Saddle Up May-09

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MAY 2009


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Welcome to Spring! (For most of us anyway) Things are picking up and the calendar is loaded. Saddle Up can’t keep up with all the event dates being submitted. We can only print so many in the magazine, but they are ALL printed on our website – so if you are planning your summer and fall, check it out. I have just returned from 5 days in Red Deer attending The Mane Event with my cohort and photographer friend Cheryle Hickman (aka Rein-Beau Images). Still trying to recoup and get this magazine out (why are trade shows always at deadline time?). It was a wonderful show (as it was last year) and can’t wait till next year. The place was definitely buzzing and we handed out every single copy of the magazine that we brought (even ran out embarrassingly enough). Our “EcoFriendly” green carry bags were again a hit – and you could see lime green everywhere in the buildings! Which brings me to DOGS again… there were so many there (Mane Event), prancing around, being carried or dragged around. Which then reminds me of the QH Bazaar at Langley in March; I intended to do a photo spread of our visit and show all the DOGS that were there - but the photos mysteriously disappeared &%#@$^. Don’t know which event won with more entries Red Deer or Langley (I think Langley). I’ve witnessed peeing on product and diarrhea on the aisle way… so dog owners… WHY? STOP IT! (that’s for you Ralph) No dogs at indoor events – otherwise they will be renamed Horse & PET Expos that’s my opinion – and I’m sticking to it!

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Dear Editor… To Nancy, Staff and Contributors: Your magazine is going from strength to strength. For fear of not finding a copy because of its popularity, I would like to take out a subscription starting in May. I read it cover to cover – including the ‘ads’. – With kindest regards, J. Mitchell, Vernon, B.C.

Dear Editor: I have just read Fred Godberson’s article under the heading, “Alberta Donkey & Mule Club News,” (February issue) and wish to compliment him on his concerns and caring for his mule’s comfort in the fitting of saddles. He obviously cares very much for his animals, and the message came through very clearly in his explanation about the trouble he goes to in order to adjust a riding saddle to his mule. In a perfect world, all animal owners would have similar thoughts for their creatures, but, as recent correspondence from

California points out, there are thoughtless and unkind people who seem to take great delight in using innocent animals for what they call “sport.” I am referring to the cruel treatment of donkeys in the advertised events in Texas of “Donkey Roping.” This despicable practice was brought to my attention by Crystal Ward of Placerville, California, who owns donkeys and reads newspaper advertisements in both the “Mineral Wells Index” and the “Times Record News” in Wichita Falls, both of which advertise upcoming events such as “Steve Rater Memorial Barrel Race ‘n Donkey Roping.” Crystal requested that as many folk as possible send email messages to the organizers of these events in the hopes that public pressure will eventually stop the unkind and damaging practices that can cause long term pain and suffering to donkeys. I believe that donkey roping takes place in Canada, but it may well be carried out without public announcements and difficult

for caring folk to witness and hopefully prevent unnecessary pain and suffering in the future. If your readers are concerned about the health and welfare of animals and donkeys in particular, please send your emails to the following: – and ttball@ and walkerl@timesrecordnews. com to express concerns relating to this cruel treatment of donkeys. Please cc any message sent to the above to Crystal Ward at donkranch@comcast. net, and if you wish to view letters sent to the Mineral Wells Index newspaper go to www. 068113614.html. Thank you for including this report in your excellent publication and thanks to readers who take a few moments of their time to send an email to the above in their caring for donkeys. - Eric Herbert (President, 1st Donkey & Mule Club of B.C.), Victoria, B.C.

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Horses and First Nations

Name withheld by request

After reading the stories in the latest Saddle Up magazine about the plight of starving horses, I feel that we need to let the rest of BC know what has been happening in our area west of Kamloops.


nfortunately I cannot release my name or family for fear of retaliation but I believe that people need to hear about what has happened in our area this last winter. I know that there has been little rainfall in the last few years, we have been plagued by grasshoppers and with the continuous uncontrolled grazing there has been even less forage than in the past, this can be seen in both summer and winter. These people blame the lack of forage because of the non-band members’ livestock coming onto the reserve and eating it all up, all the while the people here on the reserve and in the band office refuse to put up the boundary fence to keep the stock out. That would take care of that problem. But then we will still have to deal with the overpopulation of Indian horses, the lack of adequate moisture in the growing season and now the lack of native or tame forage to grow and multiply. The animals have resorted to eating twigs, sagebrush and pine needles and various noxious weeds.

If there is less forage available then it makes sense to take the animals off the land, right? I have believed that First Nations people are supposed to be responsible for the mother earth and all her creatures; that our language and culture stemmed from the land and wildlife; that the First Nations peoples’ very existence is related to how we used to look after the land around us. And now the people living here in this valley have not seen actual healthy bluebunch wheatgrass covering a hillside in so long that they believe that our grasslands should look like a barren stock yard. Pretty sad that First Nations people who claim to be spiritual can stand by and watch the land be raped and abused – instead of taking responsibility they would rather turn a blind eye and sweep it under the rug. As a First Nations person and parent I do not want my children to believe that it is our right to abuse animals by letting them die a slow painful death with starvation just because someone else’s stock grazed through the valley back in August and now it is 38 below zero in the end of January and that horse has a body score of one (in some cases the vet could not even score the animals body because anything less than one is technically This is what the livestock is surviving on. dead, which in these

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cases the help came too late and they had died because their owners refused to feed them). We have heard so many excuses about the state of our land and health of these animals that sometimes I think that we live in a completely different society, one still governed by the survival of the fittest. Fine you may argue “that’s how it has always been done in the old days” that survival of the fittest is weeding out the weak and sickly, that may apply to truly wild horses, but these animals here are feral, most have brands and 95 per cent have an owner. And for generations these horses have belonged to a handful of stockholders, not everyone that is part of the reserve owns stock or has land, but it is unfortunate that many do not care what happens to our reserve land or the animals that are trying to survive on it. There are a few band members that have been trying to take a stand against this cruelty and land destruction and they are threatened with bodily harm (one person even going as far as saying that they will “take pot shots” at those people who ride by on their horses, and there has been threats in past about shooting the horse out from under you if you are caught riding on band land). Now remember this is band members talking

Horses and First Nations, cont’d to other band members. Those few people have even gone as far as saying the SPCA had no right to come onto reserve lands to investigate and confiscate horses. And now they want to put a petition together to ban the SPCA from coming onto the reserve. Interesting that the loudest one to complain is also the majority stockholder with several complaints against him, and is also one of the persons who had signed the original agreement to allow the SPCA to enter and help animals in distress. This person is in a role of authority and yet instead of leading by example they are on a quest to attack everyone who has been trying to stand up for what is right. If these horses and cows are such prized possessions then how can you stand by and watch them die such a horrible death? Basic food, water and vet care is all that is required for your animal to thrive and produce babies or work in the rodeo. I believe that the band office and the community should move forward and not dwell in the old days with its narrow minded and corrupt philosophy and uneducated principles. There comes a time when change needs to be made for the good of the whole not just for the greed of a few. We need to bring our band into the year 2009 and develop our lands and people into something that we can

be proud of and leave a living legacy for our children to build on. With a new chief and council in place I hope that they will encourage change and support their people in education, business and new ideas for the future of our community. The people here are worried that we will end up on the news like Canim Lake. If they are so worried then why aren’t they trying to help? Why get angry at the ones who are trying to bring change, why not challenge the ones who murdered our land and believe the law does not apply to them? Please speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. The horses are starving and are going to great lengths to get food, there was one that had fallen down a steep, ice-covered rock slope, landed under a log with its back broken – the horse had been there a few days (in minus 25 winter conditions) before being discovered. You can see where she was pawing with her front legs (she had ripped the hide and tendons off of them in the process); the crows and magpies had already begun eating the mare’s external genital parts. She was finally put out of her misery. This would not have happened had the owners taken responsibility for their pets, she would not have to walk out to the edge of steep rock outcrop to reach for the last sprig of grass had she been in the owner’s care.

We have found a rodeo bull in an old shed, he must have died during the extreme cold, this once proud 1,900 lb bucking bull died in his sleep trying to keep his nose warm. And not by natural causes, unless you call “survival of the fittest” natural in domesticated livestock. There was a 10-month-old colt found lying on the road, unable to get up, scored as a one at the vet, they tried to save him but he died 10 days later. There was a tame mare that was saved, her manure was red – pine needles, her teeth were so cracked and broken that the vet could not determine her age, she had broken her teeth chewing on the frozen ground.

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Saturday June 13, 2009 9:30am to 6:00pm Marijke van de Water “Healing Laminitis with Nutrition” Danny Kroetch, Master Saddle Fitter “Saddles and Movement” Dr Patrica Logan, DVM Veterinary Medical Acupuncture Harry Quesnel Manure management for small holdings Back Country Horsemen of BC Packing demo and ‘Leave No Trace’ trail riding Lana Helerchef, International Endurance Competitor Conditioning Demonstrations, Trade Fair & information booths Admission: $10 for those over 12 $5 for 12 & under; 6 & under free Concession on the grounds Carriage rides available

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Healing Through Horses By Wendy Elrick Thank you! This North Okanagan program received funds from the Horsey Ladies at the end of 2008. Thank you again Horsey Ladies! What a fabulous contribution to the wellbeing of women in our community.

What we are about… Equine-assisted therapy is an experiential therapeutic form where horses participate as co-counsellors. Client goals are addressed through the impact of ground exercises that are done with the horses. The model applied by the program uses a combination of the concepts of natural horsemanship, play therapy, storytelling and problem-solving exercises. The program is offered to women in the community who have been the victims of physical and sexual abuse, and who are unable to cover the costs of therapy.

Learning from horses Following the fall 2008 session, one of the women shared her learning: “... in my initial session with the equine-assisted therapy, I was immediately drawn to a horse named Bandit. Bandit is a young, seven-year-old Tennessee Walker/Arab with a great deal of confidence and curiosity. I was immediately attracted to Bandit because of his curiosity, yet at the same time, he was the horse that pushed me the most as far as being present in my body during the therapy sessions as he would immediately take the lead if I did not pay attention. It also took a great deal of patience and self-confidence in order for me to bond with Bandit, as he does not suffer fools easily! By the end of the weekly sessions, however, I am happy to say that I learned how to brush Bandit: I was not too timid, but I was also not too harsh. By making that seemingly simple connection with Bandit, and because of his ability to push me in a gentle yet very confident way, I began to understand the concept of assertiveness with self-confidence as well of knowledge of oneself in relationship.”

Groups in 2009 During January, February and March we ran an assertiveness training while waiting for the snow to melt so the women can again play with the horses. Our next equine-assisted therapy group starts April 1. Women will have the opportunity to explore themes such as boundaries, communication, feelings and self-confidence.

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Adiva Murphy Clinic Our next fundraiser is a Natural Horsemanship Clinic with Adiva Murphy on the weekend of May 23 to 24 in Vernon. Adiva will be offering four three-hour workshops. Two sessions will focus on groundwork and two on riding. For the groundwork blocks, the topics are: language and leadership, and leadership and confidence. For the riding blocks, the topics are: impulsion and safety, and developing an independent seat. Depending on participant’s interests, topics can be tweaked to fit the needs of everyone. To register contact Wendy at Any profit from the day will go toward “Healing through Horses.” • 9

Acupuncture Treatments for the Horse By Dr. Britt Mills

Acupuncture is a healing method that has been in use in the Orient for thousands of years and is rapidly becoming more widely accepted in the west. In the last thirty years, the use of acupuncture in horses has become widespread.


here are a number of reasons for this: The main application of acupuncture is in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, which is common in horses because of what we ask them to do. Second, horses tend to respond very well to acupuncture, generally needing fewer treatments than dogs or humans to get a desired outcome. Third, horse owners are developing more awareness about their horses and are more likely to seek help when subtle problems start. Acupuncture seems to be of use in two situations where traditional veterinary medicine is less effective – the stage where a minor problem is developing but there is no obvious illness

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or lameness, and in chronic conditions that don’t respond to pharmaceuticals. Using acupuncture for maintenance of health and high performance is becoming increasingly common. Many trainers will recommend an acupuncture/chiropractic examination on horses prior to training to rule out pain as a cause of behaviour problems. Although pain and decreased performance are the most common reasons that an owner will seek out an acupuncturist, other conditions such as reduced fertility, COPD (heaves), laminitis, navicular disease and behavioural disorders have historically reported good responses. In many cases acupuncture can be used to complement existing pharmaceutical treatment. Acupuncture can also enhance other forms of bodywork such as massage and chiropractic treatment. Chinese herbal medicine is often helpful along with acupuncture in treating chronic problems. Acupuncture is performed by inserting a needle in specific points in the body. There are more than 300 “acupoints” on a horse, and each has a different effect. The Chinese have developed the concept of Qi (pronounced chee) or life force which flows through the body and any blockage or imbalance in this force can cause illness. Needling along specific channels or meridians is thought to restore this balance and help in the body’s natural ability to regain health. In addition to “dry needling,” there are other methods of stimulating points including injection of substances, pressure, heat and laser. In British Columbia, acupuncturists are required to be licensed veterinarians. Most veterinary acupuncturists have taken the course set up by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) or the Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists of Canada (AVAC). A visit to their websites will give you a list of veterinarians in your area that have completed the course. It is in the horse’s best interest to have a thorough veterinarian examination prior to any acupuncture treatment, to ensure it doesn’t have any medical condition best treated by another method. However, it is my experience that acupuncture can be of tremendous benefit to horses with many conditions ranging from subtle performance deficits to chronic disease.

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Selenium in Horses

By Dr. Susi Cienciala, DVM, Deep Creek Veterinary Services

Recent cases of selenium poisoning in the North Okanagan have prompted interest in selenium. Selenium is a micronutrient which means that small amounts must be present in a healthy diet but too much causes disease or death.

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death or more commonly lethargy, a weak wobbly gait, colic, sweating and watery diarrhea. The survival rate depends on the dose of selenium involved. In closing, selenium is a normal nutrient for the wellbeing of horses but too much can cause serious disease or death. If you suspect selenium toxicosis in you horses, consult your veterinarian.



elenium poisoning occurs when excess selenium is ingested. There are two forms of toxicity – acute and chronic. Acute toxicity is almost always the result of overfeeding supplements. Chronic toxicity (also known as alkali disease) is a result of grazing pasture high in selenium. Certain plants will collect and store selenium from the soil for their own use. These plants include milk vetch, woody aster, golden weed and prince’s plume. These plants grow more readily on soils high in selenium. Fortunately these plants have a sulphuric, garlic odour and are unpalatable to the horse. If the pasture is overgrazed however, horses will be forced to eat these plants. Some plants do not use selenium but they collect and store it (selenium accumulators). These plants include aster, four-winged salt brush, wheat grass, gum weed and broom weed. These plants have dangerously high levels of selenium and horses will start to show signs of selenium toxicity within 30 days if they ingest these plants. In the North Okanagan there are areas where pastures contain these plants. We have dealt with six cases of selenium toxicity in our practice. In all six cases the horses sloughed their hooves. Management of these horses is very intense as the horses need to have deep soft bedding and have to have food and water brought to them until there hooves regrow in eight to 12 months. Clinical signs of chronic selenium toxicity are hair loss in the mane and tail and lameness resulting from cracks in the hoof wall which can separate and slough. The hoof cracks are transverse and usually involve the circumference of the hoof. As a result the hoof capsule will slough off. The horse’s feet can be so painful that they are unable to stand. If left untreated horses will die of starvation. If the condition is detected early and horses managed well, these horses can recover and be normal. Acute selenium toxicity from oversupplementation in Hoof showing lateral cracking of feeds or a large intravenous the hoof wall dose will result in sudden

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he Annual Trail Ride Against Cancer is the brain child of Bob Pruess who was a very active community member in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area for many years. Sadly, Bob passed away in 2002, but we continue the ride in his memory. The 12th annual “Bob Pruess Memorial Trail Ride Against Cancer” takes place Saturday, July 4, 2009, from Craig Creek Ranch in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island. Last year the ride brought in over 90 riders and raised over $18,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society to go directly toward cancer research. Organizers are looking to raise over $20,000 in 2009! This year, riders will be able to choose from a few different trail options ranging from 1-1/2 hours to six hours. Riders sign in at registration with a group leader and head out in small groups starting at 8 a.m. The Annual Trail Ride Against Cancer has so much more to offer its participants thanks to our many wonderful sponsors! On the Friday, July 3, evening there will be a BBQ beef dinner, complete with baked potatoes, Caesar salad and all the trimmings. Tickets are available to all at $15 each from members of the Silver Spur Riding Club and the Qualicum Canadian Cancer Society Office. Preregistration will also take place on Friday evening. Saturday morning, prior to the ride a scrumptious breakfast is served by members of the St. Columba Church Men’s Group, with special thanks to Hertel’s Meats and Quality Foods. After the ride while the horses relax on the beautiful grounds of Craig Creek Ranch, owned by Gary Eaves, and riders can look forward to a BBQ! Complementary burgers are dished up by members of the Silver Spur Riding Club. Following

the BBQ prizes for the highest amount of pledge brought in will be awarded. There will be many prizes and draws for all the riders courtesy of our many wonderful sponsors! This year our major sponsors include: Royal LePage Realty, Buckerfields, RDN Parks and Recreation, Hertel’s Meats, Quality Foods, Island Timberlands, Provencal Photography, St Columba Mens Group and Nanaimo Toyota. New to this year’s ride is our memory board where riders can post a picture of a loved one that has battled with cancer. This board will be preserved for future rides for all to remember. Also this year T-shirts will be available for purchase at the ride and the Friday BBQ. The T-shirt will feature “Diamond” the horse belonging to Silver Spur Member Carmen Graham. Carmen passed away after a battle with cancer last fall. Carmen was a realtor with Royal LePage Realty and participated with great excitement in last year’s ride. The beautiful photo

on the T-shirt was taken by Maureen Provencal. Maureen has been voted a top photographer in Whistler for two years now, she has recently come back to Parksville and we welcome her to our ride. Maureen will be at the River Crossing and at the ride site to take pictures of horses and riders. All money raised by the Annual Trail Ride Against Cancer goes to help cancer research so saddle up your horse and ride for the memory of a friend! If you are unable to ride with us we hope that you will pledge someone who is. Preregistration is required by June 29, 2009. Registration forms are available at many of our wonderful sponsors, local feed and tack stores, on-line at www. and from the Qualicum Canadian Cancer Society Office.

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evening demonstration of his pioneering work in EAPD - Equine Assisted Personal Development - at Southlands Equestrian Centre. “I don’t do magic with horses, horses have done magic with me.” Chris Irwin – during an interview with Canada AM, CTV National television From corporate leadership to academic teaching methods, mentoring for disadvantaged youth, parenting skills, counselling and therapeutic programs, and even the prison system, the scope and impact of Chris’ message on how “horse sense can benefit human potential” is reaching far and wide beyond the borders of the horse industry. “Chris Irwin is a man on a mission – to change the way we communicate with each other; one horse at a time.” - The Toronto Star “Irwin is truly revolutionary and non-aggressive.” - Paardensport - Holland’s leading equestrian magazine. “Chris Irwin was selected above all other horse trainers to host our new Horseman’s Training Library because his methods are evolving the very nature of the relationship between humans and horses.” - HORSE.COM

Don’t miss this One-of-a-Kind event with Chris at Southlands Wednesday evening, June 10, 7-10 pm Spectators are welcome! - only $20.00 to audit

To register to participate or for more info please visit our website at or phone Anne toll free at: 1-877-394-6773

What on Earth is EAPD? By Chris Irwin I would like to invite you on a brief journey down the horse trail less travelled, the amazingly fun and, dare I say “miraculous” journey of equine-assisted personal development – also known as EAPD.


hat is the essence of EAPD? Well, here is a short quote from my first book, Horses

Don’t Lie: “What horses need to hear from us is what many of us would like to hear from ourselves, and each other. They need us to have a calm, focused assurance. They need us to be consistent. They need us to be assertive yet non-threatening. They need us to be both strong and compassionate. In short, horses need us to be our best selves.” Although it is easily understandable why people are so attracted to the power, beauty and grace of horses, the question remains, “what the heck has horsemanship got to do with personal development?” When we look at a horse, we see the flesh and blood incarnation of powerful forces bottled up within us that we wish we had the guts to saddle and ride. We know those forces could take us to our dreams and turn us into our best selves. We also know those forces could destroy us. That’s why we bottled them up in the first place. And when such hidden feelings are stirred up and explored within the paradigm of horse sense, that’s when we have the chance to work with them, and learn to control them. Horses give us this opportunity. They do this whether we are aware of it or not. But what a powerful breakthrough process to be able work with consciously! Participants in an EAPD workshop begin experiencing with ground work training how to communicate with horses using only their body language. This process has proven to be a very powerful introduction to the theme of how developing horse sense relates to human potential. All people from various backgrounds consistently experience an

incredible “ah hah” moment when they realize that “they did not know what they did not know” about how their personal body language truly affects, for better or worse, their environment and their relationships. This happens because all participants indirectly discover and realize for themselves – instead of a workshop facilitator, counselor or therapist directly telling them – that the horses have shown them that “they know not what they do” with their body language. As participants typically can very quickly develop moment to moment conscious awareness for their body language then “MIRACLES” happen and the horses “magically” change their behaviour from bad to good, from distracted to focused, from excited to calm, from defiant to willing and/or from frightened to confident. In short, every participant in every EAPD experience, with 100-per-cent consistency, always realizes and OWNS for themselves that as they became more aware of and accountable for their own behaviour that they were able to lead and change their relationship with the horse for the better. In other words, EAPD is “walking the talk” of Gandhi’s great quote: “be the change you want to see in the world.” Psychologists estimate that the authentic communication between people is not with words but essentially at least 80 per cent body language. This fact hits home with people participating in EAPD because they know for themselves, from first-hand experience with the horses, that “talk is cheap and actions speak louder then words.” The EAPD work with horses is a new paradigm experience for developing our ability to be congruent between our

hearts intentions, our minds agenda and our body language communication skills. During EAPD a heightened sense of conscious awareness for relationships develops within every participant as they realize that their abilities for communicating with horses is NOT limited to the horses but in fact is a very real dynamic that exists in all of their relationships. First and foremost these epiphanies develop a new awareness and focus for the SELF. As cliché as it sounds – participants in EAPD find that the horses have shown them what it takes to find a balance within ourselves that is manifesting or walking the talk of laying our inner lion down with our inner lamb. This is an enormous realization for all participants in EAPD as they experience with the horses the validation that YES THEY CAN evolve and grow into a greater awareness for mentoring a model of win-win relationships. With horse sense, yes we can let our “old self” that is out of balance “die away” so that a new Phoenix of personal growth and enlightenment can indeed “rise from the ashes” in a new life, with new beginnings and infinite possibilities. Now that, my friends, is the horsemanship road less travelled!

A horse of a different colour comes to Vancouver! Chris Irwin will be presenting an evening demonstration of EAPD at Southlands Equestrian Centre in Vancouver on Wednesday evening, June 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. Horseman, athlete, author, parent, teacher, entrepreneur, Chris is emerging as an innovative leader in both the horse industry and the personal development or “self-help” movement. As HORSE.COM says, “Chris Irwin is evolving the very nature of the relationship between humans and horses.” For more information about this unique event with Chris Irwin please visit www.chrisirwin. com or contact Anne at toll free 1-877-394-6773. • 15

Pro-active Bombproofing Over and Through

“Easy,” watching me spank the tarp


Looking over tarp to other side

hen it comes to moderately scary situations we can lead a horse from the front and show them by example with positive body language and never looking back at the horse. As discussed in the last article however, when we decide to go over or through an obstacle, we need to adopt a different approach – the driving position. This can be learned in a practical situation by having our horse traverse a tarp. As discussed previously, we should be able to control the shape of the horse and cause it to relax before we do any bombproofing, as well as having respectful yields. A great way of doing this is by having our horse going on a circle, controlling their bend and gaining control of their poll.

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Turning away from me yielding his space

By Paul Dufresne

Ready to cross

This is a form of driving which is what we need to navigate an obstacle safely. The reason this is safer is that unlike leading from directly in front, the horse has to go on its own path. It is also very important to be able to turn the horse away from us, by stepping into them, asking them to yield their space to us. This is a respect and safety issue. If the horse thinks it’s ok to walk through you as it gets worried, you could very well become road kill du jour. We have to be able to drive the horse from the side so it can move slightly ahead of us and we have to be certain that the horse understands to move away from us when we step into it. With any obstacle, we must identify the inherent risks. In traversing a tarp we need to be aware that it might snag a foot. When a horse moves backward, it often drags its feet. If the horse snags the tarp it will show you how fast it can really back up. A tarp also makes noise and has the ability to move – by us, the horse, or wind. The size of the tarp and how it is laid out can affect the success of the horse overcoming it. I would start with a 20-foot tarp and fold it in half on a diagonal so it makes a triangle. For additional safety I put a plastic barrel on the smallest end for my own protection. I drive the horse over the smallest end while stepping behind the barrel. If the horse chooses to try to avoid the tarp by coming my way, I can tilt the barrel into the horse to block it. Now we are ready to start. First I put the horse in tow and have it follow me at a distance. Then I beat the tar out of the tarp – bending over it, stomping on it, laying on it – never looking at my horse (by now the horse figures if there was anything dangerous there, you must have destroyed it – makes you look like a good leader to follow). If I have an experienced horse on hand, I could have it cross over the tarp while my green horse watches. I would repeat this several times. Now I would do a few circles near the tarp, making sure my horse is soft. When my horse is feeling good and responsive I drive it toward the tarp slowly. Should the horse stop and look at or over the tarp, I will stop and wait. If the horse looks away from it, I bring its eyes back to the task. Sometimes the horse will back away, which I will allow. When they stop backing I immediately ask them to go forward

Bombproofing, cont’d

Commits to going over

Watches Ljibbe showing how to do it

again. They soon realize that I won’t force them. Any time they look over the object or size it up I leave them alone as they are envisioning going over it. If they look like they are ready to consider it, I will back them up a step and walk into them – yielding them away from me and the obstacle. I then go for a short walk away, to rest or rub them, then go back to my obstacle. The point is to keep the horse moving forward when asked and always leave them alone when they move forward. If the horse advances I relax – I stop asking whenever they attempt to go forward. An attempt could be a lean, one step, or reaching over it with their head. Occasionally they will step on the tarp and retreat the foot immediately and I would have already stopped asking. If they put their foot on it with weight I will keep driving them forward because if the foot is weighted and they go backward, that is when they are most likely to snag the tarp. A horse will almost always go over the tarp at this point. It may jump, crawl or run … but when they cross I give them lots of line, never holding them back, and always staying relaxed. I then repeat my bending and releasing of the poll and drive the horse over it from both directions until it can cross easily on its own. Generally speaking it is easier and safer to teach this from the ground than in the saddle. If I have a horse that finds this really difficult I might stand on the tarp and have it go around

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Driving behind following Ljibbe over

Feeling okay about tarp, accepts tarp and barrel

the tarp in a leg yield in one direction and then the other. By not paying attention to the tarp and also changing the shape of the horse in a positive way, it will be more inclined to cross it when I drive it. This technique is also a very good to use when riding. This being said, never assume your horse will be as good from a riding position as it was on the ground. Prepare every time and never assume. A tarp on a different day, different place, different tarp or colour … check it out and read your horse. This technique applies to things like trailers, bridges, ramps, jumps, water obstacles – pretty much anything – and it will always work if you prepare and you are willing to be patient. Paul Dufresne is a writer, performer, trainer and clinician in Kelowna, BC, who educates in Natural Horsemanship; Classical Arts; Liberty and Circensic Dressage. He teaches people to understand horses, but more importantly how to tap into their relaxation reflexes in ways seldom seen in North America. In doing so, he is able to guide people in creative experiences where the human learns to be an effective, safe leader. The horse learns to be more emotionally secure and will respectfully follow while developing athleticism in a mutually courageous manner by having a deeper understanding of how they affect each other. Horse Properties, Farms, Ranches & Acreage Specialist

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Equine Rites of Passage Update


t is here … the Equine Rites of Passage Weekend event, from June 20 to 21, 2009, in Olds, AB, gives everyone the opportunity to come and watch presentations, learn new horse health/training ideas, sell or buy a horse, and enjoy the trade show shopping. It is a lot of horse all in one weekend! From start to finish this weekend will be jam packed with the main focus being on equine alternative care, medicine, rehabilitation and natural horsemanship with 24 topics this year on: foundation and communicative horsemanship, acupuncture, chiropractics, saddle fit, dentistry, herbs, smudge, health assessments, energy medicine: human and horse, nutrition, common stresses, homeopathy, natural trimming and demos on alternative care and more! This weekend will give everyone new and exciting information. The

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opportunity to learn will be endless – especially with this year’s lineup of outstanding presenters. You can see a full schedule listing on-line at any time. As part of this weekend – we have added the all new passing-on good horses – “horse sale.” It represents a large desire in the horse ownership industry for bringing horses and owners together. We are aiming at helping people to connect with the horses they buy. The horses will be showcased Saturday night after the Powwow event (a ceremony of the weekend and a blessed release of the horses) to a larger crowd. All sales will be done privately – with no live auction taking place. This weekend will be simple and easy on the horses – so they can choose the right path for them. All sales will be decided by the horse/owner – but for the best interest of the horse. This feature

will really bring forth the concept of connection over affordability – as the love of horses is priceless! We hope all will take part in this sale whether it be to buy/ sell or share in the energy of good horse connections. (Saturday night Powwow and sale is open to the public.) Along with this everyone will have access to free article information in the weekend guide and be able to take in the Cross Over Trade Fair. It is a place for new beginnings in every horseman’s world. Equine Rites of Passage – a pathway to greater knowledge! Tickets are just $30 per day or $50 per weekend. www. 780-621-0765 EROP host – Julie MacKinnon (


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oin the Dames on the Range, a group of rural women who live the Western lifestyle, and are eager to share their unique perspective of life on a ranch with a weekend of “dame-good” activities in the Porcupine Hills region south of Calgary. Dames on the Range will offer several programs in 2009 – featuring two programs the weekend of May 22 to May 24 for women only that promises to be both challenging and rewarding, combining activities provided by a number of local businesses, all managed by women and each offering to guide visitors through the rural culture in southwest Alberta. Leave the city behind and experience two nights accommodation at one of four different working cattle ranches. Find yourself in some of the oldest cattle country in Alberta, traditionally renowned for its hospitality, climate and scenery. Take a horseback or wagon ride or go on interpretive hikes that show a Damein-training how to identify flowers and plants that are both edible and medicinal. Ranch tours introduce the rangeland and wetland landscapes and the livestock and wildlife that enjoy these areas. There will be plenty of time for relaxation with massage therapy, and an introduction to the health benefits of herbs. Or relish in the chance to finally take a nap or finish that book. Learn about native prairie landscaping while surrounded by these natural plant settings. Visit the historic town of Nanton to meet more Dames’ and their businesses. Meals, included in the package, feature many locally grown products. “I have known many Dames that are ladies, but not all ladies are Dames ... they haven’t tested and tasted enough of life,” says “Ma” Dame, Debbie Webster. “The term ‘Dame’ is one of respect and

was used as a title to describe a woman awarded any of various orders of chivalry or merit by a sovereign or government ... This is where we may have taken liberties, but we hope to proclaim these awards to all deserving women that visit us, grow through life’s journeys and venture beyond their self-limiting boundaries!” Women who want an extraordinary experience, one to share with their best “gal pals,” are in for a weekend of adventures in the foothills of the Rockies. Dames on the Range welcome their city-sisters to share in a rare opportunity to test new skills with other novices and discover brave, new strengths in an authentic cowgirl culture. One-day packages are also available. Reservations are being accepted now and space is limited. Dames on the Range is an alliance of rural business women formed to provide vacation, learning and relaxation opportunities. This group was established to cross-promote and support our local economic community through tourism,

agriculture, environment, mental/physical health and education. Packages and programs may be “groomed” specific to our guests’ interests or choose from the packages/partnerships that are already planned for 2009. The entire 2009 listing is provided on the DamesontheRange. com website. Our mission is to share the culture and heritage of the Western lifestyle by inviting guests to learn about the basics and foundation of a sustainable ranch operation, participate in the activities on the ranch wherever possible and provide opportunities to develop a better senseof-self surrounded by encouragement and confidence. It is our goal to shrink the gap between the urban and rural demographic so there is increased confidence in our food sources and recognition for the producers fi lling our grocery shelves. For more info contact: Debbie Webster 403-646-0151 or

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Wild Pink Yonder 100 horses and wagons ... 34 days ... 600 miles Fundraiser wagon train follows 135-year old NWMP trail Breast cancer survivor and horse enthusiast Jane Hurl will head-up a team of valiant adventurers as they “drive” an old fashioned wagon train on a 600 mile adventure to Edmonton to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The journey will leave Lethbridge on June 20, 2009 and roll into Edmonton on July 24, 2009. “We are following the trail blazed by the settlers and the NWMP in 1874,” says Hurl. “The ride is limited to 100 horses at any given time, and some of us will be dressed in period clothing.”

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4th Annual Ride for Cure

By Lynn Danyluk

The Alberta Equestrian Awareness Society (AEAS) will be hosting their Annual Memorial Trail Ride for the Cure for Cancer for the Alberta Cancer Foundation on June 13, 2009. Location of the ride is in NewBrook, White Earth Valley – High Lonesome Staging Area. We also wish to note that we are welcoming, hikers, bikers, (quads & dirt bikes - on terms) and boats of all sorts. Along with that is fishing, berry picking, bird watching, sight-seeing, nature and wildlife. Camping is available, and dinner is included although we ask you to pack a lunch. We will also have a band for entertainment – so please do come and ‘jam’ with us! For our Silent Auction, we are always looking for items to auction off; so if you think you have something to spare we

sure would appreciate it. Items may be used, but in fair condition. Companies and parties that donated will be listed and recognized; although if you do not wish to be recognized – please inform the coordinator. For a complete information package, pledge forms, etc. please visit or www. Or you can contact Lynn Danyluk 780-656-0406, AEAS is a corporate organization with charitable status. We offer – as well as the ride and collecting pledges – education and resources and recourses

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Alberta Wish Ride The inaugural Alberta Wish Ride is already gaining steam with registrations coming in through the event’s web site. This event will provide a unique opportunity for riders to enjoy their pastime in some magnificent scenery while supporting Alberta children. The ride is set for Little Elbow in Kananaskis Country on August 22, 2009. So mark your calendars and plan to be there. Camping spots are also available in the area (http://www. elbow.html). “This event is modeled after the very successful events which have run in British Columbia for several years,” said Irene White whose father Walter initiated the first Children’s Wish Trail Ride in

Kelowna 13 years ago. That ride has spread across B.C. and has become the largest source of support for Children’s Wish in the province. White said the Kananaskis ride will feature two departures: an early ride for experienced riders lasting about 7 hours; and a later ride departure lasting 3 to 4 hours. Riders will be sent off after a pancake breakfast and then return to a barbeque, entertainment and prizes. “These events are all about fun, enjoying the scenery and the company, and supporting a great cause. We’re hoping people will bring their families and have a great time.” Pledge forms are available on the event’s web site. Interested riders are asked to pre-register and start collecting

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Healthy Horse (and Pet) Expo 2009 a Great Success By Julene Warwick By all accounts, this year’s Healthy Horse (and Pet) Expo, which took place on March 28 at the Saanich Fairgrounds in Victoria, BC, was a success.


old and rainy weather didn’t deter the over 450 participants who were kept busy taking in any one of the 19 presenters and exploring the approximately 70 vendor booths packed with healthy services and products. A great turnout of talented presenters this year made deciding who to watch the biggest challenge for participants. In the Agriplex, Dave Collins, founder of the BC College of Equine Therapy, Marijke van de Water of Riva’s Remedies and horsewoman Marion Weisskopff were the showcase presenters. Once again, Marion’s demonstration with her Andalusian stallion Tribuno II was an event favourite, with the stands brimming with eager onlookers. A new round-pen area was added this year, with a focus on different perspectives on working with our horses. The crowd favourites in this arena were up-and-coming natural horsewomen Stefanie Travers and Jodine Carruthers, Michelle Atterby of Spirit Gate, and Daryl Gibb, a very talented trainer from the BC’s interior whose demonstration of starting a four-year-old mare was a great example of the benefits of taking the time to build a working communication system with our horses.

Over in the RCMP barn, with two classroom areas, everybody at the expo was sure to find a presentation to fit their horse and animal health needs. Nutrition was the hot topic, with Ken Wilkinson, equine nutritionist for Otter Co-op, and Amberlee Ficiollo, with her presentation on mineral balancing for our horses, both pulling in large audiences. Animal rehabilitation was covered by veterinarians Dr. Tracey Griffin and Dr. Rose Alkoff of Pacific Animal Wellness Services in Chemainus, BC, and Dr. Nick Shaw of Shaw Pet Hospitals in Victoria broached the much-debated topic of equine deworming. With her many years of experience, instructor Dawn Ruthven spoke to a full house about Sally Swift’s Centred Riding. David Tattam brought his knowledge of composting to help participants turn their manure piles into compost gold. With booths showcasing saddles, bridles, grooming gear, magnet therapy, dog cookies, animal art, riding wear, beautiful bridle and saddle racks, and a variety of healthy organizations and services

Marion Weisskopff and Tribuno II. Photo credit: Marion Cox of Images of the Divine Equine

for animals and their owners, there was truly something for everyone at this year’s expo. We hope you can make it out next year to see for yourself! Last but certainly not least, a huge THANK YOU to all the sponsors, volunteers, vendors and presenters who helped make this year’s Healthy Horse (and Pet) Expo a success. We couldn’t have done it without you. Julene Warwick, advertising and general event organizer, contact 250-4192546 or • 23


By Kevan Garecki

I have a student who recently expressed a morbid fear of horses. Apparently someone had once put her on a cranky old mare who hated kids, especially green ones.


redictably, this mare not only spit the girl off at the first available juncture, but then proceeded to strike out and attempt to stomp the girl into the dirt. No blaming her for not wanting to get anywhere near horses again! During one of our lessons, I asked her if it was OK if we swung past the house so I could feed the horses. She agreed, but insisted that she stay in the car. Thinking of how uncommonly patient and calm George is with children, at the end of that lesson I dropped the hint that if she ever wanted to defeat this fear, I knew just the horse to help her out. She declined and I left it at that. Some weeks later I had this student out on other lesson. As we were driving

through Langley, she suddenly asked if the offer was still open. She shared that since she actually liked horses it was a shame she was so afraid to get close to one. She added that both of her parents were avid horsepeople, and had tried many times to urge her to conquer her fears. So I directed her toward home, and introduced her to George and Kooter, both of whom seemed to be “extra” calm and polite. She managed no more than an extended hand, which both horses sniffed gently, then retreated on their own. Little was said on our leaving, and I decided not to push the subject, instead allowing her time to chew on the experience. Just over three weeks had passed until I had this student again. No sooner was she in the car when she asked to see the

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boys. As it worked out, she was my last lesson for the day, so I suggested to her that I make the offer to her parents instead. She agreed, and judging by her driving, that seemed to be the controlling thought on her mind for the next hour. Her parents were only too willing to allow her to go, and so after giving them the address I asked them to meet me at home in an hour. This gave me time to make sure the boys had a snack and had been brushed down (partly because they were walking mudballs, and mostly that a good grooming session tends to make them more receptive to being touched). When they arrived, the girl strode directly to the fence and met the boys as they came to investigate. After briefly sniffing her hand, both of them simply

Healing, cont’d wandered away a few steps, then stopped and turned to look at her; their way of saying “C’mon, follow us.” I interpreted for her, and after exchanging looks with her folks, she slipped through the gate, but stood quite steadfastly just inside. The boys continued to look at her, then looked to me, as though they were asking for advice. After only a few seconds Kooter took the initiative and plodded over to her side. As he approached he dropped his head so low that his mane flowed across the ground. He stopped just before actually touching her, turned his muzzle upward and began to nicker soft ly. She began to tremble and her eyes flared as inches away a thousand pounds of muscle tried quite ardently to look like a puppy. I quietly said to her that was his way of saying he wanted to be cuddled, and mimicked how I reciprocated by standing with my back to his shoulder, with one arm over his neck while stroking his flank with the other hand. Slowly she slipped her hand onto his neck while he stood perfectly still. Kooter nickered again as she began to brush her hand across the side of his belly. I watched for a sign that either horse might do anything the least bit aggressive, or that might frighten the girl; but both were being perfect gentlemen. Shortly, I glanced over at her parents, who were standing transfi xed at the scene before them. We all watched quietly as those two stood immersed in one another’s space. Just about the time I figured this moment could not possibly be one bit more magical,

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emotion, and certainly not by fear; instead she wore an unmistakable look of serenity. It took me a moment to realize it, but it finally came to me. It was like watching someone who’s just put the last piece of an intricate puzzle into place. No “conquering” took place that evening, and there was little room for fear or trepidation. What happened was a child laid a stepping stone, one that might allow her to go from this place to anywhere she chooses.

George decided to up the ante. He slowly circled around to the girl’s opposite side, lowering his head as he went. He barely got within reach of her when he stopped and let out a long, slow sigh. He just stood there for a moment, gauging her response. Acting on some imperceptible cue, he turned his muzzle toward her and soft ly held his nose to her arm. So there we six stood in the waning light of a spectacular prestorm sunset, at once witnessing and participating in a tiny but distinct miracle. I heard a small sound from the girl’s mother, and turned to see her and the father with eyes glistening from welling tears. As if my distraction were a signal to the horses, both then turned away in unison. The girl stood there, watching as they walked off. Her mother reached out and touched my shoulder, unable to speak a word as tears now streamed down her cheeks. The father managed a raspy “Would you believe that?” as he turned and faced the barn wall. I eased over to the boys and clucked at them, prompting them to follow me back to the barn where their dinner awaited. I opened the doors and stepped back to allow each to pass into his respective stall and turned to face our guests. The parents were standing together, holding both of each other’s hands as they looked toward their daughter. At length, the girl finally turned to face us. I have been witness to some poignant events, but this one shall remain more vivid than most. This child’s face was not sculpted by


Update This was written late in 2005. Since that time the girl mentioned has made some rather remarkable accomplishments in her life. Thanks to her parents’ unwavering support, she has gone on to successfully compete in equestrian sports. She no longer harbours any fear for horses, but has instead managed a deep appreciation and respect for their power, wisdom and abilities. She also sees horses in general in a very different light, now realizing there is far more to a horse than most of us will ever experience. I am honoured to have witnessed the beginning of this miracle and was further gifted with the opportunity to see what that moment helped to create. It’s memories like this that make me quite happy I live in a world that has horses in it ... Kevan has over 35 years of experience in commercial transportation, from 20 years as a driver to a fleet owner and safety and risk manager, and on to commercial driving. He has also served on an advisory board for commercial traffic studies, been a road test examiner for ICBC and is currently operating his own horse transport business. (See his listing in Business Services under Transport/Hauling.)


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When did horses first come into your life? Amber – I got my first Shetland Welsh pony “Misty” when I was 8 when we first moved to Cloverdale from Vancouver. She was everything nasty that people talk about with little Shetlands but we loved her anyways. Casey – Horses have been in my life since I was a small child. My parents had a pack guiding outfit and range rode for the local ranches in the south

Similkameen. So by the age of 3 I started spending time on the back of a horse. I learned how important it was to look after your horses as they were our main means of transportation in those days and they put a lot of miles on in the season. It was a great life for a kid with many hours spent in the high country of the Cascade mountains in Ashanola drainage… the life that any cowboy of today would dream of having.

Who has been the most influential horse person in your life and why?

Amber - Growing up in Cloverdale we never had any mentors or anyone showing us what to do, we just figured it out. I am sure we made lots of mistakes. Since then there have been a few horsemen than have been inspiring, but last month in Ontario at the Can Am, Tommy Turvey and his trick horse - now that was a lot of fun to watch. Basically he shows off his incredible horse skills through humour. Very entertaining and inspiring to see what someone can do with their equine mates. Casey – Of course my Mom and Dad first. They both were great horse people as (May Only) they had more respect for their horse than most people as they were their best friends and partners. Then my cousin, Kenny Mclean, as I so wanted to be a rodeo cowboy when I We specialize in Distributors grew up. And I had a Outerwear, Oilskin Coats, for lot of influential people Australian Tack Down Under Saddles and Custom Made in my childhood. My Aussie Saddles uncle Mark Cawston, Bud Sharp, Gilbert and 3637 Valley Rd, 150 Mile House, B.C. V0K 2G0 Clarence Schnieder, 250-296-6806 Toll free: 1-866-832-3565

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and many more. Also I owe some of the knowledge I have gained to people such as Glen Stewart, Peter Campbell and Wil Howe as they are great horsemen in my eyes.

How long have you operated your business Cariboo Outback? Amber - We took over the business in September 2007. We were told it was a part time business, but it's definitely more than that, and I am sure the previous owners are giggling about that somewhere down in Mexico.

What horse memory still gives you a good laugh? Amber – As a kid, waiting for my parents to be asleep, sneaking outside with a friend who was sleeping over and going for midnight rides on the horses. We'd go down to the school grounds and just have fun. Funny, we'd run into other kids from our elementary school out on their bikes at night. Never got caught. Casey – My childhood memories of our pack trips give me many laughs, such as heading into the mountains one September morning with about 6 riders in the party and 8 pack horses and all of a sudden the trail came alive with bees and horses going in every direction.

What has been your most memorable achievement (horses or personal)? Amber – Starting my mare when she was 4 and I was just getting back into horses. It was a lot of fun to basically learn together since I had no one around to do it for me, just some good videos. Casey – My first horse that I trained when I was 6, Cisco. And then it would have to be all the years I rodeoed and all the great bucking horses I got to get on. And I loved the rodeo trail it was great fun and I had some great friends that I

Down Home, cont’d got to go down the road with in those days. Thanks for a great life

What are your future goals? Amber – My plan is to continue growing Cariboo Outback. We have tons of ideas but deciding which way to go is the hardest. Currently we are expanding into more western clothing, hunting wear, and outerwear. Also we are looking for a great location as we are growing out of our current one. Casey – I hope to be able to get our cow herd up to 100+ head of purebred red and black Angus and move to the southern part of the province one day soon.

If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you do? Amber – After the initial almost heart failure and party, we would look for the perfect ranch to continue raising more purebred Angus and expand into

sheep. The big decisions would be weather this would be an equine center, retreat, or bed and bale. Who knows, it would be fun figuring that out. There are a few animal charities that would benefit from our lottery win as well. Casey – I would buy a bigger ranch somewhere that is warmer and where I could run a lot more cattle. I also would like to be able to have a retreat for people to come and relax and maybe show them the cowboy way of life. Share my little knowledge of cattle and horses and that there is a lot more to life than money. That a good horse and great company makes life a lot better.

Amber started life in Cloverdale where having a couple of horses around was just what everyone did and it was all about pleasure riding. She then ventured off to become a massage therapist, working in a few different areas, from Colorado to Salmon Arm and eventually settling in Williams Lake to raise her daughter. Amber and Casey eventually got together and having the same interests in horses, started to acquire their fair share. Right now they have 12, from Quarters to Canadians, Bashkir Curlies, Welsh Cobs and one Miniature Donkey (more for the horse's amusement). They also raise red Angus purebreds, and have gone naturally, with no antibiotics or vaccines. Their passion is their dogs. They raise Australian Shepherds and are impressed how they work together on cattle and are excellent trail companions.

Casey grew up in Keremeos, where his family ranched. He did the rodeo circuit as a bareback rider for 26 years taking home his fair share of winnings. Eventually he moved north to ranch in Williams Lake with his family.


Glen Gough Coming To Williams Lake This summer the Cawston’s are planning on bringing Glen Gough from Australia to Williams Lake for a weekend clinic on developing horsemanship skills. He is well known in Australia and is making his first trip to Canada starting at the Calgary Stampede, then over to BC. Glen was riding without a bridle and saddle back in the 70’s before that got popular. He was asked to demonstrate his skills with his horses at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Some of what he performed was: having his horse picking up his hat and passing it to him; being led backwards by the tail; holding a cigarette in its mouth while Glen cracked it in half with a stockwhip; bowing to be mounted; lying motionless in a swag with Glen; standing on a drum and waving to crowd with front leg. “Thank you to John & Lesley Ferris of Ferris Fencing for introducing Outback Saddles to Glen Gough, “ Amber Cawston.

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Preserving Cowboy Heritage in BC By Mark McMillan

The BC Cowboy Heritage Society (BCCHS) has a mandate that basically says they will preserve and promote cowboy heritage in the province of BC.


his mandate is met in several different ways. As well as preserving cowboy music, song and cowboy poetry by hosting numerous different cowboy concerts and the annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival, the society also offers several student scholarships, an annual award for the preservation of cowboy heritage, awards for Western art and photography, and the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame.

This year the BCCHS inducted seven cowboys into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. On March 13, 2009, at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, the following were inducted: Thomas Graham – Competitive Warner Philip – Ranching Pioneer Gordon Earl – Competitive Palmer Family – Family On April 19, 2009, at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo, these cowboys were inducted: Mary Ann Ross – Working Cowboy Ray Johnson – Working Cowboy Rich Hobson – Artistic

The Joe Marten Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage once again went to a very deserving recipient. Cowboy artist John Schnurrenberger, known throughout the world for his incredible art, had his name added to the trophy (on display at the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake). He was presented with a plaque on March 14 at the Cowboy Festival. While you’re looking around the BCCHS website check out John Schnurrenberger the student scholarship page. The winners are announced each year at the Cowboy Festival. Two thousand nine saw some tremendous work entered (from 2008) and the judges couldn’t pick an overall winner of the art entries – so they decided to give extra awards: For an original poem, essay or short story – 28 • Saddle Up • May 2009

Rachel Elizabeth Hewison For a piece of cowboy craftsmanship – Cody Turner For a piece of original artwork – Genevieve Lisik, Esther Aldettiesten and Andrea Hilborn That’s a total of five, $500 scholarships, awarded for 2008 entries. Entries are received from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 of each year. And then there’s art – everybody likes art … one of the most improved areas in this year’s Kamloops Cowboy Festival was the Art of the West Show and Sale. Here’s a list of the awards that were presented and to whom.

Thomas Graham

Warner Philip

Flatwork Judges’ Choice Best of show: “Straight Up In The Bridle,” Shannon Lawlor, Cayley, AB First runner up: “The Visit,” Adeline Halvorson, Chilliwack, BC Second runner up: “Running Paints,” Michelle Grant, Calgary, AB Peoples’ Choice Best of show: “The Visit,” Adeline Halvorson, Chilliwack, BC Runner up: “Straight Up In The Bridle,” Shannon Lawlor, Cayley, AB

Gordon Earl

The Palmer Family

Photography Best of show: “Riding Out At Dawn,” Peter Castonguay, 100 Mile House, BC First runner up: “Frosty Parade,”

Cowboy Heritage, cont’d Liz Twan, Alkali Lake, BC Second runner up: “Charro Horse,” Lynn Rougeau, Westwold, BC

Sculpture Best of show: “Catastrophe,” Linda Kelly, Kelowna, BC First runner up: “Baby Bunting,” Jordan Straker, Chilliwack, BC Second runner up: “Colt Lamp,” Doug Alcock, Vernon, BC

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Saddle Making Professional Best of show: Ladies Slick Fork, Darcy Kabatoff, Mission, BC First runner Up: Taylor Tree Fully Tooled, Ryan Cope, Oakdale, CA Second runner up: Tooled Custom, Bob Kaufman, Irvine, AB Amateur Best of show: Wade, Elton Joorisity, Whitecourt, AB First runner up: Association, Joe Roberson, Merritt, BC Second runner up: Full Flower Wade, Terry Milliken, Manyberries, AB So if you know of a Western artist or photographer, a saddle maker, someone who preserves cowboy heritage, someone who is entering postsecondary education, or a working cowboy (may be deceased), then check out the BCCHS website – you should be able to find everything there and who knows ….

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Cariboo Chatter

By Mark McMillan

Wow May looks busy. So does June for that matter! Actually all summer is looking like there will be no shortage of things to do and/or see in the Cariboo – in the horse world, the rodeo world, and the cowboy entertainment world, there’s a lot of scheduled events on our calendar.

Branding at Meadow Springs in 2008 … Billie McLennan opens the gate as Hugh brings out the next calf. Mark handling the iron, Red and Wes hold the calf, Nathan watches to make sure we’re doing everything right, Brian coming with a needle (he’s our vet) that he just got from Kathy. Everything is done the old-fashioned way as much as possible.


et’s start with the long weekend in May. We’ll be branding here at Meadow Springs on the 16th (weather permitting). Hugh McLennan, the voice of the Spirit of the West, will be on hand to do all the roping and if we do get rain we’ll move ahead a day – or even to Monday if we have to. Not much in the way of competition for the Little Britches Rodeo in 100 Mile on the 16th though, or the Ruff Stock Rodeo on the 17th, or especially for the first Saddle Series Gymkhana on the 18th – Jen Felce can fill you in with the details of the gymkhana at 250-7916207. We’ll then take a rest till Thursday, when the party happens in the Dusty Rose Pub in 70 Mile House. Alan Moberg and Ed

Ed Peekeekoot … to entertain in 70 Mile and Clinton May 21 and 22, respectively. Alan Moberg … to perform with Ed as above. The two of them will be performing at this year’s Williams Lake Stampede, too.

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Peekeekoot will be performing so it can be nothing but a fun night! This is just a warm-up for them as the next night they head down to Clinton to entertain at the annual grad class fundraiser Dinner Concert. Phone Patti for tickets and info – 250-457-6684. That’s just the start of the weekend, too, as it’s rodeo weekend in Clinton. Two days, the 23rd and 24th, will be the Clinton BCRA sanctioned rodeo – always a fun weekend. June 20 and 21 will be the big weekend in Ashcroft as it’s the Ashcroft Stampede. The 21st is also the second of the Saddle Series Gymkhana in 100 Mile House. July 11 is the first Green Lake Gymkhana of the year with the second one following on Aug. 8. Dimps has the info at 250456-7741. July 19 is the third 100 Mile Gymkhana with the fourth one following on Aug. 16. Aug. 5 is the entry deadline for the 100 Mile House Competitive Trail Ride, which takes place Aug. 15 and 16. Joanne will have the answers to your questions on this one and can be reached at 250-456-7320 or see their website at: It all happens at the 99 Mile Ski Hill just south of the town of 100 Mile House. Level 1 will be approximately 16 miles, level 2 is 24 miles and level 3 is 34 miles.

On a sadder note …

Walter August “Shorty” Horn passed away on March 28 at the age of 89. He was born in Fawn, BC, which is now known as Lone Butte, on Highway 24. He never moved more than 10 miles from the homestead where he was born. Shorty was instrumental in the founding of the Watch

Shorty Horn and daughter Dimps Horn being interviewed for the Spirit of the West Radio Show by Hugh McLennan in their cabin on the cruise ship, in the Panama Canal, in January, 2009.

Cariboo Chatter, cont’d Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana and helped with the running of it for many years – including doing all of the events announcing. A huge asset to 4H for many years, the first fire chief of the Watch Lake/Green Lake Fire Department, cattle hauler for many years, friend to so so many, and beloved to a very caring and giving family. There was a memorial service in 100 Mile House on Tuesday, April 14 with about 800 people present. The service was very well put together and Shorty would have been both happy and proud. He will be sadly missed by many.

Frank and Betty Gleeson – Burned Out! Then on June 6 you won’t want to miss out on the fundraiser for Williams Lake Cowboy Poet Frank Gleeson who lost his house and all that was in it to a fire on March 28. It will be held at the Calvary Community Church in Kamloops. Butch Falk will have the details at 250-672-9691. Frank is one of Canada’s favourite cowboy poets and Frank Gleeson lost his house to a fire on March 28. There will be a the official Poet Laureate fundraiser on June 6 in Kamloops. of Williams Lake. He has performed at cowboy poetry gatherings throughout Western Canada and the US. Frank says that he is thankful that he and his wife Betty got out of the fire unharmed. They did however, lose everything and, although they had insurance they are finding now that they were seriously under insured.

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Frank and Betty Gleeson Fundraiser A group of fellow performers have organized a benefit concert for Saturday, June 6, 2009, at the Calvary Community Church on Rodgers Way in Kamloops at 7 p.m. Admission will be by donation at the door. Featured performers will include: Gary Fjellgaard, Hugh McLennan, Tom Cole, Rob Dinwoodie, Butch Falk, Dave Longworth, Matt Johnston and Mike Puhallo. A relief fund is being set up through the BC Cowboy Heritage Society. Cheques may be made out to Frank Gleeson or to BCCHS re: Frank Gleeson and can be mailed to: BCCHS (Frank and Betty Gleeson Fund) PO Box 137 Kamloops, BC, V2C 5K3 The details, and any updates we have, will be posted on our website We did get quite a few donations thrown into a large milk can that we had set up at the Williams Lake Bull sale on April 17 – thanks to all that were there. The phone keeps ringing, e-mails keep coming in, and people from far and wide are asking where they can donate to help Frank and Betty. It sure is nice to see this generous support and to know that the world we live in is so caring in times of need. Thanks to all.


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PRAQHA Stallion Service and Select Horse Sale

By Colleen Wangler

It was a resounding success for the First Annual Peace River Area Quarter Horse Association Stallion Service Auction and Select Horse Sale held at the Lakota Centre, Dawson Creek, BC.


riday night, April 10, started off with an informal preview and cheese social. Thanks to Gay and Linda Lewis, cattle were supplied and those wishing to could demonstrate their horse's team roping or cutting ablities. This was well attended and a wonderful opportunity for prospective buyers to view the horses and talk to the owners. Saturday, April 11, over 500 in attendance and they came to buy. Top-selling stallion service honours went to GC Hired Gun, a stunning palomino owned by Kirtzinger Quarter Horses of Hay Lakes, AB. "Custer" has achieved his ROM in Halter and was Supreme Stallion at the Canadian National Horse Show. Professionally turned out and shown by owner Sandy Kirtzinger his service was purchased by Cheryl Hulyd for $1,200. Reserve high-selling stallion service was donated by two-time Canadian National Halter Champion, I'll Smoke Ya and owner Chuck and Beth Mannes, M-Bar Quarter Horses Didsbury, AB. High selling horse was lot No. 25 Hesa Smooth Peppy consigned by Lane Geisbrecht of Cecil Lake, BC. This 2001 AQHA gelding was a been-there done-that type of fella. Team roping, reining and working cowhorse. After an exciting round of bids, the hammer fell at $8,400. Doug Petrie of Charlie Lake, BC, is NBCQHA 2nd Annual the proud All Breed Horse and Tack Sale new owner.

High selling stallion service: GC Hired Gun owner Kirtziner Quarter Horses (The couple in both photos is: Derek and Martina Shaw owners of Old Remuda Tack and Western Wear; they donated both blankets)

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The high selling horse consigned by Lane Geisbrecht buyer Doug Petrie

Rounding out the top five was lot No. 1 Two Eyed Bay Buck a gorgeous bay stallion consigned by Kenny and Lanne Betts, Lundbeck, AB. Lot No. 16 MBar Gator 2005 sorrel gelding by I'll Smoke Ya consigned by Chuck and Beth Manness, Didsbury, AB. Lot No. 31 AW Te n Te Commander a beautiful 2005 buckskin gelding consigned by Old Baldy Ranch, Dawson Creek, BC, and a heartfelt thanks to repeat customer Ian Hamilton, Sexsmith, AB. "Buddy" truly has a great new home. And lot No. 26 Lynx Star Peppy, a very handy 2004 sorrel mare head, heel ranch rodeo you name it, consigned by Tannis and Shiloh Bigam, Bear Canyon, AB. Top five horses brought $27,050 for an average of $5410.00. A tremendous effort by all involved. Many thanks to our pedigree man Clyde Dougans for going the extra mile Friday night and your wealth of knowledge on the pedigrees. To Shane and Jack Patterson for your auctioneering services and a huge round of thanks to Derek and Martina Shaw owners of Old Remuda Tack and Western Wear, Fairview, AB, for donating beautiful monogrammed blankets for the high selling stallion service and high selling horse.

Cariboo Cowgirls

By Janice Sapp

Yahoo, spring has finally sprung in the Cariboo! The horses are shedding, the snow is melting and the Cariboo Cowgirls Drill Team is ready to ride into the 2009 rodeo season. They kicked off their year on April 4 when they performed at Eagleview Equestrian Center’s Horsin’ Around in the Cariboo, and then ended the evening with a very well-attended silent auction and steak dinner hosted by the Overlander Pub. Many generous donors helped make the evening a huge success. This year is turning out to be one of their most exciting yet. They have gained a multitude of new riders, each adding something special and new to the team, and all of them are learning the ins and outs of the routine at a phenomenal rate! May 9 and 10 is the first rodeo for the Cowgirls as they will be opening for the 1st Annual Kamloops Spring Rodeo. (They can’t think of a better way to spend

Mothers Day!). Then a week later on May 16 they head to 100 Mile House for the Little Britches Rodeo and will spend the 17th there as well, when they perform for the 100 Mile House and District Rough Stock Rodeo. Yes, they know that the website needs updating and are working to remedy that. So here is a list of dates so you can be sure catch them in action at a rodeo near you. • Williams Lake Stampede, June 26-29 • Canoe Mountain Rodeo, Bullarama, Valemount, July 10-12 • Billy Barker Days, Quesnel, July 17 to 19 • BCRA Finals, Quesnel, Sept. 18 to 19 Many thanks to all of those who support them in their adventures. A HUGE thank you to the Williams Lake

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Trail Riders, who generously set aside six hours of arena time each week so the Cowgirls can practice and polish their routine. “Without the contributions of their sponsors, people like the Williams Lake Trail Riders and the rodeo committees that invite them to perform at their events, the Cariboo Cowgirls do not exist and they are truly grateful for all the support they have received in 2009.” We will see you down the road, and remember wherever, whenever, if you have a chance, come and see us we always welcome a visit from those who are interested in what we do. Until next time …

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By Carol Hansson

“Well, from what I know, you can still win stuff in Western,” says Victoria. “But it’s belt buckles and saddles and stuff. I have no idea why she’s learning Western.” “Hmm,” says Lindsay. “I guess we’ll see. C’mon, you wanna trot?” “Great idea!” says Victoria. “I love Sparks’ trot!” The two girls trot around the circle at their end of the ring, but are stopped when they hear Sam practically yelling. “Do not dig your spurs so hard into his side, Charlotte!” says Sam. “I told you, he has very sensitive flanks!” “I. Will. Do. What. I. Want,” says Charlotte, biting off each word in a grimace. “This is my horse, and he WILL behave!” Chrome was skittering around the ring, trying to get away from Charlotte’s spurs. “Listen to me you stupid horse!” screams Charlotte, jamming her heels into his side. “LISTEN!” Chrome bolts toward the gate, trying to escape. In a quick moment, Sam has Chrome’s reins in her hand and Charlotte has her head in her hands, crying silently. “I can’t do this anymore,” she whispers. “I just can’t…” “C’mon Charlotte, why don’t you get off Chrome and we can go to my office and have some hot chocolate?” “No, thank you,” says Charlotte. “I … I … just don’t know what to do. My life is a mess,” she continues, not even noticing that Victoria and Lindsay have dismounted and have walked up to her and Sam. “My parents … my mom, especially … they all want me to be perfect at everything. Riding used to be fun! It really did! Now I just hate it because I have to do everything right. It’s horrible. I want to quit, but my mom would kill me. She’s spent so much money on my clothes, the trailering, the horse…” she sighs. “Oh. Hi.” She says, noticing Lindsay and Victoria. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to ruin your guys’ lesson.” “It’s not ruined!” says Lindsay perkily. “I mean … it’s not, right?” “Of course not,” says Sam. “Do you want to continue, Charlotte? Perhaps minus the spurs?” “Okay,” says Charlotte, wiping her sleeve across her eyes to dry them. “Sounds good. Can we just walk around for a while?” “Whatever you’d like,” says Sam. “After all, you’re the one paying my bill!” Lindsay giggles and Charlotte joins her. “I guess I do sound pretty snotty, don’t I?” “Err, kind of,” replies Victoria. “But that’s all right. You must be going through a lot of stress with all that pressure from your parents.” “You’re telling me,” says Charlotte, after mounting Chrome again and walking him. “Hey Sam, I was meaning to ask you … I thought Western riders rode with one hand? Why am I using both?”

Horsesense 101, cont’d “Because Chrome is learning just as much as you are,” says Sam. “One-handed reining comes with lots of practice, and some horses never get it.” “Oh,” says Charlotte. “I guess that makes sense… so I guess Chrome’s not perfect either?” Victoria answers, “No one is perfect, Charlotte, whether human or horse. We all make mistakes and it’s up to us to learn from them. A cliché, but a true cliché.” “She’s right,” says Sam. “Horseback riding, even horsemanship in general, is a learning experience every day.” She laughs. “I mean, I’ve been around horses since I was little and just yesterday I learned that my horse Hope likes licorice! Who would’ve thunk?” “Hey Charlotte, are you going to the overnight trail ride?” asks Lindsay.

“I wasn’t planning on it,” says Charlotte. “My mom would say it’s a waste of time that I could spend either studying or riding, but I think I will go. Is that okay, Sam?” “Sounds good to me,” says Sam. “I’m sure you’ll enjoy yourself. Are you going to take Pepper or Chrome?” “I think I’ll take Pepper. I kind of miss him,” she answers. “He is a really nice horse,” says Lindsay. “But Chrome is so flashy!” says Victoria. “Chrome is flashy, isn’t he?” says Charlotte, looking down at the paint horse and giving him a pet. “He’s such a nice ride too … his trot is even nicer than Sparks! And his canter? Wow. Hey,” she says, looking at Victoria. “Would you like to give him a try?”

A big grin covers Victoria’s face. “You’re kidding, right? You’ll let me try him?” “Sure, why not,” answers Charlotte. “Besides, Sparks and I go way back … Sam bought him from my uncle’s ranch.” “Really?” asks Lindsay. “Yup,” says Sam. “Both Sparks and Jitter are from the Double O ranch. Your uncle has some mighty fine horses!” “I know,” says Charlotte. “I just wish I could actually enjoy riding them!” TO BE CONTINUED The Three Musketeers Carol Hansson lives in Prince George, B.C., with her husband, three bunnies, Bacardi, Bellini and Pepper – and her newest addition, Brandy. Brandy is a 10-year-old QH/Arab cross gelding, who she’s only had for a week but already loves to pieces. You can contact her at jhansson@telus. net.

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The Great Escape, 2009 By Brenda Baker The winter of 2008/2009 came abruptly about Dec. 1 with cold weather and lots of snow that did not melt away. Being raised in the foothills and spoiled by many Chinook-filled winters, my friend and fellow horsewoman, Charis Cooper, found this winter to be especially long and cold.


ate in December, 2008, she read an article published in the Horses All newspaper about a mule trip a couple had taken. She phoned me wondering if I’d like to do this too! We decided to book a two-day mule trip with an overnight stay at the Phantom Ranch located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. On Feb. 27 Charis and I hopped on a WestJet 747 to leave winter behind. We were to have a wonderful adventure in Arizona. Charis has done her share of world travelling so although I am a

“country mouse,” I had an experienced travelling companion to act as navigator while I drove the rented car into the sunset … During the first few days in Arizona we watched a parade complete with the Budweiser horses then drove the Apache Trail loop (east of Phoenix) to the Roosevelt Dam. Heading north we stopped to see both Montezuma’s Castle and Montezuma’s Well. We spent some time in the Museum of Northern Arizona near Flagstaff before arriving at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Before that day, Charis had never been to the Grand Canyon so it In 2 years we’ve raised over $11,000 through this event. was quite exciting for Help us continue to raise money towards this great cause! her to look out over the rim at last. SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2009 When we checked Starts at 10 am at Watt’s Arena in Marron Valley (8 km west of Kaleden junction on Hwy 3a, between Kaleden & Twin Lakes Golf Course) in to our hotel we were able to check in with Watch or Participate in this Fun Day the mule outfit as well. Wear your PINK and enter into Team Roping, They immediately Barrel Racing, Cattle Penning or Sorting. weighed us both. The $40 per entry (max 2 entries) rule is no one rides if 50% to Breast Cancer, 50% to the event. they are over 200 lb. This event fills up fast. The mules would not * Buckles for Hi Point in each event have a problem with a * A Prize for Every Competitor heavier rider but in an * Team Prizes * Silent Auction items * Surprise prizes! emergency, the guides * Buy your team or sponsor another team!! Entries:, scroll to bottom of page, download can only handle so registration/steak dinner/donation form. much weight safely. We are always looking for donations and sponsors. Each of us was allowed one SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2009 two-quart-sized Morning: Jackpot Team Roping. Afternoon: Jackpot Team Penning plastic bag for our * Dry Camping available * overnight needs. These Call Alan or Dorothy 250-498-0280 or bags went into the E-mail or

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This was taken during the Apache Trail Days Parade

saddlebags that every mule carried. We were given brand new water canteens to fi ll for the trip. These would become souvenirs as they could not be reused. We were instructed to tie string to glasses and sunglasses so they would not blow off during our ride. Our cameras were on strings around our necks and we were each loaned a yellow raincoat. I wore my riding helmet but if I had fallen down hill off my mule my head would not have been the greatest of my worries! All headgear had to be attached to strings and once the wind hit us for the last hour of our ride, I knew why; my helmet felt like it wanted to fly away even with its snug chin strap. The next morning before we mounted up, there was a 20-minute orientation lecture. The focus was safety. It was done in an engaging but professional manner and I felt confident we were embarking on a well-organized adventure. Like so many of us, Charis doesn’t like heights. She said her stomach was churning but she was determined to ride! I downhill ski a lot so heights are not a big problem

Charis riding Chester down into the “Devil’s Corkscrew.”

The Great Escape, cont’d however my learning curve came when I realized that we were not allowed to mount or dismount without help! The mantra, “please don’t help me,” was one my guide heard every time he stood at my mule’s head to help me on or off. To his credit, he did not give me a boost but I know he was ready to help me. Later on, after supper he told me that he heard that phrase a lot when ranchers came to ride. A few more things we were not allowed to do were: adjust our stirrups, feed our mules, tighten our cinches, or touch our halter shanks. There was no chance for second thoughts once we were mounted; down we went, single fi le of course. Although the trail is four feet wide it seemed much narrower since the mules are trained to

of days in Sedona with its red rocks. We walk on the edge. Soon I felt confident in took in a jeep tour and a horseback ride my mule’s desire to remain on the trail in the Dead Horse State Park and a night so I looped the reins around the saddle of Western entertainment at the Blazing horn and started to take pictures of the M Ranch near Cottonwood. Although spectacular scenery. these were nice activities, we found that The mules were very steady animals. They were as tough as equines can be and everything paled in comparison to the mule ride! they responded to the voice commands On the last day of our holiday as from our guide as well as from us, but we drove back to Phoenix to catch our only as long as it was safe to do so. Some WestJet flight home I told Charis it of the mules are TWH crosses and of was a good thing we were going home, course many are draft crosses. There otherwise we’d have to go back and do are pack trains going down and back everyday to bring supplies to the Phantom the mule ride again! Now that we are back in our own Ranch and to pack out garbage. We met beds, our dreams are happy recollections one of these on our way up the second of dizzying heights, hairpin turns on day and they were really moving! The pack mules are much bigger than the ones ledges that drop off into space, beautiful we rode and they are superfit. Not a single wild country and the smell of mules! For a look at more pictures of mule I saw had a mark on it. Their legs our adventure go to are clean and their feet are perfectly shod for the conditions. and click on the Great Escape, 2009. After descending about 5,000 feet, we experienced a 27 C temperature increase! The rider in Wash system and powerful dry vac all in one! front of me fainted from dehydration just after we rode over the bridge that crossed the Colorado River. She told the guide she felt woozy and he got to her in time to catch Three other models available. her as she dismounted. Once we arrived at the Phantom of Accelerated Ranch we enjoyed hot Hydrogen Peroxide showers, short naps in Pure Oxygen Shampoo and an excellent steak & Fungal Wash supper. After a good NEW! night’s sleep and a big breakfast we rode out the next morning for See us at: Double Dollar Barrel a 5-1/2 hour ride back Race Finals, Grande Prairie up to the rim by a Equine Rites of Passage, Olds different trail. Glen & Donna O’Neil Eventually we left Marsh Haven Farm the Grand Canyon 1-877-ANIVAC1 (264-8221) and spent a couple


Here is a good view of the canyon at a hairpin turn in the trail. Not for the faint of heart!

A white mule coloured up by the red dust of the canyon

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Equine Canada Update

By Julie Cull

Ashley Holzer and Pop Art Finish Top Five in the World at FEI World Cup Finals Canadian Olympian Ashley Holzer finished in fift h place in the Grand Prix test, on April 16, 2009, at the 2009 Federation Equestre International (FEI) Dressage World Cup Final taking place April 15 to 19, 2009, at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV. Originally from Toronto, ON, but now a resident of New York, NY, Holzer scored 72.510% with Pop Art (Amsterdam x Cabochon), a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Rusty Holzer and Ian and Moreen Nicoll. Holzer also finished in fift h place in the Grand Prix Freestyle test, on April 18, 2009. As the top Canadian combination in the North American World Cup League, Holzer and Pop Art earned their berth to the World Cup Final after winning several world cup qualifiers. Complete results for the FEI Dressage World Cup Final may be found at

Ashley Holzer Photo Credit, Cealy Tetley

CIC 3* Galway and Downs CIC 2* Popular Place The start of the international eventing season in North America on the weekend of March 27 to 29 featured competitions on both East and West coasts. Canadian Olympian, Sandra Donnelly, and her Olympic partner, Buenos Aires, finished in fourth place in the CIC 3* division at Galway Downs International Horse Trials, in Temecula, CA. Olympian Hawley Bennett of Langley, BC, and Gin N’ Juice finished in sixth place. Chelan Kozak of South Surrey, BC, and her horse Tasman Sea finished in eighth place In the CIC 2* division, Marissa Wolfe and The Maestro placed fift h. Therese Washtock of Summerland, BC, riding Incognito, was the top Canadian in the CIC 1* division finishing in sixth place. With her second horse Chesterland, Washtock finished in eighth place. Close behind in ninth spot was Manuela Propfe and her own Chango Malo. Across the county in Hamilton, GA, at Popular Place Farm, the Popular Place Horse Trials were also held March 27 to 29, 2009. In the CIC 2* division, Sarah Green of Calgary, AB, and Wondaree Penelope finished in six place. Joelle Baskerville, of Calgary, AB, and Malibu finished in sixth place in their first international competition the CIC 1* division.

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Equine Canada, cont’d Jessica Phoenix Finishes 11th at CIC 3* The Fork Canadian National Eventing Team member Jessica Phoenix finished in 11th place at the CIC 3* The Fork Horse Trials, held April 2 to 5 in Norwood, N.C. Competing in the CIC 3* International division, Phoenix of Cannington, ON, secured 11th place against stiff competition riding her own Exponential. Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch, 20, of Summerland, BC, and her partner Port Authority, finished in 20th place in their first CIC 3*. Winter and Wonderful Will finished in 23rd place.

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Lauren Barwick to be Official Spokesperson for Horse Week 2009 Paralympic Gold and Silver Medalist Lauren Barwick is the official spokesperson for Horse Week 2009, taking place May 30 to June 7, 2009. Barwick, riding her horse Maile, won the individual Gold and individual Silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in para-dressage. A two-time Paralympian, Barwick was also named as the 2004 Equine Canada Equestrian of the Year.

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BC Reining Trainer, Sherri Thomson Receives Award


n Tuesday, March 24, ProMOTION Plus honoured Sherri Thomson, this year’s Bobbie Steen Award of Excellence recipient at the annual ceremony, held in conjunction with Sport BC President’s Awards at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, BC. The Career Achievement Award recognizes outstanding role models who have, over the course of their career championed women in sport and physical activity. Sherri was drawn to the grace and power of horses early in her life. Over the course of her extensive career as an athlete, coach and trainer, Sherri has become a magnet for young female riders and loves to share her Sherri with riding student, Kerry Dyson (lft), knowledge and and client Sharon Russell, (rt.) passion for the sport of Reining with these young competitors. Sherri’s phenomenal work ethic makes her an amazing role model who has had a profound impact on the lives of her young protégés. This is evidenced by the love and dedication of her students to Reining, and by the fact that they spend most of their free time working with Sherri and the horses.

Sherri Thomson Nomination/Letter of Support for Bobbie Steen Award of Excellence (Nomination has been edited for space and not printed in its entirety) Submitted By Isabella MacQuarrie


am pleased and honoured to write this letter of support for Sherri Thomson in recognition of her ongoing and continuous dedication to her chosen sport of Reining. I would like to put forth her name for recognition in both a Career Achievement Award, as well as a Program Development Award.

Career Achievement Award I first met Sherri about 12 years ago when she was recommended to me as a potential trainer to whom I could take my newly purchased horse. At that time, Sherri was single-handedly running a large resort/dude ranch/training facility, and I was amazed to think that this one person was doing everything, from bookkeeping, to taking out trail rides 40 • Saddle Up • May 2009

(often at the spur of the moment), to arranging retreats for groups of people wanting a dude ranch experience, to managing a large herd of dude horses, as well as running her own training program for outside clients! It was Sherri’s Sherri with fellow award recipient, influence that Amber Zirnhelt on left focused our interest in breeding and raising horses for the discipline of Reining. Over the years, we continued to take our horses to Sherri for training, and watched with enthusiasm as Sherri went on to develop her own business, “Sherri Thomson Training.” She quickly moved up the ranks to open level competition with her Quarter Horse “Genuine Jeepers,” working along side professional trainers to develop her own skills as well as the talents of her charismatic horse, Jeepers. Sherri was a mentor, as I was to discover, as my own daughter, Casandra, began to spend more and more time in Sherri’s company. Casandra and her horse achieved success in their first two years of showing, winning high point awards in the beginner and youth Reining classes on the Western Canadian Reining Circuit, and by qualifying for the BC Summer Games. It was because of Sherri’s direct influence that Casandra is now in her third year at Olds College pursuing her own career in the horse industry by taking the highly competitive Equine Science Diploma, with a focus on training and Equine Business.

Program Development Award As one can imagine, this is not an inexpensive lifestyle to engage in. The cost of travel to compete is enormous, involving trucks and trailers, and lots of gas to maintain a competitive show schedule. Entry fees and stabling for horses can often run into the thousands of dollars. Sherri covers the cost of the girls who travel with her and unlike many other trainers, does not charge her clients at shows for coaching, warming up horses, or the myriad of other tasks involved in going to a competition. During the winter months, Sherri conducts her business out of the Princeton Rodeo Grounds, and provides free labour to maintain, oversee and upkeep the facility while she is there. In the summer months she works from her home, and is continually upgrading her place in order to make it an inviting place for clients.

4-H Learns Training Thru Trust By Alexandra Hayes

For the young equestrian, what could be better than having a front row seat to watch Doug Mills in the Trainers Challenge at the Chilliwack Mane Event?


ell, how about participating in a Doug Mills Training Thru Trust clinic with your own horse and your 4-H club? Kaylee Mills, apprentice clinician and the 20-year-old daughter of Doug Mills, together with Justine Joycey, apprentice horse trainer with Doug Mills, came to Creston to give a very special clinic to members of the Creston Valley 4-H Horse Club on March 14-15. Doug Mills believes in Communication rather than Intimidation when it comes to horses. He teaches how to form a willing partnership between horse and rider rather than a wall of resistance and resentment. Kaylee and Justine began by teaching members the basics of Liberty work in the round pen. Then, they moved on to some work on the halter. By Sunday, there was also some riding time built in. We learned how to release pressure at the right moment in the pen and to recognize signs of submission in our horses. We learned face control, feet control, the ground tie, how to get your horse to come to the fence for mounting safely, and other helpful hints covering everything from bridling your horse to addressing misbehaviour. The most interesting part of the clinic for me was the realization that it doesn’t matter what your discipline in the horse world is, the Training Thru Trust technique can work for you. It can be just as effective for the three day eventer as it can be for the dressage rider, the barrel racer, the roper, or the reiner. It is a good horsemanship and it makes good horse sense. The Creston Valley 4-H Horse Club really appreciates the quality time that Kaylee and Justine spent with our

horses and members. We all got a lot of one-on-one help. We really appreciated their professional skill level, and we also appreciated their warm and inviting, friendly approach. We would like to thank The Columbia Basin Trust for sponsoring our clinic. It would simply never have been practical without their support. We would also like to thank John Powell and Diamond Cross Arena for allowing us to use their facilities and for being so accommodating to our needs; and to The Creston Valley Horse Association for loaning us some extra panels so that we could have two round pens working simultaneously. Thanks to Doug Mills for donating sets of DVD’s with field guides to the club, so that we can continue to practice the skills learned in the clinic in our 4-H program. Thanks to Lisa for coming to the rescue on the icy hill on Sunday morning and demonstrating her exquisite hauling skills; and for her delicious hot soup which really warmed us up and kept us going. We would also like to thank our project leader Peggy Hawes for participating in the clinic with us, and for being so open minded and enthusiastic about trying something new. As Peggy said, “even Cookie learned a few things.” For me, the clinic was yet another example of how 4-H can be ‘more than you ever imagined,’ especially when you are fortunate enough to live in the Creston Valley. As I watched Doug Mills at the Trainers Challenge that weekend in Chilliwack, I dared to dream of a Training Thru Trust Clinic for our club here in Creston, and with the support of this community, it became a reality. Thank you.

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Camrose Spring Classic Pro Rodeo It was a whirlwind of rodeo action at the Camrose Spring Classic Pro Rodeo, especially for the stock supplied by Outlaw Buckers Rodeo Corp. Sunday’s performance left all seven bull riders competing in the third round dusting off their chaps and going home empty-handed after hitting the dirt before their eight seconds were up. The saddle bronc riders had a bit more luck hanging on. Kyle Thomson of Black Diamond, AB, topped the pack on Outlaw Bucker’s Tequila Howl during the second performance on March 21. He earned $872.32. Sunnynook, AB, bareback rider Michael Solberg cashed in on One Dollar Chip for the weekend’s top score and $1,128, just ahead of second place winner Davey Shields Jr., who earned $846. In spite of some shaky rides in the third bull riding performance, contestants in the first and second performances hung on long enough to get in on the money. Chad Besplug of Claresholm, AB, won $1,122.25 on Jack’t Up. Tie-down roper Logan Hofer of Magrath, AB, was the quickest in his event at the Spring Classic, earning him $1,328.93.

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In the steer wrestling, it was Clayton Moore of Pouce Coupe, BC, with the fastest time for $1,313.42, with Trygve Pugh and Gene Wiart tied for second place just a fraction behind. Barrel racer Kendra Edey of Longview, AB, placed first. She earned $1,558.31, while second place winner Rylee McKenzie won $1,335.69. Okotokian Adel Hansen will be cashing in another cheque. She placed third, earning $1,113.08. Team ropers Blair Stroh and Kevin Schreiner took the first place spot in their event. They shared $2,055.40. Boys’ steer riding helped round out each of the performances in Camrose March 20 to 21, and it was 13-year-old Lonnie West taking the lead. He gets $302.64 for his first win of the 2009 season. For up to date Pro Rodeo news, results and standings visit us at:

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CPRA News, cont’d inductee – Don. In the early ’50s, they became the first female trick riders in Canada and performed their daring stunts at stampedes, parades and fairs across North America. Jim Kelts Jim was a Canadian Finals Rodeo finalist nine times and a National Finals Rodeo (NFR) finalist four times. After retiring from active competition, Jim has stayed involved in rodeo as a pickup man at many CPRA sanctioned rodeos. Ruth McDougall Starting in 1983, the year ladies barrel racing joined the CPRA, Ruth placed in the top two at the CFR for eight consecutive years. Five of those years saw her win the championship title and an unprecedented three in a row from 1987 to 1989. Ruth now lives in Oklahoma with husband Junior Garrison. Mark Wagner Mark Wagner has been involved in and sponsored many rodeos across Western Canada, and was instrumental in helping the Luxton Pro Rodeo in British Columbia make the transition from amateur to professional. Wes Zieffle Wes was born in Medicine Hat in 1945 and worked his first rodeo when he was 14. As a contestant, he joined the CPRA in 1964 and was extremely successful competing in steer wrestling, tie-down roping and team roping, however, it’s his non-competitive contributions to rodeo that have really made him a champion in the Canadian rodeo arena. Mentor, instructor, father and friend, Wes has had many champions practice in his arena at Monitor, AB, and never seems to tire of the action. Twist Twist started out as a rope horse until Wes Zieffle purchased him for $400 worth of oats. Trained by Zieffle as a steer wrestling horse, he was the first to receive the title of Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year, an honour bestowed upon the steed in 1979, and a title he won four more times!

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Hoofin It with Alesia

Interview by Alesia Willard

This month I interviewed Julia, my nine-year-old little sister who adopted her first pony, Nikki, who is four years old, a few years ago. They live in Nanoose Bay. AW: Can you describe your pony, Nikki for us?

AW: How long have you been interested in horses?

J: Nikki is a blood bay, she has a white blaze and a white sock on her hind leg. She has two manes and I love brushing them! Her eyes are very pretty and she looks like she is wearing makeup around them. She is cute and can be very hyper but she is very gentle around me.

J: I’ve always liked horses, but I really got interested in them after we got our first two horses a few years ago. Two years later, I adopted Nikki.

AW: Does Nikki ever annoy you?

AW: What is your favourite part about owning your own pony?

J: At time when she gets bossy and tries to push me around. When she does this I get you (my big sister) to help me calm her down.

J: I like being able to spend time with Nikki. Brushing her is my favourite part and I know she likes it too.

AW: What do you love most about Nikki?

AW: What’s the hardest part about owning a pony? J: Scooping all the manure. It’s hard work but I also like doing it because it keeps Nikki’s stall nice and clean.

AW: What are you hoping to use Nikki for in the future? J: I’d like to do some show jumping. I think Nikki likes it and I know we could have a lot of fun together.

AW: What is your favourite memory of Nikki? J: When I first met her at the horse rescue, she followed me around everywhere. That’s when I knew she was the one for me.

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J: Whenever I am upset or in a bad mood, she can always cheer me up. I also love her curious personality and her pretty eyes.

AW: Do you ever regret getting a pony? J: Never! I love Nikki to death and I’d never give her up or change anything about her! Alesia C. Willard has loved horses since she was a kid. Now 17, she’s working to become a certified trainer. She currently owns two horses (a once-feral mare and her filly) and three other family horses.

Julia and Nikki during a training session last spring.

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The sweet smell of horse fi lls my nose I breathe deep fi ll my lungs with the remedy that cures my problems. I hear the small snuffling sounds my beautiful makes as he crunches his hay swishes his tail sighs in contentment. I see the warm barn the saddle and bridle my boots and helmet Him my beloved in his cozy stall relishing in the comfort of home. I feel happy safe in my comfort zone all my problems washed away as I settle down to read on a bale of hay watched by the caring eyes of my horse. I smile this is where I belong.

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Curly Standard Place - Our Journey to Freeze Semen from *Sandman’s Magic In 2005 I was contacted by a breeder in Australia inquiring about importing frozen semen from my stallion *Sandman’s Magic.


he request did not surprise me – *Sandman is a quality Curly stallion who is considered homozygous for curls and if a breeder is to be importing frozen semen it would be logical to look for these important attributes. At the time I think that breeder had imported two Curlies to Australia and that was the sum total of Curlies in that country! So I was willing to look into this for her and thus began the journey. First of all, I knew that *Sandman’s semen collected and shipped well when it was shipped fresh. I had heard of stallions whose semen simply did not ship well and with some it was difficult to get a mare in foal with their shipped semen. Since we already had that positive information on the quality of *Sandman’s semen the next step was to do a test freeze on him to see if his semen would be able to tolerate being frozen, then thawed and examined under a microscope to see if it recovered well from the freezing – and again we had a positive outcome! I had also heard of stallions who had their semen frozen and then thawed and even though the thawed semen looked good under a microscope they were unable to impregnate a mare

Sandman, Curly Stallion

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which of course is THE most important thing! So, the next step was to take a mare to my vet and have the vet use the frozen semen to obtain a viable pregnancy. I took one of my own mares to the vet and AGAIN we had success, in fact that mare is due any day with that frozen semen foal! So at this point I had proven that *Sandman’s semen could be frozen, thawed and used successfully to impregnate a mare. To me this was an essential step to take before I went any further. Now we were ready to look into the requirements for quarantining *Sandman. The regulations for importing equine semen into Europe require a one-month quarantine and there are necessary permits and details for each country that need to be met. At this point I had a serious inquiry from a breeder in Germany about purchasing *Sandman and I was very tempted to freeze his semen for my own use and sell him to that breeder but if I were to have done that it is unlikely that his semen would ever be sent to the original breeder from Australia and she had been with me through all of these processes so I did want to continue on and get that semen to her, so *Sandman was not sold and he remains with me. Now quarantining a stallion for Australia is very strict, with a lot of regulations, etc., that must be met and in addition the quarantine period for shipping to Australia is two months. So, *Sandman entered quarantine and as of this writing has been successfully quarantined, collected and his semen is now frozen and being held at my vet’s office in a quarantined holding tank. It will be shipped out the spring of 2009 to a breeder in Germany who has

Sandman Foal

graciously offered to arrange for the holding of the semen there and also to assist in having it shipped to the other locations in Europe to the waiting breeders. For the Australian shipment, it will be sent out long in advance of their autumn breeding season where they will finally get an opportunity to “put a little curl in their world,” courtesy of *Sandman’s Magic! It has been four years on the making, but it is done! I will be happy to assist anyone who is wanting to travel this journey with their stallion and I can also advise on the procedure and costs for shipping – it isn’t as bad as you might think! I highly recommend the services of my vet’s office, Okanagan Equine Veterinary Services. They are MOST helpful, knowledgeable, with a very fine facility. They are experienced stallion handlers and they are now fully approved and set up for quarantining of stallions for collecting and freezing their semen to ship to Australia and Europe. If you have interest in finding out more about this process please feel free to contact me at: or you can contact the Okanagan Equine Veterinary Services directly at 250-764-9888, the vet to ask for is Sheila MacDonald. Shelly White and *Sandman Summerland, BC

Roman Ramblings

By Greg Roman

The other day when I was at the barn feeding the horses, Belle, our Retriever came over and dropped a ball at my feet. I picked it up like I usually do and tossed it over the gate.


he took off towards the gate but my aim was way off and the ball hit the side of the gate post and bounced back directly towards the barn and you guessed it, it hit one of our horses square on the back of the rump. The smart dog stopped at the gate and turned to watch what was going to happen when the ball hit Guy, our relatively calm Morgan. Had it smucked his mom, Bobbi, she would have panicked and then quickly created a new walkway through the side of the barn and flattened me in the process. Guy on the other hand had only moved his hindquarters a foot or so and then lifted his head up out of the feeder to see what had just interrupted him from his evening meal. You can’t do poop patrol in a body cast. I was reminded just how quickly an accident can happen. Standing less than four feet behind Guy, was just the right distance for those power packed feet to do some major damage


to yours truly. If I got hurt and was laid up for a while, who else is the crew-boss gonna find around here to do all the chores on the ever growing horse husband list? The next time I am requested to bang on a new board or two on the barn or remove an old nail that is sticking out where it might possibly do some harm; I think I’ll write out a price quote (Ha! Ha!) and remind my partner that there actually is a hammer in the barn and it is in plain view just as you walk in the door. Maybe if I painted the hammer a bright fluorescent orange and tied a huge bow on it, it might actually be used to quickly do a chore instead of taking the time back at the house to find a pen and write the new task on a piece of paper and placing it on the top of the job jar. Horse husbands find a jar and label it horse husband’s wish list and each time you actually finish one of the things in your job jar then your partner has to pull a wish out of yours. Try it and let me know how it worked. Good Luck! Ride safe and return safe and please remember when you are throwing a ball around the barn ensure that you only use the cheapie tennis balls as they don’t bounce back like the sponge rubber ones do. Your horses will appreciate it and you get to walk upright for another day.

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Tidbits Shadowdancer’s Open House a Success! On Saturday March 28th, Helen Russell welcomed people to her home in Armstrong to demonstrate Shadowdancer’s Horsepatter approach to natural horsemanship. During the morning and afternoon sessions, participants were able to observe Helen’s techniques in the round pen that develop the human-horse bond and promote body awareness. Some were able to have a go in the round pen and worked with Helen and the horses. Two lucky participants were chosen through a draw and won a session with Helen. The winners were: Anna Baudou and Kirya Skinner. For upcoming clinics or more info visit www. or contact Helen at 250-546-9640. (Photo courtesy of Rein-Beau Images)

Cowplay Clinics ~“The How To”…of Cattle Work and fun! Join us on Mondays for “Green as Grass Cowplay” to “Advancing Your Cattle Work,” designed to be fun and cater to your skill level! If you have ever wanted to get started working cattle, but were not sure how to get started, join us for “cowplay!” at Horse Play Your Way in Langley, BC. Our programs are designed to give riders the ability to school their horse through all stages of training. On Friday nights we offer Mechanical Cow Night. Classes run from 6 to 9 p.m. All our clinics offer you the “how to” and the “why” behind the training, so each rider can make a more educated decision when training their own mounts.


Learn the fun of Hoofball with quality instruction and great camaraderie in a small group. This fun event will be offered on May 23rd and June 20th. Please check out our new website for all the great stuff coming up to do with your steed, or contact us at 604-309-6873.

Run For Survival 2009 – Barrel Race The South Island Roughrider’s Gymkhana Club & MFI are hosting a Barrel Race to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research. It will be held July 4, 2009 starting at 12 noon at the Luxton Fairgrounds in Langford, BC. Everyone is welcome! Fees are: Peewee ($10.00), Junior ($15.00), Youth ($20.00), Ladies & Men’s Open ($30.00). All entry fees will be donated to BC Cancer 48 • Saddle Up • May 2009

Society Breast Cancer Research. Join the team or enter your own team at: To register and request pledge sheets call 250-642-3571. Free camping is available for participants.

Are you interested in joining an Appaloosa Horse Club? A group in the 100 Mile House area is looking for Appaloosa owners, breeders, and lovers to commit to the creation and running of an Appaloosa Horse Club. Currently there is no club in BC and everyone is welcome. The goal of this club is to promote this handsome, versatile breed with its long, colourful history and exciting future. Also, the club will serve as an information centre, support system and social club for all Appaloosa fans. Contact Jennifer at or 250-791-6509 or 250-791-6519. (Photo courtesy of

Haller Trail Work Bee & Ride Our annual event is scheduled for the May 16-18 holiday weekend. Those of you who have joined us on past rides over the last 14 years know the trail, or parts of it. For those who don’t know it, please open Horse Council BC’s site to see a few photos, or turn to page 41 of the February issue of Saddle Up magazine to view three more Haller Trail photos featured on BCHBC’s page. The Haller is for experienced riders and mounts. We ride for up to 6 hours each day. Some trails take us into Marble Range Park and Edge Hills Park. Single track trails here are for horsemen and hikers, not for motorized recreationists. The ride is open for invited guests, their family and friends who are members of Trails BC or Horse Council BC. Please RSVP to participate. Larri Woodrow 604-888-2743 or Hank McEwan 250-378-1972, Trails Society of BC,

New Partnering with AAI and CCS America’s Acres Safety & Equipment (AAI) manufacturers of equine safety products and equipment has partnered with Canadian distributor Canadian Centurion Supply. They will now be distributing AAI product lines throughout Canada

Tidbits, cont’d Ralph D’Agosta, President of AAI said, “Offering our product lines through Canadian Centurion gives dealers and veterinarians the opportunity to sell our innovative high quality product lines without the worries of shipping items across the border. The dealer benefits are huge as it reduces shipping time and overall cost. They service all territories in Canada with a reliable sales and customer service team.” For dealer or product information contact America’s Acres Safety Products at 860-868-1838, or Canadian Centurion Supply 800-361-3860.

Albertan heads to South Africa for Polo Crosse Renee Hicks of Millarville, AB, one of Canada’s top Polo Crosse players, has been invited to join the U.S. Junior Polo Crosse Team for a series of test matches in South Africa in June 2009. The South African teams are amongst the best Polo Crosse players in the world. Renee has been involved in Pony Club, trail riding, hunts, and of course, Polo Crosse. In 2007 she competed in Australia for 2 months and has traveled to the U.S. many times prior to going to Texas to work and to improve her skills with their extended season. Renee is an Oilfields graduate and has lived in the Millarville area all of her life. Anyone who has been on the field with her knows she is highly competitive with great team spirit; her sportsmanship is second to none. We wish her and her teammates all the best in South Africa.

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The Cowgirl Way Drill Team Get ready for speed! This is our training year and we’re hitting it hard concentrating on more intensive training.


e start off our season by taking lessons with Cindy Kirschman, a certified Chris Irwin coach, based out of Lumby, BC. We will be riding twice a week once with Cindy and once with team captain and coach Tammy Aiello. We are stepping back this year from rodeos so we can concentrate more on training. This will also be a learning year on more consistent speed and praise moves. Our team will also use this year for fundraising, including a silent auction where we will have a dinner and a good ’ol barn dance, bottle drives and concessions at local events which we do monthly at Bob & Cindy Kirschman’s at Quarterspot Ranch. Their gymkhana is once a month and always goes off with a bang. If anyone is interested in the Cowgirl Way Drill Team performing drill demonstrations or our concession at any of your events please contact Tammy at 250-546-0444 or Tamara at 250-542-1771. We are a group of very dedicated horsewomen who are very proud to perform for you, with our flashy class and finesse, our glitter and glamour that catches all eyes. We have a lot of new interests this year with riders coming from all over the Okanagan Valley; from Kelowna to Tappen and everywhere in between.

If there is anyone who is interested in joining us on the team please contact Tammy at the number listed above. You must ride a Quarter Horse type that is calm and steady, that works well in a group of horses. Come check us out, if you have a passion to ride. We are proud to say we get better every year; we will hit it hard in 2010. We will still be performing at the IPE fair in Armstrong at the end of August, 2009, with daily demonstrations, hope to see you there. To all of our fans from the age of one to 100, we love you all. To all our little cowgirls keep smiling, we will be watching for you all. We proudly carried our sponsors’ flags in the winter carnival parade in Vernon, BC, back in February and we’re proud to say we brought home a nice trophy for first place in the animal division. Dates and times of our upcoming events and fundraisers will be advertised in Saddle Up so keep an eye on this great magazine. We deeply thank our sponsors and public support for making this possible for us; we couldn’t have done it without you. We’re proudly smiling for you all. Thanks again.

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NVIHA Western Performance Critique Show Report By Marg Camp Photos Courtesy Norman J. Wilson Photography,

Sunday, March 29, the day dawned very windy but sunny, a decided improvement over the rain, sleet and snow of the previous few days. The first Western performance show of the season was ably judged by Carol McEachen who gave constructive criticism to the competitors in the North Vancouver Island Horse Association Open Western Performance Critique Show, at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds in Courtenay, BC. Results HALTER Class 2 and 3-year-olds: 1. Hand Mia Lil Romance – Cherie Corrigan 2: Joes Montana Man – Carol Hilton 3: Absolutely Western – Tami Austin Class 4 four and over: 1: Mito’s Bo San – Nancy Garner 2. Dust in the Wind – Denise Masini 3: Sunglow Seeker – Chrystal Evans Class 5 Open: 1. Hand Mia Lil Romance – Cherie Corrigan 2. Mito’s Bo San – Nancy Garner 3: Joes Motana Man – Carol Hilton SHOWMANSHIP Class 7 Y 13 and under: 1. Megan Komori – I Can Live With Red Class 8 Y 14-18: 1: Krista Davis – Great By Inclination 2: Laura Evans –Sunglow Seeker Class 9 Peewee: 1. Rachel Thomas – Shades of Sand Class 10 Senior: 1. Aleta Strachan – Dynamic Caddy 2: Nancy Garner –Mitos Bo San 3: Carol Hilton – Joes Montana Man Class 11 Walk-Jog: 1: Kim Gourley – Golden Cedar Sunrise 2: Laura Evans – Sunglow Seeker 3: Cassidy Graham – J Bugs Classy Lady Class 14 Open: 1: Krista Davis – Great by Inclination 2: Nancy Garner – Mito’s Bo San Peewee – Rachel Thomas on Shades of Sand Class 12 Green Rider: 1. Shannon Palahicky – Always Invite Ollie Class 13 Green Horse: 1. Laura Evans – Sunglow Seeker 2: Shannon Palahicky – Always Invite Ollie HORSEMANSHIP Class 16 Y 14-18: Krista Davis – Great by Inclination Class 17 Peewee: 1. Rachel Thomas – Shades of Sand Class 18 Senior: 1. Aleta Strachan – Dynamic Caddy 2. Nancy Garner –Mitos Bo San Class 19 Walk-Jog: 1. Cassidy Graham – J Bugs Classy Lady 2. Megan Komori – I Can Live With Red 3. Kim Gourley – Golden Cedar Sunrise Class 20 Open: 1. Krista Davis – Great by Inclination 2. Nancy Garner – Mitos Bo San Class 21 Green Horse: 2. Shannon Palahicky – Always Invite Ollie 2. Carole Walton – Mickey WESTERN PLEASURE Class 24 Y 14-18: 1. Great by Inclination – Krista Davis Class 25 Peewee: Shades of Sand – Rachel Thomas Class 26 Senior: 1. Dynamic Caddy – Aleta Strachan 2. Mickey – Carole Walton 3. Mito’s Bo San – Nancy Garner Class 27 Walk-Jog: 1. Golden Cedar Sunrise – Kim Gourley 2. J Bugs Classy Lady – Cassidy Graham 3. I Can Live With Red – Megan Komori Class 28 Green Rider: 1. Always Invite Ollie – Shannon Palahicky Class 29 Green Horse: 1. Always Invite Ollie – Shannon Palahicky 2. Mickey – Carole Walton Class 30 Open: 1. Dynamic Caddy – Aleta Strachan 2. Great by Inclination –Krista Davis 3. Mito’s Bo San – Nancy Garner TRAIL HORSE Class 34 Senior: 1. Mito’s Bo San – Nancy Garner 2. Dynamic Caddy – Aleta Strachan Class 35 Walk-Jog: 1. J Bugs Classy Lady – Cassidy Graham 2. I Can Live With Red – Megan Komori 3. Golden Cedar Sunrise – Kim Gourley Class 37 Green Horse: 1. Mickey – Carole Walton Class 39 In Hand Trail: 1. J Bugs Classy Lady – Cassidy Graham Nancy Garner with Mito’s Bo San Class 40 Open: 1. Mitos Bo San – Nancy Garner 2. Great by Inclination –Krista Davis RIDING HORSE Class 42 Y 14-18: 1. Great by Inclination – Krista Davis Megan Komori with Class 43 Senior: 1: Mitos Bo San – Nancy Garner 2. Exposed Art – Carrie Humphrey I Can Live With Red Class 46 Open: 1. Mitos Bos San – Nancy Garner 2. Great by Inclination –Krista Davis 3. Exposed Art – Carrie Humphrey REINING Class 49 Senior: 1. Mito’s Bot San – Nancy Garner Class 50 Walk-Jog: 1. J Bugs Classy Lady – Cassidy Graham Class 53 Open: 1. Mitos Bo San – Nancy Garner 2. Great by Inclination –Krista Davis

The draw for the MP3 player sponsored by our photographer Norm Wilson, who provides the photographs included with this report, was won by first time competitor Chrystal Evans. This was a great start to the 2009 North Vancouver Island Horse Association’s open Western performance show season. All our shows are PAC approved and we have some great judges lined up for our points shows. Check out our website at Shannon Palahicky on Always Invite Ollie.

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Okanagan Breeders Group Showcase and Sale Photos by Rein-Beau Images or


he first annual OK Breeders Group Showcase held April 11&12 in Armstrong was well received! There were 57 horses shown for sale and 20 local stallions represented. This offered horsemen the opportunity to see a number of top quality horses in one venue throughout the course of the weekend! Consigned were many different breeds and disciplines, including reining horses, halter & pleasure horses, jumpers, working cow horses, Warmbloods, Quarter Horses, Icelandics, Morgans, Andalusians, Arabo-Friesian, Gypsy Vanner, Drum, Paints and Thoroughbreds. The crowd was wellentertained with such a diverse and unique group of horses. A special feature, a first time venture in the Okanagan and a fairly new program for the American Quarter Horse Assoc. is the AQHA Test Ride. We were thrilled to have AQHA Professional Horsemen Gus Evagelopolous and Laurie Takoff and Ambassadors Odie, Joey, Beau, Brent and Bert introduce this event at the Showcase. It consisted of a FREE one-on-one riding lesson given on a well-trained Quarter Horse. The response was incredible. Hopes are to offer another AQHA Test Ride next year when the OK Breeders Showcase takes on its second year! Saturday evening, in front of a packed audience, we held a Free Jump Competition where 22 horses demonstrated their jumping ability by going thru a chute of three jumps several

an Overwhelming Success! times as the jumps were progressively raised. Winner of the Show Jump donated by Oakhill Farm Jumps was Nicole, owned by Ruth and Ueli Boss of Salmon Arm. The audience was then entertained by a multitude of demonstrations including: one of Dressage by Armstrong resident, Sylvie Fraser who is hoping to qualify to compete at the North American Young Riders Championships in Kentucky this summer; followed by Free Style Reining with Gus Evagelopoulos riding Drivin To Hollywood and Carmen Doerksen riding SR Kool Starlite. Then Dallas Jeff ries on Touched by Chocolate showed the qualities needed in the Western Pleasure Horse; Toltaway Icelandic Farm showed their extremely comfortable and versatile gaited horses that make them highly sought after. The Interior Morgan Horse Club was next, proving the true versatility of the Morgan horse that makes them such a popular breed. And lastly, Working Cowhorse demos on a fast moving flag (simulating the moves made by a cutting horse when working on a cow) by Daina Schindelka on Shiney Men Can Jump and Carl Woods on Shy Little Lena. The Trade Fair was a huge success with merchants and clubs from Alberta, Vancouver Island, and many points in between! It was a good mix as many merchants reported record sales! For a first time venture organizers are thrilled with the response and the many suggestions to help make next year even bigger and better!

By Cathie Cross

In Memory of… Ken Heslegrave, July 3, 1956 - April 5, 2009 Okanagan Falls, B.C. Ken left us on April 5th after a valiant fight against Cancer. Some of you may remember him through his business at Superspark Ranch selling livestock equipment. He and his family had been in the the horse business for over 25 years showing in Western Pleasure, Cutting, Reining, Barrels, Team Penning, etc. They also bred top quality Quarter Horses for the Western rider. He is survived by his wife, Gayle; sons, Chris and Daryl; daughter, Tamara (Dean); brother, Ron (Jane); sister, Judy

(Dave); niece, Janessa (Yusiel); nephews, Shawn and Ryan and many many friends. A Celebration of Life for Ken was held at the Okanagan Falls School on April 25, 2009. Donations to Cancer Research, Animal Rescue or the Charity of Your Choice would be appreciated.

My Tribute to Ray Hunt, August 31, 1929 – March 12, 2009 By Daryl Gibb There is no doubt in our minds that Ray Hunt was an exceptional horseman. He could handle a horse in a way that most of us never imagined possible. The first time I had ever seen anyone put the horses first was at a Ray Hunt Clinic ten years ago. It was amazing to me that a person could accomplish so much, so quickly, and with so few problems. His words inspired a lot of people and for that, the horses are grateful. Horses were a way of life for Ray. His words were consistent, brutally honest, and they never found fault with the horse. In the horse industry nowadays that’s a rare quality. He would never blame the horse. Instead he would say that as riders and handlers, we are the teachers, so if any problems arose with

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the horses he taught us to be honest and take responsibility for fi xing that problem. This changed the way I handle horses. Over the years, I worked at remembering Ray’s words and the horses have gradually become easier to get along with. In January of this year, I was able to spend a month with Ray and Carolyn at their ranch in Texas. Ray’s words were no different now, than they were ten years ago. He has tirelessly dedicated his time to clinics around the world. He made every effort to share his knowledge and helped to establish better relationships between horses and riders; or as Ray would put it, “I’m here to give the horse a better deal.”

Git ‘Er Done! Gymkhana Club


eather is co-operating. Horses are almost done shedding. The bucking is somewhat under control. We’re ready to RIDE! It’s been a little hectic trying to organize location, dates, events, etc., but I really appreciate everyone’s patience and we are so excited about this year. Not only are our gymkhanas going to be more entertaining, but our annual fundraiser, Redneck-a-palooza! promises to be bigger and better. We have live entertainers and something special for the kids. Of course our headline features will be back in full swing, the Outhouse Building Contest and Auction, the Quad Obstacle Course, which I hear has even more unique antics planned, and don’t forget to bring your appetite for our Roadkill Concession. To wet your whistle we’ll have the Beer Gardens (can you think up a more redneckish name for this one)? A special prize will be given out for a more appropriate name than Beer Gardens for our scenic tavern. Smashing up a vehicle or two was more of a challenge than one had thought at the Car Bash. So please come out on June 13 at

By Bev Hall

the Pritchard Rodeo Grounds and enjoy a day of ridiculous sights and sounds of Redneck-a-palooza! ‘Cause there’s a little REDNECK in all of us! www. We are in the middle of applying to be a host for the BC Heritage Circuit, with finals in this year taking place in Chilliwack. Please check out for more details. The following is our schedule for this year. Please check out our website to be more current as some information may change. May 2 – Gymkhana June 13 – Redneck-a-palooza! June 21 – Gymkhana/BC Heritage Circuit qualifier – pending June 28 – Gymkhana / BC Heritage Circuit qualifier – pending July 5 – Gymkhana and Children’s Wish Foundation presentation Aug. 1 – Gymkhana Aug. 23 – Gymkhana Sept. 13 – Gymkhana Sept. 26 – Gymkhana Oct. 10 – Gymkhana Oct. 18 – Gymkhana

First Schooling Show a Success


he Armstrong-Enderby Riding Club’s first 2009 Schooling Show was a successful and sunny event. Over 22 participants hauled their show horses to the IPE grounds on April 5. The AERC thanks sponsors The Paddock of Vernon, and Country West of Armstrong, for generously donating grooming items as draw prizes. Also donating her signature green ecobags was Nancy Roman of Saddle Up magazine. Many young riders were thrilled to win the draw prizes. Thanks also to judge Isabelle Reinertson from Salmon Arm. The club’s Fun Day series begins in May and runs until September. AERC dates to remember are Fun Days: May 17, June 14, July 12, Aug. 16, and Sept. 20. Be there! (all riders must show proof of HCBC membership). The Fun Days are now open to NON club members, so anyone can take part, for only a small fee. An honour-system

Nov. 21 – Gymkhana – weather permitting Nov. 28 – Year-end Awards Banquet We have a change of plans for our location for our first gymkhana set for May 2 (9 a.m. registration/10 a.m. start). We will be back at the Pritchard Rodeo Grounds and will continue to have them there until further notice. Riders still are required to have a current Horse Council BC membership along with a Pritchard Community Association membership ($5 annual fee per adult). We have a SADDLE for the main prize for this year’s gymkhana with the winner in the 16 and over 1D, 2D, 3D, 4D, and intermediate 1D, 2D getting their names in a draw to win it at yearend awards. Any further questions please call me or e-mail me and I will be happy to answer. Bev – 250-577-3154/250-371-4899 or giterdonegymkhanaclub

By Tammy Thielman

mini-concession will be available, but for something heartier, pack your own lunch. Call Ursula McHugh at 250-546-0171 or Tammy Thielman at 250-832-3409 for info. The AERC was founded in 1966 and provides a fun and supportive environment in which riders of all ages and levels can enjoy their horses. • 55

South Okanagan Horse Association

By Barb den Boer

Wow! Is Spring finally here? Our 5th annual Fuzzy Horse Show is our first event of the year, held on April 11th at the Summerland Rodeo Grounds.


e had a great turnout, 39 riders and the Weather Our Fuzzy pony and Fuzzy horse Prizes were sponsored by Gods co-operated with pleasant temperatures and Boundary Machine, Penticton no rain, it was a perfect horseshow day. Our judge, Shiloa Bradburn did a wonderful job. She had some tough classes to judge with 9 Peewees showing their ponies and horses, including three lead lines. Shiloa gave all the riders helpful tips after each class was finished. Our new concession crew ran a smooth operation considering most were new to manning the kitchen. They cooked up those famous breakfast muffins with ham, cheese and egg. I think Larry, a new member, was a little embarrassed, yet pleased, when we all sang Happy Birthday to him. It was Larry’s big 60. Our next show on May 2/3 is a BC Heritage Circuit qualifier with Sheila Sierra Stulko, and Junior High Point, Andi Lantz Neumann as our judge for the weekend. News about that in next month’s Saddle Up. High Point Prizes were sponsored by Buckerfields, Kelowna, winners as follows: Peewee: Cedar Carter; Caverly Girls: Vanessa Caverly in Junior: Andi Lantz; pink and Danika Caverly in blue. Intermediate: Keltie Morgan; Senior: Elsen den Boer

Cedar Carter, High Point PeeWee

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Shaloa Street (back), Ali Lantz (front)

BC Draft Under Saddle Club


ooray… Spring has sprung in the Lower Mainland! With show season starting it’s time to get all that wooly fur removed from your “gentle giants” and start washing and preparing for the competitive show ring. BCDUSC has a very exciting event calendar ahead. We are thrilled to once again have the opportunity to show at this year’s Pacific Spirit Draft Under Saddle Show at the PNE. Dates are now confirmed from Aug. 31 until Sept. 2, 2009. REMEMBER all riders must be members of BCDUSC to compete, so get your memberships in! Currently, we are working with the PNE on what classes will be held, however, we do know that there will be games, English, Western, and a few new classes. Prize books will be available from the PNE in June. On another note, we are again excited to work with the Haney Horsemen Association during the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Country Fest on July 25 and 26 at the Albion Fair Grounds. Our members will strut their stuff twice daily demonstrating all riding disciplines. So be sure not to miss this great opportunity to come out for a family day of fun and support BCDUSC and the Haney Horsemen Association. Prior to the demonstrations at the fair, the BCDUSC, in conjunction with Haney Horsemen Association, will be

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By Kendall Venning

presenting an open games play night July 24 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. We will be offering barrel racing, pole bending, stake race, key hole and a flag race. All games will be open to all horse and rider combinations big or small! Visit our website at www. bcdraftundersaddleclub. Shasta and Andrea. com for more information. Finally, BCDUSC is putting together a tack sale May 3, 2009. Again check out the website for further information and updates. As for member updates, Andrea and Kendall attended the MREC schooling show March 29 with Shasta the Clydesdale and her mascot Jewel the Shetland/mini-cross. Congratulations to Andrea and Shasta, they won sixth place in the 2’ hunters and second place in the 2’3” hunters. Jewel was very excited to get out and watch her big friend jump. Taryn and Rose have been successfully showing in the dressage ring this spring, they are working hard to get that High Point again this year! Kendall and Izzy have been training hard to put together a reining pattern for the Maple Ridge/ Pitt Meadows Country Fest, haven’t you ever wanted to see a Clydesdale spin?! Come out and join in the fun get your memberships in!

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BC Miniature Horse Club News


ow what a month! Working sessions at Tammy’s, halter clinics, driving clinics, Quarter Horse Bazaar, it has been going non-stop. But what a great start. We had a great time at the Quarter Horse Bazaar. There was a fair amount of people out and about and we had many discussions with lots of folks about minis and what you do with them and how wonderful they are. Does not take much to get us to talk about our kids at all. There does seem to be more and more interest in the breed as we get out there more and show what these little guys can do. The Sunday working sessions at Tammy’s have been great. There have been a lot of people showing up and working their horses on driving and obstacle. Tammy does a great job of setting up an obstacle course in the centre of the ring and then the parameter is left open for drivers to work. I believe everyone has benefited from getting this chance to work and get help from one another. That is what makes it much more fun to work your horse. Thanks so much to Tammy and Richard for all the work you guys do to make this so nice! At the end of March two clinics were held. The first was a halter/halter obstacle/ jumping clinic with Syndi Kanzler. She held private halter sessions on Friday for anyone who wanted them, then we covered halter on Saturday followed by Sunday with obstacle and jumping. Saturday was freezing but Sunday turned into a gorgeous day so we were able to sit out in the sun and enjoy. We preferred that over being bundled up in blankets and every cooler we could find in my barn! Everyone had a great time and learned a lot. Even those who have been doing these things for awhile went away with some new ideas. The greatest part was watching Syndi instruct the youth in jumping. We all we cheering them on! When Breyanna Ryder finally got 58 • Saddle Up • May 2009

By Margaret Walmsley

her new horse over the three jumps we all were cheering and clapping for her. You could easily tell she was happy. Our second clinic was a driving clinic with Kathy Howard. One of the most informative things that we did in this clinic was taking each horse one at a time and lungeing it and then placing it in the correct show class. We included the new Western Country class which was great to learn about. This was an extremely educational process. Gaits, headsets and strides were all discussed on each horse. We also discussed these items in general as to what is wanted for each of the classes. Seems like the new Western Country class is gonna have quite a few entries! Again, at this clinic, watching the youth getting instruction was great. Breyanna Ryder, Cassie Meyers and Kheira Bateman were brand-new drivers and got to experience for the first time the chance to get behind the reins. I personally know that Kheira’s smile is still there! Sunny Balshaw got her first experience in doing driving obstacle. She had a team helping and she made it through that entire course! Over all, both clinics were successful. I gauge it by the fact that people enjoyed themselves, asked questions, participated in the exercises enthusiastically and resolved some issues with their horses so that by the end of the clinic there was a performance difference in the horse. What better way to show a success. There are many different philosophies about clinics. Some think that you apply everything from the clinic to your horse, some are with trainers and won’t go because it is a “different” person, some don’t know the clinician so won’t go

Quarter Horse Bazaar booth

Kheira’s first time

and the worst is the one who feels they don’t need to bother. It is always good to take the advantage of the opportunity to listen to what different people have to say and to discuss different ways of doing things. You may not agree with their ideas but you have expanded your knowledge about another way of doing things. At a clinic if you come away with at least one new idea or piece of info you did not know before, that makes it all worthwhile. That info may not even come from the clinician. It may come from another participant who recognizes a problem you are having or through a conversation where an idea is shared that helps you. Sometimes you even go away with newfound friends! Don’t forget to put our Spring Classic, which is June 13 and 14 at the Cloverdale Agriplex, on your calendar. This year is our 30th anniversary of the show. For more info contact Margaret Walmsley at 604-856-1419.

Okanagan Miniature Horse Club Update By Melanie Russo


BIG HUGE THANK-YOU to June Lalonde, John Newman, Bruce Goode, Joan Cunningham, Louellen Rempel, Ann and Katie Iceton for their contributions to our Spring Start-up Clinic. Twenty-one members attending made it a great day to get together, have a few laughs and learn something new. As promised, June gave us a thoroughly organized and concise presentation of what it takes to run a horse show. Her knowledge and outline of job descriptions are simply invaluable. Joan Cunningham’s information will help our horses stay healthy and safe at home and away with tips on vaccines, deworming, hydration and “regularity.” Joan and Louellen’s demo of the proper way to sweat a horse will keep ours free from unnecessary discomfort as they get physically fit and into shape. Ann and Katie’s lunch was exceptional! John Newman gave us the inside scoop on a judge’s pet peeves. Everything from not reading and understanding the rules to not being ready to show. He answered all our questions in his gentlemanly, good-natured way. Bruce Goode gave an interesting discourse on the benefits of treating our horses in a more natural manner. His analogy of the differences in zoos over the years brought it all home for me. OMHC members who missed the clinic can read more in our next newsletter.

May 23 – OMHC Fundraiser Show, VDRC, Vernon, BC, Melanie Russo 250-767-2322 June 20 – OMHC meeting 7 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, Armstrong, BC, Barb Ashenmeier 250-379-2513 June 25 to 26 – OMHC Okanagan Classic AMHR Sanctioned Show, Armstrong, BC, Joan McNaughton 250992-7485 June 27 to 28 - OMHC Okanagan Classic AMHA Sanctioned Show, Armstrong, BC, Joan McNaughton 250-9927485 For a more detailed list of upcoming 2009 miniature horse events see: www. upcoming.htm

Louellen and the proper use of a throat sweat

Bruce giving Anna and Paige the “goods” on Natural Hoof Care

2009 OMHC Mini-Related Dates: May 15 – Entry deadline for OMHC Fundraiser Show, Melanie Russo 250-767-2322 May 16 to 17 – OMHC Miniature Horse Club Demo Day at O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon, BC, Laura McInroy 250-546-1992

DVD Review - Trailer Loading with Adiva Murphy Get the connection you desire with your horse. You CAN load safely and quietly every time. Trailer loading can often prove challenging for even the most experienced horseman. This DVD from Adiva Murphy will guide you through the challenges and smooth out the methods of technique and timing, even with the most difficult horse. You CAN have a happy horse that looks forward to trailering. You CAN have the connection you need to work through other problems, as some of the techniques described in this DVD will also help you with valuable groundwork and guide you through other challenges. Real, factual, in plain English with a good sense of Adiva’s humour thrown in made this DVD even easier to watch. I did not have the urge to hit the fast forward button as I watched and learned from someone who really knows what she is talking about. Adiva is only about 5 foot two and a bit but she doesn’t

let her size deter her from getting a really big horse to listen to her while she teaches him to willingly load into the trailer. She does not rush anything and practiced patience and very effectively used and described all the proven natural horsemanship techniques and aids to get her horse to understand what she wanted and willingly become an easy loader. Length: 1 hour, 25 minutes 778-881-6600 • 59

Alberta Donkey and Mule Update

By Marlene Quiring


oin the members and friends of the ADMC club for the third annual trail ride at the Fort Assiniboine Wildland Park on May 16, 17 and 18, 2009. The park is located about 10 km northeast of the Fort hamlet along the north shore of the Athabasca River. This park was rescued from the quads and dirt bikes in 1997 and covers an area of 66 square km. One of the trails is part of the historic Klondike Trail of 1898. Along this trail is an 1898 grave of a nine-year-old girl who died on the way to the Yukon. Members and friends of the ADMC will camp outside the park in a grass meadow (government land) that is just south of the Horse Creek Ranch gate. To get to the camp, follow the signs for about 10 km to Horse Creek Ranch (HCR) gate from main street Fort Assiniboine. Do not go into the ranch unless you want to camp there. Fred says that you may want to avoid coming to the park by way of the Vega Ferry as a horse trailer usually drags getting on and off the ferry. For more information, phone Fred Godberson at 780 674-5775 or e-mail Or contact Mike Downing at 780-699-5522. A reminder to those of you that are contemplating registering for the Jerry Tindell clinics in July, I need to know real soon or the clinics will be cancelled or combined. So please contact me Rob and Joyce Muller on the Fort Assiniboine Ride last May ASAP. The complete information and registration form is on the club website under events: All clinics are open to all equines so if you’re reading this and have a horse instead of a mule or a donkey, you CAN come. Also you do not have to be a member to register. Jerry gets results and not at the expense of the animal or the human handler. Jerry teaches a program that is learnable, clear, concise, and enjoyable for people and equines. So visit the website or contact me directly at 403-783-5210 or e-mail marlenequiring@ Also check out Jerry’s website at Here is an excerpt from Tindell’s Horse & Mule School brochure. Jerry says “Know what you want, know how to ask it and know when you get it.’’ I’ll leave you with some points from “Know what you want’’ and the rest will follow in the next month’s newsletters. (Of course, you can substitute mule or donkey for horse!) • A horse who is easily caught, who leads well on the halter rope with a soft feel. • Correct ground manners; a horse easily directed on the halter rope. • A horse that stands quietly while being groomed, saddled and mounted. • A mount that is safe and confident, so you can be safe and confident. • A pleasant riding experience in a group or by yourself, a ride both you and the horse enjoy. • Your horse’s complete attention at all times, no matter what the distraction may be. • By creating forward motion, trailer loading is accomplished every time! Sign up for the clinic and then join us for the Fort Assiniboine Trail Ride. It is a great way to start off your trail riding year. Clip Clop and Roy checking out an old trapper’s cabin close to one of the trails.

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1898 grave of a young girl along the Klondike trail.

BC Paint Horse Club

- Colour Your World - Own A Paint Pres VP Sec Treas Past Pres. APHA Alt APHA

Position Vacant Colleen Schellenberg 604 534-8287 Mary Ratz 604-639-0212 Dianne Rouse 604 530-3366 Louise Bruce 604-530-8310 Director (BC & Alaska) Laura Bouchard 250 374-8864 Andrea Aitken 250 498-2240 817 834-2742

Caitlyn McCarthy Reserve Walk-Trot 5-9 High Point at the Monroe, WA, show

Hello again everyone – the Easter Bunny has been and gone, hope there are no tummy aches from too much chocolate (is there even such a thing as too much chocolate?!). I don’t know about your horses, but the Easter Bunny brought my two horses a bag of carrots each so they didn’t have to share! The first big show of the season in Monroe, WA, has come and gone, all too quickly once again, and it was a roaring success. They had a whopping 157 horses entered for a total of 982 entries! They even had a good-sized Solid Paint Bred Division with a total of 42 SPB entries! The weather was unusual to say the least, with a mini-tornado making everyone hide out in the show ring until it passed by! But with all the wind and rain, there was warmth in numbers as we all huddled in the holding area trying to keep warm. Once again, a huge thank you to the sponsors of the trophy saddles: Alison Willoughby and Bruce Maitland of Maitland & Associates; Louise Bruce and Teresa Albrici; The Rainbow Classic; and Robert Bosa of the Quorum Group. Other generous sponsors that deserve a big thank you are: Barbara Binns and Wayne Chappell of Bar BW Paints; Dianne and Bob Rouse of Lazy 3 Ranch; Jan Myren; Rick Nissen; Blodwyn Bristow of the Fort Wine Company; Kerry Sawyer and George Flello; and Colleen and Doug Schellenberg of Schellenberg Trucking. Shows of this calibre are difficult and costly to put on, and having these generous people and companies help us out by donating time and/or financially makes the difference between having the show or not, so thank you, thank you, thank you! Results from Monroe, WA Spring Classic Youth Walk-Trot 5–9: Reserve: Caitlin McCarthy of Langley BC, riding Amaretto Waltz Youth 13 & Under: Reserve: Nadine Miller of Vancouver, WA riding Zip Is It Youth 14-18: Reserve: Calli Rouse of Langley, BC riding Ima Special Delivery Solid Paint-Bred: 3. Truly Smashing, owned by Anne Marie Wass of Cobble Hill, BC BC Owner/Handler: Jessica Skillen of Langley, BC, riding BC Solid Conclusion Reserve: Emma Schellenberg of Langley, BC riding All Reddy Smoke N

A note on junior BC Paint Horse Club member Emma Schellenberg, she placed third in the 13 and Under Equitation Division and eighth overall in the 13 & Under Division. Congratulations Emma!

The next PAC-approved schooling show put on by the Rainbow Horse Club will be Saturday, April 25, in Nanaimo. The next schooling show in Barbara Binns’s series is May 31 at Schirrocco Farms in Langley. The first one was well attended, and let’s hope that this second of three shows sees an increase in numbers. Don’t forget that there is a series high point to be awarded after the third show! It’s not too late to join in and compete for the series prizes. Check out the club’s website for more information. I am looking to hear news from around the province about the accomplishments or antics of your good Paint horse(s), as well as any foal arrivals. You can e-mail me pictures, comments and results to Don’t forget to join in on the BC Paint Horse Club’s Open Show and Competition Program – download the forms from the website (www. to compete for awesome yearend prizes. It’s a great way to get more out of your favourite local show! March 8 schooling show at Shirrocco Farm in That puts Langley, BC. another month to bed for the BC Paint Horse Club. Here’s hoping that Mother Nature co-operates and we can all get out and enjoy our beautiful Paint horses! Until next time, Happy Trails! Emma Schellenberg – Third, 13 & Under Equitation High Point at the Monroe, WA, show • 61

Endurance Riders Association of BC Officers & Directors 2009 President - Brenda Miskimmin VP - Ruth Moorby Secretary - Pat Carnegie Treasurer - Louise Abbott Directors: Madeline Bateman Brenna Mayer Elaine Bessuille Terre O’Brennan Karen Ellis June Melhuish Lynn Wallden

The looming ride season sure gives us all an incentive to get out there and have our horses conditioned on time! This has been a particularly challenging early season for conditioning for most of us. There is still snow on many of the north-facing slopes in mid-April, although most of it is finally gone here in the North Okanagan. Our main news at the moment is that the first ride of the season is ahead of me as I write this, but behind me as you read it. Next month’s news will have reports about the Moulton Creek 2-day ride in Pritchard, as well as our new endurance riders clinic held in Kelowna. There are still several rides ahead on the ride calendar, as we have rides planned through to September, including in Rock Creek, Maple Ridge, Merritt, Westbank, and hopefully on Vancouver Island. For our full schedule, entry forms and

more visit our website at and click on Events & Results. A reminder that volunteers are always welcome (as well as desperately required) at all of our events – and this is a great way to learn about the sport of endurance riding. All volunteers will receive free meals and accolades for each day they work. If you’re riding rather than volunteering, be sure to thank those hard working volunteers because without our ride managers and volunteers, there will be no rides! We encourage you to join or renew your ERABC membership: Senior membership is still only $20.00; Junior $12.50 (16 yrs and under); Family $40.00. If you belong to ERABC you usually get a $5.00 deduction on ride entries, newsletters, have cumulative lifetime mileage tracked, and are eligible for annual, provincial high point and mileage awards, not to mention the great benefit of receiving a subscription to Saddle Up. Please visit for further information. The membership form and ride entry forms are on the website and we are listed in the club listings in the back of this issue.

Book Review – BORN THAT WAY Sylvia has two afflictions. First, she is a horse-nut, and we know how bad that is. She spends her nights dreaming about horses, and her days campaigning to have one of her own. She’s memorized the contents of a Greenhawk catalogue stashed beneath a pile of comic books where her mom will never find it. The good news is that her grandfather has promised to buy her a horse when she grows as tall as his shoulder. This is where the other affl iction comes in. She has an undiagnosed medical condition. She’s not growing. She’s fourteen but stuck in the body of an eight-year old. She looks a bit odd too, so the kids at school call her Pygmy Chimp (“Herd dynamics”, she explains to her parents, “nothing to be worried about.”) Her dad treats her like a baby. And her mom has no reason to stop offering lame advice on how to prepare for puberty as it never seems to come. This is a smart, funny read aimed at mature young adults aged 12+ and not-so-young readers of any maturity level. Sylvia’s struggles will be familiar to anyone who has experienced passion for something in their life, and then became determined to satisfy it. In particular it will appeal to anyone still in touch with their “horse-crazy girl within”. Author Susan Ketchen holds a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy. For many years she ran a successful counselling

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New Fiction from Writer Rider

practice, but never discovered a way of curing horse-nuts. She lives on a small Vancouver Island hobby farm with her husband, two horses, two cats and a flock of chickens. Two of the chickens are Andalusians, which does not make up for the fact that the horses are not. Born That Way is available through your local bookstore or on-line. For more information, please visit Cover price: $12.95 180 pages ISBN: 978-0889822542 Published by Oolichan Books April 2009

Pine Tree Riding Club KAMLOOPS, BC Newsletter contact: Meghan E-mail: Club contact: Debi 250-851-9256

So spring has finally arrived! It took a bit longer than I know everyone hoped it would, but finally it’s here! Allie and I have been hard at work not only getting back into shape but working on our goals for this year. It’s never too soon to start! As a result of the late spring our executive decided to cancel our April 12 playday. The arenas still had snow in them merely weeks before our playday was supposed to take place! Don’t worry! There will still be five playdays to participate in. The April playday has been rescheduled to June 28. So remark those calendars and don’t forget the new date. For those of you who have been waiting for that first playday to hand

in your entry form, please don’t! It takes a lot of work to enter each riders information and by waiting until the playday, it makes things that much more difficult. There is a lot to do the morning of a playday, so do the ladies in the booth a favour and send in your form early! There are a couple ways to do this: one is to download the form off the website and send it in to our club’s address: PO Box 1155, Main Station, Kamloops BC, V2C 5K2, or call Debi at 250-851-9256 and give her your information. But if you choose to call her please remember to bring your form to the playday, we still need it. As the season gets into full swing, so does our lineup of clinics. Here’s a chance for our Western riders to improve

their skills. On May 16, Ashlea Conti will be conducting a Western riding, showmanship and trail clinic. The cost to PTRC members will be $15 for showmanship, $30 per riding class or $50 for the whole day. There is limited space available and will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis with spots only guaranteed when the payment is received. There is a registration deadline of May 10, so if you are interested in participating in this clinic please contact Krista at 250571-2102 or e-mail her at kristablades@ 2009 dates: May 10 – Playday June 6 and 7 – Annual Show June 28 – Playday (rescheduled date) Aug. 16 – Playday Sept. 13 – Playday Oct. 4 – Playday Nov. 7 – Awards Banquet

DVD Review – Dominique Barbier’s Intimacy in French Classic Dressage, Vol. I & II French classical dressage is often described as “horse ballet,” referencing traditions perpetuated throughout 400 years of history. In order to appreciate Barbier’s concepts, and to avoid any misapprehension, it is important to first acknowledge that “dressage” literally translates to mean “training.” More specifically, the term can be interchanged with “flat work” or “ground work,” or any other horse training that employs progressive methodology to optimize a horse’s natural athletic ability. With its origins firmly rooted in Italy, then France, Barbier has therefore devoted his life to classical dressage methods that provide the foundation for any activity a rider might want to pursue with their horse, based on mutual understanding, communication and harmony. In two volumes, Intimacy in French Classical Dressage offers many theoretical and practical insights into Dominique Barbier’s life-long career with horses, sharing his knowledge and philosophies that have had 40 years to mature. In many ways, Barbier has distilled and revived the art of lungeing and work in-hand, creating a sense of purpose that will benefit a horse’s physical and mental development, while his principles of subtle communication and riding in lightness have been life changing for many riders who prefer to progress with sensitivity rather than force and domination. Barbier – who was born in France but has lived with his family for many years in Healdsburg – the heart of California’s Sonoma Valley

– firmly believes that classical dressage training methods are appropriate for all horses because it primarily develops the quality of the gaits, although he warns, “If you give me a Lusitano and a Warmblood tomorrow, I will do the same thing with them, but their reaction to the training will be totally different. Of course I have a natural progression that I follow, but you have to adapt the training to suit an individual horse because there will be different degrees of sensitivity.” In this two-volume series, Barbier quietly focuses on the process of visualization and the development of mental communication leading to harmony, enjoyment and success for horse people and horses of all levels of training within all riding disciplines, literally, from the ground up! According to Barbier, “A horse mirrors his rider – people have certain qualities that become part of their horses.” Specification: VHS or DVD Price: US$70.00 (plus shipping) On-line ordering: • 63

British Columbia Quarter Horse Association BCQHA, Bag 9000, Suite 129, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S3 * President: Darhl Paley, 250-546-6083, Vice President: Gordie McEachen, 250-337-5958 AQHA Director: Gayle Pawley-Wilson 604-530-6875, Fax 604-608-9174, AQHA Director Emeritus: Gen Matheson Ph/Fax 604-534-5137 Membership Secretary /Media Liaison: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 Fax 604-806-9052,

Calendar of Events May 2, 3 – VIQHA Totem Circuit Beban Park – Nanaimo, BC Margaret 604-856-1419 or May 8, 9, 10 - LMQHA Spring Circuit Thunderbird Show Park – Langley, BC Margaret 604-856-1419 or June 6 – NBQHA Open All Breed Horse & Tack Sale Prince George, BC Info – June 11, 12, 13, 14 – VIQHA Glacier Valley Classic Beban Park – Nanaimo, BC Margaret Walmsley 604-856-1419 or June 27, 28 – VIQHA Mount Arrowsmith Summer Circuit Port Alberni, BC Gary Dagley 250-724-2790 or July 3, 4, 5, 6, 2009 – NBCQHA Dawson Creek, BC Contact Debbie Pavlis 250-759-4081 or July 10 (3 p.m.) 11, 12, 2009 – NBCQHA Smithers, BC Contact Reka Schippers 250-847-4529 or July 16, 17, 18, 19, 2009 – LMQHA West Coast Summer Classic Thunderbird Show Park – Langley, BC Contact Margaret Walmsley 604-856-1419 or July 22 to 26, 2009 – Region One Experience Nampa, Idaho Info –

Membership – Lynne Carter We would like to extend a warm welcome to the following new members for 2009 (as of April 9) – Mary Ann Muscat (LM), Kathleen Keating (LM), Chelsey Bierwith (LM), John Cochran (VI) and Elizabeth Dunn (VI). We would also like to welcome back returning members, Jeneane Evans (LM) and LaTaya Prato (LM). AQHA/CQHA/BCQHA Director – Gayle Pawley-Wilson The AQHA annual convention took place in San Antonio, TX, in March, 2009. This also marked the retirement of Bill Brewer as the executive vice-president of AQHA and Don Treadway moving into this position. The AQHA directors attended a summit meeting on Friday followed by a presentation on cloning. There was very extensive 64 • Saddle Up • May 2009

information presented on the science and technologies of cloning to the general membership. The decision of allowing the registration of cloned horses was deferred for another year and a task committee was formed for 2009. Joe Carter, CQHA 2008 vice-president and AQHA judge, was presented the AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year Award. The CQHA held its AGM in Ottawa in March, 2009, with the Equine Canada convention with two new directors being elected to the board: William Holliday, SK, and Giles Sequin, ON. Marnie Somers has been re-elected as president. Local craftsman, Rick Davidson, created beautiful handtooled and personalized portfolios for the CQHA to present to the YWC Canadian team coach and manager. I encourage everyone to register as a member of CQHA. No membership fee but please visit and register. CQHA sends press releases and equine news releases to all members. Congratulations to all the BCQHA 2008 award winners. The BCQHA awards book may be obtained from your BCQHA zone representatives Youth News – Denise Hill The LMQHA youth had lots of fun at the recent LMQHA Horseman’s Bazaar! We put on a youth zone where we measured kids in “horse” measurement, taught young horse enthusiasts how to tie a quick release knot, had colouring, word scrambles and had some nice little give-a-ways! We have a few BC youth members planning to attend the AQHYA World Show in Oklahoma City this August. Ben Fraser of South Langley will be showing his gelding in Reining, along with some other youth members who are working on plans to go. It also sounds like Vanessa Nakagawa will be travelling there to watch and cheer on our BC riders.

Ben Fraser

British Columbia Quarter Horse Association We are working on plans for a youth camp during the summer, so keep watching! Plans include bringing your horse, some instruction, camping over and lots of fun! BCQHYA – Notice of Annual General Meeting The AGM will be held at the LMQHA West Coast Summer Classic at Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC, Saturday, July 18, 2009. Time: TBA, but after the completion of the show classes that day. Elections will be held at that time. LMQHA – Melissa McKenzie It’s 2009 and our new show season has begun. Just like other events in the world the LMQHA board of directors has seen a bit of a change with the addition of both new and old faces to the team. A huge thank you to Haidee Landry as she steps down from the president position yet remains committed to LM as our BCQHA representative. Join us in welcoming Amanda Vandekerkove, Norma Seibert, Lataya Prato, Janet Crich and Melissa McKenzie to the 2009 LMQHA BOD and thanks to the 2008 directors who remain for another term. Lynne Carter has stepped down after countless years as the LM media liaison but will continue as the BCQHA media liaison. Lynne was recently handed a special award at the BCQHA AGM for all of her countless volunteer hours that she’s dedicated to LMQHA. Way to go Lynne! Outgoing directors are: Kay Evans, Pauline Massey, Jody Peardon, Judith Cavers as well as Terri Brown who deserves special recognition for her dedication and hard work. Thanks to all. Our 2009 evening ride and schooling show were successful despite the pouring rain on the day of the show. Many thanks go to Terri Brown and Jeneane Evans who really rolled up their sleeves and in spite of the wet and cold kept everything running smoothly. The Horseman’s Bazaar turned out to be a great event and the weather gods were really looking after us that day. Please check out the bazaar article and pictures in this edition of Saddle Up. Thank you to all of the sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers who came out to make both of these events so successful. SCQHA – Cherie Jardine By the time you read this our SCQHA Fuzzy Show will be history. Armstrong Fair Grounds has hosted this historically wellattended event early each show year. Show manager Cheri Smeeton does a great job of co-ordinating this event and basically works single-handed to make sure this show is the success that it is. Many thanks go to Cheri. We love YOU!

The BCQHA booth attended the OK Breeders Group Showcase held at the Armstrong Fair Grounds April 11 and 12. The Okanagan also experienced its first AQHA test ride at this event. More about the test ride next month. Marie-Josee Boulet and Mini Dimensions were crowned the 2008 AQHA Amateur Justin Rookie of the year for BC! This is a huge accomplishment and well-deserved congratulations go to MJ! We were sorry to hear Ken Heslegrave of Super Spark Ranch, Okanagan Falls, passed away on April 5. Condolences and sympathy go to Ken’s family. Ken was a great supporter of the Quarter Horse industry around here and we will miss him greatly. STORK REPORT Foals are starting to dot the now almost bare fields and pastures of the North Thompson. Kelly Charlton of River Run Ranch has three foals on the ground. Adelle Cartwright of Kelowna welcomed her new addition, a colt by RBR Silverfire out of MCR Girl Talk. Adelle could be heard openly wishing for a gray fi lly. Well one of two wishes came true, as reports are the colt is turning gray already! NBCQHA – Carlina Schumann Just a reminder that NBCQHA is holding a horse sale on June 6 in Prince George. For more information you can go the BCQHA website or to view the catalog visit www. We have finally started to see that spring is coming and snow is slowly melting! Enjoy the warmer weather! • 65

BC Interior Arabian Horse Association Hello everyone! Well May President / Encampment Chair: Wally Goertz is here already and Ph/Fax: 250-546-6004 Spring is in the air. Vice-President: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 Secretary / Webpage Editor: Sean Newton 250-546-8088 Everyone is busy Treasurer / Membership: Dani Goldenthal Ph/Fax :250-832-4111 with horses once again…and here Flying Carpet: Deborah Mikkelsen 250-548-3899 we thought winter Youth: Breen Johnson 250-832-9122 would NEVER go and/or Cheryl Johnson away. Isn’t it nice Recreational Riding Program: Cori Wilson 250-764-4145 to strip off our big heavy jackets and pull off those horse blankets and enjoy a nice ride? Looking forward to seeing you all out and about this year. Cheers, Alaina BC Interior Arabian Horse Association

We have planned an All Breed Open Show on May 24th and it will be a lot of fun! It will be held at the IPE grounds in Armstrong. Kim Westgate from Kamloops so kindly offered to judge. We have lots of classes to choose from in English, Western, Reining and some fun classes will be included as well. This is a Discovery Permit Show and BC Heritage Circuit Qualifier. Special prizes will be awarded for 1st place and High Point, ribbons to sixth place! Must have current EC and BCHC card and Equine Canada rules will be followed. Check out our new web site for a prize list or call Dani Goldenthal 250-832 4111, or Wally Goertz 250-546-6004, May 31st - Copper Hills Equestrian Center will be holding an Arabian Community Show. Contact Ann Wallin at 250-3744674. July 25/26 - Arabian Community Show at West Kootenay to be held at the Nelson and District Riding Club grounds. Contact Holley Campbell at 250-362-9065. Faye Fox wrote in to share her excitement for the upcoming Community Show at West Kootenay. She and her kids are busily getting ready for it. Not only is it fun to get out with the horses but also to see friends we only see a few times a year. She sent in a beautiful picture of her 2-year-old fi lly ER Fancy That. She won the ACS Liberty class as a yearling.

ER Fancy That


New babies to report! Camera Shy (Shy Gayfeen++++// x Canadian Red Rose) born March 30/09 owned by Cori Wilson. 1/2 Arabian colt. Josapheen (Shy Gayfeen++++// x El Phaira) born March 10/09, 1/2 Arabian fi lly. Owned by Bob and Yvette Mawson. Camera Shy

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BC Cutting Horse Association CCH Finals Photos by Bob Magrath

2009 Board of Directors President: Wendell Stoltzfus 250-378-2908 Vice Pres: Kevin Tienkamp 250-546-9156 Secretary: Lynn Graham 250-374-8882 Mary Lynn Zirnhelt Les Timmons Sue Majeau Ken Hartley Roger Smeeton Bob Zirnhelt Val Martin Wendy Garrard Bob Zirnhelt

Email Address: Web Site Area 20

Jr Youth Reserve Champion was won by Madison Stoltzfus of Merritt riding DFL Columbo D Or.

April was a busy month for the BCCHA. On April 4–5th the Zirnhelt Spring Cutting took place at the Zirnhelt Ranch in Cherry Creek. 141 works over the two days kept Judge Scott Hanson of Mountainview, Alberta busy. Payouts for the two days totaled $9,699.70. It was great to see everyone out for another season and to see some new faces as well. Thanks to our hosts for the weekend, Bob & Mary Lynn Zirnhelt and to the following sponsors for making it a successful weekend of cutting.

& Jeanie Wilson, Kevin Tienkamp, Norm & Sue Majeau, Julia Wilson, Dainya Sapergis, Patti Magrath, Wendell, Leanne & Madison Stoltzfus, Deborah Anderson, Shaun Timmons and Laura Connell. On the 3rd weekend in April the Susan Stewart Clinic was held. Fourteen riders arrived at the Zirnhelt Ranch in Cherry Creek to pretty good weather this year. Lots of instruction and encouragement was given by Les Timmons, Bob Zirnhelt, Wendy Garrard and Kevin Tienkamp. Thanks so much to these four for donating there time and knowledge. Big thanks to Bob & Mary Lynn Zirnhelt for hosting and a special thanks to Ken & June Hartley for providing many scholarships over the years to well deserving young people. The cattle were good, the food was enjoyed and many lessons were learned.

Zirnhelt Spring Cutting Sponsors Zirnhelt Cutting Horses, Cherry Creek High Kelly Ranch, Logan Lake Ken & June Hartley, Kamloops Barrie Cline, Cherry Creek Kam Lake View Meats, Cherry Creek Joe & Evelyn Bedard, Heffley Creek Split Brook Farm, Shaan Perry, Kamloops Indian Gardens Ranch, Savona Dave & Bob Haywood-Farmer, Savona Rob Teit, Cherry Creek

$10,000 Novice Horse Reserve Champ was a tie won by Dave Batty of Vernon riding CD Peptofilly.

$3,000 Novice Horse was won by Cayley Wilson of Abbotsford riding Date a Smart Pep.

Also taking place in April was the Canadian Cutting Horse Finals held April 10, 11-12th at Olds, Alberta. Top Canadian cutters were invited to compete for almost $80,000 in prize money and awards. A great job was done by the chairpersons and organizing committees. There were 20 BC cutters competing, many placed in the top 10 and two $3,000 Novice Horse Non Pro was won by brought home the coveted champion buckles. Bob Zirnhelt of Kamloops riding DFL San Gold Jr Youth 3rd place was won by Shaun DFL San Gold Holly ridden by Bob Holly. Timmons of Kamloops riding Tango Badger. Zirnhelt and owned by Zirnhelt Cutting Horses won the 3,000 Novice/Horse-Non/ Pro class and Date A Smart Pep owned by Deborah Anderson and ridden by Cayley Wilson won the 3,000 Novice Horse Class. Congratulations to them and these BC Cutters: Dave & Brenda Batty, Brian Postill, Cliff White, Bob & L-R Patti Magrath, Keil Wilson, Mary Ann Muscat, Barrie Cline, Terry Hewitt, Angela Wilson, Ken Hartley, Mary Lynn Zirnhelt, Cayley Haidee Landry, Rob Kuiper, Joan Partridge, Janice Reiter, Val Martin, Eugene Bzowy. • 67

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Monday nights: COWPLAY CLINIC, 6-9 pm, Langley, or call 604-309-6873 Friday nights: MECHANICAL COW CLINIC, 6-9 pm, Langley, or call 604-309-6873 Friday nights: DAY NIGHTS: LADIES ONLY NIGHT, 2 L Ranch, Prince George, Cheryl 250-964-2420 1 HEALING WITH HORSES - INTUITIVE COMMUNICATIONS, Armstrong, BC, 1-800-405-6643, 1-2 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Grand Forks BC, Joanne Rooke 250-442-0275, Email: 1-3 HUNTER/JUMPER SPRING CLASSIC, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna,, 1-3 ALI BUCHAN DRESSAGE CLINIC, 100 Mile House, BC, contact Mike Kidston 250-791-5247 1-3 BCTCPA, 8 Mile Ranch, team cattle penning, Merritt BC, Gerry 250-378-6119 1-3 DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Smithers, 250-573-4189, 1-3 DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Sorrento, 250-573-4189, 1-3 PGRHA Spring Slide, Prince George, 1-3 CHARLES PINNELL CLINIC, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon, Frances 250-260-3576 2 HEALING WITH KINESIOLOGY. Armstrong, BC, 1-800-405-6643, 2 REINING SCHOOLING SHOW, Sun Reiners, Armstrong, BC, Leslie,, 2 CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Delta/Ladner, Marilyn Pay 604-946-8085 2 CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Victoria, Jenn Burgoyne 250-537-4994 2 GYMKHANA, Git ‘Er Done Gymkhana Club, Pritchard, Bev 250-577-3154 or 2-3 DRESSAGE LESSON (SERIES), Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, 2-3 TEAM ROPING SCHOOL, Doug Henry’s, Armstrong, 250-546-6494, 2-3 BC RANCH CUTTING, Approved BCCA (CCHA), Chilliwack, Sue Majeau. 604-865-7013, 2-3 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Saanich Fair Grounds, Saanich BC, Sharon, 250-656-2420 2-3 SOHA SPRING SHOW, BCHC Qualifier, Summerland Rodeo Grounds, for info check web 2-3 VIQHA Totem Circuit, Beban Park - Nanaimo, BC, Margaret (604) 856-1419 or 3 ICELANDIC HORSE BREED INTRODUCTION, Tolt Away Farm, Enderby, BC, or 250-838-0234 3 GAMES, Mission Horse Club, Helen 604-820-1819, 3 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Interm. L2) w/Cindy Kirschman, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Lumby, 250-547-9277, 3 LONG EARS FUN DAY, Cedar Hill Ranch, Falkland, Mavis or Tom 250-379-2076 3 GYMKHANA, Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River, BC, Gayleen 604-483-4376 3-5 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Nelson BC, Teresa Precious 250-229-4203, E-mail: 3-5 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Course 2, GD Ranch, Water Valley, AB, Debbie Alexander 403-637-3004, 4-8 DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Camp, Kamloops, 250-573-4189, 6 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Silverton BC, Jenny Jones 250-358-7105, Email: 7-8 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Lumby, BC, Lorelei Beattie 250-547-0140, Email:


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EQUINE MASSAGE COURSE, Eagle Spiriit Ranch, Willow Bunch, SK, Sidonia McIntyre, 1-888-EQUINE2 (378-4632) SPRING HORSE SALE, Highwood Livestock, High River, AB, 1-888-652-7743, FRANCES WEEKS CLINIC, Copper Hills Equestrian, 5504 Rodeo Drive, Kamloops, Contact Ann 250-819-7597 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Janice Jarvis, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, RIVA’S HEALING RETREATS, Armstrong, BC, 1-800-405-6643, DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Clinic, Okanagan Falls, 250-573-4189, LMQHA Spring Circuit, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC, Margaret (604) 856-1419 or PENINSULA REINING CLUB ROCK SLIDE, Reining/Working Cow, WCRA/NRHA/NRCHA, Saanichton, BC, Wilma JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Course 1, Big Rock Walker Ranch, Okotoks, AB, Lisa Rae 403-701-5063, CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Kamloops, Jeanie VanDenHam 250-573-2206 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Kelowna, BC, Anne Smythe 250-860-2785, E-mail: VDRC HUNTER/JUMPER DISCOVERY SHOW, Vernon, June Lalonde 250-545-0803 FUNDRAISER “A Bale for Billy” Symons Valley Ranch, NW Calgary, AB. Kathy 403-242-8666, TOW VEHICLE/TRAILER INSPECTION & TREC FUN DAY, 9 am, Salmon Arm Fairgrounds, RSVP May 6. Corryn 250-803-0214, BCCTRA, Parksville/Qualicum, HIGH SCHOOL RODEO, Peachland Riding Club, Sandy 250-718-2761, SPRING FLING FUN SHOW, Topline Stables, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669 WILD & WOOLLY SCHOOLING SHOW BCHQ, 100 Mile House, BC, Carolyn 250-397-2281 or Tammy 250-706-4849 SALLY SAUR CLINIC, Windhorse Farm, Coldstream, Carolyn 250-307-7010 DEANNA REIMER CLINIC, Halter, Horsemanship, Riding Skills, 2L Ranch, Prince George, Lauren 250-964-4497 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Green Ridge Stables, OK Falls BC, Paul, 250-765-7853, cell 250-317-7725 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Interm. L2) w/Cindy Kirschman, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Lumby, 250-547-9277, PLAYDAY, Pine Tree Riding Club, Kamloops, SPIRIT OF LIFE RIDE/WILLOWBROOK TRAIL RIDE, Willowbrook Park, South Okanagan, CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Slocan Valley, Barb Lindsay 250-355-2397 BCBRA/BRN4D Barrel Race, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, SWORD’S SUMMER SADDLE SERIES, 7:00 pm, Sword’s Riding Arena, Quesnel, BC, 250-747-2156, EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY COURSE, Saskatoon, SK, Sidonia 1-888-378-4632 or JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Course 2, Big Rock Walker Ranch, Okotoks, AB, Lisa Rae 403-701-5063, MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Victoria, BC, Kristina Millar 250-478-2051, E-mail: TOM DUROCHER REMEDIAL HORSE CLINIC, Cert. Monty Roberts Instructor, Tranquille Farms, Salmon Arm, 250-832-0918, CLASSICAL RIDING CLINIC w/Craig Stevens, Aldergrove, BC 604-504-5909, COMBINED TEST (Dressage and Show Jumping), Topline Stables, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669 CRC HORSESHOW, 9am start at Chilliwack Heritage Park. Contact Cheryl (604) 823-6972 LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO, 100 Mile House, Denise Little 250-396-7724, HOW TO RIDE AN ICELANDIC HORSE, Tolt Away Farm, Enderby, BC, or 250-838-0234 OMHC Miniature Horse Club Demo, O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon, BC, Laura McInroy 250-546-1992 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Larry Stewart, Harmony Level 2, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800,

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TTEAM CONNECT CLINIC, Icelandic Horse Farm, Coldstream, BC, 1-800-255-2336 or ADIVA MURPHY CLINIC, Intro to NH, Horse on Course Ranch, Falkland, BC, Val Woida 250-379-6847 BHA GENERAL PERFORMANCE SHOW, 2009 BCH Qualifier, Grand Forks, Karan 250-442-2053,, GROUP CAMPING, Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River, BC, Bev 604-487-9947 RANCH & COUNTRY SHOW, 100 Mile House, Ron Szigety 250-397-2897 CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Duncan, Deborah Flinn 250-746-8769 HUNTER/JUMPER SHOW, BC Heritage Qualifier, Delta Riding Club, Cathy 604-328-3814 ROUGH STOCK RODEO, 100 Mile House, Ron Szigety 250-397-2897 ENGLISH SHOW, Mission Horse Club, Shawna 604-820-8317, FUN DAY, Armstrong Fairgrounds, Brenda 250-546-2557 or Tammy 250-832-3409, FUNDAY (10am-4pm), Quarterspot Ranch, 137 Horner Road, Lumby, BC, Cindy 250-547-9277 KETTLE RIVER TRAILS ASSOC. 3rd Annual Endurance Ride, incl. Fun Ride, Rock Creek,, or 250-446-2415 SPRING HORSE TRIALS EVENT, Topline Stables, Salmon Arm, Sonya 250-833-2669 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Cobble Hill, BC, Nancy or John Lane 250-743-1268, E-mail: GYMKHANA, 100 Mile House, BC contact Jen Felce 250-791-6207 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Larry Stewart, Partnership Level 1, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, 2 WEEK GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch, Gold Bridge, BC,, 250-238-2274 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Coombs, BC, Theda Mortonson 250-248-3222, Email: MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Powell River, BC, Kuxy 604-487-0476, Email: NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Larry Stewart, Harmony Level 2, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, PETER CAMPBELL HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Kelowna, Chandra McNamara 250-491-8314, E-mail BCTCPA,Two Rivers Penning, team cattle penning, Quesnel BC, Sue 250-992-3680 HUNTER/JUMPER/XC CLINIC w/Lynne Larsen, 100 Mile House, BC, Mike Kidston 250-791-5247 LRS TACK, TRUCK, TRAILER, HORSE & BAKE SALE, 9am start, Langley, more info @ OMHC Fundraiser Show, Vernon District Riding Club, Vernon, BC, Melanie 250-767-2322 CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Kelowna, Carol Wingenbach 250-765-6800 HOOFBALL, Langley, or call 604-309-6873 MARION WEISSKOPFF HORSEMANSHIP, Sunshine Coast, BC, Bette-Lyn Eger 604-886-9600, E-mail: CLINTON MAY BALL RODEO, Clinton, BC. For more info call 250-459-2172 SHADOWDANCERS’ HORSEPATTER APPROACH CLINIC, Armstrong, BC, call 250-546-9640 DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Carol Schellenberg, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard, Jeanette 250-577-3156 CHELAN KOZAK CLINIC, Delta Riding Club, April 604-233-0781 or CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Metchosin, Jenn Burgoyne 250-537-4994 CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, West Kootenays, Karen Sowiak 250-825-9382 LRS ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW (WHQ pending), Langley, more info MILE ‘O’ RIDING CLUB GYMKHANA, Lillooet, BC, Jackie Johnston 250-256-4549 or BCIAHA OPEN COMMUNITY SHOW, Armstrong, Sheila or Wally 250-546-6004 or Dani 250-832-4111 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Interm. L2) w/Cindy Kirschman, Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Lumby, 250-547-9277,

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BCBRA/BRN4D Barrel Race, Chevallier’s Arena, Peachland, SWORD’S SUMMER SADDLE SERIES, 7:00 pm, Sword’s Riding Arena, Quesnel, BC, 250-747-2156, INT. MINIATURE HORSE CLUB, AMHA & AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Prince George, BC, Contact Joan 250-992-7485 MICHAEL SCHAFFER DRESSAGE CLINIC, MatWay Farms, Abbotsford, Becky Kendall at or call 604-824-6250 CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Oceanside, Sandi Halvorson 250-468-9657 CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Fraser Valley, Mary Neufeld 604-855-9355 Williams Lake EQUINE FIRST AID, SADDLERY & TACK FITTING CLINIC, Jandana Ranch, Pinantan Lake, 250-573-5800, LRS GAMES DAY, Langley, more info @ 4-H SPRING HORSE SHOW, Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River, BC, Valerie 604- 485-7025 or Shelly 604-483-9712 4-H JUDGING RALLY, 2 L Ranch, Prince George, Jen Kershaw 250-964-1757 LORI RANKIN SPEED EVENT CLINIC, Furleez Farm, Kelowna, BC, Anne 250-860-2785, DEB HARPER DRIVING CLINIC, Fort Fraser, BC. Welcome Drafts to Minis. Sandra, 250-690-7529, MEREL VAN OEVEREN CLINIC, Gymnastics & Cross Country, Topline Stables, Salmon Arm, Merel 250-253-9506 TRAINING FOR COURAGE w/Paul Dufresne, Whitehorse, YK, Gail Riederer 867-393-1955, CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Van/Southlands, Debbie Bailey 604-261-3056 CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Salmon Arm, Rob Sjodin 250-832-1188 CHILDREN’S WISH “PROVINCIAL” RIDE, Arrow Lakes, Janet Brown 250-265-4642 ENGLISH/WESTERN SHOW, BC Heritage Qualifier, Delta Riding Club, Cathy 604-328-3814 GYMKHANA, 2 L Ranch, Prince George, Cheryl 250-964-2420 ARABIAN COMMUNITY SHOW, Copper Hills Equestrian Ctr, Kamloops, Ann Wallin 250-374-4674 CRC GYMKHANA, 10am start at Chilliwack Heritage Park. Contact Susan 4-H GYMKHANA, Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River, BC, Gayleen 604-483-4376 PROVINCIAL WISH TRAIL RIDE, Silver Creek, Salmon Arm, Rob Rob Sjodin 250-832-1188, or VIMY WESTERN RIDING CLUB OPEN SHOW, Duncan, Kathy 250-7480172,, 1 WEEK HIKE GUIDE SCHOOL, Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch, Gold Bridge, BC,, 250-238-2274

june Monday nights: COWPLAY CLINIC, 6-9 pm, Langley, or call 604-309-6873 Friday nights: MECHANICAL COW CLINIC, 6-9 pm, Langley, or call 604-309-6873 Friday nights: DAY NIGHTS: LADIES ONLY NIGHT, 2 L Ranch, Prince George, Cheryl 250-964-2420 1-5 DOUG MILLS Horsemanship Camp, Kamloops, 250-573-4189, 4-7 TTEAM CONNECT ICELANDIC RIDING CLINIC, Icelandic Horse Farm, Coldstream, BC, 1-800-255-2336 or 5-7 WILD ROSE MINIATURE HORSE AMHA/AMHR Sanctioned Show, Olds AB, Shirley Rowbotham 403-746-2269 5-7 WILD WEST CLASSIC, Double Peruvian Championship Show BC/AB, Armstrong, Rob 250-832-1188, or Bonnie 1-3 SPRING HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (Celebrating Nat’l Horse Week), Tranquille Farms, Salmon Arm, 250-832-0918, 6 SHADOWDANCERS’ EPONA APPROACH WORKSHOP, Armstrong, BC, call 250-546-9640 6 FULL MOON RIDE Start Area (Tea Later), Powell River Trail Riders, Powell River, BC, Bev 604-487-9947

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Clubs & Associations “Experience the Real West YOUR WAY” Choose From

Working Ranch - Guest Ranch - Country - Back Country


ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB 250-546-2557, Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, Battle Royal. 9/09

The Back Country Horsemen of B. C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all equestrians interested in trail riding and the back country. We strive to preserve and enhance the use of public lands for all equestrians. Pres. Jonathan, 604-556-6884 or 10/09

BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Pres: Pat Hayward, 250-395-3472 11/09 BC CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Wendell Stoltzfus 250-374-8233, or web Area 20 4/09 BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 8/09 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance 10/09 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Karen Wilkie 250-546-8973 Meeting, Trail Rides/Socials, Fellowship, Newsletter, 11/09 BC MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Pres: Jason Walmsley 604-856-1419 Show June 13-14 Cloverdale 5/10 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB VP Colleen Schellenberg 604-534-8287 Shows, Horses for sale, Membership 3/10 BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138 or visit 7/09 BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Pres. David Parker 604-462-0304,, 2/10

British Columbia Team Cattle Penning Association Team Cattle Penning is a fast and exciting sport! The BCTCPA supports and promotes good horsemanship and sportsmanship and is an affiliate of the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association. This sport is open to almost any level and age of rider. For more info, visit us at or contact Lynne Smith at 250-547-9702 2/10

BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOC. (Grand Forks) Pres: Tanya Margerison 250-4420209,, Visit for Events 3/10 CANADIAN DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (CDART) Deborah Silk 250-493-9752 or 250-809-7152, 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: Marnie Somers, President 204-834-2479 or 5/10

CANADIAN HORSE HERITAGE & PRESERVATION SOCIETY Preserving for our children the horse of our forefathers. 604-530-5772 2/10 The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) certifies riding coaches and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals and hosts regional and international conferences. Visit or call 1-800-399-0138 To find a certified riding coach or accredited equine facility near you, visit

ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Pat Carnegie, 250-462-0006 10/09 INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION 8/09 Grant Beyer, President 250-319-0201 or Sue Rath, Secretary 250-376-9443 KELOWNA GYMKHANA CLUB Amanda Blamire 250-764-1397, 10/09 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Spring & Fall Riding Sessions for the disabled 0 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB Barb 250-379-2513 AMHA, AMHR Sanctioned Shows, Fun Days & Clinics 5/10 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Blair Bates 250-452-6941 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 12/09 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC Sec/Treas: Bonnie 250-546-3970 Annual Show, Parades/Demos, Stallions, Breeders 9/09 PINE TREE RIDING CLUB (Kamloops) Debi 250-851-9256 Monthly Playdays, Annual Show, Activities 5/10 SOUTH OKANAGAN HORSE ASSOC. Alex MacRae (Pres.) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride, 8/09 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Sharon 604-856-3348, 9/09

Clubs, you can be listed here year-round for a NON-PROFIT rate of $90 p/yr 2 lines or $180 p/yr Boxed + GST. Includes a FREE LINK on our website. Call 1-866-546-9922 or email MORGANS – the VERSATILE breed – DO IT ALL! CHAMPIONS 2000 & 2001

Official Canadian Registry for the Appaloosa Breed

Spruce Meadows Battle of the Breeds

~ Integrity ~ Quality... The Best Ingredients in the Recipe for Success


ApHCC Box 940, Claresholm AB T0L 0T0

Learn more!

Canadian Morgan Horse Assoc. or (905) 982-0060 Canadian MORGAN magazine $25. year or (613) 478-2499 70 • Saddle Up • May 2009

Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada

Photo by Janzen Morgan Farm

403-625-3326 Fax: 403-625-2274

Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


ARMSTRONG INN, (Armstrong) 1-866-546-3056, Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 11/09 SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, Minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-877-888-7260,, 3/10

ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG. CENTRE, (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 11/09 Otter Co-op & Energy Feed Dealer and Pet Foods CONSUMER’S CO-OP ASSOC., (Pitt Meadows) 604-465-5651 8/09 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay. TOWN & COUNTRY FEED STORE, (Invermere) 250-342-9433 11/09 Fencing Supplies, Pet Supplies & Fertilizers. Serving you 28 years.

Nice Rooms. Great People. Minutes to Chilliwack’s Heritage Park

1-800-566-2511 604-792-4240 Chilliwack, BC


100% B.C. Owned and Operated!


PRONTO ESSO 546-3772


TIRECRAFT 546-3781

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


34633 Vye Rd/556-7477 5410 Trans Canada Hwy./748-8171 103-1889 Springfield Road/860-2346 1-1277 Island Hwy. S./753-4221 587 Alberni Hwy./248-3243 1970 Keating Cross Rd./652-9188 6-09 1771 10th Ave. SW/832-8424


Custom built and installed to your needs


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

BED, BALES & BREAKFAST OUT OF SIGHT RETREAT (70 Mile House) 250-456-6039 9/09 Victorian waterfront home, unlimited trail riding,


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

BAR NUNN CAPPUCCINO & GRILL/CATERING, (Okanagan) 250-308-4871 Quality, healthy food created fresh at your event. 5/09

BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 5/10 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch REIMERS FARM SERVICE, (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-260-0110 or 250-804-3030 Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 12/09 ROBERTSON FARMS LTD., (N. Okanagan) 250-833-2581 Shavings, Sawdust, Shavings, Bark Mulch 12/09

GUEST RANCHES BLACKWATER SPRUCE RANCH 250-991-2408 Horseback Holidays on the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage trail. 5/10 4/10

CONSTRUCTION SPUR VALLEY CONSTRUCTION (North Okanagan) 250-938-1831 Barns, Arenas, Fencing 9/09 HAY SALES

EQUINE REHABILITATION EQUINE THERAPY & REHAB FACILITY 250-546-3527 4328 Lansdowne Road, Armstrong, BC, V0E 1B3 Fax: 250-546-3528 • Email:


ALDERGLEN HAY SALES LTD. - Specializing in Hay Sales - Dealer for Otter Co-op Phase Feeds - Full line of Pet and Livestock Supplies 26104 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC • 604-856-7901


Leghorn Ranch Hay Sales


Hanif Jinnah - 778-886-1343

HEALTHY HOOVES, Rae Allan 250-547-2034 5/09 Barefoot Trimming Service. Serving Okanagan and surrounding areas.

From Alberta and Washington - Timothy/Alfalfa, Orchard Grass/Alfalfa, Alfalfa, Timothy and Chilliwack Local - Lots of excellent quality. Delivery in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley 10/09 50 to 150 bales and semi loads

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

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


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

HORSE SENSE HERBS, (Alberta) 1-800-434-3727 Original Chinese Herbal Formulas for Horses, 0 HOLISTIC ALTERNATIVE HEALING 604-299-4939 THETA - Fear Based & Emotional Trauma Release - Judy Starre 9/09 • 71

Business Services INSURANCE

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

Rusty Spur

• CALL TODAY 1-800-670-1877 • 10/09

Feed & Tack


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

SLIDING STOP FEED & TACK STORE (Pritchard) 250-577-3119 (Formerly Hall’s Half Acres) Now at 4670 Harrison Rd. Sure Crop Feed Dealer

LEARN EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY or chiropractic Massage or adjust your horse safely. 1-888-378-4632 Sidonia McIntyre 2/10 WILD HORSE POWER - Equine Medicine and Massage or 250-484-5601 Stacy Barrie 2/10



Town & Country

Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers! Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm • 250-832-1149 - Bonnie – OVERNIGHT STABLING FACILITY 3/10

PHOTOGRAPHERS REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Enderby) 250-838-7904 12/09 Animal Photography,


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

RIBBONS & ROSETTES OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 or Fax: 1-888-545-9288 11/09 Custom Printer of award Ribbons SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS

TNT TRUCK & TRAILER, (Vernon) 250-542-5373 6/09 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist

CARIBOO SADDLERY, (Williams Lake) 250-392-3735 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs 11/09


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

(Aluminum & Steel)

We take trades – Call Us, You’ll be glad you did! RPM Automotive 1-888-638-4525, Sundre, AB Automan Trailers, Prince Albert, SK 1-800-252-0840 • Smyl RV, St. Paul, AB 1-800-522-4105 Irvine Tack & Trailers, Crossfield, AB 1-877-946-9494 • Cowboy Living Trailer Sales, Medicine Hat, AB 403-504-6920


Lippert Horse Trailer Sales, Langley, BC Engineered for Smaller Tow Vehicles & Large Horses “Strong Like Steel - Lightweight Like Aluminum”

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

1-877-944-5599 • • 604-649-7185

RAY’S SADDLERY (O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon) Shop cell 250-862-0554, Custom made Saddles, Tack & Repairs, Shop open year round. 11/09 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 5/09 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,

BLUE MEADOW FARM (Richmond); Yolanda Blommers, EC2 and Katie Andrews, EC1. All English disciplines.


GUS EVAGELOPOULOS, AQHA Prof. Horseman (Armstrong) 250-307-3990 Specialize in Reining. Start-Finish Horses. Lessons. Prospects/finished horses for sale. 12/09 DAN FRANKLIN EQUINE COMMUNICATION ™ (B.C.) 250-620-3420 30 yrs exp. helping problem horses, 9/09 HAYTON CREEK RANCH (Oyama) now offering training with Ashlea Conti, 250-870-1372, 3/10

ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver) 250-498-4324 Stop & See us in the Sears Appliance Store, Downtown Oliver! 9/09 BIG M SADDLES & TACK, (Falkland) 250-379-2078 8/09 or 604-850-4238 Buy, Sell or Trade, Wholesale. Call for appointment.



Michael Rabe

#1-3740 Trans Canada Hwy, Cobble Hill, BC (off of Fisher road next to Rona)

250-743-4437 Open Daily 10 am

72 • Saddle Up • May 2009




HIGH HORSE TACK, (Victoria) 250-658-0011 5/09 English & Western, New & Used



Custom Made Saddles & Tack Using only the very best quality materials 9/09

Custom Leather & Repair Work, Apparel, Tack, Equine Supplies, Gifts, Hay & Feed



Training and Boarding Preparation for sales, starting young horses 250-838-7051 or Cell 250-308-6024 • Enderby, BC • 8/09

Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES


HORSE BASICS AND BEYOND Horse Training and Lessons on the trail, in the round pen or in the arena

All ages and levels welcome


Tammy Keith, 250-398-6715 • Box 4435, Williams Lake BC, V2G 2V5 •

INSPIRED CONFIDENCE BUILDING (Princeton) 250-295-7432. Private sessions, vacation retreats, clinics, 2/10 CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 5/09 LORI LOTHIAN, AQHA Professional Horseman (Aldergrove) 604-309-7262 Training, Lessons, Clinics, Youth & Amateur, 4/10 MISTATIM RANCH (Delta) 604-816-5292 Training/Boarding/Sales. Colt starting to show ring finishing. All disciplines welcome. 2/10

DEEP CREEK VET. SERVICES, (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-833-8585 Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hr. emergency service 3/10 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY, 250-374-1486 5/10 Drs. Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Rob Mulligan, Sonja Falkenberg OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 12/09 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 8/09 Drs. Alex Wales & Susan Wales, Dr. Sarah Greenwood PATON & MARTIN VET SERVICES LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-3351 Lameness & Surgical Referral Hospital, Drs David Paton, Eric Martin and Antonio Cruz 12/09 SALMON VALLEY VET SERVICES, (Shuswap/North Ok) 250-833-4217 Dr. Brytann Youngberg Mobile Equine Service 7/09 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 3/10 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller


LEE PONCELET PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Vernon) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 7/09 SAWCHUK PERFORMANCE HORSES (Langley) 604-514-3991 Pleasure to Performance. We do it ALL! 2/10

Welcomes All Reining & Western Pleasure Enthusiasts

60,000 Eyes

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


TTEAM TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 9/09 • MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton) 250-295-4329 Clinics & Horse training. Eng/West. Level 4 CHA Master Instructor. 5/10 CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES, (Peachland) 250-808-1486 Pleasure, Reining, Roping & cowhorse ~ Colts Started ~ Farrier Service 3/10

are reading this!


Quality Horse Transport 12/09

Kevan Garecki “It’s All About The Horse”


Serving Western Canada Over 30 Years’ Experience

HOOF & WOOF FARM (Prince George) 1-866-967-4192 9/09 Local/Long Distance & U.S., Licensed/Insured & Quality Service HOOVES ‘N’ HOUNDS TRANSPORT 1-888-436-0662. Serving most Canadian provinces, Fully licensed/Insured. 5/10 LEGHORN RANCH HORSE HAULING (Lower Mainland) Hanif Jinnah 10/09 778-886-1343 25+ yrs training/Hauling exper.. Serving BC/AB. No horse too difficult

ADVERTISE HERE $175. 2 lines or $350. Boxed plus GST. Your Economical Year-Round Rate! • 73

Stallions Standing CHERRY CREEK CANADIANS (Kamloops) 250-828-2076 6/09 SS: 3 Reg. Stallions. View at

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

CRALIN MEADOWS HANOVERIANS (Lone Butte) 250-593-4634 6/09 Imported bloodlines for Dressage/Jumper,

PEEBLES MINI DONKEY RANCH (Falkland) 250-379-2373 8/09 Reg’d & Pet Quality babies for sale. or

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

SALMON VALLEY RANCH (Salmon Arm) 250-833-4217 7/09 SS: SVR Royal Checkmate, AQHA Perlino; Okies Last Chance, APHA Black Tobiano

EASYGO RANCH (Lac La Hache) 250-396-7556 SS: Haflingers & Quarter Horses,

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


GREEN GABLES MORGAN FARM (Armstrong) 250-546-8058 5/09 SS: WF Royal Mist’s Kurik (Roy), Black/Brown, 15.1HH. HIGHCREST FARM (Aldergrove) 604-856-3017 3/10 SS: Red Pines Otoe Chant, 2002 AQHA Red Dun, Offspring for Sale

Horses for Sale • Stud Service • Riding Lessons • Clinics • Training • Events • Tack Store E-mail: or call Erhard (evenings) 250-838-0234 3/10 • More Gaits - More Fun, just Tolt Away

WHITEVALE BACKHOE (Lumby) 250-547-9729 7/09 SS: Zeniths Lucky Logan, ‘91 AQHA Black, 15.2HH,

ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 9/09 • IRISH CREEK RANCH (Vernon) 250-542-7228 2/10 SS: Little Peppe Leo, APHA B/W Homoz. Tobiano, MAROMAC QUARTER HORSES (Langley) 604-514-8414/778-866-5197 Specializing in Buckskin & Dun; Quality, Substance & Temperament . 6/09

VALLEYVIEW RANCH QUARTER HORSES (Malakwa) 250-836-3383 10/09 SS: Bred for Reining, Cutting & Ranch work. YELLOW MOUNT RANCH (Lethbridge, AB) 403-328-5693 SS: 6 AQHA/APHA Stallions, 2/10

Zippos Sacred Son APHA 2005 15HH Sorrel Overo Stallion


DON’T try this at home!

Sired by Zippos Sensation: * First APHA Stallion inducted into the NSBA Hall of Fame * 5x Breeder’s Trust #1 Sire by Foal Earnings * World Champion Sire * Honor Roll Champion Sire * World Show Champion Dam is sired by Sacred Indian: * World & National Champion Performance Horse * Performance Versatility Award* Superior Performance Horse * ROM Earner * World Champion Sire * 1998 Breyer Horse With amazing horses in his pedigree that pass on versatility and success in the show ring, with beauty of movement. He has fluid grace, athleticism and colour. Pretty with substantial bone and hoof. First colt is showing elegant conformation and colour.

Introductory Stud Fee $500. Breeder's Trust. Video available.

Standing at Limestone Mt. Ranch, Big Lake, BC 250-243-2145, 74 • Saddle Up • May 2009




Proudly Offers at Stud

Stallion Station

MAROMAC ZEUS Producing beautiful, big, correct and sensible duns and buckskins 90% colour to date.

1161 Salmon River Rd. Salmon Arm, BC • Phantom/stallion training & management • Semen collection, evaluation, processing & shipment • Receiving of shipped cooled & frozen semen • Foaling services, around the clock surveillance • Safe, horse-friendly facility/experienced staff

Also Standing 4 Other Awesome Stallions. See our website!

STALLION ROSTER 2009 Stud Fee $800 (Incl. Chute Fee)

OR IF YOU WANT ONE “READY MADE” We have a great selection of weanlings and yearlings to choose from. Check out our website, or call or drop by!

Young stock for sale at all times. 604-514-8414 or 778-866-5197 4275 - 224 St. Langley, BC

OKIES LAST CHANCE - APHA 2002 Homozygous Black Tobiano Breeders Trust Nominated - LCFG SVR ROYAL CHECKMATE - AQHA 1996 Perlino - 100% dilute colour guarantee BANDITOS GOLD DIGGER - AQHA 2000 Buckskin - Dual Pep grandson For further details and information visit our website or call Dr. Brytann Youngberg, 250-833-4217 FOR SALE: QUALITY OFFSPRING/FUTURITY PROSPECTS


Quarter Horse Stallions Standing at Stud

Driving - Events - Riding Please call for more information

Peppys Blue Monkey $650. LFG

Playboys Haidaway $650. LFG

Haflinger Stallions Standing at Stud Samson $500. LFG

Benno $500. LFG

Atino $550. LFG

Yearlings to Well Broke - Haflinger, Quarter Horses & Crosses 3872 Hwy 97 South, Lac La Hache, BC • 250-396-7556 • • 75

Stallions Standing Imperial Reign “A LEGEND IN THE MAKING” 2005 APHA Grullo Tobiano Stallion



Black AQHA 15.2 HH #3061648 APHA & ApHCC Listed


FEE $500 LFG Mare Care $10 p/day


• Breeding Performance/Halter • Three Bars,

available to limited mares

Two Eyed Jack & more

Sire: Reeds Rainey Day

2009 Stud Fee: $650

• Consistently producing

(Gallant Bandit - Gallant Ghost)

Shipped Cooled Semen Live Hand Cover

Great Temperament

Dam: WS Phoenix

Solid Conformation

(I (Imperial i lB Baja j O One - Sh Shady d Escort) E )

Coloured Quarters Lanna Tucker 250-785-4955

We are proud to offer this young sire, double colour guarantee (no RED foals, no more SOLIDS!). Why not bet on a sure thing? We are very excited about this young sire. Currently in training with MOORE PERFORMANCE HORSES.

Flashy Looks


Raising Quality Paint Horses since 1995

Painted Coos



Tony & Stephanie Clayton 250-547-9729, Lumby, BC 7/09 email: 604-465-9227 (House) or 604-467-9930 (Barn) Maple Ridge, BC 5/09

WW Pacbar Trooper Gorgeous 15.2 HH Velvet Black Paint

‘97 Black Tobiano APHA & PtHA Stallion 16.1HH HYPP N/N Champion and Champion producer of Halter, Colour and Futurity Winners. 2009 FEE: ECONOMY DISCOUNT $600. Live or AI (plus collection fees) 100% Conception! INTRODUCING: JWR The Last Juan Gorgeous 06 Black Point Dun Overo APHA & PtHA Stallion, HYPP N/N FUTURITY CHAMPION. Points in Halter, In Hand Trail and Colour! Email for pedigree and info. Prospects for sale! 604-465-9227 (House) or 604-467-9930 (Barn) Maple Ridge, BC 5/09

Legacy Ranch, Clinton, BC 250-459-7963




2004 Arabo Friesian Stallion

Champions throughout bloodlines including Two Eyed Jack and Three Bars Sired 15 paints/pintos from 15 solid mares REDUCED STUD FEE: $300 LFG Pictures and lineage info at Transport and board available


3 Champion Stallions Standing at Stud Ranch Lac G Fanfaron Zipper & Cherry Creek Fonzie Merit

ALSO STANDING: South Forty Prince Fonzie

His first outstanding 2008 foals are FOR SALE


Stud Fee: $1000. Live cover & AI available (approved mares only)

Sire: “YK Dark Danilo” EAFS Dam: “Catootje” Star (Karel 370) KFPS • 250-546-3157 76 • Saddle Up • May 2009

STUD FEE: $750 LFG Cooled Fresh & Frozen Shipped Semen

YELLOW MOUNT RANCH is proud to present our Stallion Roster for 2009

Clumination 1994 Sorrel AQHA HYPP N/N HDF Impressed By Clu 2002 Bay AQHA HYPP N/N Kingofhearts McCue 1997 Red Dun Tovero APHA LWOS negative HDF Brandy Snifter 2003 Sorrel Overo APHA HYPP N/N CBS Legacy 2003 Red Roan Overo APHA (37.5% Yellow Mount) RKR Hearts Sonny Dee 2004 Red Dun Tobiano APHA Breeding Fee: Private Treaty 2/10

Jim & Yvonne Hillsden

Dorla Malo

Kamloops, BC • 250-828-2076



Lethbridge, AB 403-328-5693

Pete Dyck Fort MacLeod, AB 403-634-6723

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

1996 Bay Roan AQHA Stallion

Grandson of Givemalickin Bloodlines include: Dash For Cash, Tiny Charger, Native Dancer, Joe Hancock, Driftwood, and more. • Barrel Racing • Roping • Rodeo • Ranch Work

$500 Registered Mares, $400 Grade Mares $50 Booking Fee. Hand Bred Only. LFG Pete and Cheryl Van Immerzeel 150 Mile House, BC • 250-296-0186 •

THE SMARTEST CHIC SIRE: SMART CHIC OLENA • NRHA Hall of Fame $9M Sire • NRCHA $1M Sire • NCHA LTE $167,471 DAM: MS DRY KID • NCHA Hall of Fame • NCHA Futurity Champion • Equistat Leading Perf. List #13

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

SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES For 2009 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502 3/10

Glen Black


Box 136, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0 •


“A SMART OPTION” First offspring showing this year. Standing at Stud: $850 LFG




1999 AQHA Palomino Throws 75% dilution colour! APHA & ApHCC approved Grandson of Fintry Tom Cat Bloodlines also include: greats like King, Bee Line, Ricky Taylor, Crimson War, Depth Charge, Man O War, and more. * Speed * Ranch Work * Halter * Western or English $500 Registered Mares, $400 Grade Mares $50 Booking Fee. Hand Bred Only. LFG

Pete and Cheryl Van Immerzeel 150 Mile House, BC • 250-296-0186 •


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REINING: AQHA ROM 16 OPEN-7 AMATEUR 2.5 NOV-AMATEUR * Money Earner in Cowhorse competition * Proven Sire of Pt and Money Earners “The Shining Spark bloodline is your Ticket To Success” Standing at Stud: $1,000 LFG


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2001 Black AQHA & FQHA Stallion APHA and ApHCC approved Grandson of “Smart Little Lena” Bloodlines also include: Peppy San, Dry Doc, Doc O Lena, and Sonny Dee Bar




Turning Point Ranch

Standing: 1999 Gray Registered Welsh Anglo-Arabian “British Riding Type” Pony

2006 Red Roan Stallion


Stud Fee: $400. LFG

(aka Whiskey)

Mare Care: $5. per day

*Cutting*Reining *Working Cow Horse *Ranch Work*Rodeo *Western or English Riding*

Hollywood Dun It Sire: Dot Hollywood Jessie Topsail Jessie

$500 Registered Mares, $400 Grade Mares $50 Booking Fee. Hand Bred Only. LFG Pete and Cheryl Van Immerzeel 150 Mile House, BC • 250-296-0186 •


Blue Jack Rocky Doc Dam: San Hancock Can Snooper Can Too

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Standing at L&L Quarter Horses Lyle & Linda Nicholls 250-545-9014 • Vernon, BC 6/09


W Excellent conformation, lovely movement and quiet temperament. Ideal choice to produce Hunter/Jumper/Equitation prospects. Call or visit our website for more information on this, and other stallions standing.

Ph: 250-577-3526 • 77

Stallions Standing Green Gables Morgan Farm presents WF Royal Mist’s Kurik “Roy”

15.1 HH 1994 Black/Brown Stallion

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

Little Peppe Leo

Shy Gayfeen++++// The Most Winning Straight Egyptian Arabian Stallion in History

15.3HH APHA Stallion 2009 Fee: $500 • Sire of Winners • Bloodlines of APHA Supreme Champions • Homozygous for the Tobiano gene • Guaranteed coloured foal from solid or paint Conformation, Temperament and Awesome Presence, all wrapped up in a Beautiful Black and White package.

Debora Morgan Neufeld

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

4684 Back Enderby Rd., Armstrong, BC V0E1B8 250-546-8058 • 5/09

$2,500 Purebred Arabs $1,500 others Available by AI only

More than 40 Regional titles in Halter and Performance 3 x National Top 10 Hunter Pleasure Get have won numerous Regional Halter and Performance Championships Sweepstakes Nominated/SHN Payback Sire/Scid’s Clear

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Standing at Todd Ehret Equine 780-352-0332 E-mail: 6/09


A letter from your horse... Original version and the Real story ... When When When When When When When When When When When

you you you you you you you you you you you

are tense, let me teach you to relax. are short tempered, let me teach you to be patient. are short sighted, let me teach you to see. are quick to react, let me teach you to be thoughtful. are angry, let me teach you to be serene. feel superior, let me teach you to be respectful. are self absorbed, let me teach you to think of greater things. are arrogant, let me teach you humility. are lonely, let me be your companion. are tired, let me carry the load. need to learn, let me teach you. After all, I am your horse.

And now, the REAL story..... When you are tense, let me teach you that there are lions in them thar woods, and we need to leave NOW! When you are short tempered, let me teach you to slog around the pasture for an hour before you can catch me. When you are short sighted, let me teach you to figure out where, exactly, in the 40 acres I am hiding. When you are quick to react, let me teach you that herbivores kick much faster (harder) than omnivores. When you are angry, let me teach you how well I can stand on my hind feet because I don’t feel like cantering on my right lead today. When you are worried, let me entertain you with my mystery lameness. When you feel superior, let me teach you that, mostly, you are the maid service. When you are self absorbed, let me teach you to PAY ATTENTION. Remember? I told you about those lions in them thar woods. When you are arrogant, let me teach you what 1200 lbs. Of ‘YAHOO LET’S GO!’ can do when suitably inspired. When you are lonely, let me be your companion. Let’s do lunch. Also, breakfast and dinner. When you are tired, don’t forget the 600 lbs. of grain that needs to be unloaded. When you are feeling financially secure, let me teach you the meaning of ‘Veterinary Services’. When you need to learn, hang around, bud. I’ll learn ya. Author unknown 78 • Saddle Up • May 2009

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APHA 5 YR BAY TOBIANO MARE APHA 5 YR 15HH MARE “Zips Sacred Spirit” is a sweet, personable mare. Ranch raised, she has worked cattle and is a seasoned trail horse. 1st in Western Pleasure at her first show in 08. Working on basic Reining. Sired by Zip Me and out of a Sacred Indian mare. She has potential to go into any discipline and the willing attitude that will make it fun. UTD on hoof/health care and easy for farrier, vet, and to trailer. $5,500 250-243-2145 (Big Lake)

Chute N Spot. “Texas” is an all around mare with varied experiences due to her willingness and good sense. She has worked cattle and extensively trail ridden, used in beginner Reining clinics and now she is going exceptionally well over 2’ fences all with an awesome attitude, that belies great breeding. She is sired by Mark This Spot. She is what we strive to produce at Limestone Mt Ranch. If you are looking for a Hunter Pony, 4-H horse or show horse to go English and Western, come and take a look at Texas. $10,000 250-243-2145 (Big Lake)

All Photo Ads APHA STUD COLT PROSPECT “MR. GOOD SENSATION” (PENDING). Awesome Pleasure Bred Colt with Sire’s side including Zippo Sensation, World Ch. Leading Sire of Perf. Winners, 5x Breeders Trust World Ch. Sire Sacred Indian, 7x Nat’l World/ Res. World Ch., Versatility Awards 3 Sup. & 7 ROM in 5 events; Dam’s Sire Mr. Good and Plenty, World Ch. Western Pleasure, Superior WP. His pedigree is packed with potential and he is halter and foot broke with good manners. Beautifully marked with elegant conformation and fluid lope. Pictured at 1 week. Proudly presented by Limestone Mt Ranch. 250-243-2145 (Big Lake)

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4-YR-OLD REG’D ARABIAN GELDING Classy, well-built 15.1HH Dark Bay. Easygoing personality and lovely smooth gaits. Had a Natural Horsemanship start, 6 months of professional training and very willing. Responds easily to seat and leg commands, soft in the bridle and has a fabulous stop. Goes English and Western, with training in some basic Reining. Talent and potential to go any direction. Very well-bred and up-to-date on his shots, worming, dental. Would make a fabulous Youth competition or Pony Club horse. Excellent feet, clips, bathes, wonderful nature. $4,000 CDN 604-309-6873 (Aldergrove)


STONEY ACRES RANCH Exceptional breeding. Absolutely sound, solid gaits, nice mover, sensible on trails. Also excellent broodmare. $4,500 CDN obo 250-318-8227 (Knutsford)

APHA 13 YR SORREL OVERO GELDING Western Dollar is a well broke ranch horse, who has been used for ranch work and roping. He is a seasoned trail horse, and a great influence on young horses as a babysitter. A “Gentle Giant” over 15.3HH. He is not 100% sound so a loving home where he will be lightly ridden is a must. $1,200 obo 250-243-2145 (Big Lake)

3 & 4 year olds. (4 yr old in photo) Daughters of Tivio San Rey (featured on this month’s Saddle Up cover). Excellent minds, great conformation. Trained by Lee Poncelet. Ready to go! 3-year-old $3,000 obo 4-year-old $6,500 obo 250-372-2928 (Kamloops)

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“DOC’S PLAYBOY PEPPY” (Pending) 2007 AQHA Sorrel Colt, out of Nindawyma by Playboy’s Dr. Pepper. “Playa” is bred to perform and will go straight to the top. With Freckles Playboy, Peppy San, Doc Bar on his Sire’s side and everything tracing back to Leo Bar on the bottom. This is a super nice colt and will excel in any direction. $2,500 Cool Water Ranch 250-446-2326 (Westbridge)

“SMOKE N BAR HAWK” (Pending) 2007 APHA Black Colt by 4x World Champion and 2x Res. World Champion “Smoke N Black Hawk,” 1999 World Champ. Working Cow Horse, Res. World Champ. Reining, Res. World Champ. Calf Roping, 2002 APHA Res. All-Around World Show Champ., 2002 Hi Pt Western Horse World Show Champ. and 2002 APHA Oscar Crigler Cattle Award World Show. Bred to the hilt, “Smokey” will take you to the top as a stallion or gelding in either the performance or show ring.

$2,500 Cool Water Ranch 250-446-2326 (Westbridge)

“KHALED” - 5YR RED DUN QH CROSS GELDING At 15.1HH, he is very friendly, goes both English or Western, snaffle or bosal. He enjoys cattle, jumping logs, and has seen many miles in the bush handling all sorts of terrain. He is very well-mannered, trusting and correct and will suit any rider young or old. Loads easy, good for farrier, hobbles and very patient. Up to date on all vaccs, farrier, teeth and deworming. $4,000 Cool Water Ranch 250 446-2326 (Westbidge)


“WINDDANCER CRSN BRAZOS” “DUSTY” - BROKE! BROKE! BROKE! 1992 Sorrel Overo super flashy APHA Mare. Quiet and gentle enough for any youth, adult or beginner. Dusty was used as a lesson horse for a 9-year-old for the past 2 years. $4,500 Cool Water Ranch 250-446-2326 (Westbridge)

1999 QH GELDING, 15.3HH Sound, good feet, healthy, big boned, comes with Western tack. Loves to get out on the trail. Could be nice CTR horse, needs a job. Husband too busy, teenagers quit riding. “Shaker” is left lonely. Looking for more attention and carrots. $2,000 to good “active” home only. 250-484-5120 Beaverdell (1 hr from Kelowna)

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“Medicine Hat” 2005 Paint Stallion Reg. # 839,038. Over 16HH and growing, he will make an excellent hunter/jumper. He is out of the famous “Painted Coos” by “Double Dust.” UTD on vaccs., deworming, teeth and feet. Ground work started, he bathes and trailers great, lots of potential. $3,500 Cool Water Ranch 250-446-2326 (Westbridge)

“JET BLACK N EASY” (AKA BLACK JACK) 1995 15HH QH Black Stallion. He is a gentleman to ride and a proven sire producing well built foals. Standing until sold. Stud fee: $400. Currently being trained for pulling a cart. Reduced price of $2,200. South East of Kelowna 250-484-5601 (Beaverdell)

At 15.2HH and 1250 lbs, Snap is a big stocky 16-year-old APHA all around, been there, done that, go anywhere horse. He has roped calves, cows and bulls, packed in the mountains, cattle drives on provincial highways, parades, swimming and much more. He really enjoys people, loves to work and see the country. Should have been named “Mr. Dependable.” $6,500 Cool Water Ranch 250-446-2326 (Westbridge)

SUPER PROSPECT - GREAT INVESTMENT! 4-year-old Mare, 15HH and growing, framed Overo. Just started under saddle. Would make a very pretty “toe pointing” hunter. Lopey canter, very rhythmic. Ready for serious program. $3,500 Lanyard Stables 250-491-1282 (Kelowna)

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GORGEOUS 6 YR 16.1HH “WORLD CLASS” HALTER BRED REG’D QH Still green but tons of potential. Started lightly over fences. Simple and straightforward! In professional training. $6,000 Lanyard Stables 250-491-1282 (Kelowna)

Broke Horses… Geldings, Palomino, Red Dun, Sorrels. Reference Sires (in photos): TW Sunsation - Palomino Paint Skip Jewels Leo - Red dun AQHA (Standing until sold) 250-499-5397,

WE HAVE PUPPIES Born April 14, 2009. Black tri and Red tri. $450. Includes first shots, worming, vet check. Tails and dewclaws done. Both parents purebred Australian Shepherd. 250-499-5397,

Colour Photo Ads BARREL HORSE FOR SALE 2004 Reg’d Quarter Horse Gelding out of Honors Last Dash & Heart Bar Image. Bloodlines include, Jet Of Honor, Triple Chic & Poco Pine. “Dually” is sound, honest, reliable, and has a quiet disposition. Currently in training for barrel racing and is running a solid, consistent pattern. Will be competing in ABRA and CARA until sold. Would make a great High School Rodeo prospect. $9,000 obo Contact 403-507-8182 (Olds, AB) Serious inquiries only please.

9 YR OLD ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE MARE, 14.2HH Palomino, good conformation, well-gaited. She loves people and attention, and is confident and curious. Ridden on trails alone and in groups. Ties, good with farrier. Easy keeper. $3,000 250-546-0021 (Armstrong)


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3 YR OLD QH/ARAB FILLY Should mature to 15HH and will be Grey. Nice, calm disposition, excellent ground manners, willing learner. Stands quietly while tied, good with farrier. $900 obo 250-546-0021 (Armstrong)

8 YR OLD GREY ARABIAN X MARE, 14.2HH Very friendly, respectful and quiet. Ridden by teens on trails, would make a great kid’s horse. Sound, great with farrier, bathing, trailering. Must sell, too many horses and not enough time. $1,000 obo 250-546-0021 (Armstrong)

7 YR OLD GRADE QH MARE, 14.1HH Great feet, bone and muscle. Toes in slightly in both fronts. Ridden English or Western. Needs experienced, soft, confident adult rider to continue with more training under saddle. Good ground manners, trailers well. Has potential for Gymkhana, Penning or trail horse. Approved home only. $1,500 + GST 250-546-4180 (Armstrong) • 81

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“MYSTIC BABY DOLLEE” 2002 APHCC MARE 16.1HH, sweet, kind disposition and exceptional conformation. Beautiful movement, long smooth strides, very athletic and fast. Sire: Mystic Straw was Res. Halter Champion and won many Western Pleasure competitions. Dam: Suna Lee is an all around competitor and trustworthy mount with bloodlines incl. Prince Plaudet, Double A Fortune and Gelstar’s Rusty Lady. Farrier friendly, shots and worming UTD. Has had light riding and is currently in training in the arena and on the trail. She looks forward to a new career and an approved home. Priced to sell at $2,000 obo. 250-546-9635 (Armstrong)

CFA Salana, 1999 Arabian mare TS Al Malik x Clame to Fame (Fame VF) Canadian National Top Ten Halter mare, Has produced three beautiful foals. Could be suitable for endurance. $3,000.00

FLASHY DRESSAGE PROSPECT Reg’d Partbred Morgan Gelding (possible Saddlebred X), 12 yrs, over 16HH. Loveable character – wants to be your buddy. Shown in Training & First Level. Great in flat classes, show hack, etc. Jumping 2’3” (in 2008 Eventing). Very willing, uncomplicated. Only to approved show home. Not being ridden – deserves more. $9,000 obo. 250-546-9922 (Armstrong)

Dana Francesca, 2000 Arabian mare Bacardi Afire x Satin Ribbons (Muscat) Numerous wins in Halter and Hunter Pleasure. Has produced three lovely foals. $3,000.00

20 YR OLD BAY GELDING, 15HH Very well-trained Quarter Horse cross. Would be an awesome confidence builder for a beginner/intermediate rider. He has done arena work, 4-H, Little Britches Rodeo and Trail Rides. $2,000 250-558-5482 (Vernon)

Khamiah Khoket KF, 1998 Arab mare GS Khochise x Bint Beau Ket (Simeon Shai) Extensive training, wins in Dressage and Hunter Pleasure. Has had two beautiful foals. $5,000.00

These three mares are in foal for 2009 and can relocate after weaning. Assistance available for rebreeding for 2010. Khafra Arabians, Oyama BC • 250-548-3899 •


2002 TRAILS WEST BARON LL STOCK COMBO B/P Fits 2 or 3 horses. 1 stall divider, saddle racks, blanket bar, bridle hooks and interior lights. Well maintained, bright, spacious and horses load easily. $8,500. 250-573-2555 or 250-828-6262 (Monte Creek)

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“COOL CANADIAN” 11-year-old Sweepstakes Nominated Reg’d Arabian Mare. Sired by JA Magnificat. Cool has been professionally trained, she has smooth transitions, solid head carriage, awesome collections and extensions. Tons of talent! She does need a confident rider. Buy her now and have her ready for this show season. 250-579-1882 (Kamloops)

“Maddie” is 14.3HH and 1200 lbs. She was professionally started as a reining horse, has tons of trail miles, and has done cattle sorting. She is quiet, sweet natured and extremely athletic. She is royally bred with Major Bonanza, Sir Quincy Dan and Three Jets on her papers. She has thrown 2 grullo babies from 2 different studs. Show her, breed her or just take her down the trail You won’t be disappointed. E-mail for more pictures and information. $6,500 CDN 250-593-9331 (100 Mile House)

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GAYBARS MAJORTWISTER, 2007 GRULLO APHA MARE Looking for a futurity prospect? Here is a chance to own a rare grullo daughter of APHA World Champion Working Cow Horse, and the only 3 time open top 20 point winner, Gay Bar Drummer. “Twister” is sweet natured like her mom, and has acquired her parents athletic talents. She is royally bred top and bottom, and has 90 days professional training with reining trainer, Sherri Thomson. You won’t find another one like her in Canada! Breeders Trust nominated. Show home preferred. Price to increase with training. E mail for more pictures and information. $6,500 CDN 250-593-9331 (100 Mile House)

“STRIKING EURO SKYS” 2004, 15.1HH, Bay AQHA Gelding by Red Skys x Gallo Del Cieolo out of an Alamitos Bar mare. This guy has huge power and speed, agility and athleticism to get the job done. He would excel in Roping (Heading Horse), Barrel Racing or Penning. With the performance breeding on top and bottom, combined with his pretty head, gentle and quiet disposition, he has a lot to offer. Currently in training. Priced at $7,500 obo. 250-803-6003 (Salmon Arm),

REG’D THOROUGHBRED MARE 10-year-old, Chestnut, 15.3HH, 1200 lbs. If you are looking for a horse with power, speed, stamina, make an excellent broodmare or arena horse, this horse is for you! A beautiful ride, fluid, English, start Western, or bareback. Good conformation, kind eye, good ground manners. Good hooves. Farriers well. Needs an experienced hand. Asking $2,500. 250-837-3013 (Revelstoke)



2000 Appaloosa Stallion ApHCC/ApHC Registered. Beautiful Chestnut stallion with snowflake pattern on hips. Flaxen mane and tail. World Class Championship bloodlines top and bottom, and it shows! Check out our website for his full pedigree. We are retiring and are offering this fine stallion for your consideration. Breed him or show him, you will win either way! Jennifer Marshall, WindWalker Appaloosas 250-838-0852 (Enderby)

WINTEC Western Pleasure Saddle, 16” black, lightweight, easy care synthetic, suede seat, front/rear cinches. Cost $650; as new $375. WESTERN RAWHIDE Pleasure/Trail, 15”, leather stirrups, roughout seat, tooled. Good cond. $350. WINTEC Barrel Racer, 15” black, ultra light, front/rear cinches, silver. Good cond. $275. PERFORMANCE PLUS barrel pad, w/gel foam panels, extra close contact, pressure relief. Cost $95; as new $45. SADDLE SILVERPLATE, fancy 15 piece set, incl. ladies belt & buckle. $95. Can email pics. 250-838-5737 (Enderby)

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TRUCK & TRAILER RIG ‘94 Chev Silverado extended cab, 3/4 ton, 350, 8cyl, tow pkge, full bed w/HD liner, new custom hightop canopy w/tinted sliders, 175,500km, only used 1/2 yr for occasional weekend hauling. Clean, never smoked in, lady driven. Matching ‘03 Thurobilt Spirit 2 horse angle haul, bumper pull w/rubber wall & floor mats, padded telescoping divider, tack room w/2 ea folding saddle racks, blanket bars, lots of hooks. Tackroom door opens to convert entire trailer into huge dressing room w/private alley for porta-potti. Great for camping, space for cot & gear. Light & easy towing, body, floor, brakes, wiring in very good condition. Can email pics. Both $11,900 ALSO: Wilderness 22’ Travel Trailer, immaculate! $10,500 Pics avail. 250-838-5737 (Enderby)

PEACEFUL, PRIVATE ENDERBY VIEW ACREAGE 5 acres w/pasture, treed paddocks, double shelter, auto waterer, creek. Gorgeous executive 3 bed, 2 bath rancher; vaulted ceilings, skylights, bamboo hardwood, new alder kitchen, 2 FPs, 2 courtyards, heated 2-car garage, kennel, 765 sq.ft. shop – easy to convert to rental cottage. Absolute privacy, only 3 min. to downtown in desirable area, wildlife abounds, crown land/trails nearby. REDUCED $624,000 250-838-5737 (Enderby)

Elfondo’s Tiger x Elfondo’s Skys the Limit. 8 yr old Reg’d Morgan Gelding 15.3 ¾HH. “Reach” is a smooth mover, well balanced and athletic. Has lots of endurance and a mischievous disposition, loves to please. Lots of length in the hip, strong bone and excellent hooves. Hauls well. This gelding could excel in many disciplines. Drags a tire, jumps logs, crosses tarps and creeks, goes through muskeg. Asking $4,500 obo Amber 250-843-7186 (Arras) • 83

On The Market Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale

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Goldun Poco Mr Matt Dun AQHA NFQH 97% Poco Bueno 34% Herda N/N Grandson of Little Steeldust 3rd Open Reining ARCHA 2003 and

LBJ Sierras Blue TE AQHA Blue Roan Te N’Te, Blue Boy Quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines.

2006 DOUBLE RR - 3 HORSE ANGLE Excellent condition, Warmblood size. Aluminum sides, steel frame, removable dividers, spacious tack room, swing-out saddle racks, bumper pull. $9,500 250-515-1868 (Salmon Arm)


Jaz Acero Twist Grullo AQHA, NFQH 100%, Herda N/N Poco Bueno Bloodlines Doublebred grandson of Little Steeldust

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC • ph/fax: 250-843-7337 5/10

1992 RED DUN QUARTER HORSE MARE She has been a good all round ranch horse for many years. She has been roped off, gathered cattle, cut cattle, rode the range, etc. Now she needs a new owner that has an easier lifestyle with light riding. She is a good reliable horse. $1,800 250-256-4982 (Ashcroft)


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Shop & Swap! FOR SALE FOR SALE: RIDER HAS OUTGROWN a Barnsby English Youth Saddle with slip stirrups. $300 obo. ALSO Youth’s Western Saddle $300 obo. Both in nice condition. Call Bonnie 250-546-3986 (Armstrong)

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FOR SALE due to old age and the lack of energy I must sell the following: TEAM OF BLACK CANADIAN GELDINGS, 7 & 11 years. Quiet, well broke for driving, 1 rides and packs. Clip, haul, load and shoe really well. 15HH, 1200 lbs. COVERED WAGON with hoops and canvas, rubber tired. 1 - COMPETITION CART. 3-SEAT BUGGY about 1915. All equipment is in good condition and ready to hook a team to. SET Yanke Britchin - Leather Harness. SET Biothane Harness. SET Leather Light Harness. ALL IN GOOD CONDITION. Phone Stan 250-542-2742 (Vernon)


JUMPS! RAILS! Great prices, excellent product. Painted & unpainted. Many photos available. Tammy at 250-832-3409 (Salmon Arm) ELEGANT, “LAID BACK” 15.3HH Reg’d Grey Arabian Gelding, 14 years old. Seeking gentle lady owner for pleasure riding, grooming and treats. 250-547-9367 (Lumby) WELL-MANNERED, VERY WILLING 14.1HH Reg’d Partbred (97%) Arabian Mare, 15 years old. Started English but not used. Lovely action. Suit experienced junior. 250547-9367 (Lumby)

WANTED WANTED: Self Motivated individual for seasonal training of colts on working cattle ranch in Southern BC. Cow experience necessary. R+B supplied (good cook). Wages negotiable with experience. Phone 250-269-7476 WANTED TO RENT OKANANGAN AREA: 2-3 bdrm with room for horses if 2 bdrm would prefer basement. Under $1000. mth. Jennifer, 250-275-2717





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Shop & Swap! BOARDING BOARDING FOR 1-2 HORSES on private 20 acre farm. Hay 4x per day. Pasture, shelter, safe fencing, round pen. Next to Crown land. Lots of TLC. 250-379-2276 (Falkland/ Paxton Valley) OVERNIGHT STABLING FACILITY. 3 minutes off Hwy #1. Stalls with paddock, large yard for parking and plug-in available. Lunor Black Arabians, Salmon Arm, B.C. Phone: 250-832-1592, E-mail: 6/09




Lumby, BC 250-547-9277

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

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

Cindy Kirschman (Chris Irwin Certified)

15 minutes from downtown Vernon


250-260-5299 Coldstream, BC


Equine Retirement Centre Stevie Surek, owner operator 1-866-447-6355 2080 Mile 108 Road, Horsefly, BC

Only five minutes from the Mall

L & L Quarter Horses Horse Boarding in Vernon


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

250-545-9014 or 250-558-8289

Large Paddocks, Round Pen 200' x 100' Sand Arena EC Cert. Western Coach Lorraine Pilon offering lessons 250-545-2010 or 250-307-6609 7/09

Natural Boarding “A Pasture Paradise” Private Scenic Trails • 700 Acre Ranch Herd Environment • 24 Hr Turnout Bunch Grass • Trees • Hills • Wildlife Colt Starting • Training • Trailering Layups • Retirement • Rehab

250-545-6948 Vernon

(Near Predator Ridge Resort)



GAMBLE FARM SERVICES: Big square baling. Manure spreading trucks and loader available. Silage chopping, trucking and bagging. Call Jeff 250-546-8947 or cell 250558-8506 (North Okanagan) 6/09



FREE TO GOOD HOME. 20+ mare with the heart of a saint. Fantastic with other animals and children. Needs loving home. Requires and deserves hugs daily. Crazy Critter u-Catch Trout Farm 250-833-5573, foothillsautorepair@ FREE TO GOOD HOME, “Ted” - a white 6 yr old Poodle X, neutered male dog. Great with kids, loves the farm life or being a house puppie. Good with other dogs and animals. A face only a mother could love! 250-546-2476 (Armstrong)


Chaganjuu Andalusians and Platinum Horse Sports Summer Riding Camps in July and August For 9-16 year olds in the Sunny Shuswap


More info at


250-675-3141 or cell 250-517-9690

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2 BROODMARES: 1) QH/Paint, 18 years, very quiet. 2) Foundation QH, Bay, 18 years, very quiet and athletic. To approved homes only. Can go separately. 250-545-0914 (Vernon)

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs at Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-5460104 (Armstrong) 6/09

FREE LEASE - Possibly give away to good home. 6-yearold QH Mare, 14HH, green broke. Has arthritis in her knee. Good broodmare potential for sport pony, leadline or companion. Good ground manners, trailers, ties. Call Jo at 250-832-9867 (Salmon Arm) 16 YR OLD REG’D TB MARE, racing bloodlines. Broodmare or can be ridden by experienced rider. Approved home only. 250 546 4180 (Armstrong)


Affordable Barns $17,995. plus delivery Standard Size 36’ x 24’ 4 - 12’ x 12’ Wood Lined Box Stalls 12’ Wide Center Alley Built in your yard ready to use No Cement Required Other sizes and options available Financing OAC

1-866-500-2276 •


Get ‘R’ Done Tack ‘N’ Feed Farm Market Located at Hwy 6 & Aberdeen Rd, Coldstream, BC (Formerly Aberdeen Farm Market & Tammy’s Tack, Armstrong)

Pet & Livestock Feed & Supplies Consigned Horse Tack (strictly show clothing welcome) In Season Fruits & Vegetables Authorized Dealer OPEN Tues-Fri 8-5:30 pm, Sat 8:30-6 pm Tamara & Tammy 250-545-2134

The Leather Lady Custom Made Chaps Any Style – Finest Quality Plus Repairs Now in Australian Saddles New and Used LEATHER & STITCHES Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 10/09



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

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

ASPENGROVE EQUESTRIAN ACADEMY Our facility is now available for: * Clinics * Workshops * Meetings * Reunions * 7 Cabins and Clubhouse * Pasture Boarding or Paddocks * Clubs or Private Functions * Catered or non-catered * Horse Events & Clinics (34 paddocks w/run-in shelters, 2 riding rings) 250-545-9470 Lavington, BC7/09

Next Ad Deadline May 15 Shop & Swap! Ad Rates Classifieds - Minimum $25. for 25 words, then 50¢ per word after Block Ads - $50. b/w or $100. in colour (discounts on 3 issues or more) Rates are per issue, plus GST

All Shop & Swap ads appear on our website for FREE! • 87 RE/MAX Armstrong - North Okanagan Valley Real Estate

V. Charlette Lavik S. M. L. XL! “I sell dreams in all sizes… … Splash around on your very own Sandy Beach.

This gorgeous 20 acres of Riverfront Property offers a Playground at your Doorstep. Charming farm home is familyfriendly and offers an enchanting river view. Hobby farm potential with approximately 6-7 acres hay land and the balance is sub-irrigated, excellent pasture and shelter. Garden area with fruit trees... hen house and detached garage/shop. This is your opportunity to enjoy the sunny Okanagan without the drive! SWIM... BOAT... FISH... PICNIC... lots of choices!. 5755 GRAHAM ROAD, ENDERBY MLS® List Price: $655,000

Bring Your House Plans

21.5 acres of gorgeous rolling land located in the heart of the beautiful Armstrong/Spallumcheen Valley. Comfortable, older 3 bedroom home located on property, convenient to everything that is important. Incredible Views... peaceful and private location. Come walk the property and make ‘Your Dream’ a reality!! 2799 YOUNG ROAD, ARMSTRONG MLS® List Price: $690,000

Why Board Your Horse?

5.49 fenced acres with a 24x42’ 6-stall barn with metal roof. Paddocks and open 80x200’ riding ring. 2 bedroom Rancher with newer decking to enjoy the awesome views. Good pasture land. Bring your horse and hammer and enjoy the Country Lifestyle. 4785 LANSDOWNE ROAD, ARMSTRONG MLS® List Price: $395,000


Prime Rib of Real Estate !

50.57 cultivated acres of level productive farm land for your country enjoyment in a surreal setting. 2nd year hay crop (alfalfa/mix). Your opportunity to build your ‘country estate’ with a land base viable for a serious agriculture venture. Conveniently located only minutes from ‘everything’ with limitless views just waiting for your unlimited scope of imagination. This Country Paradise offers you a Country Lifestyle or Holding Property and is located in the heart of the fabulous Armstrong/Spallumcheen Valley. Traffic lights in our town are a rarity, no Starbucks on every corner… just the peace of knowing ‘you’ have arrived! 1885 PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD, ARMSTRONG MLS® List Price: $869,000

For further particulars call: 250-546-3119 F • E-mail: