Saddle Up March-09

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MARCH 2009


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FEACOV TU ER RE 2 • Saddle Up • March 2009

Kamloops Cowboy Festival

By Mike Puhallo

What Recession? After a dozen years of lousy cow prices, border wars, mad cows and insane political interference in the agricultural marketplace ... the current, financial meltdown, seems like a walk in the park to most country folks!

Maybe that’s why advance ticket sales for the 2009 Kamloops Cowboy Festival are running about 20 per cent ahead of last year’s pace. Over the years the Kamloops Cowboy Festival has built a solid reputation as one of the finest cowboy cultural events in the world. Our main stage and dinner theatre shows feature the best in contemporary cowboy poetry and Western music. In addition to our two main stages we also have two open

mic stages and the Country 103 Rising Star Competition to encourage emerging artists. The Friday night feature concert also includes the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductions. The Art of the West juried saddle and art show draws custom saddle makers, painters and sculptors from as far away as Colorado and California. The Western Art and Gear trade show features the finest in custom-made equipment and apparel for horses, riders and those who just want to look the part. New this year: buckles, boots and black tie! (We were just kidding about the tie!) Pull on your hat, dust off your boots and shine up your buckle! South Thompson Inn and Guest Ranch is hosting a Kamloops Cowboy Festival kickoff party. The party is on Thursday, March 12, 2009. Cocktail hour starts at 5 p.m. with live entertainment. Dinner at 6:30 will be followed by even more lively entertainment featuring cowboy poet, Mike Puhallo, and Horse Crazy, a three-piece cowgirl band from Winthrop, WA. The dance floor will be open. The

evening will wind up with a Western art auction. We are still ironing out some of the details at this time. Admission, meal and entertainment just $30. To reserve call South Thompson Inn and Guest Ranch at 250-573-3777 or go to www. or email Shuttle Service available for Cowboy Festival pass holders. Presented by the South Thompson Inn and Guest Ranch, the BC Cowboy Heritage Society and the Horse Barn. Profits from the art auction support the BC Cowboy Heritage Society Scholarship Fund. The cow market has been in the toilet for a dozen years but the spirit of the West is alive and well at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. It takes a darn site more than some pissant global financial meltdown to keep a good cowboy down! Come see what makes a cowboy tick! For more information on the 13th annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival and the BC Cowboy Heritage Society take a peek at our website www. or contact Mike Puhallo at 1-888-7632224 or • 3

From the Editor… Features Import Restrictions 6 Trailering – Part 4 8 Training for Courage 10 Lungeing – Part 2 14 A Horse of a Different Colour 21 Easy on the Concentrates 23 The Swiss Mountain Horse 24 Adopting Abused Horses 32 Saddle Fitting 38 Annual Construction Feature 46 **Next month Annual Fashion Feature

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Canada Introduces Restrictions on Equine Importation from the USA CFIA has announced the introduction of import restrictions on horses and equine semen originating from the USA as a result of the current US outbreak of contagious equine metritis.


orses and other equidae (asses, mules and zebras) will not require an import permit, but will require additional declarations on the health papers certifying that they have not been on a premises where Taylorella equigenitalis has been isolated during the 60 days immediately preceding exportation to Canada or a premises currently under quarantine or investigation for CEM; and that any female(s) in the shipment have not been bred naturally to, or inseminated with, semen from a stallion positive for CEM, or a stallion resident upon a positive premises or under quarantine or

investigation for CEM. Additionally, the animals must not show any signs of CEM on the day of inspection. Semen has different restrictions based upon the date of collection. Semen collected prior to Dec. 15, 2008, does not require an import permit, but will require a US health certificate that declares the date of collection, the identity of the donor stallion and the identity of the collection premises. Semen collected after Dec. 15, 2008, will require an import permit (obtained from CFIA), and a U.S. health certificate with the declaration that the donor stallion(s) has not been on a premises where Taylorella

equigenitalis has been isolated during the 60 days immediately preceding collection of the semen for export to Canada or a premises currently under quarantine or investigation for CEM; and that the semen was processed using an extender that contains antibiotics effective against Taylorella equigenitalis. Semen presented for importation into Canada must be in individual receptacles or straws, each marked with the collection date, identity of the donor and the semen collection premises. Embryos will require an import permit (obtained from CFIA), and a US health certificate with the declaration

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Canada Restrictions, cont’d that the donor mare(s) has not been on a premises where Taylorella equigenitalis has been isolated during the 60 days immediately preceding the collection of the embryo(s) for export to Canada or a premises currently under quarantine or investigation for CEM and have not been bred naturally or inseminated with semen from a stallion positive for CEM, or a stallion resident upon a positive premises or under quarantine or investigation for CEM; and that the flushing medium that was used to collect the embryo(s) contains antibiotics effective against Taylorella equigenitalis. Embryos presented for importation into Canada must be in sterile straws or pipettes, each marked with the collection date, identity of the donor and the embryo collection premises. Import permit applications can be obtained from the CFIA website at anima/heasan/import/permit_covere. shtml. A single import permit costs $35, multiple use $60. Border inspection for semen will cost $35; horses (single) $25. Inland inspection of semen will cost $32 for one to 49 units, $51 for 50 to 499

Owner of McBride horses charged with three counts of animal cruelty

units, incrementally increasing for more units. Canadian horses that enter the US and will be returning will now be given an extra page by the endorsing CFIA vet to go with the Canadian Export Health certificate, that must be presented to an accredited vet in the USA for completion, and must be endorsed by a USDA vet before returning to Canada. Canada Border Services Agency will be looking for this document before allowing re-entry. Additionally, semen and embryos will be subject to inspection upon importation, and consequently there will be restrictions in some cases as to point of entry to Canada. The restrictions placed on entry of horses are implemented immediately, while the restrictions on semen and embryos will be implemented approximately Jan. 26, 2009. As it is not unlikely that there will be some initial confusion with these new requirements, we recommend that Canadian importers and/or U.S. exporters in the near future contact CFIA and/or USDA-Aphis for confirmation of requirements prior to attempting border crossing.

February 24, 2009. For immediate release from BC SPCA Frank Mackay, the owner of two horses abandoned in McBride, B.C., in December 2008, has been charged with three counts of animal cruelty, following a BC SPCA investigation. The charges include two counts under the Criminal Code of Canada and one count under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The dramatic Dec. 23rd rescue of the three-yearold mare named Belle and the 14-year-old gelding named Sundance made national headlines after volunteers spent a week shoveling a one-kilometre trench through the snow to save the abandoned horses. The BC SPCA took the rescued horses into care in late December and determined that they would not be returned to Mackay. “We placed the horses in temporary foster care where they received ongoing veterinary care until they were ready to be adopted,” said Shawn Eccles, the BC SPCA’s chief animal protection officer. He noted that the horses were malnourished and were suffering from rain scald and other medical issues as a result of exposure to the freezing temperatures. “Earlier this month they were placed in permanent homes in Prince George and Kamloops.” Frank Mackay makes his first court appearance in McBride on June 12th. If convicted of the charges, he faces a maximum fine of $10,000, up to five years in jail and a prohibition on owning animals. The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization which depends primarily on donations to carry out cruelty investigations and to provide care for nearly 40,000 abused, injured, neglected and abandoned animals each year. If you can help, please visit for details.

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Trailering in 5 Easy Pieces – Part 4

By Kevan Garecki


The one common link between most currently accepted forms of training are the degree and types of reinforcement the horse receives. short, we can help our equine friends through the stressful process of learning to trailer by gently praising them when they are successful and setting them up to succeed in the first place. Positive reinforcement is one direct way of telling the horse s/he’s done well, but the timing of that is important. Too late and the horse may think the praise xperience has proven the two is for something completely unrelated, most effective methods revolve but too early can be almost as confusing. around two approaches: wellWhy? As soon as the horse has done timed positive reinforcement (horsey gets what we’ve asked, s/he needs a moment a pat and an “Atta Boy!” when the task to make the connection between the is completely properly) and creating a action and the praise. Wait for the telltale scenario in which doing the right thing “licking and chewing” and/or the cycling is easier than doing the wrong thing. In of the ears before offering that rub on the neck. Take note that I said “rub.” With a dermal system sensitive enough to feel a fly landing on a shaft of hair, I truly Classic Country & Western Wear do not believe any Farm, Feed & Pet Supplies horse enjoys being Giftware, Jewellery & Handmade Crafts slapped with the flat Reclaimed & Antique Furniture Country Living/Décor Accessories of our hands. A rub New/Used Tack is more effective and Ranch/Farm Equipment Supplies is probably a welcome *Weekly In-store Specials* Also Available: alternative to that Lockton Photography & Studio “vigorous pat” you Custom Picture Framing might be used to PA & Stage Equipment Rentals Genie Entertainment & Music Bookings dealing out.


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I can hear the question already, so I’ll offer the answer right now … what about “release?” Release is the single most effective way to communicate success to a horse. One of my grandfather’s favourite sly sayings was, “The best way to thank a horse is to leave him alone.” That’s how reining, leg cues, etc. work – the horse yields to the pressure, we take the pressure away. However, in the early stages of training your horse to load, release alone may not be enough. Most horses respond to positive input where they may not even correlate the release of pressure with doing the right thing. Quite often, they are so wrapped up in dealing with the smell of the trailer, the sound the ramp makes when a hoof hits it and many other new stimuli that simple release is almost lost in the shuffle. I will use release primarily for rewarding forward motion once we’ve made those first steps onto the ramp or step-up; and it’s also very effective to thank the horse for standing still once we’re inside. Creating an environment that fosters success takes a bit more imagination, but the payoff is huge and so is the satisfaction of seeing that horse load consistently well for years to come. As I pointed out in the third installment (“Getting Started” in the February issue), set the stage by picking a suitable

Trailering, cont’d time, place and scenario beforehand. Mid-morning after breakfast is a good time because that’s when tummies are semi-full and the senses are at ebb. Using a round pen or arena helps to minimize the distractions and if you’ve already been working with this horse in an arena or pen, s/he will be more likely to associate this exercise as part of their “work ethic.” Ensuring your schedule affords all the time this will require removes agendas from your mind, allowing you to concentrate solely on helping the horse. There are specific scenarios I will be dealing with in subsequent installments, so I’ll speak generally for now. For the “first timer,” or the horse who needs to go back to school to unlearn some bad habits or help in restoring confidence after an incident, I’ll take a few extra precautions. I prefer a longer lead for them, at least 12 feet. I may also opt for an assistant, depending on the situation. If I do enlist someone’s help, I explain what it is I need them to do or not do. That way we’re always on the same page and no one gets hurt because we were both trying to do something completely different. I find that many owners tend to go to extremes when it comes to praise, at least when I’m around! They will either lavish praise so exuberantly or so loudly as to completely distract the horse, or the praise is almost constant, creating little more than background noise. Be conscious of what you’re reinforcing, when and how much. Saying “Good Boy” once or twice as the

horse sniffs the ramp is fine. Repeating it A trailer equipped with a ramp may or over and over all the while has less effect not allow enough room for this position. than reserving the saying for when horsey If not, I’ll take up a spot outside, but off has actually made progress. to one side of the ramp and out of the Unloading is another point in the path I want the horse to exit. Be mindful; trailering experience that I feel needs some horses will want to be where you some attention. Don’t just pop the door are, so be prepared to direct them along open and let the horse bounce off the a path you’ve selected instead of in your back. I ask the horse to halt for a moment lap! Note there are two stops involved before actually stepping off of the floor. in unloading; one at the threshold and This reinforces “manners,” increases another on the ground. safety and minimizes the chances of Kevan has over 35 years experience in injury. Even a moment’s hesitation is commercial transportation, from 20 years as fine, especially with a frightened horse. a driver to a fleet owner and safety and risk An instant is an eternity to a nervous manager, and on to commercial driving. He has horse! This is another example of positive also served on an advisory board for commercial reinforcement in that we are now working traffic studies, been a road test examiner for ICBC and is currently operating his own horse to prevent or correct unsafe or improper transport business. behaviour. It’s a lot easier to train a horse to do this in the beginning than it is to fi x (See his listing in Business Services under it once the horse has created the habit. A Transport/Hauling.) horse who bolts off the trailer WILL hurt themselves, or someone else one day. For safety sakes and also to confirm ALL CARGO, FLATDECKS, DUMPERS, who’s holding that lead UTILITY & HORSE TRAILERS rope, I will “make a stand” so to speak. In a step-up, I’ll stand at the threshold and give the horse just enough rope STANDARD FEATURES • 7’ Wide (6’8” Inside) 7’ Tall and 7’6” Tall to step off, but no more. • Catalyzed Polyurethane Paint / Catalyzed Two-Part Primer That way, they will • Galvanized Roof Bows / Sheeting • Pre-Primered Tubing (All Steel) have to stop and turn • Vinyl Front & Rear Stripe Detailing • Aluminum Diamond Plate Over Front & Fender to face me once they’ve • Exterior Caulking • Rubber Dock Bumper Prices Have Never Been unloaded. I’m also not • Telescoping Padded Divider Lower - Save Now! • 4 Wheel Electric Brakes in the “landing zone.” Call Now for your Quote • Diagonal Load


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Training for Courage

By Paul Dufresne


The simplest way I can aid people in training their horses is by illustrating how, when you control the shape of the horse, you will eventually start to control the emotions of the horse.


his is critical because controlling the emotions provides you with the key to the intelligence and the physical abilities of the horse. Sometimes we develop skills and then we forget how the practical application of them facilitates the courage and learning ability of the horse. By keeping things clear and understandable, the easier it is to train a horse. So the KISS principle applies not only to them but to us. What is so cool about this is that even if you don’t totally understand how these shapes affect the horse, but you reasonably affect their shape correctly, you will put them into a positive shape that will CAUSE them to start relaxing whether they want to or not as it affects their natural reflex to relax. Turn these into cues and you have a very powerful tool. Apply them quickly when a horse starts to get tense and you diff use the anxious moment. I have written previous articles on most of

these items below so we will only give you a brief description to remind you. I have listed them in this order as this is often the easiest way to develop positive shape in your horse:

Bend On A Circle: A smaller circle where the horse is bent around you or your leg and there is a continuous arc around you from nose to tail. Pressure on the ribcage to initiate bend is critical. Inside eye looking inside.

Head down: Can be developed any time but is easier to improve after bending on a circle. If the horse resists, apply pressure to the ribcage.

Bend on a circle

Bend and release the poll on a circle: Once the horse can circle around you in a proper bend, apply a gentle touch to the headgear towards the horse’s chest, if the horse resists we apply pressure to ribcage until the horse softens.

Shoulder-in (or haunches-in): Should be used any time the horse gets excited and wants to invert and lose its poll. It is more easily developed out of smaller circles. This was also discussed in the practical application in the February article.

Leg yield:

Shoulder in, Padrino

Leg-yield. Easy with pool prop

Natural progression from the shoulderin out of a circle, this move will give a stronger suggestion for the horse to soften. If the horse sticks in your hands on the shoulder-in go to the leg yield.

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Training for Courage, cont’d Body Sweep and Quarter: If a horse gets anxious and an adrenalin surge from the anxiousness is short-circuiting the leg aid for the shoulder-in or leg yield, sweeping your leg or hand from the girth area to the Body Sweep and Quarter hindquarters will cause the Ljibbe on cordeo horse to bend inside and then disengage the hindquarters. This disengagement will cause the horse to feel the aid and regain a positive shape. Repeating this often makes it very difficult for a horse to stay anxious and unresponsive to the leg aid and its relaxation reflexes.

Half-pass: This is a more complicated shape and only works if the horse has a very good leg yield. This too is stolen one step at a time out of a figure 8. If the horse becomes tense in the movement and binds, it no longer causes the horse to relax. Standing on a pedestal:

stand almost on a dime in the first phase. Again, like using a pedestal, the horse can’t help but relax, never mind giving you control of the feet. Good positive posture precedes athletic engagement.

Round, Ljibbe on cordeo

Rounding: By teaching the horse to go into a round position and yielding its poll with or without tack, on cue, with word, whip, hand, or cordeo. Remember positive shape leads to a happy, courageous, athletic horse. Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Kelowna, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship; Classical Arts; Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses, but more importantly how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. The horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they affect each other.

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When the horse learns to get onto an obstacle one foot at a time, it will naturally relax its topline when it stands on it. That shape Standing on a pedestal. Quimerico and causes them to Ljibbe on box relax. The horse has no choice -- it is a reflex.

Dime exercise (goat on mountain): This puts a horse on a reduced base of support with its head down until they

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Okanagan Equine Veterinary Services has moved and grown!

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he new facilities are located on a beautiful 12.5 acre farm, with plenty of room to offer a wide range of services. The 6,500 square foot clinic includes a full surgery suite, recovery and isolation areas, 7 stalls for hospitalization, and a large examination and treatment room. The clinic is equipped for both conventional and digital X-rays, with a digital imaging centre and onscreen diagnostics now available. Laboratory facilities, a full breeding lab, and a pharmacy complete the main clinic area. Upstairs are offices, washrooms, and a large seminar room with a viewing window into the surgery. Attached to the clinic is a 75’ x 150’ indoor arena, in which there are 6 more stalls, a stallion collection area, and riding area. A separate reception building houses the business offices and staff kitchen. The outside facilities include a round pen, a large outdoor ring, and varying sizes of fields and paddocks. Coming soon to complete our outdoor facilities are a small training track and an Equisizer. With the new facilities more complex surgeries plus a wider range of reproductive services are offered, such as the freezing of semen and high risk foaling, all in addition to the previously offered reproductive services, preventative medicine, lameness exams, routine surgeries and purchase exams. Horses which require rehabilitation following surgery or injury may be boarded at the farm where a carefully monitored program can be provided under veterinary supervision. Dr. Grant Scott, Board Certified Equine Surgeon, joined Dr. McDonald in April of 2007. Dr. Scott is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and offers surgeries including arthroscopy, laparoscopy, fracture repair and other orthopedic procedures, colic surgery, head and throat surgery along with other more routine procedures. Other services include upper airway endoscopy, soft tissue ultrasound, and a full range of dentistry. Dr. Scott is the practice specialist in lameness diagnostics and surgical procedures, while Dr. McDonald’s interests are in reproduction, neonatal (foal) medicine, medical problems, skin problems and wound repair. Both veterinarians are available for farm calls and emergencies.

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Dr. McDonald offers a full range of breeding and foaling services at the clinic. These include breeding soundness evaluation of mares, treatment of reproductive problems, and artificial insemination utilizing both fresh, fresh cooled, and frozen semen. Stallions may be brought to the clinic for semen collection, breeding soundness and semen evaluation, and preparation of semen for fresh cooled shipping, and freezing of semen. Okanagan Equine has recently become accredited as a quarantine facility; stallions can be collected onsite for the purpose of shipping frozen semen internationally. Routine and high risk foaling of mares is offered, with 24 hour monitoring through the use of foaling alarms and video surveillance by the resident veterinarian. Two Thoroughbred stallions will be standing at the farm for the 2009 season - Yoonevano, a Seattle Slew son, and Amaruk, a son of Wolf Power. Our new website will be up soon, until then for questions please feel free to contact the clinic at 250-7649888. Both Dr. Scott and Dr. McDonald are accepting new clients, and referrals are welcome from throughout the Province. At least two seminars are planned for 2009, including a foaling seminar in early March. To register, call the clinic number. Okanagan Equine is a unique facility and our goal is to provide the best possible care for our patients while offering a variety of treatment options to our clients. Education is an important aspect of our total care package; we plan to carry this out through our website, newsletters, seminars and handouts, but inquiries and questions are always welcome. We hope to see you soon, enjoy your spring!

BC Heritage Circuit July 11-12, 2009 - Chilliwack Heritage Park By Kelly MacIntosh This year Horse Council BC is working hard to revive interest in General Performance riding in BC. There are a variety of reasons for this, it seems recent trends have taken riders to different and more specialized disciplines, either because the more populated regions of the province support this or perhaps the interest simply faded. It is important to remember what grassroots level of competition and General Performance riding does for our industry. This is where horse enthusiasts experience “the horse” for the first time, taking riding lessons, grooming their first pony, getting to know different horse breeds, trailering your horse, feed and management, competition and so much more. Horse Council BC recognizes how crucial General Performance riding is to the development of breeders, coaches, athletes and horses in BC. It is in the initial stages of riding, training and competition that our passion for the horse is developed. It’s important to emphasize participation in General Performance for the future of our sport and industry. As interest grows, the quality of all aspects will improve. Perhaps one day, while you are holding a Grand Champion National title, you will look back

and remember how it all started, through your experience at a BC Heritage competition. This year we are offering an open division as well as an age 55+ division to encourage riders to participate and generate more interest in the BC Heritage Finals. The event will be a fun family weekend with demonstrations from drill teams, vaulting and reining as well as a BBQ on Saturday evening. Camping will be available so bring the whole family! Ellen Smailes from Heffley Creek is our judge for the weekend and Jodi Moore will judge the trail and handy horse classes. A huge thank you goes out to our title sponsor for 2009, Science Pure Nutraceuticals, your generous support is most appreciated. Thank you also to our Class Sponsor Barn Mice Online Community and our Prize sponsors, Otter Co-op, Greenhawk and Nice Rack Equine Accessories. Some new additions to the 2009 line up include: Battle of the Breeds Showmanship Western Pleasure English Pleasure Trail or Handy Horse 1 Gymkhana of Choice or 1 Driving Class

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Lungeing – Part Two (Special Series)

By Holly Baxter

BASIC LUNGEING (The February issue of Saddle Up featured Part 1 – Introduction to Lungeing)

Prior to lungeing your horse, proficiency on handling the lunge line and whip are required. You should be able to play out the lunge line and gather it up in smooth folds over your hand. It is also important to have worked with the lunge whip, practicing sweeping it along the ground, tucking it under your arm and holding it at hock height as you practice circling both ways. A novice handler working with a novice horse is an accident waiting to happen. If you are new to this, find a seasoned horse and have an instructor show you how. As you gain confidence, and understanding, the young horse can be trained, again with a second seasoned person present. Watch some videos, and search the Internet for fi lm clips, look for the trainers who lunge and observe them. For young horses, lungeing should not be introduced until their third year. By now, your horse should be walking, halting and trotting by voice commands, comfortable with being led from either side, and familiar with the lunge line and the whip touching his body. All anxiety has been removed. The bridle, with reins removed, and the surcingle or saddle, with stirrups secured, are on. Side reins are not required at this stage. A safe enclosure is available with excellent footing. You are now ready to begin.

View the lunge line as the rein, and the lunge whip as the leg aid. The voice command is the call to attention, given once, possibly twice and then followed up with the whip which is swept to the point of hock, but which does not make contact with the horse. I use two methods to start my young horses to lunge; one is with an assistant and the other is without an assistant (see graphic). With an assistant -- the horse is brought into the arena and lunge line attached (see February issue for method). The assistant, walking on the inside of the circle, then begins to lead the horse with her hand on the lunge line, while the handler gives the voice command. It is best that the handler is the same person who has been doing all of the ground work, this eliminates confusion on the part of the horse. No other conversation should occur other than the express commands for the horse. Have the assistant gradually walk closer and closer to the handler, while the handler takes up a driving position slightly behind the horse, using the lunge whip to encourage the horse to go forward. This is accomplished by gentle sweeps forward with the whip towards the hock and

activity in the voice. At this stage, the idea is to go forward, so use “halt” sparingly, except to change direction. When the horse has got the idea, the assistant can step behind the handler or quietly exit the ring. Without an assistant – this method requires a smaller circle, as the horse must catch the idea of moving forward and not turn in on the circle. Begin by leading the horse on the circle, and gradually lengthen the lunge line so the horse is moving more and more independently. If all of the homework has been faithfully done, there should be no anxiety on the horse’s part if you have to touch him gently at the girth with the whip to keep him out on the circle. Have him move actively forward in a walk and as the horse catches the idea, slowly lengthen the lunge line. It is not possible to have it fully extended at the beginning as it leaves too much room for error if the horse begins to move too quickly. Be satisfied with a 20-foot circle, which means your lunge line has been let out 10 feet. Stay in walk only for the first few sessions. When the command “halt” is given, the horse must remain on the track and the handler approaches the


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Lungeing, cont’d Graphics by Joy Viel.

Two Methods of training a horse to lunge 1. With an assistant 2. Without an assistant

horse while folding the lunge line in her hand. To change direction, calmly turn the horse around and reposition him on the track. Much praise should be given in these sessions.

Once the horse understands to stay on the circle, remain in one place while lungeing the horse, as the aim is to keep the horse on a perfect circle with his hind feet following in the tracks of his forefeet. Many horses have a favoured side; however, the horse that is lead, lunged and ridden equally on both sides has a much better chance of staying straight. Straightness is the foundational goal for all training, as it maximizes impulsion in the hindquarters. Lungeing should be practiced at least twice a week to begin with if the horse has never done this before. Calm, quiet walk/trot sessions of 10 to 15 minutes are plenty with a change of direction after five minutes. The handler can tell when the horse is ready for his first trot when she is getting an active walk, obedience to halt and the horse is paying attention. Most horses like lungeing, because they

can freely move. There is nothing more exciting than seeing your horse move naturally from the perspective of a lunge line. One can see the freedom in the shoulder, if the feet are tracking up, or the trot is lazy and needs more energy, or perhaps is unbalanced and racy. All of these paces can be greatly improved with steady lungeing exercises which will help to balance the horse, improve his way of going and condition him for riding. Next month: Lungeing Exercises and Safety Holly Baxter has her BHSAI from Crabbet Park, England, and has worked in the horse industry for over 30 years as an instructor, trainer and stable manager. Currently she can be found at The Paddock Tack & Togs, Vernon, BC.

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Roman Ramblings

By Greg Roman

There are horse owners and there are horse people and there are horse lovers and there are people who live with their horses. My co-workers know that I live with horses because of the bits of hay I occasionally bring to work on my clothes or boots or even little bits stuck on my winter hat and some on the back of my neck. My barber/stylist noticed some there just last week and I wasn’t even wearing my barn clothes. Do you ever go into town in your barn clothes? I mean why change, when you are going to be returning to barn/horse chores when you get back from town. OK, it would depend on where you are going and who you are going with and also how big your town is but try it if you haven’t already and see the reaction you get. Some of my columns have been about having fun with frozen water lines and snow going whoosh on the roof just as you walk between your horses or putting a hand in the water tub to see if it the heater is shorting out. Or quickly but not necessarily quietly, almost removing a layer of skin when you get your wet fi ngers stuck on a metal gate at an unpretentious - 4C. Put your hand up if you got your tongue stuck on something metal during a Canadian winter as a kid! If you did it as an adult you probably touch hot fence wire too. Then it serves you right that someone took a long time to find their camera to embarrass WINNER OF you with as well as a glass of warm water to unpeel you. 1ST I write about the usual stuff everyone who lives with their horses does on a regular EUROPEAN basis and some unusual stuff too. The snow blower just hasn’t been the same since I used TRAINER’S it as manure spreader last March. CHALLENGE Have you grabbed your #3 Wood and tried whacking any individual frozen horse droppings into the other pasture this CLINICS winter? Make sure you March 13-15 Creston, BC use the fairly round Wash system and powerful dry vac all in one! March 20-22 Pritchard, BC ones and that the April 10-12 OK Falls, BC April 17-19 Victoria, BC temperature is minus May 1-3 Smithers, BC something. Safety May 1-3 Sorrento, BC glasses are a good idea May 8-10 OK Falls, BC due to the spray back June 19-21 Sorrento, BC June 19-21 OK Falls, BC that happens when you hit one that isn’t quite TRAINER’S CHALLENGE Three other models available. April 24-26 The Mane Event, Red Deer, Alberta frozen, especially if you May 15-24 European Trainer Challenge, Bern, are foolishly using your Switzerland 9 Iron. CAMPS  KAMLOOPS, BC Yes! We have of Accelerated March 9 - April 10 Apprentice Camp horses living with Hydrogen Peroxide May 4-8 Horsemanship Camp us and we would not June 1-5 Horsemanship Camp in Pure Oxygen Shampoo June 15-19 Cow Working Camp change that except for & Fungal Wash NEW NEW! maybe traveling south * Horses for Lease for the year for a few months in the * Course 4 now available winter - but then who Mane event Trainer Challenge See us at: Farm and Ranch, Edmonton would look after our Champion 2005, 2006, 2007 Acreage Lifestyles, Calgary horses? The Mane Event, Red Deer (Salon S24) DOUG MILLS Ride safe and


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Equine Canada is pleased to announce Mike Gallagher of Saint John, NB, as its new president. On Feb. 8, Gallagher was elected president of Equine Canada for a one-year term. Over the years Gallagher has shown enormous commitment to equestrian sport in Canada. He has taken on a remarkable number of roles over the years -- including competitor, coach, horse show organizer, judge and eventing technical delegate. He has also been the chair of the Canadian Eventing committee, president of Horse Trials Canada, chair of Eventing High Performance, chair of Equine Canada Sport Council and a member of the Equine Canada board of directors. Since 2000, Gallagher has been the director of the Canadian Olympic committee representing equestrian sport on the COC board of directors, and he has also represented Canada on a number of occasions at the Federation Equestre International (FEI) General Assemblies. Congratulations to Mike Gallagher for receiving the 2008 Volunteer of the Year Award at the recent Equine Canada Awards Gala.

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A Horse of a Different Colour

By Chris Irwin


Hello and best wishes to you all from our winter wonderland at Riversong Ranch in Alberta.


his being my first column in this new series with Saddle Up I’d first like to say congratulations to Nancy Roman for what an incredible job she has done growing her “little publication that could” into this new and improved glossy. You go girl! I’d also like to say that I believe it is true that a writer should only express opinions about what he or she has proven themselves to know something about. Having said that I will try my best not to get too focused on training tips for any one specific equestrian sport or discipline because that is not what I do. I am not an English or Western rider – I am both.

And I also LOVE to drive harness horses as well. I am a trainer, coach and clinician, and I’ve won my fair share of ribbons and trophies, but what I am enthralled with and have focused on in my career with horses is not the advancement up the ranks of any one discipline but rather the comprehensive understanding of the body language, psychology and herd dynamics of horses and how this relates to their training and performance potential. So, where do we start? Well, from my perspective, the journey of a thousand miles with horses should begin with the fact that horses are physiologically hardwired in the biochemistry of their

central nervous system so that their body, mind and spirit work together as one. Simply, the frame of the body of the horse is also the frame of the mind. So, the truest definition of training the horse continued on page 22

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A Horse of a Different Colour, cont’d to “give to the aids” would literally mean that we use our body language and our “aids” to shape or sculpt our horses into a frame of body that corresponds to their feeling good in the mind. Or in other words – we connect to the mind and spirit of the horse through their body with our body. Some shapes of their bodies feel better than others for horses. In fact, some shapes feel heavenly because they create endorphins through the central nervous system of the horse while other shapes produce adrenaline and feel like hell. Think for a moment about this concept that with horses “frame of body is equal to frame of mind.” Our ancestors did. In fact, once upon a time it was so obvious to some people that the behaviour of a horse was directly linked to the shape of its body that cultural sayings about human behaviour were

metaphorically associated with the body language of horses. For instance – a person who is consistently calm and composed, not too easily rattled or stressed, is often referred to as “level-headed.” Now, come on folks, humans have oval-shaped brain buckets so where the heck does “level-headed” come from? Well, a relaxed, sensible and easygoing horse carries his or her spinal column, back, neck and head at more or less the same level. Level-headed. We can know at a glance whether a horse is calm, frightened, annoyed, angry, defiant, playful or suspicious, all by how he or she carries and shapes its tail. Now, we’ve all heard the saying “tell tail signs” but we do not have tails now do we? How about the horse who “drops its shoulder” or does not “give” to the inside leg? With humans the following saying is used as a metaphor for a bad attitude but with the horses it’s both behaviour AND literal body language when a horse gets “bent out of shape.” When a horse is bending its body one way but tilts his or her head the opposite direction, flexing the head at the hinge of the throat latch to look counter to the direction of travel, this English & Western Tack Light Pleasure Driving Harness and Equipment is a physical example of Horse Care Products, English Riding Clothing getting a “nose out of joint.” From “come down off your high horse” April 3 & 4 (one which I have Consignments Welcome and Tables for Rent heard my fair share of!) to “do you pass Sizes for miniature horses and donkeys, ponies and horses the buck” and shirk Drive Away In Style with Ride-N-Drive your responsibilities Tucker Trail Saddles, Charles Owen Helmets and Safety Vests, or “does the buck stop Horka Helmets and Breeches, Wintec English Saddles here” and will you get Used tack, clothing and equipment on Consignment the job done when 7.5 km East of Airdrie, AB (on Hwy 567) nobody else can or 1-877-821-9745 will?

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From “well rounded” and “calm and collected” to “getting off on the right foot,” “hold your horses” or “don’t put the cart before the horse,” horse world expressions have been used to define human behaviour for centuries. And as you can probably tell, I have an unbridled passion for the study of how horse sense relates to human behaviour! So my friends, in the coming months I hope to have great fun with this concept as I travel far and wide throughout North America, Europe, and the United Kingdom to give clinics and present at horse shows. I’ll be reporting back to Saddle Up with a regular column on how “horse sense” applies not only to the training of our horses but also to the training of the most challenging animals of all, human beings. Meanwhile, all the best to you and yours for healthy and happy trails and please remember, ask not what your horse can do for you, ask what you can do for your horse. Chris Irwin is an internationally renowned horseman, best-selling author, and trainer of 18 U.S. National Championships in riding and driving events with American Wild Mustangs. Chris Irwin resides at Riversong Ranch near Whitecourt, AB. For more information visit (Editor’s Note: I thank Chris for making that comment in his opening paragraph. And I chuckled too at the ‘you go girl’! Chris and I have a history… we go back to June of 1998 (it’s not what you think). Before publishing Saddle Up, I was selling advertising for Horse Action (Jan White’s publication). We’d heard of this new Canadian ‘horse whisperer’ per se, and I started calling him for advertising. With typical Nancy persistence, he eventually advertised. Horse Action had a feature write up in the July 1998 issue about him. And in the summer of 1999 Chris came to Armstrong for his first Okanagan clinic. I audited the clinic, interviewed him and another story was printed. And Saddle Up continues to keep up with this fellow on the go. So there’s our history (not what you thought huh?). And I am proud to say that I too have watched Chris ‘grow’ over the years.)

Easy on the Concentrates!

By Dr. Susi Cienciala, DVM

(This is a summary of the nutrition papers presented at the AAEP in 2007. I thought they were interesting and worth sharing with your readers.)


t seems like all of us naturally want to feed our equine friends some form of concentrate (oats, sweet feed or corn). Who can blame us, they love it. The problem is that we are not doing them any favours. Horses are not designed to digest and metabolize large volumes of concentrates in one or two feedings per day. Horses are monogastric, meaning they have only one stomach. Digestion of feed material occurs in several stages and each portion of the digestive tract has a specific function. Digestion starts in the stomach, then the small intestine, then the cecum (very large in a horse and can be liken to a fermentation vat) and lastly the large intestine. Horses are herbivores and use carbohydrates as their primary source of energy. Some carbohydrates are rapidly digested (simple sugars and starch, in example concentrates) and others are digested more slowly (complex carbohydrates such as lignin and cellulose, in example hay). Complex carbohydrates must be fermentated in order to break them down into components that are small enough to be absorbed by the intestine. Most fermentation occurs in the cecum and large intestine by microbes or bacteria that are specific for the digestion of fibre.

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The Swiss Mountain Horse By Mike Hawkridge Versatile, athletic, intelligent, willing, golden disposition, correct and beautiful, these were the words I first heard while being introduced to the official horse of Switzerland, the Freiberger. My introduction began about two years ago when I had Nicole Ulrich, a young Swiss lady, come over to work on our ranch. She had reached me through an e-mail and had requested to come over to Canada to work on an actual ranch and gain some additional experience in her chosen Western discipline. One evening she started to tell me about this well-built mountain horse that was so important to their history. During the next few weeks I became very interested in this virtually unknown (at least to this uneducated horseman) horse. Even after she made her way back home, the tough little mountain horse remained in my thoughts. We continued our friendship and I continually kept researching the Freiberger. At some time I knew that I would somehow in the very near future get my hands on the Swiss mountain horse. My research revealed some interesting things about the Freiberger and its history. They seemed to have gotten their

start on a remote high mountain plateau called Freiberg, in the province of Jura. During the middle ages these horses were bred more for work in the fields and fi lling the slot of a light draft horse. English and French warmbloods were soon crossed, producing a more athletic and versatile horse. The breeding and production of the mountain horse was closely monitored. Today the Freiberger is still host to a series of tests, further ensuring the breed remains of the highest standards. A young horse must fully pass in order to receive its full registration papers. A mare





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Swiss Mountain Horse, cont’d passing the proper test as a three year old can only then have her foals able to be registered. Elaborate evaluations and tests include conformation, disposition and movement. The average horse will stand between 14.3 and 15.3 hands and will weigh in at 1,250 pounds to 1,450 pounds. They carry an intelligent-looking head on a strong, proud neck. They are well muscled and short coupled, and for the most part colours are bay, dark bay and sorrel. In addition to their easy-tosit gaits, they really seem to enjoy their human partners, further making them a great friend. The military realized the unique features of the Freiberger and for decades they have remained an important part of training and preparation. Maintenance, especially for anyone living in the North, is an equally important feature and these horses are a low-maintenance mount. They keep quite easily and have strong well-built feet,

enabling them to thrive in their tough terrain. Another interesting characteristic is their ability to get along well with others. In the herd situation, although there is an obvious structure to the herd, there seems to be a peacefulness that extends to the human world as well. In a wild group situation, a harmonious herd is a surviving herd. Today the Freiberger can be found in any riding discipline throughout Europe. English, Dressage, Jumping, Driving, Western and Pleasure are all found on the potential resume of the Swiss horse. Along with Switzerland, Germany and France enjoy the pleasure of using the multitalented horse. Not long ago, my dreams of one day being able to interact with these horses became reality. Nicole moved to Canada and has been able to bring a young fi lly into the country. This is the first in BC, and there will be more to follow,

and hopefully we can introduce North America to this incredible horse. We are certain that, like me, once bitten by the Frieberger bug, folks will fall head over heels. “Fanta,” a three-year-old fi lly, now calls Quesnel, BC, her home. And following her, a broodmare arrived in BC, expecting her first Freiberger foal in May, 2009. We will work at getting horses into the country on a very limited basis and hopefully witness the joy they will spread to their new owners. No matter what discipline you choose, a Frieberger warrants a closer look toward the breed.

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Afraid to Ride Your Horse? Lately I’ve been speaking with people about seemingly insignificant fears that arise somewhere between passion and fun when it comes to your horse pursuits. It seems to be one of the issues that gets in the way for beginner to experienced horse people and stops them from pursuing something they were once very passionate about. As a horse trainer I strongly recommend people get a professional opinion or help when things go awry. In many cases it’s a simple issue to solve. Change of food, change of tack, change of turnout schedule, but what if you’ve done all these things and it’s still the same? What if it’s a change in training that’s needed? If you have a trainer that is not willing to invite another professional trainer’s opinions and you’re struggling -- then you should be concerned! There is no reason to struggle endlessly, GET SOME GOOD HELP! We don’t want this to be about changing trainers; rather it’s


By Angela Tremblay

about collaborating with knowledgeable professionals that may see things just a little bit different than you. For example, I took a student to a horse show with a borrowed horse. She had ridden the horse at home but not in unfamiliar surroundings. Upon arrival at the show she informed me she wasn’t riding the horse. She was stopped by fear. I offered to school (get on and ride) the horse so she could see how it would behave. This relieved some of her fears. Once the student felt more confident in the horse’s behaviour, she was able to ride the horse successfully through a five-day show. Quite often we defeat ourselves by planning for the worst. So how about a new plan? Horses are sensitive animals; if we’re worried and nervous they feel it and look for what the cause may be and react accordingly. It doesn’t have to be this way. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve owned horses; it depends how much you’ve asked of them. So challenge yourself, go outside

and enjoy your horse from the ground. Watch him watch you. How does he react to you? Does he react skittishly to you taking off your coat? Putting a blanket on him? Spooky at loud noises? Are you careful about not disturbing your horse? Don’t be! Your horse needs to be exposed to everything. When you challenge yourself and your horse little things will pop up that you may not know how to handle and fear comes from the unknown... False Expectations Appearing Real: FEAR! I wish there was a little pill that would fi x fear on the spot, unfortunately alleviating your fear with your horse is a hands-on task. So bundle up, venture outside and go put your hands on your horse! Angela Tremblay is a sport horse trainer and Equine Canada certified coach living at the family farm in Grindrod, BC. She has many years of experience in starting and preparing young horses for show and sale. Her website is


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Hoofin’ it with Alesia

By Alesia Willard

Growing up, my dream was to one day own a pregnant mare. The idea of watching a foal grow from baby to full grown horse, thrilled me. I thought that this dream was, and always would be, out of reach. I was wrong. On March 5, 2008, Lacey was born and my life was changed forever. Lacey was definitely the most adventurous and mischievous foal I’d ever come across. To be honest, I don’t think I had ever thought about exactly how much trouble a foal could get themselves into, but I was prepared for anything she may throw my way. What surprised me the most were some of the predicaments she managed to get herself into. At only two months of age, and 10 hands high, she jumped over a 4 ½ foot fence and into the next paddock. Our gelding didn’t like this. He put the run on her and tried to get her to go back to her panicking mother. Lacey, all too willingly, ran right back into her paddock once the gate was opened for her. Lacey even learned at a very young age that cribbing was addicting. She chewed like a termite and the older horses were no help when trying to get her to stop. We fi xed the problem by putting electric wire everywhere she had been chewing. When she was about four months old, I began to get her accustomed to being without her mother. I would take her mother out for a few minutes, several times a day. Lacey hated this but after a month she was getting better. Mina began to stay away longer and longer each time, soon Lacey was perfectly fine on her own for up to several hours at a time. She learned at a very young age to lead and she always looked forward to the walks we’d take together around the property, just the two of us. Lacey is a year old now and not much has changed, except her size. She’s as curious now as she was the day she was born. Though she has matured a bit more, she is just as likely to break out or get herself into trouble. Two years ago I never would have thought I’d be where I am today; the proud owner of a wonderful mare and a yearling. Though it was definitely more of an adventure than I had planned on, I am thoroughly enjoying every minute and would not trade it for anything. Alesia C.Willard has loved horses since she was a kid. Now 17, she’s working to become a certified trainer. She currently owns two horses (a once-feral mare and her filly) and three other family horses.


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Horsesense 101: It’s a Western World

By Carol Hansson

Here we are again at Emerald Meadows, where Lindsay McDonald and Victoria Butler are learning to ride. Last time we met Lindsay’s new mount, Jitter, and both girls got a taste of the Western discipline from a fellow rider. Which it seems Victoria quite likes… *** “Did you know that most cowgirls and cowboys don’t wear helmets?” says Victoria, as she and Lindsay walk into the barn. “No, I didn’t. Isn’t that kind of dangerous?” “I don’t know,” replies Victoria. “I think it has to do with the fact that Western is a working discipline – the riders use it out on the range, herding cattle and such. In a lot of places that’s how the cowboys get around their property. I think it’s cool,” she says, a dreamy look in her eye. “You’re daydreaming of rolling hills and sunsets, aren’t you?” says Sam, their coach who had just walked up behind them. “Well, kinda. It just seems… I don’t know, so much more relaxing than English. Don’t get me wrong, I loved competing in

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English – that blue ribbon is still on my wall at work! It’s just … I think I’d like to try Western.” “We’re having a Western clinic this weekend if you’d like to come,” replies Sam. “You can come check it out if you’re interested.” “That sounds like fun,” says Victoria. “I think I might come too,” says Lindsay. “Anything horsey is fun!” *** That weekend, both Victoria and Lindsay are seated in the audience of the Western clinic at Emerald Meadows. “See Victoria, I even wore a cowboy hat to fit in!” “Somehow I don’t think hot pink really ‘fits in,’ Lindsay, but it looks cute on you.” “Thanks! Wow, look at all the horses. They’re all so pretty! Hey, I wonder if they post in Western? It’d be hard to do a sitting trot in one of those Western saddles I think.” “I really don’t know,” says Victoria. “I guess we’ll find out. There are a lot of nice horses here. Look at that one!” she says, pointing out a black and white paint. “Wow, gorgeous! All of these horses are drool-worthy …” “All right, guys and gals, let’s get this show on the road!” says the host of the clinic. “Let’s all introduce ourselves and our horses.” They went around the circle, giving a name to each horse and rider. “My name is Connor, and this is Chrome,” says the rider of the black and white paint. “His full name is Monochrome, but it’s a bit of a mouthful.” Lindsay giggles. “That’s a cool name for a very cool horse!” “Too true. Oh look, they’re starting.” Throughout the day, the girls watch the Western riders walk, jog and lope – also known as canter -- their horses. They do alignment exercises – getting the horse to walk between the reins from each end of the arena. “And now for a treat!” says the clinic host. “Emerald Meadows’ very own owner and coach, Sam, will ride for us!” Lindsay and Victoria look at each other. “I didn’t know she was riding! Did you?” “No, not at all!”

Horsesense 101, cont’d “I did,â€? says a snotty voice in behind them. It was Charlotte, the snobbiest – and usually the most brightly dressed – rider at the barn. “You see the horse that she’s riding?â€? It was Chrome, the black and white paint that the girls had noticed. “Er‌ yes?â€? says Victoria. “He’s going to be mine. Connor is selling him to me.â€? “But you already have a horse, don’t you?â€? “Your point is?â€? asks Charlotte. *** “I can’t believe Charlotte is buying Chrome. He’s such a gorgeous horse!â€? “I wonder if she’ll spend more time with him than Pepper,â€? says Victoria. “I hope not, poor Pepper.â€? It was the week after, where the girls were having their next lesson. “I have something to tell you girls,â€? says Sam. “We will be joined by Charlotte for the next few lessons. She wants to learn Western and I just don’t have the time to fit her in any time else.â€? “I can’t believe I have to share a lesson!â€? says Charlotte, who is walking down the barn aisle. This time she is in purple and silver – but in Western gear. Atop her head is a bright purple cowboy hat with little silver stars, and matching cowboy boots. “Look, she even has spurs!â€? says Lindsay. “Why would she need those?â€? whispers Victoria. “No idea.â€? “Ah, Charlotte, I see you’ve, um, dressed for the occasion. You won’t be needing the spurs though – Chrome is actually quite sensitive to leg aids.â€? “I will wear what I want. Thank you very much. Remember, I AM paying you.â€? Lindsay rolls her eyes. “As if Sam could forget.â€? “It is your choice, Charlotte, but I warn you he might act up because of them.â€?

Carol Hansson lives in Prince George with her husband and her three bunnies, Bacardi, Bellini and Pepper. She is now riding a Quarter Horse called Ce Poco Pebbles and is learning the Western discipline. She hopes to have her own barn set-up by the spring, when she will fulfill one of her dreams – to own her own horse! You can contact her at

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CQHA Update

By Marnie Somers

Two Canadian Breeders Top Consignors at 2008 World Championship Sale The prestigious 2008 World Championship Sale was managed by Professional Auction Service Inc., and held in Oklahoma City, OK, from Nov. 15 to 16, 2008. The Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) is proud to recognize and heartily congratulates the following Canadian breeders who consigned the overall high selling horse and the overall second high selling horse. The auction service’s official results report the 2008 total sale prices at $1,331,300, averaging $4,755 on 280 lots sold. (All prices are quoted in U.S. currency.) Topping the entire sale at $42,500 was high selling horse, TheWayTheWestWasOne, sired by One Hot Krymsun, and out of Rolls Radicalle, by Radical Rodder. The 2007 brown stallion was bred by J. Jane Cryderman-Ely, WayWest Performance Horses of Goderich,

ON. The proud new owner is Dana Wilson of Ball Ground, GA. TheWayTheWestWasOne has already started proving the price tag was justified. He loped into the record books at his very first horse show, with dual Reserve Championships in both the Non-Pro and Open Lunge Line classes at the Just for Pleasure Futurity held in Perry, GA, in December, 2008. WayWest Performance Horses, owned and operated by Jane Cryderman-Ely and Harry Ely, are no strangers to success at the prestigious World Championship Show Sales. At the 2004 sale, their yearling, blue roan mare, GoodGirlzGoEveryWhere, sired by Zippos Mr Goodbar, and out of Sheza Zebra by Highline Pepper, was the high selling yearling, bringing $29,000. And at the 2003 sale, their bay yearling mare, Rolls Her Assets, sired by Protect Your Assets, out of Rolls Radicalle (the dam of TheWayTheWestWasOne), was the high selling yearling, which sold for $29,000. This is a remarkable achievement when you consider

that these breeders only raise two or three foals per year on a 40-acre farm. They work with a herd of approximately eight animals – a very small sample relative to the level of consistent quality. The second high selling horses (all ages) at the 2008 World Championship sale, brought $25,500 (tie). The Canadian-bred second high seller, Always Aboutthemoney, is sired by Frosty the Goodbar, out of Invest in Pretense, by Hot Pretense. The 2007 red roan mare was bred by Bob and Faith Olyarnyk, Band F Quarter Horses of Brandon, MB. The proud new owners are Chris and Christy Lenhart, Chris Lenhart Show Horses of Armada, MI. Band F Quarter Horses, owned and operated by Bob and Faith Olyarnyk, have been breeding and showing Quarter Horses for about 20 years. As well as competing themselves, Bob coaches amateurs and youth at shows throughout western Canada. He said, “We only raise about three or four foals a year, but we always breed to the best we can afford.

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• First Licensed in Langley in 1987 • Working Throughout the North Okanagan/ Southern Interior area since 1994 • Inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame in October 2007 • Former House Builder, Western Store Owner, and a Director/Past President of the B.C. Quarter Horse Association

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CQHA, cont’d Although we’ve attended the AQHA World Show sales for six or seven years as spectators, this was the first year (2008) that we thought we had one good enough to consign. We believed she was pretty and talented enough to offer her at this level and we were gratified by all the attention she got from prospective buyers from around the world. We are very pleased that Always Aboutthemoney was purchased by a professional horseman, who will be able to show this fi lly to her full potential.”

2008 AQHA Youth World Cup Finances End Up “In the Black!” The CQHA is extremely pleased to announce, that after all the numbers were crunched, the 2008 AQHA Youth World Cup held July 6 to 13, 2008, in London, ON, ended up “in the black.” The CQHA board of directors and 2008 AQHA Youth World Cup committee organizers took a huge risk – and

reaped huge rewards, in terms of elevating the Canadian Quarter Horse industry to a significant position in the global marketplace. Youth teams from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States competed on donated horses. Canada, as the host country, supplied approximately 90 all-around horses, 16 cutting horses and 32 reining horses, providing an outstanding opportunity to showcase some of the best Canadian-bred and/or Canadian-owned Quarter Horses available anywhere in the world. Patti Carter, the 2008 AQHA Youth World Cup chairperson, put together an unbelievable support team of committee members and AQHA professional horsemen. The co-hosts cannot adequately express our gratitude to the generous event sponsors, advertisers, trade show vendors, horse donors,

suppliers, entertainers, media, AQHA staff, Youth World Cup staff and volunteers, participants and spectators. Without you, a venture of this magnitude would not have been feasible. It was our primary objective to ensure that everyone involved would enjoy this event as “the best AQHA Youth World Cup ever” and that our foreign guests would favourably remember this trip to Canada. We have been assured by many, including 2008 AQHA president Ken Mumy, AQHA staff, and our international guests, that we achieved our goal. On behalf of the CQHA board of directors and the provincial/regional AQHA Affi liates, the co-hosts of this prestigious world-class event, we are very proud to see the fulfi llment of our vision which began in 2006. It took a great deal of planning, effort, co-operation, and fundraising (including some blood, sweat and tears), and above all else – belief in a dream. • 31

Adopting Abused Horses

By Adrian Hartman

It was in the middle of last winter when an article in the local paper drew my attention. It was about horses on the west side of Okanagan Lake who were not fed and in very poor condition.

Catching Apache at the beginning.

Nothing new though, but this time my wife Silvia and I decided to drive out there and see for ourselves what it was all about. After arriving there, we were informed that a lady from a neighbouring ranch had taken action and rounded up some of the poorest horses. They all were underfed and one of them had a deformed head because somebody put a halter on his head as a yearling and nobody took it off. A year later this neighbouring horse lady found him and had to hire a vet to cut the halter off because by that time it was partly grown into the skull! The poor little horse was hardly able to eat and close to dying of starvation. Now after being put in corrals, a horse rescue society, the TRACS, has hired a horse trainer and a vet to look after them and feed them until they found people to buy them from the owner for $300 to $400 each. Yes, you are hearing right; the owner gets the cash without ever spending a cent on the horses and the TRACS would have to pay the horse trainer and the vet by fundraising money! Anyways, even though we already had eight horses and didn’t need more, after seeing these poor little innocent 32 • Saddle Up • March 2009

things in their misery we couldn’t resist but buy two of them; a weanling colt and a one-year-old gelding. We named them “Apache” and “Navajo.” At the beginning they were scared to death when we approached them and tried to run off or rear; just like wild horses. With lots of patience we were able to get them into the horse trailer and bring them back home to our horse ranch. Here they were dewormed, deliced and received lots of feed and attention. In a matter of weeks the two little horses became so good looking, tame and friendly as if they were born here. It was astonishing to see how fast they were learning. They seem to know that we had saved them and really showed how thankful they were. In fact they were easier to train than the ones that were born and raised on our ranch. One of them, Apache, is so friendly that when he’s sleeping you can sit beside him, take his head and put it on your legs and he would just keep on sleeping. Hard to believe that just weeks ago they were like wild mustangs! At the beginning we used to hike around our ranch and along the street with them or do some easy ground work; later I would pony them while riding on one of our riding horses. The two little Indian horses are always so quiet and easygoing that I’m sure one day they are going to be our best trail horses! This year, after turning three years old, we are going to start breaking Navajo to ride. There are far too many horses around -- over 10 million in North America -- and many are waiting for

Navajo and Apache in the trailer.

On a walk with Navajo and Apache.

a good place to stay. In my opinion we should stop breeding so many horses but first take care of the ones that are being abused and in need of a good home! Horse tragedies like those described above shouldn’t happen anywhere in Canada or the world! Out of any horse you can make your personal best horse in the world, no matter what breed and whether it has papers or not. It’s all about how you train them!

Apache sleeping on Fatima.

Cariboo Cowgirls - A New Season Begins

By Janice Sapp

Well let’s start off with saying Happy New Year! The Cariboo Cowgirls are up and running for their 2009 season and looking forward to a year of new adventure!


his year we kick off the season with our annual Dinner & Silent Auction hosted by the Overlander Pub in Williams Lake, on Saturday April 4. Local business owners donate great items to be auctioned off. This is one of our biggest fundraisers and is always a blast. Tickets are available by calling Tina 250-305-0456 or Janice 250-392-7424. They are limited so call to reserve yours now. The Auction will run from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. As always everyone is welcome to come and bid on items. We have already started practices and are grooming many new girls and their horses for shows this season. Once again you can expect to see us charging into the arena in Williams Lake for the annual Stampede. We will also be showing in March at the 100 Mile Horse Show & Sale on the 29th. The Cariboo Cowgirls are also looking forward to meeting many more new members this year and welcome anyone who is interested to come and join in on the fun. Practices are on Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. For more info on joining the Cariboo Cowgirls Drill Team Society please contact Janice 250-392-7424 or E-mail riders@ We have many exciting prospects this year and plan KNUTSFORD LOG HOME AFFORDABLE COUNTRY LIVING! Beautiful 2 bdrm Log home on parklike 157 10.4 acres, all fenced and x-fenced, with 4 pastures. to attend a few new venues and also acres. Fully fenced, beautifully kept and in Frost-free water hydrants, plenty of water. 24x46 wonderful condition. Approx. 100 acres in dry barn with 3 stalls and tack room. House is 1400 sq. revisit some of our old friends. land hay and 35 acres of horse pasture. Lots ft. with 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, nicely kept. Yard of trees with lots of privacy. This property is is well-landscaped. 25 minutes to town. Asking We have had great interest this your dream come true and only 20 minutes to $225,000. Call Dana 250-398-0914, town. Great views. $659,000. Call Carleigh year and now have members traveling 250-574-2662, from as far away as Clinton just to come and ride. Remember, if you have a horse and you think that you would enjoy a season of travel, friends and fun, please feel free to come out and J. BARRIE CLINE BOB GRANHOLM DANA HINSCHE ROB TEIT RE/MAX BARRIE CLINE RE/MAX PRINCE GEORGE 150 MILE REALTY RE/MAX KAMLOOPS 250-371-7222 250-249-0004 participate. Until our next update. 250-398-0914 250-574-6838

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Cariboo Chatter

By Mark McMillan

We have been busy indeed – mostly playing catchup. Wading through e-mails and phone messages, and getting ready for an event that we find ourselves slightly involved in -- the Kamloops Cowboy Festival which takes place March 12 – 15. There’ll be over 40 performers, a big Western trade show and a great juried Western art show and sale. Looking for a Western saddle? There will be about 15 saddles in the Art of the West Show and Sale, all competing for that “Top Saddle” belt buckle, plus saddle makers that will have booths in the festival trade show. This year will be the biggest trade show ever with about 50 booths. The art show has doubled in size this year, too, and on top of the saddles there will be sculptures, flat art and photography – all with a cowboy/Western theme. Why the catch-up? As I said when we got back from the Spirit of the West Cruise to Hawaii last year, no one, including me, would have ever thought that they’d see Kathy and me on a cruise ship. Well this year we did it again, but this time the cruise was to Central America, the Panama Canal and Jamaica. It was awesome!! Like last year, one of the best parts about going with the Spirit of the West group is the networking and companionship with fellow travellers, most of which were ranchers or horse people. We met a lot of new friends, and there was no end of stories and fun. The cruise itself was on Princess Cruises’ Island Princess – a super nice ship where we found everything to be top notch. The food was phenomenal, the service was great, the rooms pretty much perfect and there was always a spare couple of lounges by the pool, which itself never seemed to be too busy. Oh yeah, and the sun shone every day!!

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Our group photo shows Billie and Hugh in front, behind them Rita, Shorty and Dimps Horn from Watch Lake Lodge Guest Ranch, and Kathy and I

We started off in Acapulco, Mexico, and had stops in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. In Costa Rica we had a couple of private tours (for the Spirit of the West group only). They had hired three buses that took us through some very scenic country to a coffee plantation (that is not A cowboy bringing some Brahma bulls in closer for us to see in Costa Rica usually open to the public) and then on to a Brahma Cattle Ranch. Then the Panama Canal – simply amazing, almost unbelievable. We left the Pacific Ocean and went through three locks, each lock raising the ship 27 feet. Then a beautiful trip sailing through a long string of lakes, and back down through Hugh and a couple of the guys playing at a sing-a-long on the poolside stage. three more locks to the Caribbean Sea. If we had to decide which place was our favourite, it might have been our next stop, Jamaica – mostly because this is where we went horseback riding. Now those that know us are probably asking why, when we do trail rides for a living…? Well it’s because we can’t ride Kathy and I swimming on horses in the Caribbean Sea in the Caribbean Sea, and that was fun!! Swimming horses back to catch-up, and far too soon! We in the ocean with the water did, however, take a couple of extra days temperature being warmer than the air and got a little visiting in with family temperature. Good horses, too, in fact and friends in Victoria. You can read our quite a few were their own Polo ponies. on-line diary, and see a bunch of photos The next stop was unfortunately Ft. on our web site www.meadowsprings. Lauderdale where we had to find a plane com. to take us back home, back to reality,

Cowboy Poetry An Equine Economy Mike Puhallo A nation’s economy is like a horse, it needs care and feed and rest, to maintain strength and resilience, to perform its very best. A horse has to have enough to eat, the same as any nation. He needs industry to keep him sound, to put the iron on his foundation. Education and health care are essential, watch out for worms, ticks and fleas. It don’t take too many parasites, to bring a good mount to his knees! Sometimes a pony needs a breather, you got to let him rest of course. There ain’t nothing to be gained, by whipping a worn out horse.

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A Cowboy's Day Drew Pederson You get up at 6:30, and go to feed, it's the same every morning, it's a never-ending deed. On the way back to the house, the aroma of fresh coffee, bacon and eggs, I love that smell, it puts a little spring in my legs. You get in the house and pull up a chair, you gulp down your breakfast it's a hurried affair. You know you have to get out and start cleaning stalls, because the longer you wait another pile of dung falls. When you finish that, you grab a saddle off the rack, with bailer twine you pull it together, and say, that will last until I get my new side of leather. The wife is freakin, says the water in stall four is leakin, and when you're finished that chore, there's another stall that needs a new door. It goes on like this, for most of the day it's very rare there's anytime to play. But it wouldn't be the same without a wife, because just when you’re ready to take it out of gear, and sit back and have a cold beer, she'll holler, oh when you got some spare time, you better saddle up that new colt. I'd do it myself, but I'm pretty sure that he'll bolt, and if you get him rode, I think I've got him sold. Sure enough he tried to pitch, oh I know it sounds like all we do is bitch, but it's a good life, I wouldn't trade it for a suit and tie that some office worker wears. I couldn't sit all day, with my ass stuck in a chair. There's not enough hours in the day for a cowboy, just when you think you're through, one of the horses comes in that has thrown a hind shoe. You pull on your chaps, and tend to his feet, before you can go in the house for something to eat. You throw the herd a couple of bales of hay, and you’re glad that it’s dark, you can finally call it a day.

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Spring has arrived at Hidden Hills!

By Lisa Maynard and Dana Ross

The horses are shedding their thick winter coats, the snow is melting and the barn is full of riding students grooming their favorite horse. The feeling is pure excitement with the promise of schooling shows, rewarding trail rides and spring break horsemanship clinics. We are welcoming many returning clients and new riding students too. The barn is full of lesson horses, horses in for training and students with their own horses preparing for the first shows of the season. We all share in the success of horse and rider combinations as they learn and master new skills. From the beginner learning to put a bridle on a patient lesson horse to the advanced rider schooling a young horse, every day offers a new challenge. Hidden Hills is a riding lesson and training stable. Keelly keeps busy coaching riders and training horses. Starting horses the correct way, with ground work first, the horses progress quickly under saddle and then move into specialized training for show or pleasure. Mariposa Welsh and Sport Ponies from Keremeos have chosen Keelly to train

Talia and Smokey

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10 purebred Welsh Ponies to saddle this year. The first three ponies have arrived; it is wonderful to see such beautiful ponies trained to be child mounts. Keelly has brought together a good selection of school horses for every student rider. Experienced jumpers, show horses, gentle pleasure horses, we have special horses and ponies for all levels. March means Spring Break! Yippee! Riding Camp time. Keelly has lots of fun activities planned, come on up and spend your entire day at the barn. Every rider gets a horse to take care of and ride for the week. The days are full with stable management instruction, horsemanship courses and formal riding lessons. Riders even get “free riding time,” to relax and enjoy their horse. For “Ladies Only” riding and training lessons are in full swing. This is a good time to get started or have a spring tune up in the saddle. The ladies are riding now, we have room for more, come on up and join in. By summertime you will be riding fit and out on the trails soaking up the wonderful Okanagan sunshine.

Kristie, Alibi (horse) and 5-year-old Gracie

Give us a call or email us for more information on riding and training programs. You can follow your dreams and become a better rider with lessons in the friendly, encouraging atmosphere at Hidden Hills.

Riding Tips - Spring Tack Care Before the riding season is in full swing, take the time to clean and check over your saddles and bridles, for any signs of wear. To start, warm the leather up, (if you bring it in the house, spread a drop sheet first), remove all the dust, then lather up the saddle soap. Rinse your sponge or cleaning cloth in fresh water often, wring out excess water, lather up again. Be certain to clean in all the nooks and crannies! If you have a leather girth, remember to clean it too. Polish with a dry cloth. If you notice any cracks in the leather or broken buckles, take the tack in for repair. Keeping your tack clean and in good repair plays a big role in staying safe on horseback.

Keelly, Ice and Libby

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TIDBITS South OK Horsewomen’s Dinner The 15th annual South Okanagan Horsewomen's Dinner was held Jan 23 at the Ramada Inn in Penticton. Approximately 75 women got together for an evening of fun, good food, and visiting. Guest speaker Amy Scovil from BC Draft Under Saddle Club, gave us a wonderful, entertaining, and informative talk -- complete with great pictures -- about life with "the big ones." Nickers Saddlery and Horses Rock, Penticton's two tack and equestrian stores brought some of their goods for display and sale. Also, Sheila Ehmann presented a beautiful line of jewellery. We raffled off a donated piece of art with proceeds going to a charitable cause. This year we presented $120 to Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding Club in Kelowna.

West Coast Classic at Chilliwack The WCRA West Coast Classic, Premiere Derby & Futurity Reining Show will be held July 17-19, 2009 at Chilliwack Heritage Park. Judges are Maryann Willoughby, Kansas; Chris Kozlowski, California; and Karen Myers, New York. There is more money added this year, with more classes… and back again in 2009 - CRI1. The WCC also provides classes for all levels of riders and horses. The July 2009 WCC will also host a CRI1 (approval pending). Canadian Reiners wanting to qualify to represent Canada at two very prestigious international events - the $100,000 money added 2009 World Masters Reining in Oklahoma City and the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY, must compete in at least one CRI1 in Canada. The FEI judge for this class will be Don Burkinshaw from Alberta and the FEI Steward will be Karen Myers of New York. For show information contact show manager Sharon Hall 604 856-3348 or at Information also at www.

Michael Schaffer Returns to Abbotsford Successful trainer, teacher, clinician and author of the book, "Right from the Start," Michael Schaffer returns to Abbotsford on

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May 29-31, 2009 for a 3-day Clinic. Mike has been a professional horseman for over 30 years and has trained both horses and riders through the FEI levels. He is well-known for his skill at making difficult horses easier, and transforming average horses into something special. Whether your horse is young and untrained, or older and needing reschooling; the work Michael teaches from the ground as well as the lessons on the horse teach the horse to soften and be light in the rider's hand. By controlling the horse's direction and angle Michael teaches him to bend, control the speed and balance his movement. The end soon becomes the means, and what the horse has learned blends seamlessly into specific riding disciplines such as Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, Endurance, Trail and just plain riding for fun on a relaxed comfortable horse. Whatever your discipline we all want that! For more information, or to book your session with Mike please contact Becky Kendall at Check out Mike's website at

Provincial Wish Trail Riders Saddling Up Again for 2009 Watch for our ad in the April issue and join us on our 13th Annual ride hosted at 25 locations throughout BC and Vancouver Island. Make 2009 your year to join us. Come on out and RIDE A HORSE - GRANT A WISH! for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada BC/ Yukon Chapter (over $647,000 raised to date). Anyone wanting to host a ride this year can call Mary Neufeld 604-855-9355 or E-mail, or stop by our booth at the QH Bazaar in Langley on March 22. Please see our website at for more information and for a ride near you.

‘Children’s Wish Trail Ride’ May 31, 2009

This is our 6th year at Silver Creek. We have turned in almost $40,000 to the Provincial Wish Trail Ride which gathers contributions from trail rides all over the BC province and presents them to the BC/Yukon Chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Our goal this year, at the Silver Creek Ride in Salmon Arm, is to be able to send in over $10,000. This is approximately the amount needed for “One Child’s Wish.” We need your help to do this, so get a pledge form, fill it with pledges and come to the Silver Creek riding ring on May 31, 2009. The ride will start out between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., registration is at 8:30 a.m. Burgers and refreshments will be waiting for you when you finish your 3-hour ride to Mount Ida and back. There will be entertainment by Dave Collins. We have a Chinese Auction happening at the same time; tickets are only $5 for an arm’s length. SADDLE DRAW: For every $20 in pledges, you’ll receive one ticket towards the saddle, which is on display at Buckerfields in Salmon Arm. AIRFARE FOR TWO: Each $400 in pledges gets you a chance to win two return air fare tickets donated by Air Transat. POKER RIDE: We also have a Poker Hand that you can join in. PRIZES: There will be a prize for Youngest Rider; and one for the Oldest Rider; and for the rider with the Most Pledges. PLEDGE FORMS: Can be found at various places around the North Okanagan after March 1, 2009. For more info on the “Provincial Wish Trail Rides” go to the following web site: To join us on the Silver Creek Ride, contact Rob Sjodin 250-832-1188, E-mail: • 37

Secrets of Saddle Fit

By Marlene Quiring

Fitting the right saddle to the right animal is important for several reasons. Economically, you will save yourself hundreds of dollars and avoid useless gimmicks that end up hanging on your tack room walls or collecting dust in the corner.


electing and fitting the right tack to the right animal for the right job is the key to having an animal that is able and willing to give you his best performance. Besides this, a correctly fitted and positioned saddle adds to your safety. Ultimately, an animal that is in distress from ill fitting tack may decide to buck, bolt or exhibit other undesirable behaviours.

Other signs of poor saddle fit are: • Dry spots, white spots, swelling, back or loin soreness. Check after the ride, an hour or two later and the next day! • Steps away from the saddle, pins ears, tries to bite, or is coldbacked • Becomes short-strided • Excessively tail swishing • Stumbling when ridden [can also be from poor trimming or shoeing, exhaustion or too much forward weight] • Acts grouchy under saddle • Saddle rocks even when cinched tight • Saddle rides too far ahead or too far back • Gullet touches the withers • Saddle won’t stay centered • Saddle pops up in the back or tips down in the front • Rumpled hairs under the saddle • Movement causing loss of hair over the loins or any other area Riding a horse, mule or donkey when they are not physically mature can result in permanent damage to that animal’s frame and will limit their usefulness and shorten their working life. Horses do not mature until around 4 or 5, mules and donkeys even later. Their bodies are still growing, cartilage is changing into bone, and muscles are strengthening. Expect that fitting a saddle to an animal that is not fully mature will take many adjustments as they grow. In order to understand how to fit tack, you need to first become a student of conformation, particularly the differences in backs from one equine to another. What you will find is that there is no “standard” back for mule, donkey or horse – each back is different. Backs can be long, short, wide, narrow, flat or with lots of belly. It’s not uncommon to see a back that has some deviation [curves left or right] of the spine. Ideally you want a tree that fits your animal’s back so that the weight is distributed evenly throughout the bars with no pressure points. It is incorrect to assume that any one saddle will fit any equine. Mule riders are often led to believe that if a saddle 38 • Saddle Up • March 2009

has a “mule” tree in it then it is supposed to fit any mule. This is simply not true. In truth, there are some horses that have backs that fit a “mule” saddle and some mules that fit a “horse” saddle. The important thing is to realize that each equine requires individual fitting attention. You cannot lump them into categories. Most equines, even breeds noted for having high withers, actually have downhill back conformation. Unless your saddle is sitting level, you will be tipped forward and gravity will

The ‘’model’’ for these two photos is of my trusty now 26-year-old saddle mule ‘’Smokin’’ Joe. Photo shows the saddle sitting too far forward, the front cinch will rub the mule’s elbow and the loose back cinch is useless. The saddle is also sitting slightly downhill and will tend to throw the rider’s weight ahead causing further problems.

The second photo shows the saddle re-positioned. Notice it is sitting further back as you can now see the mule’s shoulder cross. The front cinch is also several inches back and will allow for better front leg extension and the back cinch is positioned to ‘’capture’’ the belly roll; it is snug and will help to hold the saddle back. The downhill slope of the saddle has been leveled by the addition of a ‘’shim’’ in the front of the saddle.

Secrets of Saddle Fit, cont’d cause your saddle to want to ride up on the shoulders. Proper shimming can prevent this but first you have to recognize the problem and then know how to make the adjustments. Proper use and positioning of a back cinch is also a must in keeping your saddle in position especially for mountain and trail riding. Tim Barton, college instructor in equine anatomy and outfitter and packer of mules and horses for over 30 years, states that… “95% of the people I see do not set their saddles or pack saddles far enough back on their animal. The tree must be away from the animal’s shoulder blade so as not to interfere with the animal’s natural movement.” Unfortunately, the trend today is to ride our animals with the saddle sitting on top of the shoulders. This was not always so. If you look back at pictures of horseback riders throughout history, they are sitting in the middle of their mount’s backs, not up on the withers! When we ride too far forward, we are literally forcing our animal to speed up as he fights to keep his balance by moving his center of mass further back. Riding with the saddle well forward originated in horse racing, because this “out of balance” saddle placement literally forced the horse to speed up! This still works because our racetracks are short, but for long distances the horse will tire quickly because of being out of balance. Competitive, endurance, and trail riders will find they will tire their horses much sooner when they set their saddles too far ahead. The biggest misconception out there is that if we place our saddle further back we will “hurt the kidneys.” Your animal’s kidneys are a suspended organ well protected by layers of muscle and bone. They are not next to the surface of his loin, but lay deep within his body cavity. You could sore the surface of the loin muscles with a tree that is too long or digs in at the back, but you are not directly hurting his kidneys. The truth is if you ride with your saddle in the centre of your animal’s back, you are actually enabling him to be lighter on his front end. Once you understand and can see the differences in back structures, then you need to experiment with fitting bare trees to your mount’s back before you attempt to fit saddles. Understanding the importance of saddle positioning and saddle leveling will go a long way in keeping your animal comfortable and able to give you his best performance. To read more about Conformation, Fitting Saddles and other Tack go to Marlene loves horses… but for the last 20 years has been passionate about mules. Years of frustration in finding saddles that fit led her to work with and learn from Tim Barton, former instructor in Equine Anatomy at Olds College and outfitter/driver/muleman with over 35 years of experience. Marlene takes a common sense approach to tack fitting and her main goal is to make the subject understandable and doable for all. She presently resides in Ponoka, Alberta along with her husband Roy, one horse and seven mules.

Tim Barton [my mentor] teaching a Conformation & Tack Fitting Clinic which also includes pack saddle, harness and collar fit.

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Alberta Donkey and Mule Club Is your 2009 Alberta Donkey and Mule Club Membership overdue? If so, you can find our membership form online at or call Twyla at 780-696-3892 to join or renew. The following is a list of events that the club is working on. There may be more dates and information to add later, but mark these on your calendars now so you don’t miss out!

April 24-26 The Mane Event, in Red Deer, AB Visit us at our club Booth, where we will be happy to ‘’show off ’’ our favourite equines with photos, information and a good ‘’story’’ or two! We will still be basking in the glow of our TEAM MULE winning the Battle of the Breeds competition at Spruce Meadows, last September.

May 15-18 Memorial Day Weekend, Ride/Drive To take place at Ft. Assiniboine Park, north of Barrhead, AB. Picturesque sandy trails, wildlife sightings, plus historical sights make for a very enjoyable opportunity to “hit the trails.” Fred Godberson is the congenial host for the weekend and always has a great campsite ready often with wonderful local entertainment for us to enjoy around the evening campfires. Call him at 780-6745775.

By Marlene Quiring

July 10-12 Jerry Tindell Clinic Focusing on groundwork with some riding. Recommended for those that have not taken a Jerry Tindell clinic yet. Maximum 12 participants.

July 13-15 Jerry Tindell Clinic Colt starting or re-starting problem equines. Emphasis will be on safety and taking the steps to set up a foundation for a safe ride. Maximum 6 participants.

Donna Mendelsohn of Barrhead, AB. driving her ‘’team’’ of Flash the mule and Bailey the oxen. Donna broke their ‘’real’’ team mates to drive too!

July17-19 Jerry Tindell Clinic Riding Advanced. Maximum 12 participants. This clinic will be mostly ridden. If you took Jerry’s clinic last year, this would be a good one to take as it will progress from last year’s lessons. All the Jerry Tindell clinics will be in central Alberta, exact location TBA, Open to mules, horses and donkeys. Auditors will be welcome. Contact Marlene at 403-783- 5210 evenings or email her from Jerry’s site: Jerry is an exceptional trainer and teacher who made his first Canadian appearance at last year’s Mane Event in Red Deer and attracted many fans that were very impressed by his demos. We are very honoured to have him back for 3 clinics this year. Don’t delay in signing up!

July 24-26

Mammoth Donkey, ‘’Girlie’’ belonging to Keith Kendrew of Rimbey, AB. Girlie and friends are taking a leisurely drive on the outskirts of town.

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Hummingbird Trail Ride Gorgeous mountain scenery and challenging trails for all riding levels. All equines welcome to

join us as at every ride! Contact Keith Kendrew at 403-843-3293.

August 15-16 Tees Longears Days This is the 20th Anniversary of the Show! A fun fi lled weekend you don’t want to miss. Contact Colleen Campbell at 780-672-6105.

September 9–13 Spruce Meadows Battle of the Breeds and Equi Fair.

September, Date TBA Annual Campout Ride/Drive at Reg & Hazel Rusts, Ponoka AB.

Fall date, TBA Pack Burro Race This promises to be a very unusual and interesting project for us Canadians. Contact Paul Barrow at 780-987-3746. Keep in mind that parades and more clinics may be added to the calendar. Keep checking our website at www. for updates. If you have a picture, story or a suggestion for this newsletter, please contact me at marlenequiring@hotmail. com or call 403-783-5210.

In Memory of…

Teri Murray

On Feb. 14, 2009, Teri Murray, 22, a former Calgary Stampede princess, died in a car accident. A pilot, volunteer and horsewoman, Teri was loved by everyone. On the way home from Banff, Teri lost control of her vehicle and struck another car after hitting a patch of ice. The 58-year-old driver of the other car is recovering from injuries. Teri passed away later that evening. Teri was crowned Calgary Stampede Princess in 2006, after which she worked in Honolulu, Hawaii, at a YMCA camp. She was also a University of Calgary student for communications and linguistics. Teri’s family held a memorial for her at their ranch, Rafter Six Ranch, in Exshaw, AB, on Feb. 19. As a final gift, Murray’s family said her organs were donated to seven patients after she was taken off life support, some of them just babies. Even in her death, Teri has changed lives. Donations in Teri’s name will go to a memorial fund at the summer horse-riding camp at the Tim Horton Children’s Ranch in Kananaskis, Alberta. - Photo courtesy of Calgary Stampede.

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. The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you.

STORIES MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PHOTO Send Saddle Up one photo 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. • 41

On to Greener Pastures… Goodbye to “Blaze” (photo taken at 37 years of age)

On the bright and sunny morning of February 4, 2009, our good friend Blaze slipped away peacefully in his sleep. A 39-year-old Arab/QH (Paint) X gelding, Blaze had never had a sick or lame day in his life, and he was the ‘heart’ of our farm. It

P.H JEDI # (rtd)

It is with heavy heart but fond memories I announce the sudden passing of Jedi. In the warmth of the sun on February 4, 2009 he laid down in his pasture for the last time. Jedi became my partner in May 2000 after retiring from the Vancouver City Mounted Squad. His police rider called him the “White Boomer” with the big motor and a unique personality. Destiny brought us together - as while preparing a government tender, I found him listed under “surplus equipment.” He had been a “been there, done that” horse excelling in three day eventing and games in his younger years. “JJ” was as close to a “bomb proof” horse you could get. Taking care of his rider was his number #1 job. He was my confidence builder when I saddled up after recovering from an out of saddle accident. He never let me down when the two of us clicked. He had the poise and suspension in his gaits desirous of any dressage rider. Jedi lent me his strength, grace and patience

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was an amazing sight – poignant and humbling – to see each and every horse in the herd - even the 2 foals - walk up, one by one, and 'pay their respects' at his passing. He had been the caretaker of all the mares, foals, weanlings and upstart young stallions over the years. He taught and inspired confidence, respect and courage in all. Blaze worked hard in his life, was truly 'honest' and faced everything with courage; he had 'attitude' and personality plus. He was well known in a number of circles, and many young (and older!) riders got their start on Blaze. Over the years, he did everything from parades to ranch work. He moved many cows, ponied numerous other horses and riders, and even pulled a bull (far bigger than he!) out of a swamp. He participated in at least 12 of the annual Great Cattle Drives of the 90’s – ridden by the CEO, wranglers and ‘dudes’ alike. Blaze had a full life, was loved and will be missed. - Jennifer Zachary, Pritchard, BC

which were greater than mine. Knowing we both learned and counted on each other was reward for me. Jedi was more than just a horse. We depended upon each other and he got me through some rough times. In return I nursed him through a severe deep digital flexor tendon injury. Every day through his recovery he never gave up and provided me with hope when others doubted our actions. To the amazement of many, including our vet, we made it through those months of stall confinement, poultices, wraps and cold hosing. In true Jedi style, he was a trooper. Not content as a pasture ornament, I continued to ride him until his last day. He enjoyed his freedom in the pasture with his mates, especially ball tag and tug of war with young Benny and teaching him many of his tricks. Even when Benny pestered him beyond tolerance and played blanket games, Jedi was never mean to him. It brought great joy to see the two of them playing together for hours, rearing up with a stick or a jolly ball between them. If you ever get to experience that special once in a lifetime bond like we did, consider yourself lucky for it is rare. Give a horse what he needs and he’ll give you his heart. There will always be part of my heart missing but I’ll meet you at the gate one day, until then rest in peace. - Carol-Ann Rolls, Duncan, BC (Special thanks to Lynne, the Watkin Family and Bettina. The warmest feeling arrives when you know the horse you love is loved by others.)

South Okanagan Horse Association Update My horses are shedding and that tells me it is time to be riding in nicer weather than the cold and wind I have had to put up with the last couple of months. I can hardly wait until the Spring riding time is here. It is also a time to start thinking about show season. South Okanagan Horse Association (SOHA) has set its season. Our first show of the year is Saturday, April 11 for our Fuzzy Horse show. We have a few classes that are judged and the rest of the day is full of fun classes. You can check out our website at under the Calendar of Events for details on our entire show season. Of note this year we are offering Peewee classes for children under 9 yrs of age by Jan 1 of 2009. Our points shows begin in May and they are BC Heritage Circuit qualifiers. We also try to keep our show fees reasonable so that families can attend without breaking the bank, and with the economy the way it is right now low show fees really help. We are Discovery Level shows and it is a great place to bring green horses and first time competitors as well as those making a comeback after time off from riding and competing. The shows are meant to be fun and a learning experience in addition to a place to stretch your skills. We have also planned out first club recreational ride in the Willowbrooke Park for May 9th with more details to be announced at a later date. SOHA has also become members of the park so our members can ride in the park, which I understand is a beautiful place to ride. I am looking forward to going on this ride.

By Alex MacRae

Clinics Our clinic schedule is developing. First one is an Easy Packing with a Western Saddle, put on by Roland Neutzel. The clinic will cover; what to take on a day ride/overnight ride, learning hitches and their uses, loading the pack and highlining amongst other activities. The clinic will take place at Roland’s place in Naramata and the fee is $175.00. We have some other ideas in the works but nothing firmed up as of yet but keep checking our website and Saddle Up magazine for more clinics and dates.

Summerland Rodeo Grounds Our longstanding committee member Gwen Shaw and her South Okanagan Horse Association committee have decided it is time for her/them to work more directly with the District of Summerland. The Board of Directors of SOHA thank Gwen and her committee for all the hard work they have done over the last few years raising money along with the other volunteers from SOHA who have worked so diligently for a covered arena and other improvements to the Summerland Rodeo Grounds. We are sure that she will continue in her dedication to seeing the Rodeo Grounds being developed and improved, while SOHA continues its efforts to raise the needed funds for infrastructure improvements, overnight pens, and of course our long term goal of a covered arena. With the downturn in the economy, municipal are either cutting back on their budgets or watching their funds very closely. The Board of Directors expects any new developments to be slow in coming but we anticipate small improvements to continue to take place. Be on the lookout for details for the Annual Rodeo Grounds Spring Clean Up.

Spirit Of Life Ride This year’s Spirit of Life ride will take place on Sunday, April 26. Pledge forms are up on the website. I hope this year we will have a few items to auction off. Details will be sent out to our mailing list. If you want to be included on the mailing list, drop me a line at alex.macrae451@ This ride is in its fourth year and we have raised close to $15,000 dollars for the Canadian Cancer Society. 50% of the funds raised go to research and 50% go to support groups in the Okanagan. It is always a great day of riding with friends for a good cause. I hope to see a lot of you here this year for the ride. I always look forward to the day because it is one of the ways equestrians give back to the communities who are so generous to us the rest of the year. Please come out and join us this year. There are so many people who have had cancer touch their lives, let’s continue the fight against this devastating disease. • 43

Group shot of Top Rail members.

Thank-you to Julia Baker and Quinna Solowan for being the Masters of Ceremonies and doing a great job at it. Thank-you to the parents for a great potluck lunch. Thank-you to Tammy Olson, Gillian Solowan, Tracey Nordel, Laura Greger and Suzanne Johnston for being timers and Score Keepers. Also a great thank-you to our Judges: Mrs. Nicole Cant, Mrs. Laura Blackwell-Hunter, Mrs. Deb Van Diemen and Mrs. Janis Haughton for coming out to judge the Top Rails speech day.

Lacey-Lynn Bormke and Centuary Farms Kodachrome

Derrika Harrison & Mya Bormke with Legacy Estates Miss Impeachment in cart.

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For Catalogue of Horses

The Kamloops Top Rails 4-H Club has now opened their doors to Miniature Horses. We have three club members that have minis, Derrika Harrison, Mya Bormke and LaceyLynn Bormke. We just finished having our club speeches on February 7. The speeches went very well. There were 7 seniors and 5 juniors that did speeches. The judges for seniors were Mrs. Janis Haughton and Mrs. Deb Van Diemen. The judges for juniors were Mrs. Nicole Cant and Ms. Laura BlackwellHunter. The placings for juniors are Derrika Harrison for third, Kate Gatien for second and Lindsay Rose for First. The placings for seniors are Erica Pidskanly for third, Quinna Solowan for second and Martney Solowan for first. Congratulations to Lindsay Rose and Martney Solowan for making it to Districts.

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Okanagan Breeders Group Showcase & Sale, April 11-12, 2009

Okanagan Breeders Group Showcase & Sale Join us in Armstrong on the Easter weekend, April 11 & 12 at the Armstrong Fairgrounds for our fi rst annual Showcase & Sale – see what the Okanagan can offer YOU! The Okanagan Breeders Group will be hosting a Private Treaty Horse Sale with horses of all ages, breeds and disciplines on display. There will be demonstrations of the sale horses, time for try-outs, stallions on display, breed demonstrations and a Trade Fair. Over the two days there will be a USED TACK SALE and we are seeking consignments of good used tack. The North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association (NOTRA) will host the sale, and benefit the 15% commission charged on items – donations of tack are welcome too. Please contact Dani Goldenthal at 250549-0105, or e-mail See the April issue of Saddle Up for the Catalogue of Sale Horses and the weekend’s events and schedule. For bookings or more information please visit the website which is updated daily. Reining Schooling Show Sunday, April 26, 2009, Starts at 9 a.m. AND… YOU ARE INVITED… Reining Classes, Trail Classes, Gymkhana Games, Cattle Sorting British Columbia AQHA Professional Everyone Welcome, beginner to advanced. Horseman members Gus Evagelopolous Stabling available. Please NO DOGS. Concession. of Armstrong and Laurie Takoff of Kelowna are hosting an AQHA Test Ride Stan and Jeanette Brandt during the Okanagan Breeders Group 250-577-3156 or 250-320-7784, Pritchard, BC Showcase held in Armstrong, BC on April 11 & 12. The South Central Quarter Horse Association will be participating to help make this first Interior AQHA Test Ride a success. AQHA Test Rides provide the horse enthusiasts an opportunity to receive a brief one-on-one riding lesson given by a Professional Horseman member on a registered AQHA horse. It’s an incredible opportunity for just about anyone! Some of the horses used will be ones that have been raised right here in the Okanagan by our local AQHA Breeders. Other lesson horses are ones that have been shown by local Okanagan Exhibitors competing in AQHA Shows throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond! Lessons are free and slots are limited so be sure to watch the website for further details. This is not a Pony Ride or entertainment just for children, Folks. We encourage our adult AQHA enthusiasts to sign up too! Find out for yourself why the American Quarter Horse Association is one of the fastest growing Associations in the World and why so many people just love the Quarter Horse. • 45

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9th Annual Construction Feature Has your pasture been taken over by invasive weeds and trees? If so, there is a weapon to help you drive back the invaders. Scotch Broom, Daphne, Blackberries whatever it is it’s probably in your fields and pastures. How do you deal with it - herbicides, chainsaws, shovels, and bulldozers? There is a solution in the form of a 13.5 lb hand tool developed in Shawnigan Lake, BC. Some would consider the Pullerbear Tree and Weed Puller a gadget but those that have experienced its magic have referred to it as a “marvel.” Gary K., of Victoria BC, says that “The Pullerbear is user friendly and nearly addictive, once you start pulling you cannot stop.” What is it and how does it work? Well, it’s all steel and stands as tall as a shovel but the comparisons stop there. The Pullerbear uses a combination of leverage and a vice-like grip working simultaneously together to pull trees and weeds out of the ground - roots and all. The most intriguing aspect of the tool is that you use your weight more than your strength to uproot the plant. Born in Shawnigan Lake, in 2000, the Pullerbear was the brainchild of former dairy worker, Randy Paisley. He wanted to develop a tool that could be used to combat the king of invasive weeds, on Vancouver Island, the insidious weed known as Scotch Broom. Invasive weed control was the prime objective, but it wasn’t until a local B.C. horse owner had wanted her pasture cleared, that Paisley realized that there was another useful purpose for his tools. “We don’t usually go out and do the actual pulling ourselves, but this seemed like a good opportunity to demonstrate the tool for other horse owners. The two horses in the pasture were so anxious to graze on the once inaccessible grasses that they were pushing us out of the way while we were working.” After 8 hours of pulling the pasture was clear, the grasses intact and there were no stumps, holes, or herbicides left behind. A useless pasture for the last 10 years has now been reclaimed for its original purpose. The advantages are obvious, more grazing area, toxic plants removed, no tripping and stepping hazards and fewer places for ticks to dwell. The Pullerbear is an eco-friendly solution to a problem that has never had a perfect solution. No oil, no gas, no noise, no chemicals and, nothing other than your footprints are left behind. More information can be found at www.pullerbear. com or if you’re on Vancouver Island, Shar-Kare Feeds

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9th Annual Construction Feature Is Your Livestock Getting the Best Water? For livestock owners the state of the water your livestock is drinking may have much to do with their health. For ages people have searched for a kind of living water, something to give life back, however we often end up settling for whatever water we can find available in our environment. We use it and then give some of it back but always in a used condition, trusting the earth to somehow magically restore the life in water. Alternative Water Solutions in Vernon, BC believes they have discovered this living water. Called “Dreamwater,” their water conditioner is based on natural energizing water technology that marries old science with new technology, using electromagnetic frequencies impulses, generated by a computer chip to generate the ‘energizing’ of water similar to what the earth does. This Dreamwater process is said to cause the water to become ‘thinner’ or ‘wetter’ by reducing surface tension of water and breaking up the mineral dissolved in water to a fraction of its size. The end result is reduced mineral scaling, increased mineral uptake by plants and animals, and much faster absorption through cell membranes resulting in all around better functioning water. All of this is surprisingly enough accomplished without any use of chemical. Unlike traditional salt-based water softeners, Dreamwater by Sirox does not backwash salt-laden water into the environment nor does it use or waste any water. Water treated this way shows signs of being “healthy,” by regenerating plants, animals and according to some studies people with long-term ailments. Livestock in studies drink more water, dairy cattle show reduced cases of kidney stones and plants prove to have up to a 300% increase in mineral uptake. Some studies have indicated regeneration of ‘dead’ or dormant organisms in stagnant soil from this “energized” water used for irrigation. Also the increased level of oxygen in this energized water causes septic systems and manure to operate much more efficiently with a fraction of the ammonia smell. Dreamwater uses ‘EMF’ electromagnetic impulses to put flowing water back into its natural inner-vortex “spin” and to reduce the physical size of dissolved solids and water molecule grouping. Keeping water energized and un-clustered in this way allows water to better deliver naturally mineral-rich, pH balanced life-enforcing properties. By all means let’s start giving life back to our environment, let’s give our livestock the best water there is!

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TopNotch Performance Horses Theresa and I decided that in order to facilitate a private breeding, training and veterinarian operation such as ours, it was apparent that we be cost effective! We knew we must keep all aspects of our venture in house. Therefore we needed to create our own internal infrastructure that would be vital to economic stability and compliment this operation and its industry. Economic times dictated that any structure that required a great deal of sub contracts would balance the scale away from it being an asset and weight on the side of great expenses and overhead. A post frame wood structure could be constructed by family and friends to reduce outside costs but would take extra

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time to complete. This was an option that we were willing to sacrifice in lieu of the alternative, so our 2 year project began! All the preliminary excavating and compaction was done by us. Trusses for the arena were re-erected from the dismantling of the old Barrhead arena. All pillars were replaced with new 12” x 12” x 30’ beams and all 900 perlins were replaced with 2”x 8” x 16’ rough cut lumber. The exterior of the building is coloured metal siding and lexan windows. The 368 cu. metres of concrete was laid in two pours. We added a coal fired Portage and main boiler for the 22,000 plus feet of in-floor heating. New trusses were required and we had to have them designed and built for this structure. All

box stalls, tie stalls, rubber mats, feeders, gates, panels, scales, etc. were purchased from an estate sale of a newer facility, which saved us a few dollars. The indoor arena riding surface is 220’ x 115’ with a 21’ ceiling and a 3’ window around its entirety for plenty of natural light. There is a 12’ high, 4’ wide 220’ long viewing platform above the riding area with access via a spiral staircase. The footing is a solid 2’ packed and graded clay base with approx. 3.5 inches of a non compacting clay sand mixture. The barn area is an open 38’ wide, 12’ high and encompasses 3 sides of the facility for a total length of 526’. All 45 box stalls are 12’ x 12’ and the 10 tie stalls are 12’ x 6’. There is an inside

9th Annual Construction Feature shavings room and a feed room with both inside and outside access. The wash rack area is 12’ x 24’ next to a 30’ tack room. Exiting the barn, there is an attached 1600 sq. ft. office, coffee and greeting room with full amenities including showers, internet, satellite TV and a full security system with 16 in and outside, 24 hour live recording surveillance cameras which eventually will be a part of our web site browsing feature. Leaving the office on the exterior of the facility is an attached 30 kw natural gas stand by gen set that will be run during peak demand hours and set up to sell power back to the grid. Outside the building is a 6 horse 70’ hot walker which will be under roof by spring.

1st Annual Horse Sale We are thrilled to announce that we are having our first annual Horse Sale here on April 26, 2009 (see our ad on page 3). TopNotch has made some huge changes and we feel that this sale is a way to invite the public to our place and meet our new trainer, Wylie Fraser. - Theresa and Tim Dykes, Stony Plain, AB

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Built by Thibeault Contracting, the slightly smaller due to the fencing around the useable part of the interior. Currently, barn has a clear span width of 30 feet the interior of the arena has no structures and is 100 feet in length, with hay and equipment storage. The sheds for horse inside other than the tack room/office, shelters on either side (length of barn) are and a kitchen. 18 feet wide. Footing consists of a sand/gravel It is communal living for the horses base from our own gravel pit, with sand/ for the most part, but with two stalls (18’ x topsoil topping from our own supply, 20’) with paddocks for foaling or isolation mixed with some sawdust from the local mills. We also built smaller paddocks for horses in training, located nearby to the arena. We required some extra fencing and cross-fencing around the fields and for the paddocks, which was provided by Don Eden Fencing & Contracting. Prior to building the Hay Barn and Arena, roadwork and site preparation was required for easy accessibility. Footings needed to be laid. This work was provided by Ken Bolster Contracting. The horse and hay barn is a simple CONTRACTING LTD. post and beam structure, easy and Road Building • Excavating • economical to build, Reclamation • Site Prep offering a stress free Grader • CAT’s • Water Truck environment for the Phone: 778-785-1421 horses to inhabit, and Radio Phone: Clinton YR Channel: Flycreek N687805 is easy to keep clean. Message: 250-459-2172


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About Cordova Farm: We are a well known operation in both the Hunter/Jumper world and the Thoroughbred racing world for many years, first in Victoria since the early 1970’s, then in 1987 moved to Aldergrove. In 2008, we moved to this spot in Clinton, and have rebuilt again. We were tired of the constant rain and mud of the Fraser Valley, and the crowds of people and traffic there. We

have a small broodmare band of mostly (but not entirely) full TB mares of carefully selected breeding, and produce dual purpose TB and part TB horses, suitable for racing and/or hunter/jumper/event disciplines. We own and stand the TB stallion, Persian Star, and offer stallion service to the public to both TB and non TB mares. We have young racing prospects and started show horses for sale throughout the year, as available. We offer boarding for broodmares, foaling out, and board for young stock for owners looking for quality facilities and care with no mud and top class feeding. We offer winter or summer turn outs, usually for horses from the track, but do not discriminate. - Nancy and Mike McMinn, Cordova Farm,


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Randy Ophus Performance Horses Randy Ophus Performance Horses, located in Vanderhoof, is a breeding and training operation. By adding an indoor arena, training can now be in comfort year-round safe from the elements. The decision to purchase this type of building was easy, steel will last a lifetime. I chose this style of arena which will allow me to add on later, i.e. stalls and hay storage. Inside the arena there is a 60 x 140 riding area with sand footing allowing for better sliding ground. There is an inside pony wall at 4 ½’ high made with 2 x 6’s. Most of the groundwork and site preparation was done by me with my own equipment.

At the ranch we also have an outdoor arena measuring 115 x 240, a 60’ round pen, a 5 stall barn with 30 paddocks and tons of trails to ride on. We offer Paints and Quarter Horses of all ages and levels of training for sale, and we start and finish horses of all breeds for ranch work, reining, working cow, penning; and even starting Warmbloods for dressage. Randy Ophus Performance Horses offers training, boarding, riding lessons and clinics. We will be hosting Cattle

Pennings this spring as well as a poker ride. We currently stand four stallions: Mr. Leo Express, a 1996 APHA Buckskin Tobiano; Got To Last, a 1996 AQHA Buckskin; Chex to Me, a 2004 AQHA Perlino; and Jacs Bar Pepper, a 2003 AQHA Red Dun Stallion. Randy Ophus Performance Horses is sure to be a wonderful place to either purchase a horse or have one trained.



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Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2009 President - Brenda Miskimmin VP - Ruth Moorby Secretary - Pat Carnegie Treasurer - Louise Abbott Directors: Madeline Bateman Brenna Mayer Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Karen Ellis June Melhuish Lynn Wallden Riders heading out on a trail at Rock Creek in 2008.

The ride season is approaching fast, and as of this writing, many of us are still faced with ice and deep snow in the hills! Those of you that have been able to get out on the trails will be well on your way to being ready for the first ride of the year (Helldiver Resurrection, April 11, Courtenay). Some of our members have been busy planning for FEI rides in BC, fundraising for International, and developing a national youth program for endurance!

FEI 1* Ride in BC Daphne Richard of Kelowna, the chair of Endurance Canada, has announced a FEI 1* competition in conjunction with the AERC-sanctioned Moulton Creek endurance ride in Pritchard on Sunday, April 26th. The distance will be 80 kms (50 miles), and horses must be a minimum of 6 years old and meet vaccination protocols. Riders must meet certain requirements including being registered with FEI, a member of Endurance Canada, and authorized by Equine Canada to compete. Over a dozen riders have already committed to enter this ride, and there is still time for more to step forward! More information can be obtained from Daphne at daphnedr@ or from

Holiday Adventure Fundraising Gail Jewell DVM and Elroy Karius have generously offered to donate a portion of the rental of their cabin at Idabel Lake to our International Fund to 60 • Saddle Up • March 2009

financially assist international riders. It is a fully equipped, standalone lakefront A-frame cabin in Idabel Lake Resort, and it sleeps five (photos available at They are offering a very reasonable discounted nightly or weekly rate. In addition, they are offering the use of an RV and other camping at their farm, with full use of miles of their trails right from the farm. Contact Gail and Elroy ( for prices -- this farm vacation adventure will be tailored to your preferences and needs. Thirty percent of all revenues for these adventures will go to the international fundraising effort.

National Youth Subcommittee of Endurance One of our young riders from BC, Kate Coady, has organized a National Youth Sub-committee of Endurance. She took the initiative to present her proposal to Endurance Canada at their recent AGM in Ottawa. The mission is “To promote the sport of Endurance riding to young riders and to provide them with education and support.” This sub-committee of Endurance Canada would like to “get young people interested in Endurance and maintain their interest” and “have resources available for young riders and easily accessible.” For more information and to get involved, check out and click on the Youth link. In addition to all the national and international news, we do have a full

slate of local Endurance rides planned for riders of all ages and abilities to enjoy. Check out our website on the Events page for full details!

Horse being vet checked at the Rock Creek Ride in 2008.

We encourage you to join or renew your ERABC membership: Senior membership is still only $20.00; Junior $12.50 (16 yrs and under); Family $40.00. If you belong to ERABC you usually get a discount on ride entries, newsletters, have cumulative lifetime mileage tracked, and are eligible for annual, provincial high point and mileage awards, not to mention the great benefit of receiving a subscription to Saddle Up. Please visit our website for further information. The membership form and ride entry forms are at and we are listed in the club listings in the back of this issue.

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club Update Our Spring Start-up Clinic is scheduled for March 21st at the Iceton residence in Armstrong, 10am-3pm. It will be an action-packed day with demos, presentations and discussions about show management, natural horse and hoof care, tips on training, conditioning and showing your horse, and veterinarian advice on keeping your horses happy and healthy through the show season. Helping us get it all together are June Lalonde, Equine Canada Steward & Show Manager extraordinaire; Bruce Goode, Natural Hoof Care Practitioner of Lone Pine Ranch; Dr Lily Miller DVM; Judge John Newman & entrepreneurs; Joan Cunningham & Louellen Rempel. Everyone welcome. $5 for members & $20 for non-members. Watch for the OMHC Miniatures and their owners at O’Keefe Ranch, on the May long weekend. The following Saturday, May 23, is our annual Spring Fundraiser Show at VDRC. Susanne Wallace will be our judge for the day. Classes will be a whopping $5 each, or club members can spend $25 for a whole day of fun. Lunch/BBQ on the grounds. Memberships are due for the 2009 season and include 5 online newsletters plus great deals on show and clinic rates. Youth $10, Singles $15 & Families $25. Contact Judy Ashenmeier, aschjudy@ 250-546-9345, to renew or join. For more information on these and other events, please refer to the contact information below. Visit the BC Miniature Horse website for show, clinic and membership forms, sponsorship enquiries, up-to-date calendar of events, contact information & OMHC membership list. http://www. For a more detailed list of upcoming 2009 Miniature horse events in BC, Alberta and the western USA please use this link: upcoming.htm.

By Melanie Russo

2009 OMHC Mini-Related Dates: March 21 - OMHC Spring Start Up Clinic, Iceton Residence, Armstrong BC, Melanie Russo 250-767-2322 April 18 - OMHC Meeting 7pm, Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong BC, Barb Aschenmeier 250-379-2513 May 16-17 - OMHC Miniature Horse Club Demo Day at O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon BC, Laura McInroy 250-546-1992 May 23 - OMHC Fundraiser Show, VDRC, Vernon BC, Melanie Russo 250767-2322 May 29-31 - Interior MHC AMHA & AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Prince George BC Joan McNaughton 250-9927485 June 5-7 - Wild Rose Miniature Horse AMHA/AMHR Sanctioned Show, Olds AB, Shirley Rowbotham 403-746-2269 June 13-14 - BC Miniature Horse Spring Classic AMHA Show, Cloverdale BC, Lavon Read 360-659-1711 June 20 - OMHC Meeting 7pm, Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong BC, Barb Aschenmeier 250-379-2513 June 25-26 - OMHC Okanagan Classic AMHR Sanctioned Show, Armstrong BC Joan McNaughton 250-992-7485 June 27-28 - OMHC Okanagan Classic AMHA Sanctioned Show, Armstrong BC Joan McNaughton 250-992-7485 August 15 - OMHC Meeting 7pm, Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong BC, Barb Aschenmeier 250-379-2513 Sept 2-6 - Interior Provincial Exhibition, Armstrong BC, Ann Iceton 250-546-0998 Sept 11-13 - Salmon Arm Fair, Salmon Arm BC, Joan Cunningham 250-5459566 Oct 17 - OMHC Meeting 7pm, Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong BC, Barb Aschenmeier 250-379-2513

Bormke family and minis having some winter fun. Congratulations are past due for their success at Cloverdale in 2008-Scott Creek WindjammerGrand and reserve Champion Junior Gelding- all 3 Grands and First Knight Victoria Secret-Grand and Reserve Senior Mare- One Reserve. Well done!

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BC Miniature Horse Club News Well looks like the snow is finally starting to melt and the winter siege is letting go. Spring does seem to be in the air and I hope it is not just teasing us. We could use the good weather to revitalize us and help us get the motivation to come out of hibernation. It is hard to get motivated and get back to work after a long cold winter. You look at your shaggy horses and say well one more month of just hanging out won’t hurt. Well wrong. As hard as it is to get going, get off the couch and out of the warm house and start working with your kids! The club is working on making it easier and more fun to get going. We have arrangements for a covered arena that any of us can use at anytime. But we know that things are much more fun with company so to make it more attractive to get out there the activities committee members are committed to being there every other Sunday starting on February 15th. We will be there at 1 p.m. till about 3 p.m. Come join us for driving or obstacle of whatever you need to do to get out there. If you don’t want to take your mini out just come by to say hello. You can also get a few of your friends together and set up a regular workout schedule. We all know if we have a commitment to others we are more likely to do it and not just say I will do it tomorrow. We are also working on getting some clinics going for this year. We are hoping to put together a 2-day Driving clinic and a 2-day Halter/Obstacle clinic along with several informal instruction clinics you

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By Margaret Walmsley

can attend on a monthly basis. Of course we will be planning at least one play day in which Margaret can create complicated and creative games for us to play. Before you know it show season will be upon us. We all want to be prepared to do our best but most of all have a great time. Always remember, that is what this is about, enjoying doing something special with our Minis. For you CDE folk, Cool Runnings is in March and that is not far away at all! We are working on I know there is a mini here somewhere getting some informal sessions going with some and halter classes. Our obstacle course CDE instructors. Margaret designer is already at work figuring out Evans should be starting up her Treking more challenging courses for us all. when things dry out and minis are more Don’t forget to come by and see us at than welcome there. If you get a chance to the Quarter Horse Bazaar on March 22nd take your mini over her course it is quite at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. We fun and a beautiful location. will have a booth with Minis on display The show committee is busy working and lots of people to answer questions on our Spring Classic which is June 13th and help you out. We will be doing a and 14th at the Cloverdale Agriplex. This demo which will include obstacle and year is our 30th anniversary of the jumping. So definitely come down and show. We hope to make it special. Our see us. futurity entries have increased greatly For more info contact Margaret since we started two years ago and Walmsley 604-856-1419. there are some exceptional horses being shown. The driving classes have some good competition as well as the obstacle

Your news is welcome! Let us know what you are up to. Send along one or two photos as well.

Pine Tree Riding Club KAMLOOPS, BC Newsletter contact: Meghan E-mail: Club contact: Debi 250-851-9256 So the groundhog was right, as I’m writing this winter is showing no signs of leaving. Even though my very fuzzy pony is starting to lose her woolly mammoth coat, Spring still seems too far away. So as we sit here waiting for the green grass and warm sunshine, the thoughts of what shows and clinics to go to are forever in our minds. With a crew dedicated to putting on some clinics at our wonderful PTRC grounds, there will be plenty of learning opportunities throughout the year for everyone. As for the Playdays, there will be many chances to show off your newly acquired skills from the clinics. Mark the dates on your calendars so you don’t miss a single one. The Playdays are also in need of volunteers for all dates. If you could help out at one or more, please call Debi Eppinger at 250-851-9256.

Dates: April 12 - Playday May 10 - Playday June 6 - Annual Show English Day June 7 - Annual Show Western Day August 16 - Playday September 13 - Playday October 4 - Playday

Memberships Due It’s that time of year, remember to get your memberships in as soon as you possibly can. It helps our office crew out a lot by getting both the membership forms and Playday entry forms in early. It saves tons of time and makes things easier for them if we (the members) don’t wait till the first Playday to renew and hand in our forms.

Grounds Keeper Wanted How many students out there are looking for a summer job? How about a great way to earn some money, while spending some time outside? The club is once again looking for a grounds keeper from May 3 to October 3. Anyone who is interested in the position, please call Debi Eppinger at 250-851-9256.

Fundraising Bottle Drive A nickel here, a nickel there. Do you know how quickly nickels can add up? PTRC’s annual Bottle Drive takes place on Sunday, March 29. This is a major fundraising opportunity for our club. So to get everyone out there taking part would be amazing! If you are able to lend a much appreciated helping hand, please call Debbie Wyers at 250-374-8627. • 63

BC Paint Horse Club

- Colour Your World - Own A Paint Pres VP Sec Treas Past Pres. APHA Alt APHA

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

Hello again everyone. It looks like Spring may actually arrive after all! Speaking of Spring, show season is right around the corner. The first BCPHC/PNPHC sanctioned show of the year is March 20-22 in Monroe, Washington. It is two 3-judge shows with futurity classes and saddle high-points for each division, including Solid Paint-bred. A huge thank you to our trophy saddle sponsors: Alison Willoughby and Bruce Maitland of Maitland & Associates; Louise Bruce and Teresa Albrici; The Rainbow Classic; and Robert Bosa of the Quorum Group. Sponsors of the Spring Classic also include Dianne Rouse, Barbara Binns and Wayne Chappell, Colleen Schellenberg, Rick Nissen and Kerry Sawyer. The BC Paint Horse Club also needs to thank the tireless efforts of the Spring Classic Show Committee. Volunteers are still needed in the following areas: in gate, Trail scribes and ring stewards. If you can donate even an hour of your day towards helping the show, your help would be immensely appreciated by the few that always volunteer their time. The more people that can donate a part shift means less work for everybody. Don’t forget to fi ll out your BC Bred Declarations and send them in to make sure your points count towards year-end awards. If you are attending and wish to arrive on Wednesday, March 18, the arena will be open for riding from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. for a fee of $20, which will go towards establishing a Crisis Fund. Stabling for the extra night will be $25. There are 6 OPEN futurities and all Stock-type breeds are eligible. Visit the BCPHC website for all forms and flyers for the show. Hope to see you there! For people wanting to get a show under their belt before the Monroe show, plan to attend the Vancouver Island-based Rainbow Horse Club’s first show of the year (www.rainbowhorseclub. com) being held at Arbutus Meadows in Nanaimo on March 15. Not only can you get your horses out and back into the show ring with a full slate of

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Photo courtesy of Totem Photography. Bar J Zandas Beauty (aka Kaleidoscope) and Jessica Cheadle performance classes and halter, but it is also PACapproved. The Rainbow Horse Club is a family-oriented club run solely by volunteers that specializes in getting new people into the show ring, giving them confidence, and re-introducing a fun show atmosphere to those with experience. It is a great place to learn and get your young horses some ring experience in a fun, safe environment. While they offer Hi Points to promote Paint participation, they welcome all breeds and disciplines. Their shows are March 15, April 25, June 28, August 9, September 20 and October 25, with dates in May and July to be confirmed, so check out their website for information or email Deana Chunick at For everyone on the mainland, mark March 8 on your calendar – Barbara Binns is working hard once again to put on a schooling/warm-up show at Shirocco Farm in Langley. Check out the BC Paint Horse Club’s website ( for more details. If these schooling shows prove to be popular, then Paint horse owners can fi nd a place to show their horses locally and gain valuable experience without all the extra costs. For those that prefer jumping, all of Thunderbird Show Park’s shows are PAC approved. Th is includes Hunters, Jumpers and Dressage. For a complete schedule of events, please visit their website at www.thunderbirdshowpark. com. Jane Tidball is very excited to offer this program to all the Paint owners that show there. A fi ne example of what your Paint could do is “Bar J Zandas Beauty,” shown by AjPHA member Jessica Cheadle, who placed 2nd in 2’9 and 3’0 Hunter over Fences and placed in the points in 2’9” Jumper division. Just imagine the points this combo earned! Other PAC-approved shows include the Vancouver Island Arabian Horse Association, with shows held at the Saanichton Fair Grounds, Victoria on April 12, May 30, July 4, August 16 and September 5 & 6 (Saanichton Fall Fair). For

more information, check out their website at www. The Vimy Western Riding Club, based in Duncan on Vancouver Island, is once again pleased to host 4 PAC-approved shows this year on May 31, June 21, July 26 and August 30. Contact President Kathy Mercer at for more information. If you know of any club that would like to be PAC-approved, and need more information or have any questions, contact Anne Marie Wass at Your club’s shows can be listed through the BC Paint Horse Club’s website as well as in our column here in Saddle Up. For information on clubs that would like to be sanctioned through the BC Paint Horse Club for year end awards in the Open Show & Competition Program, please go to our website and contact Colleen Schellenberg. Moving on to more technical things, the first General Meeting of the BCPHC was held on February 9 with 13 members present. Among other topics, the new declaration for horse owners travelling to shows in the US was outlined. The 2009 Rules and Regulations for the BCPHC Year End and Open Show & Competition will be up on the website soon, so check often for updates. The next meeting will be a Director’s meeting on Monday, March 9, 2009. The BC Paint Horse Club would like to welcome our newest members: Trinell Carpenter of Red Hawk Ranch, Bellingham, WA; Judy Dizi and Craig Bird of Abbotsford; Tracy McKay of Chilliwack; Bibs Dallaire of Sunrunner Farms, Houston, BC; Diane Magdalin and Ed Rougeau of Horizon Paints, Vernon, BC; and Georgina Sonmor of Port Moody. Great to have you with us! We would love to hear from all you Paint owners out there – please email me (silverdollar35@ your stories, accomplishments and/or photos and I’ll try to include them in future issues. Until next then, Happy Trails! - Anne Marie Wass

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association

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

Hello everyone! Well here it is March already, let’s hope the snow leaves us soon so we can ride without so many warm clothes on. My winter coat is all beat up and I have worn out at least four sets of gloves. Despite a warm winter blanket; Sammy still has a wooly coat of hair and

has yet to start shedding. Yup I am ready for the sun and I can’t wait to ride down the trail and listen to the happy birds in the bushes! - Take care and ride safe, Alaina. BCIHA is planning another clinic. Carla Jackson of Alberta has made time in her busy schedule to come share her knowledge with us. Carla is a great instructor in many disciplines including Country English Pleasure, Hunter, Western Pleasure, and Halter. This is open to all breeds, ages and training levels. The clinic will be held at Asmara Stables in Armstrong with dates to be announced. For more information or to book a spot call Karel Nordstrom at 250-546-0098 or Sheila Goertz at 250546-6004. Hope to see you there!

AERC Riding Club Promotes FUN!

Sammy enjoying some time with Dayne.

By Tammy Thielman

Photos by Rein-Beau Images

Friendly, affordable, family-minded. Come and join the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club (AERC) for a small fee and take part in many great horsey events including Indoor Winter Riding, a Spring Schooling Show, Fun Days, and social rides and events. From April to September, the AERC hosts monthly Fun Days, small Schooling shows for every age and every level of rider, at the Armstrong IPE grounds. For a small entry fee, take part in Western, English and Trail classes and after lunch, some fun Games like Keyhole and Barrel Racing. Riders can go as fast or slow as they want. The focus is on fun and practicing horsemanship and riding skills. All are welcome. For the over forty years, AERC Fun Days have helped introduce young and beginner riders to showing in a positive environment. Fun Days also help experienced riders get in show shape

while supporting their local club. Join the AERC in 2009! To become a member, go to and print out the membership form or call Brenda 250-546-2557 or Tammy 250-832-3409. The next club meeting is March 11 at the Armstrong/Spallumcheen Chamber office at 7 p.m.

AERC dates to remember: April 5 - Schooling Show, call Ursula 250546-0171 or Carolyn 250-546-0361. Watch for posters! May 17 - Fun Day June 14 - Fun Day July 12 - Fun Day Aug. 16 - Fun Day Sept. 20 - Fun Day The AERC began in 1966 to encourage and support local riders. The club welcomes new members and volunteers. Qualify for year-end awards! Members can post free ads on the website. • 65

British Columbia Quarter Horse Association BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S3 * President: Darhl Paley, 250-612-4770, Vice President: Carlina Schumann 250-567-4807, AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson 604-530-6875, Fax 604-608-9174, AQHA Director Emeritus: Gen Matheson Ph/Fax 604-534-5137 Membership Secretary /Media Liaison: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 Fax 604-806-9052,

Calendar of Events March 22, 2009 - LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC Contact Haidee (604) 530 -8051 or March 31 - LMQHA AGM 7pm Fort Langley Lions Hall 23022 88th Ave Contact Haidee (604) 530-8051 or April 4 - BCQHA AGM Super 8 Motel. 26574 Gloucester Way, Langley BC (264th and # 1 Hwy) Contact Darhl (250) 612-4770 or April 5 - BCQHA Directors Meeting Super 8 Motel. 26574 Gloucester Way, Langley BC (264th and # 1 Hwy) Contact Darhl (250) 612-4770 or April 11 - LMQHA Evening Ride Thunderbird Show Park -Langley, BC Contact Terri (604) 541-0511 or April 12 - LMQHA Schooling Show Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC Contact Terri (604) 541-0511 or April 25 - SCQHA All Breed Fuzzy Horse Show Armstrong Agriplex - Armstrong, BC Contact Cheri Smeeton (250) 573-2541 or May 2, 3 – VIQHA Totem Circuit Beban Park - Nanaimo, BC Contact Margaret (604) 856-1419 or May 8, 9, 10 - LMQHA Spring Circuit Thunderbird Show Park -Langley, BC Contact Margaret (604) 856-1419 or

President’s Message – Darhl Paley The Stallion lottery was a great success! A total of 86 tickets were sold which raised over $1600 for BCQHA. Winners were: 1) Donna Oosterhoff - Priceless Presence 2) Inga Selke - Perpetual Tradition 3) Lianne Hummel - Hes Real Cool 4) Lauren Lander - Smashing Cool Irwin. A huge thank you goes to all stallion owners who supported the BCQHA Stallion Service. We hope that by having the stallions listed on our website has given these owners a good deal of traffic through their own websites. Even with the currently slow market, we are hoping those who stand these outstanding stallions will choose to stand them for another 66 • Saddle Up • March 2009

year, and (crossing our fingers) produce those world champions we all strive for. Thanks to all the folks who bought tickets in support of this fundraiser. We hope to have another Stallion Service Draw this year and have tickets available this summer for the 2010 breeding season. STALLION OWNERS, please give some serious thought to participating and if you are interested please contact Darhl at 250-5615630 or Please make plans to attend the BCQHA AGM on April 4 at 2 pm. It will be held at the Super 8 Motel in Langley. A quorum is needed and member input is essential for our affi liate to be strong and growing. We have a great association, so please come to the meeting with support for the old ideas, and bring forth all your new ideas. Remember we are only as good as the volunteers we attract and retain, and we do this because we love our Quarter Horses AQHA/CQHA/BCQHA Director - Gayle Pawley-Wilson A Strategic planning session took place the beginning of February in Region One, lead by Leman Wall from AQHA. The Region One American Quarter Horse Affi liates, a non profit organization and a draft of the first Constitution and Bylaws was created. This organization exists for the purpose of uniting all Affi liates in Region One as a source to reach all AQHA Affi liate members and potential AQHA horse owners. The CQHA held their AGM in Ottawa along with the Equine Canada Convention on February 6, 2009. The guest speaker was Dr. Douglas Corey, DVM who spoke on “The Problem of Unwanted Horses.” CQHA and Equine Canada have been very prompt with Press Releases regarding important issues of health and welfare and border requirements to the Horse Industry. I encourage you to be informed by joining CQHA at The membership is free to all AQHA members and a nominal fee of $10.00 for non AQHA members. Import Permits and USDA Health Certificates Required for Equine Semen and Embryos from the United States Effective January 30, 2009 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced that an import permit is now required for the importation of semen and embryos from the U.S. into Canada. These revised import

restrictions are a result of the expanding investigation into Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) in the U.S. Canadians seeking timely information regarding import requirements are advised to use the CFIA’s Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) at http:// Default.aspx. Haidee Landry and I attended the Equine Canada Convention as voting delegates from CQHA to Breeds & Industry. We were both impressed by the leadership of the new CEO of Equine Canada, Akaash Maharaj and his foresight for the future of the Canadian Equine Industry in Canada. The AQHA Annual Convention will be taking place in San Antonio Texas in March. The topics of discussion will be cloning and AQHA Rule changes for 2010. I would like to encourage everyone to keep informed Nationally and Internationally by visiting the web sites of and LMQHA – Lynne Carter Join us for the 35th Annual Horseman’s Bazaar March 22, 9am-5pm at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC. Th is is the much anticipated event where horse folks from all breeds and disciplines come together. Th is year we’re featuring a fun and exciting rodeo theme with numerous demos and clinics highlighting the working ranch horses and much more! It looks like 2009 is shaping up to be our largest used tack sale event ever! Lots of new trade booths with unique and rare products! Get there early for the Pancake Breakfast by donation 9-11am with all proceeds going to Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Assoc. Feed the kids pancakes then drop them by the all new KID ZONE to colour, play and learn how to throw a rope like a real cowboy! VIQHA – Lynne Carter Attention all VI members! Would you like to see your island news in this space? We need an enterprising person who is “in the know” to report what is happening around the zone. Hot gossip, new arrivals, who bought a new horse, which member has a new beau…. you get the drift! Is this “know it all” you??? Drop me a line! Candice Hall and her World Champion gelding “The Uninvited Guest” took home top honors at the recent Sun Circuit in Arizona. Crowned circuit champs in Novice Amateur

BCQHA, cont’d Western Riding; it was her first time in the pen with him in this division. Way to go Candice! SCQHA – Cheri Smeeton On April 25th we will be holding our 12th Annual All Breed Fuzzy Horse Show at the Armstrong Agriplex. Horses of all breeds and competitors of all ages and levels of competence are welcome. By running the show as close to an Official AQHA show the participants will get the general idea of what to expect at an official show. This show will be a great “introduction & preparation” for showing at an AQHA level. Relaxing some of the AQHA standards, all of

the participants will have the opportunity to learn what would be required in future show participation. Pick up your “Fuzzy” show program and entry forms at major Tack stores throughout the Zone or contact Cheri Smeeton at (250) 573-2541 or Fabulous prizes will include Class Awards, High Points and Ribbons to 6th place and much more. Congratulations go to Nicole Barker who had some great placings with her new horse “Tucker” at both the Sun Circuit in Arizona and Burbank, California!

NBCQHA – Carlina Schumann Hi everyone. I hope the mild weather has been enjoyable for you. I know that I am looking forward to spring!! NBCQHA is having another “Commission Free” Horse Sale on Saturday, June 6th at the Prince George Agriplex (see the ad on page 11). The tack sale will be starting at 11am with the horse sale following at 1pm. The catalogue deadline is May 24th. Entries for NBC members is $120 and $150 for non. This fee includes your stabling, sale catalog ad and 3 months in Saddle Up. Go to or Jessica Mikolayczyk at 250-842-5081 for more info.

Do You Own A Morgan? Well then you should belong to the BC Interior Morgan Horse Club. We welcome Morgan owners of all disciplines, whether you breed them, show them, or strictly just trail ride. We love to promote the breed and its versatility. Some of our members are out there at Endurance Rides, Competitive Trail Rides, Combined Driving Events, Open Shows, Dressage and Jumping events, and yes, even just trail riding. Perhaps you have seen some of us at Armstrong’s Interior Provincial Exhibition – where members gather with all sizes and shapes of their Morgans to proudly show in hand, driving and riding. We would love to meet other Morgan owners and ask you to consider joining our club as we all have the same thing in common – the pride of ownership. Membership rates are very reasonable at $20 single, $30 family or for associate

members (non riding) $10 single or $15 family. Our Annual General Meeting was held on February 7 in Armstrong. We present our new 2009 Executive: President: Pat Crema Vice-Pres: Nancy Roman Secretary: Karen Wilkie Membership: Karen Wilkie Treasurer: Laurie Lyons Promotion: Deborah Neufeld Following a fabulous pot-luck lunch, members agreed to participate at the Okanagan Breeders Showcase & Sale at Armstrong on the April 11 & 12 weekend. The club will have a booth there and members are currently seeking those that would like to participate in a breed demonstration showing the Morgan’s versatility.

After some discussion, it was decided to hold another raffle, selling tickets to raise money for the club. These tickets will be available for sale at the April 11 & 12 event. Already we have one ton of hay donated by Gunther Funk. We will need a few other items donated to make this raffle a success. Draw date will be sometime in the summer months (tba). Pat Crema is looking into having a Play Day at the Pritchard Rodeo grounds in the next few months – will keep you updated on that. We will also be putting together a trail riding schedule for the upcoming riding season – watch for dates to be announced. Our next meeting is Saturday, March 7 at the Armstrong Inn restaurant (formerly the Saxon Inn), starting at 11:30 (with lunch being preordered). For further information or membership please contact Karen Wilkie via email at • 67

BC Cutting Horse Association Photos by Robert Magrath

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

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“On Feb 7th a few of us were in Calgary to attend the CCHA AGM and awards banquet. I thought the meetings and awards banquet went well, and congratulation to all the BC cutters who made off with a few of the awards there. It was good to see most of the cutters are excited about the CCHA and attending the fi nals in Olds in April. With a new group of cutters joining from Ontario and eastern Quebec, and the point system staying the same, cutting in Canada is looking to stay strong.” Wendell Stoltzfus At the CCHA awards banquet two of our BCCHA members received outstanding awards, Leslie Timmons of Kamloops and Betty Manuel of Logan Lake. Congratulations to you both and thank you for your years of dedication to the sport of cutting. We have our 2009 schedule lined up and are looking forward to a great year of cutting.

CCHA Jr Youth Champion Madison Stoltzfus of Merritt, BC captured the 2008 Jr. Youth title on her horse Columbo D Or. Madison had a very consistent season earning points at every show. Outstanding job Madison!

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BCCHA 2009 Show Schedule (Approvals for all shows pending) April 4-5 April 10-12 April 17-19 April 25-26 May 2-3 May 23-24 May 30-31 June 5-7 June 25-28 Aug 8- 9 Aug 14, 15, 16

Zirnhelt Spring Cutting – BCCHA, CCHA, NCHA CCHA Finals Susan Stewart Scholarship Clinic - Zirnhelt Ranch, Kamloops Frolek Ranch Cutting – Kamloops - BCCHA, CCHA Coast Show - Chilliwack – BCCHA, CCHA Stump Lake Ranch Cutting - BCCHA, CCHA Deleeuw Ranch Cutting – Knutsford - BCCHA, CCHA NCHA Days - Claresholm, Alta. – CCHA, NCHA BCCHA Maturity, Classic/Challenge LAE & Bonanza Weekend - BCCHA, CCHA, NCHA Williams Lake Cutting – BCCHA, CCHA Gary M Cunningham Memorial Weekend & LAE - BCCHA, CCHA, NCHA

Leslie Timmons CCHA Hall Of Fame Inductee

Resolutions, and for his dedication and untiring effort over a period of many years, has made an outstanding contribution to this Association and the sport of cutting in Canada. In recognition of this exceptional service, Les Timmons was inducted into the “Canadian Cutting Horse Hall of Fame” on February 7, 2009.

Betty Manuel 2008 CCHA Sportsmanship Award

Les Timmons receiving his award from Larry Sands

Les has been involved with the Canadian Cutting Horse Association, in many different capacities, for over 25 years. He served as Vice President in 1995, 1996 and 1997, and President in 1998 and 2008. Les has been and is currently an NCHA/CCHA Judge and has served on the Judges Committee, also acting as Director of Judges for many years. He has volunteered his time to hold many Judges Clinics across Canada and as well as being on the Rules Committee, was invaluable in the rewriting and updating of the CCHA Rule Book. Les has always been ready to step up to address any problem that needed attending to, always for the good of the Association. Les has many cutting Championships to his credit, both in Canada and the U.S., where he has promoted many great horses to their full potential, also instructing many cutters in their quest to improve their cutting abilities in this great sport. Les has always been a strong supporter of the CCHA, its Constitution and

Les Timmons, Betty Manuel and Jan Daley

“The 2008 recipient of the CCHA Sportsmanship Award is always helpful around the cuttings, and she shows positive attitude both in and out of the show pen. She is the epitome of everything this award represents. It gives Mark and me great pleasure to sponsor and present this award to Betty Manuel.” - Jan & Mark Daley. Betty Manuel has been volunteering for the BCCHA since 1987. Betty has been the treasurer for the association since 1991 and along with partner Rick Hook helped to initiate computerized bookkeeping and show records for the association. Betty was the BCCHA secretary for three years in the early 90’s and has trained many new secretaries since. Betty is always willing to lend a hand and give encouragement to fellow competitors.

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The Back Country Horsemen of B. C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Jonathan, 604-556-6884 or 10/09

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

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

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

CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART) Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 or 250-809-7152, 0


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CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 2/10 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Pat Carnegie, 250-462-0006 10/09 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Pritchard Rodeo Grounds Bev 250-577-3154/250-371-4899 3/09 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 8/09 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Sue Rath, Secretary 250-376-9443

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KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397, 10/09 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Barb 250-379-2513 AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics 4/09 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Blair Bates 250-452-6941 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 12/09 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Sec/Treas: Bonnie 250-546-3970 Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders 9/09 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Debi 250-851-9256 Monthly Playdays, Annual Show, Activities 4/09 SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSE ASSOC. Alex MacRae (Pres.) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, 8/09 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Sharon 604-856-3348, 9/09

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Every Sun CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard. 250-577-3156 Every Sun. WEEKLY ROPING PRACTICE (Indoors) 12 noon, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, Sandy 250-718-2761 Every Mon. OPEN JUMPER NIGHT, Pacific Country Stables, Langley. 6pm kids, 7-8:30pm adults. Call 604-514-8202 Every Wed. OPEN JUMPER NIGHT, Pacific Country Stables, Langley. 4:30–8:30pm. Call 604-514-8202 Every Wed. WEEKLY ROPING PRACTICE (Indoors) 6:30 p.m., Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, Sandy 250-718-2761 1 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Beg. L1) w/Cindy Kirschman, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Lumby, 250-547-9277, 6-8 BREAKAWAY ROPING CLINIC w/Carey Isnardy & Rod Spiers, Eli Cattle Co/ Sageview Ranch, Kamloops, Troy or Jessica 250-819-9306 or 250-376-6762 7 INTRO TO TTOUCH BODYWORK, Icelandic Horse Farm, Coldstream, BC, 1-800-255-2336 or 7-8 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Sundre, AB 7-8 DAWN HEPPNER CLINIC, Copper Hills Equestrian, 5504 Rodeo Drive, Kamloops, Contact Ann 250-819-7597 8 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Beg. L1) w/Cindy Kirschman, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/ Trainer, CHA Instructor, Lumby, 250-547-9277, 8 ADIVA MURPHY CLINIC, Level 1, Four Seasons Equestrian Centre, Ladner, BC, Cindy 604-817-9593, 8-9 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, JVS River Ranch, Sundre AB, Villy or Jonna 403-507-0066, 9-Apr 10 DOUG MILLS Apprentice Camp, Kamloops, 250-573-4189, 10 PRC GROOMING CLINIC, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, Katie 250-470-2316 12-15 KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Tickets at The Horse Barn in Kamloops, Info 1-888-763-2224, Early Bird Special on 13-14 FRANCES WEEKS CLINIC, Copper Hills Equestrian, 5504 Rodeo Drive, Kamloops, Contact Ann 250-819-7597 13-14 **NEW DATE, SPRING RODEO CLINIC, BrewersArena, Vernon, BC 250-546-8059 or 250-545-8081, 13-15 TRISH HYATT HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Gold Cert. Chris Irwin Trainer), Remuda Ranch, Turtle Valley, Shuswap, Kelly 250-679-2815 13-15 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Rocking M Stable, Wainwright, AB, contact Dale @ 13-15 DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Creston, 250-573-4189, 13-15 TEAM ROPING CLINIC w/Rod Spiers & Carey Isnardy, Eli Cattle Co/Sageview Ranch, Kamloops, Troy or Jessica 250-819-9306 or 250-376-6762 13-16 JONATHAN FIELD COURSE 1 CLINIC, Saanich Fair Grounds, Victoria, or Roma 1-877-573-4018, 14 IMPROVING FLEXIBILTY AND SUPPLENESS FROM THE GROUND, Icelandic Horse Farm, Coldstream, BC, 1-800-255-2336 or 14 WELCOME RIDE, 1-6p.m, Paradise Ranch, Vernon, RSVP to Cindy at or call 250-558-4743 15 ENGLISH/WESTERN PERFORMANCE SHOW, Mission Horse Club, Shawna 604-820-8317, 15 OPEN RIDING (10-2 indoors; Group Lesson 2-3pm), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, BC, Call for info & rates 250-547-9277 15 ADIVA MURPHY CLINIC, Level 1, Four Seasons Equestrian Centre, Ladner, BC, Cindy 604-817-9593, 15 RAINBOW HORSE CLUB OPEN SCHOOLING SHOW, Arbutus Meadows, Nanoose (Vanc. Island) 17 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Kelowna, BC, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785, 20-21 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Sherwood Park AB, Karen, 780-922-1045 20-22 AMANDA SELF HORSEMANSHIP/REINING CLINIC, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, 250-577-3156 20-22 CLASSICAL RIDING CLINIC w/Craig Stevens, Aldergrove, BC 604-504-5909,

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BULLDOGGIN CLINIC w/Kenny Waterston, Eli Cattle Co/Sageview Ranch, Kamloops, Troy or Jessica 250-819-9306 or 250-376-6762 PLANNING YOUR ARENA RIDE CLINIC, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, OMHC Spring Start Up Clinic, Iceton Residence, Armstrong BC, Melanie Russo 250-767-2322 EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY COURSE, Edmonton, AB, Sidonia 1-888-378-4632 or TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, (Adv.), Sherwood Park AB, Karen,, 780-922-1045 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Aldergrove, BC, CHA Driving clinic, Jim McCrae 604-856-5477, E-mail: PRC KEN SMITH POLE BENDING CLINIC, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, Katie 250-470-2316 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, 1 day/2 day Clinics, Colchester Stable, Sherwood Park, AB, contact Lisa @ HEALING WITH HORSES - INTUITIVE COMMUNICATIONS. Victoria, BC, 1-800-405-6643, CALF ROPING CLINIC w/Dean Edge, Eli Cattle Co/Sageview Ranch, Kamloops, Troy or Jessica 250-819-9306 or 250-376-6762 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP COURSE 1/2 Ground, Field Horsemanship Center, Abbotsford, Carol Amero 778-888-4032 ANNUAL USED TACK & EQUIPMENT SALE, Thompson Valley Pony Club. 9am-2 pm, Barnhartvale Comm.Hall, Kamloops, Sally 250-577-3836 HEALTHY HORSE EXPO, Saanich Fairgrounds, Victoria, BC. MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria, BC, Demo at Healthy Horse Expo, Victoria LOSING THE SPOOK; GAINING TRUST AND CONFIDENCE, Icelandic Horse Farm, Coldstream, BC, 1-800-255-2336 or BCBRA/BRN4D Barrel Race (Double Header), Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, SHADOWDANCERS’ HORSEPATTER APPROACH CLINIC, Armstrong, BC, call 250-546-9640 HORSE BAZAAR, Horse Sale & Trade Show, Horse Demos, Dinner & Auction, Cariboo Agriplex, 100 Mile House, Randy 250-395-5175 DALE IRWIN CLINIC, Copper Hills Equestrian, 5504 Rodeo Drive, Kamloops, Contact Ann 250-819-7597 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Beg. L1) w/Cindy Kirschman, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/ Trainer, CHA Instructor, Lumby, 250-547-9277, TRAILER INSPECTION, 11am-3:30pm, bring donation to Food Bank, Planet Ice, Maple Ridge, Larry 604-462-0851, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria, BC, Kristina Millar 250-478-2051, E-mail: MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Cobble Hill, BC, Nancy or John Lane 250-743-1268, E-mail: EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY COURSE, Kelowna, BC, Sidonia 1-888-378-4632 or

Every Sun CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard. 250-577-3156 Every Sun. WEEKLY ROPING PRACTICE (Indoors) 12 noon, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, Sandy 250-718-2761 Every Wed. WEEKLY ROPING PRACTICE (Indoors) 6:30 p.m., Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, Sandy 250-718-2761 1-3 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Cobble Hill, BC. Nancy or John Lane 250-743-1268, E-mail: 2-6 PNH WITH SALLY LANG, Natural Horse Styles, Qualicum Beach, Vicki Dugas, E-mail or call 250-228-4933 3-5 AMANDA SELF Reining & Horsemanship Clinic Series, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, Stan or Jeanette 250-577-3156 or Amanda 250-804-1723 3-5 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP COURSE 1/2 Riding Clinic, Field Horsemanship Center, Abbotsford, Carol Amero 778-888-4032 3–5 CONNECTED RIDING & NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Chase, BC, Chris 250-679-3837, 4 BCCTRA Nanaimo Schooling Ride, 4 RIDING WITH AWARENESS, Icelandic Horse Farm, Coldstream, BC, 1-800-255-2336 or 4 SILLY HAT RIDE! Meet 11am, Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River, BC, Bev 604-487-9947

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GAMES, Mission Horse Club, Helen 604-820-1819, HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Beg. L1) w/Cindy Kirschman, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/ Trainer, CHA Instructor, Lumby, 250-547-9277, BC HERITAGE CIRCUIT SHOW, Furleez Farm, Kelowna, BC, Anne 250-860-2785, SCHOOLING SHOW, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Ursula 250-546-0171 or Carolyn 250-546-0361. EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY COURSE, Langley, BC, Sidonia 1-888-378-4632 or MAXINE MCKENNA BARREL CLINIC, Vernon, Skye Hamming 250-545-3323 FRANCES WEEKS CLINIC, Copper Hills Equestrian, 5504 Rodeo Drive, Kamloops, Contact Ann 250-819-7597 DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Okanagan Falls, 250-573-4189, ERABC Helldiver Resurrection, Courtenay, SSA & SELECT HORSE SALE and Trade Show, Peace River Area QH Assoc., Dawson Creek, Colleen 250-843-7337 or Rea 250-719-9195 TRAIL HORSE CHALLENGE SERIES (1of 3). Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River, BC, Gayleen 604-483-4376 SOHA FUZZY SHOW, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, for info check web DRESSAGE LESSON (SERIES), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, OK BREEDERS GROUP Showcase & Horse Sale, Used Tack Sale, Trade Fair, Demos, etc. Armstrong Fairgrounds. NICOLE BROWN REINING CLINIC, Terrace, BC, Juanita 250-635-6348, PLAYDAY, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops, 1 WEEK HORSE LOGGING SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch, Gold Bridge, BC,, 250-238-2274 JOSH NICOL CLINIC, Armstrong, Mandy 250-309-6208 EQUINE HOLISTIC AWARENESS SYMPOSIUM, Armstrong Fairgrounds, BC, 250-546-3527, EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY COURSE, Courtenay, BC, Sidonia 1-888-378-4632 or DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Victoria, 250-573-4189, KELLY MEZZATESTA CLINIC (Silver Cert. Chris Irwin Trainer), Remuda Ranch, Turtle Valley, Shuswap, Kelly 250-679-2815 ELEANOR KLAWER DRESSAGE & JUMPING CLINIC, Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River, BC, Lynn 604-487-1337 BCCTRA Fanny Bay Schooling Ride, GARAGE/TACK SALE, Diamond H Tack, Kelowna, 250-762-5631 LRS ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, Langley, more info at ENDURANCE RIDING CLINIC, Kelowna, Location TBA, contact June at 250-256-7035, MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB EVENT, Janice,, BEGINNER REINING CLINIC, Carmen Teixeira, Salmon Arm, BC, Leslie 250-546-0300, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Matway Farms, Abbotsford BC, Becky, 604-824-6250 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP COURSE 2/3 Clinic, Thorsby Haymaker Arena, Throsby, AB, Tamara LRS GAMES DAY, Langley, more info at DRESSAGE SHOW, Delta Riding Club, Sheila 604-940-9698, DEE BUTTERFIELD BARREL RACING CLINIC, Kelowna, Rhonda, EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY COURSE, Jandana Ranch, Kamloops, BC, Sidonia 1-888-378-4632 or PRINCETON CHA TRAIL CERTIFICATION CLINIC w/Marion Weisskopff as CI, Jack Breaks 604-856-7786, Email: REINING SCHOOLING SHOW, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, Stan or Jeanette 250-577-3156 DRESSAGE FESTIVAL, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna, THE MANE EVENT, Red Deer, AB,

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HEALING WITH HORSES - INTUITIVE COMMUNICATIONS, Armstrong, BC, 1-800-405-6643, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Grand Forks BC, Joanne Rooke 250-442-0275, Email: HUNTER/JUMPER SPRING CLASSIC, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna,, ALI BUCHAN DRESSAGE CLINIC, 100 Mile House, BC, contact Mike Kidston 250-791-5247 DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Smithers, 250-573-4189, DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Sorrento, 250-573-4189, PGRHA Spring Slide, Prince George, HEALING WITH KINESIOLOGY. Armstrong, BC, 1-800-405-6643, REINING SCHOOLING SHOW, Sun Reiners, Armstrong, BC, Leslie,, DRESSAGE LESSON (SERIES), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Saanich Fair Grounds, Saanich BC, Sharon, 250-656-2420 SOHA SPRING SHOW, BCHC Qualifier, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, for info check web ICELANDIC HORSE BREED INTRODUCTION, Tolt Away Farm, Enderby, BC, or 250-838-0234 GAMES, Mission Horse Club, Helen 604-820-1819, HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Interm. L2) w/Cindy Kirschman, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/ Trainer, CHA Instructor, Lumby, 250-547-9277, LONG EARS FUN DAY, Cedar Hill Ranch, Falkland, Mavis or Tom 250-379-2076 GYMKHANA, Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River, BC, Gayleen 604-483-4376 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Nelson BC, Teresa Precious 250-229-4203, E-mail: DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Camp, Kamloops, 250-573-4189, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Silverton BC, Jenny Jones 250-358-7105, Email: • 71

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PRONTO ESSO 546-3772



NATURE’S TRIM, Shawn Galloway (Armstrong) 250-308-6293 Barefoot practitioner, Renegade Boot Representative. 3/10 VALLEY FARRIER & EQUINE SERVICES (North Ok) 250-546-8254 4/09 Bob Johnston & Jim Ferguson; Certified Farrier Service

Nice Rooms. Great People.

Chilliwack, BC

HEALTHY HOOVES, Rae Allan 250-547-2034 5/09 Barefoot Trimming Service. Serving Okanagan and surrounding areas.

TIRECRAFT 546-3781

Full Mechanical - Tires BIG or SMALL - We Sell All Leigh & Darlene Taylor Proudly Serving Armstrong for 21 years • Gas • Diesel • Propane • Lotto • C-Store


BED, BALES & BREAKFAST OUT OF SIGHT RETREAT (70 Mile House) 250-456-6039 9/09 Victorian waterfront home, unlimited trail riding, DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) Your Dream(e)Scape! Beautiful views, Great Trails, Horse boarding/rehab. 250-372-2928 4/09 BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 3/09 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 12/09 ROBERTSON FARMS LTD., (N. Okanagan) 250-833-2581 Shavings, Sawdust, Shavings, Bark Mulch 12/09

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

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Custom built and installed to your needs Alan Cossentine Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 • • 3/10

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


FOOD CONCESSIONS BAR NUNN CAPPUCCINO & GRILL/CATERING, (Okanagan) 250-308-4871 Quality, healthy food created fresh at your event. 5/09




Beautiful Private Ranch Setting Trail Rides, Horse Camps, Hay Rides Weddings & Reunions • Corporate Parties Groups of 100-300 - Texas Style BBQ Catering


250-549-2209 - Vernon, BC



EQUINE THERAPY & REHAB FACILITY 250-546-3527 4328 Lansdowne Road, Armstrong, BC, V0E 1B3 Fax: 250-546-3528 • Email:

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COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT, (Merritt) 250-378-9263 3/09 Don Loewen, Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs

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

Custom Made Saddles & Tack Using only the very best quality materials 9/09


Reg Marek • 250-569-7244 • McBride, BC

Leghorn Ranch Hay Sales •

Hanif Jinnah - 778-886-1343 From Alberta and Washington - Timothy/Alfalfa, Orchard Grass/Alfalfa, Alfalfa, Timothy and Chilliwack Local - Lots of excellent quality. Delivery in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley 10/09 50 to 150 bales and semi loads

RAY’S SADDLERY (O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon) Shop cell 250-862-0554, Custom made Saddles, Tack & Repairs, Shop open year round. 11/09 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 5/09 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,


HORSE SENSE HERBS, (Alberta) 1-800-434-3727 Original Chinese Herbal Formulas for Horses, 0

ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 9/09 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (Falkland) 250-379-2078 8/09 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. Call for appointment.

HOLISTIC ALTERNATIVE HEALING 604-299-4939 THETA - Fear Based & Emotional Trauma Release - Judy Starre 9/09



#1-3740 Trans Canada Hwy, Cobble Hill, BC (off of Fisher road next to Rona) Official Insurance Broker for the Horse Council of BC • “FarmCare” Insurance • “EquiCare” Horse Mortality • Special Programs for Members • CALL TODAY 1-800-670-1877 • 10/09

MASSAGE THERAPY LEARN EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY or chiropractic Massage or adjust your horse safely. 1-888-378-4632 Sidonia McIntyre 2/10 LYNN SPENST Equine Chiropractic & Massage Therapy 250-819-6874 3/09 Maximizing & maintaining your equine athlete’s peak performance. Serving BC/AB WILD HORSE POWER - Equine Medicine and Massage or 250-484-5601 Stacy Barrie 2/10

250-743-4437 Open Daily 10 am 5/09

Custom Leather & Repair Work, Apparel, Tack, Equine Supplies, Gifts, Hay & Feed

HIGH HORSE TACK, (Victoria) 250-658-0011 5/09 English & Western, New & Used

Rusty Spur Feed & Tack

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

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



PACK TRIPS Town & Country

SPRUCE LAKE WILDERNESS ADVENTURES, 250-238-2375 3/09 3-10 Day Pack Horse Tours.

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

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

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


60,000 Eyes

OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 or Fax: 1-888-545-9288 11/09 Custom Printer of award Ribbons SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS CARIBOO SADDLERY, (Williams Lake) 250-392-3735 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs 11/09

Leatherwork Custom Orders Leather Goods Repairs Al Cossentine, 250-498-0280 •

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Business Services TRAILER SALES


CUMMINGS TRUCK & TRAILER, (Abbotsford) 604-856-1988 4/09 Sales & Rentals, visit

Welcomes All Reining & Western Pleasure Enthusiasts • Training & Lessons • Indoor/Outdoor Arenas • Year Round Boarding Options Resident Trainer • Performance Horses For Sale Carmen Teixeira • Located in Salmon Arm, BC


We take trades – Call Us, You’ll be glad you did! RPM Automotive 1-888-638-4525, Sundre, AB • 250-832-7339 Automan Trailers, Prince Albert, SK 1-800-252-0840 • Smyl RV, St. Paul, AB 1-800-522-4105 Irvine Tack & Trailers, Crossfield, AB 1-877-946-9494 • Cowboy Living Trailer Sales, Medicine Hat, AB 403-504-6920



Lippert Horse Trailer Sales, Langley, BC Engineered for Smaller Tow Vehicles & Large Horses “Strong Like Steel - Lightweight Like Aluminum”

1-877-944-5599 • 604-649-7185




TRANQUILLE FARMS (Salmon Arm) Lorraine Pilon 250-832-0918 4/09 EC Cert. West. Coach. Training/Lessons/Clinics. Lesson horses. My place or yours. TTEAM TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 9/09 • MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 4/09 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Peachland) 250-808-1486 Pleasure, Reining, Roping & cowhorse ~ Colts Started ~ Farrier Service 3/10 TRANSPORT/HAULING

GUS EVAGELOPOULOS, AQHA Prof. Horseman (Armstrong) 250-307-3990 Specialize in Reining. Start-Finish Horses. Lessons. Prospects/finished horses for sale. 12/09 DAN FRANKLIN EQUINE COMMUNICATION ™ (B.C.) 250-620-3420 30 yrs exp. helping problem horses, 9/09 HAYTON CREEK RANCH (Oyama) now offering training with Ashlea Conti, 250-870-1373, 3/10


GEORGE’S HORSE HAULING (Vernon) 250-545-5214 Local and Serving BC for 35+ years. Licensed and Insured. 4/09

Quality Horse Transport 12/09

Michael Rabe

Kevan Garecki “It’s All About The Horse”


Serving Western Canada Over 30 Years’ Experience

HOOF & WOOF FARM (Prince George) 1-866-967-4192 9/09 Local/Long Distance & U.S., Licensed/Insured & Quality Service LEGHORN RANCH HORSE HAULING (Lower Mainland) Hanif Jinnah 10/09 778-886-1343 25+ yrs training/Hauling exper.. Serving BC/AB. No horse too difficult

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



Horse Training and Lessons on the trail, in the round pen or in the arena

All ages and levels welcome


Tammy Keith, 250-398-6715 • Box 4435, Williams Lake BC, V2G 2V5 •


INSPIRED CONFIDENCE BUILDING (Princeton) 250-295-7432. Private sessions, vacation retreats, clinics, 2/10 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 5/09 MISTATIM RANCH (Delta) 604-816-5292 Training/Boarding/Sales. Colt starting to show ring finishing. All disciplines welcome. 2/10 8/09

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

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DEEP CREEK VET. SERVICES, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 3/10 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY, 250-374-1486 2/09 Drs. Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Rob Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 12/09 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 8/09 Drs. Alex Wales & Susan Wales, Dr. Sarah Greenwood PATON & MARTIN VET SERVICES LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-3351 Lameness & Surgical Referral Hospital, Drs David Paton, Eric Martin and Antonio Cruz 12/09 SALMON VALLEY VET SERVICES, (Shuswap/North Ok) 250-833-4217 Dr. Brytann Youngberg Mobile Equine Service 7/09 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 3/10 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller

ADVERTISE HERE $175. 2 lines or $350. Boxed plus GST. Your Economical Year-Round Rate!

Stallions / Breeders CALICO QUARTER HORSES (Haney) 604-465-9227 3/09 SS: Painted Coos, APHA Black Tobiano,

MAROMAC QUARTER HORSES (Langley) 604-514-8414/778-866-5197 Specializing in Buckskin & Dun; Quality, Substance & Temperament . 6/09

CHAGANJUU ANDALUSIANS. Breeding Pure Spanish Andalusians. Standing “Milan” 250-675-3141 4/09

MISSOURI FOX TROTTER Stallion at Stud at Gypsy Acres, (Pritchard) 250-577-3318,, 4/09

CHERRY CREEK CANADIANS (Kamloops) 250-828-2076 6/09 SS: 3 Reg. Stallions. View at

OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 Offspring available by: Goldun Poco Mr Matt, AQHA/NFQH 97%, LBJ Sierras Blue Te, AQHA Blue Roan

COLOUR V RANCH (150 Mile House) 250-296-0186 3/09 SS: Kid Lena AQHA/FQHA Paints, QH, Appaloosas

PEEBLES MINI DONKEY RANCH (Falkland) 250-379-2373 8/09 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. or

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

SALMON VALLEY RANCH (Salmon Arm) 250-833-4217 7/09 SS: SVR Royal Checkmate, AQHA Perlino; Okies Last Chance, APHA Black Tobiano

DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Jasper/Brule, AB) 780-865-4021 3/09

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, 3/10

EASYGO RANCH (Lac La Hache) 250-396-7556 SS: Haflingers & Quarter Horses,


Horses for Sale • Stud Service • Riding Lessons • Clinics • Training • Events • Tack Store E-mail: or call Erhard (evenings) 250-838-0234 5/10 • More Gaits - More Fun, just Tolt Away

GREEN GABLES MORGAN FARM (Armstrong) 250-546-8058 5/09 SS: WF Royal Mist’s Kurik (Roy), Black/Brown, 15.1HH.

WHITEVALE BACKHOE (Lumby) 250-547-9729 7/09 SS: Zeniths Lucky Logan, ‘91 AQHA Black, 15.2HH,

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

VALLEYVIEW RANCH QUARTER HORSES (Malakwa) 250-836-3383 10/09 SS: Bred for Reining, Cutting & Ranch work.

ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 9/09 •

YELLOW MOUNT RANCH (Lethbridge, AB) 403-328-5693 SS: 6 AQHA/APHA Stallions, 2/10

IRISH CREEK RANCH (Vernon) 250-542-7228 2/10 SS: Little Peppe Leo, APHA B/W Homoz. Tobiano,



46.8% Blue Valentine - 2005 AQHA Blue Roan Stallion

48.4% Blue Valentine - 2004 AQHA Blue Roan

Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine

Leo Hancock Hayes

Leo Hancock Hayes Doll 01 by Rip Rip by Leo

Doll 01 by Rip Rip by Leo

Rowdy Blue Man by Blue Valentine Gooseberry Girl


The Stallion issues are here.

Rowdy Blue Man by Blue Valentine Robbons Blue Val

Junios Red Girl by Gooseberry

Blue Robbons Trip by Rowdy Blue Man

2009 FEE $1000

WILDWOOD RANCHES Bill & Heidi Robinson Okanagan Falls, BC

Mare Care $7 per day



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Proudly Offers at Stud

Stallion Station

MAROMAC ZEUS Producing beautiful, big, correct and sensible duns and buckskins 90% colour to date.

1161 Salmon River Rd. Salmon Arm, BC • Phantom/stallion training & management • Semen collection, evaluation, processing & shipment • Receiving of shipped cooled & frozen semen • Foaling services, around the clock surveillance • Safe, horse-friendly facility/experienced staff

Also Standing 4 Other Awesome Stallions. See our website!

STALLION ROSTER 2009 Stud Fee $800 (Incl. Chute Fee)


OKIES LAST CHANCE - APHA 2002 Homozygous Black Tobiano Breeders Trust Nominated - LCFG

We have a great selection of weanlings and yearlings to choose from. Check out our website, or call or drop by!

SVR ROYAL CHECKMATE - AQHA 1996 Perlino - 100% dilute colour guarantee BANDITOS GOLD DIGGER - AQHA 2000 Buckskin - Dual Pep grandson For further details and information visit our website

Young stock for sale at all times.

604-514-8414 or 778-866-5197 4275 - 224 St. Langley, BC

or call Dr. Brytann Youngberg, 250-833-4217 FOR SALE: QUALITY OFFSPRING/FUTURITY PROSPECTS


Mr Leo Express

Got To Last

1996 APHA Buckskin Tobiano Stallion Sire: Bonnington Express Dam: Blake Tivio ROM in Reining

1997 AQHA Buckskin Stallion Sire: Got Pep Dam: A Genuine Tango

Stud Fee: $800 Contact Randy Ophus 250-567-8685 76 • Saddle Up • March 2009

Standing 2003 Reg’d APHA

My Lucky Black Genes “Lucky” is a double Homozygous Paint Stallion that produces babies with Amazing Conformation and Temperament. He will always produce Colour and never a sorrel Paint. The offspring shown are out of solid coloured mares.

STUD FEE (live cover): $600 LCFG plus mare care Contact: 250-963-9760, Prince George, BC 4/09

ADVERTISERS We will EXPOSE your business to over 40,000 horse people in Alberta while attending The Mane Event in Red Deer.

Don’t miss this opportunity! Book your ad by March 15

Stallions Standing Introducing 2005


Missouri Fox Trotters

Purebred Spanish Andalusian Stallion

Black AQHA 15.2 HH #3061648 APHA & ApHCC Listed


FEE $500 LFG Mare Care $10 p/day

Don Marco

• Breeding Performance/Halter • Three Bars, Two Eyed Jack & more Gaited - Smooth Riding - Gentle

• Consistently producing

Western Tuxedo

Great Temperament

15HH Chestnut Tobiano $350 plus mare care

Solid Conformation Flashy Looks

Gypsy Acres


Pritchard, BC • 250-577-3318 evenings •

Foals for sale in the spring

Milan is the son of National Champion “Don Marco” out of “Imara,” both owned by Miraval Andalusians, Oregon. He will be standing to a limited book of approved mares for 2009 Owners: Todd and Sheila Wardman 6028 Eagle Bay Rd, Eagle Bay 250-675-3141 4/09

Tony & Stephanie Clayton 250-547-9729, Lumby, BC 7/09 email:


Painted Coos


Smokin Lynx Olena


2001 AQHA Grullo Stallion Registered with NFQHA, ABRA and the rare Brindle Assoc.

INTRODUCTORY Stud Fee: $400 available to limited mares ‘97 Black Tobiano APHA & PtHA Stallion 16.1HH HYPP N/N Champion and Champion producer of Halter, Colour and Futurity Winners. 2009 FEE: ECONOMY DISCOUNT $600. Live or AI (plus collection fees) 100% Conception! INTRODUCING: JWR The Last Juan Gorgeous 06 Black Point Dun Overo APHA & PtHA Stallion, HYPP N/N FUTURITY CHAMPION. Points in Halter, In Hand Trail and Colour! Email for pedigree and info. Prospects for sale! 604-465-9227 (House) or 604-467-9930 (Barn) Maple Ridge, BC 5/09

We are proud to offer this young sire, double colour guarantee (no RED foals, no more SOLIDS!). Why not bet on a sure thing? We are very excited about this young sire. Currently in training with MOORE PERFORMANCE HORSES. BOOK NOW!

W 604-465-9227 (House) or 604-467-9930 (Barn) Maple Ridge, BC 5/09


Turning Point Ranch

is proud to present our Stallion Roster for 2009

at stud


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

1998 Palomino Welsh bred, Registered American Quarter Pony 12.2HH Excellent conformation, lovely movement and quiet temperament.


Dorla Malo Lethbridge, AB 403-328-5693

Pete Dyck Fort MacLeod, AB 403-634-6723

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Exceptional Temperament, Colour and Athletic Ability. Sire Pro Heeling Horse. Paternal Granddam Performance Point Earner & NCHA Money Earner. Maternal side Performance and Halter Point Earners. Stud Fee: Private Treaty, Live Cover DAN & CHERYL MILROY JACKI D QUARTER HORSES Westbank, B.C. (250) 768-3306 Website - 4/09

Offspring of Cody available include: 2008 filly out of registered APHA - perfect show and breeding prospect. Three 2009 foals expected, out of registerd Quarab, Arabian and Arab pony mares. Call or visit our website for more information on this, and other stallions standing. 2009 foals arriving in late March.

Ph: 250-577-3526



Stallions Standing COLOUR V RANCH Standing

DAGGERS DASH 1996 Bay Roan AQHA Stallion

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

1/9 Page STALLION ADS $70. in B/W $140. in COLOUR plus GST.

$500 Registered Mares, $400 Grade Mares $50 Booking Fee. Hand Bred Only. LFG Pete and Cheryl Van Immerzeel 150 Mile House, BC • 250-296-0186 •




1999 AQHA Palomino Throws 75% dilution colour! APHA & ApHCC approved Grandson of Fintry Tom Cat

SAVE 30% when booking year-round. (Includes a FREE listing under Stallions/Breeders)

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

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





2001 Black AQHA & FQHA Stallion APHA and ApHCC approved Grandson of “Smart Little Lena” Bloodlines also include: Peppy San, Dry Doc, Doc O Lena, and Sonny Dee Bar *Cutting*Reining *Working Cow Horse *Ranch Work*Rodeo *Western or English Riding* $500 Registered Mares, $400 Grade Mares $50 Booking Fee. Hand Bred Only. LFG Pete and Cheryl Van Immerzeel 150 Mile House, BC • 250-296-0186 •


More Stallions on the following page.

W What’s this? This ad appears on our website in COLOUR.

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


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


250-379-2913 For more details and prices


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

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

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

Glen Black Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0 •


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Stallions Standing Green Gables Morgan Farm presents WF Royal Mist’s Kurik “Roy”

15.1 HH 1994 Black/Brown Stallion

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

Little Peppe Leo

Peeping Bo Brass

15.3HH APHA Stallion

1999 AQHA Reg’d Chestnut Stallion

2009 Fee: $500

Bloodlines include: Mr San Peppy, Peppy San Badger, Doc Bar and Sir Colonel.

• Sire of Winners • Bloodlines of APHA Supreme Champions • Homozygous for the Tobiano gene • Guaranteed coloured foal from solid or paint Conformation, Temperament and Awesome Presence, all wrapped up in a Beautiful Black and White package.

Irish Creek Ranch, Vernon, BC 250-542-7228

Debora Morgan Neufeld 4684 Back Enderby Rd., Armstrong, BC V0E1B8 250-546-8058 • 5/09


Visit us at

His first foals have excellent conformation and show his willing disposition. We are looking forward to them starting their lives under saddle this year. 2009 STUD FEE: $750 Mare care: $ 8 p/day. Mutiple Mare Discount Standing at:


100 Mile House, BC 250-397-2897 •

Next ad deadline March 15 Quarter Horse Stallions Standing at Stud

Driving - Events - Riding Please call for more information

Peppys Blue Monkey $650. LFG

Playboys Haidaway $650. LFG

Haflinger Stallions Standing at Stud Samson $500. LFG

Benno $500. LFG

Atino $550. LFG

Yearlings to Well Broke - Haflinger, Quarter Horses & Crosses 3872 Hwy 97 South, Lac La Hache, BC • 250-396-7556 • 80 • Saddle Up • March 2009


On The Market

BEAUTIFUL SWEEPSTAKES NOMINATED 8-year-old, 15HH Arabian Gelding by Akhademy+/ (Bey Shah lineage). Show experience at first level Dressage, has flying changes and some third level movements. Potential for Endurance, Western Pleasure. Loves to jump. Easy keeper, sound, bathes, clips, trailers well. Asking $7,000 Cdn. Contact Nicole 778-228-9916, E-mail (Pitt Meadows)

11-YEAR-OLD REG’D AQHA Palomino Mare, 15.2HH. Presently used for trail riding; and has done Gymkhanas. Good conformation, farrier and shots UTD. Loads and trailers well, good in traffic. Suitable for intermediate rider or experienced rider. Asking $2,500 obo. 250-249-9692 (Quesnel)

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


PAINT HORSES - HERD REDUCTION. All registered APHA. Ages from Weanlings, Ready to Start and Broodmares available. ALSO: one Homozygous 13-year-old Stallion. For prices and other info call 250-397-2897 (100 Mile House) E-mail: 4/09



Reg’d APHA Mare, 10 years old. Great ground manners, proven broodmare. Needs intermediate rider. $1,000 to approved home only. 250-395-2804 (100 Mile House)

Reg’d APHA 3-year-old Filly. Great lines, looking for a show home. This girl has excellent training, was in the ribbons last year. Awesome potential. Qualified for Provincials in 2009. $4,500. 250-395-2804 (100 Mile House)

REGISTERED TWH MARE AUSSIE BUNCH Australian Shepherd Puppies Mom blue merle, dad purebred red tri. Blue merle and black tri puppies. Born Feb 4th, 2009. Ready end of March. First shots, tails docked, dewclaws done. $350 - $450. E-mail: 250-499-5397 (Keremeos)

11 years old, 15HH, Chestnut w/white blaze. Sound and well-gaited. All vaccinations and worming up to date. Very easy keeper. Ridden in Endurance races for the last 2 years, (always in the top 10). As well, been using her as a Field Trial horse for the last 3 years. Great dog horse and has a very calm disposition. Selling due to time constraints at work. Asking $3,800. 250-545-4718 or Cell 250-309-4718 (Vernon)

CHOC FULLA PRESENCE 6-year-old Appendix QH Gelding. 10 months professional training. Shown in 2008 to Champion & Reserve Championships in Hunter, Flat & Equitation. Goes Western too; loves to jog. Does flying changes and has personality plus! $10,000 obo. Contact Sue 250-546-6739 (Armstrong) • 81

On The Market

1995 HEARTLAND 18’ STOCK COMBO ACES R WILD (AKA “GUY”) 12yrs, Reg’d Part Bred Morgan Gelding, 16.1HH. Doing great in Training & First Level Dressage. Very showy in Hack Classes always in the ribbons. Jumping 2’3”; finished his first Eventing with ease. Good all round horse. Easy keeper, happy fellow, very willing. Looking for a soulmate. DVD available online. Approved home only. $9,500 obo - MUST GO (trainer moved, not being ridden) 250-546-9922 (Armstrong)

4’ short wall, rear tack. Two dividers, rubber padded floor and walls. Insulated. Weekend Package. Additional outside water tap. Care Free awning. 12V/120Volt. $25,800. 250-547-2475 (Lumby)

1995 15HH QH Black Stallion. He is a gentleman to ride and a proven sire producing well built foals. Standing until sold. Stud fee: $400. For Sale at $3,200. South East of Kelowna 250-484-5601 (Beaverdell)


WRA DARK DIABLO 2005 Solid Black Purebred Arabian Stallion. High % Egyptian pedigree, excellent conformation, superior temperament. Very well socialized, safe in herd situation. Groundwork started, NH methods. Proven sire, first foal 2008 black colt (also available); three expected in 2009. Excellent performance or herd sire prospect. AT STUD until sold. 2009 foals coming soon! 250-577-3526 (Pritchard) Other horses and ponies available. Visit


REG’D ANDALUSIAN STALLION FOR SALE 6 years old, 15HH. Guarapo and Genil Bloodlines. Shown at Chilliwack Andalusian Show last year, received awards. Very well-mannered and easy to handle (sweetheart). Don’t miss this deal…Once in a Lifetime for this Caliber of Horse! Must sell, $8,000 obo. Contact David 250-788-2834 (Chetwynd) Will consider partial delivery.

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

BEAUTIFUL BROODMARE ARABIAN COLT: MB SHADOWS BLACK ECHO Sire: WT Shadow Dancer (Ayar Zitez x Sherab-Bez M11) Dam: Blacklady Phatina (Blacklord Arabi x BlackLady Phatara) DOB: May 25/07 Colour: Black, Star of few Hairs. Black breeding enthusiast… this is a colt to consider for future herd sire. Correct, well-bred, many blacks in pedigree, good legs, elegant & fluid mover. $10,000. 250-832-5282 (Salmon Arm)

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REG’D ½ ARAB/MORGAN CROSS 15 years, 15.1HH Mare. Goes English or Western. Spent some time as a 4-H horse. Very fast and flashy. UTD on everything. To approved home only. $1,700 obo. 250-838-0035, E-mail (Enderby)

“Attractive Amber” - a 2000 Mare dual registered ApHCC (F2)/ApHC. Beautiful mare with wonderful pedigree (Sire: Attraction; Winner of 33 Grand & Reserve Championships). Breed her or show her. We are retiring and are offering a few select mares for sale. ALSO: Stallion, young mares for sale. Jennifer 250-838-0852 (Enderby)

On The Market Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale

Sired By:

Goldun Poco Mr Matt Dun AQHA NFQH 97% Poco Bueno 34% Herda N/N Grandson of Little Steeldust 3rd Open Reining ARCHA 2003 and

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



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

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC • ph/fax: 250-843-7337 4/09

REG’D PAINT FILLY DOB June 3, 2008. Highcountry Fawn’s sire is Okie Leo Deck and her dam is Bobbys Leo Jack. Fawn is a well put together young filly with good breeding and is ready to go to her new home. Asking $800. 250-379-2076, E-mail: (Falkland)

Beautiful 11 yr old, Reg’d Quarter Horse Gelding. Four years Western show experience in 4-H and Open shows. He’s flashy and the judges love him. Fast walk, smooth and floaty jog, controlled lope. Owner going to school. $5,000 For more pictures or info contact Megan, or 250-896-7636 (Pemberton) (968-4481)

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“LOLA” Friesian Cross Mare, 4 years old, 16HH. Talented and sweet as can be! Officially assessed Level 2 of Parelli Program. Very confident on trails. Pricing, Video, photo gallery at Introducing Extraordinary Horses to Extraordinary people.

REG’D TOBIANO PAINT GELDING Max (Bar J Gilroy), 8 yrs, 15.2HH. To approved home only. Max (Bar J Gilroy) is a flashy, athletic guy. No vices, trailers, stands for farrier, good feet, excellent health. Has several months NH training and is in on-going training. Not a mean bone in his body, but does need a confident rider. Currently being ridden English, but Western suits him better. He needs someone experienced to take him where they want him to go. Has worked in a stock yard, loves being out on the trails. A willing equine partner. Sadly, too much horse for me (beginner rider). Asking $5,000 obo Or would consider a trade for a quiet, safe, beginner’s horse. 604-813-5815, (Pitt Meadows)

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Now you can send your classifieds online at EVENTS OKANAGAN BREEDERS GROUP Showcase & Sale, April 11-12, 2009, Armstrong Fairgrounds. Private Treaty Horse Sale, Stallion Parade, Trade Fair, Demos, USED TACK SALE (seeking consignments) to benefit NOTRA. Visit to consign, or more info and contacts.


Wilderness Guiding and Wrangling Prepare for employment in the guide-outfitting industry with this 30-day, hands-on program. May 1-May 30


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May 26 - June 24 Cost: $1,350


Cattle Sorting Every Sunday, Starting at 12 noon Two Goes - Jackpot Everyone Welcome, beginner to advanced. Stabling available. Please NO DOGS. Concession.

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Stan and Jeanette Brandt 250-577-3156 or 250-320-7784, Pritchard, BC

Sorrento (Notch Hill) BC

Available for Events 110’ x 280’ Arena Rental Concession & Tenting Horse Boarding Toll Free: 1.888.73ranch Phone: 250.835.4482

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L & L Quarter Horses Horse Boarding in Vernon • Offering Full Board • 25 x 250 Paddocks with Shelters • 100 x 200 Outdoor Sand Arena • Access to Trails • Heated Automatic Waterers


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

250-545-9014 or 250-558-8289

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



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

250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC


Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

Boarding - Training - Lessons SERVICES

* Covered Arena 80x160 * Outdoor Arena 80x140 * Round Pen * Paddocks with Shelters


Farm Maintenance Services

Certified CHA Coach & Trainer

Cindy Kirschman (Chris Irwin Certified)

Paddock Cleaning Snow Removal General Maintenance



Steen Reggelsen 250-546-2476 (Armstrong)

Only five minutes from the Mall

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


SAGEVIEW EQUESTRIAN CENTRE Large Indoor/Outdoor Arenas Access to Miles of Trails Round Pen for Lunging Individual Tack Lockers 3 Feedings per Day Large Outdoor Paddocks Boxstalls with Runs off Indoor Arena Beginner Western and English Riding Lessons Lease Horses Available

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Shop & Swap! PROPERTY FOR SALE/LEASE/RENT LARGE 2 BEDROOM MOBILE ON FARM. Suitable for single/couple. 25 km to Vernon/Armstrong/Salmon Arm. $850/month, includes hydro. Phone 250-379-2913


Affordable Barns $17,995. plus delivery

LIVE THE DREAM. 3 acres Armstrong. Flat, fenced, barn. Amazing view. 4 bedrooms, 3 bath, granite, hardwood, fireplace. Miles of trails, pool. $599,000. More at www. 250-546-8623 (Armstrong)

Standard Size 36’ x 24’ 4 - 12’ x 12’ Wood Lined Box Stalls 12’ Wide Center Alley Built in your yard ready to use No Cement Required Other sizes and options available Financing OAC

WANTED NORTH OKANAGAN BC Standardbred breeding and boarding farm seeking person to live on farm with primary purpose to caretake during owner’s absence. Experience in all areas of broodmare management need only apply. Income will vary depending on experience and availability for daily farm work. Sheila 250-679-3940, (Chase, BC) 3/09 COWGIRL WAY DRILL TEAM (North Okanagan)… Rodeo Season is right around the corner. We are accepting riders NOW for our 2009 season. If you have a passion for horses and you want to be a part of our Drill Team give me a call. You must be 19 years of age or older, reliable, dependable and a team player. Tryouts start in March, so now is the time to join as the Rodeos start in June. Must ride a Quarter Horse type, sound, steady and spook-free as possible horse. You must be committed to regular practices and some weekend engagements. It is very demanding work, but also very rewarding and fun! Join us… as we are ready to ROCK the 2009 Season. Contact Tammy Aiello 250-550-4665, E-mail, Subject: Drill Team.

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

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


The Leather Lady Custom Made Chaps Any Style – Finest Quality Plus Repairs Now in Australian Saddles New and Used LEATHER & STITCHES Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 4/09

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 3/09

FREE IF IT’S FREE, ADVERTISE IT FOR FREE. FREE TO GOOD HOME, “Ted” - a white 6 yr old Poodle X, neutered male dog. Great with kids, loves the farm life or being a house puppie. Good with other dogs and animals. A face only a mother could love! 250-546-2476 (Armstrong) 2 BROODMARES: 1) QH/Paint, 18 years, very quiet. 2) Foundation QH, Bay, 18 years, very quiet and athletic. To approved homes only. Can go separately. 250-545-0914 (Vernon) FREE LEASE - Possibly give away to good home. 6-yearold QH Mare, 14HH, green broke. Has arthritis in her knee. Good broodmare potential for sport pony, leadline or companion. Good ground manners, trailers, ties. Call Jo at 250-832-9867 (Salmon Arm) 16 YR OLD REG’D TB MARE, racing bloodlines. Broodmare or can be ridden by experienced rider. Approved home only. 250 546 4180 (Armstrong)

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V. Charlette Lavik S. M. L. XL! “I sell dreams in all sizes… … Why Board Your Horse?

5.49 fenced acres with a 24x42’ 6-stall barn with metal roof. Paddocks and open 80x200’ riding ring. 2 bedroom Rancher with newer decking to enjoy the awesome views. Good pasture land. Bring your horse and hammer and enjoy the Country Lifestyle. 4785 LANSDOWNE ROAD, ARMSTRONG MLS® List Price: $395,000

Bring Your House Plans

21.5 acres of gorgeous rolling land located in the heart of the beautiful Armstrong/Spallumcheen Valley. Comfortable, older 3 bedroom home located on property, convenient to everything that is important. Incredible Views... peaceful and private location. Come walk the property and make ‘Your Dream’ a reality!! 2799 YOUNG ROAD, ARMSTRONG MLS® List Price: $690,000

4.91 Acres of Privacy!

Fabulous hillside view property with a south eastern slope for morning sun. Evergreens provide shelter and natural beauty. Newer 3 bedroom, 3 bath custom designed home captures the view. Fully developed basement with outside entrance. 2 car garage and decks off each end of the home. Well log on file. Subject property is located in a rural area approx.12 kms from Armstrong in an area of small hobby farms and acreages. 4306 HULLCAR ROAD, ARMSTRONG MLS® List Price: $499,000

Prime Rib of Real Estate !

50.57 cultivated acres of level productive farm land for your country enjoyment in a surreal setting. 2nd year hay crop (alfalfa/mix). Your opportunity to build your ‘country estate’ with a land base viable for a serious agriculture venture. Conveniently located only minutes from ‘everything’ with limitless views just waiting for your unlimited scope of imagination. This Country Paradise offers you a Country Lifestyle or Holding Property and is located in the heart of the fabulous Armstrong/Spallumcheen Valley. Traffic lights in our town are a rarity, no Starbucks on every corner… just the peace of knowing ‘you’ have arrived! 1885 PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD, ARMSTRONG MLS® List Price: $869,000

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