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From the Editor… Features Cavalia Comes to Vancouver


Mane Event Clinician Line-up


HCBC Equine Education Conference


Personal Performance


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


Cowboy Poetry


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!


Business Services


Stallions & Breeders


On The Market (Photo ads)


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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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Bareback Riding Photo credit: Pascal Ratthé

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.


Dear Editor, cont’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.


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

Tina Konyot and Calecto

US, Hawaii, Asia, South Pacific, Europe, and South America. Tina Konyot will be presenting Dressage clinics. Tina rode in the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games as the USA’s Number One dressage rider. Tina and her big, black Danish 10 • Saddle Up • March 2011

Marlene McRae

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 riders@maneeventexpo.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”

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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.


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.


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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Young horses coming willingly to Chris with their body language demonstrating how they see him as a leader who is a force to be reckoned with but nothing to be afraid of.

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.

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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 don’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 • Saddle Up • March 2011

So-She again with stressor closer, different directions

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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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.

This is how we keep on doing it.

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

Jan Stephens - 2010 Equine Canada Volunteer of the Year

(l to r) Sarah Runnalls of BFL Canada; Jan Stephens; and Michael Gallagher.

Stephens, a native of Oakbank, MB has been a member of Equine Canada since 1974. She has been a volunteer, an owner and an official, and in every role, she has demonstrated her love of the sport, her passion for the welfare of the horse and her commitment to excellence. 2010 Equine Canada Sponsor of the Year is Masterfeeds Equine Canada president, Michael Gallagher and Ben Asselin. Michael Gallagher and Cealy Tetley.

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

Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch; Michael Gallagher; and Hawley Bennett-Awad.

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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.

Michael Gallagher and Jackie VandenBrink.

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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 (ORSEfrom $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


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_ cross@telus.net. 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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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

Bryn Theissen, the show MC - photo by Jerry Stainer

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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 msprings@bcinternet.net and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

Last Issue’s What’s This?

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.

What’s your guess? This month’s photo was taken in our kitchen. The object is cast iron, about 13 inches long and 6 inches wide.

E-mail Mark at msprings@bcinternet.net and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please.

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Cowboy Poetry Robins and Roses

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There is some guy babbling on my radio, telling me what the weather is going to be. He’s been calling for snow, about three weeks, but the sky looks clear to me. The Fair Weather Arch spreads across the valley, the Chinook Wind is blowing strong. Water running off the roof and down the driveway, the Robin, sings her springtime song. She arrived here, just three weeks ago, a little early I suppose. But Moms that pass away in January, return as a Robin or a Rose!

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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Brookside Stables is in South Canoe (Shuswap), located close to South Canoe trails and from there can ride to the Larch Hills Ski area with even more trails. We offer breeding, mare care options, training and lessons. We also have large paddocks with shelters available to our boarders. Our number is 250-803-0190.

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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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Brunia’s Arena, cont’d From planning to completion – 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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Gaited Meadows Ranch Stacey & Bruce Phinnemore, Skimikin/Turtle Valley, Chase, BC www.gaitedmeadows.com


uilding this arena was a dream project for us, for the breeding and training of our gaited Rocky Mountain and Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses. It gives us the ability to expand our natural horsemanship program and to work yearround with our young stock. We are near completion! All good things in stages, fall saw the leveling of the base material throughout the barn/arena. This spring will see the kick walls and final footing and finishing touches completed. We chose natural products; post and beam with cedar siding for physical warmth and visual appeal of a large building. We incorporated a 6’ ventilation strip all the way around – which can be covered with environmentally friendly mesh. And there is felt under the roof to prevent condensation. The contractor for our project was Dave Kennedy Construction. Lumber supplies were from Shepherd’s Hardware; with the cedar siding provided by Cedar Solutions (Lakeside Timber). Trusses were from Norberg Truss and the cement came from Associated Ready Mix. The ability to tie-in the barn access road with the existing main drive and the creation of turn-out paddocks adjacent to the arena has greatly enhanced the flow of horses, people and vehicles. The building measures 60’ x 200’ and includes a 60’ x 150’ riding arena with an attached 60’ x 50’ barn, housing 5 large box stalls, 7 tie stalls with automatic waterers, a tack room, feed/ storage area and a 16’ drive through opening from barn to arena. For footing, fortunately we were able to utilize quality local material for both base and footing.

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Gaited Meadows, cont’d

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Pony Breeders of Canada Excitement is Building! By Diana Macdonald


ue to the overwhelming response to Pony Breeders of Ontario by Canadian pony enthusiasts outside of Ontario, PBO Founder Diana Macdonald decided to offer the same co-op services to Canadian pony enthusiasts under the name Pony Breeders of Canada. Since the official launch in spring of 2010, excitement has been building. While current membership is small, it is strong and enthusiastic. Exciting programs like the Pony Participation Program for pleasure and show riders and drivers, and open competition programs, reward and recognize breeders and enthusiasts. In recent months, Pony Breeders of Canada has been in contact with and is working with individuals in Alberta and British Columbia who are organizing pony shows. Donna O’Neil of Marsh Haven

Farm (www.marshhavenfarm.com) is in the midst of planning a series of Sport Pony shows under the name Star Quest. Star Quest will be run similar to the Star Search series that has been successful in Ontario. More details will be available shortly on the Pony Breeders of Canada website (www. PonyBreedersOfCanada.weebly.com). A pony breeder and enthusiast located in BC is still in the planning stages of a pony show in that province. Details as they become available are posted on the PBC website and on the PBC Facebook Group. Pony Breeders of Ontario is currently running an Online Stallion Service Auction Fundraiser (www.PonyBreedersOfCanada. com) for promotion and advertising of Ontario-bred ponies. PBO has generously agreed to allocate funds raised from stallions standing outside of Ontario to PBC promotional and advertising efforts.

PBC is also just about ready to launch an exciting competition that allows ponies from across the country to compete against each other without the necessity of trailering long distances. Stay tuned for more details on the ALL CANADIAN CONTEST. PBC is looking forward to working with pony enthusiasts in all provinces in their pony efforts. If you are planning a pony event, please contact PBC to have it listed on the website. Pony Breeders of Canada is dedicated to promoting the breeding, recognition and sales of top quality Canadianbred ponies for sport, breeding and pleasure. For more information, visit our website (www.PonyBreedersOfCanada. weebly.com) or contact us via email at: PonyBreedersOfCanada@hotmail.com

Signal-Health to Give Horse Clubs a Financial Leg Up By Barbara Socha


oungsters, teens and adults who love horses are getting a special leg up, thanks to the generosity of SignalHealth LLC, a distributor of EquiwinnerTM patches. Barbara Socha, President of SignalHealth has announced her firm’s introduction of a rebate program aimed to help riding clubs 54 • Saddle Up • March 2011

and other groups fund their initiatives or defray expenses. “Riding clubs, horse rescue associations, therapeutic riding organizations and other non-profit groups are the backbone of the equestrian community and our industry,” Ms. Socha said. “They deserve our support for the tremendous services and benefits they provide.” The Equiwinner “Club Support” Program is easy to participate in and free to join. Interested clubs and organizations register on the company’s website: www.signal-health. com. Whenever a member or supporter clicks on their registered organization to order Equiwinner patches, $10 per box of patches will be set aside and a rebate check will be issued every calendar quarter. “From teaching personal responsibility to youngsters, to providing a safe and healthy environment for teenagers to learn new skills and make friends, just being around horses is a wholesome pastime for kids and adults. Signal-Health wants to ensure it’s accessible to all by supporting these groups.” The Equiwinner patch is a non-invasive,

natural electrolyte balancing system. Developed in the United Kingdom, its Smart Cell SignalTM restores normal cell metabolism by communicating directly with the cells in the horse’s body. Equiwinner treats the cause, not the symptoms, of conditions such as bleeding, tying up, non-sweating and headshaking, to optimize a horse’s overall health and performance. One 10-day treatment costs less than continuously treating symptoms and the results can last for up to one full year. Equiwinner contains only naturally balanced electrolytes. There are no chemicals or drugs being released into the body, so it will never test positive in any competitive sport. “Everyone wins with Equiwinner,” says Ms. Socha. “The horses benefit from better overall health and the clubs that support them benefit from an infusion of much-needed cash.” Signal-Health LLC and Signal-Health Canada Inc. are distributors of the Equiwinner patch in the United States and Canada, respectively. Equiwinner is manufactured by Therapina Ltd UK. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BC Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group By Ulli Dargel Photos by John Dargel


C Sporthorse-Sportpony Breeders Group held their fourth annual yearend award presentation, February 6, 2011, at the Shannon Hall in Cloverdale. A popular feature was the silent auction, which featured many beautiful donated items. Monies raised by this auction will be used to obtain prizes for our upcoming shows. Chairing the meeting was Shelley Fraser who welcomed old and new members. The show committee of Mary Kierans, Ulli Dargel and Shelley Fraser felt that, despite the downturn in the economy, we were still able to give back to our competitors in the form of great prizes. At our Fall Classic, it was our privilege to have had Julie Winkel, well-known columnist for the Practical Horsemen’s magazine “Conformation Clinic,” as one of our judges. A big thank you goes to Teresa Longsworth who

organized another stallion showcase, which featured 7 stallions. Consensus was that this was our best yet. The presentation of a carrot bouquet after each stallion’s demonstration was a surprise to the rider and well received. We had 11 entries in our Four Year and Over Pony In-Hand Division, and in our Performance Divisions the Canadian Horse Division grew from 3 to 5 entries. Thank you. The year ended with a snowy and funfi lled social at the Fraser Downs Racetrack. Planned events for 2011 are Bowling (March 11, 2011) and Handlers Clinic (April 10, 2011). Our 2011 show season is ready to go. Our shows, which will be held at the Agriplex in Cloverdale, BC, are Horse Council BCrecognized shows, BC Heritage Circuit and PAC (Paint Alternative Competition) qualifiers and are open to registered and nonregistered horses and ponies. Dates

Joy Richardson, Windsong Kathrine Gilker, on behalf of Bert Brunia, Paisley Stars IN-HAND HALTER WINNERS Open Mare Champion FLOR-Y-NATA (Florian x Maxine’s Chalenge) Owner: Gunnfarms Open Mare Reserve INITIATE (Ocean Trick x Shant Dance) Owner: Erin Croutch Prospective To Be A Broodmare Champion PAISLEY’S ALL THAT JAZZ (Snowbound Paisley) Owner: Paisley Stars Prospective To Be A Broodmare Reserve PAISLEY’S SONATA (Snowbound Paisley) Owner: Paisley Stars Yearling Filly Champion WI DANCE AGAIN (Westporte x Tiwa’s Kat Dancer) Owner: Shelley Fraser Yearling Filly Reserve PAISLEY’S SONATA (Snowbound Paisley) Owner: Paisley Stars Two Year Old Filly Champion BELLAMARA (x Peameal) Owner: Janice Burns Two Year Old Filly Reserve PAISLEY’S ALL THAT JAZZ (Snowbound Paisley) Owner: Paisley Stars

Jan Blackhall, Derby Reach Farm

Three Year Old Filly Champion SNOWBOUND ROWENA (Snowbound Paisley x Alex) Owner: Derby Reach Farm Four Year And Over Mare Champion FLOR-Y-NATA (Florian x Maxine’s Chalenge) Owner: Gunnfarms Four Year and Over Mare Reserve INITIATE (Ocean Trick x Shant Dance) Owner: Erin Croutch Yearling Colt/Gelding Champion WATSON DL (Westporte x Diamond Lucille) Owner: Donna Smith & Tanya Perry Yearling Colt/Gelding Reserve PAISLEY’S HIGHLITE (Snowbound Paisley) Owner: Paisley Stars Two Year Old Colt/Gelding Champion LEVI (Zeus x The Green Witch) Owner: Janice Burns Two Year Old Colt/Gelding Reserve FINEST FEATURE (Fi’s Tuxedo x Utopia) Owner: Monika Currier Three Year Old Colt/Gelding Champion CAVELLO (Capone I x Verry Cherry) Owner: Derby Reach Farm


and judges have been confirmed. Our Summer Show will take place June 18 and 19, 2011, with judge Lewis McKim, and the Fall Classic will be held September 23-25, 2011, with judges Mike Osinski from Lacy, Washington and Patrick Newby from Abbotsford. Shelley Fraser thanked everyone for coming and presented John (who also celebrated his birthday) and Ulli Dargel with two embroidered director’s chairs for all their dedication and work throughout the year. We were pleased to present our Performance Champions with beautiful navy blue embroidered jackets- we were told they would be worn with great pride. Congratulations to all our Snowbound Paisley offspring. Check our website www.bcsporthorses.com for photos and latest information.

Betty Baxter

Three Year Old Colt/Gelding Reserve WINCHESTER (Westporte x Diamond Lucille) Owner: Donna Smith & Tanya Perry Four Year Old Colt/Gelding Champion NAUTICAL KAT (Snowbound Paisley x Jacksonport Serina) Owner: Derby Reach Farm Four Year Old Colt/Gelding Reserve WINDSONG (Westporte x Gentry’s Echo) Owner: Joy Richardson Coloured Horse In-Hand Champion LEVI (Zeus x The Green Witch) Owner: Janice Burns Coloured Horse In-Hand Reserve WI DANCE AGAIN (Westporte x Tiwa’s Kat Dancer) Owner: Shelley Fraser Thoroughbred In-Hand Champion SNOWBOUND ROWENA (Snowbound Paisley x Alex) Owner: Derby Reach Farm Thoroughbred In-Hand Reserve NAUTICAL KAT (Snowbound Paisley x Jacksonport Serina) Owner: Derby Reach Farm PERFORMANCE WINNERS Youth 13 Years and Under Champion LAVENDER HILL’S LIADEN (Bien Mallin’s Rory O’Sullivan x Lavender Hill) Rider: Allissa Tubbs

Karen Ahlgren, on behalf of Janice Burns Junior 14 to 18 Years Champion ACE A DIAMONDS (Cedar Creek Diamond Jewel x Angilica) Rider: Krista Pfaff Amateur Rider Champion CHERRY CREEK TONNERRE MONTY (Franchere Diable Tonnerre x Granboro Nava Hemma) Rider: Betty Baxter Amateur Rider Reserve CALO HEROS JOLIE (Bienvenue Lou Heros x M.D. Eno White) Rider: Andrée Stow Junior Horse Champion WINDSONG (Westporte x Gentry’s Echo) Owner: Joy Richardson Junior Horse Reserve FLOR-Y-NATA (Florian x Maxine’s Chalenge) Owner: Gunnfarms The Canadian Horse Champion CHERRY CREEK TONNERRE MONTY (Franchere Diable Tonnerre x Granboro Nava Hemma) Rider: Betty Baxter The Canadian Horse Reserve CALO HEROS JOLIE (Bienvenue Lou Heros x M.D. Eno White) Rider: Andrée Stow

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Cory’s Quest – Weigh in #3 By Cory Anthony


s most would agree the holidays can prove to be a bit of a hurdle for any weight loss plan. I am happy to share however that February has me back on track and beginning the home stretch for Rock Creek. As promised Feb 15th marks the third weigh in for the Road to Rock Creek. I am confident to confess that I was able to give the weigh scale a chance at survival this month as it confessed "you are now 236 lbs with a total of 42 lbs less of me to fight against gravity. As you can see from the picture we are well under saddle and continue our winter training in preparation for Rock Creek. I need to give my wife (Brandi) a whole hearted thank you for your time and patience. I promise I will never argue about horses or tell you how to ride again. (You have no idea what an idiot I must have sounded like.) The custom Sensation Saddle made by Nickers Saddlery has given me a major amount of confidence and comfort and noooo chapping. Along with the Sensation I have chosen the Bitless Bridle that "Sexy Rexy" is responding to very well, which allows him to eat and drink without distraction. The studded Easy Boots continue to be worth their weight in gold. I imagine the next step is getting fitted for tights. See yah in March! Special thanks to: Brandi Anthony (Training Partner and loving wife); Dana "Big Sis" at Nickers Saddlery (custom tack and equine

One thing I forgot that the roads are slick… I have no worry I have the studded boots that stick. First I weigh in after my protein mix… HOLY *&^%*#! I am two thirty six.

nutritional consultation); Elroy Karius at Kel Kar Enterprises (5 dollar per pound pledge WOWZERS!); Saddle Up magazine (monthly follow and support); and Mark Makwich of "Hoof Hearted" (bare foot hoof care). P.S. Prize package #3 is an envelope... not just any envelope; it's what’s in the envelope that's a special surprise! More details at www. erabc.com or www.erabcevents.com.

Okanagan Cadora Group Update By Lynne Arbuthnot


wo or more agents working together to produce a result not obtainable by any of the agents independently” - This is Wikipedia’s definition of the word SYNERGY. And, in my opinion a great way to describe the ultimate “connection” we try to achieve as riders. Being connected also helps us create synergy as a group and with this in mind OCG conducted an informal survey last November. Over 50% of members responded. For example 54% of respondents participated in Schooling or Test Practice Shows, while 77% entered Bronze or Gold Level shows. 17% actually competed away from home and 14% did not show at all. An amazing 94% plan to show in 2011 with only 6% deciding to opt out. One interesting revelation was that many people are quite interested in non-mounted and/or auditing opportunities as well as social and informal outings such as trail rides. Loud and clear was the fact that DQ Camp was sorely missed in 2010, as such Carol Ross is diligently working on details and CAMP is officially scheduled to be held at the Kelowna Riding Club on June 7-8-9. For Camp contact Carol at: dcross@mybcdc.ca. Coaches be sure to inform your students (ages 21 and under), OCG has added $100 to the Young Rider Fund and is offering a $365 Young Rider High Point Award this year. Please contact Suzanne Wallace for 56 • Saddle Up • March 2011

details, suwallace@shaw.ca. If you are considering showing or just want to open the door to more dressage opportunities please consider joining our group. The fee is a mere $15 for the year; benefits include “being connected” through regular news letters. You may direct all inquiries to: okanagancadora@ gmail.com


Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2011 President -June Melhuish jjmrider@hughes.net VP - Ruth Moorby Tmoorby@hotmail.com Secretaryy - Lori Bewza loribewza@gmail.com Treasurer - Lynn Wallden wallden6484@shaw.ca Directors: Louise Abbott louiseabbott@telus.net Madeline Bateman fonzie828@xplornet.ca Brenna Mayer enduranceprincess@hotmail.com Elaine Bessuille e_bessuille@telus.net Terre O’Brennan tobytrot@telus.net Karen Ellis Karenellis3@shaw.ca Cory Anthony cwanthony@shaw.ca Brenda Miskimmin mcpennytoo@telus.net


Shari and Rebel.


ast month we shared the history of Shari McFarlane's 10,000 competition miles of endurance. The story continues here, with her evaluations and expectations for the miles ahead. Shari's favourite ride is tough to pick, but the XP multiday at Bryce Canyon, Utah - a technical ride through the red rock and timbers - comes to her mind first, then the 2 day Pink Flamingo Ride in Idaho. Close behind are our BC rides at Merritt, Rock Creek, and Maple Ridge. The easiest - and best - aspect of endurance for Shari is plain old riding spending time with her horse, especially when they get along so well (at least, she and Rebel do!). Any endurance book will tell you the most important thing to learn is to rate your horse and ride your own ride according HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

to your horse’s ability. Beyond that, Shari finds that one of the most important skills for endurance riders must be organization determining what equipment and supplies she will need for situations and conditions she and her horses may come up against away from home, both on and off the trail, and knowing where one has packed them. After 25 years, she still uses lists and observes other riders for improvements. Shari is careful for her horses and very aware of the dangerous unknowns that can hurt a horse, inside and/or out - her main goal is to guard against these as best one can. Her horses are her pets and her family, and she does not want to injure them. The toughest aspects of endurance for Shari have been: - finding good farriers; a well balanced, flat landing hoof is key to soundness and longevity with the long distance horse; - dealing with “scratches”; always a problem on multiday rides, and further complicated by AERC drug-free rules, which have made many previously-used topical treatments unavailable for use; - determining if/when her horse might need treatment – a tough one for all riders! Is this the time to go back to the vet, or will the symptoms or conditions resolve themselves in a half hour? Shari enjoys that the sport is always changing, developing, and challenging the ways to best care for its horses – how to sort through the information and experiences and evaluate whether her own practices should change, and how to best introduce those changes. “There's no one guru out there. You have to figure out what works for you and each different horse. One needs to use intellect, objectivity, common sense and your gut feeling.” Shari is enjoying her 50 mile rides these days, loves multiday formats, and doesn't see one-day 100s figuring largely in her future. One of her future goals if she makes a Top 10 finish is to win High Vet Score… the ultimate reward for doing right by your horse! She also hopes to discover new rides to travel to and will maybe start heading south more often in the wet winter months of coastal BC. She resolves to have an honest look at her own fitness and conditioning, and continue being the best rider she can be to support her horses' efforts. Shari is riding for her horses - her

priority is their care, their health, and their happiness on the trail. It didn't take 10,000 miles for that goal to take the forefront, and it won't change as she keeps covering miles. Maybe that makes a real winner in endurance riding. By the time this article reaches you, most of BC's riders will be able to say goodbye to the worst of winter, and start back out on the trails again - finally! New this year, ERABC will be bringing Christoph Schork of Global Endurance Training Centre, Utah, to the Peachland Riding Centre for a two day endurance clinic on April 22 & 24. Check the website Events page at www.erabc.com for clinic information and registration. One month later, on Sunday, May 22, the Rock Creek Romp on the banks of the Kettle River in Rock Creek will offer the first event of the year with 12 / 25 / 50 mile levels - this ride just gets better every year.

Cory Anthony, our member who is trying to lose 75 pounds by the Rock Creek Ride (and win it!) as a fundraiser. Good luck Cory!

This event will also be the finish line for “Cory's 75 Pound Challenge!” Will former crew Cory Anthony reach his weight loss goal of 75 pounds, AND learn to ride well enough to finish at the front of the 50 Mile Ride??!! Show your support on the online pledge form, and be eligible for amazing prizes as well. Of course, details on the website!

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“Blue” and I are one of a kind together. We have ve a close bond that only man and horse would know n ow of. I love feeling the way I do when I am with h her, h er, and I love it even more when I am on her back. ac ck. k. Blue and I are a great team and always work ork k hard no matter what we do, and we will always wa ayss keep it that way. Not only do we share the same am me heart, we share the same dream, someday to to ride off into the sunset with a container of hot ho ot chocolate and a saddle bag full of treats. Love you Blue! - Blue, 6 yr old Blue Roan Quarter Horse, owned ed Cherie, by C by h eri he rie i e, e, 13 13 yrs yr s old, ol d, ol d, of of Clearwater, Cl ea Cl earw rwat rw a er at e , BC. B . BC

Ju st wo n you r f ir Ju st bo u g ht yo st ri bbon? u Do you r fi r st ho g ive yo u r hor se r se? k i s ses? - Kaylee, K yl Ka y ee ee,, age ag g e 11, 11, Clearwater, C ea Cle Cl ea rw wat ater ter er, BC, BC, and and her h er he Appaloosa horse “Cherokee” Send in your photo with a caption (no more than 40 words). Include your first name, age, city/province. Photos will be printed on a space availability basis. Email to nancyroman@saddleup.ca Put in the subject line “KIDS”

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From the Cuttin’ Pen By Bonnie Meints


he Interior Cutting Horse Association wrapped up another successful year with their Annual General Meeting and Awards Dinner this past November at the Ramada Inn, Kamloops. At the Annual General Meeting the membership reviewed its year and elected the 2011 Executive: Grant Beyer, President Kevin Bennett, Vice-President & Treasurer Bonnie Meints, Secretary Directors: Abby MacNeish, Jim Rhodes, Eric LaChappelle, Jean Fothergill, Wendy Garrard and Denise Alexis. The theme for our Awards Dinner was “Celebrating our Heritage.” Lifetime members and alumni were invited to an evening of reminiscing over photos, newsletters and scorecards. Stories and songs of the early days of the Interior Cutting Horse Association were shared and enjoyed by all in attendance. Our first Director’s meeting was held in January and we are set for another exciting year of cutting. The beautiful MacKenzie Meadows arena in Pritchard will host our first show of the season on March 26-27. We look forward to another pen of challenging cattle

supplied by Joe Heemskerk of Westwold. We hope see all our old friends in the cutting pen this year and look forward to meeting new cutters. If you would like more information about the ICHA or to view a complete list of confirmed show dates, please visit www.ichacutting.com. New this year, on the recommendation of one of our members, the ICHA in conjunction with Doug and Laurie Haughton of Knutsford’s Southlands Ranch in support of the Canadian Cancer Society, are excited to present the Cut For The Cure, Mother’s Day 2011. All day money will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. If you are interested in making a pledge, visit our website and follow the Cut For The Cure links or pledge forms will be available on the day of the show. Come out and show your support of this very worthy cause. We are working on a fundraising raffle for a pair of custom made chaps by Don Loewen of Merritt. If you are at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival stop by Don’s booth and take a look at his craftsmanship. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Longhorn Rope Creations booth.

Class Champions 2010.

We would like to thank our returning sponsors for 2011: Bryan Schultz Construction, Dr. David & Rebecca Ciriani, Doug & Laurie Haughton, Southlands Ranch, C&J Erectors, Campbell Garrard and new this year Wendy Garrard Performance Horses. More information about sponsorship is available on our website. Well, that about wraps up the ICHA news to date… see you in the cutting pen.

Oliver Riding Club By Kathy Malmberg


e are still waiting as of this writing for some decent riding weather. If you aren't blessed with an indoor riding ring, the winter is starting to get awfully long. Our executive and events planners have been hard at it - we have an amazing line up of things to come including a Barrel Racing Demo, a Reining Demo, Driving (minis and other), Ball Play, Western and English lessons from outside instructors as well as all of our regular activities. Janice Goodman is busy lining up another clinician for a weekend - any suggestions are always welcomed. I am also looking forward to Ken MacRae's "Spring Tune-Up." Luke and I are both in need of it! We are hoping to get the Precision Riding going again this year. This is a lot of fun, but does take commitment from the members. So please consider joining us for practice. Janice (our amazing instructor) is hoping to have 2 groups this year - beginners and advanced - each group to ride every other week. We will just have to cover Janice's mileage from OK Falls. We attended the WOW Trade Show in Oliver February 19, sharing a table with the Back Country Horsemen and D Bar K Ranch (more on that next month). Dana Johnsen of Nickers Saddlery in Penticton is coming to us HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

in March to demonstrate and talk to us about her treeless saddles and about hoof boots. We are really looking forward to that. Club members got together at the pub on February 22 for our first "Quiz NIght" - a competition among the members to test our knowledge (or lack of!) of horses and related subjects. I will let you know next month how it all went. I hope everyone remembered to renew their membership before the end of February to take advantage of the discount. New memberships will still receive the discount of course. Keep in mind that as a member, you can receive discounts at All 'Round Outfitters in Oliver; Diamond H Tack in Kelowna; and, new this year, Nickers Saddlery in Penticton. Just show your membership card when shopping. Members also have use of the arena and round pen at D Bar K Ranch in Oliver Wednesday evenings and on Sundays. Please give Debbie (250-498-4326) or Margie (250-498-4579) a call for more information. We had some exciting news recently - our application for funding from Horse Council was approved for funds to buy new (legal) jump cups for our jumps. Hopefully, next month I will have some current action photos for this article. www.saddleup.ca • 59

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Michele Gould Photos by Pam Lemaire


n January, the AERC finished off 2010 by holding its annual potluck and awards banquet at the Odd Fellows Hall. Attendees were treated to a wonderful meal as each participant brought in a culinary delight to share and a fun time was had by all. Awards were presented as follows: Volunteer Certificate (1100 hrs.) Carolyn Farris: Ashley Hilbrander: Barrels, Sr. Western, Sr. Gymkhana, Sr. Overall Rebecca Hilbrander: All Around Participating Citizenship Adam Lemaire: Jr. D Participation Melanie Lemaire: Jr. Volunteer, Trail, Jr. Western, Jr. Overall, Most Improved Jr. Pam Lemaire: Volunteer Certificate (100 hrs.) Ursula McHugh: Sr. English, All Around Participating Member Sportsmanship Jr., Jr. Gymkhana Charity Scrase: Tia Scrase: Grooming, Jr. English Gabriella Sladkova: Sr. Volunteer Katie Thielman: Jr. D Participation Jr. D Participation Stephanie Ullrich:

The Club wishes to thank all our sponsors for their generosity over the past year. Sponsors play an important role in the success of the AERC and we are very grateful for this support. This year, a sponsorship program is being introduced to ensure a new visibility to those community minded merchants and individuals who make a donation. 2011 is shaping up to be a big year for the Club as we focus on increasing our membership in new and exciting ways. Membership in this club is an inexpensive way to do the horsey things we all like to do with people who share this interest. What have you got to lose? A heartfelt thanks to outgoing executives and directors for all their hard work and efforts on behalf of the Club and a big welcome to the new 2011 roster: President: Rebecca Hilbrander Vice President: Ashley Hilbrander

Secretary: Ursula McHugh Treasurer: Marie Vanderwilk Directors: Liesa Smith Donna Holland Paula Scrase Gabriella Sladkova Michele Gould Our riding season Our Junior Winners kicks off with two winter rides at the Agriplex: March 6 and March 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fun days are scheduled for April 17, May 1, June 5, July 24 and September 25. A hot dog sale, clinics and trail rides are currently being planned and all will be available shortly on our website www. Winner and Secretary Ursula armstrongenderbyridingclub. McHugh org or you can call Rebecca 250-546-0052 or Michele 250546-8977. And finally, we are looking for VOLUNTEERS. What better way to meet people, maybe learn something, have fun and make a contribution to your community? Don’t let a lack of experience hold you back (I haven’t). If you like hanging out with big hairy creatures that snort and fart but don’t share your last name, then you need to sign up!

Vernon District Riding Club By Judy Olson


he Vernon District Riding Club has ambitious plans for 2011. While not yet confirmed, the Club is hopeful that 20 permanent stalls will be ready for this show season and plans are ‘ahoof’ to amend and improve the Jumper ring footing. A Trailering Clinic with Rob Reimer from TNT Truck & Trailer Service Centre kicks off the season. Rob will discuss trucks, trailers and hitches; this will be followed in the Clubhouse with a review of weight limits, brakes, insurance and more. This Clinic is FREE to all VDRC members and available to non members for $10.00. There are two BC Heritage shows for 2011 with lots of great English and Western classes. The Spring Show is on Sunday, April 17th and the Annual Open Show is on Aug 6-7, 2011. The Hunter/Jumper Bronze Show runs June 4-5 with a new prize list and two days of competition for both Hunters and Jumpers. Warm up rounds start at noon on Friday, and go to 6:00 pm. Donna Hammer from Calgary, AB is coming to design the courses, the Hunter Judge is Chelsea McNeill from Langley, BC and the Jumper Judge is TBA. The Saturday afternoon Hunter Derby will be accompanied by a Hospitality Reception open to all. The Bronze/Gold Dressage Show is July 9-10 with Sheila Skene from Victoria, BC and Karen Ashbee from Calgary, AB judging 60 • Saddle Up • March 2011

this year. Practice tests will be offered on Friday the 8th, judge TBA. Everyone is invited to a Social Event on Saturday evening during the $500.00 Freestyle Gala Evening. It is well worthwhile to become a new member of the VDRC or renew your membership now and enjoy an increasing list of membership perks. Not only is the Trailering Clinic free to members, a growing list of participating businesses are offering discounts to card carrying VDRC members. Annual membership fees are only $60.00 until March 15, 2011. Visit the VDRC at www.vernonridingclub.com and on Facebook for details and contact information. Our 2011 Executive: Chelsea Balcaen - President Lisa Sammartino - Vice-President Kelly MacIntosh - Secretary Nathalie Merrill - Treasurer Directors: Judy Olson, Linda Edwards, Sherry Correale, Sherri Graydon, Deb Battrum.


BC Rodeo Association Photo by Liz Twan British Columbia Rodeo Association, 2011 Tentative Rodeo Schedule BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BCV2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: bcrodeoassn@telus.net www.rodeobc.com Office Manager: Denise Swampy Office Hours: (Winter Office Hours: Mon to Thurs 10 –4:30) (Summer Office Hours: Mon to Fri 9:30–5) 2011 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Stevens (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391 Directors: Ty Lytton (250) 396-7710 Adam D’Entremont (250) 249-9618 Wade McNolty (250) 296-3175 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653 Gord Puhallo (250) 394-4034 Bernie Rivet (250) 392-7153 Allison Everett (250) 296-4778 Rob Everett (250) 296-4778 Trish Stevens (250) 961-9005 Laura James (250) 567-8640 Brett Fraser (250) 296-0169 Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391


Dates April 15-17, 2011 May 14-15, 2011 May 21-22, 2011 May 28-29, 2011 June 4-5, 2011 June 18-19, 2011 June 25-26, 2011 July 2-3, 2011 Chilcotin Series July 9-10, 2011 Chilcotin Series July 15-17, 2011 July 30-31, 2011 July 30-31, 2011 Aug. 5-7, 2011 Aug. 6-7, 2011 Aug. 20-21, 2011 Chilcotin Series Aug. 26-27, 2011 Sept. 3-5, 2011 Sept. 15–18, 2011

Rodeo/Town 21st Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Princeton Rodeo, Princeton Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton 64th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox Ashcroft & District Stampede, Ashcroft Coombs Rodeo, Coombs 26th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake Quesnel Rodeo Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake Nemiah Valley Rodeo, Nemiah Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo Pritchard Rodeo Redstone Rodeo, Alexis Creek Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel

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BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com BC Interior Arabian Horse Association www.bciaha.com President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 asmarawg@telus.net Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 piblet@shaw.ca Secretary / Webpage Editor: Sean Newton 250-546-8088 snrk@telus.net Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-8324111 gvarabians@telus.net Flying Carpet: Alysha Bartlett 778-754-0066 withoutdoubtt@hotmail.com Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 fuzzy_peaches_gerl@hotmail.com and/or Cheryl Johnson leejohn1@telus.net Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 piblet@shaw.ca


ooks like spring has finally sprung in the Okanagan! Please send me your barn news and pictures for our newsletter! BCIAHA SPRING MEETING will be held on March 6 at Bob and Yvette Mawson's house. We will be having a potluck supper at 5:30 p.m. Don't forget to bring your favourite dish along with any ideas or questions you have for the club. Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Hope to see everyone there! Contact Yvette for directions 250-491-2776.

BCIAHA is excited to have Debbie Storey back for a clinic on April 9/10 at Asmara Stables in Armstrong. I have already heard from a number of you booking spots but would you please confirm that you still plan to participate. The cost is $120/weekend for Adults and $100/weekend for Juniors. This will include two 45-min private lessons and any auditing you wish. If you need stabling, please let me know - it will be $15/night. Lunch and coffee is available by donation - participants will be asked to provide a contribution for each lunch as before. Anyone is welcome to come and watch at no charge - and share lunch with us. If you are interested and would like further information or would like to book a spot, please contact Karel at 250-5460098 or ktnord@telus.net ASAP as the clinic is already more than half full. BCIAHA OPEN SHOW is now June 18, at the IPE GROUNDS; Heritage qualifier. Judge will be Kim Westgate. Call Michelle Sewell for prize lists or

Four year old Half Arabian Vanilla Ice watching over cowboy Kye.

information 250-517-7251 or Sheila Goertz asmarawg@telus.net or 250-546-6004. Asmara Arabians has a new website, so don't forget to check them out at asmaraarabians.com. BCIAHA would like to congratulate all Canadian competitors that competed at the 56TH Annual Scottsdale Show!

Peachland Riding Club By Courtney DeMattos


hope everyone is all excited for spring, I know I am! I bet we all are on the tips of our toes waiting to ride our horses! First off we have a change in the line-up. Anna, due to other commitments sadly cannot be our Treasurer; we now have Loree Currie. Taking Loree’s spot as Secretary is Sandy Chevallier. Thanks again for everyone who is volunteering and helping with the riding club! We really appreciate it! We have some thrilling news to share with everyone! The committee for the Peachland Riding Club is in the process of a ‘Saddle Series’ - anyone can win the saddle! We are still in the construction of detailing it. More info to follow on the ‘Saddle Series.’ There are Gymkhana meetings at the Peachland Riding Club at 7:00. The dates are March 16th, April 15th, and May 25th. The other dates are tentative. If you have any questions you can reach Holly at 250-870-0601 or by email at Turning that last pole ready to run home! hollyd@shaw.ca. 62 • Saddle Up • March 2011

Don’t forget to keep updated at peachlandridingclub.com. Tentative dates for the PRC Gymkhanas are as follows: May 1st ~ Fun day May 29th June 19th July 10th August 14th September 11th October 16th October 23rd ~ Fun day


BC Paint Horse Club - Colour Your World - Own A Paint www.bcphc.com Pres Colleen Schellenberg colleen_doug@shaw.ca Vice Pres Cathy Glover cathyglover@telus.net Sec Marilyn Griffin mgriffin@davis.ca Treas Dianne Rouse lazy3@telus.net Communications Director Andrew Thomas barnslave@live.com APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore mphorses@telus.net APHA www.apha.com 817 834-2742


he BCPHC year end banquet was held Saturday, February 12, 2011 at the Sunrise Banquet Centre. The food was awesome and everyone in attendance had a great time. With a lot of hard work from the banquet organizers, a silent auction was held and the bidding frenzy was on. Everyone went home with something... and 16 of us are getting together for a wine and cheese at the Fort Wine Co. as a result of their donation to the silent auction. We want to thank all of our sponsors who generously donated to the auction, including Fort Winery, Lordco Parts, Kal Tire - Port Kells, Greenhawk & Vanderveen’s. Our Fort Langley retail sponsors were ID Salon, Frontier Building Supply & Montage. Their support of our club is greatly appreciated. Dianne Rouse did an absolutely amazing job with prizes again this year as all the recipients I know will attest to. The hard work of BCPHC members and board of directors was celebrated in fine fashion and we all look forward to another amazing year! HOLD THE DATES! This year, BCPHC is very excited to have the opportunity to combine two 2-judge Paint shows with the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association. As soon as we have all the details finalized we will post the information on our website at www. bcphc.com. In the meantime, please mark these dates on your calendar: May 7 & 8, and September 3 & 4 at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. Both shows are eligible for the BCPHC Year End Awards Program. There will be an excellent slate HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

of Youth, Amateur, Open and Solid Paint Bred classes including: Halter, WP, HUS, Trail, HH, WR, Pleasure Driving, Barrels and Poles and Yearling. There will also be a great selection of Open All Breed (PAC approved), Green Horse W/T and Open 11 & Under W/T classes. Something for everyone! Full details will also be available at the BCPHC booth at the upcoming Lower Mainland Horseman’s Bazaar on March 20.

OSCP: The Open Show & Competition Program is continuing, please go to our website at www.bcphc.com and download your OSCP submission forms. Keep the forms in your truck so you have them at the show and remember to get them completed by the show secretary. All program details are available on our website. The year end awards were awesome, so get your forms in to the points keeper.

Horseman’s Bazaar & Country Fair: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at Thunderbird Show Park, Langley. Come by our information booth at the Bazaar to see what the club has in store for the coming year. If you haven't renewed your membership online, you will be able to renew it at the booth. For those Paint horse owners that haven't joined us yet, come on by and have a chat, we'd love to meet you, and who doesn't want to talk about their horse!! Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a Tobiano, a Tovero, and an Overo? We will be hosting a Paint Horse Demo in the main arena at the Bazaar, where we will explain the different colour patterns and you can meet and watch some of our horses do their stuff.

Upcoming programs: BCPHC Stallion Sweepstakes: Our directors put their heads together and have come up with an exciting new program to help promote Paint horse stallions and their offspring through the existing APHA and OSCP programs; which will result in cash prizes to our members competing at APHA and open shows throughout BC. The Sweepstakes is still a work in progress, but if all goes according to plan, stallion owners will be able to nominate their stallions this fall and the first cash awards will be distributed at the end of the 2012 show season. We will have more information at our booth at the LMQHA Bazaar, and details will be set out on the BCPHC website in the near future. If you are a stallion owner and would like to be part of this exciting new program, or if you have any ideas to contribute, please contact Marilyn or Cathy through cathyglover@telus.net.

PAC: APHA knows that your riding and driving activities are as diverse as the colour patterns on the horses registered. Through the Paint Alternative Competition Program, you can get recognition for accomplishments in the competitive events you enjoy. Although APHA membership is not required to enrol in PAC, you must be a member to receive any awards you earn from the association. Even though you don't have to own the horse you compete on, annual enrolment of the horse in PAC is required. Once APHA has your enrolment form in the office, you may begin earning credits. You will receive your PAC card and report form after your application is processed. When you go to your next Paint Alternative Competition, have fun and do your best. When you place in the event, see the show secretary or manager and present them with your official exhibitor report form. www.saddleup.ca • 63

BC Quarter Horse Association BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S3 www.bcqha.com * bcqha@hotmail.com President: Gordie McEachen, 250-337-5958, Gordon.McEachen@dfo-mpo.gc.ca Vice President: Carlina Schumann 250-567-4807 AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson 604-323-4418, gaylepw@istar.ca Membership Secretary /Media Liaison: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 Fax 604-806-9052, palomino2@hotmail.com

Calendar of Events March 20, 2011 - LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC http://www.bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha April 9, 10, 2011 - LMQHA Evening Ride/Schooling Show Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC http://www.bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha April 23, 2011 - SCQHA All Breed Fuzzy Horse Show Armstrong Agriplex - Armstrong, BC Contact: Cheri Smeeton (250) 573-2541 or csmeeton@shaw.ca May 6, 7, 8, 2011 - LMQHA Spring Circuit Thunderbird Show Park - Langley, BC Barbara - sierraious@aol.com or (208) 683-1617

AQHA/CQHA/BCQHA Director - Gayle Pawley-Wilson The AQHA Region One Championships will take place in Langley, BC at Thunderbird Show Park on July 20-24, 2011. BC hosted the 2010 AQHA Region One Championships representing the first time this event has been held in Canada. AQHA Summary of Regional Championships in 2010: AQHA Region One was the Only Region to have increased numbers from 2009 in: Total number of AQHA entries: Increase from 498 to 625 Total number of AQHA exhibitors: Increase from 135 to 175 Total number of AQHA horses: Increase from 155 to 185 Total number of AQHA first time exhibitors: Increase from 5 to 37 Total number of first time AQHA horses exhibited: Increase from 11 to 45 AQHA continues to offer education initiatives to enhance relationships with a horse. AQHA’s continuing educational programs include: • Regional Championship • Junior Master Horseman curriculum • Fundamentals of Horsemanship curriculum • America’s Horse TV • America’s Horse Daily • Educational e-newsletters: Horse Breeding, Horse Health, Horseback Riding, Horse Showing, Horse Training • Youth Excellence Seminar • Youth Racing Experience • Professional Horsemen Association • Partnership with Certified Horsemanship Association • AQHA’s library of DVDs and E-Books • Judging and ring steward seminars • The American Quarter Horse Journal • Q-Racing Aces • AQHA internships You can find more information on these educational tools and programs at www.aqha.com

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CQHA The CQHA AGM was held in Ottawa, Ontario along with the Equine Canada AGM. The guest speaker was Cindy Schonholtz. The presentation and AGM agenda has been posted at www.cqha.ca and sent to CQHA members. Continuing reports to BCQHA members will be posted at www.bcqha.com LMQHA LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar & Country Fair Home of our Famous Used Tack Sale! Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 9am to 5pm Thunderbird Equestrian Centre - Langley, BC Admission this year is only $5/person with children 8 & under free. It’s that time of year when the show season will soon be upon us. The Bazaar Committee is busy preparing for our annual Horseman’s Bazaar & Country Fair. Along with our not to be missed Tack Sale and Vendor booths will be a selection of clinics and demos. Some of the highlights are the following: * 4 Paws On The Run Dog Agility * Nutrition with Ken Wilkinson (BSc) from Otter Co-Op * Lisa Whitman - Barrel Racing * Laurie Takoff AQHA Professional Horseman * Diagnosis Lameness in Today’s Performance Horse with Dr. Antonio Cruz from Paton & Martin Veterinary Services * Colt Starting with Daryl Gibb * Reining with Travis Rempel * It’s All About The Horse - Trailering Tips with Kevan Garecki from H4 Services * Farrier Demo from Kwantlen Polytechnic University * Cutting Demo by BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association * All About Paints from the BC Paint Horse Club And if that isn’t enough for you there will also be Pony Rides for the kids hosted by Laughing Stock Ranch, so be sure to bring the whole family to this fun fi lled event! - LC SCQHA - Cheri Smeeton The SCQHA 14th Annual “Fuzzy Horse Show” will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at the Armstrong Agriplex in Armstrong, BC. This show is a BC Heritage Circuit Show and is PAC & ACAAP Approved. The Fuzzy Show offers a series of classes for many rider levels and will fi ll the need to offer an educational schooling show in our zone. Competitors of all levels of competence are welcome. This show is also a great opportunity to get your horses warmed up for the upcoming show season. Our Official Judge for this show is AQHA Professional Horseman Laurie Takoff of Kelowna, BC. From 8:00am - 8:45am, Laurie will be doing a Halter demonstration. This will give participants an opportunity to get some great tips on getting their horses prepared for Halter classes and proper show pen performance. Laurie has worked with many Youth and Amateur exhibitors in a variety of events. She has shown Halter horses that have achieved AQHA World Championship top standings. SCQHA hopes that our exhibitors will take this opportunity to attend this demonstration. Spectators are welcome. Show programs and entry forms can be found in major tack stores throughout the zone, or by visiting our website at www.bcqha/scqha. Please contact Cheri Smeeton at (250) 573-2541 or email csmeeton@ shaw.ca for further information.


Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C www.PineTreeRidingClub.com Newsletter contact: Tracey Nordal, houliojule@yahoo.com Club contact: Alison Miller, brentmiller@shaw.ca Braden Daburger


t's time to start getting ready for the show season that is about to pounce upon us, or at least start thinking about it. Right now, I am thinking about it, about the tack cleaning, the hair shedding that will inevitably cling upon me instead. The bathing, brushing, conditioning, clipping, shots, shoeing…did I forget something to be thinking about? OH RIGHT! The spring pen clean up! Oooh, can’t wait for that one! Let’s think about this instead: mark these dates on your calendars! Next month will be our first Play Day, April 17. For those of you who wish to kick it up a notch or two, Gymkhana is on April 16. A reminder for all members, April 10 is our spring clean up of the grounds. Please come on out and enjoy the fresh air and team work. Every helping hand makes the chores easier! Please note, in case you missed the February issue of Saddle Up, anyone who wishes to ride on the Pine Tree Riding Club grounds will be required to purchase a Horse Council BC membership and provide proof of your Horse Council BC membership. Memberships with play day and gymkhana entries are due March 31 to be eligible to be

entered into the draw for reimbursement of your membership p fees.

Allison and Krista need help with the play days. This is their last year organizing these fun-fi lled days. Pine Tree is in need of volunteers in order to keep this place running! This is a great opportunity for someone who wishes to volunteer for a great cause. Anyone interested in this position or in helping with anything, please contact Krista at kristablades@hotmail.com. Krista has organized a dressage clinic with coach Krista Rockenbach on April 30. This is an introductory clinic to dressage and is a 1.5 hour group lesson with a maximum of no more than 4 members at once. Krista is a Level 1 EC Coach who is part of the Sun Meadows Riding Academy. For more information and to register for this clinic, please contact Krista Blades at kristablades@ hotmail.com. Go to www.pinetreeridingclub.com for downloading the membership form and for checking the upcoming events and clinics.

Ramona Laffer

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you flip the page. Saddle Up for publishing our newsletter. Without their sponsorship, Pine Tree would not be a part of this great magazine!

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club - “For The Love Of Horses” By B. Ingle


he year ahead sees the Vintage Riders Equestrian Club busy once again with a variety of activities for members to enjoy. The guest speaker for our January meeting was Dr. Neil McKenzie discussing Equine Dental Care. After specializing solely in equine dentistry for the past 10-15 years, it was interesting to hear his insights regarding this very important aspect of horse care. February’s meeting found us refreshing and expanding our knowledge about Equine First Aid Kits in preparation for the upcoming riding season. In addition, Feb. 13 saw a dozen or so members attend a Conformation Clinic with Donna Hawkins. A most informative, enlightening, and hands-on clinic, helping us HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

understand which discipline(s) best suits our horse. This session was so well received that members have requested a follow up clinic with this very knowledgeable horsewoman. In addition to the monthly guest speakers, many clinics and activities have been planned for the next few months with more to be determined as per input from our members. Check out what we’ve got planned so far for this year.

Upcoming Planned Events Feb. 26: Pole Clinic Series with Jesse Smith Mar. 12: Pole Clinic Series with Jesse Smith Mar. 15: VREC General Meeting - Topic: Wrapping and Bandaging with Terri Forster Mar. 20: Trail Class Clinic with Donna Hawkins

Apr. 1: Private Dressage Lesson with Larry Brinker Apr. 3: Bomb-proofi ng Dressage Test at Dragonfly Acres with Larry Brinker Apr. 8: Private Dressage Lesson with Larry Brinker Apr. 19: VREC General Meeting - Topic: Camping With Your Horse with Kelly Allen May 15: Horse Dance - Mounted Clinic with Carla Webb May 17: VREC General Meeting - Topic: Hoof Care and Shoeing with Colin Tanner June 21: VREC General Meeting - Topic: Leather Care July 24: Tack Cleaning Party and Social July 30: Historic Brigade Days Parade in Fort Langley (non-motorized) Aug. 7: Play Day and Potluck Dinner Aug. 16-18: Old Ladies Camp

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Janette Daly, North West Chapter BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE http://bchorsemen.org President: Jonathan Driesen, jrdd@telus.net - 604 864-0730 Vice President: Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca - 604-854-1245 Vice President: Jack Breaks, Webmaster, jackb@jrjtrail.ca - 604 856 7786 Vice President: John King, jeking@shaw.ca - 250-338-6789 Recording Secretary: Susan Shumey, rshumey@shaw.ca - 604 856-1396 Treasurer: Sharon Pickthorne, oneonone@telus.net - 250-337-1818 Past President: Gord MacKenzie, gmack@mail.ocis.net - 250 679-3999 Work Bee Coordinator: Ian Compton, holbrookdyson@telus.net - 250-337-8720 Joint Trail & Access (Horse Council): Rose Schroeder, milkmaid@shaw.ca - 604 854-1245 Horse Council Director: Isabel Pritchard, impritchard@telus.net - 250 764-4533 Education: Mary Huntington, rivergals@telus.net - 604-988-8442


hank you, Pete”… I spoke the words out loud as I quickly tied up the lead shank to my young pack horse before we headed down the steep switch backs to Cullivan Creek. My husband, Dean, our friend Barb and four horses were riding into the Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park on our first wilderness pack trip. It had taken well over a year of planning, training and preparation to get to this point. We were on our own for a three week adventure, and yet I was very aware that we wouldn’t have gotten to that point without the advice, lessons and encouragement of many wonderful people who had so generously supported our undertaking. The Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park encompasses 3600 square miles of Northern B.C., covering three major vegetative zones from alpine tundra and spruce-willow birch to the boreal white and black spruce forests. The park includes the headwaters of the Stikine and Spatsizi Rivers, several lakes, rugged mountains includingg the Eaglenest g Range g and of course the famous Spatsizi Plateau which ranges from 1600m to 2000m. It is home to a large population of wildlife such as moose, caribou, Stone sheep, mountain goats, grizzly and black bears, wolves and wolverines as well as 139 species of birds. The park is not accessible by vehicle. Access can only be made by float plane, hiking, rafting or horse trip. It is BIG country. Over the course of our three week trip we spent fifteen days riding 315km. Some days were relatively short, while others were marathon. Even in country as vast as the Spatsizi, the criteria for a suitable horse camp could be difficult to come by. We had to search out spots that provided water, feed, shelter and suitable highlining trees for our four horses. In a summer as dry and hot as 2010, the creeks that we could see on our maps were often nothing more than a dry bed crossing our trails and the high elevation of the area often meant that there was far more buck brush than sturdy trees for our highline ropes. Because of the demands of the terrain, the days that we didn’t ride were spent making sure that the horses had adequate rest and grazing time. Barb, Dean and I are all members of the North West Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of BC. We ride often into the fabulous back country of Northern BC in our mountains 66 • Saddle Up • March 2011

Matt, Siobhan, Bondi and Guinness taking a lunch break on a long ride day.

around Smithers and the Bulkley Valley as well as further afield. We had always ridden light, with light weight packs on our horses to hold our gear. Every pound counts when you are asking your horse to carry it along with a rider over the often A true test of our packing skills as Guinness makes his way down the steep switchbacks to rugged mountain Cullivan Creek. trails. This trip was much longer and into more difficult terrain. However, we had to learn to pack. This is where the help of our Back Country friends became so important as they taught us to pony, pack our horses, tie the infamous diamond hitch, and thanks to Pete, tie some very helpful and quick knots that made our work on the trail safe and efficient. The advice was always offered quietly and with respect. These folks knew what life on the trail was all about and how important good skills and preparation are to both the enjoyment and the safety of a trip like ours. Floyd made us hobbles, Jerry joined us on our first mountain ride with our young gelding, Reg, and Jake sat with us and poured over maps while Sam plotted way points on the maps and into our GPS units. Our long time friend Cathy even gave us the use of her horse, Matt, when Dean’s horse came up lame in the months before the trip. As we made our way down the switchbacks and across the creek, we were very much alone on the trail and yet we knew we were there because of the support of so many wonderful people.


Clubs & Associations “Experience the Real West YOUR WAY”

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 www.bctcpa.com or contact Bill Klop (Pres) 604-796-9127 3/11

Choose From: Working Ranch - Guest Ranch - Country - Back Country


THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB www.albertadonkeyandmule.com Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 8/11 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.org 11/11

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 www.bchorsemen.org 12/11

BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, secretary@barrieredistrictridingclub.com Events & more at www.barrieredistrictridingclub.com 3/12 BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Tanya Margerison 250-4420209, bhanews@hotmail.com, Visit www.boundaryhorse.ca for Events 4/11 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. www.bcctra.ca 2/12 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, ridingforfreedomranch@shaw.ca BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Ken Hartley 250-573-2328 bccha@telus.net or web www.bccha.ca 4/12 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, www.bcdraftundersaddleclub.com 10/11 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 12/11 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. www.bcihrs.com 250-260-5344 8/11 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB www.miniaturehorsesbc.com 6/11 Pres: Bec Bermudez 604-823-4443, Annual Show June 11-12, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB President: Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 4/11 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 bcqha@hotmail.com or visit www.bcqha.com 9/11 BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Pres. David Parker 604-462-0304, dabepa@yahoo.com, www.bcrcha.com 3/11 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP Our aim is to promote, showcase and market our breeding and show stock by organizing shows with futurities, line and under saddle classes for horses and ponies. Equine Canada Bronze, BC Heritage Circuit and PAC Qualifier Shows. Contact: Ulli Dargel 4/11 604-421-6681, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782 or www.bcsporthorses.com

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


The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: www.cqha.ca, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, @ p 6/11 President 204-834-2479 or marnie@horsescoops.com

ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC www.ERABC.com Secretary: Lori Bewza, loribewza@gmail.com 250-679-8247 12/11 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154 hankrocks@telus.net, www.freewebs.com/giterdonegymkhanaclub 7/11 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 www.hcbc.ca Representing the interests of BC’s equine industryy.11/11 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 10/11 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Sue Rath, Secretary 250-376-9443 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397 kgc@shaw.ca, www.kelownagymkhana.com 12/11 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Pres: Scott Rempel 250-542-3433 AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics 6/11 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres: Debbie House 250-498-4326, E-mail: brent.lines@netscape.ca, www.oliverridingclub.com 6/11 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Holly Dickinson 250-870-0601 3/12 Fun & Family oriented! See www.peachlandridingclub.com for activities 2/11 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders, www.phcbc.ca 12/11 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Alison Miller, brentmiller@shaw.ca Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, www.pinetreeridingclub.com 6/11 SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSE ASSOC. Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, www.soha-online.com 10/11 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. 11/11 Linda 604-856-9574, wcrareining@gmail.com, www.wcra.info

Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada Official Canadian Registry for the Appaloosa Breed

~ Integrity ~ Quality. The Best Ingredients in the Recipe for Success ApHCC Box 940, Claresholm AB T0L 0T0

403-625-3326 Fax: 403-625-2274 a aphcc@appaloosa.ca

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2011 EVENTS? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE: Jan 1-3

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JERRY TINDELL DRIVING CLINIC, Lakedell Arena, Westerose, AB, www.albertadonkeyandmule.com or 403-783-5210 (eves) MARION WEISSKOPFF Horsemanship Clinic, Our Place, Kelowna, BC, Anne 250-860-2785, arthur1_dj@telus.net JERRY TINDELL RIDING CLINIC, Lakedell Arena, Westerose, AB, www.albertadonkeyandmule.comor 403-783-5210 (eves) AQHA/APHA & All Breed Spring Circuit, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, Barbara - sierraious@aol.com www.bcqha.com/lmqha BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Williams Lake, www.bchsra.ca DONNA HAWKINS CLINIC, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, call Gwen Shaw 250-494-8198, www.redbarnranchbb.com EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY Certification Course, Saskatoon, SK, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-EQUINE2 (378-4632) BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Merritt, www.bchsra.ca DRIVING CLINIC, The Ranch, Pritchard, Ellen Hockley 250-577-3366, theranchbc@gmail.com BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Dawson Creek, www.bchsra.ca BCRA Princeton Rodeo, Princeton, www.rodeobc.com, OKANAGAN BREEDERS GROUP Showcase & Trade Show, Armstrong Fairgrounds, www.okbreedersgroup.com BARBARA SCHULTE PERFORMANCE COACHING Clinic (cutters/reiners). Spectators welcome, Armstrong 250-546-6545 www.reinininthesun.com OPEN HOUSE AT RANDY OPHUS PERFORMANCE HORSES, Cell 250-567-8685, www.roperformancehorses.com BCLM REGIONAL PONY CLUB Show Jumping Championships, www.canadianponyclub.org EQUINE VERTEBRAL REALIGNMENT COURSE, Saskatoon, SK, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-EQUINE2 (378-4632) BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO & JR Division Finals, Quesnel, www.bchsra.ca BCRA Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos, www.rodeobc.com, RANDY OPHUS REINING CLINIC, Smithers, Cell 250-567-8685, www.roperformancehorses.com OPEN HOUSE, NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, Demos, Tack Swap/Sale, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 1-800-573-5881, www.jandanaranch.com EQUINE AWARENESS DAY Y (Equine Shiatsu Massage), Langley, yvonne@ateasehorsecare.com or www.equineawareness.org HUN MEDITATION TRAINING CAMP, Mount Currie, www.horsebackarchery.ca or www.huntherapy.ca VERN SAPERGIA CLINIC, Wildwood Reining Horses, Hanceville, BC, Sharon Gates 250-394-4403 www.wildwoodreining.bc.ca or wildwoodreining@telus.net DRIVING CLINIC, The Ranch, Pritchard, Ellen Hockley 250-577-3366, theranchbc@gmail.com ALHAMBRA DERBY CLINIC, Red Deer, AB, Billi Solverson, Kathy Playdon, Ulrika Wikner 403-340-0270, www.alhambrastables.com HEALTH / BASIC FIRST AID CLINIC (Tentative), Kelowna, BC, Date to be confirmed, http://tranquillefarms.com, info christa.lange@t2rc.ca HUN MEDITATION WORLD CUP, Mount Currie, www.horsebackarchery.ca or www.huntherapy.ca BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Valemont, www.bchsra.ca BCRA CLINTON MAY BALL RODEO, Clinton, www.rodeobc.com 2-DAY TTEAM CONNECT ICELANDIC RIDING CLINIC w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon, www.ttouch.ca or 1-800-255-2336 ALHAMBRA DERBY, Red Deer, AB, Ulrika Wikner 403-340-0270, www.alhambrastables.com GYMKHANA, Peachland BC, Holly 250-670-0601 www.peachlandridingclub.com BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Hudson Hope, www.bchsra.ca

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GAIL JONES DRIVEN DRESSAGE & CONES CLINIC, The Ranch, Pritchard, Ellen Hockley 250-577-3366, theranchbc@gmail.com Riverslide reining show, Pritchard, BC, Kim 250-577-3637 GAIL JONES BACK-TO-BACK DRIVING TRIALS, The Ranch, Pritchard, Ellen Hockley 250-577-3366, theranchbc@gmail.com BEAUMONT HORSE TRIALS, Beaumont, AB, Rhonda Gobeil 780-340-9217, rhonda.gobeil@gmail.com, www.clearwatervalley.org BCRA 64TH ANNUAL KISPIOX VALLEY RODEO, Kispiox, www.rodeobc.com RANDY OPHUS REINING CLINIC, Smithers, Cell 250-567-8685, www.roperformancehorses.com


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ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB FUN DAY, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Rebecca 250-546-0052 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Our Place, Kelowna, BC, Anne 250-860-2785, arthur1_dj@telus.net UWE JOURDAIN HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Red Willow Ranch, Lone Butte, 250-395-3017, redwilow@bcinternet.net BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO FINALS, Williams Lake, www.bchsra.ca AMHA MINIATURE HORSE SHOW, Cloverdale Agriplex, Cloverdale, Tina Harrison 604-533-1168, tinhar@telus.net, www.miniaturehorsesbc.com RANDY OPHUS REINING/CUTTING CLINIC, Williams Lake, Cell 250-567-8685, www.roperformancehorses.com ALHAMBRA AHTA EVENTING CLINIC, Red Deer, AB, Linda Cowherd, pchoney@telusplanet.net INTERIOR ALL GAITED BREEDS FUN HORSE SHOW, IPE Agriplex, Armstrong, Christine valur70@hotmail.com, Brenda bbettles@hotmail.com or 250-546-6048 EQUINE EMERGENCY RESPONSE COURSE with Jennifer Woods, Cowichan Exh. Grounds, Duncan, Carol-Ann 250-701-9146 BCRA ASHCROFT & DISTRICT STAMPEDE, Ashcroft, www.rodeobc.com GYMKHANA, Peachland BC, Holly 250-670-0601 www.peachlandridingclub.com LADIES HORSEMANSHIP EXPERIENCE, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 1-800-573-5881, www.jandanaranch.com 4-DAY RIDING CLINIC - TTOUCH and Connected Riding for Icelandic Horses w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon, www.ttouch.ca or 1-800-255-2336 POKER RIDE, Anarchist Mountain, Osoyoos, Jon 250-491-0622, rescorla@mail.com, www.anarchistmountaincommunity.com WOMEN’S WORKSHOPS HORSEMANSHIP, Riversong Ranch, Whitecourt, AB, Anne 877-394-6773, www.chris-irwin.com/events/?event_id=57 BCRA COOMBS RODEO, Coombs, www.rodeobc.com COCHRANE HORSE TRIALS, Cochrane, AB, Pari Vinden 403-851-0501, pari.vinden@trafigura.com, www.cochranehorsetrials.com ROCK CREEK CHARITY POKER RIDE, 10 am, Rock Creek Campgrounds, pzerny@gmail.com, Pru 250-449-5058. Proceeds to Riding for Disabled Program. NATIONAL JUNIOR HIGH FINALS RODEO, Gallup, MN, www.nhsra.com HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Richard Caldwell, Longbar Ranch, Quesnel, BC, Tia 250-992-1229, e-mail olyjumpr@goldcity.net BCRA CHILCOTIN SERIES, 26th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo, www.rodeobc.com CATTLE WORK & HORSEMANSHIP w/Richard Caldwell, Hidden Lake Ranch, Quesnel, BC, Tia 250-992-1229, e-mail olyjumpr@goldcity.net SILVER STATE INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Winnemucca, NV, www.ssir.us HORSEMANSHIP DAY CAMP – Beginner (all ages), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 1-800-573-5881, www.jandanaranch.com WEST KOOTENAY DRESSAGE SHOW, Trail Exhibition Grounds, Holley Campbell 250-362-9065 or jsaperv@telus.net THOMPSON COUNTRY HORSE TRIALS, Rocky Mountain House, AB, Dianne Caine 403-845-2591(r), dlcaine@telus.net SRGEDC YOUTH FUN SHOW, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, Sasha 250-498-4228 or e-mail chem_chick@hotmail.com WATCH LAKE GREEN LAKE GYMKHANA, for info phone Watch Lake Lodge at 250-456-4471 BCRA CHILCOTIN SERIES, Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake, www.rodeobc.com WEST KOOTENAY ALL BREED Comm. Horse Show, Trail Exhib. Grds, Holley Campbell for entries or information 250-362-9065 or jasperv@telus.net ADVANCE EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY Certification Course, Edmonton, AB, www.equinerehab.ca, 1-888-EQUINE2 (378-4632) GYMKHANA, Peachland BC, Holly 250-670-0601 www.peachlandridingclub.com HORSEMANSHIP DAY CAMP – Advanced (all ages), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 1-800-573-5881, www.jandanaranch.com LARRY STEWART CLINIC Partnership Level 1, Lumby, 1-877-727-3554, www.paradisehillsranch.com BCRA QUESNEL RODEO, www.rodeobc.com WEST COAST CLASSIC REINING SHOW, Chilliwack, BC, Kim 250-577-3637 2-DAY TTEAM Connect Icelandic Riding Clinic w/Mandy Pretty, Vernon, www.ttouch.ca or 1-800-255-2336 WEST COAST SUMMER CLASSIC AQHA SHOW, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, darlenechase@cableone.net www.bcqha.com/lmqha

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Business Services SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS KR’S CUSTOM SADDLES (Invermere, BC) 1-888-826-3132 Custom Saddles, Custom Leather Design & Repairs, krscustomsaddles@gmail.com 9/11 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 8/11 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, randesaddle@telus.net WWW.SKOOKUMHORSE.COM (Clinton, BC) 250-459-7772 Horse tack, hunting gear, custom leather products, repairs. 3/11 TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 11/11 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (5765 Falkland Rd, Falkland) 250-379-2078 10/11 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. www.bigmtack.com BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 4/11 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food CARRIAGE HOUSE MINIATURE HORSE TACK & HARNESS (Vernon) 250-541-7773. Everything you need for your VSE. www.tackforminiatures.com 2/12 COUNTRY ROADS GENERAL STORE (Fruitvale) 250-367-9229 Otter Co-op Feed Dealer, Feed, Tack, Farm Supplies & Giftware 7/11 HIGH HORSE TACK, (Victoria) 250-658-0011 7/11 English & Western, New & Used LAMMLE’S WESTERN WEAR & TACK (ALBERTA & BC) 1.877.LAMMLES For Everything Western go to www.lammles.com to find a location near you. 12/11 LAZY B (100 Mile House) 250-395-5175 Handmade Leather Goods, Team Ropers & Ranch Ropes, New & Used Tack 7/11 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. (Penticton) Toll Free 1-888-492-8225 10/11 Home of the SenSation Ride™, saddlery@telus.net, www.nickerssaddlery.com RUSTY SPUR TACK (Lumby) 250-547-9506 Feed, Tack, Consignments, Giftware, Supplements & Minerals 7/11 VENKAT SADDLERY Y (20110 Stewart Cres., Maple Ridge) 1-866-465-8883 English & Western Tack & Saddles. www.venkatsaddlery.com 3/11 WINDSUM ENTERPRISES LTD (Langley) 604-789-0150 3/12 New & Used Tack & Apparel, English & Western www.windsum.ca



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In Memoriam Peter Molnar October ,  - February , 

Peter Molnar passed away suddenly from a heart attack while doing what he loved best, sitting astride a good horse, after a practice run, at a sport that he was passionate about. Pete was a loyal and loving husband to his wife of 27 years, his childhood sweetheart Debbie. He was a proud father to Derick and Brock and a doting grandfather to Ava, Keenyn, Kacia, Arlyss and Mikaela. He was an astute businessman who was known throughout North America as a top rated Cattle Penner and a true horseman. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

As a long time member, past director and staunch supporter of the BC Team Cattle Penning Association, Peter worked tirelessly to grow the sport by introducing new riders and helping them to improve their competitive edge. He organized penning and cattle sorting events and spent Debbie and Pete. long hours on the phone to rally riders out to practices, clinics and competitions. He approached everything he did with gusto and at times he seemed larger than life. Pete was always looking to improve the sport and at times put a burr under the saddle pads of others in his quest for excellence and we came to expect that of him. Peter was very involved in racing motor cross with his boys before the cattle penning bug took hold. Pete was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved the outdoors and his time spent quading and camping with his family. Pete will forever be remembered as a devoted family man and a fine horseman. He touched a lot of peoples lives and was influential to the horse industry in BC. He was loved, respected, admired, and we will miss him. Submitted by Haidee Landry. www.saddleup.ca • 73

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www.buttemorgans.com 403-382-8110


SKYVIEW RANCH (Vanderhoof) 250-567-9754 3/12 Breeding Quality Reining & Working Cow Horses. www.skyview-ranch.com STARMYRIAPPALOOSAS.CA (Edson, AB) 780-723-7899 8/11 Stallion Service, Indian Shufflers, Stock for Sale, CHA Instructor WARREN CREEK RANCH (Falkland) 250-275-2717 or 250-379-2128 4/11 SS: Parr for Jack, AQHA. Prospects for sale. Training/Lessons avail. jenn_wcr@telus.net

CARTWRIGHT QUARTER HORSES (Rock Creek) 250-446-2881 3/12 SS: 2 AQHA/NFQHA Gold Palomino 26% LEO Blood. www.cartwrightqh.com DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Jasper/Brule, AB) 780-865-4021 www.canadianhorse.info 6/11 FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, www.fairviewarabianstud.com

Horses for Sale • Stud Service • Riding Lessons • Clinics • Training • Events • Tack Store E-mail: info@toltaway.com or call Erhard (evenings) 250-838-0234 6/11 www.toltaway.com • More Gaits - More Fun, just Tolt Away


GREEN GABLES MORGAN FARM (Armstrong) 250-546-8058 7/11 SS: WF Royal Mist’s Kurik, Black/Brown, 15.1HH, www.greengablesmorganfarm.com HYPOALLERGENIC CURLY HORSES (Summerland) 250-486-6773 Stallion service, all ages horses for sale. www.curlystandardplace.com

YELLOW MOUNT RANCH (Welling, AB) 403-752-0063 3/11 SS: AQHA, APHA & Thoroughbred Stallions, bigcheeks@yellowmountranch.com


ZIRNHELT CUTTING HORSES (Kamloops) 250-828-1033


Training/Breeding Quality Cutting Horses, zirnheltcuttinghorses@telus.net

ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 11/11 ttouch@shaw.ca • www.icefarm.com IRISH CREEK RANCH (Vernon) 250-542-7228 3/11 SS: Little Peppe Leo, APHA B/W Homoz. Tobiano, www.irishcreekranch.com


MURRAY CREEK RANCH (Langley, BC) 604-807-5519 5/11 SS: APHA & AQHA, www.murraycreekranch.com OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 7/11 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy PEEBLES MINI DONKEY RANCH (Falkland) 250-379-2373 10/11 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. www.peeblesranch.ca or papeebles@gmail.com POLAR PINTABIANS (Winfield, AB) 780-682-2659 3/12 Breeding for Colour & All Around Quality. www.polarpintabian.webs.com RIVERSIDEPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Prince George) 250-612-4770 SS: Breeding Quality AQHA Perf. Horses. Boarding/Coaching/Judging/Clinics


SALMON VALLEY RANCH (Salmon Arm) 250-833-4217 10/11 SS: SVR Royal Checkmate, AQHA Perlino; Okies Last Chance, APHA Black Tobiano

STALLION PHOTO ADS starting at only $80 (or less)

* Bay Point Offspring * 50% Silver gene

Breeding Fee (L.F.G.): $600 (QH) $500 (Arb) $450 (other) All Breeds Welcome

WORLD CHAMPION PEDIGREE * Freckles Playboy * Doc’s Prescription

ALSO STANDING: American Fury (TB) JH Legacy Idolized (AQHA)

NOW STANDING AT: Norwood in Courtenay, BC


Standing at D-Bar-K Ranch, Oliver, BC Stud Fee $500 + HST Live Foal Guarantee. Live Cover Only. Mare Care Available.


VON STARLIGHT 2002 AQHA Bay Stallion Shown in Reining and Working Cow Horse In Texas and Oklahoma as a 2 and 3-year-old. Dam: RS Lily Starlight, 2006 AQHA World Champion Super-Horse Sire: Von Reminic, who is the highest money earning son of Reminic

Mr. Tailwind Windchester Jackie Pine HS Thirty Thirty Nuther Dude Blonde Rattler THIRTYS JESTER

Sis Jaguar Bold Ruckus Stormy Jester Just the Good Times

Dancers Jester Pas Paul Pas

Good Time Paula

Von Starlight is one of a few in Canada, with both million dollar grandsires, grays Starlight and Reminic breeding. Nominated to the Canadian Supreme. There is a bright future ahead for him in producing some outstanding Quarter Horse foals, who will continue to carry on and on... You are welcome to take a look at a few outstanding foals in training at www.skyview-ranch.com A 2-year-old stallion that was the high seller at the 2010 Canadian Supreme Sale was a Von Starlight foal, video on our web-site.

Flaxie Tonta




Thirtys Jester

16HH Palomino AQHA Stallion Speed & Performance Bloodlines

Nominated to Breeders’ Sweepstakes with the Arabian Horse Association.


Direct son of Peppys Doc (Peppy San x Docs Snowflake by Doc Bar)


ing duc o r t In


Sorrel with Flaxen Mane & Tail, 15HH

For 2011 Inquiries, please contact: Ross Hanson & Ashley Parker, 604-323-6011

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, www.freewebs.com/saltyolejackk 4/11


1993 AQHA Stallion

51246 Range Road 202, Sherwood Park, AB • 780-662-3013 info@gwequineservices.com • www.gwequineservices.com 5/11

Private Treaty


Stallions and Breeders Own Son of Special Effort

Randy Ophus Performance Horses Presents

Snappin Cat

2003 AQHA 16.2HH, 1350 lbs

1997 AQHA Sorrel Stallion


DM Teacher’s Top Mark 2004 Black Morgan Stallion

Athletic and Personable Come Live the Adventure of the Morgan Horse!

Standing for the 2011 breeding season in Armstrong, BC

Opening Fee $800 for 2011 only ALSO STANDING: Got To Last – AQHA Mr Leo Express - APHA

Special Effort: SI 104, 2-year-old World Champion and the only horse in history to win the Triple Crown of Quarter Horse Racing. Kansas Futurity, Rainbow Futurity and the All American Futurity. Winner of 13 of 14 races, LTE of $1,219,950.00 Dam: By All Means Easy, SI 103, 14 Wins, producing daughter of the great World Champion and All American Futurity Winner, Easy Jet.

Direct son of (High Brow Cat) offspring earning over $42 Million Out of an own daughter of (Snapper Cal Bar) LTE $267,000 NCHA $17,697: Bluebonnet Open Derby Champion; Southern Open Derby Reserve Champion; finalist in the Augusta Open Classic.


250-679-1175 - Chase, BC gnrmorgans@xplornet.ca

- Doc Bar, Jessie James, Kings Pistol, Poco Tivio bred



Jessies Snappy Doc, Buckskin

250-546-9766 5/11

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


Little Peppe p Leo

Hortons Triple Skip

15.3HH APHA Stallion

1997 AQHA/APHA 16 HH Palomino Red Dun Gene

2011 Fee: $500 • Sire of Winners • Bloodlines of APHA Supreme Champions • Homozygous for the Tobiano gene • Guaranteed coloured foal from solid or paint 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

Conformation, Temperament and Awesome Presence, all wrapped up in a Beautiful Black and White package.


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

For 2011 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502 4/11

Glen Black Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0 www.freewebs.com/saltyolejack • oldsaltyjack@yahoo.ca



Friesian Stallion

1991 Sorrel Overo APHA/PtHA Stallion Sire: Mr. Sonny Norfleet Dam: Ima Swinging Fox

For more information contact Carolin Ryan 604-462-7644 • Maple Ridge, BC rysenpaints@telus.net

Standing for 2011 at: Pegasus Riding, Westbank, BC. Owned by Whoa & Go Quarter Horses Contact Danielle, 250-768-9658 or April, 250-551-4739 For more info visit: 3/11


off Dragonfl g fly y Acres 2004 16HH Registered g CFHA/ KFPS Vb Ster Modern styled y athletic and willing. Excellent conformation and temperamentt.



Live cover/cooled shipped. LFG Contact: Lisa 604-539-8108 Langley, BC

For pictures, info and video link, visit us at:

#1 Running Bloodlines. Beautiful movement for Dressage. Extremely athletic with a to-die-for temperament.

Have it all for only $500 AQHA/APHA or $350 for all other breeds. LFG.

Visit us at


is proud to offer for your consideration:

1999 BCPHC High Point Halter Stallion Sire of Futurity Winners and APHA/PtHA Halter and Performance point earners. When quality matters, choose the stallion that has it all: conformation, disposition, ridability and world class breeding. 2011 Fee: $750. LCFG

Home 250-567-4269; Cell 250-567-8685 www.roperformancehorses.com 5/11

www.whoaandgoquarterhorses.com or www.pegasusriding.com 5/11


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

“The Shining Spark bloodline is your Ticket To Success”

Standing at Stud: $1,000 LFG

250-379-2913 4/11






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On The Market



Smart Bet by Smart Little Lena. 4 months professional training. Not a beginner’s horse; good for ranch work, trail, etc. $1,500. 250-219-1947 (Tomslake, BC) E-mail swanlakeranch@yahoo.com http://swanlakeranch.tripod.com

11.7 acres of country living near Williams Lake. Large 2,100 sq. ft. home with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 400 sq. ft. sun deck and hot tub. 7 large covered stalls, tack room and a full outdoor roping and riding arena. Private home or Riding Centre! Just $439,000. 250-305-7034 E-mail georgemeilleur@gmail.com



Rum Brook Immortal Image x Dophine Misty Quail Purbred Registered Chestnut Morgan 11-year-old Gelding, 15.1HH Pleasure to Ride!! $4,000. 250-398-7848 (Williams Lake) E-mail foxmtnmorgans@hotmail.com (ID#5116216)

2007 Registered AQHA Mare, sorrel with flaxen mane. Cutting bred. Sired by Cat’s Highlight (High Brow Cat/Gray’s Starlight). Dam is Ms Peppity San (Peppy San Badger/Colonel Freckles line). Has 8 months training. Hope to sell to person that will finish her. Very nice natured; but powerful. $3,500 obo. 604-465-0975 (Pitt Meadows)

Old Baldy Ranch


Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado

Offspring for Sale

(late 1800’s) In MINT condition. Shafts included. $7,000. 250-545-0174 (Vernon)

TW Smok N Hawk 2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

Goldun Poco Mr Matt AQHA/NFQH 97%, Poco Bueno 34% Dun, Herda N/N Grandson of Little Steel Dust, Open Reining Winner Grandson of Little Steeldust

AQHA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy Quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines


OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

AQHA/NFQH 100%, Poco Bueno 27% Silver Grullo, Herda N/N Son of Little Steel Dust, AQHA Rom Reining

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

HERD DISPERSAL & RANCH FOR SALE 12-year-old Reg’d APHA Stallion, 15.1HH. Good ranch and trail horse. Great bloodlines, producer of amazing offspring. HALF PRICE AT $3,500 obo. More info at www.pro-horsemanship.com 250-315-9087 (Merritt) E-mail pro-horsemanship@hotmail.com

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

Ph/fax: 250-843-7337 oldbaldy@neonet.bc.ca

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TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano 3Winds Skippa Treat 2007 Palomino Leopard Appaloosa Skip Jewels Leo 1994 AQHA Red Dun (Two Eyed Jack breeding) Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3winds@telus.net www.keremeos.com/3winds 2/12

HOBBY FARM FOR SALE Perfectly set-up, partially treed 8.5 acre horse property for sale in Armstrong/Spallumcheen. 3,400 sq. ft. post-and-beam farmhouse with 5 bedrooms, den and 2.5 baths. Large 100’ x 200’ sand ring, 3 paddocks with shelters, 5 turn-out fields, excellent fencing, 2 stall heritage barn. $649,000. See photos at www3.telus.net/absolutehorse E-mail: absolutehorse@telus.net 250-546-0531 (Armstrong)




Ranch Raised Versatile Morgans for Work or Family Fun Sired By:

JMF La BARON (Black 15HH)

FOR SALE Premium, Safe Friendly, Family Riding Recreation & Usin’ Show Horses www.appaloosacentre.com 250-963-9779

ELFONDO’S TIGER (14.2HH Chestnut)




Excellent, like new condition. Used for HSR fall 2007 to fall 2010. 14’ short wall, 32’ on the ground. Twin bunk beds, sleeps 6 easy. Lots of room, 8’ wide x 7.6’ tall. Full Stud partition, walk through. All standard trailer and LQ amenities, lots of extras. Asking $55,000. Motivated to sell, will consider reasonable offers. More info/details e-mail masons5@shaw.ca 250-573-3167 (Kamloops)

FOXTAIL’S TRIPLE THREAT (14.3HH Buckskin) Stock For Sale - Stallions Standing Amber Fullerton, Arras, BC 250-843-7186 www.elfondomorgans.webs.com


PHOTO ADS only $60. (plus tax)




Next deadline March 15

Grandkids are moving so he is ready for a new home. Wonderful with children, has done parades, pony rides, trail rides. All around good natured pony, great with farrier, loads well, very willing, 14.1HH. Priced to sell at $3,500. 250-835-8461 (Tappen) tparrott@telus.net

On To Greener Pastures In loving memory of

Cinders May ,  - November , 

Cinders, Thank you for all that you taught me, for all the lives you touched and for your beauty and grace. Somewhere in time’s own space There must be some sweet pastured place Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow Some paradise where horses go For by the love that guides my pen I know great horses live again. - Stanley Harrison

Miss you always, love, Cowgirl Katie, Vernon, BC (owner for 22 years)


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Shop & Swap! FOR SALE


INNISFAIL AUCTION MARKET. Weekly Cattle Sales. Twice a month Horse Sales. 1-800-710-3166 or www.innisfailauctionmarket.com (Innisfail, AB) 11/11

FREE HORSE MANURE and lots of it. Great for fields and gardens. You load. North Armstrong. 250-546-9922 2 YR OLD REG’D THOROUGHBRED FILLY for free. Tessa is dark bay, 15.3HH. Rescued and can’t race because of an old injury, but is suitable for regular riding. Well-mannered and a joy to work with. Feet and worming up to date. 778242-6749 or 604-807-1892

ROYO BITLESS BRIDLES, Bear Bells, and Bulk Rope to order. Visit www.ropeofyourown.com 16” CIRCLE Y TOPEKA FLEX-TREE SADDLE, like new. Dark walnut. Semi-QH bars. $1,450 obo. Sasha 250-4984228 (Oliver)

LOVELY 16 YR OLD QH GELDING looking for a quiet rider to do some light riding. Western background, super sweet guy. Give to the right home. 250-835-0100 (Tappen)

YEARLING MORAB COLT. This one has it all. Beautiful, flashy bay with the brains and the pedigree to be an excellent stallion or a fantastic gelding. $1,500. E-mail DJSluggett@hotmail.ca for more info. (Dawson Creek)


1998 APPENDIX PALOMINO GELDING, used for roping, excellent trail horse $4,500 OBO. BUD SHARP Roping Saddle $2,100 OBO. CIRCLE Y Roping Saddle $900 OBO. 250-546-0169, e-mail luttmer@junction.net (Armstrong)

CENTERED RIDING INSTRUCTORS CLINIC, August 19-21 and October 20-23 at Alberta Andalusians, Eckville, AB. Contact Lisa Wieben, anequineapproach@hotmail.com for more information.



EZFlex Cookies and EZTreats ™

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




Kelowna & Kamloops




Prices on line at

www.cartsplusbc.com 250-717-3946 or 866-886-6893



WANTED BACKCOUNTRY WRANGLER, Cook and Packer for summer season at Jasper National Park, Alberta. Contact: skyline@telusplanet.net

ARE YOU HIGHLY MOTIVATED? Looking for selfmotivated people to learn how to set up and operate MiniOffice Outlets from Home. www.ruready2dream.com 12/12

HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 5/11


Natural Alternative Grazers N.A.G. BAGS • Imitates Natural Grazing • No wasted hay, no mess • Horses are never without hay • Slows digestion down • Prevent ulcers and cribbing

1,500 SQ. FT. STORE IN SUNDRE, Alberta, with 2 bedroom suite. Consider lease, sell or trade. (Value $350,000). Have your own tack, thrift, coffee shop, hair or beauty salon. 403-556-3099

www.slowfeeder.com slowhayfeeders@live.ca

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Shop & Swap! BOARDING


BROOKSIDE STABLES Horse Boarding in Salmon Arm


New Indoor Arena 70x160 12x12 Stalls Heated Automatic Waterers Heated Tack Room Large Paddocks with Shelters

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



L & L Quarter Horses • Offering Full Board • 25 x 250 Paddocks with Shelters • 100 x 200 Outdoor Sand Arena • Round Pen • Access to Trails • Heated Automatic Waterers Located on East Vernon Road in the BX 5 minutes to Vernon, BC

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

Cindy Kirschman (Chris Irwin Certified)




Indoor Arena 100 x 200 outdoor ring Large jump ring Spacious paddocks and shelters Easy access to trails Warm, hospitable atmosphere for horse and rider 30 Years experience raising, breeding & handling horses

BLOCK ADS starting at

$60. per issue

For more info: asmarawg@telus.net



(discounts on multiple issues)

Horse Boarding, North Okanagan – Reputable horse hauling service available – Walk-out stalls – Paddocks with/without run-in shelter – 100x130 outdoor riding arena – Two to three feedings daily – Daily turnout into our 8 acre hay field during winter months – Access to area Crown land – Certified Trainer on-site – Training available for young horses


March 15

Call 250-545-1082 after 5:30 pm for more info Coldstream, BC 3/11


L h &S Leather Stitches i h 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 6/11


Armstrong, BC

Horse Boarding in Vernon

250-545-9014 or 250-558-8289

Lessons and Training available Access to Crown land Close to South Canoe trails Minutes from downtown Salmon Arm Call 250-803-0190 6621 Okanagan g Avenue N.E., Salmon Arm

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

250-546-3955 www.deepcreekgeneralstore.com 3455 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong 10/11


Financing available for up to 60 months OAC

S e e o u r S p rin g F ly e r a t y o u r n e a r e s t d e a le r fo r G re a t S av in g $

Kubota MX Series With its wide array of features, the MX Series will meet your needs, and then some.


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