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MARCH 2010


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From the Editor… Features Schooling Down Under Horse Personalities Why I wouldn’t Trade My Job Welcome to the World June Osborn and Her Passion Training with Dana Hokana Down Home with Laurie Takoff BC Cowboy Hall of Fame Gary Hunt Horsemanship Dressage Masters (Part 2 of 4) Construction - Building in Spring

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Our Regulars Roman Ramblings


Cariboo Chatter


Cowboy Poetry




Back Country Horsemen of BC


BC Cutting Horse Assoc.


Pine Tree Riding Club


Endurance Riders Assoc of BC


BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc.

(no news)

BC Paint Horse Club


BC Quarter Horse Assoc.


Stallions & Breeders


What’s Happening? Let’s Go!


Business Services


On the Market (photo ads)


Shop & Swap


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Spring is almost here… or so we think… but I am sure something is coming. There is no way Mother Nature will let us miss a winter in the Okanagan (sorry neighbours, just my opinion). And no I haven’t read the Farmer’s Almanac (maybe I should have). This issue hosts our Annual Construction Feature on pages 46 to 62. So if you are planning on building anything ‘horsey’ this year, do check it out. It appears the Children’s Wish Trail Rides are coming up again this spring, check page 6 for a ride near you. Hope to see you on the trail and supporting this worthwhile cause. The 2010 Winter Olympics are over… and congratulations are in order for all of our Canadian Athletes. We won 26 medals – WHAT A FEAT! Until next month,

Nancy CONTRIBUTORS: Carol Hansson, Kevan Garecki, Dana Hokana, Lisa Sammartino, Mike Puhallo, Liz Mitten Ryan, Linda Tellington-Jones, Robyn Hood, Mark McMillan, Gary Hunt, Maureen Wills, Laurie Takoff, Greg Roman, Holly Baxter, Theresa Nolet. ON THE COVER: Top Notch Performance Horses, MASTHEAD PHOTOS: (regular features) by Rein-Beau Images OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Back Country Horsemen of BC, BC Quarter Horse Assoc., BC Paint Horse Club, BC Cutting Horse Assoc., BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc., Pine Tree Riding Club, Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC.

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PACKING CLINIC May 7-9, 2010 Jim McCrae will help you learn the art of knots and their many uses. Teaching four different styles of packing, high lining, training and the proper use of hobbles. What to take and how to pack for long and short trips.

DRIVING CLINIC May 7-9, 2010 (same weekend) Instructors will work with your horse(s) or come and learn with ours. We will offer both draft and light horse classes. You do not need to bring a horse for either clinic. Cost is $200.00 for the weekend. Friday will be an evening session only.

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“Pending ride areas, Merritt, Nelson, Grand Forks and Smithers; Check next issue for up-dates” For information or to host a new ride contact Jennifer Moir at CWF, See website for updates and ride dates in your area

Pledge sheets at local Tack & Feed stores throughout BC or by calling a ride organizer in your area. All Proceeds to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, BC/Yukon chapter, for children with high risk, life-threatening illnesses.

The Provincial Wish Trail Ride is the largest donor for the BC/Yukon chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada Awarding of prizes following each ride. Free after ride BBQ 6 • Saddle Up • March 2010

Memory off IIn M Walter White


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.) • 7

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 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 8 • Saddle Up • March 2010

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 or 604-8564304.

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2010 AQHA Youth World Cup

Rianna Storey

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

Deejay Reid

Morgan Shipka

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.

Danielle Olafson

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 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 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 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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Personality Analysis

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 • 13

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


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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#2 Heeler – Grant Beyer #3 Header – Keri Mikkelsen #3 Heeler – Trish McKinney #4/#5 Header – Mike Mills #4/#5 Heeler – Dave Anderson

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Women Guides Carry On Wild West Tradition

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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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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

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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

By Todd Kimberley




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.) • 25

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

SADDLE SHOP FOR SALE Well established Saddle Shop with highway frontage, located at Historic O’Keefe Ranch, north of Vernon, BC.

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. • 27

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

Orville Fletcher

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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.

Antone Boitano

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 Specializing in Outerwear, Oilskin Coats, Australian Tack and Custom Made Aussie Saddles

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,, has a full list of BC Cowboy Hall of Fame members with a photo and short biography of each.

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Cariboo Chatter

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: 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 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: 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

What’s your guess?

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!)

If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please e-mail Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

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:

E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This? March” in the subject line.

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 • 31

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: 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. 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 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 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! 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.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. or toll free 1-888-810-2103.

Spruce Lake Wilderness Adventures Only 2 hours North of Whistler! Offering 3-14 Day Pack Horse Tours in BC’s Pristine South Chilcotin. Family Owned and Operated with over 30 years of experience! All levels of riders welcome! We pride ourselves on our well cared for Equine Friends, comfortable camps, scrumptious homemade country cooking and professional seasoned staff. Check out our Spring Specials for 2010 on our Newsletter! Also offering Alpine Hut Rental, Hut to Hut Back Country Hiking and Mountain Bike Tours!

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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 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. 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.”



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 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. • 35

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.

Helen Amanda Russell 250.546.9640

By Helen Amanda Russell

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. 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 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 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

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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,

Jump Canada has named Frantisi Inc. (the Bassin Family) the ‘Sponsor of the Year’ for 2009. Photo Credit – Equine Canada. • 41

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 or visit

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

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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, 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, 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

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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 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 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 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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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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Tabor View Ranch,

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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, PRDA’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 Ž arena’s outside dimensions are 72’ x 240’. The enclosed stable has six stalls, each 10’ x 12’. The lounge structure is 24’ x 34’. The riding area is 66’ wide at the base of the sloped kick boards x 192’ long but will be expanded to 200’ once the lounge construction is complete. The 5’ high kick boards are 2x6 spruce with a lower course of treated 2x10’s, screwed to a framework of treated 2x4’s, which are bolted to the arena trusses. The stalls are constructed of tongue and groove 2x6’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.

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Elk View Academy, cont’d

The majority of construction materials were purchased from Canex Building Supplies. The arena footing is glacial sand and Nike EuroFelt by Footings Unlimited. This footing was recommended by a high level local coach and is used in several other local arenas. Legend R provided by Cover-All Buildings BC Ltd. JCM Bulldozing: for site preparation. J&P Trucking: for all the gravel. Sam’s Bobcat: for septic system. Barry Watmough Electric: for arena wiring installation. Big Stretch Siding: for the majority of the lounge construction.

As much as possible, I did the rest of the work myself, including installing driveways and parking lots, fencing, stalls, kickboards, covered manure storage, paddocks with shelters, water system and much of the lounge… when I’m not busy cleaning stalls and feeding 11 horses.

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Our New Arena

Erica Moser-Reschreiter and Josef Reschreiter, Vernon, BC

This past year we decided it was time for an indoor riding arena on our property. We contacted Bryan Schultz Construction, and Bryan’s recommendation was to build a wooden frame structure which would allow for better (more accurate) finishing and greater insulation. The structure measures 224’ x 84’ (inside finish) with an 18’ finished ceiling. We called on Salmon Arm Overhead Doors to install automatic doors on either end. Construction materials

At night the three cupolas are lit up. We have pot lights under the ornamental smaller roof on that long front side (about 28 of them) and under the entry side overhangs.

were provided by various suppliers, but majority were purchased at Shepherd’s Hardware. Inside we have a heated riding arena, grooming tractor storage, and additional storage areas for jump rails, dressage ring border, and hay. The riding area is 208’ x 84’ which

includes a 16’ hay storage area. Materials consist of 6x8 treated posts in a concrete foundation, engineered wood trusses, a sheet metal roof, sheet metal outside walls, pressure treated tongue and groove 5’ high angled kickboard, sheet metal inside finished walls, and sheet metal ceiling. For added warmth on those colder days, we had installed 6 natural gas infrared heaters and forced air heating.

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Our New Arena, cont’d For footing in the arena we called Postill Nixon Earthworks who supplied the base mix (6” mix of sand and clay). We then added 3” of arena footing sand mix from Baird Brothers. All footing was installed by Postill Nixon Earthworks. To keep the dust down we chose a special design misting system for footing (ceiling mounted) on automatic timers provided by Combined Mechanical.

The lighting we chose is a high discharge metal hydrate. For ventilation there are high volume air exchange fans (complete air exchange every 30 minutes). For sound we installed an 8,000 watt sound system with WiFi rider remote control and multiple microphones. From planning to completion, how much did this structure cost in total? $1 Million plus.

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Paving by Asphalt Valley Services. Electrical, diesel back-up generator, internet and satellite by Mountain View Electrical Ltd. Sound system by Ryan Young Technical Services. High Country Insulation; fibreglass in walls and blown-in insulation in ceiling. M&K Ready Mix provided the concrete. Additional comments: • Excavation was done by Postill Nixon Earthworks (absolute super job, amazing accuracy). • Heating and misting system for dust control by Combined Mechanical (great work, made sure everything worked to owners complete satisfaction).

The posts on the long side are ornamental, with red tin roof to break up the length of the building. Looking up from below the arena, and up from the road, it adds a beautiful finish and breaks up the long, high side. We added warmth to the building by using rough timber for the overhangs/fascia boards.

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We had this structure built to accommodate our training and breeding facility. As we are located in a condensed residential area it was important to us that the facility had aesthetic appeal, and I believe we have been able to achieve that with this particular building. Throughout our research and development we knew we needed a versatile and economical type of building and Integrity Post Structures provided us with just that… post frame and steel sided buildings. Designed for multi-purpose uses, it includes a hay shed, broodmare stalls, equipment garage, heated barn space and of course the indoor riding arena. The arena measures 70’ x 120’ with natural light wall toppers, and is joined to a T-shaped barn at 40’ x 60’. Construction materials consist of pressure treated 2x6 kick walls and pressure posts, and laminated beams as required. Extras included a mezzanine floor built by Integrity Post for a tack room and an outside sheltered area; an area designed for versatility of extra stalls during foaling season or can be used for sheltered equipment and hay storage; plus a few friendly BBQ’s if the weather isn’t being very co-operative. Since it was vital for us to have an operational facility that met both our horses’ needs and our already busy family life

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(being parents of two wonderful young children) we wanted a facility that was low maintenance and versatile. We believe that horses thrive living in the outdoors, so we designed our barn with only two permanent stalls. These two stalls are never in continuous use even though we have 13 horses on the property including an Australian Stock Horse stallion, breeding stock and show horses. The rest of our barn space has been left pretty open for temporary stalls or tie stalls as required. The only additional finished space is the wash bay but even it was designed with the faucets and lights set back safely to allow this area to change into

a stall space if necessary. A little non-committal perhaps but no regrets about the barn’s versatility. Indoor footing is washed sand purchased locally and our barn/stall floor was paved in asphalt bitumen. After lots of research with local livestock farms paving was the clear winner in the choice of barn floor. We have been pleased with the paved floors and aisle ways as it is proving to be durable, easy to keep clean and most importantly not slippery for the horses when they come in from the outside conditions. Integrity Post Structures provided us with the lowest bid and came in on budget. However for us it was the timely manner in which they completed the project. We had to have our facility completed on time as we had our first Australian Stock Horses arriving from their homeland in Australia into Canada in the month of March 2009. They required a warm barn to settle into upon arrival. Site preparation, sand, and pavement completed by Bow Mark Paving. Electrical completed by Quigley Electric. Various plumbers, mostly friends and independents.

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BC Competitive Trail Riders

By Shannon Mayer


s BCCTRA’s annual general meeting came to a close in October of 2009, a new rule was put into play that will affect riders mileage over the coming years. Now, instead of earning mileage only on competitive rides, you will also be able to earn mileage on ALL schooling rides whether you are a participant or a mentor. And as always, to earn mileage and the awards that come with certain milestones you must be a member of BCCTRA. For more info on membership check out BCCTRA is pleased to offer a Ride Managers Workshop March 7th in Nanaimo, hosted by Nicole Vaugeois ( This workshop is not only for those interested in learning how to be a ride manager, but for all riders and participants wanting to learn more about the inner workings of a ride. Participants will gain valuable information on how to co-ordinate, organize and effectively run a ride as well as what all the volunteers, vets, pulse and respiration crew need to know, how to score a ride and basically everything you ever wanted to know in conjunction with a CTR! Our first schooling ride of the year will be held also in Nanaimo at Takala Ranch on April 18th and will be the first time we have offered a schooling ride for riders who have already competed in level 1 and would like to move up to level 2 & 3.

This ride is sure to fi ll up fast as we have a large number of level 1 riders Wayne Lanz and Laureen Styles doing a pulse wanting to move and respiration check. up in the ranks so get your ride registration and your ability to be a mentor in early! Contact Nicole at for more info. April 24th brings us our one and only schooling ride for those riders who have never participated in a CTR previously. This ride will be held in Qualicum Bay at Shenanigan Acres. With miles of trails and a pair of experienced ride hosts this is lining up to be a great day! This ride will be capped at 15 participants (not including mentors) and since it is the only introductory ride of this sort this year it will fill up fast. And as mentioned, the only way to earn miles is by being a club member, so be sure to get your membership forms and registration in fast. Contact Tammy at ridingforfreedomranch@ for more information and as always check out our club website for full list of upcoming events this year.

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n 1984 an enthusiastic group of individuals decided to form the Interior Cutting Horse Association. It was based on the Shasta Cutting Horse Association of California and the priority of the association was for the beginner and novice horse and rider. Today our goal is to keep the interest and enjoyment in the sport of cutting going with consideration to the economic level at which our members can still participate in this challenging and exhilarating sport. In addition, we maintain the priority to encourage new membership for beginners, novice horses and novice riders to the sport. Our classes have been created to provide attainable goals for beginners to advanced members, with the consideration of allowing horse and rider as partners to progress to a more challenging level each year if they so choose. We also offer youth classes for our family members. Our shows are usually 2-day events and fresh cattle are provided for all classes. The order of classes are drawn for each weekend show and the class order reversed for the 2nd day. The order of go in each class is drawn each day. We provide qualified judges for the benefit of our members to receive realistic and fair scores that are accumulated for year-end awards. We are

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very fortunate to have a good group of turnback and corner help that attend each show. We have a fun bunch of members and volunteer social coordinators that always ensure the organization of a pot luck supper or appetizer hour at the end of the Saturday show day. This event allows the members time to visit, socialize and get to know each other. We wish all you fellow riders out there a great season and best of luck in attaining your 2010 goals. 2010 Show Dates :

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South OK Horsewomen’s Dinner

By Maryan Dennison

Photos by Theresa Nolet


very successful South Okanagan Horsewomen’s Dinner was held at the Ramada Inn in Penticton on January 29. One hundred and fifteen enthusiastic women attended the dinner. Janet Steen of Horses Rock (Penticton tack and clothing store) put on a Fashion Show and Sheila Ehmann provided jewellery from her Silpada line for some of the models. Terri Wilkinson won the door prize which was a night for two and breakfast at the Ramada Inn. The Ramada also offered a special room rate for any horsewomen wishing to stay overnight. Nicker’s Saddlery attended with their attractive display of products and clothing. Janice Blackie-Goodine brought a sampling of her very beautiful Western Art and Okanagan scenes. She also donated a print “When the Truck Won’t Start” for our fund-raising raffle. Molly Ehmann was the lucky recipient of the print. $294 dollars was raised and donated to BC Interior Horse Rescue. There was a good response to the Open Mic time. The evening was capped off with an entertaining skit presented by “Aggie and Priscilla” - 2 women endeavouring to learn the finer points of both English and Western disciplines of the horse world.

Lots of fun and laughter. Thank you Aggie and Prissy. The Ramada Inn produced their usual wonderful buffet with a few traditional English dishes added. On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to thank everyone attending for their great support. We hope everyone had a great time and look forward to seeing “you-all” again in January 2011. Model Drew Steele.

Jeanne Wnuk during the skit.

Janette Lauritzen from fashion show.

Victoria Tkach from fashion show.

Peachland Riding Club News Hey all! I am Erin McQueen, the new “voice” to represent the Peachland Riding Club for 2010. Our club president, Blair Bates, is still with us, as well as the hard working committed executive of 2009. This year has added 3 fresh “horses” to the executive mix; Brenda Pierron, Holly Dickenson and myself. Our three meetings for our 2010 season have promised to offer a packed full schedule for all our competitors. We encourage any and all members of the PRC to attend our meetings on the first Wednesday of each month. Please go to www. for information on who we are, what we offer, contact information and calendar of events. Our gymkhana director, Brenda Pierron, has recently posted our 7 gymkhana event dates on the website beginning 64 • Saddle Up • March 2010


By Erin McQueen

PRC girls having some fun after the 2009 Peachland Centennial Parade.

South Okanagan Horse Assoc.


n January 29th, the South Okanagan Horsewomen’s annual dinner was held in Penticton (see story on previous page). It was the first time I had attended this event and enjoyed the full packed evening of entertainment, as well as meeting new and old friends. Our first event will be the Spirit of Life ride on Saturday, April 24, starting at the Summerland Rodeo grounds. This is a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. From the pledges made, 50% goes to research and 50% stays in the area to assist local cancer patients. See SOHA website for more updated details Our first show will be on Sunday, April 25, The Fuzzy Show with Judge Janette Lauritzen. For entries and show information contact Tera Caverly 250-498-5444 or check SOHA website. We recently raised funds for Critter Aid/Project Equus, through our Annual Awards Banquet as well as two clinics held at Woodgate Farms. $220.00 was raised and presented to Theresa Nolet, a member representing Critter Aid/Project Equus. We have two more clinics coming up. Sunday, March l4, with Daryl Gibb on ‘Horsemanship, safety, and reading your horse’. To be held at Woodgate Farm in Okanagan Falls. Please bring a lunch and lawn chair. For more information contact Barb den Boer 250-497-8288. The Marion Weisskopff Clinics will be held at Parkway Stables in Penticton. April 10-11 classes are full; May 10-11 and June 9-10 have limited space available. If you are interested in any of these clinics, contact Sherry Ripplinger 250-490-0397 or 250-492-7653. For full listings of SOHA 2010 shows check Saddle Up’s What’s Happening or the SOHA website. The biggest change

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for all 2010 shows is there are No Post Entries. We are looking forward to a great show season with a lot of extra social events. We welcome new members and volunteers to our monthly meetings which are the second Tuesday of each month at 7:15 pm, at the White Spot. OOPS: On page 45 of the February issue in the SOHA photos; the names should have read Davin (on left) and Justin Gutsell (back right). So sorry about that. Meanwhile happy trails to everyone and enjoy your time with your horses.

Vanessa Caverly and her very fuzzy horse Bailey.

Sportsmanship Award recipients: Elsen den Boer and Pam Malekow.

Peggy Lowndes received award for Horse Show Mom.

Peachland, cont’d with April 25th. Holly Dickenson has already secured a ground and concession crew to get us excited about a smooth running event for competitors and spectators alike. This year also brings a new class… the “Classics” Division for 45 and over. Take advantage of a fun way to spend a day on your horse. There are always a great bunch of riders to compete with. We look forward to seeing new faces, young and old, this year. Gymkhanas are suitable for the novice to experienced so come on out and enjoy the day! High School Rodeo has “come outta the box” at the PRC with more High School and Little Britches Rodeos. See our website for dates. These rodeos are a real pleasure to watch. If you’re not sitting on something trying to throw you off or

chasing a set of horns down the arena, come on out with the family and enjoy a day of kicking the dirt and watching these young cowgirls and cowboys do their thing! The executive has also been hard at work to bring you clinics to complement your 2010 season. A Dee Butterfield Barrel Horse Clinic in March; Sandy Chevallier Pole Clinic, Gymkhana Clinic, Equine Massage, and Dave Freeze Sports Psychologist Clinic. Check our website to keep up-to-date on these and added opportunities to improve your skills in whatever arena you find yourself in this year! Spring has come early this year! We are all looking forward to the PRC’s 2010 season… please join us! • 65

B.C. Sporthorse - Sportpony News

By Ulli Dargel

Photos by John Dargel, Presenter in photos - Ulli Dargel B.C. Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group held their third annual year-end award presentation, Jan. 31, 2010, at the Shannon Hall, in Cloverdale. A popular feature was the silent auction, with lots of close bidding by over 40 attendees. Chairing the meeting was Shelley Fraser who welcomed old and new members. It was the feeling of the show committee, Mary Kierans, Ulli Dargel and Shelley Fraser, that 2009 was a highly successful year. We would like to thank all our competitors and sponsors for their support. A big thank you goes to Teresa Longsworth who organized an even bigger and better Stallion Show Case than 2008 and Debbie Rogal who volunteered to run our refreshment party and jumped in as a relief whipper-in on short notice. The year ended with a social at the Fraser Downs Racetrack various other events are planned for 2010. Prior to awarding our year-end awards (to qualify you had to be a member of the BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group and had attended their two shows), we had the pleasure of presenting to Simone Stich, our Web master and person extraordinaire, a beautiful quarter sheet, sponsored by Horse Council B.C., Zone 3; and to Janice Burns a lovely glass Pinto cutting board, for her support throughout the year. Through the sponsorship of the BC Paint Horse Club and their PAC (Paint Alternative Competition) qualifier program, Jacqueline Thomas, with her registered APHA horse Jamacia Me Tuff, was the recipient of an embroidered tote bag. The 2010 show season is ready to go full speed ahead. Our shows are Equine Canada Sanctioned Bronze Competitions. We continue to be BC Heritage Circuit and PAC (Paint Alternative Competition) qualifiers. Judges are confirmed for our summer show June 19-20, 2010 and our Fall Classic Sept. 24-26, 2010 - held again at the Agriplex in Cloverdale, BC. Shelley Fraser thanked everyone for coming and presented John and Ulli Dargel with a gift basket for all their dedication and work throughout the year. With the support of all our members we look forward to another exciting year. Check our website www. for photos and latest information. 2009 In-Hand Champions and Reserve Prospective To Be A Broodmare Champion Dammara (Hadrian x Dante) Owner: Nikki Campagnolli Prospective To Be A Broodmare Reserve That’s All Jazz (Jazzing Around x Runaway Big) Owner: Sylvia Baur Yearling Filly Champion Atlanta (Blue Shock x Reba) Owner: Tegan Payne Three Year Old Filly Champion Dammara (Hadrian x Dante) Owner: Nikki Campagnolli Three Year Old Filly Reserve Wazabi (Regardez x Waldrun) Owner: Simone Stich Four Years And Over Mare Champion That’s All Jazz (Jazzing Around x Runaway Big) Owner: Sylvia Baur Four Years and Over Mare Reserve Chantico (Callebault x Sassafaction) Owners: Lisa and Chad Graham Yearling Colt Champion Levi (Zeus x The Green Witch) Owner: Janice Burns

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Jacqueline Thomas: Youth 14 to 18 Years Performance Champion, Coloured Horse Reserve - and through the sponsorship of the BC Paint Horse Club and their PAC (Paint Alternative Competition) qualifier program, Jacqueline Thomas, with her registered APHA horse Jamacia Me Tuff, (Terrificly Tuff x Zippos Contessa) was the recipient of an embroidered tote bag.

Yearling Colt Reserve Epik Event (Douwke G x Solar Eklipse Over Sable Island) Owner: Megan Dembroski Two Year Old Colt Champion Winchester (Westporte x Diamond Lucille) Owner: Donna Smith Three Year Old Gelding Champion Bentley (Metall x Poska Ster) Owner: Linda Houweling Three Year Old Gelding Reserve Presario (Private Dancer x First Lady) Owner: Carolyn Dobbs Four Year Old Gelding Champion Brazil (Braveheart II x Policia) Owner: Sarah Sewell Simone Stich, Margarete Edward Four Year Old Gelding Reserve Jones and Angel Robson Romantic Andy (R. Romeo Z x Nahanni Avalon) Owner: Bev Thomson Coloured Horse In-Hand Champion Winddancers Cimaron (Go Fast Cat Go x Bar J Robins Twist) Owner: Ronald Stolp Coloured Horse In-Hand Reserve Levi (Zeus x The Green Witch) Owner: Janice Burns Thoroughbred In-Hand Champion Blake (Taylor x Tuesday Gold) Owner: Rhonda Ennis Thoroughbred In-Hand Reserve That’s All Jazz (Jazzing Around x Runaway Big) Owner: Sylvia Baur 2009 Performance Champions and Reserve Janice Burns: Presented with a Youth 13 Years and Under Champion beautiful glass cutting board Cariboo Gold Rush (Surgin Gold Rush x Willing To Try) Rider: Andrea Dobbs for her support throughout the Youth 14 to 18 Years Champion year to the B.C.SporthorseJamacia Me Tuff (Terrificly Tuff x Zippos Contessa) Sportpony Breeders Group Rider: Jacqueline Thomas and promoter of our Coloured Amateur Rider Champion In-Hand and Performance Blake (Taylor x Tuesday Gold) Owner: Rhonda Ennis Divisions. Open Horse Champion Blake (Taylor x Tuesday Gold) Owner: Rhonda Ennis Open Horse Reserve Swallowfield Eno Kelbeck (Rieucafol Baron Eno x Du Coteau Lalou Ellen) Owner: Roxanne Salinas Junior Horse Champion Romantic Andy (R. Romeo Z x Nahanni Avalon) Owner: Bev Thomson Junior Horse Reserve Chantico (Callebault x Sassafaction) Owners: Lisa and Chad Graham Thoroughbred Champion Blake (Taylor x Tuesday Gold) Andrea Dobbs (daughter Owner: Rhonda Ennis The Canadian Horse Champion of Carolyn Dobbs) : Swallowfield Eno Kelbeck Youth 13 Years and Under (Rieucafol Baron Eno x Du Coteau Lalou Ellen) Performance Champion Owner: Roxanne Salinas Cariboo Gold Rush (Surgin Coloured Horse Champion Gold Rush x Willing To Try) Winddancers Cimaron (Go Fast Cat Go x Bar J Robins Twist) from 100 Mile House Owner: Ronald Stolp Coloured Horse Reserve Jamacia Me Tuff (Terrificly Tuff x Zippos Contessa) Rider: Jacqueline Thomas

Tegan Payne: Yearling Filly In-Hand Champion - Atlanta (Blue Shock x Reba) from 150 Mile House

BC Miniature Horse Club News For those of you who missed the foaling clinic this weekend, you missed a great opportunity to learn a lot about the foaling process from beginning to end. Even those who have been doing foaling for years went away with new information. And everyone knows it never hurts to get a good review on certain things and this subject would be one of them. Joanne Ross from Scott Creek Miniatures in Oregon came up and did a great presentation for us all. She was extremely thorough on the good and bad things that can happen. Much time was spent on how things should go if everything is going right and then how to handle emergencies if things are not going right. With the information she shared many of us feel that we have a better chance of helping our mares get out of trouble

while waiting for the vet. I will say the consensus is we are all still nervous about the whole thing but nothing will every stop that. Cameras up, foal alerts on and time for little sleep. Let the Mare Stare begin!! Our activities committee has set up some awesome clinics: March 13-14 in Langley; Patty Cloke Driving Clinic. Patty has been training and showing Miniature horses to the AMHA and AMHR Nationals for over 20 years. Her techniques have been essential in the success of her students both human and equine. She will cover driving, ground driving and obstacle driving. Auditing is available at this clinic. April 10-11 in Langley; Barb MacDonald Halter and In Hand Clinic. Barb has been successfully training and showing Miniature horses for many years.

BC Draft Under Saddle Club BCDUSC is pleased to welcome Christina Clarkson as our new director at large during our Olympic year. We wanted to share some special facts about our members so our viewers can get to know us better. So when you see all of us out there at events please come and visit and say “hi,” our drafts would love a pet on the nose as well. They also have become fond of cameras and enjoy posing for family photos! Comet: The Clyde that Can! This month we are proud to feature Christina and her beautiful Clydesdale, Comet. Christina got into riding when she was 10 years old by walking for hours and knocking on people’s doors to ask if “she could see their horses.” She got her first Thoroughbred when she was 18 years old, but unfortunately she died 2 yrs later. Christina then found herself out of the horse world for about a year. Once back, she never really had any professional instruction in riding until just a few years ago. She states, “Everything was learned by watching others.” Since the loss of her first horse up until now, she reports “I’ve been through many horses trying to find that “right” one(s). I believe I’ve found them now, and one of them is my lovely Comet!”

By Margaret Walmsley

Barb will cover prepping your horse for halter, presenting to the judge, working with obstacles and jumping. Auditing is available at this clinic. For information on either of these clinics contact Shirley Bradbury 604-5305754. We will be at the Quarter Horse Bazaar on March 21, so come by and say hi; we will have our kids there ready to hug. Also don’t miss the chance to see the BC Mighty Minis Drill Team at the Quarter Horse Bazaar this year. They are really fun to watch! Also don’t forget about our great Spring Classic at the Cloverdale Agriplex on June 12-13. This is a great AMHA show to watch or show your mini at. For more info contact Margaret Walmsley 604-856-1419, Knightwoman@

By Dawn Germscheid

Johnson’s Comet is her registered name. She is a 17.2HH, 13-year-old Blue Roan Clydesdale. A very rare type of Clyde. Christina has owned her for about 4 1/2 years now. She first saw Comet while driving down the highway and continued to drive by her every day. A few months later Christina went to a bbq at a friend’s place, where the owner of Comet happened to be. Comet was there as well. Long story short, Comet showed up at her farm the next morning. She was one month pregnant when she arrived, and had only really been backed and ridden twice. Christina didn’t do anything with her for that year, except to bond with her and win her trust. This was Comet’s fift h foal and Christina decided her life as a broodmare was over and it was time to do something with her! Her only intent was to make her a trail horse, so she didn’t put much effort or training into her. The horse she purchased “just for fun” turned out to be her very special friend. Christina and Comet have had many wins from schooling shows, to dressage shows, to the PNE, and now, to hunter/jumper shows. Ultimately, this led Christina to the BCDUSC and now a member of the executive for 2010. Christina has been put

in charge of sponsorship, fundraising, as well as an influential aid in organizing events and shows for the club. Christina’s amazing horse will do anything she asks of her, and tries her hardest every time. The future for this horse and rider combination holds more shows in all types of venues, and the two of them definitely look forward to showing with all their draft friends this year!

BCDUSC upcoming event:

TACK SALE, April 18 at Sterling Stables in Langley. Check for more information on how to reserve a table to sell all your used and unwanted tack! Sale will have tack for all breeds! Be sure to book today as table space will be limited. • 67

Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2010 President -June Melhuish VP - Ruth Moorby Secretary - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Madeline Bateman Brenna Mayer Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Karen Ellis Gary Forde Brenda Miskimmin Cheryl Dzida

At last riding season is under way. The first 2010 endurance ride in BC is in Rock Creek on Sunday, May 23 of the Victoria Day weekend – it includes a 15-mile ride for those interested in trying endurance, starting a young horse, or the “not ready for 30 miles” group - if you’re not riding, please contact the ride manager to volunteer to help – it’s almost as fun as riding. In the previous two issues, our riders have shared their thoughts on why they endurance ride. Here are the fi nal submissions – thanks to all who sent them in.

So, I am Sarah from Abbotsford BC. I am 27 and have an 11-year-old Standardbred. I do endurance (Limited Distance) because it’s about me and my horse. I am out there with my best friend and we are competing against ourselves and no one else. Whatever goes on out on that trail is a learning curve for both of us. At every single ride, I learn something new about endurance, myself and my horse. It’s exhilarating and addicting and no other sport has drawn me in like endurance riding. On top of that, the people in endurance are more like a family than any other sport I have been in. I enjoy the camping out with my horse; enjoy the challenge of the trail; enjoy the camaraderie among the competitors (how they share and help one another); always a great learning experience about self, others, horses, life in general! I like endurance because every ride is different and that’s exciting. You don’t know what is around the next corner. My horse Nero has already done endurance rides before I got him. He really wants to go. We both have lots of fun. Th is year was my third year in endurance. - Anya Levermann – 9 years old, 100 Mile House I like endurance because it’s fun to camp with our horses and every ride is almost like a scavenger hunt. You get a map and follow ribbons. Just all on a horse. I enjoy riding down the trail through the forest. Th is year I completed my first 50 Mile ride with my horse Jamil. I have to be in good shape to compete and to keep up on a 50 Miler. I also have to take good care of my horse so he will pass all the vet checks or I will get disqualified. My goal is to make it to the Young Rider Endurance Championship in a few years. - Katya Levermann 10 years old, 100 Mile House My absolutely favourite thing to do is trail ride, what time than on beautiful new trails in spectacular locations with fun-friendly people all doing the same thing? We fi nd endurance just competitive enough to be thrilling - even if we are just competing against each other or against our own previous ride time. We have only been doing endurance for a few years, but I have to tell you all that the fi rst thing to get on the summer calendar is endurance ride weekends! Because my daughter was born with a severe allergy to horses, I had to take several years “off ” from having horses. We now have hypoallergenic Curly horses, which allows my allergic daughter to participate, and we are actually breeding some of our Curlies specifically for endurance, so watch for our Curly flashes on the trail LOL. - Shelly in Summerland

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Michael and I inadvertently became involved with endurance by attending a CE course to fulfi ll requirements for the vet association. We enjoyed the course so much that he vetted his fi rst ride several weeks later and I rode my first LD a bit after that. We never looked back. It has been about five-plus years now. It’s one of the best ways to really learn and understand about horses. It is also a great reason to get out, saddle up and ride through miles and miles of new places. And in all kinds of weather. And with people who seem to be one big family willing to help each other. Good exercise too! And you don’t have to try to win to have fun! - Cindy and Mike in Golden Two Heart Beats, Four Hoof Beats, Pound On Pound On! (A. Villanelle) Two heart beats, four hoof beats, pound on pound on, Dark night, sun bursting before us, alpine meadow aglow Lightning streaking, tendon, hoof, tender flesh mane, tail whipped in the wind. Mountains luring, thunderclouds threatening strong steed race on! Push on, over rock, river, bog, log, through hail, sleet, heat; Two heart beats, four hoof beats, pound on pound on. Racing trail strange human desire equine heart pit together, Rise to the wind put mind to the test. Lightning streaking, tendon, hoof, raw flesh mane, tail whipped in the wind Fear flashes like lightning threatening on the horizon Drive on to the fi nish, meeting the next sunrise. Two heart beats, four hoof beats, pound on pound on. Chilled frightened the wind overtakes, The mountains out of range, small strides, great soul search Lightning streaking, tendon, hoof, tender flesh mane, tail whipped in the wind. The mind is strong, soul discovered, arriving the ridges beaten, Clinging together, power intact, galloping the thundercloud out! Two heart beats, four hoof beats, pound on pound on, Lightening streaking, tendon, hoof, tender flesh mane, tail whipped in the wind. - Chris in Delta - particularly fond of the 100 Mile challenges.

Cindy in Golden & Khandi Sarah in Abbotsford

Anya Levermann

Chris & Paisley

Shelly in Summerland’s son Shane & Cuervo

Katya Levermann & Jamil

Pine Tree Riding Club KAMLOOPS, BC Newsletter contact: Bert, Club contact: Jodi Daburger 250-675-4588

Members are anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring! Club News Pine Tree Riding Club will be holding a general meeting on Friday, March 19 at the Miller home, 1953 Gardina Road at 6:30 p.m. Lots of interesting topics including: new rule book, Annual Show, raffle and improvements to the facilities. Please attend. Reminder membership forms and playday entry forms are due no later than March 31 if you want to be in the draw for free membership and/or first playday for free. Check our website for: Membership forms New Playday Class Schedule Playday Entry Forms

Calendar of Events 2010 Playdays include May 9th, June 6th, August 15th, and September 12th Information about Annual Show coming soon! Check our website frequently! If forms and fees are received by March 31, 2010, you’ll be entered in our draw for a free membership (family or single) or FIRST PLAYDAY FOR FREE.

Thank you for your hard work! Arlene North, our long standing Whipper-in is retiring. The Pine Tree Riding Club and all its members say a big THANK YOU! Your time and efforts are very much appreciated and we will miss you. The Club is seeking volunteers for Whipper-in, ribbon and gate Arlene North people. If you can help out please email Alison at Board of Directors for 2010 Past President - Debi Eppinger President - Jodi Daburger Vice President - Alison Miller Secretary - Linda Loshuk Treasurer - Annette Gregory

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club Update Come and ride inside! The Armstrong Enderby Riding Club is pleased to offer the second indoor winter riding on March 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Armstrong Agriplex. Riders must bring proof of HCBC and be club members. There are four hours of riding available and riders may bring more than one horse. There will be complimentary coffee. Rates are $10/senior and $5/junior. This is a great chance to prepare for the spring shows! The first Fun Day this year is Sunday, May 30. We’ve decided to hold off on our annual one day spring schooling show so that we can concentrate on the five monthly Fun Days, held from May to September. We are

also pleased to be offering Summer Evening Rides again this year at the IPE grounds, for only $5 per rider. The AERC, est. 1966, is a volunteerrun community riding club that provides a ‘no-pressure’ affordable and fun environment for riders, especially those new to showing. You don’t have to have fancy tack or show clothes to take part (but it’s okay if you do!). To receive club e-news, or if you’d like to learn more about the AERC contact Tammy at or phone 250-8323409. Check out the club website at www. for a list of Fun Day classes, including new Open classes.

Upgraded riding arenas

PTRC 2010 MEMBERS ONLY FUN, FAT & FUZZY, NO BLING, SPRING STARTER HORSE SHOW Sunday, April 18 9 a.m. Start Pine Tree Riding Club Grounds 4 English classes 4 Western classes 3 Age Groups For more info call Debi 250-851-9256 or check it out on our website.

Pine Tree event, summer 2009. Can’t wait for spring!

By Tammy Thielman Non-members show for only $30/day and members pay only $10/day. Come and take part in Halter, English, Western, Trail and fun games. Concession on site. Everyone welcome!

AERC Junior D members Katie Thielman, Adam Lemaire, and Melanie Lemaire were excited to win participation trophies and club t-shirts at the AERC Potluck and Awards night. • 69

The Back Country Horsemen of BC BACKCOUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730 Vice President: Carol Creasy, IT & Membership, - 250 835-8587 Vice President: Jack Breaks, Webmaster, - 604 856 7786 Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 Recording Secretary: Susan Shumey, - 604 856-1396 Treasurer: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Gord MacKenzie, - 250 679-3999 Work Bee Coordinator: Ian Compton, - 250-337-8720 Joint Trail & Access (Horse Council): Rose Schroeder, - 604 854-1245 Horse Council Director: Isabel Pritchard, - 250 764-4533 Education: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442

Traveling around Beautiful BC with your horses Our British Columbia license plates proudly proclaim “Beautiful BC” or “The Best Place on Earth.” Most of us think that these statements are true and the very best way to see our beautiful province is from the backs of our horses or mules. Joining a local Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of BC (BCHBC) is a great way for you to learn all the skills necessary to safely travel anywhere in BC or even further afar with your equine companions. Traveling longer distances to more remote locations requires skills and planning not necessarily if you are just trailering your horses for a short haul to a local trail for a day ride. Many members of BCHBC have years of experience that they will be glad to share with you. Local Chapters will have opportunities for you to learn to properly prepare your trailer and may even have “trailer inspection” clinics to help you prevent problems with your rig while on the road. You will be able to learn the techniques for containing your horses, if there are no organized facilities such as corrals or pens. High lining, picketing and hobbling techniques can all be used safely once you learn how and when to use them. Proper equipment, how to use it and ways to teach your horses to be comfortable with these restraint methods is easily learned in a clinic or demonstration. Back Country members practice “Leave No Trace” principles and you can learn how to minimize your impact on the environment while enjoying it with your equine friends. The further a field you go the more self sufficient you have to be. Local Chapters of BCHBC often hold clinics or have presentations at their meetings on subjects such as First Aid, Equine First Aid, Emergency Horseshoeing, how to use a GPS and many other topics, that will prepare you for more adventures with your horses. Of course, another benefit to joining BCHBC is you get to learn about many wonderful places to ride. You get to hear first hand accounts of places to go and the do’s and do not’s involved in seeing them. The BCHBC website has a great trails page to help you find and explore new areas. 70 • Saddle Up • March 2010

If you have the dream of seeing wide open spaces and beautiful vistas from the back of your horse, a good place to start is to check out BCHBC. Go to for information and to find a local chapter near you.

The Vintage Cowboy It’s not often in life that a person has the opportunity to relate some of the history of an old friend who is still doing what he loves to do, which in this case is trail riding. Ken Fleming of the BCHBC Kootenay/Boundary Chapter turned 90 on Nov. 22/09. He is one of our more active riding members and there are not too many periods during the summer that Ken and Joker do not get out on at least 2 or 3 rides a week. Ken is not the tallest person you will ever meet and has had to apply ingenuity to allow him to ride. He has built a hinged platform attached to the side of his barn that enables him to saddle and get mounted and the reverse on arriving back home. Ken was a participant in RV 09 and the 4-day pack trip and on any given day during our rides when a rest stop or lunch time came Ken and Joker would be seen heading off in one direction or another looking for a log or stump to assist with the dis and remount. Joker is a good horse; he and Ken have a great relationship but Joker likes to test the old mans patience. Frequently Ken can be heard having a conversation with Joker (one sided obviously), about what is expected, most of these discussions are spiced with typical cowboy expletives, but the required result is always achieved. During Rendezvous and the pack trip Ken took on the entire responsibility of meals for our group of four that included the menu, shopping, prior preparation and the cooking of which the result was great meals for the week we were away. We benefited from Ken’s many years of camp culinary experience. Ken was born in the US and came to Canada with his family in the early twenties. His life has seen many career changes, some of which were logging, sawmill owner/worker, trucking owner/operator and farmer. He now lives near Castlegar where he can be close to his two daughters Leona and Lorie; his son Bill lives in Edmonton. Those of us who are fortunate to be in Ken’s circle of friends are looking forward to enjoying many more rides and wet saddle blankets with Ken. Happy Birthday old buddy! Submitted by Graham Jones

British Columbia Quarter Horse Association BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S3 * President: Darhl Paley, 250-546-6083, Vice President: Gordie McEachen, 250-337-5958 AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson 604-323-4418, AQHA Director Emeritus: Gen Matheson Ph/Fax 604-534-5137 Membership Secretary /Media Liaison: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 Fax 604-806-9052,

2010 Calendar of Events March 21: LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar – Thunderbird Show Park, Langley March 5-8: AQHA Convention Kissimmee, Florida April 9: NBCQHA Pub Night – Prince George, Carlina April 10: BCQHA AGM – Prince George April 11: LMQHA Schooling Show April 24: SCQHA “Fuzzy” Show – Armstrong Agriplex, Cheri 250-5732541 or April 25: SCQHA Clinic – Armstrong Agriplex, Carolyn 250-546-6083 May 16: VIQHA Open Show – Duncan Fairgrounds

MEMBERSHIP – It’s time to RENEW your memberships! Forms can be downloaded at www.bcqha. com. Questions? Contact Lynne at

SCQHA The 13th Annual “Fuzzy Horse Show” will be held Saturday April 24th at the Armstrong Agriplex. Competitors of all ages and levels are welcome. The “Fuzzy” program is now in major Tack stores throughout our Zone and posted on our website at www.bcqha/ The Fuzzy will be a HCBC “BC Heritage Circuit Show” and is an Approved Paint Alternative Competition (PAC).

The Fuzzy format is designed to make this an “Educational Fun Day” for everyone. This show will be a great “introduction & preparation” for showing at an AQHA & Breed level. Offering several different series of classes for many rider levels and including the “Ask The Judge” program this will fi ll the need to offer an educational schooling show in our Zone. Lots of prizes for everyone to include High Point & Reserve Awards in each division for English & Western, All Around High Point & Reserve Awards, Ribbons to 8th place and much more. Spectators are welcome. Please contact Cheri Smeeton at 250-573-2541 or e-mail A Clinic will be held on Sunday April 25th following the “Fuzzy” at the Agriplex. The Clinic will be aimed towards 4H, Youth and Novice riders. Please contact Carolyn Farris at 250546-6083 for more information and details on how to register. Please visit our website at www. bcqha/scqha for updates.

NBCQHA The Super Circuit show committee will be holding a Pub Night on April 9, 2010 at Alfredo’s Pub in Prince George. We will have cocktails at 6, and an awesome dinner of roast beef, mashed potatoes, veggies, salads and desserts will be served at 7. We will only be selling 100 tickets at $15.00 each, so contact Carlina at hotmamax4@live. ca to reserve your tickets. (19 and older please.) It’s going to be a fun night and a great opportunity to hang out with ‘horsey folks’!


APRIL 10, 2010 at 2 p.m. Prince George, BC Location TBD 1. Identification of members/confirmation of quorum 2. Approval of the Agenda for the meeting 3. Approval of minutes of April 2009 AGM 4. Financial Reports 5. Approval of Reports 6. Correspondence 7. Old Business a. Financial review team for 2009 books for BCQHA Audit results b. Insurance c. Fundraisers d. Calendar of events posted 8. New Business a. R1AQHA b. Region 1 AQHA championship show c. Governance committee d. Take Aim e. Strategic Planning 9. Elections/Appointments 10. Joys and concerns 11. Adjournment

Please look on for location of the meeting and plan to attend. Voting will be taking place on constitution special resolutions that will be available for viewing on the website. • 71

BC Paint Horse Club

- Colour Your World - Own A Paint

evening! It was so nice to see everyone Pres Colleen Schellenberg 604 534-8287 dressed up for the VP vacant occasion! We had Sec Mary Ratz 604-639-0212 guests all the way Treas Dianne Rouse 604 530-3366 from the Interior, Past Pres. Louise Bruce 604-530-8310 Vancouver Island APHADirector (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore 604-532-9305 and the States – we Alt Andrea Aitken 250 498-2240 Calli Rouse, Emma Schellenberg, Giorgina Libera and so appreciate the APHA 817 834-2742 president Colleen Schellenberg effort everyone made to attend! The Hi everyone and welcome to spring. It might still be a club would like to winter wonderland up north but down here in Southern BC, thank those that made the awards banquet possible: it might as well be May, much to the chagrin of the Olympics! Lordco Parts, Maple Ridge; My Kitchen Window, Speaking of which, I had the opportunity to go to Vancouver Fort Langley; ID Salon, Fort Langley; Greenhawk and wander around the downtown core, checking out the Harness and Tack, Langley; Stampede Tack, entertainment, atmosphere and shopping experiences. The Cloverdale; Country Feeds, Langley; Peace Region medal ceremony of Alexandre Bilodeau was very moving and Paint Horse Club; Saddle Up magazine; and Fort it certainly brought everyone together! Winery, Fort Langley. Without the support of these Moving on to horsey events, our first show is literally local businesses, we would have a difficult time upon us!! The BC Paint Horse Club and the Pacific Northwest being able to provide prizes for all the divisions we Paint Horse Club have once again joined forces to bring us currently offer. If you get a chance to stop in and/ the superb Spring Classic in Monroe, WA, being held on or shop at one of these businesses, please take a March 19, 20 and 21 at the Evergreen Fairgrounds. With a full moment to thank them for their generosity!!! Please slate of classes, including a Jumping Division, a BC Ownercheck out to see all the results. If Bibs Dallaire on R Bandits May Bar Handler division, a Washington Bred division, futurities, won our BCPHC Free trophy. It was you would like to be eligible to win awards in 2010, just to name a few, it will be an amazing weekend! As you’ve given to the APHA horse acquiring whether in APHA-approved events or through your heard me mentioning in previous issues, the awards are the most points in the open all breed local riding club, join the BC Paint Horse Club classes. Photo by: Action Photos by spectacular with high point saddles and show halters! There today to start logging your points. Check out our Darby. will be lots of prizes, contests and awards available and as webpage for forms and details on the programs always, the wonderful hospitality of the host clubs! It’s not offered. too late to join in – we’d love to see you, even if your horse As a reminder to all horse clubs, if you would like to can’t! submit your club for our Free Trophy Program to get a free The next big event on the horizon is the “Fun Start” prize to be awarded to one of your members, fi nd out how at Paint, Pinto and All Breed show being held in Delta, BC, As long as the horse is registered through on June 6! Th is single-judge show is designed to encourage APHA, anyone is eligible to win a prize – no membership those who normally don’t show at the breed level a chance required but I’m sure once they realize what great programs to see how much fun an APHA-approved show can be! we offer they’ll want to sign up right away! Memberships We have classes for everybody, including English Flat and also include a complimentary subscription to Saddle Up over fences, Driving, Trail, Western, Halter, Showmanship, magazine! A few clubs that have already benefited from Barrel Racing, and Yearling Tri-Challenge. These classes are the Free Trophy Program include the Delta Riding Club, offered for Youth, Amateur and Open for Paint and Pinto, Chilliwack Riding Club, Vimy Western Riding Club, and and Open and Walk/Trot for All Breeds. Ponies and Minis Judy Dizy and president Vancouver Island Arabian Horse Association. Find out how Colleen Schellenberg are welcome too! Whether you’re just starting out or if you easy it is to enrol! just want the chance to show your horse at an approved show Memberships need to be renewed by March 15 to make without having to travel to the US, this is the show for you! sure that there’s no lapse in your Saddle Up subscription. Pinto registrations will be available on June 5 for all horses Membership forms are available on-line. Judy Dizy on and ponies. As well, there will be High Point and Reserve That’s all for this time! As foaling Caught Me Peeping, awards for all divisions. For more information, please e-mail season gets under way, feel free to e-mail and through the Points earned in APHAme with your new arrival’s information Open Show and approved classes are eligible for BCPHC Year-End Awards Competition Free and/or pictures! and BC Bred Division. Points earned from the All Breed Trophy Program, classes are eligible for BCPHC’s Open Show and Competition Judy and her Happy Trails! mare won her Program, PAC (APHA) and OCAP (PtHA). Talk about a lot Anne Marie Wass prize through the of value for a dollar! We hope to see you there! Chilliwack Riding The BCPHC Year-End awards banquet was held on Jan. Club. 31 at Adrian’s at the Airport in Langley and what a lovely

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BC Cutting Horse Association PHOTOS by Robert Magrath,

2010 Board of Directors President: Kevin Tienkamp 250-546-9156 Vice Pres: Ken Hartley 250-573-2328 Secretary: Lynn Graham 250-374-8882 Directors: Mary Lynn Zirnhelt Les Timmons Sue Majeau Robin Hay Roger Smeeton Bob Zirnhelt Val Martin Wendell Stoltzfus Area 20

2010 Show Schedule April 3-4 Zirnhelt Spring Cutting, Kamloops April 9-11 CCHA Finals, Olds, Alberta April 17-18 TBA April 24-25 Coast Show, Chilliwack May 1-2 TBA May 8-9 Deeleuw Jackpot, Knutsford May 15-16 Stump Lake Cutting, Stump Lake Ranch May 22-24 Susan Stewart Clinic, Kamloops May 29-30 TBA June 5-6 NCHA Days, Kamloops June 24-27 Maturity, Classic/Challenge and CCHA Days, Kamloops Aug. 7-8 Williams Lake Cutting, Williams Lake Aug. 14-15 Cloverdale Show, Cloverdale On January 16, 2010 there was a special presentation at our Awards Banquet, a new inductee to the BCCHA Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Mary Lynn Zirnhelt of Kamloops. Inductees have to exhibit and demonstrate all of the following in their devotion to the sport of cutting in British Columbia. 1. An outstanding contribution of time, interest and effort towards the objectives of the BCCHA; 2. An extraordinary commitment to the exhibition and/or promotion of cutting horses in British Columbia; 3. Exemplary character, a sense of fairness and sportsmanship.

Past inductees include: 1991 – CN (Chunky) Woodward; 1993 – Len Monical; 1996 – Al Quigley / Bill Ferguson; 1997 – Bob Zirnhelt; 2000 – Dave Whittall; 2001 – Rick Hook; 2004 – Bob Threlfall; 2007 – Dave Batty.

CONGRATULATIONS MARY LYNN ZIRNHELT – BCCHA HALL OF FAME - Presented by Craig Cook In 1966, Mary Lynn Zirnhelt was enrolled in secretarial school in Vancouver. She attended the Northwest International Horse Show and saw Cutting for the first time. At that show, she was privileged to see the late C.N. Woodward on one of the great cutting horses of all time-Peppy San. This event made a lasting impression on her and would lead to a 40-year career in horses. Mary Lynn had an interest and involvement in horses from the age of four. Her interest in horses and horsemanship initially resulted in her competing in Western Pleasure and Halter classes. However, she continued to seek a more exciting and challenging competitive venue and in 1984 she acquired her first cutting horse, Majors Choosey Bar. In doing so, Mary Lynn did what many of us are guilty of-she didn’t listen to those who have paid their dues and “gone down the road.” Instead, she, the novice cutter, would start with a young and very “green” stud horse! She had some limited success with “Choosey,” winning the 1985 BCCHA Novice/Novice Class. However, she soon learned it was time to move on. The pivotal point in Mary Lynn’s career occurred in 1983 when she attended a Jackpot Cutting. There she was to meet another Hall of Fame member, who was to become her future partner, friend and mentor-Bob Zirnhelt. From then on, she would be focused exclusively on Cutting. This would result in a stellar 20-year career, which took her to numerous Non Pro titles at the NCHA Western National Championships, the Calgary Stampede, the Canadian Supreme, the CCHA and BCCHA Finals. Perhaps one of her finest moments was becoming a Non Pro Finalist at the 199 NCHA Futurity, out of a field of some 373 horses, on San Jo Sam. She was also very proud to be a member of the winning Canadian Team at the 1996 International Championships in Houston, Texas. These events and accomplishments saw her mounted on such great cutting horses as

Mary Lynn Zirnhelt and presenters Craig & Sandy Cook

Majors Cutter, San Jo Sam, DFL Doc’s D’or, DFL Pep D’or, My Baby Grand and Hesa Son of a Colonel to mention but a few. Notwithstanding individual achievements, Hall of Fame consideration and induction demands much more. Candidates must go beyond individual accomplishments and demonstrate a commitment to the promotion of cutting as a sport and the furthering of the aims and objectives of this Association. In 1983, Mary Lynn sponsored her first Cutting. From that point to the present, she has served Cutting and this Association in so many capacities-office holder at both the B.C. and Canadian levels, (President of the BCCHA for an unprecedented six terms) timer, announcer, judge, sponsor, host and mentor. Th is Association and Cutting owe her much. In 1966, Mary Lynn watched C.N. Woodward, the first Hall of Fame inductee, compete. Some 44 years later, her peers are according her the same consideration. She has met, and exceeded, the standards set for this honour. • 73

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DEADLINE to Consign Horses at Northlands Performance Horse Sale, Northlands EXPO Ctr, ALCHEMY OF THE HORSE, Alder Flats, AB,, Julie MacKinnon 780-621-0765 FUN DAY at Mills Ranch, Barnhartvale/Kamloops, 250-573-5442, WILLOW ACRES DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW, Surrey, BC, Tara 604-531-5159,, LAODAS-WAY College of Equine Kinetics (last section), Alder Flats, AB, Julie MacKinnon 780-621-0765 JUNIOR TIMED EVENT JACKPOT 1pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland Sandy 250-718-2761 OK CHAPTER Back Country Horsemen, 7 p.m. Kelowna Riding Club, 3745 Gordon Drive, Ralph 250-764-4482, KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops, 1-888-763-2224, ANIMAL COMMUNICATION, Regina, Saskatchewan Marijke van de Water, 1-800-405-6643, HORSE SALE, BC Livestock, Kamloops, call 250-573-3939 to consign EQUINE NATURAL MEDICINE & NUTRITION, Regina, Saskatchewan Marijke van de Water 1-800-405-6643, YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Rock Creek, Yvonne 250-446-2523 FUN DAY at Mills Ranch, Barnhartvale/Kamloops, 250-573-5442, BCMHC PATTY CLOKE Driving Clinic 21852 16 Avenue, Langley, Shirley 604-530-5754, AERC WINTER RIDING, 10-2, Armstrong Agriplex, Tammy 250-832-3409, DARYL GIBB HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, 10 am, Critteraid fundraiser, Woodgate Farm, Okanagan Falls, Barb 250-497-8288 (eves) JUNIOR TIMED EVENT JACKPOT 1pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland Sandy 250-718-2761 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Kelowna, Anne 250-860-2785, LADIES NIGHT, 6-9 pm, The Paddock, Vernon 250-545-1537 MCVC High Performance Vaulting Program - Training Weekend #3 w/Sue Detol, Creekside Equestrian Centre, Olds, Jeanine 403-556-6266 CRAIG CAMERON Extreme Cowboy Race Clinic & Demo, Stampede Park, Calgary, AB. Info or 403-261-0127 KEN SMITH POLE BENDING CLINIC, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland Sandy 250-718-2761 CARL WOODS HORSEMANSHIP & Beginner Reining Clinic, Cochrane, AB Connie 403-224-3369 TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Sorrento, 250-573-5442, CINDY KIRSCHMAN Spring Horse Clinic, Groundwork, Lumby, Cindy 250-547-9277 EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Edmonton, AB,, 1-888-378- 4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Port Alberni, Doris 250-724-4645, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Black Creek-Campbell River, Lindy 250-337 -8747, TUNE UP CLINIC at Mills Ranch, Barnhartvale/Kamloops, 250-573-5442, HORSE BAZAAR; fundraiser for 100 Mile Sliders, Lakeside Equestrian Ctr., Tatton Rd., 100 Mile House, Randy 250-395-5175 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOC., Mackenzie Meadows, Pritchard, Sue Rath (Sect’y),, 250-376-9443

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RANCH ROPING CLINIC, Gully Pavilion, Hudson’s Hope, Jason 250-783-5527, COLT STARTING CLINIC at Mills Ranch, Barnhartvale/Kamloops, 250-573-5442, JONATHAN FIELD Course 1 Clinic, Saanich Fair Grounds, Victoria. or Roma 1-877-573-4018 EASTER TRAIL RIDE at Mills Ranch, Barnhartvale/Kamloops, 250-573-5442, CHANDRA MCNAMARA “for the love of the horse...” Custom Riding & Horsemanship Lessons, Powell River, Bev 604-487-9182, EASTER PARTY at Mills Ranch, Barnhartvale/Kamloops, 250-573-5442, CANADIAN NAT’L COLLEGE FINALS RODEO, Northlands EXPO Ctr, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Kelowna, Anne 250-860-2785, NORTHLANDS PERFORMANCE HORSE SALE, Northlands EXPO Ctr, Select top-quality horses. USED TACK SALE, Ride N Drive Supplies, Airdrie, AB 1-877-821-9745 YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Rock Creek, Yvonne 250-446-2523 OKANAGAN BREEDERS SHOWCASE, Armstrong Fairgrounds, BCMHC BARB MACDONALD In-Hand Clinic, Halter, Obstacle, Jumping, Location TBD, Shirley 604-530-5754, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Penticton, Sherry 250-490-0397, BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Deadmans Creek (Pending), PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, AN EQUINE EXPERIENCE, Fundraiser for NVIHA, Bear Creek Ranch, Black Creek, or Margaret 250-337-2334, EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Ladysmith, BC,, 1-888-378-4632 EQUINE NATURAL MEDICINE & NUTRITION, Ponoka, Alberta Marijke van de Water 1-800-405-6643, OK CHAPTER Back Country Horsemen, 7 p.m. Rocky Mt Transport Office, 2906- 41st Ave, Vernon, Ralph 250-764-4482, HEALING WITH KINESIOLOGY, Ponoka, Alberta Marijke van de Water 1-800-405-6643, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Coombs, Contact TBA EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Ladysmith, BC,, 1-888-378-4632 ANIMAL COMMUNICATION, Ponoka, Alberta Marijke van de Water 1-800-405-6643, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Black Creek-Campbell River, Lindy 250-337-8747

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NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP W/GLENN STEWART, Fall Fair Grounds, Smithers,, Anika 250-846 5494 or TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Bear Creek, BC, 250-573-5442, TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Sorrento, 250-573-5442, BC HALF ARABIAN (All Breed Classes), AHA & EC Appr., Cloverdale Agriplex, Surrey, or Mia 604-833-4113 ONE DAY HEALING INTENSIVE, Ponoka, Alberta Marijke van de Water 1-800-405-6643, GARAGE SALE, Diamond H Tack, Kelowna, 250-762-5631 HORSE SALE, BC Livestock, Okanagan Falls, call 250-490-5809 to consign TTOUCH FOR YOU AND YOUR HORSE w/Robyn Hood & Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Fort St. John, Babcock’s Arena, REINING & WP CLINIC w/Carmen Teixeira, Salmon Arm, Leslie 250-307-4757 or INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOC., 8 Mile Ranch, Merritt, Sue Rath (Sect’y),, 250-376-9443 EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Kamloops, BC,, 1-888-378-4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Cobble Hill, John & Nancy 250-743-1268 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Victoria-Metchosin, Kristina 250-478-2051, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Abbotsford, Rose 604-854-1245, HORSE SALE, BC Livestock, Kamloops, call 250-573-3939 to consign MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB,, 250-578-7518 BARREL CLINIC at Mills Ranch, Barnhartvale/Kamloops, 250-573-5442, YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Trail Horsemens Society, Margit 250-362-7679 SCQHA FUZZY HORSE SHOW, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong BC. Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 or BHA GYMKHANA (all ages & riding levels welcome), Grand Forks, SPIRIT OF LIFE RIDE Fundraiser for Cancer, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, TACK SWAP & SALE and Open House, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB HORSE TRIALS, Island 22, Chilliwack, Janice 604-858-4951,, EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Smithers, BC,, 1-888-378-4632 SOHA FUZZY SHOW, Summerland Rodeo Grounds,, Tera 250-498-5444 BUCKLE SERIES TEAM ROPING, Longhorn Acres, Armstrong, Doug Henry,, 250-546-6494 SCQHA CLINIC, Armstrong, Carolyn Farris 250-546-6083 NVIHA Open Western Performance Point Show, Courtenay, Entries or Margaret 250-337-2334, BARREL RACE 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland Sandy 250-718-2761 EQUINE CHIROPRACTIC Course, Smithers, BC,, 1-888-378-4632 SPRING HORSE SALE, Perlich Bros.Auction Market, Lethbridge, AB, 403-329-3101, BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Williams Lake,

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PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, SPRING TRAINING, Exercises to Limber/Rebalance Horse/Rider w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, JINGLIN’ SPURS SPRING SHOW, Paradise Exhibition Grounds, Powell River, BC, Valerie 604-485-7025, TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Williams Lake, 250-573-5442,

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YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Round Pen, Trail, Janine 250-367-2157 STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Edmonton, AB, Linda 780-914-2936,, RIDE THE TRAIL DAY, Ride with us at Skimikin (Shuswap), numbering & clear-up of trails our goal., Leah 250-832-4943 eve. EQUINE MASSAGE Certification Course, Peachland, BC,, 1-888-378-4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Slocan Valley-Silverton, Jenny 250-358-7105, MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Nelson, Teresa 250-229-4203, TOPLINE SPRING FLING Hack, Hunter & Jumper Show, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669; PACKING CLINC w/Jim McCrae, The Ranch, Pritchard, BC, 250-577-3366, DRIVING CLINIC (Draft & Light Horse), The Ranch, Pritchard, BC, 250-577-3366, BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Armstrong, EQUINE TOUCH LEVEL 1 and 2, Chase, BC WISH RIDE, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, NORTHERN TRAILS SHOW - Crossfield, AB, Eng/Western, info & entries MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Grand Forks, Joanne 250-442-0275, BHA SPRING POKER RIDE & POTLUCK (any age welcome must be able to ride without assistance), Grand Forks, TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Armstrong, 250-573-5442, TENNESSEE WALKER OWNERS! Trail Ride, Larch Hills Ski Trails, Salmon Arm. Contact Bill Roy 250-838-2066 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOC., Haughton’s Southland Ranch, Knutsford, Sue Rath (Sect’y),, 250-376-9443 BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Prince George (Pending), TTEAM Connect Icelandic Riding Clinic w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon BC 1-800-255-2336, STEVE ROTHER HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Cochrane, AB, Mike 403-851-9896,, PTRC PLAYDAY, Kamloops, or Alison Miller 250-573-5468 MARION WEISSKOPFF NH, Penticton, Sherry 250-490-0397, BARREL RACE 7pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland Sandy 250-718-2761 OK CHAPTER Back Country Horsemen, 7 p.m. Kelowna Riding Club, 3745 Gordon Drive, Ralph 250-764-4482, BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Merritt, TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Smithers, 250-573-5442, TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Sorrento, 250-573-5442, YVONNE LABOUNTY Horsemanship & Training Clinic, Rock Creek, Yvonne 250-446-2523 PLAYDAY, Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, ALL BREED SCHOOLING SHOW, Victoria Trail Ag Arena, Waskatenau, AB, 780-656-0406, SOHA SHOW (BCHC Qualifier) Summerland Rodeo Grounds, info MARION WEISSKOPFF DEMO, Nanaimo-Beban Park, Alexa 250-746-0314, TRAINING THRU TRUST CLINIC, Merritt, 250-573-5442, LONGHOUSE INTERIOR DERBY Series #1, Robin Hahn and Kelly Law, SOHA SPRING SHOW (BCHC Qualifier), Penticton, or Sherry 250-250-490-0397

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THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 7/10 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Tammy Thielman 250-832-3409, Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, Battle Royal. 10/10

CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART) Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 or 250-809-7152, 0 CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 3/11


of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site:, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, President 204-834-2479 or 5/10 The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) certifies riding coaches and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals and hosts regional and international conferences. Visit or call 1-800-399-0138 To find a certified riding coach or accredited equine facility near you, 5/10 visit

The Back Country Horsemen of B. C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Jonathan, 604-556-6884 or 11/10

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Tanya Margerison 250-4420209,, Visit for Events 3/10 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Shannon 250-751-4685 12/10 BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Kevin Tienkamp 250-546-9156, or web Area 20 3/11 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 9/10 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 11/10 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Working with the SPCA to help horses in need; foster, adopt, memberships. 250-503-8859 7/10 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Karen Wilkie 250-546-8973 Meeting, Trail Rides/Socials, Fellowship, Newsletter, 12/10 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Pres: Melissa Schryvers 604-202-3024. Show June 12-13 Cloverdale 5/10 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB President: Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 3/10 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 or visit 8/10 BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Pres. David Parker 604-462-0304,, 3/11

British Columbia Team Cattle Penning Association Team Cattle Penning is a fast and exciting sport! The BCTCPA supports and promotes good horsemanship and sportsmanship and is an affiliate of the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association. This sport is open to almost any level and age of rider. For more info, visit us at or contact Bill Klop (Pres) 604-796-9127 3/11

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Pat Carnegie, 250-462-0006 11/10 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, & Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 11/10 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 6/10 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industry. 10/10 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 9/10 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Sue Rath, Secretary 250-376-9443 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397, 11/10 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Barb 250-379-2513 AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics 5/10 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Blair Bates 250-452-6941 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 2/11 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Sec/Treas: Bonnie 250-275-7715 Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders 10/10 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Debi 250-851-9256 Monthly Playdays, Annual Show, Activities 5/10 SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSE ASSOC. Edna Hugo (Pres.) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, 9/10 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Sharon 604-856-3348, 10/10

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Stallions and Breeders WWW.APPALOOSACENTRE.COM “Appaloosas for today and the future.” 250-963-9779 Ranch. 2/11

L&L QUARTER HORSES (Vernon, BC) 250-545-9014 8/10 SS: Dunit N Red, 2006 AQHA Red Roan,

DALEDODDQUARTERHORSES.COM (Olds, AB) 403-556-2807 Best Bred and Broke Cutting Horses in Canada.

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



DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Jasper/Brule, AB) 780-865-4021 5/10

PEEBLES MINI DONKEY RANCH (Falkland) 250-379-2373 9/10 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. or

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GREEN GABLES MORGAN FARM (Armstrong) 250-546-8058 6/10 SS: WF Royal Mist’s Kurik, Black/Brown, 15.1HH,

SALMON VALLEY RANCH (Salmon Arm) 250-833-4217 8/10 SS: SVR Royal Checkmate, AQHA Perlino; Okies Last Chance, APHA Black Tobiano

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

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

ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 10/10 • IRISH CREEK RANCH (Vernon) 250-542-7228 3/11 SS: Little Peppe Leo, APHA B/W Homoz. Tobiano,

WHITEVALE BACKHOE (Lumby) 250-547-9729 8/10 SS: Zeniths Lucky Logan, ‘91 AQHA Black, 15.2HH, YELLOW MOUNT RANCH (Lethbridge, AB) 403-328-5693 SS: 6 AQHA/APHA Stallions, 3/11

K PERFORMANCE HORSES (Langley) 604-308-8669 SS: AQHA Dun Factored Stallions that Cut, Rein & Work Cows. Prospects for sale. 9/10

Yellow Mount Ranch

Where All Around Athletes Are Created 2010 Stallion Roster Clumination – 1994 Sorrel AQHA HDF Impressed By Clu – 2002 Bay AQHA Kingofhearts McCue – 1997 Red Dun Tovero HDF Brandy Snifter – 2003 Sorrel Overo CBS Legacy – 2003 Red Roan Overo RKR Hearts Sonny Dee – 2004 Red Dun Tobiano Breeding Fees By Private Treaty Breeding Incentives for proven and multiple mares. Shipped Semen Available. Prospects are available. Contact Dorla Malo for further information. House: 403-738-4966 • Cell: 403-317-0558 • 77

Rafter D Reiners Berry Shiny

Stallion Station 1161 Salmon River Rd. Salmon Arm, BC

((SShi hinniing ng Spa parrkk x Cuusstom park toom RReed Be Berr rry) rr y) 2004 AAQHA 2004 200 QHHA So QHA Sorre orrre rrel re el SStta ttal tallio allioon, n, 15. 15.1 15 5 1HH 1HH


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

2010 STALLION ROSTER Stud Fees $800 LFG (Incl. Chute Fee) OKIES LAST CHANCE - APHA 2002 Homozygous Black Tobiano Live Colour Foal Guarantee SVR ROYAL CHECKMATE - AQHA 1996 Perlino - 100% dilute colour guarantee Unbeatable Bloodlines Great Conformation Outstanding Temperament Incredible Athleticism… and Gorgeous! Breeding Fee by Private Treaty

Standing at Copper Leaf Ranch, Vanderhoof, BC

BANDITOS GOLD DIGGER - AQHA 2000 Buckskin - Dual Pep grandson For further details and information visit our website or call Dr. Brytann Youngberg, 250-833-4217 FOR SALE: QUALITY OFFSPRING/FUTURITY PROSPECTS

Quarter Horse Stallions Standing at Stud

Driving - Events - Riding Please call for more information

Peppys Blue Monkey $650. LFG

Playboys Haidaway $650. LFG

Haflinger Stallions Standing at Stud Samson $500. LFG

Benno $500. LFG

Atino $550. LFG

Yearlings to Well Broke - Haflinger, Quarter Horses & Crosses 3872 Hwy 97 South, Lac La Hache, BC • 250-396-7556 • 78 • Saddle Up • March 2010


Stallions and Breeders 2004 AQHA Perlino Stallion



Stallions Standing for 2010


TW Smok N Hawk

REINING: AQHA ROM 17.5 OPEN-7 AMATEUR 2.5 NOV-AMATEUR * NRHA & NRCHA Money Earner * Proven Sire of Pt and Money Earners

2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

If you are looking for Colour, Temperament and Athletic Ability... come meet our main man. We’d love to introduce you. Money Earner 2010 FEE: $850

“The Shining Spark bloodline is your Ticket To Success”

Standing at Stud: $1,000 LFG


HORSES FOR SALE 250-499-5397; 4/10


ALSO STANDING: TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano Hesa Special Otoe 1996 AQHA by Otoes Not Dun Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding)





Painted Coos


Your Stallion SHOULD BE HERE

2010 Stud Fee: $650 available to limited mares

TRIPLE COLOUR GUARANTEE OFFERED! This stallion will never give you a solid or red-based foal. If you breed and do not get a BLACK Tobiano or Tovero foal you get a FREE BREEDING.


WE’VE MOVED to 4674 Bates Rd, Abbotsford, BC 604-746-7630 (House) or 604-816-9930 (Barn) 7/10

Call 1-866-546-9922 for our “Reasonable Rates”

Little Hickory Too


WE’VE MOVED to 4674 Bates Rd. Abbotsford, BC 604-746-7630 (House) or 604-816-9930 (Barn) 7/10

Friesian Stallion


is the new home of

2005 APHA Grulla Tobiano Stallion

Sire: Doc’s Hickory by Doc Bar Dam: Dear Little Lena by Doc O’Lena Sire and Dam’s Offspring LTE NCHA over $22,000,000.00 US Unshown due to injury! Exquisite example of Foundation Breeding, Gorgeous, Good-Minded, Athletic. Sire of Yippee Ki Yay Pep: Champion Working Cowhorse, 2007 Region Two (Rapid City, SD) 2010 Fee: $800 + GST. Booking Fee: $300 Shipped Semen available on request. Fee: Regular Fee plus SS at cost!


of Dragonfly Acres 2004 16HH FPS Registered Star


1994 AQHA #3327114 HERDA FREE N/N #HRD2731

Lazy L Performance Horses


First time Standing to Public...!

Gordon & Louise Garrard, Hanceville, BC 250-394-7822, 4/10

‘97 Black Tobiano APHA & PtHA Stallion 16.1HH HYPP N/N Champion and Champion producer of Halter, Colour and Futurity Winners. 2010 FEE: $750. Live or AI (plus collection fees) 100% Conception! COLOUR GUARANTEE If you get a solid foal you get a FREE BREEDING.

Modern styled athletic and willing. Excellent conformation and temperament.

A Legend in the Making...

Live cover/cooled shipped. LFG

Introductory Breeding Fee for 2010: $500 reg’d / $400 grade

ALSO STANDING: ($100 Booking Fee Applies to all breedings.)

Contact: Lisa 604-539-8108 Langley, BC

* KID LENA AQHA Homozygous Black Stallion 2010 FEE: $450 reg’d / $400 grade

* NIFTY TC AQHA Palomino Stallion (throws 95% colour) 2010 FEE: $400 reg’d / $350 grade For more info and coloured pictures visit: 250-296-0186, 7/10

Foals for Sale


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Stallions and Breeders Little Peppe Leo

K Performance Horses

Salty Ole Jack

15.3HH APHA Stallion

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

Specializing in Dun factored AQHA Horses that Rein, Cut and Work Cows.

Standing: DS BOOMIN ENTERPRISE Dun AQHA Stallion CHEX SMOKIN DEAL Silver Grullo Stallion

2010 Fee: $500 • Sire of Winners • Bloodlines of APHA Supreme Champions • Homozygous for the Tobiano gene • Guaranteed coloured foal from solid or paint Conformation, Temperament and Awesome Presence, all wrapped up in a Beautiful Black and White package.

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

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


Visit us at

Glen Black

DS Boomin Enterprise

For 2009 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502 Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0 3/11 •



Green Gablespresents Morgan Farm

AQHA/APHA Prospects for Sale Chex Smokin Deal or call 604-308-8669 (Langley, BC) 9/10


Turning Point Ranch “colourful” performance ponies and horses

WF Royal Mist’s Kurik “Roy”

Excellent conformation, lovely movement and quiet temperaments

15.1 HH 1994 Black/Brown Stallion


Cody’s Gold Palomino, Reg. American Quarter Pony

Golden Gifts Iwannago Grey, Reg. Welsh-Anglo Arabian Pony ALSO

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

Golden Gifts Sunstar Surprize Smoky Black, Reg. Sec A Welsh Pony (not pictured)

Debora Morgan Neufeld 3/10

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

Standing for the first time in 2010!

BH GUNNERS ENTERPRIZ 2005 AQHA/APHA Stallion NRHA Money Earner Sire: “GUNNER” (Colonels Smoking Gun) NRHA million dollar sire Dam: BH HOLLYWOOD STAR 2010 Breeding Fee $1500 (includes booking & chute fee) special consideration for proven mares

Brian & Jill Hamming Vernon, BC 250-545-0865 3/09 www.BHGUNNERSENTERPRIZ.COM 80 • Saddle Up • March 2010



2010 foals arriving in early April 250-577-3526 Pritchard, BC


Standing in Williams Lake, B.C. 15.3HH 2002 Sorrel AQHA Stallion

Half Brother to 2009 CFR Champion Barrel Horse!



The only AQHA Silver Stallion breeding in Canada! * Bay Point Offspring * 50% Silver * DNA: AA, EE, NZ World Champion Pedigree * Freckles Playboy * Doc Bar


W 5/10

BARREL RACERS! This is your opportunity to design your future champion. OFFERING: a running horse pedigree, extraordinary disposition, athletic conformation & flash (throwing silver & chrome). Speed Indexes over 100 on his papers! Zumo Dat Cash, Dash For Cash, Lady Juno, Triple Chick, Top Moon & Chicado V. APHA approved. Foals will be CBHI eligible. ALSO: Yearlings to 4-year-olds sired by ‘Caz’ for Sale.

Stud Fee: $600 + $150 breeding fee, LFG 250-392-2584 (Lori) or 250-296-4327 (Heather)

Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


ARMSTRONG INN, (Armstrong) 1-866-546-3056, Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 12/10 PENTICTON RAMADA INN & SUITES. 1-800 665 4966. Resort Style Hotel with Poolside Service & Full Convention Services. 2/11 SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, Minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-877-888-7260,, 3/10

EVA’S BAREFOOT HOOF CARE, 250-644-1320, 8/10 Experienced, patient, willing to travel. Lower Mainland, Cariboo and Beyond. HEALTHY HOOVES, Rae Allan 250-547-2034 6/10 Barefoot Trimming Service. Serving Okanagan and surrounding areas.

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

Ask for Chilliwack Heritage Park rate LSPECI East of Heritage Park at mall & restaurants

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

FREE Comfort Sunshine Breakfast 604-858-0636 or 1-800-228-5150 • Chilliwack, BC

Minutes to Chilliwack’s Heritage Park

1-800-566-2511 604-792-4240




PRONTO ESSO 546-3772



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


Nice Rooms. Great People.

Chilliwack, BC


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


100% B.C. Owned and Operated!

ABBOTSFORD34633 Vye Rd/556-7477 DUNCAN5410 Trans Canada Hwy./748-8171 KELOWNA103-1889 Springfield Road/860-2346 NANAIMO1-1277 Island Hwy. S./753-4221 PARKSVILLE587 Alberni Hwy./248-3243 SAANICH1970 Keating Cross Rd./652-9188 SALMON ARM1771 10th Ave. SW/832-8424


OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS, (Pitt Meadows) 604-465-5651 9/10 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay. TOWN & COUNTRY FEED STORE, (Invermere) 250-342-9433 12/10 Fencing Supplies, Pet Supplies & Fertilizers. Serving you 29 years.

BED, BALES & BREAKFAST FENCING DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 Great Trails, Boarding, Rehab, Horses For Sale. 5/10


Custom built and installed to your needs


Alan Cossentine Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662 • • 3/10

DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 5/10 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 2/11 ROBERTSON FARMS LTD., (N. Okanagan) 250-833-2581 Shavings, Sawdust, Shavings, Bark Mulch 2/11




FIXIT RENOVATIONS, Hans van der Stel (North Ok./Shuswap) 250-804-6662 (Vibrating) post pounding, excavating, shelters, reno’s and upgrades. 3/11

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

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


DEAD STOCK REMOVAL GREENWAVE FARMS (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250 Providing prompt dead stock removal service. 2/11 EQUINE SERVICES J. R. KELLY (Calgary, AB) 403-993-0269, Horse tooth & mouth care, sheath cleaning, etc. 8/10 RICOCHET ALPINE ENTERPRISES. Dog & Horse Grooming and Veterinary Hauls. Large 3 horse angle. Reasonable rates. 250-938-1217 (Enderby). 2/11


Leghorn Ranch Hay Sales Hanif Jinnah - 778-886-1343 From Alberta and Washington - Timothy/Alfalfa, Orchard Grass/Alfalfa, Alfalfa, Timothy and Chilliwack Local - Lots of excellent quality. Delivery in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley 11/10 50 to 150 bales and semi loads • 81

Business Services HEALTH PRODUCTS


HORSE SENSE HERBS, (Alberta) 1-800-434-3727 Original Chinese Herbal Formulas for Horses, 12/10

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



Kamloops Saddlery Custom Saddlemaker, Bob Goudreault Custom Horse Gear & Repairs

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

1-877-493-8881 • 250-573-5496 • 617 Durango Drive, Kamloops, BC (near BC Livestock Co-op) 3/11

• CALL TODAY 1-800-670-1877 • 11/10

Custom Made Saddles & Tack Using only the very best quality materials 10/10

MASSAGE THERAPY CERTIFIED Equine Massage Therapist & Certified Reiki Master/Teacher offering sessions, seminars/classes, Heather 250-826-6979, Kelowna, BC 10/10 LEARN EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY or chiropractic Massage or adjust your horse safely. 1-888-378-4632 Sidonia McIntyre 8/10 WILD HORSE POWER - Equine Medicine and Massage or 250-484-5601 Stacy Elliot 2/10

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

KNIGHT’S SADDLERY (Merritt) 250-378-5733 Master Saddle and Tree Maker,


NICKERS SADDLERY LTD… Canadian-made treeless saddles and innovative tack! Bitless and shoeless options, nutritional supplements and endurance and trail gear. Repairs + customization.

PHOTOGRAPHERS REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Enderby) 250-838-7904 12/10 Animal Photography, 1.888.492.8225 / 250.492.8225 - Penticton

RETIREMENT RETIREMENT HOME FOR HORSES 600 acres of lush open pasture and woodland shelter in a herd dynamic. Ideal horse haven is situated 1/2 hour from Kamloops. Regular boarding also available.

Suniva Bronson, 250-573-4581 Pinantan Lake, BC 2/11

RAY’S SADDLERY (O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon) Shop cell 250-862-0554, Custom made Saddles, Tack & Repairs, Shop open year round. 12/10 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 7/10 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, WWW.SKOOKUMHORSE.COM (Clinton, BC) 250-459-7772 Horse tack, hunting gear, custom leather products, repairs. 3/11

Equine Retirement Centre


2080 Mile 108 Road, Horsefly, BC

ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 10/10 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078 9/10 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale.

Stevie Pearson, 1-866-447-6355



RIBBONS & ROSETTES DIKOR RIBBON TECHNOLOGIES, 1-866-503-2510 ph/fax 1st Place for Award Ribbons, 3/11 OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 12/10 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons


CARRIAGE HOUSE MINIATURE HORSE TACK & HARNESS (Vernon) 250-541-7773. Everything you need for your VSE. COLE’S COUNTRY STORE (Creston) 250-428-2107 9/10 New & Used Tack, Horse Supplies, Giftware & Jewelry HIGH HORSE TACK, (Victoria) 250-658-0011 6/10 English & Western, New & Used

SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS We know what’s riding on it. 2/11

Rusty Spur

CARIBOO SADDLERY, (Williams Lake) 250-392-3735 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs 12/10 CK CLASSIC LEATHERWORK (BC) 250-573-4355 English Saddle Fitting & Repairs, 6/10

Feed & Tack

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

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


Town & Country

Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers! 3/10

Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm • 250-832-1149 - Bonnie – OVERNIGHT STABLING FACILITY 3/10




VENKAT SADDLERY (20110 Stewart Cres., Maple Ridge) 1-866-465-8883 English & Western Tack & Saddles. 3/11 WALKER CREEK COUNTRY GOODS LTD. (2 stores serving Vancouver Island) 9/10

Welcomes All Reining & Western Pleasure Enthusiasts • Training & Lessons • Indoor/Outdoor Arenas • Year Round Boarding Options Resident Trainer • Performance Horses For Sale Carmen Teixeira • Located in Salmon Arm, BC • 250-832-7339


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


TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC., (Vernon) 250-542-5373, 7/10 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist TRAINERS/COACHES BLUE MEADOW FARM (Richmond); Yolanda Blommers, EC2 and Katie Andrews, EC1. All English disciplines. 4/10 GUS EVAGELOPOULOS, AQHA Prof. Horsemen (Armstrong) 250-307-3990 Specialize in Reining. Start-Finish Horses. Lessons. Prospects/finished horses for sale. 2/11

TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 10/10 • TOLT AWAY FARM (Enderby) 250-838-0234 Riding Lessons, Clinics, Horses and Tack for Sale 6/10 TRANQUILLE FARMS (Salmon Arm) Lorraine Pilon. EC Cert. Western Coach, Monty Roberts Cert. Holder. 250-832-0918 or 250-804-8072 8/10 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 5/10 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Peachland) 250-808-1486 Pleasure, Reining, Roping & cowhorse ~ Colts Started ~ Farrier Service 3/10 TRANSPORT/HAULING

Quality Horse Transport An EQUESTRIAN CENTRE LIKE NO OTHER in the world Barefoot Program •Connected Riding® • Classical Dressage Natural Horsemanship • Holistic Equine Management Equine Bodywork • Equine Rehabilitation and Re-Training 3/11

DAN FRANKLIN EQUINE COMMUNICATION ™ (B.C.) 250-620-3420 30 yrs exp. helping problem horses, 10/10


Training and Boarding Preparation for sales, starting young horses 250-838-7051 or Cell 250-308-6024 • Enderby, BC • 9/10

HAYTON CREEK RANCH (Oyama) now offering training with Ashlea Conti, 250-870-1372, 3/10

Dana Hokana Quarter Horses Specializing in Western Pleasure Training - Lessons - Clinics DVD Instructional Videos - Performance Horses for Sale 8/10 • 951.302-9463 •

GARY HUNT HORSEMANSHIP, 2/11 940-255-3641 (Alberta) * Problem Solving * Clinics * Colt Starting CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 6/10 LORI LOTHIAN, AQHA Professional Horseman (Aldergrove) 604-309-7262 Training, Lessons, Clinics, Youth & Amateur, 4/10 MISTATIM RANCH (Delta) 604-816-5292 Training/Boarding/Sales. Colt starting to show ring finishing. All disciplines welcome. 3/11 LEE PONCELET PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Vernon) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 8/10 RIVERSIDE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE (Prince George) 250-612-4770 2/11 Developing Horses & Riders to their potential.



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Serving Western Canada Over 30 Years’ Experience

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YOUR OKANAGAN HORSE TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIST Y Commercially Licensed and Insured. Serving all of B.C. Local & Long Distance. Horse on Course 250-379-6847 (North Okanagan) 8/10 VETERINARIANS DEEP CREEK VET. SERVICES, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 3/10 JACOBSON VET SERVICES (Serving Kelowna & Area) 250-862-3435 Dr. Teresa Jacobson, Dr. Deanna Jenner 11/10 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY, 250-374-1486 5/10 Drs. Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Rob Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 2/11 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 9/10 Drs. Alex Wales & Susan Wales SALMON VALLEY VET SERVICES, (Shuswap/North Ok) 250-833-4217 Dr. Brytann Youngberg Mobile Equine Service 8/10 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 3/10 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller

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On The Market

7 YR OLD REG’D CLYDESDALE MARE, 17.3HH Trained in Basic Dressage, Jumping up to 3 feet, Western Pleasure, and loves Games. She has been started Driving in hand, not yet hitched. This horse is a safe horse for your hubby or for your next show horse. This mare will do it all. Priced to sell at $7,500. 604-329-6783 (Maple Ridge) E-mail

REG’D PASO FINO MARE Very well bred, flashy Grulla colour, 20 years young, about 14HH. Has been shown, had some very lovely foals, beautifully trained, “push button.” She knows what you want her to do before you even ask. A dream to ride, total pleasure, not spooky or nervous. Great on trails too and the smoothest ride on earth! Loads easily. We have moved, and I’d like to find the ideal home for her. Price can be discussed depending on what you have to offer her. 250-547-2283 (Lumby)



15.3HH, 9-year-old Crabbet Arabian, FV breeding. Proven 50 mile Endurance competitor with an FEI passport, carries a heavyweight rider. Fabulous disposition, very gentle, easy to handle, not bossy, nice forward moving attitude on the trail. $4,000. 250-490-7177 (Penticton) E-mail

2005 APHA Reg (#869970) Mare. Owner bred and raised, professionally started in 2009. Very athletic, 15.2HH. Gorgeous, friendly, loves attention, clean habits, sound, no vices, willing attitude. Ready to move on (Western or English) to the next level. Owners moving. Must find an approved home. Any reasonable offer to $3,500 will be accepted. Louise 604-530-8310 (Langley)

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2003 SUDDEN DUN LUCKY AQHA Sorrel Gelding. Famous bloodlines. “Sudsy” is 16HH with good bones and straight legs. Great conformation and good mind, athletic, beautiful forward movement. Has been ridden Western/ English and most recently 2 mos. of professional Reining training by Lydia Cameron and ongoing till sold. This horse will take you in any direction, reining, roping, western pleasure or hunter. $3,500. Lydia 604-613-0550 (Langley)

5 YR OLD REG’D QUARTER HORSE MARE 2 YR OLD REG’D QUARTER HORSE MARE 2002 CHARMAC LEGACY Large Living Quarters. Washroom, shower, sleeps 4-6 people. Stud wall, walk-through door, drop windows, side storage, hay rack, 8 feet wide. $39,000. 250-722-3650 (Nanaimo) E-mail

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(SIERRAS MAKIN A STAR) Sired by: He’s My Sierra. Dam: No Idel Chatter, who is a daughter of Feature Bonanza (Western Pleasure Champion). This young mare is currently standing at 16HH in the hip and is still growing! She would excel in English and also Western Pleasure. Good natured, good to handle, great with other horses. Needs to be broke. 250-722-3650 (Nanaimo) E-mail

(Sierra’s Sweet Sugar) Sired by: He’s My Sierra, a Grandson of Sierra Te and son of Sierra Simpson. Dam: Sugarfoot Holly, a 6 x Canadian National Champion and World Qualifier for many years in a row for Youth and Amatuer. This beautiful mare would make an awesome English or Event horse; she has lots of speed and could also be used as a Barrel, Reining or Cutting horse. 15.2-15.3HH, broke and is currently being worked with, but still needs finishing. Sadly I don’t have the time for her. A very good traveler, awesome nature, good to bath, good with other horses. 250-722-3650 (Nanaimo) E-mail

On The Market

WINDWALKER TOP SHOCK Foaled May 19, 2000 ApHCC 41456 (F1) ApHC 616529 Enhance your breeding operation with this beautiful Stallion. He has a gold star pedigree, World Champions top and bottom. Good ground manners, has been ridden but very little. We have discontinued our breeding operation and need to get him started on his career. Don’t miss out on this fine Stallion! 250-838-0852 (Enderby)

2003 REG`D AQHA MARE 15.2HH She is soft and athletic. Amazing ground manners with no vices. Can be ridden both English and Western and has lots of trail experience. Has been trained professionally. Great for any discipline. Ideal for an experienced rider. $3,500 obo. 604-902-0623 (day) or 604-894-1236 (eves) E-mail (Pemberton)

1997 FIFTH AVENUE, 36FT THOR. Lots of room; we lived in it for the summer and winter of 07/08; the year of lots of heat and snow, very comfortable! It has not had a lot of hauling hours and is in excellent condition. Winterized, 3 powered slides. Forced air, central heating/air conditioning, washer/dryer, queen bed, full bathroom with shower. Powered stabilizer jacks, new hot water tank, outside shower for summer. We are motivated to sell. Sacrifice at $16,999. Kris 250-860-6694

“I remembered seeing a horse in a previous issue, but didn’t see the ad again. When I looked in your archives on your website, I found him and he was still for sale.” Thank you! -Sue in Langley

CIRCLE-J 2 HORSE TRAILER Straight Haul, Bumper Pull. Rebuilt in 2007. Tires, brakes, bearings, flooring all in excellent shape. $3,000 obo. 604-826-2462 (Mission)

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Shop & Swap! FOR SALE INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or (Innisfail, AB) 10/10

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ISLAND GALVANIZED FARM SUPPLY AND CUSTOM CHAPS. Portable Round Pen panels, Corral panels, Sheep/Goat panels, Gates, Feeders. 250-248-3556 (Coombs)

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

TB BROODMARE, Bay, 15.3HH, 13 years old. Sport Horse offspring can be viewed. $1,200. 250-307-1489 (Armstrong)

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- Over six years experience professionally starting young horses - Specializing in western disciplines - Indoor arena on site Located on Salmon River Road between Armstrong and Salmon Arm Contact: 250-306-9268


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Quality Interior

Pole Buildings • Barns • Shelters Indoor and Outdoor Arenas Restoration and Repair Bobcat and Compact Grader 25 years experience ~ free estimates Serving the North Okanagan from the ground up.

75-80 lb Tight Square Bales No Rain, No Mold, No Waste, No Disappointment $8.50 - 9.00 per bale Grapple available to load

Clapperton Ranch 7620 Hwy 8

SCOTT ROSS 250-547-2447

Off Hwy 1 near Spences Bridge, BC 5/10

Unbeatable Deals!



EZFlex Cookies and EZTreats ™

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



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Maverick SD 3H Angle Haul ,Tackroom with swing out saddle rack, bridle hooks, brush bag, Drop down windows and sliding windows passenger side, rubber matts and bumper, one-piece fibreglass roof and more! Maverick Lite All Aluminum Full Tackroom, swing out saddle rack, padded dividers, rubber matts 2H ! $9600 The Horse Gate Trailer Sales 250-379-2790 • Falkland, BC 4/10

The Horse Gate Trailer Sales, your Gateway to unbelievable savings and service!

HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 4/10

FREE BACK ISSUES of Arabian horse magazines. Archival material! International Arabian Horse from 1964; Arab Horse Society News (Great Britain) from 1976; Canadian Arabian Horse News from 1977; Australian Arab Horse News from 1977; Arabian Horse World from 1978. Must go to a good home. You will be screened. Barbara 250- 838-6101, (Enderby)

LEASE/RENTALS VERY CLEAN 2 bedroom mobile on farm. Single Lady. Room for 1 horse. $800. Chase/Falkland Rd. Sheila 250679-3940 **FOR LEASE** Premier Equestrian Facility located in Kelowna. 15 indoor 12’x12’ stalls w/rubber mats, auto waterers. 15 day paddocks and 10 outdoor paddocks. 2 heated indoor tack rooms, feed room, office, lounge, washroom, indoor wash stall. 180’x80’ indoor arena, felt/rubber footing, 210’x100’ outdoor sand arena both sprinklered. Call 250-718-3585 (Kelowna)

CLASSIFIED AD RATES $25. for 25 words and .50¢ per additional plus GST

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

250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC


EZC RANCH * 130 x 160' Outdoor Riding Ring * 25 x 60' Pens (with shelters & turnout) * Full Board (3 feedings per day) * Equine Therapist (by appointment) Loving Care for your prized four-legged companion! 7 minutes from IPE Fairgrounds

250-546-3447 or 250-260-0273

QUARTERSPOT RANCH Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

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


(5073 Schubert Road, Armstrong, BC)

Cindy Kirschman (Chris Irwin Certified)



Looking to get your horse

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

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

“TUNED UP” for the upcoming riding season? Offering ground work with young unstarted colts or preparing horses for sale; can assist in the sale as well. References/rates available upon request.

“YOUTH KIDS CAMP” Accepting bookings for a 5-day, 4-night camp August 2010. Kids to bring their own horse to ride with proper riding gear and safety equipment. Call 250-832-3322 for more info (Salmon Valley)

Leather & Stitches Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles

The Leather Lady Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 5/10

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Next deadline March 15 for the April issue

Timber Ridge Trails Back Country Horseback Riding Experience Hey! Round Up your Friends and Horses!

Come and experience awesome trail riding in British Columbia’s Okanagan back country ~ just 20 minutes from Vernon. Stay at a secluded, peaceful and affordable campsite with corrals; set up for trucks and horse trailers; backing onto hundreds of miles of crown land trails for every level of rider, from beginner to endurance. After a day in the saddle, relax around a crackling campfire and watch the sun go down while you savour the flavours of a succulent fire grilled steak or delicious slow cooked Dutch oven dinner (optional). For more information or to reserve your campsite and corral: or call Darlene 250-309-3544

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Lanas Little Pepper Too Much Pepper x Little Lana Banana Owned by Barb & Walt Dettwiler FROZEN SEMEN AVAILABLE FROM:

RC Fancy Step Hydrive Cat Meradas Blue Sue Rowdy Yankee Peptos Stylish Oak TR Dual Rey Don Quintana

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