Saddle Up - March 2013

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From the Editor… Features

Legalities with Harveen Thauli NEW! 6 Horseback Archery 10 Clicker Training 12 A Grand Dam (Broodmare) 14 Training with Dana Hokana 16 Otter Co-op - Official Partner 18 Round Penning 20 Quarter Horse Silver (Z) Gene 22 Alberta Equestrian Workers 24 Through A Horse’s Eyes 29 Prince George Equine & Animal Rescue 32 13th Annual Construction Feature 38

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s it March already? At our house the snow is melting, the flower buds are confused, and my horse is shedding. The riding ring is a mess and the horse trailer is still stuck in the snow. On the bright side? Spring is just around the corner! In February’s issue I mentioned the new MAP I did over the holidays showing our distribution in BC and Alberta – I hope you’ve had a look at it. It’s on our website, click on ‘Advertise’ then click on MAP. Show and event dates are booking up fast, take a look at the What’s Happening calendar. Do remember, we can’t print the entire year’s dates in the magazine, but we certainly do print them ALL on our website. Check them out! This issue has our Annual Construction Feature in it, so if you are contemplating building a new barn or an arena, maybe just want to fence your property or build a horse shelter… see pages 38 to 52. Hope to see you at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival (March 7-10) or the Quarter Horse Bazaar in Langley (March 17). Till next month…

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Seeking Professional Advice and Sales Agreements


ast month you read about Sally’s purchase of Teko, an 11-year-old Quarter Horse gelding that loved to jump. Unfortunately, Sally didn’t ask the veterinarian enough detailed questions during the pre-purchase examination, so she didn’t understand the risk she was taking when she allowed more experienced riders to jump Teko. The resulting wear and tear on his left hind made him lame and Sally had to spend thousands of dollars on treatments to help Teko recover. In hindsight, Sally should have sought the professional advice of a lawyer before she purchased Teko. She realized after the fact that she should have entered into a sales agreement or some form of documentation evidencing the transaction with the seller, just like she would have done to buy a house or a car. A basic sales agreement would include the following terms: the names and addresses of the buyer and seller; a description of the horse, the horse’s



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condition and behaviour; the purchase price and method of payment; the date of possession and place of delivery; and anything else that may be included such as registration papers, a passport, tack or any veterinary records. A lawyer could not represent both Sally and the seller in this transaction because the “Code of Professional Conduct” for lawyers prevents her from doing so. The lawyer’s advice would be different in some respects depending on whom she represented. There was no dispute between Sally and the seller about Teko’s flexion issues in his left hind and thickening of the suspensory ligament branches in the same leg. The veterinarian had detected these issues. Legal representation for the seller would have been fairly straightforward. A sales agreement would be recommended, including a clause stating that, to seller’s knowledge, Teko had a pre-existing condition and a description of the problems in his left hind. Another important clause would state that Sally agreed to assume any risk associated with his pre-existing condition. These clauses would have protected the seller from liability if Sally decided to sue for future problems with Teko’s left hind. Legal representation for Sally, the buyer, would have been different. Any transaction involving large sums of money should always be documented with a sales agreement, but since Sally was made aware of Teko’s problems, an experienced equine lawyer would have told her not to be so hasty with her decision to buy him. Remember the legal term, caveat emptor or “let the buyer beware.” This meant that Sally was responsible for finding out as much information as possible about Teko before buying him. First and foremost, Sally needed to follow-up with the veterinarian and asked for more detail. In particular, it was crucial that Sally ask the vet what he meant by Teko being suitable for “her purposes.”

She should have also spent the money to obtain an ultrasound of Teko’s left hind. A little investment at the outset would have likely saved her thousands of dollars later on. In fact, Sally may have decided to walk away from buying Teko if the ultrasound showed suspensory ligament damage beyond repair. The point is, Sally could only make an informed decision about buying Teko once she was armed with all of the information about him, and an equine lawyer would have helped her with that. It would have put Sally in a much better position to ascertain whether she wanted to take on the risk of buying a horse with a pre-existing condition. If Sally really wanted to buy Teko, an equine lawyer would have used the additional information to negotiate a lower sales price for him and, if possible, include a clause in the sales agreement that the purchase is subject to a trial period with a return policy. Sally now realizes that she would have benefitted from the professional advice of a lawyer right from the beginning because it would have helped her think through all of the possible “what if” scenarios, which could have saved her thousands of dollars. We will continue to explore other scenarios and how a sales agreement could have helped either the purchaser or seller in future articles. If you would like to share your stories with me or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at Harveen Thauli started My Equine Law as a boutique law firm that provides strategic advice to the unique needs of the equine community. Bringing together the two things she loves most, Harveen is both an avid rider and owner of a horse whose show name is “Legal Affair” as well as a highly qualified lawyer with experience in the areas of personal injury, civil litigation, collections, corporate/commercial and securities law, investigations and professional conduct. This article contains general information only and is based on the laws of British Columbia. It is not intended to provide a legal opinion or advice. Please consult a lawyer before relying on any of the statements made in this article. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

They’re Not All Just “Broken Down Oldies” By Christa Miremadi Photos by Kristina Belkina.

Over the years I’ve brought home more than a few questionable purchases. I’ve brought home “ugly ducklings,” “broken down oldies,” “crazies,” and more “death row” horses than I care to count. They were each a risk, both financially and emotionally, but I don’t regret a single one.


he most incredible part is that they each found a way to show their appreciation. Almost all of them have since found loving homes in which to earn their keep. Some found homes with students, others with friends and a few have found their forever home right here at Silver Star Stables, working as lesson horses. One special horse is still in the process of finding her place. Anala is an absolutely stunning registered Sport Horse mare. Her history is not unlike many other horses in that she was purchased as a young horse at an auction with hopes and dreams of her becoming a top-level competitor. She had the breeding, the looks and the size to run with the best of them. She was sent for thirty days of training when she was three; upon arriving home she was given a rest. After spending some down time in the field, she was saddled up for a ride. It wasn’t long before disaster struck and Anala reared up and flipped over backwards on her unsuspecting owner. Anala was sent away for training again; another trainer... another thirty days... another accident. Third time’s a charm, right? Once more she was given some time off and then sent to another trainer, this time for sixty days. Again... once back home she reared up and flipped over on her rider. On top of being difficult to lead, nervous and pushy, she also kicked when you worked with her hind legs or touched her back. At this point, Anala (being pretty tough to handle on the ground, nervous, flighty, pushy and downright dangerous to ride) was understandably deemed “crazy.” After a little persuasion, when asked, I agreed to offer her another chance. I can’t say that I was sure that there was something I could do; in fact, to tell you the truth, I was more than a little nervous about bringing Anala home. Bringing in a rescue is no small task. There’s a huge amount responsibility involved. You have to be ready to dedicate as much time, money and 8 • Saddle Up • March 2013

heartache to that horse as required and it was clear that this was going to be a long haul. It became obvious that Anala’s heightened flightiness and nervous energy was closely related to her being in pain. In fact, standing still for brushing was nearly impossible for her! As it turned out, the three (known) falls that Anala had experienced over the past few years had done some pretty substantial damage. After having her checked by a friend and equine therapist, Amy Hay of Gentle Hands Equine Therapy, it was discovered that Anala’s hips and shoulders were far from level, causing her to have stiffness and pain throughout her back and neck as well as causing strange wear patterns in her feet and a pretty decent paddle of her front right leg. I won’t tell you that Anala was fixed after her first treatment (although she was noticeably more comfortable) or even that she was fixed after three treatments. No Anala, although rescued over a year ago, is still in recovery. Her structural alignment is consistently remaining level now, but that wasn’t the extent of our discoveries. Remember when I said that she kicked when her back was touched or when someone was working with her hind feet? Well, as it turned out, Anala had a pretty strong case of Shivers in her left hind leg. Shivers is one of those disorders that isn’t fully understood. What we do know is that it’s neurological, possibly genetic, possibly made worse with stress and hard work, possibly caused by a severe fall; it doesn’t render the horse unable to work, but does cause uncontrollable shaking in the affected limb and sometimes the horse’s tail. This shaking in Anala’s hind leg was enough to cause her previous handlers to believe she was attempting to kick and Anala would get in trouble. She learned that she couldn’t trust her own leg to keep her out of trouble which caused her a great deal of stress, exacerbating the issue even further!

About two weeks after she arrived,

Two months later.

Although I can’t prove it, I believe that her Shivers was also contributing to her falling when she became stressed enough to rear up. So, although I believe her previous owners loved her dearly and wanted the best for her, she was deemed “crazy” as a result of a few misunderstood and undiagnosed issues that were causing her to become defensive. The first order of action was to help Anala find enough physical relief and comfort that she could begin to relax emotionally, shut off her defenses and begin to focus on her own recovery. The second was to begin the long process of re-conditioning her muscles to support a healthy structure - they had developed to support a crooked frame so, without re-training her muscles, they would just pull her out of alignment again. In addition, we wanted to provide Anala with a consistent and thorough “yoga routine” in HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Broken Down, cont’d order to help release tension in her body (and, hopefully, in her mind as well). The third task was to give her a new experience under saddle, one that didn’t lead to becoming nervous enough to rear up. It took close to six months to calm her down enough to begin her physical rehabilitation. I don’t believe it is a coincidence that it also took that same six months for her body to begin to hold the new structural alignment. It took close to another six months for Anala to develop enough positive muscle to support her new frame and, hopefully, a human on her back. Now, about sixteen months after she first danced down my driveway, Anala can stand for a grooming, hold her feet up for extended periods of time (with a little shaking in her left hind leg) and be ridden successfully! No rearing, no falling, no kicking. Anala is far from “rehabilitated” and she has a long way to go before she will be consistent and confident enough to begin looking for a new home. But I am (sixteen months later) confident in saying that this horse is not crazy. Anala was scared, in pain and on the defensive. She will make a full recovery. Rescuing horses is no easy task. It’s a lot of hard work and sometimes does result in having to make difficult decisions. For me, it is worth the risks involved to see a defensive, nervous horse on “death row” go from panic-stricken and in pain to calm, confident and bold. You never know how it’ll turn out, but if you’re prepared for whatever may come up and have some good, professional help, the horse will find a way to thank you and the reward is priceless. Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS)

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Horseback Archery By Robert Borsos We chose an extremely difficult art form to express ourselves. A perfect mix of stillness and speed; to live or to die. The archery is the mirror to our soul, a way to discover our true self, and the horse is the connection to the outside world that is around us.


alking on these two roads at the same time is horseback archery. As a martial art, we act as a medium, we allow the art to come through us; in these moments it seems like we, as individuals, are not present - something just flows through us, something pure. As a cultural heritage, as Mr. Kassai says, “We never have to follow our ancestors, we just have to follow what they were following.” One might ask how we started. It is part of our cultural heritage, so we have always done it. But if we want to put the sport on the Canadian map, then we have to follow some steps: we have to become members of the Archery Federation and Equine Canada. While these first steps have been taken, horseback archery is still little-known outside the valley of Mount Currie, BC. We would like to hear more people experiencing this sport in the near future in Canada. Amongst the stories, even going back to the great flood, which have been passed down through the generations, is one that tells of the local warriors who were testing their bows and arrows by shooting across a certain hill. In that tradition, we challenge ourselves using targets and, from a cantering horse with a dropped rein, shoot forward, sideways and backwards. My friends from back home always laugh at my story that a Hungarian from a small town is teaching Canadian natives the art of horseback archery. Well, I got invited - they have the land, the horses and the hungry students. I guess we have to keep the stories alive, with some changes. Many horsemen watching me have asked, “You’ve been riding since you were young?” Actually, the first time I rode a horse was January 4, 2004; Splash, 10 • Saddle Up • March 2013

Horseback archery

Cowboy Bob. That January morning in 2004, my real adventure on horseback started. I had no riding experience but had grown up with my father’s stories about his two years of cavalry adventures - as a Hungarian, he was the last generation of Partizan Huszar in the Yugoslavian army in 1956. It is one of those things when

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the well-trained Quarter Horse stallion in Pemberton. Before that, I followed the sport in Hungary for five years, read Mr. Kassai’s book and went to see his trainings and shows in Kaposmero, Hungary. Five years later, the morning after I dreamed that I was cantering on a horse and shooting arrows, I called all the stables in Squamish and Pemberton to ask who could teach me horseback riding. The only person who said, “I’ll teach you,” was

My father, Andras, the last generation of Partizan Huszar in 1956 Yugoslavia.

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Horseback Archery, cont’d One competition will be in Mount Currie on May 25-26, and another competition will be at our new location near Edgewater on July 6-7. We are getting more and more calls and emails inquiring about the sport, but there seems to be a magic three to five years from the first contact until people have a dream, or some sort of sign, to actually show up for practice. Don’t worry, we will still be around!

one stays in one place for a generation and the country borders are changing rapidly. I remember the stories clearly; how they were managing the stables, how they tied up the horses, what tools they used for grooming, how they took care of troubled horses, rode without a stirrup for three months, rode in formations using signals and commands, marched in full gear 60-70km per day in winter, and set up camp in the mountains. However, all these stories did not prepare me for my ride, as Splash almost rolled on me in the deep snow. I survived that, and survived again when Bob asked me if I was ready to canter. I had no idea what canter meant, but I said yes, and we started to fly through the foggy valley. I was holding the horn with one hand and with my spare hand I was holding my private parts; I just realized that cantering is something painful. Since that memorable day, my log book has registered riding 376 different horses in 11 countries, and I also became a club member of the “fallen riders,” although I would have preferred to stay in the “will fall rider” group. Our club’s goal for 2013 is really simple: stay alive. We are providing two collective trainings per week, all year round, and organizing our competitions. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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Clicker Training By Monty Gwynne, The Pony Fairy CLICKER TRAINING AND HORSE AGILITY

Horse agility seems to be becoming increasing popular. After watching a video on YouTube on it I immediately saw fabulous opportunities for the foundation clicker lessons to be expanded upon in these situations. This is a great place for clicker training to help you build the skills and relationship necessary to eventually do well in these competitions.


ne of the challenges is to have your horse stand with his front feet in a hula-hoop. Which foundation lesson could be used to make learning this obstacle quick, fun and easy? If you guessed “standing on a mat” you were right. (See past issues of Saddle Up to learn how to teach this lesson.) So now how do we use this lesson to set our horse up for success with the hula-hoop obstacle? Our end behaviour is to have the horse stand in the hoop and stay there. How do we shape this using mat work and the clicker? What small steps can be taken to ensure we set our horse up to succeed? You should, if you have been following my articles, begin to see how to break behaviours down into small steps. I would first revisit just “standing on a mat.” Is this

behaviour solid? Will he offer to go to the mat on his own if it is nearby? Has it been on a high enough rate of reinforcement for him to see it as a good spot to be? If your answer was yes to all these questions then you should be able to introduce the next step. (You also may need to make sure he is okay with a small mat to stand on and that he is okay Standing on a mat with things around his feet. To make things even safer for both of you, perhaps use a hoop cut into two or three pieces so that he won’t get the hoop hooked on his foot and panic. This is fine to do in any case, but if he Standing on small mat with hoop has issues about things around it touching his feet and legs that is another very important lesson that should be addressed before moving forward with this training.)

So, your training plan will look a bit like this: 1) Revisit the mat lesson and place it back on a bit higher rate of reinforcement. Remember if you are changing the location of his mat, you will need to review and expect a bit less to start with. 2) Once the “standing on a mat” is solid and he will seek the mat out, place the hoop on a corner of the mat. If he is still okay targeting the mat then move the hoop so it covers more of the mat. If you are using pieces of hoop, just add another piece until it is a hoop around the mat. 3) Once he is targeting the mat with the same eagerness as when the hoop was not there, start to reduce the size of the mat within the hoop. You may need to do this with just a mat to start with if he gets “lost” after you make the mat smaller. Usually this is not an issue. 4) Gradually make the mat smaller and smaller until there is no mat and he will “target” to the hoop the same way he does to the mat. 5) Both the mat and the hoop can be put on a cue once you 12 • Saddle Up • March 2013

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Clicker Training, cont’d can predict that the behaviour will happen, NOT before. 6) Target him off the mat/hoop with a hand target. You need to keep the behaviours in balance. If you are giving high rates of reinforcement for standing in the hoop, he will get stuck in the good zone and not want to move out of the hoop. Remember all exercises must be kept in balance, so make coming out of the hoop a good thing too. Standing on mat with hoop partly on it Standing on mat with hoop around it 7) The behaviour will be stronger if it is free-shaped. Monty Gwynne is the only 8) Gradually give the cue when he is further and Canadian approved instructor further from the mat or hoop so that eventually you can “send” for clicker training using him to the obstacle using the verbal or hand cue. Alexandra Kurland’s program Remember, depending on your horse and how he feels (the founder of clicker training about the hoop (or any new things), you may have to relax your for horses). She has been clicker training full time now expectations and click and treat for simply showing interest in for over 13 years. Monty is the hoop. based in Cochrane, AB, and Alexandra’s teaching is about making clean loops of has done clinics throughout Standing in the hoop! behaviour. In this case, a “clean loop” would be: horse will go to Canada. She is available for hoop, click and treat, horse targets hand and moves out of hoop, clinics and video coaching. Visit for more information. click and treat, horse goes back to hoop, click and treat. There should be no hesitancy to do any part of the loop and it should (See Clicker Training listing in Business Services under TRAINERS) not have any unwanted behaviours in it either, like wandering off. If your loop is not clean, make the individual parts of the loop cleaner and tighter (so make sure he knows the mat work and the mat is closer to him to start with). Do not resort to pressure to make him do the behaviour, for that will only result in a less-eager participant because the threat is there if he doesn’t do it. Look for small tries and reward those. Agility obstacles are a great way to add some fun into your routine. It allows you to play with a horse too young to be ridden or one that is retired. Clicker training makes sure it is fun and if it is based on Alexandra’s work, it will also ensure that the soundness of the horse, both mind and body, will be the best it can be.




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A Grand Dam - Welli’s Lady Victory By Deb Miskiw We often read of the incredible strength and talent of horses in the show ring and our awe and respect for them is certainly deserved. But breeders especially know of the stars who reside behind the scenes… the brood mares who carry, give birth to, and nurture those champions for the ring and our own pastures - the Grand Dams.


his is a story - a tribute really - to one of those Grand Dams. Welli’s Lady Victory, affectionately known as Vicar, had given birth to 20 foals by the age of 24. The arrival of the 20th foal was expected to go as smoothly as the previous 19. The only difference was that she was a week overdue. She’d never been overdue. In fact her due date was so predictable even a little lateness was a concern. Was there a problem, was her age catching up to her? These worries swirled in the back of her owners’ minds, Dawn and Len, as they carried on the work of their breeding operation, Whispering Hills Friesians, in the spring of 2010. A week beyond Vicar’s due date, Dawn and Len were desperately trying to save another brood mare, a Thoroughbred named Kaylas Star. Kayla was a gift from Dawn’s son, had a sweetheart personality and had previously produced four beautiful foals by Donius W. But this time Kayla wasn’t doing well and, sadly, died while giving birth to a healthy Friesian/Thoroughbred cross filly. Just as Dawn realized that the mare would not survive and her mind raced to thoughts of colostrum, nurse mares, and the need to hurry and make these arrangements, she was told that Vicar had just given birth to her foal - without assistance. It is rare that two mares foal at exactly the same time at Whispering Hills 1818 Davidson Road, Winfield, BC, V4V 1J8 Friesians. It seemed like 250-766-4310 or Toll Free: 1-866-766-4310 Vicar waited for this Welli’s Lady Victory (“Vicar”) is a grand old exact time to foal for Canadian Warmblood mare who was foaled a reason. While Dawn in 1986. Her strawberry roan colouring comes For all your from her Oldenburg sire Wellington. She has attended to Vicar and equine reproduction needs produced a foal every year for 19 years, took her new colt (later to one year off and then gave us her 20th and be named Germanicus • A.I. with either fresh chilled last foal, Germanicus. Vicar came into Dawn’s life at two days old; she was purchased with which means brother), or frozen semen her dam at an auction sale. At three years old Len and a neighbour Vicar attended Old’s College with Dawn and • U.S.A., Canadian and International were slowly bringing a taught Dawn many valuable lessons including Stallions how to land properly after being dumped. very wobbly filly to the • Frozen semen storage and distribution foaling paddock, not • Stallion training and semen evaluation sure what to do. • Semen collection and shipping Vicar was standing beside her colt as the afterbirth was expelled • Semen freezing and storage from her body. Dawn thoroughly rubbed the newly orphaned filly in the afterbirth and gently brought her to Vicar’s head. Call for more info and rates Vicar was still in her post-birth relaxed mental state and it took Dr. Alex Wales, D.V.M. her a moment to glance down. When she did, the double take was Dr. Susan Wales, D.V.M. worthy of a slapstick routine. Her eyes got big as she looked at this Dr. Jessica Wales, D.V.M. foal on the left, then back to her own foal on the right, back to the left and so on. Her facial expression said it all, “What the heck? When did THAT happen?” But would she accept this little orphan?

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A Grand Dam, cont’d Vicar stretched her neck down to the right gently sniffing and confirming her colt’s familiar scent. Then she stretched her neck over to the orphan as Dawn and Len nervously watched, ready to leap to the foal’s rescue if necessary. But there was no need. Vicar gently nuzzled the little filly from head to toe and without hesitation accepted that she’d had twins. She raised her head, licked her lips and showed no distress or worry about this second foal. Her surprised alarm at finding two foals a few minutes earlier was gone. She immediately accepted her “twins.” “Oh, well,” her demeanour seemed to say, “that was easy!” And throughout the spring and summer she demonstrated that, for her – a Grand Dam – it truly was. Her colt, Germanicus is doing well, and so is his “twin” sister, Godiva, which means gift. In appreciation and consideration of the extra effort she gave to her own and the orphan foal, Vicar wasn’t bred last year and is officially retired. Instead, she had an easy winter with her buddies. But I have a feeling that, great mother that she is, a little later this spring she’ll be wondering, “Where’s MY baby!?” You can visit the breeder’s web site to view the stallion, Donius W, the brood mares and their offspring at **(See their ad on page 85) Orphan foal challenges: If you have the unfortunate experience of dealing with an orphan foal it’s very important to try and have the foal bonded to a nurse mare who will nurture, feed and socialize the foal. The website is a great one for all breeders to have bookmarked. It is a place to post listings of mares needed, mares available and colostrum available. It is important for all breeders to collect and freeze colostrum to have on hand in case of emergencies.

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One of the most common problems we have today in Western Pleasure and other rail classes is keeping a horse’s movement true and excellent. As a trainer, I see that often, with age and time, some horses lose that crisp, strong look to their movement they may have once had.


here are many causes for this. One cause may be unsoundness. Another cause may also be the rider just has not maintained his horse’s movement by conditioning and collection exercises that may have been needed to keep his horse moving well. Many times movement deteriorates because a horse drops his shoulders or his body weight and his balance falls onto his front end. When this happens, your horse loses his natural lift. He may also bob his head and rock in his front end. He may look mismatched from his front end to his hindquarters almost like he has a quicker step up front. He may also lean by dropping a shoulder or even leaning through his rib cage or hip which will eventually show up as a loss of quality in his movement. I am going to teach you about some of the things that cause your horse to drop his shoulders, lose his lift and move on his front end. I will give you the corrections or fixes that will bring his shoulders up and improve his movement. Here are six of the main causes for this:

Lack of feel through the rider’s hands and releasing before the horse truly gives Many times the rider will take hold of the horse’s face to ask him to bridle his 16 • Saddle Up • March 2013

head or drop his neck or slow down. But she may then inadvertently encourage the horse to drop his shoulders by releasing as soon as it looks like he might give, so the horse may learn to follow the bridle reins down, first with his head and neck and then with his front end. Almost any time a horse is asked to drop his head and neck or slow down without also asking for collection or lift, he will drop to his front end after he is released. This may develop over time. Brilliant-moving two or three-year-olds may be ridden this way and stay up in the shoulders for a long time but, eventually, their movement will deteriorate unless something is done to keep their shoulders up and engage collection. If a horse’s head and neck is allowed to get low and stay low, eventually his body weight will follow the head and neck down and he will end up moving on his front end. The fix for this is to make sure that when you connect with your hands to his mouth you don’t release until you feel him lift and collect and soften in your hands. If he gets resistant or stiff, you may need to drive with your legs until he lifts up in the shoulders and softens in your hands.

what is going on in the connection to his face. If you never let go with your hands, he will become numb or desensitized and eventually hang onto or become dependent on your hands. When you do try to drop him, he drops his body weight because he has been carried, and when you let go, he falls down! If your horse is heavy on the forehand, he will be more likely to stumble. The cure for this is to ride mindfully, feel through your hands and when you take hold, get it done then release to allow your horse to carry himself. If he makes a mistake, you can then correct the mistake.

Holding onto your horse and never letting go

Allowing your horse to stop heavy on his front end

You may cause your horse to drop to his front end if you take hold of his mouth and never give. Many riders have lost (or never had) feel through their hands and, as a result, the horse learns to be heavy and drop his shoulders and move on his forehand. Your hands need to have the feel or the ability to discern

Bridling straight back without lateral flexion Another way you can cause this problem is to only bridle your horse’s head straight back and pull to slow down without driving forward. I do a lot of lateral or side-to-side flexion. When you pull your horse’s head to the side, it forces him to use his shoulders more than if he were just bridled straight back. Many horses that are ridden in draw reins and pulled straight back without being driven forward will drop to their front end.

How your horse stops tells volumes about where his body weight was when he was moving forward. A horse that is up in his shoulders and balanced over his hindquarters will stop up and balanced. I like to feel my horses break or give in the haunches when they stop. Then I know without a doubt that they were moving up HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Dana Hokana, cont’d and balanced. So, how can you tell where your horse’s weight is placed? When you stop, feel through your hands how he stops. Is he heavy in your hands? Does he stop with a jarring motion, almost pulling you forward? Also, as soon as he stops, does he want to lean or step forward? If your answer is yes, then he is on his front end! Your goal is to have him stop light in your hands, on his hind quarters, and stay put where he stopped. If he stops heavy in your hands, you can correct this by asking him to move forward again and asking him to drop until he gets it right. I practice my downward transition often. The stop is not only diagnostic, it is a correction if you repeat the stop until the horse stops balanced and up in his shoulders. Many riders just aren’t aware of what is a good or a poor stop. Learning to read your horse or diagnosing him through every maneuver will often stop the problem before it becomes a problem! I have a saying to “ride mindfully” and these pointers I’m giving you will help you to become “mindful” of yourself and your horse!

horses will be happier, sounder and show better if we give back to them by helping them to maintain natural, quality movement. I feel that if we care about and look after the overall comfort of our horses, they will enjoy their job much more. There is no way a horse is happy or comfortable if he is moving poorly or out of balance. He will last longer and try harder for us if we help him to move like he was made to move. Let’s do our best to help him do his best! 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.)

Shutting down your horse’s movement or keeping him too slow In trying to get that slow, finished Western Pleasure horse, many riders constantly ride their horses slowly which can allow them to drop their shoulders and move to their front end. Sometimes this is from the horse getting lazy and other times, just out of balance. I also want my Western Pleasure horses slow, but there is often a fine line between moving shut-down and shuffly, and moving crisp and pure. I often drive my Western Pleasure horses forward, allowing them to rebalance and readjust their lope and trot. If you drive your horse forward at times he will regain his lift through his shoulders.

Riding out of balance on your horse In order to learn to ride balanced on your horse, you need a basic understanding of your horse’s gaits and movement and where to unlock your body with your horse’s movement. The walk is a four-beat gait, the trot is a two-beat, and the lope or canter is a three-beat gait. In order to be an effective rider, you need to unlock your pelvis and learn to move with your horse’s rhythm. When you are moving with your horse, it makes it much easier for him to move correctly. Also, at the trot, counting with him in a one-two beat will help you to find his motion and ride with him. At the lope, in the 3-beat, it is a little harder to count and find the three beats, but there is a beat where he sets back on his outside hind leg and this is the moment where he lifts up in his lope. If you are out of balance or driving forward at this moment, you may take away some of his natural lift. Look for that moment and scoop it up like a rocking chair allowing your pelvis to move with your horse. I hope these tips help you to be the best rider and trainer you can be and help your horse to be the best that he can be. Our HCBC 2010 Business of the Year • 17

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tter Co-op has become an Alltech Official Partner of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. The announcement was made at the pristine High Point Equestrian Stable in Langley, BC. This partnership provides Otter Co-op a wide range of partner benefits, including exclusive marketing rights. They will activate a number of marketing and promotional campaigns across their range of equine feeds giving their customers throughout Canada and internationally the opportunity to be involved in the excitement of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014. Speaking at the announcement, Ian Anderson, feed division manager, Otter Co-op said, “We are delighted to be the Canadian Alltech Official Partner for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. We are looking forward to continuing our close relationship with

Alltech through the continued inclusion of the Alltech Equine Advantage in our LifeLine feeds as well as partnership on nutritional research, product development and support of the world’s most prestigious equestrian event.” Commenting on the signing, Stuart McGregor, regional sales manager, Alltech, Western Canada, said “We are delighted that Otter Co-op is the Canadian Alltech Official Partner of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. Otter Co-op joins more than 24 global partners who have united in a collaborative effort to promote optimal animal health and nutrition through Games. We look forward to an exciting partnership.” The Alltech Official Partner Program is a strategic sales and marketing partnership with leading horse feed and animal and health nutrition companies throughout the world. It enables these global partners to differentiate their feed with the Alltech

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Ranch School for Dummies By Buddy Cardinal


ost humans desire positive response to almost everything they do with their horse. When this doesn’t happen, frustration sets in for the human and the horse. Sometimes we think being too task-oriented can ruin our relationship with our horse. This can be true. I believe this is where the tool of purpose can help to balance things out. Purpose is the opposite of pointless. Being “footloose and fancy free” can be the opposite of being compelling. If there is no purpose involved in some of our requests then “Why should I?” becomes a legitimate question, not a disrespectful one. I think we need to ask ourselves whether we are answering the question of “why” for our horses. I have noticed a few things that have helped me achieve a more positive feel with my horse. Let’s use moving a horse sideways as an example. We know we can teach a horse to go sideways, one step at a time, by setting him up, rewarding the slightest try, etc. But will I ever get a true desire to just go sideways? Maybe... maybe not. As soon as the basic understanding is established I like to add a “reason” for it. I might move sideways to an object, then go sideways to another horse - perhaps for colt starting purposes. I move sideways for handling gates and to a cow to set up a higher percentage shot with my loop. Heck, I might even go sideways to my “best girl” for a little kiss…

My point is to set things up so we give our horse a “reason.” Take a minute to think about your personal response to something you perceive as pointless. The word RESISTANT comes to mind. Remember the Karate Kid? He was resistant to the “wax on/wax off” treatment until he saw there was a Buddy helps a horse reason for it. gain confidence in Which brings me to my conclusion. tracking a cow. If you don’t understand the “why” you often don’t care to ask the “how,” and it is kind of the same with a horse. I believe that the more your horse understands the “why” the more willing he will be. Results include improving a horse’s cranky attitude and causing less confident horses to gain confidence. Soon you can go anywhere with a beautiful, willing, sideways movement, which is quite handy with endless practical applications. My passion for adding purpose to your horsemanship journey has led to the clinic series I teach called “Ranch School for Dummies.” Stockmanship (handling cattle), ranch roping and general handiness on the ranch is taught at an introductory level, and prepares both horse and human to use purpose as a fun and safe way to progress in their horsemanship. Buddy Cardinal and his wife, Devanee, run Cardinal Ranch near Valemount. For more information on clinics, horse sales and student programs, see their listing and website in Saddle Up’s Business Services under TRAINERS.

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Is Round Penning Beneficial to Your Horse? By Birgit Stutz I am often asked by people whether or not they should round pen their horse. The answer is always “it depends” - on the horse, on the situation, on what you are trying to accomplish, and on your skill level.


ound penning is a technique commonly used to establish mutual trust and respect and to build a bond with a horse. All kinds of problems can be resolved (or created, depending on your skills) with this exercise. Many people believe round penning is just for starting colts or to “fix problems.” However, I find the round pen is a good place to get a feel for a horse, to read his body language while he is “free” of halters, ropes and lunge lines. Unfortunately, many times I see people just chasing horses around the round pen, often with a twirling rope (aggressive!), with the person’s belly button pointing at the horse’s face (bullish!) until the horse tires and submits. Often the only signs a person reads are the licking of the horse’s lips and the chewing, the dropping of his head, and the inside ear that’s facing the handler. But what about the swishing

It was more beneficial to this horse to be lunged instead of round penned so Birgit could shape his body.

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tail? Or the clamped tail? The ribcage that’s bending into the person? The dropped shoulder? The hip that’s left in the circle? If you want a horse to respect and trust you, you can’t ignore any of a horse’s signs. It’s his way of telling you how he feels. If you miss even a couple, your horse will always be testing you (lack of respect) or never completely trust you. By testing, I mean the horse will be testing (often times in very subtle ways) your awareness to determine if you are “good enough” to be his leader and to keep him safe. Many people try to (instinctively) control the horse by the head. An example of this is a person stepping towards the horse’s head to stop and turn him. This may seem natural to us, but it is completely foreign to the horse. The horse sees a predator coming straight at his head, which destroys the very trust the person has been trying to build. The horse will often turn face first into the fence, with his butt towards the handler (as he should, as he has been asked to do by the person pushing his head out - head out brings hip in; it’s physics). This is a very rude gesture by the horse which was just caused by the human (“cause and effect”). Unfortunately, this method of getting a horse to change direction is seen all too often, and is even taught by well-known trainers. To get a

Birgit enjoying a moment of join-up with a new training horse.

horse to change direction, step backwards approximately 180 degrees ahead of the horse while bending your hip closest to the horse’s head to draw the horse in and allow him to politely turn in head first, with a level to low head. Instead of just chasing your horse around the round pen, turn your horse loose in the pen, pay attention to his every gesture, to every move he makes, and respond appropriately with your own userfriendly body language, with just the right push, in just the right place, at just the right time. The goal, after all, is to have a relaxed, calm, confident, trusting and respectful horse, not a stressed, fearful, confused equine. So, while the mechanics of round penning may seem simple, knowing how

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Round Penning, cont’d to move and shape our body in order to act and react like a horse and shape the horse into a “feel good” body shape takes practice as we humans usually have to unlearn our innate human (predator) behaviour. Body language is essentially energy, so whenever we are with our horses, we need to be aware of the three energies that are always present: impulsive (pushing), neutral (blocking), and drawing (retreating). Horses are highly in tune with energies, and it is our job to learn how to properly read and use these three energies. Many people believe that working a horse at liberty is better for building a relationship with a horse than working a horse on-line. However, some horses are too stressed to achieve any result and run around the round pen high headed and counter-bent (ribcage shaped opposite to the circle), looking to the outside of the pen. A horse like this is much better off being worked on a lunge line, where the handler can shape his body. In the horse world, frame of body is frame of mind. Done correctly, round penning is a great tool to have in one’s toolbox as it gives the horse more freedom to move and is (generally) less stressful than having a line attached to his head restricting the movement. However, for some horses, the round pen is more stressful than a lunge line as it puts up a boundary, essentially trapping the horse from leaving - this is especially true if the human round-pens the horse with his core in the horse’s face. This all being said, for a round pen session to be successful, there doesn’t necessarily have to be a join-up. Join-up is what people generally consider the successful outcome of a round penning session, when the human has gained the horse’s trust and respect and the horse accepts the person as a worthy leader and decides, out of his own account, to be with the human and follow the human. However, when your horse decides to join up with you, ask yourself this question: Is the horse joining up because he truly wants to be with me? Or is he joining up because he is over-faced and just gives up? The latter usually happens after the horse has been turned head first into the fence, then “joined up” afterwards, not because he truly wanted to be with the human, but just so he wouldn’t be turned into the fence anymore. I have seen numerous horses following the human around the round pen completely zoned out as a result of having to go as far as self-medicating themselves as a defence to a stressful round penning situation. On the other hand, I have also seen many horses pushing the person around with a high head and pinned ears, instead of following the human with a low head and ears forward. That is not a join-up. That is a horse who feels dominant over the human. Due to their prey nature, horses are very willing to submit. So it’s important to read the horse’s body language to understand what the horse is feeling. Is the horse submissive but not willing, just going through the motions to get it over with? Signs of that are tight tail, sullen expression, tight mouth and staring eyes. Is the horse high-headed and pushing the human instead of following the person? Or is he following the human with a low head, ears forward, curled tail, and soft facial expressions? It is not until you see a willing engagement from the horse that you have truly broken HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Birgit and round pen demo

through the horse’s first layer of instinctual resistance and are well on the way to a true join-up. So, while correct round penning is a great technique, done incorrectly or in the wrong situation it can easily destroy the psychological well-being of a horse. Read your horse’s body language and pay attention to what your horse is trying to tell you and also be aware of what your own body language is telling your horse – in and out of the round pen. Birgit Stutz is a Chris Irwin Gold Certified Trainer and Coach and offers horse training, riding lessons, clinics, workshops, camps for kids and adults, as well as working student and mentorship programs at Falling Star Ranch in Dunster, BC. Birgit’s mission is to help humans have a better relationship with their horses through understanding of equine psychology and body language as well as fundamental riding skills. See her listing in Saddle Up’s Business Services under TRAINERS.


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The Quarter Horse “Silver (Z) Gene” By Inga Smith and friends


Quarter Horse with a beautiful silver-frosted mane and tail? There is something very unique about this gene. An unusual colour... an unusual gene, especially when it is the result produced from both chestnut-coloured dam and sire! The Silver (Z) Gene was unrecognized for many years in the AQHA because it is only visible (expressed) on black-base coloured coats, which it dilutes or lightens. According to University of California, Davis (Veterinary Genetics Laboratory) the Silver “dilution gene” dilutes black pigment, but has no effect on red pigment. Chestnut/red-coloured horses that carry the Silver gene do not visually express the silver colour (because the Silver gene does not affect red pigment), making these horses hidden carriers of the Silver gene. “Black, brown, bay, buckskin, grulla and bay duns are examples of black-based coats and the Silver gene will express and be visible on the black areas of these coat colour patterns (when the Silver (Z) gene is present in the DNA.)” Before the Silver gene was recognized, many horses that carried and expressed the Silver gene were mis-registered as being chestnut for instance, instead of silver bay, or as liver chestnut with flaxen mane and tail, when it was really a silver-black. However unusual, the Silver gene is a dominant gene and a horse carrying even only one copy of the Silver gene has a 50 percent chance of passing on the Silver (Z) gene to its offspring.

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The Silver gene has a most unusual effect on black-based coat colours. On a black horse carrying the Silver gene, the coat may become a chocolate brown or taffy colour, with a contrasting silver/ grey-coloured mane Waspy Leo with his contrasting silver mane and tail. When the and tail against his reddish-coloured bay coat Silver gene is added to bay, you get “silver bay” (like the three beautiful stallions pictured here), a coat colour which can range from light taupe, to a deep mahogany-red colour with the lighter silver/grey mane and tail. The usually black (bay) lower legs are often diluted to pewter/light brown and often have some dappling. The leg hairs usually grow lighter towards the hooves, which are often striped. The Silver (Z) Gene was not recognized by AQHA until 2005, when a DNA test revealed the Silver (Z) gene was present in an incorrectly described “chestnut with flaxen mane and tail”

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Silver (Z) Gene, cont’d coloured stallion, Bar U Champ Binder. “Champ” was purchased by Leroy Vossler in 1982 from the famed Bar U Ranch in Alberta, now a national historic site. For years he produced intriguing foal coat colours and, after some persuasion, the Vosslers sent in a hair sample to UC Davis for DNA testing. The results proved him to be the first confirmed Silver (Z) gene carrier recognized by the AQHA. At the age of 24, Bar U Champ Binder’s registration papers were officially changed from chestnut to bay and a notation added stating he was a “Silver dilution gene carrier.” Now deceased, the stallion Bar U Champ Binder sired 35 registered foals, of which seven were confirmed Silver (Z) gene carriers. There may have been others, but until 2002 there was no way to test for the Silver (Z) gene. Debbie Black, with the AQHA, stated in 2009 that there were very few registered Quarter Horses known to carry the Silver (Z) gene at that time and the majority of those registered go back to Bar U Champ Binder. The knowledge of the Silver (Z) gene is new and not yet widespread, and it is very likely that some people were simply unaware of the Silver gene and may have the colour of their horses registered incorrectly. There could be other Silver gene AQHA horses out there and hopefully as the news of this colour gene spreads, these hidden gems will be uncovered by some sharp-eyed horseman or horsewoman. The Three Silver Amigos The three “silver bay” stallions pictured on the previous page are Waspy Leo, Chinky Silver and Champ Silverado, full brothers out of a Bar U Champ Binder mare Champs Waspy Cat (owned by Patricia Vossler) and sire Half Way Leo (owned by Mike and Gloria Dodd). This dynamic cross produced not only beautiful colour expressions of the Silver gene but also added some proven champion cutting lineage from World Champion Freckles Playboy and Doc’s Prescription. All three of these stallions have proven to be incredibly athletic, yet gentle with a pleasing nature. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

They are a dream to handle, train and ride, and their wonderful dispositions and athletic ability seem to pass on to their offspring. To our knowledge, they are the only registered “Silver gene stallions” recorded in Canada. Leg colours of Waspy Leo Waspy Leo (2006) was the first born registered “Silver The Vosslers have dedicated their breeding gene stallion” and was discovered by Inga program to the Silver gene and at this Smith as a yearling in Fort St John, while time limited semen sales are available on a visit to her brother. Inga immediately to breeders of American Quarter Horse fell in love with this colt and followed registered mares in North America. Last him on Facebook. When she discovered year (2012), Chinky (negative for: HYPP, he was going to the AQHBA Select HERDA, GBED, PSSM1 and MH) sired a Breeders Sale in Alberta in 2009, she flew beautiful Silver dapple gene filly that was to Edmonton and was reunited with her immediately spoken for. Heartland Quarter dream (highest-selling horse and highestHorses has teamed up with Sterling Silver selling three-year-old), Waspy Leo. In his Quarter Horses (home of Champ Silverado, first year of showing (2010), he proved to below) to embark on an ambitious embryo be a versatile horse and competed well in transfer program. Their Heartland Quarter Pleasure, Trail, and Reining. He was the Horses website can be viewed at www. high point AQHA stallion buckle winner for both Amateur and Open Stallions at Champ Silverado (2010) was the Mount Arrowsmith Quarter Horse purchased from Heartland Quarter Show. Waspy Leo (negative for: HYPP, Horses in 2011 by Sterling Silver Quarter HERDA, GBED, PSSM1 and MH) is now Horses in Ontario. Champ has started his a Silver gene breeding stallion and stands training in 2012, impressing us all with to mares in Rock Creek, BC. So far, Waspy his flexible, athletic and willing attitude. has produced two (out of three) Silver gene Champ is also negative for: HYPP, HERDA, foals. GBED, PSSM1 and MH. Sterling Silver Waspy Leo is presently being offered Quarter Horses can be viewed at www. for sale (or lease) as a breeding stallion. For more information, please see his profile on Chinky Silver (2008) is owned by Leroy and Cathy Vossler at Heartland Quarter Horses in Vanderhoof. LeRoy (original owner of Bar U Champ Binder) recognizes Listing & Selling Rural & Residential Properties the importance of in the North Okanagan & Shuswap maintaining and promoting the rare TOLL FREE: 1-888-852-2474 colouring, and his CELL: 250-549-0996 goal is to guarantee E-mail: preservation of silver in Quarter Horses.

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Equestrian Workers Don’t Benefit in Alberta By Pam Asheton


er telephone book is jammed with direct lines to ministers, journalists and researchers. If anyone can get agricultural and equestrian workers in Alberta benefit-covered (the only province in Canada where they’re not), it’s Philippa Thomas. There is an inner core of steel she has found since the early post-accident years. Philippa means “lover of horses” although it is more that horses have always loved Philippa. She remembers her pram surrounded by young foals, bright eyes peering in. Her English grandfather, a huge influence, was a professional jockey and trainer. “We were a horse family,” she says simply, “I was born into it.” We photograph her next to my super-safe Apache Hawk demo horse, right arm away from any jarring contact. This sometimes stand-offish horse carefully leans into her good side. His eyes gleam and I realize he’s flirting. Philippa Thomas, with a formerly high-octane life, sharing passions for adventure with her husband, is standing next to a horse for the first time in years. “I didn’t dare cry after it happened,” she remarks, “I knew if I did I’d never stop. These days I plan for now, not the future. Pain changes your perception on everything.”

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Working at a Cochrane equestrian facility in 2006, she cut her thumb - an injury which swiftly progressed into Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), which causes the most intense pain known to humans. It is a chronic disease, worsening over time. Life expectancy isn’t great. She has a spinal cord stimulator in her lower back vertebrae as a pain diversion. Daily drugs are eye-wateringly expensive with multiple morphine patches. The yearly tab is running around $12,000 to$14,000. She is disabled; never able to really plan a day ahead due to fluctuating pain levels and inflammation, not able to travel distances, never able to work again. “I then found out,” she remarks boldly, “I had no benefits, no coverage at all.” Alberta is Canada’s only province not covering agricultural workers under occupational law and, by association, those working in barns and equestrian establishments. Calgary Herald journalist Renata D’Aliesio, who has been closely following Thomas’s story, wrote in March 2009, “Farms have been exempted from the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act since 1977, which means the vast majority of agricultural workers don’t qualify for [benefits] and fatalities aren’t scrutinized as stringently as other workplace deaths.” Thomas has become media-wise, appearing in national and local front-page newspaper features, TV and a week-long CBC Radio special on her own and related stories. She’s travelled to the Alberta legislature, “an agonizing journey,” remarking that “the NDP and Liberals want change, and have been bringing this matter up [in provincial government] for the past nine years.” Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann (Calgary Mountain View) has been notably involved. Dr. Swann received a letter dated January 23, 2012 from Alberta Premier Alison Redford, replying to questions “regarding compensation for farm workers and health and safety in the farming industry.” One paragraph reads: “The farming industry in Alberta is one of the industries exempted from mandatory coverage under the Workers Compensation Act… In cases which the employer does not voluntarily have workers compensation coverage, families can sue for compensation of work-related injuries…” Farm workers’ wages average $10-$15 an hour, while lawyers’ fees are $350 and upwards. “Pro bono” (fees taken out retrospectively after a pay-out negotiation) may be the only option, but that demands energy when the injured party least can cope – and it can take years to obtain compensation. Eric Musekamp, president and founder of the Farmworkers Union of Alberta - officially a non-profit society and non-legal union – is another 24/7 advocate. “We’re seeking equality at law for health and safety,” Musekamp states, “with mandatory WCB. We want this government to honour Provincial Court Judge Barley’s decision.” He’s referring to a December 2008 judgement relating to Lorna Chandler, whose husband Kevan was killed in a feedlot grain elevator accident. The judge recommended mandated OHS procedures and for Alberta to HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Equestrian Workers, cont’d follow BC’s Work Safe programme. Chandler received a settlement June 2012 after an arduous campaign. “Farm” employers can voluntarily take on the Workers Compensation Board’s no-fault insurance coverage (neither party can sue). The minimum annual premium is $200. The rate per gross wage deduction varies yearly depending on injuries reported and the total number of employers opting to sign into the deal. “It could be you, your children, a grandchild you love.” Finishes Philippa, “I don’t want to see other farm workers hurt and without compensation.”

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Employer - pays employer taxes, deductions + WCB coverage of 3% gross (2013 rate) = $18 per worker - this cost, in end-of-year tax returns, becomes a “cost of business” expenditure Any “exempt” business (those which do not, by law, have to cover their workers) can apply. This coverage from WCB provides no-fault insurance, benefits, medical expenses and rehabilitation for work-related accidents.

In Memoriam BURWASH, Shannon Melba November 2, 1953 - February 15, 2013 Shannon will be forever missed by her loving husband Wayne, and her children, Holly Nicoll (Reiny Kristel), Mason Nicoll (Kim), Jarvis Nicoll (Jenny), Lori Burwash (Bruce Johnson), and Justin Burwash (Betty-Lynne). She is also survived by her mother, Melba Copithorne (Jim), sisters, Karon Baldick (Steve), Cher Menegoz and brother, Forest Estby (Renee). Grandma Shammy will be incredibly missed by her eleven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Shannon was predeceased by her father, Earl Estby and nephew, James Menegoz. Shannon was born in Calgary, Alberta. She had many passions in life including family, accounting and horses. She was very involved in the Quarter Horse industry serving on many boards to further promote the horse. This included being an active board member and treasurer for the Quarter Horse Association of Alberta, treasurer for the Canadian Quarter Horse Association and an Alberta director for the American Quarter Horse Association. She loved riding and showing horses all over North America, and promoted good horsemanship skills to all of her children. The grandkids will miss their pony rides with her, and learning from their mentor. She loved the western lifestyle and was of great assistance to Wayne in operating his equine veterinary practice over the years in Springbank. ~ Courtesy of Canadian Quarter Horse Association HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

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Establishing True Equine Leadership By Barbra Ann King Food Trials

The most important element when wanting a relationship with a horse is True Equine Leadership: a form of leadership that represents what the herd leader does. If we can act similar to the herd leader, we will be safer around horses and will enjoy a closeness like never before.


he following six exercises show the horse that we have the ability to be a True Equine Leader (TEL):

1. Round Pen Conversation 2. Food Trials 3. Grooming 4. Leading 5. Take My Space 6. Feet It is not important what order we do them. Each exercise offers an opportunity to show the horse leadership on a different level. These exercises are based on how horses choose their leader. All exercises should be done at liberty when possible. The Round Pen Conversation exercise was covered in last month’s issue.

Food Trials Exercise

In this exercise, we ask the horse to follow us instead of eating the bowl of food in front of him. Safety is very important for a horse, much more important than eating. We will ask the horse to choose us over food. You will need an area where you can be undisturbed by other horses, a food bowl with feed, a driving whip and patience, kindness and the mindset of a true leader.

Some of you might already be flipping the corner of the page, thinking this is not going to happen. I promise you it is quite easy to accomplish with patience and confidence. Be positive. Step 1: With your horse at liberty, put some grain, complete feed or horse crunchies in a feeding bowl. Take the bowl to the middle of the arena or area you are working in. Step 2: Establish your personal space with your whip, pointing it to the ground and waving it back and forth in a big arc on the ground. You are showing your horse your boundaries. You can stand beside or behind the food bowl. Step 3: Remove your whip and observe your horse for a minute or two. If he wants to walk towards you and the food, tap

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the ground in front of your horse as you take a step towards him. All you want is for him to take back the step (or steps) he took. Then return to your initial position. Step 4: Once your horse understands that he can’t move towards you, grab a little bit of food and walk towards your horse, offering the food. Again, do not let your horse walk towards you. Offering him food in this manner shows him that you have TEL qualities by sharing food with him but not allowing him to burst your bubble to get it. Step 5: Stand by his shoulder and pet him. If he walks towards the food, use the whip to tap the ground in front of him. You can also lightly tap his lower legs if he continues to move forward. Step 6: Once your horse is standing still while you are standing at his shoulder, offer him another crunchie (have some in your pockets so that you don’t need to go back to the food bowl). This will reinforce that he is safe with you and doesn’t need to worry about food. Step 7: When you feel the time is right (use your intuition) slowly walk away from his shoulder at a 90 degree angle from

his body. As you are walking away, encourage him to follow you. Go slowly. Don’t expect him to just go because you are. There is a bowl of food in front of him that might still be a better option. Reach your hand out towards him, tap your leg or snap your fingers if he turns away from you. Use your power of conviction by walking back slowly and speaking to him softly while you pet his shoulder. Step 8: When your horse takes one step towards you, keep walking away slowly to give him the opportunity to follow you. Walk towards the food bowl, stop in front of it, pick up some food and offer it to your horse. Do not let him “serve” himself by eating out of the bowl. If you wish, you can repeat this exercise. You can also decide that you have both put tremendous effort into this and “now” is a good time to stop. This is a fun exercise to do and it always works. Some horses will follow you quickly, others you will have to encourage a lot. Each horse will see you differently based on what they need out of a leader. Be persistent and it will pay off. You cannot force a horse to see you as a good leader, you can only show what you have and work consistently at being a True Equine Leader. To see how this is done, “Like” the Relationship Riding Academy Facebook page to view a short video. Enjoy! Barbra Ann King is an internationally known horse behaviour specialist, founder of the Relationship Riding© method and a published author living in Alberta. She specializes in rehabilitating horses and optimizing performance. She travels year-round sharing her passion with like-minded horse owners and offers video consultations for troubleshooting through her website

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“Cruise”ing in the Bahamas By Mark McMillan


n January we were lucky enough to join Billie and Hugh McLennan on their 12th Annual Spirit of the West Cruise. This year we were on the Emerald Princess for a ten day Caribbean cruise that was absolutely awesome! Before the cruise each year we always look into at least one place to go horseback riding. Folks with us say “you do that at home for a living why would you do it while on holiday?” Well, we enjoy riding, and figure that seeing different countries on horseback is the way to go. We ended up with Brigit, at Rancho Washikemba, on the Island of Bonair, and our ride was good. We definitely saw the country far better from the back of our horse than we did from the pickup. Things we never see like lizards and iguanas, (Kathy said she was glad there was a horse between her and them), cactus, and the many different birds, including Flamingos! Donkeys are wild animals here, and goats, although owned by people, run wild with them. We ended up in a beautiful little sheltered bay where we unsaddled, and bareback, headed into the warm ocean for a refreshing and fun swim. Brigit has eight horses; a Quarter Horse (she wishes she had more of them), three Columbian Paso Finos that she says are the real Paso Finos (different than Peruvian Paso Finos), one Paso cross, two Thoroughbreds, and one Welsh. They can’t grow hay on Bonaire so all her feed has to be imported from Holland, South America, and Canada… each bale compressed to a small rectangle in a plastic bag. It’s more like haylage and is chopped to about 3 inches. Hard to imagine what the cost would be. If you end up on Bonaire and want a fun horseback ride, check out www. The riding was of course a highlight, but the whole cruise was great. We couldn’t have asked for better weather or a better group of folks to travel with - there were 58 like-minded folks in our group. We stopped at Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba. One of the highlights every year, although we know it means the end of the cruise, is the farewell reception on the 28 • Saddle Up • March 2013

ship. There are draws for prizes and quite a few lucky people get to take home something special. Don Petersen and Jim Maykut both won two weekend passes to the 2013 Kamloops Cowboy Festival and Adolph Koosey, Doug Hogbin, and Mabel Truckey each The Spirit of the West group consisted of 58 people this year. This won $100 vouchers towards was the annual group photo taken by the ship photographers. next year’s cruise. And some took home a one year free subscription to Saddle Up magazine! Thanks Nancy! Next year’s cruise? Definitely a favourite destination which was proved when 20% of our group already booked while on the ship… a 15 day cruise with a full transit of the Panama Canal on the Island Princess, including an extra day at the canal for excursions on January 30th to February 15th, 2014. See www.HughKathy on Blondy and me on Poco on the for details. beach at the lagoon in the Atlantic Ocean.

Brigit is putting easy boots (made in Canada) on my horse - Poco’s Blond Princess - a Quarter Horse. She wishes she had more like her.

Jack Daines of Innisfail Auctions got close to $300 for a set of four CDs - “The best of 20 Years of the Spirit of the West Radio Show.” The money was all donated to charity.

Us with Billie and Hugh and on their right are Karen and Jim Bell who put the cruise together every year.

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Through A Horse’s Eyes, Part 5 By Luke Walker Habituation and Personality


hat would we see if we could look through a horse’s eyes? We would see a mirror, and a naked horse… Your horse has all the naked instincts of a wild horse. But our horses wear a suit of domestication. If you want to know your horse better, you should meet “The Naked Horse.” You know what I love about horses? Horses aren’t biased; they’ll give anybody and everybody trouble from time to time. As a young man, I found training wild horses was a sink-or-swim kind of learning experience. My approach with them was always to impose as little as possible by reading them and using what I knew about their instinctual perception to influence change. One of the most valuable lessons I learned during that time was how to be the kind of horse’s leader that affirms a horse’s natural instincts; because a wild horse will simply not ever trust someone who discredits any part of his instinct’s importance. I learned the value of maintaining choice throughout training and got faster and faster at connecting with new horses. Later I started working with a lot more domesticated horses and noticed many similarities between them and my wild horses and took note of some differences, too. I learned to correct quirks in otherwise dangerous saddle horses through the lessons I had learned from my wild horses. It seems obvious now but I found that domesticated horses and wild horses had exactly the same language, the same behavioural tendencies and the same instinctual needs. When my training branched again into training with clients who aspired to train their own horses, I used descriptions and examples of a wild horse to help them correct their own horses. We worked together, taking into account their horses’ innate culture, their unique backgrounds and their natural instincts

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to add relevance to the changes we were asking of them. With some research, I realized that my unique knowledge of horse culture and instincts could be confirmed through the science of Ethology. I found Ethology had slightly different terms to categorize instincts and learning styles of horses, but the content was essentially the same in the descriptions I had already been using. For me, the list of difficulties owners were likely to encounter was becoming more familiar and more predictable. I’ve taken my experience with wild horses, domesticated horses, and the loving owners wanting to train or correct their own horses at home, blended it with Ethology and formed a video training program that’s easy to understand and practice. It takes into account a horse’s innate perspective, his unique background, his personality and even the owner’s comfort level with training. On my videos you’ll learn how to categorize your horse’s behaviours and use the knowledge of his natural learning styles to add a relevance to lessons that influences change. I’ve partnered with a professional videographer to bring you the visual experience of a real-life wild horse herd. My videos observe and outline the use of a horse’s natural learning styles and behavioural categories - the same ones our domesticated horses use in their everyday lives. My videos confront the barriers that come between a horse and owner attempting to start or correct the horse’s behavioural habits/patterns. The first video in the series is now available on my website and is dedicated to the science-based fact of a horse’s sensory perception. The second is an observation of a wild horse herd including the culture, innate social structure and rules horses all share. In my videos, I explore horses’ capacity for varying social rules and observe the natural development of our horses’ social conscience. Later parts of the series look at behavioural problems, their sources and the correction of resulting bad habits. Basically, my videos outline the connection between the wild “naked horse” and today’s training practices for domesticated horses by categorizing horse instincts and behaviours and personalizing the information to your horse and his unique state. The point of view my videos take is that of the explorative horse owner who seeks the most naturally constructive way to guide his horse through training, based on the horse’s innate culture and perspective. Horsemanship is a combination of knowledge and timing delivered in a relevant way to individual horses. The Naked Horse Course will help you further develop your style of natural horsemanship making you a more influential horse owner and handler. Visit my website (www.thenakedhorsecourse. com) for a free sample video and check us out on Facebook. • 29

Two Horse Agility World Champions of 2012 Getting it done with a little fun!


he International Horse Agility Club is delighted to announce the two World Champions of 2012 for each of the two leagues run by The International Horse Agility Club; one for Real Time Competitions, the other for competitions filmed at home over set obstacle courses and sent over the internet for judging. Susan Randall and Adios of Delta, BC became World Champion and North American Champion in the Real Time Competition League beating many other competitors from around Champion Susan Randall and Adios (her 9 year-old Morgan Gelding) the world. Susan told us… “When I brought Adios home 1 ½ years ago, he was afraid of plastics, training sticks, whips, bicycles, etc. He came from the country and was not used to the city sights and sounds. I began Horse Agility with him immediately. With the help of Adiva (Adiva Murphy Natural Horsemanship), Adios soon began to relax. Adiva gave me techniques and methods to work with Adios and within a couple of weeks his confidence had grown immensely. I continue to train with Adiva and will continue to do Horse Agility because I feel that it is a key factor to building and maintaining his confidence and it’s lots of fun! I have really enjoyed the agility events and look forward to new events and challenges in 2013. Because of the enjoyment I get from Horse Agility, I encourage stables around the world to get involved. In the lower mainland of British Columbia you can contact Adiva Murphy to get started. It would be great to have more competitions in various parts of BC. Right now the only agility groups in BC are in the lower mainland. Wouldn’t it be fun to have inter-club competitions Reserve North American Champion Suzanne Parsons of Delta, BC and all over BC!” Tessa (her 9-year-old Andalusian/ - Susan Randall, Delta, BC TB Mare) You can read more about Horse Agility at

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Wylda and Waluna Go to Germany By Ashton Wiklund

Wylda and Waluna, January 2013. (Photo courtesy of Linda Finstad, A Sharper Image Photography)


ylda Kristel and her husband Doug Grinde, along with business partners and sponsors Dean and Connie Paul are proud to announce that Waluna MLM has left Edmonton, AB to travel to Germany for continued dressage training. Germany has long been known as a Mecca of equine training, coaching and riding. The pair took a cargo flight from Edmonton to Nesselroden, Germany on February 8, 2013 and began training shortly thereafter. Wylda has ridden all her life and has an extensive background in equine education and competition. Wylda grew up on a commercial cattle ranch as part of a horse training family in Phoenix, AZ, where she began learning everything she could about horses. Dressage emerged as her discipline of choice because of the constant challenge and progression in training, as well as the partnership required between horse and rider. Waluna is a nine-year-old, 17.1hh mare bred by Jan Veenstra in Holland. Waluna was bought with the help of Edward Gal and Nicole Werner through Tim Koomans. Wylda had originally set out to buy a trained horse, but everything changed when she met Waluna. “We had just watched ten nice horses of Tim’s and were walking out to the round pen to see a young, un-broke mare coming in from the field for the first time. On a narrow lane, a young Dutch colt breaker came walking through with Waluna. She strutted through the gate, her mane wild, legs unclipped, and my heart HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

just dropped,” recounts Wylda. “If you asked Connie, she would tell you I grovelled shamelessly to have this horse. And, if not for Connie, I would not have this horse.” Together for five years now, and along with the continued support of Connie and Dean, Wylda is looking forward to bringing Waluna’s training to the next level. “My goal was to go through the entire process of training, from a kindergarten level to a Waluna’s pallet/trailer (she travelled with PhD on one horse, and Waluna’s talent and a pony and another horse) on her way to Germany on Feb 8, 2013. ability allows me this opportunity.” A “PhD” is a master at maintaining the basics for is not a simple task, but a well-qualified international levels of riding. Together horse is half the equation. “And that’s what with the team I plan to assimilate all the every Grand Prix trainer in training is knowledge to bring to myself, my horses and looking for.” my students.” Wylda’s goals include competing in Wylda’s journey will be recorded the international ring and making the in her blog, “From Bobby to Rio,” and Canadian Olympic Dressage team in 2016. can be found on the MLM website at Europe offers the environment, depth of, MLM’s Facebook knowledge and levels of instruction and page and through Instagram at @ competition required to prepare them wyldakristel. for such endeavours. Waluna will be staying in Germany, while Wylda will be flying back and forth between Nesselroden and her home base in Edmonton. Wylda is currently planning on riding with Thomas Ritter, Horse people, helping horses and their people… her primary coach, along with Christoff von Daehne, Hubertus Available Schmidt, and Hendrik in all sizes.... Gaebel. “I chose these trainers because each For ALL SIZES one of them has a certain set of traits that Round I am missing in my Bale Nets, own education,” says Square Wylda. “Thomas is a and master in biomechanics, Half Bale while Hubertus is a master in training and competing grand prix horses, having trained Proudly made in Alberta, Canada 25 to the grand prix and international level. Christoff is a master on coaching the horse with • the rider and Hendrik • 31

Prince George Equine and Animal Rescue By Steven Dubas The Prince George Equine Rescue is now known as Prince George Equine and Animal Rescue, a name that is better suited to the work that is actually done. The facility is a certified SPCA rescue operation.


icola Redpath has been operating the rescue business in Prince George for ten years. She is the owner and manager of the facility which began out of a passion for horses. It all started with a trip to Quesnel to an auction with the intent to buy a saddle. Not knowing what was happening when horses began to come in, she noticed one person was buying a lot of the horses. At the time, she said, “The guy must have a really big ranch.” But what she found out was that he was the meat buyer and those horses were not going to have a life of grazing but a short trip to a slaughter house. From this sale, she bought a grey Arab filly for $400 and made arrangements to have it transported to Prince George. And so began her passion to rescue horses. Nicola rescues not only horses but other animals as well, prompting her to change the name to “and Animal Rescue”. She has eight horses, a few llamas, a potbelly pig, dogs, goats, sheep, cats, an alpaca, and a cow at this time. To date, she has rescued almost 200 animals. The rescue operation has about 20 volunteers; some are dedicated and come every week, while others come when they can. I asked Nicola about when the animals finally leave her care, is it emotional for her. She says, “It was at first.” So much effort is put into the animal, bringing it back to health, and the rehabilitation process takes time, which ultimately builds a bond. She spoke to a friend about this. “It is part of the process,” was the advice, and that is how she looks at it now. It’s still emotional, but not as much. In 2008, the Prince George Equine Rescue received a couple of horses that made national headlines - Belle and 32 • Saddle Up • March 2013

Sundance, the two horses rescued from Mount Renshaw near McBride. The rescue operation was conducted by Toni Jeck. When the horses were finally off the mountain, they went to the Prince George Equine Rescue, a location that was kept secret for some time. The story of the two horses was national news during the 2008 Christmas season, and a book has since been published, “The Rescue of Shaw, a ten-year-old Appaloosa gelding from the Williams Lake area. Former breeding stallion. People were selling Belle and Sundance: One their farm and couldn’t sell him. He has been with us eight Town’s Incredible Race months. Charlie (puppy in photo with Shaw) is a three-monthto Save Two Abandoned old great Pyrenees/Border collie. Only had him a couple of weeks. Adopted. Horses” by Brigit Stutz and Lawrence Scanlan; the story was blind; so she came back. She was was also recently made into a examined by a vet and found to be sound. TV movie, “Horses of McBride.” Nicola stated, “We had them for about At the beginning of December, the horse began to show symptoms of illness. Tessa three months… they did not take that was up for adoption and the prospective long to rehab actually. We have had many owners commented that the horse didn’t come in, in far worse condition.” Belle is seem right. Keeping an eye on the horse, still in the area and the owner drops by Nicola noticed the horse really looked ill; twice a year, updating Nicola on how the she was isolated from the herd and shortly horse is doing. Sundance, or Sunny as she refers to the horse, was adopted and lives in the Kamloops area. She hasn’t heard from the owner. In December 2012, Prince George Equine and Animal Rescue ran into a situation that was financially draining. One of the rescue horses contracted strangles and, as a result, the facility was quarantined. How the horse contracted strangles is unknown, but this horse was the only one that was afflicted by it. Tessa was a 5-year-old Appaloosa mare Rosco, a Kuvas cross. His owner that had been surrendered to the facility died. He needs an operation on his over a year ago. She was placed with new eyes and will be neutered. Available for adoption after his surgeries. He owners but, not long after the adoption, has only been with us one month. the owner called and stated the horse HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Prince George, cont’dBy Steven Dubas

Tessa (the formerly sick mare), a five-year-old registered Appaloosa. Owner went through a separation and had medical issues, so could no longer properly care for her horses. Adopted.

afterwards the horse broke out with strangles. The vet was called and treatment started immediately. Because the horse

was diagnosed early, treatment was effective and her recovery was quick. Now, three months later, Tessa is healthy and living with her new owners and the facility is back to its normal operation. To offset some of the costs, PGEAR has a tack store featuring saddles, bridles, halters, saddle pads, summer and winter blankets, bits, leg wraps, wormers, brushes and much more. Check out the website at Nicola usually has an open house each year. For 2013, it will be held around the first week of June; a specific date has not been determined so keep an eye on the website. In fact, there are always things happening, so keep an eye on the website or join the facility on Facebook. A fundraiser will happen on March 10; a pancake breakfast and tack sale will

take place at the Pineview Community Hall at 6470 Bendixon Road in Prince George. The breakfast will be from 9am to noon, while the tack sale will run from 9am to 3pm. If you are interested in volunteering or donating to the care of the animals, contact the facility at 250-981-8458, or send email to pgequinerescue@yahoo. com. Steve Dubas started riding late in life and got involved in endurance riding in the Prince George area. He has an Arabian, Jimmy, who’s been with him for 12 years. He is a recreational rider and very involved in trail development in Prince George. Steven has been a director of Horse Council BC for a number of years and is very active in the Zone. Photography is a passionate hobby, as well as writing!

In Memoriam J. BARRIE CLINE, Kamloops BC Our friend and colleague passed away on February 4, 2013. Barrie was about to turn 72 on March 19. He was a standing member of the Real Estate Board and part of the Re/Max Team since 2003. Barrie was very well-known throughout the Interior selling ranches and ranch lands, chewing the fat with all the old-timers, sharing stories, and taking in the scenery while riding the range. He had just got back from a five week vacation with his wife Linda in Arizona. He hauled his horse, rode the hills with family and friends, which was a big tick off his bucket list. He passed away while taking a walk on his property. The sun was shining bright that day. He had a great life and a perfect ending for this old cowboy. Way to go Barrie! Barrie will be extremely missed by his loving wife Linda of 35 years on January 15, 2013. He is survived by his children Dana Hinsche, Jesse Cline, Cathie Cline, Andrea McComb, Karen Larochelle, John Nanson, Daniel Nanson; eight grandchildren and two sons-in-law. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year • 33

Masterson Equine Services By Robyn Hood


eyond Horse Massage: The Masterson Method™ has the uncanny ability to make horses blink, yawn, and stretch. These and other responses are welcome signs that horses are releasing mental, emotional, and physical tension that can cause stiffness, pain, and reduced performance in both Olympic-level horses and backyard equine companions. We are excited to announce that Beyond Horse Massage: The Masterson Method™ will be taught at The Icelandic Horse Farm in Vernon, July 20-21, 2013. Beyond Horse Massage: The Masterson Method™ is a unique, interactive method of equine bodywork. Learn to connect with your horses on an entirely new level, and communicate with them through accurate interpretation of their responses. In contrast to most traditional modalities, Beyond Horse Massage: The Masterson Method™ enables the horse to actively participate in the process of releasing tension. It’s a unique method that you perform with the horse, in contrast to

methods done to the horse. Jim Masterson developed a system in which the horse participates in the bodywork process by demonstrating to the practitioner where tension has accumulated, precisely how much pressure is needed to release it, and recognizing when it has been successfully released. The result is an effective method of bodywork that anyone can learn to use to improve performance, while at the same time opening up new levels of communication and trust with the horse. Three-time Olympic coach, speaker, clinician, and US Dressage Team alternate, Jane Savoie says that, “Without a doubt, Jim Masterson’s work is AMAZING! It is gentle, effective and strengthens the bonds and communication between you and your horse. His method directly complements what I do while training. For me, it’s the perfect combination of both physical therapy from the ground and from the saddle.” Jim Masterson was the Equine Massage Therapist for the 2006, 2008, and

2010 US Equestrian Team (Endurance) and for equine clientele competing in FEI World Cup, Pan American and World Games competitions. His methods were helpful to members of the USET Singles Driving Team prior to the 2010 Championships in Italy, and also to members of the USET Jumping team. The Masterson Method™ seminars and advanced courses are taught worldwide to horse owners, trainers, and therapists. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged! Beyond Horse Massage: The Masterson Method™ is an approved provider for continuing education by the NCBTMB. Need more information? Call us at 1-800-255-2336, or email TTouch@, or visit us online at www. for more information on the method or go to www. to sign up for the clinic. You may bring your own horse or use one of ours at no extra cost.

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ast week a friend of ours really surprised us when they asked if we wanted to pick a stallion and use one of their Morgan mares and get the colt/filly to raise at our place. They figured that we needed another horse. Although their offer was tempting, we thanked them for their idea and offer as we declined. We are down to one horse and if we got another horse it would be a bomb proof older one, because our bones are getting older and we don’t bounce as well as we used to. If I wanted to hear the pitter patter of little feet in the arena, I would have taken my sister up on her offer to buy a couple of yearlings that she had liked at the last auction we had gone to when she was visiting with us a couple of years ago from 34 • Saddle Up • March 2013

Montreal. By now we could be riding them. When my sister heard the really low prices she told me she was going to get the next one, or maybe the next two. She said that we could keep them at our place and watch them grow up and send her videos every few months. Great! More horse husband chores. Just what I need! A couple of young yahoos to raise and look after for a few years before we can enjoy a ride with them. One of my horse husband chores is to give a few flakes of hay to our one remaining horse, around bedtime. When I am down at the barn, I find myself wondering if I should get another horse or not. Company for Nancy’s mare and a good horse for me, sounds logical enough but do I really want another one. I was spoiled by

my Gem, my gentle Arab for the 18 years I had with him. Right now I don’t have the urge to get up on another horse. Maybe when the snow and ice have left the arena I will put a saddle on Bobbi and have a walk and talk with her to see if we have the need for another horse. My neighbour Steve has some good looking Rocky Mountain Horses and one has the same colour and swath of white on his face that Gem had. This one in particular stands tall and proud at our common fence line when he looks down at our barn to see what our one horse is up to. Nancy just told me that she is planning to ride one of Steve’s Rockies at the Gaited show. Hummm? Maybe it’s a sign?

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Donkeys, Mules, and the Wadey Family By Carol Wadey It all started back in the fall of 1993 when I read an article about miniature donkeys. I was intrigued and visited some breeders, bringing our two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Rae-Anne, along.


hile at the Cooke’s farm, visiting with their herd of jennets, I realized that Rae-Anne was walking up to the donkeys’ hind ends, which were pretty much at eye level for her, and lifting “The Long Road Home;” Robyn on Rascal, Rae-Anne on Blue. their tails to have a look at what was underneath. Not one of them so much as flicked an ear; they just seemed to enjoy the attention, no matter what it was. I was hooked on the idea of children and donkeys and, by the spring of 1994, our first longears arrived at our farm. Our second daughter, Robyn, arrived in the fall, so both girls grew up having miniature donkeys to play with and look after. People would ask, “They’re cute, but what do you do with them?” Let’s see… parades, shows, fairs, trail riding, driving, Christmas concerts, school and nursing home visits. We’ve dressed them in practically every costume imaginable. We’ve taken them along to endurance rides, which we participate in with our horses, for the kids to enjoy after the ride; we’ve also hosted “Donkey Day,” as well as many school groups, at our farm. I think every country kid that loves equines should have a couple of small donkeys. They are the perfect way for young children to learn how to groom, lead, ride and care for an equine that is just their size, and they are so safe to be around. Although my girls are now grown, we haven’t had any foals for several years and our jack now resides elsewhere, we still have nine miniatures. They are fun for grownups too! In 2007, while attending the Miniature Donkey Extravaganza in Red Deer, a cute little appaloosa mule donated to the fundraising auction became ours, and we entered the realm of mule ownership. After a steep learning curve for both Haylee the mule and her sole rider, our teenaged daughter Robyn, Haylee has become a fun little mule to ride. I do mean “little” as she is only 12.3hh tall and 650 pounds. Robyn’s goal was to compete in endurance rides with her and, to date, they have completed five 25-mile rides and one 50-mile ride. As a point of interest, a mule by the name of Miles placed third in the American Endurance Ride Conference’s 2012 National Mileage Championship with a total of 2025 miles of competition. Robyn and Haylee attended a Jerry Tindell clinic in 2012, HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

which improved their partnership immensely, and they had a lot of fun at the Tees Longears Days, the highlight being their participation in the drill team. Meanwhile, a neglected small standard Robyn Wadey on her little mule, donkey came to my Haylee, on an endurance ride at Fort attention in the spring Assiniboine, AB. of 2011. Harry arrived at our farm several weeks later and, after returning his “Aladdin’s slippers” feet to normal, trimming his hair to remove the matting, and giving him some loving attention, he is a much happier donkey. Harry is unique in that he sports a mane that lies down and Rae-Anne (standing), Robyn on Rascal and friends going donkey riding after has a forelock. This leads completing their endurance ride at the us to believe that he is part Riverside Trails near Drayton Valley, AB Poitou, which is an old French breed of donkey, the only breed known to have a horse-like mane and forelock. Our long-eared equines are a source of enjoyment and amusement. They entertain us with their antics. They alert us, if we choose to pay attention, to danger such as cougars passing through the yard at night. And they are always ready to stand patiently for a cuddle and a conversation. Carol lives near Edson, AB, where she drives a school bus and helps run the family sod farm. They have four horses at home and another on loan as a therapeutic riding horse, as well as their donkeys and mule. Carol has been an avid endurance rider since 1984 and has amassed almost 15,000 miles, many of those with her two daughters. She has completed most of those miles on just four horses, taking to heart the endurance rider’s motto “to finish is to win.” She especially enjoys travelling to the USA to compete in multi-day rides along historic trails. • 35

Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan


said I’d have an update for you on how our cruise went in the March issue, so here it is - it was awesome! Almost perfect weather, nice calm seas, wonderful people in our group, good music from Hugh’s cruise band, and good horses! There are photo diaries to check out, one at

100 Mile Concert.JPG: (L to R): Ursula and Matt Johnston, Gordie West, Frank Gleeson and Hugh McLennan (Photo by Donna Smith)

The 13th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert, on February 9, was another great success even though ticket sales were definitely down this year. The new holiday landed on the same weekend and so did the Cariboo Marathon, which we know took away some of our ticket sales. The concert featured four of our regular favourite performers: Hugh McLennan, Gordie West, Matt Johnston, and Frank Gleeson. They all did a wonderful job

and had the audience, at both the 2:00 pm matinee and the 7:00 pm evening show, in stitches. At the start of the evening feature show, we had a surprise guest show up. Donna Barnett, our MLA, was there and presented me with a proclamation from the Government of British Columbia exciting news for us! The proclamation declares that the week of March 3-10, 2013, be known as “Cowboy Heritage Week” in BC. Wow! The City of Kamloops proclaims “BC Cowboy Heritage Week” each year for this same The proclamation presented to Mark time period, leading up by MLA Donna Barnett. (Photo by to the Kamloops Cowboy Kathy McMillan) Festival, and has done for a few years now, but to have this recognized by the Province is super news. The mandate of the BC Cowboy Heritage Society is to promote and preserve cowboy heritage in the Province of BC. The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and BCCHS student scholarships both reflect this, and the Kamloops Cowboy Festival as well, as it keeps the cowboy stories alive in both song and poem, and in the art show and tradeshow. For the BC Government to do a proclamation declaring “Cowboy Heritage Week” in BC, and using wording like the following, definitely fits right into our mandate.

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Kathy’s first time snorkelling; she loved it but would still rather be on a horse. (Photo by me with our new underwater camera)

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Where As BC wishes to designate Cowboy Heritage Week as a way to publicly acknowledge the contributions of the ranching industry and cowboy culture to the economic, social, and cultural development of BC, and Where As the ranching industry and cowboy heritage continue to play an important role in economic, social, and cultural life in BC, and HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Cariboo Chatter, cont’d Where As BC has been home to a ranching industry for more than two centuries, and… Where As it is believed that all residents of BC would wish to observe March 3 to 10, 2013, as a week that acknowledges the important role of the ranching industry and our cowboy heritage to the success of our province, and… And the proclamation is signed by Shirley Bond, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and Judy Guichon, Lieutenant Governor. The above proclamation dates were chosen because this is the week leading into and including the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. It looks like it should be another great weekend, with over 40 entertainers covering four different stages over four days, as well as the four downtown businesses’ stages that start things off on March 6. The Art of the West Show and Sale is boasting that they will have some great western art and the Festival trade show once again has numerous booths selling just about anything you can imagine that’s western. For all the information, go to www.bcchs. com or phone 1-888-763-2221. Want to learn how to play a harmonica? Gary Allegretto guarantees that you’ll be able to play four western songs in one hour at his workshop at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. Gary’s $20 charge includes a brand new harmonica and a music booklet. Reserve your spot early for this one as there are only 40 spots available and they’ll go quickly. Tickets are available by phone at 1-888-763-2221. If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

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WHAT’S THIS? Readers -

do you know what this is?

Last Month’s What’s This? The February issue’s “What’s This” item was obviously a tough one as we had no answers sent in. Our friends Ewa and Voytek Foik at 83 Mile showed it to me one day and I had no idea what it was either… it’s a very interesting little treasure. It’s an African head rest (pillow) used by many tribes in Africa to protect their hair styles. It hung on their belts or pants as they walked and was sometimes the only thing they owned.

The correct answer will be printed in the next issue.

What’s your guess?

This month’s item is something we saw at Carol and Harold Fowler’s in Calgary (Kathy’s friends). I’d have to guess, but I’d say it is 10 to 12 inches high. I think this one should be a little easier - good luck. E-mail Mark at and put “What’s This?” in the subject line. Send us your full name, city and province please..

Cowgirl Poetry


by Rhonda Leanne Stock Some friends are like the plough horse, Ever steady, always there, Plodding along beside us, No mystery in the air. Some friends are like the mustang, A heart born wild and free. Touching our lives for but a moment, A taste of what we can be. Each friend has a purpose As they gallop through our stream. Some are there to guide us, Others to make us dream. Hearts are touched, held, broken, But still we feel the rain In a touch of mustang blood And hooves upon the plain. • 37

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e decided to build a covered arena as my wife, myself and our daughter were sick and tired of getting wet in the winter. With five horses on the property… we agreed it was time. (And we closed a deal in China that effectively funded the construction!) We chose this type of structure after having looked at a number of other arenas and having checked pricing and appearance. It was the all wood construction that appealed to us. The contractor we hired was Intercoast Construction. The arena is 200 x 70’ clear inside the building with 20’ clear to the trusses which will accommodate our interest, Championship Dressage training. The roof has a 4’ overhang on the sides. The building itself is wood, clad with painted steel. We chose to use plastic clear roof panels to bring in more light – it’s very bright and appealing. For arena footing we chose a mixture of crusher dust and sand. It came at a good price and we had prior experience with an outdoor arena that had the same footing. Our total cost, with me project managing it, was around $200,000 including taxes.

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13th Annual Construction Feature Fair Hill Farm - Janet and Buck Crich, Armstrong BC


ride, train and show my Quarter Horses and need to ride year round in order to be competitive. I was finding that the winters were just too long and it made it difficult to get the young horses broke enough to be ready for shows early in the spring. The added bonus that we didn’t think about is having shade during the heat of the summer! We chose to go with wood because we wanted the building to blend in and compliment the rest of the farm structures. Our contractor was Bryan Schultz Construction.

The covered arena is 60 x 80’ and the outside riding area is also 60 x 80’, so 60 x 160’ total. The structure is basically wood, with metal gables and a metal roof. Most of the materials were purchased locally at Shepherd’s Hardware, with the trusses from Lake Country Truss, but Bryan Schultz coordinated everything. For footing, the inside portion has a clay base with about 3” of sand on top, and the outside has a layer of crusher between the clay and sand, provided by Baird Bros. Ready Mix. Bryan rides cutting horses and understands the importance of good footing for performance horses! He worked with me extensively to ensure that the footing met my requirements. For fencing, we purchased the posts and fir fence boards from Shepherd’s and had the posts pounded for us, but Buck and I put up all the rails. We did all the fencing on our property this way. Bryan did a fabulous job and we couldn’t be happier with the final product! He quoted us $50,000 for the structure (excavating and everything) and that’s exactly what it came in as, no surprises! I wanted to double the whole arena space and do the same square footage outside and we paid an extra $3,000 for that.

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13th Annual Construction Feature Warrior Woods – Carl Larsen, Private Facility


had the barn and arena built by Dwain Ferguson Construction Ltd. for my own use. I started jumping three years ago, after a 25 year break, and got tired of constantly setting up and taking down jumps for each lesson at other people’s arenas. I chose this type of building because one was built at the place I was previously boarding at and I found it well-suited for jumping. The arena measures 80 x 200’ and the barn is 36 x 80’ with nine 12 x 12’ stalls. As you can see the inside of the barn is mostly wood except for the stalls, windows, and doors that are powder-coated steel purchased from EQ Barns in Calgary. The exterior is metal. The arena footing is 2” of sand, with Nike Grind ordered from Thunderbird Show Park and the barn is asphalt. Excavation and footing was supplied by A.G. Appel Enterprises Ltd. The arena footing has been excellent and the asphalt works well in the barn. Most of the materials were supplied by Dwayne Ferguson. We contracted On Trax Farm Fencing to do the paddocks and gates. The lighting is T5 fluorescent in the arena (instant on and cheap to run) and LED outside.

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13th Annual Construction Feature SpanMaster Arena – Harold & Maureen Walters, Yarrow BC


e built this arena mainly for my wife so she can ride all year without weather concerns. If you wait until you can afford it you’ll be too old to ride! We chose a SpanMaster structure because of the natural light, which offers a nice airy feel on the inside and a nice looking structure on the outside. SpanMaster provided the excavator, the cement blocks for the foundation, the permits, approvals, inspections et al. A real turnkey operation. Dimensions are 72 x 140’ with trusses spaced 5’ on centre. The main structure is a Norseman Building made of 14 Gauge 2 7/8’’ Allied Gator Shield round steel tube with 1” structural webbing. This configuration meets the A 66010 S367 requirements which is a new addition to the building code which dictates the structural requirements for steel and fabric structures. Always check that the building suppliers you are considering meet these requirements in order to obtain your building permit. I finished the inside with a tongue and groove fence at one end and 2 x 6’ kick boards on the sides. Roof cover is a factory welded one piece FR 12 oz Polyethylene weave fabric available in a variety of colours to match your colour schemes. At the end of the arena there are bleachers for viewing and in the other corner there is a raised chair for teaching (my wife’s throne). For footing we decided on crusher dust over hog fuel. Crusher is easy maintenance and the hog fuel gives it a nice spring. We purchased the crusher

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13th Annual Construction Feature SpanMaster Arena, cont’d from Kel-Mor Entreprises, who run a local gravel pit. We have used hog fuel for about 10 years, supplied by Denbow, topping up yearly until it started to break down. Covering in crusher has stopped it from deteriorating any further. We had the arena built in our existing outdoor ring. It measured 26m x 60m, so the fencing was all in place. One end of the structure is open and I curtain it off in winter for a 20 x 40 ring. The rest of the year it’s a 20 x 60, the last 20 metres open to the sky.

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he Heisey Farms luxury equestrian center, located in the Bradner/Mt. Lehman area of Abbotsford, gives new meaning to the term “horse heaven.” Completed in late 2012, the project was expertly designed and managed by Quinis Design Group (, built with excellence by Len Loewen Construction, and financed by Farm Credit Canada. The 40-acre parcel features a 10 stall barn, an 18,000 s.f. indoor riding arena, and a mile long gravel horse trail that meanders through the park-like property. The barn contains state-of-the-art stalls and paddocks and is finished with practical and tasteful appointments throughout. Some examples include skylights the full length of the roofline to maximize light, tongue and groove stained hardwoods on all interior surfaces, wood from a 110-year-old barn used as trim in the tack room and barn office, and specially designed and custom fabricated geared door latches for the heavy swing doors. The indoor riding arena was designed to fit in with the shingled European courtyard look of the other buildings, and with an emphasis on safety for the horses and riders. A special “low dust” sand/fabric mix (GGT) was used to provide firm, non-shear footing for the horses. We originally lived in North Vancouver and kept our horses at our ranch in the interior. However, the 3-hour drive over the mountains to enjoy the horses became a burden after a few years, so we built this facility to consolidate and simplify our lives. Our facility is private; however we plan to hold occasional public events in the indoor arena, such as the Pat Parelli and Jonathan Field natural horsemanship courses. For additional information, please send a message to heisey@

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TIDBITS Upcoming Events at the Horse Protection Society of BC We are proud to offer a variety of clinics and courses aimed at the care, training and safety of horses. Each of these programs raises funds to support our activities at HPS. Here are some of the learning opportunities we have Horse Agility through Clicker training coming up at our facility in Langley: Driving for Success - presented by Kathrine Gilker - March 3; 1pm-3pm; cost: $25/person - lunging and long line driving can work for everyone! Animal Communicating - presented by Claudette Godin - April 6-7; cost: $175/person Equine First Aid - presented by Tammy Nicol - April 13; cost: $149/person Horse Agility thru Clicker Training - presented by Stephanie Kwok and Sandra Poppema - May 26; 1pm-3pm; cost: $25/person - first session in this series of demonstrations: “Training with the Hula Hoop” For details, visit upcoming-events-clinics.html or contact Sharon at hps@telus. net or 604-539-8391.

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W.A.M.! Show Coming Up Welsh! Arabian! Morgan! The BC Welsh Pony & Cob Assoc., the BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc., and the BC Interior Morgan Horse Club are co-hosting a TRI-BREED SHOW on Saturday July 13th at Mackenzie Meadows in Pritchard BC. There will be halter, driving, riding classes, games and open (to other breeds) classes, judged by Sheila Neumann. The W.A.M. show combines the beauty, elegance and power of the three breeds all under one roof! Watch for more info coming soon and keep checking each club’s website as more details are finalized!

The Tack Collector has moved! Kathleen Iles has moved her shop to a bigger (2,200 sq. ft) and more convenient warehouse location in southeast Calgary. Since 2006 The Tack Collector has offered quality consignment items, accepting anything that relates to horses, i.e. books, toys, games, gifts, strap goods, saddles, clothing (horse and human), old or new styles, used or new condition. Now everything is under one roof for the store’s loyal clientele. They also offer saddle fitting and tack repair with Dana Grills, as well as clipper servicing and blade sharpening. Their new address is #116, 5050-106 Avenue SE in Calgary. Like them on Facebook!

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Top Dog! Making Good Use of Crates By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP Using a crate with your dog is one of those things that people seem to be either violently opposed to or avidly in favour of. Some rescue groups require you to sign an agreement stating that you won’t use a crate, while some breeders, shelters or other groups insist that you do use one. What’s the right answer?


n my opinion, crates are a valuable tool and I encourage most of my clients to train their dogs to be comfortable inside of an appropriately-sized crate. The “why” is pretty simple - to provide confinement and restrict movement when it becomes necessary to do so. Crates are often the easiest solution because they are a portable and relatively inexpensive solution. Baby gates or wire pens are good choices too, but neither is a particularly attractive décor item, and having something custom-made can be expensive. Many homes have an open floor plan, which makes using baby gates difficult, so a crate is an easy choice. The “when” to use a crate requires a bit more explanation. For adolescent dogs (dogs under the age of three), this is something a lot of people don’t think about and often balk at the idea of doing - restricting the freedom of their young dogs. Our dog is house trained now and needs to have freedom to just be a dog, right? While that’s a nice thought and it feels good to be able to grant these freedoms, this is the time to think in terms of a dog as a dog, not as a human.

Speaking in very broad terms, let’s think of dogs as being broken into two general groups: 1. Those tending towards being insecure and shy (possibly fearful) 2. Those tending to be more confident and outgoing (mistakenly labelled “dominant”) More often than not, adolescent dogs who are given too much freedom will respond in one of two general ways: 1. Group 1 dogs can begin to develop signs of separation anxiety or stress, such as panting, pacing, frantic non-stop barking when alone even for a few moments, destructive behaviour either to their environment or themselves (like over-grooming), hot spots, etc. 2. Group 2 dogs who find themselves alone and free often proceed to take over the responsibility of “training” themselves, in ways such as destroying items and furniture in the house, ferociously barking at the door or the mailman, non-stop boredom barking, lack of attentiveness or focus, and with increasingly pushy and attentiongetting behaviour like jumping up or pulling on leash. Note: “Outside” behaviour issues like leash pulling can actually result from or be exacerbated by a lack of “inside” rules and routines. 54 • Saddle Up • March 2013

In addition to providing appropriate daily physical and mental exercise for our dogs, we also need to train our dogs to have the skills necessary to be able to “handle” freedom in the house. During this training, we need to be able to restrict our dog’s freedom even as we gradually begin the process of increasing it. We also need to be able recognize the dog who would really benefit from less freedom long term, as strange as that may seem to us.

Imagine your dog asking you these questions and think about how you would teach him the answers: • What are the house rules? • What can I chew on or play with? • What am I supposed to do when I’m alone? • How do I know you’ll come back? • What should I do about noises I hear outside? • What do I do if someone comes to the door? Until your dog knows the answers to these questions, he is not capable of making good decisions. That’s why we recommend restricting your dog’s freedom, to manage his behaviour so that anxiety or problem behaviours don’t develop as a result. It’s hard for us to imagine enjoying being confined in a crate, but for a dog it can be the safest and kindest thing to teach. Many dogs find relief in being safely tucked away. There’s no question that, when properly and positively introduced, dogs do have a tendency to prefer small spaces - especially when tired, worried, ill or stressed. From a trainer’s perspective, restricting the freedom and increasing the skills of adolescent dogs is very often the solution to many problem behaviours.

Here are some appropriate uses for a crate:

House training (either a puppy or a new adult adoptee) - Until we have trained him to tell us, we cannot know with absolute certainty when our dog has to relieve himself. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Top Dog! We do know that dogs are less likely to relieve themselves in a confined area. So, a crate becomes useful as a temporary holding spot until we know that our dog has done his business. Being in the crate will allow the dog to remain calm and keep him confined for a short period until you take him out to try again. Illness - If your dog needs to be at the veterinarian for an extended period of time, they “It’s very cozy in here!” will almost certainly want him confined in a kennel. They may also advise confinement at home during recovery. For dogs not used to being confined, this can be extremely stressful and may even impact their healing. Old Age - As they age and become more fragile, dogs often need to have their movement restricted when they’re alone. Expecting an elderly dog to suddenly adjust to confinement can be

extremely traumatic and unfair. Visitors or children - For the occasional visitor who isn’t comfortable with dogs, it’s just nicer for everyone if you’re able to tuck your dog away during the visit instead of having to be vigilant. The same applies for visiting children. If your dog isn’t used to being around children - it’s much safer for both if there is no access at all. To avoid creating a negative association with the visitors, give your dog a food-stuffed Kong or a raw bone as a special treat to pass the time in his crate. Introducing new pets to each other - Meeting through the door of a crate or behind a gate ensures that no one gets hurt and gives each animal their own space while you can observe their reactions. Travelling - The safest way for your dog to travel in your continued on page 56

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Top Dog! Crates, cont’d vehicle is to be confined in some manner. NEVER, EVER travel with your dog loose in the open bed of a pickup truck. If you ever need to transport your dog by plane, a crate is a necessity. Air travel is very noisy and chaotic and can be very scary for animals. Feeling comfortable in a crate can make that experience a lot less stressful. Overnight Stays - Many hotels now welcome dogs. If you plan to leave your dog in the room to go to dinner or because it’s too hot to leave him in the car, you will likely be required to use a crate. When you’re staying with friends, it’s nice to be able to leave your dog in a crate while you go out for a meal and know that everything is safe back home.

Additional Considerations 1. In the early stages of acclimating your dog to confinement, it’s important to always provide an enjoyable, chew-safe item (Kong or long-lasting chew) to help build a pleasant association. 2. Always ensure your dog has eliminated before being put in the crate. Not doing so will make his crate experience unpleasant. 3. It will help your dog to settle if he has had some exercise before being tucked away, so he will be more likely to want a rest. 4. Keep in mind that spending short periods of time in the crate is a separate skill from sleeping in a crate through the entire night. 5. Apart from sleeping in a crate during the night, we wouldn’t advise keeping an adult dog in a crate for longer than three hours without a good break to stretch his legs and eliminate. During an entire workday, consider a larger penned area or separate room in your house so he has the ability to move around freely, play and sleep comfortably. Ideally, you or a friend can take your dog out part way through the day for a good break outside.

How can you teach your dog to love his crate? There are lots of great resources for crate training. Here are just a few: •; search for “Crate Training” and find some great articles there • “Crate Games,” a DVD by Susan Garrett is well done and easy to follow • Guide to Crate Training, APDT_CrateTraining.pdf Also at The Association of Pet Dog Trainers website (www.apdt. com), click on the link to Pet Owners and find more information and free downloadable articles under Training Behaviour Tips and Resources.

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Tails to be Told

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

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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.


Bimbo – my Morgan Schoolmaster By Pat Crema There he is, Bimbo, the horse (age 13) who taught me (age 23) to ride. I was finally achieving the goal I had set myself since childhood. I had finished UBC and been sent to Nova Scotia as a VON nurse. Just off the train from Halifax in July 1967, I asked where in Kentville I could get riding lessons. The Wades’ place was the answer. Little did I know that George Wade was one of the first breeders of Morgans in Canada. He regularly travelled to Francis Bryant’s farm in Springfield Vermont to acquire mares and stallions for his breeding program. Unknown to me, his foundation stock were sons and daughters of one of the most famous stallions in the Morgan world, the great Jubilee King. Bimbo, aka as Victory’s Hobby, was a grandson of Jubilee King. Bimbo, so named because of his crooked ears, was 16HH and a large, powerful horse. He had an aloof disdain for all the ‘newbies’ he endured as a lesson horse but he was obedient and steady in the ring. I came every day after work, groomed him before riding and after, hoping to achieve a connection. Finally after six weeks, he greeted me with a nicker and the fun began. After lessons, the barn crowd and Bimbo and I would go riding in the apple orchards of the Annapolis Valley. My task was to stay on and keep Bim on the lanes and NOT in the trees sampling the delicious apples. Galloping along, whooping with joy, we frightened many a station wagon of apple poachers into speedy getaways. Bimbo loved these rides, regularly taking control and running away with me through tree branches and clothes’ washing lines while I desperately clung on. Stripping off the saddles, we swam the horses in ponds and raced along the shore of the Bay of Fundy with the sea spray flying. In the glorious, cold sunny, snowy winters, we rammed through or leapt four foot snow drifts sending huge showers of powder sparkling into the air. I left Bimbo and Nova Scotia after two years but took with me an abiding, never to be extinguished love of Morgan horses. Today, almost 45 years later, I am watching my four Morgan geldings frolic in the snow and thinking of all I have learned and experienced in my life with horses… and it all began with Bimbo.

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It’s ALL About the KIDS! - the next generation Ki ds... where are you? horse? What are you doing with your YOU! It’s YOUR tu rn to tell us about

A nice girl gave me Buck so I have my very own horse. I love Buck. He is the very best horse. I went riding in the winter because I could not wait to ride. - Kyara, age 4, Armstrong BC

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BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! BC Interior Horse Rescue Society By Joey Tompkins


pring is just around the corner and excitement is in the air. We have great news on Petra. She is now in her forever home with Henry and they will have many years of adventures. Henry has taken her on overnight camping trips, long trail rides and is enjoying the bond they are building. Congratulations, Henry. By the time this article gets published, Buddy our pony will be in his forever home as well. He is being loved by his new friend and starting to have fun in gymkhana. He looks well-loved. Congratulations, Claudia and family. Rusty and Zeke have also been adopted and will be going to their new home in Chetwynd this month. The most precious part is that the boys will be spending their lives together with their new family. They will be getting lots of attention from the two kids. We will miss them, but they will get tons more love 58 • Saddle Up • March 2013

now. John Boy has been adopted as well, in December, and he now resides in Nelson. The son is doing natural horsemanship with him and the daughter is doing 4-H. Not only will he have a fulfilling life but he is also cherished. We had our first Hoedown for Rescues in Kelowna - it was a huge success. Our entertainer was Ben Klick and he was awesome. We were honoured having Casey and Roo as our MCs that night. Laura, who planned the event, set up a silent auction with some really cool items, a 50/50 draw and a live auction from Westjet. In all, we raised a little over $7700 and are looking forward to our second Hoedown for Rescue event. We will have our first fundraiser trail ride on May 11-12. It will be held at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby. On Saturday, we will have a poker ride and on Sunday, a casual ride. If you would like Darlene to

Petra found her forever home

supply you a lunch she will be charging $5 a person. Our first work bee will be held in April (date TBA). We will have a fencing party and hopefully put up shelters for the horses. It will be a weekend event; we will finish putting up the rails, paint and do any fencing repairs that are needed. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Notes from the Office Horse Council BC JOIN PONY TAILS BY GOING TO WWW.HCBC.CA AND CLICKING THE PONY TAILS LINK You do not have to be a Horse Council BC Member to join the Pony Tails Club, but we would love to have you join us one day.

Kids & Horses P’tit Trot Riding Program P’tit Trot is an exciting program for children who love horses and want to learn about riding and caring for horses. The P’tit Trot books are fully illustrated throughout and introduce children ages 5 and older to the basics of English or Western Riding and how to care for a horse or pony. The colourful drawings and amusing antics of P’tit Trot (the name of the mascot pony) help children discover and teach themselves the ABC’s of riding and how to care for their horse or pony. Parents and coaches are invited to use this entertaining and educational presentation that is ideal for horse lovers. It can also be used to prepare and support activities offered at riding camps and as preparation to begin the English or Western Learn to Ride levels. The complete program is available from Horse Council BC’s bookstore for $24.95 plus postage and HST. Included in the program package is a colourfully illustrated four chapter booklet, certificates and stickers for each level plus lots of extra goodies the children will enjoy. Each of the chapters - Bronze Horseshoe, Silver Horseshoe, Gold Horseshoe and Platinum Horseshoe covers specific topics on horse care and riding. As the participants complete each chapter, they can place the matching horseshoe sticker on the certificate. P’tit Trot also offers a website which adds additional information and games HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

at Horse Council BC would like to thank the Quebec Equestrian Federation for allowing us to use this program. NOTE: Children that belong to HCBC’s Pony Tails Kids Club receive a $10 discount off the purchase of a P’tit Trot package.

Pony Tails Kids Club Pony Tails is a club for kids run by Horse Council BC for children 12 years old and younger who love horses and ponies. You don’t need to own your own horse or pony, to join and it’s free! JOIN PONY TAILS CLUB TO RECEIVE: • Your own Club Card • I Love Horses Ribbon • I Love Horses Button • Pony Tails Passport • Art Project • A Discount for the P’tit Trot Program ...and some great information about HCBC and Horses!

MESSAGE FROM PONY TAILS SPOKESPONY, ALICE! “Hi Kids! My name is Alice and I am a Pony. A pony is smaller than a horse but we are just as nice if not nicer than the big horses. I like to do fun things like chase my big brother Oliver around and steal his food when he is not looking. My humans say my job is to babysit Oliver, but I think I would rather just eat and snooze in the sun. I have also helped teach some children to ride, which was really exciting. If you visit the Pony Tails Kids club page, I will tell you fun stories, have contests and lots of information you might want to know about Ponies. I know lots about Ponies, because I am one and I love to share stuff about how to take good care of a Pony.”

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 • 59

Equine Canada Update


he prestigious 2012 Equine Canada Annual Awards were presented during the Gala Ceremony held at the Delta Ottawa City Centre on February 8. The recipients were honoured in front of a sell-out audience. Winners were: Equestrian of the Year - The Doctor George Jacobsen Trophy Ian Millar of Perth, ON Junior Equestrian of the Year - The Gillian Wilson Trophy Haley Franc of Prince Albert, SK and Laurence Blais-Tétreault of Montreal, QC Media Award Susan Sellers of River John, NS Canadian Bred Horse of the Year Nikki and Jim Lishman of Canterbrooke Farms of Burlington, ON Canadian Breeder of the Year Andre DeBellefeuille of St. Basile le Grand, QC Lifetime Achievement Award Marg and Ron Southern of Calgary, AB Sponsor of the Year Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd Volunteer of the Year Ruth Carlson of Kimberley, BC Horse of the Year - the Hickstead Trophy Northern Dancer

In her remarks upon acceptance of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Marg Southern summed up the sentiments of many of the winners, “We are deeply touched, honoured and proud to accept this recognition… [and] the horse has made this all possible. It is because of the love of the horse that we are all joined together.”

Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association President Chris Gould and Nikki Lishman of Canterbrooke Farms (photo by Betty Cooper)

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Ian Millar and Star Power at the 2012 Olympics (photo by Cealy Tetley)

(L to R) Fédération équestre du Québec President Paul Cote and Laurence BlaisTétreault (photo by Betty Cooper)

(L to R) EC President Michael Gallagher and Bernard McCormick, who accepted the Horse of the Year Award on behalf of the Taylor and Mappin families (photo by Betty Cooper)

(L to R) Wendy Dyer and Haley Franc (photo by Betty Cooper)

EC President Michael Gallagher and Joanne Nimitz, VP of Administration, Spruce Meadows (photo by Betty Cooper)

(L to R) Gary Yaghdjian and Andre DeBellefeuille (photo by Betty Cooper)

(L to R) Jack de Wit, member EC Awards Committee, Sara Runnalls of BFL Canada and Ruth Carlson (photo by Betty Cooper)

EC President Michael Gallagher and Susan Sellers (photo by Betty Cooper)

(L to R) Michael Toner, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Representative Eastern Ontario, EC President Michael Gallagher, Jennifer Verhulst-Loch, Equine Product Manager/Key Account Manager Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) (photo by Betty Cooper)

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2013 CIEC Will Showcase Excellence in Alberta By Sophie Beaufils


rom September 13-15, 2013, the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC) will be held in Alberta for the first time outside of Quebec. The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) is pleased to introduce its partners in hosting the competition – Rocky Mountain Show Jumping and the Okotoks Agricultural Society. “The AEF is very pleased to partner with Rocky Mountain Show Jumping and the Okotoks Agricultural Society,” says Tara Gamble, president of the AEF Board of Directors. “They have agreed to be the host locations for this Canadian event, and the national teams will find their facilities and services to be top notch.” Dressage and Jumping for both junior and senior riders will be held at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping at the south edge of the City of Calgary. Rocky Mountain Show Jumping was founded in 1997 by Canadian Equestrian Team member John Anderson, and offers worldclass facilities for beginners to international level riders. “The CIEC will bring riders from across Canada to compete in the Jumper and Dressage disciplines, and we welcome the opportunity to showcase Rocky Mountain Show Jumping and Calgary to them,” says John Anderson, president of Rocky Mountain Show Jumping. “We want

to build an event that showcases riders excelling in a Jump Canada program, and as a host venue, we wholeheartedly support youth in our equestrian sport.” Reining for both junior and senior riders will be at the Okotoks Agricultural Society, south of Calgary and north of the Town of Okotoks. The Okotoks Agricultural Society is the oldest ongoing Agricultural Society in Western Canada with a history of providing the community with a top quality agricultural forum since 1892. “The Okotoks Agricultural Society is proud to be partnering with the AEF. It’s exciting to be part of the first Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships outside of Quebec,” says Dawn Mitchell, general manager of the Okotoks Agricultural Society. “We are very proud of our community and facility, and look forward to sharing that with competitors from all over Canada. We look forward to a long partnership with the AEF.” For more information contact Sophie Beaufils, Competitions Coordinator, AEF, or call 403253-4411 ext. 2.

Hippos in the Barn? By Daphne Davey. Photo courtesy of Pippa Hodge


o many readers, “hippotherapy” is probably an unfamiliar term. While therapeutic riding has, for years, encompassed a spectrum of horsehuman therapy programs, hippotherapy has developed as a distinctive discipline. But all can attest to the benefits that result when therapists and equestrians partner with horses to improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities. What is hippotherapy? According to the American Hippotherapy Association, it is “a physical, occupational, and speechlanguage therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes. Equine movement provides multidimensional movement, which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The horse provides a dynamic base of support, making it an excellent tool for increasing trunk strength and control, balance, building overall postural strength and endurance, addressing weight bearing, and motor planning. Patients respond enthusiastically to this enjoyable experience in a natural setting.” (For a graphic depiction of the movement imparted to the human skeleton by the horse’s movement, visit www. - Channels, Therapy, CanTRA.) Who practices hippotherapy? Physiotherapists (PTs), Occupational HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Therapists (OTs), and Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs). However, the term “hippotherapist” is not recognized. Anyone practicing hippotherapy should be qualified in one of the three aforementioned disciplines, supported by a trained horse handler. It is easy to understand why PTs and OTs would be involved, but why SLPs? The speech-language pathologist makes use of the horse’s movement to stimulate the physiologic systems that support speech and language especially effective breathing, so important to equestrians, as we know. When combined with other speech-language interventions, SLPs can improve communication disorders and functional communications. Hippotherapy, like therapeutic riding, takes a team approach. In this partnership, the equestrian focuses mainly on the horse, leading him or using long lines to ensure the desired combination of even pace, energy, and direction. But any old horse won’t do! A trained horse partner with appropriate conformation and temperament is important for the success of this therapy. In Canada, Pippa Hodge has been a driving force in this field for thirty years. Pippa is a paediatric physiotherapist who practices hippotherapy at the Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association in Langley. She currently chairs CanTRA’s Hippotherapy Committee, is a CanTRA Coach

With therapist supervision and assistants, a child enjoys a hippotherapy experience on a patient horse.

and examiner, and a founder of the American Hippotherapy Association. Her extensive qualifications and international experience are sought after here and abroad. Recently, Pippa conducted hippotherapy workshops at the Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre (a CanTRA-accredited exam and training centre) in Guelph, ON, during which she reviewed patient videos from other centres. Given the vastness of Canada and Pippa’s busy schedule, offering few opportunities for in-person evaluations, this creative format proved very popular. Hippotherapy is set to grow. Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at For more information about CanTRA, email ctra@ • 61

Ready, Set, Go 4-H 2013! By Kathleen Fryer


cross BC and Canada thousands of 4-H members between the ages of six and twenty-one are shaking off winter’s cobwebs and preparing for another exciting 4-H year. This year 4-H Canada is celebrating its 100th birthday. In that time 4-H has grown to include more diverse projects across Canada. The benefits of 4-H are too numerous to count, but some of the highlights are: ~ Great friendships from your community and across the country; ~ Fun projects where you get to try and learn new things;

~ Teamwork where you share in the decision making process in club meetings and support fellow 4-H members in their endeavours; ~ Develop Self Confidence and Leadership in activities such as public speaking and helping others in your club and community; and ~ Education, receive high school credits and scholarship opportunities while having fun in 4-H. There are 30 different projects to choose from, perfect for any interest! Whether your interest is in livestock,

plant and soil, mechanics, personal development, or creative arts, 4-H has a project for you! To find out more information check out or contact your provincial office, toll free 1-866-776-0373, E-Mail: mail@

Barriere & District Riding Club By Katie Elliot, Youth Director


ebruary was a very busy month for our executives and directors with finalizing dates and organizing fundraisers. This year our shows will remain BC Heritage Circuit qualifiers covering both English and Western classes. Also we are pleased to announce that our gymkhanas will also be Heritage qualifying events. That means that our events have been switched up a bit to include barrels, pole bending, stake race and keyhole but as always we will have one event that’s just for fun at the end of the day. We encourage our local riders to get a BC Heritage Log Book and compete at Finals, especially as they are nice and close to

home this year in Kamloops making it a good year to start! Our recreational riding committee is organizing some pretty fun events this year including several workshops covering basic equine first aid, equipment fit, tying knots and more, as well as trail rides throughout the riding season. We look forward to having some clinics this year as well - keep an eye out for our dates! We have several fundraisers planned for this year. Our Youth Directors are putting together a workshop on how to make rope halters, and then selling them at our events. We also have our Annual Tack Sale on April

20. If you don’t want to worry about selling your extra tack yourself, the Youth Directors are accepting donations of used tack to clean up and sell. For dates regarding these and many other events visit www.barrieredistrictridingclub. com. Our events are also listed each month in Saddle Up! We are looking forward to a busy year, and seeing lots of new faces at our events. Our goal is that they are all a fun environment for all ages and experience levels to learn and grow!

Oliver Riding Club News By Kathy Malmberg


ur annual Quiz Night was held at the Welcome Inn on Thursday, January 17. Last year’s quiz winner, Sasha Hopp, set the questions for this year. Sasha put together a great selection of questions and had everyone racking their brains! Our winner was Trish Oslund and Verla Strawn was runner up. Trish now has the honour of setting the questions for the 2014 quiz! Our thanks go to Sasha for all her hard work, to the Welcome Inn Pub for allowing us to use their facilities and to all the club members who participated. We now have Oliver Riding Club ball caps for sale. The caps are red with the club logo embroidered in black. If you would like to get your hands on one of these fabulous caps, 62 • Saddle Up • March 2013

please contact our President, Max Alexander at 250-497-5199. Club membership fees are due. Our membership secretary is away (enjoying warmer weather) so please either mail your club membership form and fees to the club mail box: Box 1306, Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0 or contact Kathy via email at malkat1946@ You can download a copy of the membership form from the club website at The first of this year’s “Improve Your Skills” sessions with Carolyn (English) and Ken (Western) is scheduled for March 24. Also in March, we are happy to welcome Carrie Fisher, a new clinician for the club,

who will be running a Bandaging Clinic; covering bandaging for injuries, exercising and travelling. She will also be running a Show Jumping Skills Assessment Day. March will also see us start our Wednesday night social riding at D Bar K, and spring clean-up of the riding ring and clubhouse. D Bar K is also holding a CHA Standard Instructor Clinic, English and Western. A reminder to club members - we would like to do our annual club membership photo session on Sunday, April 7. Please mark your calendars and show up with or without your horse.

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Vernon District Riding Club By Judy Olson


e are excited! There are so many great things to do at the VDRC this year. Our Second Annual VDRC Fashion Show kicks off the season at 5:30 pm, Saturday March 23rd, at the Vernon Golf and Country Club. Tickets are $45 and available at Cowboy’s Choice, The Paddock, Diana’s Monogramming and by contacting Linda Edwards,, 250-542-9953. Ticket price includes a buffet dinner (cash bar) and a fabulous evening of entertainment. Book a table and bring your barn, your family and your friends (unfortunately the pony has to stay at home). Rumour has it that there may be a little special entertainment for the guys this year… we are hoping! This is certainly not a ladies night, it is a family affair. And that is just the start. We have already confirmed clinics with Julia Bostock (Hunter/Jumper), Peter Campbell (Horsemanship), Sandra Sokoloski (Treating Riders as Athletes) and Brian Jensen (Driving). Andrew McLean will be back in the Okanagan in July. As part of his tour, there will be a lecture in Vernon on Wednesday, July 24th, followed by a day of teaching at the VDRC on Thursday. Andrew is the founder of the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, home to the International Society of Equitation Science. Andrew lectures and teaches all over the world, and thanks to the efforts of Dr. Susi Cienciala, we are extremely fortunate to have him come to the Okanagan for the second consecutive year. We have four shows planned, starting with the Spring Hunter/

Jumper Schooling and Dressage Practice Days at the beginning of May. Good news for the Hunter/Jumper crowd, the EC Bronze HJ Show will be a BCHJA Point Show this year. This means new divisions, new classes, a new look to the prize list and a chance to collect those BCHJA points close to home. Chris EdwardsJones is returning to design those fabulous courses and the Fox Springs Farm Hunter Derby will, once again, be our Saturday feature class. The EC Bronze/Gold Dressage Show is under new management with Bonnie Derry. She is planning a 3 day show this year, and has judge Sheila Skene from Vancouver Island as well as FEI 5* judge, Axel Steiner from California, lined up. New activities are being planned all the time. Please visit our Facebook page and website for up to the date information, or contact us at

Fraser Valley Hunt Phenomenon By Heidi Telstad Photos by Shane Kelley Photography


o you find it difficult to convince yourself to get out for a ride on those cold and rainy Saturday mornings? Do you think it will just be a chore for both your horse and yourself without much of a reward? Well, we have a little secret to tell you. Over the many years that the Fraser Valley Hunt has been meeting, we have found that we have the amazing ability to find just the right spot to ride where the rain stops for at least an hour or two starting at approximately 11:00 in the morning. There have been many mornings where the skies have thrown down buckets of rain in Vancouver and we have thought there is no possible way we could enjoy a hunt in that type of weather. However, whether it is a sense of duty or habit, we load our horses in our respective trailers and turn up the heat in our trucks to get rid of the chill and set out on the road. Upon reaching our destination, usually in the Agassiz or Harrison Mills area, the sun finds its way through the clouds to grant us reprieve from the rain for our ride. It has happened too many times to be just a coincidence - it is a Fraser Valley Hunt Phenomenon. Or perhaps the phenomenon has something to do with the unparalleled capacity of foxhunting to clear a clouded mind. It seems that during the two or three hours of hunting on horseback that even HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

the most grey and troublesome thoughts are discarded as you become one with your horse, simply concentrating on the terrain in front of you and listening to the singing of the hounds. Take a look around the hunt field during one of the breaks and see the many “sunny” faces with smiles shining back at you. It really is a Fraser Valley Hunt Phenomenon. We invite you to join us this March each Saturday morning at 11:00 am, please view our website under the “Fixtures” tab for meet locations at If you don’t feel your horse is suitable to hunt, we are very grateful that one of our Whipper-Ins, Adrienne Krebs, has many trustworthy hunt horses available for daily leases. Call Morris Valley Trail Rides at 604-796-2887. We hope you get to experience the Fraser Valley Hunt Phenomenon. • 63

Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Ramona Rizzi


he Armstrong Enderby Riding Club is gearing up for another year of fun events, adding more classes to reach an even broader variety of riders. End of last year saw our new jumps set up and we hope this year to attract people who want to try their hand at some low schooling rounds. A Ranch Horse division is also in the works. There will be no pattern in this class, but the details are still being ironed out. Watch Saddle Up or check the website for further information. Memberships are slowly rolling in and we remind our members that they can purchase their memberships now and avoid the rush of signing up on the first day. Gets you in the arena sooner, and isn’t that what we’ve all been waiting for? We are pleased to have some sponsors coming on board too. Our sponsors mean a great deal to us, and we appreciate them very much. If you would like to sponsor the club, please visit our website where you can download a sponsorship form. Another first for the Armstrong Enderby Riding Club is the ambitious fundraising concession we will be trying our hand at. First

at the BC High School Rodeo on April 20-21 at the Armstrong Fairgrounds; then again for the Little Britches Rodeo on August 10-11 also at the Fairgrounds. The public is encouraged to come enjoy a burger, bowl of chili or piece of homemade pie and cheer for the competitors. The club is busy working toward another year of fun shows in a supportive riding environment. Our show dates for the coming season are April 28, May 19, June 23, July 14, July 28, and October 6; make sure to pencil those dates in your calendar. Please have a look at our website or visit our Facebook for further information. Just type in armstrongenderbyridingclub, all one word, and it will get you to our website.

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club News By Paige & Joan


he OMHC had our first meeting of the year in January and a group of hardworking individuals came up with some great events for the spring! The weekend of April 20-21 we will be hosting a clinic with Barb McDonald at Asmara Arabians in Armstrong. Barb excels in the performance classes, producing many World Champions. This is the perfect start for the novice handler or those that are advanced handlers. There will be a fun gathering at the Iceton’s home on the Friday evening before. Contact Katie for more info 250-546-0098 or Also in the works is a fun and education event at the Vernon District Riding Club on May 11 which would include talks on grooming, intro to combined driving, showmanship, and more. Dr. Miller, from the Vernon Veterinary Clinic, has agreed to offer her advice on equine

care. If there is anything in particular you wish for her to talk on please contact Joan 250-5459566 or 250-542-9707. Our next meeting is April 20th after the clinic as Asmara Arabians. As always we invite anyone interested in learning more about miniature horses and our club to come join us or visit www.bcminiaturehorseclubs. com and then go to the Okanagan Club site.

Spring brings flowers, and foals... first foal for our club members “Vista Valley’s Mister Strippit” (pending)

BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman


e held our AGM on February 2nd at the Armstrong Inn. Most of last year’s executive remained on the board (by acclamation) for 2013: President – Gunther Funk; VicePresident – Nancy Roman; Treasurer – Laurie Lyons; and our new Secretary - Bev Routledge. Thank you to outgoing secretary Rachael Sdoutz for all her work over the last few years. We still need someone for the ’Promotion’ aspect of the club. Following the AGM, we had an impromptu meeting to discuss upcoming events. Debbie proposed we host a tri-breed show with the BC Welsh & Cob Assoc. and the BC Interior Arabian Horse Assoc. Great idea! Show committee will be Debbie, Rachael and Nancy. Proposed date is July 13th at Mackenzie Meadows in Pritchard with judge Sheila Neumann. Check our website for class list and more info. We will sell plant and flower baskets again this spring as a fundraiser for the club. April 28th is the deadline for orders (contact Rachael for more info 250-679-1175, 64 • Saddle Up • March 2013

Our next meeting is Saturday March 2nd at 12 noon at Yan’s Restaurant in Salmon Arm. We all ate a great lunch and then had Craig Nunn of Bar Nunn Therapy give an informative talk and demonstration on saddle fitting and explaining the muscle layers of the horse. Thank you Craig! We’re all pumped to have him give us a clinic with our horses… stay tuned! Want to join us? See www. for information. Craig Nunn of Bar Nunn Therapy. Photo by Rachael Sdoutz.

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Penticton Riding Club Report By Sherry Ripplinger


he Penticton Riding Club recently concluded a successful 2012 show year with our annual awards evening in January. What a great year it was! Thank you to all of our judges, riders, volunteers and sponsors who helped make this great season happen! We would like to announce and congratulate our High-Point Winners; in the Western Junior category we had a tie between Taelor Marchant and Mac Tebbett. Janette Lauritzen took home the HighPoint Western Senior and English Senior prizes. Kiara Redlick won the Junior Rider High Point award. Excellent riding everyone! 2013 is here now and we are underway with planning another colourful and exciting show season. We are thrilled to announce the addition of a Versatile Ranch Pleasure class this year! Our confirmed show dates for 2013: April 20 - Spring Fling Schooling Show HCBC Qualifier, Judging by Karen Moore from Grand Forks BC. April 21 - Spring Classical & Western Dressage Schooling Show, Jane Windeler will be our judge and included in your test is a short lesson and tips for improvement - don’t miss out she is spectacular! June 22 - Summer Classic Show, HCBC Qualifier, Judge TBA. June 23 - Summer Hunter Jumper Show. September 7 - Fall Classic Trophy Show, HCBC Qualifier, Judging by Josephine Brouwer of Maple Ridge BC. You do not want to miss a chance to show under this truly wonderful lady who has been judging and training riders for years. (We are also hoping to add a Dressage Percentage Day with

Josephine on Friday June 6 - stay tuned!) Then on September 8th is our Fall Hunter/Jumper Trophy Show. We will be hosting other events and activities during our show season, perhaps adding Driving and Dressage. In the beginning of April we are also looking forward to hosting a fundraiser dinner auction, details to be announced soon. It’s Membership time! If you are not already familiar with the Penticton Riding Club and their grounds it is most definitely time to stop and say hello. Situated beside the banks of our beautiful river channel, nestled behind Shingle Creek, and resting against a dynamic cottonwood forest is Parkway Stables, the home of the PRC. At our backdoor is the foot of the Historic Kettle Valley Railway trailing west thru the hills to west bench and north all the way to Summerland. As a member you have access to this breathtaking trail as well as three outdoor arenas, and a round pen with NO DROP-IN fees! Member incentives also include the opportunity to receive free class entries for each paid new member they refer. Furthermore administration fees are waived for all members at all shows! Our monthly meetings are full of fun, draws and prize giveaways. Having the most economic membership cost in the valley (only $25 for family or $20 for single) Penticton is… A place to stay forever… and the Penticton Riding Club… A place to ride forever! You may visit us on the web and on Facebook or contact Sherry Ripplinger, e-mail for more information.

Kelowna Riding Club Season Openers By Jill Veitch


here is plenty of enthusiasm building around the KRC’s clubhouse this month as we get ready to celebrate our 2013 premiere events. Spring Dressage Festival, April 20-21 This is the first EC Gold Competition in Canada and, with Panel Classes, FEI Judges and classes from walk/trot to grand prix, this show is a must for your calendar. Contact Sherri Paiement ( or Cindy Foster for more details. Hunter Jumper Spring Classic, April 25-28 Caroline Jones, Laurie Lazorko, Katinka Devrainne, and Danielle Fernandes are busy creating some new fun for the Spring Classic. We are building a signature jump that will bring back lots of fond memories, and have created a new special class. Round up your pony jumpers and enter to win the Pony Challenge. The Pony Pizza Party takes place on Thursday night, the first night of the show. NOW is the time to register as the show fills up fast. If you’re interested in sponsoring or being on-site during the event, please contact us immediately. Our website has more HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

information. Feeling Grounded The KRC Board is getting together March 6 at 5:30 to do a walkabout of the grounds and facilities with our caretaker, Tony Jopling. Thank you to Okanagan Restoration for doing a thorough inspection of the facility. They created a to-do list which will help us with our long-term planning. If you are interested in completing some of the work around the site, we’d love to hear from you and get things in shape by mid-April. Spring Cleaning The man who almost single-handedly keeps KRC looking pristine is Tony Jopling. You may have met Tony - it’s hard to miss his silver locks and sparkling personality when you’re at the club. He’s probably introduced himself to you, but we thought it might be fun to tell you a bit about Tony and his lovely wife,

Christine. Their accents hail from North Yorkshire. Married in 1967, they moved their family to Canada in 1980 to give them a better life and have never regretted the decision. They retired to Westbank seven years ago to help a friend with her small horse farm. After fixing fences and generally bringing the place up to snuff, they moved into Kelowna where he met and helped Fiona Griffiths to keep himself busy. He connected into the riding club and has now been our caretaker for three years. Christine is a hairstylist and has worked in Westbank for seven years. She loves coming home to the riding club for its peaceful, parklike setting. Tony and Christine very much appreciate their involvement and thank club members and participants. Last Thought Thank you to the members who registered before the early bird deadline at the end of January. More than 50% of our annual supporters signed up. We’d really like to get more people involved. Tell your friends about this great place to ride. • 65

Record Clydesdale Prices By Bruce Roy


t the year’s end, North American Clydesdale prices reached record highs at the 2S Clydesdale Dispersal Sale. Held at the Michiana Event Centre in Howe, Indiana. American, British, Canadian and German buyers bid on 27 head consigned by Charles and Pat McMahen of Schulenburg, Texas. Sales totalled $315,700. The 27 head catalogued sold for $11,696 on average. 2S Omega’s Elegant Encore topped the sale. This honour-laden, seven-year-old black mare, heavy in foal, fetched a $32,000 bid. This was placed by David Anderson of Anderson Farms in Aurora, ON.

2S Omega’s Elegant Encore, the black 2S Clydesdale mare that was Reserve World Senior Champion Mare at Madison, Wisconsin’s 2011 World Clydesdale Show. (Photo by Lynn Cassels-Caldwell, www.

Twice a $25,000 bid brought the auctioneer’s hammer down. Anderson bought 2S Shea’s Exclusive Etta, a six-year-old bay mare, for this price. One of the leading Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Percheron

breeders in North America, he was the volume buyer. Anderson wrote a $104,700 cheque for the five horses purchased. A fellow Canadian, Jean Lambert from L’Ancienne-Lorette, QC, paid $25,000 for 2S Explorer’s Intrepid, a three-year-old bay stallion. Had this powerful sire prospect not taken sick on the trip from Texas, it is likely he would have commanded a still higher price, given the interest that surrounded him. Dr. Ben Arnold, of Far Forest Clydesdales and Shires from Fernwalk, Germany, made his presence known. The $32,000 mare’s contending bidder; he paid $10,000 to gain possession of her paternal sister, the fiveyear-old sorrel, 2S Omega’s Golden Gem. Dr. Arnold collected 2S Omega’s Golden Gem weeks later at Brussels Airport in Belgium. Canadians purchased 12 of the 27 Clydesdales catalogued. Five head came to Western Canada. Dennis Gordyko of Ohaton, AB, paid $13,500 for 2S Above All’s Mister Keynote, a yearling stallion, $6,900 for 2S Grandeur’s Katherine, a 12-year-old brood mare, and $6,200 for her powerful colt, 2S Barnaby’s Grand Lucchesse. Michael and Patty Hill of Lloydminster, AB, bought the honour-laden 2S Above’s Highland Hallmark, a four-year-old stallion. He cost the enterprising young couple $10,000, a sum Reg Madsen of Hamiota, MB, also paid for 2S Barnaby’s Amazing Keepsake, a beautiful filly foal. Five offspring of Doura Above All averaged $5,840; six by Bogton Barnaby

2S Explorer’s Intrepid, the bay 2S Clydesdale stallion that was Reserve World Champion Stallion at Madison, Wisconsin’s 2011 World Clydesdale Show. (Photo by Lynn CasselsCaldwell,

2S Above’s Highland Hallmark, Grand Champion Stallion, Champion American Bred Stallion and Supreme Champion Clydesdale at America’s 2011 National Clydesdale Show, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sired by Doura Above All, he is out of Cocklaw Valetta. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Z Photography)

averaged $10,700, while five of Cocklaw Valetta’s progeny averaged $14,800. The McMahens had imported Doura Above All and Bogton Barnaby from Scotland, and the brood mare Cocklaw Valetta from Northern England.

Golden Ears Park Ride By Shelly Mooney


newly formed Facebook group was created by Margaret Jones called the Mission Trail Riders. Most group members are from the Mission Horse Club. An invite went out for a ride on the 27th of January and twelve brave riders from all over the Fraser Valley showed up despite the heavy rain warning and snow at higher elevations. Members of the Haney Trail Riders were happy to have us, and we in turn were pleased to meet them as we all share the same love of their Maple Ridge park, Golden Ears. The ride lasted about three hours and we all made it back, some dry, some soggy. It’s very hard to say no to a ride in Golden Ears. All who have been there will agree. If you haven’t had the privilege, it’s not too late to make it a New Year’s Resolution, as it will be a real treat not only for you but your horse will love you for it!. 66 • Saddle Up • March 2013

Anyone looking for a riding partner or to come out in a group setting, rides are always being arranged on the Mission Trail Riders Facebook. Check it out! HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

TSC Celebrate 50th Anniversary By Marty Cox


tarted in 1963 the Totem Saddle Club (in Terrace BC) will be having a very great 50th year. As well as our usual events Gymkhanas, Clear Rounds, Percentage Days, a few Horse Shows, Poker Ride - we will be hosting a Community Barn Dance to thank the community for all their support for 50 years. It will be held over the Riverboat Day weekend on the 6th of August at the Thornhill Fairgrounds 7-12 pm. Plan to have a band, beer garden, and lots of fun. Everyone is invited to attend so if you are in the area stop by and help us celebrate. We have a new Executive: President— Alice Sexton, Vice President—James Muller, Treasurer—Vera Heaman, Secretary—Marty Cox, Directors—Terri Cameron, Isabelle Heaman and Ava Haw.

For our events: Gymkhanas—Isabelle Heaman and Jocelyn Benoit Percentage Days—Terri Cameron Clear Rounds—Alice and Danielle Sexton Horse Shows—Elaine Rempel and Marty Cox Poker Ride in the Nass—Marty Cox We are getting closer to having the outdoor ring available since the weather has been so cooperative. Hopefully the trucks are hauling the fill this month and maybe by our opening event the footing will be done. Thanks to Cathy Jackson for pushing forward with this and Jason Rempel for his help. And thanks to all who have help by donating time and equipment. So the season will get underway in April—should be a fun year. www.

Vintage Riders 10 Year Anniversary By Barb Ingle


his year marks the 10th Anniversary of Vintage Riders Equestrian Club. The newly-elected Executive are very excited about this special milestone and have already been busy planning speakers, clinics and special events in the tradition of this non-competitive, vibrant, and cohesive club. The “One for all, all for one!” philosophy on which the club was founded provides a strong, supportive network of horse-loving friends for members to socialize with and learn from. Helping and supporting one another through good and bad times as we negotiate our way through this wonderful journey toward everimproving horsewoman/horsemanship is key to the ongoing success VREC continues to enjoy. The first meeting of 2013 in January found members listening with great interest to a timely presentation by Kristy Slattery on “Emergency Evacuation Preparedness for Equines.” Members left with many handouts and a renewed desire to either improve upon or finally put in place a plan to evacuate their equine friend(s) should the need arise. January/February had members participating in a “Winter Series Pole Clinic” with the talented EC Level 1 Coach Jessie Smith of Leap of Faith Equestrian. The clinic HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

was held at Shirrocco Farms in Langley. Again, as last year, under the capable tutelage of Jessie’s keen eye and knowledgeable instruction, much improvement in negotiating the poles was evident for each horse and rider pair. As always, it was a challenging but fun experience for everyone. Thanks to all the members who audited this clinic and came out to support the riders. An overview of confirmed upcoming speakers and events for 2013 follows with more in the planning stages to be added at a later date. We welcome and encourage women and men with a love of horses and an interest to improve their knowledge and skills in a noncompetitive, supportive environment to join us! More club information at Upcoming Events Feb.19 - Monthly Meeting: Dr. Steven Stark - “The Stark Reality of Stretching” Mar.19 - Monthly Meeting: Robyn Zimmer - Spring Conditioning For Your Horse Apr.16 - Monthly Meeting: Marta MacIntosh - Annual VREC “Fun” Quiz May 21 - Monthly Meeting: Maureen Walters - Creative Arena Training and Fun Exercises to Benefit Out On the Trail June 23 - Twisted Terrain Event For VREC Members July 11-14 - Summer Road Trip to 7 Half Diamond Ranch, Merritt July 21 - Tack Cleaning Party Aug. 12-14 - Old Ladies Camp Aug. 18 - 2013 VREC Annual Play Day and Potluck Dinner Sept. 15 - 10th Anniversary Social Event

Ask Suzi! Clothes For Men Hi Suzi: I am needing help with finding this same type of quality show clothing for my son. I own several pieces of Hobby Horse Clothing, but can never find the same for him. We are constantly trying to find something to “stand-out” for a boy who is currently showing in Halter and Leadline. We have purchased more than 10 “outfits” for each of us, just this season, but still the search goes on for something “different.” Does Hobby Horse offer anything that fits near this NEED, or do you possibly have ANY suggestions? Please HELP! – from Stacy Hi Stacy, Thanks for your letter. Unfortunately, we do not make show apparel for boys or men. Why? Two reasons: Firstly, men and boys account for perhaps 10% of the potential western show apparel market, so we focus on supplying the nine times larger market of women and girls. Secondly, men and boys tend to be able to dress appropriately off the rack in nice starched cotton shirts and perhaps a western flavored sport coat for halter classes. Though we don’t offer things for horse’men’, I’d suggest you Google on the internet for western wear stores that carry lots of apparel for men and boys. Thanks for your note. Suzi V Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable. • 67

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association

The BC Interior Arabian Horse Association represents Arabian horse owners & enthusiasts from the Thompson & Nicola Valleys, the North Okanagan / Shuswap and Central / South Okanagan Kootenays. The interests of BCIAHA’s members are as diverse as our geographical area is large, with arabians & partbreds being involved in disciplines ranging from endurance, competitive trail, hunter / jumper, dressage, recreational riding as well as showing at the local, Class A, Regional & National levels. BCIAHA strives to offer programs, events and showing opportunities that appeal to each of our members no matter what their interest. Check out our website at 2012 / 2013 Executive: President: Wally Goertz (250) 546-6004 Vice-President: Tia Comer (778) 754-1034 Sec /Treas / Membership: Dani Goldenthal (250) 832-4111 Promo / Flying Carpet: Dawn Heppner (250) 808-0738 High Point Awards: Michelle Baranow (250) 766-1582 Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson (250) 451-9417 Directors at Large: Jon Goldenthal, Lynn Higginbotham, Sheila Goertz


Sunday, March 24 A great opportunity to meet others with Arabians. To share your ideas and opinions of what you feel the local area wants and needs. Everyone is welcome to attend! Check out the BCIAHA web site for further details! Joni us at: 1267 Father’s Place, Kelowna BC. 5:30 pm Pot Luck Dinner ~ 6:30 pm Meeting. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Champion WVF Flash Afire. Sired By Afire Bey V the all-time leading producer of English Pleasure National Champions, and out of AH Meditation a multi-National Champion producer. He’s a 3/4 brother to Baske Afire the leading producer of National Champion Halter and English Pleasure Champions at U.S. Nationals the last 3 years. For breeding info contact owner Heidi Upton at 250-491-3458.

PROFILE OF A SCHOOL MASTER His name is Materco Hercules but his friends call him ‘Herc’. This bay Arab gelding landed on the planet some 23 years back and though some might call him ‘old’, few could deny that he looks to have many healthy and productive years left in him. Owned by Julia Postill since the age of 7, he was trained in country pleasure and show hack for the first few years in JTR and JOTR 68 • Saddle Up • March 2013

division. Then, times changed and they moved into the amateur, open hunter and side saddle divisions. Hercules has also been very successful in the sport horse under saddle, in-hand and show hack throughout his show career. Rising eagerly to the challenges of competition, he carried Julia to the winner’s circle Photo by Gabriela Sladkova time and again, bringing home many Regional Championships and National Top 10s! Herc now enjoys his retirement in Armstrong where he teaches novice, recreational riders how to develop a good seat - a job he takes seriously. Plus, he has a huge sense of humour that puts a smile on his rider’s face and keeps the fun in the ride. Impeccable are his ground manners and he is a friend to most other equines he encounters. Herc, with his good looks and kind disposition, manages to attract his fair share of attention and peppermints at the barn. Yes, this handsome boy is loved by all and is still considered to be an athlete though his competition days are now just a fond memory. Moral of the story – if you are looking for a quiet and exceptionally well-trained mount, lease a School Master for they can teach you a great deal and show you a good time. For more info contact Sheila 250-5466004 or Michele 250-546-8977.

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK this month is BG Skye Lytes. Kaitlyn and Dawn Heppner are his new humans. Skye is from breeders Bob and Gail Williams from Polar Pintabians and Bright Bank Arabians in Winfield AB. He is our poster child for what you can accomplish with your young horse to help them on their journey into a willing partnership. Watch his journey on Damarhe Training FB page.

SPRING SHOW AT COAST BCHAA is having a spring show April 19-21 at the Cloverdale Agriplex, Region 17 Qualifier and Open all breed classes. Don’t forget to check our BCIAHA page on Facebook for updates on what is happening in your community! Region 17 Championship Show is in Langley this year at Thunderbird Show Park. Show is on from July 23-27. Entries close Monday June 24. Prize list is available at end of March. Hope to see you there! Remember… You are only as safe as your tack! So with the weather warming up now is the perfect time to recheck and clean up tack and grooming supplies and replace any worn pieces. Stay safe and have fun! 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 Wednesday, 10 am - 4 pm November to February March 1st ~ Summer Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm 2013 BCRA Board of Directors President: Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Vice President: Rob Everett (250) 305-7901 Directors: Ty Lytton (250) 396-7710 Neal Antoine (250) 457-5391 Derek Mobbs (250) 315-9498 Tim Terepocki (250) 280-7653 Gord Puhallo (250) 394-4034 Mike Gill (250) 315-9625 Allison Everett (250) 296-4778 Rob Everett (250) 305-7901 Trish Kohorst (250) 961-9005 Laura James (250) 318-9430 Court Smith (250) 302-1176 Ray Jasper (250) 991-8391

2013 BCRA TENTATIVE RODEO SCHEDULE April 19-21: 23rd Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo April 27-28: NEW Nechako Valley Indoor Rodeo, Vanderhoof May 11-12: Princeton Rodeo May 18-19: Keremeos Elks Rodeo May 19-20: 100 Mile House Rodeo May 25-26: Clinton May Ball Rodeo June 1-2: 66th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo June 15-16: 52nd Ashcroft & District Stampede June 29-30: 28th Annual Bella Coola V.R.R. Rodeo July 6-7: Anahim Lake Stampede July 13-14: Valemount Rodeo July 13-14: Pritchard Rodeo – DATE CHANGE July 19-21: Quesnel Rodeo August 3-4: Interlakes Rodeo, Roe Lake August 3-4: Nemaiah Valley Rodeo August 9-11: Chilliwack Fall Fair & Rodeo August 17-18: Redstone Rodeo, Alexis Creek August 23-24: Smithers Fall Fair & Rodeo Aug 30-Sep 2: North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Sep 13-15: BCRA Championship Finals, Quesnel



Performance Times: Friday 6pm / Saturday & Sunday 1pm Featured Events & Performances: West Coast Thunder Drill Team Wild Horse Racing Inductees into BC Cowboy Hall of Fame – Sunday Live Music – Friday evening Barn Dance – Saturday, April 20th Beer Gardens

Performance Times: Saturday 4pm / Sunday 1pm Featured Event: Mutton Busting Featured Performance by: Northern Country Girls Drill Team Rodeo Dance: April 27th from 9pm–1am, Mezzanine, Indoor Arena Concession, Beer Gardens

Admission to Rodeo: Adults (15-59) $15/ticket; Youth (6-14) & Seniors (60+) $8 Family & Weekend Passes Available Tickets and Rodeo merchandise available at WL Indoor Rodeo Office opening: April 5th. or 250-398-3334 Local Entries: April 5th 10am – 4pm, 250-398-3334

Admission: Adults (13+) $10/ticket; Youth (6-12) $5; 5 and under Free Tickets available at California Dreamin & Omineca Source for Sports Door Tickets: Adults $12; Youth $7; 5 and under Free Local Entries: April 10th 6pm - 8pm, 250-570-9164 or 250-567-0605

Hosted by the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Association Cariboo Memorial Complex, Williams Lake, BC APRIL 19, 20 & 21, 2013

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC By Rose Schroeder, Yarrow Chapter BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Ybo Plante, - 250-743-3356 Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 Vice President: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442 Vice President: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Secretary: Catherine Davidson, - 250-337-4085 Treasurer & HCBC Director: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730


Rendezvous Returns to Barriere

he North Thompson Chapter of Back Country Horsemen will be host to Rendezvous 2013 on June 7-9, with great events planned such as: Battle of the Breeds, Hoof and Woof competition of horses and dogs and, of course, the trail/obstacle course. This is your chance to show what you and your horses have learned from all the previous clinics and clinicians. Back Country Horsemen, challenge your fellow chapters. If you are an outside group that would like to participate, put together a group and challenge us. You will be able to choose who you want to represent your group in the final heats. All riders will have to pay the weekend fee. Spectators will be welcome as well for a nominal fee. This event will be held at the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Grounds utilizing the new Agriplex and light horse arenas. Lots of room, lots of washrooms, showers, stalls and parking! Gather around the campfire for a potluck bannock and beans and campfire music on Friday, followed by the Back Country Horsemen of BC Annual General Meeting. The local curling club has agreed to provide Saturday evening dinner (ribs and chicken!) and the local riding club will be flipping lots of pancakes for Sunday morning breakfast followed by Cowboy Church. Guest speakers are lined up to talk to you about first aid on the trail for both horses and humans, as well as other topics such as Geo Caching and Leave No Trace. Silent and live auctions will be held throughout the weekend, so bring your pocket books! There will be trails out to Genier Lake that will leave right from the grounds. Three loops will be set up and ribboned according to length. If you choose to come early or stay later to ride the trails in the area, you will be interested to know that Barriere was fortunate again in 2012 to have another Job Creation Project to work on the trails in the area. The Skull Mountain trails received the most work linking five more trails to Fishtrap Campsite. Thanks to the supervision and scouting of Rick Proulx and a small crew, there were some major improvements done to the trail system on Skull Mountain. The new trails include the Rim Rock, Snake Lake, Rexford Lake, Mule Trail and The Hagen Trail. These trails are suitable for all levels of riders. The trails follow the ridges, maximizing the incredible views 70 • Saddle Up • March 2013

to the north, south, east and west. The trails have been signed very well and directional signs have been posted at the intersections. The entire mountain is now a network of trails. You can ride for as long or as short as you like. Close to Barriere, just off Hwy 5, there are several access points to Skull Mountain along Westsyde Road that are suitable for day use parking, including km 3.5, km 5 and Wolsey Road. All of the trails can also be accessed from Fishtrap Campsite, which is set up for longer stays. The Orchard Lake trail system between McLure and Vinsulla are easily accessed from Highway 5 as well. Updated maps and information are available online at or Fishtrap Campsite has six camping areas with corrals, extra-large turnout areas for your horses, outhouses, shower house (you need your own bag), picnic tables and fire rings. It also boasts a 20 x 20 log shelter and a huge rock BBQ pit that was built by Tom Kempner, one of the local ranchers. Fishtrap Creek runs right past the campground, so there is plenty of excellent water. A Geo Cache program was implemented on the trail systems in the area to encourage more use on the trails… so, Geo Caching on horseback has arrived! Approximately 40 Geo Cache boxes have been stashed in the area, so bring your GPS! There will be a prize during Rendezvous for the person who finds the most Geo Caches. Geo Caches will be set up on the trails leaving from the Fair Grounds as well. For more information and registration, please visit the Back Country Horsemen website at and join us for lots of fabulous trail riding, fellowship and fun!

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Endurance Riders Association of BC Set Speed Rides - Between Trail Riding and Endurance


Then each entry would be graded using his/her speed and the ften, when a final pulse, and awarded a completion “star” on a log sheet. rider decides We suggest that by earning three stars, horse or rider would to try distance become eligible to move up to the next level. For example, the riding, the first question is, “Where to start?” And first level, Bronze, would travel at 4 to 7 miles per hour; Silver would increase to 5 to 8 mph, and Gold would rise to 5 to 10 mph. where to go after that, and how quickly to move The increased rates and consistent or reduced heart rates would track increased condition and the ability of the horse to complete from one level to the longer or faster distances. next? Although there is Although this program is aimed at LD riders, participation a wealth of information is completely voluntary, even for beginners. Riders may choose “out there,” there has to skip it one ride, and try it another. But for those that do try it, not been an established they will have a record of their times, speed, and final recovery, way to measure readiness to move on. This makes it difficult for and another tool to use in preparation for further endurance beginners, and even for riders with some experience who might rides. be bringing on a new horse. Thanks to Terre and Elaine for bringing this idea to our A system used in Europe, and making its way to North trails. Let Terre and/or Elaine know before your ride if you’d like America, gives riders specific goals through increasing levels of to participate! difficulty, and a means of tracking progress: Set Speed riding. Check our Ride Events Calendar at Note This Set Speed system offers riders and horses Bronze, Silver the new date for Last Chance Mountain Ride on July 13, and the and Gold levels. Rides at these levels use an increasing range of addition of Titanium Run Pioneer Ride way up in Fort St. John distances, and suggested speeds. Horses must pass pulse checks - a multi-day event starting August 31 through to September (specific heart rate within specific time of arrival) to continue in 2. Also note that all rides are qualifiers for those wishing to the ride, and to earn a completion. Faster times, and lower pulse enter the 2013 AERC National Championship Ride in Idaho on rates will earn better grades or placings. Success for riders and September 20 and 22, 2013. Are you going? horses at the lower grade allows competing at a higher level, but moving up is not mandatory. One of the benefits is obvious - having a speed range presented to the rider, rather than the rider having to guess how quickly or slowly to ride. Another benefit - learning the factors that influence an average speed, such as stopping to adjust tack, walking a technical section, cantering a flat field, or even being a few minutes late leaving a check. The pulse rates on the grading chart offer data on the desirable ranges that could be achieved, which could assist newer competitors. Plus, as the horse gains Terre O’Brennan and Elaine Bessuille in fitness, the speed can increase, and/or the pulse can lower. This progress can be tracked. Ready at dawn; Seraubis at Iron At the ERABC AGM this year, Terre O’Brennan Horse 2012 and Elaine Bessuille presented an overview of this system and a proposal of a simplified version that could be run in parallel with a regular Limited Distance ride. Riders would enter the LD ride, and then could also choose to try riding according to the Set Speed criteria. The trail would be the same; the vet checks would be the same; the distance and the pulse criteria would be the same as a regular LD ride. What would be different would be having the average speed for Rock Creek 2012 start Mounting for the start, Rock Creek 2012; each entry in the ride calculated (by Terre or Elaine). June Melhuish and her mare Seraubis Officers & Directors 2011

President -June Melhuish VP - vacant Secretary - Lori Bewza Treasurer - Lynn Wallden Directors: Louise Abbott Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Brenda Miskimmin Fred Dzida, Christine Voglmaier, Katrin Levermann,

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South Central Quarter Horse Association

2012/13 SCQHA Board of Directors: President: Marion Szepat-Tait 250-459-2050, Vice President: Cathie Cross 250-546-8538 Secretary: Karla Dewhurst 250-459-2050 Treasurer: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541

SCQHA - BCQHA Representatives: Cheri Smeeton 250-573-2541 Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228 Directors: Laurie Takoff 250-765-7228

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2013 March 3: SCQHA Annual General Meeting, 11:30 am, Duffy’s Pub (upstairs meeting room), 1797 Pacific Way, Kamloops March 8-11: AQHA Annual Convention, Houston, Texas March 16-17: BCQHA Annual General Meeting, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC May 11-12: SCQHA Fuzzy Clinic/Show Weekend, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong, BC Sept 13-15: SCQHA Fall AQHA Show Circuit, Armstrong Agriplex, Armstrong, BC 2013 BCQHA/SCQHA Memberships To keep you currently informed and eligible for full Provincial and Zone membership privileges this is a must-have for any AQHA enthusiast. Join today! Please visit the BCQHA website for your 2013 memberships. Easy online forms and payments make this quick and easy. Visit Introducing 2013 SCQHA Fall AQHA Show Circuit Official Judges Our Friday judge is Clint Fullerton from Missouri. He is an AAAA AQHA-rated judge as well as holding judging cards for WCHA and NSBA. Our Saturday and Sunday judge is Russ Smith from Texas, who is an AAAA AQHA-rated judge and also holds WCHA and NSBA cards. Judging on the two days with him will be Clark Parker from Utah who is also an AAAA AQHA-rated judge and holds an NSBA judging card. In addition to this, Mr. Parker is an AQHA Official Steward. All three of these gentlemen have officiated at World Championship Shows and the All American Quarter Horse Congress, as well as International Championship Shows. We are excited to be bringing three of our industry’s top judges to Armstrong for our exhibitors to show their horses to. 2013 Team Tournament SC is thrilled to announce the return of the Team Tournament Challenge this fall during our AQHA Circuit, through the generosity of the Hutton Family of Chilliwack. The Team Tournament offers our exhibitors the opportunity to work together to accumulate points… and throw hay bales… AND win prizes. One lucky young exhibitor went home last year with an electric scooter just for 72 • Saddle Up • March 2013

Team Tournament

participating. Every Team Tournament participant went home with a prize last year and the Hutton Family is going to make this happen again this year! Return of Halter Mania Our annual Halter Mania supporters, Flora Kippan and Sherry Sulz, are once again back on board as sponsors for the Open All Breed Weanling Colt, Gelding and Filly Futurity with $1500 Added and for the Open All Breed Yearling Stallion, Gelding and Mare Futurity. These two classes are the cornerstone to our exciting Halter Mania line up of classes.

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SCQHA Fuzzy Clinic and Schooling Show Weekend On May 11 and 12 we are excited to be presenting something “tried and true” along with something excitingly new. SC has taken AQHA’s mandate to go back to the grassroots of our industry and offer opportunities for SCQHA President Marion Szepat-Tait, growth and fun. This founding SCQHA member Wilf Wagner and Rich Zenner-Miller of Valleyview, AB weekend is exclusively geared towards nonmembers and our new SCQHA members. On Saturday, participants will be given the opportunity to participate in over four hours of miniclinics, demonstrations and lessons. There will be lots to choose from: Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Equitation, Reining, Halter, Showmanship, Banding/Braiding and Grooming. Take one or two clinics/lessons… or pick them all! Local industry professionals, along with SCQHA members who are experienced show exhibitors, will be sharing their skills and knowledge in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. On Saturday evening, we will be planning social activities to have fun and to get to know each other on a one-on-one basis. On Sunday, our Saturday Clinic participants will have their own Fuzzy Show Day. This will give exhibitors the chance to practice what they learned on Saturday in a relaxed show atmosphere. During the show day exhibitors will be helped and “coached” both inside and outside the show pen. Our judge will also be taking the time to provide one-on-one suggestions and advice from a judge’s point of view. SCQHA is excited to be offering this exciting new venue and encourage you to contact Cheri Smeeton - To ensure that our participants get the most out of this sensational new experience, space is limited. Check out our website for registration information and all the details. scqha. HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Cathy Glover Officers & Directors 2012 President: Jeneane Evans, Vice Pres: Lynda Harrison Secretary: Haidee Landry, AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:

BANQUET We had our 2012 year-end awards banquet on February 16 at Newlands Golf Course and a great time was had by all who attended. The food was fantastic and Pia Petersen and Lynda Harrison did a fantastic job keeping everybody well entertained. The awards were well received by all competitors who worked so hard over the 2012 year, from class awards to all-arounds and everything in between. Following is just some of the highlights of the achievements recognized at this year’s event: All Around Amateur and Novice Amateur: Tina Maynard with Oughta be Western All Around Novice Youth: Ellie Gerbrandt with Zips Classical Image All Around Youth: Mackenzie Inksater with Bow Tie N Dreams All Around Walk Trot: Taya Bath with Zippos Social Kitty Our club also recognizes members who go above and beyond with Special Achievement Awards. Some of these have been donated in memory of some loved, late LM members and are voted on by the membership, so it is always an honour to receive one. Youth Sportsmanship Award, which is a perpetual trophy and a jacket, was earned by a touched Riley Smith. The Ingrid Callaghan Award was humbly and graciously received by Mellissa Buckley. Both the Cathy Dumaresq and BCQHA Volunteer of the Year were deservedly given to a tearful Terri Brown. An honoured and smiling Stephanie Schmidt was the choice for the Margaret Taylor Award. Last but not least was a new but very relevant award for 2012. LMQHA now proudly recognizes a Youth Volunteer Award, which is a perpetual trophy (kindly donated by Petersen Trailers) and a jacket. The inaugural winner was a very proud Taya Bath.

most entertaining horse demos we’ve ever had: Cattle Work, Mountain Trail Trainers Challenge and Drill Teams just to name a few! Looking to see something different? Breathtaking trick riding brought to you by The Stewart Family is just one feature in a day packed with horse power. Outside in our Preston Chevrolet Arena, mounted archery will be highlighted. Rocking Horse Carriage will be shuttling people to and from the pancake breakfast hosted by Valley Therapeutic and JR-FM will be with us again this year giving out tons of goodies and treating us to free hotdogs at lunch. What can we say? Fun Fun Fun! Admission is ONLY $5! See for more info or join us on Facebook! OTHER NEWS LMQHA is your club and it needs you! There are so many areas where you can join in and help to make this club grow and thrive. Please don’t hesitate to contact your Board of Directors to ask how you can be involved, we’d love to have you on board! LMQHA understands how busy it can get between family, work and of course our horses, so we have reduced the volunteer hours to only 16 to help make the time commitment easier. The All Breeds Schooling Show is scheduled for April 7 at Thunderbird Show Park. **Correction to the February issue of Saddle Up: it was reported that Stanley Park Carriage instead of Rocking Horse Carriage.

Stephanie Schmidt

(Margaret Taylor Award) HORSEMAN’S BAZAAR AND COUNTRY FAIR The next event for LMQHA is our always popular Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair held at the glorious Thunderbird Show Park on March 17. Time to dust off your boots for the social kick off to the 2013 season. This year, the Bazaar Team promises fun for the whole family. The lineup is all about entertainment this year with something for all ages. The famous used tack sale will have its own arena, sponsored by Avenue Equipment, so look forward to a little more elbow room this year. The Cummings Trailer Trade Arena will be packed with all of our vendors as well as a round pen going all day with demos. Next door in The Petsmart Arena, a day of exciting dog demos will be wowing the audience. New this year - an indoor carnival brought to us by Fraser Amusements will join the Laughing Stock Ranch Pony Rides to round out our Country Fair. If that wasn’t enough, Mellissa Buckley (Ingrid Callaghan Award) drop in to The Stampede Tack main demo arena to watch some of the

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BCQ rep Lynne Carter, Terri Brown (Cathy Dumaresq and BCQ Volunteer Award), Taya Bath (Youth Volunteer), and presenter Lataya Prato

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BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Own a Paint By Cathy Glover President Cathy Glover Vice Pres. Natalie Hall APHA Director (BC & Alaska) Jodie Moore

Honouring the Best

BC Paint Horse Club members celebrated a year for the record books at an awesome year end awards party at High Point in Langley, February 2. The food was fabulous – and all done “in house” by vice president Natalie Hall The crème de la crème of 2012 BC Paint award winners. Ingrid Libera, Rhonda and her band of helpful directors. The awards were equally Kopp, Natalie Hall, Kerry Sawyer, Matt Moore, Margo Murray, Emma and impressive. Many of our winners chalked up multiple Colleen Schellenberg, Dianne Rouse, Kelly Allen, Rosalea Pagani awards and co-ordinator Dianne Rouse was able to combine exhibitors to support both shows and have some fun! their prizes into one or two really meaningful presentations. In other B2B news, we’ve added yearling longe line and inFrom personalized silver spurs and bracelets to shining silver hand trail to both Back-to-Basics venues this year. Show bills will halters from Kathy’s Equipment to BCPHC-branded jackets be on the website by March 17. and vests, no one came away disappointed. It was a spectacular evening and as much as it was to celebrate the top performances from last season, it was an awesome (and inspirational) way to And so it begins … start the New Year. Don’t forget to sign up for BC Paint’s Open Show and Competition Program (OSCP). Schooling shows count and many of them start later this month. We’ve made one minor B2B on the Coast on the move! change to OSCP this year – we’ve moved Western Riding from We’re moving the “Back-to-Basics” [on the Coast] show to the Performance category to Western. Use our membership Greystone Stables in Ladner, July 28. Greystone is an awesome application to sign up for OSCP, and don’t forget to add a little indoor and outdoor facility with lots of permanent stabling right something for the Children’s Wish Foundation. off Hwy 99, near the tunnel, a good hotel and great restaurants. We’re also starting to list the APHA PAC-approved shows Teresa Sullivan and Jennifer Cignoni have been confirmed to on our website. If your club has shows that are PAC-approved (it’s judge. free), be sure to drop us a line [] so we can We’re very pleased to welcome back presenting sponsor include the dates and a link to your website on ours! Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies to B2B. Their generous Drop by our booth and renew your membership at LMQ’s support allows us to keep entry fees low and that increases class annual bazaar and tack sale on Sunday, March 17 at Thunderbird. sizes and point potential. Lazy 3 Ranch has also renewed their Our directors will be on hand to answer any questions you have B2B sponsorship as has Stampede Tack and Western Wear who about Paint Horses and BC Paint! will once again sponsor the Stampede Super Horse Silver buckle. We have a general meeting slotted for Wednesday, March This year, the buckle will be awarded to the horse earning the 20. Check our Facebook group or the website for details and lots most points accumulated at both B2B shows (our first B2B more news: Okanagan is at Mackenzie Meadows in Pritchard, June 8) - to ramp up the competition a notch and provide an incentive for BC PAINT 2012 YEAR END WINNERS APHA Novice Youth Emma-Lee Schellenberg | All Reddy Smoke N (107) r/ Ingrid Libera | Maximum Intensity (75) APHA Youth 13 & Under Chrissie Penaloza | Dirty McLeaguer APHA Youth 14-18 Emma-Lee Schellenberg | All Reddy Smoke N (165) r/ Ingrid Libera | Maximum Intensity (164) APHA Classic Amateur RJ Stylin in Red | Christina Frost (194) r/ Ready to Dream | Jennifer King (115) APHA Masters Amateur Ima Special Delivery | Dianne Rouse (198) r/ Gold Bar Tristan | Bibs Dallaire (74) APHA Novice Amateur Justa EZ Rider | Kerry Sawyer (36) r/ Dont Temp Me | Natalie Hall (32)

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APHA Amateur Walk Trot Amaretto Waltz | Michelle Hinchcliff (56) r/ Mezmerizing | Rhonda Kopp (12) APHA Halter Mares Sirtainly an Angel | Carolyn Scott (22) r/ Miss Rippling Flame | Michelle Hinchcliff (16) APHA Halter Geldings JWR The Last Juan | Rosalea Pagani (30) r/ Ima Special Delivery | Dianne Rouse (23) APHA Halter Stallions Gold Bar Tristan | Bibs Dallaire (9) r/ The Huntsman | Kelly Allen (2) Open Yearling Miss Rippling Flame | Michelle Hinchcliff (20) r/ Alito Too Dynamic | Avery Murray (8) APHA Junior Horse Gold Bar Tristan | Bibs Dallaire (80) r/ Fanciful Romance | Barb Bowerbank (44)

APHA Senior Horse Ima Special Delivery | Dianne Rouse (99) Maximum Intensity | Ingrid Libera (89) APHA Solid Bred Paint R Bandits Success | Geri Brown (37) APHA BC Bred Ima Special Delivery | Dianne Rouse (152) r/ Classy Cooper | Margo Murray (14) 2012 OSCP Year End Award Winners In Hand SW Roxy Barlink | Devon Smith r/ What a Sinful Image | Colleen Ebner English Dandy Lad | Mackenzie Faye r/ SW Roxy Barlink | Devon Smith

Western Super Miss Lucy | Tamara Jameson r/ SW Roxy Barlink | Devon Smith Performance All Reddy Smoke N | Emma Schellenberg r/ Dandy Lad | Mackenzie Faye Youth All Around Devon Smith | SW Roxy Barlink r/ Mackenzie Faye | Dandy Lad Amateur All Around Tamara Jameson | Super Miss Lucy r/ Colleen Ebner | What a Sinful Image Aggregate SW Roxy Barlink | Devon Smith r/ Super Miss Lucy | Tamara Jameson

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On to Greener Pastures “MISTY”

This is in memory of the beloved part-Arabian mare, “Misty” who peacefully went to heaven on January 19th 2013 at the age of 36 years. My family owned her since she was two. She was a hunting, trail and gymkhana horse for many years with my father and then my siblings before she got handed down to me when I was 8. She was my first barrel/gymkhana horse and taught me so much. She loved her job and was so honest. Through all the years I barrel raced her we never hit one barrel! She won me many buckles, blankets, ribbons and trophies before getting handed down to my niece. They continued the legacy. Misty was the overall high-point in our local gymkhana club many times with my niece and I on board, as well as winning numerous other awards. We retired her around the age of 30. She was quite the character, slightly hard to catch, enjoyed eating peanut butter and honey sandwiches and licking my palms. She also hated baths with a passion. Misty was the loudest horse on our place as well; she would never let you forget to give her grain. She spent the last years of her life being spoiled and doing another one of her favourite things, playing nanny to one of our Icelandics and my two young Quarter Horses (she could still keep up to them running and playing in the pasture). I love you pretty girl, I am so thankful you were a part of my life. My mom and I will both miss our feeding time “talks.” I know you will now be looking down and protecting me from above. I will always be riding for you.

~ Kyli Haugland


“Sky High” (so named because she jumped a fence as a baby) was humanely put to rest on January 23, 2013 at the age of 30. Sky was purchased as a yearling along with her mother. The young filly who was the width of a fence rail would soon become my event horse. At the age of 3, my then 10-year-old niece jumped on her bareback with a halter and so began Sky’s riding career. When she was 6 and I was between horses I was talked into taking Sky on as my jumper. Little did I know what I was getting into. I found out it was difficult to stay with this very enthusiastic/exuberant horse and soon developed a tight lower leg. We quickly found out Sky didn’t like the lower jumps and was not a patient dressage horse. Many people will remember Sky making a 3 foot drop into a 6 foot one. In 1997 she was hit by a lightning strike that had followed our fence line and grounded on her. Four weeks later our farrier confirmed it when her shoes were found fused to her feet. Sky took me to a 4th place at the BC Championships at Pre-training, 2nd overall for the year-end in BC and many high points. She was retired at 18 and became mom’s trail horse, babysitting her on many miles. At 27 Sky was given to a couple in Vernon BC and again became a babysitter taking her greenhorn up Silver Star many times. We received a phone call that morning from Sky’s family saying she had been down all night and not eating. With too many strikes against her we all made the decision to let her go. She leaves behind a large hole in our lives, but the memories of this exciting but goofy mare will keep us laughing. Enjoy your rides with Dad again Sky, we’ll miss you. Thanks Paul and Chris for taking such good care of our girl and Dr. Miller of the Vernon Veterinary Clinic for making her passing so gentle.

~ Donna Ruth and Barb Dimion


April 24, 1986 - Dec. 25, 2012 A True Friend A morning nicker, top prizes in her show career, Justin Morgan Awards, Mom of two and Grandmother... this mare gave it her all! Anne Boleyn (Vixie) has left us with many happy memories and we feel so blessed to have shared her life with her. Denton Moffat, our vet, deserves a huge thank you for his valiant effort to try to save her and give us his time on Christmas Day. Our neighbors, the Houghs, were kind enough to help us find her final resting place. May you run free with the Angels Vixie! God Bless.

~ Rick & Aileen Fox

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 2013 Events? Let us know – this is a FREE service for non-profit events. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE:

Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567,


SAT/SUN LESSONS/CLINICS w/Wendy Price, Briarwood Stables, Kelowna, Wendy 250-442-7706 or Gaylene 250-808-1335 SUNDAYS CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Stan or Jeanette 250-577-3156 2-3 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINIC, Saskatoon SK, Willow Ridge, Bonnie,, 306-220-5797 3 AGM, Alberta Donkey and Mule Club, 1:45 pm, Ponoka Drop In Center, 5015–46 Ave., Ponoka AB, 3 SCQHA - Annual General Meeting, 11:30 am, Duffy’s Pub (upstairs Meeting Room), Kamloops BC, 7-10 17th ANNUAL KAMLOOPS COWBOY FESTIVAL, Kamloops, 1-888-763-2221 or for details 9 USED TACK & EQUIPMENT SALE (Thompson Valley Pony Club), 9-2pm, Barnhartvale Comm. Hall, Kamloops BC, Tracy 250-319-1222, 9 HORSELESS WORKSHOP, Parelli Professional, Devanee Cardinal, Valemount, BC 250-968-4481, 9-10 TAMI HUTTON CLINIC, Briarwood Stable, Kelowna BC, Tami 604-799-5562 10-13 BRANDON, MB, Vertebral Realignment Course, Learn to adjust without mallets! Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 13-17 BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO Queen Seminar, Peachland BC, 15-17 CUTTING CLINIC w/Bob Zirnhelt, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, info Stan 250-320-7784 16 OLD FRIENDS CANADA Horse Rescue’s Tack & Bake Sale, Apple Flats Orchard & Stable, Lake Country BC, Miranda 250-878-2730 16 HORSE AGILITY CLINIC & SHOW, Delta BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Susan, FB, 16-17 BCQHA Annual General Meeting, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, 16-17 CLINIC (Dressage w/Joni Lynn Peters)(Zabrina Barteaux Massage Therapist) (Saddle Fitting), Armstrong BC, Barb Allen 250-546-0334 16-22 EDMONTON, AB, Learn equine massage therapy – Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 17 HORSEMAN’S BAZAAR & COUNTRY FAIR, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley BC, Terri 778-549-1297 or Mellissa 604-729-6616 17 HORSEBACK ARCHERY DEMO & Clinics, at Horseman’s Bazaar, Langley BC, 20 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, BC Paint Horse Club, Langley, Cathy 604-328-3814,, 21 THE PADDOCK’S LADIES NIGHT, 6-9pm, Vernon BC, http://thepaddock. 29-31 ADIVA MURPHY HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Brooks AB, E-mail or FB, 21-24 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course One, Field Horsemanship Center, Abbotsford BC, Angie Field 1-888-533-4353 22-24 KEN SMITH POLE BENDING CLINIC, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland BC, 23 BADLANDS SPRING SELECT HORSE SALE, Brooks, AB, Gateway Auction Services, 23-24 TWISTED HORSEPLAY WINTER SERIES, Horseplay Your Way, Aldergrove, BC, Natalie Vonk,, 23-26 EDMONTON, AB, Vertebral Realignment Course. Learn to adjust without mallets! Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, 24 MOUNTAINVIEW REINY DAY SOCIAL, 10am to 2pm, Mountainview Stables, Armstrong BC, Belinda March 250-546-3337 24 MHC WILD AND WOOLY SHOW, Mission Horse Club, - 29-31 LYNN LARSEN JUMPING CLINIC, Foothills Farms arena, 100 Mile House BC, Carolyn 250-395-6346, 30-May 1 REGINA, SK, Extended 25 day Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT,

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SAT/SUN LESSONS/CLINICS w/Wendy Price, Briarwood Stables, Kelowna, Wendy 250-442-7706 or Gaylene 250-808-1335 4-8 PAUL DUFRESNE TFC CLINICS, Colchester- Sherwood Park AB, Lisa,, 780-237-7587 5-7 PARELLI 1/2 Partnership Online Workshop, Devanee Cardinal, Auburn, WA, 250-968-4481, 5-8 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course One, Saanich Fair Grounds Agriplex, Victoria BC, info Roma Allen 1-877-573-4018 6 MOUNTAINVIEW REINY DAY SERIES, Mountainview Stables, Armstrong BC, Belinda March 250-546-3337 6 REINING CLINIC, Cristyhill Farm, Chilliwack, BC, Jim 604-217-7700,, 6 TSC SMALL ANIMAL SALE, TBA, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Marty 7 MHC GAMES SHOW, Mission Horse Club, - 8-10 PARELLI 2/3 Liberty and Freestyle, Devanee Cardinal, Auburn, WA, 250-968-4481, 10 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINC, Our Place, Kelowna, BC, Anne 250-860-2785, 11-13 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP Course Two, Field Horsemanship Center, Abbotsford BC, info Angie Field 1-888-533-435 11-14 PARELLI 2/3 Liberty and Freestyle, Devanee Cardinal, Bow, WA, 250-968-4481, 12-13 CDN MORGAN HORSE ASSOC. Annual Mtg & Nat’l Awards, Best Western, Leduc AB, Karen, 12-14 3-DAY CLINIC & CHALLENGE PACKAGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, Horseplay Your Way, 12-14 DRIVING CLINIC w/Ellen Hockley, The Ranch, Pritchard BC, or 250-577-3366 13-14 CHETWYND HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, 13-14 HORSE AGILITY CLINIC & SHOW, Nanaimo BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Leslie, FB, 13-14 SALLY SAUR CLINIC, Windhorse Farm, Coldstream BC, 14 MOUNTAIN TRAIL HORSE CHALLENGE, Twisted Terrain Horse Park, Hope BC, Canadian Mountain Trail Horse Society, 14 SELECT HORSE SALE, Calnash Ag Event Centre, Ponoka AB, 14 TSC FUN GYMKHANA, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Jocelyn 14 OLD FRIENDS CANADA “Fuzzy Horse Dressage Schooling Show”, Apple Flats Stable, Lake Country BC, Miranda 250-878-2730 17-18 PARELLI Level 1/2 Partnership, Devanee Cardinal, Qualicum, BC, 250-968-4481, 19-21 ARMSTRONG HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, 19-21 DRIVING CLINIC w/Ellen Hockley, The Ranch, Pritchard BC, or 250-577-3366 19-22 PARELLI 2/3 Liberty and Freestyle, Devanee Cardinal, Errington, Vancouver Island, 250-968-4481, 20 TACK/GARAGE SALE at Diamond H Tack, Kelowna BC, 250-762-5631, or FB 20 NEW & USED TACK SALE, North Thompson FF Grounds, Barriere BC, Chantal 250-571-7074 20 TSC PERCENTAGE DAY, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Terri 20 TSC CLEAR ROUNDS 1pm, Thornhill Fairg Grounds, Terrace BC, Alice 20 HORSE AGILITY CLINIC & SHOW, Delta BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Susan, FB,

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What’s Happening? Let’s Go! 20-21 OK MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Clinic w/Barb McDonald, Asmara Stables, Armstrong BC, Katie 250-546-0098 or 20-21 SPRING DRESSAGE FESTIVAL, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, 21 TSC GYMKHANA, 11am, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Jocelyn 21 TSC ANNUAL EQUINE Swap/Shop/Garage Sale, 10am-3pm, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Susan 21 PERCENT/DRESSAGE DAY Delta Riding Club, Sheila 604-940-9698, sheila. 25-28 HUNTER/JUMPER SPRING CLASSIC, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, 26-28 THE MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, 26-28 THE MANE EVENT, Alberta Donkey and Mule Club, Booth and Demos, Red Deer AB, Vicki at 780-987-3746,

26-28 CARMIE FLAHERTY CLINIC, TBA, Thornhill Fair Grounds, Terrace BC, Terri 26-28 FORT ST JOHN HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, 26-28 WHISPERING PINES HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, 27-28 MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB, 2-phase event, Chilliwack BC, info at 27-28 MARCELLO & AMY CRUZ REINING CLIINC, Foothills Farms arena, 100 Mile House BC, Susan 250-706-2577, 28 ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW Delta Riding Club, Cathy 604-328-3814 28 MHC ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, Mission Horse Club, - 28 AERC FUN DAY, English/Western/Schooling Jumps, Armstrong Fairgrounds. All welcome.

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Clubs & Associations Our members love their LONGEARS and want to share information with those interested. Club events: Clinics, Demonstrations, Trail Rides, Equine Shows and the famous ‘Tees Longears Show’ that has been running for over 20 years. or contact Alice Todd 403-646-2624 We welcome members from all provinces and the U.S. 10/13

Alberta Equestrian Federation

Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs.

The Voice of Equine Alberta and the premier source for education, information and support for Alberta’s entire equine community. 1-877-463-6222 4/13

For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138,


Alberta Trail Riding Association ATRA is a vibrant club for recreational riders and drivers of all ages and horse breeds. 8/13

armstrong/enderby riding club  Rebecca Hilbrander 250-546-0052 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 2/14 ASHCROFT RODEO June 15-16, 2013 at 1 pm daily. Rodeo Dance June 15, 9pm-1am, featuring Ken McCoy Band. 3/14

Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all riders interested in trails and the back country. We strive to preserve trail access for all riders.

For info: or

BC ranch cutting horse assoc. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 5/13 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 4/13 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 6/13 CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART), emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid.,, Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 0


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: Haidee Landry, President 604-530-8051 or 8/13


BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 4/13 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 9/13 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 3/13 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC Draft under saddle club.  Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 12/13 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC.  250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 3/14 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-260-5344 10/13 HCBC 2010 Business of the Year

BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Rachael Sdoutz 250-679-1175 8/13 Meetings, Trail Rides, Socials, BC Miniature Horse Club 8/13 Info Margaret 604-856-1419, AMHR/AMHA Show June 8-10, Cloverdale, BC BC PAINT HORSE CLUB APHA Shows, Open Show & Competition Program, Free Trophy Program, PAC. President: 6/13

DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-328-3814 4/13 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 3/14 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 6/13

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Clubs & Associations FRASER VALLEY HUNT Meeting weekly during the hunting season for over 40 years 604.856.6170 or


GIT ‘ER DONE! GYMKHANA CLUB, Family oriented fun. 250-577-3154, 9/13 HORSE COUNCIL BC 1-800-345-8055 Representing the interests of BC’s equine industry 2/14 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Bonnie Meints 250-374-6815 12/13 Inland Draft & Teamsters Assoc. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 5/13 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 7/13 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 3/14 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Michelle Charleston, 604857-2333,, 4/13


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

NORTHERN BC THERAPEUTIC RIDING & Animal Assisted Therapy - NBCTR & AAT,,, 250-747-2416 6/13 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC.  250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled  0 OLIVER RIDING CLUB President: Debbie House 250-498-4326,, 8/13 Peachland riding club  Jesse Capp, 4/13 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities PENTICTON RIDING CLUB Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-0397 3/13 Pine tree riding club (Kamloops) Alison Miller, Playdays, Annual Show, Activities, 8/13 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 TOTEM SADDLE CLUB, (Terrace, BC) Gymkhanas, Shows, CRD, Percentage Days, Cattle Sorting, Clinics, 7/13 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 3/13 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 3/14

All these Clubs receive a FREE LINK on our website.

Stallions and Breeders 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 2/14 BACK40HORSES.COM 250-379-2913 3/13 Top Performance Bloodlines. Breeding and Sales

OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 9/13 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan,

A Place Where Champions Are Made

Breeding, Training & Quality horses for Sale 250-558-4743 Vernon, BC CANADA

Foundation Bred Morgans ~ Standing WWF Stallions A1 Duplicate Eagle (lvr ch) OGO Sellman Hill & Co (smky blk) 403-382-8110 3/13

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack ’96 AQHA, 6/13

CURLY STANDARD PLACE (Summerland) 250-486-6773 5/13 Riding horses 4sale,, DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC/Jasper AB) 250-838-0908 8/13 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines,


APHA/PtHA Tobiano Stallion, 100% Colour Guarantee $850 Stud Fee Call 604-831-1519, E-mail 3/13

Dragonfly Acres

CFHA / KFPS Star Stallion “OTTO” (AI/Live cover) Quality Friesians Friesian Sport horses E-mail: Lisa 604-539-8108 (Langley)

FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 11/13 icelandic horse farm (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 3/14 • KEILEN RANCH PURE SPANISH ANDALUSIANS (Quesnel BC) 250-992-1168 Weanling & Young Horse Sales;; 2/14 78 • Saddle Up • March 2013



ICELANDIC HORSES at TOLT AWAY Farm (Enderby) 250-838-0234 Sales, Stud Service, Lessons, Tack. WWW.TOLTAWAY.COM 8/13 TWIN ACRES FARM Welsh Ponies/Cobs (70 Mile House, BC) 250-456-7462 Section A Welsh Mountain Pony; “B” Welsh Riding Pony; “D” Welsh Cob 7/13 WWW.VINDSDALUR.CA Icelandic Horse Breeding and Training Facility (now located in Falkland, BC), 250-379-2295 2/14 WILDWOOD RANCHES Reg’d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 8/13

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Stallions and Breeders Just Alito Flashback

DM Teacher’s Top Mark

2007 APHA/PtHA Registered 16HH Black Tobiano Stallion

2004 Black Morgan Stallion

Discounts to Proven Mares, LFG Negative for 5 Panel and LWO

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


250-679-1175 - Chase, BC

Standing in Armstrong BC


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For 2012 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502

Glen Black

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BLOODLINES INCLUDE: Three Bars, Two Eyed Jack, and Hank-A-Chief INTRODUCTORY FEE: $500, LCFG 4/13

Turning Point Ranch

Turning Point Ranch

*Rosedale El Senor

Driftwood Zultaan

Imported Section B Welsh Stallion, 13HH Bay Exceptional Sire. Champion and Sire of Champions. 2013 FEE: $500, early booking discounts Select offspring available

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Legacy Ranch 250-459-7963 ~ Clinton BC




Cherry Creek Fonzie Merit

Cherry Creek Canadians

Saltyolejack quarter horSeS

Contact: Heidi Upton 250-491-3458 Kelowna BC

What a Beauty! Uniquely marked with black, brown tipped with gold, plus paw prints against white with flashy black and white tail and mane.

Jim & Yvonne Hillsden, Kamloops, BC 250-828-2076,

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


2009 Reg’d APHA Homozygous Stallion

Cherry Creek Fonzie Merit Breed for Amazing Temperament! Mares of all breeds welcome Standing 3 Canadian Horse Stallions ranging 14.1-16HH STUD FEE: $850 Early booking discount available

1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

By Afire Bey V - All time leading producer of National Champion English Pleasure Horses. Out of AH Meditation - Dam of National Champion English Pleasure Horses. 3/4 Brother to Baske Afire - Leading producer of National Champion Halter and English Pleasure Horses at US Nationals for the last three years. Introductory Stud Fee: $1250. PB / $1000. Others. Will be a Breeder’s Sweepstakes Nominated Sire.

Cherry Creek Canadians

Salty Ole Jack

National Champion WVF Flash Afire

Steven and Jennifer Zachary

Ph: 250-577-3526

Pritchard BC


Purebred Arabian Stallion 15HH True genetic Black, SE AK, SCID, CA and LFS clear Superior Conformation and Disposition 2013 FEE: $500, early booking discounts Select offspring available Steven and Jennifer Zachary

Ph: 250-577-3526

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Stallions and Breeders BET ON THE SMART CAT

Own Son of Special Effort


2007 aQHa Sorrel Stallion

NCHA earnings with limited showing of $14,692. 2012 5/6 BC Classic Challenge Non Pro Champion ¾ brother to 2012 NCHA Derby Non Pro Champion Bet On A Cat LTE $211,532.

Sire: Wr This Cats Smart NCHA earnings of $236,514. Dam: Bet on Houston NCHA earnings of $42,089. and daughter of Peptoboonsmal

For Sale - Mares in foal to “Milkman” alSo STaNDING: lazy WIND, 2003 aQHa Sorrel Stallion


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

Bet On The Smart Cat, 2007 Sorrel Stallion

250-546-9766 ~ Standing in armstrong, BC

2003 AQHA 16.2HH, 1350 lbs


250-546-9766 - Standing in Armstrong, BC


Kid Lena

2001 AQHA/FQHA Homozygous Black Stallion (APHA/ApHCC approved) Grandson of Smart Little Lena, also Dry Doc, Peppy San, Sonny Dee Bar on papers. Proven producer of quiet, athletic, smart all around horses. Breeding Fee: $400 Plus Booking Fee: $100, Live Cover Save 10% if booked by March 1, 2013 Offspring for Sale

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


Randy Ophus Performance Horses Presents

Snappin Cat 1997 AQHA Sorrel Stallion

2013 StuD Fee: $800

ALSO StANDING: Mr Leo Express - APHA ROPH Got Xtra Pep - AQHA

Direct Son of High Brow Cat offspring earning over $42 Million Out of an own daughter of (Snapper Cal Bar) LTE $267,000 NCHA $17,697: Bluebonnet Open Derby Champion; Southern Open Derby Reserve Champion; finalist in the Augusta Open Classic. Home 250-567-4269; Cell 250-567-8685 4/13

My Beau Vanzi

2008 Grullo (Classic Dun) Champagne AQHA/FQHA/NFQHA/ICHR APHA Approved 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 Plus Booking Fee: $100, Live Cover Save 10% if booked by March 1, 2013 Offspring for Sale

Standing at: Colour V Ranch 5/13

(250) 296-0186 150 Mile House, BC


Jaz Poco Goldun Blue

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1994 AQHA Grulla Stallion, Homozygous Dun All his foals WILL be red dun, dun or grulla, no matter what the mare!

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Ryan Smith Fleetwood Farms Quarter Horses 403-634-0042

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OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS (Pitt Meadows BC) 604-465-5651 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay, 2/14

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CHAGANJUU RETREAT & ANDALUSIAN BREEDING FARM 250-675-3141 Accomm, Clinics, Breeding, Riding Camps. 3/13 DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. 8/13 WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse or ride ours - endless riding. 6/13 (Hwy 24, Lone Butte BC) 250-395-3017 Horseback Adventures on your horse or ours! Endless nature trails. 4/13 (Goldbridge BC) 1-888-892-9288. We offer multi-day Packhorse Tours in the South Chilcotin Mountains. 4/13

CARIBOO SADDLERY (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 7/13 COSSENTINE SADDLERY (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 6/13 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) Don Loewen 250-378-9263 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs, 3/13 JASON MCKENZIE Custom Made Saddles (S. Dakota US) 605-651-9080 Quality Craftsmanship, FREE Shipping to Canada, 4/13 NICKERS SADDLERY LTD. (Penticton) Toll Free 1-888-492-8225 12/13 Home of the SenSation Ride™,, R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 10/13 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work, SADDLE MAKING SCHOOL (Newbrook, AB) 780-576-2756 11/13 One-on-one instruction, Room & Board incl.,





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DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 2/14

ESTER GERLOF (Enderby) 250-803-8814, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, Training, High School Credits Program,, 3/13

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TRAILER REPairs PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 10/13 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 12/13 ZEN WELDING SERVICES (Mountainview, AB) Custom welding & repairs on trailers, farm equipment & more. 403-464-6051, 12/13

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Jaquima to Freno Elevating Communication and Confidence with Awareness, Feel and Signal • Merritt, BC • 250-315-1098 2/14

TRAILER SAles CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 3/13 Tow & stop the French Fautras Provan Premium trailer with a V6 vehicle. - Miniature to Draft Horses FEATURES: Inertia Braking, Low Step-Up, Front Closing Butt-Bars, 154 lb. Tongue Weight, Forward Horse Exit, Lifetime Floor, All Galvanized Steel & Tack Locker 604-649-7185 1-877-944-5599 (Maple Ridge, BC) 8/13

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Business Services VETERINARIANS DEEP CREEK VETERINARY SERVICES (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-8338585. Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hour emergency service 7/13 GREENWOOD VET SERVICES Mobile Equine Practice (Okanagan). Wkend apts. Dr. Sarah Greenwood 250-864-4838, 5/13 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES “Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.” 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 3/14 Interior Veterinary Health Services (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 4/13 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY Clinic 250-374-1486 9/13 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 4/13

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HORSE LOVERS DREAM PROPERTY 17.58 acre farm in beautiful Okanagan Valley ideally suited for equestrian use. Well-maintained 3 bedroom rancher built in 1993 with self-contained in-law suite in the basement. 46x25 metal clad barn. Direct access to 97 kms of marked trails. Next door to the Okanagan Equine Veterinary Services. Fully irrigated and fenced. $1,499,900 MLS® 10050588 4494 Wallace Hill Road, Kelowna BC CONTACT MARK GIDDEN 250-878-1113 Macdonald Realty

ONE OF A KIND 30.39 ACRE ESTATE In Coldstream BC, overlooking beautiful Kalamalka Lake. Former dairy farm, this property boasts 3 good homes, numerous good outbuildings such as hay covers, shops and barns that would make excellent riding arenas. Miles of riding access to Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park right out your back door. $2,200,000 MLS® 10057734


Bring your horses to good pasture and hayfields 1km from Crown Land w/ unlimited riding! Frame barn, hay storage, paddocks/corrals, implement and feeding shed. Home is 1414 sq. ft. each floor w/3 bdrms, 2½ baths, office, family room and newly renovated country kitchen. Many upgrades include geothermal central heat and A/C, U/V system for water. Lake and mountain views. Fly Hills nearby for riding, snowmobiling and quading. $724,500 MLS® 10059055 1050 60 Street SW, Salmon Arm BC


PAM CLEGG 250-803-8881 RE/MAX at Mara Lake

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2008 ApHCC GELDING An easygoing and willing companion. This 15.3HH solid trail horse would be a real asset to any family member. He is easy to catch, stands tied, loads, hauls and good with farrier. Only $6,500 250-963-9779

CARIBOO PROPERTY 40 gorgeous acres with a log home and second dwelling. Currently a hobby farm and horse property. B & B potential. Location - Infrastructure - Water. For Sale By Owner #48758 250-620-0006 5/13




Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale

OFFSPRING FOR SALE From these fine Stallions

Ranch Raised Versatile Morgans for Work or Family Fun

Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado AqhA/Nfqh 100%, Poco Bueno 27% Silver Grullo, herda N/N Son of Little Steel Dust, AqhA Rom Reining

Goldun Poco Mr Matt AqhA/Nfqh 97%, Poco Bueno 34% Dun, herda N/N Grandson of Little Steel Dust, Open Reining Winner Grandson of Little Steeldust

Illusionary Gold 2001 ApHCC, ApHC 114 Points in Halter, ROM Colour

TW Smok N Hawk

2004 ApHCC Dark Palomino

Sired By:

TW Sunsation 1994 APHA Palomino Tobiano A Smart Prescription 2001 AQHA Grandson of Doc O’Lena & Docs Prescription


LBJ Sierras Blue TE

AqhA Blue Roan - Te N’Te, Blue Boy quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

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Stock For Sale - Stallions Standing Amber Fullerton, Arras, BC 250-843-7186


Horses For Sale / Horses Started Australian Shepherd Dogs 250-499-5397; 3/13

Whispering Hills Friesians

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Next Deadline March 15 780-675-3162 ~ Athabasca, AB

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Continuing from February’s tip in Saddle Up…

Equestrian Sport alone does not adequately train ‘The 5 S’s of Training and Performance’. Kids need a variety of other athletic activities to make the most of the windows of trainability. Sports scientists have identified five physical capacities that are crucial for athlete development: Stamina, Strength, Speed (Agility and Quickness), Skill, and Suppleness (Flexibility). All these vary for each child. Each of these capacities is trainable throughout an athlete’s lifetime. However, during

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How Equine Canada Certified Coaches focus on 10 key factors influencing Long-term Equestrian Development (LTED).



the growth and development process, there are windows of optimal trainability of the 5 S’s in order to achieve a significant gain. Quotes from Developing Equestrians in Canada. Be Safe and have fun! See the next issue: Factor #6. For more information, contact Lorraine Pelletier at 250575-3772 or visit Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location and at the Kelowna Riding Club. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial or confused horses and people, too. Starting all disciplines. Intrinsic training, establishing Confidence, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under “Trainers”) • 87

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