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From the Editor… Features Cavalia Comes to Vancouver
Mane Event Clinician Line-up
HCBC Equine Education Conference
How to Get the Lean Out
The Power of Why
Training For Courage, Tying
Salvation vs Rescue
Training My Mule
Construction (Special) Feature
Our Regulars Cariboo Chatter
Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC
BC Rodeo Association
BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc.
BC Paint Horse Club
BC Quarter Horse Assoc.
Pine Tree Riding Club
Back Country Horsemen of BC
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What’s Happening? Let’s Go!
Stallions & Breeders
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hat a cold snap we are ALL getting – and the snow, it just keeps coming! Hopefully Spring is just around the corner. We have some exciting events coming up; first off the Kamloops Cowboy Festival is just around the corner; then there is the Lower Mainland’s Quarter Horse Bazaar in Langley only weeks away; followed by the equestrian spectacle “Cavalia” in Vancouver (first time in B.C.; you have to see this show); and then our much anticipated Mane Event in Red Deer at the end of April. In this issue we have our annual Construction Feature – so do check it out if you are planning on building any ‘horsey’ type accommodations this year. And tell our advertisers you saw them in Saddle Up! I am recuperating quite well and thank you to all my friends and well-wishers. I received cards, wine, chocolates, a bouqet of chocolate strawberries, and more comfort food – what else does a gal need? And my MAN SERVANT is still running around doing all that he can for me and the animals and working at the same time. Thanks Honey! (No gal should be without one!) Hopefully I’ll see you out and about next month!
Nancy CONTRIBUTORS: Stephanie Kwok, Barbra Schulte, Paul Dufresne, Chris Irwin, Jo-Anne Martin, Kevan Garecki, Dana Hokana, Ruth Donald, Cory Anthony, Mark McMillan, Mike Puhallo, Luana Chamness, Haidee Landry, Shelley Nyuli. ON THE COVER: NECHAKO EQUINE REPRODUCTIVE SERVICES, www.copperleafranch.com 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 Interior Arabian Horse Assoc., Pine Tree Riding Club, Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC., BC Rodeo Association
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Cover Feature NECHAKO EQUINE REPRODUCTIVE SERVICES All mares bred in 2011 will be entered into a draw for a free breeding in 2012* Fee shown includes chute fee.
Renenic - ($1,350) 2003 AQHA Stallion (Sand and Carlina Schumann)
Own son of Chics Renegade (NRCHA earner with earnings over $50,000; also an NRCHA & NRHA producer) and out of Miss Reminic (NCHA money earner with AQHA points and dam of NRHA, NRCHA and NCHA earners). AQHA points in Cutting, Working Cow Horse & Reining, AQHA ROM, NRCHA & NRHA money earner, and 2010 Reining Canada Novice Horse Non Pro.
Berry Shiny - ($1,350) 2004 AQHA Stallion (Rafter D Reiners Inc)
Own son of Shining Spark (NRHA & NRCHA Leading Sire) and out of NRHA leading mare, Custom Red Berry. Reining By the Bay Reserve Champion Non Pro & Int Non Pro, NRHA Non Pro Level 4 Champion, High Roller Classic Non Pro Reserve Champion, Cactus Classic Novice Horse Non Pro Reserve Champion + $14,500 NRHA Earnings. .
Great Testament - ($1,150) 2003 AQHA Stallion (Swan Lake Ranch)
Own son of Great Resolve (NRHA earner and sire of Einsteins Revolution) and out of Dry Doc daughter, Dry Sugar Lena, NRHA producer of over $100,000 and AQHA points. NRHA money earner as well as AQHA point earner. Sibling to the 1998 All-American Quarter Horse Congress Reining Futurity Champion & NRHA Futurity Finalist.
Kit and Kaboonsmal - ($1,400) 2003 AQHA Stallion (Swan Lake Ranch)
Own son of Kit Dual, (NCHA earnings $251,791 Two Million Dollar Sire) out of Boondancer, a daughter of Peptoboonsmal, NCHA money earner of $37,411 multiple aged event finalist, CCHA Open Champion 2009, 2nd Calgary Stampede 2009.
Lanas Little Pepper - ($1,350) 1999 AQHA Stallion (Copper Leaf Ranch)
Too Much Pepper x Little Lana Banana, stallion earnings over $20,000, Canadian Supreme Open Futurity Champion. Offspring have earnings in NCHA, AQHA NRHA Sire of Peppers Fancy Page, 2006 Calgary Stampede Open Derby Champion, $50,000 Amateur BCCHA 2010.
Hollywood Twista - ($1,350) 2005 AQHA Stallion (Valor Holdings)
Own son of Dun It With A Twist x Lindas Calcutta. Earnings in NRHA - 4 time NRHA Affiliate Champion, 6 time NRHA class Champion, p , 5 time NRHA class Reserve Champion, 4 time ancillary class Champion, proven colour producer..
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Cavalia Comes to Vancouver For the first time in its eight-year existence, Cavalia is coming to British Columbia with an exclusive run at Olympic Village in Vancouver. The grand-scale equestrian spectacle that has delighted audiences across North America and Europe arrives in BC after a held-over two-month run in Burbank, California, and will debut on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Photo credit: Frédéric Chéhu
avalia is staged under the world’s largest touring White Big Top, a towering 110’ structure that spans more than 26,000 square feet. The cast of 49 horses, representing 10 different breeds, took time off to enjoy a week-long vacation en route route. Cavalia was created by Normand Latourelle, a co-founder of Cirque du Soleil, and the company is headquartered in Montreal. Featuring 37 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers, and musicians, the show explores the relationship between humankind and horses across an expansive 160’ wide stage that requires 2,500 tons of sand and dirt (100 truckloads) to build. Mist, snow, and falling leaves are among many multimedia effects that transport audiences to another world. CNN’s recently retired Larry King called Cavalia, “The greatest show I’ve ever seen,” voicing the feelings of many who’ve attended, be they horse people or not. Exceptional displays of horses performing at liberty have been a signature element of Cavalia from the beginning. When ninth-generation performer Sylvia Zerbini takes the stage with nine Arabians (three are stallions) at liberty, totally free to express themselves, even the most seasoned equestrians are moved. "I've had this spiritual connection with horses my whole life," says Zerbini, who was born in Sarasota, Florida. "I really can't explain it. I know their moods just by looking at them. Within an hour of being around a new horse, I know just what
Grande Liberté, Sylvia Zerbini Photo credit: Jean-François Leblanc
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kind of past he's had." The lithe, blonde liberty trainer (whose daughter also performs in Cavalia) uses few words to cue a virtual herd on stage. From the subtle nuances of her body language, they change directions, divide into groups and then rejoin her her, seemingly able to divine her thoughts thoughts. Cavalia’s unique theatrical setting (the audience sits only on one side of the stage) allows it to showcase a host of equestrian arts in novel ways - from vaulting to dressage to Roman riding. Some of the show’s particularly innovative acts originated during brainstorming when Cavalia was being developed, and are today among its signature images and remain as popular as ever with audiences. What do you get when you combine an acrobat atop a giant spherical ball with a curious loose horse on stage? An unforgettable performance that’s never performed quite the same way twice. Experience Cavalia under the White Big Top at Olympic Village, 299 W. 1st Avenue, in Vancouver. Prices vary according to seat category and day, and Cavalia offers a variety of ticket options for adults and children. Both the Rendez-Vous package and the Horse Lover tickets offer premium seats and a visit to Cavalia’s onsite stables after the show. For ticket information call 1-866-999-8111 or visit www. cavalia.net. Follow Cavalia’s latest developments at www.twitter. com/cavalia or www.facebook.com/cavalia.
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Dear Editor… Hi Nancy: I will now be reading Saddle Up from Eastern Ontario. Thank God it’s on line. I’d hate to miss out on what’s going on in BC. You have a great Magazine and I’m going to get all the horsey people here hooked… lol. - Cheers, Pam Hall (Greenvalley, Ont.) Near Cornwall
Dear Editor: We feel it necessary to have published a follow-up to the letter published in the February issue of Saddle Up magazine. The letter to the Editor, written by Kevan Garecki of H4 Services, regarding horse transportation needs some amendment. We, as respectful members of the horse community, offering a service to the industry, feel it is very important that such publications are based on fact. The facts surrounding the event in question
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are as follows. Three well-known and respected commercial haulers were hired to ship twelve horses to a quarantine facility prior to shipping overseas. This trip was preplanned, taking into account the possibility of delays due to weather conditions. The haulers overnighted the previous evening at a resort close to the pickup location. The horses were picked up on time and the haulers were commended for both their punctuality and cleanliness of their equipment. These horses had been through the quarantine process and inspected by a Federal Vet ready for shipping overseas. They were to remain on the trailers for the duration of the trip until they reached their destination. Enroute, as so often happens during the winter months, it began to snow. There was a 2 hour delay near Revelstoke due to avalanche control. Upon reaching
Golden, BC, the highway had been closed due to high avalanche hazard. The haulers discussed taking the alternative route, realizing that this would make them exceed their maximum allowable driving time in a 24 hour period, as set out by the department of transportation, putting them in breach of transportation laws. There were many other Commercial trucks parked in the area that evening, all faced with the same dilemma. They contacted the Client to discuss their options and were told to remain in Golden until the route was declared safe, then to continue on to the destination, using the alternative route if necessary. At no time were the horses left unattended except for meal breaks. After the required 8 hour break, they took the alternative route. As standard procedure during transport, all horses were fed and watered at 3-4 hour intervals for the duration of the trip.
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Dear Editor, contâ€™d On the insistence of the Client, due to the fact they had been quarantined, all horses remained on the trailer and at no time did those hours exceed what is lawfully acceptable. The horses were on board for a 28 hour period. The following morning, they continued to the destination, where they arrived on time, in excellent condition ready to continue the journey to their overseas destination. This report has been written collectively by the haulers themselves and is a true account of the trip taken. Fine reputations are hard-earned and should not be compromised through the publication of comments made by individuals unaware of the actual circumstances. - Sincerely, Carolyn Langley, Hooves 'n' Hounds Horse Transport, on behalf of Tanya Balmes, Eastwind Stables and Glen Dubois of G and H Horse Transport.
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Dear Nancy: I can't stop thinking about the article I read in the Dec '10 issue of Saddle Up (My Horse, My Choice?). The writer expresses exactly the same concerns that I currently have. I too, had a dentist technician that would attend my horse's teeth without the need for sedatives or power tools. The horses were all happy and healthy after the visits. The horsemanship techniques used always treated my horses with respect. Both they and I were happy with the work done. Now, I would like to have that technician come back. Said technician has records for the work done on my horses and knew the quirks of each of them. Now my only alternative is to find a vet to do the work. I don't have a problem with any of the vets that I have used for medical and routine health needs for my horses, dogs and cats, but most vets admit they
have very limited knowledge about horse dentistry. They use sedatives. They use power tools. I am not comfortable with having any of them attend to the teeth of my horses. The outcome? I wait, hoping for something to change so that the trained and very knowledgeable technician can come back. MY choice for MY horses? Not anymore. - Sincerely, Anna-Maria Robinson, Oliver, BC
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Mane Event Red Deer is Fast Approaching! The Mane Event is pleased to announce the line-up for clinicians at the upcoming expo in Red Deer, Alberta on April 29 – May 1, 2011
resenting Greg Best, winner of an Individual and a Team Silver medal at the 1988 Olympics and 14 Grand Prix events. Greg rode the Greg Best famous grey, Gem Twist to numerous victories in the USA and international venue. Greg will be conducting his first Canadian clinic at the Mane Event, as he currently resides in New Zealand and has been the National Show jumping coach for the national Olympic team. This role included coaching the team at the Athens Olympics where NZ had their best ever performance. Over the past several years Greg has presented clinics throughout the
Warmblood stallion, Calecto, swept four Grand Prix classes at the USEF Festival of Champions, winning the Selection Trial. She has been named to the USET Developing List, the USET Grand Prix List and short listed for the US Olympic Equestrian Team. Also presenting is Mark Sheridan. A University of Findlay, Ohio graduate, Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Studies. Mark has over 28 years experience producing winning all around show horses. He has trained and coached four AQHYA Reserve World champions in both the English and Western divisions; judged the AQHA World Show 4 times, the AQHYA World show 2 times and the All American Quarter Horse Congress 4 times, as well as numerous shows in Australia, Europe, Japan and the Canadian National in Red Deer, AB (4 times). Mark is a member of AQHA, NSBA, NRHA, APHA, PCQHA and the Arizona QH Association. He has
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recently produced a three DVD series on Perfect Lead Changes. A new element for the Red Deer expo will be Barrel Racing presented by Marlene McRae. Barrel Racing World
Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist and World Class Horsewoman, Marlene won her first World Championship in 1983 and from there to her tenth National Finals Rodeo qualification in 2000. Her list of accomplishments include: 2 time Olympic Gold Medal winner at Calgary Winter Olympics (1988); 4 time Reserve World Champion; 2 time National Finals Rodeo Champion; 3 time Reserve National Finals Rodeo Champion; 2 time Arena record, and fastest time at National Finals Rodeo. She has also qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 10 times and was the champion at the Calgary Stampede 5 times. Rounding out the list of clinicians will be Stacy Westfall for Reining and Horsemanship; Dana Bright for Driving; Jonathan Field; Robyn Hood; Dana Hokana for Horsemanship and the wellknown Alberta horse trainer, Josh Nichol. This year’s Trainers Challenge will feature a recent clinician from the Chilliwack 2010 expo and former WEG Reining Champion Aaron Ralston; another Alberta trainer Shawn Seabrook, Canada's First Josh Lyons Accredited Trainer; and the son of the five-time Trainers Challenge winner Doug Mills, Kade Mills - and it is shaping up to be a great challenge of these trainers’ skills. As always the Mane Event will feature western Canada’s largest equine trade fair. A complete list of vendors will be available on the website very shortly. If you would like to have the opportunity to ride with these clinicians please contact the Mane Event at email@example.com or call (250) 578-7518. For more information, including hours and ticket information visit www.maneeventexpo.com
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HCBC Equine Education Conference a Hit! Over 270 of BC’s equine enthusiasts came together at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre January 22-23 for the 1st Annual Equine Education Conference, presented by Horse Council BC. Attendees, exhibitors and presenters took advantage of this weekend packed full of education, networking and socializing.
riday was a day of travel for most and those not wanting to brave the open highway alone signed up for the HCBC Conference bus. One bus departed from Prince George and the other from the Tsawwassen ferry terminal both destined for Kelowna. Thank-you to both bus monitors for entertaining our attendees making the trip a pleasant memory for all. Attendees slowly trickled in throughout the day to register and attend the Hospitality Reception, hosted by HCBC’s Recreation Division. At the reception attendees had the opportunity to network and socialize with other like-minded equine enthusiasts. Saturday morning attendees were greeted with hot beverages and breakfast pastries and then the Conference got underway with keynote speaker Dr. Hilary Clayton of Michigan, USA. Dr. Clayton, a highly regarded veterinarian, researcher and author, gave a very impressive presentation on the “Biomechanics of
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the Equine Gait,” drawing in the largest crowd of all the sessions. Also running concurrently was a colourful presentation by the Okanagan chapter of the Back Country Horsemen Deb Fox and Darcy Feth of BC on “Camping with Your Horse.” Followed by Kim McCarrel of the Oregon Equestrian Trails organization who shared some strategies that have made their organization so successful at creating equestrian trails and horse camps in Oregon since 1970. The last recreation session of the morning was by a panel consisting of Connie Falk of Barriere, BC, Rose Schroeder of the Yarrow chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of BC and Kim McCarrel. Their presentation used case studies to illustrate the process of planning a “Trails Project,” finding volunteers and funding to bring the project to completion. The Recreation & Trails sessions were well attended and judging from the evaluations was both educational and entertaining. After lunch attendees were able to select 1 out of 2 sessions offered. Dr. Paton’s informative presentation on “What Your Vet Wants You to Know” or Shelley Henshaw advising on “Equine Legal Issues.” Both sessions were well attended with standing room only left for the late comers. For those attendees interested in recreation the BC Equestrian Trails Roundtable was open to auditors as well as invited participants. Betty Baxter, a professional facilitator from Roberts Creek, guided the participants through a discussion aimed at improving communications between equestrian volunteer groups and land managers as well as other trail planning organizations. There were representatives in attendance from BC Parks, Recreation Sites & Trails BC, Regional Districts, the Private Forest Landowners and Trails BC, as well as equestrian trail users from Back Country Horsemen, the Endurance Riders, the BC Competitive Trail Riders and regional groups. After a brief coffee break attendees had the choice of spending the remainder of Saturday afternoon with fitness HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
HCBC Conference, cont’d expert Isabelle Aube as she educated people on “Equestrian Athlete Conditioning & Rehabilitation” or listening to Mike King of Capri Insurance sharing his wealth of knowledge on “Equine Insurance Coverage.” The Welcome Reception on Saturday night entertained over 180 attendees! The evening opened with Horse Council BC President, Orville Smith followed by warm regards from the Minister of Agriculture, Honourable Ben Stewart. The podium was then handed over to Darcy Feth from Investors Group to present the “Investors Group Volunteer Sport Administrator Award.” The recipient of this year’s award was Deborah Fox of Ladysmith, BC. This award, sponsored by the Coaching Association of Canada and Investors Group, recognizes the contribution to community sport programs made by a dedicated volunteer. After the formalities were over, attendees mingled while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine or beer creating a lively atmosphere in the exhibitor hall. Thank-you to the following businesses for donating door prizes: Cavalia, The Innovative Horsekeeper, Horse Sense Herbs Ltd., Pacific & Prairie Horse Journal, Greenhawk Harness & Equestrian Supply – Kelowna, Panorama Veterinary Services and Capri Insurance. On Sunday morning attendees met back in the Conference Centre to choose their final session of the weekend. The remaining three sessions to choose from included Judy Wardrope sharing her no nonsense expertise on “Improving Your Eye for Functional Conformation,” Juli Holloway delivered her presentation on “How to Make Your Website Stand Out” and Livestock Handling Specialist, Jennifer Woods presented tips on “No Stress Horse Hauling.” At noon on Sunday the 1st annual Equine Education Conference came to a close. As the attendees exited the conference centre to make their way back home here’s what they had to say about the 2011 Equine Education Conference... “Informative, fun, educational and a great holiday” “Well organized Conference, Thank-you!” “Highly qualified speakers with interesting topics”
Horse Council BC would like to take this opportunity to thank all the attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and volunteers that were instrumental in making this first-time event a tremendous success. Your support is greatly appreciated! See you all next year at the 2012 Equine Education Conference. For the complete report on the BC Equestrian Trails Roundtable go to the Recreation News webpage at www.hcbc.ca
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Equine Canada / Horse Council BC By Ruth Donald, Recreation Coordinator RECREATION & INDUSTRY GRANTS
n last month’s issue I told you about a few of the projects that last year’s “RIG” fund helped to finance. In addition to the Back Country Horsemen Okanagan Chapter’s Larch Hills corrals, the Sooke Saddle Club’s Trail Rider’s Rest Area, the community riding arena footing in Powell River, the Slocan Valley Outriders’ stall panels, and the Manning Park Horse Camp (now known as the “Headwaters Corral Equestrian Campsite”) that I described last month, there were several other projects undertaken by Horse Council BC’s member clubs that made good use of the RIG dollars that came back to BC from last year’s Equine Canada membership fees. The Bouchie Lake Gymkhana Club, with the support of the Quesnel and District Riding Club, the Quesnel Pony Club, the Bouchie Lake Recreation Commission, and the Cariboo Regional
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Bouchie Lake warm-up arena waiting for spring. Photo by Jessika Smith.
District, used their grant to help fund a new Warm-Up and Dressage Arena at the Bouchie Lake equestrian facility. The warm-up arena was completed at the end of October 2010 and is already in use, although the grand opening will take place this spring. According to Elizebeth Montgomery of Bouchie Lake, “It looks wonderful!! It’s the new pride of the Bouchie Lake facility.” In the small island community of Sointula north of Vancouver Island, the
Sointula Riding Club received a grant to help them purchase panels for a round pen, and to build bleachers for spectators. The round pen panels will do double duty as safe holding pens when required. The weather last fall was
New bleachers at Sointula being put to good use. Photo by Serena Lansdowne.
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EC / HCBC, cont’d too wet to allow them to spruce up the facility with new paint, but that will be a priority as soon as the dry weather arrives. Those of you who attended the Equine Education Conference in Kelowna in January may have attended Jennifer Woods’ informative presentation Sunday morning on horse hauling safety. The 2010 RIG fund helped make it possible for Horse Council BC to bring Jennifer to Kelowna for that very worthwhile seminar. Members of the Cowhorse Sport Division of the North Vancouver Island Horse Association will be wielding hammers this spring to build new cattle pens adjacent to the community riding arena in the Comox Valley Fair Grounds. The pens will provide a more secure environment for cattle that are used for cattle sorting and penning events, and should be finished and ready for use by the end of April. Another project that has yet to be completed is the restoration and improvement of the facilities at the ride campsite and trail network on the Coutlee Plateau near Merritt. Known as “Rainbow Trails” after the annual “Ride
Rainbow Ride Camp in Merritt. Photo by June Melhuish.
over the Rainbow” endurance event, the site was created and is maintained by the Endurance Riders Association of BC with support from the Nicola Valley ATV Club and the Back Country Horsemen. The RIG fund contribution will be able to pay for the construction of a water line to the campsite. Horse Council BC member clubs will be advised by early April about how to apply for this year’s grants. Those of us who aren’t able to contribute volunteer time to such worthwhile projects can still help by making a contribution to the BC Equestrian Trails Fund! For more information or to contribute to the BC Equestrian Trails Fund visit the Horse Council BC website at www.hcbc. ca or contact Ruth Donald at recreation@ hcbc.ca.
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There is a very cool shortcut that works to help you call up a desired physical or emotional way of being on demand - any time, any place - no matter how you really feel. It's called a trigger. Triggers can be something you say to yourself or something you do. You pair the word or action with the feeling associated with what you want. In order for a trigger to work, you must condition it (practice it) and you must get into the feeling. Once you have conditioned the trigger, no matter how you really feel emotionally (or how you are really sitting on your horse), you can get right into what you want to feel or do in an instant. One of the reasons that triggers work is that your mind, body, and emotions are all completely intertwined. If you connect a word or an action with a feeling often enough, all you have to do is think the word, or do the action, and the other two parts of the mind/body/emotion triangle snap-to automatically! So, here's how you could use a word/phrase trigger in the example of feeling like a pretzel, above. Let's say you want to get into the “eyes up, shoulders back, heels down” posture before you enter the show arena. All you have to do is find a word or phrase that evokes the feeling of confidence inherent in that position (“Okay, Barb. You're ready. Let's go!”). Then pair that phrase with the feeling of intense focus and with the actual position. Practice that combination until just thinking those words seems to put you into that physical position and a feeling of readiness. Or let's say, for whatever reason, you get very anxious at any time before or during a ride. You could pair the trigger of touching your index finger to your thumb with listening to relaxing music, breathing, and visualizing a great ride. If you practice, soon the hand gesture can be used any time you get anxious. Using this technique, you can immediately lower your heart rate and brain wave activity - and certainly get into a more relaxed state. You will ride close to the version of your visualization. Enjoy experimenting. This is one strategy that is easy to do and powerful. Barbra Schulte is a personal performance coach for all riders, a cutting horse trainer, author, speaker, and clinician. Visit her blog and sign up to receive her FREE monthly email newsletter, “News From Barbra.” You will also receive the high-performance secrets of great riders, inspiration, cutting strategies, news, and much more. In addition, you will also receive via email Barbra’s special FREE report: “Five of the Most Important Skills of Riding.” Go to www.BarbraSchulte.com.
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How to Get the Lean Out Of Your Performance Horse By Dana Hokana
Many of your training and showing problems actually stem from undiagnosed lean in your horse. For your horse to be balanced, exhibit self-carriage and move with flow and cadence, he needs to be guiding between your reins and not leaning in any direction.
ean may seem vague or too elusive to figure out or not that important, but I can’t tell you enough how important it is to “get the lean out” in order to have a greatmoving, responsive horse. So many times people bring me horses with cheating problems or movement problems and we fi x it quickly by figuring out that they are just leaning; we correct it and they feel like they have a new horse! Let’s talk about what lean is, how to diagnose lean in your horse and how to correct it.
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What is Lean? Lean happens as a result of your horse drifting with his body in one way or another. He may be leaning with his whole body or just a part of his body such as his shoulders or his hindquarters. He may also be leaning on his front end and out of balance or heavy on his forehand, or he may be leaning forward with too much forward motion. To summarize, he may be leaning or drifting side to side, with his whole body or one part of it, or he may be moving out of balance, leaning on his front end or leaning forward with too much forward motion; he may also be sucking back or leaning back, not wanting to go forward. How to Diagnose Lean A horse moving out of balance almost always has lean. A horse that you are fighting to keep on a track or in a straight line always has lean. One easy tip for diagnosing lean is to walk, trot or lope on a circle. Decide the perimeter of your circle. Mentally draw that circle on the ground, or, if it is easier for you, go ahead and draw it out on the ground with chalk or paint. Then ride your horse on that circle. As you are riding, take note of what he is doing. Are you fighting or begging to keep him tracking on the circle or is he comfortable staying where you put him? If your circle changes shape or he drifts to the outside or cuts to the inside, he is leaning. Sometimes a horse is fine at the walk or the trot, but when you step up to the lope you find the lean, or he may be good one direction but not the other. You can also set up four cones in a square. See if he can stay on a straight line. Next, see if your horse is leaning on his front end. Simply say, “Whoa,” and stop your horse. How did that feel? Was he heavy in your hands? Did it feel like he pulled you forward, almost out of your seat? When you pulled him to a stop did he take another step or two forward out of the stop? If so, he is probably moving with too much body weight on his front end, which is another form of lean. A horse should stop balanced and soft and feel light in your hands, not throw you up over his neck. Even better, he should break or give slightly in his hindquarters as he stops with his weight distributed over his hindquarters. Is he leaning forward pushing to go faster? If your horse speeds up or accelerates when you drop off his face or release contact with his mouth, he has forward lean. If your horse makes this decision to speed up without you driving or legging him forward, he has lean.
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How to Get the Lean Out, cont’d The Fix If your horse leans by drifting in or out of your circle, or on or off of a straight line, you’ve taken the first step to correcting this by becoming aware that there is a problem. Don’t allow it any longer. If needed, get a ground person to point out what they see or to reinforce what you feel. The line drawn on the ground or the use of cones helps to make it really clear. It is a little more complicated when they throw just a hip out or lean a shoulder, but whatever or however they are leaning, correction starts by becoming aware, and then stopping the lean by pushing them back on their track. Correct sharply and firmly, if needed. Remember, a broke responsive horse stays between your legs and bridle reins. Watch your cues - are you allowing the lean? Take your reins and bump him back over onto the track if he is drifting to the outside or inside. If he is leaning on your leg you may need to move him over off your leg and do some leg yield exercises to reinforce his responsiveness to your leg cue. If you are riding one handed in the bridle neck reining exercises will keep him between the reins. Set up cones and practice guiding him in a course around the arena - change the course often so he doesn’t think ahead of you. If he refuses to turn or guide, sharply pull him to the new direction until he will turn with only slight pressure. Insist on your horse being light and responsive. (If you need more detail in these exercises, it is in my videos.) If he is on his front end, practice your stop. Once more, be aware of where his body weight is when he stops. Check your own body weight as you cue him to stop. This not only signals to your horse what is coming, it also puts your body weight into your hands giving him too sharp of a cue. This teaches him to dread your pull. Simply hold your seat in the saddle and draw your reins back to pull your horse to a stop. If your horse stops on his front end, back him up and try the stop again. If it feels like he is dragging his feet, there is more proof that his weight is on his front end. Back him up and get after him a bit to stand up and carry himself. Another good exercise is to stop him, back a step or two and roll him back over his haunches, then trot him out of that stop and roll him back again. Do this until he stops balanced and soft in your hands; set a new standard for yourself and don’t allow him to go back to old habits. If your horse wants to charge forward, a ride is always a lot more enjoyable if you feel in control. If you’re driving your horse, you’re not holding him back arguing and begging him to stay where you put him. If he refuses to stay at the speed that you left him at, start by evaluating his energy. Does he need lunging or is he getting too hot from his feed? Try to make sure he is mentally ready to work. Next evaluate your cues. Are you using too much leg or spur, gassing him off ? Every horse is an individual and requires different pressure. Get to know your horse and his own HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
needs. When you have ruled out too much energy or too much leg and you feel he’s just being disobedient then, when he charges off, stop him but don’t slam him in the ground, back him then roll him back and try again. I often stop a chargy horse by doing another exercise such as a leg yield or taking his face to one side or another before I lope him off again. This will relax him and also remind him that I have control of his body and it is ok - he can relax in the workout. Good luck with this and remember that it takes a long time and much patience to develop your horse into an enjoyable, responsive horse that says yes to you. Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry, training Western Pleasure Circuit Champions and Futurity Winners as well as achieving top 10 placings at the AQHA Congress and AQHA World Championship Show. Dana’s video series, the Winning Strides Series, is designed to educate horse owners and riders from the basics to competing at high levels in the show arena. (See her listing in Business Services under Trainers/Coaches.)
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The Power of Why By Chris Irwin Photos by Jerome Scullino
Why do horse trainers write articles for magazines? Is it truly because of a sincere desire to be of service by sharing insights and information about horsemanship gleaned over many years or a lifetime? Or, do we write columns from the ego simply because we want our opinions to be heard? Or do we write because it is a marketing opportunity and a business tool for self- promotion?
onestly? At best, the answer would be a healthy balance of all of the above. A sincere desire to be of service, balanced with a legitimate opportunity for self-promotion, both conveyed at the risk of how the ego comes across in terms of intent. Another question: Why is it that in my columns I so often get philosophical or ideological about the nature of horse people and the horse industry, instead of offering practical training tips? The language of horses is a physical language of movement. Therefore, training horses first and foremost involves being in motion with them - a dance of two bodies working through resistance to come together as One. So, if there is a learning tool that best lends itself to enhancing horsemanship it would need to be, at the very least, video tutorials that demonstrate the moving language, not words on a page with still pictures. It is my belief that, at best, a successful written message is one that spurs the reader into self-analysis, selfawareness and hopefully into a mindset that is open to the potential for change.
Such classic books as Tom Dorrance’s, True Unity, or Ray Hunt’s, Think Harmony with Horses, are down-to-earth philosophical and psychological texts written without a single practical training tip. Why? Horsemanship is not, as many have been misled to believe, an exercise in partnership. Horsemanship is an exercise in leadership. And a leader is someone who first and foremost manages himself/ herself in order to better influence and be of service to others. As Ray and Tom both said, “You’re not working on your horse, you’re working on yourself.” So, true horsemanship does not begin with the mechanics of how to perform a specific exercise or maneuver with a horse. The essence of horsemanship begins with WHY we want what we want from our horses in the first place. Why? The best advice about horsemanship that I can offer with mere words on a page is this: remember to ask not what your horse can do for you, but what you can do for your horse. Our horses read our behaviour like a book. And when we approach horses
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assuming that we are going to be a trainer to control, break, or school a horse into giving us what we want, then the horses are naturally obligated to resist us. Wouldn’t you, if you were a horse and someone was in your face, arbitrarily trying to convince you that you should allow him/her control over you? article continued on page 22
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The Power of Why, cont’d On the other hand, if we approach our horses with an empathetic and ethical mandate to truly be of service to them by adapting our behaviour and training methods in order to give our horses what they need from us, then they can clearly perceive the difference in our behaviour. If we approach horses to take what we want, they give us the resistance we deserve. However, if we approach horses to give them what they need, they give themselves to us unconditionally, with willing cooperation. And what do horses need from us? They need from us what many of us would like to see and hear from ourselves, and each other. They need us to have a calm, focused assurance. They need us to be both strong and compassionate. Horses need us to be consistently, consciously aware. In short, horses need us to be our best selves. What a horse does NOT need
is for someone to be jerking on his/her head on the end of the rope, essentially slapping the horse in the face, using force to establish dominance. So my focus for this column is simply to ask a few essential questions. Why do you do the things the way you do with your horses? What is the message you are sending to your horse with your training and behaviour? Does your horse see you as just a command and control authority who wants to play games with them for your own recreation and entertainment, or does your horse genuinely see you as the shepherd that is sincerely looking out for his/her well being? In closing, I look forward to sharing over the coming months, as best I can with written words and pictures, what I have learned over a lifetime as the essential distinctions in training methods that convey the difference between those
Chris demonstrating how to bend a horse at the girth to cause bend and flexion throughout the entire body, neck and head of his mare Tsunami, as he “asks” her to willingly bring her head to him, rather than use his hand to assume to pull her head to him.
who demand what their horse can do for them and those who demonstrate what they can do for their horse.
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Training for Courage - Tying, Part 2
By Paul Dufresne
The last article on tying depicted getting the horse to feel good, yields in all directions, ground tying, then progression to actual preparation with a flexible tie on a large post. You could also do a similar progression on a good tie rail suspended from preferably a little higher than the chest but no higher than the wither.
So-She brings stressor of bag of tin cans
ike the tie post, it is even better if it is a smooth pipe or post. For a post I like about 8 inches; for a tie rail I like 3-4 inches, very well secured or larger (preferably steel). A horse pulling back not only has all of its weight but can almost double it with pulling power. If they break loose tied to a rail or post the results could be catastrophic. If I am using a rail, I use a full wrap of the lead line and leave it loose, so if the horse pulls it will resist but slide slowly off allowing the horse to back away (losing leverage) but also losing fear of not being able to get further away from it. A longer line is always a good idea in teaching to tie as it will allow you to get a hold of it further away from the rail or post so you donâ€™t break it as the horse pulls, as it may catch you by surprise. Remember if you are still in doubt you should go back to doing the yields and ground-tying. When it comes to tying on or in a trailer, you need a proper set-up to teach tying at the trailer. The horse should never be tied inside the trailer until it knows how to tie safely outside the trailer. The horse should also not be tied in the trailer until it knows how to load safely and calmly in the trailer and understands the responsibility to wait. Trailer loading is another topic in itself. If the trailer has 24 â€˘ Saddle Up â€˘ March 2011
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a post or bar at the back that I can do a single wrap on, I would practice like I did at the post. The trailer is usually a stressor so it is a tougher challenge than just at a post. A high-line type of tie is a natural progression to actually tying a horse and leaving it (but still keeping an eye on it). It is best hanging from above and I love the one on a big tree branch because if a horse leans on them they will bend somewhat and the horse will find it difficult to stay braced - similar to a sliding single wrap on a post that can move if the horse really braces, but then fi xes once the horse quits leaning heavily. Another of my favourite methods of preparing horses to yield to forward pressure on a line is to pony them with another good riding horse. I use a good western saddle with a very stable and calm horse. I use a longer line that I put a single wrap around the saddle horn. I have my riding horse first back up pulling the training horse and then from the side on a circle making it harder for them to plant and resist. Horses are also inclined to follow another horse so this is a great way to help them understand giving to pressure. Bombproofing the horse to all phases of tying (yields, ground-tie, true ties,
Eros tied single wrap steel rail
trailer ties) is not understood unless you have taught the horse to understand that no harm will come to it and it does not need to panic and run away while being tied. Any commotion we add to the exercise should never be directed at the horse but around it (directing it at the horse is the last phase that is very valuable in working horses i.e. police horse or stock horse). If we stare at the horse and add energy to the experience with a scary prop we are setting up the horse for failure. Get a friend to make a noise at a distance. If your horse gets worried, calm it (quite easy to do with endotapping) then continue with the stressor (bag of HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Training for Courage, cont’d tin cans, banging whip, tarp, bat, other horses riding by, busting balloons, be creative). Remember that as you build this up you need to be ready to give the horse some space to move away from the stressor. Using a sliding single wrap allows Bala tied outside trailer with dragging pool stressor Bala single wrap outside trailer with tarp you to give the horse space stressor if it feels overly threatened. at tying. Keeping a knife Once it backs off and realizes handy or having a quick it hasn’t died, you can ask the horse to come forward again to a shorter line while release lead line could be useful if your horse was ever to get hung up because you never having truly released the horse. Once the horse understands the basic misjudged how ready they were. Horses that can’t tie safely are also the horses that premise of tying, you should leave the will run through your reins when faced horse tied while going a bit further away with a strong stressor. Good tying skills every time, but be prepared to go help the will improve your horse’s riding. You horse immediately if it can’t cope with it. should also remember that the last thing If you do all of the stages above you will you do before stopping is the behaviour Bala endotapping; regaining relaxed seldom see horses really panic. I always emotional state you are rewarding so watch what you make sure the horse understands to stand reward. Good preparation! there and to stay…and I will be back. Tying is the horse’s responsibility to wait for me patiently until I come back. The tying process can always be facilitated with the help of company from another horse that understand tying responsibility. Hobbling is also another progression of tying, but also implies we need to prepare proper yields to pressure on the legs…another topic in itself but very related. When in doubt as to whether your horse is really ready to tie, you can always over-prepare! You can never be too good
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Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Kelowna, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship, Classical Arts, Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses, but more importantly how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. The horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they affect each other.
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Salvation vs. Rescue - The “Pros” and the “Joes” By Kevan Garecki
For a number of reasons, this series has been a difficult one for me to produce. Mostly because horses are such a pivotal part of my life and I am so passionate about their well being and welfare, but being immersed in rescue and rehab has brought such incalculable rewards!
here have been elating successes, crushing failures, mysterious maladies and challenges I had never dreamt of; but throughout all of this one quiet voice has remained constant, “It’s all about the horse.” I sometimes take that maxim to the extreme, but I reckon to enjoy the full flavour of life, one must take big bites! I’ve preached about my own doctrines and tenets long enough, I’d like to share views from those I’ve experienced outside of my own efforts, and offer some insight into what they do that sets them apart from the rest. It is my hope that the “Joes” out there, those who would take in a needy horse on their own, might take a lesson from the “Pros” in how best to help. While there are a host of private rescue farms around, I tend to favour those who have made the effort to register as a charitable foundation or society, or have at least the longevity of service that comes from sound management practices. This
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tells me they’re serious about the work they do, and they’re good at it. The ones who have weathered the storms have developed proven techniques for dealing with most situations, from how to approach feeding severely malnourished horses to the host of husbandry needs neglected horses will come with. Offering salvation to any animal comes with a price; that being the responsibility to see the task through to any likely end. This is no small undertaking, as the decision process can be as arduous as the actual rehabilitation! Rescue the ones who offer potential or, in other words, emulate “survival of the fittest.” Doing so not only increases the likelihood of successful salvation, but enhances the overall market for horses; something we should all consider. Many of us have a preconceived notion about what the “meat man” is like: hard-nosed, callous and uncaring, and probably with blood dripping from his fangs. Such is, of course, not the case. Those who buy horses to be shipped for meat are business people; they must have the ability to assess markets, make a profit and conduct their businesses soundly and honestly. I know of a meat buyer who frequents the sales and auctions and seizes many opportunities to purchase sound horses with resale potential. As it’s not uncommon for registered horses to sell far below the threshold at which meat buyers can turn a profit, this fellow does buy horses such as this, then ardently works towards re-homing the ones who may offer useful service to a new home or owner. The buyer still tries to turn a profit, but the manner in which he approaches this venture assures a somewhat less bleak future for at least some of the horses he deals with. I do not favour the slaughter of horses for meat production, but this is a fact of life in our economy and not likely to change anytime soon. I believe that this particular fellow deserves a tip of the hat for his efforts! Many registered rescue societies focus on specific markets or venues. Greener Pastures and New Stride have mandates to provide care for and re-home ex-athletes who have ended their track careers. Their programs have been developed to ensure OTT (off the track) horses can find good homes, as opposed to entering the meat market or a life of neglect. They cannot take in every horse, so they choose those who are the most adoptable, or possess qualities that set them aside from the competition. Pipsqueak Paddocks is uniquely equipped to deal expressly with minis, while others such as Circle F and J&M will look at a wider range of horses. All must take the same approach to assessment HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Salvation vs. Rescue, cont’d however; the horses must be adoptable. We can take a lesson from their stewardship; in being selective about who they take in, these societies ensure their own survival, meaning they’ll likely be around to help the next horse in need. This also helps improve the overall market of available horses, by offering those with saleable or marketable skills and abilities. This is not to say there is profit in rehabilitating horses, as there is not; the rewards are more ethereal and sometimes difficult to discern. The enterprise of salvation should be undertaken with the same vigilance and care as one would any business venture; we must have a plan, a market focus and an exit strategy for each client. There is no pot of gold handy for each horse that walks through the gate, so offer salvation to those whose future can be measured in some realistic fashion. I'd like to leave you with a quote: “We are This is why we keep on doing what responsible forever for that which we tame.” French we do aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote that in his novella, The Little Prince, back in 1943. Things haven’t changed all that much since then. When we take any animal into our care, we must be willing and able to assume complete responsibility for that life. In domestication most animals are no longer able to satisfy their own needs, so they become utterly dependant on us to meet them. This is not a decision that should be undertaken lightly, or without considerable forethought. Don’t bring the animal in unless you are wholly prepared to accept the responsibility for their holistic care. Embarking on any act of salvation should be considered with no less conviction than one would devote to a marriage, because this is in effect exactly what we are doing; joining with a living soul, and possibly doing so for the rest of their natural life.
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Kevan Garecki has invested much of his life in communicating with horses on their own terms. His photography is an example of this devotion, as is the care with which he conducts his own transport business. With extensive experience in rescue and rehabilitation, Kevan is active with the SPCA and equine-oriented charities. He was recently chosen to teach the Certified Livestock Transporter program in BC. (See his listing in Business Services under Transport/Hauling.)
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Equine Canada Update By Julie Cull, Photos by Betty Cooper Eventing Recipients of 2010 Athlete Development Scholarships The Canadian Eventing Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Canadian Eventing Athlete Development Scholarships: Joelle Baskerville of Calgary, AB, Katherine Martineau of Brossard, QC, and Shannon Thompson of Surrey, BC. Designed to recognize and encourage Canadian riders in the pursuit of international competition, this year’s program offered scholarships of $1,000 to each of these three outstanding athletes. 2010 Junior Equestrian of the Year
Due to their outstanding accomplishments in 2010, Equine Canada is proud to name all the members of 2010 World Equestrian Games Canadian Eventing Team as the 2010 Equestrian of the Year. The Canadian Eventing Team was comprised of Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch of Summerland, BC; Selena O’Hanlon of Elgin, ON; Hawley Bennett-Awad of Langley, BC; Rebecca Howard of Salmon Arm, BC; Jessica Phoenix of Uxbridge, ON and Kyle Carter of Calgary, AB. Canadian Photographer Wins 2010 Susan Jane Anstey Media Award
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Equine Canada has named Ben Asselin, 16, of Calgary, AB, the 2010 Junior Equestrian of the Year. The Gillian Wilson Award is given annually to the Junior Equestrian of the Year in recognition of a junior competitor who has made outstanding contributions to equestrian competition and who has exemplified exceptional talent, sportsmanship, and dedication to the sport. Asselin demonstrates excellent examples of each of these qualities. 2010 Equestrian of the Year
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Cealy Tetley of St-Lazare, QC, has been named as the recipient of the 2010 Susan Jane Anstey Media Award. Created in memory of Susan Jane Anstey and in recognition of her invaluable contributions to Canadian equine interests, Equine Canada presents the Susan Jane Anstey Media Award to an exceptional individual who has delivered outstanding media coverage, which served to enhance the image of Canadian equine interests to the Canadian public. Junior Reining Division Now Included The Canadian Reining Committee (CRC) is pleased to announce that the 2011 edition of the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, presented by Gotham North, will include a Junior Division in addition to Young Riders for the discipline of reining. The two reining divisions, Junior (open to riders aged 14 to 18) and Young Rider (riders ages 16-21), will compete for top team and individual honours on July 27–31, 2011 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
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Spruce Meadows – Number One! By Melodie Lamarche
In keeping with Spruce Meadows’ support of high pruce Meadows is extremely proud to announce that the North American Riders Group (NARG) has recognized performance sport, the Spruce Meadows Organizing Committee Spruce Meadows as Top Tournament in the sport of show is able to confirm 13 additional FEI Rolex World Ranking jumping for 2010. competitions for 2011for a total of 40 FEI Rolex World Ranking NARG consists of the sports’ top riders, trainers, coaches, events over 4 weeks of jumping at the Summer Series in June and owners and business interests representing Canada, Mexico July. and the United States. A number of criteria are considered in assessing all of the tournaments, including footing in the rings, For a complete tournament schedule visit prize money, stabling, attendance course designs, technical www.sprucemeadows.com. aspects and media coverage. Representing Spruce Meadows for the awards at Wellington, Buying or Selling in the Annapolis Valley / Florida were President and Chief Executive Officer, Linda Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia: Southern-Heathcott and Ian Allison, Senior Vice-President, Lorie Farley Media. “Spruce Meadows is very proud and honoured to have REALTOR® DND -IRP Approved been ranked the number one venue in North America. It goes Relocation Professional without saying that a lot of work and effort goes into putting on For Sale competitions and at Spruce Meadows we are constantly asking Horse Properties…City Comfort “How can we do this better for our athletes, our sponsors, for Country Style…Cottage Living our fans and the media?” said Spruce Meadows’ President Linda Royal LePage Atlantic Greenwood & Kingston, NS Southern-Heathcott. “This recognition could not have been LorieFarley@royallepage.ca achieved without the generosity and encouragement of our Cell: 902-824-4813 • Toll Free: 1-877-765-7770 Lorie sponsoring companies, the enthusiasm of our volunteers and the www.LorieFarleyRealEstate.com • www.NovaScotiaCountryHomes.com spirit and knowledge of our fans. Thank you to everyone who has helped the Spruce Meadows Team over the past 35 years; you too are being recognized.” Southern-Heathcott continued. NARG noted that of the 1300 North American tournaments eligible for consideration, there is no other venue that supports high performance sport in North America to the same degree as Spruce Meadows. Spruce Meadows’ tournaments not only focus on providing a high standard to all but through the generous support of sponsors (/23% 2%"%, 8 also provides the athletes from around the globe the ability to obtain valuable world or 0 Down, NEW (ORSE from $255 per month OAC ranking points for the Rolex World Ranking or 0 Down, $164 per month OAC computer list.
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Training My Mule By Crys White, Submitted by Alberta Donkey and Mule Club The following is a story from one our members, Crys White, about her adventures in training her Mammoth Donkey “Victoria,” OR as Crys stated, Victoria training Crys!
Crys and Victoria at their first show. I had no idea of what the judge was looking for but we got a ribbon. I’d say Victoria looks skeptical of the ‘’little monster.’
ictoria came into my life in January of 2006 as a four year old Mammoth Jenny from Windy Ridge Donkey Farm in Leslieville, AB. I am not a rider. I am over 60 years of age. I have a back problem. At the time, I was looking for a quiet, older horse to pack me around on the beautiful trails around Tumbler Ridge, BC, so I could ride out with my husband. Our friend Hank was given two Miniature Donkeys and asked me to Google Donkeys and get some information about their care. Well, the more I read, the more intrigued I became. I found the Windy Ridge website and phoned the Sewells to make an
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appointment to see their Donkeys. We arrived at the farm and were immediately surrounded by these long-eared equines. It was Donkey heaven, and love at first sight. Victoria stood a little back from the rest, but caught my eye because she was timid and her colouring was unusual. She was the only one for me, and I have never looked back! I bought her and returned home to make arrangements to have her brought up in March. When we started to drive home, my husband said, “Why did you pick HER?” We have had many, many training adventures. I was ignorant and Victoria was green. Within three months of her arrival, we were evacuated because of a forest fire. The next month Victoria appeared at the Mane Event in Red Deer, AB, and was given some training and her first ride courtesy of trainer Steve Edwards of Arizona. We continued groundwork all summer and I rode her a little, but in August, she bucked me off and I broke three ribs and my wrist. We think that maybe a wasp stung her, as she was in tall grass at the time. At any rate, training for the season was finished.
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Training My Mule, cont’d The next spring I took Victoria to a bomb-proofing clinic. She did well and we came back to Tumbler full of great ideas for training. The problem now, though, was that I was afraid to get on her again. Thanks to the support of my husband and friends, who lead me around the arena, I did get back in the saddle. We met John Lyons in Edmonton at FarmFair, and I told him about Victoria and about my fear of riding. He thought that I was halfway there because I could at least admit I was afraid to get on her! We decided to “go on the road,” and take both the Donkey and our Canadian gelding, Lockstar, to Colorado for the adventure and for the training. It was a dream trip all the way. The animals travelled extremely well and we met many wonderful people at the bed and bale accommodations. John and his wife have a beautiful set-up. We stayed in the guesthouse and the equines had stalls at the training centre. There were about 16 horses and riders from all over the USA, but only one Donkey! Each rider was asked to list three things he/ she was hoping to accomplish with the clinic. Everyone had a training goal. I just wanted to get on and stay on without fear. I told John that Victoria seemed to spook at nearly everything, but especially plastic - including tarps. I had totally covered our paddock rails in tarps for about two months, but Victoria just stayed away from the rail; the horse, on the other hand, played
with the tarps. John demonstrated how to get your animal to “spook in place.” He also demonstrated how to encourage them to walk into water, saying the best way is to pick a wide Our trip to the John Lyons Clinic shows John’s pool so they cannot horse Charlie standing right beside his new jump across. I girlfriend Victoria. wasn’t sure we were ready for that! At any rate, John took Victoria in-hand, and tried to get her to move out. He used all the skills he had that work well with horses, who are flight animals, but do not necessarily work with the longears. Victoria was a lady. She did everything he asked of her, but at a walk! She simply would not trot or even move quickly. She could not be encouraged to “join up” as she is always willing to do just that. What she was not willing to do was trot! I’m sure she just didn’t see the sense in trotting in a circle and not going anywhere. continued on page 32
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Training My Mule, cont’d John finally gave me the best advice I have ever had. Get on, do serpentines, and enjoy her. Try to get her to soften and bend easily. If she is spooked enough to run away, she will, so you must get that neck softened and practice those one-rein stops and bends. Personally, I don’t think John thought Victoria COULD run! So, for four days we did serpentines, figure eights, backed up, walked on and “whoa.” The repetition did boost my confidence though, and I felt I was in a safe environment. We did all of this with Charlie, John’s horse, following along. Charlie was fully tacked every morning and just roamed in the arena waiting for John to whistle him for a demo. Charlie fell in love with Victoria and would not leave her alone. He followed her everywhere and would lick her constantly. John could not get him to stop. I hoped that if we spent enough time with Charlie maybe his training would rub off on Victoria. At any rate, John and his wife enjoyed the Donkey immensely. However, I do not think a Donkey is in John’s future. Back home, we continued with lots of groundwork, and I rode often in the arena. In 2009, The Alberta Donkey and Mule Club brought in horse, mule and donkey trainer, Jerry Tindell, from California, for a series of clinics. We chose to do a private session and worked with Jerry one-on-one for a day. Victoria had decided not to stand at the mounting block and would walk off or move her hips out whenever I tried to mount. One lesson with Jerry had that all under control. Victoria has never moved off since that lesson. I can mount her from anywhere. Mind you, Jerry had a laugh when he asked me to climb to the top rail of the round pen preparing to mount. The first time we did this not so graceful exercise, I managed to perch on the top rail only to have Jerry ask me where my ride was. Victoria was standing on the opposite side of the round pen! We then took her to the bleachers to practice mounting. Jerry said to be careful, that she might try to climb up the bleachers - and that’s exactly what she tried. Did Jerry get her trotting? You bet he did! But the long and the short of it is that the problem doesn’t lay with the Donkey, rather with the rider - me. Victoria now stands calmly while I mount. However, once I let her relax on a loose rein, she heads right back to the mounting block and positions herself so I can dismount! I am sure that if there were an ejector button on the saddle, Victoria would use it. One further example from our day with Jerry: We were moving off down the arena. Jerry said to track to the right. I asked, but Victoria went left. “Which way did you ask her to go?” said Jerry. “Right,” I said. “WELL! Why didn’t she go right?” Hmm. April 2010 and we were back to Alberta for four days with Jerry. The goal was to cross a tarp with me riding the Donkey. We walked many circles in-hand around a tarp, then over the tarp. Finally, on the last day, Jerry said, “Go get a tarp for the Donkey!” Jerry told me I would ride over the tarp. I said, “Not likely!” One of the riders in the clinic rode her for the first time 32 • Saddle Up • March 2011
Crys and Victoria in the deep snow.
over the tarp. She was calm and she was willing. So, up I got, and over we went. What a moment! My husband has it on video. It is a small victory for Victoria, but the boost in confidence for me was astounding. Back home, I rode in some gymkhanas (almost won a barrel race because my competitor was walking “home” and did not hear us creeping up behind), pole bending, flags, etc. We also rode outside of the arena, which took me totally out of my comfort zone. To crown the summer, Victoria and I went on our first solo trail ride. It was magic. I must tell the whole story though. We reached a rather large deadfall across the trail, and rather than take the chance of Victoria jumping it, I turned her around to head back along the trail. There, trying to hide behind a tree, was my husband. He had followed us on foot. Not only that, but friends at the saddle club stayed on site with their cell phones in case I got into trouble. With support like that, and with a trainer like Jerry, I see nothing but success in 2011. We are planning to attend the Jerry Tindell Clinics again this spring. The goal for this year is to learn to ride comfortably with others around us, and to venture out on the trails more often. Who knows? Maybe we can even trot! Thanks Crys for your story! Whether you own a horse, mule or donkey, you don’t want to miss our Jerry Tindell Clinics beginning next month! The dates are: April 25-27, OPEN, geared for young, green or troubled stock; May 2-4, DRIVING; and May 6-8, RIDING. All clinics are at the Lakedell Arena at Westerose, AB. Auditors are welcome at the door. For more information, check out www.albertadonkeyandmule.com or call Marlene at 403-783-5210. See you there! - Marlene Quiring
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Vaquero Richard Caldwell Heads to Quesnel! By Tia Christie
ongbar Ranch and Hidden Lake Ranch have invited Richard Caldwell to BC to present two clinics in Quesnel, BC. “We believe he is an awesome traditional trainer, a Hackamore Horseman, Vaquero and wishes to preserve the bridle-horse traditions. His career has been very successful to say the least. We are very lucky to have him come our way and to get a 2011 date,” Tia tells Saddle Up. Richard Caldwell believes there is a need to preserve and bring back the true Vaquero methods of horsemanship and horse training. Richard spent 30 years buckarooing on ranches. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Alturas, California, and travel the country conducting clinics. He enjoys showing his horses and has an impressive record at National Reined Cow Horse events, The Snaffle Bit Futurity, The Californios Ranch Roping and Stock Horse Contests, and other big loop roping events.
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In the show ring he is always true to his roots - he shows in all his buckaroo gear. In his clinics, Richard takes a rider through all of the essential pieces of traditional Vaquero gear and shares his insights into quality, fit and craftsmanship. Riders can learn at each stage of the bridle horse process, from the hackamore, to the two-rein and finally the bridle. Richard’s impressive show record can be viewed on his webpage, www.vaquerohorseman.com. He has been featured in many local and national magazines and the Western Horseman ran a 3-part series on him in 2010. He has been a guest speaker at many different events, and is one of the featured riders in the Vaquero Project which will be premiering sometime this year. Just this year, Richard was presented with the True West BEST of the WEST READERS’ CHOICE... “Best Vaquero Horse Trainer of 2010.” He will be coming to BC June 30 thru July 6 for Horsemanship and Cattle Work clinics. For more information please contact Tia Christie at 250-992-1229, olyjumpr@goldcity. net
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Okanagan Breeders 3rd Annual Event Moves to May! The Okanagan Breeders Group’s Stallion Showcase & Equine Affair has moved their event date to May 14-15 at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. This is becoming a very popular event in the Interior. A free weekend for all to enjoy… Stallions on display, Trainers demos, Clinicians/Speakers, a used Tack Sale, Trade Show – and returning this year a Saturday evening of pure entertainment for all – did we mention FREE? Check out the website (updated daily) for complete information on the weekend’s events, fees, including Registration Forms. Trade Show Booths contact Nancy Roman at nancyroman@ saddleup.ca. Stallions, Sale Horses and Demos contact Cathie Cross at cathie_ firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited, so book early for maximum advertising benefits on our website www.okbreedersgroup.com
Equine Awareness Day ~ At Ease Horse Care Participant Yvonne Allen from At Ease Horse Care will be hosting an Equine Awareness Day - a non-profit event to help promote
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the horses in our lives. On May 22, 2011 Yvonne will be teaching a small select group of individuals the art of Equine Shiatsu Massage in Langley, B.C. The course will be specific to classroom style learning with hands on experience with the two Mascots of Voice For The Horse; Angel and her little brother Mischief. Participants will also receive a full course manual and DVD on Equine Shiatsu Massage. The event will include a light lunch as well as time to mingle with the horses at leisure. Anyone interested in participating is invited to contact yvonne@ ateasehorsecare.com. Let her know why you would like to learn this very special art of Equine Shiatsu Massage.
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Dinner, dancing, fun and laughter fi lled the Vernon Recreation Centre at the 2nd annual Hoof N’ Hearts Dinner and Dance. Lee Dinwoodie attended the event and surprised everyone by performing a couple of songs with the Rutland City Limits contributing to a fabulous evening. With spring fast approaching the BC Interior Horse Rescue is in the final stages of planning ‘warm weather’ fundraising events. As these events become finalized, we will be posting them on our website www.bcihrs.com as well as other online sites. Look for upcoming rides, tailgate parties and a garage sale or two. Congratulations to Babe, a horse resident at the Hub. Babe has been adopted by a lady that has admired her since she first came to live at the Hub. We would like to welcome our newest resident, Buddy; a 5-year-old gelding with unknown breeding. Our resident herd now consists of Buddy, Chips, Meriaha, Misty and Boots. All of these horses are available for sponsorship or adoption. Our Website is now being maintained by Hyper Media, but we are still looking for a few more volunteers to fill the positions of Membership/Volunteer coordinator, and Event coordinator. If you are interested in any of these positions, please refer to our website for more information.
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Equine Encephalitis or Western Equine Encephalitis within one year of vaccination. The Pfizer Technical Services team will work with the veterinarian to fully investigate and document the event. The program is offered in partnership with veterinarians across Canada. Horse owners should contact their veterinarian for more information. Pfizer hopes
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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan
t’s Festival time again! March 10th to 13th will see us in Kamloops for a long weekend of fun and
entertainment as the 15th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival reflects the 200th anniversary of when the first party of fur traders wandered into the Thompson Valley. Gena LaCoste, well known at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival trade show and art show, was asked to paint the 2011 poster art, and she did a fine job in portraying this historical event. Close to 50 entertainers will be at the Festival this Ed Wahl (right) with some harmony from Alan Moberg, Gail year, some coming from as far Peekeekoot - photo by Donna Smith away as California, Ontario, Montana, Utah, Texas, Arizona, and all over Western Canada. These are some of the top entertainers in the world of Western/Cowboy Music and Cowboy Poetry. The Country 103 Rising Star Showcase will see talented competitors coming from far and wide, too… Fort St John, Montana, Alberta, Cranbrook, Vanderhoof, Grand Forks, and even Texas! These possible future main stage performers are coming to Kamloops on their own dime, too, just for a chance to be heard… and the possibility of taking home some prize money. Things start off Thursday evening with Wylie Gustafson at the South Thompson Inn, Horse Crazy at the Plaza Heritage Hotel, and an on-stage
Ed Peekeekoot as he pauses during dualing banjos. Photo by Donna Smith
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with over 50 booths, the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductions, and workshops and seminars. You know it’ll be a good show when you see Saddle Up magazine on the sponsor list. For more information, see www.bcchs.com. A little taste of things to come was the 11th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert on February 12th, which was another great success with two sold out shows - both of which were spectacular! Bryn Theissen, cowboy poet from Sundre, AB, was the show MC and did an awesome job. There was humour in just about everything that came out of his mouth, at least whatever made it past that big waxed handlebar mustache! Alan Moberg, Ed Peekeekoot, and Ed Wahl were the musicians, with some great harmony from Gail Peekeekoot. They all went over extremely well.
Here’s a little kudo I got from fans Lorrie and Bob: “Hello Mark: We are still pumped after last evening's performance! Kudos to all of you for delivering such a fabulously orchestrated show. The audience was totally engaged and energized by the collective talent that prevailed on stage "topping the charts"! Yes, indeed, the Cariboo came alive in the true spirit of entertainment. Thank you, Mark and your partners for bestowing your heart and soul into the production. Your dedication and hard work clearly shined on stage, casting a special sparkle upon the Cariboo Trail... Happy Trails, Always, Lorrie & Bob.” If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please e-mail Mark at email@example.com and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.
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The February issue’s photo was sent in by Ted Callbeck from Onoway, AB. We had said the background (which was snow and ice) would be a good clue. The metal object is a sleigh brake. To stop the sleigh, the metal pick would be pushed into the snow.
WHAT’S THIS? Readers do you know what this is? Your guess and the correct answer will be printed in the next issue.
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He always sat tall in the saddle tho seven times he busted his back. Which was totally irrelevant seen in the brown eyes of Cowboy Jack. Then he had to swing his good, left leg and not his right to get on his horse. Wasn’t much that ever got to him he was just a true cowboy of course. And the time did finally come ‘round when brought his worn stepladder out. Oh yeah, I was an honest witness just happened to be wanderin’ ‘bout. Thinkin’ to myself, now “Cowboy Jack what in the world are you gonna do? Silly question, cuz I know full well stubborn, contrary, right, I know you!” He swung his left leg over his horse and on up he climbed, sure enuf. Off thru the pasture they rambled Stepladder Cowboy Jack, YUP, he’s tough!
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Brookside Stables Diane & Harry Prinsen 250-803-0190 6621 Okanagan Ave. NE, Salmon Arm, BC
e wanted to build a structure to ease the operation of our boarding, breeding and training facility. We opted for a wood structure which makes for a more solid building and was built as big as wood trusses could be made; the clear span is 72’ x 160’ long. The contractor we hired was Swiss Carpentry (I saw his building ad in Saddle Up). The cost of steel is more expensive and fabric is brighter inside but I question the snow load and the building standing up over time. These thoughts resulted in the ‘wood’ choice. We built 24’ lean-to sides on both sides of the barn to house the stalls, tack room and sawdust storage. The 20 stalls are 12 x 12 with individual automatic heater water bowls on a sand base. The alleyway faces outside with open sides so the horses can see out - they seem very happy already. For footing in the arena we chose a mix of sand from our local Zappone Bros. and added shavings; the mix is working out quite well. AcuTruss Industries provided the trusses and the wood came from Vernon’s Home Building Centre. We went through Country West Supply for the gates for the stall fronts and used RH Electric for all the wiring.
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Ridley’s Arena David & Gaylene Ridley 250-765-3559 4971 Whelan Road, Kelowna, BC
he arena was built for our own use and to accommodate the gals that board their horses with us, and for our friends to ride here. We hired Bryan Schultz Construction and chose a wood structure with an opening on the sides for economic and ventilation reasons. The outside dimensions are 76’ x 184’ and the riding surface is 74’6” x 182’ with a height of 18’. There is also a 130 sq. ft. heated viewing room. We also have jumps available and an outside trail course and covered round pen. Materials consisted of 6 x 8 and 6 x 6 treated posts in concrete; engineered wood trusses; metal roof; metal exterior; shade screen (on sides) and 5”eavestroughs. There are 14’ overhead aluminum doors; 6 x 8 slider doors in wood (horse entry); and the interior has a 64” high, 2” wood kickboard with metal
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cap sides and wood cap ends. For footing we chose 3 and 1/2 inches of silty sand on a clay base. With the right moisture this provides excellent footing for both English and Western riding (recommended by Bryan Schultz and arena experts from Texas). Bryan Schultz provided us with excellent workmanship, a clean building site, and many very helpful ideas and a great building. Majority of materials were purchased from Shepherd’s Hardware. The concrete and footing sand came from Baird Bros Ltd. All panels and gates came from both Purity Feeds and Country West Supply. continued on page 46
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Copper Hills Equestrian Centre Rick and Ann Wallin, 250-819-7597 5504 Rodeo Drive, Cherry Creek, Kamloops, BC
e initially purchased a barn and indoor riding arena because we had a dream of running a fun, relaxed place where horses and riders could come together to enjoy each other. After we lost our barn in a lightning strike, grass fire we had to evaluate whether or not this was still our dream. In September 2009, 3 months after the fire, we broke ground and began to rebuild. This was to be a facility where we could hang out in comfort on cold winter nights, ride in a pleasurable environment and where Rick could paint in peace. After examining many structures on-line and in magazines and consulting with many, many friends and experts about the kind of structure we wanted we designed the barn ourselves and contracted out to local suppliers. This was our way of paying forward the enormous kindness that had been offered to us by the community throughout the ordeal of the fire. We realized we could only afford to rebuild if we did the majority of the construction ourselves. As Rick is a Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter and knows how to work with wood it was a natural decision to build with wood. We also looked at how much fire protection the different structures provided and decided that wood, surprisingly, stood up the longest in a fire; did not melt and collapse like steel or ignite like fabric. We also installed a significant fire protection system coming from our pump house, along side the barn and out into the paddocks. The total structure is 21,500 sq. ft.; with the indoor arena 200’ x 72’ and the barn 72’ x 72’. There are 12 box stalls measuring 12’ x 12’ each. The main construction is wood post and wood trusses. The roof is steel and the siding is painted plywood with 1x4 battens. The center section of the barn is two stories high and measures 72’ long x 24’ wide on each story. The lower level consists of a viewing lounge into the indoor arena, two grooming stalls, one wash rack, two tack rooms, an office, a feed room and a bathroom. The upstairs is open. For arena footing we went with Footings Unlimited (Chris Pack from Thunderbird Show Park). Four inches of local sand was brought in and placed on top of packed down naturally occurring clay. This sand was then mixed with six large 750 pound bales of ground-up tops of Nike running shoes to make a cushiony, water absorbent footing. We chose this footing as it does not dry out quickly so is good in a dry climate with limited water availability and is ideal for doing flat work. From planning to completion – how much did this structure cost in total? Approximately $900,000. This is a privately run facility where all types of horses and riders are welcome. We have boarding options, regular riding clinics and open Community Shows.
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Brunia’s Arena Bert Brunia 604-795-0150 9432 Banford Road, Chilliwack, BC
e built the arena to better serve our breeding and training program. It simply looks solid, clean, light and pleasant. We Cover Structures was able to provide a cost effective free span truss in the width I needed to accommodate an Olympic sized indoor arena and to install a row of box stalls with turnouts down the length of the building. The vinyl roof covering gives a natural interior light and eliminates the need for operating lights during daytime, and creates a pleasant working environment for horses and trainers. The other benefits? A practical, professional looking building at a good price and ongoing energy savings. The building measures 252’ x130’; the arena 200’ x 100’; and there are 17 10’ x 12’ stalls with turn-outs. The roof is white translucent fabric membrane panels attached with aluminum fastening tracks. The siding and trim is made from colored steel. The sidewalls are equipped with retractable curtains for added ventilation. The peak is equipped with a series of hooded vents with adjustable airflow dampers. The water sprinkler system was brought in from Southern Drip. Excavating and footings for the foundation were done by Sam’s Bobcat; and all lumber materials for the arena were provided by Canex Building Supply.
The floor plan inside the structure consists of an Olympic sized indoor ring with a concrete aisle way and a row of box stalls along one side of it. In one end is a mezzanine being built for an elevated viewing platform with room for storage, office and utility rooms (bathrooms and showers) under it. After reviewing different footings, we came to the conclusion that the people at Thunderbird (Footings Unlimited) gave the best solution; and now after some time, I agree with them and am very happy with the result. continued on page 50
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Bruniaâ€™s Arena, contâ€™d From planning to completion â€“ how much did this structure cost in total? The interior facilities are being completed in phases as required. And a lot of work was done to build up the yard and a road around the facility. Investment on the We Cover Structures facility at this point is likely about $25.00 sq. ft. At this time the facility is for private use but we are looking for a trainer who would like to rent it out for long periods of time. We raise and breed Thoroughbred crosses and Friesians and have some offspring for sale. You will find Snowbound
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