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Schooling Down Under
he morning of George Morris’ arrival the barn was fi lled with anticipation and nerves. Most clients had arrived early to ride so he couldn’t comment on their positions. While they were worried about the infamous Morris temper, I was nervous for a different reason: I was about to meet George Morris! I felt like a star struck teenager. Contrary to the popular belief that he is often insensitive when criticizing riders, George is a passionate man, dedicated to his principles of horsemanship. He has a sense of humour and has humble respect for other equestrian legends, quoting the classics, like Bill Steinkraus, and the more recent International winners. Whenever George teased me about being a Canadian party girl, I would retort with his own quotes about how good our Ian and Eric are. Canadians are not to be underestimated! For George, teaching is about a system. The new ideas that you learn just add to your system, they do not restructure it. The foundation of his system is horsemanship: everything is about the horse. Riders should be cold tempered when they ride; they should not be overly affectionate or angry because this causes issues that cannot be easily resolved. There should be degrees of aids,
By Lisa Sammartino
for example, if your horse does not listen to your leg, ask with a cluck, then a spur nudge, then a stroke of your whip. This will lighten the horse to your aids. A cold horse that accepts your leg is no longer cold; a hot horse that accepts your leg is no longer hot. Obviously leg aids are essential to the “American jumping style,” which George strongly advocates. With horses and riders, including your own riding, learning is about repetition, but “practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.” Everything should be repeated well, but nothing should be overdone. Once a concept is understood, move on. It is obvious that his system has been so finely tuned around horses; everything that he believes in is for their benefit. George left with a kiss on the cheek, and a promise to visit when he comes to Canada. However, I got so much more than a couple of good stories to tell my friends. I tried to absorb every word that he said, every movement he made on a horse, every story, every thought. While I have only shared a couple brief concepts here, I have so much to reflect on from these past couple of weeks; these ideas I know will shape my riding and coaching positively. (Watch for Lisa’s next article in the April issue.)
Lisa and George Morris
(Lisa is from Vernon, BC and in December headed off to Australia to work with leading show jumper Vicki Roycroft. She is writing this article to share her experiences with everyone at home. See Part 1 in December, Part 2 in February; also archived on our website.)
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Calling all Trail Riders!
By Ruth Donald
Photos by Rose Schroeder
British Columbia is a beautiful place to live and ride! You might think that with all the land in the province, having access to safe trails to ride and sites to camp with our horses could never become a problem. But it will.
questrian trail users, mounted on horses or mules, have to raise their voices and make their needs known to those in charge of BC’s lands and trails, including BC Parks, Regional Parks, and Recreation Sites and Trails BC. We also have to do our part to plan, build and maintain horse-friendly trails. To be effective, we need to communicate with other equestrian trail users. That’s why the BC Equestrian Trails Group was created. Whether you’re a member of BC’s Back Country Horsemen, the Endurance Riders or Competitive Trail Riders associations, a member of your local
recreational riding club, or simply an independent trail rider… if you care about the future of equestrian access to BC trails, you are invited to join the BC Equestrian Trails Group. To join, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ BCEquestrianTrails/ and click on the Join This Group! button. Membership is free. You can choose to receive communications from the group as individual emails or in digest form, or just read messages on the site if you prefer. Membership gives you access to resources in the Files, Links, Calendar and Database sections of the site. There are fi les and links related to trail design
Okanagan Breeders Group EQUINE AFFAIR April 10 & 11, 2010 - Armstrong Fairgrounds 10 am - 5 pm Free Admission
Trade Show • Tack Sale • Stallion Showcase • Demonstrations • Lectures Doug Mills, Janice & Daena Jarvis, Kevan Garecki, Tina Schoenbach, Helen Amanda Russell, Dr. Britt Mills, Deep Creek Veterinary and more coming… Check for daily updates on our website. Contacts and more info at
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and construction, a list of trail building books available on free loan from the Horse Council Trail Builders Library, a calendar of events related to trail riding and trail work, lists of potential volunteers for trail building work, information regarding Horse Council BC’s new Equestrian Trails Fund, and more. For more information, contact Ruth Donald at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-8564304.
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2010 AQHA Youth World Cup
Paige Carter Fleetwood
Team Canada Youth Members Appointed
major initiative of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) is to co-ordinate a team to represent Canada at each biennial American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Youth World Cup. The Youth World Cup competition is an educational, leadership-based event for youth members from around the world, culminating in showcasing skills learned in an atmosphere of friendly competition. Canada will be one of 16 countries to field a team at the 2010 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup. The event will be held from July 3 to 11, 2010, in Oklahoma City, OK. Funding for travel expenses for Team Canada is cost-shared by AQHA/CQHA, provincial/regional Quarter Horse Associations, corporate and/or individual sponsors, and team members’ families. Each participating country may select up to five competing riders, two alternate riders and three non-competing youth (leadership members). The host country will provide the pool of horses of various ability levels, which are subsequently grouped into lots of five horses each. During the opening ceremonies, teams draw to determine their assigned group of five horses. Teams then designate three riders each to compete in Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Western Riding, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Showmanship and 10 • Saddle Up • March 2010
By Marnie Somers, CQHA President
Trail; and two riders each for Reining and Cutting classes. The CQHA actively sought out qualified youth who are Canadian citizens, members-in-good-standing of the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA). Many applications were received from youth from all across Canada, who possess excellent horsemanship skills in a variety of events, and who volunteer in their local communities and/or equine sport organizations. This made the job of selecting finalists for the team both gratifying and challenging. The CQHA board of directors, Team Canada coach and Team Canada manager are pleased and proud to announce that Team Canada for 2010 has been selected as follows: The five competing riders are: Paige Carter Fleetwood Paige is a 16-year-old from St. George, ON. Danielle Olafson Danielle is a 17-year-old from Edmonton, AB. Deejay Reid Deejay is a 16-year-old from Sherwood Park, AB. Morgan Shipka Morgan is a 17-year-old from St. Albert, AB. Rianna Storey Rianna is a 15-year-old from Cambridge, ON.
The two alternate riders are: Kennedy Almas Kennedy is a 16-year-old from Hagersville, ON. Amanda Thomson Amanda Thomson is a 17-year-old from Oil Springs, ON. The three leadership members are: Sarah Connors Sarah is a 17-year-old from Fredericton, NB. Elizabeth Priest Elizabeth is an 18-year-old from St. Pierre, MB. Jasmyn Rivait Jasmyn is a 13-year-old from Orillia, ON. Team Canada Coach – Scott Neuman of Billings, MO Team Canada Manager – Karen Lobb of Edmonton, AB. For more information regarding Team Canada’s participation at the 2010 AQHA Youth World Cup, visit the CQHA website www.cqha.ca and check out the Youth World Cup section.
2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Become a “WEGspert” for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Fans of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games now have the opportunity to become experts – or WEGsperts – of the eight world championship competitions coming to the Kentucky Horse Park from Sept. 25 to Oct. 10. Anyone interested in the Games can visit www.alltechfeigames.com and complete a video training program to become a 2010 Alltech FEI WEGspert. The training program showcases the eight equestrian disciplines of the Games, the Kentucky Horse Park, what spectators can see and do during their visit, and how to be involved. After completing the 2010 Alltech FEI WEGspert training, fans will be provided links to additional information. Two
promotional videos about the Games will be available to download.
Ticket Sales, Travel Plans on Track Visitors to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games should make their ticket purchases and reserve their accommodations quickly, as the World Games 2010 Foundation is well on track to meet, and exceed, its projected sales goals. Tickets are on sale now at www.alltechfeigames.com and via the Ticketmaster hotline at 1-800-745-3000.
Ticket sales Close to 160,000 competition tickets have already been sold; Tickets have been sold in 48 countries and all 50 U.S. States; Two sessions of competition are almost full. Housing and travel arrangements Almost 50,000 room nights have been reserved to date – approximately 50% of the expected total to be consumed;
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Fift y-five tour groups have made reservations, representing both U.S. groups and those from nine countries;
World Equestrian Radio Offered for Games The World Games 2010 Foundation today announced the availability of “World Equestrian Radio,” a personal radio service complete with a souvenir radio receiver, to spectators of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The World Equestrian Radio personal radio receiver will allow patrons to listen to live commentary and information while viewing a specific event or discipline. Users will be able to hear unique commentary and information pertaining specifically to the event they are attending. The radio receivers cost $45. Units may be preordered at, www.weg2010store. com/woeqra.html. Customers will pick up their pre-purchased receivers when they arrive at the Kentucky Horse Park for the 2010 Games. A limited number of units will also be available for purchase on site during the event.
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Paulina wrote: Some information about my horse. He was three years old when I bought him and I didn’t know what was wrong, because he was quite cheap. Yesterday I was talking with a man who was his trainer. He told me that before I bought him, he had an accident with his owner (also a girl). He spooked and she fell off and he ran away. When he was running,
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By Linda Tellington-Jones
he broke the bridle and the bit hurt his mouth. Owners were looking for him three hours in the woods. After that he was dangerous for riders, because he was in a panic when somebody was trying to even get him to trot. When I was riding him the first time, before I bought him, he seemed to be good horse. But when I brought him home he showed me the problems. Now we have good communication, Brzask is my best friend but sometimes we argue. Can you tell me something about his character? I will be waiting for your answer. - Yours sincerely, Paulina Dear Paulina, Brzask is among the most refined and sensitive, intelligent horses I have ever seen. I love the thoughtful looks he has in so many photos. It is said that through
Brzask – a Warmblood Gelding
the eye one can see the soul of a horse, and that is particularly clear in this horse. You have to be extremely careful never to punish this horse or allow anyone else to punish him or you would destroy his trust and damage his heart and truly good nature. Because he is so sensitive it is important to treat him as though he can understand much more than most people believe, because I am sure that is true, especially in his case.
Personality, cont’d His long ears, set fairly close together, can indicate a tendency to get hot, or lose control when he is unsure or nervous, and you must give him special support if this happens, not punish him or get angry. When a horse has had that type of accident, having his rider fall off and then running in the woods which can leave an indelible mark, it takes a special understanding to overcome this and develop trust. If you practise lots of TTouches on the ears, and his legs and use Lick of the Cows Tongue on the whole barrel, it will help ground him and deepen your connection even more. Do not “argue” with him. He is a big horse so you want to avoid a fight or he will win or you will damage your connection. In my book, “The Ultimate Horse Behavior and Training Book for the 21st Century,” you will find ways to stop arguing and learn to “dance” together. You are a very lucky person to have him, and he is a very lucky horse. One of our talented and very experienced TTouch practitioners, Jan Snodgrass, from Virginia sent me a quote that describes the Tellington TTEAM/TTouch Method in a few words.
“Horses Touch Our Hearts… We Teach You How to TTouch Theirs” I hope to meet you some day down the trail of life. - Many blessings, Linda Tellington-Jones Excerpts of Pauline’s response to Linda’s analysis: Dear Linda, Thank you so much for this letter. I was moved when I read this. I have never thought this way about him. I thought that he is intelligent, because he learns very fast (not always good things). I am always very patient, even when it’s hard. I will continue to do TTouch exercises, he really likes them. Today I did some back massage, he almost fell asleep - Paulina
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Why I Wouldn’t Trade My Job for Anything!
By Kevan Garecki
My typical day starts anywhere between 4 and 5 a.m.; that’s in the morning for those who don’t recognize numbers like that. Things tend to be a little less complicated then; the toughest challenge I usually face is which stall I’m going to pick first.
his particular day started pretty much the same as most; up in time to sneak up on the rooster, feed the horses, do stalls and get the trailer ready for a day of local hauling. There were a couple of shows going on and I had moved most of the horses out the day before, but there were a few stragglers remaining, so the first run of the day was into the city to begin picking up in the Southlands area of Vancouver. Now I’m not saying those city folk are pampered by any means, but mornings don’t seem to be a favoured time for most out there; when I roll down 53rd Avenue, the squirrels are the most active life form around. Back into the first stop and I’m greeted with misanthropic grunts, grimaces and looks of disdain loudly proclaiming their disgust for having been forced to function at such an unholy hour as 7 a.m., and that was from the horses! Get everyone loaded up, tack trunks wrestled into place, hay into the racks and away we go. Of course, the horses are already keyed up, knowing this rude disruption can mean only one thing; it’s show time! I can gauge with reasonable accuracy how bumpy the ride is going to be by the volume of poop dropped by each horse before I get them each backed into their stalls on board the trailer. This was a particularly voluminous morning, and I was justified in anticipating a raucous ride to the show. Picking out the stalls afterwards took several extra scoops, each fi lled with an expectedly “loose” mix. 14 • Saddle Up • March 2010
After leaving the show grounds with that load, I had two more to collect yet, so lunch time was a distant hope. I finally caught sight of a MacDonald’s around 11 a.m., and by then the blood sugar was dangerously low, my head was reeling and I was becoming somewhat “testy.” Circling the block I saw a space large enough for me to squeeze my rig into and park. As I swung wide to negotiate the turn into the lot, I was startled by the
I waited for my order, then proceeded outside, thankful “Beamer Buddy” had left before me. blaring of a car horn directly behind me. I hit the brakes and checked my mirrors for any sign of a problem, and saw nothing save a convertible BMW stopped inches from the back of the trailer. I got out to take a closer look when the driver of the BMW began honking again; this time he decided to spice things up by showing me I was “number 1” as he nearly stood up over the windshield of his convertible. As I walked back, the driver began swearing at me at the top of his lungs about how inconsiderate I was at blocking his way, the nerve I had for tying up traffic with my big, ugly rig and a host of hints at my ancestry. I just shook my head and hopped back into the cab to resume parking. Thinking more about Egg McMuffins than some silly BMW
driver, I ignored the buffoon and made my way for the counter. On my way in, an elderly gent caught my eye as he shook his head in amazement at the rudeness of the driver. I just shrugged my shoulders and smiled back at him; to which he waved and bade me a good day. Once inside I discovered I had to once again endure the driver’s rage as he took issue with the server, the food and pretty much anything else that came to mind. I caught only that he wanted lunch, NOT breakfast and wasn’t leaving until he got his hamburger and milkshake. The server wisely decided to give this guy his order and get rid of him! I waited for my order, then proceeded outside, thankful “Beamer Buddy” had left before me. On reaching my rig, I discovered “someone” had deposited an entire chocolate milkshake across the side of my trailer. Didn’t take a lot of imagination to figure this one out, as I turned to the BMW I saw the driver storming into the restaurant screaming about how they screwed up his order. As I stood in the middle of the parking lot, the elderly gent I had seen earlier stepped out of his car and approached me saying, “I’m sorry friend, but he chucked his drink all over your trailer before I could do a thing! Do you believe him?” I consoled him and offered that creeps like him made folks like us look all the better! The old fellow chuckled and offered to help clean the trailer up. I declined and just surveyed the mess while heading for the truck. Now, I don’t know what made me think of this; maybe it was the voices in my head, but propped in the last stall in the trailer was a huge garbage pail of the mornings’ “Extra Drippy” pickings from all those wound up Warmbloods. I looked
My Job, cont’d from the rapidly congealing mess splattered across the side of my trailer to that big pail of poop, then back to the trailer again; then over to the pristine leather interior of that BMW convertible ... I think back on that day often, and feel a distinct pang of regret. I mean, I could have caused some serious damage that day! I’ll never forget the scene in my rear view mirror as I pulled out of that parking lot; there was that Beamer, piled deep in second-hand alfalfa ... and that poor old man barely able to breathe through bouts of hysterical laughter ... I mean, I coulda caused that old guy to have a heart attack or something! That really bothers me ... Kevan has over 35 years experience in commercial transportation, from 20 years as a driver to a fleet owner and safety and risk manager, and on to commercial driving. He has also served on an advisory board for commercial traffic studies, been a road test examiner for ICBC and is currently operating his own horse transport business. (See his listing in Business Services under Transport/Hauling.) Come and meet Kevan at the Okanagan Breeders Equine Affair April 10&11 in Armstrong, BC.
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Welcome to the World
By Liz Mitten Ryan
– A NON-INVASIVE AND LOVING APPROACH TO IMPRINTING
Desensitization and imprinting are found in every trainer’s tool box. Their importance to our efficient handling of horses is invaluable. From a human perspective our interaction with horses from handling to riding is safer and less stressful.
ts value to a trusting partnership though is dependent on how sensitive and considerate we are to the horse. Is our horse enjoying the relationship more as a result or are they simply dead to the stimulus? My journey with horses has been an adventure of discovery. I am always looking to refine and enhance the connection and communication. As a Warmblood breeder I have birthed and raised dozens of foals. I remember reading all I could get my hands on, and specifically when Dr. Robert Miller published his findings on imprinting to the snickers of the “old boys” club. His practices are now embraced by natural horsemanship greats like Pat Parelli and adhered to religiously by most breeders. I have been a breeder now for 14 years and have developed through the process a more holistic and rewarding approach similar to how we welcome humans to the world.
There are several important ideas involved: Become a trusted and considerate friend to your mare In order for my mare to welcome me at the birth she must first consider me a friend to be trusted with her well-being. This is a life-long process but a simple lead-in is to genuinely consider her; to be kind and generous as we would be to a human friend. One of the best ways to a mare’s heart is through her stomach and making a fuss over her condition by preparing wholesome healthy meals and snacks will have her nickering the minute she sees you. Grooming, scratching and forays to find choice patches of succulent grass are also great bonding exercises. All of this will be time well spent as she will transfer her feelings about you to the new foal. Animals learn by example and the foal will watch his mother closely to see how she responds to her human caregiver.
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Learn all you can about foaling so you can make wise safety decisions There are many good books available on the care of the mare and foal throughout the birthing period. Study them and get up to speed on when all is normal and when to call a vet. Many breeders tell the sad story of finding their mare and foal dead in the morning – not a very pretty situation. Others, not knowing what to watch for, leave a mare labouring for hours in agony and possibly lose her and the foal. Horses birth quickly and efficiently unless there is a misalignment and it is important to know what to watch for.
Help make your mares birthing experience wonderful In keeping with the relationship you have fostered with your mare, be there when she is birthing and help make it easier for her. Because my mare knows her wellbeing is everything to me she welcomes me at the birth. When the water breaks and the sack appears, I immediately check the position of the foal. In a normal birth one foot is presented slightly ahead of the other, soles down. If it is any other way make an emergency call to your vet! Holding the foal’s front pasterns and pulling with the mare’s contractions will help her labour proceed more easily, and when the nose appears, break the sack so the baby can breathe. If all goes smoothly birth usually occurs about 20 to 30 minutes after the water breaks.
Be sensitive and gentle Imprinting can be loving and helpful rather than disruptive and invasive. Harsh imprinting methods advise taking the baby away from its mother at birth and performing a series of extreme desensitizing exercises which are designed to deaden the foal’s reaction to simple procedures like trimming and shoeing by tapping the soles of its feet hundreds of times, veterinary treatment by
sticking fingers in all of it’s orifices, electric clippers, plastic bags; the list goes on and on. All of this forms the baby’s first impression of the world while its mother is restrained and not allowed to welcome her own baby. In my barn the foal is towel dried and loved between my kissing and congratulating the mare until it breaks the umbilical cord. I then help it to get close to the still recovering mom so she can lick all the places I have just dried and the two of us alternate in one big welcome fest. The mare then rises and I clip her placenta back up to itself so she won’t step on the trailing end and tear it. It is the weight of the placenta that helps it separate cleanly
Welcome, cont’d from the uterine wall without leaving bits that can cause serious infection. All the while the baby is attempting to stand and when he succeeds will then begin his search for the mare’s udder. It is better to give him time (up to two hours) to find it on his own and most mares will try to help by getting in position and pushing the foal in the right direction. My lead mare L.E. is a master at this, curving her body around the foal and pushing his hind end with her nose.
Don’t dominate the foal, forcing him to comply if he’s a bit reserved Take the time it takes (as Pat Parelli says) to gently and considerately get to know the foal and convince him that your concern is for his comfort and safety. Talk gently, praise him and don’t be in a hurry to restrain him. The proof is in the pudding. Paschar, the foal in these pictures, was born three weeks early after Epona, his mom had a serious bout of pneumonia. The vets suggested we abort the 10-monthold fetus as she was having trouble breathing. That was one thing Epona and I agreed upon – our baby would live! When Paschar was born three weeks early he was literally fighting for his life and even after my gentle welcome, a day later he tried to rear and run at me. I understood his concern. Humans had tried to end his life and he had to fight for it. Patiently I talked to him and told him he was my angel (Paschar is the Angel of Vision) and as I talked and stroked him, his eye would soften and he would relax. Days became
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weeks and I would remind him who he was and how loved he was and each time his eye grew softer. By the time he was two months old he was the most gregarious, loving and affectionate foal who particularly loved being buried under hugging children. At three months old he followed at liberty, backed, moved his hind end and shoulder, picked up his feet, trailer loaded (all at liberty) and ran happily behind in a game I call stick (to me). He was fully imprinted and desensitized while fully alive and fi lled with joy. He now as a two-year-old understands my every word and is so self assured that he follows me down to our playground, several hundred yards from the paddock where his family is grazing, gets up on tires, runs across bridges, walks, trots and whoas all by voice and body language, all without halters, ropes or sticks. Paschar is a super horse. Why? He was born gently, loved, treated with patience and consideration and knows that his well-being is my first concern.
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June Osborn And Her Passion… Horses “Make the most of your life, look on the bright side, and help others,” recommends June Osborn. And she ought to know. Now in her 98th year, June has lots of experience when it comes to living life to its fullest. Much of that living has involved horses, in one way or another.
orn June 5, 1912, in French Creek, a small community on Vancouver Island, one of June’s first encounters with a horse was at age four. Her two older brothers would rather play than babysit, so they left June sitting on the family horse. With no one around to rescue her, she made the decision to
June at eleven years of age.
get off by herself. She landed with a bit of a thump, but was no worse for wear. It would be no surprise to anyone if June had never wanted to see another horse, but in fact, it was the beginning of a lifelong passion for horses. At the age of nine, June was given her first pony, a 13H mare called Beauty. The pony enabled June to attend school in Qualicum, a 16-kilometre round trip that she rode by herself. During classes, Beauty was stabled in a garage on the school grounds. At times, winter conditions prevented June from attending school. In her teens, June formed a lifelong friendship with Mada Moilliet Rendell, 18 • Saddle Up • March 2010
and often visited the family sheep ranch in Vavenby, BC. From the beginning, June became involved in the ranch work, including care of the 2,000 head of sheep. June became “Buck” and Mada was “Tex,” as they packed supplies, by horseback, to the summer sheep camps in the mountains above the ranch. One winter, the two girls stayed in a rustic cabin, caring for the entire flock, hauling hay by team and wagon from a haystack located about five miles away. The only source of heat was a wood stove and they chopped their own firewood. They baked bread in a makeshift oven that was set in the flue pipe coming from the wood stove. Their supply of meat came in large frozen chunks that had to be sliced with an axe. In 1932, June became a riding instructor for summer camps at Maskoma Lodge in New Hampshire, USA. When June left for her first job, she had $20 in her pocket. She travelled by car, bus and chauffeur-driven sedan. After three days travel, June settled into camp life, where she conducted trail rides, gave riding lessons and cared for the school horses. In 1936, June married Bill Osborn and moved to the Osborn family farm in Lavington, east of Vernon. Even with four children and a Jersey dairy herd, June continued to own and ride horses. During the late 1930s to 1943 she rode to hounds with the Vernon Drag Hounds. Jock Cameron, of Vernon, maintained a kennel of hounds and an enthusiastic group of riders attended meets on the Coldstream Ranch, the Commonage area and in the South BX. June would ride 20 kilometres from Lavington to Vernon to have her hunter shod at the local blacksmith shop, and thought nothing of riding to Okanagan Landing, another 10 kilometres, to lunch with friends. She also rode crosscountry to Armstrong, to attend the light horse show at the Interior Provincial Exhibition. In 1949, her TB hunter, St. George, went Light Horse Grand
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Champion. She came home with only the bridle and saddle, having sold him on the spot to a man from Calgary. In 1952, June and Bill moved to the Coldstream Ranch, just east of Vernon, where Bill became general manager. In 1957, June began her Turls Hill breeding program of children’s riding ponies. She imported six purebred Welsh mares and one yearling stud colt from England. They travelled 42 days by ship through the Panama Canal to Vancouver, then by truck to Vernon. Despite the lengthy trip, each mare produced a healthy foal the following spring. As well as purebreds, June bred Welsh-Arab and Welsh-Thoroughbred ponies that excelled as jumpers, hunters and saddle ponies. Over the next 25 years, Turls Hill ponies became synonymous with superior quality and versatility. These ponies excelled in show rings across BC and Alberta. In 1971, while showing at the Cloverdale Pony Show, June was presented with the special honour of “Great Breeder” by the Canadian Pony Society of BC. For over 30 years, June enabled many young riders to enjoy the experience of competition. She encouraged young riders to develop their horsemanship and showmanship skills, with a strong emphasis on safety and responsibility. At the same time, June was an advocate for a balance between competition and pleasure riding. All of June’s horses, even the prized show animals, were excellent trail rides. Several of them were used to work the cattle on the ranch, or ridden into the back country on camping trips. “The exposure to different situations makes them more reliable and wellbalanced,” says June. In the mid-1960s, June made several horseback trips into the back country. They became known as the “Granny Rides” as the members were all grandmothers, except one. Accompanying June were Mada Rendell, Marjorie Hall, Mary Campbell-Brown
June Osborn, cont’d and often Mary’s husband, Dr. Hugh Campbell-Brown. They rode much of Southern BC, including the Douglas, Guichon and Gang Ranches, Tunkwa Lake, the Galloping Hills and the Ashnola country. They had so many stories and adventures that they produced a booklet to share with family and friends. Escaping horses in the night, June in men’s pajamas with boots on the wrong feet, and Mada being dragged into the lake by a thirsty horse provided ample material for humorous stories and anecdotes. Following the Granny Ride years, June continued her trail riding adventures with the Great Caribou Ride, receiving the Best Trail Horse and Rider award in 1987.
June last year at age 97. June driving Turls Hill Nero, Kelowna Riding Club, 1974
June is a Life Member of the Vernon District Riding Club, where she served in various executive capacities, including president. In 1989, she received special recognition from Vernon District Pony Club, and in 1995, was honored with the Horse Person of the Year award from Horse Council BC. In the 1970s, June and Bill began a therapeutic riding program at their Coldstream farm. June provided the horses and vision, and Bill built the specialized equipment. The program was very successful and filled a great need in the community. Eventually, a board of directors was established and the North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association was formed in 1984. It continues to thrive, serving over a hundred children and adults in the community. Recognition of June’s accomplishments and service go beyond the equine world. In 1988, she received the Gold
June on Bar Ann, winning the Jack Benny class, Kelowna Riding Club 1972
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Medal for community service from the government of Canada. She served as Vernon District Divisional Commissioner for Girl Guides and in 1991, was presented with a Life Membership from the Girl Guides of Canada. An active member of the Coldstream Women’s Institute for 57 years, she served three terms as president and is a Life Member. For 42 years, June participated on the Women’s Institute’s float entry in the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade. Today, June still owns horses and resides on her Coldstream farm. Last summer, she went for a ride on her mare, Java. This past December, June fell and broke her hip. But don’t expect that to hold her down. Home after a six-week stay in hospital, June is back into her busy routine of playing bridge and entertaining visitors. In June’s own words, “My many friends kept me going while in hospital. And besides, there are still too many things I want to do.” As for her future plans, this grand lady intends to, “go riding next summer.”
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Longhorn Acres Buckle Series 2009
By Abby MacNeish
Photos by Kelly Livingston
oug and Kristine Henry of Longhorn Acres in Armstrong, BC hosted their first Buckle Series Team Roping event from May 2009 to October 2009 with great success. There were 6 events and the weather held up for all of them! Everyone roped with each other and the word “fun” was overheard on a regular basis. Kristine kept everyone fed with her well stocked concession and we can’t wait to get started again this year for 2010.
1st Place Buckle Winners! #1 Header – Jason Churchill #1 Heeler – Carol Schepp #2 Header – Vickie Scott #2 Heeler – Robert Diehl #3 Header – Scott Livingston #3 Heeler – Colin Mikkelsen #4/#5 Header – Doug Palmer #4/#5 Heeler – Mike Mills 2nd Place Vest Winners! #1 Header – Cole Churchill #1 Heeler – Maddie Mills #2 Header – Sandy Budgeon
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Women Guides Carry On Wild West Tradition
By Helen Williams
ranglers and wilderness guides – often labelled cowboys – are a part of life in the Canadian CaribooChilcotin in southwestern British Columbia. At some of the wilderness guest ranches you’ll find the traditional cowboy – more females than males – with gun in scabbard taking guests up into the heart of grizzly bear country on Cayuse mountain horses. Cayuse are mixed breeds – originally from the wild horse herds which still roam free in the Chilcotin Mountain Range. Today you need a license to carry shotguns and rifles, which all guides do, for the safety of guests in the wilderness where grizzly and black bears roam at large. Armed with a firearm and satellite phone is just one part of being responsible for a group of people in the wilderness. Guides care for their guests and are the natural stewards of the environment. They need to care for the horses, avoid confrontations with wild animals, and be conscious of the group’s environmental footprint. It’s a tall order and one job which more women than men seek. After being trained as a wilderness guide graduates go on to find employment opportunities in adventure tourism and wilderness operations throughout the world. The wages range from $60 to $200 a day depending on training and experience. Tips may be up to $500 a week. Meals and accommodation are usually included. The season length is May to October but some guides just move to the southern continents and end up working year round.
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Extreme Cowboy Race Co-Creator To Hold Clinic
challenges as moguls, bridges, log crossings, tunnels, cowboy curtains, roll backs and water crossings, among others. Judges award points for each obstacle, on a scale of one to 10, based on criteria such as horsemanship, cadence, control and overall execution. Horse-and-rider teams are required to complete each obstacle within a predetermined time period to collect points. The sport has certainly struck a chord. During 2009, its first season of competition, the Extreme Cowboy Association (EXCA) staged 70 events in 22 American states, from Hawaii across to Maine. Its first world championship, held in Topeka, KA, in mid-December, drew competitors from coast to coast. As for Cameron’s clinic in March, the lifelong rancher and former professional bull rider promises participants the valuable horsemanship tips that he disseminates across North America 44 weeks a year, and that have earned him the American Cowboy Culture Awards Committee’s esteemed Working Cowboy of the Year award in 2002. For clinic information, and for a full public schedule, please visit www.stampedeagriculture.com.
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he Calgary Stampede is taking equine events to extremes this summer. But even the most daring cowboy needs a little guidance. During the 2010 edition of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, a new event — the Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge, which showcases the all-new sport of Extreme Cowboy Racing — will be taking centre stage in the Pengrowth Saddledome. And none other than Craig Cameron, the famed horseman and Texas-based co-creator of the wildly popular Extreme Cowboy Race, will be in Calgary from March 19 to 21, 2010, to teach the finer points of this challenging and demanding equestrian sporting event. The Craig Cameron Extreme Cowboy Race Clinic and Demonstration will be held at the Corral on Stampede Park, with a clinic for registered participants on Friday, March 19, as well as Extreme Cowboy Race exhibitions and practice rounds for public consumption on Saturday, March 20, and Sunday, March 21. Extreme Cowboy Racing, a timed and judged event, demands both horsemanship and speed, and challenges both horse and rider with an obstacle course that may include such
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Training with Dana Hokana HOW TO GET THE SPOOK OUT OF YOUR HORSE
ost of us have been on a jumpy or spooky horse, one that is ready to jump at anything! In my opinion, it is no fun to ride a horse that is afraid and reactive. Some horses are genuinely more afraid of things than others. They may be more sensitive than others and may notice sights and sounds more acutely than other horses as well, but many horses have learned to be spooky. I feel that often it has become a habit, or a learned behaviour. I am going to give you some techniques that will help you to change your horse from a spook into a confident, less reactive horse! Most responses in horses are the result of learned behaviour. It is possible with patience and time to change a behaviour pattern and “relearn” a response in a horse. I often tell the story of Pavlov’s dog when I teach people how to train their horses. If you don’t know that story - here it is. Pavlov was a scientist who studied behaviour and formulated behaviour modification. Most of training an animal is behaviour modification. Pavlov took a dog and found that every time the dog would see and smell food, it would salivate. He then found he could train the dog to salivate to the ringing of a bell. To do this, he would ring the bell and bring the food at the same time, and the dog would salivate. After awhile, Pavlov could ring the bell without bringing the food and the dog would still salivate. The dog’s response (salivating) became conditioned from seeing and smelling the food to salivating when hearing the ringing of the bell. This story really struck me and I think of it often while training horses. 24 • Saddle Up • March 2010
I believe that this is often what happens to a horse when they spook. They see a stimulus and it frightens them. Then they see another and another and another and become conditioned to be afraid at a new stimulus. Whether they be sights, sounds, etc…, their response (fear) has become conditioned to every new stimulus. I feel that you can break this cycle with a lot of reconditioning, which will include time and patience. Also, keep in mind that some horses are more sensitive than others! What I would recommend is to do your best to change each and every negative stimulus into a positive one, or at least build acceptance in your horse. If you can turn each time of fear into a positive experience, your horse will soon forget about it. For example, if your horse is afraid of one particular thing, don’t leave the situation until it becomes a positive one for him. At first this may take you hours, but I recommend that you stay with it until you win. If you can stay with a situation until your horse accepts it, they will get over it. Be prepared to spend the time. I will give you an example: Let’s say my horse was afraid of the golf cart parked next to the arena. First of all, I never punish my horse if I feel he is afraid. Remember, I want to recondition that response and if they are afraid and I punish them, I only build upon the fear response. I don’t allow my horse to refuse me or refuse to go forward, because then they learn to ignore me. I will, however, face my horse to what he is scared of and let him see it and think about it. So, if my horse is afraid of the golf cart and I am going along the rail and he spooks, I will stop and let him see it. I don’t punish, but give him a moment to think about it until I feel him relax. I will go by that golf cart again and again until I know that I have truly “broken through” so to speak. If I feel my horse is still afraid, I
may get off and tie him around the arena where he can see the golf cart and think about it and realize that it is okay. If I had to, I would feed my horse there and tie my horse there the next morning, but I would do my best to win. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to punish your horse for his fear. Work through it and change that conditioned response. However, I will correct and get after my horse if he disobeys me. But I feel it is wise for you to read your horse! Is your horse afraid, or has he learned to balk and refuse you? It probably started out with genuine fear or insecurity and turned into a situation where he learned to refuse you, and now has become a new conditioned response. It may have turned into two conditioned responses, the first one being fear, and the second one of refusing your cue. Great horse trainers are usually great thinkers also. Invest time in figuring out how to deal with specific problems. If your horse is genuinely afraid of something, it may take 100 or even 1,000 times to undo that fear and change that conditioned response. Negative stimulations can make a greater impact on horses and people than positive ones. So think it out and reframe that negative experience into a positive one.
Patting and talking to your horse is a positive stimulus that will relax and reward your horse!
Training, cont’d Now that you understand this principle of learning and learned behaviour, you can apply this to all of your training! You can also see how a slightly timid horse can turn into a full blown spook. Now, check your own reactions out. Are you programming your horse to spook because you are giving him a stimulus warning him of trouble by tensing your body? If you give him a body signal that trouble is coming, he can get tense off of what you are doing before he even gets to the potential spook. I have had different riders that program every horse they ride to spook! I had this situation recently with one of my own horses. I found myself tensing up every time we went by a certain area in the arena. The horse would jump and react so badly I noticed I was getting nervous. What helped me was to first work on relaxing my horse. I stopped her, just walked small circles and changed up
her routine in that general area. Then I worked on my own reactions. I practiced deep breathing, which as simple as it sounds is a huge help to relaxing your horse. When we take short, shallow breaths, we tend to lean forward and this lifts our sacrum up off of our horse’s back. Our horse feels our body signals and this is one way that he knows what we are thinking. When we take full, deep breaths, breathing through our diaphragm, we position our sacrum and pelvis down on the horse’s back. So if you are nervous, focus on your breathing. You can actually “breathe” your way past a potential spook. This instills confidence in your horse and he will not react off of your signals. You can also try singing, talking to someone else, or saying a poem. Do what you can to relax yourself! The other important tip I can give you is to talk to your horse! When I am riding at home, I talk to my horses all
the time. My voice can become a positive stimulus to reward or relax my horse. Horses are sensitive animals and they definitely respond to the sound of a voice. You may feel a little silly at horse shows or events talking away to your horse, but I will tell you it works! Touching and patting your horse can also be a positive stimulus. Knowledge is wonderful and many times just understanding how horses learn and how habits are acquired can give you the breakthrough you have been waiting for! Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry training Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving top 10 placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. Dana’s video series, the Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at high levels in the show arena. (For contact info see listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.)
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Down Home with… Laurie Takoff, Laurian Quarter Horses When did horses first come into your life? From as long as I can remember I have always been wild about horses. I learned from a very young age that, for me, the sweet smell of horses is the most intoxicating smell in the world and that there are few things in life that are as wonderful as the relationship that one can have with a horse.
Who has been the most influential horse person in your life and why? There have been many over the years but one that quickly comes to mind is Bill Collins from Alberta. He taught me how to bring out the very best in a young horse and later he helped me learn the finer skills of reading a cow. Years later, I really came to appreciate knowing Jerry Wells of Oklahoma. He had a vast level of knowledge from racing, to western pleasure, to roping, to halter and possessed a wealth of knowledge in breeding. Bill Collins and Jerry Wells are only two of a small handful of who I believe are the last our industry’s greatest horsemen. They exemplified the All Around trainer who could see the very best in a horse, find its individual talents and then bring those out to make the horse the very best they could be no matter what discipline it was. Closer to home – Bill Farris of Armstrong was a great influence to me. His many years of service as both South Central Quarter Horse Association and BC Quarter Horse Association President was instrumental in helping our industry grow within BC. Not long before his passing, he told me how proud he was to have “a local girl” spreading her wings so far. Those words still bring tears to my eyes. BCQHA’s AQHA Director Emeritus Gen Matheson has been a huge influence to me. Her years of dedicated work on behalf of BCQHA and AQHA are truly admirable. To this day, even though some of her fiery spirit has dimmed a bit – Gen is just as passionate.
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What horse memory still gives you a good laugh? I always seem to find myself having so much fun with horse people and while at the shows; but without a doubt my years as a 4-H Leader and SCQHA’s first Youth Advisor brings back delightful memories of laughter and wonderful times. Many of my former students and SCQHA’s first Youth members still keep in touch and some have come back to show with me as adults.
If you could ride any horse (living or dead) which one would it be and why? This might surprise a few folks but the one horse I would just love to throw a leg over is the great Dressage Champion, Hanoverian gelding – Keltic Salinero – this horse’s athletic abilities just amaze me. He is such a powerhouse who is incredibly graceful. Multiple Olympic Gold Medal winner Anky Van Grunsven makes riding Salinero look effortless - I don’t know anyone who has ever seen Anky and Salinero perform that wouldn’t give just about anything to take him for a spin.
What has been your most memorable achievement (horses or personal)? I have had so many wonderfully memorable achievements with horses but the one that sticks to mind the most is working with a tall growthy yearling stallion who at one time it was suggested would make a great gelding. Despite what others told us, his owner and I believed that all this horse needed was time to mature and develop. He did very well as a yearling but as we predicted he really didn’t completely come into his own until he was a fully mature stallion. When he did though he did exactly what we thought he would do – he became an outstanding individual with a stellar show record ending his career by winning a World Championship title. Exceeding our expectations and beliefs as a young horse, as a sire, he repeats himself
Esteemable was bred and raised by Tom and Melissa Sword of Quesnel.
in his offspring and they in turn have earned numerous awards including World Championship titles bringing joy to their owners and trainers just like he did for us. Taking a horse and the owner that believed in him and assisting them in reaching the highest goals a horse can attain in our industry is an achievement I will always hold dear. A recent event that will be fondly remembered in years to come was at the Okanagan Breeders Event held in Armstrong last Spring. Gus Evagelopolous, a fellow AQHA Professional Horsemen and I, hosted an AQHA Test Ride. Many folks came by to take a short lesson from Gus or myself and ‘test ride’ an AQHA horse. There was one rider though that I will never forget. An older gentleman who told us that he hadn’t been on a horse since he was a young man and that at 72 he would sure like to try again. He put a hard hat on and I helped him aboard Winning The Dream aka “Odie” (owned by Vanessa Nakagawa of Salmon Arm). Odie is a tall horse and this gentleman was a bit leery of climbing on such a big horse. Putting his reservations to rest, I enjoyed helping him to move Odie into a walk and then to jog quietly. With guidance he had Odie side passing and pivoting on his forehand and slowly spinning on his haunches. When I went to help him dismount he paused and looked down at me with tears in his eyes and said, “Laurie, you have just made a life long dream of mine come true and I thank you the experience.” A person can win a lot of prizes and trophies and achieve many goals in life but the feeling I had after that lesson is about the best feeling I have ever had in my life.
Down Home, cont’d You are an AQHA Professional Horsemen. What does that mean?
If you could change anything in the horse world, what would it be and why?
AQHA Professional Horsemen are professionals within the AQHA industry that work within their local communities upholding the standards of AQHA. At shows we assist Show Management to ensure that AQHA shows run smoothly, offering help if needed. Often times we are liaisons between the exhibitors and the AQHA Judges. While the Judges ensure the standards of AQHA are upheld in the show arena, AQHA Professionals help to ensure that those same standards are upheld in the warm up arenas and in the barns. Outside the shows we can offer guidance and help to local Clubs and Associations to help promote the American Quarter Horse and the goals and objectives of AQHA.
I’d like to see us return to raising and showing the All Around AQHA horses that excel at many different events – the diversely athletic individuals that our breed is so famous for. When AQHA was first founded the first initial events and classes were the conformation classes. Later as years went by the horses were shown at halter first thing in the day and then went on to be shown in performance classes. Those horses that did well in all the events were ones that the industry sought to breed and show. Everyone’s goal was to raise and show a horse to its AQHA Championship title. Over the years we have moved away from that to where many of our horses are event specialized. For the average person who competes it’s just not feasible to have two or three horses to show. Excitingly many of our long time AQHA breeders here in BC have a time honored tradition of striving to raise horses that can ‘do it all’ – I’d like to see this reflected more throughout our industry.
What are your future goals? I would hope to become more involved in seeing the AQHA industry grow within British Columbia. As a member of the American Quarter Horse Professional Horsemen BC Council I hope to continue to encourage and support our local Professional Horsemen to become more involved here at home as well.
Heza Poised Dreamer - 2009 AQHA World Championship Show Open Performance Halter Stallion - 4th Place. AQHA Champion with 199 AQHA points in 15 different events. Shown by Laurie Takoff and pictured here with owners Norma and Jamie Hutton (not in photo are owners Jerry and Tami Hutton)
Laurie Takoff owns and operates Laurian Quarter Horses in Kelowna, BC. Laurie has 25+ years as a trainer, instructor and breeder. Some of her accomplishments include: Shown/Trained; Multiple AQHA Open and Amateur World Show Achievers the latest to include; Heza Poised Dreamer 2009 AQHA World Championship – Open Performance Halter Stallion – 4th place AQHA Champion and ROM Halter and Performance Earners AQHA Open National Hi Point Achievers AQHA Open, Amateur and Youth Performance and Halter Superior Award Winners Canadian National Champions Regional Experience Champions and Achievers Provincial and State Futurity Award Winners Provincial and State Year End Hi Point Award Winners
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The site is a heritage attraction open from May until Thanksgiving with educational programs and tours; and invites visitors to “explore the ranch.” The Saddle Shop is in a stand-alone building housing public washrooms and an O’Keefe display area. Work space covers approximately 600 sq. ft. If you enjoy people, this turnkey operation is an excellent opportunity for a semi or retired individual with a desire to do leather work and to work within one’s own timetable. Winter hours are optional. The owner is willing to be available for a period of time to help with transition. Asking $58,000 for assets and inventory. Call Ray at 250-545-8107 for detailed information. Serious enquiries only.
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BC Cowboy Hall Of Fame By Mark McMillan Hall of Fame Photos courtesy of the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin.
The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame was initiated by the BC Cowboy Heritage Society in 1998 to capture the memories of these living legends and share their stories. The society’s mandate is to promote and preserve cowboy heritage in the province of British Columbia.
he Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake is now proud of the fact that they are the home of the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the BC Cowboy Heritage Society is both pleased and proud to refer people to the museum. The museum has done a wonderful job of preserving and displaying the memorabilia of the cowboys in the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame selection committee now consists of seven people: two from the BC Cowboy Heritage Society, two from the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin, one from the BC Rodeo Association, one from BC Cattlemen, and one cowboy, Hall of Fame inductee Red Allison. Red was asked to be part of the committee because it seems
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that he knows everyone that ever rode a horse, as a working cowboy, in BC.
The BC Hall of Fame has seven categories: Working Cowboy, Competitive Achievements, Ranching Pioneer, Horseman, Artistic Achievements, Family, and Century Ranch. Anyone can nominate cowboys but the selection committee has to make the final decision as to who will be inducted - a tough job in any and every given year. The saying around the meeting table is that a cowboy is being selected for a hall of fame not a hall of average, and they are trying to keep the bar set high. To be selected, a cowboy must first and foremost have been a working cowboy in BC, and then they must fit at least one of the categories. The
Clarence Jules Sr.
Family category is chosen when more than one member, or generation, fit the other criteria. A Century Ranch is one that has been in the same family for over 100 years. The 2010 inductees have been selected and will be inducted this year - the first three at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival on Friday night, March 12, and the second three will be honoured Sunday, April 18, at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo. Frank Gleeson, because of the fact that he is Williams Lake’s Official Cowboy Poet, and because of his huge fan club at the Cowboy Festival, will be recognized at both ceremonies.
Hall Of Fame, cont’d The 2010 cowboys to be inducted are: Kamloops inductees Clarence Jules Sr. as a Working Cowboy Frank Gleeson for Artistic Achievements The Lauder Ranch as a Century Ranch
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Williams Lake Inductees Antone Boitano as a Ranching Pioneer Frank Gleeson for Artistic Achievements Maxine Mack for Competitive Achievements and as Working Cowboy Orville Fletcher as a Working Cowboy and a Ranching Pioneer The BC Cowboy Heritage Society website, www.bcchs.com, has a full list of BC Cowboy Hall of Fame members with a photo and short biography of each.
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Corky Williams. Had the audience in stitches!
By Mark McMillan
Dave McClure. Not often you see a cowboy playing a piano!
his is a super busy time of year for us - I really don’t know how we fit the Spirit of the West Cruise in the last two years … well, maybe I could find a way to fit that in again if the opportunity did arise! If you haven’t checked out their website diary page yet, or even if you have, there’s a bunch of new photos on there from the Cruise. It really does look like they had fun.
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Gary Fjellgaard, A crowd favourite as always …
While you’re in there have a look at the 10-day Mexican Riviera Cruise that they’re offering for next year - on Princess Cruises - and one of the most reasonably priced cruises they’ve ever had, too. See the website at: www.hughmclennan.com. Now that’s a Cowboy’s life! (“Hugh – you really should be advertising this in Saddle Up!” – from the editor, NR) Why are we so busy this time of year? It just seems like everything is happening all at once. We just finished the 100 Mile Cowboy Concert which was a super success as usual; the Kamloops Cowboy Festival is just about to start as this issue of Saddle Up hits the streets; it’s almost calving time (we start April 1st); and the BC Cattlemen AGM and Convention takes place in the Cariboo in May - the same weekend as Patti puts on the Clinton Grad Class Fund Raiser! Here’s a little bit about each of these events. The Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert on Saturday, Feb. 13, was great. The evening show was almost sold out by Christmas and was definitely sold out in January. The matinee show is always a little slower in ticket sales (not sure why as both shows are the same show) but it sold out in the end too. It’s really amazing that it is so popular - I guess it’s hard to find good family entertainment anywhere for $15 anymore. A big thanks to our two major sponsors, the
Jessica Noad. Although she hasn’t been performing regularly she did a bang up job!
Wolf Radio in 100 Mile and Williams Lake, the 100 Mile Free Press, and the Williams Lake Tribune - they’re the ones that let everyone know the concert is happening again! The Kamloops Cowboy Festival, once again, is ready to open its doors to thousands of people March 11-14! This year the Kamloops Downtown Businesses are jumping in too, and there will be prize draws during the week leading up to the festival. They also have performers scheduled, and there will be open mic opportunities on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at several downtown businesses. Two hotels are offering Thursday evening “Welcome to Cowboy Festival” events, too. Tim Hus will sing after a special buffet dinner at the South Thompson Inn and Joni Harms will complement the special steak dinner at the Plaza Heritage Hotel. The city of Kamloops will hopefully once again declare March 7 to 14 Cowboy Heritage Week, and we’re also hoping that the bus drivers will trade their uniforms in for blue jeans, neck rags and cowboy hats again this year. See www.bcchs.com for details. The City of Williams Lake, and the Cariboo Cattlemen, will be the proud host of the 82nd Annual BC Cattlemen’s Convention and AGM May 27-29. It will be held in the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Center with a trade show open from 5 till 9 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. till 6 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. till 3 p.m. Saturday. Details and registration information can be found at: www.bccaagm.com. The Annual Cowboy Concert fundraiser for the Clinton Grad Class is happening on Friday, May 28, at the high school, in Clinton. The Gordie West Band will be there and hopefully Jessica Noad as well. Other
Cariboo Chatter, cont’d
Readers do you know what this is? Your guess and the correct answer will be printed in the next issue.
entertainers will be announced at a closer date. It will be a dinner theater cowboy concert and it’s on the Clinton Rodeo Weekend. Cariboo Coming Events March 11-14: 14th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival April 16-18: Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo April 17-18: 100 Mile House – Show Etiquette April 18: BC Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction, Williams Lake April 23-25: 100 Mile House – Dena Millard Clinic (tentative) Contact Jen 250-791-6207 April 30-May 2: 100 Mile House - Ali Buchanan Dressage Clinic May 8-9: 100 Mile House - Wild and Woolly Schooling Show May 21-24: 100 Mile House - Farm and Ranch Show May 22: 100 Mile House - Little Britches Rodeo May 23: 100 Mile House - Rough Stock Rodeo May 24: 100 Mile House - Gymkhana May 27-29: BC Cattlemen’s Convention and AGM, Williams Lake May 28: Clinton Grad Class fundraiser Cowboy Concert May 29-30: 100 Mile House - Jumping Clinic
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Th is wire mesh object is an oval shape with one clip on each side approximately in the middle. It measures about 10 inches tall, eight inches wide, and five to six inches deep. We are looking for answers that describe the original use of this item - used in the 1800s up to and around the years of World War ll. (We can’t make it too easy for you!)
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Last Month’s What’s This? In the February issue there was a photo of a big round cast iron contraption - we had Photo Shopped out the words in the casting that you can now see - “The Wonder Rope Maker.” We had quite a few correct answers from people far and wide. This machine was one of several different types of rope makers and it would twist five strands. It’s amazing how well they work. Our ranch sitter, Harry Van Eaton from Watch Lake, had a four-strand machine set up in our basement and after he fed our critters, he used the longer round bale twine and proceeded to make rope with it … when we Rope made by Harry Van Eaton returned and I saw the rope, I had from bale twine no idea that it was made of bale string and would have sworn that it was purchased at a hardware store. Right Answers:
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Jean Fothergill, Armstrong, BC Ron Burfoot, Lone Butte, BC Bill Frohlick, Armstrong, BC Wendy Dixon, Williams Lake, BC Don Alexander Andy Foisy, Vernon, BC Heinz Lehman, Millet, AB Joint effort by Mark Beattie, Geoff Gimse, Klaus Fotsch, Mike Phillips, Birken, BC Lee Fennell, Armstrong, BC Ray Gale, Coldstream, BC Val and Don McNish, 100 Mile House, BC Kim Gaehring, Coutts, AB Marion Weisskopff, Princeton, BC Joyce Sparks, Innisfail, AB Amanda Gall, AB Tim Powell, Saanichton, BC Ernie Dobson, Cache Creek, BC Bob Hayward – Louis Creek, BC Brad Conway, McBride, BC Melanie Hellum – Fairview, AB Donna Cromarty – Pincher Creek, AB
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Kamloops Cowboy Festival Coming Up By Mike Puhallo Advance ticket sales for the 14th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival, March 11-14, are running about 40% ahead of last year’s pace. Additional venues and performances have been added to allow more opportunities to celebrate our rich western heritage in Canada’s Original Cowtown.
hings kick off Thursday evening March 11 in three locations with our “Welcome to Cowboy Festival” events! Take your pick between these three different Thursday evening functions. The first two would appreciate a reservation. Tim Hus fans: The South Thompson Inn & Conference Centre has put together a great evening of food and fun! Tim Hus will be the feature performer, Mike Puhallo will do some cowboy poetry, and a dinner buffet and a refreshing mug of cold beer will be included with each buffet ticket purchased. Cocktails at 6; Dinner at 6:30; Entertainment at 8 p.m. Limited seating, book early to avoid disappointment. Toll free 1-800-797-7713 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.stigr.com. Joni Harms fans: The Plaza Heritage Hotel has an evening of fun planned, too! No cover charge - just come, listen and enjoy! There will be a steak dinner and a drink special. Held in the Rocksalt Restaurant and Bar, Joni Harms will keep you entertained from 7 to 9 p.m. Reservations appreciated. See www. plazaheritagehotel.com or toll free 1-877977-5292.
For Weekend Pass holders only, we have our Thursday evening kick-off party in the dinner theatre of the Kamloops Convention Centre (formerly Forster’s Convention Centre). The performers will take turns and the evening will basically be a jam session on stage with a 7 p.m. start. In addition to all the events at our two main venues, Calvary Community Church and The Kamloops Convention Centre, there will also be entertainment at various venues downtown. Cowboy Up! 32 • Saddle Up • March 2010
Downtown Kamloops is joining the fun and festivities of Cowboy Heritage week and the Cowboy Festival. We welcome everyone to our wonderful city and invite you to come Downtown to enjoy the great restaurants, exciting shopping, and amazing ambiance in the heart of the city. Downtown Entertainment: Several venues Downtown will feature cowboy musicians, poets, and storytellers for your enjoyment. Featured venues for open mic include: The Smorgasbord Deli at 7th and Victoria Street from 12-2 p.m. on Thursday; Casey’s Caffeine at 340 Victoria Street Thurs/Fri/Sat from 12-2 p.m.; and Cowboy Coffee at 220 Victoria Street the same three days from 2-4 p.m.
Cowboy Heritage Week - Downtown prize roundup! (the week leading into Festival). Shopping Downtown at our unique and eclectic collection of boutiques is always a delight, and for Cowboy Heritage week we are offering a fun activity… a ‘Prize Roundup’! Pick up your entry form, map, and info sheet at the Festival or at your hotel desk, then come on down to shop around. Each participating store will be offering a prize, so put your entry forms in each and every draw barrel. Merchants will draw a winner from their barrel at the end of the week and notify winners. The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association will then pool all the entries into one jackpot draw for a grand prize valued at $200, including a few of the coveted Downtown Gift Certificates, which are redeemable at 100’s of businesses in the KCBIA area. Log on to our website www.kcbia.com during Festival week for details on the Prize Roundup and a schedule of performers at Downtown venues.
Of course in addition to all the new events there will be a fabulous weekend of tried and true Western Entertainment at our two main venues: Calvary Community Church and Kamloops Convention Centre. There will also be entertainment at The Horse Barn on Mt Paul Way, our exclusive outlet for local advance ticket sales. The Festival will also feature a great line-up of entertainers, our Western Art and Gear Show as well as a juried Saddle and Fine Art show sponsored by Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine. There are workshops on everything from saddle fitting to poetry and song writing. Workshops are sponsored by CJKC Country 103. Our rising star competition sponsored by CJKC Country 103 is once again drawing interest from across Canada and even a few entrants from the USA. The Joe Martin Award for Cowboy Craftsmanship is being awarded to Andy Knight of Merritt on March13. This Year’s BC Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductees are Frank Gleason (Williams Lake’s poet Laureate) and former KIB Chief Clarence Jules. The Lauder Ranch will receive the Century Ranch Award Detailed information on the Festival including Hall of Fame, workshops, entertainers bios and promo photos are on our website www.bcchs.com On a personal note… since being named Cowboy Poet of the Year for 2009 last September in Fort Worth, the pace of my own career has picked up dramatically. This is the busiest winter performance schedule I have ever had and we’re still picking up speed. I owe a
Cowboy Calendar great deal of thanks to the volunteers, sponsors, fans and local media for their support of this festival. The success of this event has proven to be springboard for my own career as well as for the many other emerging Canadian Western artists who have emerged right here in Canada’s Original Cow Town! March 11-14th: 14th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival. One of the Biggest and Best Festivals of its kind in Canada as well as one of the best in North America! www.bcchs.com. March 20: Masonic Hall, Kamloops, Ladies Day, 2 p.m. March 20: Lower Nicola, BC. The Hitch‘n’Post Cafe hosts a Cowboy Concert and Steak & Lobster Dinner. Featuring Mike Puhallo, Kraig Jodry, and others TBA. Dorothy Haller 250-315-1350. May (TBA): BC Cowboy Heritage Society AGM, Meadow Springs Ranch, 70 Mile House, BC. www.bcchs.com, www.meadowsprings. com. May 28-30: Canadian Rockies Cowboy Festival at the David Thompson Resort, Cline River on Highway 11. Just a short drive from Rocky Mountain House, Calgary or Banff. Featuring Ed Brown, Frank Gleeson, Perry Jacobson, Ed Peekeekoot, Horse Crazy, Tim Hus, Dave McClure, Mike Puhallo, The Three Musty Steers, Danny and Susan Gibson. Music, cowboy poetry and a dance each night. Plenty of camping and accommodation available. See www. davidthompsonresort.com or toll free 1-888-810-2103.
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June 4: CJKC Country 103 Appreciation Celebration, Free Concert, Kamloops, BC. Venue, times and performers TBA. June 18-20: Canadian Rockies Bluegrass Festival. Plenty of camping and accommodation available. See www.davidthompsonresort.com or toll free 1-888-810-2103. July 1: 108 Mile Historical Ranch, Canada Day Celebrations. Exhibits and entertainment all day right alongside Hwy 97, 8 miles north of 100 Mile House in BC’s Historic Cariboo Country! Mike Puhallo MC. July 17 (tent): Country Pedlar. In the parking lot, Sheridan Lake, BC. Open mic sessions and Cowboy Concert with Mike Puhallo & Matt Johnston. Chili Contest at 12 p.m. Roping lessons for children. Interlakes Lions Club concession on hand serving lunch and dinner. Contest for the best cowboy legs in the Cariboo, Children’s Games, Foothills Ice Cream, Silent Auction, Music and Entertainment all Day! Admission by Donation! For information call Shelly 250-593-4114. August 21: Clinton Jamboree, Reg Conn Park, Clinton, BC. A one-day festival in the park, featuring a wide variety of music, cowboy poetry, exhibits and a Steak Bar-B-Q. No admission charge. Sept. 4-6: North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo, Barriere, BC. Daytime performances on main stage in the Midway. Evening Cowboy Concert in the Fall Fair Hall, 7 p.m. on Sept 5. www.fallfair-rodeo.com. Nov. 28: Cowboy Christmas Concert, Calvary Community Church, Kamloops BC, presented by the BC Cowboy Heritage Society. Performers and details TBA.
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Cowboy Poetry Ontario’s Not as Far From Home as I Thought
Giddy-Up Go! Marteau
Mike Puhallo At first sight that Paint looked big, Ambling along down Yonge Street, in my boots and old felt hat, I feel just a tad conspicuous, city folks don’t dress like that!
and moved a little fast. Still… a young man’s dream came true today, he owned a horse at last. From early on he watched his mom
In farming country east of here where we visited for a while, the folk we met were just like home with rural ways and a ready smile. Among the pretty farms and rolling hills, just north of Quinte’ Bay, we shared songs and poems of the west, and made new friends along the way. But even in this bustling city, though it’s hard to fathom why, a fellow walked up with a big ol’ grin saying, “Hey you’re the poet guy!”
tack up and take a ride. Wished one day he’d be there taggin’ right long side. His horse was sleepin’, so he thought so approached it with some care. Touched the head, it shifted weight seemd it felt his presence there. Have to ride him bareback, and he could only hope that when he starts a movin’ he’d hold tight to the rope. So he stood beside - gave a pat. Steady… grabbed the mane. Swung his leg way up high, so far the horse seemed tame.
Painted Ponies Mag Mawhinney I watched the wrangler bring in the ponies, a patchwork of colours, they were. I sat on the fence, just thinkin’ about which one of them I would prefer. Is it that pinto mare takin’ the lead, as feisty and proud as can be? Or that sorrel with the blaze on her face that likes to beg apples from me?
He made it up!! Then over - fell smack to the ground. Even though he hurt real bad, he didn’t make a sound. What made this horse so different from others he had seen, was when it moved away, it came back to where it had been. Why would parents buy a horse for him unsafe to ride? Not cryin’ from a bleeding knee, what hurt more was his pride. Determined still to do this… mount his trusty steed. In seconds he was up and on; balance was the key. Moved his hips to tell the horse, “Giddy-up Go.” He’d heard his parents say it, how else was he to know? Once he got his rhythm and found that comfort zone
How ‘bout the buckskin, so handsome and strong? He’s sure-footed, even in snow. Then there’s the big grey, that time I was lost, who knew just where we should go.
rode his horse miles that day and did it all alone. Kicked his heels, he’d seen it done in shows from the TV. No thoughts of any danger now, and forgotten ‘bout his knee. He had a ball pretendin’, he was cuttin’ out a cow.
Now that bay gelding is one to behold when he dances ‘round in the trees. You can ride him bareback over the meadows with only a nudge from your knees. All the painted ponies were beautiful with spirits nobody can own. So I couldn’t choose, how could I say “no” to that pretty little red roan?
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His parents would be proud of him if they could see him now. If a person had been standing near that little boy, they’d hear sounds of laughter, and see the tears of joy. Then… distant voice became real clear, words came from his mom. “Time to eat, then bedtime… were you havin’ lots of fun? Your Rockin’ Paint Horse Pony can stay here by your side. Sleep tight, dream good dreams then tomorrow you can ride.”
Gary Hunt Horsemanship DRIVING YOUR COLTS AND HORSES
orses of every age find it easier to understand what it is you’re asking them to do when you’re standing on the ground versus when you are on their backs. This is especially important for starting a colt, although I don’t introduce the driving until the 3rd day of my program which I demonstrate on my DVD. Now, get your horse saddled up, use a driving halter and tie the stirrups together (I use a piece of sash cord, I call this hobbling the stirrups). Then run the driving reins through the stirrups. To begin with, I stand by their neck and head and lift up on the rein. Most horses will want to resist the pressure and their head will go up into the air to avoid that pressure. Don’t panic, that is normal. Just Q&A with Gary Hunt keep pressure on the halter until you feel the horse’s head BACKING UP start to give to the pressure. The moment Question: How can I get my he brings his head down, quickly release horse to back up? the pressure. Do this a few times on both sides and this will introduce him to his driving lesson. When driving your horse, I like to carry a little driving whip to encourage forward motion. Now we start with one rein, let’s say the left rein, and put pressure on that side of the halter and wait for one step to the left, then release the pressure. Keep him moving forward and continue to repeat this until the colt follows the pull on the rein. Now, do the same on the right side, still keeping that forward motion. Next ask him to move in a small circle to the left, making the colt go up into the halter (later it will be into the Answer: snaffle) and as well move in a circle to First of all, saddle up your horse the right, always with forward motion and tie the stirrups together under the and nicely into the halter, continuing to horse’s belly. I use a driving halter and release the pressure as the horse gives to long driving reins, running the reins the halter or bridle. You will find the horse will be light on his face and break at the through the stirrups. pole with a beautiful headset. Now, while standing behind the Driving is clearly demonstrated on 3 different horses on my DVD which is for sale horse with a good hold on the reins, on my website www.BreakingColts.com. ask the horse to back up by pulling the **Gary Hunt recommends doing training and problem solving in a round pen. reins a little, which applies pressure on the driving halter. If there is resistance, After Gary Hunt retired from his rodeo career and training race horses, he directed his energy to the continue to hold the pressure until he creation of his Colt Starting DVD and his passion for solving horses’ problems. He has done clinics gives to the pressure by taking a step and demonstrations throughout the U.S. and Canada and is now managing a Thoroughbred farm outside of Calgary and continues to work passionately starting and training horses. Gary believes it back. If he gives me even just one step, is important for every horse to have ‘Ground Manners’ and to know how to stop, turn both ways and then quickly release the pressure. back up BEFORE getting on him. Continue to do this until the horse backs up with hardly any pressure at all. (For contact info see his listing in business Services under Trainers Coaches.) A well trained horse will back up easily with just the suggestion.
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Following “The Path to Relationship”
year ago I could not have imagined traveling the province promoting and selling a book that I had co authored. Yet again by following those illogical pulls from the heart strings I am sharing my passion for “Horses as Teachers” with a new and fascinated audience. In early December U.P.S. delivered 11 boxes, full of shiny, books WITH MY NAME ON THE COVER, to my door. And I set sail on a fabulous journey.
The journey so far: Williams Lake, January 22 to 24: I spent the weekend with “new” friend, colleague and “Epona Sister” Thea Fast at her home, Big Lake Ranch. Thea also runs an Equine Facilitated Personal Development facility. She graciously organized and co hosted a book signing afternoon at The Hobbit House, owned and run by Leanne Kunka, in Williams Lake, a delightful/quaint shop carrying, a wide range of books, jewelry, essential oils and much more. Lots of lovely contacts made. I was then whisked to our next venue, a delicious gathering of horseaholics!! And a pot luck dinner held at the home of Marion Bayliff. This was a diverse group of horsey ladies some from as far as Prince George that came for an evening of food, entertainment and sharing of knowledge. The book sold like hot cakes! Marion and Thea have invited me back to facilitate a Horsepatter Approach workshop offering riders and horse owners an in depth experience of body awareness techniques leading to the resolution of training issues and heightening the riders awareness, September18-19. I floated home to the misty Okanagan Valley on a cloud of delightful new connections.
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February 12: Signing day at The Hidden Gems Bookstore in Salmon Arm. Beth Phillips has created the delightful ambience of this new and used book collection Helen at Hidden Gems bookstore with local with her methodical author Kay McCracken (standing). and creative spirit. It is fast becoming a meeting place for creative souls from near and far. I swear Beth personally knows every book in her store!! I spent a wonderful morning sitting in the sunny window connecting with new and interested people. I had the honour of chatting with local author Kay McCracken about writing, horses and synchronicities. Friend and colleague Sheila Wardman of Chaganjuu Spa Retreat happened to walk by looking for some easy reading for the weekend!
More to come at: Ladies Night, March 18 at The Paddock in Vernon. I will have both “The Path to Relationship” and the 1st in the series “Path to Authenticity” available. The Paddock will then carry both books in the store. 50% of the sales of the books purchased on this evening will be donated to support the Vernon Women’s Transition House’s Equine-assisted Therapy Program run by Wendy Elrick. The Paddock is an avid supporter of this program and I am delighted to announce that Wendy has invited me to co facilitate this program with her. As I am writing, Nancy Roman has just signed me up for a fun fi lled weekend as part of the Okanagan Breeders event, held in Armstrong on April 10& 11. See you there. Check my website for details on stores now carrying “The Path to Relationship” and my “upcoming events” Calendar for 2010. www.horsepatter.com Helen Amanda Russell grew up with horses in the Highlands of Scotland, is a British Horses Society Instructor, and has competed, trained and coached in Britain and Ontario. Helen has recently continued her training to become an Advanced Epona Approved Instructor and is now establishing her new business “promoting human self awareness facilitated by horses,” in Armstrong BC.
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Reinin’ In The Sun Show Update
s our July 30 – August 1, 2010 event approaches, the RITS committee has elected to run the Show over 3 days, retaining approvals beyond the NRHA, to include sanctions by the AQHA (American Quarter Horse Assn) and the NRCHA (National Reined Cowhorse Assn). The show will continue to be an NRCHA World Qualifying event and Pat Senger and Today’s Lucky triple carded judges from Cody – Champion Buckle Winner Washington and Alberta have RITS 39 & over Non Pro. been selected. Show officials predict another exciting event! The show itself is well established, having been held on the same date and location for more than a decade. In 2007 the fledgling committee produced a highly successful horseshow with 343 runs rounding out the 2 1/2 day competition. 2008 saw numbers jump to 403 total runs, with previous exhibitors
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returning and bringing along their stable mates and trainers to enjoy the competition and camaraderie. Many exhibitors stayed an extra day or more, taking the time to enjoy all that the beautiful Okanagan has to offer at that time of year. A struggling economic climate in 2009 did not deter exhibitors, who turned in 379 exhilarating runs, surpassing our highest expectations. The 2010 class list is designed to tempt riders from all levels of competition. Classes range from Green As Grass to Open Reining, complimented by a large selection of Non Pro and Amateur classes. Included in the line up will be an NRHA approved Futurity and Derby, as well as a full slate of Working Cow Horse classes. The popular RITS ‘Sweet N Sour’ is a great schooling tool, available on a first come basis. For those that are interested in becoming a 2010 Show Sponsor or have questions about sponsorship, please don’t hesitate to contact the RITS Sponsorship Manager, Sandra Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your sponsorship will help us to offer awards and prize money that should attract competitors from across the Western Provinces and the United States. Visit www.reinininthesun.com for all upcoming information.
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Dressage Masters of the 20th Century – Colonel Alois Podhajsky By Holly Baxter (This is Part 2 of a 4-Part Series)
Col. Alois Podhajsky was director of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria, from 1939 to his retirement in 1965. He guided the school through the tumultuous years of WWII and then worked tirelessly to ensure the financial security of the wonderful Lipizzan stallions as they mesmerized audiences in Haute Ecole, the High School movements which are the most advanced level in classical dressage.
he Spanish Riding School is the oldest riding school of its kind in Europe dating back to 1572. The demand for riding horses of the Baroque type preferred by the school, and indeed by all serious horsemen of that era, far exceeded the supply. In 1580 the Archduke Charles II established a stud at Lippiza, which is where the breed name Lipizzan comes from. In 1729, Emperor Charles VI commissioned a permanent riding hall for the Spanish School, which is still in use today. The famous Lipizzan stallions and mares have managed to survive all the ensuing wars, with the most spectacular story occurring during the Second World War. The German army seized the breeding stock of the Spanish Riding School and moved them to what is now the Czech Republic. The area fell to the Soviets, with the strong possibility the horses would be slaughtered for food. General Patton of the US Army was instrumental in getting these horses safely back behind Allied lines. Interestingly, both Patton and Podhajsky shared not only a love for horses, but were former Olympians as well as Army officers. Podhajsky wrote about these events in his biography My Horses, My Teachers (1968). Podhajsky began his career in the Austrian Army and rode dressage for his country in the 1936 Olympics on a remount named Nero that he trained himself. For this he received the bronze medal, as all gold and silver medals in 38 • Saddle Up • March 2010
the equestrian events went to the host country which was Germany. In 1939 he was given the directorship of the Spanish Riding School although remaining a Colonel in the Austrian Army as it was war time. A devotee of the true classical art, he was aware that the oral traditions of the Spanish Riding School must be put down on paper and it is to his credit that he wrote The Complete Training of Horse and Rider (1967) upon his retirement in 1965 from the school. This book represents the quintessential training manual for classical dressage in the Spanish School tradition and follows the teachings of the classical masters that came before.
Alois Podhajsky on a gorgeous Lippizan stallion.
The guiding word at the school is “I have time.” At the school, the young stallions are brought in as four year olds for their first year of training. They are lunged for the first three to four months and are then introduced to carrying a rider while on the lunge. Podhajsky makes it very clear that lungeing a young undeveloped horse is an essential building block in order for them to be able to carry themselves before being asked to carry a rider in balance and harmony. Once this initial period is completed, they are taught to go straight and forward under saddle. They are ridden without collection in a natural “forward riding” position, sometimes called the “remount position.” Each horse is trained on an individual regime according to their constitution and talents. In the second phase of the training or Campagne school, only advanced level riders are used as they must have developed a high degree of sensitivity in feel. Former head rider Max Ritter von Weyrother (1825 – 1833) coined the phrase “The Thinking Rider” – referring to the necessity of practical ability coupled with theoretical knowledge. At the school, there is always someone on the ground as well as on the horse. As much as two-thirds of the stallion’s training may be taken up in this phase with the focus being on correct contact with the bit and to improve collection in an ever increasing manner. It is at this level that half halt, shoulder-in, travers and renvers are taught. The Spanish
Dressage Masters, cont’d Riding School follows de la Gueriniere’s teachings of always working the horse in a calm and relaxed manner. A famous Podhajsky quote is: “The best guideline for the appropriate intensity of the work is provided by the old rule that the horse should return to his stall as fresh as he left it.” In closely reading any of the literature that is used by the Spanish School, it is clear that the art of classical dressage supersedes the spectacle of dressage. Podhajsky likened the wonderful stallions and other horses he knew and rode as literal works of art, with his greatest sadness being that they were finite and therefore their brilliance died with them, somewhat as if the Mona Lisa burnt and there were now only photos. Regarding their riders, they too are artists whose art was expressed not in paintings or sculptures, but in participating with these beautiful animals in creating living
art. The path taken was slow, consistent training that often meant the stallions remaining in Campagne school until 10 years old. However, the school quadrille has had horses older than 20 still performing, a testament to the longevity of a horse’s athletic life if classical dressage principles are adhered too. It seems appropriate to end this article on Alois Podhajsky with his own words: “Just as experience dictates to the ballet teacher the length of time necessary to train his students, so the horse, too, needs time to mature into a great four-legged dancer. This fact cannot be obliterated by seeming successes that supposedly prove the opposite. For, even if someone should succeed in training a horse to high school level by the age of eight, this individual occurrence cannot shake the foundations of the classical
art of riding, if this dressage horse is completely unsound and unusable by the age of 10.” 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, Vernon, BC.
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Equine Canada Update By Julie Cull Equine Canada Appoints Four New FEI Jumping Stewards Patricia Chalmers of Pincourt, QC, Allan Ehrlick of Campbellville, ON, Susan Hawes of Okotoks, AB, and Richard Smith of Abbotsford, BC, have all been appointed as FEI stewards for jumping, effective Jan. 1, 2010. All four stewards attended the recent FEI Stewards clinic held at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, AB, as well as holding Senior Equine Canada stewards credentials and demonstrating extensive backgrounds in stewarding at Equine Canada and FEI sanctioned jumping competitions. For additional information about becoming an FEI or EC steward, please visit the Officiating Section of the Equine Canada website.
New Food Safety Regulations for Horses The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced the implementation of a new Meat Hygiene Directive concerning all equines (domestic and imported) intended for slaughter at federally inspected meat processing plants. As of July 31, slaughter facilities will be allowed to process only those equines with complete health records dating back six months. The maintenance of health records must begin by Feb. 1, for equines that are intended to be sent to (or sold for) processing on or after July 31 of this year. The English language version of the information bulletin from the CFIA that outlines the
new requirements is available from the CFIA’s website www. inspection.gc.ca.
Canadian Olympian Carried 2010 Olympic Flame Canadian eventing Olympian Hawley Bennett. Hawley Bennett of Photo by Greg Paull. Langley, BC, had the honour of being a torch bearer for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. Bennett carried the flame on Feb. 9 in Richmond, BC, and as part of her final steps, lit the torch of the next torch bearer beside the Olympic Oval, where the speed skating events will take place. Bennett, riding her long-time partner Livingstone, Canadian thoroughbred gelding owned by Bennett and her mother Gerry, was a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, GRE, and was a member of the 2003 silver medal winning Pan Am Championships Team.
Partnership Continues with Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals The Canadian Eventing Committee is pleased to announce a continued partnership with Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals. Building on the Omega Alpha sponsorship of the Canadian Event Horse of the Month established in 2009, Omega Alpha has signed on with Canadian Eventing as a supporter and Official Supplement Supplier to Canadian Eventing for 2010. Throughout the 2010 season, Omega Alpha will support Canadian Eventing initiatives and provide several riders and the Canadian Eventing World Equestrian Games Team with supplements selected to naturally enhance their horses’ health and performance. Supported riders include national team members: Hawley Bennett-Awad, Diana Burnett, Kyle Carter, Rebecca Howard, Jessica Phoenix and Karl Slezak. In addition to sponsoring the Canadian Eventing Team, Omega Alpha will also continue to support the Omega Alpha Canadian Event Horse of the Month Award – a highly successful monthly horse recognition program that celebrate the achievements of Canadianowned horses that represent Canada in North American competition – for the 2010 competition season (April to October).
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Equine Canada, cont’d Awards Gala Recipients Equine Canada held their Annual Awards Gala on February 6, 2010 in Montreal, QC. The following are our Award Recipients.
SSG Gloves was awarded the Equine Canada Sponsor of the Year Award. Equine Canada president Michael Gallager and Ed James, CEO of SSG Gloves Photo Credit— Normand Huberdeau.
Elizabeth Bordeaux of Surrey, BC, Jump Canada ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award for 2009 in recognition of her dedicated support of Canadian show jumping. Presented by Jump Canada Chair, John Taylor. Photo credit— Normand Huberdeau.
Alf Fletcher was named the recipient of Jump Canada’s ‘Official of the Year’ Award for 2009. (l to r) Kelly Fletcher, Heather Fletcher, Sean Fletcher and John Taylor, Jump Canada chair. Photo Credit — Normand Huberdeau.
Ashley Holzer of Toronto, ON, 2009 Equestrian of the Year. Photo Credit—Cealy Tetley.
Paul Popiel (l) of Carleton Place, ON, Lifetime Achievement Award and Equine Canada president Michael Gallager. Photo Credit— Normand Huberdeau.
Maura Leahy of Dugald, MB, Volunteer of the Year Award. (l to r) Maura Leahy, Sarah Runnalls, client executive, BFL Canada, and Terre O’Brennan, Endurance Canada. Photo Credit— Normand Huberdeau.
Hayes Co. was awarded the 2009 Equine Canada / Just Add Horses Environment Award. Presented by Dean Leifso, chair of the Equine Canada Awards Committee. Photo Credit—Normand Huberdeau.
Conley Driediger of Chilliwack, BC, 2009 Junior Equestrian of the Year. Photo Credit— Equine Canada.
Karen Briggs of Hillsburgh, ON, recipient of the 2009 Susan Jane Anstey Media Award. Presented by Dean Leifso, chair of the Equine Canada Awards Committee. Photo Credit—Normand Huberdeau.
As a world leader who has reached the highest pinnacle of success in her sport, Equine Canada awarded Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove, BC, with the 2009 Equine Canada President’s Award. Photo Credit— © Michelle C. Dunn, mdunnphoto.com
Jump Canada has named Frantisi Inc. (the Bassin Family) the ‘Sponsor of the Year’ for 2009. Photo Credit – Equine Canada.
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TIDBITS Hunter Jumper Spring Classic The Kelowna Riding Club will be hosting its annual Hunter Jumper Spring Classic April 30 to May 2 at the Kelowna Riding Club, 3745 Gordon Drive, Kelowna BC. In the past years this competition has drawn competitors from all over BC and Alberta. It is designated a BC Summer Games Qualifier and BC Hunter Jumper Points show. We welcome the public to come watch the exciting competition free of charge and to visit the vendors that are taking part in the show. There is a concession on the grounds and the show runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information contact Caroline at email@example.com or visit www.kelownaridingclub.net.
BC Interior Arabian Horse Show The BC Interior Arabian Association proudly presents the 4th Annual West Kootenay All Breed Community Horse Show on June 26-27 at the Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds. Contact for entries/info is Holley Campbell 250-362-9065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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prize from the vast array, both donated and purchased for the winners. This is a great way of ‘shopping’ for just the right prize. Past prizes have ranged from horsey stuff, tack, memorabilia and treats to books, bags, dog gifts, etc.
Teachers’ Course in North America which is due to commence in spring 2011. Application deadline for these few rider spots is August 31, 2010.
Philippe Karl is coming to Canada!
was carried by Tricia Beauvais, who in turn was carried by a carriage drawn by two black Percherons. The horses are owned by Ken Malm and Rick Jones drove the team using his wagon. Trish is a former Special Olympics rhythmic gymnast. During the more-than-45,000kilometre torch relay – the longest in history to be contained within the host country – many horses and their owners participated. This includes a Barkerville stagecoach in Quesnel and a team of Friesians and a sleigh – over a frozen lake – in Invermere. (Courtesy of 100 Mile House Free Press and photo by Chris Nickless.)
West Kootenay All Breed Community Horse Show offers a range of classes with an increase in the number of entries, both Arabian and Non Arabian. Awards include, but are not limited to: Hi-Point Adult Arabian, Hi-Point Adult Non-Arabian, Hi-Point Youth Arabian, Hi-Point Youth NonArabian, HCBC Sportsmanship Award, Invite A Friend Draw and Be The First to Submit Entries Award. It is all thanks to the imagination of our Master Organizer, Dr. Colleen Kramer. Also, we do a ‘Shopping Form’ of prize giving. Winners up to 3rd place in some classes and up to 6th place in other classes receive a playing card with the prize ribbon. You then get to take your playing card to the show ‘store’ and pick your choice of 42 • Saddle Up • March 2010
Philippe Karl, classical rider, trainer and author of “The Twisted Truths of Modern Dressage,” is coming to Canada! For 13 years an elite Ecuyer of the prestigious French classical school Le Cadre Noir de Saumur, he has dedicated his life to working with horses. Philippe has been considered by many to be the ‘best rider in the world’. ForTheHorse Centre, close to Chase, BC, is pleased to be chosen by Mr. Karl as the location for his 3-year teacher training course. For more information, www.ForTheHorse.com. Philippe Karl has announced that he will be taking applications for his “School of Lightness”
On Jan. 28, 2010, the Olympic flame
North Vancouver Island Horse Assoc. The NVIHA has some great plans for the upcoming 2010 Western Performance Show season. Shows will be held at the Comox Valley Exhibition grounds on Headquarters Road in Courtenay, BC. March 28 is the date for our Open Western Performance Critique Show which will be judged by Kerri DeKubber. April 25 is the first Open Western Performance Points Show of the season
TIDBITS, cont’d with Patti Woods as judge. May 22-23 is another Open Western Performance Points show; Day 1 judged by Jodie Moore, Day 2 judged by Tammi Hutton. We are very pleased to be able to bring in these judges that are new to NVIHA shows. The NVIHA Saddle Show is scheduled for August 21 as a double judged show, judges TBA. Plans are afoot for a major Fundraiser for the Western Performance Division. Please mark your calendars with April 11 for “An Equine Experience” which will be held at Bear Creek Ranch on Macauley Road in Black Creek (just north of Courtenay). This will be an expo of various equine disciplines over one day. Watch for posters appearing soon, and please make plans to attend. July 8 has been booked at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds for a fun day get together for all disciplines of the NVIHA and will possibly include games and events both on horseback and on foot. – Submitted by Marg Camp
BC Interior Horse Rescue Update It is so hard to believe that 2010 is here and the months of January and February are over. 2009 has had some outstanding events happen for the BCIHR such as our Hoof and Hearts fundraiser. The dinner and dance was well received and we look forward to holding another in future. We were able to successfully evacuate several hundred horses from the forest fires. Because of this we were able to solidify our presence within the equine community. The society worked well together and we have learned a lot. We were able to assist where the need was the greatest and gave the owners the peace of mind knowing their horses were being well looked after. In October we were invited to share a table at the Mane Event with Yvonne from the Voice for the Horse. Yvonne is an amazing lady and we truly thank her
for all the support. We look forward to meeting again soon. The Horsey Ladies of North Okanagan held their annual fundraiser in November and we were blessed to be one of the groups to receive a generous donation of $4400. Thank you for your kindness and support towards our society. Our website, www.bcinteriorhorserescue.com was donated to us by Cathie Cross. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for your gift and helping us let everyone be able to follow our happenings within the society. If you need any assistance in finding a home for any of your equine friends please feel welcome to contact us and we will post it on our site. 2010 looks to be a grand year. – Submitted by Joey Tompkins
THE MANE EVENT Red Deer Update
pring time in Alberta is promising to be off to a “blazing” start as the Mane Event, Equine Education & Trade Fair once again arrives at Westerner Park in Red Deer, AB, April 23–25, 2010. You don’t want to miss this year’s Expo no matter what discipline you are interested in or if you are just looking for horse knowledge, The Mane Event is the place to be. Appearing for the first time in Canada is Dressage clinician and trainer Jan Ebeling, while Reining will be well presented by the past president of the NRHA, Mike Boyle, and don’t miss Nick Karazissis trainer, judge and clinician and one of the cornerstones of the Hunter/Jumper industry. Visit the website to see the other clinicians appearing this year!
This year will also be the largest ”Equine Trade Fair” the Expo has had to date in Red Deer with exhibitors bursting the seams in all directions. Visit the over 250 exhibitors representing all types of equine products and services. There is still time to apply to ride in the Ken McNabb clinics, visit the website www.maneeventexpo.com for clinic information, a detailed list of all clinicians’ bios, ticket information and a schedule of events or call 250-578-7518 for details.
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Horses For Haiti
By Jennifer Raifteiri-McArdle
Photos by Megan McCullough
unday February 7th saw 30 entrants for the Horses for Haiti Gymkhana at Eagle View Equestrian Centre in Williams Lake. Riders came from Williams Lake, Hanceville, 150 Mile House and 108 Mile House to help raise money for the people of Haiti, meet new people, and have a whole lot of fun. Standard events included the keyhole, stakes, and regular barrels. ‘Newer’ events included the bean and spoon race, a twist to the egg and spoon race. Because beans are a staple in Haitian diets and no one wanted to see good food (eggs) wasted, participants were issued five beans on a spoon and had to ride down to the stakes, go around them, and come back with all five beans. The “teddy bearalls” race was a hit, especially with up and coming cowboy two-year-old Deegan Styren. This event is much harder than it looks (especially when your horse isn’t expecting something on top of the barrel) and times ranged from over 208 seconds to just over 35 seconds. All proceeds from the Gymkhana went to the Red Cross and were earmarked for Haiti. As well, there was Danaya Rankin on a silent auction with items donated from
local and 100 Mile House businesses. Following the Gymkhana was a ‘Haitian’ dinner by donation, featuring some Creole and Rylee Smith on Cupid rice and bean dishes. The total from the Gymkhana entry fees, silent auction, donations for the dinner and some general and corporate donations sent to the Red Cross was $1,581.50. Megan McCullough Deegan Styren and his mother took photographs of Lisa Manual. everyone riding, and has the pictures for sale with all proceeds going to the Red Cross as well. Contact her at email@example.com. Thanks to everyone who participated, cheered on the riders, and donated so generously. A special thanks to Bob and Barb Henson for the use of their wonderful facility; to Lori Rankin for organizing the Gymkhana itself; and to everyone who volunteered. It was a terrific day for a terrific cause.
Salmon Arm Horse 4-H Club Trail Dusters Salmon Arm Horse 4-H Club had its first meeting of 2010. Returning members include; Lauren Jakobsen, Brandi Howard, Breanna Howard, Madeline Uhlenberg, Meighen Rees, Whitney Watson-Wilson, Jesse Dawn, Tiana Trouten, Madison Archer, Hayley Poroznuk, and Maia Reynard. The Trail Dusters Club was formed over 30 years ago and includes some alumni that have continued their involvement in the horse world. Carmen Teixeira was involved in Trail Dusters as a youth and has trained horses in Pilots Point Texas with Jason Grimshaw, 2-time AQHA and NRCHA World Champion. Carmen is now a local professional Horse Trainer and rider that works closely with the current generation of 4-H members. She is currently 2009 Canadian National Champion Senior AQHA in the Reining 44 • Saddle Up • March 2010
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division. Carmen is also the 2008 Western Canadian Reining Affi liate NRHA Champion Rookie Professional and 4-H kids at Achievement Day at Aspen Grove last October. 2007 Western Canadian last show of the year in Kamloops in Reining Affi liate NRHA Reserve September. Champion Rookie Professional All interested youth are welcome to 2010 promises to be an exciting contact Selena about joining the Trail year for horse 4-H members with three Dusters 4-H horse club. She can be major events throughout the year. First reached at 250-833-0194 or by e-mail at will be the Stock Show at the Armstrong firstname.lastname@example.org. Agriplex in July; then Summer Sizzler Join us on Facebook… Trail Dusters hosted by Trail Dusters at the Salmon Salmon Arm 4-H Club. Arm Fairgrounds in August; with the
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round our place the snow and ice have all but disappeared and the seasonal creek behind the barn is two months early and so is the mud. The horses do have some high and dry land to stand on but the majority of the arena is getting mushier as the month progresses. I really miss having a foot or two of snow at this time of year but you gotta take whatever Mother Nature dishes out and make the best of it. I would rather shovel snow than mud, any day. The muddy arena gives Nancy a difficult time. The other day she asked if I could fill up the tire on the wheel barrow as it may be low because she kept getting bogged down when she was doing poop patrol. The tire was fine but it was the 6 inches of pure boot sucking muck that was making that one particular corner a real challenge to get out of especially with a full wheelbarrow. I admitted that rolling a full wheel barrow in mud is difficult and I offered that she should maybe fill it half full or park it near the muddy corner and walk in and out of the shelter and empty the manure fork and it would be easier. Just as I was saying that the inconsiderate wheelbarrow decided to get stuck and tilt over thereby causing Nancy to almost leave the impression of her left side in the mud. Luckily for her (and me)
the deep mud held her feet in long enough for her to regain her balance. It was all I could do to hold in my laughter. It really was funny to watch but not much fun to experience first hand. Due to the graphic content and nature of Nancy’s comments, I am unable to repeat her response. Ride safe and return safe and keep your boots on in the deep stuff.
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Two residences, 17 stall horse barn, large outdoor riding arena, numerous outbuildings and 108.8 gorgeous private acres. Hayfields have the capacity to produce 3 good crops per year. Property is very well fenced and x-fenced, with several automatic waterers in each pasture. Every inch of this property is usable, whether for just your own horses or as an equestrian business venture. Historic barns & outbuildings, along with the heritage-style second residence give this property lots of character. Truly one in a million and must be seen to be appreciated. Only 10 min. from Sorrento and beautiful Shuswap Lake, 25 min. from Salmon Arm and 1 hour from Kamloops. $974,900. Call Carleigh to view 250-303-3233, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adjacent to Olalla just north of Keremeos in BC’s extension of the Similkameen Valley. Keremeos Creek constantly flowing thru the property provides an attractive entry. Drilled well also provides an abundance of irrigated water and is sub-irrigated adjacent the creek bed with the balance running up a hillside delta and irrigated with hand lines. Climate makes it suitable for growing many crop varieties, and in the past was capable of running 100 head of cattle and producing 240 tons of hay, but currently running on a smaller scale. Opportunities are endless. $2,150,000. Call Paul Dumoret. 250-535-0395. email@example.com
This 3,361 sq. ft. custom built home is nestled on 27 acres in the beautiful Sunshine Valley, 10 min. from Merritt and less than 2 1/2 hours from Vancouver. This home features a spacious interior. The wrap-around deck and elegantly landscaped patio overlook a spring-fed pond and fertile hay fields as well as offering spectacular valley views. Single car attached garage, as well as a 26x36 detached garage/workshop, a 24 x 48 well-built barn. I guarantee this deluxe hobby farm will not disappoint. It’s well-built and perfectly maintained in every respect, all fenced and backs onto crown land. $925,000. Call Rob Teit to view this property 250-574-6838, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fencing Your Property for Livestock
So you’ve decided to put up a fence on your property. The first thing you have to consider is what you want to use for fencing. There are different products on the market depending on your needs:
No Climb horse fence in 4’ and 5’ heights if you have horses or dogs (that you want to keep in or out); Deer fence comes in 8’ heights which is normally used in vineyards and orchards and seems to be coming more popular for hay fields; Field fence is a 48” high mesh which is used for your horses or fencing out predators or fencing in sheep; Continuous fence is 1 5/8” 21 foot galvanized sections and is used for horses as well as cattle and is a very low maintenance, highly durable fence and comes in various rails and heights; Barb wire fencing is used primarily for cattle.
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When preparing your land for fencing you need to decide whether you’re going to need land clearing, how you plan to put in your posts and what size posts to use. You also need to know what equipment you will require to prepare the land for putting in your fencing. You will also need to consider where you want to put in your access gates, what size gates you want to put in (thinking for the future and potentially what size equipment you want to put through those gates). Any fencing project requires planning and knowing what you want to end up with prior to putting in the first post. It is good to talk to those who are experienced in this area as you want your fence to definitely last a long time. It definitely pays to do your homework and you need to decide whether it’s better to hire the professional or it’s a project you can manage on your own.
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Shelters and Pole Buildings Courtesy of Rails To Rafters This 12’ x 18’ structure took eight 6” x 6” pressure treated 12’ posts. About 3’ of the post goes into the ground for strength. Double 2” x 8”s are let into the 6” x 6” posts as support beams and are through bolted. The 2” x 8” roof rafters are then set upon the 2” x 8” beam. The rafters can be strapped with 1” x 4” if metal or cedar shakes are chosen for the roofing material, or in this instance, Pole Building, Stage 1 plywood was used to allow for asphalt or fibreglass shingles. The sides of this runFor anyone watching their budget, in were fully lined with plywood while a Pole Building is an economical the back was only enclosed about 1/2 way choice for many reasons. up. The horses really seem to enjoy being No concrete foundation is required able to see out both ends. because the poles support the roof Later on, a 12’ x 16’ hay storage area structure. Once the roof is on, you’ve was added to each side of the run-in using smart-panel board & baton and a shed got a dry, usable space for shelter or roof. The back side of the storage area was hay storage. Sides, an optional concrete left completely open for the ease of use. floor, or even an addition can easily be completed at a later date as funds become Gable ends were finished in natural sawn cedar shingles while a matching cupola available or needs change. with weather vein and painted brackets for hanging flower baskets gave this building the finishing touches. As an alternative, any building up to 400 square feet can be conventionally framed using 2” x 4” or 2” x 6” studs on a poured slab foundation. Pole Buildings * Barns * Shelters * Indoor & Outdoor Arenas Restoration & Repair * 25 years experience ~ free estimates
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And for your Pets… This dog kennel was built using the same decorative finishes and materials. The slab was poured with a fall of 1/4” per foot to allow good drainage. It measures 6 1/2’ x 19’ and features full-height wire for safety and visibility and a partial wall to block wind. The back 6’ of the kennel has a door for access, is fully enclosed and contains storage space for feed and grooming supplies along with an insulated bedding area which is accessible from a doggie door on the kennel side. This is a great feature which allows the dog a choice of being inside or out.
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Tabor View Ranch,
Andrew Forbes, Prince George, BC
We needed a new building for hay storage for our horses and cattle. We wanted a steel frame building for durability and ease of assembly. This hay barn measures 90’ wide x 80’ deep x 18’ height beneath trusses. It consists of a Perka pre-engineered steel frame, with dimensional lumber for girts and purlins and galvanized metal roofing. The structure really consists of a gravel floor, a structural frame and a roof. There are no walls at this point. From planning to completion this cost us approximately $68,000. To clarify we erected the structure ourselves and it took about 2 weeks altogether. The $68,000 does not include site prep. Breakdown is as follows: Concrete: $5,000 (Rolling Mix Concrete) Pre-engineered steel package: $50,000 (Perka Buildings)
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Custom Chrome Sport Horses Nancy and James Jaworski, Armstrong, BC Nancy and I decided to build an arena so we could vacation at home. With a manufacturing business and a dozen or so horses (including 3 stallions) to care for, a conventional awayfrom-home vacation is out of the question. By having an arena we share with a few friends we can go and play with our ponies at a moments notice. Once the decision was made to invest in an arena we had to find a place to put it. With only 6 acres of hillside our first call was to Barry Seed of Triple B Contracting. His lifetime of experience helped us work miracles and after a couple of months of excavating, trucking, grading and packing, we have a 60x160 pad for an arena and 3 acres of flat land for mud-free paddocks, all serviced by a new road allowing us to feed and clean paddocks conveniently with our little Honda 4WD flat deck utility vehicle we purchased from Mustang Connection. We are 2 years into a breeding and show program of Gypsy and Drum horses, these breeds are heavily feathered and mud and manure are natural enemies of all the hair. So, the first project was to build mud-free paddocks. 6 inches of 3/4 minus rock was laid on a compacted clay base sloped at a rate of 1 foot per 50 ft.; the gravel was then covered with road building fabric and then covered with 6 inches of washed sand.
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Fence posts were installed and shelters built by Valley Fencing and then we used Electro Braid rope to establish the paddocks. Three stallion paddocks were built with continuous steel fencing purchased from Country West Supply; they are now 2 years old and still like the day we put them up. We had no real idea how big of a pad we would be able to cut into the hillside. The fi ll side of the pad that was created has 14 feet of fi ll down to solid ground. This extreme excavation created a unique foundation challenge. Concrete was out of the question, so we turned to a uniquely Canadian solution, screw piles manufactured and installed by Techno Metal Posts. Material, engineering and installation were supplied for $3.50 per square ft. No further excavating was required to our pad, which had already been graded, compacted and covered with 4 inches of washed sand.
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We decided on a post and beam building with wood trusses and a metal roof. The finished cost per square foot was approx 20% less than a fabric building. Shepherd’s Hardware We consulted Equi-Tread for our footing requirements. supplied all the building materials to the engineered drawing Th ey recommended 4 inches of washed sand on top of a from Brochert Engineering. We installed the posts and beams compacted clay substrate, with 2 inches of rubber crumb mixed ourselves and Dwain Ferguson and his crew did an exceptional in. We have the sand installed with a moisture retainer added job putting the trusses up and finishing the roof. It was truly and have found the footing excellent and dust free for driving poetry to experience Dwain and his crew setting trusses with and flatwork, but we will be adding the rubber crumb this Armstrong Crane Services. If we ever were to build another summer before starting our up-and-coming jumpers. arena we would have Ferguson Construction do the entire job, Our arena is still a work in process, we will finish our pony these guys are good. walls this spring and add a wash rack and 3 day stalls for the A conventional building adds more value to your property, horses we are working. but we decided to borrow from All up, excluding excavation, the idea of a fabric structure “Let Us Provide the Muscle” the building and foundation cost and complimented our 5 foot about $11 per sq. ft. pony wall around the riding As an added bonus, the surface with white laminated cost of excavation for the whole fabric curtains from Farmtek project was less than the real that we can roll up. We almost estate commission that would never have windy days at our have been involved in selling and location, so we will only use the buying a flat piece of land. Cranes up to 90 ton curtains when riding at night Now, when asked when we Serving the to reflect light back into the Okanagan & Shuswap had our last vacation, we answer, building when the lights are on. well yesterday actually!!
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LaBounty Quarter Horses
Yvonne and Cliff LaBounty, Rock Creek, BC
We have bred and raised Quarter Horses in Rock Creek for 30 years. We stand two stallions, Zantanons Royale and Tivios Perscription; and for the last 2 years have leased a third, Red Great Pine. At the ranch we also have 12 broodmares as well as babies, yearlings and 2-year-olds. In our spare time, we also train, teach lessons and give clinics throughout the Okanagan and Kootenays. Thus, a covered arena was imminent. The arena would now allow us, and our clients, to train year round, and for foaling in the spring it would offer a safe dry place for moms and babies. We chose a steel structure after years of research because of the long life and less upkeep. Open walls for light and air flow were important as in the summer here in Rock Creek we are in a desert, where it can get very hot and dry. The building is 80’ x 150’ with 16’ eaves and 24’ in the centre; concrete footings with 4’ pylons for the steel to stand on and a grade beam all the way around. The walls are 5’ high with walk-thru gates and tractor gates at each end. Materials used were 2x6’s with 3/4 inch plywood and rubber belting to the ground, to keep the footing in.
Footing in the arena is compact gravel, that was harrowed and rocks picked, packed, harrowed and rocks picked again, then packed again. On top of that we put 2 inches of compacted sand followed by 3 inches of bedding sand, with a small amount of sawdust and shavings to hold the moisture. The indoor opens to the 130’ x 250’ outdoor arena and has access to the two log round pens; one 48’; the other 60’; and access to all the outside pens. The other end opens to the barn. We chose to use all local contractors for excavation, site prep, footings, and steel erection. Steel building supplied by Reed MacDuff Fencing: Freeman’s Farm Supply Arena footing: Harfman Aggregates Building footings and concrete: Cannon Excavation and Concrete Forming and footings: Pownall Construction Steel work construction: LMI
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LaBounty Quarter Horses, cont’d
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Elk View Academy
Dennis and Cynthia Andrews, Chilliwack, BC
My wife and I had been considering building a Cover-All arena for several years because we like the natural brightness and internal spaciousness of the structure. Because the fabric is reflective, they are cooler inside in the summer and require very few lights to illuminate at night. Cynthia, a primary school teacher, is also a certified English riding coach and therapeutic riding instructor for the Chilliwack PRDA (Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities). Shortly after we decided to build the arena, PRDAâ€™s previous boarding stable and arena was sold so we decided to include a stable with six box stalls and a wheelchair accessible viewing lounge and washroom. The lounge/washroom/tack room structure is still under construction but is nearing completion. PRDA now
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boards their horses here and holds riding sessions three evenings a week. In addition to use by our horses and our boarders, we are open for limited public riding if pre-arranged. The Legend ÂŽ arenaâ€™s outside dimensions are 72â€™ x 240â€™. The enclosed stable has six stalls, each 10â€™ x 12â€™. The lounge structure is 24â€™ x 34â€™. The riding area is 66â€™ wide at the base of the sloped kick boards x 192â€™ long but will be expanded to 200â€™ once the lounge construction is complete. The 5â€™ high kick boards are 2x6 spruce with a lower course of treated 2x10â€™s, screwed to a framework of treated 2x4â€™s, which are bolted to the arena trusses. The stalls are constructed of tongue and groove 2x6â€™s attached to 4x4 posts. 4 inch ABS drain pipe is slotted and screwed to the top of each stall wall to protect the horses and make the walls chew-proof.