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hings are starting to happen and riding season is almost upon us (at least for those that get the ‘winter’ months as we do). And all those horsey folks enjoying the mild Arizona weather will be back home soon. March is one busy month for Saddle Up! First we head to the Kamloops Cowboy Festival on the March 9-11 weekend – we are a major sponsor this year, so do pop by the booth and say hi. Then the following weekend it’s over to the LMQHA QH Bazaar in Langley, March 18, for a full day of events. I’ve been invited for a media day in Hope at the Twisted Terrain Horse Park to meet the owners and see what this new fabulous theme park is all about. They’ve also asked me to ride the Extreme Trail course – and offered one of their horses too! You bet I will. Watch next month for my report (if I’m still alive - ha!). This issue offers up our 12th Annual Construction Feature; dedicated to our readers that are contemplating that next ‘big step’ (or investment) for their property. We decided to look a little closer at CURLY horses in this issue and have included a “Q&A” article about them and a bit of history. And our Top Dog! Section is gaining recognition… Hope you enjoy it all!

Nancy CONTRIBUTORS: Stephanie Kwok, Lori Cates, Ann Turner, Vanessa Bee, Marijke van de Water, Donat Koller, Monty Gwynne, Dana Hokana, Shelly White, Kevan Garecki, Mark Sheridan, Devanee Cardinal, Paul Dufresne, Mark McMillan, Eric & Deborah Davies, Sally Handley, Erin Gunoff, Alli M. Graham, Iris & Erhard Marenbach, Lorraine Pelletier, Valerie Barry, Lisa Kerley. ON THE COVER: Nechako Equine Reproductive Services, see more on page 5. MASTHEAD PHOTOS: (regular features) By Rein-Beau Images OFFICIAL VOICE FOR: Back Country Horsemen of BC, BC Paint Horse Club, BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc., Pine Tree Riding Club, South Central Quarter Horse Assoc., Endurance Riders Assoc. of BC., BC Rodeo Association MEDIA PARTNER WITH HORSE COUNCIL BC

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See You at Mane Event, Red Deer By Gail Barker


hether your discipline is Barrel Racing, Western Pleasure or you would like to train your horse to bow or lay down, the upcoming Mane Event Equine Education and Trade Fair has something for you. Back for its 6th year at Westerner Park in Red Deer April 27 – 29, 2012, the Mane Event is pleased to welcome horse trainers and clinicians from near and far. Well-known Canadian trainers, Jonathan Field, Jackie Johnson and Robyn Hood are being joined by six-time Canadian Olympic y who will be presenting Dressage clinics competitor, Cindy Ishoy, throughout the 3-days of the expo. A first-time presenter at the Mane Event is Australian horse trainer Dan James who will be presenting demonstrations Saturday and Sunday as well as participating in the Saturday Night Equine Experience. A new component to this year’s event is the addition of Extreme Trail clinicians JoLinn and Mitch Hoover who will be presenting clinics on mastering the challenges of Extreme Trail on Friday and Saturday and then judging the Extreme Trail competition on Sunday. The Mane Event is looking for some hardy horse and rider combinations to compete in this first ever competition at the expo. Stay tuned for further details on this competition. Rounding out this year’s line-up of clinicians is: World Champion Barrel Racer and trainer, Chad Crider; multiple World and National Champion Western Pleasure competitor and trainer

Robin Gollehon; NRCHA Judge and multiple Champion Sandy Collier, who will be presenting clinics on Reining; the unstoppable, Michael Richardson, left a paraplegic after a vehicle accident in 1986, Michael will be presenting horsemanship clinics; Elizabeth Graves will be presenting gaited horse clinics and welcomes any gaited breed horse and handler to participate; and Hunter/Jumper rider, trainer, judge and clinician Scott Hofstetter will be presenting jumping and equitation clinics. This year’s Trainers Challenge is expected to be one of the closest challenges yet - with veteran horse trainers Mike Kevil, Martin Black and Kerry Kuhn competing head to head with horses supplied by the Ace of Clubs Quarter Horses of Ponoka, Alberta. With over 220 vendors already booked as exhibitors the indoor trade fair is again going to offer a multitude of equine products and services. Everything from boots, clothing, hats, saddles and tack, rounded out by carriages, harnesses, feed, supplements and a multitude of breed and riding associations should ensure plenty of shopping options and information for the equine enthusiast. Don’t miss the demonstrations by the Ranch Horse Versatility Association and over 15 breed groups, along with presentations on equine nutrition, parasite control, saddle fitting, biosecurity and how to photograph your horse‌ just to name a few.

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Canada - US Border Crossing Procedures, Part 2 by Kevan Garecki Specific Requirements The information herein was accurate at the time this was written. However, requirements can change with little notice. Disease outbreaks and events can alter the procedural landscape in a heartbeat! Check with the USDA, the CFIA, a reputable carrier actively involved in cross-border transactions or a licensed customs broker to ensure current information on moving horses internationally. Canada and the United States are friends and allies but are still foreign countries, and visitors are subject to their laws and requirements.

Horses Entering Canada - Permanent Importation


his section would apply to horses that have been purchased, are accompanying an owner relocating to Canada, or are otherwise expected to remain in the country permanently. In addition to the IHC and Coggins, the horse must arrive at the border with proof of ownership in the form of either a transferred registration showing the current owner, or a Bill of Sale. The Bill of Sale should list full contact information for both the buyer and seller, full description of the horse, the date and place the horse was foaled, value or purchase price and terms of the sale, if any. Those moving into Canada may import their horse as part of their personal belongings, making one declaration for everything at once. There are numerous rules that can alter the declaration, making it highly advisable to speak with a broker during the planning stages of the relocation process. Horses that have been purchased in another country and are being imported into Canada will be subject to taxes calculated on the equivalent purchase price in Canadian funds. The tax must be paid to Customs when the horse arrives at the border. A broker will combine their fee with the tax and pay that portion directly to Customs on your behalf, thus further streamlining the transaction. If the horse is purchased by an individual, the amount will be calculated on the prevailing tax for the individual’s home province. If the horse is purchased by a company, farm or other legal entity, the tax is limited to GST only regardless of where the business is located.

Horses Entering Canada - Temporary Importation This section would apply to horses coming into Canada for training, breeding or other purposes, and are expected to leave Canada at some point in the near future, or are entering Canada for furtherance to another country. This would also apply to horses travelling through Canada en route between Alaska and the continental US. There are certain limitations to temporary entries, so permanent entry might apply even if the horse is to leave the country at some point in the distant future. These details are best addressed on an individual basis, as circumstances can be extremely convoluted. The documentation accompanying horses entering Canada on a temporary basis must clearly state not only the entry date, 8 • Saddle Up • March 2012

but also the projected date the horse is to leave the country. There are certain circumstances under which Customs will allow an extension, but this may incur further costs. The purpose of the entry must be declared as well, such as for a show or event, for training or evaluation, or for some other purpose that predicts an eventual return to the horse’s country of origin, or continuance to another country. If the horse leaves Canada while the original foreign IHC is still valid, there is no need for any further documentation. However if either the IHC or Coggins expires while the horse is in Canada, the horse must be inspected by a licensed veterinarian and new certification documents sworn out. The charge for this service depends on the vet, the locale and other considerations.

Horses Entering the US – Permanent Importation This section would apply to horses being shipped into the US as a result of a sale, accompanying a relocating owner or other purpose for which the horses are not expected to return to Canada. The importer of record must be able to offer a tax ID number to US Customs before the horse will be allowed to enter the US. In the case of a receiving stable, this could be their Internal Revenue tax ID number; if an individual is importing the horse, Customs will use that person’s Social Security Number. If the receiving person is not a current resident of the US, they must have a US citizen offer their own tax ID or SSN to Customs for the purposes of the importation. The broker handling the importation paperwork will require this information for inclusion in the entry to Customs. There are two common forms a US customs broker will need the importer to complete: a NAFTA statement and another form granting the broker power of attorney to act on the importer’s behalf. The broker (or carrier, depending on how the shipment is to cross) will generally fax or email these forms for completion. The forms are not complicated, and either the broker or carrier will usually assist in this.

Horses Entering the US – Temporary Importation This section would apply to horses shipped into the US for training, breeding, medical diagnosis or treatment, or other purpose for which the horse is not expected to remain in the US. This section would also apply to horses entering the US for furtherance to another country. Quarantine requirements vary widely from a few days to over a month, depending on the requirements of the ultimate receiving country, so it is essential to plan well in advance whenever contemplating international shipments. The USDA veterinarian at the border will stamp the Supplemental Declaration at the time of entry; this document must be presented to Canadian Customs when the horse reenters Canada. The average temporary importation is limited HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Canada - US Border Crossing, cont’d to 30 days. If the horse remains in the US beyond that time it is possible to get an extension for an additional 30 days. If it is known at the time of entry that the horse may remain in the US for longer than 30 days, notify the USDA vet and they will usually offer the extension at the time. There are certain limitations to temporary entries, so permanent entry might apply even if the horse is to leave the country at some point in the distant future. These details are best addressed on an individual basis, as circumstances can be extremely convoluted. The documentation accompanying horses entering the US on a temporary basis must clearly state not only the entry date, but also the projected date the horse is to leave the country. There are certain circumstances under which Customs will allow an extension, but this may incur further costs. The purpose of the entry must be declared as well, such as for a show or event, for training or evaluation, or for some other purpose that predicts an eventual return to the horse’s country of origin. If the horse leaves the US while the original foreign IHC is still valid, there is no need for any further documentation. However if either the IHC or Coggins expires while the horse is in the US, the horse must be inspected by a licensed veterinarian

and new certification documents sworn out. The charge for this service depends on the vet, the locale and other considerations. There are very specific permit and declaration requirements for importation of horses into Alaska. The requirements vary according to gender, point of entry and purpose of import, and permit turnaround times can vary from a few hours to several days. It is highly advisable to deal with a carrier who is actively involved in transporting horses into Alaska to ensure these laws are observed carefully and completely. Alaskan border crossing are very remote, and the trip into them is arduous for even the healthiest horses; being refused entry at one of these ports is far more than just an inconvenience! Horses travelling through Canada between Alaska and the Continental US or bound for other international destinations must meet Canadian import requirements as well as those of the final destination. 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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e enjoyed owning and operating boarding/training stables in the Lower Mainland for over 30 years, but felt it was time for a change. Ever since, our family has embraced this ranch lifestyle with open hearts. Teepee Heart Ranch is a special place. It truly honours a piece of Big Creek history and is home to “The Original Chilcotin Trail Ride” in the Cariboo. Teepee Heart was once home to a real Chilcotin-born cowboy, whose dream was to ride and find wild horses. That dream lives on. Our horses are the heart of our ranch. We take pride in our ranch-raised horses that so honourably take on their jobs. Our reliable trail partners have become our best teachers. Our great-minded Tennessee Walkers and Quarter horses make up most of our herd. Whether we are colt starting or riding young stock, our working ranch is always buzzing with activity. Teepee Heart Ranch offers a variety of all-inclusive holidays, and we host guests from Europe, Canada, and the United States. On our famous Teepee Pack Trip, we will take you on an adventurous riding excursion deep into the wilderness, packed with all necessary provisions. On 10 • Saddle Up • March 2012

our Two Island Lake trip, our mountain log cabin serves as our base camp. From here we ride on day trips that will take your breath away. Enjoy all your meals cooked on our open fire pit. We also offer an authentic cattle drive, rounding up cows and moving them to their summer range. Spend the night sleeping in tents under the big starry Chilcotin sky at cow camp. Sit around the campfire sharing the tales of the day. Our Ranch Stays take you on exciting day rides searching for the illusive wild horses of the Chilcotin - the “Spirits of the West.” Just to add some city slicker to the cowboy, we also offer some horsemanship clinics with well-known clinicians. Our four rustic log cabins are warm and cozy, making it your home away from home. We share our log house using the main dining room for meals, including other areas for you to relax, read, or visit. The ranch is surrounded by many fishing lakes, hiking, river raft excursions, and canoeing for all those that just want to kick off the riding boots. We invite you to join us for warm hospitality, delicious ranch cooking, endless cowboy coffee, and great saddle adventures. Learn more at


Kassai Horseback Archery By Donat Koller Photos by Robert Borsos

One of my favourite YouTube videos is “A Perfect Shot.” It gives the viewer a good idea about this fascinating sport. Most horse people, be they recreational or competitive, are seeking a harmony or “oneness” with their horse. Mounted archery adds another component, which is the arrow and the target.


s the ultimate goal, we are searching for the perfect harmony between horse, rider, arrow and target. In the meantime, we are just people with our jobs and families, seeking mainly some fun, companionship, maybe an adrenalin boost, or just something to do that is out of the ordinary. Our BC Kassai School of Horseback Archery offers all of that. About 20 years ago, the Hungarian master archer and horseman, Lajos Kassai, brought this ancient sport back to life. Today his school maintains franchises all over the world, one of them near Whistler, in Mount Currie, BC. For members living close by, training is every weekend. Once per year in May, we hold a week of training camp and competition. The Saturday is reserved for the official Kassai competition (members only), and on the Sunday an open competition is held. We ask that participants have a current HCBC membership. You can bring your own horse, or use one from the school. In competition, the rider gallops or canters the horse through a 99-metre straight run. The target is situated in the middle, offset 9 metres from the run. The rider shoots as many arrows at the target as he can. The first forward shot and the last backward shot would be from almost 50 metres away, whereas the shot closest to the target would be at the midpoint of the run, from just 9 metres. The horse has to run through the 99

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metres within 20 seconds. For every second under the allotted 20 seconds, the rider will get one point. Everyone does three warm-up runs and nine runs for the competition; the final score is calculated from the speed of the horse and the points scored on the target. Besides the fun of training and competition, we always have plenty of time to play, camp, eat and sit around a fire. For more information, visit our website at

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Training for Courage by Paul Dufresne GAIT DEVELOPMENT, PART 1: WALK

Performance movement begins at the Walk. Many people don’t know what a good walk is for a particular horse until they see it change, which can make the pursuit of it difficult for some. Nuno Oliveira, one of the classical masters, required his students to do months of developmental exercises at the walk.

Rider is sliding a hand down near mid-rein to take a shorter hold

Sitting straight as the rein bends the horse to nearly 90 degrees; the hand prepares to draw towards wither/pommel area


Draw to wither with simultaneous heel cue, horse crossing over

fter six months of practicing only in the walk, he asked his students to prepare to practice Tempe changes (series of flying lead changes at the canter). Of course the students thought he was joking - but he wasn’t. If they had

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Roll-over at a walk; Easy displaying nod in poll flexion as well

Hand moving from pommel to the hip/ cantle area; Easy preparing to move the fore

Easy continuing with the forelimbs

really developed the walk as they should have by then, the horse’s canter would reflect this... and it did! I don’t believe that very many people today are willing to be that patient. If we can be a fraction as patient and thorough as they were back in Oliveira’s time, we, too, can be quite successful with our horse’s performance. There is a multitude of exercises I can think of that will improve the walk, but I keep thinking to myself that there is one that stands out above the rest. It is better to learn one simple exercise and do it VERY well, than to try many and do them poorly. Keeping it simple, that one exercise is a good Serpentine that develops into a roll-over and reach. I consider this exercise one move, because I teach the quartering with bend and a poll flexion first. Then, when the horse has this, I progress to the second part - the reaching of the forequarters. This exercise will improve a horse for any discipline. All I have to do is look at the qualities that constitute a good athletic walk to know why this is one of the best building blocks. A correct walk shows a top line with good posture - relaxed and round - so that maximum range of motion is possible with the least amount of effort, as well as a good supporting posture to carry the rider. It shows ground-covering engagement of the hindquarters with suppleness in the hip and back, enough so that the horse can easily cross its midline and then drive forward with loose forequarters allowing maximum motion while maintaining the integrity of the joints, as it carries its weight mostly on the hind. Setting up the Roll-Over and Reach First, slide your hand partway down the rein, then open the rein so the horse is bent 90 degrees at the neck. When the horse is in this position make sure you are upright and balanced. You will draw the rein toward the pommel or withers area as you HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training for Courage, cont’d Easy walking the forelimbs; walking through

simultaneously use your heel to move the horse’s inside hip over. The key is to make sure you have a good bend without tilting the horse’s head; when you draw the rein you will cause a jaw flexion or rolling of the jaw. This will help loosen the horse’s poll and back and assist with emotional well-being. The horse will then take its inside hind leg and cross in front of the opposite hind leg. If all I do is the bend and crossing over of the hind legs for a step or two, then change rein and go to the other side, this would be the start of a quality serpentine. When the horse is responsive to crossing, I give a slight release of the rein. If the horse gives a slight downward nod of the head on the release I know the horse had a relaxing poll flexion. I do this maneuver until the horse is able to relax through it with a smooth and large range of motion. When the horse can do this roll-over or quartering motion without my muscling it around, I add the Reach. As the horse crosses with its hindquarter by the rail for half a circle, I take the inside rein that was drawn to the pommel and draw this rein towards my hip while supporting the neck of the horse with the outside rein as well. Thus the horse maintains bend throughout the portion of this move as the forelegs reach around and across each other, moving slightly forward (essentially a turn on the haunches). This exercise, when done correctly, improves suppleness in the horse, loosens the poll and increases responsiveness in a yield of the hip. It improves a horse’s ability to drive forward, collect itself and balance itself, and increases range of motion, fluidity of the hind and looseness of shoulders. It improves lightness of direct and indirect rein, emotional wellbeing, and readiness for lateral yields HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Easy doing a jump through of the fore (should be done once a horse knows how to walk-through first)

because the horse has good lateral bend and vertical flexion. This exercise is great preparation for canter leads, as the horse will actually engage its hip when you ask it to cross and pick up the correct lead. *When asking the horse to quarter, ask it to step forward strongly after it has made a big step across with its hindquarter, to cause an increase in stride and engagement, as the horse will have softened in the bend and jaw flexion. * If the horse has a bit of difficulty with the reach, have it face the rail with bend and then ask it to keep moving in the direction of the bend. You can also bump it on the opposite shoulder with your foot suggesting it try to move over as in a roll-back. * Timing is something you learn. Ask a foot to move as it just lifts off the ground. If we ask the horse to move a leg when it is supporting most of its weight on it, the horse will feel very heavy to the aid. If you suggest the horse should move in a direction as soon as it changes its balance to lift a foot, you can put more guidance in moving it. This exercise will be discussed in my Endotapping demonstrations at the LMQHA Quarter Horse Bazaar on March 18th. Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Pritchard, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship, Classical Arts, Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses and, more importantly, how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. The horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they affect each other. Visit his website at www.


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Cardinal’s Corner with Devanee Cardinal MARES ROCK!

Does anyone else notice a bias against mares out there? When someone says they prefer a gelding, I get it. They want easy, uncomplicated, hormone-less eunuchs. Yes, I have a high appreciation for them too, but mares have a special place in my heart.


here sure are a lot of “crazy mare� stories out there. Mares are often referred to as temperamental, but I wonder if what people may describe as a “mare-ish� tendency is just a mare that is generally unimpressed with humans and doesn’t mind letting them know. Here’s a good mare story for you. Mares are often the initiators of herd movement. A fringe benefit of good rapport with a lead mare is that she’ll bring you the whole herd when you want them. I learned this lesson early with one of my first horses. We didn’t keep horses in paddocks or pastures very often. Our herds mostly ran in huge areas surrounding the ranch, or up in the Raush Valley. If a horse didn’t want to be caught they had the option of heading miles away. It was eventually established that my mare would always come when I called or whistled, and bring the whole herd. Even if I was a speck in the distance, as long as she could detect me she was on her way. What a blessing! When I got married and settled in at Cardinal Ranch, she continued

to lead the herd. One day, we finally had to put her down due to cancer. I remember the next day clearly. I called, whistled, but no horse in the remainder of the herd even picked their head up from grazing. It appeared that they were so reliant on this mare’s leadership that it didn’t occur to them to come without her initiation. Isn’t that interesting? To understand the Devanee and Rosa (4-year-old Rockin’ 1/2 mare’s point of view, Andalusian Mare) on her first time holding the hind feet of a steer during the Martin we need to know Black Ranch School at Cardinal Ranch. that leadership is not necessarily the same as dominance. From what I see in our herds and our interaction with horses from our Horse Development Program, I would say that mares are less interested in dominance games. I see mares playing “tit for tat� games less often, if at all, out in the herd. They don’t spend a lot of time working out their position above other horses, yet they have some of the strongest social bonds and highest roles in decision-making. Some of these dynamics help explain why mares are



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Cardinal’s Corner, cont’d and cooperation. It involves a higher level of rapport and connection, rather than just obedience. “Because you say so” is not enough of a reason for many mares. All horses flourish with a great relationship with their human. Mares just seem to require it. As a horseman, I think that the mares in our life are challenging us to “show up” and be the kind of leader they need. We might even lead together with them. Mares want us to be as “with it” as they are. It is a tall dose of horsemanship that will make humans a bigger fan of mares, and more importantly, make mares a bigger fan of us. All of the horses we love are an inspiration to keep learning and improving. To win the heart of a mare is a very special thing. I hope it’s part of your horsemanship journey, too. “Winning the heart of her mare,” 14-year-old Kariston Brownless from Slave Lake, AB and her mare, Gypsy. (Photo taken during Level 2 Parelli Clinic.)

unimpressed when we try to make them “move their feet.” Yet, much of what people do with their horses will often focus on this aspect. In these cases, I see mares getting frustrated or even unconfident with the human. Think of your mare’s opinions as feedback on you. (Now that’s a hard pill to swallow sometimes.) Often I think we care too much about what other people think or say about our horsemanship, when it’s the mare’s opinion that we should listen to. In my work as an instructor, almost 70% of the horses my students bring to clinics are mares. My conclusion is that mares are giving people a run for their money. It is often not what you are doing with your horse, but HOW you are doing it that matters most. If you are not building connection, and just going through the motions, she’ll let you know. “They don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care,” to quote Pat Parelli. The leadership that I am describing involves a deeper connection. It could be described as an initiation by the human, then a “let’s do this together” with the horse. It’s not easy to explain on paper, but leadership is about willing participation

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Longevity: How Old is Too Old? By Ann Turner Meet Albert. At 29 he was still being used as a school horse. When I got him thinking he was 12, he was actually 20, as I discovered years later when my vet read his tattoo. He passed away in April 2006 at the age of 31, but was sound as a bell up to that point. routine which was always part of Albert’s regimen was STRETCHES. These stretches are best done after you ride, as it is not good to stretch a cold muscle. They are good for all horses, not just older horses. THE STRETCHES In Stretch #1, opening the throatlatch, place your right hand on the poll and the


towards you; this will stretch the shoulder muscles, and the back and ribcage muscles that attach to the scapula or shoulder blade. This is the warm up for the next stretch. In Stretch #3, gradually straighten the leg out from the position above. Hold the foot at the toe, again bend YOUR knees,

left hand under the horse’s chin. Gently push down on the poll at the same time as raising the chin. This helps the horse with flexion, as many horses get tight muscles around the poll and jaw area from forced collection, hard hands, incorrectly used draw-reins, and strong bits. This forces the neck to contract and the horse becomes harder and harder to ride or flex at the poll. In Stretch #2, clasp both hands behind the horse’s knee, bend your knees, not your back, and hold the knee at a right angle to his body. You can very gently take the knee

and wait for the horse to stretch his leg. Albert can straighten his leg fully, bear in mind he has been doing this for 10 years! DON’T pull, let the horse do it. Some can only manage the bent leg stretch, that’s fine - Rome wasn’t built in a day!! In Stretch #4, gradually bend the knee and, without putting the leg down, change

and gently stretch the leg in an L shape, with the forearm at right angles to the ground. This stretch decompresses the knee bones, and also stretches the muscles in front of the shoulder blade. Moving on to the hind end, in Stretch #5, pick up the hind leg as though you were going to pick the feet, then bend your knees, and grasp the fetlock joint,

very gradually, pull the hind leg forward directly towards the back of the front knee, making sure you are in a straight line, not out to one side. Again, some horses will find this very difficult, if they are sore in the back and down the hamstrings. Be gentle, and let the horse tell you how far they can go. When you feel resistance – stop and hold. In Stretch #6, gradually move behind the horse, again bend your knees, and hold

your position to where I am standing at the shoulder, and hold the leg under the fetlock joint to support it with your right hand. Use your left hand under the knee, 16 • Saddle Up • March 2012


Longevity, cont’d the cannon bone with both hands as I am doing. Gently stretch the hind leg out towards you, don’t pull, just put a little tension in the hold and see how far out the back the horse can go. This is a great stretch for the hip joint, stifles and muscles in the loins. In Stretch #7, you are picking up the right hind leg from the left side of the horse.

Holding the fetlock joint, with your knees bent, you gently stretch the leg across to the mid-line of the horse. As you can see here, Albert can stretch his right hind across his body to the opposite side. That’s a very good reach. This is wonderful for a horse with a tight back, the lumbo-sacral area and the hip joints. You also stretch the obliques and all the muscles on the outside of the hind leg that support the hock and stifle joints. Last, but not least, is Stretch #8, the tail pull. Grasp the tail hair and wrap it around your hand and wrist. Gradually bend your

knees until your whole body weight is being supported by the horse’s weight, they will pull against you and lean forwards. This is to be done SLOWLY and released slowly so you don’t slam the horse’s spine HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

together on the release. Think of a piece of elastic with wooden blocks on it, if you let it go fast the blocks will all crash together. That is like the horse’s spine, so go slow to avoid injury. This is a great stretch for the whole spine and most horses really enjoy it. Stretching your horse takes practice and time. Follow the photographs and monitor your body position. Let your horse be the guide for how far they can stretch, and only do a few each day, until you master the whole routine. Go slow, and have patience. Start with the left front leg, then the left hind, then the right hind, then the right front. Always do the same routine, so your horse gets used to it, and knows what to expect. Some will resist at first, so don’t try to get it all done at once, just keep practicing until it all falls into place. As I said before, I do these at the end of a ride so the muscles are well warmed

up. Hold each stretch for about 15 seconds. Less is always more with horses, little and often is far better and easier on the body than too much at once. Remember, muscles have memory, and it takes time for the nervous system to reprogram the memory. Have fun and stay safe! The horse used in these photos turned 30 years young in January 2005! Ann Turner ran Wits End Farms Equine Rehab centre in the Fraser Valley for 10 years. Ann is a certified CHA Level 2 English coach and now resides in Aldergrove, BC where she is running her Ann’s Horsemanship program. Check the website for upcoming clinics and workshops at She can be reached by email at or by phone at (604) 625-6607.

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In this article, I am going to teach you how to train the young horse to lope right off. A great horseman once told me it takes 1,000 transitions to train a horse to make an excellent transition. Even if that’s stretching it, it certainly takes hundreds. Practice makes perfect and I feel you need to practice your transitions a lot, not only for the horse, but also for your own timing and to establish the relationship between your leg and his response.


ny maneuvers you teach your horse will take practice and repetition to achieve perfection. Remember, your horses are like kids in school. They need to practice new things they are learning over and over. So allow the time and teach your horses! In order to perform a good transition, you need to have control of your horse’s body. Since your leg cue is your primary signal to lope, you need to develop in your horse a good understanding of this signal. I spend a lot of time on young horses developing an understanding and acceptance of my leg. Many horses start out resistant to your leg. Watching young horses in a pasture, you’ll see that when one horse pushes against another horse, the horse either runs off or pushes back. I often get the same reaction when teaching the young horse to accept my leg cue. Some run or jump off of it, but most resist or push back against it. To develop acceptance of this cue, I move my horse over, off of my leg, over and over again. One good exercise is to isolate the hindquarters and teach him to move his hindquarters over while keeping the front end still or relatively still, similar to a turn on the forehand. Side passing is good also, but I do more isolating of the hindquarters and moving around the front end. I feel I can identify if my horse is allowing me to have control of his body and determine if he’s running off of my leg, sticking on my leg, or accepting my leg and stepping willingly off of my leg. One of the key components to a great transition is that my leg cue will drive him and he will match his step to the amount of pressure I apply. I want to have control of his hind leg with my leg. The next key component to a great transition is that the horse must have lift. In order for the horse to soft ly lift up and lope off, his body weight has to be on his hindquarters. If his weight is on his front end, he will have to pull his body in to the lope and it will not be pretty. Lift and balance are the keys to everything you do with your horse. You need to be aware of where your horse’s body weight is at all times. If you feel he is falling apart, most likely he is on his front end.

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Most of the time I just stop, get his body weight back where it belongs, and try again. So, to perform a good transition, build the basics that you need to have control of the hindquarters and acceptance of your leg. You also need to have control of where his body weight is and where his front end is. I will teach you my favourite exercise to train the young, green horse to lope right off. Let’s say you want to work on the right lead. Start at a standstill and ride twohanded. Pull his head to the left and apply your left leg, asking him to move his hindquarters over. Pay attention to his response. Your goal is to be able to mash or push your leg and control each step with your leg. Look for willingness or resistance! How he takes your leg will be very similar to his attitude in the lope off. This is a huge secret to fi xing older horses that are pin-eared or pissy or that jump off into the lope. It usually starts with acceptance or resistance to the initial leg cue. Remember, your leg is another mode of communication between you and your horse. It is a form of relationship with your horse. I want my horses to respect my cue but also to accept it, whether it is my hands or my legs or my seat. Taking the time to evaluate how you are asking and how he is responding is very important. If you encounter a lot of resistance you may need to be sharp or punish your horse, but ride mindfully and evaluate if you are giving more cue than you need to or not enough. Once you are happy with his response and you can freely step his hindquarters around his front end, stop him. Notice that, as his hindquarters are moving and his front end is still, his body weight is on his Pushing the hip around front end. So let’s bring his body HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Training, cont’d weight back to his hindquarters. I will do this by attempting to keep his hindquarters still as I bring his front end over to the right, performing a turn on the haunches. I lead off with my right rein keeping his nose tipped slightly toward the right, my left rein needs to keep his body straight and not allow his hindquarters to move back into my left leg as I just worked to move him over off my left Turning on the haunches leg. My ideal is for him to be light in my hands and rock his weight back on his hindquarters. I will turn him until I feel his body weight where it belongs. I keep a little left leg on him to block him moving into that leg. If at any time he moves his hindquarters over into my left leg, I’ll stop him. I’ll then start over by pushing his hind end off my left leg, and rocking his front end around in a turn to the right, keeping his nose tipped into the direction of the right lead that I will ask for. I want him to wait for me to direct or drive him. If he’s trying to beat me to it or out-thinking my cues, I will stop him and make him wait for me. Once I like his feel, I will ask him to walk forward, making sure he doesn’t throw that hip back into my leg and I will then smooch and mash or squeeze my leg and ask him to lope off. If he refuses to go, I may get tougher with my leg and I may make him trot his hip around his front end to show him I want forward motion. Then I will ask him again. If he jumps forward into the lope, I’ll let him lope a minute to show him that was good. Then I’ll stop him and push him around again until he accepts my leg, and I’ll try my lope off again. If he takes off trotting fast, I will try to kick him into the lope to show him what I wanted. Then I’ll stop him and try again. When a horse just trots, often they are lacking lift, so pay careful attention to your turns on the haunches that he is light and soft and truly putting his weight on his hindquarters. He may also be trotting because he is leaning into your left leg and not stepping over to lope right off. Some horses are weaker than others and you will need to practice this over and over to build their strength. Other horses don’t have a lot of natural lift and lope transitions are difficult for them. You can improve them over time. I recommend working on one side until you achieve some results before switching to the other side. Make your cues clear and give your horse a break when you see he is trying for you. When you want to switch to the left lead, simply reverse the cues to the other side. This exercise will build acceptance and knowledge in your horse and keeps his body on the correct arc HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

for each lead. Understanding the importance of the arc will help you to identify what went wrong if he doesn’t lope off when asked. The horse’s body always needs to follow a slight arc when loping. This exercise over-accentuates the arc in order to help him A younger horse, relaxed and loping learn to lift up and lope off in one stride. Good luck with your horse and if you need more help, I recommend my training DVD, “Maximizing Your Western Pleasure Horse, Volume 1.” It goes into detail on developing control of your horse’s body to perform any maneuver. 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.) • 19


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ast issue, we discussed the different types of parasites and the types of symptoms that can occur with parasite overload. This time we will discuss the pros and cons of using chemical dewormers and the importance of prevention. Chemical dewormers came on the scene in the 1960s to target all species of worms. Only one new deworming medicine has been introduced in the past 15 years and few new ones are expected. In recent years, however, the chemical war on parasites has become less popular for the following reasons: 1) Worms, especially small strongyles and roundworms, adaptive creatures that they are, have learned to build resistance. This has no doubt been spurred on by overlyaggressive parasite drug treatments putting selective pressure on worms to mutate. The indiscriminate and repetitive use of chemical dewormers on horses, especially those horses who may not even be infested, leads to parasitic mutation, and puts the horses at risk for toxic chemical overload and compromised immunity. With kinesiology testing, we find that most horses require lower dosages than the recommended full dose of 450 – 500 kg, and that these lower dosages are just as effective. In some cases, the horses require a very small dose three or four days in succession or even once per week for three to four weeks. 2) Too frequent chemical dewormings or excessive dosages contribute to intestinal imbalances, liver and kidney stress and overall 20 • Saddle Up p • March 2012

toxicity. A horse’s health is often jeopardized by frequently repeating treatments without results. Be cautious of dewormers that claim to kill encysted larvae, since in order to do so the drug must chemically alter the intestinal membrane to access the larvae. In sensitive horses this can lead to leaky gut, malnutrition, colic, and weight loss – sometimes extreme. Adverse reactions to all chemical dewormers may include drooling, colic, swellings, allergic reactions and laminitis. 3) Chemical dewormers often trigger the unaffected encysted larvae to emerge and develop into adult worms as soon as the drug is gone from the horse’s system. These newly developed adult parasites begin to shed eggs immediately and, depending on the time of year, can begin developing into parasites almost immediately. Chemical dewormers are still often a necessity especially for horses that have a heavy parasite load, have a low level of resistance to parasite toxicity and/or have been left untreated for a long period of time. However, these situations are very different from administering dewormers every few weeks without knowing whether or not your horse even needs them. And given the fact that only 30% of the horses (usually the weakest) in any herd are carrying the majority of the parasite load, this means that nearly 70% of our horses are subjected to unnecessary chemicals on a regular basis. It is highly advisable to make use of fecal parasite tests to determine whether or not your horse even has an overload of parasites. Bear in mind that a fecal parasite count will not indicate the presence of encysted parasites, however, we do find that those horses with high levels of encysted parasites will most often have a high load of shedding parasites as well. In any case,

horses, like all animals including people, are not meant to have a sterile intestinal system – it’s all about balance. A healthy ecosystem relies on a balance of microorganisms including bacteria, yeast and the occasional parasite. If horses are never exposed to parasites, they will never build any natural immunity. Chemical dewormers or not, effective parasite control starts with prevention, environmental control and an optimum immune system. It is important to recognize that random treatment, chemical or herbal, in a parasite laden environment will accomplish very little. Parasite management consists of healthy immunity, balance and environmental control. It is not a relentless war of eradication. Poor resistance to parasites is caused by poor feeding practices, inadequate nutrition, stress and a toxic colon. The intestinal environment created by high-sugar carbohydrate diets from excess grass or grain is favoured by disease-causing pathogens and parasites that eventually damage the colon membranes (leaky gut). Excess sugar fermentation produces a highly acidic environment that encourages the excess proliferation of bacteria, yeast and parasites. Horses in poor condition with toxic colons will be the most favoured hosts for parasites. Next issue, we will discuss parasite prevention through environmental control and the benefits of colon cleansing and immune building. Marijke van de Water, B.Sc., DHMS is an Equine Health and Nutrition Specialist, Homeopathic Practitioner and Medical Intuitive. She is the author of “Healing Horses: Their Way!” and “Healing People: The Marijke Method.” She is a regular and popular speaker at equine seminars, conferences and symposiums. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

16th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival By Mark McMillan


start as Canada’s original cow town. It’s this fact and a lot of other history in BC that keeps the BC Cowboy Heritage Society working hard to promote and preserve the Province’s past. One way of accomplishing this is through spoken word and song - hence the Kamloops Cowboy Festival which hires cowboy entertainers to tell the stories of the cowboy, ranch, and western way of life. The entertainment is good old fashioned family fun making the Festival very popular! Folks that have visited for the first time tend to leave saying - “we came for a day but next year we’ll be staying for four.” Evidence of this is in the numbers… the first year’s attendance was about 400 and with a steady increase every year since, the Festival now boasts about 8,000 attendees. The Festival is put on by cowboys but not necessarily for cowboys; in other words, you don’t have to be a cowboy to enjoy it. There are four different stages of entertainment that run all weekend long, with over 40 performers, from all over North America. The Festival also includes a western oriented Trade Show with over 50 booths selling cowboy/western products; everything from saddles to home décor, books, and art. In addition to the trade show the Art of the West Show and Sale has categories for paintings and drawings, photography, sculpture, and two sections for saddle makers - one for amateurs and one for professionals.

Another big part of the Society is the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. There will be four inductions during the Friday evening main feature show. This year, two inductees are from Kamloops, another is from the Cache Creek area, and a forth is from Fort St John. During the Saturday evening main feature there will be three $500 student scholarships presented. Each year, during the same show, a separate award is given for the preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC. It’s probably no surprise that this year’s recipient is the late Mike Puhallo. It all takes place March 8th to 11th at the Kamloops Convention Centre and the Calvary Community Church. See our ad below for contact information.

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Record Crowds Attend First Saskatchewan Equine Expo By Lori Cates

In excess of 9,000 horse enthusiasts passed through the doors at Saskatoon’s Prairieland Park for the inaugural Saskatchewan Equine Expo in Saskatoon, February 17-19, 2012. The three-day event featured educational seminars presented by the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, three world-renowned clinicians, breeds on display, an industry trade show, Trainers Challenge and a Saturday evening Equine Extravaganza that thrilled a standing room only audience.


showcased the talents of three outstanding horse trainers: Dale Clearwater from Hanley, SK, Cain Quam from Kendal, SK and Kade Mills from Innisfail, AB. The trainers drew for position and the horse they would work with over the allotted 3 hours and 45 minutes, over the three days. All three amazing horsemen thrilled the crowd during each session with their individual skills and at the end of the event, hometown favourite Dale Clearwater was awarded the Championship title. The award was a custom-made leather bag from Bill Willm of Willm Saddlery in St. Brieux, SK. Cain Quam and Kade Mills were also awarded runner up awards which were donated by Whispy Willow Tack and Supply, from McLean, SK. Livestock Manager Brenda Sapergia had almost lost her voice on Sunday evening when she thanked judges Ron Hoffman, Johnny Picray and Shawna Sapergia for the difficult job they had choosing a winner of the competition. As the suppliers of the horses for the Trainers Challenge, John and Bernice King of Diamond K Ranch at Corning, SK, were beaming with pride as the horsemen brought their horses back into the arena for a standing ovation and photo. Clinics presented by Olympic Dressage Champion, Gina Smith, Centered Riding instructor, Sue Leffler and International Reining Champion, Shawna Sapergia were a big hit with spectators and pre-registered students alike. Sunday morning, the stands were full by 8:00am as the Fellowship of Christian

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the audience breathless when a piper signalled the entrance of the 8-horse hitch of Clydesdales, driven by Harvey MacFarlane, of Sanguine Clydes of Summerberry, SK. Not a sound could be heard in the building as announcer Joe Ribinsky asked everyone to be quiet as Harvey ‘docked’ his team using only voice commands. The industry trade show also far exceeded expectations and indications from vendors is that they will all be back next year, many requesting additional space and extra days to showcase their products and services to a very enthusiastic market in Saskatchewan. Vendors came from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. Prairieland Park Agriculture Manager, Lori Cates coordinated the trade show and information theatre and has indicated that additional buildings will be added to next year’s show to accommodate the numerous requests for additional display space. Prairieland Park event managers Lori Cates and Brenda Sapergia are already

in the process of planning the 2013 Saskatchewan Equine Expo, however, many people contributed to the success of this first event. A committee made up of individuals from many different facets of the equine industry, representatives from the Saskatchewan Horse Federation and experts from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine were instrumental in planning and programming the three-day expo. “When we needed to add extra bleachers to accommodate the crowd, or to move the round pen in and out of the arena, volunteers came out of the crowd to help us,� said Livestock Manger Brenda Sapergia. “That’s the Saskatchewan spirit, and confirms that Saskatchewan people really appreciate that we are showcasing the equine industry right here in Saskatoon!� For further information on the Saskatchewan Equine Expo, check out their website at

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy BRIDLING

Q: I am having a hard time bridling my horse. Can clicker training help him to get better at it?


Well, what would you think if I told you that I don’t bridle my horses - they bridle themselves?! So, can clicker training help you out? You bet. First, I will refer you to my past Saddle Up articles, as those foundation lessons will definitely get you set up for success at bridling. You especially need the targeting lesson before starting this lesson. As always, you should first check for any physical issues that may be causing the bridling issues. Are his ears or mouth sore? How about his teeth? And how are your bridling skills? Do you fold his ears over or bang his teeth with the bit? Was he always hard to bridle or is this a recent development? Let’s assume there are no health issues and that he has always been difficult to bridle. How do we proceed? First, take off the noseband, browband, chinstrap (if there is one) and reins from your bridle. This will make things simpler in the beginning, for everyone. Those of you who have played with the targeting lesson will have found that if you start to withhold the click after your horse has touched the object, he will experiment by trying to lip it or even bite it. This is where we would like the horse with the bridling issue to be in his targeting lesson. We want him starting to lip the target. I usually start the bridling lesson with the horse free in a stall. I will do some regular targeting and hopefully by this time in our target teaching we will have attached a cue of “touch” to the action. Remember, we should only attach a cue to the behaviour if we know it is going to happen (cues are predictors of behaviour). After the horse is touching and, hopefully, lipping or biting at the target, we can substitute the bit for the target. At this stage, you are going to hold the bit up for the horse to target to (the bridle will be upside down, please see photo 1). After he is targeting his nose to the bit eagerly, begin withholding the 24 • Saddle Up • March 2012

click to see if he will try lipping or biting the bit. Click and treat for any increase in lipping. Make sure you take the bit away after each click and treat, and present it as a target again after the treat. If he offers to take the bit in his mouth, that is even better. He deserves a click and a big treat for that one. Do not try to force his mouth open by putting your thumb into his mouth in the traditional method of bridling, and remember to take your time - there is no rush. Very soon, he will be happily placing the bit in his mouth. Next, let’s change to holding the bridle upright, more the way it would be for regular bridling (see picture 2). Encourage him to target the bit. He may be a bit more hesitant. Remember, when you change one criteria (having to target with the bridle held in a new position) you must expect to have to decrease the other criteria (strength of the touching of the target). Make sure you click and treat for just touching the bit to start with, until his confidence has improved. Take your time and do this over several sessions. He will process his learning between sessions and be even better the next time. If his ears are the issue with his bridling, then this should be a separate lesson. You can also use targeting to solve this problem by training him to target his ear to your hand, or you can teach it with the “Can I touch you here?” game. If you are using the targeting lesson for the ears, remember that he needs to move his ear towards your hand - not you moving your hand towards his ear. Semantics perhaps, but the horse sees it differently. If you are going to use the “Can I touch you here?” game (which is similar to the advance and retreat game of some of the natural horsemanship teachings), you should not go over the threshold and cause the horse so much stress he cannot deal with it. So, see if you can touch his neck. Yes? Click and treat. Can you touch his cheek? Yes. Click and treat. Monitor his reactions to see if it is too much for him. Can you get close to his ear by the poll? Can you touch his ear?... Try and find out where the limit is HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Clicker Training, cont’d regarding his ear. Work on this with clicking and treating and going back and forth between the easy places and not-so-easy places to touch, all the while building his confidence that it is all okay. When you feel he’s ready, put it all together. Hold up your bridle and when he takes the bit in his mouth, click and treat him. Then add the final steps - push his right ear forward (picture 3) and slip the bridle over that ear. Success? Yes. Click and treat. Now try the left ear (picture 4). Got it through? Yes. Click and treat. There you go. Pretty soon you will have a horse that bridles himself. What a treat! For a short video of the finished product please go to www., search for “d1fairy” and look for the clip of Icaro Bridling.

If you have a training issue that you would like to see covered in a future article, please email me at mgwynne@ Until next time, keep it positive. Monty Gwynne is the only Canadian approved instructor for Clicker Training using Alexandra Kurland’s program (the founder of Clicker Training for Horses). She has been clicker training full time now for over 13 years. Monty is based in Cochrane, AB, and has done clinics throughout Canada. She is available for clinics and video coaching. (See The Pony Fairy listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)

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North American Curly Horses By Shelly White

Many people have heard of “Curlies,� but many more still have not! From the volume of questions, and misconceptions, that Curly breeders and enthusiasts have encountered, there is definitely a need to get accurate information out there about Curly Horses. So here we offer our FAQ, Curly Horse style!

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Are they really hypoallergenic? YES, they are! These wonderful horses with curly coats have proven to many people, time after time, that they are indeed hypoallergenic. They are less likely to cause an allergic reaction in a person that is known to be allergic to horses. What does this mean exactly? This means that a person who is allergic to regular horses may be able to enjoy activities with a Curly Horse without having an allergic reaction, and for those who have been prevented from owning a horse due to allergies, this is a dream come true! Many people are moved to tears when they find out they can safely tolerate these horses.

Where do Curlies come from? Most of today’s Curlies originate in the United States Mustang herds (Bureau of Land Management). Look at the pedigrees of most Curly Horses and you will find that they trace back to these wild horses, and some of them are quite close up. People used to think they came from the Bashkir region of Russia, and that is why they were called that in the beginning. We now have learned that there is no evidence to support that.

Are they all small? No! While mustangs are generally small horses, today’s Curlies have been crossed with every kind of modern horse you can think of. They come in all sizes and types: elegant, tall, sporthorse types, draft types, pony types,

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Curly Horses, cont’d gaited types, etc. Any type of Curly Horse you can dream up - they probably already exist.

What can they do? Curlies can do every type of thing that an equine enthusiast can imagine. They can do sport, jumping, driving, western disciplines, endurance, games, and they are truly wonderful trail companions!

What is their temperament like? This is surely one of their most amazing attributes. For all the different types available today, most Curlies retain their innate affinity for humans. Many of them will leave their food when they see people coming to visit. They truly seem to enjoy spending time with people. They are highly trainable and intelligent, and usually do not need to be drilled about anything; once they understand something, they have it, and they have a great work ethic!

Are these horses only for people with allergies? No! Many people are finding that they love the solid bone, the trainability and the gentle nature of the Curly Horse, and these horses are being used more and more by the general equestrian population.

Is the Curly Horse a breed? This is a tougher question to answer. A breed, by definition, is what is produced when two similarly-bred horses are bred together and then you get a similar offspring. In this sense, Curlies do manifest as a breed as they have strong attributes that tend to breed into their offspring. However, today’s modern Curlies are not a specific type as one might think of in a Quarter Horse or Arabian, for example. Today’s Curlies are more like a horse “melting pot.” Each breeder has selected their stock for the horses that they themselves prefer. Some have out-crossed extensively to create types of horses that they believe are useful in today’s equine disciplines, and others have bred only Curly to Curly.

Are all Curly coats the same? No. They come in a wide variety of coat types, from extremely tight curls, to loose curls, to even some with no curls - “smooth-coated” Curlies. They are all hypoallergenic, though! Not only does their curl type vary, so do their colours. They come in every colour that a horse can be! Curlies grow their curly coats in winter and shed their winter coats in the spring. They have a few other attributes which distinguish them from the rest of the equine population: * most Curlies have curls in their ears! These curls stay all year round. * most Curlies have full dreadlocked Curly manes, often on both sides of their neck; some will shed these lovely manes in the spring only to grow a full, thick mane back again the following winter. * many Curlies have shorter than expected tails, often only reaching to their hocks, but the tails usually are very full. * most of them have very hard feet and many do not need shoes (depending on terrain and use, of course!) * they are hardy horses; most owners find them to be easy keepers. * they have a seemingly natural affinity for people. This has been observed by many! continued to page 28

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Curly Horses, cont’d How rare are they? Curlies are still considered very rare. There are less than 4000 registered horses alive in the world today.

Are they hugely expensive?

History of The Curly Horse

Not at all. They range in price the same as most other horses, with young stock often offered for less. A trained, mature horse can range from $2,000 up to $20,000 for a highly-trained show horse.

The origin of the Curly Horse is a mystery and is debated to present day. It was once believed that these curly coated horses were ancestors of the Russian Bashkir of Bashkortostan, however in recent years this was found to be untrue and unfounded. Research done by Shan Thomas for the CS Fund and resulting in the report, Myth and Mystery: The Curly Horse in America, indicates that the Russian breed most often found with the curly coat is the Lokai breed, found in the Taijikistan region. This information came many years too late and the name “American Bashkir Curly” had stuck. The American Bashkir Curly Horse Registry (ABCR) members voted to keep it to spare any more confusion. With the birth of the International Curly Horse Organization (ICHO), the ‘Bashkir’ title was dropped and the members chose to simply go with North American Curly Horse, sighting the fact that they truly are an American Breed. So in describing the Curly horse you will see many variations of the title, such as American Bashkir Curly, American Curly Horse, North American Curly Horse or just Curly Horse. There are many theories of the Curly Horse’s origin. A more in depth look is available at

Where can I find a Curly? Today, you can find breeders throughout North America and Europe. They are also slowly making their way into Australia! Want to put a little CURL in your world? Check out these resources for more information and to find breeders and horses for sale: International Curly Horse Organization (open registry, for all Curly coated horses) Curly Sporthorse International (open registry for all Curly coated and improvement Sporthorses) http://www. American Bashkir Curly Registry (closed registry for only Curly to Curly bred horses) Curly Horse Country (privately owned website with Curly information and classifieds)

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Lessons from a Headstrong Filly By Tammy McLellan In 1979, I was a horse-crazy 11-year-old. Without knowing a thing about horses, my dad decided to get one for us kids. A friend of ours told us about a pony that was being sold because her teenaged owners were neglecting her. So my dad bought this skinny halfstarved pony for his four kids to share. I was elated!


e didn’t know anything about horses, but we had a lot of love to give. In no time, Smokey was looking great. We kept her on a little piece of land by our house, when farmland was still near the suburbs. We used to go to the barn and lead Smokey to our house every day where she happily munched our back grass and destroyed my mom’s strawberry patch. In 1985, I had the opportunity to add to my horse family when a partMorgan was given to me. They were my faithful companions until 2001 and 2009 when I had to say my final goodbyes to my beautiful friends. In 2009, I got another part-Morgan named Hershey. She was 6 months old when I got her - my first go at raising a young one. Hershey is as sweet as her name suggests, but she is just as sassy! After owning horses for most of my life, I thought I knew a thing or two. Which I did, but not when it comes to raising a headstrong fi lly. I read lots of books and had some help from the lady that runs our farm, but I needed to learn more in order to have a calm, respectful horse. In June 2010, I had the great fortune of taking Natural Horsemanship (NH) lessons. I was amazed at what my teacher could do with a horse by using body language with the aid of a carrot stick. At first, my little Hershey was very resistant to yielding her quarters and backing up out of my space. She had worked hard for her leadership status and she wasn’t going to give it up easily. Through a lot of hard work and time, I now have a respectful young horse that listens and pays attention to me and I am now the clear leader. I’d like to tell you what NH now means to me. For me, it is about respect - mutual respect, with the human as the leader. NH starts HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

from the moment you take your horse out of the field. They stand respectfully beside you while you secure the gate. They walk respectfully beside you while you walk to the barn. They stand quietly to be brushed, put their head down to your level for tacking up and they don’t run all over you when you bring out a carrot. In the arena, your horse will lunge like a dream. (How many people do you know that can lunge their horse, get them to change speeds and direction without saying a word or having a fight?) Your horse will stand quietly when you get on and stay there until you ask it to move. And once you are on, if you have a really great NH teacher like I do, you will have a quiet, respectful horse to ride and have aids as light as a feather! My wish for other horse owners is that they could all take Natural Horsemanship lessons and see how it can change their whole experience. Even though I loved the 31 years I had before Natural Horsmanship, it sure has changed mine.

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In the last installment, I mostly focused my article on exercises you can do at home to strengthen your skills in the arena. There is no substitution for doing your homework well. It will pay off at the shows, and it is easy for most of us judges to see who has done their homework and who has not, just as a teacher or professor can see in school.


am not sure how many installments there will be in this series. That is due to the fact that I am always thinking of things that I recall while judging that have kept me thoughtful of how to always make one the best that they can be as a rider and exhibitor. So far, we have focused on the obvious areas that seem to plague many riders. As we progress through these installments, we will start to fine tune things to make you the best that you can be - areas of horsemanship that not everyone thinks about, but can dramatically affect your score. I realize that many riders do not have a trainer or the opportunities to practice as much as others do. Hopefully all of these tips in the series will give you some insight to work on areas that you might not have known were so important. I want to discuss some more obvious areas that I might have forgotten to mention in the last seven installments that are so important. I want to talk about showing on the rail after your individual performance. I take it for granted with

my clients, and they know never to circle off of the rail to gain a better rail position. I still see this at some of the smaller shows, and amazingly will see it from time to time at the bigger shows. This also includes circling around, cutting the arena in half and drastically cutting the corners to gain a better position. This will dramatically drop your scores, if not place you at the very bottom of the class. Rail position is very important and a very vital part of the score. Most rail work portions will account for about twenty to thirty percent of the overall scores. Most of the time when I am scoring, I have the placing pretty much marked on my notes and only use the rail work to break ties with equally talented riders. I will also ask for the extended trot and dropping stirrups if need be, to find and compare the best riders in the class. With that being said, it is important for a judge to be able to find you in the arena, and if you are hidden up by other horses all the time, in some instances it could affect your score. The best way

to find the correct rail position is by maneuvering your horse so that you can be seen. Slightly cutting a corner, loping off at the appropriate time, and rail awareness are important horsemanship qualities and skills. If you have to hesitate slightly and wait to lope or trot, it will help you to maintain rail position. This does not mean waiting to lope off to the point that the judge will mark you down. When most judges call for a particular gait, then that is what they want to see. This is particularly important when we are looking directly at you. Many times, I will be looking directly at an exhibitor and want to see how they negotiate the upward or downward transition. If I find myself waiting on them, I will refocus my

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Trainer of Champions, cont’d attention elsewhere and drop their score accordingly. We talked about peripheral vision in previous installments, and it is very important to be aware of it on the rail as well. Keep your eyes up, feel your horse with your hands and legs, and do not look down. Feel his mouth with your rein fingers and know that he is loping and trotting properly on the rail, as well as in your individual work. Another area that most exhibitors do not notice what they are doing is readjusting in the saddle between maneuvers. After a stop or turn, I will notice that they will instinctively shift their legs or readjust in the saddle before the next maneuver. This is usually because they are out of position and need to get back to their comfortable spot again. This usually happens with the novice and younger riders, but I still see it at the advanced levels. It usually happens


without most riders even being aware that they are doing it. This is why it is so important to have a friend fi lm your rides at the horse shows and watch them over and over. You will be your best critic. Sometimes this will happen due to the saddle not being properly tightened, and it will shift to the left or right after turns, lead changes, circling, or stops and backs. Properly adjusting the saddle and cinching up correctly is extremely necessary to keep the saddle from shifting. This does not mean to tighten it up so much that it is making your horse uncomfortable. It just means to always have someone check your cinch before you go in the arena, just as you would have someone finish up the fly spray, final brushing and clean up before entering the arena. Keep up to date with all of the installments on my website, and look for

further tips in the months ahead. I have tons of information to share and feel free to e-mail me anytime with thoughts and questions. Ride safe and always practice good horsemanship. Mark Sheridan has been operating his training stable and producing winning all around show horses for over 28 years in Cave Creek, Arizona. He trains Quarter Horses for all around events in open, amateur, and youth competition and has a passion for teaching. He has trained and coached four reserve youth world champions in horsemanship, trail, hunter under saddle, and hunt seat equitation. He enjoys the class of western riding and makes it his specialty. Mark has been an AQHA (AAAA ranked) and NSBA (Category 1 ranked) judge since 1992. He is a past president of the Arizona Quarter Horse Association, a member of AQHA Professional Horsemen’s Association, and was awarded Arizona’s Most Valuable Professional Horseman in 2008. More information can be found at his website, • 31

Tidbits Dressage Clinic with Margo Hepner-Hart Grand Forks, hosted by the Boundary Horse Association. Margo Hepner-Hart has been a part of the Equestrian Industry for over 30 years, as an owner, manager, training, instructing, showing, judging and managing horse shows. She has trained with some of the top trainers from Germany, such as Dietrich Von Hopffgarten, Gerhard Politz, Peter Propfe, Hans and Thomas Urff, Hilda Gurney and Ernst Herman, and has been highly successful in the show ring. Margo has shown with Arabs, Half Arabs, Saddlebreds, Friesians and Pintos, with National Championships and won Highest Point Earning Horse at the National and Regional Levels; and also holds numerous Judges’ cards. After she completed school she continued her education in dressage and established her own training facility in Oregon. For more information or to register contact Mary Relkov 250442-2686, or Wendy Price (for stabling) 250-4427706,

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Race Dates Set For Kin Race Track – Vernon, BC The Okanagan Equestrian Society has set the following Sunday race dates for 2012: July 8, 15 and 29, and August 5th. This will be the 117th year of racing at Kin Park. The four days booked mark an increase in race dates from previous years where only two or three days of racing were held. The Society expects the track to open in April for training purposes. They invite anybody interested in watching the training to come in any morning after the track has been opened. For more info please call Ed Woolley at 250-542-9944 or 250309-2139. or come out and enjoy the opportunity to expand your horsemanship skills. Dates: April 6-7, May 2-3, and June 18-19. For more info call Daina 250-379-2913.

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Western Dressage With Marion Weisskopff Western Dressage is the melding of two disciplines. First, we have Classical Dressage, a very technical style of training brought to us from European masters 100’s of years ago, which encourages cadence, balance and precision. Second, we have Western Horsemanship, first brought to America by the Spanish Vaqueros in the 16th century. And after that, becoming a style of horsemanship necessary for working cattle ranches. By pulling from the foundations of these two training/riding styles, Western Dressage is born. Back 40 Horse Ranch will be hosting three Western Dressage Clinics with Marion Weisskopff this coming spring. You’ve seen Marion at clinics and at The Mane Event; to see more visit www.

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OK Breeders Group Showcase Shaping Up! What more do you need? Judy Wardrope Clinic, Daryl Gibb Clinic, Ranch Horse Versatility Competition, Dawn Heppner InHand Trail Demo, Jandana Ranch Demo, Trade Fair, Tack Sale, Stallions, Horses for Sale… And for the Saturday night Gala we’ve added… a Free Pritchard, BC Jump Competition, a Liberty Competition, EVENTS CATTLE SORTING Sundays, 12 noon as well as breed demos BUCKLE SERIES SORTING March 31 and the ever popular REINING SCHOOLING SHOW April 22 Stallion Parade. For RANCH HORSE Versatility Show May 26 Liberty we are seeking CLINICS 8 horses, any size, HORSEMANSHIP w/Amanda Self March 9-10 to strut their stuff CUTTING w/Bob Zirnhelt March 16-17 to music. The crowd REINING w/Brad Giesbrecht March 24-25 TRAIL w/Colleen Hazeldine April 6-7 response will deem REINING w/Amanda Self April 21 the winner! Watch Stalls and Camping available the April issue of Concession on Grounds Saddle Up for more Beginner to Advanced Riders Welcome news. Visit www. Horse Boarding: Large paddocks, 70x200 indoor arena and 2 large outdoor arenas Horse Training with Amanda Self 250-804-1723 and plan to attend May More info: 12-13 in Armstrong.


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Horse Agility: How to Negotiate Obstacles By Vanessa Bee In the February article, we looked at leading your horse safely so that you could go forwards, backwards and stop, and negotiating some simple, familiar obstacles. Now it’s time to challenge yourself and your horse.


t wasn’t until I started to work over Horse Agility courses that I realized that we have completely underestimated the thinking and learning capabilities of our horses! I observed that the horses were thinking about how to negotiate their way through the obstacle course. That’s why I ensure that the agility courses never look the same and are completed in a different order every time, so that my horses don’t become “robots” just passing through. Horse Agility isn’t just about working in an arena around a course of obstacles. It is a great way to train your horse to be safer in the real world. Crossing a tarpaulin, bridge or wobbly seesaw helps with trailer loading. Weaving through cones helps with steering and rhythm. Negotiating poles laid out in patterns teaches us to accurately move the horse’s feet and helps the young horse to learn where his feet are. Flags and bunting help the horse understand that flapping, noisy bags and flags can be passed safely. Pretend roadworks at home prepare the horse for the real thing outside. A quick shopping list of easy

Emma and Fudge play advance and retreat with the ball. Kelston moving at speed over the obstacles.

obstacles to get started with could be: a tarpaulin, cones, poles, small jumps, flapping plastic, a horse trailer, flags and bunting to create a scary corner, gateways to pass through, and hula hoops. How do we get started with our horse without scaring him? If you watch a group of horses when there’s a new obstacle in their field, you’ll see that they will first establish a comfortable place some distance from it and examine it. They will then approach it to learn more about what it is. They will move backwards and forwards towards the new object, returning to the comfortable space

whenever they feel it’s too scary! This is called advance and retreat. Eventually, they rest their noses on the object and satisfy themselves that it won’t eat them. We can use this natural horse behaviour to help the horse become used to unusual obstacles. In the early stages, it is safer for the horse to be wearing a head collar and long lead rope. He should be aware of what is happening and listening to the handler. He should stand quietly, but not frozen; if he has been asked to move, he should remain calm and controlled. The handler should always be on the same side of the horse as the

Canadian Horse Agility Club BC News by Adiva Murphy


ast year was the first year Canada participated in this new international sport. As the first HA Accredited Trainer and Judge in Canada I have had the pleasure of spreading the word and teaching people throughout BC/AB to have good horsemanship while having FUN with their horses. The beauty of this sport is that ANYONE from any discipline can participate. Our club hosts at least one event per month which includes a horsemanship clinic followed by a fun competition. Come join us and take this exiting 34 • Saddle Up • March 2012

opportunity to learn new ways to relate to your horse! Upcoming Events: March 4th Twin Creeks Ranch, Aldergrove BC March 13th Heron Bay Stables, Delta BC April 15th Heron Bay Stables, Delta BC If you are interested in learning more or want to find an event near you visit the International Horse Agility Canada website www.thehorseagilityclub. com/canada or ‘like’ Horse Agility Club Canada Facebook page. For information on Adiva Murphy

HAAT Adiva Murphy with Paula Splichal; Vancouver Island Horse Agility demo with Tucker (Morgan) and Cowgirl (Mini)


Horse Agility, cont’d scary object, because if he spooks he will then spook away from the handler. He should not be told off for spooking - ignore it! If at any time the horse becomes frightened and tries to leave, then the handler has gone too fast and needs to put a greater distance between the object and the horse, but not remove it completely. Lead the horse towards the obstacle and as soon as you feel him hesitate, stop and relax. Wait for him to relax with you, then return to the comfortable place. This is his reward for being relaxed. The timing of when you stop, wait and then return to the comfortable place is very important. If the horse gets Give the horse plenty of time to so frightened that he is jumping about or pulling, then look and investigate the tarpaulin. you’ve gone way too fast. Dwell time in a scary corner. If you want to help your horse become interested and curious about a new object, hold it in front of Vanessa Bee has been teaching the Safe Handling of Horses on the Ground him until he looks at it. You may have to be patient and wait a for ten years, starting the Horse Agility Club in December 2009. It now moment or three! As soon as he looks at the object, take it away has a worldwide membership with international competitions and a smoothly, or lead him away if you can’t move it. When you offer book published in January 2012. For further information, visit www. it again, he’ll be more ready to come and inspect the object and, or he will have become more interested and curious. php?gid=230598993005, or When you think you are ready for more challenging obstacles, here are two ideas to get you started: * Go through a scary corner: Starting with just a few items, build a scary corner. Use flags, bunting... anything that horses normally spook at! Using the advance and retreat method above, lead the horse towards and away from the scary place until he is comfortable standing next to or even amongst the scary things. If you want to create a scary corridor to lead the horse through, make it a short length at first. Ask the horse to wait on one side while you pass safely through. Then ask him to join you. If he rushes when you are both halfway through, you may be squashed! * Cross a tarpaulin: Because crossing a tarpaulin looks so easy we often hurry this simple obstacle, which causes the horse to either rush around it or plant his feet so that you cannot lead him forwards. There are many ways of training a horse to cross calmly and confidently but this is the way that works for me. I completely ignore the tarpaulin. That is it - that is the secret. I wander about the training area practicing my leading techniques and we just happen to wander near the tarpaulin every now and again. Many horses will just try to ignore that the tarpaulin exists. I feel a real triumph if the horse shows even a glimmer of interest by sniffing or pawing, then I take him away. When I return the next day, the horse is much more likely to walk over the tarpaulin because he remembers that it was a safe place where no pressure was put on him. With any obstacles, set yourself small tasks at which you are confident you can achieve a positive result - then leave it and go do something completely different. In other words, stop while you’re ahead!


How My Horse Changed My Life By Tamara Cunningham There’s an old saying, “If you love something set it free. If it comes back to you, it’s yours; if it doesn’t, it never was.”


his is a special story about me and my horse, Daryl Strawberri, aka Miss Berri. She is a 15.1hh Anglo Arabian mare. She came to me as a seven-yearold “green broke” horse, fresh off the trails. I had never had a lesson in my life and I soon found out that there was more to owning a horse than just getting on, pointing it in a direction and giving it a kick. When I was younger, my mom had leased a stable and boarded horses, and I had learned a lot from her and from her clients, but there was still so much more I had not yet experienced myself. It seems almost as if some mysterious force brought Miss Berri into my life. I had had a troubled childhood and critters had always brought me comfort. But it was Miss Berri who began teaching me loyalty, trust, and to “let go” of a lot of anger I was holding onto. As I worked with her and took on the responsibility of owning a horse, we began a very special relationship. I learned that the connection and respect we had for each other took me away from my frustrations and anger, and soon we became joined at the hip! Weeks turned into months, and I learned a whole new language - how to communicate with her - yet, I still needed those lessons I was talking about. Soon I was taken under the wing of a local instructor and her husband, who was a professional trainer. Miss Berri and I had now formed a special bond and over the next three years she gave so much and was a big part of my growing up. I was proud of myself and of my girl; she was a true gift. Craving more knowledge and wanting to become a trainer/instructor like my mentors, I decided that I wanted another challenge - to 36 • Saddle Up • March 2012

train more horses. I traded Miss Berri for a three-yearold fi lly. She was even greener than Miss Berri had been when I first got her. Within a year, I had trained that fi lly and sold her as a riding horse. Not long after that, I purchased a two-year-old gelding; he was fresh off the pasture. Around that time, I found out that Miss Berri and her new owner were not working out; the owner was having problems riding her. I was frustrated and heartbroken, as I knew my horse. I had trained her. In my experience in the horse world, money has always been one of the biggest stumbling blocks for me. I confided in my close friend, Heidi, about my dilemma. I could not afford to buy Miss Berri back. Heidi, knowing my horse, immediately drove down to where she was to find out what the problems might have been. She asked if she could ride her - “Go ahead and try,” was the reply. So, she tacked her up and rode. She and Miss Berri did walk, trot and canter, and, to the owner’s amazement, Heidi had had no problems. “I will take her,” she offered. Heidi arranged to buy her and took her home - Yay! I was so happy that she went to a good home. Heidi and Miss Berri were together for a few years. But then, suddenly, fate intervened again, and Heidi had to sell all her horses. Oh, no. Not again! Same dilemma: no money to buy her back! Miss Berri was sold to a woman who wanted her for endurance. That relationship didn’t work out either, as Miss Berri was too jiggly for her liking. Again, I heard she was up for sale... In the time that we were together, I had shown her Level 1 dressage, shown at the IPE, and had ribbons to prove it! What the heck was going on? It was tearing my heart out! There must be SOMETHING I could do. By this time, I was working as a professional trainer. As I brainstormed for a solution, I recalled that a horse purchased for

the husband of one of my clients had turned out to be too small for him. Remembering that Lightning had been used as an endurance horse, I had an idea! Why not propose a trade? My client, Darlene, agreed and she phoned Miss Berri’s owner, suggesting the trade. To my surprise, she was interested, and when she came out to see Lightning, she fell in love with him. The trade went ahead. This was great, as Miss Berri would be boarded at my facility. Even though she was not mine, I got to see her every day. Later on, I acquired two horses from Vancouver. Perhaps fate was at work again, as these two horses would soon bring good luck to me. When Darlene and her husband Joel announced they were moving to their new farm, they also made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. They would trade Miss Berri for those two horses I had - OMG! Are you serious? Yes! So, many clients and horses later, Miss Berri became my horse again. She is still with me to this day, and is now in her twenties. We still share our days together and I know that I will never find another horse like her. We are both older and wiser now, enjoying our special bond and a sense of peace, as we ride as one again.



Developing the skills and horses to get trail riders into the backcountry!



DVD REVIEW By Erin Gunoff From Award Winning Filmmaker/Writer/Wilderness Traveller Stan Walchuk Jr. ISBN 0-9734694 Vista Publishing


everal years ago I was taking every clinic I could get into, with a strong desire to learn more about building a relationship with my own equine friends as well as training sound, smart, practical trail horses. Although I was an endurance racer I had fallen in love with the scenery and slower pace of trail riding. I discovered Blue Creek’s Trail Riding/Packing/ Training Program and book, took the clinic, and since then have been successfully utilizing many of those methods and principles when working with horses. I have just had the pleasure of viewing Blue Creek’s new Trail Riding, Packing and Training DVD. This DVD is unique in that no other videos out there are as comprehensive in all aspects of safety, gear, trail tips, wrangling, knots, hitches, and horse conformation. In all, nine units and over four hours loaded with information. The clarity exhibited in the DVD allows the watcher to follow along easily and the in-depth information provided ensures that each knot, hitch, method and idea can be clearly understood. All very handy and interactive - you can simply choose the unit you want to watch. As a bonus, you are taken on a journey yourself as you watch countless, real life ‘on the trail scenes’ and many spectacular views. It also shows the camaraderie between trail riders going through life in the back country together. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

My personal favourite was the unit on The Right Horse. It gave me a truly good sense of a good trail horse and not just the right conformation but the mentality that goes with it. The trail safety module was extremely thorough as well and full of useful tips that could save one in the back country. It is obvious while watching the DVD that you are sharing the great wealth of information and experience of the producer, Stan Walchuk Jr. Stan has traveled literally thousands of wilderness miles in remote areas of North America, including the Cordillera! Expedition. He is a former guide and outfitter, biologist, teacher, writer and award winning fi lm maker. He is also a member of the Longriders Guild. And you can’t escape the DVD without sharing a sense of his humour. If you have an interest in trail riding, or just enjoying the experience and beauty of the back country, this is a DVD you do not want to miss! • 37

Down Home with… IRIS AND ERHARD MARENBACH, TOLT AWAY ICELANDIC HORSE FARM olt Away Icelandic Horse Farm was founded in 2001 and is actively involved in the horse community, promoting the Icelandic Horse for both pleasure riding and competition. On their farm located near Enderby, in the North Okanagan, owners Iris and Erhard Marenbach breed, train and sell their Icelandics, putting an emphasis on quality breeding and the solid training of the gaits. In a recent interview, the couple shared details about their experiences and passion for the Icelandic Horse.


to Canada. Erhard, on the other hand, got to ride a neighbour’s horse as a kid. He spent a lot of time at driving competitions, helping with the carts and horses. He repaired tack in large stables to earn his pocket money as a youngster and listened in and watched hundreds of lessons.

Where were you raised?

Why do you prefer to breed and train Icelandic Horses?

We were both born and raised in Germany. We met due to our profession as Orthopedic Shoemakers during master school and got married shortly after. After having our own business in Germany already, we got the opportunity to immigrate to Kelowna in 1999 and take over a business here. We are still successfully operating this business.

When did horses first come into your life? Iris: I was interested in all kinds of animals and spent hours in a riding stable, just watching. Sadly, my parents couldn’t afford to get me lessons at the time. I only started riding when we came

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Icelandic Horses are naturally hardy, gaited and Erhard enjoying a ride on Lilja forward-moving. This, paired with a very friendly personality does it for us! The Icelandic Horse has become one of the favourite breeds in Europe, while North America is just discovering Iris with foal them. They may be smaller (ranging from 12.2hh - 14.2hh with most of them 13.1hh), but have enormous possibilities and speed if asked. Of course, you also can ride them easy, going just for the enjoyment of the comfortable ride. The tolt is an extremely smooth gait to ride and is fun for all age groups. Icelandics have a nice walk and a ground-covering trot; it is great fun cantering them up a hill when you are out on the trails.

What types of activities do you do with your Icelandics? We compete in breed-specific events and gaited horse shows, participate in breed demos, driving classes and of course we love to hit the trails. Icelandic Horses are amazingly versatile in their personalities and uses. The trick is to find the horse which suits your lifestyle and needs. You can just ride trails, do dressage, driving or whatever else your heart desires. Icelandic Horses are never boring.

What horse memory still gives you a good laugh? Iris: Our Fidla gave birth to a wonderful little colt, but the afterbirth didn’t come out for hours, even after weighing it down with some rocks. So, finally, I drove to the vet to get a shot to

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Down Home with, cont’d induce more contractions. When I came back home, the mare was lying down with half of the afterbirth still hanging out. I pulled up the syringe, took the needle off it and stuck it into the horse - but as soon as Fidla got the needle into her neck, she became totally upset about this, in her opinion, unfair behaviour of mine. She jumped up, and in one big contraction, popped the afterbirth right out. Can you believe that? I was standing there with the syringe in my hand, after driving all the way to the vet and back, when all she needed was the poke of the needle - not the stuff in the syringe! I had a good laugh about this happy ending.

What has been your most memorable achievement? Iris: One achievement that we both share was when the first Canadian-born mare was awarded a first prize - she was entirely retrained for her breed evaluation in 2008 by us, on our farm. Jodis achieved a very high score for ridden ability, an 8.28, which is still undefeated in Canada so far. Erhard: I signed the education matrix of the FEIF for Canada and got Canada more recognized on an International level in the Icelandic Horse community; I am one of the three Sport Judges for Canada for Icelandic Horses. For Iris, she has volunteered countless hours towards updating the International Database for Icelandic Horses (“WorldFengur”) with the data for over 1600 Canadian-born purebred Icelandic Horses. WorldFengur now holds information worldwide on over 300,000 Icelandic Horses, with 1747 of them having been born in Canada.

If you could change anything in the horse industry today what would that be and why? Iris: Make people understand that a small horse can be greater than a tall horse! Erhard: I would like to see a much better understanding of what breeding means. Too often, I see that for some people it is only bringing a mare and stallion together. The other thing I would like to see is a better appreciation of horse training. Very often, people want to have a fully-trained horse, bombproof (as bombproof as a horse can get), but don’t want to pay more than $3000 (if anything at all). This is unrealistic.

What is a typical day for you? Iris: My job is feeding our crew, doing the paperwork for the farm, organizing appointments with the vet First Prize Mare Jodis and farrier and answering emails of customers. Four days a week I am working with Erhard in our other business as an Orthopedic Shoemaker, and three days a week I am busy with the house, farm and horses. Erhard: After breakfast, I distribute the hay for the feedings, work with my people on the training of the horses and do hands on training with the more difficult horses. At around 9:30-10am I leave for work.

What does your farm name “Tolt Away” mean? The word “tolt” refers to the comfortable gait the Icelandic Horses are famous for, while the word “away” stands for “ride away” with your newly purchased Icelandic Horse and enjoy! (See their ad in our Stallion/Breeders section.)

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


he 12th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert was spectacular. We can’t say we were fully Mark opening the show at the 100 Mile House sold out this Cowboy Concert. (Photo year (for the by Jerry Stainer) first time in 12 years) but if we had sold more, I’m not sure where we would have found room to sit them. As expected, both the kids went over well with Dale’s fiddle playing a big hit, especially when he played with the bow between his knees and then again when he moved the fiddle behind his back. Folks found it hard to believe that young Jayden had everything completely memorized and never missed a beat. The poetry is written by an Dale McEachern impressed the crowd older person when he played the fiddle so hearing the behind his back. (Photo by words coming Jerry Stainer) from a 10-yearold was often quite amusing. The Loose Rooster Band was also enjoyed by all and Dan’s mandolin picking often brought mid-song applause. Gord Colliar, the evening comedian, MC and poet, had the

crowd in stitches many a time, with his poetry and the jokes he told between the other performers’ sets.

Hey, speaking of entertainment, it’s Kamloops Cowboy Festival time again! It all takes place March 8 to 11 at the Kamloops Convention Centre and the Calvary Community Church. The two youngsters that were in 100 Mile and Gord Colliar will be in Kamloops and they’ll be joined by about 30 other performers from all over North Gord Colliar had the audience laughing every America. The time he took the mic. BC Cowboy (Photo by Donna Smith) Hall of Fame inductions will take place Friday evening, and the BCCHS Student Scholarships and the Joe Marten Memorial Award will be presented Saturday night. The Festival Trade Show and the Art of the West Show and Sale will be open to Festivalgoers all weekend. The Country 103 Rising Star

Jayden, such a little man with such an adult persona. (Photo by Donna Smith)

Showcase is always a favourite, too, and will run through Friday and Saturday with the six finalists performing on main stage Sunday afternoon - for a total of $4000 in prize money! See for information or phone 1-888-763-2221.

Jim Karr and Dan Fremlin - the Loose Rooster Band. (Photo by Donna Smith)

Looks like it could be a busy year up here in the Cariboo: All the guys on the set at the 100 Mile Concert. (Photo by Donna Smith)

Saturday, May 19, is the 100 Mile House Little Britches Rodeo. That same evening, the South Cariboo Community Concerts will host “Music of the

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d Louisiana Hayride in Story and Song.” This rendition of the original Louisiana Hayride (a live radio show in the 50s and 60s where these names got their start) features live music of legendary performers like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Marty Robins, and more. From what friends have told us this is a must-see show! As well as enjoying the music, you’ll learn things like where and when the phrase “Elvis has left the building” was first spoken, and why Roy Orbison wore dark sunglasses. For more information, phone: (250) 833-0003 or email The 100 Mile House Rodeo will take place Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21. This year, the rodeo is a BCRA sanctioned rodeo! Stock Contractors are C+ Rodeos of 150 Mile and Diamond D Rodeo Bulls of 100 Mile. Put on by the South Cariboo Rodeo Association. Things have changed a little there, too, with Randy Brodoway stepping in as president and new members joining the planning committee. On June 1-3, the Back Country Horsemen Rendezvous will be hosted by the South Cariboo Chapter and will be held in 100 Mile House at the rodeo grounds, the curling rink, and the old arena. This sounds like it should be a full and fun weekend with lots of food, horsey clinics, riding out, a campfire, etc. Saturday night there will a dinner/auction and entertainment will be provided by Jeremy Willis and Willis Entertainment July 14 and August 11 are the dates

for the Annual Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhanas and there will be more information on them as we get closer.

Last Month’s What’s This? The February issue’s photo was taken in the Meadow Springs Museum. The name “pig” was used because, when

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WHAT’S THIS? Readers do you know what this is? The correct answer will be printed in the next issue.

What’s your guess?

warmed in front of the fire so that they didn’t crack when hot water was added, the handle on the end looked like a pig’s snout. When several of them were lined up to warm, they looked like a row of piglets. Its purpose, however, was to warm up the bed... like a hot water bottle. The only one to come up with the name “pig” was Cathy Summerscales of Delacour, AB. Congratulations to the following people who knew it was a hot water bottle: Cathy Summerscales, Delacour, AB Lynnie McQuillan, Surrey Chris Gregory, Lacombe, AB Ruby Edwards, Armstrong Mary Relkov, Grand Forks Christopher Savage, Kamloops Wendy Swanson, Mission Erin Reed, Quesnel George Ritson, Castlegar

This month’s photo is taken on the porch of the Meadow Springs Museum. The handle in the photo is about 14 inches long in total. Again, an easier one... I think. E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please..

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Tails to be Told

…A treasure chest of memories. We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, re r and share your photos and memories with us us. This is not a contest – it is your moment to share with our readers anything ing from days gone by.

Nancy Roman, 1970

The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating.

Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you.

My Dad and Lucy They were the odd couple of the late 1930’s and early 1941 era. My Dad, although only 52, was already debilitated by rheumatoid arthritis and emphysema; and Lucy, a skittish, unpredictable bay mare known to bolt at any time. Lucy was originally a ranch bred horse from Pinantan Lake. One wintry day Dad returned home with an incredible story. He had ridden to our local store and post office about six miles away. As he prepared for the trip home he had one foot in the stirrup when his other foot slipped on a patch of ice. Momentarily he was helpless, dangling literally under Lucy. For a split second she was poised for flight and for that split second Dad thought it was the end. He had no time for alternate plans. Far from being calm, cool and collected somehow he managed a quiet soothing tone of voice as he spoke to Lucy. It was the magic tonic. Miraculously Lucy calmed down and then stood quietly while he managed after much manipulation to mount successfully. Was it super intelligence or just built-in loyalty to her human. I think it was a combination of both. - His daughter, Alli M. Graham, Sicamous, BC


Send Saddle Up one to two photos and your memoirs (up to 250 words maximum please). Memoirs will be printed as space allows each month. Please include your phone number and location for our files and verification if needed. We would like to print your name (or initials) and location with your submission. You are welcome to send one or more in the months ahead as well. This will be a regular monthly feature… so start looking through those photo albums and share your stories with us. Photos will only be returned if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. See page 4 for contact information. 42 • Saddle Up • March 2012


Cowboy Poetry The following two poems are in memory of Mike Puhallo. Saddle Up felt it befitting to print both as the Kamloops Cowboy Festival is coming up and Mike was always a HUGE part of that. And secondly, the award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC will be given in his name at the 2012 Festival. We thank Luana Chamness for sending these in.



By Luana Chamness

By Luana Chamness

You touched the world with yer cowboy poetry Everything you wrote came straight from yer heart You had a way with gettin’ words just right It took very li’l effort on yer part.

This cowboy kept his secret talent hidden Beneath his socks and knickers in a drawer Where he knew no one would ever see it I’d say this was one sneaky endeavour. But YEEHAW the day he brung his talent out And with the world he decided to share His life experiences as a cowboy He knew what it was ‘bout, cuz he’d been there.

I guess everything just fell into place Cuz you lived the life of a real workin’ cowboy Some poems was funny and some sensitive But they continually brought us lotsa joy. All them cowboy festivals and concerts Are gonna seem a wee bit strange from now on Without you up there recitin’ yur poetry Cuz you was like a star, you always shone. You’ve left us with a legacy of memories Of how you lived yer life the cowboy way We’re all gonna miss you a lot Li’l Mike But you will be in our thoughts every day.

Mike Puhallo Photo by Jerry Stainer

His poems was often short, kind of like him But we got his message, so that’s okay Whatever he wrote meant a lot to him Even when he didn’t have much to say. But he was heartfelt, real and genuine And a true cowboy in every aspect Tho’ most of us was taller than Li’l Mike We looked up to him with honour and respect.

Wild and Forever Running Free By Katee Clements, age 13

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Top Dog! Welcome to Saddle Up’s second edition of Top Dog! We’ve already heard some good feedback about this new added feature… and we thank you. Our intention is to focus on the working, sport or performance dog. If you have any news or events our readers should know about, send them on over. OUR HEROES – SEARCH AND RESCUE DOGS


the same dead tree for the third time, and sundown is 20 minutes away, a dog looking for a game of tug-of-war might be your best chance at making it home. Search and rescue (SAR) dogs are smart, agile and obedient, but their high “play drive” is what makes them look for a missing person through snow and rain, down steep rock walls and in crevices that would make a claustrophobic run screaming. At its most basic, the job of a SAR dog has two components: Find the origin of a human scent and let the handler know where it is. Experts estimate that a single SAR dog can accomplish the work of 20 to 30 human searchers. It’s not just about smell either - dogs’ superior hearing and night vision also come into play. Time is always an issue in search and rescue. In an avalanche situation, for instance, approximately 90 percent of victims are alive 15 minutes after burial; 35 minutes after burial, only 30 percent of victims are alive. While Belgian-Turvuren most avalanche victims don’t survive, their chances increase exponentially when dogs are in on the search. Even in cases where victims are presumed dead, dogs are invaluable assets - they locate the bodies so family members can have closure and give their loved one a proper burial. SAR dogs can do a lot of amazing things, including rappel down mountainsides with their handler, locate a human being within a 500 metre radius, find a dead body under water, climb ladders and walk across an unstable beam in a collapsed building, but it’s all toward a single end: Finding human scent. This may be in the form of a living person, a dead body, a human tooth or an article of clothing. SAR dogs find missing persons, search disaster areas for survivors and bodies and locate evidence at crime scenes, all by focusing on the smell of a human being. Source: 44 • Saddle Up • March 2012

What breed should you choose? Any breed of dog can be used within the Canadian Search Dog Association (CSDA), German Shepherd provided it can meet the validation criteria which calls for a dog capable of searching both on and off leash in a wide variety of terrain – from very rugged wilderness to urban environments. Extremely small Bloodhound or very large dogs may not make the best choice. The dog should be of a size similar to a German Shepherd, Lab, or Border Collie. You should be able to lift and carry your dog in an emergency. Many suitable breeds fall into this category. You should also consider whether the dog has a coat capable of protecting him/her in extreme conditions of heat or cold. Dogs should be healthy and fit. Throughout CSDA’s history, the organization has had the following breeds in training although not all have made it through to certification: German Shepherd * Labrador Retriever * Golden Retriever * Australian Shepherd * Border Collie * Rottweiller * Standard Poodle * Portuguese Water Dog * Airedale Terrier * Doberman Pinscher * Boxer * Belgian Shepherd (Malinois, Groenendael, Turvuren) * Chesapeake Bay Retriever * American Staffordshire Terrier * Standard Schnauzer * Bloodhound * Many Mixed Breeds, usually of the above listed breeds.

There are, of course, many other breeds which could do the job. Dogs from the herding, hunting or working breeds tend to be the most suitable. Very large dogs such as Bloodhounds, Newfoundlands and some of the larger Mastiff breeds may not be suited for all the profi les we are required to do and/or do not traditionally work off leash. They would not be automatically disregarded, however, if they proved suitable in all required HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Top Dog! profi les. Very small or short legged dogs, such as Bassett Hounds or small terriers may possess the ability, but may not have the physical stature to do some of the work. Regardless of the breed you choose, you should select an individual that possesses the natural drives needed to help make the dog a good working partner. Very simply put, you want a curious, confident, outgoing, amenable dog that likes to retrieve.

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Top Dog! In Partnership With Dogs: Use Your Head! By Valerie Barry and Lisa Kerley If you’re like many people, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about the mental exercise your dog is getting. Most people understand that dogs benefit from lots of physical exercise. Many of us enjoy sharing our physical activities with our dogs and we’re diligent about getting them out for a good walk. But do you know how to exercise your dog mentally or even why you would want to? recommendation we make more often than anything else to dog owners is to provide mentally challenging activities for their dogs as often as possible. It doesn’t matter whether we are working with a dog who has serious behavioural issues, the average family pet, an over-active adolescent or a young puppy. One thing they all have in common is the need for mental exercise, and the payoff for dog owners can be amazing. We like to describe the benefits of mental exercise as “taking the edge off ” your dog. You know that edge? It’s the one that helps shred your couch, dig up your garden, bug you for attention, get in the garbage, escape out the door, bark-bark-

bark, chase the cat, and so on! There are many ways to mentally challenge your dog, but perhaps the most satisfying of all is to encourage them to use their nose. Dogs view much of the world by interpreting the information they gather through their nose. They devote far more of their brainpower to interpreting scent than humans do. Some breeds are said to be able to identify scents up to 10,000 times better than we can! If you can direct that brainpower to some challenging activities then, combined

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with daily physical exercise, you can have a dog who is much more content and a pleasure to live with. Luckily for us, mentally exercising our dogs is not difficult or expensive. The easiest way to harness the power of the nose is to use your dog’s daily meals.

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Before domestication, dogs would have spent most of the day scavenging for food. In our homes, we dole out meal portions in a convenient container making it easy to gobble up in mere seconds. Try some of these easy and fun activities with your dog: Kibble Toss - This is a great thing to do while relaxing on your deck with a cold beverage! Toss a handful of your dog’s kibble (or small treats) into your yard and cue him to “Find It.” You may have to point to a few initially until he gets the hang of using his nose to find the rest. Repeat by handfuls with the rest of his dinner. It’s even more challenging if your grass is long or your yard is bushy and

Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers; they have been training together for over seven years and have a combined 25 years of experience working with dogs. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using truly dog-friendly methods, they offer hipPUPS, an early socializing program for pups, babyBRATS, an impulsecontrol and skill-building program for adolescent dogs and the Partnership Program, a nontraditional obedience series for dogs of all ages. In addition to group classes, they also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specific needs of any dog. Striving to offer the best and most up-to-date information and methods to their clients, both Valerie and Lisa regularly attend conferences and workshops across North America. For more information please visit and 46 • Saddle Up • March 2012


Top Dog! overgrown. By the way, we do a “carrot toss� version of this with our horses! Toss and Recall - This is great practice for teaching your dog to come when he’s called. Toss out one piece of kibble, wait for him to find and eat it, and then call him back to you. As soon as he appears in front of you, tell him he’s a “Good Boy!� and toss out another piece. Hide and Seek k - Kids love to play this. Hold your dog while one of your kids runs and hides in another room, behind the sofa or behind a tree outside. Cue your dog to “Go Find Sarah!� You can help him out initially by pointing in the general direction of (but not right at) the hiding spot. When he finds Sarah, make a big fuss over him and try it again! Sleight of Hand - The simplest game of all. With a treat or toy in one fist, present two closed fists to your dog and ask him, “Where Is It?� It’s fun to see what kind of indication your dog will use - a nose bump or maybe a paw slap. If he picks the wrong hand, show him the correct one but don’t give him the treat. Switch them up behind your back and ask him to try it again! Have fun watching your dog get busy using his nose! In the next article, we’ll tell you about some of the latest and greatest treat dispensing toys available to keep your dog mentally content while you’re busy at work.






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Top Dog! Doggie Day in Armstrong By Joy Viel


ernon & District Kennel Club in conjunction with the Shuswap Kennel Club is hosting a “Doggie Day” at the IPE grounds on Sunday, March 25th in Armstrong. You are invited to join in the fun watching the different dogs doing various levels of regular and rally obedience. Also available is the CKN Canine Good Neighbour test. This testing is open to all dogs; mixed or purebred welcome. It sounds easy to do but… testing includes the following: 1. Accepting a friendly stranger — The owner of the dog shakes hands with a friendly stranger. 2. Patiently sitting for petting — A test for shyness and resentment. 3. Appearance & groomingg — The owner’s care and sense of responsibility is seen in how his dog is kept. 4. Out for a walk k — Illustrating handler’s control of the dog. 5. Walking through a crowd — Demonstrating how the dog moves in a crowd without unduly distress and under his owner’s control.

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6. Commands — Sit, Down, Stay, Come. Illustrating that the dog has been trained and responds well. 7. Praise/interactions — Illustrating the relationship between dog and owner. 8. Reaction to passing dogs — Demonstrates if the dog behaves politely around other dogs. 9. Distractions — Demonstrates the dog’s confidence when faced with common distractions. 10. Supervised isolation — Demonstrates whether the dog can be left with someone other than his usual handler and still maintain training and good manners. Any dog that jumps up on a person, lunges at another dog or displays unruly behaviour is automatically disqualified. Note: CGN is a requirement for most therapy-dog programs. For more information on entering the CGN test please call Moira 250-546-0525 (limited spots available $25).

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As I do my chores throughout the day, He’s by my side, every step of the way. When I stop to eat, you can bet he’s there, sitting of course, in his favourite chair. And if some night I decide to go out. He’ll hang his head, and kinda pout. He sits by the window, until I come home. Sits there and waits so patiently. Hoping to catch a glimpse of me, can’t wait till I put the key in the door. He’s barking and jumping, and barking some more. Then as I lay me down to sleep. He’s there by my side, his vigil to keep. And I thank the Lord, in the heaven above. For My Best Friend, My Dog and His Love! 48 • Saddle Up • March 2012

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12th Annual Construction Feature It’s that time of year again… time to start planning that new barn or arena. Or maybe you’ve been thinking to renovate or add on?

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12th Annual Construction Feature How about a Pole Barn?


e would like to acknowledge the fantastic people that were involved in the construction of our arena, and we thank Saddle Up for the opportunity. We wanted to build a pole barn because we liked the

versatility and simplicity of this type of structure. The view surrounding the arena is fantastic; by having an open arena for you to embrace the view while enjoying your ride is awesome. Being able to ride and train our horses through the winter months was a push for us to have the arena built. Perfect footing and shelter from the elements all year round, and keeping your

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horses fit and stimulated‌ it doesn’t get better than that. The pole barn, consisting mostly of wood, was chosen over other construction types, as we felt the wood arena along with its open concept, no blocking of view, enhanced the overall ambiance of our humble farm. The dimensions of our arena are 60’ x 80’ with an additional extension of 20 uncovered feet, which gives us a total of 100 feet in length. The material used was mostly wood, 6x6 and 6x8 posts, engineered trusses, 2x6 tongue and groove boards placed 5 feet up and along three walls. The roof and fascia we chose was metal, no maintenance. Our soil is made up of clay and clay can be hard as cement or when wet, slick and even gumbo. We needed a base to work from so we brought in packing sand, 6 inches and topped with 2-3 inches of regular sand. The arena was built for our personal enjoyment and enjoy we sure have. Along with thanking Bryan Schultz Construction (and his gift to build); Baird Brothers Sand and Gravel; and Lake Country Truss; thanks to Jason Taber of Taber’s Services. Jason did all the site preparation, footing from start to finish, and all the wiring and lighting we added for night riding. Building our arena was a highlight and a wonderful experience. We had exceptional people working with us and excellent products. There is not a day that goes by that we don’t enjoy our arena; it is an inviting fun place to spend time with our horses. - M & S, Armstrong, BC


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12th Annual Construction Feature Streakin Quarter Horses, Cache Creek, BC


e left the lower mainland to God’s Country… a larger riverfront acreage in Cache Creek. We breed and show our AQHA Horses and stand our stallions. It is a private facility, for our own use, but we

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can take a few babies in for training (yearlings or weanlings to fit for Lunge Line and Halter). When it was time to build a barn for our horses we did look at the other Pre-fabs on the market, and steel, but steel is very cold; and wood and tin will warm up. Kevin Metzger, owner of Quality Structures Ltd., did some work for us in Abbotsford; so we naturally called on his services for this property. (See Quality Structures ‘construction’ listing in Saddle Up’s Business Services.)


The barn measures 36’ wide x 84’ long with twelve 12’x12’ stalls and an aisle way of 11’6”. There is also a heated feed room with a 40 litre hot water tank, plus a heated tack room, each being 12’x12’ in size. We used steel siding, a steel roof, trusses, pine walls, dividers, pine on the


12th Annual Construction Feature Streakin Quarter Horses, cont’d front of the stalls, and Suntuff (40” of plastic) on the outside walls above the stalls (this is great for light). Concrete footing was used for the aisle way and feed and tack rooms. For the stalls we laid down gravel with 8” of sawdust on top. We do not like to have babies on concrete floors whether they have rubber mats or not. (That’s just us.) The pine was cut for our stall fronts and those of the tack and feed rooms. Angle iron was used for the stall doors. Our acreage was able to provide the pole fencing we needed for pens and paddocks. Plus we purchased 60 fence panels for different uses. We also recruited family members… my brother Bob ran the excavator and did

all the ground work, ran water lines, and became a jack-of-all trades by the time we finished. He put all the stall fronts in, my older brother Keith came from Victoria and did so much from the carpentry to electricity; I cannot thank them enough. We did have to rent a backhoe - what a great machine! Our plummer was just great, he put in our water lines; and hot water is a must at -30 believe me! The structure is built to last and it is just beautiful. The total cost will be around $100,000 as we haven’t quite finished everything; still a few little things to do.

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12th Annual Construction Feature Topline Stables and Show Park, Salmon Arm BC Photos by Andrea Blair Photography


e built this arena so that the boarders at Topline could ride and train all year round. The indoor ensures that clinic and lesson schedules at Topline can be enjoyed regardless of the weather. This is something that is much appreciated by the instructors and riders. It is a public facility and drop-ins are also welcome. We hired Dwain Ferguson due to his

reputation because we had a limited time frame for getting the building up in the late fall of 2010. Dwain was the prime contractor and he coordinated the materials and construction and we watched it go up in three weeks. It was a quick and actually an enjoyable construction experience because Dwain was on schedule, on budget, and helpful with his advice and equipment. The wooden post structure with rafters and coloured steel was chosen so that the sides could be left open and riders could enjoy the view of the facility and fields year round. In addition, it allows for the natural light during the day so that the big arena lights are only on when it is dark out. This structure is also healthier for horses as it allows for the flow of fresh air. The south and east sides are higher to protect riders from the weather. Having

this type of a structure provides a much more open and inviting feeling, and reduces the feeling of riding inside a box. We felt the solid structure with 8x8” posts on 8’ spacing was a wise investment, and will require little maintenance compared to other fabric structures under the high snowfall conditions here in Salmon Arm. The inside dimensions


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12th Annual Construction Feature Topline Stables, cont’d

are 20m x 40m to accommodate a standard Dressage ring. The facility is a stand-alone arena. Complementing the arena is a separate tack house that contains a heated lounge, 4 large tack-up stalls and a secure tack locker for each rider. Horses are housed separately in large paddocks with attached run in stalls. Keeping the horses away from the riding arena reduces distractions in the arena and maximizes air quality for horse and rider in the ring. We chose a sand footing with Nike material from Thunderbird mixed in. This provides an excellent secure and durable footing for all disciplines to train on and is easy to manage. The addition of Calcium Chloride keeps the footing damp and dust free all winter without freezing. Not all sand is created equal and both selection and quantity is important to developing excellent footing over a wellestablished base. New shelters and paddock fencing have been installed by our own King Campbell to accommodate the year round activities with the indoor arena and the additional animals at Topline. Total cost of the indoor arena was approximately $100,000. Construction started on November 15, 2010 and the arena was open for riding six weeks later (although the job was finished in 3 weeks, it took longer to start riding because we did the kick boards and had to thaw the footing out.)


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12th Annual Construction Feature Foothills Farms · Boarding Facility - 100 Mile House, BC


ur new indoor arena was built last summer to provide our boarders and ourselves a dry place to ride. Cariboo winters generally go from November to March and then break up. It’s great, now, to be able to ride and keep horses fit over the winter months. We chose a wood structure, 8”x8” treated posts on 12”x 5” sono tubes, engineered trusses and duroid roof (to avoid the shedding problems). With the price of lumber at a low cost it was the natural choice. The arena is 70’x160’ with 16’ walls (open 45” at the top for fresh air). The main contractor was Gordon Ross Contracting Ltd and was again great to deal with. With the exception of one of the electrical companies, all of the building supplies were purchased locally in 100 Mile House. It’s nice to shop locally. We (I, my husband Ron and my brother James) basically got involved in the building process wherever we were able to. I (Susan) designed and did the plans; we built all the footing boxes, strapped and sheeted the entire building inside and out. 7179 Faessler Rd, Lone Butte, B.C., V0K 1X2 Ph: 250-593-2231

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We built the doors and spent endless hours on the footing. This all helped to lower the cost. The most interesting time was when the construction crew assembled the entire truss roof in our outdoor arena and then Caribou Interior Crane lifted 16’ sections over, into place on the building. Stressful to watch, but amazing! Our son Bryan (who is a journeyman with an electric company) came up from Penticton one weekend and installed 24-T5 commercial lights. No shadows and very inexpensive to operate. (Kids are amazing!) We had previously installed hydro poles and underground wiring to the site. Footing is a sand/shavings mix with a good solid base from our own property. We screened, packed and leveled it before adding the sand mixture. We chose this mixture as the general riding surface to accommodate the mixture of disciplines that use the facility. We sprayed the inside and outside with two coats

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12th Annual Construction Feature Foothills Farms, cont’d of commercial stain. Our facility is new in the last few years. My husband Ron and I have pretty well built everything from barns, fencing to land clearing. Foothills Farms consists of a main barn, 22 large individual paddocks with shelters. We also have a 100x200 sand outdoor arena. There are hay barns, shavings sheds and private lockers. We supply full board and pride ourselves with a great feeding program and clean facility. We also offer a retirement package for older horses. Certified instructors are available and clinics are welcome with a few already booked. This summer’s projects include a round pen and an extreme Trail Course (exciting!… watch for a future announcement). Foothills Farms is owned by Ron and Susan Bowen and located approximately 11.5 km east of 100 Mile House. 250-7062577. Hope to see you here!

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FOOTHILLS FARMS – 100 Mile House, BC Ron and Susan Bowen would like to THANK all of you in the building of our new riding arena: Gordon Ross and crew, Brian Gilbert Excavating, Frank Walcher, James Metchette Painting, Pete Topper Roofers and crew, Little Dog Contracting, Betts Electric and our son Bryan, Bridge Lake Electric, Cameo Trusses, TimbrMart, Caribou Crane, United Concrete, Cameron Inkster Trucking and Northwest Gutters. UPCOMING CLINICS: April 14-15 Reining Clinic with the Cruz Team April 28-29 Horse Confidence and De-Spooking with Bill Ritchie

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Learning to Ride Correctly After the Age of Sixty By Sally Handley

It has been a dream of mine to learn how to RIDE CORRECTLY for more years than I wish to mention and I wanted to learn how to ride in an English saddle. Over the years, I have taken lessons but, for one reason or another, I stopped, due to either health issues or just being plain scared.


es, scared. Scared of what, you may ask. Scared of injuring myself, scared of looking foolish (after all, I am not in my youth any more), but most of all, scared of failure. Spring, summer and fall of 2011 was a time of epiphany for me. I lost numerous family members, close friends and acquaintances that I had known all my life. They were not old; they were too young to die of the causes that took them. It was at this time that I began to question if they had accomplished those dreams and desires that they may have had before they had moved on. So this past fall, October 24 to be exact, I commenced taking riding lessons with Keelly Reggelsen to fulfi ll one of my lifelong dreams. Keelly, along with her mother Cathy, has been schooling our horses since 2008. Our Pure Spanish Stallion (Andalusian), Arrow Ciclón, has been in training with Keelly since the beginning of his training. This past spring, Keelly started our four-year-old PRE gelding SDF Carlosantana under saddle; we had a party interested in purchasing him but the sale did not materialize. Carlos would have to be brought home for the winter until his training began again in the spring. It was at this time that I decided here was the perfect opportunity for me to learn how to RIDE CORRECTLY and be lucky enough to ride one of our home-raised PREs. Let me tell you, it has not been an easy go. The first couple of days Keelly just had me working with Carlos on the lunge line, on the ground, then up in the saddle. I will have to backtrack here a little. In the last lessons that I had this past spring, April/May, I was riding in my English dressage saddle. Keelly had me doing Two-Point position. Two-Point position is as follows for those who are not familiar with the term: “A rider when sitting fully in a saddle has a three-point position and has contact with their horse through their seat and their two legs. Once the rider assumed a more forward jumping 60 • Saddle Up • March 2012

position their seat is elevated out of the saddle. They then have only two points of contact: their two legs, placed against their horse’s sides.” “Despite what you might think, two-point is more complicated than simply standing up in your stirrups. Instead, you begin by stretching your calf muscles so your legs wrap around the sides of your horse. Then sink your weight down into your heels, securing your leg slightly behind the girth. Now you rise up from just your knees, so that your pelvis is suspended above your saddle by just a few inches. Finally, you close your hip angle, that part of your body where your torso connects to your hip bones.” - From the book, “Horsemanship How-to: Master the Two-Point Position” By Cindy Hale. What followed is that I was unable to walk because of the over stretching that I did during this lesson. I had irritated the osteoarthritis in my knees and ankle. It was extremely painfully to walk; this incident really discouraged me about riding. So my lessons to ride had halted again. I thought that my dream to ride correctly was never

On the left: Sally (Enqvist) Handley at 15 years, on Bara Chieftain, a 3-year-old Anglo Arab. On right: Lynn Stronach at 15 years, on Black Sambo, a 3-year-old QH/Welsh X. Photo taken August 1965.

going to come true. Because of the incident in the spring and riding in my dressage saddle, I wanted lessons in my Western saddle. I have ridden Western all my life and felt that I would not need to ride the Two-Point position Western. So that is how we started riding in the fall. My mounting onto Carlos in the Western saddle that first time was momentous. My knees where shaking and Keelly says my eyes where the size of saucers. Here I was on Carlos, who was four, and me sixty plus and Carlos knew more about the proper way to be ridden than me. Was I nervous that first time back in the saddle? You bet. Keelly said, “Breathe Sally. Take a deep breath and exhale slowly.” I did that three, four times and felt myself relaxing. Keelly continued to have control of Carlos leading me around the arena. I felt a little foolish being led around, but one thing for sure, I felt safe in Keelly’s hands. To my surprise, when I dismounted my ankles and knees where not at all sore. Yea, this was good. It is an hour drive from my home in Sicamous to Keelly’s stable in Armstrong. On the drive, I would work my butt muscles back and forth to music on the radio pretending I was in the saddle and wanted Carlos to move to the right or to the left. I would also visualize riding Carlos the way Keelly wanted me to ride him. The drive also allowed me time to relax prior to my lessons. By the end of that week I was riding on my own. Keelly was there all the time encouraging me, showing and telling me what to do. Sit tall in the saddle, tuck your tummy in, don’t cross your reins (I learned neck reining as a young girl, old habits die hard), keep contact with your reins, not so hard, close your fingers, feel with your seat and legs, look where you are going twenty paces ahead not where you are at, keep your shoulders level, turn from your core not just your shoulders, relax, relax, breathe, breathe. Some days were information overload for me, but I was getting it. Before each ride, I would lunge Carlos for HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Learning to Ride, cont’d 15 minutes at a walk and the trot along with doing transitions from each gait. My lessons where progressing really well. I was riding three to five times a week and having lessons each time. I was determined that this time I was going to stick with it. I had even set a goal for myself and that was to ride in a show this coming year. It was an attainable goal. Carlos and I were connecting wonderfully. It became apparent very quickly as my lessons progressed that we had saddle issues with Carlos, and the three western saddles that we tried were pinching his shoulders; PRE horses are wide in the withers. So, we decided to switch back to my dressage saddle, which we knew fit him well, and Keelly assured me that I would not need to do Two-Point position for my dressage tests. Then the unthinkable happened in mid-November. For about a week or so, I was having what I thought were charley horses in my right leg. Well, it turned out that I had pulled my “iliotibial tract ligament.” This ligament runs from the top of your hip to just below the back of your knee. My doctor ordered that I was not allowed to ride until such time as I had no further pain. My rehabilitation consisted of physiotherapy and at-home exercises, which I have been doing diligently. I continue to take physiotherapy and have started Pilates to strengthen my core muscles. On January 4 of this year, I started riding again. Keelly warmed up Carlos prior

A more recent photo of me and SDF Carlosantana.


to my riding him. He was fresh as he had not been ridden for six weeks. My first ride of the new year went extremely well. I admit that I was a little nervous getting back on after such a long layoff, but once in the saddle and riding for that hour, the feeling I had was exhilarating. At this time, January 15, I have ridden four times and have progressed from a sitting trot to a rising trot. Just doing that has been a big breakthrough for me in my confidence level. With Keelly’s help, I have set up a schedule to ride a minimum of three times a week (more if time allows), and one ride will include a lesson. During the times that I do not have a lesson, we have set up a program of exercises that Carlos and I will be doing; this will change as my riding improves. My goal is still to ride in a dressage show this year; it may only be at the Walk-Trot level, but that is ok with me. It is journey, not the destination, that is important. I have a great coach in Keelly and an awesome equine partner in Carlos. It is going to take practice, practice and more practice to achieve my dream. Dreams can come true you just have to make a plan as to how you are going to accomplish that dream. I am keeping a journal of my rides and will keep Nancy posted on how I progress. Sally Handley, along with her husband Dean, have a mixed farm in Sicamous where they raise Pure Spanish Horses and have a small beef cow calf operation. P.S. February 12, 2012 It has been a month since I wrote my article for Saddle Up. I am riding three days a week; that is if I am not working. I will admit that there have been a couple of days that it was difficult to get motivated to go riding due to pain in my hip and knee. But I prevailed and rode, once there and riding Carlos all the pain disappeared. Cathy Reggelsen has said Carlos is my rehabilitation horse; it is true I feel no discomfort at all while riding. Carlos is learning to stand still next to my mounting stool. My lessons with Keelly are progressing well. I feel glorious after my rides. Life Is Good.

Tip Of The Month Getting 2012 off to the right start? Make a smart and safe decision. Find who is going to help you improve your personal growth in the Equine Industry we all share. 10 Reasons to Choose an Equine Canada Certified Coach: 1 - Safety and First Aid. Trained in procedures and must keep First Aid up-todate. 2 - Criminal Record Check, udated every 5 years. 3 - Professional and Accountable. Certified Coaches must adhere to the Equine Canada Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct and are subject to the rules of the HCBC Discipline policy. 4 – Commitment. Becoming certified requires significant time and financial commitment including mentoring other experienced coaches as well as being tested on their skills several times leading up to their final exam. 5 - Consistence and Upgrading. Coaches must upgrade their knowledge to stay certified thus keeping skills fresh and current. 6 - Knowledge and Technical Competence. Applicants are required to show their technical ability as well as having theoretical knowledge. 7 - Stable Management. Coaches are capable of teaching every aspect of horse care. 8 - Sport Specific. Coaches are evaluated and certified in the area of their expertise. 9 – Theory. Certified Coaches know “how” to teach. The Equine National Coaching Certification Program is a requirement at each level. 10 – Resources. Certified Coaches have all the resources of Equine Canada and HCBC available for them to upgrade, educate and learn. Be Safe and have fun! See the next issue: What can you expect from a Certified Western Coach? Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier EC Certified Western Coach (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) • 61

It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation e you? r a e r e h w . Kid s.. hor se? r u o y h it w ou d oing y e r YOU! a t t u a o h b W a s u r n to tell u t R U O Y s ’ t I Hello. Our names are Gregory and Anthony, we are 7 years old and this is our horse “Smokie” he’s 20 something and our best friend. We ride him everywhere. Our mom is teaching us everything about how to take care of him and keep him happy. - from Spokin Lake, BC

Hi! My name is Chase. I live way up north in Tumbler Ridge. This summer my mom and dad got me my first pony! Her name is Sugar. My favourite part about riding is trotting! Here is a picture for you. - Chase, age 4, Tumbler Ridge, BC

I am riding Frosty. He is a very good horse. I like to give him hugs and kisses. When I rode him it almost felt like I was on a mountain but it was great fun. He is my favourite. - Dracaena, age 7, Langley, BC (Thanks Nancy. My daughter saw your KIDS page and was sooo excited to add to it. Frosty is a rescued 7-year-old Quarter Horse and such a sweetie. – Mom)

Just won your first ribbon? Just bought your first horse? Do you give your horse kisses? 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 Put in the subject line “KIDS”

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Notes from the Office HORSE COUNCIL BC

Horse Council BC Awards Gala

Vancouver Police Mounted Squad members receiving Award from HCBC President Orville Smith. Photo by Totem Photographics.

The Horse Council BC Awards Gala was held on January 21st to celebrate the athletes, coaches, horses and volunteers nominated for 2011. The champagne reception at the Delta Airport Hotel during the 2012 Equine Education Conference was enthusiastically supported in spite of the wintry weather. The Youth High School Recognition Achievement Award was presented to Lindsay Stuart of Surrey.

Landry. A member of the AQHA international committee, Haidee was instrumental in getting the AQHA to hold a regional championship in BC in 2011, the first time in Canada. Athlete of the Year went to Joni Lynn Peters of Armstrong. She is long listed for the Canadian Dressage Team with her mount Travolta and hopes to qualify for the London Olympics. The Coach of the Year Award was given to Selena Pellizzari of Nanaimo. Horse of the Year was awarded to the 12 horses ridden by the Vancouver Police Mounted Squad, who were honored guests at the Gala. The squad played a valuable role both at the 2010 Winter Olympics and during the 2011 Stanley Cup Riots. Congratulations to all of the nominees for this year’s awards.

2012 Equine Education Conference Andrew McLean, Equine Behaviour specialist from Australia. Photo by Wendy Sewell.

Judy Ross, the Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Presenter is Mike King of sponsor Capri Insurance. Photo by Totem Photographics.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Judy Ross of Victoria. As a founding member of the BC Hunter Jumper Association, over the past 40 years Judy has coached, mentored and encouraged hundreds of riders. The Bob James Award for Volunteer of the Year went to Langley’s Haidee


Horse Council BC’s second Equine Education Conference took place at the Delta Airport Hotel in Richmond. The EEC gave BC horse owners and riders the opportunity to hear some of the world’s leading experts speak on topics of importance to every equine enthusiast, all in one inviting place out of the winter weather for a very reasonable price. Among the headliners

were the internationally renowned equine behaviour specialist, Dr. Andrew McLean from Australia and equine conformation expert Judy Wardrope. Shelagh Niblock spoke about equine nutrition and Sandra Sokoloski gave tips for riders to help fi x balance and seat issues. Dr. Terry Whiting, 2011 recipient of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Humane Award, tackled the subject of humane treatment for unwanted horses, plus there were experts on hoof care and dental care, both areas of critical concern for horse owners. Many of those who attended were thrilled with both the content and the venue.

Make Plans for Horse Week 2012 – June 2-10 Horse Week gives horse enthusiasts an opportunity to celebrate their favourite animal and share the joy of horses with others in their communities. HCBC encourages barns, breeders and horse clubs to hold open houses or demonstrations and invite local residents to come see what owning and riding or driving horses is all about. With so many horses out there needing good homes, the more newcomers we can recruit to and educate about the equine lifestyle, the better! HCBC Member Clubs! Check the HCBC website for 2012 funding opportunities!

How to Reach Us HCBC office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 Fax: 604-856-4302 • 63

Equine Canada Update By Julie Cull Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus-1 Equine Canada’s Health and Welfare Committee is notifying horse owners that Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed in horses in Southern Ontario and California. EC is working with Canada’s veterinarians to monitor the situation and keep our members abreast of developments in the United States and Canada. We will post new information and status updates on our website at

Helmets for Dressage Riders EC and Dressage Canada are taking an industry-wide leadership role by requiring all dressage riders to wear helmets in competition. Commencing January 1, 2012 the rule is: Safety Headgear All riders, regardless of age or level or competition, must wear ASTM/SEI or BSI/BS EN approved protective headgear at all times when mounted at any EC-sanctioned Dressage competition at the event location. This rule change came after an open, democratic process, in which all Canadian dressage riders had a chance to express their views to the proposal.

AWARDS GALA At the 2012 Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala held February 3 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Dominique Shone, 18, of Langley, BC was awarded Equine Canada Junior Equestrian of the Year award, the Gillian Wilson Trophy. Joan Harris of Jarvie, Alberta has been named as recipient of the Endurance Canada Hall Of Fame Award. The list of Harris’ endurance related accomplishments could wrap around a trail loop, but she is not content to retire and reflect on her past accomplishments. Photo by Robert At present she is a member and a committee Young member of Endurance Canada, and she is an FEI Endurance Steward.

In the photo (left to right) Committee Chair Terre O’Brennan and Joan Harris.

Jump Canada Announces Distribution of Funds The Venue Development Fund, financed by the Jump Canada Levy, directly impacts hunter, jumper and equitation riders and owners across the country through subsidizing improvements Photo by Cansport at competition facilities. The $20,000 in funds Photo Ltd. was divided as follows: • Rocky Mountain Show Jumping (AB)—$7,500 • Jump with Hope for Kids with Cancer (AB)—$7,500 • Horses at Work (NS)—$5,000

Para-Equestrian Canada Announces Recipients of Grants Through an ongoing partnership with Sport Canada, ParaEquestrian Canada is pleased to announce that four grants have been awarded to Canadian therapeutic riding centres. Four grants of $500 each were awarded to the following centres: • Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association, Duncan, BC • Pony Pals Therapeutic Riding Association, Delta, BC • The Equestrian Association for the Disabled (TEAD), Mount Hope, ON, and • Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Society, Richmond, BC

Para-Equestrian Canada Election Results The 2012 election results for positions on the Canadian ParaEquestrian Committee (CPEC) include: Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove, BC; Kendra Flynn Stronach of Brooklin, ON; Elizabeth McMullen of Palgrave, ON; and Jessica Rhinelander of Ottawa, ON. The positions on the committee are not specific in task and each position is for a two-year term beginning in February 2012. The new members join Sharon Buffitt of Pointe Claire, QC; Jane James of Duncan, BC; and Gwynne Rooke of Stouff ville, ON. The Committee will elect a chairperson from amongst its own members at the first meeting in February.

BCLM Pony Club By Lezah Williamson


ony Club members in the BC Lower Mainland region have continued to work on broadening their horizons by attending a series of educational opportunities lately. In addition to the stable management and riding lessons that clubs regularly offer, a large group of athletes also had the privilege to attend a Tetrathlon Clinic with Pony Club alumni and 4-time Olympian Laurie Shone. From him, members continued to hone their techniques in three core areas: running, shooting and swimming. Right after this clinic, the Glen Valley Pony Club ran their annual Schooling Show, which was very well-attended by riders from many clubs - there was even an entrant from the USA! 64 • Saddle Up • March 2012

Hazelmere Pony Club had the opportunity to host a Jumping Clinic with Olympic veteran and Pony Club alumni Hawley Bennett-Awad. Upcoming is a Dressage Clinic with well-known local coach and Paralympian Eleanor Elstone, and an Identification Clinic with Lezah Williamson. On March 3, the biggest competition of the year for members in the region will be underway at the BCLM Regional Quiz. As well, meetings are already underway for the region’s biggest undertaking of the year, the National Dressage Championships.


BC Interior Horse Rescue Update By Lauri Meyers


e have our first Parade under our belts. The BCIHRS took the opportunity to participate in the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade. A couple of our Minis, and two borrowed from one of our Directors, were dressed up as cows. Vienna Meyers, a Junior Member, dressed up as a Wrangler, complete with Duster and Lariat, and rode at the back of the ‘herd’. It was a chilly start, but as the day wore on and we started moving, the cold was soon forgotten and the fun took over. The crowds were great as were the horses/cows. We had so much fun that we plan on more parades, so watch for us in your area. We are so pleased to announce that Tower, our 16hh Thoroughbred Gelding, has found a new/old home. Fiona, from Kamloops, was looking for an old friend that she had regrettably parted with. That old friend turned out to be our very own Tower. Through a series of events, endless searches and finally word of mouth, she came upon our website and found her old friend. Tower and Fiona have been reunited and have settled in for a forever life together. Fiona has changed Tower’s name to Spirit. This is part of what Fiona sent to us: Tower arrived at his new home calm and happy, as if he knew he was coming home. He is settled into his paddock and was very

happy getting reacquainted with the family he had said goodbye to. We are so thrilled to have him back. He will remain in Vernon Winter Carnival Parade our family forever this time. Thank you BCIHRS for taking such good care of him! I am so amazed that I found him again - it was meant to be... there are no coincidences. I decided (because we are all at a point of starting fresh) to re-name him. “Tower” refers only to his stature and he is so much more than that. We have renamed Fiona and Spirit (Tower) him “Spirit” as that suits his kindly nature and his ability to connect with people.

Oliver Riding Club By Kathy Malmberg


he Oliver Riding Club hasn’t done any (official) riding yet this year! Still too much winter out there and, apparently, we are all wimps when it comes to the cold. We did have a “Quiz Night” in January. This was a get-together at the local pub. The turnout for this was wonderful and proved to be a great opportunity for catching up since the Christmas party in December. This year, Janice Goodman and Dawn Muller had the pleasure and fun of putting together some tough questions. The results were: 1st place - Sasha Hopp 2nd place - Cate Turner 3rd place - Elsen den Boe Well done, everyone! A new rule was introduced: the winner has to make up the questions for the next quiz to be held later this year or in January 2013! (Have fun, Sasha.) Our first planned riding event happens March 10 at the Gillepsie ranch. The “Trail of Treasure” ride there last year was really beautiful and we are looking forward to this return visit. Hopefully, the ice and snow will both have disappeared by then. The following weekend, we have our annual spring cleanup at the riding ring (D Bar K ranch). This always proves to be another social event with the actual work being an after-thought! Our new president (Max Alexander) and executive have a very busy schedule lined up for the rest of the riding season, for every kind of riding anyone could possibly want: • More trail rides HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

• “Social” riding on Wednesdays at the riding ring. (Social Riding Evenings will include: guest talks, horse football, jumping practice, challenge course, round pen training discussion/demos, natural horsemanship without bridle or saddle, courage training, and any other sessions that members wish to volunteer to conduct. But, not all in one evening!) • Improve your skills sessions (Western and English) • Jumping lessons • Trail course training • Trail challenge • Clinics with some great trainers (Ken MacRae, Marion Weiskopff, Daryl Gibb) • More trail rides • Dressage/schooling shows and clinics And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There is too much on the agenda for this season to mention here - more on this next month, along with some pictures, I hope! If any of you in the Oliver area would like to be involved - just a little or a whole lot - we welcome you. Our meetings are the 3rd Thursday of the month and our contact person for membership is Margie Fisher ( or telephone her at (250) 498-4579. C’mon out, we would love to see you. Last, but not least, memberships are due! If you would like a membership form please contact Margie ( • 65

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club Update By Barb Ingle


REC is off to a good start this year with our January guest speaker, Tammy Neilsen giving an in-depth presentation on homeopathy as it pertains to animals. Tammy captivated members with her extensive knowledge Nanette, Frances and Barb receiving instruction from and experience clinician Jessie Smith Chris riding a decorated cavaletti with clinician Jessie as a homeopathic Smith watching practitioner, fielding many questions with ease and confidence. Our first clinic of 2012 was a ‘Pole Series’, with clinician Jesse Smith. This particular clinic is always a VREC favourite and a wonderful way to challenge horse and rider during the long winter months. Jesse, a Level 1 EC certified instructor makes these clinics interesting and challenging, yet fun at the same time. A talented instructor she is able to accurately assess the abilities of horse and rider, then adjust the level of difficulty accordingly. Members participated on two separate days in groups of three for 1 1/2 hours each day. Groups were organized according to ability level into beginner, intermediate, and advanced sessions. After seeing the improvement in their riding skills and horse’s performance everyone was enthusiastic to continue reaping this clinic’s benefits Karen riding a line of trot poles with Darcy watching with ongoing pole work at home. We look forward to many more interesting and exciting activities as the year progresses. A big thank you to Kim Smith and Rita Rawstron, our clinic/guest speaker organizers for their hard work on behalf of members. Special Upcoming Event: April 17 - Ken Wilkinson B. SC. Ag - Equine Nutritionist. Topic: Energy for Horses. Learn all about nutrition and feeding for horses. Hosted by VREC this presentation is open to the public. A $10 guest fee for non-members may be applied towards a VREC membership. Remaining proceeds will be donated to charity. R.S.V.P. Required to

Kelowna Gymkhana Club By Kayla Stromsten


elowna Gymkhana Club - all ages, levels of experience, disciplines, family fun, and buckle series! We are very excited that our host, the Kelowna Riding Club grounds, has new footing!!! Event Dates are: May 13 June 3 June 24 July 15 “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” Event with partial proceeds and funds raised for the BC Cancer Agency 66 • Saddle Up • March 2012

Aug 12 Aug 26 Sept 9 Oct 14 Spooktacular Funday I cannot wait for the 2012 season; this club is one of the best clubs on the planet. Good people, Fast horses, and lots of fun! If you are looking for a great place to be, have some fun and friendly competition, join us! We invite all sorts of riders and disciplines – it’s all for the love of horses! Spectators welcome. See you on May 13th!

Kayla Stromsten on Skittles


BC Ranch Cutting Horse News By Janice Reiter WE’VE GOT SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT


prechen ze Duetsche? It is a safe bet this is not a question posed every day to 15-year-old Haley Stradling. But for this Langley teenager it might become a recurring theme in the next several months. Why, you may ask? The effervescent redhead has earned a coveted spot on Canada’s team for the 2012 AQHA Youth World Cup, being held in Kreuth, Germany, July 21-29. A biennial event, the AQHA Youth World Cup came to life in 1986 in the land downunder as a vehicle to promote education, camaraderie as well as competition. Since its inauguration in Australia, the event has travelled the globe and flourished. This year will see 16 countries putting together a team of ten individuals, consisting of five riders plus two alternates and three coaches/managers. Being a multi-faceted rider no doubt went a long way in securing Haley a position on the team. It is not uncommon to see the young horsewoman saddle up her sparkling little cutting horse, Boogie’s Dual Rey, then hack around on pony club mount Lizard (Hickory’s Eclipse, a former cutting horse, is the epitome of the AQHA’s mantra of versatility). Then to change things up a notch or three, there are Rominka and Walter, the hunter/ jumper giants Haley campaigns with zeal. Talent, hard work and definitely dedication have rewarded Haley with a truly rare and unique opportunity. Since the host country has the formidable task of supplying all the horses for the team members to ride it might be a good idea for Haley to learn a few key phrases in German. Vielen Dank, mein Pferd war super!


Haley Stradling and Boogie’s Dual Rey get down to business. (Photo credit to Sally Rees) L-R: Carrie Murray, BCRCHA president Sally Rees, PRDA executive director Michelle Meacher and David Paton.

Banquet, we held a successful silent auction, of which 50% of the proceeds were split between the Pacific Riding VTEA representative Kim Yawney (left) for Developing Abilities (PRDA) and the Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association (VTEA). On a nice, sunny winter’s day, executive members Sally Rees, Carrie Murray and Dr David Paton presented cheques for $609 to each organization. We have heard rumblings that cattle could be difficult to source this year, but we are working hard to line up the required critters. With that said, the 2012 show schedule should be available shortly. Be sure to check our website,, on a regular basis for updates.

At the BC Ranch Cutting Horse Association 2011 Awards

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club By Lacey-Lynn Bormke


he year is just getting underway for the Okanagan Miniature Horse Club. Even though the horses are still fuzzy and the weather is still a little cool we have our first clinic coming up in

April. On April 28-29 Barb McDonald is coming up to do an All Around Clinic with the Miniature horses. She will be doing all levels and areas of driving as well as halter, jumper, hunter and obstacle. The drivers and in-hand work are being separated by Beginners and Advanced. Beginners is for both beginner handlers as well as beginner horses. Advanced is for the more advanced handlers with their advanced horses. The clinic is being held at the Armstrong Agriplex. There is camping and stabling as well. For more info please contact Katie Iceton at 250-546-0998 or Joan Cunningham at 250-545-9566. Our next meeting is being held at the Armstrong Chamber office on April 21 starting at 7 p.m. We welcome new members and encourage you to check out our website HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 67

Vernon District Riding Club Update by Roxanne Ronan


he winter in Vernon was unusually mild this year and as a result we have a very visible addition to the club grounds. A new roof went on the clubhouse during the first week in February - great work by Community Roofing! Many thanks to all who donated to our “Raise the Roof” campaign on National Philanthropy Day. Also, thanks to a very generous donation by Drs. Beth and David Regehr and Family, the club will have a new dressage arena fence and another twenty stalls built in 2012. In addition to the clinic, stall rental, ring/club rental, and merchandise discounts, our members can look forward to one of the most activity-fi lled years in recent memory. We’re starting the season off with a party on Friday, April 13 - no excuses for forgetting this date! Join us at the Vernon Golf and Country Club for our first-ever fundraising Fashion Show. Grab your best gal pal, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, and see what’s new in English and Western wear from the Cowboys Choice and The Paddock Tack and Togs. We are hosting a busy clinic schedule this year. Julia Bostock will push the envelope of early spring riding with a Hunter-Jumper clinic on March 23, 24 and 25 (weather permitting). Back by popular demand, Rob Reimer will give a trailering clinic on April 15 (TBC). Vernon Pony Club presents Dale Irwin on April 27-28 (open to all), and Ellen Hockley will give a Driving Clinic on June 16-17. Sandra

Sokolowski is a physiotherapist and rider whose focus is on improving riding posture and equestrian-specific rehabilitation. If you are riding with injuries, arthritis, joint replacements, or just need help with your seat, she will be at the V.D.R.C. on June 2-3. Email us at info@vernonridingclub. com for details. Our show schedule is posted on our website at - there’s something for everyone! Also check out our new “Show with a Friend” program. Until March 31, we are offering renewing members $20 off their membership if they refer a first time member. Look for our membership forms at The Paddock Tack and Togs in Vernon, Rusty Spur in Lumby, or download them from our website. The following ladies have been elected to the Board of Directors for the 2012 season. Any comments, suggestions, or inquiries you may have about riding at the V.D.R.C. can be posted on our Facebook page or by contacting a board member. President: Chelsea Balcaen Treasurer: Nathalie Merrill Secretary: Kelly MacIntosh Directors: June LaLonde, Judy Olson, Linda Edwards, Julia Bostock, Amber Hahn, Roxanne Ronan, Linda Parker-Fisk

AERC Club - Members Meet, Make Plans By Tammy Thielman

Photo by Gabriela Sladkova


bout 26 members gathered at the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club’s (AERC) February 1st General Meeting at the Armstrong Chamber of Commerce. Members enjoyed socializing, carrying out the club meeting, and sampling delicious Valentine’s-themed treats and coffee (provided by members Rebecca Hilbrander and Rhonda Bennett) while making many exciting plans for this riding season. A show committee was formed to help plan the new set of Fun Day Classes. Other smaller committees were also formed to help with planning upcoming club events like Games Days, Clinics and a Tack and Bake Sale. Members began brainstorming ideas for some affordable clinics on a variety of topics. All proceeds will go back to benefit the club. The club will be hosting a Tack and Bake Sale at the May 12-13 Breeder’s Showcase at the Armstrong Fairgrounds. Please check the April edition of Saddle Up for more details! The club is encouraging all riders and horse enthusiasts to send in your 2012 membership! Please be sure to include your HCBC number(s). We are actively seeking sponsors and invite the many generous 2011 sponsors to support the club once again this year. 68 • Saddle Up • March 2012

Membership last year reached about 80 members and the 2012 goal is 100 members. A volunteer announcer(s) is needed for our Fun Days, so if you or anyone you know may be interested please let us know! Thank you to everyone who attended the General Meeting. Janet Crich on Maggie May and Charity Scrase on Ginger. The next Directors Meeting happens March 7, with a General Meeting slated for May 2. Meetings take place at 7 p.m. at the Armstrong Chamber. Everyone is welcome! Come out and enjoy visiting while supporting your local riding club! The club’s main goals this year are to have fun and enjoy the growing membership. For more information about AERC, check out our new website at or call President Rebecca Hilbrander at 250-546-0052. Anyone interested in AERC news and events is welcome to join the AERC Facebook site which now has about 120 members. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Langley Riders Society By Bethany Gildemeister Photos courtesy of Ron McCarthy Photography


ello Saddle Up readers. Wow there is lots of new and exciting things going on at Langley Riders this year! For starters our first three English/ Western Shows and Games Days will be BC Heritage Qualifiers, AND this year are all PAC approved!!! New this year - LRS English/Western Select Tack Trunk Series. The series will run through the April, May and June Shows. The horse/rider combination that earns the most points at the end of the series will be awarded a beautiful hand-crafted Tack Trunk valued at over $400.00! So bring your “A” game and let’s have some fun! Look out for the 2012 LRS Royalty contestants working the Langley Riders booth at the Quarter Horse Bazaar on March 18. All these Royalty hopefuls will be there to meet everyone and answer any questions you have about our great club events.

Check our website often for the latest news and updates

2011 LRS Booth and Royalty contestants at the Quarter Horse Bazaar

Sandy Valco and Hone jumping

Mellisa Morreau in Amateur Poles at the LRS LBR

Lexi Langset and Shelby Huish in Pleasure Pairs Class

Rachel Fortier and Little Miss Sweetheart Brooklyn at the LRS Awards Banquet

Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club Update By Bev Hall


e had our AGM last night and we have new blood in the executive, which is nice to see. I think this means I get to sit on my horse and watch everyone work... oh, wait, I do that now! Okay, so some things won’t change. But some things will, and a big one is that my family and I will be leaving for a move to Fort St. John near the end of June. Although I am excited to start our new adventure, I will miss the members of our entire club, who have grown with me and the club. I have never been part of a club that has had as many members that get along as this one does. I am not saying that we haven’t had our share of disagreements but at the end of the day our friendships still remain. This club gives so much support to its riders. The more experienced ones are more than ready to give advice, and the up and coming riders AND horses are improving so fast that it is amazing to watch. I’m sure everyone knows the horror stories of my horse, Jack, and I. We started out walking/trotting the patterns and, with a LOT of bumps and bruises along the way, HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

we have been known to do a decent run here and there. Of course, we like to show off - some days are better than others for that - but we are quite... entertaining. But I’ll leave it at that. What I would like to say to everyone, young and old, green or seasoned horse and/ or rider, this club is so accepting and willing to help out, I can’t say enough positive about it and the members in it. They don’t even get upset when you park your truck and trailer the wrong way (private joke). So, although my family and I are still going to be here until the end of June, don’t count us out as we are hoping to get our six qualifying runs in. Maybe I should have a heart-to-heart with Jack. I would like to say thank you to the Git ‘Er Done Gymkhana Club for making the last six years a total blast. Jeanie, what am I going to do without you? Love ya, lady! 2012 EXECUTIVE President - Jeanie Van Den Ham Vice President - Kelly Mezzatesta Secretary - Krysta Pitman Treasurer - Nancy Scott

Equipment Set-up - Jeanie Van Den Ham/ Pam Rupp/Ted Dickens Article Submission - Kelly Mezzatesta SCHEDULE April 21 May 5 - double run May 12 - Children’s Wish Ride May 27 - double run/jackpot June 3 - double run June 30 - jackpot July 21 - jackpot Aug 25 Sept 9 - jackpot Sept 23 - double run Oct 20 - double run Nov 3 - awards night Please come early to register on April 21 and please have patience as registration on the first gymkhana is always hectic and I scheduled it on a day that Jeanie won’t be there, so I have to get it right so she won’t yell at me! For membership information, contact Jeanie at (250) 573-2206 or visit www. • 69

“Stable Start” to Grounds Improvements By Laura Dean


t has taken almost three years of hosting fundraisers and horse shows but the Summerland Rodeo Grounds Equine Development Committee is happy to announce that the promised improvements to the Summerland Rodeo Grounds are underway. On November 11, 2011, a volunteer work crew from the Summerland Rodeo Grounds Equine Development Committee broke ground on the permanent stabling at the Summerland Rodeo Grounds. Our contractor, Wally of Buccaneer Construction, led the way and worked with the City of Summerland building inspector to plan and create stalls that are extremely sturdy, safe and in a convenient location adjacent to the main arena and the warm-up ring. There are 12 new stalls in total, with six being finished this spring and the remaining six to be finished as soon as funding allows. The City of Summerland installed a seasonal water line to the new stall area, too! The funds to build the new covered stalls were made possible from the proceeds of the RCMP Musical ride, Horse Survivor, Donna Hawkins Clinic and our horse shows. Many thanks to the following businesses and individuals that were so supportive of this project: Tony Dunstan excavation work, Summerland Builders Mart, SRG Sand and Gravel, and South Valley Sales in Oliver. The ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for April 28 or 29. This is just the start to the SRGEDC’s commitment to improvements and upgrades at the grounds. Our next project involves the upgrade of the warm-up ring. One of our members, Melissa Reimche, has done her homework - we have a plan, a quote, and we are currently fundraising with our 2012 shows; now we just need to remove rocks and prepare the ring so the base can settle through the winter of 2012. In spring 2013, we will finish the job with footing that is solid and safe. Volunteers and donations of time or supplies are welcome, and will help make this community venue a success.

2012 Show Schedule April 28-29 - Spring Discovery Dressage and Jumper Show: This show will have a wonderful assortment of classes for all levels of riders/ horses and, new this year, exciting arena eventing classes and a mini three-day event of sorts that combines aggregate scores for prizes. July 7 - July Youth Show: A fun, games-oriented show for kids. This year, we are including walk-trot classes as well, so that the show will be more open to beginning young riders, as well as more experienced riders. There are tons of prizes to be won! September 9 - BC Heritage points qualifier, English and Western: More details to come. October 14 - Halloween Show: Start planning your costumes! Pleasure, equitation and games, plus timed trail classes that should be exciting and very challenging! We hope you will join us again for a fundraising show(s) with ALL proceeds going directly to support the upgrades at the Summerland Rodeo Grounds. Please visit us at www. or check us out on Facebook.

Peachland Riding Club By Loree Currie


pring is definitely on its way! I hope everyone is taking full advantage of the mild weather we’ve been experiencing and spending lots of time in the saddle before the season gets underway! Won’t be long now and our first Gymkhana will be in full swing. There have been two date revisions to our calendar. The double header Barrel Race that was scheduled for June 30–July 1 will now be held on July 1st only. There will still be two races. The second change was our August Gymkhana date. Originally on the 19th, it has now been moved to the 26th. Our website is updated regularly and is a great way to find out about any changes to our schedule. Our Saddle Series format is in its final 70 • Saddle Up • March 2012

stages and will be available soon on our website. We have such a great team this year; it’s going to be so much fun!! There have been lots of great ideas and positive changes. We have partnered with Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza to kick off our first fundraising campaign of the year. Details and contact information can be found on our website. The Peachland Riding Club would like to send out a HUGE thank you to Diamond H Tack in Kelowna, The Horse Gate Trailer Sales in Falkland, and Todd’s RV & Campground in Peachland for their generous contributions towards our 2012 season! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BC Rodeo Association BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEO ASSOCIATION #5 – 150B OLIVER STREET WILLIAMS LAKE, BC V2G 1L8 PHONE: (250) 398-4104 FAX: (250) 398-4101 EMAIL: Office Hours: Winter Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 am – 3 pm March 1st ~ Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2012 BCRA Board of Directors President: Gord Puhallo (250) 394-4034 Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Mike Gill (250) 315-9625 Vice President: Allison Everett (250) 296-4778 Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391 Rob Everett (250) 296-4778 Directors: Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Ty Lytton (250) 396-7710 Laura James (250) 567-8640 Virgil Poffenroth (250) 659-5670 Court Smith (250) 302-1176 Wade McNolty (250) 296-9096 Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653

The BCRA members voted Charlie Soffel, Vanderhoof, BC the 2011 BCRA Most Sportsmanlike Cowboy.

2012 BCRA TENTATIVE RODEO SCHEDULE April 20-22: 22nd Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo May 12-13: Princeton Rodeo, Princeton May 19-20: Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos May 20-21: 100 Mile House Rodeo, 100 Mile House May 26-27: Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton June 2-3: 65th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox June 16-17: Ashcroft & District Stampede, Ashcroft June 30-July 1: Chilcotin Series (TWO – 1-DAY RODEOS) 27th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo July 7-8: Chilcotin Series, Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake

July 14-15: Valemount Rodeo, Valemount July 20-22: Quesnel Rodeo, Quesnel August 4-5: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake August 4-5: Chilcotin Series, Nemaiah Valley Rodeo, Nemaiah Valley August 10-12: Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo, Chilliwack August 11-12: Pritchard Rodeo, Pritchard August 18-19: Chilcotin Series, Redstone Rodeo, Alexis Creek August 24-25: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo, Smithers Aug. 31-Sept. 3: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere September 14-16: BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association


ope everyone is enjoying this beautiful spring weather with their shedding fur balls! Congratulations to all the Canadian competitors at the 56th Annual Scottsdale Arabian and Half Arabian Show! We look forward to a report from Wally and Sheila Goertz in next month’s issue! Sounds like they had a BLAST! BC Interior Arabian Horse Association President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 Secretary / Webpage Editor: Tamora Davy Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-8324111 Flying Carpet: Alysha Bartlett 778-754-0066 Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 and/or Cheryl Johnson Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145

A note from Dawn Heppner Hello everyone. I went to the meeting regarding the Okanagan Breeders Showcase in Armstrong to be held on May 12-13. They have offered us a slot for up to 8 horses to do a Liberty class on Saturday night. It is free and there will be a prize for the winner. Let me know HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

if you have a trained Liberty horse or one that you would like to train and put in this. Lots of fun! All you need is some great music, a friend, a fabulous Pure Bred that can trot well, and that you can catch after the minute and a half. Anyone wanting to help with the booth? Alaina doesn’t have time this year to do it. I will be demonstrating some Stall fronts at Scottsdale In-hand Trail on this weekend. There will be sale horses again this year so if you have something to sell bring it along. Stallions as well will be presented. It’s a great place to show off our Arabians! If you want to help or if I missed anyone please send along. Thanks so much, looking forward to hearing from you! - All the best, Dawn Heppner, Damarhe Training, 250-808-0738 • 71

South Central Quarter Horse Association

2012/13 SCQHA Board of Directors: President: Wolf Beyer 250-260-4074 Vice President: Cathie Cross 250-546-8538 Secretary: Karla Dewhurst 250-459-2050 Treasurer: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Past President: Carolyn Farris

The “Fuzzy”

SCQHA - BCQHA Representatives: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Directors: Jessica Eli 250-318-3119 Marion Szepat-Tait 250-459-2050 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228

Calendar of Events April 21: 15th Annual Fuzzy Horse Show w - Armstrong, BC. Contact Tracy Schell 250-764-7770, Sept 14-16: SCQHA - AQHA Fall Show Circuit - Armstrong, BC, Show Secretary Cherie Corrigan 250-337-5090, SCQHA General and Board of Directors Meetings - TBA

SCQHA President’s Message I am finding my way as this is written - there is a lot to absorb. The admiration for the outgoing Executive is considerable. Thank you to Carolyn Farris and the 2011 SCQHA Executive for leaving the business of SCQHA in a wellorganized state. It is obvious that Thank Yous are hardly enough. You folks left much to emulate. The business of a club like this has been streamlined by past experience. My intention is to facilitate the years of accumulated knowledge available. An open door policy tied to transparency will be the cornerstone of this term’s business. In conclusion, I hope everyone within our sphere will have a pleasant experience. Our horses are shedding, spring is around the bend. We have much to look forward to! Please feel free to contact me with your thoughts and concerns. - Sincerely, Wolf Beyer

The SCQHA 15th Annual “Fuzzy Horse Show” will be held on Saturday April 21, 2012 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 Mellissa Buckley who is an All Around trainer of AQHA and APHA horses operating out of Langley BC. A graduate of the Olds College Western Training Program, Mellissa has trained/coached World Champions, National Champions, Regional Champions, Futurity winners, All Around Champions, Year End High Points, and many others in Novice, Amateur, and Open. She specializes in happy show horses who maintain long careers, bringing joy to their owners. From 8:00-8:45 Mellissa will be doing a Showmanship demonstration. This will give participants an opportunity to get some great tips on getting their horses prepared for Showmanship classes and proper show pen performance. 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. For details please contact: Tracy Schell at 250-764-7770, Mail Entries to: Janet Crich, 4365 Round Prairie Road, Armstrong, BC V0E 1B4

Our Fuzzy Horse Show judge, Mellissa Buckley

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC By Rose Schroeder, Yarrow Chapter overnight camping. Ride east or west. You will President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730 cross bridges built by Vice President: Rose Schroeder, - 604-854-1245 Back Country Horsemen Vice President: Jack Breaks, Webmaster, - 604 856 7786 Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 of BC. Expect a bit of Recording Secretary: Susan Shumey, - 604 856-1396 road shoulder riding as Treasurer: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Gord MacKenzie, - 250 679-3999 there are short sections Work Bee Coordinator: Ian Compton, - 250-337-8720 where there were no Joint Trail & Access (Horse Council): Rose Schroeder, - 604 854-1245 options for a trail in the Horse Council Director: Isabel Pritchard, - 250 764-4533 Education: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442 woods. Another favourite Trans Canada Trail place to park and ride is ust write about your favourite called the Rifle Range, just up the hill past trail,” she said! But, I don’t have the Fish Hatchery, on the right hand side one favourite trail, I have many! of the road. This is not a Rec Site; there So here is “one” of my favourite trails. The is no host. It is the entrance to a Military Trans Canada Trail, commonly known as practice site. A relatively safe place for the TCT. This trail stretches 1750km from your rig. Up and across the road, you coast to coast. In this section, equestrian will see the TCT signage. You are on the interest lies in the section from Tamahi Larson Bench trail. Many mountain peak Creek to Paleface Pass in the Chilliwack views. River Valley. I like this section of trail You can also access the trail from the because: Riverside Rec Site or drive south across - easy; good for early-season fitness the logging bridge, park across the river training and beginner riders/horses and ride the road. In this section, there - many access points are a number of boardwalks unsuitable - footing f i is i good d for horses, so stick to the road at first. This - trail is well marked area is famous for its fish channels. - excellent maps (TCT Map and The next most interesting section to Guidebook - ride is from Chilliwack Lake back west. The first place that parking is good You have to park outside the Provincial is the Tamahi Recreation Site. Follow Park Campground on the side of the road. the Chilliwack Lake Road and it’s just There’s tons of room. A well-beaten path over the bridge. From there, you can ride leads you through the campground to the in either of two directions: west along suspension bridge crossing the Chilliwack the Fishermen’s Trail or east where you River. This can be an exciting event for climb onto the Tamahi Trail (you can go horses that have not walked one before! forever... or as far as you choose). Lots It sways side to side as the horse walks of views of the river, streams, beaver across. Safest to cross one at a time. A presence, coastal forest, moss, ferns and horse will do one of two things: refuse other recreationists! By the way, have you to move forward or try to dash across. ever tried the Licorice fern? These small Either causes chaos if there are too many ferns grow out of the bark on the trunk of on the bridge! The ride on the other side Big Leaf Maple trees. Pull out the roots, is worth it! Expect: switchbacks, metal clean them off and chew... tastes like clad bridges and corduroy! Hopefully, you licorice. First Nations used them for colds properly prepared your perfect trail horse and sore throats. for these! A story is not a story without a The next access point is the Thurston story! Eventually you will break out into a Meadows Recreation Site. This and the logged-off area where shake cutters built first are fee sites with Hosts and have BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE



one room shelters in the huge stumps of old cedar trees. They have doors with weathered leather hinges, shelves and sleeping ramps. With tin on the top for a roof, it could be a cozy, temporary living place. I haven’t even touched on the Chilliwack Lake to Paleface Pass section. I am running out of words and space. Another article? Remember to practice Leave No Trace where you park, and please ride safe. Help us protect our Right to Ride another favourite trail, another day!

Suspension Bridge on the Chilliwack River

Another of the TCT

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Endurance Riders Association of BC “International” Rider By Nora Hudson

Officers & Directors 2011 President -June Melhuish VP - Ruth Moorby Secretaryy - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Toni Bloomfield Brenna Mayer Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Karen Ellis Cory Anthony Brenda Miskimmin


hat’s what they call you when you’re a Canadian rider in a New Zealand endurance race, but usually with the customary Kiwi tongue-in-cheek. The Macraes Flat Endurance Ride was hosted by the Mt. Nimrod Club on November 11-13, 2011, and was set in a picturesque valley on New Zealand’s south island, north of Dunedin. A quiet country road led us to a spacious ride base set up in a field on farmland. Tents for the officials, outhouses (with sinks!) and water were already in p place when we arrived,, and we had the usual tossup between being close to the toilets but away from the crowd. NZ horse people haul with big transport trucks, some that feature accommodation in the front, although some opt to tow “floats” - the Kiwi term for horse trailer - and set up tents or living quarters in the back. No campers, probably because the trucks here are smaller, but otherwise it looked just like a Canadian ride camp. The location boasted beautiful scenery from every angle - grassy hills with jutting rock features, sprawling pastures and plentiful sheep (of course) - and the trails were as challenging as they were stunning. NZ endurance is strongly associated with FEI, and races are a bit more structured than the ones I’m used to back in BC (the trot out lanes and start/finish line were all neatly mowed, the vets and volunteers had name tags with their official role, and a formal weekend programme was distributed!). I entered with a daypass membership for the 40km “novice” ride (my best option to avoid membership formalities) on the Sunday, with the 74 • Saddle Up • March 2012

majority of the entries having already raced the day before in the pouring rain. My trusty steed was a lovely 6-year-old Arab in his third 40km race, on loan from my gracious New Zealand host who did a successful 80kms on Saturday with her more seasoned mare. Thankfully, the rain eased and we awoke to a drier Sunday morning, with the sun breaking through shortly after our 8am start. I was lucky enough to have a month of getting to know Zurim (my equine tour guide) and some southern hemisphere countryside before we set out on our 40km loop, so we both felt prepared. After an eager start through soft ground with sloppy sections, we settled into a comfortable pace with the help of our riding buddy, also on a young horse and looking for a nice, steady ride. With a few climbing sections and plenty of room to move at pace, the trails were fun for both horse and rider. Even the inevitable road sections were scenic and had nice verges for those looking to get off the hard stuff, and there was plenty of water. Because of the few days of heavy rain rain, both horse and rider had to watch for boggy bits in the fields and take extra care on the hills, but it was considerably less wet than the day before, and everyone adapted. Boggy bits and trails were marked with fencing standards (aka step-in posts) - no handy branches for flagging here! Around the 25km mark, both Zurim and I seemed to share the thought that two 20km loops might have been better than doing it all in one (or maybe it was just me), but then another rider came up from behind and our motivation was renewed. The last half went by quickly and we were back home 4hrs and 10mins after we began, happy and healthy. Into the “vet ring” we went, and this was different from what I was used to. Riders came in and crossed the line, their time starts, so tack is dropped for sponging, the rider checks his/her own horse with the hand held monitor till criteria is met or is close. Then riders “enter the vet ring” when you think you’re good. If you are down, you go into the vet exam for completion. If you’re not down, you “exit the ring” and get

it together, and you have one other chance to present - I think within a half hour. If you present again and you’re not down, I think you get pulled! Although “low” was indicated by downward arrows rather than a lower letter grade. When all is deemed up to standards, the okay is given and the crowd of onlookers and volunteers applaud! A novel experience for someone who has always ridden shorter distances (do we applaud for anything less than 100 miles in Canada?), but a nice gesture nonetheless. Back to the truck for a feed and a cleanup, with a complimentary BBQ of Kiwi sausages, onions, bread and butter to look forward to once all the riders were in. The rewards ceremony was short and sweet, and held in the nearby shearing shed on the farm. All those who “qualified” (completed) received a certificate and sash, and the top three in the higher distances received the usual halter, brushes, and bags of feed donated by local businesses. All in all, my experience as an “international” rider was a good one welcoming people, people great horse horse, sublime country, and a slew of invitations to future events. NZ represented itself with flying colours, just as I promised Canada would when given the chance. I’m only part way through my Kiwi adventure, which so far has included Rugby World Cup, skydiving and bungee jumping, but I feel like I’ve been given a pretty rare opportunity to experience the country from horseback. For this and the hospitality shown to me by my NZ hosts, I am extremely grateful. I highly recommend the experience!

Nora and Zurim on the right; with a fellow competitor on the left.


Pine Tree Riding Club Kamloops, B C Newsletter Contact: Cari Crawford, Club contact: Michelle Tondevold,


s Spring creeps closer, it is time to start thinking about preparing both the horses and riders for the riding season ahead. PTRC encourages the participation of our young riders and teaching safety around horses is of utmost importance. We welcome riders of all ages and abilities for our playdays, gymkhanas and shows, with our goal being that of FUN! With everyone on the same page with etiquette and safety, our goal is more readily met. For this month, we will address three subjects: horse care, etiquette in the warmup arena, and a few general commonsense tips. Horse Care It is important to ensure your horse, tack and trailer is physically prepared for the riding and travelling you want to do. Some ideas: - Deworm your horses. Check with your vet about the suggested frequency. - Consider what vaccinations you may need. - Ensure their feet are in good order; have the farrier keep them trimmed and/or shod. - Consider their feed/supplement program to meet the reality of extra riding and showing, as well as transitioning from hay to pasture. - Check with your vet about a dental exam. - Do a tack check as well as a thorough inspection of your horse trailer. Ring Etiquette (warm up ring) - Riders should try to ride in the same direction.

New jumps for the club.


- Announce your intentions. Tell the other riders what you plan to do (e.g. “passing on your left,” “jumping fence 3”). If you are about to open a squeaky gate or door, give the other riders a heads up. - No lunging while others are riding. - Mount and dismount out of the way of other riders. - Work together, if possible; users should be doing similar things. - Be generous with right of way. - Clean up the arena after you use it. Leave it in a better condition than you found it. - Keep a horse length between riders. If there are riders working on both the inside and outside track, leave enough passing room that one horse isn’t able to bite or kick at other horses. - No smoking in an arena or stable! - All horses should be under control. If your horse is out of control and you are able, come in to the centre of the ring and stop. There should be no loose horses in the arena while others are riding. If a rider falls off of a horse, all other riders stop and dismount. - Know where the first aid kit is kept. - Keep all gates and doors closed. - Ride with a buddy, especially when jumping. - Dogs should never be allowed in the arena/ ring with horses and riders. Other Tips - Use your head – wear a properly fitting helmet. - No talking on a cell phone when riding. - Keep clutter clear from around your horse, stall and trailer. The more clutter, the better

The gang after a fun day of games.

the chances of an accident. - Keep a first aid kit in the barn and horse trailer (latex gloves, antiseptic, antibiotic ointment, soap, saline solution, bandages, gauze, tape, scissors, tweezers, flashlight, ice pack, first aid manual). - When approaching a horse, approach slowly by the shoulder and talk to the horse. - Never wrap a lead line around your hand. - Don’t assume another horse is friendly. If you see a ribbon (often red) tied to the tail, this is a clear message to stay away, especially from the hind end. - Be mindful of the many different capabilities and comfort levels of other riders. At Pine Tree, we are looking forward to a great year of riding. As we constantly have new members, including our lead-liners, new parents and new youth riders who are learning about the ins and outs of horse care, it is wise to remember that we all play a role in supporting good horse etiquette and safety. Both in and out of the rings there are many ways we can lead by example for those who share the passion of horses and weekends spent enjoying them! Check out our website at www. to learn more about upcoming events at Pine Tree and to sign up as a member. All Membership Forms received by March 31, 2012, will be entered in our draw for a FREE MEMBERSHIP (family or single) or FIRST PLAYDAY AND GYMKHANA FOR FREE!

Members enjoying the day, waiting their turn. • 75

BC Paint Horse Club - Colour Your World - Own A Paint Pres Colleen Schellenberg Vice Pres Cathy Glover Sec Marilyn Griffin Treas Dianne Rouse Communications Director Andrew Thomas APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore APHA 817 834-2742



t’s official! We are very pleased to announce that the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association will host two BC Paint Horse Club-approved circuits at Thunderbird this season: four judges at their Spring Circuit, May 3-6, and three judges at their Evergreen Circuit, September 1 and 2. We have also just learned the Three-inOne Breed Show, July 6-8 in Smithers, will once again be APHA and BCPHC-approved - all in addition to the Back-to-Basics two-judge APHA show at High Point in Langley, July 29. BCPHC vice president Cathy Glover sits on LMQ’s show committee and reports there has been a lot of goodwill at the table as LMQ prepares to welcome Paint Horse exhibitors from BC and the Pacific Northwest for the second year in a row. Both circuits are BCPHC and NWCC approved, and Paints will be competing for high point silver buckles in all the usual categories at the Spring Circuit. That show also features added money in green horse jackpot classes in Trail, Western Pleasure and Hunter under Saddle. (To qualify, a green horse is one that hasn’t earned more than 10 breed points in that class.) An Open Youth Hunt Seat Equitation jackpot also has added money and is open to riders of all breeds. Use the link from our website (www.bcphc. com) to get to LMQ’s website or go to (, then follow the links to LMQHA and their events calendar to download the premium. With nine APHA shows (judges) already approved in the Lower Mainland, and at least two up country, 2012 is shaping up to be one of the best ever for Paint Horse exhibitors in BC - and we’re only just getting started! Celebrating 2011 Successes on a High Note Nearly 50 BC Paint Horse Club members and their families gathered at High Point Equestrian Centre in Langley for the club’s annual banquet to honour its year-end award winners, on February 4. The lounge at High Point is très chic, to say the least, and its intimate tables and massive bar overlooking the arena was reminiscent of dining at the old Keg at Thunderbird - a feeling not lost of many of us “oldtimers!” The food, catered by Natalie Hall’s aunt, was excellent; Natalie and Blodwyn Bristow ably managed the bar and even after the awards were presented, folks lingered, enjoying each other’s company and outbidding one another on a huge silent auction organized by Marilyn Griffin. Big winner of the night was Ingrid Libera. Ingrid rode Ima Special Delivery to four top awards in 2011: Youth 14-18, Senior Horse, Halter Gelding and BC Bred. Club president Colleen Schellenberg presented her with a stunning pair of engraved silver spurs that left 76 • Saddle Up • March 2012

2012 Moore Performance Horses

the rest of us more than an little envious. Savvy shopper and yearend awards co-ordinator Dianne Rouse outdid herself this year, with plenty of personalized silver awards and embroidered jackets and vests. From Chris and Jodie Moore’s barn, the Penaloza family took home their share of bounty: Daniella was named high point Novice Youth, while sister Chrissie was high point Youth 13 & Under. Jennifer King rode Ready to Dream to be named high point Amateur. Special congratulations to two of our northern members: Bibs Dillaire showed Gold Bar Tristan to win the high point Junior Horse and Halter Stallions awards, while Barb Bowerbank of Burns Lake showed Fanciful Romance to win reserve Halter Mares. Opportunities for Solid Paint Breds This year, in an effort by APHA to encourage more participation in Solid Bred Paint (SPB) classes, show organizers must include at least eight SPB classes. And, if a show offers Amateur SPB classes, they must also have three Amateur SPB halter classes in addition to six SPB open halter classes (two for mares, two for geldings, and two for stallions). (Whew!) Solid bred classes have been a tough sell here in BC, but we know there are good ones out there and they deserve to be shown! LMQ’s two circuits and the “Back-to-Basics” show will have all nine SPB halter classes, plus Amateur and Youth SPB showmanship, hunt seat equitation and horsemanship, in addition to all ages Hunter under Saddle, Hunter Hack, Western Pleasure and Trail. If you are eligible to compete as an APHA youth or amateur and you have a Solid Paint Bred, you’ll have as many as eight classes to enter and compete for APHA points this year! That’s pretty cool! Make sure to order your 2012 APHA youth or amateur card now and start getting some miles on your Paint ponies - no matter what colour they are! You could be earning Paint points this season! Visit Us at the Bazaar Be sure to stop by our booth at the LMQHA Bazaar at Thunderbird, on Sunday, March 18, to pick up your 2012 edition of Paint Connections and pay your membership, if you haven’t already! You can find a membership application (and more news) on our website at Colleen Schellenberg and Ingrid Libera


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THE ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB Clinics, Shows, Trail Rides/Drives and lots of Fun. 780-696-3892 9/12 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 12/12

ASHCROFT RODEO ASSOCIATION BCRA Rodeo June 16 & 17, 2012 Starts 1 pm. Dance on June 16 From 9 pm to 1 am 2/13

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The Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Jonathan, 604-556-6884 or 2/13

BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 3/12 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 8/12 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 3/13 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Ken Hartley 250-573-2328 or web 4/12 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 11/12 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 2/13 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-260-5344 9/12 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 4/12 Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB 7/12 Info Margaret 604-856-1419, AMHR/AMHA Show June 8-10, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB President: Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 5/12 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138, 10/12

BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 4/12 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 3/12 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 5/12 BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Howie Hunt 250-443-4461,, visit for Events 6/12 CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid.,, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0


CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 4/12


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:, and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, @ p 7/12 President 204-834-2479 or

ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 2/13 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 4/12 GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154, 8/12 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industryy 12/12 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 11/12 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397, 2/13 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 2/13

LOWER MAINLAND RANCH SORTING ASSOCIATION Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 778-839-8051 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 3/13

MISSION HORSE CLUB (Fraser Valley) Pres: Sherryl Hopkins 604-820-5109 English/Western Shows, Gymkhanas, Trophy Show, 5/12 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics, 7/12 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Debbie House 250-498-4326,, 7/12 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Holly Dickinson 250-870-0601 3/12 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities PENTICTON RIDING CLUB SHOWS, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-03977 3/13 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders, 2/13 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Alison Miller, Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, 7/12 PROJECT EQUUS - Working to protect B.C.’s wild horses. Adoptions available. Contact Theresa Nolet 250-492-4921, 0 SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Cheri 250-573-2541, Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 3/13 THEHORSEAGILITYCLUB.COM Fun Days, Clinics, Competitions with BC Accr. Trainer Adiva Murphy; or compete/submit video to on-line competitions. 2/13 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 3/13 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. 12/12 Linda 604-856-9574,, • 77

What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2012 EVENTS?? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE: Jan 1-3

march Sundays 1–31 2-4 3 3 3 3 4 8-11 9-10 10 10-11 10-11 11 11 11 14-16 16-17 16-18 17 17 18 18-24 21-22 21-23 22-25 23-25 24 24 24 24

OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567,

CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan and Jeanette 250-577-3156 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Training & Instructor Program, Princeton, BC, Marion INTRO TO TTOUCH w/Mandy Pretty, Dawson Creek, BC, Rose cousins or COWGIRLS GONE WILD Fundraiser, Sunrise Conf. Centre, Surrey, BC, Brenda 604-589-9052 or 604-530-7304, VALLEY TACK SALE 10am-2pm, Abbotsford Fair Grounds, Ronnalee Harris, VERSATILITY RANCH HORSE SEMINAR, Ranch Horse Cutting, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, or COOL RUNNIN’ ARENA DRIVING TRIALS, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC, Linda Dohl 604-791-2591, HORSE AGILITY TRAINING/SHOW, Twin Creek Ranch, Aldergrove, BC, Susan, KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops, 1-888-763-2224, HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Amanda Self, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan and Jeanette 250-577-3156 VERSATILITY RANCH HORSE SEMINAR, Ranch Horse, Working Cow & Roping, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, or CUTTING CLINIC, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, 250-577-3156 SANDRA VERDA CLINIC, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, Kathrin, HORSE AGILITY TRAINING/SHOW, Heron Bay Stables, Ladner, BC, Susan, GYMKHANA CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, TACK SALE CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, SPRING BREAK CAMP FOR KIDS, 10-4pm, Lessons, Fun Show, Armstrong, BC, Keelly 250-307-7288, CUTTING CLINIC w/Bob Zirnhelt, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan and Jeanette 250-577-3156 BCHSR QUEEN SEMINAR, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland,,, SCHOOLING OPEN HORSE SHOW, Chilliwack Riding Club, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, TACK SALE CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, LMQHA BAZAAR & COUNTRY FAIR, Tack Sale, Clinics & more, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, Pia 604-889-9120 or Terri 778-549-1297 EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Edmonton, AB, Learn equine massage therapy,, 1-888-378-4632 MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSE CLINIC w/Mark Bolender, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Laurie Thompson 604-869-1411, SPRING BREAK CAMP FOR KIDS, 10-4pm, Lessons, Fun Show, Armstrong, BC, Keelly 250-307-7288, JONATHAN FIELD Course 1 Clinic, Field Horsemanship Center, Abbotsford, BC, Angie Field 1-888-JFFIELD, MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSE CLINIC & SHOW W w/Mark Bolender, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Laurie Thompson 604-869-1411, QUALITY TACK & HORSE SALE, Valley Auction, Armstrong, 250-546-9420, INTRO TO CLICKER CLINIC, Cochrane, AB, email for info BADLANDS SPRING SELECT HORSE SALE & Trade Show, Brooks, AB, Darren 403-363-2723, GROUNDWORK CLINIC w/Cindy Kirschman (Chris Irwin & CHA Certified), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, BC, 250-547-9277

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april p Sundays 4–5 6–7 6-7 6-8 6-9 7 10-16 11–12 12-15 13–14 13-14 13-15 13-15 13-15 14 14

BRAD GIESBRECHT REINING CLINIC, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, for more info and to register call Kim 250-577-3637 RIDING CLINIC w/Cindy Kirschman, (Chris Irwin & CHA Certified), Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, BC, 250-547-9277 LMRSA SORTING JACKPOT, Ron Pilat’s Arena, Chilliwack, Haidee Landry 778-839-8051, MISSION HORSE CLUB WILD & WOOLY, 9am, Mission, BC, Alicia Harper 604-462-7455, EQUANIMITY EDGE Vertebral Realignment Course, Edmonton, AB, Learn to adjust without mallets!, 1-888-378-4632 DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Margo Hepner-Hart, WP Perf. Horses, Grand Forks, BC, Mary 250-442-2686 or Wendy 250-442-7706 JONATHAN FIELD, Course 1 Clinic, Saanich Fair Grounds Victoria, BC, Roma Allen 1-877-573-4018, EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Ladysmith, BC, Learn equine massage therapy,, 1-888-378-4632 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Games, info Nagaire Niven 778-277-0015, BUCKLE SERIES SORTING, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan and Jeanette 250-577-3156 INTRO TO CLICKER CLINIC, Cochrane, AB, email for info BCQHA AGM, 1:30-4:30pm, The Grand Hotel, Nanaimo, BC, Gordie 250-337-5958, GLENN STEWART Spring Tune-Up Workshop, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope, BC, Laurie Thompson 604-869-1411, CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan and Jeanette 250-577-3156 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Kelowna, Anne Smythe, 250-860-2785, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Armstrong, Daina 250-379-2913, or Mandy 250-308-6208, TRAIL CLINIC w/Colleen Hazeldine, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan and Jeanette 250-577-3156 JONATHAN FIELD Course 2 Clinic, Field Horsemanship Center, Abbotsford, BC, Angie Field 1-888-JFFIELD, EQUANIMITY EDGE Vertebral Realignment Course, Langley, BC, Learn to adjust without mallets!, 1-888-378-4632 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Chilliwack Riding Club, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Chevallier’s, Peachland, BC, Learn equine massage therapy,, 1-888-378-4632 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Penticton, Sherry Ripplinger 250-490- 0397, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, Teachers’ Course, Chase, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Oliver, Dawn Muller 250-498-0636, GLENN STEWART Advanced Natural Horsemanship Clinic, Stage 3/4 in Smithers, BC, Anika or 250-846-5494 DRIVING CLINIC, Draft or Light, The Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Ellen Hockley 250-577-3366, LEVEL 2/3 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, Devanee Cardinal, Slave Lake, AB,, 250-968-4481 BILL RITCHIE CLINIC, Horse Confidence & De-Spooking, IPE Agriplex, Armstrong, BC, Debbie, 604-858-7724 or Nancy 250-832-0977 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Jumping Clinic, info Katrina, PTRC GYMKHANA, Kamloops, or Kesia Werth 250-819-7313


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TOPLINE DRESSAGE % DAY, Salmon Arm, BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669, TACK CONSIGNMENT & GARAGE SALE, Diamond H Tack, Kelowna, 250-762-5631 REINING CLINIC w/The Cruz Team, Foothills Farms, 100 Mile House, Susan or Ron 250-706-2577 FUN DAY Y Games & more, Quarterspot Ranch, Lumby, BC, 250-547-9277 TOPLINE SCHOOLING JUMPER ROUNDS, Salmon Arm, BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669, PTRC PLAYDAY, Kamloops, or Kesia Werth 250-819-7313 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Jumping, info Katrina, HORSE AGILITY TRAINING/SHOW, Heron Bay Stables, Ladner, BC, Susan, GYMKHANA CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, PATH TO LIGHTNESS RIDING CLINIC, Chase, BC, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Port Alberni, Doris 778-421-1441, or Chloe 250-720-6658, CALGARY STAMPEDE CANADIAN HORSESHOEING CHAMPIONSHIPS, Calgary, AB, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Coombs/Errington, Jodie Bater 250-248-2408, ADIVA MURPHY SPRING HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Twincreeks BB&B, Duncan, BC, Deborah Flinn, SCQHA FUZZY HORSE SHOW, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong, BC, Tracy 250-764-7770,, LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Y Eng/West, info Nicola Gildemeister 604-746-0344, REINING CLINIC w/Amanda Self, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan and Jeanette 250-577-3156 D BAR K SHOW SERIES, D Bar K Ranch, Oliver, BC, Sasha 250-498-4228,, INTRO TO CLICKER CLINIC, Cochrane, AB, email for info COOL RUNNIN’ ARENA DRIVING TRIALS, Thunderbird Park, Langley, BC, Linda Dohl 604-791-2591, ZABRINA BARTEAUX MASSAGE THERAPY for horse owners, Jandana Ranch, Kamloops, BC, Zabrina 250-938-7126, AEVA SPRING FEST 2012, Equestrian Vaulting Competition, Ponoka Ag-Event Centre, Ponoka, AB, Melanie, 403-559-6877 KELOWNA SPRING DRESSAGE FESTIVAL, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, Sherri 250-863-6494, WESTERN WEEKEND, Ranch Sorting/Team Penning & Ranch Horse Obstacle, Coombs Rodeo Grounds, Vancouver Island, Hugh or Tammy LEVEL 1/2 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, Devanee Cardinal, Prince George, BC,, 250-968-4481

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LMRSA SORTING JACKPOT, Ron Pilat’s Arena, Chilliwack, Haidee Landry 778-839-8051, REINING SCHOOLING SHOW, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, BC, Stan and Jeanette 250-577-3156 CALGARY STAMPEDE SPRING EXTREME COWBOY RACE, Calgary, AB,,, 403-261-0127 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Spring Clean-Up, MISSION HORSE CLUB EW SHOW, 9am, Mission, BC, Alicia Harper 604-462-7455, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Ladysmith, Mornings, Jill Sampson 250- 245-2829, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Cobble Hill, Afternoons, Nancy Lane 250-743-1268, CONNECTED RIDING & TTOUCH w/ Mandy Pretty, Whitehorse, YT, Violet or BARREL RACE, 6:30pm, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, or MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Victoria/Metchosin, Kristina Millar 250-478-2051, LEVEL 2/3 PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP, Devanee Cardinal, Vanderhoof, BC,, 250-968-4481 KELOWNA SPRING H/J CLASSIC, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, Caroline 1-403-333-9338, DALE IRWIN CLINIC (Vernon Pony Club) at Vernon District Riding Club grounds, Ruth 250-542-2106 THE MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB, 250-578-7518, SRGEDC Spring Dressage/Jumper Show, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, Melissa 250-488-7527,, INTRO TO CLICKER CLINIC, Cochrane, AB, email for info CLAY WEBSTER REINING CLINIC, EasyGo Ranch, Lac La Hache, BC, Elli Meinert 250-396-7556, BILL RITCHIE CLINIC, Horse Confidence & De-spooking, Foothills Farms, 100 Mile House, Susan or Ron 250-706-2577 MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB 2PHASE EVENT, Island 22, Chilliwack, BC, Janice, HORSEWOMANSHIP CLINIC w/certified Chris Irwin trainers (Birgit Stutz/Kathryn Kincannon), Whitecourt, AB, Connie 1-877-394-6773, EQUANIMITY EDGE Equine Massage Therapy Course, Grande Prairie, AB, Learn equine massage therapy,, 1-888-378-4632 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY Games, info Nagaire Niven 778-277-0015, CROSS-COUNTRY LESSONS (Vernon Pony Club) at Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm, Ruth 250-542-2106 DATES CONTINUED AT WWW.SADDLEUP.CA

On To Greener Pastures… COKES BARETTE May 11, 1982 – January 2, 2012 It was a sad day when we had to say “Good Bye” to Barette. Dave bought her when she was two and we competed on her and enjoyed her for 27 years. She was a one-of-a-kind mare and will never be forgotten. - Marie Graham, Vernon, BC


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Turning Point Ranch

Turning Point Ranch

Proudly announces the arrival of

is proud to offer the services of

*Rosedale El Senor

Driftwood Zultaan in 2012

YK DARK OTTO 2004 Arabo- Friesian Stallion (EAFS Breeding perm. & CFHA reg.)

82% Friesian & 18% Arabian Blood Registered Section B Welsh Stallion, Imported from Great Britain 13HH Dark Brown (Supreme Champion and Sire of Champions)

This is a rare opportunity to breed to this renowned stallion 2012 stud fee $500.00 to approved mares A select few young and mature individuals are currently available Excellent conformation, lovely movement and quiet temperaments Please contact us for details

Steven and Jennifer Zachary

Ph: 250-577-3526

Pritchard BC

15.1HH Black, Purebred Arabian Stallion SE, Al Khamsa, excellent breeding, conformation and movement. With superior legs and feet, and overall bone and substance, and an unparalleled disposition, Zultaan is the ideal cross for performance horses. Live cover, fee: $500.00. Please enquire early, book limited. His Foals arrive starting March 2012; out of black or black-bred Arabian, Welsh and Hackney mares. Please contact us for details. Steven and Jennifer Zachary

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$1000. Stud Fee. Live cover & fresh cooled semen

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Stallions and Breeders Kid Lena

2001 AQHA/FQHA Homozygous Black Stallion (APHA/ApHCC approved)

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Sire: Lethal Playgun by Playgun by Freckles Playboy Dam: GBL Royal Lena back to Doc Olena and Mr Dry Doc

Grandson of Smart Little Lena, also Dry Doc, Peppy San, Sonny Dee Bar on papers. Proven producer of quiet, athletic, smart all around horses.

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Standing at: Colour V Ranch


(250) 296-0186 150 Mile House, BC


My Beau Vanzi 2008 Grullo (Classic Dun) Champagne AQHA/FQHA/NFQHA/ICHR There are only a handful of stallions this COLOUR in the world! Grandson of My Skip Vanzi. Halter, Show or Work. Do it in style and in COLOUR! Breeding Fee: $600 (reg.mares), $500 (unreg.mares), Booking Fee: $200, Shipped Semen available Save 10% if booked by March 1, 2012

2012 Introductory breeding fee $750 plus mare care. We offer professional training of AQHA/APHA horses, breeding, sales, training and boarding. Come and see us for your next show prospect! Check us out on Facebook at perfectimageperformancehorses.

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

2008 AQHA Dun Stallion APHA/ApHCC approved Sire: Dun It OK (NRHA money earner) by DeďŹ nitely A Dunit (by Hollywood Dun It) Dam: Bamby Bar Boomernic by Doc Boomernic (aka Hickaboom) AQHA Incentive Funded

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

Breeding Fee: $450 (reg. mares); $350 (unreg. mares) Booking Fee: $100. Shipped Semen available Save 10% if booked by March 1, 2012

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES For 2011 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502

Standing at: Colour V Ranch


Winner of over $506,000. Passing on his Size, Movement, Conformation, Wonderful Temperament and W$NN$NG Attitude!

Western Pleasure Futurity Winner, Breeders Trust You will always get a coloured foal

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(250) 296-0186 150 Mile House, BC

2001 17HH Bay Thoroughbred

2008 APHA Bay tobiano 15.1HH Zippo Pine Bar & Tarzan Dude bloodlines OLWS Negative Homozygous

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Standing at: Colour V Ranch (250) 296-0186 150 Mile House, BC

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