volunteers, Carmen Letawski, Belinda March, Lynnette Schmidt and our volunteer photographer Sara Vey. HUGE thank you to SCQHA hero… Wally Goertz for once again coming to our rescue and getting us wired and heard.

Gail Howard and Sweety Lynn

Shelby Coe Armour riding Zips Last Chance

Calling All Ranch Horses! SCQHA is thrilled to be hosting AQHA Ranch Horse classes and Open All Breed Ranch Horse classes at our Fall AQHA Circuit in Armstrong this year. This will be an opportunity for real working Ranch Horses to participate in an AQHA class and in Open All Breed classes designed to showcase the skills of these outstanding working athletes. Further and complete details will be coming in the next edition of Saddle Up and as well can be found on the SCQHA website page

*All clinic/show photos taken by Sara Vey*

Joni Miskovich and Pearls N Denim

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Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Terri Brown and Mellissa Buckley Officers & Directors 2013

Photos by Sally Rees

President: Michelle Charleston, Vice Pres: Lynda Harrison Secretary: Haidee Landry, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:


Paton and Martin Seminar Night n May 1, one of our fabulous sponsors, Paton and Martin Veterinary Services, hosted a seminar night by donation with LMQHA as the recipient. The evening was open to anyone who was interested in the compelling subjects; refreshments were served and a good time was had by all. LM Vice President Lynda Harrison and member Anita Klein were our ambassadors for the event, on hand to promote our organization and answer any questions. The talks covered were THE FOOT and FOOTING: “The Intricacies of Foot-Related Lameness” - Dr. Eric Martin spoke about how difficult it can be to diagnose lameness in a horse, the variety of diagnostic equipment that is available to their clients, and how each piece of equipment functions in regards to finding the problem and assisting veterinarians with their diagnosis and possible resolution of the lameness. “Footing and How It Relates to Lameness Issues” - Dr. Antonio Cruz spoke about different forms of footing that horses are subjected to, such as sand and synthetic footing, and some of the problems due to not having any standard testing that can prove one form of footing is better than another, as well as how the landing impact on the horse’s lower limbs from running, jumping, etc., on these surfaces can cause lameness issues. Heartfelt thanks to Paton and Martin Veterinary Services for their generosity to the community - for both providing these talks, and for facilitating fundraising opportunities to local organizations such as ours. It was an honour to be involved. May Circuit The sun was shining brightly as we kicked off our first circuit of 2013. The move in day was highlighted by our wonderful hospitality sponsored by M & M Quarter Horses. Our president did not disappoint with an amazing ham and Mark’s ever-famous, mouth-watering salmon. The spread of fixings and goodies for dessert left everyone with a very full belly... just in time to finish banding and attempt to prepare to show bright and early! Show Manager Rod Ash kept the show running smoothly, as always, and of course he couldn’t do it alone. Our show staff for 2013 are a wonderful group of people; Glenn Massey, our announcer, better known as the voice of LMQHA, is joined by ring stewards Marnie Gigliotti and Jacqui Schultz, as well as whippers-in Fay Christie and Anna Billings. Kathie Mackenzie did an amazing job in the office and without this hard-working bunch our shows would not be so exhibitor friendly. They prove every day that a smile goes a long way! Stakes Winners: Non Pro Versatility: Tina Maynard and Oughta Be Western Green Horse Western Pleasure: Tina Maynard and Oughta Be Western Green Horse Hunter under Saddle: Beverly Anderson with BMQ Sweet Talkin Max Youth Hunt Seat Equitation: Jessica Heikes with Too Good for Words

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Some of our All-Around Winners: Walk-Trot 11 and Under: Taya Bath and A Buck A Dimension Novice Youth: Ellie Gerbrandt and Zips Classical Image Youth: Jessica Heikes and Too Good For Words Novice Amateur and Amateur: Tina Maynard and Oughta Be Western Select: Carol Walton and A Little Reality High Point Halter Mare: STS Shez Way Cool High Point Halter Gelding: Irwins Lil Bit Purdy

As well as these we also awarded a full slate of APHA and All-Breed All-Arounds and Reserve in All. A huge thank you to all of our sponsors who make these wonderful awards possible. Up Next: West Coast Summer Classic Mark your calendars... July 18-21 is the date of our second circuit. This circuit hosts our ever-popular Class Awards. Welcoming AQHA and All-Breed competitors to come out and ride for a prize. Tons to be won and sure to be fun! Perhaps try our newest class this year, Ranch Horse Pleasure, or give trail a try. Our trail courses are designed by one of the best course designers around - Tracy Olney. If class awards weren’t enough, how about some cash? Our stakes for July are Open Hunter under Saddle, Novice Only Horsemanship, Pro/Am Trail and 2-year-old Walk-Jog Western Pleasure. All these stakes are $375 added so come out and have some fun, enjoy our hospitality and experience the thrill of showing at one of the best facilities in North America. In Other News Come join in! Visit the LMQHA page on for upcoming events and general membership meeting dates. Have any news? Contact Mellissa at mellissa1@ or Terri at triplebquarterhorses@; we would be happy to include you! • 55

Endurance Riders Association of BC


ne of the (many!) fun aspects of endurance Officers & Directors 2011 riding is the playing President -June Melhuish VP - vacant field that Junior Riders Secretary - Lori Bewza (under 15 years old) and Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Senior Riders share in Directors: Louise Abbott competition. Although Elaine Bessuille Junior Riders must travel Terre O’Brennan their miles accompanied by Brenda Miskimmin Fred Dzida, an adult rider, there really Christine Voglmaier, is no “kiddie class” in Katrin Levermann, endurance riding - the pace and distance of Juniors is exactly the same as for adults, and their horses must be responsibly ridden to complete the 25 or 50 or 100 miles in a condition “fit to continue,” just as any Senior. The Endurance Riders Association of BC takes this opportunity to present one junior rider’s thoughts on endurance riding, and hopes that future time and space in this article will introduce you to others - all amazing competitors! My name is Katya Levermann. I’m almost 14 years old and I live in British Columbia’s Cariboo. I started riding at the age of three and, at five, I rode in the show ring. I had a special teacher in my chestnut Arabian gelding, named Skeeter, who helped me to become a good rider. I showed with him for about three years. Skeeter and Katya - the beginning My mom rode her first endurance ride in 2006. It didn’t take long for me and my sister Anya to get interested and talk our mom into letting us ride endurance, too. In 2008, I completed my very first ride at Skimikin Lake on Nero. From that day on, I was hooked on endurance riding. I did my first 50 mile ride when I was 10 at the Ride over the Rainbow in the summer of 2009 on Jamil. I often help my mom to train and work our horses. She did let me start Salvador, a beautiful chestnut with flaxen mane. I rode him for his first endurance ride that summer. Together with my mom and my sister Anya, the three of us became a real endurance team. We travelled and rode all over the North West region, which includes British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Western Montana. My favourite rides will always be the Owyhee rides in Idaho, hosted by Stephanie Teeter. I wouldn’t want to miss her rides for anything in the world. I have ridden many different horses from different people. My favourite horse is our little grey gelding, called Tootsie, who is the toughest horse I know. He eats anything from cheese sandwiches to potato chips or gummy bears. He drinks water out of the faucet with his head upside down. He is lots of fun. Tootsie will become Anya’s horse this year. We’ve had a lot of adventures together, including getting chased by a wild stallion at the Bandit Springs ride in Oregon, and having our 56 • Saddle Up • June 2013

Parker and Katya

Katya and new horse Draco

awning ripped off the trailer in the middle of the highway just before Milwaukie, OR. We also had an accident happen when another vehicle crashed into our rig last year. Our trailer flipped with three horses in it. We got all of our horses out of the trailer wreckage but one horse died afterwards. To replace that horse, we bought a chestnut gelding whom we named Draco. It was my job to get him going in endurance riding. I grew to love riding Draco, but it wasn’t easy. He is very Katya in Idaho spooky and does sudden 360-degree turns. He also bucked me off several times. Once, I had to walk about one and a half miles back to camp because he ran off after he slid and I fell with him. This year, I am finally old enough to enter FEI. It had always been my dream to compete for the Canadian Young Rider’s team in Kentucky. To make that dream possible, my mom and I flew down to the SE region twice and leased horses. I got one FEI 1* in South Carolina and one FEI 2* in Florida, so far. In May, we have planned another trip and this time I am going to participate in the Biltmore Challenge in North Carolina. A whole bunch of Canadians will go there together. That should be fun. (Update: Katya and her Ontario mount, Parker, successfully completed the 75 Mile FEI Biltmore Challenge on May 4. She finished first junior and seventh overall out of around 40 riders. Congratulations!) My mom and two of her endurance friends will host an endurance ride this year in August in 100 Mile House. It’s called “The Cariboo Gold Rush Express.” I’m very excited. I know managing a ride is a lot of work and my sister and I will help to organize it! See you all on the trail! CLUB CALENDAR ( for complete listing) June 15: Iron Horse Ride, Summerland; register online before June 1 June 29: Magic Mountain, Merritt (FEI/Endurance Canada); register online before June 21 July 13: Last Chance Mountain, Westbank; register online before June 29 July 27: High Sage, Cache Creek; register online before July 15

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC By Anna-Maria Robinson, Okanagan Chapter none, so set out to buy fleeces and rain sheets. President: Ybo Plante, - 250-743-3356 The way I see it is this, Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 if I am going to tie my Vice President: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442 horses to an unsheltered Vice President: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Secretary: Catherine Davidson, - 250-337-4085 high-line, I’d better Treasurer & HCBC Director: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 make sure they are warm Past President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730 and dry. I was sure we were ready to take the plunge and, by mid-summer, we Horse Camping 101 headed off for our first camping trip with thought I had all my ducks in a row... It horses to the famed Lundbom Lake. all started a few years ago when a chapter There were no sites or corrals available of the BCHBC opened up in our area. I when we got there. Luckily, good friends (and didn’t know much about the Back Country Horsemen, but soon started to hear some great lifetime BCH members) were already set up and showed us a spot we could camp, tucked things. They liked trail riding, socializing away from all the other horses and campers. and seemed to be a great bunch of people. My We’d done it! We were horse-camping. It husband and I finally had to join after we were lured to a few social events. Those Backcountry was cold that evening, but I was prepared. I happily dressed the horses in their new fleeces Horsemen sure like socializing. at bedtime. We made sure they had lots of Living nearby, we ventured out to the hay in their slow feeder hay bags, too. Yup, I’d Rock Creek Rendezvous, sans horses, to see covered all the bases and we happily climbed what all the fuss was about. What fun! The venue and people were great, but the thing that into bed. Upon waking the next morning, I blearily really got our attention was the horse camp. We wandered around in awe of all the different peeked out the window to check on the horses. Imagine my shock when I noticed the bum of ways that horses can be accommodated while my husband’s blanketed horse disappearing camping. The ingenuity of some just boggled into the forest. I don’t think two our minds. people, in a very small camper We were still newbie horse owners but with two dogs afoot, have ever after attending Rendezvous at Rock Creek gotten dressed so fast and exploded the next year, again without horses, we were outside. My horse, seeing his buddy hooked. Horse camping was so cool and we going for a walk-about, was doing a wanted in. We briefly thought we could sleep great impression of a whirly-gig in in the back of our two-horse trailer, but being a hurricane. My hubby, thinking he on the wrong side of 50, we settled on an could just grab the halter and bring older 8-foot camper, with a toilet, of course. his horse back, raced off without Rendezvous 2011, here we come. A “dry” run with four dogs but still no horses. It snowed on a lead rope, but quickly returned when he discovered that his horse our way there. It was cold and rainy for much had slipped out of his halter. Meanwhile, my of the weekend and we loved it. We figured since we had survived all that, we must now be whirly-gig boy was turning himself into a tornado. Luckily, hubby and horse were soon almost ready to include the horses. back and we had a lovely day, riding in one of I’m the type of person that has to have the most beautiful places ever. everything right and if we were going to bring That night, before turning in, we checked the horses, I had to make sure I did the right and double-checked to make sure all the gear things for them. We set up a high-line at home was perfectly adjusted. My first peek outside in and got the horses and us familiar with the the morning assured me we had done it right. whole set up, including hanging the hay bags Both horses were standing quietly. However, correctly. We were unsure about the length when I took the dogs out for walkies, I noticed of the lead rope to tie on the swivels due to that my horses’ hay bag was still almost full. the huge variety we had seen at Rendezvous, Hmmm - not good. With fear in my heart, I so got help from BCH friends. Not normally watched him from a distance for any signs of a believer of putting clothes on horses, I had BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE


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colic as I waited for the dogs to finish. Imagine my relief, but also dismay, when I found his lead rope wound tightly around the hay bag. All that yummy hay, so close yet so far. I had messed up again. We sure learned a lot that first trip and have learned something every time we’ve ventured out with horses. I’ve learned that learning is part of the challenge and growth of having horses in our lives and look forward to our new adventures this year. Maybe this year those ducks will stay in a row once in a while. Ride safe and happy camping! • 57

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 Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2013 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Rob Everett (250) 305-7901 Directors: Ty Lytton (250) 396-7710 Neal Antoine (250) 457-5391 Derek Mobbs (250) 315-9498 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653 Gord Puhallo (250) 394-4034 Mike Gill (250) 315-9625 Allison Everett (250) 296-4778 Rob Everett (250) 305-7901 Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Laura James (250) 318-9430 Court Smith (250) 302-1176 Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391

BCRA 66TH ANNUAL KISPIOX VALLEY RODEO Hosted by the Kispiox Valley Rodeo Club JUNE 1-2, 2013 Committee Contact: Joy Allen (250) 842-6287 BCRA ASHCROFT STAMPEDE Hosted by the Ashcroft & District Rodeo Association JUNE 15-16, 2013 Committee Contact: Ernie Dobson (250) 457-9390 WIREA/BCRA ALKALI LAKE RODEO JUNE 22-23, 2013 Committee Contact: Bill Chelsea (250) 440-5897 BCRA BELLA COOLA RODEO ~ CHILCOTIN TOUR SERIES JUNE 29-30, 2013 Committee Contact: Heather Ross (250) 982-2208

2013 BCRA RODEO SCHEDULE June 1-2: 66th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox June 15-16: 52nd Ashcroft & District Stampede, Ashcroft June 21-22: PWRA/BCRA Colville, WA June 22-23: WIREA/BCRA Alkali Lake Rodeo (2–One Day Rodeo) June 29-30: 28th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo July 3-4: PWRA/BCRA Sedro Woolley, WA July 5-6: PWRA/BCRA Toppenish, WA July 6-7: Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake July 13-14: Valemount Rodeo July 13-14: Pritchard Rodeo – DATE CHANGE July 19-21: Quesnel Rodeo July 26-27: PWRA/BCRA Clayton, WA Aug 3-4: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Aug 3-4: Nemaiah Valley Rodeo, Nemaiah Aug 9-11: Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Aug 17-18: Redstone Rodeo, Redstone Reserve Aug 23-24: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Aug 24-25: PWRA Waterville, WA Aug 30-31: PWRA/BCRA Ritzville, WA Aug 30-Sept 1: PWRA/BCRA Monroe, WA Aug 30-Sept 2: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Sept 13-15: BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel

2013 Season Leader Saddle Sponsors 2013 Team Roping Season Leader Saddles 2013 Team Roping Finals Buckles GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Williams Lake, BC, 250-392-4024 Vanderhoof, BC, 250-567-4446

2013 Ladies Barrel Racing Season Leader Saddle Top 10 Ladies Barrel Finalists Jean Sponsor Committee Product Sponsor WRANGLER

2013 Steer Wrestling Season Leader Saddle 2013 Steer Wrestling Finals Champion Buckle REGENCY CHRYSLER Quesnel, BC, 1-888-726-4947

2013 Junior Steer Riding Saddle Kd Spiers, Vanderhoof, BC 2013 Junior Breakaway Saddle Rock Construction & Mining, Kamloops, BC 2013 FINALS CHAMPIONSHIP BUCKLE SPONSORS: Breakaway Roping – BCES Entry System Rookie Roughhorse Rider – Gene & Joy Allen, Kispiox Steer Wrestling – Regency Chrysler, Quesnel Heading/Heeling – Grassland Equipment Ltd. Pee Wee Barrel Racing – BAR E Contracting, R. & A. Everett Junior Breakaway – Quesnel Rodeo Club Junior Steer Riding – Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Association 2013 HORSE OF THE YEAR SPONSORS: Glen & Coleen Duggan – Barrel Horse of Year Green Mobile Veterinary Services – Breakaway Horse of Year Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic – Heeling Horse of Year Gus & Nita Cameron – Jr Barrel Horse of Year PMG Communications, P. Gerhardi - Steer Wrestling White Ranches, R. & A. Doug White - Jr. Breakaway Horse

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2013 CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: Cariboo Spurs & Tack, Williams Lake WL & District Credit Union, Williams Lake Don & Nance Macdonald, Williams Lake PMT Chartered Accountants, Williams Lake BC Livestock Producer Co-op Assn – Williams Lake Pinnacle Pellet 2013 FINALS JACKET SPONSORS: Kamloops Large Animal Vet Clinic Wrangler Regency Chrysler Grassland Equipment Ltd. 2013 BCRA RACK CARD SPONSORSHIP Irvine Tack & Trailers, Viking AB

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BC Interior Arabian Horse Association

The BC Interior Arabian Horse Association represents Arabian horse owners & enthusiasts from the Thompson & Nicola Valleys, the North Okanagan / Shuswap and Central / South Okanagan Kootenays. The interests of BCIAHA’s members are as diverse as our geographical area is large, with arabians & partbreds being involved in disciplines ranging from endurance, competitive trail, hunter / jumper, dressage, recreational riding as well as showing at the local, Class A, Regional & National levels. BCIAHA strives to offer programs, events and showing opportunities that appeal to each of our members no matter what their interest.

June news submitted by Tia Comer

2012 / 2013 Executive: President: Wally Goertz (250) 546-6004 Vice-President: Tia Comer (778) 754-1034 Sec /Treas / Membership: Dani Goldenthal (250) 832-4111 Promo / Flying Carpet: Dawn Heppner (250) 808-0738 High Point Awards: Michelle Baranow (250) 766-1582 Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson (250) 451-9417 Directors at Large: Jon Goldenthal, Lynn Higginbotham, Sheila Goertz

Check out our website at

Sometimes it is just about the LOVE & PURE JOY and nothing else... This is Tisha (Azur x Gai Juliana) she is 17 years old now and was selectively bred to be the next Western Pleasure Champion. She was born dysmature at 370 days and weighed 32 lbs and I had to give her mouth to nose resuscitation. She was called the miracle filly and had a little fight her first 2 weeks of life. She never made it into the Arabian show ring as her growth was stunted but has been our joy, from my daughter Alysha squeezing her tight, and now her son Kye has claimed her as HIS horse for many years to come. We have been blessed with many horses that have taken my daughter to National level and when the horse trailer would roll back to the farm there was always Tisha waiting to hear the stories from human and her horse family. “Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls, they give us hope.” - Toni Robinson

SHOW SEASON AND CLINICS ARE UPON US Unfortunately the Debbie Story Clinic at the end of May has been postponed, another date shall be posted. Is anyone interested in a Western Dressage or Dressage clinic?... with DJ Cairns who has shown at National and Open Level Dressage. We are looking at September or October. Please inquire with Donalda Marshall on our Facebook page, BC Interior Arabian Association. We are hosting a combined show on HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Saturday July 13 in Pritchard BC, with the BC Welsh Pony and Cob Association and BC Interior Morgan Horse Club. It’s called the “W.A.M. Pot O Gold Show.” There are open classes for all breeds as well as ‘breed specific’ classes. You can find out more and see the prize list on our website www. Region 17 Show Championship will be hosted at Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, July 22-27. An excellent venue to watch the Pure and Half Arabian from Western Canada and across the border strut their stuff and to get an insight into the different classes that the Arabian horse participates in at the show level. For more information go to www.region17. com.

FUN FACTS • The Bedouins chose the Arabian stallions for beauty and intelligence and always selected the mares for their courage and stamina. • Horses can’t burp, vomit or breathe through their mouths and with a oneway-street for digestion this unfortunately can lead to problems like colic. Cows and other ruminants can burp up their food and chew their cud to aide in digestion. Want to share some news or meet other Arabian enthusiasts? Go to the BC Interior Arabian Horse Association on Facebook and start there. Looking forward to hearing from you. If you have any news or photos to share of your Arabians in Saddle Up, please contact Dawn Heppner with details above. • 59

Book Review Under The Wire – Author, Julie White

Riding Through Fire – Author, Julie White

When Reid Widmark’s jockey mother takes a fall, their barn and the horses they train become Reid’s responsibility (at age 16). He’s fine with it: he was practically born on a horse, and he’s always been his mother’s right-hand man. He’ll hold the fort until she comes back, and then he’ll be back on track toward his own future as a jockey. Or so he thinks. Bit by bit, his life starts changing. People he thought were friends start taking over. His leg-up on Carmina, the best horse in his mother’s barn and his chance at the big stakes, is taken away. And when his mother comes back, she drops a bomb: she’s getting out of the jockey business and wants Reid to get out, too. Reid’s steaming mad and ready to take off when his new friend Ella steps in. She helps him see reason - then spots a big chance that may give Reid everything he’s dreamed of. Can he prove to everyone - his mother, their friends, and this unknown horse and her owners - that Reid has got what it takes to get in first under the wire? 184 pp • 5.25 x 7.75 ISBN 1-55039-198-5 • paper • $9.95 ages 10+

Faye Marsh is out show-jumping for Lawrence Devries, and twelveyear-old Kirsty’s still working for Lucy at the ranch. She doesn’t mind, really - she and her pony Lancelot would be nowhere without Lucy. So when Kirsty’s asked to help with a cattle round-up, she agrees, even though she’s nervous. This kind of riding is completely new. Can Lancelot handle it? Can Kirsty? It’s just bad luck that her round-up partner is fourteen-year-old Jesse, who treats her like an idiot. Jesse has had every advantage Kirsty can imagine: a family ranch, riding every summer. Why does he have such an attitude problem? Doesn’t he realize that Lancelot and Kirsty are new at this? Soon she’s steaming mad - and Jesse has disappeared. When she finds him, it’s too late: a forest fire is bearing down on them. In peril, Kirsty and Jesse have to cooperate - and trust the horse sense of the amazing Lancelot - to ride through the fire and to safety. 160 pp • 5.25 x 7.75 ISBN 1-55039-199-2 • paper • $9.95 ages 8 - 12

About the Author: Julie White has spent a lifetime riding and working with horses. She and her husband, a former jockey, live on a horse farm in Armstrong BC, where they raise and train Thoroughbreds for racing and jumping. An avid reader, Julie works part-time in a small library in the country that some of her customers travel to on horseback. Other published books include: The Secret Pony, and High Fences. All available at

Clubs & Associations Our members love their LONGEARS and want to share information with those interested. Club events: Clinics, Demonstrations, Trail Rides, Equine Shows and the famous ‘Tees Longears Show’ that has been running for over 20 years. or contact Alice Todd 403-646-2624 We welcome members from all provinces and the U.S. 6/14

ASHCROFT RODEO June 15-16, 2013 at 1 pm daily. Rodeo Dance June 15, 9pm-1am, featuring Ken McCoy Band. 3/14

Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all riders interested in trails and the back country. We strive to preserve trail access for all riders.

For info: or


Alberta Trail Riding Association ATRA is a vibrant club for recreational riders and drivers of all ages and horse breeds. 8/13

armstrong/enderby riding club  Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 2/14

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BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 5/14 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 9/13 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 4/14 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC Draft under saddle club.  Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 12/13 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 3/14 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-260-5344 10/13 HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Clubs & Associations BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 8/13 Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, BC Miniature Horse Club 8/13 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,


BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 6/14 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 5/14 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 6/13 CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid.,, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site:, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, President 604-530-8051 or 8/13

DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-328-3814 5/14 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 3/14 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 6/13

HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industry 2/14 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 12/13 Inland Draft & Teamsters Assoc. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 6/14 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 7/13 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 3/14 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Michelle Charleston, 604-857-2333,, 5/14


Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 604-910-3523 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 4/14

NORTHERN BC THERAPEUTIC RIDING & Animal Assisted Therapy - NBCTR & AAT,,, 250-983-4005 6/13 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC.  250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled  0 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Debbie House 250-498-4326,, 8/13 Peachland riding club  Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 5/14 PENTICTON RIDING CLUB Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-0397 5/14 Pine tree riding club (Kamloops)Michelle 250-573-5331, mtondevold@ Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, 8/13



FRASER VALLEY HUNT Meeting weekly during the hunting season for over 40 years 604.856.6170 or


GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154, 9/13

PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. 250-494-5057, 0 SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Cheri 250-573-2541, Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 4/14 TOTEM SADDLE CLUB, (Terrace, BC) Gymkhanas, Shows, CRD, Percentage Days, Cattle Sorting, Clinics, 7/13 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 4/14 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 3/14

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! Events and Clinics ALL on our website. Visit HCBC 2010 Business of the Year • 61

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FIRST AID COURSES are hands on with horses and cover: * Pain detection/prevention, *Lacerations/bandaging, *How to flush foreign bodies out of eyes, * Hoof puncture wounds, thrush, etc., * Digestive emergencies - colic, collapse, choke, * Poison, stings & bites, * What your vet needs to know when you call with an emergency, * Pantry solutions... and more To register for a clinic or to host one: contact Cindy Houghton 403-936-0221 4/14

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SVR ROYaL CHECKMaTE 1996 AQHA Perlino Stallion 100% dilute colour guarantee. Sire of 2012 PRC Barrel Saddle Series Champion, money earning barrel and team roping offspring. BaNDITOS GOLD DIGGER 2000 AQHA Buckskin Stallion Dual Pep/Docs Oak/Old Tom Cat/Poco Bueno FOR SALE: QUALITY OFFSPRING AND AGED RIDING HORSES Brytann Youngberg, DVM 250-769-4217 or e-mail West Kelowna, BC • 65

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Stallions, Geldings and Mares All sizes, up to 16.2HH Palominos and Liver Chestnuts Some started - some broke Great minds and temperaments Howard Fowler 250-248-3882 Coombs BC

RARE 200 ACRES Surrounded by Provincial Park and Forestry land. Near Grand Forks BC. Three wells, septic, fish pond, fenced. Creek, timber, meadows. Truly a rare piece of property. Perfect for guest ranch or any other recreational activities you can imagine. $599,000 Call owner at: 250-447-9000 or 520-820-5777 (Christina Lake BC) 7/13

BEAUTIFUL CHRISTINA LAKE BC - WATERFRONT 4 bedroom home, 1 1/2 baths, country kitchen, stone fireplace. Full basement, garage. Large lot, fruit trees. Quiet street. Live your dream. $575,000 Call owner at: 250-447-9000 or 520-820-5777 (Christina Lake BC) 7/13


CARIBOO PROPERTY 40 gorgeous acres with a log home and second dwelling. Currently a hobby farm and horse property. B & B potential. Location - Infrastructure - Water. For Sale By Owner #48758 250-620-0006 8/13

SKT ELMOSSUGARCOOKIE “Cookie” is a 2010 Buckskin Tobiano APHA Mare with one blue eye. She was started under saddle last summer and did well, no buck or anything, just smart as a whip. Excellent barrel or ranch prospect. Fun loving horse that loves to be around people. $2,500 + GST (150 Mile House BC) 250-296-0186

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2010 APHA (& American Pinto) DOUBLE HOMOZYGOUS BLACK TOBIANO (EE, aa, TT) Stallion. Guaranteed to give you a colourful foal crop each year. Started under saddle last year, but don’t have time to continue his training and don’t want to see him sit. Gorgeous mover, but needs more time/training. Sire: Specialist in Colour is now in Holland. Dam is Lances Flashback (daughter of Bonnington Express), and he is a maternal brother to great stallions Painted Coos and A Spectacular Flash, as well as many other show horses. $4,000 + GST (150 Mile House BC) 250-296-0186

CV HOLLYWOOD GUNSMOKE This rare, gorgeous black point Dun Overo APHA 2012 Filly is a one of a kind. Aquila has bloodlines of Hollywood Dunit, Dunit OK, Doc Boomernic, Doc O’Lena, and more. Excellent reining, working cow, show prospect. $2,500 + GST (150 Mile House BC) 250-296-0186

GREAT DRESSAGE OR EVENTING PROSPECT “NAVAJO” 8-year-old Gelding Warmblood/Arabian/QH, 15.3HH $3,900. ALSO: 5 German Warmbloods Hanoverian x QH (Dressage/ Eventing); 10 Quarter Horses and Reg’d APHA Paint horses, and 3 Arabian x QH x Warmblood for sale. See website. 250-315-9087 (Merritt BC) E-mail:

GREAT TRAIL HORSE 13-year-old QH Mare 14.2HH, Skipper W bloodlines, neck reins. $2,900. ALSO: 5 German Warmbloods Hanoverian x QH (Dressage/ Eventing); 10 Quarter Horses and Reg’d APHA Paint horses, and 3 Arabian x QH x Warmblood for sale. See website. 250-315-9087 (Merritt BC) E-mail:

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CAHR- 0045272, Born April 18 2006 Aur Mystique X Sralinka. Great manners, well-started, extreme athleticism, excellent conformation, intelligent, good minded with endless energy. This mare is an excellent show prospect especially in any of the sport disciplines; she is very willing to please. Merry Leggs is measuring just under 16HH and very smooth under saddle. 250-499-2681 (Keremeos BC) E-mail

LA’S LADY JANE (Lady Jane) CAHR – 0045268, Born March 24 2006 LA’s Classic Colours X RH Bonny Real. Good manners, extreme movement, excellent conformation, intelligent, good minded. This mare is an excellent show prospect, with her beautiful head and swan neck she would excel in the show ring under saddle or in the halter ring. Breathtakingly beautiful Lady Jane loves people and attention, she is a LADY and she knows it. 250-499-2681 (Keremeos BC) E-mail

“CANDY” 2005 Reg’d B.S. APHA Mare, 15.1HH

“CIGARO” (Yearling) Reg’d Paint Gelding, half Thoroughbred. This guy will excel in all English events, Hunter, Eventing. He is pretty with a great mind and wonderful movement. Ready to go. $1,500. We always have young prospects for sale. Call 250-546-2476 (Armstrong BC)

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13 YR OLD HEAD HORSE 15.2HH Gelding. Scores good and runs hard. Have won money and a saddle with him. Also a good trail riding horse. Ready to go and compete on. $8,500 obo. Scott 250-550-7495

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


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REG’D HAFLINGER Big 14.2HH, 10 years old Rider 5’10” but suitable for smaller rider. Not spooky. Could be family horse or somebody’s special girl. Responsible, kind, forever home and for the sake of our horse with at least one experienced rider/horse person and references. Being schooled until sold. $4,500. 250-833-1930 (Enderby BC)

BREATHTAKING 16HH + PERCHERON/TB 2011 FILLY Has exceptional presence, conformation, temperament, size, movement and manners. Unstarted. Tons of Natural Horsemanship training. Loads, ties, bathes, quiet, respectful and stands for farrier. Performance Horse Registered. $5,500. 778-837-0863 (Mission BC)

SCF DANCING N DIAMONDS (Tank) 2012 Grey AQHA Colt Nechako Angela x Robins Keen Bakari (pedigree available on $1,500 obo. E-mail (or Facebook) 250-847-4529 (Smithers BC)

BERETTA SC 2008 15HH CWHBA Mare Lightly started this year. 3 well balanced gaits with a strong hind end, cute mover. Watch Me (Rheinlander) x Robins Keen Bakari (QH) $6,500 obo. E-mail (or Facebook) 250-847-4529 (Smithers BC)

“DDD Cromwell Reine” 8-year-old Reg’d Canadian Mare. Very quiet, has 2 seasons use as Guide horse at busy trail ride and outfitting business in Jasper AB. Trained Western and English, good temperament. We also have other good pleasure horses and broodmares for sale. Visit our website Double Diamond Canadian 250-838-0908 (Enderby BC)

STUNNING BUCKSKIN QUARAB FILLY 14.1HH, 2 years old. Excellent bloodlines, very fancy, beautiful movement. Could do Reining or Dressage. Clips, bathes, trailers, good for the farrier. $5,500. 604-857-5212 (Aldergrove BC)


HANDSOME BLACK WARMBLOOD GELDING Out of “Freestyle.” 16.1HH and growing, 5 years old. Going well under saddle, huge personality. Good feet, totally sound. Can e-mail video. $25,000. 604-857-5212 (Aldergrove BC)

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